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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 and canoeing.

      The forest's 14,635 acres are laced with a dense network (more than 200 miles) of single and double track trails, forest paths and dirt roads that take visitors deep into the woods, which includes one of the largest contiguous Pitch Pine and Scrub Oak communities north of Long Island. Some of the trails in the forest actually predate the Pilgrims. There's also more than 20 miles of paved bicycle paths..

      Mountain bikes are allowed anywhere in the Myles Standish State Forest except on pond shores, which are well marked. As these are multi-use trails, please be observant of other trail users, especially equestrians and hikers. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trails.

      Riding in the Forest range from wonderfully deserted smooth forest paths and dirt roads and endless double tracks, to well defined single tracks and barely defined, somewhat overgrown, wilderness and game trails. Sandy soil is common in the Park and some roads and trails are too sandy for regular mountain bikes. With a bit of homework, however, one can figure out where these are.

      You can expect lots of Pitch Pine and Scrub Oak, a few gentle hills with modest elevation changes and virtually no rocks. (Lower tyre pressure works). Overall Myles Standish State Forest is great for relatively easy, fast and flowing, high mileage rides on a mix of single and double track trails connected by miles of forest paths and dirt roads. It is an excellent destination for novice riders.

      Most of the popular mountain bike trails are easy riding on mostly hard-packed, well-draining, flowing trails, interspersed with some roots, occasional mild tech with a bit of rough, and a sandy spot here and there - all punctuated by lots of fun. Have a look at the heat maps to see which trails get the most traffic.

      The best place for mountain bikers to park is in the Central Trails Parking Lot (P2 on the map). From here the popular Bentley Loop and it’s ancillary trails, between College Pond and East Head Pond, can be explored. From there you can also fan out to the rest of the forest.

      Must-do trails include the 8-mile Pine Barrens Path , the 5-mile Change Pond Loop (horses and more sand), the Blue trails to the west of Lower College Pond Road , south of Howland Road and north of Three Cornered Pond Road - MSSSF8, MSSF11, MSSF16, MSSF17 , MSSF18 , MSSF19 and MSSF20 .

      Also great fun are the trails around Cherry Pond Lane and Frost Pocket Loop

      The paved bicycle trails - Frost Pocket Bike Path , Rocky Pond Bike Path , Camping Pond Bike Path Loop, Camping Pond Bike Path- follow 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 and moving between different parts of the Park.
      Primary Trail Type: Cross-Country
      eBikes Allowed: No
      Land Status: State Forest
      Land Manager: Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation
      P1 Parking - Main Office google parking directions
      Access Info:
      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.

      Parking Lots:
      P1 - Forest Headquarters (open year-round): Camping Check-in, Interpretive Center, restrooms, bike path system, and Healthy Heart Trail/East Head Loop hiking trail
      P2 - Bentley Trail Lot (open year-round): Bentley Loop and Frost Pocket Loop hiking trails, Frost Pocket Path bike trail, and Pheasant Wildlife Management Area
      P3 - Equestrian Lot (seasonal): Access to the forest’s large network of equestrian-friendly trails
      P4 - East Entrance (open year-round): Picnicking, Friends’ Loop and Pine Barrens Path hiking trails and Frost Pocket Path bike trail
      P5 - Charge Pond (seasonal): Charge Pond Loop & Pine Barrens Path hiking trails, and Camping Pond Loops bike trail
      P6 - Fire Tower Lot (seasonal): Scenic views, Rocky Pond Path bike trail
      P7 - Rocky Pond Lot (seasonal): Rocky Pond Bog Loop hiking trail, and Rocky Pond Path bike trail
      P$ - College Pond Day-Use Area (seasonal): Paid parking lot, bathhouse, restrooms, swimming, and picnicking
      Disclaimer:
      While this is an unofficial crowd sourced map, we have tried to reflect as closely as possible what appears on official DCR and Friends of Myles Standish maps. This map reflects Hiking, Biking and Equestrian trails. Select which activity type you want to view. Winter maps for fat biking, snow shoe and nordic skiing will also be added in time.

