15 Parks near Barkhamsted, Connecticut
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
Jul 2012 - $48.00
We spent almost a week there with the kids (ages 10-8) across from the pool area. This is a beautiful campground and we often saw the staff working to maintain it: mowing, weeding, cleaning the grounds. The pool was nice and warm and clean. (We saw owner cleaning and checking the pool every morning.) There was a nice large deck around the pool to sit with chairs, tables and umbrellas. There is minigolf (looked in decent shape but we did not do) and mining $5 or $9 per bag (we did, kids got nice gems) on site. There is a fishing pond and a boating pond. We didn't do paddle boats because it looked a little too weedy. Our site was a large pull through with water, electric and sewer. There was hair (from a human haircut) on our site when we got here, but when told, the staff was quick to go rake it up. The playground was in good shape. There were a few activities during the week and many on the weekend. They were well organized and well run by friendly staff. It rained a few days while we were here and we still had fun hanging out in the rec hall playing ping-pong, air hockey, wii, watching a movie (scheduled activity), doing puzzles, and eating from the snackbar. Staff moved up the dance from 7pm to 6pm because of bad weather, to give campers something to do. DJ was friendly and kids had a blast. Pizza was good and other items were reasonably priced. We all loved the Sunday breakfast buffet. Ladies showers need a little updating but the rest of the bathroom was obviously recently renovated. Close by we visited the Granville Country store (GREAT cheese) and the Gran-Val scoop (ice cream and a few farm animals to feed and pat). Overall one of the nicer campgrounds we have visited truly due to the staff. We will definitely return after we get the truck tuned up and brakes checked. The hills on the way to the campground were long and steep! - Itsatrip
Jul 2011 - $42.00
Bathrooms were small, old/dirty, soap dispenser was empty often and paper towel dispenser was broken for 3 days! They advertised mini-golf, but we learned that it was staffed only on the weekend, and closed at 1 PM. Paddle boats advertised for use on pond were locked up and staff not available on the holiday weekend to unlock and clean for use. Many unsupervised kids roaming the camp grounds. Went to do a craft activity on a rainy day, and staff would not set up an additional folding table for us, but rather expected our family to split up to different tables with available chairs, not very friendly or accommodating. We camped next to a cabin on the pond that was allowed to set up multiple tents at their cabin, which made for many people at one site, and blocked our view of the pond. We would never return to this campground. - new_camper
Jun 2011 - $42.00
Pros:overall, seems like a nice, well-run campground. The free Wi-Fi worked well. The pool is nice. It does not allow kids to swim without parents and has adult swim hours. The two ponds are fun places for kids to catch minnows and salamanders with nets (we were told there aren't many bigger fish though). Cons: we were near a group of cabins where a large group was staying, which meant loud music and a lot of noise. Also, there were a lot of unsupervised teens and pre-teens who were often hanging out at or near the playground, which made for an unpleasant atmosphere for little kids. The bigger kids were standing in the baby swings, using foul language on the playground and leaving trash there. Each time we went to the play area, I had to pick up several pieces of trash, including crushed cans, ice cream sticks, etc. There are plenty of trash cans around the play area, so it's unfortunate that campers can't be bothered to use them. - ctcampers
Sep 2011 - $42.00
This campground is terrible, very poorly maintained. From the entrance road which needed serious upgrading to the bathhouse, everything was in serious need of attention. The bathhouse was poorly maintained, three toilet stalls in Womens side, only one in working condition. It was dirty the entire time. The grounds were not well kept and the staff were not pleasant. We were actually repulsed by this campground and would suggest it be avoided at all costs! - eastman
Jun 2011 - $45.00
This place was poorly maintained. The restrooms are filthy. The roads are full of large potholes. There are a lot of trees overhanging the road. Very dusty as some of the perm. campers "keep the road hot" constantly driving to the trash can etc. It is very overpriced for the money. Take my advice and keep going! - crackers
May 2006 - $33.00
Southwick Acres is related to Sodom Mountain CG. SA is more geared toward seasonal campers with the number of what looked like rental sites being a small minority. There are a handfull of tent sites and 5 cabins available. The small single bathhouse also denoted the number of seasonal sites since seasonals have sewer. SA welcomes kids but they are not what I would call "kid friendly" as they don't have any activites planned, rather they allow cmapers to go to Sodom Mtn and participate in their activities. The camp store was also essentially non-existant. Had we only planned a camping weekend and not had our days filled with trips to nearby 6 Flags, it would have not been one of our better Memorial Day weekend experiences. All in all, it was an ok campground with friendly staff, hence the mediocre rating. - Nik
Oct 2016 - $47.00
We stayed here again Columbus Day Weekend, 2016 with two other couples after having successful experiences in the past. Unfortunately, this trip was not as pleasant.
To start things off, we reserved four remote sites for this weekend well in advance. When we arrived, we found out that one of the employees had given our sites away to another party, so they reassigned us to three sites next to the dumping station. Yuck! We arrived after the office closed at 8 p.m. (Who closes that early on a holiday weekend?), so there wasn't much to do at that point but proceed to the site and set up.
At our sites, one of the power outlets didn't work. No sewer connection, but had a gray water inlet.
The weekend itself was uneventful, but on the day we were to leave, we had to wait OVER AN HOUR in line for said dumping station, because it was their only one. And then when my wife went to retrieve our deposit for the gate card upon departure at 1 p.m., she was yelled at by the staffer for checking out past checkout time. She explained that the line was long at the dumping station and refused to believe that it took us an hour to dump.
