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      Sprawling across the southern sections of Plymouth and Carver, Myles Standish State Forest is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southeastern Massachusetts. MSSF offers five camping areas, tucked into the forest or set along the edges of four of the park's 16 ponds.

      All are beautifully maintained and a section of the Charge Pond area is set aside specifically for horse camping. Two day-use areas offer picnicking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, miles of paved bicycle trails, 35 miles of equestrian trails and 13 miles of hiking trails take visitors deep into the forest, which includes one of the largest contiguous pitch pine/scrub oak communities north of Long Island.

      The forest's 14,635 acres are laced with hundreds of miles of trails, paths, fire breaks, paved roads and dirt roads. Some of the pathways in the forest actually predate the Pilgrims. There's also a 22 mile paved bicycle trail.

      Mountain bikes can ride anywhere in the forest except on pond shores. Particularly attractive are the busy bicycle trail and the 28 mile horse trail. There is a very popular 6 mile marked singletrack loop that begins in the forest's central parking lot.

      The forest's trails can form an endless number of rides. Maps showing the forest's extensive trail system, including many of the roads and trails that are not part of any trail system are available at forest headquarters. But, there are mny more trails than those shown on any published map.

      Riding opportunities in the Myles Standish State Forest, range from wonderfully deserted smooth forest roads to endless doubletracks, to barely defined singletracks and game trails where you'll spend a good part of your time walking. You can expect lots of Pitch Pine and Scrub Oak, small hills, sand, a little mud and no rocks. Some of the forest's trails may convince you that you are riding in the "Miles of Sandish State Forest." With a little experience though, you'll soon learn to avoid them. Most of the trails are quite ridable and lots of fun.

      The paved bicycle trail follows natural terrain and runs all through the forest. This makes it a fine reference point for traffic-free forest exploration. It's also good for short cutting the longer off-road sections.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
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      Myles Standish State Forest is located in southeastern Massachusetts.

      From the north: Take Rte. 3 south to exit 5, turn right onto Long Pond Rd. (west) and continue for about 3 miles to the park entrance on the right.

      From Rte. 495: Take Rte. 495 to exit 2 (South Carver) and the intersection with Rte. 58. Take Rte. 58 north on Cranberry Rd., follow signs.

      The central trails parking lot is located at the junctions of 3 cornered Pond and Upper College Pond Roads.
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