Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover

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Harold Parker State Forest is a publicly owned forest with recreational features encompassing more than 3,300 acres (1,300 ha) in the towns of Andover, North Andover, North Reading, and Middleton, Massachusetts. Ponds, swamps, rolling hills, glacial erratics and rocky outcroppings can be found in the state forest, which features more than 35 miles (56 km) of backwoods roads and trails as well as remnants of 18th-century farming and milling operations. It is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
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  • Good place for hiking. Tried to do some mountain biking on the Harold Parker Loop Trail but it was extremely rocky throughout and was better suited for hiking than mountain biking. Lots of mosquitoes....  more
    Good place for hiking. Tried to do some mountain biking on the Harold Parker Loop Trail but it was extremely rocky throughout and was better suited for hiking than mountain biking. Lots of mosquitoes....  more »
  • Yesterday, April 24, 2021, my family and I visited Harold Parker State Forest to hike the “Yellow Diamond Trail”. I am an avid hiker, but this was the most poorly marked trail I have ever hiked... 
    Yesterday, April 24, 2021, my family and I visited Harold Parker State Forest to hike the “Yellow Diamond Trail”. I am an avid hiker, but this was the most poorly marked trail I have ever hiked...  more »
  • Upsides: Very nice hike, with lots of animals too. This place also has a unique history to it. Downsides: During mosquito season, there are many of them. Use bug spray 
    Upsides: Very nice hike, with lots of animals too. This place also has a unique history to it. Downsides: During mosquito season, there are many of them. Use bug spray  more »
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  • Lots of intersecting trails that connect for miles. Great for hiking and mountain biking. Lots of up and down single track on rolling hills. A few vertical climbs for hikers, but no serious elevation. Great for dog walking. Lots of spots for dogs to swim and drink. Also a nice area for canoeing and kayaking. Parking can get filled or close to it during peak hours. Please be curteous to allow for as many cars to fit as possible.
  • One of the best, easiest camping spots right outside of Boston. Perfect for new campers or families with small children. Beautifully maintained with great trails, a lovely pond, and great amenities for people who want to be outdoors but aren't ready for or interested in a more intense camp.
  • We had a really nice campsite. It was clean and the grounds looked well kept. The nearby playground was great for the little ones. The staff was really friendly. It wasn't very quite though, you could hear traffic from a nearby road. But overall a really nice place to camp when you want to ruff it.
  • I love this place definitely one of the best places to go lots of land. Lots of trails. Lots of lakes and just beautiful nature definitely worth checking out pretty close to the city about 30 minutes from Boston place is amazing
  • I love this park so much I love camping. But no one told me on the heat wave day that we went there yesterday that there was no swimming whatsoever. That's kind of bit of a downfall but every other year was fantastic

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