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DCR Programs and Events

Learn about programs and events in state parks. Come out and play!
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Fresh air and family fun are the perfect combination for your outdoor plans. Come out and play in your Massachusetts State Parks and enjoy a fantastic array of family friendly programs and experiences for all ages. 

Be sure to check out individual park pages for summer programs offered.

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DCR Trip Tip Self-Guided Family Adventures

DCR Trip tip

Summer is a wonderful time to experience your state park system!  DCR is offering a variety of family-friendly self -guided opportunities to help you make the most of your vacation and throughout the spring.

Adventure awaits! The DCR Trip-Tip provides families with information and fun ideas to explore the great outdoors at DCR Massachusetts State Parks and Watersheds. With a little preparation and a sense of adventure, people of all ages can safely enjoy our beautiful outdoor spaces.

Share you adventure!

Tweet, post, and tag photos on social media using @MassDCR and #DCRTripTip.

A few helpful reminders for your visit.

  • Park in designated areas only, and if a parking lot is full come back another time.
  • Dogs are to be on leash in state parks unless signage designates otherwise. Dogs are not permitted on DCR Water Supply Protection areas. To find a dog-friendly park, visit the DCR website.

StoryWalk® / Earth Day Everyday / Fun in Nature

StoryWalk® Adventures
DCR Parks open books for you to read. Enjoy a nature-themed picture book while you hike! Or Walk along the trail and read the story, step-by-step and page-by-page! StoryWalk® Survey

Earth Day Everyday
To support Earth Day 2021, we’ve compiled activities, resources and stories to help kids, families, and teachers learn about sustainability issues, climate science, and actions they can take this Earth Day 2021 and every day. Visit DCR Earth Day for more info.

Fun in Nature
Investigate! Fun in Nature  downloadable activities to enhance your experience at any DCR park!    Activities include seek and find scavenger hunts to awaken all of your senses, a conversation starter set to encourage talks along the trail and creating your own story cube to inspire story- telling!

Additional Resources

Suggested Hikes

Enjoy fresh air and exercise! Take an easy, moderate or challenging hike at over 70 locations statewide.

Ashland State Park

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

Great Falls Discovery Center October Mountain State Forest
Beartown State Forest Greylock Glen Otter River State Forest
Beaver Brook Reservation Halibut Point State Park Pearl Hill State Park
Blackstone River & Canal Heritage State Park Harold Parker State Forest Pittsfield State Forest
Blue Hills Reservation Hopkinton State Park

Quabbin Reservoir

Quinsigamond State Park

Blue Hills Reservation Recommended Hikes from Houghton’s Pond J. Harry Rich State Forest Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Borderland State Park

Boston Harbor Islands


Jug End Reservation Sandisfield State Forest
Bradley Palmer State Park Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest

Savoy Mountain State Forest

Skinner State Park

Breakheart Reservation

Leominster State Forest


Tolland State Forest
Brimfield State Forest Mount Greylock State Reservation Upper Charles River Reservation
Callahan State Park Manuel F. Correllus State Forest Upton State Forest
Charles River Reservation / Esplanade Massasoit State Park Wachusett Mountain State Reservation
Chester-Blandford State Forest Maudslay State Park Walden Pond State Reservation
Chestnut Hill Reservation Middlesex Fells Reservation Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
Chicopee Memorial State Park Mohawk Trail State Forest Wells State Park
Clarksburg State Park Mt Grace State Forest Wendell State Forest
Conn River Greenway State Park Mt. Sugarloaf State Reservation Willard Brook State Forest
DAR State Forest Mt. Holyoke Range State Park Wompatuck State Park
Douglas State Forest Mount Washington State Forest  
Erving State Forest Mt. Tom State Reservation  
F. Gilbert State Forest Mt Watatic State Reservation  
Fountain Pond State Park Myles Standish State Forest  
Freetown-Fall River State Forest Nashua River Rail Trail  
Granville State Forest Nickerson State Park  
Great Brook Farm State Park Norwottuck Rail Trail  


Self-guided Opportunities - Boston Area

Self-Guided Opportunities - Central MA

Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park


Brimfield State Forest


Callahan State Park


Douglas State Forest


Erving State Forest


Hopkinton State Park


J. Harry Rich


Leominster State Forest


Moore State Park


Mount Grace State Forest


Mount Watatic State Reservation


Nashua River Rail Trail


Otter River State Forest


Pearl Hill State Forest


Quabbin Park & Reservoir


Upton State Forest


Wachusett Mountain State Reservation


Wells State Park


Wendell State Forest


Willard Brook State Forest

Self-Guided Opportunities - Northeast MA

Ashland State Park


Bradley Palmer State Park


Breakheart Reservation

  • Stories in Stone   - There are five stops along this self-guided route. Each station has stone artifacts which correspond to an episode in the history of Breakheart Reservation. The map and written directions will help you find each location.
  • Suggested Hikes & Rides


Great Brook Farm State Park


Halibut Point State Park


Harold Parker State Forest


Maudslay State Park


Middlesex Fells State Reservation


Salisbury Beach State Reservation

  • Nature Trail Introductory Walk -Although less than a mile, the self-guided nature trail offers opportunities to explore the barrier beach and salt marsh environments. Trail extends from near the dump station and parallels “Z” St., ending near the boat ramp.


Walden Pond State Reservation

Self-Guided Opportunities - Southeast MA

Self-Guided Opportunities - Western MA

Beartown State Forest


Chester-Blandford State Forest


Chicopee Memorial State Park


Clarksburg State Park


Connecticut River Greenway State Park


DAR State Forest


Fountain Pond State Park


Granville State Forest


Great Falls Discovery Center


Greylock Glen


Jug End State Reservation


Kenneth Dubuque State Forest


Mount Greylock State Reservation


Mount Holyoke Range State Park


Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation


Mount Tom State Reservation


Mount Washington State Forest


Mohawk Trail State Forest


Norwottuck Rail Trail


October Mountain State Forest


Pittsfield State Forest


Sandisfield State Fores (York Lake)


Savoy Mountain State Forest


Tolland State Forest

Accessible Trails

There are many different types of accessible trails in Massachusetts state parks. Any rail trail offers you a paved, level experience for access to natural areas and exercise. Several parks also offer accessibly-designed hiking trails in scenic, natural settings. These accessible trails are either paved or made from stone dust and are usually under a mile long.

Visit the DCR Universal Access Program Accessible Trails for more information