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Overview of Erving State Forest

Erving State Forest, located in Franklin County, Massachusetts, offers outdoor enthusiasts a variety of recreational opportunities. The state forest covers more than 4,500 acres and features Laurel Lake, a popular spot for swimming, fishing, and boating.

Camping Information

Types of Camping Available:

  • Campgrounds: The forest offers a campground with sites that can accommodate tents and trailers. These sites typically include amenities like picnic tables and fire pits.
  • Group Camping: For larger parties, there may be group camping options, usually with a central fire pit and shared facilities.

Reservations and Fees:

  • Campsites often require reservations, especially during peak seasons. It's best to book your campsite well in advance through the official state parks reservation system.
  • Fees for camping vary, but daily rates are generally posted on the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) website. There may be different rates for Massachusetts residents and non-residents.

Campsite Amenities

Standard Amenities:

  • Drinking water
  • Restrooms with toilets
  • Showers facilities (usually with hot water)
  • Fire rings or grills
  • Picnic tables

Amenities Available in Some Campsites:

  • Electric hookups (for RVs/trailers)
  • Dump stations for RVs

Campground Rules and Regulations

General Rules:

  • Observe quiet hours, typically from 10 PM to 7 AM.
  • Keep your campsite clean and dispose of trash properly.
  • Follow fire safety guidelines, which may include restrictions during dry conditions.


  • Pets are often welcome but must be leashed at all times. Check specific rules regarding pets, as there might be restrictions for certain areas like beaches.


  • The use of alcohol may be prohibited in state parks and campgrounds. Confirm the regulations for Erving State Forest.

Vehicle Rules:

  • There may be a limit on the number of vehicles per campsite.
  • Parking is typically allowed only in designated areas.

Stay Limits:

  • There could be a maximum number of days you are permitted to stay consecutively at a campground.

Activities in Erving State Forest

Outdoor Activities Include:

  • Hiking: There are several hiking trails that offer various scenery and levels of difficulty.
  • Swimming: Enjoy Laurel Lake during the warmer months, with its designated swimming area.
  • Boating: Non-motorized boating is allowed on the lake. Kayaks and canoes are a common sight.
  • Fishing: The lake and streams are popular for fishing—check for Massachusetts fishing regulations beforehand.
  • Wildlife Watching: The forest is home to many species of birds and other wildlife.
  • Winter Sports: In winter, activities like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing could be available.


  • While some facilities and trails may be accessible to those with disabilities, it's important to check current condition and specific accessibility concerns prior to your visit.

Contact Information and Resources

Before planning your trip, it's critical to check the most up-to-date information regarding opening status, reservations, fees, and regulations. Contact the state forest directly or visit the Massachusetts DCR website for the latest details. Enjoy your camping experience at Erving State Forest responsibly and safely!

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