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Hiking in Myles Standish Forest

What to Bring

Hiking shoes   Water
Backpack   Trekking poles
Sunglasses   Comfortable pants
Hat   Weatherproof jacket
Flashlight   First aid kit
Insect repellent   Sunscreen
Food   Swiss army knife
Emergency blanket   Plastic bags for trash


From Boston, take I-93 south
Take left exit for route 3 south
Take exit 5 for Long Pond road
Entrance to the State Forest is on the right
Follow signs for the forest headquarters
  Good to know in advance
Open year-round, dawn to dusk
Restrooms at the headquarters
Map available at the Forest headquarters; also online at: www.state.ma.us/dem/parks/trails.htm

Myles Standish State Forest: Cranberry Road, P.O. Box 66, South Carver MA 02366, Tel: (508) 866-2526

Alcoholic beverages prohibited
Dogs allowed on leash (please clean up after your pet)
Stay on trails
Carry out your trash
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Hiking in Myles Standish Forest

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Difficulty: 3/5
  Time from Boston: 1 hour
  Duration: Full day


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Myles Standish is one of the largest and most remarkable forests in Massachusetts. Its vegetation is also very different from the one found elsewhere in the state: With many pitch pines and scrub oaks, it very much looks like the woods encountered on Cape Cod and the islands.
The forest is crisscrossed by an outstanding network of trails and unpaved roads—you may spend days exploring the whole area. There are also several ponds. Despite its uniqueness, the forest is rarely crowded —off-season, we have often hiked there for an afternoon without meeting anyone.

Because the trail network is so extensive, there is a real risk of getting lost. Take a free map at the headquarters—it will be useful to navigate on our hike or to customize your adventure.

At about 8 miles, this hike is relatively long—allow about 4 hours for the loop. Terrain is mostly flat, but trails can be sandy and wear you out faster than usual.

From the forest headquarters, walk a few yards on Cranberry Road and take Jessup Road on your right. Follow it for about 2.5 miles until you reach Bare Hill road, a paved road. Cross it and continue straight on Federal Pond road. Pass the underground gas line (markers) and turn right at the next intersection onto Sabbatia road. At the end of this trail, turn left until you reach the paved Lower College Pond road. Turn right on the road that will bring you back to the parking lot in about 1.5 miles. Traffic is generally light and the road very scenic. Still, always walk facing incoming traffic and watch for vehicles.

If you want to spend a night or two in the Forest campground, check our Camping in Myles Standish Forest destination.


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