Here are 5 state campgrounds less than an hour from Boston for a quick weekend getaway.


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

People enjoying Wompatuck State Park in Hingham. Lisa Irwin

How does a Boston resident balance personal work while exploring the natural amenities Massachusetts has to offer? Here’s an idea: a weekend camping trip.

Recent efforts to return to the office have left most employees feeling more sour than sweet, as personal work makes it impossible to settle into a faraway Airbnb. So for those who don’t have four hours to spare to drive to Acadia National Park, here are 5 state parks within an hour of Boston.

Wompatuck State Park

Located near Hingham, about a 52-minute drive away, Wompatuck State Park features paved bike paths, showers, a picnic area, and places to hook up an RV or RV.

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

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

Harold Parker State Forest

This state forest is a 38-minute drive from Boston. Other activities to combine with a night out 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 what the park has to offer.

Camp Nihan Educational Center

For local campers looking to learn more about their campsite while avoiding driving too far out of the way, Camp Nihan Education Center is a 22-minute drive from Boston.

One TikTok user showed off the facilities at night, calling them “creepy”.

The facilities are open Friday and Saturday from July to August. It is described as the “ideal facility” for groups of friends and family due to the available group cabins. These cabins contain bunks, tables, pellet stove, refrigerator and limited electricity.

Massasoit State Park

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

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

On the reservation portal, Massachusetts residents pay $17 per night. Non-residents pay $54.

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

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

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