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Massachusetts Camping and Campgrounds

Serenity and Adventure

Isolation, serenity, peacefulness, excitement and adventure are all sensations that come to mind when staying at one of Massachusetts' camping sites. The crackle of the fire, the smell of pine trees and fresh air, the chirping of crickets, the view of millions of twinkling stars; there really isn't anything else like it.

Whether you're traveling by RV to an amenity filled park or roughing it in a tent and sleeping bag, Massachusetts camping can be a fun and memorable experience.

Massachusetts Camping - Campsite

Nothing warms the heart faster than a hot cup of clam chowder, fire cooked hot dogs and roasting marshmallows for smores. For some reason, everything always seems to taste better when you're camping. Take a look at some of these fun camping recipes.

Activities such as hiking and biking the many park trails, kayaking and canoeing the lakes, ponds, and rivers or catching some fish along the way add the to the excitement and adventure. Relaxing by the camp site and taking a snooze is perfectly fine too!

Before choosing the best campground that works for you, here is some information to help you plan out your next outdoor experience:

Massachusetts Campgrounds and State Parks

Massachusetts campgrounds offer a wide range of amenities and services. The terrain of each campground can also vary from the mountainous regions of the Berkshires to camping at the beach in Cape Cod. It's also best to know what type of Massachusetts state park you'd like to stay at as it really is a personal preference and can definitely have an impact on your camping experience.

Types of Massachusetts State Parks

  • Coastal - These campgrounds are located on or next to the Atlantic ocean or one of Massachusetts' bays (Cape Cod Bay or Buzzards Bay). Included within this category are Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Nickerson State Park, Salisbury Beach State Reservation, and Scrusset Beach State Reservation.
  • Inland - Inland campgrounds (being the opposite of coastal) are not located next to large bodies of water. They may have lakes, rivers, and streams running through them however, so precaution in picking your campsite here is also necessary. Massachusetts campgrounds included on this site and found within this category are Granville State Forest, Harold Parker State Forest, Lake Dennison Recreation Area, Massasoit State Park, Mohawk Trail State Forest, Myles Standish State Forest, October Mountain State Forest, Otter River State Forest, Savoy Mountain State Forest, Tolland State Forest, Wells State Park, and Wompatuck State Park.
  • Limited - This is what I think of when I go camping...something about the secluded atmosphere:) Limited campgrounds may include toilet facilities and have access to drinking water. Park staff may be off-site so best to be a little bit more prepared here. Individual campsites include a campfire ring, table(s), and grill. Campgrounds found within this category include Pittsfield State Forest and Waquoit Bay Nat. Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Established - All of these campgrounds are amenity stuffed. Showers, drinking water, flush toilets, public telephones, staff on hand and other fun programs are offered here. Established campground sites include a designated parking area, fire pit, tables, and grill. They may also include RV friendly amenities like electrical hookup and dumping or even lodging options such as cabins and yurts. Supply stores may also be available.
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Before embarking out to your next Massachusetts camping adventure, you'll need to know a few other things in advance. "When is the Massachusetts state park open?", "Where is it located and what are the directions to the park?", "How many people to one campsite?","Are electricity, running water, showers and other facilities provided?", "What are the camping fees?", "Where do I get firewood?" The following list of Massachusetts campgrounds and state parks answers these questions and many more:

  • Granville State Forest
  • October Mountain State Forest
  • Harold Parker State Forest
  • Otter River State Forest
  • Horseneck Beach State Reservation
  • Pittsfield State Forest
  • Lake Dennison Recreation Area
  • Salisbury Beach State Reservation
  • Massasoit State Park
  • Savoy Mountain State Forest
  • Mohawk Trail State Forest
  • Tolland State Forest
  • Mount Greylock State Reservation
  • Waquoit Bay Nat. Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Myles Standish State Forest
  • Wells State Park
  • Nickerson State Park
  • Wompatuck State Park

Other Types of Camping in Massachusetts

  • Camping At the Beach
  • Cape Cod Camping
  • Summer camps in Massachusetts

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