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Beartown State Forest

69 Blue Hill Rd

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.


Dominique Haneberg-Diggs

Sunday, June 24, 2018
This was a wonderful area to take a hike! The forest was very dense, there was a lot of wildlife to see, and there were few other visitors. There were trail maps available at the entrance on the sign. The drive into the forest was beautiful, but the road was in poor repair. The potholes, although manageable, were definitely annoying. Be sure to take it slow in cars with low clearance especially.

Yi Lu

Friday, June 1, 2018
Great place for a family hike especially if you have kids with you. Close to great Barrington which has great restaurants. Just notice that parking fee for outstate car is 15 dollars per car. So carpool with your friends when you can. :)

Ken L.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017
This is hands down the best place to camp around. I especially love the tent only sites on the water. Facilities are pristine and DCR Staff are always around if you need anything but are also respectful of your privacy. This is a quiet, family oriented state park, so if you plan on boozing with your buddies, lighting a bonfire as tall as the trees and partying until first light... Go somewhere else. This is not that kind of place.

Dylan Grieve

Monday, July 24, 2017
We came here during an event hosted by the local Appalachian trail community. They had tons of grilled food, the people were friendly, and the staff was extremely helpful- even gave us some free leftover firewood from the event. There are some beautiful sites right on the pond, and the trail around the pond is just over a mile, plus there's a journal you can write in on the lake trail. We didn't get a chance to hit any hiking trails, but maybe next time.

Matt p

Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
Nice place to camp. Friendly and helpful staff.

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