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Freetown Fall River State Forest Assonet

Where is it at?

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Freetown Fall River State Forest
Slab Bridge Road
Assonet
MA
02702
Tel: 508 644 5522

Directions

From the north: Take Rte. 24 south to exit 10. Bear left onto South Main Street. Turn left at four corners onto Rte. 79 north and right onto Elm Street which then turns into Slab Bridge Road; continue for 1.5 miles to the forest entrance.

Where are we going today?

Are you excited to get out and enjoy a family day out filled with adventure, fun, activities and nature - all in the beautiful New England? Just head to Freetown Fall River State Forest, and that's exactly what you'll enjoy!

This beautiful forest is only 15 minutes from New Bedford, and is actually a park that slowly grew from the 1930s to the 1950s - and now it makes up an amazing place for families just like yours to go!

The day use area is right next to the main entrance. Here, you will find a host of fun activities including a picnic area, fields, and a wading pool. This is perfect if you have little ones in the family, or just want a simple park experience.

The remainder of Freetown Fall River State Forest is 50 miles of unpaved trails and roads. It's the perfect place for horseback riders, dog sledders, snowmobilers and mountain bikers to enjoy. If you are serious hikers, you will really enjoy getting out there.

If you love to spend time together just relaxing by the river waiting for that catch, then you are in luck because Rattlesnake Brook meanders through much of the park, and is stocked each spring with brook trout. Just sit there and take it all in - a beautiful spot!

There is also some history to explore at Profile Rock, which is a 50 ft outcropping. It shows a profile of what the Wampanoags believe to be Chief Massasoit. 227 acres of the forest is the Watuppa Reservation where the annual tribe meetings are still held. Amazing cultural learning for the kids. 

Don't just wait for the sun when there is year round fun at this New England park!

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When can we go?

Daylight access.

Year around

I'm Hungry!

There are picnic areas where you can enjoy your homemade lunch with the family..

Healthy Eating!

Make sure you have plenty of bottled water and healthy snacks, especially if you are heading out into the trails. .

Any Top Tips?

There is an amazing scenic viewing area where it's worth taking some time at!.

Doing our bit

The parks team really make sure this amazing area of nature is protected and looked after. Make sure you assist them by picking up after yourself. .

Need a little extra help?

There are accessible restrooms at the park. It's best to stick with the day use area if you have limited mobility. The rest of the park is off road. .

More information

Make sure you travel prepared, with hats and sunscreen too. .

What people are saying?

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    This place is pretty great, except for it's history. To me, Profile Rock is the best part of the forest. Once you climb it, you can sit down and see for miles in any direction. The view is amazing. Inside the forest itself, it is nice. I used to ride my bike with my dad here a few times. I've seen some crazy stuff here, and some nice scenery. Overall, it is nice. If you take your kids here, you might not want to tell them about the history of murder here. And make sure to leave before nightfall, it gets very scary at night, and you can sometimes...Read More

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    tons of trails and good times

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    Good home for a casino

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    Sitting on top of the huge rock after carefully climbing up it,just staring out over the whole forest was breathtaking.

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    Awsome park for the more extreme stuff like dirt biking, mountain biking, and rock climbing. This park is unlike most in the SE and is a bit large for starters. Trials are only marked in certain places and the total footage of the park is 50sq miles! Alot of dirt roads you could get lost on. Plus its haunted, if your into that.

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by Tyler Bonenfant

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This place is pretty great, except for it's history. To me, Profile Rock is the best part of the forest. Once you climb it, you can sit down and see for miles in any direction. The view is amazing. Inside the forest itself, it is nice. I used to ride my bike with my dad here a few times. I've seen some crazy stuff here, and some nice scenery. Overall, it is nice. If you take your kids here, you might not want to tell them about the history of murder here. And make sure to leave before nightfall, it gets very scary at night, and you can sometimes see balls of light.

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