7 Days a Week:
Monday-Friday: 8am-4:30pm

Fourth Cliff Recreation Area

Operated by the 66th Force Support Squadron at Hanscom AFB, MA, the Fourth Cliff Recreation Area is midway between Boston and Cape Cod. Boston is about 30 miles north, and the town of Plymouth, where the pilgrims first landed, is about 20 miles south. Fourth Cliff was once an Army coastal artillery station and part of the WWII Boston Harbor coastal defenses. It is now a 56-acre military recreation lodging area that sits on a cliff overlooking the North and South Rivers on the west side and the Atlantic Ocean on the east side. With a beach that will fascinate all ages, you can watch beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Surfing and bottom fishing is available, with a license. We have RV and Tent camping sites. Authorized patrons include Active Duty Military, Reserves, Retirees, 100% Disabled VA VHIC holders, DoD Cardholders, and their families

E4 and below stationed at Hanscom save 25% and Club Members save 5% per night.

Lodging and Amenities

One Bedroom Efficiency

Includes kitchenette (microwave, fridge, coffee maker, toaster, sink), living area, 1 bedroom, and air conditioning.

Two Bedroom Chalet

Includes full kitchen, living area, and 2 bedrooms. No air conditioning.

Three Bedroom Cottages

Includes full kitchen, living area, 3 bedrooms, and air conditioning.
Pets are allowed in only one building at this time:Three-Bedroom Cottage #9.

Tent Sites

Rate is for one tent site. Primitive.

Recreational Vehicle

Includes water, sewer, electric, and cable hookups.

Covered Pavilion

Includes picnic tables.

Picnic Areas

Uncovered canopies available for rent.


Guest may book a stay in between the current day’s date and out as far as the end of their booking window.
90 Days – Air Force Not Stationed At Hanscom AFB
– Army, Navy, Marines Coast Guard, Reservist & National Guard
70 Days – DAV/VHIC
60 Days – DOD Civilians

From the North:
Take I-95 South to I-93 North to Rt. 3 South, Exit 27 (Marshfield/Pembroke). Turn right on Rt. 139 towards Marshfield. Go 1.5 miles to 4th traffic light, and turn left onto Furnace St. Continue to “T” intersection and turn left onto Ferry St. Follow to Sea St. and turn right. Cross over the bridge and turn left onto Central Ave. Bear left to the Fourth Cliff gate at the fork in the road.

From Route 3 Northbound:
Take Exit 27 (Marshfield). Turn left onto Rt. 139. Follow directions above.

From Boston:
Take I-93 South to MA Rt. 3 South. Follow directions above. (Do not take Exit 27 off I-93 South when coming from Boston.)

Guest Information & Rules

Reservation Priority:
Hanscom AFB active duty (120 days); Non-Hanscom Air Force personnel (90 days); other active duty, reservists/national guard (80 days); military retirees (75 days); DAV (70) days and all other authorized personnel (60 days). The reservation desk is open from 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, except holidays.

Check-in time is 2pm; Cabin check-out time is no later than 11am, RV and Tent check-in and check-out time is 12 noon. Guests may remain in the area before or after check-in/out but must be out of their rental. Call the front office if you plan to arrive after 5pm. Please note persons not checked in for an overnight stay must leave the area between dusk and dawn.

The cancellation/refund policy is strictly enforced. Reservations are contracts for the entire reservation period, not day-to-day. Inclement weather, insects, etc. are not valid reasons for refunds. Any re-bookings must be done at the reservation desk. If you leave early, you are still required to pay the full amount of your original reservation.

Pets are allowed in only one building at this time, cottage, #9. They are not allowed to be in any other cabin or on the porches of any other building and must be tethered on a handheld leash.

Free throughout the recreation area. Ask at the front desk for details.

Laundromat: Coin-operated laundry in Building 6.

Available to Rent: Cots, fishing rods, grills, propane cookers, super-coolers, DVD players, canopies, canoes, and kayaks.

Seasonal Bath House:
Shower and toilet facilities are available to bathers and campers in Building 19.

Smoking is not permitted in buildings or rental units.

Campfires (permit required) are not allowed above the beach high tide area. Permits must be obtained at the rec hall, building #7. All campfires must be kept small, and the area cleaned after use. Fires are not allowed in the marsh or areas adjacent to the river. Fires must always be attended.