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.

Easy and beautiful! Definitely a favorite

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19 days ago

One of my favorites! Great walk through woods and fields. A few ponds along the way. Stay vigilant, the trail could be marked better in a few spots but nothing that should stop anyone from giving it a shot! Be careful when you go too, can get really buggy. Or bring some bug spray!

Took my 11yo son and we had a great hike. Good mixture of inclines, declines, and some open fields. Definitely recommend.

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2 months ago

Great activity for an April vacation walk! Some hills were tricky for my 7 year old and her footing, but overall great time!

I always enjoy walking here, it's so peaceful and beautiful.

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

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice hike with my 9 year old

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Sunday, May 22, 2016

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

Friday, April 08, 2016

Great spot for some hiking.

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Friday, April 01, 2016

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Monday, January 18, 2016