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Moore State Park, Paxton

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#48 of 73 in Wildlife in Massachusetts
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Moore State Park is a 730acre state park located in the town of Paxton, Massachusetts. The park is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Features of the park include a numerous historical sites (principally foundations), a restored sawmill, two-thirds of Eames Pond, waterfalls and mill chutes, and abundant azaleas, rhododendrons, and mountain laurel. The staff of Moore State Park has also worked with the American Chestnut Foundation to restore blight resistant American Chestnut trees to the United States. A large plantation of experimentally bred chestnut trees was planted at Moore in 2003.HistoryA portion of the land within Moore State Park was once the home of at least five 18th- and 19th-century watermills that were powered by the cascading waters of Turkey Hill Brook that fall 90 feet over a 400-foot run. The first mills built on the site were a gristmill and sawmill as early as 1747. The remnants of this mill village are still visible and include, in addition to the mills, a triphammer, quarry, schoolhouse, and tavern.
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  • Moore State Park is a lovely spot for a walk in the woods. To walk your dog. There's some great photo opportunities, or great backgrounds for a selfie  more »
  • You can take the paved path to the water if you want an easy short walk or do loops up around the many foelds and into the woods if you want more of a challenge. The landscape is always lovely regardl...  more »
  • I have lived in the area for 40 years and finally got a chance to go check this place out. I was stunned at how large and interesting this place was. They have great maps for walking trails right on s...  more »
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  • A great place to get lost for the day. Very easy hiking trails, for the whole family to enjoy. Dog friendly too! The covered deck by the pond. The waterfalls and the old mill, are just some of the sites. A great place year around.
  • Easy beautiful walks. Mid-late May the rhododendron and azalea are blooming and if you catch it at peak, it is really awesome.
  • Most relaxing place in central mass.. great hiking trails
  • Beautiful park for Massachusetts. There were a lot of flowers when I went here in May.
  • Gorgeous park. My wife and I had our pregnancy pictures here, the sunrise over the field makes for an excellent backdrop.

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