National Parks

Freetown Fall River State Forest

Freetown, MA

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Address: Slab Bridge Rd, Assonet, MA 02702, USA Number: 508 644 5522 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

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

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

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.

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Where is it at?


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.

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.

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When can we go?

Daylight access.

Year around

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