If you really want a true adventure in the woods, you should definitely head on over to Freetown-Fall River State Forest, and do it very soon. This beautiful, amazing and vast swath of state-owned forest is really the perfect destination for all the types of fun and adventures outdoor recreation that you want to enjoy.
With all of its convenient location just north of Fall River and New Bedford, you can for sure find yourself among the tall pines within minutes of home. Many people well know of Freetown-Fall River State Forest because of its popular Profile Rock, a 50-foot outcropping that resembles a profile believed to be Chief Massasoit.
This beautiful open area is making up one of the largest public portion of the Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve, which is a 13,600-acre area of loved and protected land that stretches across Fall River and Freetown. So If you really want to explore the Bioreserve, the state forest is definitely a great place to start.
With 50 miles of trails and unpaved roads, there’s a lot to discover at Freetown-Fall River State Forest. With two main trail networks and one begins at the forest headquarters, you can walk for miles along wide gravel roads and bridle paths, or journey deeper into the forest on a maze of smaller multi-use trails.
Being known as one of the largest unfragmented forests in eastern Massachusetts, this amazing forest protects all types of special ecosystem that provides a safe habitat for countless wildlife species. With so many things to discover, make sure you keep an eye out for woodland mammals like deer, foxes, and chipmunks scattered throughout the forest.
You can also make sure to stop by and visit in the spring when frogs, turtles, and salamanders bring the wetlands and enjoy freshwater fishing. These thick forests are also natural filters that buffer the streams and ponds so they can supply public drinking fresh water to all the residents of Freetown and Fall River.