In eastern Massachusetts, midway between Worcester and Framingham and a few miles south of Marlborough, you’ll find one of the last remaining CCC camps in Massachusetts. Upton State Forest is 2,600 acres of wooded wonderland.
In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) began construction on Upton State Forest, and three years later, it was opened to the public. The CCC built a rec hall, two forest roads, picnic areas, and a giant dam that eventually made Dean Pond, which takes up ten acres of the park.
If you’re looking for a place in New England where you can experience the great outdoors, Upton State Forest has you covered. The perfect place to see some fascinating wildlife or get some exercise on a hiking or biking trail. Book an RV in Worcester County today and get your adventure started.
Upton State Forest is made up of many different habitats, including a sphagnum bog, vernal pools, uplands, and wetlands. This wide range of ecosystems is home to a large variety of animals. Deer, rabbits, raccoons, and turtles are just a few examples. That’s why wildlife viewing is so popular at Upton State Forest. Bring your camera or binoculars and see all your favorite woodland creatures in their natural habitat.
The hiking trails are probably the most popular outdoor activity at Upton State Forest. Hard-packed trails are perfect for hiking, biking, or even horseback riding. If you come during the winter months, you’ll find cross-country skiers and snowshoers occupying the trails as well.
With valid licenses, hunters are welcome to hunt game in the relevant season. Bobcats, deer, turkey, snowshoe hare, pheasant, and black bear are just a few of the animals you can find in Upton State Forest. So, suit up, lock and load, and go bag yourself a trophy.
Camping at Upton State Forest
There's no RV campground at Upton State Forest. However, you'll find a small selection of places nearby where you can park your RV rental. Consider Kings Family Campground. It’s only a short half-hour drive south of the forest and has over 1,200 feet of accessible beach on Lake Manchaug. You can purchase ice and firewood on-site. You’ll also have full hookups, Wi-Fi, and use of the commercial laundromat. There's even a playground where the kids can have some fun outside. Clean restrooms, hot showers, and a small fishing dock are also provided.
Circle CG Farm is another great place to camp in a motorhome rental near Upton State Forest. This campground boasts around 150 campsites for RVs on 30 acres of land. Circle CG Farm has everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay: full hookups, pull-through sites, restrooms, and showers. If you’re looking for fun, the campground also has a small animal farm, two swimming pools, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and horseshoes just to name a few. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better place to park your RV rental near Upton State Forest.
Lake Manchaug Camping and Indian Ranch Campground are a few other places to camp in an RV near Upton State Forest. Lake Manchaug has water access, standard 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups, and a centralized location close to Boston, Worcester, and Douglas State Forest. Indian Ranch Campground has full hookups and standard 50-amp electrical hookups. There’s also a gift shop, beach access, and Wi-Fi available to all guests.
Exploring the Area
Upton State Forest is located in the small town of Upton, MA, where there isn’t a lot going on. However, a 30-minute drive west will get you to one of the largest cities in New England. Worcester is a lively city with more things to do than you could ever imagine. And the food is sensational. Want to see live music at an Irish pub? Worcester. Want to savor sushi or fried chicken? Worcester. Want to see a museum, a poetry reading, a park, and a brewpub all in one day? Take a day trip to Worcester and experience the city for yourself.
If you’re looking to visit a few more parks in the area, head over to Framingham. Take a stroll through a breathtaking botanical garden. Walk the dog in the quintessential New England-style Cushing Memorial Park. Or hike through 820 acres of Callahan State Park. Want to do some fishing in Framingham? Take the family to Farm Pond, where they can go fishing, kayaking, or have a picnic near the water. When it comes to experiencing the great outdoors, Framingham is a solid choice.
Planning on visiting a museum while you’re camping with an RV in Upton? A short drive north will land you in North Grafton, where you can check out the Willard House and Clock Museum. Check out the huge gallery of homemade clocks dating back to the 1700s. You can also see what the clock-making workshop would have looked like. The museum is always hosting an event of some sort throughout the year. Visit the gift shop on your way out and purchase memorabilia or books related to clock making.
There are no gas stations in the park itself; however, there are a few filling stations within a short drive. In Upton proper, you'll find a few restaurants to choose from, like pizzerias, Chinese restaurants, and American grills. When your trip has come to its end and you’re ready to hit the road, I-90 is the closest major interstate, and that will take you straight into Boston, the capital city of Massachusetts.