Erving State Forest RV & Campground Guide

Massachusetts

Erving State Forest

is centered on Laurel Lake, a 51-acre body of water that has been a popular recreational destination since the 1930s. The lake was created by glaciers and augmented by the dam, offering a sandy beach and beautiful stone-terraced gardens. The forest is made up of mostly oak trees and hills that cover about 2.5 square miles in central Massachusetts. With almost 4,500 acres, this forest gives water enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers the perfect place to spend their spare time. This place is the home to raccoons, black bears, porcupines, foxes, white-tailed deer, and coyotes. The forest sits north of Millers River in the city of Erving, Warwick, and Orange, Massachusetts. 

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Weather
Spring 21-67 F
Summer 52-80 F
Fall 26-72 F
Winter 11-36 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Erving State Forest

If you're planning on staying in or near Erving State Forest, why not do it in a luxurious RV? Unlike tents, RVs provide you with a modernized kitchen, a comfortable bed, and a private bathroom. If you are not an RV owner, consider an RV rental from RVshare. The peer-to-peer platform is simple to use, and you can always contact RVshare directly to assist you with your rental and RV requirements.

Travelers Woods

Travelers Woods is nestled at the base of Berkshire Mountain in the Connecticut River Valley. This pet-friendly campground has level grassy RV sites with full or partial hookups and spacious tent sites. Some amenities offered here are free Wi-Fi, a laundry facility, a playground, and a camp store. The camp is just a short drivable distance from white-water rafting, zip-lining, rock climbing, and recreational water activities. Daily RV rates start at $30 per site.

White Birch Campground

White Birch Campground sits in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts and is nestled at the foot of Berkshire Mountains near the Connecticut River. This pet-friendly campground features tent and RV camping sites with water and electrical hookups at a starting rate of $44 per night for two people. The camp is close to museums, country markets, diverse restaurants, concert venues, and shops.

Lamb City Campground

Lamb City Campground has been owned and operated by the Blake family since 1981. Those looking to stay connected with social media, email, or work will have no problem here with the free Wi-Fi. The campground has well over 150 full-hookup sites that are either in the sun or shade. For fun, take a dip in the swimming pool, relax on the beach, or fish in the quarter-mile pond. The campground also has a fully stocked store that includes a liquor section and an RV center. Pets are welcome! Daily RV rates start at $49 per site.

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What to Do at
Erving State Forest

Inside Erving State Forest

Offering a variety of hiking and biking trails for exploring, Erving State Forest is the perfect location to get close to nature. The woodlands are interlaced by eight miles of forest roads, trails, and other scenic interests. The forest offers a wide variety of water recreation like boating, swimming, and fishing at Laurel Lake with its gorgeous brick-lined shoreline. Other things to do inside the forest area are camping, picnicking, hunting, horseback riding, and winter sports.

Outside Erving State Forest

After exploring Erving State Forest, you should take some time to explore the regions surrounding it. You will find great places to eat, such as White Cloud Diner and North Village Smokehouse. The shops are easy to find and great for gifts, groceries, and souvenirs. The attractions scene will take you to outdoor recreational places like Quabbin Overlook and Doane's Falls. If you're into history, you could check out the Great Falls Discovery Center and Amherst History Museum. 

Restaurants

North Village Smokehouse

North Village Smokehouse is just about nine miles from Erving State Forest and serves authentic Texas pit-style BBQ in western Massachusetts. All meats are smoked with wood to create the perfect Southern flavor.

Type: American

Location: 32 Federal Street, Millers Falls, MA 01349

The Grill Tavern

The Grill Tavern has been serving traditional American dishes since 2010 and is just a short 13-mile drive from the state forest. They're known for their fried chicken and seared rack of lamb.

Type: American

Location: 326 Main Road, Gill, MA 01354

Pizza Factory

The Pizza Factory has all you need to accommodate your family's appetite, from oven-roasted turkey subs to delicious pizzas with plenty of topping choices.

