Date of Stay: May, 2015
This was our first trip to Acres of Wildlife. The above stated rate is the published rate. We stayed for $0 because we participated in the "free cleanup weekend". Basically, they offer you a free weekend in return for some raking and cleanup activities throughout the campground. It turned out to be about 3-4 hours worth of work, the rest was camping/fun time. The park was nice, and is definitely family oriented. Lots of games/activities for kids (and adults). Sites are decent, but probably look better once more foliage fills in the trees. This place has the very best camp store I have ever seen, a must see! The road is very dry and dusty, and with the constant truck/golf cart traffic it got things pretty dirty. All in all we had a good time. We are definitely planning a return trip later this Summer.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
This was the first time we have stayed at Woodmore. The website gives you the idea that they are strict, and very rule oriented. While I understand there have to be rules, I don't care for very strict parks. Rather, we should all govern ourselves respectfully without having the management getting involved. That being said, we had no issues with this park at all! The staff was great, we met both of the owners (Husband & Wife, great folks). They were curious and friendly. They do adhere strictly to the site occupant limits, and we had to rent a second site to accommodate the one adult (5th adult) that we were over the limit by. The site we had was at the end of the "T" section. They seem to section off the seasonal from the traditional campers (good idea IMO). The sites varied greatly in terms of size. Some sites were quite small, but ours was a perfect size for our HTT. The amenities were all in great condition, and well maintained! The Bocci court was the best we've seen in 2 Summers, we played for hours!! They have paddle/row boats & cohoes for rent. We rented 3 boats and all went for a nice paddle around the lake, let the kiddos explore the tiny island right offshore (told them it was a treasure island, we couldn't wipe the smile off their faces!!). The bathrooms & showers were nice & clean. Showers are extra large & roomy. My wife had an issue with the hot water in the showers on the first morning. We spoke to the owners and they PROMPTLY resolved the issue. This was a great CG. Family oriented, friendly ownership & staff, great facilities & amenities. We will be back in 2015 for sure!! As a note: I only gave them an 8 for a couple of reasons. 1)The majority of the sites were quite small. When we return, it will be contingent on getting the same site we did this time. There were no other sites that appealed to us (too small, not enough separation etc.). 2)The firewood they sell was all pine. It was a nice service, and the price was good ($7 for a barrel of it, and they bring it right to your site). But it wasn't difficult to go through 3+ buckets a day for a decent fire (we like having nice fires).
Date of Stay: August, 2014
This was our first time staying here. First impressions are that this place is clean and organized! One thing I noticed is that they separate the seasonals and regular sites (a great idea!). The grounds were clean, and well kept. We stayed right next to the pool. While this was nice for taking the kids swimming, it was a noisy site. I don't blame anyone, I didn't expect the site to be quiet while right next to the pool. The bathrooms and showers were amongst the best we have seen. Always clean, and working. The staff was friendly. The pool seems to be maintained by one of the seasonal campers. He is a very friendly gentlemen, and does a PHENOMENAL job maintaining the pool and pool deck! On Friday and Saturday night(s) there was a night watch guy who roams around. He walks onto your site just to announce his presence, and let you know if there are any problems just let him know. He also makes folks adhere to the rules very strictly. We were playing our radio so low that you couldn't here it 5 paces away...he asked us to turn it off after 10:00 per policy. While I don't necessarily count that as a bad thing, it was a little over the top. All in all, this is a nice park. We would be happy to return, albeit to a different site.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This is a CG that I have camped at many times, although I have not been here in over 10 years. The CG has changed a bit. They have added full hookups at every site (except for the strictly tenting sites). The seasonal population has grown in a big way. This is a disappointing trend that I see at every private CG we visit. I understand the need, I just hope these owners put an effort into preserving the traditional camping experience for us traditional campers. The facilities are nice, and as I remembered them for the most part. Where the game room once was is now a large leisure room with sofas, chairs, a fireplace, and large TV. I had really hoped the Bocci court remained as it was over 10 years ago, unfortunately it has not. The court has been moved, and is not longer even playable. The surface is just loam/dirt, and full of stones and dips. There is no way you could play a decent game of Bocci on it. I was disappointed with this as I remember spending hours enjoying multiple games of Bocci at this CG years ago...times change I guess. The pool was nice, with plenty of places to sit (multiple table & chars sets for lots of folks). The game room is dead. It has been moved to the basement and is now a dark & musty room where a bunch of half broken items sit. The laundry facilities were nice, and we used them. The showers were as I remembered. However, the ventilation system is not working. Couple that with the humid weather and it gets unbelievably stuffy & hot in there while showering. You have to just throw on the bare minimum of clothes so you can open the door to air it out. We did mention this to the owner and he was grateful for the feedback. He said that he is in the process of correcting the shower ventilation system. We also busted his stones about the Bocci court...he said it is on the list...lol The Moutonborough Town Beach access (you get a beach pass from the CG office) was a 5 minute drive away, and was a wonderful beach! It is worth mentioning that the firewood he sells was top notch! No soft wood, and it was perfectly seasoned, easy lighting stuff. So many CG's have absolute crap firewood, and it is a shame. We will be returning for sure!
