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Camping in Shawme-Crowell

What to Bring

Tent   Sleeping bags
Sleeping pads   Stove
Flashlight   Insect repellent
Food   Cooking gear
Matches   Plastic bags for
Sunglasses   Sunscreen (in
Hat (in summer)    


From Boston, take route 95 South, then
Route 3 South
Continue on to route 6 after the Sagamore bridge and take exit 1
Turn right on Sandwich road/route 6A
Turn right at a fork on Main Street (sign for Shawme Crowell State Forest)
Entrance is less than a mile away on the
  Good to know in advance
Open from Jan 01, 2004 to Oct 10, 2004

Check-in time: 4 pm-10 pm; check out time 11 am

A small store carries the essential gear
(basic food staples, camping gear and gas canisters)
Pets on leash at all times; clean up after
your pet
Alcoholic beverages prohibited

ID Card

Overall rating: Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating
Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 1 hour 15 minutes
  Duration: Weekend

$12 per night

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Shawme-Crowell State Park is situated on Cape Cod right next to the Sagamore Bridge. Less known than it famous counterpart, Nickerson State Park, it is also smaller, less crowded and closer to Boston - even in the summer you can reach it in about an hour from the Hub.

Shawme-Crowell is the best place for no-hassle weekend on the Cape: by avoiding traffic on the single lanes of Route 6 further down the road and the long drive up to Provincetown, you can spend less time in the car and more time outside.

Though the campground is in a forest, you are not far from the Cape Cod Bay and the air can turn quite salty depending on where the wind comes from.

Naturally, Shawme-Crowell is the best starting point for a ride on the bike path along the Cape Cod canal, which can be reached in Sandwich, a mile or so away from the campground. Other outdoor destinations nearby include the long beach of Sandy Neck, a few miles east on Route 6A, and the West Barnstable Conservation area, accessible through the service road alongside Route 6 from exit 3. The campground itself also features several trails in the forest. Combining several of these options over a full weekend is guaranteed to energize you for the next five days of work.

Depending on their location in the campground, sites vary from medium-sized to outright large, especially in the Area 1 - in some cases you are unlikely to even see your neighbors through the trees. Though Route 6 is not far, traffic noise is not a nuisance (unless your site is in the southern part of the Area 2, where you are closer to the road), and the staff is generally friendly and helpful.

A final advantage is that Shawme-Crowell is much less known than Nickerson State Park: even if you have not made a reservation, and if you can arrive early, you can probably land one of the first-come, first-served sites. Call a few hours in advance (508-888-0351) and check the occupancy with the staff.

You can make an advance reservation for the campground by calling 1-877-422-6762 or by visiting ReserveAmerica charges a $9.25 booking fee, and can process only stays of two nights or more.

Contact Information: Shawme-Crowell State Forest, P.O Box 621, Sandwich MA 02563, (508) 888-0351

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