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Coggshall Park, Fitchburg

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Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Situated in the small North Central Massachusetts city of Fitchburg, Coggshall Park was a gift to the City from Mr. Henry Coggshall, an executive of The Fitchburg Gas Company, and his wife in 1894. The initial donation included 86 acres, but the couple subsequently purchased and donated additional parcels to create the 212-acre park that exists today. Coggshall Park also abuts a large parcel of conservation land and a bird sanctuary, providing a total of approximately 300 acres for visitors to enjoy.

Miles of wooded trails crisscross the park, branching out from around Mirror Lake. Stone steps built into a hillside face a gazebo on the water, making this a popular spot for weddings. A classic Stone House on the property was damaged by fire in early 2009, but restoration efforts are in progress. The tables and benches scattered around the park draw picnickers as well as those simply seeking a place to relax. For additional entertainment, there's a playground for children and a frisbee golf course currently in the development stages.

Coggshall Park offers something for every season. Spring brings mountain laurel blooms and the return of the swans, while the the breeze from the lake and the shade of the large pines are ideal for cooling off in the summer. Beautiful foliage brings out the photographers in autumn, and winter provides the opportunity for skating on Mirror Lake and cross-country skiing or snowshoeing on the array of trails.

HOURS: Coggshall Park is generally open from 8 am until dusk, or as posted at the entrance gate.
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  • The small lake is beautiful, with a walking trail all around it. We met a member of the citizens group that supports the park, and she told us the fascinating history. We also walked into the woods.....  more »
  • Love this park! Over 200 acres with hiking trails and winding roads that lead to a lovely pond with a bandstand extending into the pond. This place is a peaceful oasis about 1 mile from downtown...  more »
  • Beautiful, tranquil spot with big, old pines, boulders and easy walking trails. Perfect place for kids and adults. My grandmother used to take me here many years ago. I took my wife and baby girls here for the first time the other day. Great time. Quintessential New England!
  • It's a beautiful pond. There is a lot of wildlife that clearly is not afraid of human interaction (i.e. squirrels, turtles, geese, fish, etc). It's nice to go for a quick stroll around nature. If you're in the area it's a very nice pit stop, otherwise I wouldn't go out of my way to visit. Also, there's a disc golf course that I have yet to try.

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