Harold Parker State Forest

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Harold Parker State Forest now has 35 miles of woodsy trails and roads, ponds, swamps, forests and rocky outcroppings, but evidence of its 18th-century farming and milling operations may be seen here as well. Ruins of houses and unmarked graves can be found on the grounds. Some say that beyond the stone walls at around 3 a.m., an eerie green light and phantom footsteps prove that the place is haunted.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Harold Parker Rd
North Andover, MA
United States

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GPS:
42.61267091579158, -71.09533095324878
County:
Essex County, Massachusetts
Nearest Towns:
North Reading, MA (2.7 mi.)
Andover, MA (3.8 mi.)
Middleton, MA (4.2 mi.)
Lynnfield, MA (5.6 mi.)
Reading, MA (6.0 mi.)
Boxford, MA (6.0 mi.)
Wilmington, MA (6.1 mi.)
North Andover, MA (6.3 mi.)
Tewksbury, MA (7.1 mi.)
Lawrence, MA (7.4 mi.)

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  1. I was wondering around at Harold Park last summer and I was near Berry pond where people sometimes take their dogs for a walk. I was walking down a foot path and I felt a very cold breeze go by me. It was not windy at all that day, and was bright and sunny. I came up to a bridge and when I was halfway across it I heard someone else walking behind me. I stopped and the footsteps behind me stopped. I then ran across and waited at the end of the bridge and the footsteps ran after me. Another cold breeze followed by an god awful smell of rotting food and feet. not sure how to describe this experience but it was quite clear I was not welcome there. I headed back to my car to find someone had written “Go AWAY” in sticks tied together on the hood of my car. I had figured someone was pulling a joke on me (all my friends know im a fan of the blair witch project movies) so I took a look at the sticks to see if there were normal knots tied, but the knots were not normal – they were all two half hitches and taught line knots. not many people know how to tie these knots unless theyre eagle scouts (like me) or have marine knowledge. Also, all the sticks used were of birch trees – I think I noticed about two or three of those trees within about 5 miles that I had walked. I returned to the same spot about a week later and the bridge was gone and in its place was a pile of birch sticks all tied together, again with two half hitch and taught line knots used to tie the sticks together. I decided to take a picture of the pile of tied sticks, and later had it developed. in the photo there was a dead deer laying on the ground with a birch stick in its neck. Despite the obvious hints that I was not welcome, I returned a month or so later when it was the beginning of winter. The bridge had returned, and was made of birch trees tied together. I walked around the bridge instead of over it. when I got to the other side that same god awful smell returned – it was nauseating and almost made me vomit. I looked back at the other side of the bridge and there was a deer standing on the opposite side. It looked at me and then walked away into the woods. I took a photo of the bridge made of birch and later had it developed to again show a dead deer with a stick in its neck. when I returned to my car after the third and final trip there I had four flat tires and birch bark rolled up like scrolls and tied with a taught line on my passenger seat. my car was locked and armed. no windows were broken or signs of forced entry. the interior of my car also smelled like death for the rest of the week. now every time I drive by Berry Pond something strange happens with my car; the headlights turn on/off, the horn beeps uncontrollably, or my car even stalls for no reason.

  2. Was there a boys camp formerly in this park, with building that were still standing in 1978 that might have been used for rentals? I had a very scary experience in the Boxford area, which at the time I was told was a former camp, but do not know where exactly it was. There were 2 two-story buildings, an out-building and a very high tree fort that would have been amazing if the environment had not been so terrifying. Any information on this?

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