Cranberry Rd., S. Carver
508 866-2526

Fearing Pond is unstaffed for the 2013 season pdf format of    Fearing Pond is unstaffed for the 2013 season

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

Pine Barrens- - MSSF

A timber harvest will be taking place in the coming year in the Myles Standish State Forest to remove the dead and dying red pine trees.  Camping areas will not be affected, but in certain areas, to protect public safety, trails, biked paths, and forest roads may be closed temporarily.

The 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 also will protect and enhance public safety through the removal of dead and declining red pine trees and through the reduction of fuels to reduce the risk of wildfire.  The project will remove approximately 500 acres of red pine plantations within Myles Standish State Forest.  Visit our Pine Barrens Restoration Timber Harvest webpage for more information.

Trail Map

Summer: Download printable version pdf format of    Myles Standish State Forest Summer Trail

Winter: Download printable version pdf format of    Myles Standish State Forest Winter Trail

East Head Reservoir Nature Trail Guide pdf format of    East Head Reservoir Nature Trail Guide

Healthy Trail logo green heart with saying "Healthy Trail" written around it


Campground Maps

Barretts Pond: View image Link to the image file. | Download printable version pdf format of    Barretts Pond Campground Maps
Charge Pond: View image Link to the image file. | Download printable version pdf format of    Charge Pond Campground Maps
Curlew Pond: View image Link to the image file. | Download printable version pdf format of    Curlew Pond Campground Maps
Fearing Pond Area 1: View image Link to the image file. | Download printable version pdf format of    Fearing Pond Area 1 Campground Maps
Fearing Pond Area 2: View image Link to the image file. | Download printable version pdf format of    Fearing Pond Area 2 Campground Maps


Park 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.

From Southeast: Rte.3 north to exit#3. Left off of ramp. Right onto Long Pond Rd, 2 miles forest entrance.