Date of Stay: June, 2014
Nice State Park with excellent (water front) access to the Housatonic River. Also has a few "rustic cabins" for $50 a night available, on excellent water front sites. Not "big rig" friendly, some areas (especially sites along the river) have a lot of trees that can make maneuvering difficult. Sites up by camp office are a little easier for RVs to get into. Campsites in general are pretty good size. There are supposed to be a couple water faucets available where I believe you can fill a water tank, but we didn't see them. Camp staff told us a dump station is available, but off site, and we didn't see it as we didn't need it. Camp staff are polite, friendly, and helpful. Bathrooms are "state park clean", and the bathroom buildings have one shower each in them. Bathrooms also have a couple large sinks for cleaning dishes. Great campground for semi-rustic camping. Lots of fishermen and the river has great fishing. Also, just down the road is access to the Appalachian Trail, with a neat, quick loop hike - Pine Knob Loop Trail, about 2.5 hour hike with some climbing.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This campground is all about the lake, Lake Waramaug. Although no "waterfront" sites, most all sites have a view of the lake (many partially blocked by other campsites, though). Canoe and kayak rentals are available from a private operation on most weekends. Many people bring their own canoe or kayak. A smallish beach is great for kids. Sites are not large and maneuvering with a bigger camper can be a little challenging for most sites. Bathrooms were "state park clean", which I thought were fine. Not a lot of showers, each bathroom had one shower. Also, large sinks for washing dishes are at each bathroom building. Water faucets are available at a few spots providing fresh water, and you can fill a camper tank from them (but you can't stay hooked up). This is a good campground for families wanting a little bit "rustic" while tenting but still have some facilities (like bathrooms). Staff is polite, helpful, and outgoing.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This is really a tenting campground. Very wooded and shady. Although most of the sites are large (surprisingly so) and level (I didn't need any levelers), there are lots of trees and many boulders that block access, or at least make it very difficult, to have a travel trailer or camper here. A smaller Class C might do well here. Out of all the sites, realistically only about six or so are suitable for a travel trailer - campground map does not highlight this. No hookups, and water is not easily available to fill freshwater tank. Bathrooms and showers were "state park clean" - a basic cleaning daily and very usable. If you are tenting and want a surprising amount of privacy, Loop F is the place to be. Large tent sites surrounded by heavy woods. Many sites are near the pond swimming area which is set up nicely, the other sites are not too far away (easy walk). Dump site is odd - very narrow, with a speed bump (??) at the end of it. I guess people were speeding through the dump site? This State Park borders Pachaug State Forest, which has tons of hiking trails available - one forest trail actually comes into Hopeville Pond State Park. Important note about hiking Pachaug State Forest - a lot of the hiking trails are very poorly marked, it is easy to get turned around once you get off the dirt roads. Overall, I am not sure how to rate Hopeville Pond. I only gave it a "7", as it is not RV friendly, but it is a very nice state park!
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Excellent campground for exploring Cape Cod. Eastham, the town it is in, is right in the middle of the Cape, right on Route 6. We did not find road noise to be all that noticeable. Our campsite was in the back of the campground. Large pull through sites, plenty of room for our tow vehicle, fire ring, picnic table, etc. We were greatly surprised at the size of the sites, and the nice row of plants between sites. Sites closer to the front of the campground seemed to not have as much room. Hookups were well placed and in good condition. Sites are sandy, but everywhere on the Cape is sandy! Only a small amount of leveling was needed, site was sloped just enough for drainage. Quiet while we were there, fires are allowed but expected to be put out completely after 11pm. Being right next to the Cape Cod Rail Trail is a big plus; definitely bring bicycles if you like doing that. Next door is Arnold's, a good, touristy lobster/clam restaurant and mini-golf. Camp office and store was well laid out, very clean, and well stocked. Wi-fi was good at the store / lounge and closer sites, but further away (where we were) the signal was weaker. They also had an "email" computer at the office for campers to use for basic emailing. Very nice and informative office staff. Showers were very clean, and everything seemed either relatively new or just very well maintained. We will stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
I am basically just echoing the other positive reviews. Really nice, quiet campground. Site was clean and essentially level, while being properly angled for drainage. Wooded, large sites that provide a surprising amount of privacy. Camp hosts were very nice and helpful. Rangers put on a movie Saturday night, and had a campfire with s'mores supplies if you wanted one. Trails are easy hiking around the lake. We found the entrance signs to be slightly confusing -- you want the "camp office" NOT the "park office". Drive past the park office, the camp office is further on. Also, pay attention when leaving... again, they just need some more obvious signs. We do look forward to camping here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
