Sprawling across the southern sections of Plymouth and Carver, Myles Standish State Forest is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southeastern Massachusetts. MSSF offers five camping areas, tucked into the forest or set along the edges of four of the park's 16 ponds. All are beautifully maintained and a section of the Charge Pond area is set aside specifically for horse camping. A day-use area at College Pond offers picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing. Fifteen miles of bicycle trails, 35 miles of equestrian trails and 13 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 these kettle ponds are extremely sensitive to trampling. Please observe the barriers and signs posted indicating sensitive areas and respect the unique natural qualities of the park. No off-road vehicles allowed. 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 pondshore walks and cranberry bog explorations help acquaint visitors with the unique natural, cultural and historic aspects of the state forest.

Very nice hike with my 9 year old

5 months ago

Well marked and well maintained. Trail was an easy loop for our 9 year old.

Great spot for some hiking.

9 months ago

10 months ago

Great during the off season. Husband and I went hiking on the Bentley loop. Great place to spend a Sunday.

cross country skiing
11 months ago

Nice easy hike beautiful pine forest

Plenty of paves bike path winding through the woods. Not much in the way of views or destinations but, a good workout.

Quick easy loop. Would do it again.

I highly recommend Curlew pond for camping. The Bentley Loop is nearby and is a nice, easy hike that is great for dogs.

Great flat land walking trails, or trails for bikes. Many ponds for kayaking and beautiful foliage in the fall.

Love love love this State Park. If you love nature and being outdoors, you won't be bored here

I walked the 3+ mile trail around the reservoir. Easily navigated, picturesque. A good short hike!

3 years ago

Easy paved and natural paths throughout. Beautiful forest, wonderful natural souroundings.

3 years ago


5 years ago

There are multiple ponds to camp on, but I think Curlew Pond is the best (the BEST swimming and fishing). $12 a night for a site. No alcohol (ahem, Solo cups if you are 21 and older). Everyone camping MUST have an ID with them to register. Forgot something? Dave's Liquors down the street acts as the local general store (they sell tarps, rope, food, odds n' ends). I love this place!

6 years ago

Trails great for walking, cross-country running, or mountain biking. I've been visiting Myle Standish State Forest ever since I was a kid. I have always found something new to do there.