Beartown State Forest
30 miles of trails cross over 10,000 acres of prime forested hills, swamps, beaver ponds and clear, flowing brooks, flush with grouse, turkey and a variety of flora and fauna, portions of which commingle with South Lee. Accessible from Route 102 in the summer, this is one of the lushest spots in Massachusetts, great for picnicking or hiking (part of the Appalachian Trail cuts through Beartown), especially near beautiful Benedict Pond. The forest is so named, according to Katharine Abbott’s 1907 work Old Paths and Legends of the New England Border, “because a pioneer of Lee killed bear in the forest depths with a knotted rope’s end.”
There is a $5 fee per vehicle for camping. For information, contact (413) 528-0904.