The best of both worlds! Spread along the banks of a 230-acre Ponkapoag Pond in the 8,500-acre DCR Blue Hills Reservation, the camp offers a wilderness experience just 15 minutes from Boston. Here you'll enjoy a rustic environment, be able to help preserve this critical area, and have the chance to volunteer to keep the Ponkapoag spirit alive!

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Season Dates
Open year-round.

  • 20 cabins (sleep four to six).
  • Bunks with mattresses (bring sleeping bag).
  • Wood stove (please note that outside wood is no longer permitted inside the reservation).
  • No electricity.
  • No running water.
  • Outhouses.
  • Limited tent sites in summer.
  • Activities: Hiking, paddling, swimming, skiing, camping.
Cabins - Season Small Medium Large
Weekly $180 $225 $250

Cabins - Off-Season Small Medium Large
Weekly $130 $160 $190
Weekend $65 $75 $85
Additional Day $25 $30 $35
*Off-Season begins Labor Day and ends 3rd week of June.

Tentsites Summer
Weekend $35 (minimum rental period)
Week $65
Additional Day $16

Nominal fee for Summer day use.

Reservations & Policies
  • Registration form (PDF, 344 KB)
  • Reservations taken by mail only.
  • Call 781-961-7007 for availability or for general inquiries (Note: reservations will not be taken over the phone.)
  • Summer reservations (last week of June through Labor Day) get highest priority if postmarked before April 20; mail to "Attn: Summer Reservations."
  • Deposit of $50 per week, no weekend rentals in summer.
  • Weekend rentals off-season require payment in full.
  • Checks payable to AMC Ponkapoag Camp.
  • Call for cancellations.
  • A liability waiver form may be required. Check with the registrar for more information.
Directions to Ponkapoag Camp
Note: If you will be driving to Ponkapoag, you must call ahead for the combination to the gate lock.

In the heart of the Blue Hills Reservation, 13 miles from downtown Boston, Ponkapoag Camp is easily accessible by car or public transportation, using the directions below.

If you have additional questions, please 781-961-7007, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

From Interstate 93:
  1. Follow Interstate 93 to the Route 138 cloverleaf exit (Exit 2A).
  2. From the Route 138 cloverleaf, go south on Route 138 past Ponkapoag Golf Course to the next traffic light.
  3. At the traffic light, turn left onto Randolph Street and travel for one mile.
  4. Directly across from the Canton Equestrian Center's mailbox is the locked gate to the camp. You must call ahead of time for the combination to the lock.
  5. Take the dirt road into the woods, bearing right after the gate.
  6. Follow the dirt road for one mile into camp and watch for the red reflector.
  7. Turn left at the reflector and continue a short distance to the winter manager's cabin on the right. In summer, continue past the reflector and go directly to the lodge.
From the Ashmont T station (MBTA Red Line)
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  1. Take the MBTA Red Line to the Ashmont Station and board the Randolph or Brockton Bus (estimated time of departure: 20 minutes past the hour).
  2. Get off at the Holiday Inn at Route 28 and Scanlon Drive in North Randolph.
  3. Walk west to the end of Scanlon Drive and the High Street intersection. This is the head of the Smith Trail, which is marked with orange disks on the trees.
  4. The Smith Trail (Middle Street) turns left on the gas line and goes over the horse bridge, traversing Route 24.
  5. Follow the orange disks all the way the way into camp. The total distance is approximately 7,000 feet. Approximate hiking time is 30 minutes.

For more information, contact Paul and Trisha Minton (caretakers) at 781-961-7007, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., or write Trisha Minton, AMC Ponkapoag Camp, P.O. Box 582, Randolph, MA 02368.

Photo: Marny Ashburne