Late October fall foliage opportunity
This is an easy fall foliage trip and to make a great outing for family. This is just up the road from Salem Mass, and if you jump on Route 114 heading towards Lawrence and Andover you’ll find the turnoff about 6.6 miles from I-95 (just follow the signs).
I was exploring the different back roads off of Route 114 in my backyard of the Merrimack Valley. If you go and bring up Google maps or a DeLorme Gazetteer you will see more state forest in and conservation areas and you can shake a stick at.
The simplest way to arrive at the Harold Parker state forest is to take 114 and get off on Harold Parker road. You will travel almost one-mile and arrived at Stearns pond which is where I found the great blue Heron you see in the picture below.
I photographed this day on 20 October and as you get later in the month you getting a lot closer to the seashore and finding fall color. This trip offers a lot of back road exploration from tiny ponds to farm roads and unfortunately also a large number of McMansions.
map of Harold Parker state forest
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