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Camping in Massachusetts | Your Guide to Finding The Best Campgrounds in MA

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Camping in Massachusetts | Your Guide to Finding The Best Campgrounds in MA

There are 29 state park campgrounds in MA in which you can camp, and more private campgrounds. Sleep under forest canopies or on the beaches along Cape Cod. From primitive to glamping (glamour + camping) campgrounds vary in what they offer. You can camp in your own rig or tent, or try camping in yurts, cabins, or under the stars. It’s up to you. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/

Manages one of the largest state park systems in the country. The 450,000 acres DCR manages consists of forests, parks, greenways, historic sites, and landscapes, seashores, lakes, ponds, reservoirs, and watersheds. Massachusetts campgrounds are segmented into five regions:

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Reservations are available for all 29 state forests and park campgrounds. Reservations may be made as early as six months prior to the date of arrival, and as late as one day prior to arrival. Up to four stays may be reserved at once; however, reservations are limited to 14 cumulative days in any one park between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There is a two-day minimum on most reservations.

For any Massachusetts State Forest or State Park campground reservation:

  • Make a reservation online http://www.reserveamerica.com/
  • Call (877) I-CAMP-MA
  • TTY customers, call (877) 620-0833
  • Outside the U.S. and Canada, call (518) 884-4959

Campers must be 18 years old or older to make a reservation.

Pets In Parks

Most, but not all Massachusetts state parks allow pets with some restrictions. A current rabies certificate must be presented at check-in. Pets must be leashed at all times and cannot be left unattended. Pets are not permitted in state buildings or when camping in a yurt or cabin.

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Beartown State Forest 

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69 Blue Hill Road

Monterey, MA 01245

(413) 528-0904

email: beartown.forest@state.ma.us

This is a great year round camping, hiking, boating, fishing campground. With 12,000 acres to play in, this the perfect place to visit no matter the season. In the winter, you can cross-country ski and snowmobile.

Boston Harbour Islands 

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Boston Harbor Island

Boston, MA

(781) 740-1605

Boston Harbour has 13 islands, 6 of which are publicly accessible by ferry. You’ll find swimming, boating, hiking and camping among the most popular things to do on the islands. Tent campsites and yurts are available on Peddocks Island. Rustic camping is available on Lovells, Grape, and Bumpkin Islands.

Camp Nihan Education Center

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131 Walnut St.

Saugus, MA 01906

(781) 231-1203

Looking for a group camping experience? Camp Nihan is the perfect place. There’s plenty of opportunities to learn about the local habitat, and hundreds of ways to explore a variety of nature and wildlife across the 65 acres of this park.

Clarksburg State Park 

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1199 Middle Rd.

Clarksburg, MA 01247

(413) 664-8345

email: clarksburg.park@state.ma.us

With 368 acres of abundant, northern hardwood forest, and lakes, streams and trails, Clarksburg State Park is a wonderful place to hike, ski, go boating, fishing or simply enjoy the views. Clarksburg offers gorgeous views of both the Berkshire Hills and the Green Mountains. This 45 site campground offers fabulous camping in a forested setting. The campsites are situated near scenic Mausert’s Pond, with opportunities for swimming, canoeing, hiking, picnicking and fishing.

Daughters of the American Revolution State Park 

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78 Cape St.

Goshen, MA 01032

(413) 268-7098

email:dar.forest@state.ma.us

DAR State Forest offers dozens of campsites, forest trails, a lake to swim and fish in. Hiking

mountain biking, biking, horseback riding, swimming, and canoeing and kayaking are also popular activities here. In the winter, all the popular winter sports – from cross-country skiing to ice-skating and snow-mobiling are available as well. The 50-site campground is situated on a ridge between lovely Upper Highland Lake and a scenic wetland where moose, bear and beaver are common visitors.

Erving State Forest 

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Erving State Forest

Erving, MA 01344

Recreational area (year round) – (978) 544-3939

Campground office (May-Labor Day) – (978) 544-7745

With 27 sites camping here is private, quiet, and secluded. Visit for a swim or hike, or kayak on Laurel Lake.

Federated Women’s Club State Forest

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State Forest Road

Petersham, MA 01366

(978) 544-3939

Explore more than 1,000 acres of pine, maple, birch, and hemlock trees. Make your way along Fever Brook for great views of the Quabbin Reservoir. Other popular activities include fishing, hunting, and camping. There are no facilities in this park, but there are 15  first come, first served campsites available. Before camping, contact park staff at Erving State Forest (978) 544-3939. No dogs allowed. No alcohol or off-road vehicles allowed.

