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Headquarters:
90 Fitchburg Rd./Rte 31 Westminster, Ma 01473

Beach and Contact Station:
1 Fitchburg Rd./Rt. 31 Westminster, MA 01473

Daily Parking Fee: $5

On summer weekends and some holidays, this park may reach maximum day-use parking capacity and be temporarily closed until sufficient parking is available. If you arrive at the park and find it closed, please visit Places to Go for information on other nearby DCR recreational opportunities.  For capacity closure updates, follow us on Twitter at @MassDCR or call the DCR at 617.626.4973.

Leominster State Forest is a 4,500-acre parcel of forested land, located in the five towns of Westminster, Princeton, Leominster, Fitchburg and Sterling in North Central Massachusetts. The forest is conveniently located off of Rte 2 (exit 28), is an easy drive for local residents, and convenient from the Boston and Worcester communities. Parking is available along Rte. 31 in several areas. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parking fees are charged in the paved parking lots. The forest offers recreational opportunities year round, ranging from mountain biking and swimming in the summer to cross country skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Nature lovers will enjoy the numerous hiking trails, the prolific mountain laurel bloom in late June, early July and the opportunity to observe all kinds of wildlife.

Trail Map

Download printable version pdf format of Leominster State Forest Trail Map

Click here to view a Midstate Trail Map Link to the image file.


Park Directions During Road Construction

The forest is located in north central Massachusetts

From Rt. 2 East:
Take Exit 28 to Rt. 31 South
Travel 1.3 miles to office building entrance on right
Travel another .07 of a mile to park entrance on left

From Rt. 2 West:
Take Exit 28 to Rt. 31 South.
Travel 1 mile office building entrance of right
Travel another .07 of a mile to park entrance on left

From Rt. 190:
From I-190 take Rt. 140 north
Take a right at the flashing yellow light in Princeton onto Rt. 31 north.
Travel 1.75 miles on Rt. 31 north
Leominster State Forest entrance is on the right


History

The forest has a rich history of land use, dating back to Native Americans who used the Crow Hill ledges for shelter and for sending smoke signals to neighboring tribes. In the early 1700's, a series of land grants were given to the heirs of soldiers killed in the French and Indian Wars, by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Many of these parcels became part of the unincorporated settlement known as Notown, almost all of which is part of Leominster State Forest today. In 1838 the lands of Notown were finally incorporated into the towns of Leominster, Fitchburg, Westminster and Princeton. Today, there are numerous cellar holes, stonewalls and fruit trees still visible along the forest roads and trails.


Interpretive Programs

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, all types of interpretive programs are conducted by the park interpreter. These programs include hiking, visiting unique geologic and historical features in the park, vernal pool programs, wildlife and bird watching walks. Check the bulletin boards in the parking lots, local newspapers or call the park for upcoming events.

Recreations

The trails at Leominster State Forest are extensive and offer a wide variety of terrains. For hikers, The Midstate Trail, a 95-mile long-distance trail that runs from Rhode Island to the New Hampshire border, passes through the western edge of the park. A popular day hike along the Midstate Trail begins at Redemption Rock on Rte 140 in Princeton, and heads north over a scenic ridgeline which includes Crow Hill Ledges. Heading south from Redemption Rock it is a pretty hike over to the summit of Mount Wachusett State Reservation, another DCR managed property. Wachusett Greenways, a local land preservation group, offers a variety of guided hikes and trail maintenance days in Princeton, Sterling and surrounding towns throughout the year.

The terrain available to mountain bikers ranges from rolling unpaved fire roads to more technical, single track, multi-use trails. Hiking trails are off limits to bikers. New England Mountain Bike Association has been an ardent supporter of the trail system here. The Wachusett Chapter of NEMBA generally runs four trail maintenance days, two in the spring and two in the fall. All are welcome to join in the fun and help to improve the trails at the park. 
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