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Shawme-Crowell State Forest, Sandwich

Categories: Forests, Nature & Parks
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3.7/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
Shawme-Crowell State Forest is a Massachusetts state forest located in the town of Sandwich in Barnstable County. The forest lost much of its original acreage with the creation of Camp Edwards, which is part of the modern-day Joint Base Cape Cod. The forest is made up of pitch pine and scrub oaks and is managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.Activities and amenitiesThe forest's two campgrounds offer more than 280 year-round camp sites and access to Scusset Beach State Reservation. Over 15 miles of roads and trails are available for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and horseback riding.
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  • Shawme is a wonderful treasure on Cape Cod. Most of the sites have a good buffer from the neighbors. These are primitive sites, no power or hookups. All of the sites I have used have had good drainage...  read more »
  • We stayed for 2 nights in one of their yurts. The yurt was small but comfortable and we liked having the electricity. It was a little tight for 6 people. In addition it gets very hot during the day, a...  read more »
  • I've stayed here now two times. For the price It can't be beat. The sites are relatively spacious and there are bathrooms and showers nearby. The bathrooms and showers are a little messy but hey it's ...  read more »
  • This an OK place. There's not much to complain but not much to praise either. We stayed at site 102B which was really small for 4 people and 2 tents. Our tents had to almost touch each other to leave enough room for the 2 cars, picnic table, fire, and 4 chairs. I noticed some other sites were more spacious though. Overall the sites are also very close to each other, almost on top of each other, but the bushes do a good job at keeping privacy. Bushes don't keep sound away though, we could hear and understand all of our neighbors' conversations. The campsite is also very boring, nothing to walk around for, nothing to see in the camp site. We only went to stay in the tent and have conversation by the fire so it didn't bother us but i can see this place being very boring for a couple or for kids, so unless you're in a large group that can entertain itself, you will be bored. Restrooms were ridiculously dirty also (but it is camp, so this is not a big deal for me) it was very problematic for the ladies.. i would not go here again. The Sandwich town is really cute though so once you're out of the campsite we enjoyed walking around the small town.
  • One of the best camp sites- why? Because they don't stack you on top of each other like core wood! Most of these camp sites have trees around them for some privacy. Good location for the beaches, grocery store near by.
  • Nice, no frills camping. I like that there's sites Thats are pretty private and that the you get free access to scusset beach while staying there.
  • Camping on Cape Cod? Excellent location near the Canal for fishing and biking. Sandwich is a great starting point for exploring all of the Cape. Best Ranger around keeping the Park in shape for your enjoyment. Lovely playground for the younger set.
  • This is one of my favorite places to camp, hands down. We take our kids here every year and always have a great time. It's in a huge state park, so it's very secluded, but close enough to everything that you can go off during the day and do something. We like to head down to the canals and swim and feed the little crabs, which is only a 5 minute drive away. The park itself is beautiful. Very spread out. The campsites are large, with plenty of room for at least one car, most will accommodate 2 cars. They have R/V sites with water and electric hookups as well. The bathrooms and showers are decent. Nicer than most campgrounds I've been to, but still full of bugs(not much you can do about that). There's tons of things to do inside the park too. We like to take walks around the campground area, or venture off on some of the trails. There's a playground/picnic area as well if the kids need to burn off some major energy too. People seem to be pretty respectful here as well. In our 6 years of coming to shawme-crowell, we've never had any complaints about loud neighbors or night disturbances. I'd gladly recommend this place to anyone, whether for the day, or overnight!
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