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Moore State Park, Paxton
(4.6/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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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  • 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 »
  • It's family friendly and photogenic. Definitely a must visit place. Although I have no idea why a tourist would visit the area but it's a classic New England experience if you find yourself barreling ...  more »
  • I had heard about Moore State Park and my friend was here from N.Y. and is fond of hiking and walks in the woods. We went to Moore's SP and he was very impressed. Our day was overcast, but didn't ruin...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Beautiful relaxing place. I went for a walk on my birthday during fall foliage. Great experience.
  • Beautiful State Park year round! This place is any photographer's dream.
  • I've lived around here for years and only recently discovered the nice hiking trails around this park. Very nicely laid out and maintained.
  • Beautiful! Nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon 👍