11 Parks near Bantam, Connecticut
Jun 2016 - $60.00
Check-in was easy since you paid in full at the time reservation was made. Campsites were dirt or mud depending on the weather, thought they should have been gravel at least based on the nightly fee. No sewer hookup on the sites. WiFi was excellent. Sites were full shade. The pool depth was just 3.5 feet.
Will not return to this campground based on the high nightly rate. - Nautilus
Jun 2012 - $56.00
The site that we stayed in was level and well big enough for our rig which was 34 feet in length. Some of the roads could be filled in and smoothed out. The price was a little high for what they had to offer. The pump out station need to be leveled or make it so that the RV's can lean toward the pump out not the other way. - cldance5678
May 2012 - $56.00
My husband and I really loved this friendly clean campground. Staff were very helpful and pleasant. They even let us in before they opened for season so we could make sure we would have an easy time getting in with our rig. They seem to have everything under control as we saw no overt drunkeness or rowdy behavior. There were children having a great time everywhere. I would definitely return to this great little gem. Pool was sparkling, activities plentiful. - KP from CT
Oct 2015 - $56.00
Resort? I don't think so. No cable; no sewer; no WiFi - how is that a resort? When I called to book the site I was told that it was the last weekend for camping so the pool and hot tub were closed, there were no activities planned and the store would be closed. We really only wanted a place to park the motorhome while we did some leaf peeping so that didn't matter to us. I was surprised that we were still charged the full summer weekend rate, even when I asked for a discount. The campground looks like it is mostly seasonals and the sites are not kept up very well. Driving to our site seemed like we were driving thru an automotive junkyard. Our fire pit was overflowing with garbage and brush. Truly disappointing experience. - Bonnie66
Oct 2015 - $56.00
We first camped here in 2014. There is a lot to do here on the weekends. From Luau's and pig roasts to country hoe downs, carnivals, family dinners, dances and community fires, this place makes you feel at home. I heard all the bad reviews when the prior owners had the place but the new co-op has turned things around and are constantly improving the look and grounds of the campground. They have 2 well maintained pools and a hot tub. Large play space area for the kids, a covered pavilion, and well maintained laundry facilities. The bathrooms are heated and very clean. Free showers with large dressing areas. Everyone we have come across treats you like family. We have had such positive experiences here we are becoming seasonal campers next year here. - Nk1996
Jun 2009 - $55.00
Rate was the highest we paid in 2.5 years of full timing. We expected luxury, but it was substandard. Gravel road into park. Entrance to the park
Jun 2014 - $17.00
This campground is all about the lake, Lake Waramaug. Although no "waterfront" sites, most all sites have a view of the lake (many partially blocked by other campsites, though). Canoe and kayak rentals are available from a private operation on most weekends. Many people bring their own canoe or kayak. A smallish beach is great for kids. Sites are not large and maneuvering with a bigger camper can be a little challenging for most sites. Bathrooms were "state park clean", which I thought were fine. Not a lot of showers, each bathroom had one shower. Also, large sinks for washing dishes are at each bathroom building. Water faucets are available at a few spots providing fresh water, and you can fill a camper tank from them (but you can't stay hooked up). This is a good campground for families wanting a little bit "rustic" while tenting but still have some facilities (like bathrooms). Staff is polite, helpful, and outgoing. - Tom
May 2009 - $13.00
This is one of the gems of the Connecticut State Park system. Extremely affordable with a view of the beautiful Lake Waramaug from many sites. Litchfield County has so many great things to see and this Lake is one of them. The campground closed its concession/camp store for 2009 which is a real bummer. You used to be able to get coffee, breakfast and lunch here but no more. The beach is nice and you can walk or bike around the lake. We camped here in a tent and for $13.00 per night this is a true bargain. The sites overlooking the water are prime and book early. The only downside to this State Park are the bathrooms - they are always dirty. The security at the Park does a nice job and they strictly enforce quiet time and no more wood on the fire at 10 p.m. Our family of 5 camped here in a tent with friends and had a blast despite the rain. I would highly recommend this park to folks looking for a get away from it all back to nature camp experience without 40 foot RV's blocking the view. - User889
Jul 2016 - $51.00
We stayed here while on our way to MA. The owner was very nice, and the campground served its purpose. I would not spend more than 1 night here, but to stop on the way somewhere: it's perfect. - joeyd
Sep 2015 - $46.00
Hard to find the park with narrow steep interior gravel roads. Primarily permanent people and no upkeep on the park. Buildings are in need of repairs and park is weed infested. I assume they are the only park in the area. Would not stay there again. - johnmackxx
Sep 2015 - $48.00
Park is scruffy & definitely in need of some TLC, but folks were very nice & fellow campers as well. Seems like only 2 pull thrus. Good stop over being only 10 minutes from I84.
