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

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  • Mayhew Chapel and Indian Burial Ground

    West Tisbury

    Tiny chapel, burial ground, and wildflower sanctuary. more

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  • McLaughlin State Fish Hatchery

    Belchertown

    One of the largest hatcheries in eastern US. more

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  • 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

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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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  • Mount Auburn Cemetery

    Cambridge

    National historic landmark founded in 1831 as the first garden cemetery. Graves of architect Charles Bulfinch, artist Winslow Homer, authors Henry... more

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  • National Marine Life Center

    Buzzards Bay

    Featured exhibits, hands-on activities, and educational programs about marine animals, wildlife rehabilitation, and ocean conservation. Open Memorial Day to Labor... more

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  • New England Wild Flower Society's Nasami Farm

    Whately

    75-acre nursery set in the stunning Pioneer Valley. Retail nursery offers native plants, including hard to find woody species in... more

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  • Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

    Wales

    Native wildflowers on 3,000 acres of flora and fauna; two museums, self-guided trails (summer only). more

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  • North American Wolf Foundation - Wolf Hollow

    Ipswich

    North American gray wolves and their environmental roles in a natural habitat. more

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  • Northeast Fisheries Science Center

    Woods Hole

    Complete with a walk through aquarium and petting zoo. The center seeks to better understand living resources and their ecosystems. more

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  • OceanQuest Hands-On Discovery Cruises

    E. Dennis

    Cruise station to station aboard the Venture Inn II and enjoy the scenic beauty of Woods Hole as you explore... more

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  • Pack Out Gear

    Charlestown

    Going camping? Pack Out Gear offers camping equipment rentals. Visitors to www.packoutgear.com may make selections from our inventory.... 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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  • Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lenox

    Seven miles of well-marked walking trails on 1,300 acres of conservation land. Trails for all abilities. Public programs. more

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  • Plymouth to Provincetown Express Ferry

    Plymouth

    Fastest and Most Direct Route to Provincetown Take the Express Route to Provincetown and get there in half the time... 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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  • The Polly Hill Arboretum

    West Tisbury

    Horticultural and botanical landmark dedicated to cultivation and study of plants; wildflower-filled meadows, endangered plant species, year-round exhibits. more

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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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Outdoor Adventure: It's all here

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