Cranberry Rd., S. Carver
Daily Parking Fee: $8 MA Vehicle, $10 non-MA Vehicle (College Pond Area only)
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 pond shore walks and cranberry bog explorations help acquaint visitors with the unique natural, cultural and historic aspects of the state forest.
Pine Barrens Restoration Timber Harvest
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 our Pine Barrens Restoration Timber Harvest webpage for more information.
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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.
From Southeast: Rte.3 north to exit#3. Left off of ramp. Right onto Long Pond Rd, 2 miles forest entrance.