COVID-19 UPDATE: In an effort to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Baker-Polito Administration is urging the public to stay home as much as possible to avoid person-to-person contact. However, should individuals and their families need to get outside for healthy, outdoor recreational activity, Massachusetts state parks and other natural resources managed by DCR, such as trails, beaches, reservations, and forests, remain open and accessible to the public.
For the health and safety of all, please only take part in non-contact recreational activities, and avoid activities where individuals will come in contact or close contact with one another. Additionally, visitors are asked to avoid gathering in groups of ten or more, maintain social distancing, and practice healthy personal hygiene to stop the spread of the virus. Should crowds begin to form at locations throughout the state parks system, visitors are asked to leave the area, choose a different park or trail, or return at a later date/time.
It is important to remember that DCR visitor centers, campgrounds, ice rinks, playgrounds, fitness areas, bathroom facilities, athletic fields, and courts are temporarily closed. DCR has instituted a “carry in, carry out” policy during this public health emergency, and urges visitors do their part to help protect our shared natural resources by leaving no trace and taking any trash with them. Furthermore, the agency appreciates your support and understanding as we all continue to work together to stop the spread of COVID-19. For more information about the agency’s efforts during this public health emergency, please visit the Massachusetts State Parks COVID-19 UPDATE webpage linked below.