Five Great Places to Camp This Summer

Massachusetts has no shortage of beautiful and exciting outdoor spaces, but we’re going to highlight five of them for you to try with your family or Scout unit this summer, in no particular order.

Harold Parker State Forest – Andover

3,000 acres located nearby in Andover, Harold Parker State Forest is a great place to go camping. The large campsites are spread out, so you can have a peaceful experience. It has 11 ponds and fishing and canoeing are allowed. Visit the website.

Nickerson State Park – Brewster

Consistently listed as one of the best camping spots in Massachusetts, this 1900 acre park features yurt camping, an amphitheater, and convenient access to the Cape Cod Rail Trail. A Cape Cod campground with the feel of an interior wooded forrest, you get the best of both. Visit the website.

Mohawk Trail State Park – Charlemont

The Mohawk Trail is one of the most beautiful spots in the Commonwealth, and a weekend in this state park will be sure to recharge your batteries. Now offering car-free camping for a more rustic experience.Visit the website.

Tully Lake Campground – Royalston

This campground is in the North Quabbin Region, and its central feature is the lovely 200 acre Tully Lake. Paddle your canoe out to the cool islands, or hike out to tranquil overlooks and roaring waterfalls. Don’t be surprised if you see some bald eagles soaring overhead. Visit the website.

Myles Standish State Forest – South Carver

This park has a great example of New England ecology. The pine barrens and cranberry bogs make this a real treasure. A large park, it offers five different camping areas and 16 ponds. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this coastal wilderness. Visit the website.