Callahan State Park was officially established in 1970 and was named to honor a distinguished Massachusetts community leader, Raymond J. Callahan, who had recently passed away. Raymond was not only a prolific writer for the local paper but also served as a board member and leader in various community groups in Framingham, earning the nickname of “Mr. Framingham.” Upon the park’s opening, it had around 435 acres, but the state of Massachusetts purchased some more acreage, increasing it to nearly a thousand acres. It has a dog park with a small pond for dogs to frolic and swim in.
The closest large town is Framingham, which is a thriving Boston suburban community with large shopping centers, hospitals, and museums for visitors to explore. Many of the community centers, such as the Framingham Community Theater, were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s as a part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal program. Search for an RV in Middlesex County, MA, and get ready for a memorable RV camping trip.
Encompassing nearly 1,000 acres, Callahan State Park is a little pocket of wilderness in the Boston suburbs. There are over seven miles of multi-use trails for hikers and outdoor adventurers to explore, and people are welcome to veer off-trail for additional recreational fun. The trails are dog-friendly, too, although they must be leashed. Photographers and nature lovers hit the park extremely early or late in the day. With some quiet, a little luck and patience, wildlife will emerge from the woods for a drink of water to forage for greens. Minks, fisher cats, foxes, and coyotes are known to dwell in these woods, and on occasion, small herds of white-tailed deer run through the park as they move from woodlands to woodlands.
One of the trails connects with Bay Circuit Trail, which is a 200-mile long trail connecting Boston to Kingston Bay, MA. The trail passes by various landmarks like poet Thoreau’s Walden Pond, Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, and Minute Man National Historical Park. The Bay Circuit Trail is largely dirt, but there are a few sections that are paved, allowing for wheelchair access.
Camping at Callahan State Park
Skip enduring noisy hotel neighbors by renting an Airstream and retreating into the woods. In the suburbs of Boston, there are very few campgrounds. However, with a little driving time, there are several options within 30 miles. Circle CG Farm Campground in Bellingham, MA, is a family-friendly campground that has been run by the same family for two generations. It boasts several fun community activities, miniature golf, bocce and shuffleboard courts, and a petting zoo. There are several amenities like full hookups, an on-site gas station, laundromat, and WiFi.
Alternatively, RV camp at Boston Minuteman Campground in Littleton. Set in rustic woods, the idyllic RV camping experience is made complete by roasting s’ mores over a fire pit that each site has, a swimming pool, and an outdoor gaming area. Additional amenities like full hookups and heated bathrooms, add a small degree of comfort, too.
Exploring the Area
Although the bustling, historic city of Boston is tantalizing close, don’t overlook the small towns which are equally rich in history and charm. Exploring them all is made easy by renting a motorhome. Many towns operate small museums or historical societies that detail the town’s history and culture. American Heritage Museum, found in Hudson, MA, delves into America’s military history, displaying various equipment and tools used in wars and conflicts that started with the Revolutionary War all the way up to the “War on Terror.”
For a dose of culture and art, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum display several modern and contemporary sculptures in a small park outside the museum. The museum highlights American artists by hanging their paintings, prints, and other forms of art on the walls.
Head out of town in a rental RV and embark on a wine tour of Massachusetts. Grapevines thrive in the rich, nutritious soil found in this state, and there are several boutique wineries scattered about. The Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton, MA, is an award-winning wine producer. Tastings and tours of the grounds are available daily (reservations are encouraged due to the small tasting room). Though Nabosha Valley Wine has a good assortment of red and white wines, they specialize in ports and varietals.
Enjoy the slower pace of life by using a travel trailer rental as a quiet retreat from the busy suburbs. Rent a camper today and enjoy Callahan State Park with family and friends.