List of Massachusetts state parks

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This list of Massachusetts State Parks contains the 143 state parks in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as of 2009.

The Bureau of State Parks and Recreation division of Department of Conservation and Recreation (Massachusetts) (DCR) is responsible for the maintenance and management of over 450,000 acres (1,820 sq km) of privately and state-owned forests and parks, nearly 10% of the Commonwealth's total land mass. Within the lands managed by the Bureau of State Parks and Recreation are some 29 campgrounds, over 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of trails, 87 beaches, 37 swimming, wading, and spray pools, 62 playgrounds, 55 ballfields, and 145 miles (233 km) of paved bike and rail trails.

DCR's Bureau of Urban Parks and Recreation manages the Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston, the components of which are included in this list.

Current parks[edit]

Park Name   County or Counties   Area in acres (ha)   Date
founded
  
Stream(s) and / or Lake(s)    Remarks  
Alewife Brook Reservation Middlesex 120 acres
(48 ha)
Little Pond, the Little River, and the 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 Park Plymouth 700 acres (283 ha) Cleveland Pond The park is primarily used for boating and fishing.
Appalachian Trail Berkshire 90 miles (145 km) of this trail are in Massachusetts.
Ashland State Park Middlesex 470 acres (190 ha) Ashland Reservoir
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail Berkshire (11 mi.) Cheshire Reservoir, the Hoosic River
Bash Bish Falls State Park Berkshire Bash Bish Falls Massachusetts' highest single-drop waterfall lies within the park borders.
Beartown State Forest Berkshire 12,000 acres (4,856 ha) Benedict Pond Approximately 7.5 miles (12.1 km) of the Appalachian Trail travels through the forest.
Beaver Brook Reservation Middlesex 59 acres (23 ha) The park includes a cascading waterfall and a wading pool.
Belle Isle Marsh Reservation Suffolk 152 acres (62 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 Park Worcester 1,000 acres (404 ha) Blackstone River The park is the midpoint of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor of the National Park System.
Blue Hills Reservation Norfolk 7,000 acres (2,832 ha) Houghton's Pond, Ponkapoag Pond The reservation has the distinction of being the largest conservation land within a major metropolitan area.
Borderland State Park Bristol, Norfolk 1,570 acres (635 ha) 1971 on National Register of Historic Places
Boston Harbor Islands State Park Norfolk, Plymouth, and Suffolk 1,482 acres (599 ha) 1996 Boston Harbor
Bradley Palmer State Park Essex 721 acres (291 ha) Ipswich River The park that features rolling meadows, lush evergreens and old carriage roads lined with rhododendrons.
Breakheart Reservation Essex, Middlesex 640 acres (258 ha) Silver Lake, Pearce Lake, Saugus River The reservation is hardwood forest principally used for birding, fishing and hiking.
Brimfield State Forest Hampden Dean Pond
C. M. Gardner State Park Hampden Westfield River
Callahan State Park Middlesex 820 acres (331 ha)
Cape Cod Rail Trail Barnstable (22 mi.)
Castle Island Suffolk 22 acres (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 Reservation Suffolk, Middlesex (17 mi) Charles River Features of the park include the Charles River Dam, the Charles River Basin and Esplanade, and John F. Kennedy Park, a small memorial park to the late president. Covers Charles River below Watertown Dam; see also Upper Charles River Reservation
Chester-Blandford State Forest Hampden
Chestnut Hill Reservation Suffolk 1870 Chestnut Hill Reservoir The Chestnut Hill Reservoir Historic District is considered a nineteenth-century masterpiece of engineering, urban planning and landscape design.
Chicopee Memorial State Park Hampden 575 acres (232 ha) Cooley Brook Reservoir The park includes two 25-acre (100,000 m2) ponds.
Clarksburg State Park Berkshire 368 acres (149 ha) Mauserts Pond adjoins the 3,011 acre Clarksburg State Forest
Cochituate State Park Middlesex Lake Cochituate
Connecticut River Greenway State Park Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire Connecticut River The park consists of a number of separate state land holdings in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.
Cutler Park Norfolk 700 acres (283 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 Forest Hampshire 1,770 acres (716 ha) 1929 Upper and Lower Highland Lake
