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 ResereAmerica 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 2012 - 2013

Southern Massachusetts

Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sagamore Beach, 508-888-0859
Off Season Camping Available Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nights

Oct 11 – Dec 29, 2012; plus Sunday nights Oct 7, Nov 11 and Wednesday Nov 21

Jan 3 – Apr 27, 2013; plus Sunday nights: Jan 20, Feb 17, Apr 14

Oct 24 – Dec 28, 2013; plus Sunday night Nov 10 and Wednesday Nov 27 

  • Self-contained campers only; no tent camping
  • No bathroom facility available
  • Electric hookups included at each site
  • No water hookups available
  • No dumping station available
  • Reservations accepted
  • Walk-ins available first come, first served

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

Oct 11 – Dec 29, 2012; plus Sunday nights Oct 7, Nov 11 and Wednesday Nov 21

Jan 3 – Apr 27, 2013; plus Sunday nights: Jan 20, Feb 17, Apr 14

Oct 24 – Dec 28, 2013; plus Sunday night Nov 10 and Wednesday Nov 27

  • 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

Oct 11 – Nov 24 2012; plus Sunday nights Oct 7, Nov 11 and Wednesday Nov 21

Oct 17 – Nov 30 2013; plus Sunday night Nov 10 and Wednesday Nov 27

  • 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

September - June:  Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights

  • Reservations required
  • 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
  • Off-season camping available for cabins only, no tent camping
  • 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
  • Off-season camping available for cabins only, no tent camping
  • 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
  • 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

Sep 1, 2012 to May 21, 2013 and Sep 2, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013

  • 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

Oct 8, 2012 to May 2, 2013 and Oct 14, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013

  • 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

Oct 8, 2012 to May 2, 2013 and Oct 14, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013

  • 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

Oct 8, 2012 to May 2, 2013 and Oct 14, 2013 to Dec 31, 2013

  • 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 moderate 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