Granville State Forest

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323 West Hartland Road

Granville, MA 01034

(413) 357-6611

There are restrooms, accessible restrooms, and showers at this location. There are 20 sites, 3 for popup or tent campers, 7 standard, non-electric sites (15-25 foot back-in sites), and 10 tent only sites. No alcohol, swimming, or wilderness camping allowed.

Harold Parker State Forest

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305 Middleton Road

North Andover, MA 01845

Headquarters phone (978) 686-3391

Seasonal Station phone (978) 475-7972

Located only an hour north of Boston, Harold Parker State Forest is a located in Andover. With 35 miles of trails, 11 ponds, and dozens of campsites, there’s something in this Central Hardwood-Hemlock-White Pine forest for everyone.

Horseneck Beach State Park – 

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5 John Reed Road

Westport, MA 02791

(508) 636-8816

email: horseneck.beach@state.ma.us

This 2-mile long stretch of beach at the western end of Buzzard’s Bay makes Horseneck one of the most popular parks in Massachusetts. Swim and camp or just relax and walk. This park is also great for bird watching.

Lake Dennison Recreation Area – Campgrounds in MA

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86 Winchendon Road

Baldwinville, MA 01436

Headquarters (978) 939-8962 year round

Contact station (978) 297-1609 seasonal

Located in Winchendon, the Lake Dennison Recreation Area has 150 campsites and a beach where you can swim. This is a biker’s paradise too, with more than 50 miles of trails from the campground. Come take part or watch the annual Massachusetts Triathlon, which both celebrates the local community and encourages health and fitness.

Mohawk Trail State Forest – Campgrounds in MA

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Cold River Road

Charlemont, MA 01339

(413) 339-5504

email: mohawk.trail@state.ma.us

It’s hard to say which park is most scenic, but with more than 6,000 acres of mountain ridges, gorges, and woods, and home to a variety of plant and animal life, Mohawk Trail State Forest is one of the most scenic woodland areas in Massachusetts. A clear, cold river cascades through historic Mohawk Trail State Forest. In this rustic and natural setting, visitors can enjoy 50 campsites and 6 overnight log cabins. Mohawk Trail has over 18 miles of rivers and streams for excellent trout fishing, plus a swimming area.

Mount Washington State Forest – Campgrounds in MA

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143 East St.

Mount Washington, MA 01258

(413) 528-0330

Bring your dog! This is one of the few state parks that allows pets. There is year-round camping, but sites are only available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Myles Standish State Park – Campgrounds in MA

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194 Cranberry Rd.

Carver, MA 02330

(508) 866-2526

Four hundred campsites are tucked into the forest or set along the edges of four of the park’s many ponds. Miles of hiking, equestrian and bicycle trails lead visitors into the forest and along the ponds for fishing and swimming. Dogs allowed! So are horses! Myles Standish State Forest offers plenty of year-round activities for the entire family. If you’re looking for a place to camp, swim (lifeguard tower on a fenced off beach), or explore the outdoors, this southeastern park is for you. There are 13 miles of hiking trails, boating, fishing, hunting, sailing, kayaking, and canoeing.

Nickerson State Park – Campgrounds in MA

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3488 Main St.

Brewster, MA 02631

(508) 896-3491

email: nickerson.park@state.ma.us

With more than 400 campsites, it’s not hard to find a place to start your camping adventure. The 1,900-acre Nickerson State Park is located in Brewster, MA on Cape Cod. There’s plenty of wooded trails and ponds to explore. There’s also an amphitheater, bike paths, a boat ramp, group day use, a playground, restrooms and showers, and a trailer/RV dump station. One of the most accessible parks in the Massachusetts system, Nickerson offers accessible beach wheelchairs, camping, education programs, fishing, picnicking, restrooms, trails and a nature center.

October Mountain State Forest – Campgrounds in MA

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317 Woodland Road

Lee, MA 01238

(413) 243-1778

Enjoy yurt camping in one of the park’s three yurts. Or find your own RV or tent site within this 47-site campground. (Yurts are canvas sided, cabin-like structures that can accommodate 4 to 6 people. Yurts offer bunk beds, chairs and tables, and access to water and electricity. Linens and eating utensils are not provided.) Visitors can bring their dogs to this campsite. You can hike and enjoy the outdoors, while visiting nearby Tanglewood and other cultural and scenic attractions of the 16,000 acres in this Central Berkshires park. October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. There are hiking, ATV and Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) trails available for every level of experience.

