Massachusetts offers beautiful mountains and forests for exploring, clear water lakes and sandy ocean beaches for swimming, a rich history and many fabulous places for sightseeing.  You may have a particular destination in mind or a general area that you would like to visit.  To assist with your planning, click on the region that interests you and learn more about the camping opportunities in that region.

With so much to discover, you may need to stay with us several times during the 2017 camping season!  To check availability or to make a reservation, chose the link below the park description to be redirected to ReserveAmerica reservations website, or call 1-877-422-6762.

BOSTON AREA

Boston and the surrounding towns offer a variety of activities, famous historic sites and nationally known museums, colleges and performing arts venues.  Whether touring colleges with your high school student or exploring the Freedom Trail, be sure to spend time in the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s many state parks and reservations.  Stroll along the Charles River Esplanade, take a ferry and camp on one of four islands in Boston Harbor or attend one of the many cultural or sports events that are always happening in the City of Boston.  Camping is available at several locations just outside of Boston, which will allow you to explore this amazing City!

 

BOSTON HARBOR ISLANDS STATE PARK – Boston/Hingham, MA

Contact: 617-223-8666

Composting toilets, no showers, no potable water, group and tent sites and yurts, no hookups

Accessible only by boat or ferry, a unique primitive camping experience awaits you on one of four islands within Boston Harbor! This rustic camping trip will require some additional planning. On the islands there are composting toilets only, no showers, no supplies and access to fresh water is only available on Peddocks Island.  Campers should bring at least one gallon drinking water, per person, per day. Tent sites, group sites and yurts are available and offer breathtaking views of the harbor and the City of Boston.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/boston-harbor-islands-sp/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32603

 

CAMP NIHAN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CAMP – Saugus, MA

Contact: 781-231-1203

Composting toilets, no showers, group cabins and campsites, winter camping

Camp Nihan is a gem of a campground nestled in the city of Saugus. It is an ideal facility for groups of friends and families to bunk together in group cabins or on a group campsite. The location is great for outdoor exploration and for day trips to nearby historic sites in Saugus and Boston.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/camp-nihan-environmental-education-camp/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=34000

 

HAROLD PARKER STATE FOREST – North Andover, MA

Contact: 978-686-3391 year-round, 978-475-7972 camping season; harold.parker@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, dumping station, group and tent sites, no hookups

Located just 20 miles north of Boston and with over 3,000 acres of hardwood, hemlock and white pine forest, this 91-site campground is a treasure! Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and picnicking.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/harold-parker-state-forest/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32608#overviewsection

 

WOMPATUCK STATE PARK – Hingham, MA

Contact: 881-749-7160 year-round, 617-895-8245 camping season; wompatuck.park@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, dumping station, group and tent sites, electric hookups

Located just 35 minutes from downtown Boston, this 260-site (half with electricity) campground boasts a network of trails - biking, hiking and some of the best mountain biking trails in the state. Enjoy fishing and canoeing in the reservoir and ocean swimming at nearby Nantasket Beach.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/wompatuck-state-park/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32628

 

SOUTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Southeastern MA is a great place to explore! Discover the wonders of the natural world by roaming around a cranberry bog at Myles Standish State Forest, splash in the kettle ponds at Nickerson State Park or build a sand castle at Scusset Beach State or Nantasket Beach.  Cruise along the Cape Cod Rail Trail on your bike, ride the waves on your boogie board at Horseneck Beach State Reservation and make s’mores around a campfire at Shawme Crowell State Forest.  Learn about Massachusetts history and see the world famous Plymouth Rock and Pilgrim Memorial State Park or head to Borderland State Park to see a gigantic twenty-room stone mansion!  The southern region offers plenty of opportunities to have fun with your family and friends.

 

HORSENECK BEACH STATE RESERVATION - Westport Point, MA

Contact: 508-636-8817 Camping season, 508-636-8816 Year-round; horseneck.beach@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, dumping station, RV and tent sites, no hookups

Situated just behind the sand dunes, the 100-site campground at Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a camping destination like no other. The cobblestone beach provides breathtaking views of Buzzards Bay, access to swimming and surfcasting and two miles of beach to explore.

