Camping adventure in Massachusetts from tents to RVs

Among the choices of Massachusetts lodgings and accommodations are public and private campgrounds. Massachusetts campgrounds are operated at many of the dozens of state forests and state parks throughout the state, including the Boston Harbor islands and on Cape Cod. Many private campgrounds also operate throughout the state, along the coast, in the Berkshire Mountains, and through the historic regions near Plymouth and Salem. A stay at an Massachusetts campground is a wonderful and inexpensive outdoor-oriented vacation for children and families, and people who love the beach, fishing, swimming, boating, and hiking.

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Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Beach Road, Route 1A Salisbury, MA, 01952 Phone: 508-462-4481

Fantastic, sandy ocean beach with all waterfront sports; popular for trailer camping

This ocean beach is very popular for trailer camping, offering 484 trailer sites. Camping season is May to October, but off-season camping, only from Thursdays through Sundays, is allowed from mid-October to late November. Another excellent state park for trailer camping is Scusset Beach State Reservation in Sandwich.
Campground map
See full descriptionSalisbury Beach State Reservation.
DAR State Forest
D.A.R. State Forest

Cape Street, Route 112 Goshen, MA Phone: 413-268-7098

Good for boating, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and winter sports; pets permitted except on sandy beach; non-motorized boats only.

This park offers 51 wooded campsites with showers and a private beach. Everyone can enjoy nature in this forest: wheelchair accessible campsites are available. Camp here from mid-May through mid-October. Reservations are recommended. The group forest site is comfortable for large groups of up to 75 persons, with limited amenities. Campground office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Off-season camping is available from October through April. Be aware of black bears in the area! See DAR State Forest for full description of this park.
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area
Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

Islands in Boston Harbor, and easy ferry ride from downtown. Swimming, hiking, picnicking. A fun day trip

Watch the gleaming lights of downtown Boston from a rustic-style campsite. Rustic camping means no flush toilets, showers, fresh water, electricity, public telephones, or onsite supplies. Take the ferry for easy access to any of four islands for camping: Grape, Bumpkin, Peddocks or Lovells. Reservations are required. Find a ferry to the islands.
See Boston Harbor Islands for full description of this park.
Wompatuck State Park

204 Union Street Hingham, MA Phone: 617-749-7160

Good for camping, with many electrified campsites. Also: fishing, hiking, and walking

Wompatuck State Park has 262 wooded campsites; 140 of them offer electricity. The park is very popular with trailer campers: electric hookups, a dumping station, and potable water are all available. See Wompatuck State Park for full description of this park.
Clarksburg State Park

1199 Middle Road Clarksburg, MA Phone: 413-664-8345

Good for camping, hiking, boating; non-motor boats only

Forty-five wooded campsites are located near the lake. Camp here from late May to early September. Campground office hours are from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on weekdays, and 8 a.m. - midnight on weekends. Reservations are recommended. Wheelchair accessible campsites and comfort station available. See Clarksburg State Park for full description of this park.
Otter River State Forest

86 Winchendon Road Baldwinville, MA Phone: 508-939-8962

Camping, water sports, hiking

Otter River State Forest is a popular camping place with a pond, and lake, water sports, and hiking trails. It encompasses the Lake Dennison Recreation Area. There are 85 campsites, including yurt camping
Season & Hours: May through October; campground office hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Swimming is permitted in designated areas only from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
See full description of Otter State Park.
Horseneck Beach State Reservation

Route 88 South Westport, MA, 02790 Phone: 508-636-8816

Good for boating, fishing, swimming, and camping.

At the eastern end of the Reservation lies a 100-site campground near Gooseberry Neck. Amenities include restrooms, water, dumpster, public telephone, and parking area. See Horseneck State Reservation for full description of this park.
Pittsfield State Forest

1041 Cascade Street Pittsfield, MA Phone: 413-442-8992

Good for handicap-accessible recreation, fishing, walking & hiking.

There are two campsites in this state forest. Go to sleep and wake up in the sunshine by Berry Pond. Larger groups can camp at Bishop Field. Click here to read a full description of Pittsfield State Forest.
Myles Standish State Forest

Long Pond Road Carver, MA Phone: 508-866-2580

Good for camping, hiking & walking, water activities, and natural science enthusiasts.

