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

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

Get a parking pass for Massachusetts state parks

Get a lifetime senior parking pass

Activities at Beartown State Forest

Pitched tent in the woods


Year round camping is available, including several wheelchair accessible sites.
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
  • Picnic areas
  • Restrooms

Accessibility at Beartown State Forest

  • Camping
  • Restrooms 
  • 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.

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