Harold Parker State Forest
For miles and miles of trails, head to Harold Parker State Park where 3,000 acres of hardwood forest await. Be sure to snag a map at camp headquarters (they are always well stocked) because it is easy to get lost—rolling hills, low-lying swampy spots, rock outcrops, several ponds, and fire, as well as paved roads cover areas of Andover, North Andover, North Reading, and Middleton. (Keep an eye out for the sites of an 18th century sawmill and various homesteads.) Two miles from headquarters, the Lorraine Park campground offers 89 spaciously located sites from late May through early September. Out-of-town campers and area residents alike feel they on vacation when they pitch a tent in these nearby woods.
305 Middleton Rd., North Andover, 978-686-3391, mass.gov
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary
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