Location Tag: Entrance Fee

Silver Lake State Park

They have a large sand beach, and a swimming area with jade green water.  The water had some organic debris, but was fairly clear.  The photographs on their website show the water being much clearer, so we could have been there at a weird time.  There are also hiking trails and kayak rentals available.   […]

Pearl Hill State Park

This is a picturesque park, with a large sand beach, and a long swimming area that could be good for doing laps.  The water had a lot of organic debris, but seemed clean.  The surrounding forest has a verdant understory of ferns, there are some pretty flowering bushes as well. Dogs are allowed on a […]

Leominster State Forest

There is a medium sized sand beach and swimming area, though the beach is fairly narrow and their website says that the park can become crowded on weekends.  They have shaded picnic areas and a large grass lawn though, so you should be able to find some room. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-central/leominster-state-forest.html

Greenfield State Park

The park has a swimming area on Otter Lake, which our GPS says is also called Picnickers Beach.  The facilities seem a little bit worn, but the park is peaceful and pretty.  The swimming area is medium sized with a small sand beach, and it seems like they have a lifeguard sometimes. There is also […]

Bear Brook State Park

There is a beautiful stone pavilion looking out over the water, which provides picnic tables and lots of shade.  The beach is medium sized, but the swimming area is rather small.  The park was clean and well maintained, and they have a large playground for children.  Dogs are not allowed on the beach, but they are […]

Rangeley Lake State Park

This state park offers lake swimming with wonderful mountain views.  The water is crystal clear and deep, and they allow unfettered access.  There is a large grass beach with stone steps leading down to the water. Across the Rangeley Lake is the town of Rangeley, a cute town that is located halfway between the Equator […]

Umbagog State Park

This is a beautiful lake, with state campgrounds scattered around it, some only accessible by boat.  The main campground is small and slightly crowded, but watching the lake makes up for it.  They have a roped swimming area, which is a little small, but I asked the ranger and she said you’re allowed to swim […]

Step Falls

Park in the signed parking lot, and follow the yellow marked trail up to the fall. This is a really fun hike that runs along a slope of waterfalls.  The water is a beautiful clear green, flowing down multiple slides and pools.  The views from the top are gorgeous.  There aren’t many deep pools, but […]

Screw Auger Falls, Mahoosuc Public Land

The parking area for Screw Auger Falls is off of Route 26, and is well-marked and easy to find.  The lot isn’t huge, and this is a popular location, so you might want to come early on the weekends. The falls are beside the parking area. This is beautiful waterfall, with interesting rock formations.   […]

Webb Beach, Mount Blue State Park

This park offers lake swimming with a sand beach with clear cold water, and stunning mountain views. There is a large grass area for picnicking which has stone steps leading to the water, and a pretty swing bench to take in the view.  There also seem to be canoe and peddle boat rentals.  Dogs are […]