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Less than 25 miles north of Boston and <5 miles from the interstate, Lorraine Park campground at Harold Parker State Forest provides ample on-site activities and also serves as a jumping off point for exploring the Massachusetts coast north of Boston or a stop en route to NH and Maine.
Every site seems to have its own water spigot, though it's not necessarily conveniently located if you want to hook up a trailer/RV. There are 11 sites with water/electric. Sites are large, often with good separation from neighbors, some have a hilly approach. The reservation website doesn't provide pictures, so I've tried to capture most here. Some of the sites are large enough that if you have a small camper or van you may be able to pull through. They've designated more than half the sites as tent only. There's a great playground area and also basketball and volleyball courts, but in this COVID-19 era, don't expect them to be open in 2020. I heard a little road traffic around the perimeter, but not much.
Bring a bike, pack some sneakers or hiking boots, toss in a swimsuit or a fishing pole, and explore! There are miles of trails and logging roads for hiking and biking. A small beach is within walking distance from the campground (wildflowers bloom in the area in late May).
Nearby national park sites include Lowell, Minute Man, and Boston where you'll learn about the industrial revolution or the American revolution respectively. Concord will introduce you to some early American authors; Salem Maritime, Saugus Iron Works, Essex National Heritage explore other aspects of the area. Head to Gloucester for a whale watch or wander the coastal towns.
You can't beat the price for a site! One of my favorite things about staying here was the cute little store they added. There are so many camping gadgets, maps, touristy things, and practical items in there. The bathrooms were clean but if I remember correctly you had to pay for showers? You can buy wood there, there is a huge shed of wood and it's all bundled up and bagged. The sites are a bit small, although there are some trees for privacy. Shady but buggy sites. We happened to go on a very rainy weekend, and everything became mud at the site so we left early.
We had a wonderful time tent camping. The grounds were beautiful and the sites were a good size. Very happy with the facility and will be returning for sure.
We tent camped here with 2 other families in the summer of 2019. Everything was clean, staff was friendly and attentive. Pool was clean, they have a great wiffleball park. We just bought a new RV and will be back.
I have stayed here three times with my family. Once for a birthday and then due to concerts in the area (Gillette stadium and Xfinity Center). This is a very nice campground and they upkeep it nicely. They have a playground, pool, arcade etc. Not to mention a stellar location for all the attractions. Having come here three times over the span of being 12-17 Years old I can say I had a great time and always found something to be occupied with, it’s an exciting place to stay as a kid!
Nice little campground. Very home like campground. Wish it had a pound to seeing in but it does have a small stream that runs doing a good amount of the sites so you can wake up to a nice sound of trickling water. Rent sure and camper sites available. Very small kids playground but nice.
Bear brook state park is a great place in central NH for camping and day trips alike. Though you definitely want to watch for black fly season and ticks (as with anywhere else around), there is something to do year round! The mountain bike trails are some of the best in NH with a little something for every skill level. There’s fishing, swimming and even archery if you’re into that. I certainly recommend, especially for the mountain biking!