How to Decide When to Go Camping in Massachusetts
Whether you’re camping solo or with family and friends, deciding when to go camping and where can be a huge decision that can make or break your vacation. Given how popular camping and outdoor vacations have become these past two years since Covid, it’s essential to provide this decision enough time as it’s not something that should be rushed. With that in mind, here are some important considerations to keep in mind.
Choosing Where to go camping
Finding the right location is the most crucial thing regarding when to go camping. After all, half of the fun (or relaxation) comes from being in nature and enjoying the scenery. Suppose you live in Massachusetts or are considering camping in Massachusetts. In that case, there are plenty of options for camping within a few hours’ drive. Some of the more popular camping spots include:
- Camping in The Berkshires
- Camping in Cape Cod and The Islands
- Camping in Central Massachusetts
- Camping Near Boston
- Camping on the North Shore
Of course, there are many other great camping locations throughout the state, but these are some of the most popular. Once you’ve decided on a general area, it’s time to look at specific campsites.
Choosing a Campsite
When narrowing down your campsite choices, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind, such as:
- How many people will be camping with you?
- Do you want a campsite with hookups for water and electricity?
- Is there a specific camping activity you enjoy (hiking, fishing, etc.)?
- Do you have any special needs or requirements (such as ADA accessibility)?
Answering these questions will help you narrow your choices and find the perfect campsite for your trip. Another option is to opt for one of the many State Parks or go with private campgrounds such as the ones run by MACO (Massachusetts Association of Campground Owners) Members. While the State Parks will have precious little by way of creature comforts and amenities to keep families entertained, MACO campgrounds offer plenty of amenities ideal for solo travellers and families with children.
Once you’ve decided on a location and general area, the next step is to check availability. Suppose you’re set on camping during peak season (May through September in Massachusetts). In that case, booking your campsite as early as possible is essential as they tend to fill up quickly. Many campgrounds will open reservations 6-8 months in advance, so it’s vital to know when those open up. If you cannot get a reservation during peak season, don’t worry. Plenty of great camping spots are available during the shoulder and off-season (April, October, and November).
What’s the Weather Like?
Of course, the weather is another important consideration when deciding when to go camping. If you’re planning on camping in an RV, you’ll want to ensure that the roads are clear and dry enough to travel on. In Massachusetts, this is typically not an issue until later in the season, when we see snowfall (usually in November). For tents and pop-ups, you’ll want to ensure that the weather is warm enough that you won’t be too cold at night but not so hot that you’ll be miserable during the day. The ideal camping weather in Massachusetts is usually mid-to-late May through early September.
So when should you go camping in Massachusetts? The best answer is: it depends. Considering the above factors, you can narrow your choices and find the perfect time for your next camping trip.