Forest Trails

Ames Nowell State Park

Ames Nowell State Park, Linwood Street, Abington, MA, USA


Owned By: Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Cleveland Pond sits at the center of this large property, with 10+ miles of paved and unpaved trails through forest and wetlands. Launch your non-motorized boat on the pond. Equestrians and cyclists are welcome.


A sawmill, and then a grist mill, stood at the northern end of the property in the 1700s, on Beaver Brook. In the 1920s, Edwin Holmes purchased the land and dammed the brook, creating Cleveland Pond. Holmes maintained the land as a bird sanctuary and hunting spot, but was unable to pay taxes on it during the Depression. Ames Nowell — the grandson of Massachusetts Governor Oliver Ames, purchased it next. The park is named for him. Old stone walls deep within the property reveal an agricultural past.

Abington’s Dyer Memorial Library website shares this history: “Long before Abington, Massachusetts became a town, the Algonquins migrated eastward from the Great Lakes region and assimilated with the local tribes. As they settled in, they brought with them the tradition of applying descriptive names to particular localities. Hence when they came upon a meadow with tall grass waving in the wind, they called the place Manamooskeagin, meaning “great green place of shaking grass.” The Abington town seal incorporates its Algonquian name.”

Trail Description

Ten miles of trails and unpaved roads. Some trails are wide, some are narrow. Many are marked with numbered blue blazes, but quite a few are not. Even with the official map, it can be easy to lose your way.

Habitats and Wildlife

The woods surrounding Cleveland Pond are primarily pine and oak, with some beech and holly. There are wetlands too, with swampy areas as well as freshwater marshes. Beaver Brook enters the property from the north and flows through the pond. The pond was created in the 1920s when the brook was dammed for industrial use. Beaver Brook flows south through Abington and Bridgewater, eventually merging with Spring Brook and emptying into the Taunton River.

Ames Nowell State Park, Linwood Street, Abington, MA, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: Yes

Lifeguards: No

Size: 700 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Ample on-site parking.

Cost: Free. Swimming requires an additional fee.

Trail Difficulty: Easy, Medium


Restrooms, pavilion, picnic area with grills, ball field, fishing pier, benches, two boardwalks. Geocache location.

Dogs: All pets must be leashed. Scoop the poop!

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: Taunton River watershed