Enjoy Central MA!

There’s tons 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 gear 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 when visiting Holyoke Heritage. While you are there, take a ride on the merry-go-round or visit the Children’s Museum.  Walk along the towpath at Blackstone River & Canal and visit the mill village “ghost town” at Moore.  If it’s hot, take a dip in Dunn Pond or Lake Wyola.  You can take swimming lessons at Leominster State Forest and many DCR pools.  Do you like to camp? Lake Dennison has lakeside campsites.  Erving and Otter River treat you to evening campfire stories.  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.

Central Massachusetts Campgrounds

  • Erving State Forest

    Erving, MA 
    978-544-7745 Summer months
    978-544-3939 Year-round
    erving.forest@state.ma.us

    Camping Services and Amenities
    Inland/Established

    29 campsites, swimming. Picnic tables, fireplaces, showers and flush toilets, no hookups.

    Camping Season
    Late May to early mid October

  • Lake Dennison Recreation Area

    Winchendon, MA
    978-939-8962
    otter.river@state.ma.us

    Camping Services and Amenities
    Inland/Established/Group

    151 campsites, swimming. Flush toilets, showers, picnic tables, fireplaces, and dumping station available. No hookups.

    *Group Camping: 1 site. Accommodates 25 people maximum. Reservations required.

    Camping Season
    Late May to mid October

  • Otter River State Forest

    Baldwinville, MA
    978-939-8962
    otter.river@state.ma.us

    Camping Services and Amenities
    Inland/Established/Yurts/Group

    *78 sites. Yurts and group camping available. Swimming. Flush toilets, showers, picnic tables, and fireplaces available. Dumping station at nearby Lake Dennison. No hookups.

    Yurt Camping: 4 sites. 3 yurts accommodate 6 people, 1 yurt accommodates 4 people. Pets are prohibited from yurts and yurt sites.

    Group Camping: 3 sites. Accommodates 15 person maximum each.

    Camping Season
    Early May to mid October

  • Pearl Hill State Park

    West Townsend, MA
    978-597-8802
    pearl.hill@state.ma.us

    Camping Services and Amenities
    Inland/Established

    *50 campsites. Flush toilets, showers, picnic tables, and fireplaces available. No hookups.

    Camping Season
    Late May to mid-October

  • Wells State Park

    Sturbridge, MA
    508-347-9257
    wells.park@state.ma.us

    Camping Services and Amenities
    Inland/Established/Yurts/Group

    *60 campsites, swimming. Flush toilets, showers, picnic tables, fireplaces, and dumping station available. No hookups.

    Yurt Camping: 4 sites. 1 yurt accommodates 4 people; 3 yurts accommodates 6 people. Pets are prohibited from yurts and yurt sites.

    Group Camping: 1 site accommodates 25 person maximum

    Camping Season
    Early May to mid October

  • Willard Brook State Forest

    Ashby and Townsend, MA
    978-597-8802
    willard.brook@state.ma.us

    Camping Services and Amenities
    Limited/Group Yurt

    21 campsites. Flush toilets, picnic tables, and fireplaces available. No showers or hookups.

    Yurt Group Camping: 1 site. Group yurt accommodates maximum of 10 people with options for additional campsites. Reservations required. Pets are prohibited from yurt and yurt sites. 

    Camping Season
    Late May to early September. Yurt camping is available only on weekends during September and May.