Best Under The Radar Area Campsites
Camping in Massachusetts is an endless adventure! Explore the whaling ports and beaches along our 1800 miles of coastline. Step back into history in our museums and historic villages. Become a pioneer, or a pilgrim for a day. Sample the arts, elegance, and cultural heritage. Camping in our area of Massachusetts offers four seasons of sports, entertainment, touring and family fun.
Take a look at a couple of the best kept secrets for camping fun and family enjoyment. Then tell us your favorite area campsite.
Freetown - Fall River State Forest on Slab Bridge Rd., Assonet, MA 508 - 644 - 5522: Just 5 minutes from Fall River and Taunton, and 15 minutes from New Bedford, Freetown State Forest is a vast tract of public land acquired over a twenty year period beginning in the 1930's. Near the main entrance is a day use area, with wading pool, picnic area, fields and restrooms. The remainder of the forest offers 50 miles of unpaved roads and trails. Horseback riders, dog Sledders, mountain bikers, and seasonal motorcycle and snowmobile users are welcome, as are hunters and anglers in season. Rattlesnake Brook, which meanders throughout much of the property, is stocked with brook trout each spring.
Profile Rock, a 50-foot outcropping, shows a profile of what the Wampanoags believe to be Chief Massasoit. The 5,441-acre Forest also includes the 227-acre Watuppa Reservation, which belongs to the Wampanoag Nation, and is the site of annual tribal meetings. You can camp nearby at KOA in Middleboro, MA.
Demarest Lloyd Memorial State Park on Barney's Joy Road, Dartmouth, MA 508-636-3298: This park is one of the best kept secrets in the Massachusetts forest and park system. Here, an 1800-foot saltwater beach is backed by rambling hills of beach grass and shaded, grassy picnic sites. A broad, scenic marsh lines the Slocum River on the park's eastern edge.
The beach is ideal for families with children. The Buzzards Bay surf is calm and shallow, giving rise to warm water temperatures through most of the summer. It is also a great spot to see egrets, herons, ospreys, terns and hawks.
Now, tell us your best kept secret, under the radar area campsites!