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Myles Standish State Forest
Myles Standish State Forest Blueberry Bush buds © David Cugnasca
MYLES STANDISH STATE FOREST
MYLES STANDISH STATE FOREST
Cranberry Rd. S.
Carver, Massachusetts   02330

Phone: 508-866-2526
Reservations: 508-866-2526
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 sectionof 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 are allow. 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.

The campground office hours are 8am?8pm. The regular camping season is from mid-April through mid-0ctober. Make sure you stay within the designated areas when swimming.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimitiveyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes




Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
August 31 I question the management of this park.. by Forest Eyes.
This is a beautiful piece of land. There are park rules. There should be a lifeguard at a public swimming area. Why are there signs saying no life guard on duty
July 24 My go to place by Crystal Randall
I have been coming here for over 30 years. I went as a child with my family , to bringing my own little family. This place is perfect in everyway. We absolutely love it here. Only downfall is you can only go a total of 14 days out of the season. I understand I guess we have to share. See you soon my second trip of the season is coming up 12 days straight.. in heaven.
October 5 Great Bicycle trails, but signage poor by Woods Lover
Great Bicycle trails, but signage is very poor. Maps I believe are only available at the forest headquarters and there are a number of public road entrances to the reservation. You possibly could get lost unless you have a good sense of direction. Do your homework before you go! - AND be sure to check the dates for hunting season. If I remember correctly hunting is not allowed on Sundays!

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Indianhead Resort
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Pinewood Lodge Campground
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Outdoor World - Gateway to CapeCod
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Bay View Campground
260 MacArthur Boulevard
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Shady Acres Campground
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Sandy Pond Campground
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Directions
Myles Standish State Forest is located in southeastern Massachusetts.

From the north: Take Rte. 3 south to exit 5, turn right onto Long Pond Rd. (west) and continue for about 3 miles to the park entrance on the right.

From Rte. 495: Take Rte. 495 to exit 2 (South Carver) and the intersection with Rte. 58. Take Rte. 58 north on Cranberry Rd., follow signs.

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