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Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a popular beachfront campground located in Westport, Massachusetts, providing a scenic oceanfront camping experience. It's known for its beautifully long and sandy beach, which is a part of Buzzards Bay. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing.

Camping Information

  • Campsite Types: Horseneck Beach State Reservation offers more than 100 campsites, primarily for RV camping, although there are facilities for tents as well. The campground offers electric hookups at certain sites, but sewer and water hookups are generally not provided.

  • Reservations: It's highly advisable to make reservations in advance, especially if you plan to camp during peak season (summer). Reservations can typically be made up to six months in advance.

  • Fees: There are fees for camping which are subject to change. Always check the current rates before planning your trip.

  • Amenities: The campground provides basic amenities such as restrooms, showers, and a dumping station. There are limited concessions within the park, so come prepared with necessary supplies.

Recreational Activities

  • Beach Activities: With two miles of beachfront, visitors can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, and beach games. The beachfront is also a good place for kite flying due to the steady breezes.

  • Fishing and Boating: The surrounding waters of Buzzards Bay offer excellent opportunities for fishing and boating. Make sure to follow Massachusetts fishing regulations and have the necessary permits.

  • Hiking and Wildlife Viewing: While mainly known for its beach, the reservation also provides opportunities for hiking and observing local wildlife, including a variety of bird species.

Rules and Regulations

  • Alcohol Policy: Alcohol is prohibited on the beach and in the campground.

  • Pets: Pets are generally not allowed in the campground during the high season (typically Memorial Day to Labor Day). Outside of these dates, pets may be permitted but must be leashed and cannot be left unattended.

  • Quiet Hours: Like many campgrounds, Horseneck Beach enforces quiet hours, usually from 10 PM to 7 AM.

  • Fire Regulations: Due to the risk of fire, campfires might be restricted or prohibited, especially directly on the beach. Campers should use designated fire rings or grills and never leave fires unattended.

  • Trash and Recycling: Campers are expected to keep their site clean and use designated trash and recycling receptacles.


  • Transportation: The campground is accessible by car, and parking is available. Be aware that there is typically a daily parking fee for vehicles.

  • Facilities for the Disabled: Horseneck Beach State Reservation has facilities that are accessible to individuals with disabilities, including some restrooms and showers.

Weather and Safety

  • Weather Considerations: The weather can be unpredictable, so it's wise to pack for all conditions, including rain and wind. Fog can also be common in the area.

  • Safety Concerns: Always heed warnings about beach conditions, such as riptides or jellyfish. It's also important to secure your food to avoid attracting wildlife to your campsite.

Contact Information and Location

  • Website and Reservations: Visit the official Massachusetts state parks reservation website for the most current information and to make reservations.

  • Physical Address: Horseneck Beach State Reservation, 5 John Reed Road, Westport, MA 02790

  • Phone Number: For questions, to check conditions, or in case of emergency, campers should have the contact number for the park (which can be found on the park's website or through directory assistance).

Visitors should always check for the most recent information prior to their camping trip as policies, fees, and regulations can change.

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