Overpriced for this small park & charged 3. For air conditioning. - Beachside Baby
Jun 2014 - $17.00
Nice State Park with excellent (water front) access to the Housatonic River. Also has a few "rustic cabins" for $50 a night available, on excellent water front sites. Not "big rig" friendly, some areas (especially sites along the river) have a lot of trees that can make maneuvering difficult. Sites up by camp office are a little easier for RVs to get into. Campsites in general are pretty good size. There are supposed to be a couple water faucets available where I believe you can fill a water tank, but we didn't see them. Camp staff told us a dump station is available, but off site, and we didn't see it as we didn't need it. Camp staff are polite, friendly, and helpful. Bathrooms are "state park clean", and the bathroom buildings have one shower each in them. Bathrooms also have a couple large sinks for cleaning dishes. Great campground for semi-rustic camping. Lots of fishermen and the river has great fishing. Also, just down the road is access to the Appalachian Trail, with a neat, quick loop hike - Pine Knob Loop Trail, about 2.5 hour hike with some climbing. - Tom
Jun 2016 - $45.00
I've never posted a negative review ever but I would be remiss if I didn't post that my husband and I would not recommend or return to this place. The memories of camping here are not positive. The topography is NOT travel trailer friendly AT ALL. I have a teardrop trailer and had difficulty navigating to our site. The owner are very nice. Many of the campers appeared to be intoxicated and seemed irresponsible. The views are of dumpy dilapidated trailers -- ownership has not taken pride in it's upkeep. Lawns have knee high grass, debris from former seasonals still there, platform "patios" with missing and rotten boarding. I would not suggest this place even at $10/night. We paid $45/night. We will never choose a camping site without checking reviews first. - dneilson2
Jun 2012 - $42.00
Called ahead for reservation. Told them the size of our motorhome. Told no problem with full hookup. Got there, and we were "too tall" to get up the hill for full hookup. Because of low hanging power lines had to stay in no sewer site. Campground is terrible. We bent our tail pipe coming in due to driveway not graded or kept in good condition. They wanted to charge $5 per person to visit. My family was coming for dinner. Guests are not allowed to use the pool, so why the charge? Probably because of the low life looking, permanent campers at the campground. Lots of aggressive dogs tied up outside of old, run down, dirty campers. This was absolutely the worst campground we have ever been in. Please take my advice and don't camp here. I only used this campground because it was the closest to my relatives. Next time, I'll drive 50 miles if I have to in order to not stay here! - jenbeau1
Apr 2012 - $25.00
Tight turns to RV sites, poor hook ups for sewer generally run down, not worth the money spent. We didn't have an option at the time as other parks were not open and we were visiting family in the area. - ggwhite
Jun 2010 - $14.00
This is a great, small, unimproved campground. I am rating it an "8" because it was clean, quiet, and a great location. This is a Rustic campground. No electric hookups, no sewer, no water spigots for filling camper tanks, and No dump station. There are a couple water "pumps" available. You really do have to crank the hand pump up and down to get water. The pit toilets, otherwise known as outhouses, are surprisingly clean. But they are still outhouses. Probably most of the campsites are tent only. I checked "not big rig friendly" because the entrance road is tight in spots, and some of the campsites are difficult to get into and are not really level. Okay, after all that, this is a beautiful, heavily wooded state park in a beautiful area of Connecticut (Litchfield County). The campsites are large and well spaced in small loops along the Macedonia brook. Our campsite (site 47) was clean, with a large fire ring that had been cleaned out. Our site was not level and when we backed in our trailer it was facing the wrong way, but that did not detract at all from our experience. It was not crowded at all when we were here, and very quiet. The hiking trails are not very long, but a few of them are surprisingly challenging. If you are not in good shape for climbing you may want to check with the Rangers about which trails to hike. The views at the top of the Macedonia trail are great, and worth the hike. There is a lot to see in the surrounding area, including a covered bridge, Kent Falls State Park, museums, and much more within an easy drive. As long as you understand the rustic type of campground this is, it is a great place for a quiet camping trip in the woods. - Tom
Jul 2016 - $54.00
Way overpriced for a campground that doesn't have full hook ups...no sewer. - jbrown002
May 2016 - $60.00
This was the first time that we camped at Bear Creek. It was my husband, myself, and my two children We were excited about our trip however disappointed when we got to the campground. I understand that it is a new campground but it felt like we were camping on a tarmac. It was hot and there was no shade or relief in sight. We have air conditioning in our camper but we don't camp to spend 100% of our time in our camper. We did go to the amusement park one day however I do not feel that the discounted price of the tickets was really worth the $60 a night to camp at Bear Creek. It is advertised as being a part of Lake Compounce so my feeling is there should be a larger discount for the amusement park, otherwise don't advertise and sell it as being part of amusement park. The price we paid for the amusement park tickets was the same as any other discount that you can receive by going on the internet. It was not what we expected and we would not return. The staff were friendly and helpful. The water had good pressure. There was no sewer hookups. As stated in other reviews there is a power plant that creates a humming noise 24/7. The facilities were clean just not a place to bring children on a hot summer day unless your planning on spending all your time at the amusement park. The trolley service to the amusement park is very convenient. Campground is pet friendly. - Lck
May 2016 - $60.00
As others have said, this is a newer park, and the RV camping is basically in a big gravel field. There are trees, but they are young and offer no shade at all. Hook-ups are water and electric only, no sewer. Sites are gravel and level, everything was in good working order.
