Best Camping in Massachusetts

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

Oct 31, 2022

"Not a Rest Area"

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This is not a rest area. It’s more like a weigh station. It’s a big empty “parking lot” on the side of the highway

Oct 22, 2022

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This campground was majorly upgraded/changed for the 2022 season. Approximately 2/3 of the 100 sites now have electric service. The 1/3 out by the ocean side have no services (water nearby). Generators are NOT allowed anymore. This was our 3rd stay in 2022 (May, June, and October) and each time, excellent. $22 (+$6 for electric) for MA...
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JNS17
1 review
Mansfield, MA

Canoe River Campground

Oct 17, 2022

"Would Return"

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Stayed here as a pivot point for touring. Well situated and reasonably price given the scarcity of campgrounds this time of year (mid Oct). $58 for 3 hook ups and 50 amps. Just over an hour to Salem. Close to Providence too. Had a private pull through site with our unit facing trees. Bonus.

camper-645670
1 review
Gloucester, MA

Cape Ann Campsite

Oct 16, 2022

"Make sure you have long water hoses"

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The park was easy to find. It is located about five miles from down town Gloucester. There is pavement all the way. Signage is adequate. Arriving at the park was challenging. The office is a way inside the campground but motor homes with a towed must disconnect right at the entrance which blocks in and out traffic. Check in was efficient,...
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The Rollin Ollens
117 reviews
Taunton, MA

Massasoit State Park

Oct 16, 2022

"Too Expensive For Out Of Staters"

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It’s a nice campground but it’s way overpriced if you’re out of state. $68 by the time you pay taxes and fees! Ridiculous!! I understand giving residents a discount but nearly $40 extra for out of state people is just insane to me. Cell signal isn’t great, close to 0 with VZN. Showers were dirty, people were throwing away food into the bucket...
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Lauren
90 reviews