To learn more to make a reservation: http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/horseneck-beach-state-reservation/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32609

 

MYLES STANDISH STATE FOREST - South Carver, MA

Contact: 508-866-2526; myles.standish@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, dumping station, group and tent sites, equestrian sites, yurts, no hookups

Four hundred campsites are tucked into the forest or set along the edges of four of the park's 16 ponds. Miles of hiking, equestrian and bicycle trails lead visitors into the forest and along the ponds for fishing and swimming. This campground is a great home base for exploring nearby historic Plymouth.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/myles-standish-state-forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32614

 

NICKERSON STATE PARK - Brewster MA

Contact: 508-896-3491; nickerson.park@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, dumping station, group and tent sites, yurts, no hookups

In the heart of Cape Cod, Nickerson's 418 campsites are set in pine and oak forests that slope down to the banks of eight crystal clear fresh water ponds. Paved bicycle trails, freshwater swimming and spacious campsites are just some of the reasons this is one of Massachusetts most popular campgrounds.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/nickerson-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32601

 

SCUSSET BEACH STATE RESERVATION – Sagamore Beach, MA

Contact: 508-888-0859; scusset.beach@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, dumping station, RV and tent sites, electric and water hookups, winter camping

Situated at the corner of Cod Bay and the east end of scenic Cape Cod Canal, this campground offers 98 RV sites with water and 20/30/50-Amp service. Five tent-only campsites and a safari field for RV clubs, a fish pier and beautiful beach makes this fabulous facility a perfect destination.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/scusset-beach-state-reservation/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32620

 

SHAWME CROWELL STATE FOREST – Sandwich, MA

Contact: 508-888-0351; shawme.crowell@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, dumping station, group and tent sites, yurts, no hookups, winter camping

This quiet campground at the beginning of Cape Cod has over 285 sites among rolling, wooded hills. More than 15 miles of roads and trails provide hiking and equestrian access to over 700 acres of pitch pine and scrub oak. Shawme Crowell is a great place to camp while exploring the Cape in any season.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/shawme-crowell-state-forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32621

 

WAQUOIT BAY NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE – Falmouth, MA

Contact: 508-457-0495; waquoit.bay@state.ma.us

Composting toilets, no showers, no potable water, group and tent sites, no hookups

Accessible by private boat only and located off the coast of Cape Cod, camping on Washburn Island, is a unique 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 for drinking. We recommend at least one gallon per person, per day.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/waquoit-bay-nat-estuarine-res/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32624

 

WOMPATUCK STATE PARK – Hingham, MA

Contact: 617-895-8245 camping season, 781-749-7160 year-round; wompatuck.park@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, dumping station, group and tent sites, electric hookups

Located just 35 minutes from downtown Boston, this 260-site (half with electricity), campground boasts a network of trails - biking, hiking and some of the best mountain bicycling in the state. Enjoy fishing and canoeing in the reservoir and ocean swimming at nearby Nantasket Beach.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/wompatuck-state-park/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32628

 

NORTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS

There is much to do in the Northeast Region of Massachusetts!  Ramble along the beach at Salisbury Beach State Reservation or check out the tide pool full of sea stars at Halibut Point State Park. Head inland to hike in the forests of Harold Parker State Forest and Willard Brook State Forest.  You might get lucky and see a deer or box turtle!  You can find cool ponds for canoeing or swimming at Cochituate and Hopkinton State Parks. Take a swim and explore the woods at Walden Pond State Reservation and find out why people come from all over the world to see this beautiful place. Finish up your Northeast Regional tour at Great Brook Farm State Park, the country’s only operating dairy farm in a state park. See Holstein cows and be sure to treat yourself to the ice cream made right on the premises!

 

CAMP NIHAN ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CAMP – Saugus, MA

Contact: 781-740-1605

Composting toilets, no showers, group cabins and campsites, winter camping

Camp Nihan is a gem of a campground nestled in the city of Saugus. It is an ideal facility for groups of friends and families to bunk together in group cabins or on a group campsite. The location is great for outdoor exploration and for day trips to nearby historic sites in Saugus and Boston.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/camp-nihan-environmental-education-camp/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=34000

 

HAROLD PARKER STATE FOREST – North Andover, MA

Contact: 978-686-3391 year-round, 978-475-7972 camping season; harold.parker@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, dumping station, group and tent sites, no hookups

Located just 20 miles north of Boston and with over 3,000 acres of hardwood, hemlock and white pine forest, this 91-site campground is a treasure!  Recreational opportunities include hiking, mountain biking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and picnicking.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/harold-parker-state-forest/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32608#overviewsection

 

SALISBURY BEACH STATE RESERVATION – Salisbury, MA

Contact: 978-762-4481 year-round, 978-463-8714 camping season; salisbury.beach@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, dumping station, RV and tent sites, electric and water hookups

Situated along the coast at the mouth of the Merrimack River, 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 ensure swimming, boating and fishing fun!

