Hiking at beautiful Myles Standish State Forest in Carver, MA

Myles Standish State Forest is a state forest located in Southeastern Massachusetts, about 45 minutes south of Boston, in the towns of Plymouth and Carver. There are plenty of recreational opportunities available year-round such as hiking, biking, kayaking, and fishing. There are over 13 miles of beautiful hiking trails available.

I like hiking here for the beautiful views, well marked trails, and peaceful escape from the city.  I also like that it is only about a 15 minute drive from the Plymouth waterfront – home to Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower replica, and plenty of waterfront restaurants and shops.

Take a look at some of the great pictures I snapped along one of the trails!

East Head Reservoir Trail (about 2.75 miles round-trip)

Myles Standish State Forest trail view
Myles Standish State Forest - fallen tree
Myles Standish State Forest - Reservoir views
Myles Standish State Forest - Reservoir views
Myles Standish State Forest pond views
Myles Standish State Forest serene views of the reservoir
Myles Standish State Forest reservoir views
Myles Standish State Park - lots of trees

The East Reservoir trail is one of the best trails for new visitors. It’s long enough to get in a great workout, but not long enough to completely wear you out. This trail is mostly flat with little in the way of elevation gain. The views are peaceful and tranquil. Most of the time, it’s rare to see many hikers on the trail. Fortunately, this state park is used more by locals than tourists. If you need a relaxing break from the Plymouth tourist congestion, do plan for a quiet nature walk at beautiful Myles Standish.


194 Cranberry Rd. Carver, MA

There is no admission fee and no parking fee.