Ashland State Park


156 West Union St, Ashland, MA 01721
Transit friendly
Wheelchair Accessible
Dogs Allowed

Details   of Ashland State Park

Overview   of Ashland State Park

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.

Hours   for Ashland State Park

Dawn to dusk

No vehicle access or restroom facilities between Labor Day and Memorial Day

Parking   at Ashland State Park

Daily parking fees are charged May 25 through September 2, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm.

The parking meter is located at the Contact Station at the entrance to the park. Sorry, no cash is accepted at this facility.

          Fee for MA resident: $8

          Fee for non-MA resident: $30

Resident and non-resident status is determined by the vehicle’s license plate.

Parking passes must be displayed on each vehicle’s dashboard.

Parking fees are waived for the following vehicles, displaying: handicapped license plate or placard, Purple Heart license plate, Disabled Veteran license plate.

Mobile payments are accepted via the YODEL app.

DCR Annual Parking Passes are available to MA residents with vehicles registered in MA for $60. Pass must be displayed and is non-transferrable between multiple vehicles.

Lifetime DCR Senior Passes are available to MA residents aged 62+ for $10 (not sold on site). Pass must be displayed.

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Activities   at Ashland State Park

  • Hiking & walking

    Enjoy the reservoir hiking trail, that loops around the entire lake.
  • Ashland Reservoir

    The reservoir provides opportunities for swimming, boating, and fishing.

All Activities   at Ashland State Park

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Mountain biking
  • Boating (motorized)
  • Boating (non-motorized)
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Swimming

Facilities   at Ashland State Park

  • Boat ramp
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms
  • Grilling

Accessibility   at Ashland State Park

Restrictions   at Ashland State Park

  • No grilling or fires outside designated picnic areas
  • No swimming outside designated swimming areas
  • No flotation devices; USCG-approved life jackets always allowed
  • Dogs must be on leash at all times, everywhere in the park
  • Dogs are not allowed on beaches May 1 – September 15
  • Off-road vehicles of any kind are prohibited within park property
  • Drones are not allowed on park property without a permit

More info   for Ashland State Park

On busy days, the park will temporarily close if parking reaches capacity. The park will reopen once enough parking becomes available.

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