Massachusetts State Parks

Massachusetts' state parks has it all-forests, water, lakes, seashores, ponds, historical sites, and more. There is plenty for campers to do year round in these parks from swimming to fishing, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, skiing, ice skating, climbing, observing wildlife, and more. This state's park system is one of the largest park system in the United States. Here is a list of some top spots for campers to explore while visiting Massachusetts:

DAR State Forest- This Massachusetts state park covers 2000 acres and is very popular for campers. The park features Upper Highland Lake which is stocked with rainbow and brown trout. People also enjoy the woodlands which has 15 miles of trails. One goal of hikers and bikers at this park is reaching The Goshen Tower where they can view five states.

Douglas State Forest- This state park/forest offers snowmobiling, ice fishing, and cross country skiing in the winter months. This 4,640-acre forest's scenic lake is popular for water recreation in the warm months-like boating, fishing, and skiing. This lake stocks salmon and is a big draw for fishermen.

Dunn Pond State Park- This state park is very popular year round, but especially in the winter. The park's 120 acres of woodlands and 20-acre pond make it a unique winter wonderland. Visitors can enjoy all the normal winter recreation such as ice skating, ice fishing, skiing, winter hiking. A truly unique draw for many is this park has wheelchair accessible trails. When things get a bit too cold, the park's visitor's center has a giant fireplace to warm cold noses, hands, and feet.

The Esplanade - This Massachusetts state park covers a three mile expanse of land along the Boston's Charles River. This scenic area then stretches into a 17 mile running/bike path-then extends into Watertown. This park is a favorite for river sailing, playgrounds, softball fields, and tennis courts. Campers in the area will want to be sure to visit this state park and take advantage of all the free events that are held year-round.

Great Brook Farm State Park - This park is very unique. It sits on 1000 acres of farmland and still has an active dairy. This park is a favorite year round, but especially in the winter months because of its 12 miles of ski trails, and the fact that two trails are open for night skiing. Five miles of un-groomed trails are also offered for those who want to ride horses, snowshoe, hike, or cross country ski.

Moore State Park- This state park covers 710 acres and is most noted for its 94 feet of waterfalls, and its thousands of azaleas and rhododendrons. This park conserves the area that was once a rural, water-powered mill village. There is also an American chestnut research orchard within the park's boundaries. Overall, a great park for nature lovers, photographers, and anyone who is interested in enjoying a historical landscape.