Wrentham State Forest; Wrentham, MA

Last Visited: Friday; May 11, 2012

What to do here:  Wrentham State Forest is a large parcel of land just off I-495, Route 1 and near the end of Route 152.  It is used for a lot of different activities, including the following:

  • Hiking:  There are several miles of hiking trails at Wrentham State Forest that skirt near several swamps and I-495.  The trails are a combination of older roads that are no longer in use, multi-use trails and paths through the woods.  Trails aren’t well marked and the map that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has online doesn’t have much detail on it.  Also, this isn’t a full state park but a state forest instead so the trails aren’t as well maintained
    Brook flowing under trail bridge at Wrentham State Forest.

    Brook flowing under trail bridge at Wrentham State Forest.

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  • Motorized Vehicle/Dirt-bike Trails:  Limited motorized off-road vehicle use is permitted in Wrentham State Forest.  Primarily motorcycle/dirt-bike usage

    Multi-use trail at Wrentham State Forest

    Multi-use trail at Wrentham State Forest

  • Hunting:  Hunting is permitted in Wrentham State Forest during the various seasons for different wildlife.  Please make sure that if you’re there for something other than hiking during hunting season (mainly late summer into the fall) that you and any pets are wearing blaze orange.
  • Dog Friendly:  There were no rules banning dogs at Wrentham State Forest however there is a lot of swamp and tight spaces that probably don’t make it the best choice for a place to take a dog for a trip out.

How to get here:  Wrentham State Forest is located near the intersection of Routes 495 and 1 South of Boston in Wrentham, MA.  From route 495 take exit 14 for Route 1 South.  At the intersection of Taunton St & Route 152 with Route 1 take a left onto Taunton St like you are heading towards the plaza with Target.  Continue pass the plaza and the main lot for Wrentham State Forest is on your left right after you pass over I-495.

Main parking lot at Wrentham State Forest.

Main parking lot at Wrentham State Forest.

Facilities, Fees and other information:  Wrentham State Forest is a minimally developed area and the trails aren’t well marked.  Parking is free, there are no facilities and though there is a map, it isn’t as useful as it should be.  Also, with warmer and wetter weather be sure to bring lots of bug spray.  The swamps and standing water breeds LOTS of mosquitoes.

Swamp at Wrentham State Forest

Swamp at Wrentham State Forest

The map for Wrentham State Forest can be found at the following link:  http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/trails/wrentham.pdf