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Wompatuck State Park: Pet-friendly campground in MA

Wompatuck State Park
Wompatuck State Park
Nicole Adams (Examiner)

Whether you are looking to get away for a vacation or are full-timing it across the state or country, Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, Mass. is a pet-friendly campground for RV'ers and tenters alike. Both dogs and cats are welcome, but be sure to bring along your pet's up-to-date rabies vaccination records when you check in.

Wompatuck State Park in Hingham, Mass.
Nicole Adams (Examiner)

Wompatuck State Park is home to 3,526 acres of woodland, spanning over four towns, with plenty of wildlife around. It has more than 70 miles of roads, trails and bike paths. Activities such as walking, hiking, bike riding, dog walking, running, horseback riding, fishing, camping, skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and scouting are at your fingertips.

The park has 262 campsites, offering electrical hookups and non-electrical sites. Many of the sites are fairly secluded. Access to public water, restrooms and showers are also available. Camping season is from early May to mid October. Recreational vehicles and tents are allowed at the campsites. Rates start at $12 a day for Mass. residents and $14 for non-residents, plus additional fees for electrical service. As with all Mass. state parks, there is a two week maximum stay, whether consecutive or cumulative.

Wompatuck State Park is full of history as well. It is named after Chief Wompatuck, who in 1665, deeded the land to English settlers. During World War II, the park was an ammunition depot, and some of that history is still visible around the park.

Fresh spring water is available from Mount Blue Spring, which is open to the public and free. Dogs are not allowed at Mount Blue Spring for sanitation reasons. The water is tested monthly for high quality.

Remember to pick up after your pets and keep them leashed at all times. Never leave your pet unattended at any time.

We stayed at the campground at Wompatuck State Park with our two dogs. The park really is dog-friendly. We were asked for their recent rabies vaccination numbers at check-in. The park does not discriminate against breed, size or number of pets. A neighboring site even had a kitten with them, along with a large dog. Many sites had small dogs.

Though there is no written statement regarding excessive barking, a complaint from another camper can get you booted. But because the park is fairly lenient, be prepared for barking dogs.

There are no garbage cans around Wompatuck, so also be prepared to pick up your pet's feces and carry it out with you. The campground area has trash dumpsters, though, but the campground is not accessible to non-campers.

Our stay was in (a fairly dry) August and the bugs were at a minimum. Surprisingly, the mosquitoes were practically nonexistent and the ticks were hardly bothersome. We use a natural deterrent for fleas and ticks. The campground roads are paved but approximately two feet of grass on each side is mowed so your pooch can walk on the grass instead of hot pavement.

Much of the area is pine. I would advise checking your pet's paws and body for sap. If ingested, pine can upset your dog's stomach.

The fresh water from Mount Blue is by far the best water I have ever had in my life.

I would recommend Wompatuck State Park for camping with your pets.

Stay connected with pet friendly campgrounds around the country by visiting Rocky's Reviews: Pet Friendly Campgrounds.

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