The best camping near Boston Harbor Islands

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Boston Harbor adventure.

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Wilderness with a city view!... Tidepools, lighthouses and history meet beach and boating fun.  

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Vintage camper, wifi & firepit

2 sites · Lodging1 acre · Canton, MA
Get outside and bring the dog! Glamping tiny house style. Vintage RV with attached enclosed room. Your own waterfront beach with campfire pit.  Dogs welcome! Very close to neighbors in a quite secluded neighborhood, 10 miles from Boston. Experience the natural beauty of Massachusetts just a few miles outside of Boston, Blue Hills Reservation stretches over 7,000 acres with 125 miles of trails to explore through forests and wetlands, up hills and more.   Peace and serenity 19 miles from downtown Boston MA.   Bring the dog for swimming. Kayak and canoe in the back yard at the waters edge. Marshmallows and firewood included. Linens included. Space in backyard to pitch an extra tent for guests.  Parking on lot in front of camper. Hiking trails around the lake.
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Bakers Island Light Campsite

3 sites · Tents10 acres · Beverly, MA
Bakers Island Light Station is located on Bakers Island in Salem Sound, a 60-acre island with a large summer colony. The lighthouse stands at 59 feet tall and continues to guide ships in and out of Salem Harbor with an alternating 20-second white-red light. The 10-acre light station, which includes six historic structures such as two keepers houses, an oil house, and a lantern room (now operating as a gift shop), is located in the northwest quadrant of the island and was formally owned and operated by the US Coast Guard. The rest of the island is in private ownership including the Bakers Island Wharf. The deed to historic Bakers Island Light Station was transferred on August 27, 2014, from the United States government to the Essex National Heritage Commission (Essex Heritage). Learn more about this land: Rated #1 Hipcamp site in Massachusetts by Outdoor Magazine in 2020! Enjoy the sights and sounds of off-the-grid coastal living at the Bakers Island Light Station Campsite. Set up your tent on a raised platform and take in the beauty of Salem Sound. Meet the summer lighthouse keepers, stroll through island trails, and unwind...just three miles off the coast of Salem! Getting to camp: PLEASE READ - the only way to get to Bakers Island Light Campsite is by boat. You have three options: 1) Use your own kayaks and paddle out to our beach (this is recommended for advanced kayakers only). 2) Take our landing craft, Naumkeag, out to the island for $70 per person. (Boat departs from Blaney Street dock on Friday at noon and picks you up from the Island on Sunday at noon). FREE overnight parking is available there. 3) Take your own boat, and rent a mooring for $59 a night (you will need your own dinghy to get ashore). Essex Heritage is the non-profit organization that operates and maintains the 10-acre light station at Bakers Island, with the mission of public access and preservation.  IMPORTANT: The $60 per night fee covers 4 people per site. The absolute capacity for each site is 4 people, and you must provide us the name of each guest prior to arrival. TRANSPORTATION: Bakers Island Light Station is a remote island located in Salem Sound. There are a few ways to get there, including taking the Essex Heritage landing craft (additional fee per person) from Salem, renting a mooring at the light station for your own boat, or kayaking. ALL CAMPERS MUST ARRANGE TRANSPORTATION AFTER BOOKING. DETAILS WILL BE SENT FOLLOWING CONFIRMATION OF BOOKING.
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Cozy Wooded Nook

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents3 acres · Carver, MA
A cozy 3 acres near Cranberry Bogs. We have 5 campsites available to choose from. 1 RV (& multi tent) site and 4 onsite trailers. There are additional various locations tucked into nooks for small tent and hammock camping. Short wooded trails for dog walks. Build a fire for enjoyment, or swivel the 30” grill top over, to cook. Campfires permitted. Wood for sale on-site is $5 per bundle — mix of pine, oak, maple, ash, and poplar. The randomly dispersed hammocks are perfect for relaxing, watching sunsets through the tree line or reading a book with the morning birds. Pet friendly. 25-foot tie-out cable available for use anywhere on the property. No dump stations or bathrooms on site. [Luggable Loo Bucket Toilet available for rent for $1] Well water fill up available. Absolutely no use of liquid fire accelerants, please. We will provide endless fire starter logs and cardboard to get you going. 15 AMP ELECTRICITY AVAILABLE FOR AN ADDITIONAL $5/PER NIGHT 5 miles to Plymouth 25 miles to Cape Cod 45 miles to Boston
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Toi Moi Gloucester

