Date Of Visit: November 6, 2016
Location: 1361 Middleboro Ave, East Taunton, MA (about 45 minutes south of Boston, MA)
Cost: Free this time of the year. Seasonal prices are not posted on the web site or at the park.
Hours: Open Daily 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (hours may vary depending upon the season)
Parking: There were roughly 50 to 60 parking spots in the lot
Handicap Accessible: No. The side trails can be very rocky and, in some areas difficult to navigate. The main road is paved but cars and other vehicles do travel along the road often.
Dog Friendly: Yes
Time To Spend During Visit: 2 to 3 hours
Highlights: pretty trees, pretty views, bodies of water, dog and horse friendly, cranberry bogs, boat launch (the seasonal camping sitees have not been opened since the 2008camping season)
Web Site: Massasoit State Park
Trail Map: Massasoit State Park Trail Map
Named after the sachem, or leader, of the Wompanoag Confederacy, Massasoit State Park boasts 1,207 acres of trails, 5 bodies of water and a beach area. Add to that some pretty sweet views.
The first thing you’ll notice, and perhaps the main attraction, at Massasoit State Park are the cranberry bogs. The colors of the cranberry and the trees clash to make some pretty contrasts, particularly during foliage season.
The trails at Massasoit State Park are mostly easy with a few moderate inclines. There were a few boardwalks and makeshift bridges made out of trees and other debris.Many of the trails were carpeted with leaves.
Signs of foliage were everywhere. Trees burst with orange, red, yellow and green this time of the year.
Massasoit has 5 ponds and a beach area. The bodies of water are surrounded by pretty trees and vegetation.
Swans and other birds inhabit the ponds.
As you can tell by the photos, the weather changed about, oh, 16 times during the day. In other words, it was your typical New England day. It rained, hard at times, for short periods of time and the sun crept out as well.
Another thing I noticed at Massasoit State Park are the rocks. There are white rocks placed throughout the park and other big rocks with crystal-like elements in them.
The park is also popular with cyclists. I saw dozens of cyclists during my visit. This friendly cyclist was nice enough to let me photograph him.
With its wide paved trail and abundant side trails, Massasoit is the perfect place to bring your dog and I saw several dogs enjoying the fall weather during my visit.
Rex is a 6 and a half year old Blue Tick Coon Hound. Never heard of a Blue Tick Coon Hound? Join the club. Apparently, Blue Tick Coon Hounds are hunting dogs that are prevalent in West Virginia, which is where Rex is from.
Granger is a 4 year old Black Mouth Cur.
Cocoa is a 10 year old Chihuahua and terrier mix breed. He lives nearby and visits the park often.
I also saw these two playmates at Massasoit.
Grace, a 2 year old Doberman and Sydney , a 1 year old Golden Doodle, affectionately played at the park.
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