Rte. 112, Huntington
P.O. Box 105 Chester, MA 01011
(413) 354-6347

Notice: Notice: 05/26/06. For public health and safety reasons Gardner State Park is now closed to swimming. Ongoing water tests have consistently failed to meet state safe swimming standards. The park is still open for other activities. The day-use fee has been reduced to $2.

C. M. Gardner State Park is located in the rolling Berkshire foothills along a scenic section of the Westfield River East Branch. In summer the sunlit mountain river here is a delightful spot to relax. A wooded picnic area is available on the banks of the river.

Also nearby are two impressive flood control dams managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Knightville Dam and Littleville Dam each over 160 feet high.

The land was given in 1959 for a state park in memory of Charles M. Gardner of Huntington, farmer, writer and National Grange leader from 1913-47.

Park Directions

C.M. Gardner State Park is located in the eastern Berkshire foothills in western Massachusetts.

From East or West/MassPike (I-90): Take Exit 3 in Westfield. Bear right after tolls and follow Rtes. 10/202 south for 3 miles into downtown Westfield. Turn right onto US Rte. 20 west and continue for 10 miles into Huntington center. Turn right onto MA Rte. 112 north and continue for 2.3 miles. Park entrance is on left.


Things to know before you go...

Picnicking is available. Please carry-in, carry-out all your trash and belongings.

Pets are permitted except on the beach area. Must be on a 10-foot maximum leash and attended at all times. Must have proof of current Rabies vaccine. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet.

Boating: a canoe launch area is available.

Prohibited: swimming and alcoholic beverages.

Recreational Opportunities


Parking Fees

The park is open from sunrise until sunset, year-round. A $2 fee per vehicle is charged from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Parking is free for ParksPass holders, vehicles with Handicapped, disabled veteran plates/placard, and seniors 62 and above with the Massachusetts Senior Pass.


Other State Parks

Swimming is available at these nearby state forests and parks: DAR State Forest, Tolland State Forest, Chicopee State Park, Hampton Ponds State Park and Robinson State Park.