Massachusetts State Parks

Enjoy Massachusetts State Parks listed below.


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Alewife Brook ReservationMiddlesex136 acres55 ha Little Pond, Little River, Alewife Brook
A major portion of the Alewife Reservation is designated wetland. The Reservation is located at the end of the Minuteman Bike Path in Arlington
Ames Nowell State ParkPlymouth612 acres248 ha Cleveland Pond
The park is primarily used for boating and fishing.
Ashland State ParkMiddlesex472 acres191 ha Ashland Reservoir
 
Bash Bish Falls State ParkBerkshire424 acres172 ha Bash Bish Falls
Massachusetts’ highest single-drop waterfall lies within the park borders.
Beartown State ForestBerkshire120 acres49 ha Benedict Pond
Approximately 7.5 miles (12.1 km) of the Appalachian Trail travels through the forest.
Beaver Brook ReservationMiddlesex303 acres123 ha  
The park includes a cascading waterfall and a wading pool.
Belle Isle Marsh ReservationSuffolk188 acres76 ha Belle Isle Marsh
The reservation includes landscaped pathways, benches, and an observation tower. A portion of the Boston Harborwalk runs through the reservation.
Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State ParkWorcester1,066 acres431 ha Blackstone River
The park is the midpoint of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor of the National Park System.
Blue Hills ReservationNorfolk6,165 acres2,495 ha Houghton’s PondPonkapoag Pond
The reservation has the distinction of being the largest conservation land within a major metropolitan area.
Borderland State ParkBristolNorfolk1,843 acres746 ha1971 
On National Register of Historic Places
Boston Harbor Islands State ParkNorfolkPlymouthSuffolk404 acres163 ha1996Boston Harbor
 
Bradley Palmer State ParkEssex736 acres298 ha Ipswich River
The park that features rolling meadows, lush evergreens and old carriage roads lined with rhododendrons.
Breakheart ReservationEssexMiddlesex652 acres264 ha Silver Lake, Pearce Lake, Saugus River
The reservation is hardwood forest principally used for birding, fishing and hiking.
Brimfield State ForestHampden3,523 acres1,426 ha Dean Pond
 
Bristol Blake State ReservationNorfolk140 acres57 ha   Adjacent to Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
Brook Farm Historic SiteSuffolk141 acres57 ha  
 
C. M. Gardner State ParkHampden85 acres34 ha Westfield River
 
Callahan State ParkMiddlesex958 acres388 ha  
 
Camp Nihan Environmental Education CampEssex65 acres26 ha1929Saugus River Part of Breakheart Reservation
Castle IslandSuffolk22 acres8.9 ha Boston Harbor
The present fort, built between 1834 and 1851, is the eighth generation of forts and it is one of the oldest fortified sites in British North America.
Charles River ReservationSuffolkMiddlesex863 acres349 ha Charles River
Includes Charles River Dam, Charles River Basin and Esplanade, John F. Kennedy Park, and Teddy Ebersol’s Red Sox Fields. Covers Charles River below Watertown Dam; see also Upper Charles River Reservation
Chester-Blandford State ForestHampden2,776 acres1,123 ha    
Chestnut Hill ReservationSuffolk1 acre0.40 ha1870Chestnut Hill Reservoir
The Chestnut Hill Reservoir Historic District is considered a nineteenth-century masterpiece of engineering, urban planning and landscape design.
Chicopee Memorial State ParkHampden562 acres227 ha Cooley Brook Reservoir The park includes two 25-acre (10 ha) ponds.
Clarksburg State ParkBerkshire3,629 acres1,469 ha Mauserts Pond
Adjoins 3,011 acre Clarksburg State Forest
Cochituate State ParkMiddlesex872 acres353 ha Lake Cochituate
 
Connecticut River Greenway State ParkFranklinHampdenHampshire1,048 acres424 ha Connecticut River
Multiple state land holdings in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts
Constitution BeachSuffolk82 acres33 ha Boston Harbor
 
Cutler Park ReservationNorfolk739 acres299 ha Charles River
It contains the largest remaining fresh water marsh on the middle Charles, and includes a boardwalk through a cattail marsh out onto an island.
D.A.R. State ForestHampshire1,728 acres699 ha1929Upper and Lower Highland Lake
 
