Date of Stay: September, 2014
Skyway is a lovely older campground. With the mega campgrounds around nowadays, I would hesitate to call it a resort though. Nonetheless, we greatly enjoyed our stay here in R1 & R2 with family members. The owners have run Skyway for 45 years and now their children help out. All of them are extremely friendly and helpful and contributed to our enjoyable stay. There were a few negatives. Primarily, they do need to address the access to the campground. The turns are really too sharp for the bigger rigs. There is a lovely area near the front entrance called Strawberry and would be perfect for big rigs but there is still at least one sharp turn to maneuver. The access to this area could be reconfigured and should be really. I believe the owner puts some weekenders up in the back (which is up a decent hill). If they want privacy - that's great, but if they want to use any of the amenities, they've got a hike. Everything is down the hill and most is across a very quiet country road (pool, basketball court, pond). Now on to the positives. We loved this place. Gorgeous sites - most were huge. Wifi was perfect all the time (perhaps they've upgraded since the previous review?), with several transmitters throughout the campground. Roads were graded nicely and we thought they were plenty wide enough. This is the Catskills which means lots of trees! We love that this campground has left so many lovely trees around - it was stunning this weekend with the fall color. But if a branch here and there brushing the top is a concern, ask for the Strawberry or Ridge areas,they're the most open and except for the one inital tight turn, the most accessible. There are quite a few seasonals - although some younger families have left due to the newly remodeled Jellystone nearby. So the crowd right now skews a bit older and quieter. Skyway is the type of campground to relax, do a couple activites they organize and then go find something fun to do on your own. It's not a go-go place. We loved it. With a few improvements, it would be absolutely perfect. We'll definitely be going back.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
Maple Park Campground is no longer affiliated with Jellystone Parks. I've provided the correct website address. We stayed recently from Sunday through Weds, just after the 4th of July holiday. The CG was still packed when we arrived on Sunday so we had an opportunity to see their customer service at full capacity. And I have to say I was impressed. They hire quite a few WorkKampers and these people are professionals. They take great pride in this lovely campground. The location is very good - situated close to Cape Cod, Plymouth and not too far from Boston. It's located on 2 sandy ponds which provide the swimming access (no pools). The water was fairly clean (it was a pond after all!) and both beaches were very popular for both lounging and swimming. The sites are a huge mix of easy to access and holy cow - you'd better know what you're doing! The staff are pretty well versed in what sites work best for each type of camper so be sure to tell them what you need. The interior roads are very tight and congested in spots - again, if you're a novice, be forewarned! Some are spacious and level and others are NOT. This is a campground where it really pays to know as much as you can before you go. When I made our reservation, I was upfront about wanting a bit of privacy (while realizing this IS a campground!) and she put us in a spot that didn't have anyone around us. Nice. So they try if you ask nicely. All of the facilities I saw were in good working order. Bathrooms were good. They have a nice activities lodge, a coffee shop, boat rentals, ice cream and a camp store. And golf cart rentals! This place is huge!! Many people here either rent one or have their own. We did fine for the few days with our truck, but probably going back would rent one. All in all, this is a great family campground. Quiet at night, no noise or other issues at all. Rules seemed sensible. Easy to relax and close to great attractions. Just be careful which site you get!
Date of Stay: September, 2012
We enjoyed many aspects of Countryside RV Park. The owners are extraordinarily friendly and helpful as are many of the seasonals. The sites are some of the largest we've seen in over 10 years of camping - some are just enormous. When we asked the owner about this, he said they closed the place down a few years back and redesigned many of the sites, enlarging them. They also made the decision not to allow tenting, as they had had some out of control people. In any case the place is now spacious, very quiet and geared for the older set. Kids and young families will be comfortable here but be aware there is not a lot to do on property. There is a small playground, a swimming area in one of the ponds that no one would use (very mucky) and lots of room for bikes and games on the grass. There is no large social room (the one they have is pretty small and not used for much). They do have a lovely veranda with rockers, and a nice outdoor seating area near a fire pit. Scheduled activities are pretty random/scarce. We were there over Labor Day and the only thing going on was a cute little concert by some of the seasonals. Relaxing and fun. The bathrooms are a bit basic, but clean. Sites are mostly level and a mix of open and wooded. Honestly, if you want a quiet laid back atmosphere, this rates a 9 or 10. But I love to swim and we have family who like to join us (who have a tent) so for me I have to knock my rating down a bit. But we'd go back on our own in the spring or fall in a heartbeat!
