Here are 5 state campgrounds within an hour of Boston for a quick weekend getaway


Take a TikTok tour of these special places before planning your next trip.

People enjoying Wompatuck State Park in Hingham. Lisa Irvin

How does a Boston resident balance in-person work while exploring the natural attractions Massachusetts has to offer? Here’s an idea: a camping weekend.

Recent return-to-work efforts have left most employees feel more sour than sweet because working in person makes it impossible to hide out in a distant Airbnb. So, for those who don’t have four hours to spare getting to Acadia National Park, here are 5 state parks within an hour of Boston.

Wompatuck State Park

Located near Hingham, approximately 52 minutes by car, Wompatuck State Park has paved bike paths, showers, a picnic area, and places to hitch a trailer or RV

Massachusetts residents can enjoy camping here for $17 a day. Non-residents pay $54.

A TikTok user posted a video of a “beautiful view of a gnarly 2 hour run” through the park.

Harold Parker State Forest

This national forest is a 38-minute drive from Boston. Other activities to combine with a night in a tent include canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, swimming and hiking.

Massachusetts residents can camp here for $17 a day. Non-residents pay $54.

Another TikTok user showed off what the park has to offer.

Camp Nihan Education Center

For local campers looking to get to know their campsite while avoiding driving too far, Camp Nihan Education Center is a 22 minute drive from Boston.

A TikTok user showed off the installations at night, calling them “spooky”.

The facilities are open on Friday and Saturday from July to August. It is described as “the perfect property” for groups of friends and families due to the group cabins available. These cabins contain bunk beds, tables, pellet stove, fridge and limited electricity.

Massasoit State Park

Massasoit State Park is known for its trails, but also has facilities for fishing, biking, non-motorized boating, canoeing, and kayaking. It will take you 55 minutes by car to reach the site.

A “daily reminder to get out” video shows the Massasoit trails and a small picnic area.

From the booking portal, Massachusetts residents pay $17 per night. Non-residents pay $54.

About an hour’s drive, Myles Standish State Forest offers swimming and horseback riding alongside the usual camping options. If campers are looking to get married at the site of their favorite outdoor trip, this can be arranged at Myles Standish. Three yurts are available on the site.

A 2021 video from the park showed a TikTok user on horseback.

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