Camping at Barretts Pond, Charge Pond, Curlew Pond, and Fearing Pond. Amenities include showers and dumping sites. See Myles Standish State Forest for full description of this park.
Beartown State Forest

69 Bluehill Road Monterey, MA, 01245 Phone: 413-528-0904

Good for non-motorized boating, walking & hiking, camping, snowmobiling; fishing; leashed pets allowed

Even in the off-season, intrepid hikers camp at Beartown State Forest. Advanced reservations are available up to six months ahead of time, and even 24 hours before, if you're feeling spontaneous. Reserve a minimum of 2 days, and share nature with the vast wildlife of the rich forests.
See full description of Beartown State Forest.
Shawme-Crowell State Forest

Route 130 Sandwich, MA, 02563 Phone: 508-888-0351

This quiet year-round campground onn Cape Cod has more than 285 sites in a wooded setting. More than 15 miles of roads and trails provide hiking and horseback riding access to more than 700 acres. Camping fee includes parking at the beach at Scusset State Reservation. Camping season is mid-April through mid-October. Amenities include restrooms, interpretive programs, picnicking, showers, trailer and RV dumping. Off-season camping is available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Mohawk Trail State Forest

175 Mohawk Trail / Route 2 Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 413-339-5504

Good for year-round camping, viewing nature & wildlife, and trout fishing.

This state forest offers 47 wooded campsites, available seasonally. For a unique and rustic camping experience, stay in one of six overnight log cabins, available year-round. Camping season: mid-April - mid-October. Recreational vehicles are permitted on designated sites. Pets are permitted on tent sites only, on leash. See Mohawk Trail State Forest for full description of park.
Savoy Mountain State Forest

260 Central Shaft Road Florida, MA Phone: 413-663-8469

Handicap-accessible hiking and camping; water sports, picnicking, hiking, camping, paddling, pets allowed

Forty-five campsites and one group site are located in an old apple orchard. Four log cabins are available for year-round rental. Handicap accessible. Reservations are suggested. Camping season is from mid-May to mid-October. Amenities include showers and restrooms. See Savoy Mountain State Forest for full description of park.
Scusset Beach State Reservation

20 Scusset Beach Road Sagamore, MA Phone: 508-888-0859

Best for trailer camping; salt water fishing; bicycling along Cape Cod Canal

Scusset Beach State Reservation is has 98 sites and it is popular with trailer campers. Map of camping and day use area. Campground map.
See a full description of Scusset Beach State Reservation.
Nickerson State Park

Route 6A Brewster, MA, 02631 Phone: 508-896-3491

Inland park offers lots of camping; fresh water swimming, fishing and paddling; hiking and biking

This is a large camping park is in the inland pine woods of Cape Cod. Four hundred camp sites include yurt camping. Easy walk or bike ride to Cape Cod Bay. Also: catch-and-release fishing, hiking, biking, swimming, paddling, and ranger-led programming
See Nickerson State Park listing for full description of the park.
Tully Lake Campground

25 Doane Hill Road Royalston, MA, 01368 Phone: 978-840-4446

Set along the shores of a 200-acre lake, the Tully Lake Campground is a walk-in, tent-only campground offering modern conveniences and superb recreational opportunities in a wilderness-like setting. Paddle around Tully Lake in a canoe or kayak, hike the shoreline footpaths or the 18-mile Tully Trail, mountain bike on nearby trails, or take a day trip to scenic waterfalls and overlooks. Amenities include a modern bathhouse with hot water, toilets and showers, ice and firewood for sale onsite, volleyball, horseshoes, and canoe and kayak rentals.
October Mountain State Forest

Woodland Road Lee, MA Phone: 413-243-1778

Forty seven campsites are available at this mountainside park. Camping season is from May to October in designated campground. Maximum RV size is 34 feet. No electric hook-ups. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Stay clear of bears. See full description of October Mountain State Park
Harold Parker State Forest

305 Middleton Road North Andover, MA, 01845 Phone: 508-686-3391

In-the-forest camping; miles of logging roads for hiking and mountain biking; fishing and paddling (no motor boats)

Harold Parker State Forest is a large property of hardwood and pine forests a short drive form boston. . Camping is done at widely-spaced sites in a hardwood forest, with plenty of privacy. Camp sites has picnic tables and grills and bathrooms with hot showers. No electrical hookups. Camping season is May to early September. Campsite map.
See full description of Harold Parker State Forest.
Wells State Park

159 Walker Pond Rd. Sturbridge, MA, 01566 Phone: 508 347-9257

Best for camping and hiking; swimming beach for campers only; 5 miles from Old Sturbridge Village

The major activities at this wooded park are camping and hiking. The campground has 60 sites. The swimming beach at Walker Pond is limited only to campers. Wells is five miles from Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum of New England village life in the 17th century and a popular, year-round family attraction. See a full description of Wells State Park.
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