Get lost in the woods with your pupper in October Mountain, Massachusetts' largest state forest! The dense forest is home to many different creatures and offers a plethora of plants to look at. October Mountain doesn't just draw nature-lovers, as thrillseekers love this area as well for its vast terrain, including the Schermerhorn Gorge, which is as beautiful as it is fascinating!
You'll find 44 campsites at this facility suitable for tents and campers up to 34 feet in length. Be prepared to get in touch with the forest as there are no hookups provided, though a dump station can be accessed on-site. If you live in the state, you'll only have to pay $17 per night to stay here, but expect to dish out $27 if you're not a Massachusetts local. Three yurts are also up for grabs if that is more your style of camping, but four-legged buddies are not allowed to stay in these structures.
During your time in the forest, don't miss out on the Gorge Trail as it will lead you and your pooch right to Schermerhorn. The Appalachian Trail cuts through the forest as well, providing ample opportunities for some of the best hiking in the state. OHV-ing is a big activity here, and all that you need to participate is a free permit. Fishing, canoeing, and kayaking are other favorite pastimes in this forest, so be sure to check out the October Mountain Reservoir for these activities.
Fur-babies are welcome on the campground, provided they stay on a lead that is 10 feet or shorter at all times. As always, please clean up after your doggo during your stay and never leave them unattended. There are black bears in the forest, so keep this in mind when out on hikes, and only store food and toiletries hidden in your vehicle.
For a wild getaway in Massachusetts, look no further than October Mountain State Forest.