Needless to say, this will be our last trip there. - grumpah
Aug 2014 - $46.00
We stood here in August for group events at both Six Flags New England and Lake Compounce. The staff was able to put myself and my friend together, in an unconventional way, since I needed FHU and he didn't. His site said that it had electric, but the electric came from my post. Thankfully, he only had a popup, and 20amps were fine. The facility was on the side of a large hill. Bathrooms in our area were clean, remodeled, but in an old bathhouse trailer. Showers were also clean, and cost 25 cents. I never have an issue paying for a clean shower. Staff was very friendly. My site was a bit unlevel on the roadside, but was fixed with on plank. I did have to place my unit by using my sewer hose as a guide, as the sewer connection was a bit of a distance away. All in all, I would stay there again if I was to go to both Six Flags and Lake Compounce in the same weekend. - ChooChoo Man
Jul 2014 - $48.00
I read the other reviews but here is my take on this park. If you don't care about your paint your all set. Seems the town, that you must drive through doesn't trim trees wide or high enough for class A's. Not easy to get to. Narrow city streets, cable awful reception, low hanging trees, and we followed their directions! Rough dirt and gravel roads, and very narrow. Grass pull thru, not very level, no pad, Bugs galore. Never told ahead of time that there is an additional fee if you use your air conditioning. That was a surprise at check in. Next surprise, NO 50 amp service in the pull thru, only in back ins, and another additional charge for that! Wifi very weak. Just a weird backwoods kind of place. Seedy looking. Would not recommend or return. - THE DOC
Jun 2015 - $14.00
This is definitely forest camping on Otis Reservoir, which is a scenic lake peninsula. No hookups and there are only about 25 sites out of 93 for trailers and RVs. Our site was down a long rocky driveway slanted to the lake with a picnic table and fire pit overlooking the lake. We could have put a kayak in from our site. Many campers put their boats in at the boat landing and tie it up on the shore near their campsites. It was beautiful. There are many tent and pop up camper sites right on the water. The campground has a nice beach and offers boating, fishing, hiking and swimming. Comfort stations are clean with showers. There is a dump station near the office. This is not just off the highway, it is a long ride in off of route 8 in western MA and I would not want to drive it at night. Our site had four campsites around it but with all the trees and shrubs we could see only the top of one tent in the distance. It is a peaceful place to camp but I would not take an RV over 28 ft camping here. We would camp here again. - gsnakehill
Jul 2010 - $14.00
All the sites seemed to have a lot of privacy with lots of trees and greenery. The lake is beautiful with a nice swim area. Very peaceful, quiet at night, and overall attractive and well kept. Ranger programs for kids and adults are available. Pleasant staff. We will be back. - poodlecamper
Aug 2009 - $12.00
This is a very nice campground that's on the Otis Reservoir. The beach area is average size for a Massachusetts State Park. There are lifeguards on duty most of the time. The campsites are large but some are on hills which make it a tent only site. There is a boat ramp for the general public for use of their watercraft. The weekend we went there the ramp was closed early Saturday afternoon because the parking lot was full. There are also A.T.V. and dirt bike trails in the woods. If you have a powered watercraft or a four wheeler this is a great place to camp. We were able to hike, ride bikes, swim and fish all at one park. We would go back again but it's a long drive for a weekend, so we will hold off for now. - B. P. Donelan
Aug 2012 - $38.00
Staff was very friendly. There are some beautiful shaded sites; we were in the field, and sun was directly on us in the afternoon and that was a little uncomfortable. We did have 30 amp service, so could use the AC. I'd ask for shade next time, but we didn't give much notice before reserving. Restrooms and showers were very nice & clean. They had everything we needed. We had a great camping experience there. They have boat rentals, a nice lake which is across the road from the camp store. - SharonW.
Sep 2015 - $53.00
This is a great park and I would stay again. Grass was groomed throughout. Activities were awesome and the staff very friendly. We enjoyed everything about the park. The roads were nice gravel. The restrooms are clean. Big rig friendly. Easy to maneuver around. Beautiful view of the mountains. - CrazyCamper2
Jul 2015 - $99.00
Very Expensive even for a holiday weekend. It happens to be the most expensive campground we're ever stayed in partly because they charge and extra $12/night for anything more than 2 adults/site. The layout and grounds are just OK. The park is run like a resort with activities (mostly for kids) announced over a very loud speaker system (one was right in our site) several times a day. Nice pool and hot tub -- otherwise not worth the extra fees paid. Site was a bit downhill with a big drop off at the back of the site. Our 39' rig had to overhang the ravine a bit to be off of the road. - wisewoman
Jul 2012 - $45.00
Would of gave this campground a better rating if they didn't put us in the middle of a hay field. Seemed like 98 percent permanents with golf carts. Recreation and activities are awesome. - bbabmbbb
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 <very> unlevel. Check-in behind the pool, 50’ away from where you stop, and you walk across gravel/dirt/mud. After you register, you have to go forward, then back up to make a difficult u-turn to get to sites. Very friendly and concerned staff. Few sites for big rigs. Interior roads very tight and full of ruts; we almost bottomed out. A disaster. Wi-Fi was very slow; no cable and only a few TV stations with antenna. 30-amp hookup did not have a circuit breaker, electrical wire tied to trees. Don’t follow GPS; follow directions on website if you <really> want this experience. Weekend we were here was a “backyard carnival,” but they charged for almost everything. Laundry had one washer and one dryer. We will NOT be back. We’d rather stay at a Wal-Mart. - bbonnell
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
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