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 site

  • Moore State Park, Paxton

  • Demarest Lloyd State Park, Dartmouth

  • Hopkinton State Park

  • Bash Bish Falls, Mount Washington

Outdoor Adventure: It's all here

Looking for fun things to do and see in Massachusetts?

get some outdoor adventure ideas

  • Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge


    Most of refuge is accessible by boat only; commercial service in season; more than 250 species of birds; surfcasting, lighthouse, visitor... more

    + 1 saves
  • Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary


    Oldest sanctuary (1916) operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society with 25 miles of hiking trails on 2000 acres. more

    + 1 saves
  • Poets Seat Tower


    Miles of woodland trails; bird watching and eagle viewing; spectacular views. more

    + 1 saves


    Visit the last working apple orchard in Leominster, the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman). Your visit will be a... more

    + 1 saves
  • The Silverbrook Farm


    Silverbrook Farm is a fully operational farm serving the Southern New England region. With Fresh Produce, CSA, Hay Rides, a... more

    + 1 saves
  • South Shore Natural Science Center


    Non-profit education center and museum with art gallery. Outdoor nature trails; trail for visually disabled. Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin inspired... more

    + 1 saves
  • Vestal Street Observatory


    Guided tours; outdoor solar system model and sunspot observatory. more

    + 1 saves
  • Beachgrounds Park

    South Hadley

    Park featuring a playground, football, baseball/softball and soccer field, as well as a basketball court. more

    + 0 saves
  • Cape Cod Bird Club


    EDUCATION/RECREATION The Cape Cod Bird Club's mission is to promote knowledge and conservation of the bird life and natural... more

    + 0 saves
  • Crocker Neck Conservation Area Walk


    Join BLT and professor Gil Newton, on an interpretive walk through the diverse ecosystems of the 97-acre Town-owned Conservation Area... more

    + 0 saves
  • Dedham Trails


    The Town of Dedham, for being located in an urban area, contains significant natural and recreational resources. Dedham is home... more

    + 0 saves
  • Dinosaur Footprints


    A trail of fossilized footprints left behind by dinosaurs past. more

    + 0 saves
  • Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary


    Nature Center * Summer Camp * Nature Programs for all Ages * Beach Explorations * Volunteer Opportunities * Gift Shop * Trails open dawn to dusk* more

    + 0 saves
  • Fort Revere


    Fort Revere Park is an 8+ acre historic site located atop Telegraph Hill in Hull Village. The Park contains the remains... more

    + 0 saves
  • Goss Farm


    Goss Farm is a family owned farm that offers several activities that guarantees a family fun filled day in the... more

    + 0 saves
  • Great Cape Herb Farm


    Organic herb farm that features gardens and week walks to help you identify native medicinal plants. You may also bring... more

    + 0 saves
  • Great Falls Discovery Center

    Turners Falls

    This interesting visitor center shows the major habitats of the CT River watershed and the animals that make it their... more

    + 0 saves
  • Historic Bourne Farm


    Bourne Farm is located on over 49 acres of fields, trails, and woodlands that overlook lovely Crocker Pond in West Falmouth. more

    + 0 saves
  • Laughing Brook Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary


    Nature and walking trails on 354 acres. more

    + 0 saves
  • Lloyd Center for the Environment, Inc.


    The Lloyd Center for the Environment, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, founded in 1978 and situated with its headquarters and spectacular nature... more

    + 0 saves

Outdoor Adventure: It's all here

Looking for fun things to do and see in Massachusetts?

get some outdoor adventure ideas