Harold Parker State Forest

A quick look North of Boston at the Harold Parker State Forest

Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, camping and picnicking.

Entrance to state forest

As the middle of October arrives in my neck of the woods, my trips begin to get more relaxed because I don’t have to drive nearly as far to find beautiful color.

Just 10 miles away is the Harold Parker state forest (42°37’32″ N 71°4’11″ W) and for those who like to get out into the woods but don’t want to over exert themselves, then this is a place for you.

biking in the state forest and trails

biking in the state forest and trails

Overall they’ve got 3000 acres of ponds, swamps, rolling hills and rocky outcroppings. There is camping from May through September and visitors use the logging roads and trails for hiking, walking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.

Wildlife abounds in the state forest and people fish from non-motorized boats or the shore. Birders of all stripes will be happy with the numbers of feathered friends that they can find along the trails.

The great blue heron waits in the golden autumn colored grass waiting for breakfast.

Blue heron waiting for breakfast to move.

From the Harold Parker state forest you can travel a short distance into Middleton mass or Andover Massachusetts. A short drive further will take you into either New Hampshire or up into Cape Ann where you can explore the areas around Gloucester and Rockport. You can read about the hidden images of Gloucester in this article.

fall colors reflected on the pond.

fall colors reflected on the pond.

While I can stop in here anytime during the year, the autumn in the Harold Parker state forest is my favorite time. The marsh grasses turn a golden hue and  the Maples and other deciduous trees give a wonderful show of autumn reflections on the surface of the ponds.

No matter what time of the year you come to visit Harold Parker state forest, you’ll find both relaxation and quiet contemplation to be the order of the day.

Jeff “Foliage” Folger

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I recently had one of my images receive a nice recognition on fine Art America.

Marblehead Massachusetts is a Short Dr., North of Boston. I live in the next town over and wind so motivated to get up before the dawn, (coffee is usually required) I’m sometimes lucky enough and rewarded with an image like this. I took many images this particular morning and this one with the sun streaming through the clouds and the horizon all pink and orange just made me want to share with you.

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Three different groups featured this Marblehead Massachusetts sunrise on their pages. This is my way of showing appreciation for receiving this recognition.

Marblehead harbor from Crocker Park. The sun breaks through the clouds streaming down to the water showing pinks and oranges on the horizon as the sun begins to climb the water is flat and motionless reflecting the color of the morning

cloudy sunrise on Marblehead harbor

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Taftsville Covered Bridge back from the dead

The taftsville bridge prior to renovation or Irene. it was a little beat up but it was useful

The taftsville bridge prior to renovation or Irene

The Taftsville covered bridge which was one of Vermont’s oldest covered bridges (built circa 1836) and was mostly destroyed in August 2011  by tropical storm Irene.

After Irene rolled through New England many of our covered bridges were in need of renovations

After Irene rolled through New England

The Storm took down half the over all structure and left the road closed between Woodstock and Quechee for two years. The Taftsville covered bridge was a well used road used by locals traveling between Quechee and Woodstock Vermont and spans the Ottauquechee river.  The local businesses have held on because a lot of customers use this bridge to get from one side to the other. The only other way is to go up on the highway to come in from the other side.

As you can see here the kings truss beams were the only thing keeping the two sides of the river connected with each other.

The bridge grand re-opening,  On Sept 7th 2013

A view from the Quechee side looking at Taftsville

A view from the Quechee side looking at Taftsville

On Sept 7th 2013 the covered bridge was officially reopened.

The interesting fact was the bridge was scheduled for a 1.9 million refit in 2012 but these plans were scraped when Tropical storm Irene came through.

The Overall cost exceeded 2.5 million and was in jeopardy due to president Barack Obama wanting to remove funding from the historic buildings bill that was funded in 2009.

The take down crew came from the Wright Brothers Construction and the new construction was done by Alpine Construction. As you can see, even though the economy is down they still managed to get the funding needed to bring the old bridge back for future generations to enjoy.

I don’t know if the current construction is the same mixed King truss and Queen truss construction but as soon as I get word I will update this writing.

Jeff “Foliage” Folger

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