Get your beloved fur-baby back to nature at Mohawk Trail State Forest in Massachusetts. These dense woods offer the perfect spot to recharge from the busyness of everyday life. Right through this forest flows the Cold River, where you and your canine compadre can splash about during the warmer months of the year.
The facilities here are equipped with 59 campsites, 6 of which are only accessible by foot. Be prepared to truly unplug, as no hookup options are provided in the park. A group site is available if you prefer to camp with your friends and family by your side, and 6 cabins stay open year-round for those brave enough to venture into the woods when the snow flies! Keep in mind that these structures do not allow our four-legged friends inside, so stick to summer camping if you'd like Fido to come along.
To enter the forest, you'll have to shell out $5 for a parking permit if you're local to the state and $10 if you aren't. Camping fees start at $17 for a basic site and jump to $27 if you're not from Massachusetts.
The river makes for the ideal place to spend your hot summer days whether you're going for a dip, paddling around on a kayak, or casting a line out to see what finned creature you can catch. We're sure your pupper will be thrilled to join you for a hike on one of the forest's many trails -- including a trail that was used by Native American peoples thousands of years ago (and happens to be the source of the forest's name, too!).
All doggos visiting the forest will have to abide by a few simple rules during their stay. Be sure to keep your furry friend on their leash throughout your time here and, as always, remember to clean up whatever your pup may leave behind. It's also very important to keep your barky buddy close to you at all times, as bears frequent the campground. Food lockers are provided, as are trash receptacles, so make sure you use them to keep these big, hairy forest inhabitants off of your site.
To experience a different side of Massachusetts, why not spend some time at Mohawk Trail State Forest?