Great campground for an overnight - that is what I am giving it an 8 for. We were traveling and this campground was very convenient and perfect for an overnight. The office staff were extremely helpful, nice, and polite. Sites are laid out for easy in and out, mostly level. There was a playground and a small pool, but I really wouldn't classify this as a fun and exciting place for a family to spend a lot of time in. Our site was close to the office, and we had a strong Wi-Fi signal which was simple, easy to use, and free. I don't know how the Wi-Fi is in the rest of the park. When you get off the highway, the park is all the way at the end of the "Campground Road" - you can't miss it. We definitely could hear the highway noise, but it didn't bother us. We will be staying here again in our travels.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Great campground to stay at in Acadia National Park. No hookups at the campsites, but water is available at a few faucets located throughout the campground. With an RV you will have to drive to a faucet in the campground to fill your freshwater tank, few if any campsites are within reach of a faucet. Entrance is large and well laid out, but the campsites themselves are tight and can be difficult to get into. Low branches, trees at the corners of campsites, narrow roads. I consider it not big rig accessible, but a couple surprisingly large rigs were here: getting scratched up going through the campground. Dump station is well laid out. When you enter Acadia, make sure you stop at the Acadia National Park Visitor's Center. From there, take the Park Loop Road to Blackwoods, this allows you to avoid driving through Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor is a small and very tight tourist town that is not easy to navigate with a camper. There is at least one gas station in Bar Harbor, but it can be tricky to get into with a truck. Try to remember to fill up before entering the Acadia area. Once we got into our site, it was actually very roomy. Quiet campground at night, but some camper generators running during the day. (Please don't run your generator unless you really need to). Bathrooms were very clean, and had running water. Don't know why they don't have showers, but the private pay showers at the entrance to the campground were very nice. They are not realistically within walking distance, you will probably want to drive to them. Some firewood is available for free in the campground, but it was wet when we were here and the Rangers asked that campers don't take too much. We bought a couple dry bundles outside the campground to help our fire. Be sure to remember that you can explore most of Acadia at night. It is really neat to star gaze and hike at night! Blackwoods is within Acadia, but at one end. You can hike into the main part of the park, but the distances can be misleading, don't underestimate Acadia! It is big, and you may want to drive to various points to explore from. We will be returning here!
Date of Stay: June, 2010
This is a good campground to check out the Hyde park / Hudson River Valley area. Don't forget Rhinebeck Aerodrome!! Vanderbilt Mansion, Roosevelt's Presidential Library and house, etc. Lots to see in the area. Okay, the campground. Office people are very nice and helpful. Campground is neat and clean. Our site was clean, full hookups were placed properly and in excellent condition. Snack bar was really good, fun and helpful people running it. Pool was very clean and warm without being too warm. The "kiddie pool" (small, clean, and 1 foot deep, looked like it would be great for kids) had an unusual warning sign: could only be used if a CPR certified person was at the poolside. So basically, no one used it. A nice, new, and large playscape near the pool. Lake was seriously lily pad choked. Everyone we met was very nice and outgoing. We had some issue with the water at our campsite: it had some "flavor" to it, but not bad. In talking to another seasonal here, he said that was unusual as there is a large and well maintained water system on site. Bathrooms and showers are very clean and well maintained, although not new. They are pay showers, which is a negative for me. The campground is VERY hilly. The roads are eye opening and a little scary, but in the end we had no problem navigating the campground, and neither did the big rigs that came in and out. They look hairy, but the roads are driveable. Big rigs were/are at the campground, but I would consider it tight for them. Some sites are tight and a bit unlevel, but well laid out. Note: Approaching from the south, when approaching the turnoff for the road the campground is on, SLOW DOWN on the downhill curve when you see the sign saying turn right ahead half way down the curve! It's a tight turn. While we were here, the campground was quiet! No loud partiers at all: it was quite nice. We enjoyed ourselves, and our teenage kids like the campground. We will return when we are in the area.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
This is a great, small, unimproved campground. I am rating it an "8" because it was clean, quiet, and a great location. This is a Rustic campground. No electric hookups, no sewer, no water spigots for filling camper tanks, and No dump station. There are a couple water "pumps" available. You really do have to crank the hand pump up and down to get water. The pit toilets, otherwise known as outhouses, are surprisingly clean. But they are still outhouses. Probably most of the campsites are tent only. I checked "not big rig friendly" because the entrance road is tight in spots, and some of the campsites are difficult to get into and are not really level. Okay, after all that, this is a beautiful, heavily wooded state park in a beautiful area of Connecticut (Litchfield County). The campsites are large and well spaced in small loops along the Macedonia brook. Our campsite (site 47) was clean, with a large fire ring that had been cleaned out. Our site was not level and when we backed in our trailer it was facing the wrong way, but that did not detract at all from our experience. It was not crowded at all when we were here, and very quiet. The hiking trails are not very long, but a few of them are surprisingly challenging. If you are not in good shape for climbing you may want to check with the Rangers about which trails to hike. The views at the top of the Macedonia trail are great, and worth the hike. There is a lot to see in the surrounding area, including a covered bridge, Kent Falls State Park, museums, and much more within an easy drive. As long as you understand the rustic type of campground this is, it is a great place for a quiet camping trip in the woods.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
