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J Harry Rich State Forest
J HARRY RICH STATE FOREST
J HARRY RICH STATE FOREST


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January 3 Flat and with plenty of options by David
Great space where your adventure can link up with other great spots. Coming from Groton on the rail trail, one can take a left at the Common Street crossing (just after the tree farm) and enter J. Harry Rich where the road ends. Then follow the trails and keep the river to your left and eventually you will meet back up to the NRRT. A nice and flat diversion! Also right next to Shepley Hill conservation area, which is very hilly - so I love to mix up the hills with the flatness of the Rich state forest. There are some very nice and secluded spots on the river that are great for picnics or not doing anything.
January 11 J Harry Rich the Man by Peter Rich
J(oseph) Harry Rich was my grandfather. He purchased this land mostly in about 1917. He taught forestry at UMass in Amherst. During the summers, he employed his students to manage the tree farm. They would employ different techniques for pruning, brush clearance and the like to assess the impact of these on growth rates and the quality of the lumber produced. There has never been a man so in love with the forest. I caught my first fish in the Nashua River in about 1960. Of course, in those days we were afraid to eat the fish because of the upstream pollution by various paper mills and such. Although he died in about 1968, he would be pleased that the pollution has been largely mitigated and that his beloved tree farm has been preserved.


Area Campgrounds

The Pines Campground
49 Davis Road
Ashby, MA
978-386-7702


Boston Minuteman
Box 2122 Route 2A
Littleton, MA


Berry's Grove Campground, Inc.
35 Davis St.
Tyngsboro, MA
978-649-3141


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Granite State Rod & Reel
6 Holbrook Dr
Nashua, NH
(603) 880-6031


Mark's Wholesale Bait Co
7 Brook St
Nashua, NH
(603) 882-4934


Blue Northern Trading Co
91 Littleton Rd
Ayer, MA
(978) 772-6779


Hudson Fish & Game Club Inc
53 Pine Rd
Hudson, NH
(603) 889-9875


Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Warren Conference Center Inn - Ashland, MAHotels/Motels
Located on over 100 wooded lakefront acres, overlooking Ashland State Park. Right out our front door you get to truly enjoy the great outdoors. Easy access to trails for hiking, and an area for swimming. Come and enjoy all that Ashland State Park has to offer, and stay at the Warren Center right next door.
Web Site: warrencenter.com
28.4 miles from park*
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J Harry Rich State Forest
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