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About Myles Standish State Forest
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$17.00 - $27.00
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ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
Myles Standish State Forest is located in Massachusetts
41.849 N
-70.67 W
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9 Reviews of Myles Standish State Forest
In the Pines of Southeastern Massachusetts

This campground is well maintained by the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation. It has everything from Isolated sites to groups of sites where families and friends can take multiple sites and stay together. Scrub pines and cranberry bogs abound! Trails can be used summer and winter.it also has many equestrian sites.

busy on weekends, quiet weekdays

The campgrounds themselves are really nice, but considering there are about 400 spots, you may find that some area's are more to your liking when it comes to things like more sun or more shade. Some locations offer less space between campsites, some more. The pond water was very clear, seeing as they are fed from natural springs under the ponds. the dept. of conservation and recreation drives around several times a day in case you have any issues. There are several miles of bile trails that were very enjoyable.

The one thing you may notice is that if you stay on a Friday or Saturday night, the campground may be to capacity, like it was when we stayed. But the Sunday, and Monday nights, the 7 closest spots to us were empty, it was like having the woods to ourselves. The other complaint would be the lack of trash barrels at the ponds. There was scattered trash on the paths to the ponds from the main roads and around some of the campsites.

Beautiful, peaceful, and perfectly isolated!

In the middle of a huge state forest, Miles Standish campground is perfect for low maintenance campers! No electric, one water spout per every few sites, and multiple loops with different features, it's perfect for all. Swimming, fishing, camping, hiking, trails, boating and more await. Forest staff are so nice, extremely helpful, and take any issues seriously.

Great riding

Great camping spot to road ride from. Nice park. Good access to surrounding new England towns.

Curlew Pond

Great family friendly park. Quiet at night. Swimming, canoeing, kayaking- the pond is awesome!

Sit's are somewhat close, but some of the pond view sites are a little more private.

Clean upgraded bathrooms.

Rangers patrol often, which keeps the place clean and friendly but can be tough if you have a day visitor who wants to park.

Camping, biking and kayaking

Over Memorial Day weekend, we camped at Myles Standish. We were in the Charged Pond area, in loop F. The campground doesn't have hook ups, but there is a dump station with water and water available around the loops. The lower part of the camp ground is set up in different loops. While this is a large campground, it didn't feel that large as the loop probably had 50 sites. Our site was wooded and pretty private for a state campground. We had plenty of room and the site had a fire pit and picnic table. Each loop has one bathhouse. Ours, unfortunately, did not have hot water. We were told if we wanted it, we could go to any of the other loops. The bathrooms had two showers and three stalls, two sinks. There were at least three outlets in the women's room which was convenient for a quick cell phone charge. 

The check in process was a little challenging. We arrived later in the day and had hoped to get our pop up set up by dark, but the check in process took almost 30 mins between waiting in line and a VERY slow attendant. He was more worried about my out of state phone number than getting us checked in. He also kept trying to put us in a different section of the campground. I finally pulled up my reservation to show him that I was in the Charged Pond area. 

Our daughters rate campgrounds by their bathrooms. I was pleasantly surprised that they received at least one cleaning during our time there. But regardless, the bathrooms weren't that clean. It wasn't the worst bathroom (thanks Yosemite for setting that standard), but it could have been a little more attended to. It scored a - "not so bad that we'd never come back" rating from the girls. 

The bike trails through the part are great and we enjoyed them. Paved and mountain bike trails. The map they give you at check in isn't very good - hard to read and a little blurry. We picked up a nice printed, folded map at the visitor's center in town and it was much nicer and easier to read the trails. Take the map with you as the bike trails were a little confusing.

We also enjoyed the various kettle ponds. We kayaked one morning and enjoyed watching the people catching good sized fish around us. The beach (at least at Charged Pond) had a nice sandy section and a bathhouse. 

The town of Plymouth is about a 10 min. drive if you need anything. We never saw a camp store or even a place to get ice. But we didn't look that hard either. 

I was surprised that it was fairly quite and not busier on a holiday weekend. We felt most people respected quiet hours and there were even empty sites in our loop. 

We will definitely go back. It was a nice, quick getaway.

Great camping at reasonable prices

We stay at Myles Standish every June. We stay in the charge pond area which is a smaller pond but nice and clean. There are bbqs, tables and bathrooms at fhe pond. The sites are large and shady but don’t have water or electric. The bath houses are clean and accessible.

Surrounded by Ponds

Conveniently located near Cape Code and close to Boston, Myles Standish State Forest is a beautiful spot surrounded by ponds. The campground is split into different areas depending on your needs (electric, equestrian, tent-only). My campsite was on Barrett's Pond and was a large site with easy access to near by trails. This is great place for hiking, riding horses and bikes with lots of trails for both. The staff is great and helpful ensuring you have everything you need for full enjoyment. Although dogs can't swim in Barrett pond, they are welcome in the campground and can swim at the nearby East Pond that also has a nice 3 miles trail around the circumference. Showers are available as well as filtered drinking water.

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Gateway to Cape Cod

Myles Standish State Park is located just this side of the Cape Cod canal so your not actually "on the cape". The park is a great staging area for day trips to Plymouth and all its history as well as being and easy bike ride to the upper cape. The park itself is quite large and has several distinct campgrounds within it ,including an excellent dedicated area for groups. Fees are reasonable and in line with other state parks , the bathhouses are sufficient though not all have showers, a shower house is provided in those parts of the campground.