The restrooms and showers are very nice, modern and were very clean. I noticed they were cleaned several times a day.
Staff was very friendly and helpful, even in the rain all weekend.
Only real problem we had was getting to the campground. We came in in the early AM dark and as you approach the amusement park you can't see the signs for the campground, the entrance is hidden to the left before the parking lot toll booths, where there is a lit sign. A lit sign on the road would have been very helpful.
The main reason for visiting is the amusement park, but this is a good jumping off point for other local attractions, and the campground itself has activities as well. On our visit they had a Mothers Day pancake breakfast that was excellent.
Overall it is a bit pricey for a W/E site, but still a nice place to stay and we plan to return. - Cyclonic
Sep 2015 - $43.00
Most of the spaces are filled by year round campers, most not well kept. Many residents are dumping their gray water on there site, where no sewer is available. Roads approaching and within the park were terrible. Though friendly, the young lady at the counter obviously did not have experience. WIFI is only at the office, and it did not work while we were there. CATV was good. - R V Camper
Nov 2014 - $59.00
Awesome place to camp. Very friendly family orientated atmosphere. My kids look forward to this trip every year. You can't ask for better! If you have kids you won't see them from sun up to sun down due to the amount of activities. Pet friendly, Clean restrooms and friendly staff!! - Gina Falt
Jul 2014 - $58.00
First thing to remember is the name of the park is "campsites" not "RV resort" Which makes it a mixed bag. Staff was friendly, and responsive to emails. Good cable TV connection which was important as trees on edge of field were too high for Dish Network. Have 39' fifth wheel, put us on end lot pull-through which normally would be a good thing... except here the lot was so narrow our front door was only 6 feet from road. Roads were not made for big rigs, e.g., tight turns with tree overhangs. If you have smaller camper, or pop up and don't need Wi-Fi [at your site] or sewer probably be OK. FYI, a killer mountain climb if you try to get there from US 44 BEFORE Winsted. Instead follow US 44 through town to CT 8 then right on CT 20 and finally right to Reballard Rd which becomes Old North. You and your truck will be much happier. - Tom & Marilyn
Sep 2015 - $27.00
My wife and I stayed for a few nights while visiting family and friends nearby. We did not use the park facilities other than park our camping trailer. Do not rely on the people at the office to assign a proper parking site for you. All sites are grass, no paving, no pad. Not many are level. Do not let the staff assign you to the "overflow" area. If tell them your rig is over 26' they will send you to overflow.... That area is beside the entry road at the entrance to the park, where cars drive by at all times. The site I was on would easily accept the total length of my rig, at 47'. - R V Camper
Jun 2015 - $20.00
Note: Roads leading to park are narrow and twisty - you are not lost! just keep following directions, you will get there. I lean towards saying this is not for larger campers - our 21 foot travel trailer was fine, but much larger would be a bit tight due to roads and maneuvering in the campground. Very nice state park. Sites are large and have a picnic table and fire ring. Firewood is sold at camp office. Bathrooms are "state park clean", looked like they were cleaned each morning on the weekend. Attached to bath houses are dish cleaning stations. Water spigots are scattered around the camping area - you can fill your camper if needed, but you can't stay hooked up. Cell phone reception is iffy, it is a hilly and heavily wooded area. Lake is very busy with boats, you can fish from many places (might need fishing license), and there is a designated swim area. Employees are nice and helpful. No alcohol park. Quiet at night. We will certainly return here. - Tom
Jul 2009 - $15.00
A great small state park to camp at. First time dry camping in our HTT and it was great. Our only problem was our original site - it was site #1 and it was very steep. Could only open one tent end because I couldn't get level. Had to prop the camper up against the car so that it wouldn't slide. However, talked to the ranger and the next morning we switched sites across the street. Mostly tent camping. Sites in the 60's appeared great. Walk to the lake is pretty long, but beautiful. Small beach, clear water. Park offered free movies for the kids both nights and an ice cream truck also came in. Quiet time is 10:00 p.m. and at 10, it got quiet. Bathrooms looked good for a state park. Had a great time - close to home, relaxing, fun. Would definitely return. - kskuches