Places to Camp in Massachusetts

New England is known for small, quaint towns tucked into lush foliage and rolling hills of small, quaint states. There are large and energetic cities that defy this image, but for those of us that live to explore the rugged, rural beauty, camping in Massachusetts has long been a hotspot for adventure seekers and laid-back vacationers alike.

For beach lovers, pitching a tent amongst the white sand dunes of Massachusetts’ Cape Cod is truly an experience of a lifetime. The shrubby black oak, stunted pitch pine, and delicate dune rose of this region offer the perfect backdrop to the roughly 400 miles of pristine shoreline. Bike along the Cape Cod Rail Trail for 22 miles of easy riding, as it weaves in and out of six Cape Cod towns along the Atlantic.

A few hours north, Boston awaits with its iconic history and big city vibes. For a fresh way to see Boston, head downtown and kayak along the Charles River, an 80 mile waterway that meanders in and out of Boston’s neighborhoods and riverside parks. After exploring Boston and the Charles River, hop on a shuttle ferry to the Boston Harbor Islands, where you can set up your tent and watch as the city skyline lights up the night sky above your campsite.

Craving a woodland camping adventure? Head inland to Western Massachusetts, where the Berkshires welcome you with rich, dense forests, exhilarating waterfalls, and a number of fantastic hikes along the Appalachian Trail. For this area, camping in Massachusetts’ State Parks is your best bet. Hike to the highest point in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock, where you’ll be rewarded with outstanding views of four other New England states. There is a campground on the mountain, but you’ll have to carry in your gear.

For further inspiration on camping in Massachusetts, as well as campground ratings and more, The Dyrt has all the information you’ll need to start planning your next adventure.

Best Camping Sites in Massachusetts (155)

    Camper-submitted photo from Nickerson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Nickerson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Nickerson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Nickerson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Nickerson State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Nickerson State Park Campground

    1.

    Nickerson State Park Campground

    42 Reviews
    448 Photos
    297 Saves
    Orleans, Massachusetts

    Nickerson State Park is situated on the edge of Flax Pond and is home to over 400 campsites making it a great place for camping near Boston. Tent campers, RV-ers, and yurt lovers will all find the perfect spot here for their next Massachusetts adventure. Experienced Nickerson campers recommend getting a reservation early for peak summer months as these high-demand spots are snatched up quickly.

    Situated near the National Seashore, Nickerson’s beachy environment welcomes campers who are looking for a unique experience. The park’s location in Cape Cod contributes to its popularity thanks to access to iconic lighthouses, sport fishing, some of the country’s tastiest seafood, and more! Make your way throughout the park and the cape by biking the scenic 22-mile Cape Cod Rail Trail. Enjoy views of white pines and spruce trees, cedar swamps, and countless kettle ponds along the way.

    So bring your bike, kayak, and lots of bug spray – you’re about to have a good time.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $22 - $70 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Normandy Farms Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Normandy Farms Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Normandy Farms Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Normandy Farms Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Normandy Farms Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Normandy Farms Campground

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    Normandy Farms Campground

    37 Reviews
    119 Photos
    258 Saves
    Foxborough, Massachusetts

    Nestled deep in the woods between Boston & Cape Cod, Normandy Farms Campground is a luxury camping destination that has been a family tradition since 1971 and widely recognized as one of the premier resorts in the world. Relax and enjoy the unique seasons of New England in your RV, tent, or in one of our deluxe cabin or YURT rentals. We also have pop-up trailers and safari tents for those seeking an elevated camping experience.

    Normandy Farms Campground Special Amenities include: a bike park, creative arts center, disc golf, a dog park, a fitness center, laundry facilities, playgrounds, a store, volleyball, basketball, soccer, bocce, tennis, 4 swimming pools, spa, wellness center, and more!

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $50 - $200 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Wompatuck State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wompatuck State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wompatuck State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wompatuck State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wompatuck State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Wompatuck State Park Campground

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    Wompatuck State Park Campground

    34 Reviews
    176 Photos
    264 Saves
    Hingham, Massachusetts

    Description Located just 35 minutes from downtown Boston, this 260-site (half with electricity), campground boasts a network of trails - biking, hiking and some of the best mountain bicycling in the state. Enjoy fishing and canoeing in the reservoir and ocean swimming at nearby Nantasket Beach.

    Geography: One of the most notable features of the Park is Mt. Blue Spring which is a popular source of fresh drinking water. Visitors can help themselves for free. The park is named for an Indian chief the local colonists knew as Josiah Wompatuck. In 1665, Chief Wompatuck deeded the park and the surrounding land to the English settlers. During WWII the park was used as an ammunition depot by the US military.

    Recreation: Wompatuck State Park offers 12 miles of paved bicycle trails, and many miles of wooded bridle paths and hiking trails. This is also a geocaching park as one can find up to 30 geocaches within park boundaries. Fishing is allowed in the Cohasset Reservoir. A boat ramp is provided for car-top boats, but no boat trailers, please.

