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. MSSF offers five camping areas, tucked into the forest or set along the edges of four of the park's 16 ponds. Two visitor use areas offer picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing. A day-use area at College Pond offers picnicking and swimming during the summer months.
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 pond shore walks and cranberry bog explorations help acquaint visitors with the unique natural, cultural and historic aspects of the state forest.
In 2014 and 2015 a timber harvest took place in the Myles Standish State Forest to remove the dead and dying red pine trees.
The ongoing objective of the project is to complete an ecological restoration of open pitch pine and scrub oak communities, which are often referred to as ‘Pine Barrens’. The project will protect and enhance public safety through the removal of dead and declining red pine trees and through the use of prescribed fire for the reduction of fuels to reduce the risk of wildfire. The timber harvest removed approximately 500 acres of red pine plantations within Myles Standish State Forest. Visit the Pine Barrens Restoration Timber Harvest webpage for more information.
Daily Parking Fee: $8 MA Vehicle, $10 non-MA Vehicle (College Pond Area only)
Myles Standish offers close to 400 camp sites, equestrian camping, several group campsites that accommodate up to 30 people, and three yurts. Each campsite is provided with a picnic table, fire ring. There are NO HOOKUPS at this campground; however, a dumping station is available for the convenience of RV and trailer campers.Yurts are canvas sided, cabin-like structures that can accommodate 4 to 6 people. Yurts offer bunk beds, chairs and tables, and access to water and electricity. (Linens and eating utensils are not provided.) NOTE: Electrical service is not sufficiently reliable for use with medical equipment. RV/Trailer camping has 25- and 30-foot limits. http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/myles-standish-state-forest/r/faci...
For equestrian campers, there is a section of the Charge Pond area is set aside specifically for horse camping. Each horse site is large enough to hold a trailer and has room to set up a corral and can house 2 - 3 horses. Campsites in the equestrian loop, are only available to folks who have brought their horse for the camping experience. Coggins papers are required at check-in.While in the area, be sure to visit other nearby DCR properties: Myles Standish Monument, Forefathers Monument, Scusset Beach State Reservation,Pilgrim Memorial State Parkand Bay Farm Conservation Area.