Camping before or after your trip to Concord is a perfect way to round out your trip. Disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature – camping does a body (and mind) good. Researchers have linked outdoor activity to a decrease in depressive thoughts. Sleeping under the stars helps you get in touch with your natural circadian rhythms, a foundation for high quality sleep and health.

For campers exploring options, we recommend:

Booking a tent site through Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). There are  32 DCR sites around the state. Massachusetts DCR’s state parks, forests, and reservations offer a variety of locations.

DCR’s state park yurts are available at seven state parks, these circular dome-shaped dwellings are basically a heartier version of a tent, wrapped in canvas and supported by a wooden frame, with a skylight at the center of the domed “ceiling.”

Cabins are available at three DCR sites—the Mohawk and Savoy State Forests in the Berkshires, and Camp Nihan Environmental Education Camp near Saugus (a special-use permit is required to rent a cabin here.)

Enjoy DCR programs and events, from scavenger hunts, free Friday night flicks, hikes, and self-guided family adventures.

Here are some other places to camp around Concord:

  • Spacious Skies Minuteman Campground, Littleton, Ma.
  • Blue Hills Reservation, Milton, Ma.
  • Boston Harbor Islands, Boston, Ma.
  • Hanscom AFB FamCamp (Authorized patrons include Active Duty Military, Reserves, Retirees, DoD Cardholders, and their families)
  • Harold Parker State Forest,North Andover, Ma.
  • Pearl Hill State Park, West Townsend, Ma.
  • Willard Brook State Forest, West Townsend, Ma.
  • Muller Park,  Bedford, N,H.
  • Wompatuck State Park, Hingham, Ma.
  • Kings Family Campground, Sutton, Ma.
  • Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury, Ma.