Where to Go Camping in Massachusetts?

Boston Harbor Islands, MA 071613 Peddock Island has brand-new camping yurts, cabin-like structures, that are available to the public for overnight stays. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MET

Many visitors know Massachusetts because of its essential role in the history of the United States, the American Revolution, its sporting teams, universities, exquisite seafood cuisine, and “The Hub” – Boston. However, aside from being the landing place of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims, it’s also host to perfect camping locations. From beach camping spots to the picturesque forests of the Berkshires to the busy RV facilities just across Boston, Massachusetts is a must-see for everyone looking to camp out and enjoy nature.

Here’s where you should go camping in Massachusetts

Boston Harbor Islands

As a section of the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, a tiny group of nearly 34 islands is situated just outside Boston. Although some permit camping and many other outdoor recreations, others have been exclusively reserved for wildlife, particularly for coastal diving birds.

If you want to try camping in Massachusetts, make sure to book far in advance as slots are limited. There are only 33 available campsites scattered around four of its islands. However, these lush tent campgrounds are pleasant, tranquil, and delightful to stay in. Remember that you should board a commuter ferry or pay a private vessel to access this extraordinary camp spot in Massachusetts.

Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Wildlife lovers can flock to the Merrimack River, especially during the summer, so you can sleep under the stars on its banks, but it’s not guaranteed that the place will be all yours. With around 500 spots and proximity to a 3.8-mile sandy beach filled with seal sightings and facilities, such as RV hookups and modern restrooms, campers feel as though they’ve spent their lives in fellowship with mother nature rather than just their tent neighbors. The campsite may not rest right on the waters, but it’s near Salisbury Beach, 3.8 miles of sandy beach.

Horseneck Beach State Reservation

Host to many of the most beautiful tent camps in the state, this recreation area’s massive campsite is on the southern portion of the town of Westport. This campground is not only an excellent way to experience the most beautiful beaches in New England but it’s also a straight shot from Boston and Cape Cod.

This campground has access to two miles of the coast and the Bay of Buzzards’ spectacular scenery. Approximately 100 campsites provide a lot of space to spread out for RV and tent camping. Although there are no RV hookups available, there are RV dumping stations and sanitary, modern restrooms.

Shawme-Crowell State Forest Campground

Sandy coastline and peaceful woods — all of Cape Cod can be your refuge at an affordable price. So, bundle up your children, your pet, and your sleeping bags or book a yurt if you’re a novice to camping and experience bonfire nights at a private spot after exploring this 700-acre reserve. It is a little-advertised bonus that guests have free access to the famous Scusset Beach. 

Myles Standish State Forest

Just about 50 miles outside of Boston, this vast state forest campsite features about 400 camping sites in all. A large percentage of which are situated near four major ponds making it the perfect spot for fishing and boating. They also allow RV camping, but there are no hookups open. This forest is not just a destination to stay near the iconic Plymouth Rock, but it is also an exciting place to discover. Trekking, biking, and horse riding are only a few of the things you can enjoy. Check out their summer programs, particularly if you’re traveling with kids to learn something about this geologically fascinating “coastal plain”.

With all the details discussed in this post, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. The Codfish State is full of surprises ready for you, and you can pick any of these lovely campsites in Massachusetts as your home base to start your journey. Keep in mind, to get the best outdoor experience is to be present at the moment and enjoy it!



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