Top Campsites in Central New England
Posted on April 28th, 2023 to Local Partners
One of the best parts of living in New England is the access to so many places to get outdoors. It’s the perfect place for camping enthusiasts, with numerous campgrounds and state parks to choose from.
We see lots of visitors at our store on their way to camp for the weekend, so with camping season is upon us, we took a look at some of the best campsites accessible to us off Route 2 in western Massachusetts.
Mount Greylock State Reservation – Adams, MA
Located in the Berkshire Mountains, Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts at 3,491 feet, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The park has several campgrounds, including the popular Sperry Campground, which has 18 sites for tents and small trailers. There are also cabins available for rent. The park offers over 70 miles of hiking trails, including a challenging trek to the summit of Mount Greylock. Fees are $8 for MA resident and $20 for non-resident.
Molly Stark State Park – Wilmington, VT
Located in Wilmington, VT, Molly Stark State Park is a peaceful camping destination with a variety of outdoor recreation options. The park has 23 campsites for tents and RVs, as well as 11 lean-to sites. The park has several hiking trails, as well as a swimming area, picnic sites, and a playground.
Tully Lake Campground – Royalston, MA
Set on a 200 acre lake in Royalston, MA, Tully Lake Campground is operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The campground offers campsites for tents, all of which are within a 10 minute walk of parking. You can get out on the water with canoe, kayak, or paddle board rentals, or stick to land hike the Tully Trail or mountain bike a 7.5 mile loop. There is even a disc golf course for those who enjoy some friendly competition.
Lake Dennison Recreation Area – Winchendon, MA
Lake Dennison Recreation Area is a beautiful camping location in Winchendon, MA. The area offers 151 campsites, each with a picnic table and fire pit. The 85 acre lake is great for swimming, fishing, and boating (no gas operated boats), and there are also hiking trails and 50 miles of mountain bike trails. The area is also dog-friendly, allowing campers to bring their furry friends along.
Pillsbury State Park – Washington, NH
Located in Washington, NH, Pillsbury State Park offers a peaceful camping experience with numerous outdoor recreation options. The park has 35 campsites through the wooded and pond laden forest. This hidden gem has some great views with mountains visible beyond the water.
October Mountain State Forest – Lee, MA
This state forest covers more than 16,000 acres (the largest state forest in MA) and features a variety of camping options, including 44 campsites and 3 yurts. The forest is popular for hiking and mountain biking, with miles of trails winding through the woods, the most popular of which goes through the Schermerhorn Gorge.
Mohawk Trail State Forest – Charlemont, MA
Located in the northern Berkshires, Mohawk Trail State Forest offers a peaceful camping experience with plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. The park has several camping areas, including the popular Mohawk Park Campground, which has 35 sites for tents and trailers. The camping area is situated along the Mohican – Mohawk Trail, a trail with thousands of years of history.
Savoy Mountain State Forest – Florida, MA
Savoy Mountain State Forest is a secluded wilderness area with more than 10,000 acres of forest, streams, and ponds. The park has several camping areas, including the popular Savoy Campground, which has 45 sites for tents and 4 cabins for rent. Fees are $17 for MA residents and $54 for non.
Greenfield State Park – Greenfield, NH
Located in Greenfield, NH, Greenfield State Park has 257 campsites in the 400 acre park. The park has a 50-acre lake that offers swimming, boating, and fishing, as well as hiking and biking trails, and a playground.
Woodford State Park – Woodford, VT
Located in Woodford, VT, Woodford State Park boasts the highest campground in Vermont at an elevation of 2400 feet. The park has 103 campsites in addition to 4 cabins. The 400 acre park has hiking trails, and the Adams Reservoir offers brook trout fishing.
Jamaica State Park – Jamaica, VT
Located in Jamaica, VT, Jamaica State Park is a serene camping destination with a variety of camping options. At 772 acres, there is no shortage of territory to explore. The trail follows an old railroad bed from the 19th century. Check out the Hamilton Falls State Natural Area, which includes one of Vermont’s largest waterfalls.
Lake Shaftsbury State Park – Shaftsbury, VT
Located in Shaftsbury, VT, Lake Shaftsbury State Park is a popular camping destination on an 84 acre plot of land surrounding the lake. In addition to the 15 lean-to sites, there is a waterfront cottage available to rent for $80 per night.
Need to stock up for your camping trip?
If you’re heading along Route 2 on your way to a camping weekend, stop by and visit us in Orange. We can be your one stop shop for camping with prerolls, flower, concentrates, and edibles, and right next door you can grab any last minute supplies at Trail Head Outfitters and General Store. They have everything from tents to trail maps to outerwear!