Wells State Park in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, is located near Walker Pond. RVers will enjoy the shaded, 1,400-acre woodland park because of the northern hardwood, eastern white pine, and oak-hickory trees that create a dense forest perfect for camping, hiking, and an overall peaceful and relaxing experience.
Wells State Park is located 64 miles southwest of Boston, Massachusetts, but it is also easily accessible from neighboring states. Campers can get to the park from Hartford Connecticut in approximately 46 miles, and just under 60 miles from Providence, Rhode Island.
Visitors mainly come to the park for the camping and hiking experiences, but during the seasonal months, the recreational activities and interpretive programs provide guests with so much more. During the park’s regular camping season, from early May through mid-October, the park continuously adds family-friendly events, so check with the park office before your visit to see what’s happening during your stay. In addition to the other park activities, campers should visit Old Sturbridge Village. The village is five miles away, and it is a nationally-renowned living history museum. Visitors can learn about what life was like in a New England village in and around the early 1800s.
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Transportation in Wells State Park
In state and out-of-state guests must pay a daily parking fee from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Prices vary depending on your state of residency. The park accepts cash, credit, and debit card.
The park operates from sunrise to sunset. Check with the park for exact operating times.
Campers and visitors bringing pets must provide a current copy of rabies vaccination upon entering the park.
Visitors who are coming to the park from either the east or the west on the Massachusetts Turnpike, Route 90, will take the Sturbridge exit. Follow Route 20 east to the Route 20 and Route 49 intersection and turn left onto Route 49 north. The park entrance is the third left off of Route 49 north.
Campgrounds and parking in Wells State Park
Campsites in Wells State Park
Wells State Park Campground
Wells State Park Campground is a seasonally-operated, multi-use campground for RVs, tents, group and yurt camping. The pull through and back-in gravel driveways accommodate RVs and trailers from 15 to 30 feet, and some of the sites have views of the water. There are no hookups at this park, but each space has a picnic table and a fire ring, and comfort stations featuring flush toilets and hot showers located throughout the campground. The dumping station is permanently closed. Contact the park office for information on the closest dump station. Quiet hours are 10:00 pm to 7:00 am. All generators must remain off during these hours. Campers who need medical accommodations can speak to the park office about extended generator use. Campers wishing to bring pets must show proof of current rabies vaccination upon check-in.
Seasonal activities in Wells State Park
The trail system at Wells State Park provides a variety of experiences for hikers and bikers of all levels. The well-marked trails help visitors navigate the park quickly. The multi-use trails allow hikers and mountain bikers and the hiking trails are reserved for foot traffic only. The shortest path is just under a mile long, and the longest trail is five and a half miles in length. The Healthy Heart Trails are pathways and trails used for hiking and walking and are generally accessible for easy and moderate level difficulty walks. These trails, designated by a heart symbol, are intended for routine use to help build a healthy heart.
Campers can make use of the campers-only boat ramp, and spend time on Walker Pond. The park does not rent boats, but campers can bring motorized and non-motorized boats to spend time on the water fishing or exploring. The 104-acre pond's water has a brown hue and has dense aquatic weeds around most of the perimeter. Boaters should follow safe boating practices and have a US Coast Guard approved life preserver onboard for each person in the boat.
Special Programs and Events
The Massachusetts State Park system offers a variety of year-round special events for people of all ages and abilities. The programs vary from educational programs to nature activities and change seasonally, so there is always something to do and see. From holiday-themed events to bird walks and historical chats, check out the park’s calendar of events, or visit the state park’s website to see what kind of activities and classes are taking place during your visit.
Fishing is a favorite pastime at Wells State Park. Since the shoreline is generally weeded, many people bring boats with them to gain better access of the water. Walker Pond is a warm water lake, and fish like largemouth bass and chain pickerel are abundant. The lake also has white perch, yellow perch, and large bluegill fish. Warm weather and ice fishing make this pond a year-round place to catch fish. All people over the age of 15 must have a valid fishing license to fish in the freshwater pond.
The park’s facilities provide campers and day-use visitors access to many recreational activities as well as the necessary comforts to spend the day outside in nature. As an excellent incentive for campers, overnight guests have exclusive use of the park’s boat ramp and freshwater swimming beach, making an overnight stay even more appealing. The park also offers a covered pavilion, charcoal grills, a nature center, and restrooms and showers to make the stay even more comfortable. Spend the day outside, and take advantage of the park’s facilities.
If you crave wintertime adventure, then take to the trails when they are covered in snow. Bring your snowmobile to the park and set out on a snow-filled adventure. The park does not rent snowmobiles, but visitors can find rentals nearby. Always follow Massachusetts state laws when operating a snowmobile, and use safe riding practices on the trails to keep yourself and others safe. Before venturing out, prepare yourself for emergencies and inclement weather. See the state’s website for more information on winter activities.