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Myles Standish State Park Campground
Carver, Massachusetts

Address:
194 Cranberry Rd, Carver, MA 02330
Coordinates: 41°50’21.09″N, 70°41’29.24″W

Access: Paved, very easy to navigate on the roads.

Website for official info:
https://www.mass.gov/locations/myles-standish-state-forest

Campground Map – Not available

 

Pet friendly?: “Pets are permitted at most campgrounds and there is a limit of four pets per campsite. A current rabies certificate must be presented at check-in. Pets must be leashed at all times and cannot be left unattended. Pets are not permitted in state buildings or when camping in a yurt or cabin.”

Myles Standish State Forest in Massachusetts has it all – 400 campsites on 4 lakes, swimming, boating, 13 miles of hiking trails, 35 miles of horse trails… all the good stuff.  Also the most convenient tent camping at a reasonable price to Plymouth (20 minutes away… Howdy Pilgrims) and also pretty close to Cape Cod.

Facilities (campground):

Water: spigots

 

Bathrooms – Flush toilets in the campsites.  Also a dishwashing station.
Trash – dumpster available
Food protection – no bear boxes (low bear risk, but have been spotted in the area, most famously on the school playground in nearby Atco).  Store food in car, especially if you don’t want to make friends with skunks or raccoon.

Facilities (each site):

 

Campsites – 400 campsites, up to two tents each site or one tent and one pop up camper or RV (yes dump stations, no hookups).  Each site has a small fire ring and a picnic table.  Closely packed in in places, some on the water

Seasons: Open year round!

Other tips:

  • No alcohol is allowed.
  • This is part of the Massachusetts pine barrens.  It looks pretty darn familiar for South Jersey folk.

Positives – Great central location, lake we were on was nice.  Bathrooms and dishwashing station are convient.

Negatives – You have to drive to Massachusetts to camp there.

Nearby trails and things to see:

13 miles of hiking trails
Many miles of horse trails
Swimming lake (fee)
In the 3rd largest pine barrens ecosystem in the world
Only 20 minutes from Plymouth Rock
30 minutes from New Bedford
And about a 1/2 hour from the start of Cape Cod (1 1/2 hours from the National Seashore, about 2 hours from the tip)
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