Date of Stay: September, 2009
We camped at Blake's Brook for the first time this past September. We needed a place to stay near the race at Loudon, and it was a short ride from Blake's Brook to the track. Our site was OK, not overly large, but fairly level (only a couple of leveling blocks on one side) and had full hookups in the right area: no extra hoses or extension cords needed. There wasn't a lot of room laterally to the next site. We were lucky and had no next-door neighbor or the distance from our awning to their hookup area would have been less than 8 feet. The campground was just OK: nothing special. Has an older playground with swings and a wooden teeter totter. The pool was already past season, but had a lot of leaves/tree branches in it and was green, but again it was September. It's a small inground liner pool with a 9' end a 3' end. The biggest problem I had with Blake's was the showers: awful, and I mean absolutely awful. 25 cents for 2 1/2 minutes: and even then it was just a mist, a cold mist. The single handle lever for the shower would get the water warm for three seconds, then ice cold. Other campers (seasonal) told my wife to bring lots of quarters because you "can't get the hot water right for a long time, and if you touch it, it goes cold." They were right. I finally got the water warm, but bumped the knob and finished ice cold, with only a spray mist coming from the shower head. My wife spent a dollar and never any hot water. The bathrooms themselves (only one bathroom/shower building in the campground) were cleaned OK, but the floors were rotting and sagging. In the men's room, one toilet stall floor was so bad I thought it might give way. Outside the showers there was indoor/outdoor green grass carpet which was kind of gross because it was damp and it's tough to tell what's mold and what's carpet. Suddenly, my wife was OK with the "tiny and cramped" shower in our trailer: at least the water was hot and the floors weren't sagging away. The campground office is tiny and not really any kind of camp store: bring what you need. This campground is close to stores/shopping so it's really no problem if you have to run out. We were the only trailer scheduled to arrive on the Saturday of a Nascar weekend: I suppose there is a reason why, when all other campgrounds get crowded. If you are completely self-contained and will shower in your own trailer/camper, and will use your own bathroom, this is a decent campground if you're just looking to spend a night. There aren't activities, the playground is outdated, and the sites are rather small. We will stay elsewhere if we come back to the Loudon area.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
The web site did not do the campground justice. The campground was clean...very clean, and large. Our site was on the water, which I wouldn't do again...the pond was very weedy, which was OK since they have nice pools. It was very windy being on the water, and we had a gusty weekend to stay. Our awning had already taken a beating from a tornado in June and couldn't stand up to the wind. We had to crank it in or risk losing it. We had only stayed one night and then had to leave, with rain coming and no awning. Here's the thing...Lamb City actually gave us a refund. I know that no campground has to do this, as they can't control the weather...but they refunded us the two nights...I would go back just because of that...they were awesome. Also, I should mention that when our awning "blew up" in the gusty wind, five seasonal campers ran down the hill to help us. I've been lots of places where seasonal folks look down their noses at weekenders, but these guys/ladies were great...ran right down and helped keep our awning from blowing away and/or knocking over our outdoor kitchen, right in the middle of breakfast. Showers/bathrooms at Lamb City were SPOTLESS and I saw cleaning people in there twice a day. We hope to go back next season and try again, as we were hoping to get over to Quabbin Reservoir (very close) and fish. Thanks again for being such a reputable place...your courtesy was appreciated.