Harold Parker State Forest.

Harold Parker State Forest.

The campground at Harold Parker State Forest is a gem. Open to the public from mid-April through mid-October, the campground has 90 campsites located amidst a forested landscape. The campground is bounded by Frye Brook to the north and Frye Pond to the east, with campsites nicely situated along a loop road. The campground has basic facilities, plus a beach on the opposite shore of Frye Pond. There are several sites which are quite private, and the setting is tremendous – a wonderful and very economical alternative for a getaway or vacation!

Directions: Route 93 to Exit 41; take Route 125 east about 2½ miles to the first junction after crossing Rte 28. Take a right onto Harold Parker Road, just after Gould Road; take to intersection with Jenkins Road. Turn right; the campground entrance is less than ¼ mile down on the right.

For information: Call the campground at 978-475-7972 or reserve online. Reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance by calling 877-422-6762. You can also make reservations online at

Other Camping:

Camping is allowed at several “primitive” sites by prior arrangement.

  • Essex County Greenbelt Association’s property at Killam Island in Boxford (978-768-7241) and Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Perkins Island site at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary (978-887-9264) are open to members by reservation.
  • Foote Bros. Canoe Livery in Ipswich has a campsite at Colt Island; call them at 978-356-9771 for more information.
  • The Middleton Conservation Commission may be contacted at 978-777-1869 for permission to camp on town conservation land accessible by land or river.