Massachusetts state parks offer outdoor enthusiasts lots of opportunities to hike, camp, and bike, and also programs where you can learn about plants and wildlife. Find out more in this guide.
Guide Guide to Recreation in State Parks
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Find freshwater beaches
Additional Resources for Swimming
Hunting in state parks
DCR allows hunting throughout the year at many facilities, but some have special restrictions. You should call ahead to check on any special hunting announcements or changes to guidelines. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife oversees the state hunting program.
Where to canoe and kayak
Enjoy canoeing and kayaking opportunities at many DCR locations. Rentals are available along the Charles River, Spot Pond in Middlesex Fells State Reservation, and at Hopkinton State Park.
Adaptive kayaking, canoeing, sailing, and rowing programs are offered seasonally through the DCR Universal Access Program
Boat Ramps and Public Landings in State Parks
Note: All motorized boats must be registered with the Massachusetts Environmental Police, Bureau of Registration and Titling.
For more information, visit Massachusetts Environmental Police, Bureau of Registration and Titling
Where can I bring my dog
DCR welcomes dogs on-leash at most DCR parks, forests, and reservations. However, there are a number of locations where dogs are not allowed, mostly for public safety, public health, or habitat concerns or deed restriction purposes.