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Myles Standish State Forest, MA

Photo: Myles Standish State Forest


Sprawling across the southern sections of Plymouth and Carver, Myles Standish State Forest is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southeastern Massachusetts. Myles Standish campsites are tucked into the forest or set along the edges of four of the park's 16 ponds. Miles of trails lead visitors into a forest, which includes one of the largest contiguous pitch pine / scrub oak communities north of Long Island. The forest offers 35 miles of equestrian trails and 13 miles of hiking trails. For our bicycle riders there are 15 miles of paved bicycle trails.

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.


Yurt camping now offered at Myles Standish State Forest.

Yurts are canvas sided, cabin-like structures that can accommodate 4 to 6 people. Yurts are not heated and are rented during the main season only. A two-night minimum reservation is required throughout the camping season.

Yurts offer bunk beds, chairs and tables and access to water and electricity. NOTE: Electrical service is not sufficiently reliable for use with medical devices and equipment. Linens and eating utensils are not provided.

Customer must call park prior to arrival to receive the combination for the lock on the door. The number is 508-866-2526. Staff are available from 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. daily. A $60.00 security deposit will be collected upon arrival in the form of a personal check or a hold placed upon a Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit card. No cash will be accepted for security deposits.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bicycling (Mountain)
  • Boating (Non-Motorized)
  • Comfort Station
  • Dumpster
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse Camping
  • Horse Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Picnicking
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Yurts
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


CDC Tick

Charge Pond Horse Loop C is for horse camping only. Campers without horses may camp in other areas of Myles Standish. Water spigots are located along the C Horse Loop and at the restroom building. Each horse site is large enough to hold a trailer and has room to set up a corral. Each horse site can house 2-3 horses. Coggins papers and your horse are required at check-in.

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:
  • Pets are not permitted in the yurts or on the yurt sites.
  • All yurts are wheelchair accessible.
  • 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 Cape Cod:

Drive over the Sagamore Bridge to Rte. 3 North to Exit 3. Take left at the top of the ramp. Go 1/2 of a mile. Take right onto Long Pond Road. Drive approximately 3 miles on Long Pond Rd. Entrance to park is on left. Follow signs to Headquarters. Stop by Headquarters to register.

From Route 495:

Take Rte. 495 to Exit 2 and the intersection with Rte. 58. Follow Rte. 58 North and Tremont Street. Turn right onto Cranbettry Road. Park Headquarters is at the end of Cranberry Road. Stop by headquarters to register.

From Boston/Points North:

Take Rte. 3 South to Exit 5. At bottom of ramp take a right onto Long Pond Road. Drive approximately 3.8 miles on Long Pond Road. Entrance to park is on right. Follow signs to Hearquarters.

Campground Address:
Cranberry Road P.O. Box 66
South Carver, MA

Campground Phone Number:

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Myles Standish State Forest
Cranberry Road PO Box 66

Phone Number:

Information: (508)866-2526