The air is crisp and clean and the bugs have gone away. Most of the tourists are gone, too. These are all indications of fall in Massachusetts, and some believe that’s the very best time to go camping. The lure of a campfire on a chilly fall night is something camping enthusiasts simply can’t resist. Check out the following fall camping spots—and be sure to remember to bring the marshmallows!
Just an hour and a half outside of Boston, you and yours can enjoy fall camping at Tully Lake Campground near Royalston. Inland and waterfront sites afford some exceptional fall foliage views and the peacefulness that accompanies this time of year. Rent a kayak or canoe and navigate the Tully River. Hike the nearby Tully Trail. Dogs are welcome, but they must stay on leash, and a copy of a recent vaccination record must be shown. The campground offers a bathhouse with flush toilets and coin-operated showers.
Cabin camping only is available in the fall and winter months at Mohawk Trail State Forest. Firewood to heat the cabins is available at just $5 per bundle. You need to leave said cabin to use the toilets and showers—which are heated. See the forest and all its fall wonders when you book a cabin here. There are no hookups available.
Fall camping at Mount Greylock State Reservation isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s a spectacular experience. Once you walk the six miles from the parking lot to the campground, you can pitch your tent and start your campfire. Called backcountry camping, this experience will put you at one with nature, fall foliage, and lots of peace and quiet. There is a second spot from which the campground may be accessed with just a two-mile hike. Notify the park that you’ll be camping. No reservations are taken, and the sites are available on a first come, first serve basis.
Fall and winter camping at Scusset Beach State Reservation is for self-contained RV camping. No bathroom facilities are available. Don’t let this deter you from checking out this pristine spot, however. Sandwich is a place of great beauty in the summer, but something extra-special takes place in the off-season. Anglers will marvel at the good fishing here.
For some seriously breathtaking fall camping, check out Mount Washington State Forest. This sprawling red oak hardwood forest features excellent wilderness (or backcountry) camping, so be prepared to rough it. Available activities include fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, and mountain biking.