Visit Massachusetts State Parks

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Beaches, wooded parks, parkways, and reservoirs - All of these places make up the Massachusetts State Parks. You can find a place to go in all regions of the Commonwealth from Pittsfield to Boston and Gloucester to Provincetown. Each one offers activities and amenities. 

Enjoy all that Massachusetts has to offer in its numerous State Parks! 
Find a park by region

*** New DCR Search Engine ***

Check out the MassParks recreational activity search engine which can help you find state parks that offers your favorite activities and amenities.

Activity Search Engine

Our parks offer a wonderful variety of special events, nature activities and educational programs for people of all ages and abilities all year long! Please use our new calendar search tool to find programs and events in MassParks across the state.

Things to Do at MassParks

At Massachusetts State Parks, there are facilities for swimming, camping, hiking, walking and bike riding — but they also offer fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, sailing, wind surfing, rock climbing, golfing, and other recreational activities.

There are opportunities for picnics, outdoor performances, areas to rent for company or family gatherings, historic sites, playgrounds,athletic fields, interpretive programs and much more.

Get out and enjoy the range of recreational activities at DCR's Parks!
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Accessibility at Massachusetts State Parks

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The Department of Conservation and Recreation's Universal Access Program is dedicated to providing outdoor recreation opportunities in Massachusetts State Parks for visitors of all abilities. 

Accessibility to our State Parks is achieved through site improvements, specialized adaptive recreation equipment, and accessible recreation programs. Discover the most accessible parks and forests that offer the recreation opportunities you seek.  DCR's Universal Access Program

Please contact our office for copies of this information in alternate formats.

Events & Happenings at MassParks

Walden Junior Ranger Program

Come Out and Play!  Visit Programs & Events to see the many programs and events offered in the parks this season.

Buy or Borrow Passes for Park Access

Are you a regular visitor to DCR parks or beaches?  DCR’s MassParks Pass offers you a significant savings over daily parking charges. 

Or, if you would like to try before you buy, borrow a ParksPass and discover your Massachusetts State Parks. The ParksPass entitles the bearer to free parking at over 50 facilities in the Massachusetts State Parks System that charge a day-use parking fee. Passes & Fees

DCR Permits

Host your next event at one of the DCR Parks.

Permits are issued for purposes ranging from one-day charity walks, to concerts , road races, cultural festivals, community service projects, small weddings, gatherings with amplified sound, and other special events held on DCR parklands. Permits & Rentals

Historic Parkways Preservation

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Massachusetts has the distinction of being the first state with an entire network of parkways.

It is with great pleasure that the Department of Conservation and Recreation presents the Guidelines, a culmination of five years of research, documentation, planning, and project implementation aimed at establishing a program for the stewardship of historic parkways across the Commonwealth. See Historic Parkways Preservation