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Callahan State Park, Framingham

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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 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 »
  • You can enjoy this place in many ways -- casual walks, dog walks (when the other un,manageable dogs are not running wild!), hiking, biking, even on horseback. There is a mix of open space and woodland...  more »
  • Callahan is a great spot to get outside for an hour with kids. Always a lot of dogs being walked which my 3 year old son loves. It's a great place to go for a casual walk or bike ride. If your looking...  more »
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  • As I have been coming here for over 10yrs, I am impressed by how much cleaner it is these days. And by cleaner, I mean less dog poop. Great for exercise or leisurely hiking through the woods. There are a lot of dogs off leash, so be mindful when walking through the open area in the middle.
  • Great trails great place to walk run or take your dog or kids. There is a pond so dogs get wet and there are some Fields with tall grasses so you want to do a tick check but the kids and pets have loads of fun.
  • Came on a snow covered and cold day so was a lot quieter than it would normally be. Nice combination of trails and some open space. Nothing too special, I can see it being a good place to bring your dog. Otherwise I would not normally travel out of my way to go here.
  • If you love a good and easy walk, this is your place. And if you want to spend some time walking with your pet, that's definitely a good place to go!
  • Great place to hike with the kids and off leash trails and a pond for the dogs

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