      Please help by rating the difficulty and adding descriptions of the trails you use. If you know them, please add the proper names for trails that are now numbered. If you find a trail that is not on the map, please upload it.

      Please also add trail reviews and/or trail reports after your ride.

      All contributions are encouraged and welcomed. If you would like to help curate this map, please reach out by leaving a comment.
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      Region Status
      Open as of Apr 17, 2022

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      192
      Trails Mountain Bike
      192
      Trails E-Bike
      2
      Trails Hike
      192
      Trails Trail Running
      191
      Trails Horse
      170
      Trails Dirtbike/Moto
      3
      Trails Snowshoe
      19
      Trails Nordic Ski
      4
      Total Distance
      204 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      70 miles
      Total Descent
      10,764 ft
      Total Vertical
      175 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      233 ft
      Reports
      176
      Photos
      34
      Ridden Counter
      3,081

      Photos of Myles Standish State Forest Mountain Bike

      trail: MSSF40
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      Apr 7, 2021 @ 12:37pm
      Apr 7, 2021
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      Mar 9, 2021 @ 7:26pm
      Mar 9, 2021
      trail: MSSF16
      28 |
      Dec 26, 2020 @ 10:19am
      Dec 26, 2020
      trail: Ligget Link 1
      72 |
      Apr 20, 2020 @ 7:45am
      Apr 20, 2020
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      Apr 20, 2020 @ 7:44am
      Apr 20, 2020
      trail: Mast Road
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      Apr 20, 2020 @ 7:43am
      Apr 20, 2020
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      Sep 29, 2019 @ 9:15am
      Sep 29, 2019
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      Sep 29, 2019 @ 9:06am
      Sep 29, 2019

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      user #2093190capecolinupdatetrailPinnacle Hill Trail and 4 more
      May 20, 2022 @ 8:55am
      2 days
      user #3046167netbeui435wishlistroute19-mile intermediate mountain bike loop
      May 20, 2022 @ 4:39am
      2 days
      user #3050707jamieRvZ58AriddentrailBentley Loop
      May 18, 2022 @ 5:08pm
      May 18, 2022
      user #3050206ericweekswishlistregionMyles Standish State Forest
      May 18, 2022 @ 7:47am
      May 18, 2022
      user #3046167netbeui435wishlisttrailMassasoit Connector
      May 15, 2022 @ 11:45am
      May 15, 2022

      Recent Comments

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      user #2437846grityourteethtrailCamping Pond Bike Path LoopThis loop is pretty nice in the evening. Lots...
      Oct 4, 2020 @ 7:15pm
      Oct 4, 2020
      user #2437846grityourteethtrailMSSF8Brief bike trail through a remote pocket of...
      Oct 4, 2020 @ 7:01pm
      Oct 4, 2020
      user #1379895CSC3trailBentley LoopOne of the best trails in Myles Standish......
      Sep 19, 2020 @ 7:51am
      Sep 19, 2020
      user #1379895CSC3trailEast Head ReservoirOne of the most beautiful and enjoyable single...
      Sep 19, 2020 @ 7:49am
      Sep 19, 2020
      user #1913901djraybostontrailBentley BooCompletely overgrown, several trees down!!
      Sep 9, 2020 @ 12:39pm
      Sep 9, 2020

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      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike192204 miles10,764 ft70 miles174 ft
      #6,335#2,6833317632,133
      E-Bike21 mile112 ft3,386 ft92 ft
      3819
      Hike192204 miles10,764 ft70 miles174 ft
      #5,470#2,53417646
      Trail Running191203 miles10,705 ft70 miles174 ft
      #5,486#2,53517672
      Horse170169 miles8,845 ft57 miles174 ft
      #423#284106
      Dirtbike/Moto36 miles374 ft2 miles118 ft
      2
      Snowshoe1930 miles1,263 ft12 miles161 ft
      #385#212
      Nordic Ski46 miles125 ft2 miles62 ft
      #1,05813
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