• Please enter the State Forest from the southern entrance located along Blue Hill Rd in the town of Monterey.
  • Camping Fees in effect
  • Walk-ins only; first come, first served
  • Campers must register with park staff
  • Composting toilets only; no showers, no water
  • No hookups
  • Reservations NOT accepted 

Be bear aware: Don't forget you are in Black Bear country. Never physically confront, feed, torment or throw anything at bears. Take appropriate precautions with food so as not to attract bears.

Unguarded swimming is available at designated area only.

Pets are permitted except on the beach and adjacent lawn. Pets must be on a 10-foot maximum leash and attended at all times. Must have proof of current Rabies vaccine. Please be courteous and clean up after your pet.

Grilling is allowed.  Charcoal grills are available on site.  Visitors may bring charcoal or gas grills

No hunting is allowed in Arthur Warton Swann State Forest: The rest of the forest is open to hunting.

Boating: non-motorized boating is available at Benedict Pond day-use area (ramp available, day-use fee applies). Stop aquatic hitchhikers; please ensure that your boat and equipment are clean before launching.

Appalachian Trail access: AT parking is available off Route 23 near intersection of MA Rtes. 23 & 57, at Beartown State Forest day use parking lot via Pond Loop Trail, along Beartown Mountain Road and on Main Road in Tyringham and along Lake Buel Road.

All Terrain Vehicles are permitted during daylight hours on designated trails only.  The season generally runs from May 1 through last Sunday in November; however, riding season never begins before May 1st and is often delayed due to wet trail conditions. Please click the hotlink or call the park for current dates. No access from campground. ATVs must be on trailer in campground. Designated parking at selected sites, refer to trail map.

Snowmobiling is available , conditions permitting (4-inch minimum hard-packed snow base). Parking is available at Benedict Pond day-use area.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on all state lands.