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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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Salamander Hollow Healing Habitat

4 sites 路 Lodging17 acres 路 Warwick, MA
Best HipCamp Massachusetts 2023 Best HipCamp USA Finalist 2023 Best HipCamp Massachusetts Finalist 2022 THERE IS WIFI, PRIVATE HOT SHOWER and FLUSH TOILET. EXCEPT FOR THE RECENTLY ADDED TULLY 'THOREAU' ISLAND. Salamander Hollow is a private, evolving honeybee and human being sanctuary on 17 acres of land abutting Massachusetts State Forest. We currently have a one-room, wood stove warmed, cozy sleeping loft for one or two - with two benches below on either side of room - for two sleeping bags; plus, a separate 22 foot Sioux tipi with two cots. There are two chairs in the tipi, which if removed at night, make floor room for four other sleeping bags. 'Forest Bathing' for miles! If you're a larger group booking Salamander Hollow main camp with its Sleeping Library, Tipi & Slovenian Beehive House, you might consider renting this additional Tiny Cabin want to entertain all in glamping style, utilizing its amenities; as well, providing another bathroom/shower and guest bedroom for those who prefer being indoors while in the great outdoors. Note that Kula Bata Tiny Cabin abuts the wheelchair accessible larger bathroom/shower which is available to those at the Salamander Hollow main camp, yet you are secluded with your own private entry points and private bathroom. A ten minute drive takes you to the parking area to hike up Tully Mountain. There is a grill, wood fired pizza oven, two fire pits and a hygienic Incinolet electric toilet on the property for night convenience, with small camp sinks for washing & teeth brushing. Take a short hike off the property to organic Chase Hill Farm for milk, eggs, seasonal veggies, grass fed meat and other goodies. Say hello to their cows, chickens, pigs, goats, pups and kids. Nestled across the road from Salamander Hollow is Timber Haven Farm, where you can schedule your pickup of bacon and eggs, while loading up on delicious Owl Energy Bars for your adventurous excursions. For those interested in the glamping side of camping, you will enjoy a remote rustic experience with a few creature comforts to keep you well read, clean and fed. Please bring your own bedding - pillows, sleeping bags, comforter, teddy bears.There is a wall mounted blue tooth car radio/CD player in Sleeping Library, so bring your pre-digital favorites. Classical CDs to listen to. Lots of eclectic books to peruse.Walkie talkies, a set of 4, are available upon request. Chess & poker sets, too. Electric 2-burner stovetop and griddle upon request. Bring fire-starters/newspaper for tinder. We suggest if you are staying more than a night or two in winter, you bring supplemental wood or we can direct you to a nearby stand. Next season, our own cut and split wood will be seasoned and available on site. We ask that you carry out trash and recyclables. An established Western facing four point sacred Medicine Wheel site being established on Askari Ridge - our name for the slope starting with the two fire pits - 'Askari' being Swahili for night guard. Here is where we envision a great touch-point area for those leading groups to be for a base-camp by day or night, where eventually a multi-use tenting platform/performance stage will be constructed for outdoor entertainment, creating an authentic 'stadium style' seating on the hill. You will see on your way up to Salamander Hollow main clearing - the Kula Bata Tiny Kabin on the left of the dirt road- now available to rent with its small guest room for two, infrared sauna, hot shower, kitchenette, dishwasher and laundry.
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Winimusett Farm

4 sites 路 Lodging, RVs, Tents28 acres 路 New Braintree, MA
Enjoy a tranquil weekend at Winimusett Farm, a 28 acre retreat on a nursery farm with 4 ponds, many streams and rolling fields. Stay in an off grid cozy cabin in the woods that can accommodate 2 people. Additional tent space available. The cabin includes a solar powered battery pack for charging electronics, queen mattress, wood stove, outdoor fire pit, deck and a private outhouse. Hike up to the cabin, it鈥檚 a 4 minute walk from where you park. In addition to our cozy cabin we also offer 2 other private camp sites for guests to enjoy. See other listings for those sites.
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Rosy Goat Farm

1 site 路 RV, Tent13 acres 路 Gilbertville, MA
Welcome to Rosy Goat Farm!! We are the quintessential family farm/homestead, our farmhouse was built in the 1840鈥檚 Bill and I bought this 15-acre property in 2012, It was overgrown with wild roses. We have worked with a limited budget, and used animals to clear the land. The goats love the roses, but they only eat the leaves. The pigs dig the roses up. Chickens rake it clean. Win win! Very interesting place here- lots to tell you, there鈥檚 quite a list of things to do and see around here! Did you know that Gilbertville has a covered bridge? It is one of the last covered bridges still in use in Massachusetts! First- a touch of History: Rev. Timothy Ruggles bought this land from the Native Americans for his family to live on, and work the land. His son, Brigadeer General Timothy Ruggles became unpopular after he introduced the Stamp Act, and was banished to Nova Scotia. His daughter Bathsheba became the first woman executed in the United States for the murder of her husband Joshua Spooner. (There鈥檚 a book about it called Murdered by his wife by Deborah Navas.) Want to know local eateries? For breakfasts and lunch there is The Whistle Stop diner, it was a former Boston & Albany Railroad station and now, The Mass Central Rail Trail runs through here; and Rose 32, a well known bakery that serves tea, coffee and sandwiches. There鈥檚 Hardwick house of Pizza- for tasty pizza and subs, which also serves beer. Feeling fancy? Try Hardwick Crossing Country Club (features a golf course), it has a restaurant with a full-service bar, gorgeous scenery! Its a 3 minute drive from here Mimi鈥檚 for your morning coffee and lunch, yum! Also check out Stone Cow Brewery in Barre -has a kids play area while you wait for your meal! Ware has Mexicali Grill, Theresa鈥檚 Restaurant for Italian foods, Hanna Devine鈥檚 for traditional American cuisine, and, Pig Park BBQ for comfort food! Farmer Mat in North Brookfield has take out meals- there are picnic tables available, beautiful views. Things to do: You can kayak, and fish, at Swift River in Belchertown. Hardwick is the home of the oldest agricultural fair in the US, held every year in August, and, every Sunday there鈥檚 a small farmers market on the common. Hardwick also has a winery- Hardwick Vineyard and Winery, and, check out Lost Towns brewery- the name is a throwback to the 4 towns that were submerged to create the Quabbin Reservoir! Medicine River Pow Wow is In August here in Gilbertville. River Run. The East Quabbin Land Trust has birdwatching and fabulous views, and the Central Mass Bike trail entrance is located here. Bike it or hike it! Quabbin Reservoir is close by for boating and fishing. There are free concerts in Grenville Park in Ware, (check for dates). Ware also has Janine鈥檚 Frostee ice cream and fast foods- and live music on weekend nights! Also check out these on line: Ragged Hill orchard and Rock House Reservation in West Brookfield, and Carter and Stevens farm in Barre, and the Leicester, and Mendon movie drive-in鈥檚. Old Sturbridge village is 30 minutes away. Lake Siog in Holland has a lovely picnic area and beach for swimming. (30 mins South from here) Isn鈥檛 this area great or what?!
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Estate of Mind

