The following facilities make up the Willard Brook State Forest and its Satellite Areas:

Willard Brook State Forest consists of 2828 acres in Ashby and Townsend. Miles of trails meander through New Hampshire-like thick 

forests. Picnic spots by the rushing river and waterfall, a seasonal campground and pond for swimming are a few of the forest's highlights. 

Fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and swimming are a few of the recreational opportunities available there.


Pearl Hill State Park covers 1000 acres located in West Townsend on New Fitchburg Road. The park offers seasonal camping, swimming, 

fishing, and hiking trails through varied terrain of hilly forest and beaver habitat.


Townsend State Forest is located in Townsend and abuts the Brookline, NH and Mason, NH borders. The 3229 acres have miles of trails 

for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and winter trail sports.


J. Harry Rich State Forest, along the Nashua River in Groton and Pepperell is a wooded area with mostly level land, making for easy walking.


The Nashua River Rail Trail, opened in the fall of 2002, is 11.5 miles long and runs from Main Street in Ayer to the NH state line in Dunstable. 

It meanders through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. Parts of the trail run along the Nashua River and J. Harry Rich State 



Mount Watatic, located in Ashby and Ashburnham rises to 1832 feet above sea level and is the last undeveloped bald-topped mountain 

east of the Berkshires. The 280 acre summit was protected from development in July 2002. A great hiking area, the Midstate Trail and the 

Wapack Trail both run through here.


Ashburnham State Forest, covering 1500 acres in all, consists of several parcels of land, including one that abuts Mount Watatic and 

another larger parcel that includes Little Watatic Mountain and edges up to the shores of Lincoln Pond.