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Upper Shire Campsites at RJ Ranch

5 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents22 acres 路 Hillsdale, NY
The Upper Shire at Roe Jan Ranch is a gorgeous hill with a small pond on 22 acres in Columbia County near the border of Massachusetts and New York. There are currently 5 unique camping areas located here. Each one is special due to its location on the hill. Check out our map and enjoy our spacious campsites.
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Moon In The Pond Farm

5 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents35 acres 路 Sheffield, MA
Well off the beaten track, it's scenic, private and peaceful. Camping at Moon In The Pond Farm is a little bit of heaven. There are six separate sites, all in different locations around the farm, so you've got your own secluded spot to enjoy. (And might be sharing a field next to our Scottish Highland cattle!) Two are tent sites (PondSide and FieldEdge). There's a site for small/tiny RVs or Campervan. BellTent has that on it--a bit of 'glamping'). And then there's the cabin--a bed a roof and convenience. Each has a firepit with a small grill to cook over the fire. (firewood available) Our 'campsites' are located in quieter areas of the farm. One overlooks the pond, three others are under the trees on the edges of different farm fields, one is a cabin nearer the farmstead. All require a beautiful, bucolic trek of 150-350 yards--ensuring the quiet, natural experience. During the day times, you may see or hear farm work. At night it's serenely quiet and lusciously dark. You'll hear owls hoot, frogs croak, crickets chirp, foxes yowl and coyotes howl! In June and July the fields and trees light up like Christmas with fireflies, and you'll see the stars. During the week is the absolute best time--the local hot spots (or cooling down spots!) are much quieter, and all our campsites have reduced weekday rates. If you can, take advantage by adding a Friday or Monday to a weekend stay. Wanna hike? We've got an awesome, easy hiking trail on adjacent land preserved by The Nature Conservancy. It meanders through woodlands, around rock ledges, through wetlands (on a 600' of boardwalk) and ends at a beautiful stream and pond with a gigantic beaver dam. Not far from here are numerous well-marked hiking trails (including the Appalachian Trail (with famous Bash Bish Falls) and several offshoots (Sage's Ravine, Race Brook Falls), Bartholomew's Cobble, Umpacheenee Falls, and others). Also in the neighborhood are opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, off-road, gavel-road and country-road biking, snowshoeing, cc skiing and pretty much any outdoor activity/adventure opportunity. Or... you can just chill and relax, sleep, or read the day away! Love food? This is Farm-to-Table for real! Never so close--the table's AT the farm!! Bring your cooking gear and get some of our wicked fresh organic food--veggies, chops, sausages, eggs, bacon, granola, yogurt, etc. Sear yourself up a real treat! Very nearby, as the Berkshires is an alternative cultural mecca, there are also numerous entertainment opportunities from many great restaurants to art, dance, music, spas, galleries, antique shops, museums, cafes and much more. It's still amazingly quiet at the farm where the Milky Way is clearly visible.
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Vernal Heights

6 sites 路 Tents70 acres 路 Colebrook, CT
The Farm was built in the mid 1700's on the same track of land.聽Hike in or drive to your campsite.聽 Site #5 & 6聽are accessible with a 4x4.聽 Site #3 is located in a blueberry field. It's car accessible but in close proximity to the Farm. Site #1 & 2 are Hike in sites(1/2 mile).聽聽The farm is surrounded by thousands of acres of conservancy and preserve land. Enjoy nature at its finest!! Camp in a field of fire flies or a remote site surrounded by old growth trees and Mt laurel blossoms. This is a Nature Preserve!!聽聽Please be kind to the Trees and Wildlife that inhabit the land!!
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Woodland's Edge Glamping & Hot Tubs