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/salisbury-beach-state-res/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32619

 

CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS

There is plenty of fun to be had in the Central Region of Massachusetts!  Hike or drive to the summit of Wachusett Mountain.  On a clear day you can see from Boston to the Berkshires! Check out the Connecticut River by rollerblading or biking along the Norwottuck Rail Trail.  Visit the Great Falls Discovery Center where you can get up close and personal with a full-size bear or moose (stuffed of course).  Purgatory Chasm has rocks that are millions of years old, boulders big as cars and cliffs that are 80 feet straight up!  Time travel to the 1800s and visit Holyoke Heritage State Park. While you are there, take a ride on the merry-go-round or visit the nearby Children’s Museum.  Walk along the towpath at Blackstone River & Canal and visit the mill village “ghost town” at Moore State Park.  If it’s hot, take a dip in Dunn Pond or Lake Wyola.  At Skinner State Park, stand on the historic Summit House porch atop Mt. Holyoke where you can see forever. If you’re lucky, you might spot a hang glider or bald eagle.

 

ERVING STATE FOREST – Erving, MA

Contact: 978-544-3939 year-round, 978-544-7745 camping season; erving.forest@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, no hookups, no dumping station

The 27-site campground is situated on a hillside above crystal-clear Laurel Lake. The forest offers wonderful park amenities including fishing, swimming and boating and miles of hiking trails. For a real treat, camp in mid-June and enjoy the abundant Mountain Laurels in bloom.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/erving-state-forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32606

 

FEDERATED WOMEN’S CLUB STATE FOREST – Petersham, MA

Contact: 978-544-3939 year-round, 978-544-7745 camping season; erving.forest@state.ma.us

Composting toilets, no showers, no potable water, group and tent sites, no hookups

This primitive camping area offers secluded camping in the North Quabbin area of central Massachusetts.  Access to drinking water is not available and we recommend one gallon per person, per day.  The 984-acre forest offers excellent opportunities for wildlife viewing.  Campers must check-in at Erving State Forest prior to going to Federated Women’s.

 

LAKE DENNISON RECREATION AREA – Winchendon, MA

Contact: 978-939-8962 year-round, 978-297-1609 camping season; otter.river@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, RV, trailer and tent sites, no hookups, dumping station

Located in North Central Massachusetts, the campground offers 151 wooded campsites and one groupsite, many on the shores of beautiful Lake Dennison. Enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing and boating (electric motors only), plus 50 miles of mountain bike trails in the adjacent Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/lake-dennison-recreation-area/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32610

 

OTTER RIVER STATE FOREST – Baldwinville, MA

Contact: 978-939-8962; otter.river@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, group camping, yurts, no hookups, use dumping station at nearby Lake Dennison

Otter River's campground includes 76 campsites, four yurts and three group sites situated around two-acre Beaman Pond. Enjoy swimming, a new basketball court, miles of hiking trails and access to mountain biking in the adjacent Birch Hill Wildlife Management Area.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/otter-river-state-forest/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32616

 

PEARL HILL STATE PARK – West Townsend, MA

Contact: 978-597-8802; pearl.hill@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, no hookups, no dumping station

Located in the northern central area of Massachusetts, Pearl Hill's 50-site campground offers some of the largest and most private campsites in Massachusetts, all beneath a canopy of stately pines. Enjoy fishing, hiking, mountain biking and swimming in the nearby day use area.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/pearl-hill-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32617

 

WELLS STATE PARK – Sturbridge, MA

Contact: 508-347-9257; wells.park@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, group camping, yurts, no hookups, dumping station Located close to cultural attractions of central Massachusetts and perched on a hill, this 60-site campground also offers yurt and group camping. In addition to beautifully forested hiking trails, Walker Pond provides a campers swimming beach and access to fishing and boating.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/wells-state-park/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32625

 

WILLARD BROOK STATE FOREST – West Townsend, MA

Contact: 978-597-8802; willard.brook@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, no showers, trailer and tent sites, group yurt, no hookups, no dumping station

This campground offers 19 campsites and a unique group yurt that sleeps 10. The yurt offers bunkbeds, tables and chairs and is accessible. 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.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/willard-brook-state-forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32626

 

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

Did you know that Massachusetts has a wild west?  There are over 150,000 acres of open space to explore and experience in the Berkshire Mountains.  Hike or drive to the top of Mount Greylock and stand on the highest spot in Massachusetts.  Like waterfalls? Visit Bash Bish Falls and see the highest single-drop waterfall in the state.  Have fun swimming, boating or fishing at Tolland or the many other lakes in the region. You can rent a cabin and camp at Savoy Mountain and Mohawk Trail State Forests or camp in a yurt at October Mountain. Bike 11 miles on the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail or hike all the way from Connecticut to Vermont on a portion of the famous Appalachian Trail.  Learn about forest animals in the nature center at Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) State Forest.  At Western Gateway, see a model railroad and pretend you are working on the Hoosic Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering feats of the 19th century.  At Natural Bridge, see a 550-million-year-old arch created by glaciers.

