Ames Nowell is open year-round for daytime recreation. Cleveland Pond is popular with boaters and fisherman. If you're looking to stay dry, there are several miles of trails along the pond edge and surrounding woods.
Ashland State Park is one of DCR’s hidden gems, spanning 470 acres of forest. The popular 3.5-mile hiking trail around the reservoir is visited year-round. Ashland operates seasonally between Memorial Day and Labor Day and offers hiking, swimming, fishing, mountain biking, and boating. Ashland has limited picnic areas outfitted with charcoal grills and tables. In the peak of summer, Ashland State Park often fills its parking lots to capacity; plan ahead and arrive early to find a space.
Borderland State Park features a historic mansion open for tours. This park also features trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding, fishing and boating in the pond, and facilities for tennis and disc golf.