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Myles Standish State Park
Myles Standish State Park White Mushrooms © David Alan
In the woods by College Pond
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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 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 pondshore walks and cranberry bog explorations help acquaint visitors with the unique natural, cultural and historic aspects of the state forest.
1. Myles Standish State Park offers two freshwater ponds for swimming: College Pond and Fearing Pond.
2. Both ponds have lifeguards on duty during the summer season.
3. The park provides sandy beaches at both locations, ideal for sunbathing or picnicking after a swim.
4. Swimming is only allowed in designated areas marked by ropes to ensure safety of swimmers.
5. Canoeing, kayaking and fishing are also permitted alongside swimming activities within these watersheds.
6. The water quality is regularly tested to maintain safe conditions for all visitors who wish to swim there.

The park offers a variety of boating options. Five ponds are open to non-motorized boats, including canoes and kayaks which visitors may bring or rent from the park's concession stand during summer months. The largest pond also allows motorboats with restrictions on speed for safety reasons. Fishing is allowed in all bodies of water within the park boundaries; however, some require a state fishing license.
Enjoy fishing in numerous ponds, home to species like trout, perch and pickerel. Ice-fishing is popular during winter months.

Myles Standish State Park is located near Abington, Braintree and Bridgewater

Myles Standish State Park offers picnic areas with grills, tables and restrooms. Fishing, swimming and hiking trails are nearby.
In this expansive forested area, numerous biking trails are available for all skill levels. Be aware of varying terrain.

The park's 15 miles of bike paths offer a mix of flat and hilly routes. Stay cautious on uneven surfaces.

Mountain bikers can explore the unpaved fire roads but should be mindful about potential hazards like loose gravel or tree roots.

During winter months, fat tire biking is permitted with caution due to icy conditions that may make some areas inaccessible.

Bike rentals aren't provided within the premises so remember to bring your own gear before embarking on an adventure here.

Remember: helmets are mandatory under Massachusetts law for riders aged 16 and below; it's recommended safety measure for adults too.

Always follow trail etiquette - yield right-of-way where necessary and respect wildlife in their natural habitat.

Be sure you're prepared with water, snacks, sunscreen as amenities might not always be readily accessible during your ride.
The park offers diverse birding options with over 200 species, including rare ones like the Whip-poor-will. Birdwatchers can explore various habitats such as pine barrens and freshwater ponds. Guided bird walks are also available.

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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.

From Southeast: Rte.3 north to exit#3. Left off of ramp. Right onto Long Pond Rd, 2 miles forest eterance.

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