Winter Camping in Massachusetts

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Camping isn’t just a summer activity. There are actually a handful of places in Massachusetts that offer winter or off-season camping.

Off-season camping takes place during the late fall while winter camping takes place during the actual winter months.

Have you been winter camping at any of these places? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of them!

Mohawk Trail State Forest

Camping in winter at Mohawk Trail State Forest in Charlemont can be a serene and magical experience, offering a unique perspective on the forest landscape transformed by snow and ice.

The Mohawk Trail State Forest offers off-season/winter camping at the cabins at Mohawk Trail State Forest from mid-November to mid-March making it a great location for both fall camping and winter camping.

The cabins are available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights with a 4 night minimum requirement.

Camping in winter at Mohawk Trail State Forest in in Charlemont can be a serene and magical experience, offering a unique perspective on the forest landscape transformed by snow and ice.

Reservations are required and walk ins are not allowed. Reservations can be made up until 2pm on the day of arrival. Reservations can be made on www.reserveamerica.com or by calling 877-422-6762.

The Pines Campground

The Pines Campground in Ashby offers year round camping. The campgroundThe campground, which is tucked away in a pine forest by a small pond and a babbling brook, offers tents (no hookups) and rv camping complete with water, electric and sewer.

The pine forest looks beautiful covered in snow and creates a beautiful winter wonderland for any guests staying at the campground.

The campground features a full bath house, handy cap bath, playground, arcade room, adult hall and laundry.

The winter rates are based on a family of five (two adults and three children under 16 years of age). Check with the office for the winter rates.

Ponkapoag Camp

Ponkapoag Camp in Randolph, which is about an hour from Boston, is open year round and has 20 rustic cabins and two tent sites available. Each cabin has bunks with mattresses and a wood stove but no running water or electricity. Outhouses are available.

The camp is run by the Appalachian Mountain Club and is located on the east shore of the 230-acre Ponakpoag Pond within the DCR Blue Hills Reservation.

Activities available at the camp in the winter include cross country skiing, ice skating and hiking.

Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Winter camping at Salisbury Beach State Reservation in Salisbury, Massachusetts, can provide a unique and serene experience along the coastal landscape.

Salisbury Beach State Reservation offers off-season camping from mid-October to late November on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only. There is no dump station or running water during the off-season.

Winter camping often means fewer visitors, offering a quieter and more peaceful atmosphere along the beach. The sounds of the ocean and the crunching of snow underfoot can contribute to a serene coastal experience.

The beach and surrounding area offers opportunities for winter activities such as beachcombing, coastal walks, or birdwatching. Snowy owls are known to nest at the reservation in the winter so you may have an opportunity to observe one in the wild and seals are known to haul out on the rocks in the adjacent Merrimack River.

Winter means shorter days, but it also offers the chance to witness beautiful coastal sunsets over the ocean. The changing colors of the sky reflected on the water can be a breathtaking sight.

Reservations are required and walk ins are not allowed. Reservations can be made up to 2pm on the date of arrival.

Scusset Beach State Reservation

Winter camping at Scusset Beach State Reservation in Sandwich, Massachusetts, offers a unique and peaceful experience along the Cape Cod coastline.

Scusset Beach State Reservation offers off-season camping from November 2 to November 25 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The off-season camping is for self-contained RVs only. There is no dumping station, no water hookups, no bathrooms and no tent camping during the off season. Reservations are required and walk ins are not allowed.

During the off season, Scusset Beach experiences fewer visitors, providing a quieter and more serene atmosphere along the coastal landscape. The sounds of the ocean and the seagulls, combined with the crisp winter air, create a peaceful environment.

Scusset Beach State Reservation is known for its scenic views of Cape Cod Bay. The coastal landscape, including dunes and salt marshes, provides a picturesque backdrop for outdoor activities.

Scusset Beach State Reservation also provides hiking and nature trails for those who wish to explore the natural surroundings. These trails may offer scenic views of the beach, dunes, and local flora and fauna.

Have you ever stayed at any of these campgrounds in the off-season? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

For more fun things to do during winter, check out this list of winter activities in Massachusetts.

Sources:
Sullivan, Jeri. “6 Winter RV Camping Spots in MA That Feel Like a Wonderland.” Love to Know, ovetoknow.com/life/lifestyle/winter-rv-camping-ma
DeGray, Nick. “Mohawk Trail campground reopens for winter camping this season.” WWLP, 4 Jan. 2024, wwlp.com/news/local-news/franklin-county/mohawk-trail-campground-reopens-for-winter-camping-this-season/
“It Happens Here: AMC Ponkapoag Camp ‘A Little Bit Of Heaven’ In Randolph.” CBS News, 27 Jan. 2022, cbsnews.com/boston/news/it-happens-here-randolph-ponkapoag-camp-wbz-tv/



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William Briscoe is a seasoned travel blogger and adventurer based in Massachusetts. With a passion for exploring hidden gems and sharing his travel experiences, Briscoe's website, "Mass Attractions," has become a go-to resource for those seeking seasonal attractions in Massachusetts. In addition to his website, William has contributed travel stories and articles to various travel publications, and his work has been featured in several magazines and online platforms. He also collaborates with tourism boards and travel companies to promote sustainable and responsible travel practices. William enjoys exploring the scenic beauty of New England, spending time with his family and two rescue dogs, and experimenting with classical New England recipes in his kitchen. He holds a degree in English Literature from Boston University, which he believes laid the foundation for his writing skills.

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