Massachusetts has a wealth of historic landscapes within the Park system – highlights, organized by landscape type, are listed below.
Many of the properties managed by the Department of Conservation and
Recreation (DCR) have long been recognized for their scenic value.
Through decades of use by conservationists, recreational visitors
and nature enthusiasts, sites such as Mount Greylock (Massachusetts’ first
state park) have come to possess cultural as well as natural significance – and
afford impressive views of the surrounding landscape!
Bash Bish Falls State Park
Boston Harbor Islands State Park
Connecticut River Greenway State Park
Mt. Greylock State Reservation
Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation
J. A. Skinner State Park
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
Designed Landscapes / Former Estates
The DCR manages several properties that were once private estates,
many of which feature gardens and designed landscapes.
Borderland State Park
Bradley Palmer State Park
Maudslay State Park
Agricultural landscapes reflect the interaction of human beings
with the land.
Great Brook Farm State Park
Former Industrial Landscapes
Mills, quarries and other industrial activities leave their mark
on the landscape, as seen at several sites managed by the DCR.
Dubuque, Kenneth Memorial State Forest
Halibut Point State Park
Moore State Park
Natural Bridge State Park
Civilian Conservation Corps Projects
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) offered young men employment
during the Great Depression. CCC enrollees in Massachusetts worked
state forests and parks, building cabins and shelters, erecting
dams and bridges, and creating miles of hiking trails.
Freetown-Fall River State Forest
Upton State Forest
Brimfield State Forest
Mohawk Trail State Forest
Pittsfield State Forest
The DCR manages several “rail trails” that utilize former
railroad rights-of-way, offering pedestrians, bicyclists and/or cross-country
skiers a chance to view the diversity of natural and historic landscapes
in the Commonwealth.
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
Cape Cod Rail Trail
Nashua River Rail Trail
Norwottuck Rail Trail
Some historic landscapes defy categorization. Visitors to Walden
Pond State Reservation can experience the landscape that inspired
David Thoreau, a pioneer in the American conservation movement.
the 90 miles of the Appalachian
Trail that run through Massachusetts
can enjoy spectacular views of the mountains and valleys of
Berkshire County. The 2,100 mile, inter-state footpath was conceived
Massachusetts native and environmental pioneer Benton McKay