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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 $40 per day

Inland beaches - $30 per day

Scenic and historic areas - up to $20 per day

When do I have to pay a parking fee

Year round collection

Borderland SP $5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Dealtry Pool  $1.25/hour for MA residents AND non-residents. Collection from 8AM to 6PM M-F. (No collection during pool season.)

Maudslay SP $5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

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

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

Revere Beach $1.25 per hour (pass not valid at this location)

Walden Pond SP $8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Collection begins May 15

Ashland SP $8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Bradley Palmer SP Main Lot $5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Cochituate SP $8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Demarest Lloyd SP $12 MA resident, $40 Non-MA resident

Harold Parker 2, 3 & Berry Pond $5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Hopkinton SP $8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

Horseneck Beach SR $13 MA resident, $40 Non-MA resident

Mt. Sugarloaf SR $5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident  (collection until road closes)

Nahant Beach SR $10 MA resident, $40 Non-MA resident

Nantasket Beach SR $15 MA resident, $40 Non-MA resident

Purgatory Chasm SR $5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident

Salisbury Beach SR $14 MA resident, $40 Non-MA resident

Wachusett Mt. SR $5 MA resident, $20 Non-MA resident (fees charged till road closes)

Watson Pond SP $8 MA resident, $30 Non-MA resident

 

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

NEW: Mobile Parking Payment at Select DCR Facilities – Download the YODEL App!

DCR is introducing a new payment system, the YODEL app, for parking at DCR facilities.  DCR is phasing in this new payment system during the summer and fall of 2021.  The YODEL app is available for parking payment at ten DCR facilities as of Thursday, July 1, 2021:

  • Borderland State Park
  • Cochituate State Park
  • Douglas State Forest
  • Hopkinton State Park
  • Horseneck Beach State Reservation
  • Nahant Beach Reservation
  • Nantasket Beach Reservation
  • Salisbury Beach State Reservation
  • Scusset Beach State Reservation
  • Walden Pond State Park

Additionally, the YODEL app will be available at the following facilities on Saturday, July 10:

  • Chicopee Memorial State Park
  • Hampton Ponds State Park

YODEL will be available at more DCR facilities soon. 

Parking in MA State Parks - YODEL FAQs

Annual parking passes

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

The annual DCR Parking Pass allows you to save on daily parking fees at most state parks. The fee is $60 for MA residents.

Parking passes will be sent out by Email. We no longer offer a hangtag.

Your Driver's License and Vehicle must be registered in Massachusetts to be eligible for an Annual Parking Pass.

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. Zipcar may offers cars that have a Parking Pass – search for a Parking Pass car when booking.

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Get a senior park pass

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

Send a request for a Senior Parking Pass to your closest regional office:

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

South Regional Office
695 Hillside St.
Milton, MA 02186
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

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.
  • A contact phone number or email in case we need to reach you. (Optional)

Senior passes may take 4-7 weeks before they are mailed.

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Borrow a 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.

Key Actions for Borrow a parking pass

Waivers

These vehicles do not need a DCR Parking Pass. 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.

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

DCR On-Street Parking Program

Effective May 1, 2021, DCR is implementing an on-street paid meter program on several parkways and roadways. Please observe and adhere to all posted signs.

On- street meter parking areas include:

  • Cambridge Parkway, Cambridge
  • Memorial Drive, Cambridge
  • Revere Beach Blvd, Revere

For more information, please visit: DCR On-Street Parking Program

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