Demarest Lloyd State ParkBristol200 acres81 ha Buzzards Bay  
Dighton Rock State ParkBristol98 acres40 ha Taunton River
Dighton Rock is an 11-foot (3.4 m) high glacial erratic covered with petroglyphs and has since been moved to a museum at the park.
Dorchester Shores ReservationSuffolk44 acres18 ha Neponset River The reservation comprises two beaches and a park.
Douglas State ForestWorcester5,525 acres2,236 ha Wallum Lake
Features include a rare Atlantic White Cedar swamp and 7.8 miles (12.6 km) of the Midstate Trail
Dunn State ParkWorcester132 acres53 ha Dunn Pond
 
Ellisville Harbor State ParkPlymouth97 acres39 ha Cape Cod Bay
Walking trails overlooking a tidal marsh, sandy/rocky beach at trail end
Elm Bank ReservationNorfolk175 acres71 hac. 1996Charles River
Benjamin Pierce Cheney‘s property, now run by Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Erving State ForestFranklin2,422 acres980 ha Millers River
The 110-mile (180 km) Metacomet-Monadnock Trail passes through a western parcel of the state forest.
F. Gilbert Hills State ForestNorfolk1,030 acres420 ha  
 
Fall River Heritage State ParkBristol14 acres5.7 ha Taunton River
 
Federated Women’s Club State ForestWorcester970 acres390 ha Fever Brook
 
Fort Phoenix State ReservationBristol1 acre0.40 ha Atlantic Ocean
Revolutionary War fort; 1/2 mile of Buzzards Bay beachfront
Fort Revere ParkPlymouth6 acres2.4 ha Atlantic Ocean
On Telegraph Hill in Hull, Massachusetts. Remnants of two seacoast fortifications, water tower with observation deck, military history museum and picnic facilities
Francis D. Martini Memorial Shell Park and Moynihan Recreation AreaSuffolk5.6 acres2.3 ha Neponset River Outdoor theatre and play fields
Freetown-Fall River State ForestBristol5,217 acres2,111 ha1930 
The park includes Profile Rock, a granite outcropping which local Native Americans believe to be the image of Chief Massasoit. Also in the forest is a 227-acre (92 ha) Wampanoag reservation
Gardner Heritage State ParkWorcester0 acres0 ha  
Restored 19th century fire station with exhibits; closed
Georgetown-Rowley State ForestEssex1,041 acres421 ha    
Granville State ForestHampden2,432 acres984 ha Hubbard River
 
Great Brook Farm State ParkMiddlesex909 acres368 ha Meadow Pond
 
Greycourt State ParkEssex24 acres9.7 ha2001 
The park is built atop the restored ruins of the Charles H. Tenney estate.
Halibut Point State ParkEssex55 acres22 ha  
Features a former granite quarry and 60-foot (18 m) tower with coastal views
Hammond Pond ReservationMiddlesex59 acres24 ha  
 
Hampton Ponds State ParkHampden47 acres19 ha Pequot Pond
 
Harold Parker State ForestEssex3,320 acres1,340 ha Stearns Pond
 
Hemlock Gorge ReservationMiddlesex16 acres6.5 ha Charles River
 
Holyoke Heritage State ParkHampden7 acres2.8 ha  
The park features include a visitor center with exhibits about paper manufacturing and Holyoke’s industrial and cultural history.
Hopkinton State ParkMiddlesex1,245 acres504 ha Hopkinton Reservoir
The park features a bathing pond for swimming that is physically separated from the reservoir, where nonmotorized boating is permitted
Horseneck Beach State ReservationBristol815 acres330 ha  
Popular for its two-mile (3 km) long sandy beach on the shore of Buzzards Bay. Also camping, fishing and a salt marsh.
Jug End State Reservation and Wildlife Management AreaBerkshire1,191 acres482 ha  
 
Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State ForestFranklin7,405 acres2,997 ha1997Hallockville Pond, Crooked Pond  
Lake Dennison Recreation AreaWorcester121 acres49 ha Lake Dennison The park is an extension of Otter River State Forest
Lake Lorraine State ParkHampden3 acres1.2 ha    
Lake Wyola State ParkFranklin42 acres17 ha Lake Wyola
 
