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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  • 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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  • South Shore Natural Science Center

    Norwell

    Non-profit education center and museum with art gallery. Outdoor nature trails; trail for visually disabled. Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin inspired... 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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  • Dinosaur Footprints

    Holyoke

    A trail of fossilized footprints left behind by dinosaurs past. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Laughing Brook Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

    Hampden

    Nature and walking trails on 354 acres. 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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  • Maritime Heritage Center

    Gloucester

    Nineteenth-century mill; boat building, marine resource center, museum shop and three piers. 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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  • McLaughlin State Fish Hatchery

    Belchertown

    One of the largest hatcheries in eastern US. 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sugarloaf State Reservation

    South Deerfield

    Mt. Sugarloaf offers a commanding view of the Connecticut River, the Pioneer Valley, and the Pelham and Berkshire Hills. Consisting... more

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Outdoor Adventure: It's all here

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