Rte.119, Ashby and Townsend - 978 597-8802
Willard Brook State Forest contains 2,597 acres and is located in the towns of Ashby and Townsend, 50 miles from Boston. Here you can find the character and feeling of forests usually found much farther west in the state with a tumbling brook and quick water amid groves of classic New England woods.
A wide variety of activities are offered including 21 campsites spread beneath a pine canopy, swimming, walking, hiking, birding, fishing, horseback riding and winter trail sports.
There is a new trail connecting Damon Pond of Willard Brook State Forest to Pearl Hill State Park. Its 4 miles long and one should plan up to 3 hours or more to hike the entire trail in good conditions.
Things to know before you go…
The campground office hours are 9am–10pm. The regular camping season is from late May to early September.
Willard Brook State Forest is located in north-central Massachusetts.
From the northeast: Take Rte. 495 to Littleton; take the Rte.119 Exit. Follow Rte 119 West approx. 21 miles through W. Townsend to the campground on the left.
From the west: Follow Rte. 2 East to Rte. 31 North in Fitchburg. Follow 31 North through Fitchburg to the Town of Ashby and the intersection with Rte. 119 East. Follow Rte. 119 East approx. .5 miles to the campground entrance on the right.
From the east: Rte 2 West to Fitchburg and Rte.13 North. Follow Rte. 13 North to Rte.119 West in West Townsend. Turn left onto Rte. 119. Follow Rte. 119 approximately 4 miles to the park entrance on the left.