    Facilities: This beautiful forested campground offers 260 spacious campsites, flush toilets and showers. Each campsite is furnished with a picnic table, pedestal grill and a fire ring. With 125 sites with electric hookups and a dumping station, this is a very popular facility with trailer campers.

    Nearby Attractions: While in the area, be sure to visit other nearby DCR properties: Boston Harbor Islands, Blue Hills State Reservation, Nantasket Beach, Myles Standish State Forest and historic Pilgrim Memorial State Park.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $17 - $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lorraine Park Campground — Harold Parker State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Lorraine Park Campground — Harold Parker State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Lorraine Park Campground — Harold Parker State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Lorraine Park Campground — Harold Parker State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Lorraine Park Campground — Harold Parker State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Lorraine Park Campground — Harold Parker State Forest

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    Lorraine Park Campground — Harold Parker State Forest

    28 Reviews
    369 Photos
    270 Saves
    North Reading, Massachusetts

    The campground, also known as Lorraine Campground, has 91 campsites that are spread out sufficiently to provide a real "forest" camping experience. Each campsite is equipped with a picnic table, fire ring and a pedestal grill. A water spigot is located on each campsite and a dumping station is available. We are pleased to inform you that we now have eleven campsites with 20/30/50 AMP hookups! The comfort stations have showers and flush toilets. Comfort station 3 and 4 are accessible.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $17 - $54 / night

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    Spacious Skies Minute Man

    27 Reviews
    49 Photos
    67 Saves
    Ayer, Massachusetts

    Spacious Skies Minute Man Campground is a peaceful campground located in a piney forest grove in historic Littleton, Massachusetts, set between two National Historic Parks and famed Walden Pond, and just a short drive or ride on public transit into Boston.

    We offer both wooded and open sites that can accommodate most rigs. Each site includes a picnic table, fire ring, water, 20/30 or 50-amp electrical service, and many offer sewer. Groups and tent campers are welcome.

    RV AND TRAVEL TRAILER CAMPING

    Our campgrounds offer a variety of full hook-up sites (water, electric and sewer) and water/electric only sites. We can accommodate 30-amp and 50-amp needs. Many of our campsites have cable and wi-fi services.

    CABINS

    Spacious Skies Minute Man has 6 one-room cabins and 1 two-room cabin: Your cabin rental includes: • Air Conditioning • Heat • Lights • Electrical Outlets • Charcoal Grill • Picnic Table • Fire Pit

    TENT CAMPING

    For your short term adventures, we will offer spots to pitch your tent that are either standard rustic or with basic hook ups.

    Come relax by our heated pool, hang in the rec hall, send the kids to the playground, or play fetch with Spot in one of our two dog runs. Our camp store carries many convenience items and treats, and nearby restaurants offer both takeout and delivery. We have a number of cozy rustic cabins for rent for those without their own RV or camper but who may not be ready to tent overnight!

    We are proud to announce our partnership with Black Folks Camp Too and are now the first “unity blaze certified” collection of private campgrounds!

    Being Unity Blaze Certified confirms that all 15 of our campgrounds and our team are committed to making sure all campers know “You are Invited and Welcomed” — the Unity Blaze motto. While Spacious Skies has always firmly held this belief, we wanted to go one step further in partnering with BFCT to make sure all campground staff completed the Unity Blaze training program.

    Please navigate to our website for up to date information regarding our amenities.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $45 - $999 / night

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    Mt. Greylock Campsite Park

    26 Reviews
    146 Photos
    50 Saves
    Lanesborough, Massachusetts

    Mt. Greylock Campsite Park is a jewel in the Berkshires located at the base of Mount Greylock State Reservation in Lanesborough, MA. with 112 campsite recreational park that can accommodate tents and RV's up to 40 feet with special areas for tenters and group tenting. There are two bathhouses with toilets, sinks, and free hot showers. With 47 total acres, the campsites are deep and wide and are nestled in the woods, separated by trees and grass. There is a reason why this campground has so many old friends coming back and why the new campers are making it a tradition-it's beautiful here!

