Wells State Park
Address: 159 Walker Pond Rd., Sturbridge MA 01566
Time from Boston: 1 hour, 10 minutes (63 miles)
Camping at Wells State Park
Let’s talk about yurts! Tent camping is nice, but sometimes you want something different. You want to bring a larger group of friends and you want to stay in a slightly more protected shelter than a simple fabric tent.
The 1400-acre Wells State Park in Sturbridge is one of a handful of Massachusetts state parks and forests that offers yurts for rent. The south central Mass park has only two yurts, so you’ll have to act quickly to nab them (reserve them here.)
One is considered a small yurt, suitable for up to four people, while the other is a large and can accommodate six people. The small yurt goes for $30 per night, while the large while set you back $40. Both have electricity.
If car or tent camping is more your thing, Wells Park has plenty to offer in that regard, with more than 50 campsites available. Take note: Most of the regular camping spots do not have electric hookups.
Many of the camping spots are centered around Walker Pond, which has a beach and swimming area. The rest of the park features woodlands and wetlands. The park also offers a basketball court, baseball field, swimming beach, and numerous trails. Among the many hiking opportunities is the chance to hike to the Carpenter’s Rocks scenic area.
Some campsites are better than others in terms of privacy and quiet. For reviews of specific site numbers, you can skim through several user reviews on Yelp.
Wells has an interesting interpretive program during the summer months, giving guests the opportunity to participate in guided walks, hikes, and evening campfire events.