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Description - A peaceful 400-acre retreat in the heart of central Massachusetts, Moore was the site of grist and saw mills from 1747 through the early part of this century. It then became a private estate. What remains today is the best of both: stone mill foundations, a restored sawmill, and mountains of glorious rhododendrons, azaleas and mountain laurel. The flowers cascade down hills, line wooded paths and decorate waterfalls. The power of falling water was early New England's primary energy source. Turkey Hill Brook, dropping 90 feet in less than a quarter mile, was a good mill site, and as many as five separate mills may have been built here. The remnants of the mill-village at Moore give a glimpse of the old rural manufacturing economy which was displaced by the industrial developments of the nineteenth century.

Attractions - Moore State Park is known for it's beautiful foliage, waterfalls and historic mills. Visitors can enjoy the scenery as well as several recreational opportunities.

Recreation - Recreational activities at Moore State Park include; canoeing, fishing, hiking, hunting, cross-country skiing, walking trails, scenic viewing area and historic sites.

Climate - Massachusetts experiences four distinct seasons with slightly varying temperatures in the inland and coastal regions. Along the coast the water is a moderating factor that often prevents large amounts of snowfall from accumulating through the winter. Summer temperatures are usually cooler than low lying inland areas, due to ocean breezes. This region of the country experiences high humidity in the summer season and temperatures that average close to 80 degrees F. Fall and Spring are pleasant times to visit the region with crisp air and low humidity. Brilliant foliage colors can be found in the central and western regions of the state in late September and October. Winter temperatures can be brutally cold on occasion with a humidity-filled wind, but on average winter daytime temperatures reach 35 degrees F and lows reach into the teens. Spring is usually the wettest time of year, but trees, bushes and flowers are blooming by early May.

Location - The park is located off of Rte 31 in mid-central Massachusetts. From Worcester: Take 290 West to Exit # 18 or Rte 290 East to Exit #17. Follow Rte 9 West to set of lights at Park Ave., go straight through lights(don’t follow Rte 9 anymore) following the Worcester airport signs to junction with Rte 122 North in Tatnuck Square, continue straight up the hill on Rte 122N to Paxton Center, take a left onto Rte 31 South. Park will be 1 ¼ mile on your right.

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Moore State Park, 1 Sawmill Road , Paxton, MA, 01612, Phone: 508-792-3969

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