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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  • 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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  • Holyoke Merry-Go-Round

    Holyoke

    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

    Dartmouth

    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

    Lynn

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

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  • Mary O'Malley Park

    Chelsea

    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

    Topsfield

    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

    Chatham

    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

    Sharon

    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

    Greenfield

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

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  • Sandwich State Fish Hatchery

    Sandwich

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

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  • SHOLAN FARMS

    Leominster

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

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  • Vestal Street Observatory

    Nantucket

    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

    Brewster

    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

    Cotuit

    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

    Dedham

    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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  • Dinosaur Footprints

    Holyoke

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

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  • Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

    Edgartown

    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

    Brewster

    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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