1 site · RV6 acres · Gloucester, MA
Our property is over 5.5 acres, with a working saw mill, a barn, a wine bar and art studio, an airbnb, and our home. We are located within a few minutes of Rt. 128 giving you easy access to everything Cape Ann has to offer, without any street noise or neighbors. At the site you will find: 30A 120V hookup 20A 120V hookup The RV Tuckaway simply offers a quiet, peaceful and private place to park and enough space on the gravel pad to put out chairs and hang out. We can supply a Gloucester trash bag (big enough for a couple standard kitchen bags of trash) for $15 and dispose of it for you. We will provide a small, standard recycling bin free of charge, as long as the recycling refuse is contained to the bin. There are so many things to do here, it's impossible to give a comprehensive list, however we'll try to give you a quick shot at our favorites: Beaches: Wingaersheek Beach, Singing Beach, Good Harbor Athletic/Outdoors: Cape Ann SUP, Canoe/Kayak on Walker Creek, Essex River Restaurants: Talise, Short & Main, Feather & Wedge Shops: Pastaio, Helen's Bottle Shop Bakeries: Honeycomb, Bonny Breads, Sandpiper Art/Museum: Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Rocky Neck Art Colony, CAM If there's something specific you're curious about, just ask us!
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Estate of Mind

13 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Whitinsville, MA
We are a collaborative creative coliving community restoring a historic estate. The property has 20 acres of forest and 5 acres of buildings, lawns, parking, gardens, etc. The forest is split by a small stream, with a few trails including some that lead to adjacent public forest. Our onsite activities tend to focus on art projects, musical events, crafty and creative endeavors, etc. We often have group dinners, open to the public on at least Sundays.
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Ponderings at White Pond

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Concord Ma, MA
Once written about by Henry David Thoreau in Walden. He called it one of the "emerald eyes of the world" . A magical place yet so close to Boston.Learn more about this land:This winter we are offering up our cottage with an additional winterized tent for studio or additional guests.  You need to walk about 100 yards down a gravel path to get to our secluded home. It is heated with two pellet stoves. One in the bedroom wing, the other in the livingroom/kitchen.  Skating, ice fishing, and crosscountry skiing right outside your door when the weather is right. Peace and calm when the weather is harsh. The house is fully stocked with cooking. linens, and a bathroom.  During the summer, glamping in our greenhouse-tent for peace and tranquility.  It is under a canopy of trees with a cool pond breeze prevailing. The bed and linens are first rate for a very comfortable stay. There are shelves, potable water and a desk within. It is heated in the cool temps and fan cooled in the warmer days.  There is a canoe and paddleboard available to borrow. The main house is attached by decks, the bathroom is shared with the main house and there is a kitchen for you to use. The 40 acre pond is 65 feet deep. It is a kettle pond which is spring fed with no river inlets to pollute it.  Access is a little tricky with 100 yard hike from the parking area down a steep slope.  The pond is stocked with bass and trout for great fishing. The birds are amazing.  Henry David Thoreau wrote about White Pond in his book, Walden as the "emerald eyes of the world."  This is a place that magic happens.
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Rinconcito Wildcat