1 site 路 Lodging4 acres 路 Belchertown, MA
Our extra large tent can hold a family/friend group of up to 8 comfortably, but is also cozy enough for a couple's getaway. Your private campsite is on the edge of a mixed-wood forest. Deer roam free and you will surely hear the call of coyotes and owls at night. Centrally located within 10 minutes of downtown Amherst, 15 minutes to downtown Northampton, this tent is the perfect base camp to access all that this region has to offer. Flea markets and farmers markets on the weekends, malls, museums and numerous restaurants in the area should you decide to venture out for a bite to eat. Holland Glen, a popular hiking spot with waterfalls and swimming holes is a quick 3-minute drive to the trail head. It is an easy 1-mile ride to the start of the Norwotuck Rail Trail a paved bike path through wetlands and rolling farmland. Or simply stay put, unplug, and relax in one of the hammocks or enjoy our one of a kind wood-fired hot tubs! Our guests are welcome to wander around our little homestead have your coffee in the pollinator patch and watch the hummingbirds, butterflies and bees do their thing. Feed the chickens, then nibble your way through our berry patches, fruit trees and gardens and experience what it is like to live simply in New England. Cook a meal over the fire - we will provide the cast iron pans and dishes if needed. Learn more about this land: A private campsite on the edge of a woodland forest. Deer roam free and you will surely hear the coyotes call at night. Centrally located within minutes of Amherst and Northampton, this tent is the perfect base camp to this vibrant region. Relax in the hammock with a good book, play a rowdy game of corn hole, sip your coffee in our pollinator patch, tell stories by the campfire or rent our projector for the night for a fun in-tent movie!
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Turtle Bend Farm

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents32 acres 路 Russell, MA
30+ Acres of coy south-facing slope nestled in the Berkshire foothills of Western MA. Right along the Westfield River, glorious views of rolling hills and cows and sheep frolicking in their pasture abound! This mid-century horse farm property is being transitioned into a perennial plant nursery with a focus on delicious fruits, pollinator flowers and medicinal herbs - with silvopasture cows, sheep and more under
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Quentin B.鈥檚 Land

1 site 路 Lodging1 acre 路 Monterey, MA
Lake Garfield was named after President Garfield and was where he had his summer house. My place is the original boatshed of the house. The treehouse was built 15 years ago as a sleepout to watch the stars. It's a pretty quiet Lake up in the mountains of the Berkshires and sits at 1200feet so the nights get a little crisp which makes for a great night's sleep.
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Blueberry Orchard By The Pond

1 site 路 RV, Tent35 acres 路 Chester, MA
We can accommodate tents, cars, vans and RV's! Map of the property is in the photos.聽Drive down a gravel road to reach the blueberry patch, pull into the site, close the gate and you have 20+ acres for yourself, with great hiking, mushroom foraging and trails to explore nearby. There are several Falls and other water聽spots nearby (20 min drive)
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Black Rabbit Farm

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents10 acres 路 Southwick, MA
Black Rabbit Farm is not only a beautiful oasis, but a fully operational 10 acre farm. Situated at the foot of the Berkshires, the farm is home to a small orchard, vineyard, and garden space. We take pride in creating a sustainable environment for all our production, based on what the land has to offer. Small greenhouse spaces create year-round production. Rocky hillside will develop a significant "terroir" for our grapes. Even adopted cats prowl the fields to reduce small animal populations. The views are to die for and the easy access to Rte 91 and the Mass Pike will make your trip an easy one for all involved. Visit our gallery farmstore, open Friday-Sunday, and find local punk crafts, clothing, cut flowers, heirloom vegetables, CBD products, and more!
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Atland Artist Residency

5 sites 路 Lodging, Tents41 acres 路 West Chesterfield, MA
Over 40 acres of solitude tucked in the hilltowns of the western Massachusetts Berkshires -- boasting warm sunrises over the distant hills, lush forest for hiking and meandering river frontage on Bronson Brook and walking distance to the Westfield River to wade and soak in the cool mountain water or fish for native trout! The cabin and camping sites are located in beautiful trails that were created around the main home -- an architect designed masterpiece boasting a wonderful asian influence yet handcrafted from the very timberstock off the land on which it sits lending a refined rustic twist. 25 Min to Northampton and 10 min to the Berkshires! You can hike or bike to the best swimming holes around and camp within our beautiful forested hills of hemlock, birch, maple, and wildflower meadow. If you're into kayaking/canoeing/tubing/hiking/fishing, then this is the perfect space for you. Come escape and breathe in our cool clean mountain air :)
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Mount Airy Hill

1 site 路 Tent40 acres 路 Becket, MA
In the beautiful Berkshire hills situated on 40 acres is a spectacular woodland to spend time camping! The campsite is situated adjacent to a trickling creek with a campfire and natural beauty all around you. Across the street from the property is a fantastic lake, the Appalachian Trail is a short drive away, and the property is located 120 miles north of New York City and 120 miles west of Boston
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Sunflower Retreat

