Myles Standish State Forest is the biggest recreational park in MA. A pleasant spot to make a small weekend getaway. This a dense forest of pine and scrubs oak trees. Pitch your little tent, or drive-in RV’s or chose to stay in the rented yurts of the forest. Just turn 360° to find an extensive network of 15 miles of bicycle trails, 35 miles of equestrian trails, and 13 miles of hiking trails.
Activities: Pond Shore Walks, Cranberry Bog Explorations, Swimming, Fishing, Canoeing in one of the many ponds, Hiking, Biking, Horseback riding.
Address: 194 Cranberry Rd, Carver, MA 02330, United States
Operational Hours: 6:30AM - 8:00PM
Distance from Boston: 55 min (44.8 mi)
Blue Hills Reservation is a vast spread of around 6500 acres of nature. It has well-marked trails for you to hike, bike and wander in this green oasis of the concrete desert. Hike to 635 feet atop Great Blue Hill; the highest of the 22 hills in the Blue Hill Chain to get the most stunning view of the Boston skyline.
Activities: Visit vantage points, Hiking, Biking, Swimming, Rock - Climbing (at Quincy Quarries)
Places to Visit: Blue Hill Observatory, Granite Railways
Address: 4 Hillside St, Milton, MA 02186, United States
Operational Hours: 6:30AM – 7:00PM
Distance from Boston: 20 min (10.5 mi)
Pinewood Camping ground situated in Plymouth consists of 50 acres of freshwater lake and 6 acres of island in the middle. Covered in a thick canopy of White Pine Trees, it’s sure to mesmerize you with the awe-inspiring greenery. A patch of 3000 feet of waterfront is well-known for Bass-fishing.
Activities: Boat - with your group or use Kayak - if you’re a solo, take part in interactive activities for families, 2 playgrounds play Soccer or Baseball, Hiking.
Address: 190 Pinewood Rd, Plymouth, MA 02360, United States
Operational Hours: 8:30AM - 9:00PM
Distance from Boston: 55 min (42.5 mi)
Places in Campground: All-time famous Ice Cream Window and Camp Store to take back souvenirs.
Dunes Edge Campground is snuggled between Provincetown and the finest clear beaches of Cape Cod. It’s an outdoorsy space consisting of vast areas of marshlands, sand dunes, pinewood forest. It’s a camp where you’ll get the best of the two worlds, the beach life as well as the peaceful dense forests of pine trees.
Activities: Swimming, Surfing, Sailing, Sunbathing - at the beach. Biking along the trails, Dog Walking, Tennis/Golf at the courts.
Places to visit: P-Town Museum, Pilgrim Monument (both within a miles radius!)
Address: 386 US-6, Provincetown, MA 02657, United States
Operational Hours: 24 hours
Distance from Boston: 2 h 4 min (115.6 mi)
A cluster of 34 unique islands and peninsulas off the mainland Boston. However, camping, hiking, and recreation are permitted on specific ones like Bumpkin, Grape, Lovells, Thompson. Getting to your camping site is half the fun! Owing to the ferry ride. Remember the history class? Boston Tea Party? This is it.
Activities: Camping, Biking, Playing, Ferry tours to visit places Deer Island, Fort Warren and Boston Light – all significant for the maritime history, World’s End – a biodiversity hotspot, great to view the best Sunrises and the magnificent skyline of Boston.
Address: 191w Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02109, United States
Operational Hours: Sunrise - Sunset
Distance from Boston: 5.5miles approx.
Camp Ann Camp Site offers you a classic summer camp experience. With over 200 well-structured campsites. This camp is RV and tent friendly. It offers you a plethora of experiences. Wingaersheek Beach, just a mile away, is known for its white sand.
Activities: Whale Watching is a must experience. Sailing, Sunbathing and Swimming, taking Harbour tours, taste the best seafood, Beach-Concert. Hiking, Biking, Shopping.
Places to Visit: Cape Ann Museum (2.6miles) and Castle Hill (4.9miles).
Address: 80 Atlantic St, Gloucester, MA 01930, United States
Operational Time: 10:00AM – 6:00PM
Distance from Boston: 45 min (34.7 mi)
Salisbury campground is practically a beach. It’s famous for its calm and pristine beaches. There are 384 campsites each with yurts and a picnic table, grill and water and electricity. You must book the sites for a minimum of 2 days to max 14 days. Make sure you visit here with a valid reservation.
Activities: Water sports, like Surfing, Boating, Swimming, in the Atlantic waters, multiple biking and hiking trails. Vintage Car Show on the beach every summer. An ideal spot for you to spend days at the beach and soak up the Sun.
Address: 1 Beach Rd, Salisbury, MA 01952, United States
Operational Hours: 7:30AM – 10:00PM
Distance from Boston: 54 min (44.4 mi)
Harold Parker State Forest is a camping ground that boasts 300 acres of densely forested pine, oak and hemlock trees, along with a necklace of 11-scenic ponds. This state park consists of heavily forested 56 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails. It is a tent as well as trailer friendly. Packed with 89 campsites, either on the waterfront or tucked away under the canopies.
Activities: Bird watching Hiking, Biking in the heavily green trails, Boating in the ponds, Trout-fishing in Berry Lake.
Places to Visit: Secret lofts and chambers leading to Underground Railroad Hideouts.
Address: 133 Jenkins Rd, Andover, MA 01810, United States
Operational Hours: Sunrise to Sunset
Distance from Boston: 33 min (25.1 mi)
Situated on the shores of 200-acre Tully Lake, it's completely unexplored by Boston. It boasts a hodgepodge of flora and fauna. This is tent-only camping space, so no motorhomes allowed. It’s absolutely a breathtaking and picturesque gem of nature that offers you, waters, highlands, marshes, and dense forests!
Activities: Canoeing, Kayaking - around Tully Lake Hiking, Mountain-Biking along the trails or Bird watching.
Places to Visit: Birch Hill Dam, Quabbin area.
Address: Royalston, MA 01368, United States
Operational Time: This destination is now closed for the winter season
Distance from Boston: 1 h 35 min (79.0 mi)
Nickerson State Park boasts 1900 acres of blue freshwater ponds surrounded by vast covers of Pine and Oakwood forest that make this state park abundant in picturesque and iconic natural spots. There are 420 campsites here are tent as well as RV friendly. It has a wide variety of exotic wildlife too.
Activities: Canoeing, Boating in (Flax or Higgin Ponds), Cape Cod Rail Trail cuts through the park, great opportunity explore 22 miles of the Cape. Hiking, trail - biking are also available.
Address: 3488 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631, United States
Operational Hours: 6:30AM – 5:00PM
Distance from Boston: 1 h 32 min (89.8 mi)
This was a list of the most ideal camping sites near the Boston metropolis. Covering everything from lakes, hills, beaches, woods for you to choose your next camping site from. Hope you find this collection useful. Did we miss any? Let us know!
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