The Berkshire area of Western Massachusetts has much to offer the camper. The majority of the numerous attractions are within easy reach by car. The area offers everything from beautiful scenery (lakes & rivers for boating & fishing; mountains, meadows & woods for hiking of all levels), to museums and other cultural attractions, to great antique & specialty shops (for a break from the woods) and movie theaters. If a departure from campfire cooking is sought, the area restaurants also cover a wide range, from fast food and very casual family-friendly diners right up to romantic, candlelit dinners in historic inns. For more information on our beautiful area.
Four seasons of beauty and recreation. Spring and summer are the seasons for music, outdoor festivals and sports in a setting only nature and history can provide. Fall's magical display covers the hills and valleys in a myriad of colors. In winter, the sparkling white hillside beckons to skiers and winter sports enthusiasts.
The Mohawk Trail
Take Route 2 from Orange to the New York state border and you'll travel the 63 mile stretch known as the Mohawk Trail. It is one of New England's most scenic roads, particularly in foliage season. Originally an Indian footpath, then opened as the first automobile touring road in 1914, the trail follows the Deerfield River through mountain passes, sheer gorges and thick woodlands.
Historic markers, antique stores, campgrounds, inns and restaurants are but a few of the Trail's hundred or so attractions. You can fish in the Deerfield River; walk the Bridge of Flowers at Shelburne Falls; view Hail to the Sunrise commemorating the Mohawk Indians; or take back roads to visit the classic New England villages.
Cape Cod is a four season playground, where fishing, bicycle touring, golf, tennis, boating and beautiful beaches fill the day several months of the year. Twenty-one private campgrounds, from full facilities or primitive tenting along the National Seashore, make the Cape a campers paradise. Martha's Vineyard is a ferry ride to a charming island resort with one private campground.
Discover Indian summer on the Cape. From September through the beginning of November, sunny warm days linger on the Cape, and most of the summer attractions and restaurants are still open. There will be fall festivals, cranberry harvest celebrations and fairs. Although the summer crowds are gone, the atmosphere and beauty remain, as the pace slows for fall on beautiful Cape Cod.
The Cape is divided into three parts. The Upper Cape runs from the Cape Cod Canal east to Hyannis, and includes Falmouth, Bourne and Sandwich. The Mid Cape, from Hyannis to Orleans, retains the country flavor on its northern coast, while the southern coast is more developed. The Outer Cape, the north-south forearm, includes the National Seashore, small villages and Provincetown. From the northeast Rte. 3, and the Sagamore bridge bring visitors across the canal to Route 6 & 6A traveling the Cape on its northern side along Cape Cod Bay.
Approaching from the south/east, over the Bourne bridge, Rte. 28 heads south toward Falmouth and then east along the south coast of Nantucket Sound.
Camping in this region offers quaint ocean communities, hills and lakes. All within about an hour of Boston. Whale watches, The Freedom Trail, the Battlefield at Lexington and Concord, Worcester Centrum and four seasons of sports and recreation will bring you back year after year.
Exploring up the coast from Boston, through seaside towns and old fishing villages, is a journey into the early history of New England. Rich in the history of whaling, fishing and seafarers, the towns and villages offer historical insights, novel activities, scenic wonders, as well as excellent dining and shopping opportunities. Routes 1, 1A and 133 take you off the Interstates and into the center of North Shore living.
As you head west from Boston, just north of Worcester, you'll leave the bustle of the city and find the hidden parks, lakes and reservoirs to enjoy a quiet retreat or pursue your favorite sport. Routes 2, 9, and 20 are the best way to see everything. Staying in one of the private campgrounds in the area gives you the opportunity to have the best of both worlds; a quiet retreat within a comfortable drive of Boston, Worcester and cities of the region.
Traveling 1-495,1-95, or Route 3, this region is crowded with activities, scenery and sporting opportunities. From the cosmopolitan Boston to Foxboro's entertainment and down through historic Plymouth toward the Cape Cod Canal, the private campgrounds are as varied as the terrain.
Tenting near the water or in the woods. Camping near the cultural centers or next to the cranberry bogs, you are still close to the major centers of touring and entertainment. Campers look forward to bike excursions, hiking trails, fishing, boating, horseback riding, historic siteseeing, and more.
The campgrounds in the Foxboro area are off the road and quietly removed from the main highways. While offering all the amenities, swimming and planned activities, they are also within minutes of many attractions, great shopping, golf courses, and touring facilities.
The Plymouth area and south offers easy access to Plymouth Harbor and the Mayflower II, beaches, whale watch excursions, Plymouth Plantation and tours. Visit the first successful settlement in New England, and tour the historic fishing villages along the south coast of Massachusetts.
In the Northern Pioneer Region, traveling across the Mohawk Trail on Route 2, campers & sports enthusiasts enjoy the Berkshire views, mountains & rivers. At the Southern gateway to the Pioneer Valley, on the banks of the Connecticut River, lies the third largest city in Massachusetts. Springfield, a growing cultural center, rich with respect for history, a flair for festivals and a dedication to the arts.
Springfield's modern Civic Center faces Court Square, a bustling plaza surrounding a traditional New England common.
Six Flags, New England's largest amusement and water park, is across the river in Agawam. In West Springfield, the Eastern States Exposition draws a million people to its annual September fair, and almost as many to the ACC Craft Fair in June.
The Sturbridge Region spreads east and west just south of Worcester. The gently rolling hills, sparkling lakes and streams, and private camping areas of the region, reflect the natural heritage of central Massachusetts.
Museums, visitors centers, flee markets, and antique shows will capture your interest. Hiking, fishing, boating, and golf are a few of the sports opportunities open to visitors.
Traveling south and east from Rte. I-495 through East Douglas, Webster and Southbridge, the lakes and scenery call to visitors, campers, and sportsman. Old Rte. 20 weaves in and out of historical settings from Worcester, to Sturbridge and west to Brimfield. Connecting Worcester and Douglas is Rte 146, a beautiful drive, complete with waterfalls & lakes. The beauty of the lake and hill country spreads west of Worcester along Rte. 9 toward West Brookfield and Ware.
In the Center of the Region lies Old Sturbridge Village, a four season, living museum of over 40 buildings and 200 acres. Interpreters and guides, dressed in period costumes carry out the daily chores as they would have in the 1800's. Throughout the years, visitors are invited to join the special events, tours and celebrations of this rural New England settlement.
Open 4/10-11/1; 90 sites; base $50; From MA Pike & East: take Mass Pike to I-84 (exit 9) follow I-84 West to Mass exit 1 and turn left off exit. Take first right onto Mashapaug Rd to the CG entrance. From West: Take I-84 East to exit 1 in MA,…
Open 5/1-10/15; 160 sites; base $32-53/2 adults & 2 children; Exit 3 off Mass Pike (route 90), route 202 south to route 57 west, right on South Loomis St. From Route 91, exit 3 follow Route 57 West through Southwick Center to S. Loomis St. Family campground closest to Six…
Open 5/1-10/10; 150 sites; $75/Family, 2 children. Clothing Optional Campground Resort located on 100 acres of high meadows in the beautiful Berkshire hills, RV & tent sites, safari fields, and 8 Park model rental units, each with bathroom, kitchen, sat TV, A/C, and deck. All RV sites have water and…
Open Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day. 106 Sites; Base $35–64/4. Rte. 6 east to Provincetown, 1.5 miles past Provincetown line on Right. Wooded tent and tent trailer sites. Some RV sites with water & 20A electric. Dump station, close to whale watching, sport fishing, and bike trails. Owned and…