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Camping in Massachusetts

By Alex Murphy

Massachusetts is one of the most historic places in the country and played a pivotal role in the founding of the United States. Visitors to major cities like Boston can still see this history while enjoying other amenities the state has to offer, like famous beaches near Cape Cod or forests covering the majority of the state, especially in the western parts.

For great camping in Massachusetts and exploring this quintessential New England state, here's a look at all the Bay State has to offer.

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Massachusetts State Parks

Massachusetts State Parks includes about 30 different campgrounds with many other nearby parks to check out for day-use.

Salisbury Beach State Reservation has one of the most popular beaches in the state, which makes this one of the most popular Massachusetts Campgrounds. Visitors can stay a short hike away from the ocean just south of the New Hampshire state line.

Wompatuck State Park, at nearly 3,500 acres, is another essential place to camp in the state. The park has hundreds of campgrounds and spots for both tent camping and RV sites. With miles and miles of trails, the park is great for hikers and those who want to go for a paddle in a nearby reservoir.

National Parks in Massachusetts

With the exception of the Red Sox, Cape Cod National Seashore is probably one of the state's best-known attractions. Anyone looking for camping in Massachusetts should check out several campsites close to the ocean and Cape Cod Bay.

Visitors can stay at the tip of the cape at Race Point ORV Beach Camping and enjoy everything the beach has to offer.

Several nearby campgrounds can accommodate the high demand of tourists, especially in the summer season, including the Atlantic Oaks Campground.

Free Camping in Massachusetts

Free camping in Massachusetts can be tough to find. The best options are found just outside the state in neighboring spots like Connecticut and Vermont.

Connecticut offers stops like Willington Rest Area East, while Vermont can be a little more unique with overnight parking available at places like Vermont Distillers.

RV Parks in Massachusetts

RV Parks in Massachusetts can be a great way to see Massachusetts' more popular attractions.

For instance, there are some RV campgrounds just outside the city of Boston. This includes Boston Minuteman Campground in Littleton and Normandy Farms Campground in Foxboro, also home to Gillette Stadium and the New England Patriots.

Further south, Cape Cod also has plenty of campgrounds and RV spots, including Shady Knoll Campground, close to beaches and biking trails.

National Forests in Massachusetts

The National Forest Service does not manage any land in Massachusetts; however, there are quite a few state forests. Miles Standish State Forest is near the historic town of Plymouth, known as the original home of the Pilgrims, and the forest is not far from Boston or the Massachusetts coast. There are four campgrounds in the park, including:

Another option is October Mountain State Forest, the largest state forest in the state and is found in Western MA, not far from Albany, NY. The area is known for hiking and biking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter and is close to the Berkshire Mountains.

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Recent Massachusetts Campground Reviews

Bourne, MA

Bay View Campground

Apr 12, 2021

"Great Campground!"

We had a great time here last summer. They followed Covid protocols and still had the facilities, pools, ice cream parlor, food truck open. The staff was friendly, the place was spotless (especially the bathrooms) and we had a great time. There are a few campsites close to the highway but once in the park we didn’t hear anything. We were...
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M Ledoux
1 review
Feb 20, 2021

"A dump. Mud roads. Degenerates everywhere."

Dogs bark constantly, neighbors are rude, sites are totally unkept, most strewn about with trash and empties, mud roads, no grass, it’s like crackheads run the place.. surprisingly they don’t smoke crack but the tell tail signs are ALL there. Weird. Owners were friendly and kind enough but immediate impression is trailer trash; very rough around...
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Ashbury, MA

The Pines Campground

Nov 08, 2020

"Awesome Owners"

Arrived here a month late and into the winter season for Massachusetts. Paul, Paul Jr and Doug are super helpful and great to talk to. Absolutely the best firewood deal in the lower 48. The water lines were frozen, but, there is an easy way to fill tanks. The sites are generous and the stream runs near by. Really really pretty. Check...
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William Heck
6 reviews
North Egremont, MA

Prospect Lake Park

Nov 01, 2020

"Beautiful spot in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Campground on a small lake "

We stayed here in June during the Covid. Campground was very quiet a lot of the regulars had not shown up yet for the season. There’s a lot of seasonal campers but also plenty of room for daily renters. We had a spot with a view of the lake, easy walked down to the docks to do some fishing. The bathrooms were not open due to the Covid...
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Paul Tonelli
1 review
East Falmouth, MA

Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins

Oct 24, 2020

"Nice quiet fall weekend"

Large sites with room to unhitch and park a second car. Camped here in a 37 foot three slide fifth wheel. Bring extra blocks. Sites are narrow so you step off into grass or dirt unless you pay for premium which has cement. They had issues with cable tv and tried to fix it but seem to have bigger issues calling an electrician. Didn’t bother us....
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1 review