There’s no better way to get in touch with your friends, family and self than to head out on an outdoor adventure. Check out these great, rustic spots across Massachusetts that are perfect for a camping weekend.
1. Bumpkin Island, Boston Harbor Islands
Bumpkin is one of four islands in Boston harbor that are open for camping. As you can see, low tide makes for some amazing sandbar exploration. Small and scenic, this 62-acre island is covered in wildflower trails and beautiful shell beaches. There are ten small campsites (4 people each) and one group campsite (25 people maximum), so be sure to reserve your spot today.
2. Dune's Edge Campground, Provinctown
This is a quiet, family-friendly campground in a beautiful coastal setting. Pitch your tent amidst sand dunes and pine trees, and enjoy the close proximity to the Cape Cod National Seashore. There are modern bathrooms, coin-operated hot showers, dishwashing stations, and a camp store. Leashed pets are also welcome! Pictured is site NR-1.
3. D.A.R. State Forest, Goshen
This campground is tucked between beautiful upper Highland Lake and a lovely wetland, where moose, beavers and other critters roam. There are 50 sites available and miles of hiking trails to explore. There is even a wheelchair accessible trail that runs right along the edge of Highland Lake, as well as a sandy swimming beach.
4. Berry Pond, North Reading
Camping along Berry Pond in the Harold Parker State Forest offers bike and hiking trails, picnic grounds and some truly awesome fishing sites.
5. Sippewissett Campground and Cabins, Falmouth
This campsite has been family-operated since 1961, and offers a classic “back-to-basics” experience. Choose to stay in your own tent, a tipi rental, or one of 11 cabins. Bikes, beach equipment, BBQ supplies and camping gear are available to rent at the campsite.
6. Campground Beach, Horseneck Beach State Reservation, Eastham
With over 600 acres of barrier beach and wilderness to explore, this state reservation is a pretty popular camping spot. However, Campground Beach may just be the loveliest place to pitch your tent. The 100 campsites are located just behind the dunes near Gooseberry Neck.
7. Perkins Island, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
Perkins Island is the only camping site in this incredible natural sanctuary. You must be a Mass Audubon member to camp here, which means that the three campsites and surround wilderness feel as pristine as possible. This is is tent-only camping with no restrooms available, so it’s definitely a spot for a rustic experience.
8. Cape Ann Campsite, Gloucester
This is a quaint, New England-Style campsite within 30 miles of Boston and just moments from the white sand beaches of Cape Ann. With over 200 unique sites, each with their own ready-made fireplace and picnic table, this is a great place to spend a few days connecting with nature.
9. Berkshire County State Parks Campground, Granville State Forest, Granville
This state forest is deep, lush and peaceful. The campground features 22 campsites open from mid-May to mid-October. Most campsites offer flush toilets and showers, though no hookups.
10. Historic Valley Campground, Windsor Lake, North Adams
This family camping site on on Windsor Lake features 100 wooded sites, plenty of hiking trails, and the most convenient lakefront access around. There are electric and water hookups, as well as a "modern comfort station" for when you need a break from the great outdoors. Laundry is also available. Open May – October.