Date of Stay: July, 2011
This is my second review of Brialee and we continue to love this place. After seeing many other campgrounds in the CT and RI area, I appreciate the work and money the owners put back into this place. We camped with family over the 4th of July weekend. It was packed and we had no problems with electric (granted, we didn't need to run the A/C!). The one really nice thing about Brialee is they don't nickel and dime you. Our family of 4 adults with one trailer and one tent were accommodated on one nicely spacious site with no extra charges. Try getting THAT at other campgrounds that charge for the kids in the family, not to mention extra adults/cars! With a full campground, it was actually very quiet after around 11pm. No loud parties. Security was right on the spot when one group decided to let off some loud fireworks near the sites (strictly prohibited). One nice thing - Brialee had their own very respectable fireworks display and set off all the kids firecrackers too. The bathhouse near us was very clean (we had site 218), but the one near the pool was much dirtier due to the really high usage. They need to keep on this better. Lots of activities that were well run and well-attended. Clean (chilly!) pool and nice clean pond for swimming. Very pet friendly with a separate doggie beach. The dogs I came into contact with (and the owners!) were well behaved. Overall, we'll be back again for sure!
Date of Stay: September, 2009
This is a beautiful area on Bowdish Reservoir. Campground is well laid out with wooded sites for both tents and larger campers. There are no hookups, showers or flush toilets. Very well maintained porta-johns are scattered throughout campground. We saw staff continually cleaning and stocking them. Very quiet and peaceful. Would be a ten, except no pump out station. Swimming is in reservoir, also a boat launch. Many hiking trails. Excellent value for Rhode Island!
Date of Stay: August, 2009
This is a very nice county park, tucked away, but very close to I-84 and roughly 1 1/2 hours to NYC. Sites vary somewhat, but because the campground is in a heavily wooded area, there is little grass. We stayed at site #29 with electric. This was a huge site. Most of the sites were really well spaced apart, but there were a few grouped together that would be ideal for family groups. One nice feature is the campground map. It is very detailed as to each site's size and electric availability or not. The main reasons I marked the campground down from an 8 or 9 is the lack of water at each campsite and the condition of the restrooms. I understand bugs-- they're a part of camping! But these restrooms need better ventilation and maintenance. One of the shower curtains in the ladies section was covered in mold. On the positive side, the showers were free. Some partying while we were there, but we've definitely heard worse. For $20 per night, this campground is a definite bargain and well worth checking out. Just come early on weekends-- they don't take reservations and the good sites go fast!
Date of Stay: April, 2009
We really enjoyed Bria-Lee, especially the $15/night special running for the month of April. We were assigned site #78 which is normally a seasonal, but wasn't taken yet. The CG was nearly full due to several groups in for the weekend. We checked main bathroom adjacent to rec hall and the new one by the pond beach and both were in good condition and clean. Showers are free which is nice. Some of the roads needed some grading, but overall were in good repair. New dump station by back entrance. Rec hall has good potential, needs some more money put into it to make it shine. Nice playgrounds, pretty pond area. Pool wasn't open of course, but is a good size. We enjoyed our stay and decided to book Memorial Day weekend here. A little pricier than some of the other comparable CG's in the area, so that is one reason not a 9 or 10. But the staff is very friendly.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
We camped at Oak Embers the first weekend it was open (1st weekend in May), and it was not really ready for weekend guests. The office was locked when we got there, and after calling 2 numbers on the door, got hold of someone who was certain we didn't have a reservation (we did). She came over to the campground (took about 20 mins) and DID find our reservation, just where it was supposed to be. Not much of any apology, just an "oh well"! Actually saw her a couple more times and she was very nice - so we'll put it down to early season mixups. The sites have had recent electrical and sewer upgrades, which is nice. However the ground is torn up and muddy from the digging in many spots. Our water had quite a bit of sediment in it. Some sites were unlevel (in the woods, "C" section). Others looked ok. Bathrooms were decent, showers are pay. Not much of a playground at all and the pool looked on the small side. On the plus side, its in a beautiful section of Rhode Island, adjacent to the Arcadia Wildlife Management area. Very quiet, lots of creeks, and ponds. We might go back later in the year to see if it "feels" better with more people - there were only a handful camping with us. Oh, and its owned by the campers association now, so they do have a vested interest in keeping it up.