Lawrence Heritage State ParkEssex0 acres0 ha  
 
Leominster State ForestWorcester4,246 acres1,718 ha  
The Midstate Trail runs through the western edge of the forest.
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State ForestMiddlesex1,109 acres449 ha    
Lowell Heritage State ParkMiddlesex60 acres24 ha1975Merrimack River
Precursor to Lowell National Historical Park; preserves the city’s seminal role in the American Industrial Revolution
Lynn Heritage State ParkEssex4 acres1.6 ha  
 
Lynn Shore ReservationEssex22 acres8.9 ha  
 
Manuel F. Correllus State ForestDukes5,215 acres2,110 ha1908Little Pond In the interior of Martha’s Vineyard, the park is the focus of one of the largest environmental restoration projects in the country.
Massasoit State ParkBristol1,207 acres488 ha Lake Rico, Furnace Pond, King’s Pond, Middle Pond, Little Bearhole Pond, and Big Bearhole Pond
 
Maudslay State ParkEssex483 acres195 ha Merrimack River
 
Middlesex Fells ReservationMiddlesex2,283 acres924 ha Bellevue and Spot Ponds
 
Mohawk Trail State ForestFranklin7,758 acres3,140 ha   Includes Cold River Virgin ForestNational Natural Landmark
Monroe State ForestFranklin3,750 acres1,520 ha Dunbar Brook  
Moore State ParkWorcester737 acres298 ha Eames Pond
 
Mount Everett State ReservationBerkshire2,492 acres1,008 ha Guilder Pond
 
Mount Grace State ForestFranklin1,578 acres639 ha    
Mount Greylock State ReservationBerkshire12,455 acres5,040 ha1898 
 
Mount Holyoke Range State ParkHampshire3,000 acres1,200 ha  
 
Mount Sugarloaf State ReservationFranklin533 acres216 ha  
 
Mount Tom State ReservationHampden1,967 acres796 ha  
 
Mount Washington State ForestBerkshire4,619 acres1,869 ha    
Myles Standish Monument State ReservationPlymouth30 acres12 ha  
A 120-foot (37 m) tower with 125 steps that overlooks Plymouth Harbor and Duxbury Beach.
Myles Standish State ForestPlymouth12,029 acres4,868 ha  
Pitch pine and scrub oak forest with sixteen ponds for fishing, canoeing, swimming. Camping on four of the ponds, bicycle trails, equestrian trails, and horse camping.
Mystic River ReservationMiddlesex359 acres145 ha1893Mystic LakesMystic River
 
Nahant Beach ReservationEssex67 acres27 ha Atlantic Ocean
 
Nantasket Beach ReservationPlymouth39 acres16 ha    
Nasketucket Bay State ReservationPlymouth210 acres85 ha1999 
 
Natural Bridge State ParkBerkshire44 acres18 ha Hudson Brook It contains the only natural white marble arch/bridge in North America. The natural bridge spanning Hudson Brook, was formed by glacial melt about 11,000 BC, from 550 million year old bedrock.
Neponset River ReservationSuffolk1,880 acres760 ha    
Nickerson State ParkBarnstable1,967 acres796 ha Cliff Pond
 
October Mountain State ForestBerkshire16,460 acres6,660 ha    
Otter River State ForestWorcester1,022 acres414 ha1915Otter RiverMillers River  
Pearl Hill State ParkMiddlesex1,000 acres400 ha Park Hill Brook
 
Pilgrim Memorial State ParkPlymouth6 acres2.4 ha  
Site of Plymouth Rock
Pittsfield State ForestBerkshire10,601 acres4,290 ha    
Pope John Paul II Park ReservationSuffolk66 acres27 ha2001Neponset River Estuary
Reclaimed former landfill and commercial area
Purgatory Chasm State ReservationWorcester100 acres40 ha1919 
The Chasm was created when glacial meltwater from a burst ice dam ripped out blocks of bedrock at the end of the last Ice Age (14,000 years ago).
Quabbin ReservoirHampshire39 sq mi100 km2  
 
