Harold Parker State Forest RV & Campground Guide

Massachusetts

Harold Parker State Forest

in Andover, MA is more than 3,300 acres of ponds, swamps, hills, and rocky terrain. The park has 35 miles of trails and 11 ponds. And of course, though all of it runs the Central Hardwood Hemlock White Pine trees that make up the forest. The ponds sprinkled throughout the park were the work of the Civilian Conservation Corp, who spend several years damming small streams in the area. 

Weather in the park can get quite cold in winter, dropping down into the teens. It does not, however, get very hot, topping out in the low 80s in summer. It rains about 1-1 ½ weeks total each month.

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Weather
Spring 27-69 F
Summer 56-83 F
Fall 34-75 F
Winter 17-42 F
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Nearby Cities
Andover, MA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Harold Parker State Forest

Harold Parker State Forest has 89 campsites with electrical hookups and a dump station. If you do choose to camp and rent an RV for your adventures, consider renting with RVshare. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a world-class team to make sure you get the perfect vehicle for your travel plans.  

There are other campgrounds nearby you can try as well:

Tuxbury Pond RV Resort

Tuxbury Pond Resort is, as the name implies, along the shores of beautiful Tuxbury Pond. Take a dip in the water, relax and sunbathe on shore, or visit one of the wineries, apple orchards, or farms in the area.Water hookup: yes

  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: no
  • Other amenities: showers, laundry, fishing, self-service RV wash

Black Bear Campground

Black Bear Campground is three miles from the beach, and near a commuter train that will take you into Boston. 

  • Water hookup: yes
  • Electrical hookup: yes
  • Sewer hookup: yes
  • Wi-Fi: yes
  • Pet friendly: n/a
  • Other amenities: horseshoes, volleyball, pools, playground

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What to Do at
Harold Parker State Forest

Inside Harold Parker State Forest

Outdoor activities abound at Harold Parker State Forest. Since it’s home to many trees, there are also many birds and other woodland creatures around. Here are some activities you can do at the park:

Hiking: The Yellow Diamond Trail takes you to and around Salem Pond. Or hike the SKUG Reservation Trail, where you’ll pass an old quarry and soapstone mill - Jenkins Mill. Several hiking trails are also suitable for cross-country skiing in winter.

Biking: The area is also popular with cyclists, with a good mix of easy, moderate, and difficult tracks.

Fishing: You can fish in several of the ponds, and some also allow the use of non-motorized boats. There’s even an annual fishing tournament each September in the forest.

Swimming: Swimming is allowed at Berry Pond, and it can be quite popular in summer. 

Outside Harold Parker State Forest

North Andover and its surrounding areas are known for the quaint farms, apple orchards, and vineyards that dot the landscape. Spend a day on a scenic drive, do some antiquing, or stop in for a bite to eat at a local restaurant. 

Restaurants

LaRosa’s

The charming cafe has pasta, handmade sandwiches, sweets and desserts, and Italian coffee. The adjacent bar & restaurant has a full dinner menu and serves handcrafted cocktails and local beers.

Type: Bistro

Location: Andover, MA

Elm Square Oyster Co.

This oyster bar serves local seafood and traditional American foods that use local, seasonal ingredients. The scratch kitchen makes everything down to their condiments from scratch. There is also a patio for leisurely summer dining and cocktail-sipping.

Type: American

Location: Andover, MA

Shawsheen Luncheonette

This breakfast and lunch place is popular among locals and tourists alike. It’s a cheerful eatery with a vintage vibe, and they offer healthy options along with traditional breakfast and lunch foods.

Type: Breakfast and Lunch

Location: Andover, MA

Shopping

Rose & Dove

Shop homegoods, baby items, and spa favorites like lotions, bath gels, and candles at the Rose & Dove. The store’s owners are committed to finding environmentally friendly gifts for you to give others (or keep for yourself!)

Location: North Andover, MA

Sightseeing

Stevens-Coolidge Place

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, wealthy Americans showed off their taste and sophistication by transforming their rural estates into European gardens and manors for summer retreats. One of the founding families of Andover, the Stephens family, acquired this farm, and when Helen Stevens married John Gardner Coolidge, they began transforming the farm into an elegant estate. Tour the Main House with its treasures and artifacts, and see the entry mural by Spanish artist Joseph Remidas. Just be sure to leave plenty of time for a tour of the gardens. 

Location: Andover, MA

Willow Spring Vineyards

Walk through the vineyards and see the family tending vines or harvesting grapes. Or stop by the tasting room and sample the wines the family has to offer. A stop at a New England winery is a must on a trip to the area!

Location: Haverhill, MA

Addison Gallery of American Art

The Addison Gallery is a department of Phillips Academy in Andover, and collects American art. See paintings, photography, and sculptures by American artists, presented in a beautiful, minimalist style in the galleries.

Location: Andover, MA

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How to Get to
Harold Parker State Forest

From Boston: Take I-93 N to MA-125 N/Ballardvale St in Wilmington. Take exit 41 from I-93 N. Merge onto MA-125 N/Ballardvale St, Continue to follow MA-125 N. Turn right onto Wildwood Rd. Turn right onto Wethersfield Dr. Turn right onto Salem St. Continue onto Middleton Rd. Turn left onto Harold Parker Rd

Entering Harold Parker State Forest

Like most state parks there is a fee to enter Harold Parker State Forest

Residents : $5

Non-Residents : $10

There’s no better way to create memories with those you love than by heading out on an adventure in an RV. Renting your RV or motorhome with RVshare makes things simple and stress-free. Whether you choose to rent an RV near your home and make the trek, or fly to Massachusetts and rent an RV for camping, you’re sure to have a trip you won’t soon forget! We would love to see pictures of your travels - be sure to send us photos of your trip to [email protected] and tag us on social media. Your memories could be featured on our blog, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page!