Massachusetts, which looks like a rectangle with one raggedy and lacey edge, is a state loaded with historical places to visit, state and federal parks, mountainous areas, and a seacoast with a myriad of inlets and coves. Campgrounds abound in Massachusetts, both private and state-managed.
Beginning in the western part of Massachusetts, Mount Greylock, the highest point in the state, is a part of the Berkshire Mountains. Although there is camping at Mount Greylock, it is primitive and can be accessed only on foot.
In the same area is Savoy Mountain State Forest. Located at the peak of the Hoosack Mountains, this area is part of the Green Mountains of Vermont. Within the Savoy Mountain State Forest is a campground with electric and water hook-ups. Visit this park to enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing and boating, as well as mountain views.
Central Massachusetts offers many cultural and historical sites to visit, and campgrounds are also plentiful in this region. The industrial revolution flourished in Massachusetts with the growth of its cities, and many museums and historical sites exist as testimony to this history. Camping in one of the many private campgrounds and state parks in this area provides an inexpensive means of touring in this state rich in American history.
In the northeastern part of Massachusetts visitors can tour the site of the Boston Tea Party as well as other important sites of the Revolutionary War. The city of Boston is important in the history of America, and actually has a campground within the city so that all the attractions in Boston are easily accessible by those who choose to camp while touring or vacationing in the area. The western shores of Cape Cod and the Atlantic Ocean form the easternmost boundary of Massachusetts, and many campgrounds exist in this area.
South of Boston is the area where the pilgrims first landed and settled. The Plymouth Rock site and museum are near Plymouth, Massachusetts. Plimouth Plantation, a replica of the original village is an interesting and educational spot to visit. Several campgrounds are nearby, giving a visitor easy access to Boston proper, Cape Cod, and the seashore.
On the peninsula jutting northward and wrapping around Cape Cod, are a string of small villages, including Hyannis and the nearby Kennedy Compound. Continuing northward the village of Provincetown rests at the tip of the peninsula and enjoys the best of Cape Cod and the Atlantic Ocean. A large fully equipped campground sits in between the two bodies of water. Provincetown is an arts center with artists, writers, and musicians in residence. The Cape Cod National Seashore is home to salt marshes, fishing, swimming, and beaches covered with stony sand.
South and below Cape Cod are the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Although camping is prohibited on Nantucket, a ferry travels from Woods Hole to Martha's Vineyard, where a single campground is in operation. With electric, water, and sewage hook-ups for RVs, the campground also has primitive tent sites and some cabins available. The cost is somewhat higher than inland campgrounds.
Camping options are plentiful in Massachusetts, a state with such a large variety of natural and historical attractions that more than one camping visit would be necessary to visit even the major ones.Bourne