1 site · Tent2 acres · Littleton, MA
Campsites are situated in the wooded area on our property land that integrates into hundreds of acres of conservation land with hiking trails that are also great for XC skiing, kettle ponds, and wetlands. The property is surrounded on 3 sides by conservation land with trails, 45 minutes - 1 hour from Boston and 10 minute drive to groceries, stores and restaurants. The house is right off a country road with our property and conservation land both across the street and behind our house. The area is in the heart of New England and is beautiful at all times of year. Minutes from Rte 495 and 2, we are along a popular bike route, 10 minutes from Carlson Orchards and the bistro/cafe Harvard General Store.
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Peaceful Convenience

2 sites · Lodging2 acres · Bolton, MA
Come experience Summer in New England, embrace the silence, enjoy this 2.5 Acres property Abutting wetlands with private Home; bathroom, screened in porch, use of kitchen for coffee etc. all to enjoy. A babbling brook, hammock trees, peaceful, and serene. The surrounding area is a right to farm community with local beautiful farms within five minutes in every direction property is on a known bike route (2 bikes available for use) The town host a wonderful winery local coffee shop and hiking trails (map book on site) multiple area conservation lands. Bolton is known for its apple farms in the fall for picking and spring time blossoms. August through September harvest (my favorite) plenty of pick your own everything! We have great historic towns surrounding us like concord, Harvard so much history, dinning etc. cross country skiing. Convenient location to Boston. If looking for a summer escape the home offers 2 guest rooms within a meditative shared space. Fire pit outdoors, fireplace in doors.
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Souza Cranberry Waterfront Campsite

3 sites · RVs, Tents50 acres · Rochester, MA
Come enjoy our active 50 acre cranberry bog, located in God's country, Rochester Massachusetts. Enjoy fishing, swimming, canoeing or paddle boating in our private 6 acre watering hole. Or just take a walk around the bogs enjoying the sites of nature and the animals you may see along the way. Two Waterfront sites available, no electricity, water or sewer. Generator's allowed, and generator available for rent. Water refill and dump station available upon request.
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Souhegan Shores

2 sites · RVs, Tents21 acres · Merrimack, NH
SPRING '24 NOTE: The late snow and heavy traffic have played havoc with the access road. Please do NOT book the site from our driveway if you don't have 4WD. Best to check first with your host to ensure the access road is passable to your type of vehicle. (back to our regularly scheduled camp description...) Camp alongside the tree lined bank of the Souhegan River. Fall to sleep to the sound of river flowing over the rocks up stream. In season, enjoy the swimming hole 100 feet from your campsite. Site-1 is located under the trees adjacent to a 3 acre meadow and Christmas Tree farm. Camp above the bank of the Souhegan River in the shade of white pine and shag bark hickory and listen to the river tumble over the ledges upstream. In season, enjoy the swimming hole 100 feet from your campsite. On the other side of the fence is a pasture where two horses graze. If you don't like friendly dogs then you'll be better off on site 2 where we can better keep our dog Wilson from dropping in to visit. He loves people too much not to want to greet folks on Site 1. Site-2 is located at the downstream end of the property and is completely private. You'll see nothing from your site but trees and the river. If you or your dog don't like dogs, this is the site you want. It's far easier to keep Wilson away from this corner of the property. The other side of the river is town conservation land so the only people you're likely to see will be passing by in canoes or kayaks. In the dry season, this is a great place to start a float trip and you'll likely have the next 1.5 miles all to yourself since the rapids upstream become unpassable in late July and August. Now that TENTRR has gone bankrupt, Site 2 is available year round. If NH gets clobbered by snow, just check ahead to ensure your host has finished plowing the access road.
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Turtle Path Camping Site