    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $40 - $70 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Salisbury Beach State Reservation
    Camper-submitted photo from Salisbury Beach State Reservation
    Camper-submitted photo from Salisbury Beach State Reservation
    Camper-submitted photo from Salisbury Beach State Reservation
    Camper-submitted photo from Salisbury Beach State Reservation
    Camper-submitted photo from Salisbury Beach State Reservation

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    Salisbury Beach State Reservation

    24 Reviews
    81 Photos
    196 Saves
    Salisbury, Massachusetts

    Salisbury Beach state reservation overlooks the point at which the Merrimack River feeds the Atlantic Ocean. It's a great place to swim, boat, or camp. Salisbury Beach offers 484 campsites for tents, trailers, or R.V.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • RVs

    $35 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Boston/Cape Cod KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Boston/Cape Cod KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Boston/Cape Cod KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Boston/Cape Cod KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Boston/Cape Cod KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Boston/Cape Cod KOA

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    Boston/Cape Cod KOA

    21 Reviews
    45 Photos
    66 Saves
    Middleboro, Massachusetts

    The countryside setting of the Boston/Cape Cod KOA, 15 miles west of Plymouth, Massachusetts, makes a great base camp as you explore one of the oldest cities in the United States.

    Our Boston/Cape Cod area campground boasts wooded campsites and plenty of on-site recreation opportunities; including a Jumping Pillow, theme weekends, and a pocket park filled with all the fun and games to bring your group out to play. Enjoy the picturesque setting in a Camping Cabin or a furnished Deluxe Cabin.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Charge Pond Campground — Myles Standish State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Charge Pond Campground — Myles Standish State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Charge Pond Campground — Myles Standish State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Charge Pond Campground — Myles Standish State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Charge Pond Campground — Myles Standish State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Charge Pond Campground — Myles Standish State Forest

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    Charge Pond Campground — Myles Standish State Forest

    18 Reviews
    31 Photos
    133 Saves
    South Carver, Massachusetts

    Charge Pond Campground in Myles Standish State Forest is a solid spot for those looking to enjoy some classic camping in Massachusetts. This place has a bit of everything: hiking trails, swimming spots, and easy access from the Boston area. The campground is known for its flat terrain, making it great for hiking and setting up camp.

    One of the standout features here is the variety of accommodations. Whether you're pitching a tent, parking an RV, or looking for a bit of glamping in a yurt, Charge Pond has you covered. The campground is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    The amenities are pretty decent too. You'll find drinking water, showers, and toilets, which are always a plus. Fires are allowed, so you can enjoy a cozy campfire at night. Just remember, no alcohol is allowed in the park, so keep that in mind when packing.

    Visitors have mentioned that the campground can get a bit noisy, especially during peak season, with families and groups enjoying their time. But if you're looking for a lively atmosphere with plenty of activities, this place won't disappoint. The ponds are great for a swim, and the forest trails offer a peaceful escape into nature.

    Overall, Charge Pond Campground offers a great mix of convenience and natural beauty, making it a popular choice for campers in the region. Just be prepared for some company and maybe a bit of noise, but that's all part of the charm.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $17 - $27 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Shawme Crowell State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Shawme Crowell State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Shawme Crowell State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Shawme Crowell State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Shawme Crowell State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Shawme Crowell State Forest

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    Shawme Crowell State Forest

    18 Reviews
    139 Photos
    86 Saves
    Sandwich, Massachusetts

    Welcome to Shawme Crowell State Forest, nestled near Sandwich, MA. This campground is a solid choice for those looking to explore Cape Cod while enjoying a bit of peace and quiet. The sites are tucked among towering white pines, providing a nice mix of shade and privacy. Whether you're pitching a tent, parking an RV, or trying out one of the yurts, there's a spot for you here.

    One of the standout features is the playground, which is a hit with families. It's located in the second area of the campground, so if you have kids, you might want to aim for a site nearby. The campground also offers hot showers and clean bathrooms, though some visitors have noted that the facilities could use a bit of updating.

    For those who love outdoor activities, you're in luck. The campground is close to beaches, biking, and hiking trails. The Cape Cod Canal Bikeway is nearby, offering easy biking and exploration. If you're into history or just want a scenic stroll, the Heritage Museum and Gardens are right next door, featuring 100 acres of beautifully maintained gardens and unique buildings.

    If you need supplies, there's a small camp store near the entrance, and grocery stores and restaurants are just a short drive away. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the adventure.

    Overall, Shawme Crowell State Forest is a great base for exploring Cape Cod, offering a mix of natural beauty and convenient amenities. Whether you're here for a weekend or a longer stay, you'll find plenty to keep you busy and comfortable.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    • RVs

    $17 - $27 / night

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Frequently Asked Questions

What camping is available in Massachusetts?

According to TheDyrt.com, Massachusetts offers a wide range of camping options, with 155 campgrounds and RV parks in Massachusetts and 1 free dispersed camping spot.

Which is the most popular campground in Massachusetts?

According to TheDyrt.com, the most popular campground in Massachusetts is Nickerson State Park Campground with a 4-star rating from 42 reviews.

Where can I find free dispersed camping in Massachusetts?

According to TheDyrt.com, there is 1 free dispersed camping spot in Massachusetts.

What are the best parks in Massachusetts?

According to TheDyrt.com, there are 7 parks in Massachusetts that allow camping, notably West Hill Dam and Buffumville Lake.