5 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Massachusetts

By Kimberly Ripley

5 Best Winter Cabin Camping Spots in Massachusetts

The temperatures are dropping in New England, but that doesn’t mean camping season has to end. From state forests to local campgrounds, Massachusetts is home to a range of rustic and charming cabin camping options that will keep you cozy during your winter stay. Escape into the wilderness with these five great cabin camping spots in the state. 

1. Mohawk Trail State Forest

Reserve one of six log cabins for cozy winter camping at Mowhawk Trail State Forest in Charlemont, Massachusetts. The cabins are heated with either wood or pellet stoves. Bring your cross-country skis, too, as there are trails used for that purpose all winter long. 

2. Camp Nihan Education Center, Saugus, MA

During the school year and throughout the summer, Camp Nihan Education Center serves as an environmental camp for Massachusetts schools and a day camp for locals. In the winter, however, the cabins are available to rent by those wanting to go camping. The cabins are heated with pellet stoves and feature bunkbeds, a refrigerator, and limited electricity. You’ll have an unforgettable stay here. 

3. Savoy Mountain State Forest

Reserve a log cabin at Savoy Mountain State Forest and get cozy in Florida—Massachusetts, that is. Snowmobiles are allowed, so if a storm hits before you go, you’ll have no problem reaching your cabin. Cross-country ski trails get good use here as well.

4. Ponkapoag Camp, Randolph, MA

Located within Blue Hills Reservation, Ponkapoag Camp is owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club. It features 20 cabins that are available for rent all winter long. Heated by wood stoves, these cabins are rustic. There is no electricity and no running water, so be sure to bring drinking water. There are no facilities indoors, but outhouses are close at hand. Cabins accommodate 2-7 people.

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5. Innermost House Cabin Rental, Topsfield, MA

Owned by Mass Audubon, the Innermost House Cabin Rental is available for members to rent all winter long. Located on the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, the small rustic cabin features one set of bunk beds and one cot. Firewood is provided by Mass Audubon. Campers must hike the trail back to the wildlife sanctuary’s Visitor’s Center for restroom facilities. This means bringing a container for use overnight, as the center is only open during the daytime. For a taste of winter cabin camping, it is well worth joining Mass Audubon.

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