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Moore State Park, Paxton

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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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  • 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 »
  • I bring my dog to Moore State Park 4-6 times per week depending on the weather, This is not the largest of state parks however Moore State Park offers a nice variety of trails. You can hike near the w...  more »
  • We came here for a couple of hours and were quite impressed. Easy short trails to hike with plenty of shade. Very well kept. Unfortunately the water level is very, very low so there wasn't any water f...  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.
  • 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.
  • Very picturesque little park. Paved and dirt trails along a pond and spillway. Old dam and sawmill remain on the stream and are very pretty. The whole park is covered in flowers when the rhododendrons bloom. Handicapped parking midway up the paved trail for great accessibility. There's a handful of wooden lounge chairs set up on the ponds spillway to sit on and enjoy the view. Easy walk from parking to the old sawmill is great for those not looking for a long hike.