Moore State Park - Massachusetts

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Address and Phone Number

1 Sawmill Road, Paxton MA 01612 -- 508 792-3969

A peaceful 400-acre retreat in the heart of central Massachusetts, Moore was the site of grist and saw mills from 1747 through the early part of this century. It then became a private estate. What remains today is the best of both: stone mill foundations, a restored sawmill, and mountains of glorious rhododendrons, azaleas and mountain laurel. The flowers cascade down hills, line wooded paths and decorate waterfalls.

The power of falling water was early New England's primary energy source. Turkey Hill Brook, dropping 90 feet in less than a quarter mile, was a good mill site, and as many as five separate mills may have been built here. The remnants of the mill-village at Moore give a glimpse of the old rural manufacturing economy which was displaced by the industrial developments of the nineteenth century.

Park Directions

The park is located off of Rte 31 in mid-central Massachusetts.

From Worcester:

Take 290 West to Exit # 18 or Rte 290 East to Exit #17. - Follow Rte 9 West to set of lights at Park Ave. - Go straight through lights(don’t follow Rte 9 anymore) following the Worcester airport signs to junction with Rte 122 North in Tatnuck Square. - Continue straight up the hill on Rte 122N to Paxton Center. - Take a left onto Rte 31 South. - Park will be 1 ¼ mile on your right.

From SouthWest:

Take MASS PIKE East (Rte. I-90E) to exit # 9 in Sturbridge. - Follow Rte 20 East to Rte. 49 North. - Take a left onto Rte. 49 N to STOP at Rte 9 in Spencer. - Take a right onto Rte 9 East to first set of lights. - Turn left onto Meadow Rd and follow to STOP sign. Take a left onto Rte 31 North and follow for 7 miles into Paxton. - Park entrance will be on your left.

From NorthWest:

Take Rte 2 east, to exit #22 in Gardner. - Take Route 68 South for 10 miles through Hubbardston and into Rutland. - Turn right onto Rte 56 South. - Follow 56S for 4 miles to STOP sign in Rutland center. - Turn left, then take a quick right, staying on Rte 56S. - Follow Rte 56 S into Paxton Center. - Bear right onto Rte 31 south, thru the light in the center of Paxton. - Park will be 1 ¼ mile on your right.

From the East/Boston/SEast:

Take MASS PIKE West(Rte. I-90W) to Exit #10 in Auburn. - Take Rte 20 West to Rte 56 North. - Turn right onto Rte 56N through Leicester center(you’ll cross Rte 9 here). - Follow Rte 56N to STOP at Rte 122 in Paxton. - Take a left onto Rte 122 North and follow to Paxton Center. - Take a left onto Rte 31 South. - Park will be 1 ¼ mile on your right.

From NorthEast:

Take Rte 2 West, to Rte 190 South towards Worcester. - Follow Rte 190S to exit #5. - Take a right onto Rte 140 North to first traffic light. - At light take a left onto Legg Rd. - Follow Legg Rd to STOP. - Take a right onto Manning St towards Holden to STOP.

At STOP take a left onto Rte 31 South and follow through Holden center into Paxton. Stay on Rte 31S through the center of Paxton. - Park will be 1¼ mile on the right.

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