The famous Appalachian Trail also passes through this park. October Mountain is one of DCRs recreation areas for ATVs and OHMs. Riders must obtain a free permit before riding. Read more at: Off Highway Vehicle page or call (413)358-2172.

Otter River State Forest – Campgrounds in MA

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86 Winchendon Road

Baldwinville, MA 01436

email: otter.river@state.ma.us

Dogs are allowed at this park. The Otter River campground includes 73 campsites, four yurts and three group sites situated around two-acre Beaman Pond. Enjoy swimming, a new basketball court and volleyball court, miles of hiking trails and access to mountain biking in the adjacent Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area.

Pearl Hill State Park – Campgrounds in MA

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105 New Fitchburg Road

West Townsend, MA 01474

Year-round (978) 597-8802

Campground office (978) 597-2850

email: willard.brook@state.ma.us

Pearl Hill’s 50-site campground offers some of the largest and most private campsites in Massachusetts. All campsites are located beneath a canopy of stately pines, making for a cool, private, and quiet camping experience. Enjoy fishing, hiking, mountain biking and swimming in the nearby day use area. Of the sites, one is for group camping, and there is a group picnic area as well. Four popup/tent areas are available, and there are 34 standard, non-electric sites, and 9 tent sites.

Pittsville State Forest – Campgrounds in MA

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1041 Cascade St.

Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 442-8992

email: pittsfield.forest@state.ma.us

This historic site located in a sprawling, 11,000-acre forest includes Berry Pond and 30 miles of trails. This 40-site campground offers a camping area at the base of Berry Mountain with a modern accessible comfort station; and a second primitive area atop the mountain. Miles of hiking trails, a swimming area and 16 miles of ATV and OHM trails ensures there is something for everyone. The 40-sites include two group camping sites, a meeting room, 19 sites for popup tent camping, 16 tent sites, and only 2 standard non-electric sites.

Salisbury Beach State Recreation – Campgrounds in MA

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1 Beach Road

Salisbury, MA 01952

(978) 462-4481

email: salisbury.beach@state.ma.us

Salisbury Beach overlooks the point at which the Merrimack River feeds the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a great place swim, boat, or camp. The campground offers 484 campsites with water and electric hookups, comfort stations and a playground. Boardwalks provide access to an ocean beach, and two boat ramps on the river assure swimming, boating and fishing fun!

Salisbury Beach State Reservation extends 3.8 miles from south to north along the Atlantic Ocean from the Merrimack River to the New Hampshire border. This entire length of shoreline consists of a high-quality sandy beach perfect for sunbathing, walking, looking for seashells and a variety of beach sports.

Savoy Mountain State Forest  – Campgrounds in MA

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260 Central Shaft Road

Florida, MA 01247

(413) 663-8469

email: savoy.mountain@state.ma.us

This park is a former apple orchard turned campground. There are 45 campsites, 4 cabins, 1 group site, and two ponds for you to call home away from home. This campground is also close to Tannery Falls, the state’s highest waterfall. There are flush toilets and showers at the campground, and dogs are welcome. This, like most MA parks, is accessible.

Scusset Beach State Reservation – Campgrounds in MA

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20 Scusset Beach Road

Sandwich, MA 02562

(508) 888-0859

email: scusset.beach@state.ma.us

Another historic site, Scusset Beach is located at the southwest corner of the Cape Cod Bay. Enjoy 1.5 miles of beachfront, or take a walk along the jetty to watch ships pass through the Cape Canal. The Reservation also offers 98 R.V. sites with hookups and 20/30/50-Amp service. Five tent-only campsites and a safari field for RV clubs, a fish pier and beautiful beach make this a great choice for a family get-away campground. Scusset Beach also offers weekend camping during much of the off-season.

Camping is limited to self-contained units only, as there are no restrooms, water hookups, showers or dump station outside the regular camping season. The main beach area is 1600 feet long with lifeguards, restroom/shower facility and a concession stand. Beach wheelchairs are available. The fish pier area has a parking lot, restrooms and a picnic area complete with grills for cooking the catch! The pier allows great fishing and access to views of Cape Cod Canal for people of all abilities.