Type: Pizzeria

Location: 11 W Main Street, Orange, MA 01364

White Cloud Diner

The White Cloud Diner offers exceptional service and a wonderful selection of food. From eggs and home fries to CAB burgers and fries, you'll never leave hungry. 

Type: American

Location: 627 E River Street, Orange, MA 01364

Deja Brew Café & Pub

All set to kick back and unwind? So are the locals at Deja Brew Café & Pub. This lively café has amazingly good food and always provides great customer service. People love the grilled quesadilla platters, and the salad choices are quite good as well. 

Type: American

Location: 57 Lockes Village Road, Wendell, MA 01379

Shopping

Freight House Antiques

Freight House Antiques has unique items from china and stoneware to antique farm tools and new cast iron hardware. You can also find musical instruments, vintage kitchenware, and antique toys.

Location: 11 E Main Street, Erving, MA 01344

Rustic Romance

Rustic Romance is slightly less than nine miles from the state forest. This is a fascinating and old-fashioned place filled with farm décor and antiques.

Location: 26 E Main Street, Millers Falls, MA 01349

Erving Station LLC

Craving the sweet, delicate taste of chocolate? Stop in to try an assortment of chocolates and other candy at the Erving Station LLC. They also have local products such as honey and maple syrup.

Location: 3 E Main Street, Erving, MA 01344

Hannaford Supermarket

Hannaford Supermarket is the closest supermarket to the state forest, making it the perfect place to restock your RV with your favorite camping snacks.

Location: 150 New Athol Road, Athol, MA 01331

Carroll's Market

Carroll's Market is less than nine miles from Erving State Forest. This small town market has essentials such as milk, bread, eggs, deli meats, and more. 

Location: 33 E Main Street, Millers Falls, MA 01349

Sightseeing

Great Falls Discovery Center

Great Falls Discovery Center is housed within a complex of old buildings, and inside the main one, you'll love the exquisite walk-through dioramas that show plants, animals, and landscapes. The center's Great Hall building, formally a machine shop, features a beautiful array of high ceilings, large windows, and gleaming old floors. The center sits near town yet is close to nature and about 13 miles from the state forest.

Location: 2 Avenue A, Turners Falls, MA 01376

Bear's Den

Looking for a bit of history? Bear's Den takes you on a scenic nature walk to an enchanting waterfall, and according to local legend, this place was where chief Metacomet prepared to raid Colonial settlers in the 17th century. There is no admission fee so that all visitors can enjoy this beautiful view of the natural habitat.

Location: 18 Neilson Road, New Salem, MA 01355

Doane's Falls

Stroll along the half-mile trail that leads down both sides of the stream, offering the perfect view of Doane's Falls. Upstream lies Coddings Meadow, a 14-acre open clearing surrounded by woodlands with the perfect view of a quiet-water state. There is no admission fee to enjoy the falls.

Location: Athol Road, Royalston, MA 01368

Quabbin Overlook

Just 13.5 miles from Erving State Forest is the Quabbin Overlook, one of the hidden gems of North Quabbin Region. You'll have the perfect view of the reservoir and the islands. During the summer, you can hear the call of loons drifting up from below. Bal ravens can be observed from up close on the ridgetop.

Location: 26 S Main Street #32, New Salem, MA 01355

Amherst History Museum

Check out the unique paintings, decorative arts, and other items of history at the Amherst History Museum. It has been educating the local community and visitors since 1916 and is housed in the 1750-era Simeon Strong House. The museum offers tours that take you through its industrial age and into the present day.

Location: 67 Amity Street, Amherst, MA 01002

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How to Get to
Erving State Forest

From Springfield, Massachusetts, take Highway 91 North. Once you get to Greenfield, take Highway 2A East to Erving. From there, you'll want to head north on High Street toward Sawin Lane. Continue onto Swamp Road, and then make a right onto Laurel Lake Road. Follow signs to Erving State Forest.

Entering Erving State Forest

Erving State Forest is open daily from sunrise until sunset.

Entry fee per vehicle (Massachusetts residents, 1-4 adults) : $8

Entry fee per vehicle (non-Massachusetts residents, 1-4 adults) : $30

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