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 - Hudson

Overview

Sitting on the bank of the Assabet River, on the western edge of Middlesex County, Hudson has come to embody the quintessential “new New England town.” While maintaining its charming, traditional essence, the town’s revamped downtown area has injected an air of trendiness and excitement to go along with its serene natural beauty.

History

Previously a village of Marlborough, Hudson was incorporated as its own town in 1866. Taking full advantage of its location along the Assabet River, the town quickly became a thriving factory town and home to 17 different shoe factories, even becoming known as “Shoe Town.” The availability of work opportunities made it an ideal place for immigrants to come to work and raise a family, and the land was settled by newcomers of predominantly Irish and Portuguese descent.

Local Offerings

With an influx of younger residents, Hudson has become a trendier, contemporary town, and its culinary offerings reflect this demographic shift. For those who enjoy a local craft brew, there’s Medusa Brewing Company and Ground Effect Brewing Company, which pair perfectly with a variety of artisanal cheeses from downtown’s Mullahy’s cheese shop. For the even younger crowd, Hudson offers many ways to pass the time, including Cellucci Skate and Splash Park and Roller Kingdom. For those looking to liven up their personal style or home décor, Hudson’s downtown is home to several clothing and home goods boutiques with offerings from both local and international artisans. Although these local shops and boutiques add to the charm of Hudson, it is still home to many of the big-box stores that simply make life a little more convenient.