If you find your RV travels bring you to south-central Massachusetts, especially in June, you might want to consider stopping at Moore State Park for several reasons. It’s free, dog-friendly, RV accessible and more.
You’ll find the Park at 1 Sawmill Rd in Paxton. The parking lot is large enough for an RV. There is also a sizable handicapped parking lot. If you have any questions about the size of your rig you can call the park office at 508-792-3969.
Once parked, you walk down a windy tarred road lined with flowering plants and then arrive in the main park of this mill-town turned park.
About mid-June most of the rhododendrons are in bloom. We took this particular trip June 3rd and while there were many splashes of color, most of the ‘rhodies’ had yet to bloom.
Moore State Park is a peaceful 400-acre retreat in the heart of central Massachusetts, Moore was the site of grist and saw mills from 1747 through the early part of this century. It then became a private estate.
What remains today is the best of both: stone mill foundations, a restored sawmill, and mountains of glorious rhododendrons, azaleas and mountain laurel. The flowers cascade down hills, line wooded paths and decorate waterfalls.
There is no fee to get into the park and it’s also dog-friendly. You could easily spend a couple of hours walking the trails, admiring the views, eating a picnic lunch on one of the many picnic tables.
Laurie and I learned of this scenic park when we belonged to a local camera club. There is a particular spot on the property that has been named Artist’s Outlook which is a favorite for photographers and artists.
We also caught a wedding that happened on their covered bridge, walked the trail called Judy’s Secret Garden, and checked out the old ‘school house.’
To complete a day in this area, you could check out a community of trappist monks at the nearby St. Joseph’s Abbey, located in Spencer, MA. Learn about the life of a monk and explore the area.
You can also purchase Trappist jams and jellies as well as a fine selection of religious books and other gifts which are available at the Abbey bookshop located at the entrance to the property.
Also close by is Brookfield Orchards where you can explore a great country store, enjoy their seasonal snack bar and pick out some apples grown right there. Parking is plentiful and admission is free. At the right time of the year you can even pick your own apples.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our RV adventure in this part of Massachusetts.