78 Cape Street
Goshen, MA 01032
555 East Street
Williamsburg, MA 01096
Daily Parking Fee: $8 MA Vehicle, $10 non-MA Vehicle
DAR State Forest will close for the 2015 season on September 7
There will be no public access until further notice during the reconstruction of the Upper Highland Lake dam
Thank you for your cooperation and we’ll see you next spring!
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) donated 1,020 acres to the Commonwealth for a state forest in 1929. Since then more than 750 additional acres have been acquired to include Upper and Lower Highland Lakes, which offer a popular swimming beach, shady picnic area and a group picnic pavilion. Located in the eastern foothills of the Berkshires, discover 15 miles of mixed-use trails through northern hardwood-conifer forest. Climb the Goshen fire tower for spectacular views of the Connecticut River Valley and into five states.
The campground offers 51 wooded campsites featuring modern comfort stations with showers and a private beach. Wheelchair accessible campsites are also available. In summer other activities include: non-motorized boating, hiking, fishing, horseback riding (bring your horse), and mountain biking. In winter ice fishing, skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are popular.
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D.A.R. State Forest is located in the Berkshire foothills in Western Massachusetts.
From North/Rte I-91: Take Exit 26 in Greenfield and follow MA Rte. 2 west for 9.8 miles. Take exit on right to MA Rte. 112 south. Follow Rte. 112 south for 13 miles to park entrance on left.
From South/Rte. I-91: Take Exit 19 in Northampton and follow MA Rte. 9 west for 15 miles to Goshen. Turn right onto MA Rte. 112 north and continue for 0.7 miles. Park entrance is on the right.
From East and West/MassPike (I-90): Take I-90 Exit 4, follow signs to I-91 north. Continue on I-91 north for 14 miles. Take Exit 19 in Northampton and follow MA Rte. 9 west for 15 miles to Goshen. Turn right onto MA Rte. 112 north and continue for 0.7 miles. Park entrance is on the right.
From West/Rte.9: In Dalton at intersection with MA Rte. 8, take MA Rte. 9 east for 27 miles to Goshen. Turn left onto MA Rte. 112 north and continue for 0.7 miles. Park entrance is on the right.
- Accessible Beaches
- Accessible Boating
- Accessible Camping
- Accessible Fishing
- Accessible Picnicking
- Accessible Trails
- Accessible Restrooms
- Boat Ramp
- Group Day Use
- Horseback Riding Trails
- Mountain Biking
- Nature & Birding Trails
- Non-motorized Boating
- Scenic Viewing Area
- Skiing (Cross-Country)
Things to know before you go…
The Day Use Beach will be unguarded until further notice.
The forest is open from sunrise until sunset, year-round. A daily parking fee: $8 MA Vehicle, $10 non-MA Vehicle is charged from Memorial Day weekend through mid-September. Parking is free for ParksPass
holders, vehicles with Handicapped, disabled veteran plates/placard, and seniors 62 and above with the Massachusetts Senior Pass.