Great Boston-Area Campsites

Looking to get away this summer? While you may not think of the Boston area as a campers paradise, surprisingly, there are a variety of great campsites. Here’s a list of some of the top campsites in and around Boston.

The Boston Harbor Islands

Boston Harbor Islands have wonderful rustic camping available within a short distance of downtown Boston. There are individual campsites that are great for up to four people. If you have more people than that, there are also group sites available. You can reserve a camping spot on one of four islands – Grap, Bumpkin, Lovells or Peddocks. There are 10 campsites on both Grape and Bumpkin Islands; the other two only have 6 campsites each.

Camping season runs from the end of June through Labor Day weekend. You can get to the island, with all of your gear, on the park ferry. Reservations are recommended. You will need to bring all of our supplies. The camping at Boston Harbor Islands is rustic. There are no flush toilets, fresh water, onsite supplies, or electricity.

Myles Standish State Forest

Thinking of a camping trip out West? Myles Standish State Forest is one of the most scenic forests in Massachusetts; it also features a small lake. There are 13 miles of trails to explore throughout the forest. This is the largest publicly owned recreation area in southeastern Massachusetts. You can pick from five camping areas, situated around the park’s 16 ponds.

There is even an area for horse camping where we recommend bringing western bridles australia for more safety. “Kettle” ponds are scattered throughout the State Forest. These ecologically significant coastal ponds are sensitive to traffic, so be sure to make note of the signs. If you like to hunt, you will find that the forest is stocked with game birds throughout October and November.

Harold Parker State Forest

The Harold Parker State Forest is over 3,000 acres of forest. Located 20 miles north of Boston, there are variety outdoor activities available for visitors. Hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, horseback riding, and camping are all available. There are more than 35 miles of logging roads and trails that are perfect for off-road hikers and bikers who can gear their bikes with the best mountain bike pedals and roll down the beautiful path of greenery breathing and feeling fresh air not easily found in the city. If you’d like, you can also do some boating (in non-motorized boats) in one of the 11 ponds that are in the state park.

There are nearly 90 campsites about 2 miles from the park headquarters. 89 campsites are spread out to provide guests a “forest” camping experience. There are picnic tables, grills and water access at each site. While there is no electricity, you will find hot water showers. The Lorraine Park Campground is open from late May to early September each year.

Shawme-Crowell State Forest

If you’re looking for a place to camp year-round, the Shawme-Crowell State Forest is a great place to go. There is camping at the beginning of Cape Cod, and with nearly 300 camps sites available, you’re sure to find a spot. Yurt camping (light-weight shelters) is now available, as well. There are plenty of trails that provide hiking. Additionally, parking for the beach at Scusset State Reservation is included in the camping fee.

If you’re looking for a great campsite around Boston this summer, there are plenty of opportunities. Camping in Massachusetts is a great way to combine seeing historical sites in and around Boston, with experiencing the great outdoors at some of the countries greatest campsites.