The MA Department of Conservation and Recreation is steward of one of the largest state parks systems in the country. Its 450,000 acres is made up of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs and watersheds.
The DCR has a friendly website which offers info on:
Family Activities: Camping, Historic Sites, Educational/Interpretive Programs, Playgrounds, Picnicking, Group Day-use
Nature Activities: Bike Paths, Hiking, Nature Trails, Rock Climbing, Horseback Riding, Hunting, Mountain Biking, Scenic Viewing Area, Walking Trails
Active and Team Sports: Skating, Skiing, Off-Road Vehicles and ATV’s, Snowmobiling, Golfing, Running, Tennis, Athletic Fields
Water Related Sports: Swimming, Fishing, Boating, Sailing, Boat Ramps, Canoeing/Kayaking