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.
For questions about DCR parking passes, call 617-626-1420.
For questions about DCR parking tickets, call 617-626-1419.

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Where and When 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

DCR Parking Fee Collection Schedule by Park

Year-round collection

Borderland State Park, Easton
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Maudslay State Park, Newburyport
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

North Point, Cambridge
$1.25 per hour

(Annual Parking Pass not valid at this location)

Regatta Point at Quinsigamond SP, Worcester
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Walden Pond State Park, Concord
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

 

Collection begins May 14, 2022 unless otherwise noted

Ashland State Park, Ashland
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Beartown State Forest, Monterey
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Bradley Palmer State Park Main Lot, Topsfield
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Castle Island Bus Parking, South Boston
$35 MA resident, $35 Non-MA resident

Clarksburg State Park, Clarksburg
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

C.M. Gardner State Park, Huntington
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Cochituate State Park, Natick
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

D.A.R. State Forest, Goshen
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Demarest Lloyd State Park, Dartmouth
$12 MA resident, $40 Non-MA resident2

Douglas State Forest, Douglas
$9 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Dunn State Park, Gardner
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle
(**Starts 4/1) $3 MA resident, $3 Non-MA resident

Halibut Point State Park, Rockport
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Hampton Ponds State Park, Westfield
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Harold Parker State Forest: Pavilion & Jenkins Lots, North Andover
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Berry Pond at Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Hopkinton State Park, Hopkinton
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Westport
$13 MA resident, $40 Non-MA resident

Lake Dennison Recreation Area, Winchendon
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Leominster State Forest, Leominster
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation, South Deerfield
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident (collection season ends when road closes for winter)

Mt. Tom State Reservation, Holyoke
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Myles Standish State Forest (Fearing Pond), Carver
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Nahant Beach State Reservation, Nahant
$10 MA resident, $40 Non-MA resident

Nantasket Beach State Reservation, Hull
$15 MA resident, $40 Non-MA resident

Nickerson State Park (Cape Cod Rail Trail), Brewster
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Nickerson State Park (Day-Use Area), Brewster
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Otter River State Forest, Templeton
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Pittsfield State Forest, Pittsfield
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Pilgrim Memorial State Park
(**Starts 4/1) 2 hour parking limit; 9 am – 7 pm  $1.25 an hour

Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Sutton 
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Robinson State Park, Agawam
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Rutland State Park, Rutland
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury
$14 MA resident, $40 Non-MA resident

Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sagamore
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Skinner State Park, Hadley
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

South Cape Beach, Mashpee
(**Starts 6/11) $12 MA resident, $40 Non-MA resident

Tolland State Forest, Otis
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Wachusett Mt. State Reservation, Princeton
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident (collection season ends when road closes for winter)

Watson Pond State Park, Taunton
$8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Wells State Park, Sturbridge
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Wendell State Forest, Wendell
$5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Additional Resources for Where and When do I have to pay a parking fee?

Mobile and Online Payment for Parking at Most DCR Facilities

YODEL Daily Parking Passes (in-season) and Annual Parking Passes are available for parking at most of the above DCR facilities via both the YODEL app (for smartphone devices) and via the YODELpass website.

The YODEL app is a fast and convenient payment option for purchasing Daily and Annual Parking Passes.

Download the YODEL app from the App Store or Google Play Store, or visit https://massdcrparks.yodelpass.com/ to purchase your Daily Parking Pass.

Parking in MA State Parks - YODEL FAQ

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Annual parking passes

The pass is good for 1 vehicle for 1 calendar year, January 1st through December 31st

At a cost of $60 for MA residents, the DCR Annual Parking Pass may be a more economical option than purchasing a Daily Parking Pass for each visit.

Your driver's license and vehicle registration must show Massachusetts residency to be eligible for an Annual Parking Pass.

Annual Parking Passes are available for purchase through YODEL.

We no longer offer a hangtag. As a result, all parking passes will be sent out by Email. Passes purchased online through YODEL can be accessed digitally by linking to the YODEL App.

The Annual Parking Pass is not valid for parking at Quabbin Reservoir Boat Launch Areas, the North Point lot in Cambridge, or any on-street DCR location that charges an hourly rate.

Key Actions for Annual parking passes

Get a Senior Park Pass

Massachusetts residents age 62 or over are eligible for a Senior Parking Pass. Senior Passes are valid for life and grant access to most DCR parks that charge a parking fee.

If you are eligible for a Senior Parking Pass, you can order it by mail.
Send a request for a Senior Parking Pass to:

Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street
8th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Attention: Senior Passes

Include:

  1. One of the following:
  • A copy of your Massachusetts driver’s license showing Massachusetts residency and age 62+.

OR

  • Government-Issued ID (other than a MA driver’s license) showing age 62+… AND… Proof of Massachusetts Residency (i.e. vehicle registration or utility bill).
  1. A check or money order for $10 made out to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  2. A contact phone number or email in case we need to reach you.

It may take up to 4-7 weeks to receive your Senior Pass.

Key Actions for Get a Senior Park Pass

Borrow an Annual Parking Pass

Some libraries and recreation centers allow you to borrow a Parking Pass free of charge. Check your local library or recreation center for more information.

Waivers

Daily parking fees are waived for vehicles with a:

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

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.

Key Actions for How to pay or appeal a DCR parking ticket

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.

Additional Resources for Bus parking fees

How to request a refund

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

Additional Resources for How to request a refund

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