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

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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


    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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  • Holyoke Merry-Go-Round


    Our antique carousel featuring hand-carved and beautifully painted horses is nestled in the Pioneer Valley, a short drive from the... more

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  • Lloyd Center for the Environment


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

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  • Lynn Woods


    Hiking, rock climbing, biking, horseback riding, birdwatching, cross-country skiing; Rose Garden; maps available. more

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  • Mary O'Malley Park


    Chelsea's largest park offers spectacular views of the Boston skyline and the Tobin Bridge. Bordered by Island End River on... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary


    Ipswich River, one of Mass Audubon's largest sanctuaries, offers more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails that invite you to explore... more

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  • 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

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  • Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary


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

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  • Poets Seat Tower


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

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  • Sandwich State Fish Hatchery


    More than half a million fish raised to stock the state's various ponds. more

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  • Vestal Street Observatory


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

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  • Beachgrounds Park

    South Hadley

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Dedham Trails


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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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