West Street
Petersham MA 01366
978 544-3939

The Massachusetts Federation of Women's Club State Forest lies in Petersham and New Salem on Route 122. Its 984 acres stretch to the south and west in the watershed of the Quabbin Reservoir. Please Note that NO pets are allowed on DCR Watershed Property.  Groves of pine and stands of maple, birch and hemlock invite the visitor along the wooded roads. The road along Fever Brook is outstanding for its scenery. A wildlife sanctuary compromising 140 acres has been set aside in the center of the forest, and a dam on Fever Brook holds back sufficient water to attract migrating and native wild fowl. In the southwest section is the forest's chief geological feature, the Gorge.

Park Directions

The forest is located in mid-central Massachusetts.

From the East/Southeast/Northeast

Take I-495 to exit 29, Rt. 2 west
Follow Rt. 2 west for 42 miles to exit 16, Rt. 202 south.
Turn right at the end of exit ramp onto Rt. 202 south.
Drive 2 miles on Rt. 202 south and take a left onto Rt. 122 south.
Drive 3.6 miles on Rt. 122 south to State Forest Rd. on the right.
Take this right and follow for 1.7 miles to the gated park entrance. (See Erving State Forest for vehicle access).
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Recreational Opportunities


Things to know before you go…

Primitive Service campsites are available on a first come/first serve basis

Please Note that NO pets are allowed on DCR Watershed Property

Campers must drive to Erving State Forest to register prior to camping