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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  • Quabbin Reservoir

    Belchertown

    One of the largest man-made domestic water reservoirs in the U.S. with 57,523 acres of protected watershed. Hiking trails, bird... more

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  • Stanley Park

    Westfield

    275 acre park in the foothills of the Berkshires with trails, picnic areas, award winning gardens, ADA compliance children's playground. There... more

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  • Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park

    Uxbridge

    The Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park recalls the role of canals in transporting raw materials and manufactured goods... more

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  • Blue Hills Reservation

    Milton

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  • Bristol County Natural History Center

    Dighton

    Live exhibits; ponds, wetlands, beaches, meadows, and forest displays. more

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  • Callahan State Park

    Framingham

    Callahan State Park is a 820-acre day use area located in Northwest Framingham. Callahan has seven miles of marked trails... more

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  • Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum

    Yarmouth Port

    Sea captain's house 8 rooms fully furnished provide a glimpse into 19th century life. more

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  • Cedar Tree Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

    West Tisbury

    Three hundred acres of headlands on north shore; trails with scenic views. more

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  • EZ Pedaler of Newburyport

    Newburyport

    EZ Pedaler is a bike rental company delivering world class electric bicycles and pedal bicycles for your enjoyment. These are... more

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  • Fall River Heritage State Park

    Fall River

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  • Historic Bourne Farm

    Falmouth

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

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  • Mass Audubon's South Shore Sanctuaries

    Marshfield

    There are three wildlife sanctuaries managed by Mass Audubon on the South Shore. The North River and Daniel Webster Wildlife... more

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  • Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

    Newburyport

    A pristine refuge for birds and diverse wildlife on Plum Island. Opportunities exist for nature walks, wildlife observation, canoeing/kayaking,... more

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  • Patriot Place

    Foxborough

    Adjacent to Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place features more than 1.3 million square feet of shopping, entertainment and commercial uses. Major fashion... more

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  • Walnut Hill Tracking & Nature Center

    Orange

    Walnut Hill conducts outdoor programs in animal tracking and nature exploration. We offer year-round day-long outdoor programs with highly qualified... more

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  • Whale Center of New England

    Gloucester

    Come see our humpback whale skeleton! We have been conducting research on whales for 30 years. Visit our exhibit and learn... more

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  • Featherstone Center for the Arts

    Oak Bluffs

    Featherstone is a community arts center on Martha' s Vineyard which provides excellent year-round arts programs for Vineyarders and visitors... more

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  • Flintlock Farm

    Still River (in The Town Of Harvard, Ma)

    An authentic 225 year old colonial-era New England plantation that hosts events, meetings, weddings, and sells herbs, flowers, and perennials. more

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  • Goss Farm

    Dunstable

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

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  • Lloyd Center for the Environment

    Dartmouth

    Nature center with 55 acres of woods and marshland; 5 miles of walking trails; live exhibits and touchtank. more

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