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Camping in Harold Parker State Forest

What to Bring

Sleeping bags   Water
Sleeping pad   Cooking gear
Stove   Matches
Flashlight   Hiking shoes
Insect repellent   Food

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  From Boston, take I-93 north
  Take exit 41 to route 125 north
  After intersection with route 28, turn right after police station on Harold Parker road
Turn right on Jenkins road
  Entrance is less than 0.25 miles on the right (sign)
  Good to know in advance

Open from Apr 11, 2003 to Oct 12, 2003

  $10 per night per campsite (w/o electricity)
  Flush toilets and showers
  Advance reservation needed 5/23–9/1

Walk-in reservation available 9/2–10/13


4 people and 2 cars maximum per site


Check-in 1:00 PM–Check out 11:00 AM


Harold Parker State Forest: 1951 Turnpike Street, North Andover MA 01845, Tel (978) 686-3391

  Alcoholic beverages prohibited
  Dogs allowed on leash with proof of rabies vaccination (please clean up after your pet)
  Be quiet after dark and in early morning
  Stay on trails when hiking and biking
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Camping in Harold Parker State Forest

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Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 1 hour
  Duration: Weekend

$10 per night

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  What do our ratings mean?
Harold Parker is a large forest only 25 miles north of Boston—a great place to pitch your tent in the great outdoors without driving all the way up to New Hampshire. The area is not well known yet, and the forest rarely crowded— there were campsites available on weekends in the middle of August this year. All this makes for a relaxed atmosphere at the campground and on the trails.
The campground has 91 sites, most of them in the woods and therefore well shaded in the summer. Swimming is allowed in nearby Berry pond, and there is a great network of trails to explore the forest—check our Hiking in Harold Parker State Forest destination for hiking ideas. Mountain biking is authorized on several trailst—check with the Rangers at the campground to know which ones are open. Car traffic is generally light on the roads crossing the park, so you can also take your bike on the road to explore other parts of the forest.

In any case, take a free map at the campground to find your way more easily. You can also download it at www.state.ma.us/dem/parks/trails/HARP.pdf.

You can make an advance reservation for the campground by calling 1-877-422-6762 or by visiting www.reserveamerica.com.

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