Summer is here and it's time to do those outdoor adventures!

Outdoors is a lovely place to be when the weather is ideal. Fresh air, sun, and a place to collect your thoughts.

Massachusetts has many state forests, all with varying rules. Most of the state forests are found in the western part of the state, but certainly not all.

What Those Blue Diamonds On Trees In Massachusetts Mean


So many colors and markers out there. On a random walk the other day, I came across two trees beside each other with identical blue diamonds on them.

The writing was small enough that I had to get a closer glimpse only to find that they were boundaries for the Pittsfield State Forest. Those blue diamonds on Massachusetts trees signify borders of a state forest.

Rules are Random for Different State Forests:

  • Camping
  • Alcohol
  • Open Fires
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Dogs
  • ATVs
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Hunting

Make sure you are aware of what is permitted in your state forest of choice.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts List of State Forests

1. Pittsfield State Forest (1041 Cascade St.
Pittsfield, MA 01201).

2. Leominster State Forest (1 Fitchburg Road
Westminster, MA 01473).

3. Daughters of the American Revolution State Forest (78 Cape St.
Goshen, MA 01032)

4. Douglas State Forest (107 Wallum Lake Road
Douglas, MA 01516)

5. October Mountain State Forest (317 Woodland Road
Lee, MA 01238)

6. Freetown-Fall River State Forest (110 Slab Bridge Road
Assonet, MA 02702)

7. Erving State Forest (Erving State Forest
Erving, MA 01344)

8. Savoy Mountain State Forest (260 Central Shaft Road
Florida, MA 01247)

9. Chester-Blandford State Forest (800 US-20
Chester, MA 01011)

10. Willowdale State Forest (252 Ipswich Road
Topsfield, MA 01983)

11. Sandisfield State Forest (Route 183 and East Hill Road
New Marlboro, MA 01230)

12. Tolland State Forest (410 Tolland Road
East Otis, MA 01029)

13. Harold Parker State Forest (305 Middleton Road
North Andover, MA 01845)

14. Myles Standish State Forest (194 Cranberry Rd.
Carver, MA 02330)

15. Manuel F. Correllus State Forest (Barnes Road
Edgartown, MA 02539)

16. Mohawk Trail State Forest (Cold River Road
Charlemont, MA 01339)

17. Brimfield State Forest (86 Dearth Hill Rd. Brimfield MA 01010
Brimfield, MA 01010)

18. Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest (466 W. Hawley Road
Plainfield, MA 01070)

19. Shawme-Crowell State Forest (42 Main St.
Sandwich, MA 02563)

20. Franklin State Forest (80 Forge Hill Rd
Franklin, MA 02038)

21. Lowell-Dracut-Tynsgboro State Forest (Trotting Park Road
Lowell, MA 01850).

Counties with the highest unemployment in Massachusetts

Stacker compiled a list of the counties with the highest unemployment in Massachusetts using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in December 2023.

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