Wompatuck Park campground

Wompatuck State Park
Address: 204 Union St., Hingham MA 02043
Phone: 781-749-7160
Time from Boston: 35 minutes (24 miles)
Website: www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-south/wompatuck-state-park.html

Camping at Wompatuck State Park

One of the closest campgrounds to the city of Boston is Wompatuck State Park, which boasts 3,526 acres of forests and wetlands, plus more than 250 campsites.

The state park sits a mere 24 miles from downtown Boston in Hingham, Massachusetts, so Wompatuck is an ideal option for anyone looking to get away from the city for a couple days without driving too far.

The parks features two separate camping areas, one with electric hookups and one without. Big RVs and trailers are welcome and frequently make use of the campgrounds. Camping season runs from early May to early October, with sites available for as little as $12 and firewood bundles available for $5.

One cool features of Wompatuck is Mt. Blue Spring, a fresh water spring that guests can drink from. The spring is just a short walk from the camping areas. Here’s a map of the entire state park grounds.

Wompatuck hiking trail

In addition to being a popular camping location, Wompatuck is a favorite among hikers, bicyclists, kayakers, and those who like to fish. There are 12 miles of paved biking trails in the park, and many more miles of unpaved wooded walking and hiking trails. In winter, cross-country skiers take to the trails once the snow takes over.

There’s some history associated with the park as well. It was named for the Native American Chief Wompatuck, who gave the land to the area’s English settlers back in 1665. During World War II and the Korean War, the park was used as a storage area for weapons and ammunition, and there’s an annual bike race that’s called the Landmine Classic in a nod to its history.

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