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The original plat of Massachusetts land that would eventually become the center of Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge was, in fact, called Great Meadows by the locals as far back as the 17th century. In a marshy region, this meadow went untouched for decades because it was deemed too difficult to farm.

A resident, Samuel Hoar, purchased that meadow parcel, which was around 250 acres, in the early 1900s to use as his personal hunting property, and then donated it to the state of Massachusetts in 1944. Realizing the potential for having a wildlife refuge, Massachusetts began quietly buying up land around the meadow and officially established it as Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

The closest large town is Concord, about seven miles to the north. Concord is perhaps best known for its pivotal role in the American Revolution. It was the site of a conflict, the Battle of Lexington and Concord, also known as “the shot heard around the world,” which triggered the war.

Getting Outdoors

Bring waders. Of 3,600 acres, roughly 85% (3,060) are wetlands that border Sudbury River. An ornithologist's heaven, birdwatchers have recorded over 200 distinct species of birds, a few of which are threatened or endangered, that either nest in Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge or stop in the park on their biannual migratory trips. A shortlist of waterfowls include mallards, black ducks, blue-winged teal, and wood ducks. Shorebirds commonly include sandpipers, killdeer, great egrets, and great blue herons. Canada geese also frequently stop in this region in autumn and spring.

Hunting is permitted only during the appropriate seasons. The Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is open to waterfowl hunting, and all hunters must have the appropriate licenses and permits. Bow-hunting of white-tailed deer is also allowed.

Adventurers seeking drier lands for hiking fun, head over to one of the nearby state parks or state forests. The Callahan State Park, which covers nearly a thousand acres, has close to 15 miles of trails that wind and weave through dense woods. These trails are open to horseback riding and mountain biking, too.

Camping at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

A common reason people rent a travel trailer is to skip hotel stays and wake up surrounded by nature. Unfortunately, this close to Boston, there are many rules and policies that prohibit campgrounds and RV parks. There are a few options if one were to drive a little further out of the town.

One possible option is to RV camp in Littleton at the Boston Minuteman Campground. The campground boasts several amenities like full or partial hookups, WiFi, hot showers, and all sites come with a fire pit, perfect for roasting marshmallows over. Heads up: this campground is open only between May and October.

Another option is the Harold Parker State Forest RV campground. Near Andover, MA, the large campground has 89 sites, most of which are wooded, and restrooms with showers. Although there are no hookups, it does have an on-site dump station.

Exploring the Area

Boston is a natural destination for many visitors to Massachusetts and no wonder. Not only is the “Beantown” steeped in history, but there are also many modern art and cultural attractions to explore. The Museum of Fine Arts features a huge collection of art, ranging from neoclassical to contemporary American works. Stroll through the heart of Boston, where the founding fathers of the United States once walked.

The tradition of making beer, lagers, and ales is quite possibly one of the oldest in this country. There are several craft breweries in and around Boston. Quite possibly, the best-known brewery is Samual Adams, which was started in 1980 using a family recipe that was over a hundred years old. The Boston brewery facility is open to tours, and visitors can learn about the brewing process, as well as sample three beers.

The art of making wine, too, is an old tradition. There are several boutique wineries and vineyards on the fringes of Boston. Hop into an Airstream rental and find your favorite vintage. Nashoba Valley Winery in Bolton is an award-winning winery that has been producing fine varietals since the late 1980s. The winery is open to tastings and tours.

At the end of a long day of sightseeing and exploring, kick up your heels outside an RV rental, enjoy the warm, balmy evening by the crackle of a campfire, and the most amazing outdoor adventure you have ever had with friends and family.

RV Rentals in Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA

Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. Outdoorsy's Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

Security, for one. Outdoorsy helps protect RV owners and renters with excellent support and insurance options, and a secure platform for listings, communication, and payments. There are plenty of other reasons though, like roadside assistance, detailed listings, and a wide variety of RVs to choose from.

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What's around Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, MA


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Walden Pond State Reservation Walden Pond State Reservation, MA
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