Best Harold Parker State Forest Horseback Riding

The 4th most popular equestrian trail in Massachusetts.

  Massachusetts, US


  July 1, 2016

Near North Andover, the 3,500 acre Harold Parker State Forest has miles of trails and 35 miles of logging roads open to horseback riding. The horse trails roll through maple and oak forest, low lying swampy areas, and rock outcropings. This forest can be quite moist and lush during the summer producing a bumper crop of mosquitos - so bring lots of repellant.

To reach the forest from Boston, follow SR93 north to exit 41, follow 125 north (toward Andover), for about 2.5 miles to the State Police Barracks (on right). Turn right on Harold Parker Road for 1.2 miles to Jenkins Road Turn left on Jenkins for 1 mile and then right on Middleton for 1.2 miles and look for Headquarters parking area on the left. While you can park at the HQ, there are many other nice trailhead parking areas along this route.

Overall, Harold Parker State Forest is the 4th most popular horse trail of all 22 horseback rides in Massachusetts.

Local Contacts:  State Forest (978) 686-3391; Mass. Tourism (800) 447-MASS.

Best Season:  May - Oct.

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Lorraine Park Campground

Reference Source:  click here

GPS:  42.61067, -71.10786

Date Published:  1/2/2016

Date Updated:  7/1/2016

ID:  14092

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