There are 2660 acres of Upton State Forest scattered throughout Upton and extending into the towns of Grafton, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Mendon, Northbridge and Westborough. The largest contiguous parcel, headquarters area and parking lot for the major trails are located near the intersection of Westborough and Southborough Roads in Upton.

Several distinct periods define the history of the lands that comprise Upton State Forest. Each has its own significance and contributes to the overall story. The lands were farmed and logged with mills located near sources of water and evidence of that remains today. During the 1930’s the Civilian Conservation Corps was located at what is now the headquarters area. The work they did was instrumental in creating many of the recreational features today including trails and Dean Pond Dam. Their work also included insect control, fire prevention, and tree planting. The buildings they left behind were preserved through reuse through the years. This site will give you a brief overview. For more information you may contact the Friends of Upton State Forest and the following organizations.

Upton Historical Society
PO Box 171
Upton, MA 01568-0171

Upton Historical Commission
PO Box 222
Upton, MA 01568

Entrance to the Headquarters’ Area at Upton State Forest circa 1940’s. Photo taken from Westborough Rd. as it enters Southborough Rd. to the left. CCC Way is in the center and the entrance to the CCC Camp is on the right.

Photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation archives.