Details of Beartown State Forest

Overview of Beartown State Forest

This 12,000 acre forest is the perfect place to visit no matter the season. Swim, boat, or fish in Benedict Pond. In the winter, you can cross-country ski and snowmobile.

Hours for Beartown State Forest

Sunrise to sunset

The gate for Mount Everett State Reservation has been closed for the season

Campground office (mid-May to mid-October)

Sunday - Saturday:
8:00 am-4:30 pm

Parking at Beartown State Forest

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure optimal access to the state’s outdoor natural resources remain available, all parking fees at state parks across the Commonwealth have been waived.

Daily parking fees Memorial Day to Labor Day:

MA resident   $8

Non-MA resident   $15

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

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Activities at Beartown State Forest

Pitched tent in the woods

Camping

Campgrounds and reservations closed until May 4, 2020 to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
Person hiking through woods

Hiking & walking

The 1.5 mile Benedict Pond loop is a must in any season.
Raccoon in tree

Nature watching

Catch a glimpse of the wildlife including deer, bobcats, fishers, and yes, bears.

All Activities at Beartown State Forest

  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Biking
  • Canoeing and kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Off-road vehicles
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowmobiling

Facilities at Beartown State Forest

  • Boat ramp (car top)
  • Grills - closed- CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Picnic areas- CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Restrooms - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19

Accessibility at Beartown State Forest

  • Camping - campgrounds and reservations closed until May 4, 2020  to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Restrooms - - CLOSED to aid in the prevention of spreading COVID-19
  • Swimming

Restrictions at Beartown State Forest

  • No alcohol
  • Dogs are not allowed on beach and adjacent lawn

More info for Beartown State Forest

Fresh drinking water is available at campsites. There are no showers or flush toilets.

Campgrounds and reservations closed until May 4, 2020

Camping is $14/night for Massachusetts residents and $20/night for non-residents.
Resident and non resident status is determined by the vehicle license plate

Hunting is prohibited in Arthur Warton Swann State Forest. View on map

Off-road vehicle, off-highway vehicle, and all-terrain vehicle use is not allowed in the campground.

Learn more about off-road vehicles

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