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Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth, MA
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Myles Standish State Forest
MYLES STANDISH STATE FOREST
MYLES STANDISH STATE FOREST
Cranberry Rd. S.
Carver, Massachusetts   02330

Phone: 508-866-2526
Reservations: 508-866-2526
Myles Standish State Forest
'Sweet Surrender'
© Copyright 2009 by Rob Roy

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Myles Standish State Forest, Plymouth, MA

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 sectionof 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 are allow. 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 pondshore walks and cranberry bog explorations help acquaint visitors with the unique natural, cultural and historic aspects of the state forest.

The campground office hours are 8am-8pm. The regular camping season is from mid-April through mid-0ctober. Make sure you stay within the designated areas when swimming.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
Day-UseFishingyes
 Hiking Trailyes
 Swimming Beachyes
 Bike Trailsyes
 Bridle Trailsyes
BoatingLaunch Rampsyes
CampingPrimativeyes
 Full Hookup Sitesyes
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September 7 Not very private by Kristan
The first night we arrived we were all over the place trying to figure out how to get to the check in. the site we obtained was right on top of other campers, not even a little coverage to separate the sites. We managed to be moved to a new section of the park the next day and just found trying to get around the park discouraging. It is not disabled friendly as noted by no parking signs near a very long walk to a beach. For far too much money you could get a bundle of wood that contained 6 split pieces. Enough was enough and we left after the second night and checked into a hotel. It is, by far, the worse experience for camping we have ever had.
February 2 Great place to fish by Thugger
Caught the biggest Bass of my life here 7 years ago! Will not give out pond name though!! Will send you to pursue an untamed ornathoid without cause!
June 29 Gorgeous place to bike by Vcoffey
Wow! What a great state park! This unique pine barrens ecology is full of birds and squirrels; smells like pine, and the camping spaces are flat and sandy and partly shaded. There are miles and miles of beautiful trails for biking, paved and unpaved, as well as equestrian trails and campsites. The bike paths are often pine-needle covered, and are mostly flat with some gentle rises. Some spectacular parts of the trails are lined with pines on both sides with a view of one of the ponds in the distance. There is nothing like biking to a pond for a dip! There are several ponds with designated swim areas. Great for kids. Campers spoke of being serenaded (and kept awake) by a whippoorwhil, who sang his heart out all night, but moved around the forest so at least his calls got distant at times. During the day I identified an Eastern Towhee, a bird I had never seen or heard before. Really want to bring my 12-year-old son back here for more biking.


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Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn - West Harwich, MABBs / Inns
An award winning Cape Cod bed and breakfast located in Harwich, Massachusetts. A tranquil hideaway, a short stroll from the sandy beaches of Nantucket Sound, this exquisite Cape Cod Inn is a refreshingly contemporary boutique inn housed within an 1850's sea captain's house.
Web Site: platinumpebble.com
31.8 miles from park*
Carriage House Inn - Chatham, MABBs / Inns
Carriage House Inn, a romantic Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts. The Carriage House Inn offers spacious grounds, beautifully appointed guestrooms and gracious hospitality. Start your morning with a hot cup of coffee or tea in your room. Relax beside your fireplace or in one of the rocking chairs outside with your morning newspaper delivered to your door. Then, come over to the dining room or the sunroom for a truly gourmet breakfast. However you decide to spend the rest of your day is up to you. The innkeepers will surely make your vacation experience a memorable one.
Web Site: thecarriagehouseinn.com/
39 miles from park*
Captain Farris Bed and Breakfast Inn - South Yarmouth, MABBs / Inns
a unique and beautiful bed breakfast inn voted One of New England's Best by Fodor's Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ideally located on mid Cape Cod in the historic Bass River Village of South Yarmouth Only 90 Minutes From Boston Or Providence
Web Site: captainfarris.com/
27.9 miles from park*
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Myles Standish State Forest is located in southeastern Massachusetts.

From the north: Take Rte. 3 south to exit 5, turn right onto Long Pond Rd. (west) and continue for about 3 miles to the park entrance on the right.

From Rte. 495: Take Rte. 495 to exit 2 (South Carver) and the intersection with Rte. 58. Take Rte. 58 north on Cranberry Rd., follow signs.

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