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Moore State Park, Paxton

Moore State Park is a 737acre public recreation area located in the town of Paxton, Massachusetts, portions of which were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Moore State Park Historic District in 2004. Features of the state park include historical building foundations, a restored sawmill, Eames Pond, waterfalls and mill chutes as well as abundant azaleas, rhododendrons, and mountain laurel. The park is managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
A portion of the land within Moore State Park was once the home of at least five 18th- and 19th-century watermills that were powered by Turkey Hill Brook, which cascades 90 feet over a 400-foot run. The first mills on the site were a gristmill and sawmill built as early as 1747. Visible remnants of the mill village include a triphammer, quarry, schoolhouse, and tavern. In the early 20th century, the property became a private estate, large portions of which were subsequently included in the state park. In 2003, park staff working with the American Chestnut Foundation created a large plantation of experimentally bred chestnut trees as part of efforts to return blight-resistant American chestnut trees to the United States.
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  • I love Moore state park because it is so pretty. My favorite time to go is actually the fall, even though it’s amazing for all seasons. Don’t forget to bring a camera if you go, some great shots will ...  more »
  • This review is posted for folks interested in seeing the shrubs in bloom. My husband and I visited the park on Sun. May 26, 2019 and noticed about one third of the rhododendrons along main path had fl...  more »
  • Although you would have to walk some distance but when you do walk through it, you won't regret it. I love the beautiful gazebo that overlooks the beautiful pond on one side and a small waterfall underneath on the other side. The park provides chairs to sit and enjoy the beautiful view. If your lucky, you may even get a chance to see a water lily. 😍😍😍 I'm an event planner, I always imagine decorating that gazebo for a beautiful engagement proposal or a mini wedding ceremony. This place is definitely not for kids though, they're no playground, so definitely not a kids place. I would recommend this place for for couples. Like I said before, rather you are looking for a place to propose or a small wedding ceremony or even looking for a place to take beautiful photos, this is definitely the place. Its bigger than what I'm describing it to be so don't think it's not worth checking out. They also have trail walks. 😍😍😍 Love this place. Oh you may want to put on some bug repellent lotion or spray, the park is full of bugs especially those annoying yet dangerous mosquitoes.
  • Decided to take a day off from work and do some easy hiking not too far from home. Found this place online and decided to check it out--the waterfall and the mill looked pretty cool. Drove here on a beautiful summers day (weekday) and really had a relaxing day just exploring the park. Unfortunately the waterfall wasn't "falling" haha it was almost dried up but it was still pretty nice to explore around the Mill. I walked all the trails on the provided trail map and thoroughly enjoyed the park.

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