Myles Standish State Forest - 194 Cranberry Road, S.Carver, MA


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Myles Standish State Forest

Myles Standish State Forest

Sprawling across the southern sections of Plymouth and Carver, Myles Standish State Forest is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southeastern Massachusetts. More than 470 campsites are tucked in the forest or set along the edges of four of the park’s 16 ponds. Two visitor use areas offer picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing. Fifteen miles of bicycle trails, 20 miles of equestrian trails, 35 miles of recreational vehicle trails, and three miles of hiking trails take visitors deep into the forest, which includes one of the largest contiguous pitch pine / scrub oak communities north of Long Island.

Scattered throughout Myles Standish State Forest are several ecologically significant coastal plain “kettle” ponds. the shores of the kettle ponds are extremely sensitive to off-road vehicle use and trampling. Please observe barriers and signs posted indicating sensitive areas and respect the unique natural qualities of the park. Hunting is allowed during the season, and two Wildlife Management Areas within the forest are stocked with game birds in October and November.
In the summer, interpretive programs such as pond shore walks, cranberry bog explorations, and fire tower tours help acquaint visitors with the unique natural, cultural and historic aspects of the state forest. Camping and Day Use Areas MSSF offers four camping areas, tucked into the forest or set along the edges of some of the larger ponds. One loop is set aside specifically for horse camping and another is for group camping. Camping reservations can be made through or by calling 1-877-422-6762.
A day-use area at College Pond offers picnicking and swimming during the summer months. Picnic tables are available year-round at the Headquarters and East Entrance.
The campground office hours are 8am–8pm. The regular camping season is from mid-April through mid-October. Make sure you stay within the designated areas when swimming.