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DAR State Forest, MA

Photo: DAR State Forest


DAR State Forest was established in 1929 when the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) donated 1,020 acres to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The 50 site campground is situated on a ridge between lovely upper Highland Lake and a scenic wetland where moose, bear and beaver are common visitors. Miles of trails (including a wheelchair accessible trail along the lake edge) and a sandy swimming beach are just a few of the attractions in this popular campground.

IMPORTANT: MA State Parks prohibits the transportation of firewood into or out of MA State Park Campground facilities. Arriving customers must get their firewood at the campground. Firewood is available for $5.00 per bundle. Pricing may vary at campgrounds with camp stores. Transportation of firewood into or out of MA State Park Campground facilities may result in eviction, or substantial fine, or both.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Bicycling (Mountain)
  • Boat Launch
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating (Non-Motorized)
  • Campfire Wood
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Dump Station
  • Dumpster
  • Fishing
  • Group Day-Use
  • Hiking
  • Horse Trails
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Leashed Pet Allowed
  • Nature Center
  • Parking
  • Pavilion
  • Picnicking
  • Public Telephones
  • Ranger Station
  • Scenic Viewing Area
  • Showers
  • Skiing (Cross Country)
  • Snowmobiling
  • Swimming
  • Universal Access
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Alerts and Important Information

IMPORTANT: The United States Centers for Disease Control, DCR's MassParks and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health encourage everyone to be safe outdoors. Diseases associated with ticks and mosquitoes are growing threats in Massachusetts. When outdoors, please take necessary precautions as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control.

CDC Outdoor Safety


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Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all Massachusetts State Parks and Campgrounds.

The reservation must be in the name of the primary occupant.

To insure fairness for all MA customers, any reservation with departure dates outside the 6-month Maximum Window cannot be changed or canceled until 18 days after the reservation was made.

If you choose to cancel or change your reservation, a $10.00 fee will be charged. The reservation transaction charge is non-refundable.

Cancellations made on the day of arrival must be made by contacting the campground and will result in the loss of the first night's camping use fee plus the $10.00 cancellation fee. Fees will be deducted from any refunds due or will be added to future reservations. Refunds of $5.00 or less cannot be processed. If you leave early, please check-out at the contact station.

If you are unable to arrive on your scheduled arrival date, you must call the campground. Failure to contact the park by 8:00 A.M. the morning following your scheduled arrival date may result in your campsite being reassigned to another camper and forfeiture of all fees paid.

Help this state forest, park or beach by donating to the Conservation Trust.

Learn more about our volunteer host camping program.

To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all our campers:
  • Black Bears can be visitors to this campground. Bears are wild and can be dangerous. To protect your family and your property, keep all food, coolers, and cooking supplies and equipment in your vehicle when not in use. Do not keep food or toiletries, which could attract bears in to your tent or pop-up camper. Please do not feed the bears.
  • Respect the 14-day camping limit. To ensure that many campers enjoy our parks, campers and camping equipment are limited to 14 cumulative days occupancy in any one park between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Violators of the 14-day limit may be asked to leave the park.
  • Don't overcrowd your campsite. Please limit site occupancy to four people or one family (parents and children 17 or under). Please limit site equipment to two tents or one trailer or RV and one tent. Also, please no more than two vehicles per campsite.
  • Check-in time is 1:00 P.M.; Check-out time is 11:00 A.M.
  • Quiet hours are 10:00 P.M. to 7:00 A.M.
  • Pets are welcome in most campgrounds, but please keep them on a 10' leash at all times, clean up after them, never leave them unattended and prevent them from disturbing others. Also, you must bring proof of rabies vaccination when camping with your pet. Pets are prohibited from designated beach areas, Boston Harbor Islands, Camp Nihan and all yurt and cabin sites.
  • Massachusetts law requires that children age 16 and under wear a helmet when bicycling. The MA DCR encourages all cyclists to wear a helmet and to cycle safely.
  • Please do not feed wild animals.

Getting There:

From the North:

Rte. 91 South to Rte. 2 West, Greenfield exit. Follow Rte. 2 West to Rte. 112 South. Follow Rte. 112 South 10 miles to Park Entrance on left.

From the South:

Rte. 91 North to exit 19 in Northampton. Rte. 9 West to Goshen. Turn right onto Rte. 112 North. Park Entrance is 1 mile on the right.

From East and West:

Massachsetts Turnpike (Rte. 90) to Exit 4 and Rte. 91 North. Rte. 91 North to exit 19 in Northampton. Follow Rte. 9 West to Goshen. Turn right onto Rte. 112 North. The Park entrance is 1 mile on right

Campground Address:
78 Cape Street
Goshen, MA 01032

Campground Phone Number:

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

DAR State Forest
78 Cape Street
Goshen MA 01032

Phone Number:

Information: (413)268-7098