Demarest Lloyd State Park Bristol
Dighton Rock State Park Bristol 85 acres (34 ha) 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 Reservation Suffolk Neponset River The reservation comprises two beaches and a park.
Douglas State Forest Worcester 5,730 acres (2,318 ha) Wallum Lake features include a rare Atlantic White Cedar swamp and 7.8 miles (12.6 km) of the Midstate Trail
Dunn State Park Worcester 119 acres (48 ha) Dunn Pond
Ellisville Harbor State Park Plymouth Ellisville Harbor Walking trails overlooking a tidal marsh, sandy/rocky beach at trail end
Elm Bank Reservation Norfolk 182 acres (74 ha) c. 1996 Charles River Benjamin Pierce Cheney's property, now run by Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Erving State Forest Franklin 4,000 acres (1,618 ha) Millers River The 110-mile (180 km) Metacomet-Monadnock Trail passes through a western parcel of the state forest.
F. Gilbert Hills State Forest Norfolk 1,027 acres (416 ha)
Fall River Heritage State Park Bristol 8.5 acres (4 ha) Taunton River
Federated Women's Club State Forest Worcester 984 acres (398 ha) Fever Brook
Fort Phoenix State Reservation Bristol Revolutionary War fort; 1/2 mile of Buzzards Bay beachfront
Fort Revere Park Plymouth 8 acres (3.25 ha) On Telegraph Hill in Hull, Massachusetts. Remnants of two seacoast fortifications, water tower with observation deck, military history museum and picnic facilities
Freetown-Fall River State Forest Bristol 5,441 acres (2,201 ha) 1930 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 (0.92 km2) Wampanoag reservation
Gardner Heritage State Park Worcester Restored 19th century fire station with exhibits
Georgetown-Rowley State Forest Essex 1,112 acres (450 ha)
Granville State Forest Hampden 2,426 acres (982 ha) Hubbard River
Great Brook Farm State Park Middlesex 1,000 acres (405 ha) Meadow Pond
Greycourt State Park Essex 2001 The park is built atop the restored ruins of the Charles H. Tenney estate.
Halibut Point State Park Essex Features a former granite quarry and 60 ft (18 m) tower with coastal views
Hammond Pond Reservation Middlesex
Hampton Ponds State Park Hampden Pequot Pond
Harold Parker State Forest Essex 3,000 acres (1215 ha)
Hemlock Gorge Reservation Middlesex 23 acres (9.3 ha) Charles River
Holyoke Heritage State Park Hampden The park features include a visitor center with exhibits about paper manufacturing and Holyoke's industrial and cultural history.
Hopkinton State Park Middlesex 1,450 acres (586 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 Reservation Bristol 600 acres (243 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 Area Berkshire 1,158 acres (469 ha)
Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest Franklin 7,882 acres (3,190 ha) 1997 Hallockville Pond, Crooked Pond
Lake Dennison Recreation Area Worcester 4,221 acres (1,708 ha) Lake Dennison The park is an extension of Otter River State Forest
Lake Lorraine State Park Hampden
Lake Wyola State Park Franklin Lake Wyola
Lawrence Heritage State Park Essex 23 acres (9 ha)
Leominster State Forest Worcester 4,300 acres (1740 ha) The Midstate Trail runs through the western edge of the forest.
Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest Middlesex 1,140 acres (461 ha)
Lowell Heritage State Park Middlesex 1975 Merrimack River a precursor to the Lowell National Historical Park the park preserves the city's seminal role in the American Industrial Revolution
Lower Neponset River Trail Suffolk
Lynn Heritage State Park Essex
Lynn Shore Reservation Essex
Manuel F. Correllus State Forest Dukes 5,100 acres (2063 ha) 1908 Little 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 Park Bristol Lake Rico, Furnace Pond, King's Pond, Middle Pond, Little Bearhole Pond, and Big Bearhole Pond
Maudslay State Park Essex Merrimack River
Middlesex Fells Reservation Middlesex 2,575 acres (1,042 ha) Bellevue and Spot Ponds
Mohawk Trail State Forest Franklin 6,400 acres (2,589 ha) includes Cold River Virgin Forest, National Natural Landmark, Apr 1980.
Monroe State Forest Franklin Dunbar Brook
Moore State Park Worcester 730 acres (295 ha) Eames Pond
Mount Everett State Reservation Berkshire 1,356 acres (548 ha) Guilder Pond
Mount Grace State Forest Franklin 1,458 acres (590 ha)
Mount Greylock State Reservation Berkshire 1898
Mount Holyoke Range State Park Hampshire 3,000 acres (1,214 ha)
Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation Franklin
