River State Forest
Slab Bridge Rd., Assonet
Just 5 minutes from Fall River and Taunton, and
15 minutes from New Bedford, Freetown State Forest is a vast tract
of public land acquired over a twenty year period beginning in the
1930's. Near the main entrance is a day use area, with wading pool,
picnic area, fields and restrooms. The remainder of the forest offers
50 miles of unpaved roads and trails. Horseback riders, dog Sledders,
mountain bikers, and seasonal motorcycle and snowmobile users are
welcome, as are hunters and anglers in season. Rattlesnake Brook,
which meanders throughout much of the property, is stocked with
brook trout each spring.
Profile Rock, a 50-foot outcropping, shows a profile
of what the Wampanoags believe to be Chief Massasoit. The 5,441-acre
Forest also includes the 227-acre Watuppa Reservation, which belongs
to the Wampanoag Nation, and is the site of annual tribal meetings.
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Freetown State Forest is located in south-east Massachusetts.
From the north: Take Rte. 24 south to exit 10.
Bear left onto South Main Street. Turn left at four corners onto
Rte. 79 north and right onto Elm Street which then turns into Slab
Bridge Road; continue for 1.5 miles to the forest entrance.