13 sites 路 RVs, Tents25 acres 路 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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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 Terrasphere

7 sites 路 Tents150 acres 路 Sterling, CT
Coming soon! Enjoy all that our beautiful 150 acres mustang sanctuary has to offer. Over five miles of trails, seasonal blueberry and huckleberry picking, and one-of-a-kind experiences like hiking along side our free roaming herd of formerly wild mustangs, explore the property on our off road safari tours, yoga in our dome and more! We hope to open bookings in April of 2024, but check out our website and sign up for our email list for updates: wildridect.org/email
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Holiday Hill

3 sites 路 RVs, Tents30 acres 路 Mansfield, CT
A century old chicken farm that was turned into a summer day-camp and outdoor recreation center in 1958. Currently it hosts about 500 happy campers every summer and events on the weekends.
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Rehovot Glen

2 sites 路 Tents11 acres 路 Southbridge Town, MA
Rehovot Glen is an 11 acre property that consists of a group of small valleys, or glens, that flow down from the rear of the property to the brook that runs along it鈥檚 length; the brook flows over a set of small falls before dividing and flowing into wetlands. The setting allows for many camping spots while maintaining a sense of privacy. Located close to the start line for the PMC, and a short distance from the Mid State Trail and other hiking and biking trails, as well as state parks and recreation areas for fishing swimming and boating.
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Skunk Hollow

1 site 路 Lodging30 acres 路 Ashford, CT
Secluded 30 acre lot with 3 cabins, two for sleeping and one is a kitchen cabin, fire pit and outhouse. Pond with paddle boat and brook on site. Access to hiking trails along the brook onto public land trust. Close to Brimfield, Westford hill distillery, Fenton Ruby wildlife reserve and other state parks. Enjoy dark nights and peaceful surroundings
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Purgatory Valley Farm

14 sites 路 RVs, Tents30 acres 路 Whitinsville, MA
A newly established Farm features rare and endangered poultry of all kinds. Goats and rabbits attached to hiking and hiking mountain biking and ATV trails. Beautiful wooded land with a wild blueberries, raspberries and strawberry plants growing wild situated between two streams. Purgatory Chasm State Reservation is just up the road and terrific for all outdoor activities including rock climbing and caving
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Peaceful Convenience

2 sites 路 Lodging2 acres 路 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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The best camping near Wells State Park guide

Overview

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Lover of good old fashion outdoor adventures? You will certainly find plenty at the 1,400-acre woodland area that makes up Wells State Park. The main go to鈥檚 here are camping and hiking, with plenty of forested havens to pitch your tent. Walker Pond is a scenic beauty that must be checked out if you crash here鈥攜ou can enjoy tranquil fishing, peaceful pond wading, or secluded canoeing along the calm waters. Summer evenings are the perfect time to gather the whole crew around a campfire and enjoy the natural beauty that central Massachusetts has to offer. All you avid hikers will love the more than 10 miles of trails that criss cross throughout the park. Make sure you include the route leading to the scenic outlook at Carpenter Rocks on your list for some spectacular views to round out the trip.

Notable campgrounds

  • Walker Pond Campsites - A picturesque camping experience with easy access to water activities.
  • Carpenter Rocks Campsites - Elevated sites providing stunning views and proximity to hiking trails.
  • Mill Pond Trail Campsites - Accessible camping options amid serene forest settings.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early, especially for peak summer weekends, to secure your ideal campsite.
  • Consider visiting during the week for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellation policies for last-minute openings.
  • Explore nearby camping options if Wells State Park is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Wells State Park is from May 14 to Labor Day when the park is fully operational. Off-season visits offer solitude but with limited amenities. Avoid peak holidays if you prefer a quieter experience, and always check weather conditions before your trip.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's operating hours, sunrise to sunset, before planning your visit.
  • Parking fees apply from May 14 to Labor Day; MA residents pay $5, non-MA residents $20.
  • Alcohol is prohibited, and all dogs must remain on-leash throughout the park.
  • Some facilities, including restrooms and the nature center, may be closed, so plan accordingly.
  • Accessible trails and camping options are available, ensuring all visitors can enjoy the park.

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