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.
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
Canoeing and kayaking
Facilities at Myles Standish State Forest
Wednesday, Jun 14, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Wednesday, Jun 28, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Tuesday, Jul 11, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
JOIN FOR JUST $16 A YEAR