Mount Tom State Reservation Hampden 2,082 acres (842 ha)
Mount Washington State Forest Berkshire
Myles Standish Monument State Reservation Plymouth A 120 ft (37 m) tower with 125 steps that overlooks Plymouth Harbor and Duxbury Beach.
Myles Standish State Forest Plymouth 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 Reservation Middlesex 1893 Mystic Lakes; Mystic River
Nahant Beach Reservation Essex
Nantasket Beach Reservation Plymouth
Nashua River Rail Trail Middlesex
Nasketucket Bay State Reservation Plymouth 1999
Natural Bridge State Park Berkshire 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 Reservation Suffolk
Nickerson State Park Barnstable 1,900 acres (768 ha) Cliff Pond
Norwottuck Rail Trail Hampshire 9.5-mile (15.3 km) 1992 Connecticut River
October Mountain State Forest Berkshire
Otter River State Forest Worcester 1915 Otter River, Millers River
Pearl Hill State Park Middlesex 1,000 acres (405 ha) Park Hill Brook
Pilgrim Memorial State Park Plymouth site of Plymouth Rock
Pittsfield State Forest Berkshire
Pope John Paul II Park Reservation Suffolk 2001 Reclaimed former landfill and commercial area bordering Neponset River estuary.
Purgatory Chasm State Reservation Worcester 1919 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 Reservoir Hampshire
Quincy Quarries Reservation Norfolk 22 acres (9 ha) 1985
Quincy Shores Reservation Norfolk
Quinsigamond State Park Worcester
Revere Beach Reservation Suffolk 1896
Robinson State Park Hampden 852 acres (344 ha) Westfield River
Roxbury Heritage State Park Suffolk The 1750 Dillaway-Thomas House and a small park
Rumney Marsh Reservation Essex, Suffolk 600 acres (245+ ha) Saugus River; Pines River
Rutland State Park Worcester 300 acres (121 ha) Whitehall Pond Swimming, picknicking and boating.
Salisbury Beach State Reservation Essex 521 acres (210 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 Forest Berkshire York Lake
Sandy Point State Reservation Essex 77 acres (31 ha)
Savoy Mountain State Forest Berkshire
Scusset Beach State Reservation Barnstable On Cape Cod Bay at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal, a popular swimming and camping area.
Shawme-Crowell State Forest Barnstable 700 acres (383 ha) Forested 285 site campground
Skinner State Park Hampshire Connecticut River
South Cape Beach State Park Barnstable A component of the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve with a one mile (1.6 km) stretch of beach.
Southwest Corridor Park Suffolk 52 acres (21 ha) Greenway of 4.7 mi (7.6 km) that runs South End, Back Bay, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods
Spencer State Forest Worcester 965 acres (390 ha) Howe Pond
Squantum Point Park Norfolk 2001
Stony Brook Reservation Suffolk 475 acres (192 ha) Turtle Pond
Streeter Point Recreation Area Worcester 450 acres (182 ha) East Brimfield Reservoir
Sudbury Reservoir Middlesex; Worcester 4,943 acres (2,000 ha) Sudbury Reservoir
Tolland State Forest Berkshire Otis Reservoir
Upper Charles River Reservation Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk Charles River Covers Charles River between Watertown Dam and Riverdale Park, West Roxbury; see also Charles River Reservation
Upton State Forest Worcester 2,660 acres (1,076 ha) Has Civilian Conservation Corps structures
Wachusett Mountain State Reservation Worcester 3,000 acres (1214 ha)
Wachusett Reservoir Worcester Nashua River; Quinapoxet River
Wahconah Falls State Park Berkshire Wahconah Falls Brook
Walden Pond State Reservation Middlesex 462 acres (187 ha) 1922 Walden Pond
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Barnstable Waquoit Bay; Quashnet River; Childs River; several ponds
Ware River Watershed Area Worcester 23,000 acres (9,300 ha)
Watson Pond State Park Bristol 10 acres (4 ha)
Webb Memorial State Park Norfolk 1980 Hingham Bay
Wells State Park Worcester 1,400 acres (566 ha) Walker Pond
Wendell State Forest Franklin 7,566 acres (3,061 ha) Millers River, Quabbin Reservoir
Western Gateway Heritage State Park Berkshire
Weymouth Back River Reservation Norfolk Abigail Adams and Stodder's Neck sites
Whitehall State Park Middlesex Whitehall Reservoir
Willard Brook State Forest Middlesex 2,597 acres (1,051 ha)
Willowdale State Forest Essex Hood Pond
Wilson Mountain Reservation Norfolk 213 acres (86 ha) 1995
Windsor State Forest Berkshire Westfield River
Wompatuck State Park Plymouth 4,000 acres (1,618 ha) 1967 Aaron River Reservoir

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