Date of Stay: November, 2007
Really just a great full-service campground. We camped here the first weekend in November during the remnants of Hurricane Noel, and we still enjoyed ourselves. Sites do vary, with some older ones not being very wide for slideouts, but newer sites are huge. Bathrooms are some of the best I've ever seen, spotlessly clean and well laid out. Only gripes (and they're fairly small) is a city garbage truck came by at 7:30am on Saturday -very loud and disruptive and the pancake breakfast served very undercooked sausages. Overall highly recommended, especially the adult reading/tv loft and the lovely indoor pool and jacuzzi's.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
Great CG! Lovely pull-thru sites, even for many of the w/e ones. Lots of privacy for most. Full hookup area has nice views of saltwater pond/inlet. Restrooms were barely ok, need to be updated soon, and I hate pay showers. Close (really close!) to ocean beaches and ferry to Block Island. Highly recommended.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
We liked Charlie Brown BECAUSE it was quiet. The kids we saw did just fine with casting a line in the bordering stream and pond and just running around being kids. For those that need a "yogi bear" type experience, this is definitely not the place! Very nicely maintained grounds, we were at the end of the stream-side sites (43?) and somewhat secluded from the rest of the CG. Just wonderful. On the downside, you can hear some noise from a fairly busy road and the showers are pay. Plus I can't help adding a small gripe about the cost: but this is New England where almost every CG is $40 and up. Owners were super helpful and nice.
Date of Stay: October, 2006
This CG was not bad just not spectacular. Situated across the road from a beautiful pond (fishing is popular, lots of early morning departures) but no view from sites. Interior roads need to be regarded or filled or something, lots of ruts. Transient sites were ok, large enough lengthwise but not a real lot of room between sites for privacy. Seasonals were in good repair, although there were plenty of loud parties both nights -luckily they didn't last too long into the evening. Restrooms were average, showers were pay - can't stand this! For the lack of much amenities and paying full price late in the season, I can't give this a much higher score. However, it is very close to the ocean beaches near Narragansett and Charlestown.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
In spite of some issues, we liked this homey campground. Chiefly the bathrooms needed to be updated and kept cleaner, they were old and grimy. Lovely clean pond for swimming, also had a clear stream running through the length of the CG. Some seasonals were junky, others were neat and tidy. Sites were either gravel/dirt or grass, no concrete. But most sites appeared fairly level. There were several open areas (both seasonal and transients) that allowed for sat dish setup. Roads were bumpy and the map is confusing at best. Employees were VERY friendly. We would come here again, but for those looking for amenities and luxury, go elsewhere.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
A very well thought out county campground with a section of pull-through sites that accommodates even the biggest rig. Other areas are more for trailers, popups and tents. No sewer hookups but there is a dump station. Several large playgrounds throughout park for the kids and a boat launch on the St. Croix for the bigger "kids". You park on gravel, but most of the rest of the site (except the heavily wooded ones in the tent area) is nice and grassy. Most of the ones we saw were fairly level. Some sites may have low hanging branches but quite a few are out in the open if you need satellite. Very active camp hosts. Besides the nightly fee you also need to purchase a day pass each day you are there ($5 per day). Out in the country but within 1/2 hour to the Twin Cities and lots of picturesque river towns and scenery.
Date of Stay: October, 2005
A wonderful smaller county park within 15 minutes of the Twin Cities. Sites are nicely spaced from each and level. Most had some shade and grassy area. A few pull-thrus. No concrete pads, just gravel, also no sewer hookups that I remember seeing (but they did have a dumping station). Very scenic, lots of walking and biking paths. Pool complex with wave pool nearby in park (extra $) and also riding stables (trail rides, hayrides). Restrooms were very clean, showers were clean but a bit cramped. Really the only reason it didn't rate a 10 is that I feel nothing is totally perfect...this came very close though!