Massachusetts Parks Just Can't Say No to Bikepackers
You've fallen far short of your daily cycling goal, and you're not going to make that hotel you booked another twenty miles down the trail There's a campground right around the corner, but you don't have a reservation and its a busy summer weekend.
What are you going to do?
If you're in Massachusetts, the answer is simple: Stop in at the campground and see if they will still give you spot to setup your tent.
Per a longstanding DCR policy, their campgrounds will allow "self-contained" or self-supported bikepackers and backpackers to crash at their place without a reservation- even when all their reserved sites are full. As a public safety measure, they will find a spot for you to setup camp. You'll still have to pay for a site, and follow the other conditions they may impose, but this under the radar policy could be a lifesaver for us bikepackers.
And Massachusetts isn't the only state with this policy. The Adventure Cycling Association has compiled a list of states with the same "no-turn-away" policy.
Who knew Massachusetts was so bikepacker friendly?