October Mountain State Forest in Lee is the largest state forest in Massachusetts. The 47-site campground is augmented by a trio of yurts with electricity. Yurts ease families into the camping experience without having to buy all that gear, says Geigis. Theres the Appalachian Trail through the park while another pathway leads to stunning Schermerhorn Gorge.
256 Woodland Road, 413-243-1778, www.mass.gov/dcr, camping $12 Mass. residents, $14 others, yurt $30-$40. Online reservations for state parks in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut are through www.reverveamerica.com.
(Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation phot)