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This is our first time staying at Fort Jefferson Campground. We chose this CG because it is in northern NH, and had hoped for a northern NH camping experience. Unfortunately it is another CG that caters primarily to its seasonal residents. Our site (98) was at the end of a row of sites, completely open with no shade whatsoever. With my rig set up the kids had barely enough room to play on our own site. The constant onslaught of kids on electric cars & bikes got old. I understand that there isn't much room to roam, but these cars going by every 5 minutes (starting at 7:00-7:30 AM) makes it impossible to enjoy a quiet coffee in the AM. Even the owner (I assume it is the owner, he is the only one driving around on a "Gator" vehicle, no other gas powered vehicles on the property) drives around the whole place giving his kids rides....all afternoon...EVERY DAY. It is enough to drive you crazy. If you don't believe me, try it out for a weekend...you will see. The bathroom (one for the whole place) was consistently dirty and ran out of TP almost every day. The showers (albeit free) had very inconsistent hot water. The park next door (Formerly Six Gun City, now called Fort Jefferson Fun Park) and the CG are owned by the same family. I understand the need to stabilize income, and open to seasonals (its happening everywhere now), but this is getting out of hand. The "clique" atmosphere takes over at these places, and makes us traditional campers feel as if we shouldn't be there. I'm not saying the folks weren't nice, but when you go to do the one thing there is to do (the pool) and it is overrun with one family (we learned that one family has 7 seasonal sites here, all with 3+ children each....you can imagine the size of this group!) it definitely puts a damper on your plans. The people were nice, the facilities & sites were subpar, the CG was mostly occupied by local seasonals (most lived mear minutes away). Fort Jefferson Fun Park was entertaining for the kids, but it is not even a shadow of what it used to be. It kills me to see a great little park die slowly like it appears to be doing. I wish they would partner with other local parks & businesses to help improve their situation. If you ever wanted to see Six Gun City, or if you remember it from your childhood, you better check it out before it is gone forever. Sants Village is just a 10 minute drive away too... Bottom line, we will not be returning to the CG.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This is the first time we have stayed here. I read the reviews and was a little skeptical. While the whole park is wooded, the sites are all very open. The weekend we stayed they were not busy at all, and we could easily see 2/3 of the entire campground from our site. The river access was nice, and the kids loved playing in the water. The playground is in need up repair/upgrading. Everything there needed maintenance & repair. The shuffleboard courts were in complete disrepair. The game room is completely abandoned, locked shut with a pool table flipped on its side. The bathrooms & showers could use more cleaning. I will stop short of calling them dirty, but they could definitely be better. The rain came down for a day and a half while we were there. Our site was fine, but you could see that many other sites flooded. if there were folks camping in those sites they would not be happy. All in all I liked the particular site we were on, and would camp on that site again.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
This was the first time staying at Friendly Beaver. The facilities are great, tons for kids to do, dinners, big tractor drawn wagon rides, antique firetruck rides, horses & goats....the list goes on. The bathrooms were all clean & relatively easy to get to. The not so great was the "200 section" we stayed in. It is a large oval camping area just packed with sites. The back-in sites (along the outside) are tight. I have a 23' RV with one slide-out. I was lucky to not have any adjoining neighbors during the weekend, otherwise I would have been staring at their rig (or they at mine). I mean, with my slide-out extended, my awning touched the next site when it was out. I practically didn't fit. We asked about a more private/wooded site and was told those are mostly reserved for "monthly/Seasonal" folks. There are a huge amount of "full timers". They say they are strict with speed limits, but not with the brigades of golf carts. Those people flew around like they owned the place. A bit of a pun because I had a feeling a large amount of family/family friends actually do stay there. All in all it was a nice place. Lots for kids to do, 4 pools, one of which is an indoor heated pool. If we could camp in a nice wooded site we would go back.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
We opened the park (literally, we watched the ranger open he chain gate). For that reason there were things that were not quite ready. Cleanup was still happening, not all sites were open. Not a big deal. The nice part was having the whole park to ourselves. One other camper came in just as it got dark. The bathrooms were clean. The showers were not very good. The shower heads were 90% clogged up and sprayed everywhere other than where you needed them to spray. The trails & views were great, and it was very quiet. I plan on coming back during the middle of the Summer to see how it is during the busy part of the season. There is only one bathhouse open for the 2014 season, so it might get a little dicey for those who visit during the busy times. We plan on staying here again next year on opening weekend.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
A nice campground. Sites are arranged so there is plenty of privacy on each site. Some are close together though. Our site had a nice grass surface for the kids to play on. The indoor pool was nice! Bathrooms & Showers were clean, but in need of updating for sure. Outdoor games & activities are nice, but out of the way for some folks staying on the other side of the campground. We will definitely stay here again!
