Friends of Myles Standish State Forest

Myles Standish State Forest campgrounds



Myles Standish State Forest offers 372 sites for tent and small trailer camping. The sites are clustered around four of the larger ponds in the state forest-

  • Barrett Pond,
  • Charge Pond,
  • Fearing Pond and
  • Curlew Pond.

Sites cost $17 per night and there is a two week per season limit. Sites may be reserved in advance online at Reserve America six months in advance of any open camping days. Call the park headquarters(508-866-2526) if you want a site for tonight (even if ReserveAmerica says the sites are all booked).

Barrett Pond is the closest to the forest headquarters on Cranberry Road in Carver, MA. A small beach area (unguarded) is available. A bike path going to headquarters runs right through the campground. Barrett offers 29 campsites, including 3 yurts. Facilities include two bathrooms with hot showers. A dishwashing station is located at one of the bathroom facilities.

At $17 per night, you can get quite a nice site.tent at Barrett Pond

Three yurts are available.yurt at Barrett Pond These cost more to rent and go quickly. ($30 per night.)

Some of the campsites are quite spacious.group campsite at Barrett Pond

Many of the sites offer a view of the Barrett pond. site with pond view

Curlew Pond is a favorite with many repeat visitors. Many campsites are located close to this great swimming pond.

Curlew Pond campsite

A new comfort station was built for the Curlew Pond campground in 2013 offering the best restroom facilities in the park. comfort station at Curlew Pond

Curlew Pond is in the northwestern section of the state forest, about five miles from the forest headquarters. It offers the closest access to downtown Plymouth. (The Plymouth waterfront is a nice 7 mile bike ride away.)

Charge Pond has seven separate camping areas and more than half the sites in the entire forest. The campgrounds are all located outside a road circling Charge Pond, a lovely clear pond with nice sandy beaches. (None of the sites at Charge Pond offer a view of the pond.) The pond is only open to campground users. (No public parking areas are provided other than at the campsites.)

Charge Pond beach Charge Pond waterfront

There is a nice pavilion with picnic tables and a large standing charcoal grill available at Charge Pond. (The Wildcat Bogstompers played for the MSSF Centennial.

Large restroom facilities are available close to the pond. A basketball court was just built (July 2016)

This map is outdated but shows the basic layout of the campgrounds at Charge.

Charge Pond campground layout

In July 2016, MSSF reopened campground D as a group campsite and renovated its bathroom facilities. There are now only seven sites in campground D. Not all are available on ReserveAmerica.

Fearing Pond campsites directly overlook Fearing Pond. Fearing Pond offers the best fishing in Myles Standish State Forest. Fearing Pond is stocked with trout twice a year.

Fearing Pond has cottages that have been in the forest since the 1920's.Fearing Pond cottage Unfortunately, they are not available for rent or purchase.

More photos coming soon.