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Driving down the West Hartland Road, the long dirt road that leads into Granville State Forest, you can't help but feel a reassuring sense of remoteness. The forest itself is spectacular-a relatively even mix of conifers and deciduous trees that includes a lot of maples, whose green leaves reflect the summer sun and illuminate the forest. You'll find Granville State Forest in the southwestern corner of Massachusetts. The southern edge of the forest is actually right on the Connecticut border. There used to be two separate camping areas here-Hubbard River and Halfway Brook. While the Hubbard River area had a more wilderness feel to it, this area is currently closed, and has been for several years. If you're interested in this area, contact the ranger station and ask when it may reopen.
The Halfway Brook campsites are a bit further up the road from where the Hubbard River sites were. The Halfway Brook sites are nestled within a fairly dense forest of mostly hardwoods. It's a relatively small camping area, with only 22 sites. It's deep within the borders of the state forest, so it's nice and quiet. In the evening, all you'll hear are the birds as they settle down for the night, the soft rush of Halfway Brook, and the crackle of your campfire.