 

BEARTOWN STATE FOREST – Monterey, MA

Contact: 413-528-0904; beartown.forest@state.ma.us

Composting toilets, no showers, no dumping station, tent sites, no hookups

Beartown's twelve campsites are very popular for campers seeking a smaller campground with great opportunities for swimming and hiking. There are no showers or flush toilets at this campground.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/beartown-state-forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32602

 

CLARKSBURG STATE PARK – Clarksburg, MA

Contact: 413-664-8345 camping season, 413-499-4262 year-round; clarksburg.park@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, no hookups, no dumping station

With 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.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/clarksburg-state-park/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32604

 

DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION (DAR) STATE FOREST – Goshen, MA

Contact: 413-268-7098; dar.forest@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, group camping, no hookups, dumping station

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. DAR State Forest was established in 1929 when the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) donated 1,020 acres to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/dar-state-forest/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32605

 

GRANVILLE STATE FOREST – Granville, MA

Contact: 413-357-6611; granville.forest@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, no hookups, no dumping station

This beautiful forested 22-site campground offers a sense of tranquil remoteness. Enjoy a walk along the Hubbard River as it cascades through natural rock formations, ride your mountain bike, birdwatch or just relax in this gem of a campground that offers access to regional tourist attractions.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/granville-state-forest/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32607

 

MOHAWK TRAIL STATE FOREST – Charlemont, MA

Contact: 413-339-5504; mohawk.trail@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, group camping, car-free sites,cabins, dumping station, no hookups, winter camping

A clear, cold river cascades through historic Mohawk Trail State Forest along a rocky streambed. In this rustic and natural setting, visitors can enjoy 50 campsites and 6 rustic log cabins. Mohawk Trail has over 18 miles of rivers and streams for excellent trout fishing and a swimming area.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/mohawk-trail-state-forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32613

 

MOUNT GREYLOCK STATE RESERVATION – Lanesborough, MA

Contact: 413-499-4262; mount.greylock@state.ma.us

Composting toilets, no showers, no access to drinking water, no dumping station, group and tent sites, no hookups

Important: Hiking is the only way to reach the camping area.

Mount Greylock offers a primitive hike-in camping experience with private wooded sites, nestled under a mature red spruce forest. The campground is located two miles from the summit with scenic and natural beauty all around.
http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/mt-greylock-state-reservation/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32612

 

MOUNT WASHINGTON STATE FOREST – Mt. Washington, MA

Contact: 413-528-0330; mount.washington@state.ma.us

Composting toilets, no showers, no access to drinking water, tent sites only, no hookups

Important: Hiking is the only way to reach the camping area.

The primitive camping area is accessible only by a strenuous hike.  Mount Washington is located in the extreme southwest corner of Massachusetts. Campers enjoy the campground’s natural setting and access to hiking the South Taconic Trail and the Appalachian Trail.

 

OCTOBER MOUNTAIN STATE FOREST – Lee, MA

Contact: 413-243-1778; october.mountain@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, yurts, dumping station, no hookups

At 16,600 acres, October Mountain is the largest state forest in Massachusetts and offers a 47-site campground with a three-tiered layout. Visitors can camp, hike and enjoy the outdoors, while they visit Tanglewood and other cultural and scenic attractions of the central Berkshires

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/october-mountain-state-forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32615

 

PITTSFIELD STATE FOREST – Pittsfield, MA

Contact: 413-442-8992; pittsfield.forest@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, group camping, no hookups, no dumping station

This 35-site campground offers a camping area at the base of the mountain with a modern accessible comfort station; and a second primitive area atop Berry Mountain. Miles of hiking trails, a swimming area and 16 miles of ATV and OHM trails (permit required) ensures there is something for everyone.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/pittsfield-state-forest/r/facilityDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32618

 

SAVOY MOUNTAIN STATE FOREST – Florida, MA

Contact: 413-664-9567 camping season, 413-663-8469 year-round; savoy.mountain@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, group camping, cabins, no hookups, dumping station Located in the northern Berkshires, the former apple orchard turned campground, offers 45 spacious campsites and 4 rustic log cabins. Two beautiful ponds offer tranquil places to fish, picnic, hike and swim. Be sure to explore Bog Pond and Tannery Falls, the state's highest waterfall.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/savoy-mountain-state-forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32622

 

TOLLAND STATE FOREST – Tolland, MA

Contact: 413-269-6002; tolland.forest@state.ma.us

Flush toilets, showers, trailer and tent sites, group camping, no hookups

Situated on a peninsula that juts out into the Otis Reservoir, this 92-site campground offers a unique camping opportunity. Easy access to boating, fishing and swimming as well as mountain bike and hiking trails make this location an outdoor paradise.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/tolland-state-forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32623