Accessible camping

The Department of Conservation and Recreation offers camping opportunities for campers of all abilities.

Today, we're thinking more than ever about ways to make camping accessible to more people. Yurts and cabins provide shelter, access to electricity, and furniture. We've designed accessible tent sites, too, with hard-packed level ground, pedestal grills, and accessible picnic tables. All our accessible sites are marked on Reserve America with a figure in a wheelchair.

You'll always find accessible restrooms in the same loop as accessible sites, though you may need to drive from your site to get there. Before you make a reservation, you should contact the park to see if their cabins, yurts, or tent sites fit your specific needs. Also, be sure to learn about DCR campground regulations before you reserve your campsite.

If you have questions about accessible camping in general, please contact the Universal Access Program.

Cabins

All cabins provide bunk beds, tables, and chairs or benches. Linens are not provided. The cabins listed below are accessible.

  • Camp Nihan Environmental Education Camp, Saugus: Clarke Cabin is accessible, and sleeps 12 people. This cabin has bunk beds, a refrigerator, tables, and benches, and is heated by a pellet stove. The cabin has electricity, but the electrical service is not reliable enough to use with medical devices and equipment. An accessible portable toilet is provided near the cabin. The flush toilets and showers are not located on an accessible route from the cabin, but you can drive to them.

  • Mohawk Trail State Forest, Charlemont: Cabins 5, 6, and 7 are accessible via ramps. Cabin 5 sleeps 3 people, and cabins 6 and 7 sleep 5 people each. The cabins have bunk beds, tables, and benches, and are heated by wood stoves. The cabins have electricity, but the electrical service is not reliable enough to use with medical devices and equipment. These cabins are also available to rent in the off-season, on a limited basis.

    A small log cabin is surrounded by trees. The cabin has a chimney. There is a concrete ramp leading into the cabin.
    Cabin 5 at Mohawk Trail State Forest.

Yurts

Yurts are available for rent during the main recreation season. A yurt is a circular, domed structure supported by a wooden frame and covered in canvas. Our yurts are equipped with bunk beds, a table and chairs, and electricity. This electrical service is not reliable enough to use with medical devices and equipment. 

The round walls of this yurt are covered in green canvas. The roof is beige vinyl that slopes up to a domed skylight. A ground level, L-shaped cement walkway transitions smoothly from the parking area to the interior of the yurt.

Large yurts have 2 bunk beds with double mattresses on the bottom and twin mattresses on the top. Small yurts have 2 bunk beds with twin mattresses on both the bottom and the top, or one twin bunk bed and one full bed.

A view inside a  round room with a wooden floor and wooden lattice over canvas walls. The roof is also canvas, stretched over beams. The room has a table with two benches, and a bunk bed with a double mattress on the bottom and a single mattress on the top. A ladder leads to the top mattress.
The inside of a large yurt at Nickerson State Park.

Accessible yurt sites have firm, flat surfaces, an accessible picnic table, and an accessible pedestal grill. DCR parks with accessible yurts are listed below, along with some information on accessible activities at the park.

  • Myles Standish State Forest, Carver: Small yurts A and B are accessible, and located close to the accessible restrooms. Large yurt C is not accessible due to a steep driveway. The camper's beach is not accessible. The day use beach has two sunbathing beach wheelchairs, but does not have accessible restrooms. The park has many miles of paved, hilly bike paths.

  • Nickerson State Park, Brewster: 4 small yurts and 2 large yurts, all accessible. These small yurts have one twin bunk bed and one full size bed. Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers offers accessible and adaptive recreational programming at the McGraw Center from June through September. The swim beach also has a sunbathing beach wheelchair.

  • Otter River State Forest, Baldwinville: 3 large yurts and 1 small yurt, all accessible.

  • Shawme-Crowell State Forest, Sandwich: Large yurts 14A, 18A, and 19A and small yurt 16A are accessible. Yurts 9A and 17A are not accessible due to woodchips on the sites.

  • Wells State Park, Sturbridge: 3 large yurts and 1 small yurt, all accessible. The camper's beach has beach mat. The park also has an accessible trail.

  • Willard Brook State Forest, Townsend: 1 accessible group yurt that sleeps 10 people. This location has an accessible portable toilet, but no showers.

Tents and RVs

We've made tent and RV camping accessible with hard-packed, level sites that have pedestal grills and accessible picnic tables. The following tent and/or RV sites are accessible:

  • DAR State Forest, Goshen. These campsites are level, with native soils. The camper's beach has beach mat, and the day use beach has both a floating and a sunbathing beach wheelchair. You will also find an accessible trail and accessible fishing platforms in the park.

    • Site 35: Standard non-electric, 24 foot back-in

    • Site 36: Standard non-electric, 24 foot back-in 

  • Erving State Forest, Erving. These campsites are level, with native soils. The park beach has a ramp to the water, an accessible pavilion, and a sunbathing beach wheelchair.
    • Site 13: Standard non-electric, 12 foot back-in
    • Site 18: Standard non-electric, 14 foot back-in
  • Harold Parker State Forest, Andover. These campsites are level, with native soils. This park has two sunbathing beach wheelchairs.

    • Site 77: Standard non-electric, 15 foot back-in

    • Site 78: Standard non-electric, 15 foot back-in

  • Massasoit State Park, Taunton. Several sites have a 16-foot wide paved area for parking, and a hard crushed stone surface in the rest of the camp site. Water and electricity are on an accessible route. Please note that the surface in the camping area may be too hard for tent stakes. The beach has a sunbathing beach wheelchair. The park's large playground is accessible and has a poured-in-place surface.

    • Site B024: Standard electric, 35 foot back-in

    • Site B025: Standard electric, 40 foot back-in

    • Site B027: Standard electric, 40 foot back-in

    • Site B031: Standard electric, 35 foot back-in

    • Site B044: Standard electric, 25 foot back-in

    • Site B051: Standard electric, 25 foot back-in

      A wide, paved area is surrounded by trees. A pedestal is located next to the pavement on the right hand side. On the left hand side, a pedestal grill, a fire ring, and a picnic table are placed on strip of stone dust that runs next to the paved area.
      One of the accessible sites at Massasoit State Park.
  • Nickerson State Park, Brewster. In addition to the six yurt sites, the following two tent sites are accessible. These campsites are level, with native soils. Spaulding Adaptive Sports Centers offers accessible and adaptive recreational programming at the McGraw Center from June through September. The swim beach also has a sunbathing beach wheelchair.

    • Area 3 Site 80: Popup/tent, 25 foot back-in 

    • Area 3 Site A: Popup/tent, 25 foot back-in 

  • Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich. You can get to the beach via a boardwalk and beach mat, or use the 4 sunbathing and 2 floating beach wheelchairs. The fishing pier on the Cape Cod Canal is also accessible.

    • All 92 RV sites. The RV sites have electricity and are 40 feet long. The sites have a paved parking area for an RV, and level natural soils for the rest of the site. Depending on the site, the electrical hookup may not be on accessible route.

    • All 5 tent-only sites. The tent-only sites have a 16-foot wide parking area made of crushed stone. The sites themselves are level, with native soils.

      A picnic table, a fire ring, and a pedestal grill are located close to each other in a flat cleared area. The cleared area is surrounded by dense brush.
      An accessible tent site at Scusset Beach State Reservation.
  • Wompatuck State Park, Hingham. The park has a seasonally-available accessible kayaking dock. The sites have a paved parking area for an RV, and level natural soils for the rest of the site.

    • Site E009: Standard non-electric, 35 foot back-in

    • Site Y003: Standard non-electric, 35 foot back-in

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