Looking for a fun outdoor family activity in late summer or early fall? Massachusetts offers fantastic opportunities for family camping throughout all regions of the Commonwealth. While you are camping, you can enjoy swimming, fishing, canoeing and kayaking, hiking, wildlife viewing, biking and many other activities.
The Department of Conservation and Recreation offers camping at 26 state parks and forests in all regions of the state. The parks provide easy access to all kinds of outdoor activities in forested settings and a few coastal locations.
Find out more about what each DCR campground has to offer, the dates they are open, and how to reserve your site.
My favorite state campgrounds include Erving State Forest (nice lake for swimming and fishing, good hiking); Otter River State Forest (very good stream fishing and mountain bike trails); and Horseneck Beach State Reservation (salt water fishing, bird watching and body surfing).
Here are some pictures from a recent camping trip with my seven year-old son, his friend and father at another one of my favorite camping spots, The Trustees of Reservations’ Tully Lake Campground. We had a great time kayaking, fishing, hiking, and enjoying time around the campfire.
Braille Trail Coming Soon to Watertown posted on Jul 21
The town of Watertown, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be opening a Braille Trail and a Sensory Garden, one of the few parks of its kind. Breaking ground on July 21st, this project hopes to be completed by late …Continue Reading Braille Trail Coming Soon to Watertown
Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence posted on Jul 15
In late April, Governor Deval Patrick and former Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Rick Sullivan joined Mayor Dan Rivera and Senator Barry Finegold to make an exciting announcement. Governor Patrick announced a $2.75 million investment in Lawrence’s Ferrous Site to acquire a three acre …Continue Reading Park Profiles: Groundwork Lawrence
2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July posted on Jul 1
July’s Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Tamara Buckley-Leclerc, who photographed pickled green beans or dilly beans at Carraig Farm in Ashby. Tamara says that dilly beans, seen in the July photo, are one of her husband’s favorites. She takes advantage of canning and freezing …Continue Reading 2014 DAR Agricultural Photo Calendar: July