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If you’re the outdoor type who loves hiking and sleeping underneath the stars, you’re probably wondering which campgrounds are currently open. Here is a list of the five best campgrounds that are just a stone‚Äôs throw away from Boston and are ready for you to visit today.

Camp Nihan Education Center

131 Walnut Street, Saugus, MA | 14 mi. from Boston | Call for pricing

This environmental education center offers free programs for schools and nonprofit organizations to experience the woodlands, marshes, and ponds. Come explore this kid-friendly campsite and experience 65 acres of natural beauty.

 

Wompatuck State Park

204 Union Street, Hingham, MA | 21 mi. from Boston | $17 for MA resident

Just south of Boston in the sea-swept town of Hingham, you’ll find 3,500 acres of state-owned forest, trails, and campgrounds. As a hidden bonus, climb to Mt. Blue Spring and quench your thirst with the free spring water that has been in operation since the 19th century.

 

Harold Parker State Forest

133 Jenkins Road, Andover, MA | 22 mi. from Boston |$17 for MA resident

Established in 1916, this publicly owned forest features 35 miles of backwoods trails and relics of 18th century farming and milling operations.

 

Salisbury Beach State Reservation

1 Beach Rd, Salisbury, MA | 45 mi. from Boston | $14 parking for MA resident

Overlooking where the Merrimack River feeds into Atlantic Ocean, the views from Salisbury Beach alone are worth the price of admission. During WWII the park was used as a coastal defense site, but today you’re more likely to spot a harbor seal sunning itself on the rocks.

 

Myles Standish State Forest

194 Cranberry Road, Carver, MA | 46 mi. from Boston | $8 parking for MA resident

Located in Plymouth and Carver, Myles Standish is one of the largest publicly owned recreation areas in Massachusetts. The 15 miles of paved bicycle trails were named one of Massachusetts Department of Travel’s 1000 great places in Massachusetts.