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  Escape to Tully Lake Campground
Escape to Tully Lake Campground

What to Bring

Tent   Tarp
Sleeping bags   Sleeping pads
Bug spray   Sun block
Flashlight   Stove
Food   Water
Cooking gear   Matches
Hiking boots   Hat
Sunglasses   Canoe
Bikes   Plastic bags for


From Boston: Take Route 2 West for about 60 miles to Exit 18
Turn left onto Route 2A toward Athol
From the intersection of Routes 2A and 32 north in Athol, cross the Miller's River Bridge and bear left following the signs on Route 32 north
Proceed about 4 miles, passing the Tully
Dam, then take a right onto Doane Hill Road
Proceed for a mile; Tully Lake Campground is on the right
  Good to know in advance
Campground is open 7 days a week from May 25 to September 3, and open on
weekends from September 7 to October 8

To reserve your site, call the campground at 978-249-4957

Reservations for holiday weekends
(Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and
Columbus Day) require a minimum stay of 3 nights; holiday reservations also require full payment of the campsite fee as the deposit to guarantee a site
Fee per night is $24 for four campers; $4
per night for each additional camper.
Waterfront sites: add $4 per night
Click here to download the campground
Maximum of two tents or eight campers
allowed per site
Tully Lake is a "walk in" campground: cars are kept in a parking area at entrance and you will carry, cart or canoe your gear to
your site (wheeled carts are provided)
Check out time 11:00 AM
Canoes and kayaks available for rent at the campground on an hourly or daily basis
Swimming is allowed in Tully Lake, but there is no formal beach area, and no lifeguard
Tully Lake Campground: 25 Doane Hill Road, Royalston, MA 01368; tel: 978-249-4957
Quiet hours: 10:00 pm-7:00 am
Fires must be confined to the fire grills
Alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs
strictly prohibited
Pets policy: pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length or otherwise physically
restrained; all pets prohibited in the
bathhouse; excessive noise or disturbance by pets will not be tolerated; pet owners
are responsible for cleaning up pet waste
An adult must accompany campers under 18

ID Card

Overall rating: Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating
Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 1.45 hours
  Duration: Weekend

$24 per night

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Set along the shores of a 200-acre lake, Tully Lake Campground in Royalston offers superb recreational opportunities in a beautiful natural setting, while still providing modern conveniences. You can make Tully your destination for a relaxing weekend and just paddle around Tully Lake, or use it as a base camp to explore nearby waterfalls, scenic overlooks, and miles of hiking and mountain bike trails, including the 18-mile Tully Trail.

The campground offers 35 well-spaced, walk-in tent-only campsites (see side bar), including 16 waterfront sites and two handicapped-accessible sites, each large enough to comfortably accommodate two tents. The coveted waterfront sites can be accessed by canoe, and some sites will offer you great fishing and swimming holes at your doorstep.

A key advantage of staying at Tully is the number of outdoors recreational opportunities available: you can rent a canoe or kayak at the campground (or bring your own) to go paddling or fishing on the 200-acre Tully Lake, Tully River, and Long Pond. There are also over seven miles of nearby mountain biking trails. If you prefer hiking, you can explore the 18-mile Tully Trail, which encircles the largely undeveloped Tully Valley. From the summit of Tully Mountain to the cascading waters of Doane's Falls, the trail connects some of the region's most scenic properties and views. Many of these properties are accessible via shorter hikes for those who are not sure they are up for the challenge of the full circuit.

In addition to these self-guided opportunities, many activities are scheduled during the summer at the campground. From guided hikes and edible plant walks to birding classes and the junior ranger program, these programs will bring you in contact with expert naturalists from the area. Inquire when making your reservation over the phone to know what is happening on the days you will camp.

The campground features a centrally located modern bathhouse with toilets, hot showers, drinking water, dish-washing basin, and pay phone. Each site features a picnic table, fireplace, and cooking grill; firewood and ice are sold onsite. A Ranger is on duty full-time during the season.

Tully Lake Campground is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and operated by The Trustees of Reservations.

Paddling Biking Mountaineering