Shawme-Crowell State Forest – Campgrounds in MA

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42 Main St.

Sandwich, MA 02563

(508) 888-0351

email: shawme.crowell@state.ma.us

Dogs are allowed at this park. This park has more than 285 sites, six yurts, and group camping located on a 700-acre pitch pine and scrub oak forest. The park is on the western end of Cape Cod, and offers more than 15 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding. There are no hookups at the park, but there is an RV dump station, and flush toilets and showers. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. There is a playground and picnic pavilion in Area Two.

Tolland State Forest – Campgrounds in MA

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410 Tolland Road

East Otis , MA 01029

(413) 269-6002

email: tolland.forest@state.ma.us

At the center of Tolland State Forest sits the 1,065-acre Otis Reservoir, which offers a variety of recreational activities. A boat launch is available for boats up to 24 feet in length. No watercraft, except pontoon or sail powered boats, may exceed 24 feet in length. No boats with bathrooms are allowed on the Otis Reservoir. This 92-site campground offers a unique camping opportunity with easy access to boating, fishing and swimming as well as mountain bike and hiking trails.

Waquoit Bay National Estauraine Research Reserve – Campgrounds in MA

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131 Waquoit

East Falmouth, MA 02536

(508) 457-0495

Waquoit Bay has 2,700 acres of open waters, barrier beaches, marshlands, and uplands. The reserve is representative of typical shallow bay environment. Enjoy discovering the bay, by land or water. Camping is also available at Washburn Island. This reserve is accessible by private boat. Located off the coast of Cape Cod, camping on Washburn Island, is a unique camping experience. This rustic camping trip will require some additional planning: composting toilets only, no showers, no supplies and campers must bring their own fresh water. There are nine tent-only campsites, plus one group site. Unimproved composting toilets, no access to potable water, no showers make this a total wilderness experience. Please plan to bring one gallon of freshwater per person per day.

Wells State Park – Campgrounds in MA

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159 Walker Pond Road

Sturbridge, MA 01566

Headquarters (508) 347-9257

Reservations (877) 422-6762

Wells State Park is located close to cultural attractions of central Massachusetts, including the city of Worcester and Old Sturbridge Village. This 60-site campground is perched on top of a hill and offers yurt and group camping with views. In addition to beautifully forested hiking trails, Walker Pond provides a campers swimming beach and access to fishing and boating.

A popular 1,400-acre woodland park the campground accommodations include 1 small group site, 4 Yurts and some sites perched on a hillside adjacent to Walker Pond. The pond also offers campers a swimming beach and fishing and boating opportunities.

Willard Brook State Forest – Campgrounds in MA

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599 Main St on RT 119

West Townsend, MA 01474

(978) 597-8802

email: willard.brook@state.ma.us

Willard Brook State Forest sits on 2,597 acres near Townsend, MA. This campground offers 21 campsites and a unique group yurt that sleeps 10. Yurts are not heated, and there is a two-night minimum stay. The yurt does have bunk beds, tables and chairs, and is accessible. The campsite is situated beneath a pine canopy with access to swimming and fishing, this quaint area is perfect for family reunions. There are flush toilets, but no showers.

Wompatuck State Park – Campgrounds in MA

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204 Union St.

Hingham, MA 02043

Main (781) 749-7160

Camp Office (617) 895-8245

Located just 35 minutes from downtown Boston, this 260-site (half with electricity), campground boasts a network of hiking and biking trails, including 12 miles of paved trails. Enjoy fishing and canoeing in the reservoir and ocean swimming at nearby Nantasket Beach. Wompatuck State There are many miles of wooded bridle paths and hiking trails. This is also a geocaching park as one can find up to 30 geocaches within park boundaries. Fishing is allowed in the Cohasset Reservoir. A boat ramp is provided for car-top boats, but no boat trailers, please.This beautiful forested campground offers 262 spacious campsites, flush toilets and showers.

Each campsite is furnished with a picnic table and a fire ring. With 125 sites with electric hookups and a dumping station, this is a very popular facility with trailer campers. One of the most notable features of the Park is Mt. Blue Spring which is a popular source of fresh drinking water. Visitors can help themselves for free.

Private Camping in Massachusetts

If state parks don’t meet your needs, try any of the hundreds of private/public campgrounds across Massachusetts. There are Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campgrounds, and many free sites available if you know where to look. Start here, at Free Campsites.