The state parks and forests of Massachusetts are some of the most treasured areas of the state, and rightfully so. You can reconnect with nature, experience magnificent natural settings, hike, bike, climb, swim, fish and even paddle.

Massachusetts’ park system is actually one of the largest state park systems in the country with 450,000 acres of forests, parks, greenways and historical sites coupled with beautiful landscapes, seashores, lakes and ponds.

Our state parks are impossibly gorgeous natural habitats, where you’ll find a world of outdoor fun, all 12 months of the year. Like most places in Massachusetts, expect to be surprised when you visit any number of our state parks and forests. Get your kids a FREE Park Passport and start exploring Massachusetts’ state parks! Brought to you by the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism and the DCR.

View all State Parks & Forests at the Mass.gov site

  • Moore State Park, Paxton

  • Demarest Lloyd State Park, Dartmouth

  • Hopkinton State Park

  • Bash Bish Falls, Mount Washington

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  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    158 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island +
    26 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island

    Boston

  • Quabbin Overlook - New Salem +
    22 saves

    Quabbin Overlook - New Salem

    New Salem

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
    18 saves

    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

  • Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center +
    18 saves

    Northfield Mountain Recreation and Environmental Center

    Northfield

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    16 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Athol

  • Warwick State Forest & Sheomet Pond +
    10 saves

    Warwick State Forest & Sheomet Pond

    Warwick

  • Alan E. Rich Environmental Park +
    8 saves

    Alan E. Rich Environmental Park

    Athol

  • Millers River Blue Trail +
    8 saves

    Millers River Blue Trail

    Athol

  • Orange Wildlife Management Area +
    4 saves

    Orange Wildlife Management Area

    Orange

  • 7th Annual Whisker Walk Sunday June 8th 2014 +
    2 saves

    7th Annual Whisker Walk Sunday June 8th 2014

    Lancaster

  • Laurel Lake Recreation Area +
    2 saves

    Laurel Lake Recreation Area

    Erving

  • NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association +
    2 saves

    NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association

    Athol

  • Pilgrim Memorial State Park +
    2 saves

    Pilgrim Memorial State Park

    Plymouth

  • Wendell State Forest +
    2 saves

    Wendell State Forest

    Wendell

  • Robert D. Wetmore Fishing Area - Quabbin Gate 31 +
    0 saves

    Robert D. Wetmore Fishing Area - Quabbin Gate 31

    New Salem

  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

    More than 900 acres along original segments of April 19, 1775 Battle Road; North Bridge Visitor Center; Minute Man Visitor Center and 'Minuteman'... more

    + 17 saves
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Kennedy NHS preserves the birthplace and boyhood home of the 35th president of the United States. Kennedy spent his formative... more

    + 16 saves
  • Berkshire Botanical Garden

    Stockbridge

    15 acres of colorful perennial and annual gardens, herb and rock gardens, pond garden, vegetable and Fruit gardens, arboretum and other... more

    + 15 saves
  • Longfellow National Historic Site

    Cambridge

    General George Washington's Continental Army headquarters, 1775-1776; home of poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1837-1882; gathering place for prominent... more

    + 11 saves

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