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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  • Minute Man National Historical Park +
    71 saves

    Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

  • Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge +
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    Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

    Sudbury

  • Breakheart Reservation +
    5 saves

    Breakheart Reservation

    Saugus

  • Rumney Marsh Reservation +
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    Rumney Marsh Reservation

    Saugus

  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem

    From the Orientation Center, National Park Service rangers will take you on tours of Friendship, Salem's own three-masted tall ship;... more

    + 27 saves
  • Essex National Heritage Area

    Salem

    Covering 500 square miles of northeastern Massachusetts, Essex Heritage is home to over 200 historical sites, renowned museums, wildlife refuges, working farms... more

    + 9 saves
  • Fort Sewall

    Marblehead

    Fort Sewall, formerly an armed fort owned by the United States and used to defend against British invaders, is now... more

    + 7 saves
  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Saugus

    This is the site of the first successful integrated iron works in North America, which produced both cast iron and... more

    + 7 saves
  • North American Wolf Foundation - Wolf Hollow

    Ipswich

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

    + 6 saves
  • 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

    + 2 saves
  • Lynn Woods

    Lynn

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

    + 2 saves
  • 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

    + 2 saves
  • 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

    + 2 saves
  • Goss Farm

    Dunstable

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

    + 1 saves
  • Maritime Heritage Center

    Gloucester

    Nineteenth-century mill; boat building, marine resource center, museum shop and three piers. more

    + 1 saves
  • 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

    + 1 saves
  • Camp Nihan: Environmental Education Camp

    Saugus

    Nearly 65 acres of comprised of woodland forest, marsh, and a spring fed pond. Located near Breakheart Reservation, the Camp is... more

    + 0 saves

Outdoor Adventure: It's all here

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