Quincy Quarries ReservationNorfolk22 acres8.9 ha1985 
 
Quincy Shores ReservationNorfolk87 acres35 ha  
 
Quinsigamond State ParkWorcester38 acres15 ha    
Revere Beach ReservationSuffolk84 acres34 ha1896 
 
Robinson State ParkHampden1,025 acres415 ha Westfield River
 
Roxbury Heritage State ParkSuffolk3 acres1.2 ha  
The 1750 Dillaway-Thomas House and a small park
Rumney Marsh ReservationEssexSuffolk815 acres330 ha Saugus River; Pines River
 
Rutland State ParkWorcester284 acres115 ha Whitehall Pond Swimming, picnicking and boating.
Salisbury Beach State ReservationEssex355 acres144 ha  
The park’s main feature is its 3.8-mile (6.1 km)-long beach, one of the most popular in the Commonwealth.
Sandisfield State ForestBerkshire4,190 acres1,700 ha York Lake
 
Sandy Point State ReservationEssex134 acres54 ha  
 
Savoy Mountain State ForestBerkshire10,457 acres4,232 ha    
Scusset Beach State ReservationBarnstable459 acres186 ha  
On Cape Cod Bay at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal, a popular swimming and camping area.
Shawme-Crowell State ForestBarnstable624 acres253 ha  
Forested 285 site campground
J.A. Skinner State ParkHampshire843 acres341 ha Connecticut River
 
South Cape Beach State ParkBarnstable460 acres190 ha  
A component of the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve with a one-mile (1.6 km) stretch of beach.
Southwest Corridor ParkSuffolk221 acres89 ha  
Greenway of 4.7 miles (7.6 km) that runs South End, Back Bay, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods
Spencer State ForestWorcester903 acres365 ha Howe Pond
 
Squantum Point ParkNorfolk46 acres19 ha2001 
 
Stony Brook ReservationSuffolk616 acres249 ha Turtle Pond
 
Streeter Point Recreation AreaWorcester1 acre0.40 ha East Brimfield Reservoir Fishing, swimming, picnicking
Sudbury ReservoirMiddlesexWorcester4,943 acres2,000 ha Sudbury Reservoir
 
Tolland State ForestBerkshire4,415 acres1,787 ha Otis Reservoir  
Upper Charles River ReservationMiddlesexNorfolkSuffolk863 acres349 ha Charles River
Covers Charles River between Watertown Dam and Riverdale Park, West Roxbury; see also Charles River Reservation
Upton State ForestWorcester2,790 acres1,130 ha  
Has Civilian Conservation Corps structures
Wachusett Mountain State ReservationWorcester2,288 acres926 ha  
 
Wachusett ReservoirWorcester4,135 acres1,673 ha Nashua RiverQuinapoxet River
 
Wahconah Falls State ParkBerkshire48 acres19 ha Wahconah Falls Brook  
Walden Pond State ReservationMiddlesex335 acres136 ha1922Walden Pond
 
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research ReserveBarnstable110 acres45 ha Waquoit BayQuashnet RiverChilds River; ponds
 
Ware River Watershed AreaWorcester23,000 acres9,300 ha    
Watson Pond State ParkBristol163 acres66 ha  
 
Webb Memorial State ParkNorfolk59 acres24 ha1980Hingham Bay
 
Wells State ParkWorcester1,445 acres585 ha Walker Pond  
Wendell State ForestFranklin8,000 acres3,200 ha Millers RiverQuabbin Reservoir
 
Western Gateway Heritage State ParkBerkshire8 acres3.2 ha  
 
Weymouth Back River ReservationNorfolk35 acres14 ha  
Site of Stodder’s Neck and Abigail Adams Park
Whitehall State ParkMiddlesex837 acres339 ha Whitehall Reservoir  
Willard Brook State ForestMiddlesex2,929 acres1,185 ha  
 
Willowdale State ForestEssex2,491 acres1,008 ha Hood Pond
 
Wilson Mountain ReservationNorfolk215 acres87 ha1995 
 
Windsor State ForestBerkshire1,824 acres738 ha Westfield River  
Winthrop Shore ReservationSuffolk18 acres7.3 ha Atlantic Ocean
 
Wompatuck State ParkPlymouth3,579 acres1,448 ha1967Aaron River Reservoir