Myles Standish State Forest
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:194 Cranberry Road, South Carver, MA
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Trails: free; College Pond day use: $5
Contact:; 508-866-2526

Bathrooms: At the interpretive center
Water/Snacks: Water available at the interpretive center and campsites

This 14,000-acre park, popular with campers and bicyclists, has miles of trails to explore.

In winter, the trails at Myles Standish are perfect for snowshoeing.
Photo by: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

This enormous state park, which reaches across the southern sections of Plymouth and Carver, is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southeastern Massachusetts. It is popular with campers, who have a choice of five camping areas in the forest or next to four of the park’s sixteen ponds.

Overall, 15 miles of bicycle trails, 35 miles of equestrian trails, and 13 miles of hiking trails go deep into the forest, which is one of the largest pitch pine– scrub oak forests in New England. This is a great place to teach kids to ride a bike and for families to enjoy a safe ride together. Throughout the forest are several coastal-plain kettle ponds. In summer, rangers lead interpretive programs, pond shore walks, and cranberry bog explorations. In winter, the trails are perfect for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

At the main park office, pick up a nature trail guide, then take a 3-mile hike around the East Head Reservoir, which is behind the interpretive center. The reservoir was made in 1868 and is still used to irrigate nearby cranberry bogs in fall.

Remember: A day-use area at College Pond offers picnicking, swimming, fishing, and canoeing. The fee is $5.

Plan B:

Plimoth Plantation, a wonderful seventeenth-century living history museum, is about 10 miles northeast of the park.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Along Plymouth’s main drag on Water Street, you’ll find numerous restaurants.


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