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.

Trying to learn more on this trail The section from Myles Standish to Ellisville is apparently marked Needs further investigation

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice hike with my 9 year old

hiking
10 months ago

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

Great spot for some hiking.

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

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

cross country skiing
1 year 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.

hiking
1 year ago

snowshoeing
2 years ago

camping
2 years ago

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.