Cool Off at Local Swimming Holes
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Hopkinton State Park
Hopkinton State Park offers a variety of recreational activities including swimming, fishing, picnicking and hiking. The swimming areas are supervised by DCR lifeguards from 11am-6pm. Parking hours: 8am-8pm. Daily parking: $5, Annual Parks Pass is $35 in-state/$45 out of state.
164 Cedar Street, Hopkinton.
Comet Pond Beach
Comet Pond Beach remains one of the most popular trout ponds in central Massachusetts. This cold water pond is exceptionally clear and great for cooling off in on hot summer days. Open 9:30am-6pm daily. No admission fee. Limited parking.
Located by the junction of Route 68 and Route 62 in Hubbardston.
Buffumville Lake is located by the location where the Little River flows into the French River. The lake and surrounding grounds are open to the public for hiking, boating, fishing and hunting. The park has a 300-foot-long beach with an enclosed swimming area for safety. Open daily. Swimming beach cost: $1 (for people over 12 yrs. old). Vehicle cost: up to $4 per vehicle.
98 Dennis Wilbur Dr, Charlton
Rutland State Park
Rutland State Park offers facilities for fresh water swimming, picnicking and boating. At Whitehall Pond [http://www.mass.gov/dfwele/dfw/habitat/maps/ponds/pdf/dfwwhitp.pdf], there is a swimming beach and an adjacent picnic area. It is a beautiful place to gather with family and friends to stay cool. From Rutland State Park, enjoy the beautiful view of Prospect Hill.
Located off of Route 122 near the Long Pond Boat ramp.
Douglas State Forest
Douglas State Forest draws visitors from Connecticut and Rhode Island, as well as Massachusetts. The forest has a rare example of Atlantic White Ceder swampland, which the public can access through a boardwalk trail. At Wallum Lake, visitors enjoy swimming, boating and fishing. Facilities include two pavilions, a boat ramp, swimming beach and picnic area.
107 Wallum Lake Rd., Douglas.
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