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Accessible camping

The Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Universal Access Program offers camping for campers of all abilities.

Today, we're thinking more than ever about ways to making 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 check with park staff to see if their cabins, yurts, or tent sites fit your specific needs.

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

Cabins

Cabins are available for rent year round. 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: These group cabins have room for 10-12 campers. The cabins have bunk beds, refrigerators, tables, and benches, and are heated by a pellet stove. The cabins have electricity, but this electrical service is not reliable enough to use with medical devices and equipment.

  • 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 this electrical service is not reliable enough to use with medical devices and equipment.

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 have with bunk beds, a table and chairs, and electricity. This electrical service is not reliable enough to use with medical devices and equipment. 

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.

Accessible yurt sites have firm, flat surfaces, an accessible picnic table, and an accessible pedestal grill. DCR parks with accessible yurts are listed below.

  • Myles Standish State Forest, Carver: Small yurts A and B are accessible. Large yurt C is not accessible due to a steep driveway.

  • 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.

  • 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

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

Tents

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

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