Myles Standish State Forest
Myles Standish State Forest is located about 45 miles south of Boston, in the towns of Carver and Plymouth. It is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southeastern Massachusetts. One of the main activities available to visitor at the park is camping facilities. There are five camping areas, of which four have pond access. Tent campsites along with yurts and private cabins are also available. If you happen to enjoy horseback riding, there is an equestrian camping located near Charge Pond. There are miles upon miles of paved and unpaved roads, waiting to be traversed by foot, horseback and bike. Although there are no off-road vehicles allowed within the park, exciting sports like mountain biking and cross country skiing are encouraged. If you are interested in hunting and fishing, there are opportunities available for that as well. There is a wildlife management area where game birds are stocked as well as farmed trout that are stocked in Fearing Pond. Trout are exciting fish to catch and are known for their fight and great taste! The following picture is the set-up that I use when trout fishing. Yes, that is a marshmallow on my hook! It works great I promise.
There are great natural attractions at Myles Standish, including 16 ponds with various ecosystems and a pine barren that is one of the largest in this corner of the U.S. There is an endangered reptile called the “Plymouth red bellied turtle” that seeks refuge in the park. Bird watching opportunities are abundant along with nature walks through the park interpretive programs. There are also guided tours of the local cranberry bog which are beautiful when in harvest season.
My visit to the park came in the fall where the leaves are vibrant and the air is crisp. I brought my dog Max for company along with my 17 year old brother Corey, whom I wanted to share the experience with. Along the appropriately named coastal Reservoir Trail which follows the edge of the reservoir, various tree species are labeled for education and recreational visitors. We hiked the full trail and took some pictures to remember the moment. Although our time in the park was well spent, a trip in the near future would be great to further explore the park and do some fishing!