Dates Visited: July 3 & 4, 2016
Location: 428 North St, Feeding Hills (Agawam), MA
Cost: $8 for MA vehicle, $10 for non-MA vehicle
Parking: There are about 50 parking spots in the park itself at various designated parking areas. There are also several entrances besides the actual entrance to the park where you can park for free but there are gates at these entrances and you have to walk rather than drive to the beach and fields in the park.
Time To Allot For Visit: 3 to 4 hours to hike the entire park
Size of the park: 800 acres, 5 miles of frontage on the Westfield River
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: walking trails, stream, beach, picnic area, fields, lots of wildlife, great for bikers, joggers, walkers and dogs
Known for its abundant wildlife, long paved trail and scenic views of the Westfield River, Robinson State Park is one of my favorite parks to visit. I love the paved, winding trail and abundant wildlife. I have jogged the main trail hundreds, if not thousands, of times. The wide paved trail is wide enough to accommodate joggers, bikers, walkers and even vehicles (cars are allowed on the main paved trail during the summer months only).
About a mile or a little more than a mile from the main entrance there is a small beach next to a grassy area for people to relax and sun themselves. If you’re lucky, you may even see a tadpole.
One thing to keep in mind is there are a lot of bugs in the area. Since it is located by a stream of water, bugs and mosquitoes are a real problem, especially during the summer months. So, either cover up or use bug spray if you plan on hiking the various trails. Another downside to the park, if you want to call it that, is that some trails just seem to end…right in people’s backyards. This happened on two of the side trails I ventured on. No biggie. You just turn around and come back the way you came. But it can be anticlimactic and annoying (for the homeowner as much as it would be for you).
The Westfield River runs along the paved trail giving off some pretty views. There are some side trails you can use to get a better view.
There is a pond just down the trail from the beach. I heard lots of frogs, toads and other wildlife in the pond but they are pretty well hidden.
Robinson Park is also teeming with wildlife. In fact, Westfield, one of the cities the park borders, is known for its black squirrels. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any during my visit or at least none that I could photograph. But, there were plenty of other animals visible at the park the days I visited.
There is also a pond and a variety of trees, plants, flowers and berries along the trails.
The trails are well defined and there are a number of bridges at the park.
Because it has such a wide main trail and lots of area to roam, Robinson Park is a great place to walk your dog and I ran into quite a few cute dogs during my visits.
Oliver is an 11 year old Collie and Chow mix.
Josie is a 9 year old Cocker Spaniel.
And Bruno is a 2 year old Shepherd and Lab mix rescue.
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