Date of Stay: July, 2011
This is a very quiet park. Sites were spacious, but not much privacy. Staff/owners were extremely friendly and helpful. Park consists of mostly older people, not many kids at all. I only saw 4 kids all weekend and 2 of them were mine. While there were not many kids, the owners and staff seemed to really enjoy having kids in the park and put a lot of effort into making sure the kids had a good time. They had Christmas in July while we were here, all the kids got some gifts from 'Bucky' the reindeer and did crafts and played bingo. They have a small playground, a mini-golf course (free), paddle boats (rental), a small swimming area in the pond, fishing in the pond, some hiking trails in the woods and plenty of room for the kids to ride their bikes. Camp store had basics plus ice cream bars and slushees. Seasonals seemed friendly. Great place to relax for a quiet weekend.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
We stayed here over Memorial Day weekend. The park was pretty nice. Staff was friendly and fairly helpful. My wife used the showers and said they were cold and no-so-clean, men's room looked fairly clean. There wasn't a lot for kids to do (I didn't see a playground anywhere) so they rode their bikes a lot. Our site was pretty narrow with a lot of branches and brush hanging into the site. There was a small brook behind our site so the bugs were out in FULL force. (Don't forget to bring LOTS of bug spray.) The firewood I bought at the office was wet so I ended up burning the abundance of dead branches and brush I found on our site. Our site was missing the picnic table and when I asked at the office about it, I was told that their supplier shorted them. He said he'd try to find one for me but one never showed up (even though I saw several sites with more than one table) so I had to use my grill on my tailgate. This park is about 15 minutes from a 'T' station if you want to go to Boston. No enforcement of parking/driving rules(multiple cars on sites clogging the roads, people speeding and going the wrong way around one-way loops). I was surprised that it was very quiet in the evenings for a holiday weekend in a full park. With a little bit of cleaning and some site maintenance this could be a great park.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
This is a decent CT state park campground. The site was spacious and wooded with pretty good privacy. It had a large stone fire ring and a picnic table. The bathrooms were usable but could use a thorough cleaning and fresh paint. Also, the bathrooms had no soap and the sinks were cold water only. The dump station is positioned on top of a hill behind the dumpsters and the road is sloped AWAY from the dump pit, so make sure to bring some boards to raise the low side. There is a small playground and there are two small pools, one that goes to 7 feet deep and a 3-foot deep kiddie pool. The sign on the fence said “Pool Hours 10-4”, we got in the kiddie pool at 2:30 (the big pool was closed and had a cover on it???) and were informed that the pool would be closing at 3:00. I told him that the sign said 4:00, he said on Sundays it closes at 3:00. ??? The campground is bordered by a river that didn’t look very inviting for swimming or fishing, but there was a nice foot path that followed the river. This campground has great potential. If you walk around the outskirts of the campground, you can see a lot of sites that still have the water spigots, electrical boxes and fire rings(some even have concrete pads)that were never renovated, so the are just sitting there overgrown and unused. My biggest complaints with this campground are #1: Radio noise, all types of music can be heard from other sites from 8 AM until well past midnight. Which leads to #2: Lack of any type of rule enforcement by the staff (a group of high school/college aged kids). Only 6 people per site? Yeah right; the site next to us had 4 tents and an EZ-UP with 8-10 people on it. Quiet hours? Yeah right; it’s a radio free-for-all any time of day. Not sure if we will return.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
This ACOE campground is very clean and very quiet. It is a small campground with 11 W/E sites, 11 sites with no hook-ups and 2 lean-to sites. Sites are mostly dirt with lots of small rocks and acorns. Sites are spacious and private. Nice hiking trails connected to the campground. Small playground has modern equipment. Bathrooms were always clean and showers were free. Staff/hosts were very friendly and helpful. Campground is patrolled often throughout the day and night. We will definitely be going back.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
We stayed here on opening weekend. It is a quiet family campground. We were escorted to our site. Site was spacious, grassy and had large pine trees. No shrubs or small trees to speak of for privacy between sites. We were the only transient campers in the campground, everyone else was seasonal, so we felt a little out of place. The staff was very friendly. A handful of seasonals waved or said hello. Everyone had golf carts and used them a lot. We had a good time. Our kids rode bikes, played on the playground, played in the game room and went fishing in the pond. The bathrooms and showers were clean, the camp store was well stocked. We might give this campground another try, but definitely later in the season when other 'weekenders' are there.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
We stayed here over Columbus Day weekend. The campground was very clean and very quiet. We stayed in site #88 which was very spacious. Site was gravel and fairly level. There is a swimming pond, a fishing pond and a small playground. The kids kept busy riding bikes, fishing (plenty of sunfish) and playing in the woods and on the rocks in our site. The sites by the fishing pond are more open, while the area where we were is wooded. Bathrooms are dated but clean. Showers were free. Staff was friendly and helpful. Staff patrols at night. There is no camp store to speak of. No out-of-state firewood allowed. The website lists a game room, but I didn't see one. I didn't ask about it either, the kids were having plenty of fun without it. We will definitely go back.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
A small, quiet campground on the Natchaug River. We had a full hook-up pull through site that was pretty level and spacious. This area of the campground is not very private but the other 5 pull through spots were empty so it wasn't a problem. River sites are nice but only have water and electric. Seasonal campers were friendly except for one woman who was being very mean to her young grandchildren and was screaming some very nasty names at them. Playground equipment is outdated. The lodge has 4 video games (2 were out of order), fuseball table and pool table. Very limited planned activities. Good campground for a long weekend but I think the kids would get bored quickly if we stayed any longer. The seasonal kids appeared to be bored and took to jumping on picnic tables, in empty sites, trying to flip them over.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
This park was just too big for our tastes. Campers were jammed in everywhere. Campground traffic was non-stop until around midnight. We were camped next to a site that had 3 tents, a screen house, 3 dogs and 6 people, or as my wife called it,'the refugee camp'. The dogs would bark when anyone passed their site which was about every 30 seconds, there was trash and food scraps and dirty dishes all over their picnic table(we ended up with ants in our camper). I kept having to chase off a stray cat that kept trying to bring us a dead chipmunk as a 'welcome' present. Dumpsters were full on Saturday night and were pretty ripe by Sunday night. Drunk, noisy neighbors across the street, snobby seasonals all over the place. Constant road noise from Rte. 6. The only good things about this place were a decent playground with fairly new equipment, clean bathrooms and the access to the Cape Cod Canal trail. Other than that, I think we will pass on a return visit.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
Family campground is part of a Lutheran conference center/summer camp/day camp. This is a very family oriented campground. Campground was very clean and quiet, located on Lake Ossipee with a nice beach for the use of the family campground(summer/day camp has own separate beach area). Although this is a Lutheran run campground, there is no expectation or pressure to attend any religious activities. Activities included movie night, ice cream social and tye-dye t-shirt making. Bathrooms and showers were extremely clean at all times. Staff was very polite and friendly. You can also have meals at the conference center if you wish. Good food at very reasonable prices. We will definitely return.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
Very quiet and clean park. No activities but there is a playground(plenty to keep our 4 & 6 year old happy), basketball court and tennis court. Park is within minutes of state beaches and ferry to block island. Restaurants and shopping nearby. I personally did not use the restrooms, but my wife and children did and I didn't hear any complaints. We will definitely be going back again.