Wells State Park

Sturbridge, Ma.

Review submitted by Cliff Maurand
Photo's By Kendall Maurand
Map courtesy of Lee Thomas

  • 2 Camping Loops
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hot Showers
  • Picnic Tables
  • Firepits
  • Well Shaded Sites
  • Well Spaced Sites
  • Water Front Sites
  • Dump Station
  • Firewood (fee)
  • Hiking Trails
  • Swimming Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Website: http://www.state.ma.us/dem/parks/well.htm

Park Map

Wells State Park is located on Rt.49 near the intersection of Rt.20 and the Mass Pike. Located on the outskirts of Sturbridge Mass, and only 5 miles from "Old Sturbridge Village" a nationally-renowned living history museum of New England village life in and around 1800. This park is within a 5 minute drive to I-84 and I-90.

Among the attractions at Wells State Park, is Walker Pond, where the state has provided a large fresh water swimming beach dedicated for campers use, a boat ramp, and canoe rentals. The park also has over 10 miles of hiking trails.

There are two loops in this campground. The first loop is stretched out along the shore of Walker pond. In this loop, several of the campsites are located right on the water. Some of them have a rather steep drop-off, others are near the waters edge. One site even sit's on a location that used to be a home, as evidence of the fireplace and foundation are still there. The second loop is further up the hill, and little more woodsy. That loop runs you all the way around the north side of the campground, before looping back to the camping area. Within this loop, there are 3 distinct sub loops. At the top of the hill are site's 26 through 33, which offer larger size and more privacy than the others. However, the trade-off is a longer walk to the loops only restroom facility.

The two loops, have a total of 60 sites, of which 48 can be reserved through Reserve America. The remainder of the sites, including a couple of the waterfront sites, are available on a first come - first serve basis. All site's are sand - gravel and well groomed. Efforts are in place to help reforestation in and around the campsite's.

These campsite's seem to be very popular, and reservations need to made well in advance, particularly the water front campsites. The proximity to Old Sturbridge Village, which is one of the states largest tourist attractions make this park particularly popular. The low cost for overnight camping also makes this park attractive, at only $10 per night for Mass residents, and $12 per night for everyone else.

Typical Campsite

Site #28

Hiking Trail at Wells SP

Rock formation along
one of the trails

Site #29

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