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Beartown State Forest

69 Blue Hill Rd
Monterey, MA 01245

413-528-0904

Beartown State Forest has two distinctly different worlds between the summer and winter. During the warm months the pristine 35-acre Benedict Pond attracts swimmers, boaters and fishermen. An extensive network of trails on over 12,000 acres offers visitors a chance to glimpse deer, bear, bobcat, fisher and other wildlife, including the park's namesake, the Black Bear. Brooks, beaver ponds, rich deciduous forest, flowering shrubs and wildflowers and fall foliage are plentiful. The Appalachian Trail passes near Benedict Pond and offers spectacular wooded views.

The other half of the year the forest becomes a winter wonderland, where visitors on cross-country skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles can explore a snow-covered wilderness. The 1.5 mile Benedict Pond Loop Trail is a must in any season. Year-round camping is also available.

Activities

Camping
Year round camping is available, including several wheelchair accessible sites.

Hiking & walking
The 1.5 mile Benedict Pond loop is a must in any season.

Nature watching
Catch a glimpse of the wildlife including deer, bobcats, fishers, and yes, bears.

All Activities at Beartown State Forest
Hiking
Horseback riding
Mountain biking
Biking
Canoeing and kayaking
Swimming
Fishing
Off-road vehicles
Cross-country skiing
Snowmobiling

Facilities at Beartown State Forest
Boat ramp (car top)
Grills
Picnic areas
Restrooms

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