I struggle on how to rate this campground. The grounds are neat and clean, and the showers were clean according to my wife and daughter who used them. The showers are pay showers, though, which is a negative for me at a campground that charges a substantial rate. The campground is very nice looking, well kept, flowers all over the place. Lots of seasonals that are well kept. As other reviews have said, this is a very social and busy campground. I would tend towards calling it a party campground. If you are the outgoing type and in the mood, this can be a lot of fun. Lots of people walking around and saying hello. A heck of a lot of kids, many whom I am not sure were guests at the campground. There is no security gate or employee to check people at the entrance. Vehicles don't have to display a tag or have their licenses recorded at the office. There is not a heck of a lot to do here. There is a nice tennis court and playground, but no pool. A swim pond and the Hammonassette River are the main attractions, and they are fun to splash around in. Sites are available directly on the river, but be ready for people, especially kids, cutting through your site to get to the river. It seems to be accepted here. Site size varies a lot. Many are small, but a few are surprisingly spacious and it is difficult to tell from the site map. Our full hookup site had well maintained hookups well placed on the site. Employees were polite and helpful. A lot of the campground I would consider big rig accessible, including a bunch of drive through sites. I would rate this higher, but the relatively high rates and lack of amenities (including having pay showers) makes me rate the campground lower.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
A very good campground: but expensive. Listed rates are for 2 people, meaning a family of 4 actually has to pay for the two "extra" people, an unusual way to do it that can add up quickly. Anyway, it's a clean and well laid out campground. We were escorted to our site, which worked out well because our escort brought us around the long way so it was very easy to back our trailer in. We had full hookups, but the sewer pipe was high (6"+), so unless you have a riser/support for your hose it is a little difficult to use. The campground is hilly. The lake had a floating trampoline and a floating "iceberg", which is a climbing wall! Kids loved it. Nice "restaurant" down by the lake was more like a diner. I thought the food prices were reasonable and the quality was good, they also can deliver food to your site. We couldn't figure out if the "tram" (golf cart that holds around 10 people) had a schedule or what it's route was: we never did end up using it. The bathrooms were roomy, clean, and the showers were free. The minigolf course is great! It is landscaped beautifully, and the 18 holes are challenging. This is certainly one of the best 18-hole minigolf courses at a campground that I've seen: but I thought the $5 per person to play (so a family of 4 is $20) was a little steep considering the nightly camping rate. We thought the pool was very nice, and it is lighted so swimming is allowed at night. The jacuzzi was sometimes overrun by kids. Campground workers were all very nice, cheerful, and helpful. The "Scoop Shack" (ice cream counter) gave out large portions, so that was worth it! Our site was on the side near the road, so there was car noise but I didn't think it was bad. This is a very good (if a bit pricey) family campground.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
We were pleasantly surprised at how nice this campground is. We have never stayed at a KOA before, so I don't know how to compare it to other KOAs. Bathrooms were very clean and roomy. Showers (free - big plus from me) were a little tight, but each one had a changing area, and two (2!) hooks to hang clothes on - may not seem a big deal, but most campground bathrooms have only one hook. Other people in our group noticed the extra hooks also. People in the front office were very nice and helpful. "KOA Bob", who drove around checking on things, was great, outgoing, and full of information about the area. We had a pull through site. Plenty of room for our camper, I think all but the biggest rigs should be fine here. The pull throughs are staggered, to give more room for picnic tables between sites. Double check on hookups - 15amp, 30amp and 50amp hookups are kind of randomly scattered around. Two outdoor pools, one indoor pool, two indoor jacuzzis, and a sauna were all well mantained and very clean. Camp store was good sized and well stocked with food and RV supplies. Our kids had a great time in the play areas and the activities that the campground staff ran. Our kids think the campground is "just very cool". Campground is only a few miles up the road from the center of Niagara Falls, but it takes a few minutes travel time as the roads are busy.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
Yep, I am just going to add my praise for Fort Wilderness. I don't know if I can think of a negative. Bathrooms and showers were spotlessly clean, and seemed to stay that way. Lots of things to do without even leaving the campground, and you are just a water ferry ride away from the Magic Kingdom. We had an "off season" rate plus a discount (AAA), which is why it was under $50. We most definitely will be returning!
Date of Stay: September, 2008
This is a small, good, quiet campground. A lot of sites are directly on the Natchaug River. Our site was not on the river, but right next to the main road. Traffic wasn't bad, but I don't know if it is busier in the summer months -- we were only about 20 feet from the road. At a minimum, request a site that is NOT next to the main road. Bathrooms are older, but were clean. Sites are large with plenty of room. Good access to the river for everyone. Owners were VERY nice. Store is very limited, but has basics. This is a good campground for a quiet weekend.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
Update: This is our 5th year camping here, and we had a great time at the Cowboy Weekend. New buildings are going up. The staff and all campers are great, even with the disruption of construction. I am increasing my rating from my previous report (7) to a 9. My family and friends always have such a good time here. This is a busy, active family campground. We will be returning!