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Forge Pond was the first exciting place I took Cooper because it was located right behind the house we were living in at the time. It is a small local park that I believe is underutilized because people simply don't know that it exists unless they live nearby.
During the fall, winter and spring, we were almost always the only people/dogs there. It gets a little busier on nice summer days though (especially weekends). The summer season at this beach runs from June - August, which seems to be the only time of year with restrictions. For more information, click here.
Please note that Westford has a 24-hour leash law.
Here are the positive features:
- Free, paved parking
- Large fresh water pond with small sandy beach
- Short trails in the woods (great for potty breaks)
- Swing set and slide for the kids
- Picnic tables
- Fishing allowed (appropriate permits required)
- Canoes/kayaks allowed
- Often empty in off-season, during weekdays, or in the evening
- Pretty New England views
- Breakfast place, pizza place & convenience store are right next to the park
- In the summer, non-residents must pay $5 per person to park
- In the summer, dogs are not allowed on the sandy beach (but you can walk around in the woods nearby and dogs are allowed on the beach in the early morning/evening)
- The park is somewhat small (1-2 acres)
- They don't usually plow the road in the winter
- There are a lot of snowmobiles on the pond in the winter