Date of Stay: September, 2015
I first visited this state park in August, and, thanks to a large family group from "away" who occupied a number of campsites, it proved to be the camping trip from hell. I was not the only one who thought so---at least half the campers there complained about these people who yelled and screamed all day and half the night. The rangers tried to quiet them down, but they just mocked them, calling them "Ranger Rick" and laughing at them. Finally, on the fourth night, someone must have read them the riot act because they quieted down---until the group camping next to me (lucky me) came back to their sight at midnight and proceeded to wash their dirty dishes. I left the next morning (a day earlier than I had planned). However, I really love this area of Maine, which is amazingly beautiful, so I decided to give the park another try two weeks later. I mean, what were the changes of this group being there after Labor Day? Luckily, they weren't, and my second experience was completely different from my first. It was very quiet all week, and all I heard was the call of loons and the wind in the trees. The park itself is very nice. Large, well spaced sites, and the lake is lovely. The bathrooms and showers are clean and well maintained. There is a large block of restrooms that contain toilet, sink, and shower all in one room, which I like. My only complaint, and it is a small one, is that, because there were not too many campers in the park, the staff shut down about half of these restrooms one morning, causing a long wait. When it was brought to their attention, however, they quickly opened up more, so it was dealt with in a satisfactory manner. I am glad I gave Rangeley another chance, and I plan to return again next year. However, if I see a sign in front of a campsite saying a certain family from out of state is there, I will turn around and go home.
Date of Stay: April, 2015
I actually stayed at this campground last September. It is a lovely place, and the owners are friendly and helpful. The sites are large, and the ones surrounding the pond are especially nice. There are many trails for dog walking. I was there during an especially cold spell, and the campground is half way up a mountain. The temperature would drop about 10 degrees from Bennington to the campground, but on a hot summer day I think it would be very refreshing. The handicapped facilities here are fantastic---I have severe arthritis and have mobility issues, and I was very appreciative of the fact that the handicapped bathroom was so thoughtfully laid out. The regular facilities were spotlessly clean, too. We really enjoyed this campground and would definitely return.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
This is a very nice state park located on Lake Dunmore. The campground is divided into two camping areas, separated by a road. We stayed in the open, grassy, area by the lake. The other camping area is heavily wooded. Both areas have restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers ($). While I don't like having to lug quarters with me to the shower house, at least the water was hot, and the restrooms were Very clean. However, there was no hot water facet in the sink, which I found odd, and a bit inconvenient if you just want to wash your hands or face. There was only one shower in the bath house where we were. For 17 sites I can imagine it would get busy in the summer. As it was, we were one of only two campers there for two days of our stay, so it was not an issue for us, and on the third day we did not attempt to use the showers as we were heading home. The showers were not handicapped accessible, though there was a small bench in the dressing area (none in the shower itself), which was difficult, as I have severe arthritis. But I managed. If it were not for these small issues I would have given the park a definite 10 as it is very pretty, and the rangers are very nice and helpful. Plenty of area to walk the dog, and though dogs are not allowed on the swimming beach, they are allowed to swim by the boat launch area, which made our dog very happy. The camping area by the lake is very park like with beautiful maple tress and plenty of shade. I would definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
I just returned from this state park, and I can definitely say that it is now my favorite. The sites are large and private, the bath house spotless, the rangers all friendly and helpful, and the kitchen shelter is a really nice touch. We were there during the week, and there were, maybe, six other campers in the whole park, but on Friday night it just about filled up. It is a small park, with only 30 sites, and is very quiet and peaceful. On Saturday morning some of the staff hosted a coffee social, which was fun. They rent canoes and kayaks for use on the small, but pretty lake. In the middle of the night I heard a loon calling. All in all, a very special place way up in "The County" in Maine.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This is a wonderful little park, especially if you are in a tent or tent trailer. The tent sites are the primo ones, right on the water. Restrooms are immaculate, and the showers are private little stalls, also super clean. Nice owners. Good restaurants within a few miles that do take out.....we got lobster dinners to go and ate them at our site overlooking the bay. We were there over the 4th of July holiday, and there were fireworks for three nights, clearly seen from the campground. There is a pond in the middle of the campground, and the frogs were huge and quite vocal, but our dog (as well as kids who were there and other dogs) enjoyed chasing them. A very nice place.
Date of Stay: March, 2013
We really loved this little campground. We had a great site right next to a pond with a nice shade tree and close to the bathhouse. The owners/operators were really nice and helpful. The wi-fi worked all the time up by the office, and we had pretty good reception at our site most of the time. In fact, we were able to watch Hulu and Netflix on our computers without interruption the nights we were there. The campground is in a fantastic area---very beautiful with a lot to do. Saw many, many alligators. Many seasonals, but they were all super friendly and helpful, too. It was quiet at night. Bathhouse is adequate; the showers were hot and free. Don't expect luxury here. Just expect to be greeted with a smile, to see some amazing sights, and to have a camping experience in a real "old timey" type Florida campground. Be sure to stock up on food supplies before you go in. Shopping choices are VERY limited in Everglades City, and you will have to drive to Naples to do any real shopping. There are a number of restaurants in town, however. We are planning to go back next year and explore the area more, and we are planning to stay at this cool little campground.
Date of Stay: September, 2012
This is a wonderful little campground. The tent sites are spacious and private, the owners and staff are friendly and helpful. My two grandchildren, ages two and three, had a great time playing in the sandbox, and though it was too cold this time of year to use the pool, it looked clean. Restrooms and showers were clean. You would never believe that this place would be so close to Portland and the hustle and bustle of Freeport. In the night we heard coyotes yipping and owls hooting. Very pet friendly with a nice walking trail. In the summer the campground offers a lot of activities, like Christmas in July and lobster feeds. We enjoyed a nice fall weekend of camping at Blueberry Pond and plan to return again.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
This is a nice state park. The sites are well spaced and quite large. Park staff are very helpful and friendly. My only complaint with the park is that the handicap facilities, as far as the shower goes, are woefully outdated. I have severe arthritis, and limited mobility, and found them impossible to use. The bench seat in the shower is old, cracked, vinyl, unsanitary and slippery when wet. There is no hand held shower head, and worst of all, no dry place to sit in the shower unit to get dressed, though the space is plenty big enough to accommodate a bench. This has NOTHING to do with the condition of the bath house. It was very clean, and the staff checked it numerous times a day. For the average camper, this is not an issue. Just for those of us who have limited mobility for one reason or another. This being said, I would still return here, as it IS a nice park in a good location with a great staff.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
This state park is close to Gettysburg, and we used it while touring the battlefields. The sites, while not as private as some places we have been, were adequately large, and the bathrooms were spotlessly clean. Showers are free. I have arthritis and have limited mobility, and the handicapped facilities here are some of the best I have seen. Camp hosts were nice and helpful. Store on premises had good burgers and fries. I would stay here again.