Spencer State Forest - Massachusetts

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Address and Phone Number

Spencer State Forest, 51 Howe Rd., Spencer -- 508 886-6333

Spencer State Forest, a 965-acres area provides swimming and picnicking facilities on Howe Pond. Other activities offered at Spencer include fishing, canoeing, hiking, Nordic skiing and snowmobiling. The Midstate Trail, a long-distance hiking trail that extends through central Massachusetts to Mt. Watatic in the north, runs close to the park.

Park Directions

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

From the East/Boston/Southeast:

Take MASS PIKE West (Rte. I-90W) to Exit #10 in Auburn. - Take Rte 20 West to Rte 56 North. - Take a right onto Rte 56N to Rte 9 in Leicester center. - Take a left onto Rte 9 West and follow to Rte 31 in Spencer center. - Take a left onto Rte 31 South. - Follow Rte 31 S for 1.5 miles to Howe Rd. - Take a right onto Howe Rd and follow for 1.2 miles to recreation area.

From Southwest:

Take MASS PIKE (Rte. I-90) east 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 Rte 31 in Spencer Center. - Take a right onto Rte 31 South and follow 1.5 miles to Howe Rd. - Take a right onto Howe Rd and follow for 1.2 miles to recreation area.

From Worcester:

Take 290 West to Exit # 18 or Rte 290 East to Exit #17, Rte 9. - Take Rte 9 West to set of lights at Park Ave. - Take a left at lights, staying on Rte 9W. - Follow Rte 9W through Worcester and Leicester to Rte 31 in Spencer. - Take a left onto Rte 31 South and follow Rte 31 S for 1.5 miles to Howe Rd. - Take a right onto Howe Rd and follow for 1.2 miles to recreation area.

From the Northeast:

Take Rte 495 South to Rte 290 West. - Follow Rte 290W to Exit #18 in Worcester, Rte 9. - Follow Rte 9 West to set of lights at Park Ave. - Take a left at lights, staying on Rte 9 W. - Follow Rte 9W through Worcester and Leicester to Rte 31 in Spencer. - Take a left onto Rte 31 South and follow Rte 31 S for 1.5 miles to Howe Rd. - Take a right onto Howe Rd and follow for 1.2 miles to recreation area.

From the Northwest:

Take Rte 2 east, to exit #22 in Gardner, Rte 68. - 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 and go straight thru the light in the center of Paxton. - Follow Rte 31 S to Spencer Center. Take a left and then a right staying on Rte 31S. - Take a right onto Howe Rd and follow for 1.2 miles to recreation area.

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