For the hearty camper, off-season camping can be an exciting time to enjoy the great outdoors. It is also a time that may require additional or special equipment, as well as careful planning. We recommend that all campers interested in this type of experience do some research prior to making off-season camping plans. There are many websites that provide equipment lists, cautions and helpful tips for the winter experience. We encourage you to seek this information for your own safety prior to embarking on a winter camping trip.

Some facilities offer or require advance reservations which may be made by calling ReserveAmerica or booking reservations online . There is a charge for this service. See Camping for ReserveAmerica phone numbers and general information about making camping reservations.

Off-season recreational camping is subject to closure due to winter weather conditions.   Always contact the park prior to your arrival.

Off-Season Camping Schedule 2014 - 2015

Off-season camping will not be available at Scussett Beach SR this season.

Southern Massachusetts

Shawme Crowell State Forest, Sandwich, 508-888-0351
Off Season Camping Available Friday and Saturday Nights

October 17, 2014 - December 27, 2014
January 2, 2015 - April 26, 2015
October 16, 2015 - December 31, 2015

  • Heated bathroom facility available
  • No dumping station available
  • No hookups
  • Reservations accepted
  • Walk-ins available first come, first served

Northern Massachusetts

Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury, 978-462-4481
Off Season Camping Available Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights

October 18, 2014 - November 29, 2014
October 22, 2015 - November 28, 2015

  • Heated bathroom facility available
  • Electric hookups included at each site
  • No water hookups available
  • No dumping station available
  • Potable water is available at the headquarters
  • Walk-ins available first come, first served
  • Reservations accepted

Greater Boston Area - Cabins

Camp Nihan Environmental Education Camp, Saugus: 781–231-1203
Off Season Cabin Camping Available

March, April, May &  June:  Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights

  • Reservations required
  • No Walk-ins
  • Group cabin camping only, no tent camping
  • No showers, portable toilets only
  • No drinking water, no public telephone
  • No pets permitted

Western Massachusetts - Cabins

Mohawk Trail State Forest, Charlemont, 413-339-5504
Off Season Cabin Camping Available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nights

  • Reservations required
  • Cabin camping only, no tent camping
  • Cabins heated with firewood available for $5 bundle
  • No pets allowed in cabins or on cabin sites
  • Heated bathroom facility available
  • No dumping station available
  • No hookups
Savoy Mountain State Forest, Florida, 413-663-8469
Off Season Cabin Camping Available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nights
  • Reservations required
  • Cabin camping only, no tent camping
  • Cabins heated with firewood available for $5 bundle
  • No pets allowed in cabins or on cabin sites
  • No heated bathroom facility or showers available
  • Composting toilets only
  • No dumping station available
  • No hookups

Western Massachusetts - Limited Service Camping

For those seeking a rustic camping experience, limited service camping is available. Please note these sites are frequently used by hunters. The amenities are limited and staffing may not be available. 

IMPORTANT TO KNOW, BEFORE YOU GO:

  • Composting toilets only, no running water, no showers, no hookups
  • Walk-ins only; first come, first served
  • Must contact park prior to travelling
  • No reservations accepted
  • Cell phone coverage is limited and pay phones may not be available
  • Due to the possibility of inclement weather and/or possible closures, please call park prior to traveling during the off-season months

Beartown State Forest, Monterey, 413-528-0904
Off Season Camping Available

October 13, 2014 - December 31, 2014
January 1, 2015 - May 20, 2015
October 12, 2015 - December 31, 2015

  • Please call the park to notify staff that you are interested in camping
  • Composting toilets only; no showers, no water
  • No hookups
  • Walk-ins only; first come, first served
  • Reservations NOT accepted

DAR State Forest, Goshen, 413-268-7098
Off Season Camping Available

October 13, 2014 - December 31, 2014
January 1, 2015 - May 20, 2015
October 12, 2015 - December 31, 2015

  • Please call the park to notify staff that you are interested in camping
  • Campers can self-register at the contact station by filling out the forms provided and sliding payment and form through the slot in the door
  • Camping is available at the group site only; campers may share the site with others
  • The group site is 1.5 miles from the plowed parking lot and after snowfall it is accessible by snowmobile, snowshoes, skis or by hiking only. No off-road vehicle use permitted
  • Campers parking in the plowed lot are advised not to leave valuables in their vehicles. Please leave a note in your vehicle letting staff know that you are camping and the date you plan to return to retrieve your vehicle
  • Hunting is not permitted on the DAR State Forest property
  • Walk-ins only; first come, first served
  • Reservations NOT accepted

Mount Greylock State Reservation, Lanesborough, 413-499-4262
Off Season Camping Available

October 13, 2014 - December 31, 2014
January 1, 2015 - May 20, 2015
October 12, 2015 - December 31, 2015

  • Off-season camping at Mt. Greylock State Reservation is backcountry camping.  Campers should be prepared for significant snow and weather conditions, as well as strenuous hiking.  This is not a novice camping experience.
  • Please call the park to notify staff that you are interested in camping. Campers are advised to call the Visitor Center located on Rockwell Road to register, 413-499-4262.
  • Roads/gates to the campground and mountain road are closed during the winter months. Campers can hike to the campground (shortest hike is approximately 2 miles) or the Appalachian Trail from trailhead.
  • The campground is 6 miles from the plowed visitor parking lot and after snowfall it is accessible by snowshoes, skis or by hiking only. No off-road vehicle use permitted.
  • Campers parking in the plowed trailheads are advised not to leave valuables in their vehicles.
  • Walk-ins only; first come, first served.
  • Reservations NOT accepted.

Mount Washington State Forest, Mt. Washington: 413-528-0330
Off Season Camping Available

October 13, 2014 - December 31, 2014
January 1, 2015 - May 20, 2015
October 12, 2015 - December 31, 2015

  • Off-season camping at Mount Washington State Forest is backcountry camping.  Campers should be prepared for significant snow and weather conditions, as well as strenuous hiking.  This is not a novice camping experience
  • Off-season campers must self register at trailhead kiosk upon arrival
  • The primitive backcountry camping area is accessible by a 1.5 mile hike following the Alander Mountain Trail from park headquarters parking lot trailhead
  • Unimproved composting toilets, picnic tables, and fireplaces available
  • Leave No trace outdoor ethics are strongly encouraged
  • Camping and fires are only allowed at designated areas
  • Walk-ins only; first come, first served
  • Reservations NOT accepted