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

Parking at Beartown State Forest

Daily parking fees Memorial Day to Labor Day:

MA resident   $8

Non-MA resident   $30

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

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

Restrictions at Beartown State Forest

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

More info for Beartown State Forest

Hunting is prohibited in Arthur Warton Swann State Forest.

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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