Myles Standish State Forest

194 Cranberry Rd
South Carver, MA 02366


Sprawling across the southern sections of Plymouth and Carver, Myles Standish State Forest is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southeastern Massachusetts. MSSF offers five camping areas, tucked into the forest or set along the edges of four of the park's 16 ponds.

All are beautifully maintained and a section

of the Charge Pond area is set aside specifically for horse camping. A day-use area at College Pond offers picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing. Fifteen miles of bicycle trails, 35 miles of equestrian trails and 13 miles of hiking trails take visitors deep into the forest, which includes one of the largest contiguous pitch pine/scrub oak communities north of Long Island.

Scattered throughout Myles Standish State Forest are several ecologically significant coastal plain "kettle" ponds. The shores of these kettle ponds are extremely sensitive to trampling. Please observe the barriers and signs posted indicating sensitive areas and respect the unique natural qualities of the park. No off-road vehicles allowed. Hunting is allowed during the season, and two Wildlife Management Areas within the forest are stocked with game birds in October and November. In the summer, interpretive programs, such as pond shore walks and cranberry bog explorations help acquaint visitors with the unique natural, cultural and historic aspects of the state forest.


Bring your trailer, R.V. or tent and grab a site near one of four beautiful ponds. On-site parking is also available for most campsites.

If you’re visiting for the day, head to College Pond for a swim. Other activities include picnicking, fishing and canoeing.

Horseback riding
If you don’t want to leave your horse behind your next camping trip, Charge Pond has an area set aside for horse camping. If you’re looking to ride, Myles Standish offers 35 miles of equestrian trails.

Hiking & walking
Travel deep into the full forest of pine and oak trees along 13 miles of hiking trails.

All Activities at Myles Standish State Forest
Boating (non-motorized)
Canoeing and kayaking
Cross-country skiing
Educational programs
Horseback riding

Facilities at Myles Standish State Forest
Boat ramp
Picnic areas
Trailer/R.V. dumping
Visitors center

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