Places to Bushcraft in MA

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  1. Felipe Bertazzo

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    Hello everyone. I’m new to the forum, and I have just started practicing some basic bushcrafting skills at home after being introduced to it late last year by a friend.

    With that being said, I am hoping to get out more and practice my skills in the woods, but I’m having a REALLY hard time finding appropriate places to hike, camp, and hold camping fires. Certain federal and state lands here in MA allow for camping and fires only on their designated campgrounds, and hiking and camping — much less open fires — are not permissible if done off-trail.

    I was hoping that by posting this on the forum I would be able to get some help and advice on how to proceed from here. Any suggestions about places to go in MA? Any help is truly appreciated. Thanks.
     
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    what part of the state?
     
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    I’m looking for places in Eastern Mass.
     
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    South eastern or north?
     
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    Does not matter to me. Anywhere in Eastern Mass would be wonderful.
     
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    With the exception of fires what about Freetown State Forest or Myles Standish. There are plenty of places in Freetown to go off trail and do stuff. I mean we have about .5 miles of trails where I work and I typically find 2-3 debris shelters a year built there. For fires, you could probably do a coal/ember without getting in too much trouble, I just wouldn't start a big fire.
     
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    Tough area, my friend. Small parcels of green space and about a billion people. @werewolf won could help you out I'm sure. I used to head west (Mohawk Trail maybe). Find a trailhead, walk the trail then take a turn. Enjoy a day of bushwacking without people interuptions. No overnights or large fires. I'm not saying there wasn't an occasional small cooking fire and not saying there was...Walk softly, leave no trace. Beautiful place those western hills.
     
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    Thanks for the feedback.
     
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    I think the state forests would be good places to start, but if I’m looking for a place to spend one or two nights in, I’d have to look for conservations of land that permit open campfires, no?
     
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    If you're looking to overnight, I'd just drive to the National Forest in NH. I doubt you'll find many/any land trusts or conservation groups that allow camping even if it's primitive camping.
     
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    no advise for MA,
    but hate hearing about such restrictions on outdoor activities
    what we need is an advocacy group fighting states on such restrictions
    help to open public lands to more uses
    hunting groups have had decent success opening lands to hunting,
    outdoor enthusiasts and not just REI crowd should have the same
     
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    Thanks for the tag @AdirondackBadger
    I too struggle. The challenge is that we are getting forced to illegally camp and illegally have fires in these areas because the planners, regulators and local wilderness managers have had problems in the past with homeless populations or travelling populations setting up camps, littering and causing fire damage. We have suchna high residential population density that forest fires would be a severe risk to the the community. I love going to state parka out of season and found mohawk, wells and others in central / western mass to be good places. But east mass I havent found any where. Alot of folk i know simply stealth camp illegally in places like freetown state forest. I have no idea what they do if they catch you.

    Anyone ever been caught?
     
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    https://www.outdoors.org/lodging-camping/lodging-camping-campsites/campsites-mass

    MA used to have "primitive camping" sites in Mt. Washington and on Washburn Island in Wareham/Onset area. Washburn is accessible by boat only. That was many years ago though.

    I'm not a fan of 'stealth camping' but your logic and sentiment is spot on, IMO.
     
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    I know of a few but they are in central and western massachusetts
     

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