Callahan State Park, Framingham

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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  • Love walking my dogs here. Not the best for small dogs, but larger dogs can have a wonderful time off leash there.  more »
  • At one time this was a great place to walk with the kids, but within the past number of years it has been considered poop park due to all the dogs in the area that come from near and far. The walking ...  more »
  • I walk the root exposed, rutted and rocky trails of Callahan park several times a month. The park is under maintained and seemingly totally unsupervised by Massachusetts Department of Conservation Res...  more »
  • There are many entrances to different parts of the park. The south side of the park has a large parking lot and multiple trails. Highly used, especially by people with dogs. Not so clean. There are several more entrances on Edmunds road, one with a large parking lot that accesses the same trails from the other end and is clean. Also requires immediate ascent uphill. If you continue to the north section of the park, there are small pull off areas near Eastleigh farm and if go all the way to the end of Edmunds and turn right on Broadmeadow continue a few hundred yards you will find a well marked parking lot in the woods and two trail entrances. An easy 1 mile heart friendly loop, or you can use the trail maps and markers to go further. Beautiful for forest bathing!
  • This is on my shortlist of favorite local hiking spots. Great for a couple hours in the woods, no matter the season.
  • I really enjoy this space due to it's proximity to my home and the variety of terrain. It offers. I just hope that it doesn't get develooed
  • Pretty park, accessible. It's great that dogs can be off leash but not all dogs are obedient to their owners (hence the missing of a star). I do want to know what the purpose of that chimney is though....
  • Great spot to go for a casual walk in the woods! It's not the most scenic of parks, but there's a nice little pond near the entrance with some picnic tables. Good spot to bring kids, dogs, etc.

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