1 site · RV3 acres · Hopkinton, MA
Our driveway is located about 3 miles from the start of the Boston Marathon, 8 minutes from 495, but, down a country road. We find our property to be quite peaceful. We do have crickets to lull you to sleep and early birds (and sometimes a neighborhood rooster) to greet you in the morning.  Keep an eye out for turtles! We are a few hundred yards from either Upton State Forest or Lake Whitehall. Lake Whitehall is popular with boaters (speed limit enforced) and is stocked with fish. No swimming. There is a public boat ramp on the other side of the lake. We often put in our kayaks at the entrance close to our house. We hike, mountain bike and picnic in these parks. It's really beautiful.  There is a 24-hour grocery store 2 miles down the road.  The gravel campsite is located at the barn end of our driveway in front of the red barn. There is a little privacy from the house, but, we may need to get into the barn from time to time. We have a 30amp and water hookup at the barn. If planning on using electric please add one "electric hookup" extra to each night of your stay BEFORE finishing the request to book, it's really difficult to add it after. Please plan to bring 50' of hose and/or 25ft of electrical cord if using hookups. There is wifi, BUT, it's pretty weak at the barn. Definitely not strong enough for streaming! Our Ibex camper may or may not be parked next to the barn depending on if we are out camping!  We do not accept car campers. Turtle Path also has a Guest Suite. Find us on that other website! Shortly after we moved in we discovered a large snapping turtle on his way from Lake Whitehall to the creek at the back of our property. Our neighbor told us that's the turtle's usual route. Turtle won our hearts that day.
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8 Acres Homestead

2 sites · RVs, Tents8 acres · Tiverton, RI
Enjoy this quaint and tranquil getaway. Close to local beaches, cafes, and shops. Our property is located in the picturesque, New England coastal town of Tiverton, Rhode Island. The property is located on a main road and consists of a family residence, a Christian church, and a small farm that sits high on a hill overlooking the Nanaquaket Pond. Pitch your tent, or park your car/van, in our beautiful backyard woodlands just off the main road with rustic walking paths to the Nannaquacket Pond. Take in the natural wildlife such as deer, groundhogs, songbirds, and our free-range chickens when they are out and about. The beauty of the countryside is right around the corner. Historic Tiverton Four Corners: 4 minutes South Shore Beach: 20 minutes Newport: 30 minutes Providence: 30 minutes
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The best camping near Boston Harbor Islands guide

Overview

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Ready to visit a historic lighthouse or fort? How about tidepooling and swimming? Maybe you'd rather go hiking, even though you have to be back in the city by the end of the day?

All that's possible at this national recreation area. If you prefer a day trip, take a ferry tour. Even if you can't get to all 34 islands, you'll see the Boston skyline from a new viewpoint.

If hiking's your thing, Peddocks Island, Spectacle Island and Worlds End have well-maintained trails. Climb to the top of the North Drumlin, on Spectacle Island, for a 360 view of the whole harbor.

Do you like boating? Well, you're in a harbor, so good choice! Two islands have moorings, or you can drop anchor off the other islands. Beaches on Lovells Island and Spectacle Island save you a drive to the Cape.

Lovells Island, Grape Island, Peddocks Island and Bumpkin Island have rustic campsites. (Within view of the city! Fun!) Or rent a yurt on Peddocks for a touch more comfort.

Notable campgrounds

  • Peddocks Island Tent Sites: Immerse yourself in nature by camping at one of the rustic tent sites.
  • Peddocks Island Yurts: Enjoy a comfortable stay in a yurt, blending outdoor adventure with home comforts.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your spot, as the islands are a popular destination during peak season.
  • Check for cancellations regularly, as plans change and spots may open up unexpectedly.
  • Consider midweek camping for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Explore nearby camping options if the island campgrounds are fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Boston Harbor Islands is from late spring to early fall, when the weather is warm and the ferries run regularly. Avoid winter when services are limited, and the islands are less accessible due to harsher weather conditions.

Know before you go

  • There is no parking on the islands; plan to use private parking at ferry locations.
  • Accessibility is a priority, with trails and beach wheelchairs available on Spectacle Island.
  • Remember to carry out all trash, as the islands operate on a carry in, carry out policy.
  • Service dogs are welcome, but other pets are not permitted on the islands.
  • Check the official website for the latest information on ferry schedules and camping reservations.

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