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Callahan State Park, Framingham

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.7/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
Callahan State Park is a state-owned, public recreation area located in the town of Framingham and the city of Marlborough, Massachusetts. The state park was named in honor of former newspaper editor Raymond J. Callahan by an act of the Massachusetts legislature in 1971. The day-use park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.Activities and amenitiesThere are three parking lots for Callahan State Park. The two in Framingham are located on Millwood Street and Edmands Road. The other lot is located on Broadmeadow Road in Marlborough. The park has of marked trails for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and equestrian use. Visitors can also fly kites atop the Earthen Dam, picnic at the Edmands road lot, and look for two chimneys in the woods.Flora and faunaThe park is home to a wide variety of trees both coniferous and deciduous. Wildlife spotted at Callahan State Park include snapping turtles, spotted turtles, red bellied turtles, white tail deer, garter and water snakes, tree frogs, most New England frog and toad varieties, minks, fisher cat, red fox, coyote, largemouth bass at Eagle Pond, various common trout, pumpkin seeds and blue gills, herons, egrets, bobolinks, goldfinches, orioles, red tail hawks, mocking birds, sparrows, swifts, swallows, grackles, cow birds, cat birds, barred owl, other various birds of prey, robins, cardinals, blue jays and other New England birds. Deer flies, ticks, and mosquitoes are common. Garter snakes can be seen basking on the hot dirt paths in spring and summer.
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  • I ride Callahan State park about twice a week on a mountain bike. The longest loop trail is about 4.5 miles with enough hills for a good 45 minute cardio interval work out. It is not too technical, wi...  read more »
  • I have been running and mountain biking at Callahan for over a decade. The trails are well-maintained, and the park is huge with endless trails to explore. The south side, south of Edmands Road, and t...  read more »
  • This place is known as the "dog park" so I never went since I don't own a dog but my friends encouraged me to go with them and I'm glad we went. This is a great spot to bring your dog to run around in...  read more »
  • Very nice place. There are plenty of paths to explore and get lost on. Far enough away and yet close enough to home. #DogFriendly
  • Great hikes in this wooded expanse in North Framingham! Great for nature lovers and dogs!
  • Great place to bring your well behaved dog. Plenty of walking trails. Make sure you bring some kind of insect repellent for you and your furry friend, ticks are present.
  • The walking path is nice, and it's a good place to bring dogs to play. The pond doesn't seem particularly clean--I don't let my dog swim in it--but the moving water looks fine.
  • Large wooded park. Lots of wild life. Dog heaven.
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