Callahan State Park, Framingham

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Callahan State Park is a public recreation area covering mostly in Framingham and Marlborough, Massachusetts, with a small section in the adjoining town of Southborough. The state park is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.HistoryThe park opened with 435 acres in 1970. It was officially named in honor of local newspaperman Raymond J. Callahan by an act of the Massachusetts legislature in 1971.Flora and faunaThe park is home to a wide variety of trees both coniferous and deciduous. Wildlife include snapping turtles, spotted turtles, red bellied turtles, white tail deer, 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, and blue jays. Deer flies, ticks, and mosquitoes are common. Garter snakes can be seen basking on 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 »
  • Large tract, beautiful land, well marked trails and plenty of them to choose from. Mixed forest of hard and soft wood with both new and old. There's a nice pond to find and we saw signs of wildlife, but on a warmish spring Saturday, there were a lot of mountain bikers. The animals were probably in hiding.
  • It's fine. If you live nearby and want to get outside, this is a good place to come, but if you aren't near, I'd look for somewhere closer as it's fairly generic. I was told the views were spectacular, perhaps I'm spoiled but I didn't think they were anything special. I'm always happy to be outside, and this place offers tons of meandering trails, which is wonderful, especially in the winter, but I wasn't blown away by the park itself. It's just a good, standard and accessible place to get outdoors in an otherwise fairly suburban area. There is dedicated lot parking but it might be tough if there's an event or group outing occurring, FYI.
  • A perfect place for dog owners. Not the greatest place to go if you don't like dogs or prefer quiet and mind one's business. Most dogs run free unleashed here and they will interact with humans (as well as each other) in various ways. This is particularly notable for parents with small children.
  • So many different trails here. You can find easy or challenging hikes, runs, walks or rides. Anywhere from a short walk to 10-20mi. Also many of the trails allow dogs to be off leash, so it's a great place to take the puppys for a walk or run!
  • The park breaks into two main areas South and North of Edmunds road with backpacker trail crossing it. The South has more open fields and dogs. The North has rocky trails and extends into Marlboro. It's easy to find 4-10 mile runs without looping over that same territory. Backpacker to bear paw is a good run in the north.
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