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Visiting Harvard Forest

Camping is not permitted at Harvard Forest, but local Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels and Campgrounds can be found easily within a 20 mile radius.  You can also find directions to local resources (i.e. groceries, pharmacies etc...).

Horseback riding is permitted on the dirt roads at Harvard Forest. Please be aware that research vehicles, hikers, and mountain bikers may also be using these roads at any time.Visit for other recreation policies at Harvard Forest

Except for a few intensive research areas and the vicinity of Harvard Pond, which is a wildlife preserve, hunting is allowed at Harvard Forest in the seasons and according to the regulations in the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife abstracts ( Intensive research areas where hunting is restricted are clearly posted.

See our map (2017) of the areas where hunting is restricted.

(978) 724-3595(Fax)
(978) 724-3302 (Voice)

324 North Main Street, Petersham MA 01366

**Please note: The Fisher Museum will be closed for renovations from Nov. 1, 2016 to April 1, 2017. The interpretive trails will remain open during this time.**
The Fisher Museum's Summer Hours (May through October) are 9:00am -5:00pm on weekdays, and 12:00pm - 4:00pm on weekends.
Winter Hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm on weekdays.
The Museum is closed on University holidays.
Visit the Museum page for Special Events and Closings. 

Harvard Forest Offices are open weekdays: 8:30am - 4:30pm