305 Middleton Road
N. Andover Ma. 01845
Lorraine Park (campground):
133 Jenkins Road Andover Ma. 01810
1951 Turnpike Road
N. Andover Ma. 01845
Main office 978-686-3391
Camping info please call 978 475-7972 (seasonal)
Harold Parker State Forest, which lies in Andover, North Andover, North Reading and Middleton, comprises just over 3,000 acres of Central Hardwood-Hemlock-White Pine type of forest. The forest is twenty miles north of Boston and within one hour's drive of three million people. Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping and picnicking. The forest has over 35 miles of logging roads and trails and offers quiet seclusion to off-road hikers and bikers. Non-motorized boating is allowed on any of the 11 ponds. No horse, boat or bike rentals are available at the facility.
Lorraine Park Campground, located about 2 miles from the Headquarters on Jenkins Rd., contains 89 sizeable campsites that are spread out sufficiently to provide a real "forest" camping experience. Each site is equipped with a picnic table, a grill and access to water. Electric hookups are not available, however the bathrooms do have hot water showers. Camping is offered late May to early September. Office hours are from 9am-9pm.
The forest consists of rolling hills, low lying swampy areas, rock outcrops and several ponds. The landform was created by glacial movement, and evidence of glaciers exists today in the form of glacial erratics. The area was inhabited by Pentacook Indians until it was settled by English farmers around 1650. By the mid-nineteenth century agriculture was abandoned, and a new forest grew up. The sites of an 18th century sawmill and homesteads can be found. Tradition has it that many of the homes surrounding the forest were used as Underground Railroad hideouts in the 1850s. Secret doors and chambers can still be seen in local homes. Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe and William Lloyd Garrison were frequent visitors to families in the area.
Harold Parker State Forest is located in Northeastern Massachusetts
Headquarters from Boston:
Take 93 North to exit 41, follow 125 north (toward Andover), for about 4 miles to the State Police Barracks (on right). Turn right on Harold Parker Rd to Jenkins Rd. Turn left on Jenkins Rd, right onto Salem Rd, Headquarters is Approx 1-1 ½ miles on the left.
Campground from Boston:
Take 93 North to exit 41, follow 125 north (toward Andover), for about 4 miles to the State Police Barracks (on right). Turn right on Harold Parker Rd. At the end of Harold Parker Rd take a right, onto Jenkins Rd. The Campground is approx ½ mile on the right.
- Accessible Beaches
- Accessible Camping
- Accessible Restrooms
- Horseback Riding Trails
- Hunting (Restrictions)
- Mountain Biking
- Skiing (Cross-Country)
- Swimming (Campers only)
- Trailer/R.V. Dumping
- Walking Trails
Educational & Interpretive Opportunities
- Education, Interpretation & Visitor Services
- Outreach Programs
- Park Resources
- Self-Guided Brochures
The Annual Fishing Festival is held in September.
A Nature Center is located just inside the campground on Jenkins Road, and is open from May to September.
Things to know before you go…
- Campground Office Hours: 9am–9pm
- Campground Office Phone: 978 475-7972
- Camping Season: late May through early September