Experience the ultimate urban escape with an overnight camping stay on the Boston Harbor Islands!
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Effective immediately, and continuing until further notice, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will implement a temporary ban on all open flame and charcoal fires across the entire Massachusetts State Parks System – including Peddocks Island – in an effort to prevent wildland fires due to severe drought conditions. During the temporary ban, small portable propane grills are still allowed at campgrounds and recreation areas where grilling is permitted.
Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is thrilled to welcome overnight camping back to Peddocks Island for the 2022 season.
Enjoy a night under the stars at Boston Harbor’s second largest island, featuring wooded campsites, miles of trails, and scenic beaches. Campers can reserve a tent site or one of many newly installed yurts featuring bunk beds and electricity.
Peddocks Island can be accessed by park ferry from Hingham or by private boat.
Peddocks Island tent campsites can accommodate up to 4 adults or 2 adults and their dependent children. Group sites are also available and can accommodate up to 30 people.
Yurt campgrounds are also available on Peddocks Island. Yurts accommodate up to 6 people and feature bunk beds and electricity.
All campsites feature composting toilets and picnic tables. Running water and flush toilets are available at the Visitor Center near the ferry dock. Grills and shade shelters are available within close walking distance of most sites.
Resident staff live on the Island during the visiting season and provide Island supervision, emergency communication, park and campground management
How to book your Peddocks Island camping trip
- Visit ReserveAmerica to search availability book your tent site or yurt on Peddocks Island.
- Check the ferry schedule to plan your trip to the island
- Visit the Peddocks Island ticketing page to reserve your ferry tickets. Ferry capacities are limited. Campers are strongly encouraged to book ferry passage immediately after making their camping reservation!
Getting to Your Campground
- The ferry to Peddocks Island leaves from Hingham Shipyard. There is no direct service from Boston to Peddocks Island this year. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled ferry departure time.
- Free overnight parking is available for campers parking in Hingham Shipyard. Arrive early pick up a parking pass.
- Hingham Shipyard can also be accessed by MBTA ferry from Boston or 220 bus from Quincy Center, with connection to the MBTA Red Line.
- Private boaters can drop off and pick up at island floats, but must reserve an island mooring or anchor for the rest of their visit. Visit the boating page for more information about brining your boat to Peddocks Island.
- Check in to your campsite from 1pm-7pm. Check out by 11am.
What to Bring
- Campsite cooking is allowed with camp stoves. All campsites have charcoal grills nearby.
- Please remember all cooking supplies, including charcoal.
- Bring a trash bag – you will need to pack out any trash you create.
- Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. Take personal precautions to protect against mosquito and tick-borne illnesses.
- There are NO trash receptacles on Peddocks Island. Please bring a trash bag and be prepared to carry all trash out with you on the ferry.
- Campers must provide their own camping gear, including tents. There are no supply stores for forgotten items.
- Pack lightly and efficiently. Campers must carry their own camping supplies from the ferry to their site. Garden carts may be available to borrow near the ferry dock.
- Flush toilets and fresh water are available on Peddocks Island at the Visitor Center (10 minute walk from most campsites). Electricity is only available to Peddocks Island yurt campers.
- Due to the islands’ remoteness and sensitive park resources, pets, fireworks, alcoholic beverages, and amplified sound are prohibited at island campgrounds.
- Campfires are not allowed at campsites or anywhere above the high tide line. Beach campfires must be below the high tide line, and must be under three feet wide. No outside firewood is permitted. Campers may gather naturally fallen wood near campsites and beaches.
- All islands have a carry-in, carry-out policy. Campers must carry off everything brought to the islands — including trash.