Hopkinton State Park
Details of Hopkinton State Park
Overview of Hopkinton State Park
Hopkinton is one of the most-visited parks in the Central Region, featuring hundreds of picnic tables and stationary charcoal grills in first-come-first-served picnic areas, as well as two pavilions available seasonally for reservations. It is common for thousands of patrons to visit the park daily on weekends in the summer; plan your visit in advance and arrive early, then spend a relaxing day at the park and enjoy all it has to offer.
Hours for Hopkinton State Park
Sunrise to Sunset Daily
Swimming area (late May through Labor Day)
Sunday - Saturday:
11:00 am-6:00 pm
Parking at Hopkinton State Park
Daily parking fees are charged mid-May through October, 8:00 am – 5:30 pm.
Parking meters are located in each parking lot. Sorry, no cash is accepted at this facility.
Fee for MA resident: $8
Fee for non-MA resident: $30
Resident and non-resident status is determined by the vehicle’s license plate.
Parking passes must be displayed on each vehicle’s dashboard.
Parking fees are waived for the following vehicles, displaying: handicapped license plate or placard, Purple Heart license plate, Disabled Veteran license plate.
DCR Annual Parking Passes are available to MA residents with vehicles registered in MA for $60. Pass must be displayed and is non-transferrable between multiple vehicles.
Lifetime DCR Senior Passes are available to MA residents aged 62+ for $10 (not sold on site). Pass must be displayed.
Activities at Hopkinton State Park
Boat RentalsBoating in Boston provides seasonal boat rentals on Hopkinton Reservoir. Enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, and much more
SwimmingTake a dip in one of two seasonally guarded beaches, open for swimming late May through Labor Day
PicnickingWith more than a dozen picnic areas to choose from, each outfitted with tables and charcoal grills, enjoy an outing with family and friends
All Activities at Hopkinton State Park
- Boating (non-motorized)
- Canoeing and kayaking
- Cross-country skiing
- Horseback riding
- Mountain biking
Facilities at Hopkinton State Park
Accessibility at Hopkinton State Park
Restrictions at Hopkinton State Park
- No grilling or fires outside designated picnic areas
- No swimming outside designated swimming areas
- No flotation devices; USCG-approved life jackets always allowed
- No boats permitted at Lower Beach (AKA Main Beach, a seasonal swimming area)
- No motorized watercraft of any kind
- Dogs must be on leash at all times, everywhere in the park
- Dogs are not allowed on beaches May 1 – September 15
- Off-road vehicles are not allowed on park property, including ATVs, dirt bikes, etc. – with the exception of snowmobiles, which are allowed in winter with a minimum 4 inches of snow cover
- Drones are not allowed on park property without a permit
More info for Hopkinton State Park
On busy days, the park will temporarily close if parking reaches capacity. The park will reopen once enough parking becomes available.
Without a Pavilion Reservation, large gatherings and group activities greater than 25 people must apply for a State Parks Special Use Permit, subject to an approval process. Read more about permit requirements including special equipment, activities, and organized sports, under the laws of 302 CMR 12 Parks and recreation.
Learn more about the DCR Youth Group Bus Pass program here. Please contact Hopkinton State Park headquarters before applying; available weekdays fill quickly.