Love music? History? A strong community? The great outdoors? Then you will love Athol.
Perfectly situated between the awe-inspiring Tully Mountains to the north and the Quabbin Reservoir to the south, Athol abounds with outdoor opportunities. Athol is a part of Worcester County in north-central Massachusetts. The Millers River is adjacent to Cass Meadow, with 14 acres of magical trails that are alive with birds, butterflies, and dragonflies.
Here are a few of the local attractions you will enjoy in the Athol area:
* The Alan E. Rich Environmental Park, near the bridge on Main Street, provides habitat for plants, as well as small boat, canoe, and kayak access to the river.
* The Athol Memorial Hospital is only four miles away.
* Take an exciting day trip to Boston, about 60 miles away.
* The Friends of the Athol Public Library organizes craft workshops, author visits, book-signings, and a variety of interesting events.
* Community-wide festivals include Summerfest and River Rat Race, the town’s largest event -- a 300-plus canoe race that draws thousands of people to the banks of the river.
* Check out the six historic public nature areas, including Bearsden Forest, with its great hiking trails, bridges, paths, ponds, old quarries, and campsites. In addition, the Athol History Trail is worth a visit.
* Music-lovers will enjoy the free Tool Town Live series at Town Hall, Uptown Common, and Fish Park.
* Join and outdoors club, like the Woodsman Rifle and Pistol Club or the Athol Bird and Nature Club.
* The southern part of Athol is one of the most beautiful places to hike in the area.
* Looking to hook some fish? Make a stop by Fish Park, Lake Ellis, and Silver Lake. At Lake Ellis, you can also swim, play tennis, and skate.
* Hit balls at the 18-hole Ellinwood Country Club.
* Enroll in sports and practical classes at the downtown YMCA.