Guide Parking at Massachusetts State Parks

Massachusetts state parks are free to enter and enjoy, but you may have to pay for parking.
Want to know where and when parking fees are charged. Are you looking for information about DCR parking passes? Do you want to appeal a DCR ticket? Find out about all of this and more in this guide.

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Where do I have to pay a parking fee

Most DCR facilities charge a daily parking fee. Some add a surcharge to benefit a trust for future projects.

Resident and non resident status is determined by the vehicle license plate

MA resident (MA plate)

Ocean beaches - up to $12 per day

Inland beaches - $8 per day

Scenic and historic areas - up to $5 per day

Non-MA resident

Ocean beaches - up to $20 per day

Inland beaches - $15 per day

Scenic and historic areas - up to $10 per day

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When do I have to pay a parking fee

Year round collection

Borderland SP $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Draw 7 Somerville $1.25 per hour (pass not valid at this location)

Maudslay SP $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

North Point 1 & 2 $1.25 per hour (pass not valid at this location)

Quinsigamond SP Regatta Point $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Squantum Near & Far $1.25 per hour (pass not valid at this location)

Walden Pond SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Collection May 26 - October 31

Bradley Palmer SP Main Lot $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Cochituate SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Great Brook Farm SP( starts 4/1) $3 MA resident, $3 Non-MA resident

Halibut Point SR $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Harold Parker 2, 3 & Berry Pond $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Holyoke Range - Skinner $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident (fees charged till road closes)

Hopkinton SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Horseneck Beach SR $13 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Mt. Sugarloaf SR $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident  (collection until road closes. Begin collection when road opens)

Nickerson SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Purgatory Chasm SR $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Salisbury Beach SR $14 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Scusset Beach SR $14 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Wachusett Mt. SR $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident (fees charged till road closes)

Collection May 26 - Columbus Day

Clarksburg SF $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Mohawk Trail SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Mt. Greylock SR $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Mt. Tom SR $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Collection May 26 - Labor Day

Ashland SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Beartown SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Bradley Palmer Wading Pool $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Chicopee SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

DAR SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Demarest Lloyd SP $12 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Douglas SF $9 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Dunn SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Erving SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Hampton Ponds SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Lake Dennison RA $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Lake Wyola SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Leominster SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Massasoit SP $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Myles Standish SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Nahant Beach SR $10 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Nantasket Beach SR $15 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Natural Bridge SP $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Otter River SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Pearl Hill SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Pittsfield SF $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Robinson SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Rutland SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Savoy Mt. SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

South Cape Beach SR $12 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Tolland SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Watson Pond SP $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Wells SP $5 MA resident, $10 Non-MA resident

Wendell SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Willard Brook SF $8 MA resident, $15 Non-MA resident

Annual park passes

The pass is good for one vehicle for 1 calendar year, January through December.

The annual DCR ParksPass allows you to save on daily parking fees at most state parks. The fee is $60 for MA residents and $120 for non-residents. A sticker for your second car is $25.

  • Buy a ParksPass online through Reserve America. There is a $2.75 service fee, and you'll get your pass in the mail. Passes will be mailed within 7 days.

  • Call Reserve America at (877) 422-6762 to buy a DCR ParksPass. Passes will be mailed within 7 days.

  • You can buy a ParksPass at most parks and beaches that charge for parking. Bring a driver's license or proof of residency. You can pay by cash or check at most facilities. 

The ParksPass is not valid for camping or at the following locations – Quabbin Reservoir Boat Launch Areas, Squantum Point, North Point or Draw Seven Commuter lots.

Please note:  Resident status is determined by the car’s plates. If you are in a car with out-of-state plates, an in-state ParksPass will be invalid even with an in-state driver’s license. Zipcar offers cars that have a ParksPass – search for a ParksPass car when booking.

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Get a senior park pass

Seniors age 62 and over can buy a lifetime pass for $10 - Massachusetts residents only.

In-person

You can buy a DCR ParksPass at most parks and beaches that charge for parking. You can pay by cash or check at most facilities. 

Parking fee locations & schedule

  • Visit a contact station when parking fees are being collected.
  • Bring proof of age and residency, such as a driver's license.

Order by mail

    Send a request for a Senior Parks Pass to one of our Regional offices.

    Include:

    • A copy of your Massachusetts driver’s license or other official proof of state residency and age.
    • A check for $10 made out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

    Send to:

    Central Regional Office
    355 West Boylston Street, Route 110
    Clinton, MA 01510
    Attention: Senior Pass

    South Regional Office
    194 Cranberry Road
    P.O. Box 66
    South Carver, MA 02366
    Attention: Senior Pass


    North Regional Office
    25 Shattuck Street
    Lowell, MA 01852
    Attention: Senior Pass


    West Regional Office
    740 South Street, P.O. Box 1433
    Pittsfield, MA 01202
    Attention: Senior Pass

      Senior parkspasses cannot be purchased online.

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      Borrow a parkspass

      Some libraries and recreation centers allow you to borrow a ParksPass free of charge. Contact a participating library or rec center to learn more.

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      Waivers

      These vehicles do not need a DCR ParksPass. Daily parking fees are waived for vehicles with a:

      • Handicapped license plate or placard
      • Purple Heart Recipient license plate or placard
      • Disabled veteran license plate or placard

      How to pay or appeal a DCR parking ticket

      If you don't pay or appeal your ticket within 21 days, you will have to pay an additional fine.

      You can pay your ticket online, by phone, by mail or in person.

      Appeals can be made online or by mail. All appeals will be responded to within 30 days.

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      Bus parking fees

      Parking is available at some state parks and beaches for groups traveling by bus with 16 or more passengers.

      Before you go, check parking availability and make reservations.

      The bus parking fee at most DCR facilities range from $35 to $50 per day. Most of the state parks and beaches in the Boston Region do not have bus parking fees.   

      Youth Group Bus Passes are available for groups of children under 18 years old. These passes are available for single or 10-day visits.

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      How to request a refund

      Proof of payment is required for requesting and processing a refund.

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