Granville State Forest
Located along the southern border of Massachusetts in the towns of Granville and Tolland, this state forest's 2,426 acres, borders with Connecticut's 9,152 acre Tunxis State Forest, creating a sense of tranquil remoteness. Formerly, this extensive rolling terrain was once the hunting and fishing ground of the Tunxis tribe, later becoming open farmland and pastures; now slowly reverting back into a northern hardwood-conifer forest. In 1749 the first English pioneer to this area, Samuel Hubbard, settled along the banks of the river now bearing his name. Enjoy a walk along the Hubbard River as it cascades through natural rock formations forming pools and waterfalls, dropping a rapid 450 feet in 2.5 miles.
Recreation at Granville includes a wooded camping area with toilet and shower facilities, offering access to nearby regional tourist attractions. Other popular activities include bird watching, wildlife viewing, snowshoeing, and mountain biking.
Mountain bikers can enjoy the forest's many trails.
The wooded camping area offers toilet and shower facilities. Camping season is late-May through mid-October. Reservations are suggested. Office hours may vary, call for information. Camping is available only at designated sites; wilderness camping is not permitted. A limited number of sites are available for RVs up to 35 ft. in length. No hook-ups or trailer waste station are available. Note: the Rte. 57 approach to park is mountainous.
Visitors can fish in the Hubbard River.
Enjoy a walk along the Hubbard River as it cascades through natural rock formations forming pools and waterfalls, dropping a rapid 450 feet in 2.5 miles.
Horseback riders can enjoy the forest's many trails.
Restricted hunting is available; call for details.
In winter, cross-country skiiers and showshoers can enjoy the miles of trail in the forest.
The forest is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Access is free. Camping season is late-May through mid-October.
From the East/MassPike (I-90): Take Exit 3 in Westfield. Turn right onto MA Rte. 10/US Rte. 202 south, though Westfield and Southwick, for 6.7 miles. Turn right onto MA Rte. 57 west and follow for 12.3 miles, through the center of Granville. Turn left onto West Hartland Road (unpaved) and continue for 1.6 miles to park headquarters; or 2 miles to campground entrance.
From the West/ MassPike (I-90): Take Exit 2 in Lee. Follow US Rte. 20 east 6.6 miles. Turn right onto Rte. 8 south and continue for 13.7 miles to New Boston. Turn left onto MA Rte. 57 east and continue for 6.5 miles. Turn right onto West Hartland Road (unpaved) and continue for 1.6 miles to park headquarters; or 2 miles to campground entrance.
From the East, North or South/ I-91: Take Exit 3, Follow Route 57 west, and through the center of Granville, for 23.1 miles. Turn left onto West Hartland Road (unpaved) and continue for 1.6 mile to park headquarters; or 2 miles to campground entrance.