Myles Standish State Forest winter scenery

Getting out into the cold weather and snow doesn’t sound like much fun until you break out the cross country skis and snowshoes! The brisk long winters of Massachusetts can be hard on athletes and photographers. Mike and I decided to break up the monotony of gym workouts by getting out for an invigorating snowshoe hike at Myles Standish. This beautiful Southeast Massachusetts State park is one of our favorites in the area because of the serene scenery and remoteness of the area. The park is never overly crowded and the reservoir views are so tranquil and gorgeous.

The gorgeous quiet beauty of the winter season

Icy winter views at Myles Standish State Forest
Icy pond views at Myles Standish State Forest
Winter lake views at Myles Standish State Forest - Carver, MA

We passed only a handful of people out skiing. I personally wouldn’t ski here as there are a number of tough hills.  Advanced skiers may enjoy the remote setting and tough hills. Snowshoeing is more suited for the casual walker and nature enthusiast. View the winter trail map to view the different options available.

Cross country skiing trails at Myles Standish State Forest

Snowshoeing – the best winter workout!

Surprisingly, snowshoeing is an excellent cardio workout. To me, snowshoeing isn’t much harder than a hike. Getting out for a snowshoe hike is an excellent way to keep in shape without sacrificing the fun. You will get in a great lower body workout. It’s a great winter sport as no lessons are required and rentals are much cheaper than ski equipment. A pair of snowshoe rentals typically costs about $15-25. I bought my own and they come in handy when living in a city which gets snow for several months of the year! A great investment for anyone who wants to keep working out all winter despite the snow!

It was a brisk day, however, you really warm up once you get into the hike. I recommend dressing in layers as you will start out cold and likely finish much warmer. Myles Standish is normally a pretty dark and eerie place, however, it was a nice day with a bit of sunshine.

Sunset at Myles Standish State Forest in Carver, MA
Snowy views at Myles Standish State Forest in Carver, MA

Myles Standish State Forest is located on Cranberry Road in South Carver, Massachusetts. Carver is located about 15 minutes from Plymouth, making it an ideal daytime activity. Visit the Myles Standish website for more information.

After your day at the park, a visit to nearby Plymouth is a must. History buffs will enjoy the many monuments and museums around town. There is a beautiful waterfront area to stroll around with many shops and restaurants to enjoy. For great Italian food, definitely check out Mamma Mia’s. Also, check out my list of the top 5 things to do in Plymouth.

Pretty views of the Plymouth waterfront
The beautiful waterfront
Historic Burial Hill in Plymouth, MA
Historic Burial Hill
Mayflower replica in Plymouth, MA
The Mayflower replica
Pasta Primavera at Mama Mia in Portland, Oregon
Authentic Italian cuisine at Mamma Mia’s