State Parks

Five state parks offer boating, swimming, picnicking, walking trails, and horseback-riding.

Ashland State Park

Ashland State Park

Route 135, Ashland 01721
508-881-4092 (Summer), 508-435-4303

470-acre, multiuse park with swimming, picnicking, boating, fishing, bicycling, and hiking.

Callahan State Park

Callahan State Park

Millwood Street, Framingham 01701

508-653-9641 

A favorite place for dog walkers, this park also offers horseback-riding, fishing, cross-country skiing, and hiking.

Cochituate State Park

Cochituate State Park

93 Commonwealth Road, Wayland 01778

508-653-9641 

Day-use park for boating, swimming, windsurfing, fishing, and picnicking.

Hopkinton State Park

Hopkinton State Park

164 Cedar Street, Hopkinton 01748

508-435-4303 

Recreational activities including two lifeguarded swimming beaches, stocked fishing, 12 picnic sites, boat rentals, 10 miles of marked trails, open field space, and boat launching ramp for non-motorized watercraft.

Whitehall State Park

Whitehall State Park

Route 135, Hopkinton 01748

508-435-5303 

This park offers boating, fishing, a public boat ramp, hiking trails, biking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.

Recreation - Fall Walking Trail

Recreation - BAA Start

Recreation - Bowditch

Community Spotlight - Milford

Settled as part of the town of Mendon in 1662, Milford made a name for itself as an early New England mill and mining town. Conveniently located on the Charles, Mill, and Blackstone rivers, the town utilized its natural resources to drive its early economic rise.

 

In addition to ample waterpower, the area yielded large deposits of beautiful pink Milford granite, discovered in 1870. Highly sought after, the polished stone was utilized in projects the world over and was even used in the building of the Washington Monument and the original Penn Station in New York City.

 

Just as Milford’s geography played a large part in the town’s early success, so too has its location provided a push for its latest revitalization over the past half-century. As the town’s economy stalled in the middle part of the 20th century, many residents made their way to other areas in search of work. Luckily, in 1969, Interstate 495 was built, making Milford easily accessible to this new corridor of transportation. Since then, the growing town has been moving at highway speeds.

 

Milford is still all about growth, especially growing locally, and you don’t have to look any farther than CraftRoots Brewing for proof. Not satisfied with simply joining in on the emerging craft beer scene, the local brewery and taproom was named the fastest growing brewery in the entire nation in 2018.

 

Community events continue to grow as well, with the inaugural July 4th parade in 2018 and the Celebrate Milford festival now in its third successful year.