1 site 路 Lodging2 acres 路 Cummington, MA
A humble, 2-acre vegetarian family micro farm. Home to our family of five, 2 cats, 2 rabbits聽and sixteen chickens. Beautiful, established flower gardens, fruit trees and veggies. This is also home to Sunflower Yoga & Mindfulness where yoga and meditation are taught. The cabin is nestled in the 1 acre of woods behind our home, protected by large old pines and surrounding acres of forest. Home to many songbirds, woodpeckers, raven, deer, porcupine and the occasional black bear. A true retreat.Small, rustic cabin with electricity in the woods behind our home in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. You are just 300 feet from the house, but while in the woods you will have complete privacy. The woods are filled with songbirds and there is a small platform for meditation. There is no wifi in the cabin, so enjoy the ability to disconnect from it all while connecting within. The hilltown region is rich with rivers and lakes for swimming, boating and fishing and forests for hiking. We are just 30 min to Northampton and 45min-1hour from the many cultural offerings of the Berkshires.Learn more about this land:Small, rustic cabin with electricity in the woods behind our home in the hilltowns of Western Massachusetts. You are just 300 feet from the house, but while in the woods you will have complete privacy. The woods are filled with songbirds and there is a small platform for meditation. There is no wifi in the cabin, so enjoy the ability to disconnect from it all while connecting within. The hilltown region is rich with rivers and lakes for swimming, boating and fishing and forests for hiking. We are just 30 min to Northampton and 45min-1hour from the many cultural offerings of the Berkshires.
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Hammock Hallows

1 site 路 Tent2 acres 路 Belchertown, MA
Your private campsite is on the edge of a mixed-wood forest. Deer roam free and you will surely hear the call of coyotes and owls at night. Centrally located within 10 minutes of downtown Amherst, 15 minutes to downtown Northampton, this tent is the perfect base camp to access all that this region has to offer. Flea markets and farmers markets on the weekends, malls, museums and numerous restaurants in the area should you decide to venture out for a bite to eat. Holland Glen, a popular hiking spot with waterfalls and swimming holes is a quick 3-minute drive to the trail head. It is an easy 1-mile ride to the start of the Norwotuck Rail Trail a paved bike path through wetlands and rolling farmland. Or simply stay put, unplug, and relax in one of the hammocks or enjoy our one of a kind wood-fired hot tubs! Our guests are welcome to wander around our little homestead have your coffee in the pollinator patch and watch the hummingbirds, butterflies and bees do their thing. Feed the chickens, then nibble your way through our berry patches, fruit trees and gardens and experience what it is like to live simply in New England. Cook a meal over the fire, relax in the hammock and listen to the sounds of nature!
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$48
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The best camping near Tolland State Forest guide

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About

Ease your lakeside needs at Tolland State Forest. Smack dab in the middle lies the Otis Reservoir, a 1,065 acre lake ideal for spendin鈥 a lazy day on the boat fishing 鈥榯il the sun goes down. For those that like to put on their game face, hunting for turkey, bear, and deer is also available in season. For daytrippers check out the wooded picnic area equipped with public boat launch, a sandy beach, and the promise of a good freakin鈥 day! If you enjoy sleeping under tented roof then you鈥檒l want to experience their unique campground on a lakeside peninsula. Many sites are waterfront so come stay the night or a bunch! Can鈥檛 beat overlooking a foggy lake while sippin鈥 your espresso in the A.M.!

Notable campgrounds

  • Lakeside Campground: Wake up to the serene views of Otis Reservoir and enjoy easy access to water activities.
  • Forest Campsites: Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the woods with spacious sites for tents and RVs.
  • Beachside Sites: Relax on the sandy shores with campsites that offer a perfect blend of sun and shade.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak summer weekends, as spots fill up quickly.
  • Consider mid-week camping for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Have flexible dates ready to increase your chances of securing a reservation.
  • Explore nearby camping options to maximize your adventure in the Massachusetts wilderness.

When to go

The prime time to visit Tolland State Forest is from mid-May to mid-October, aligning with the camping season. Summer offers warm days perfect for water activities, while fall brings a spectacular display of foliage. Winter visitors can enjoy cross-country skiing, though some facilities may be limited.

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast and prepare for New England's variable conditions.
  • Remember, no alcohol is permitted, ensuring a family-friendly atmosphere.
  • Keep dogs on-leash and note that they are not allowed on the beach.
  • Be aware that there are no ADA accessible facilities currently available.
  • Secure a parking pass in advance, especially if visiting between May 14 and Labor Day.

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