Date of Stay: August, 2013
This is the first time we have stayed here. At first glance it looks like a parking lot style campground. Right up front by the store/office is the pull through sites. if you are into the parking lot style camping then you will like those. Me, I like the woods, so we got a site towards the back of the campground, one of the wooded sites. The sites were ok, a little close together with little/no vegetation between sites. Utilities worked well. Bathrooms were basic, but functional and kept clean! One of the best features of the Crows Nest is the family friendly activities. They had "Halloween in August" while we were here. The rec hall filled up with kids who can make their own masks and have snacks, then a hayride followed by trick or treating around the whole campground. Unfortunately we were not prepared with candy, so we could not participate but it was fun to see the kids having a good time. All in all it was a nice place. We will likely be back again.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This was our first camping trip into Maine. The folks at Hemlock Grove were very nice & helpful. The owners are always there and are pleasant. The bathrooms were always exceptionally clean, as we're the showers. As far as the sites go, they are a little too close together. This is a newer campground and I understand the desire to get as many sites in as possible. Our site was a bit tight (we knew this coming into the weekend). Power & water was great. Not even a flicker when the place was full. They have a small playground for the kids. It is small but nice. The road noise (close to Rte 1) was a bit loud at times, especially when a bike would go by. We really would have liked a pool to cool off in. All in all we enjoyed our stay. We will likely stay again but in a different site further from the road.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
We have stayed at Umbagog Lake State Park many times over the last 12 years. It is a very nice campground. On site amenities are limited, but the natural beauty and wonderful beach more than make up for it. Bathrooms & showers were kept reasonably clean (we had lots of rain during our stay). The surrounding area is very rural, not much to do close by. We enjoyed taking trips out on the lake (highly suggest bringing a boat, or renting a canoe) and packing the truck up for an afternoon of "moose crawling" down the dirt roads. This time we stayed at the main campground. In years past I have stayed at one of the remote sites, a very special experience. I highly suggest it!! Bring your own boat if you do...
Date of Stay: June, 2013
Lost River is a nice Campground. Some of the sites are close together, some are not. Roads are on the small side, and our site (177) was on the small side for our trailer. Bathrooms were exceptionally clean (quoted from my wife, the official judge of bathrooms). They close the bathrooms for an hour every day for thorough cleaning (times are clearly posted). Nearby amenities and plentiful and fun! Onsite amenities, not so much. To access the kids playground you have to cross a pretty fast road (Rt 118). Also across the road is the swimming pond. During our stay it was stagnant and disgusting. I would not let the kids swim in it. The campground was nice and quiet, it also was not very busy during our stay. However, if you camp in one of the sites along the road (Rt 118) be prepared to hear cars as they drive by. We stayed during the last weekend of Bike Week, what a mistake. We constantly heard loud bikes roaring by all day (and most of the night). All in all, we liked the campground. It was clean, and close to a lot of fun things to do. We will be staying again (just not in a site that is along the road).
Date of Stay: May, 2013
We have stayed at Terrace Pines in the past. It is a nice campground with good facilities. We stayed on two sites due to our party size (6 adults, 4 kids). We had the only 2 waterfront campsites. The rest had "water views". The beach was nice, but crowded. The campground has a heavy population of seasonal campers. Not many sites open to mobile campers. As such, the beach filled up with a large number of "regulars/residents". The disc golf they have is a great game! Bathrooms and showers were nice (and free hot showers!). While we had a good time and enjoyed our stay, we would only stay again if we get the two sites we had this time. Most of the "non seasonal" sites we saw were too small and crowded to enjoy.