Around Big Sandy

Hiking / Camping

Myles Standish State Forest (7 miles from Big Sandy Pond)

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.  A day-use area at College Pond offers picnicking, swimming, fishing, and canoeing.  Fifteen miles of bicycle trails, 35 miles of equestrian trails and 13 miles of hiking trails take visitors deep into the forest, which includes one of the largest contiguous pitch pine/scrub oak communities north of Long Island.

Directions to Myles Standish State Forest
Map of Myles Standish State Forest


Myles Standish State Forest

Ellisville Harbor State Park (7 miles from Big Sandy Pond)

Ellisville Harbor is a unique coastal property, including an 18th century farmstead, beachfront, salt marsh, rolling meadows, and red pine forest. It's also one of the most scenic spots on the South Shore coastline, where you can see small fishing boats, a barrier beach, sphagnum bog, forested upland and open meadows. Recreation activities include walking, bird watching, beach combing and sightseeing. In fall and winter, harbor seals can often be seen just off-shore.

Directions to Ellisville Harbor State Park



Ellisville Harbor State Park

Scusset Beach State Reservation (7 miles from Big Sandy Pond)

Scusset Beach is located on Cape Cod Bay at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal. It is a popular swimming and camping area. The 98-site camping area is very popular with trailer campers. For salt water anglers, the area offers a popular fish pier, a 3000 breakwater and 1.5 miles of frontage along the canal. A picnic area and bicycling along the canal are also available. The Reservation is also a popular spot for watching the variety of boats and ships passing through the canal.

Directions to Scusset Beach State Reservation

Scusset Beach State Reservation


- Myles Standish State Forest
- Ellisville Harbor State Park
- Scusset Beach State Reservation