26 Parks near East Haddam, Connecticut
Aug 2015 - $24.00
We loved everything about Wolf's Den except the tight roads within the park. It was a lovely wooded campground with a kind of state park feel. The weekend was busy but during the week it was very quiet. We loved that it was very convenient to a lot of area attractions - it provided a good home base. We loved coming back in the late afternoon and taking a dip in the well maintained pool. Good cable TV. Dump station was a little inconvenient. Had to put $10 cash deposit down on gate card. We forgot to return it when we left but mailed it back to them and they mailed us a check. - RunAroundSue
Oct 2013 - $22.00
NOT BIG RIG FRIENDLY We have a 40' motorhome. The turns are very tight, but doable. You REALLY need to bring your A game when driving through this park. The problem that we had was the low branches. Nothing says 'welcome to our campground' like sound of woods grinding into gelcoat. Someone needs to take a chainsaw and trim the low branches. I will not be coming back. - Dave Nurse
Jul 2012 - $65.00
Pool was very dirty, mold on inside edges. Prices were very high. Staff was unfriendly. Campground was mostly empty considering holiday weekend. Bathrooms were a old and not clean, even considering there campground was almost empty. Appears even seasonal campers are pulling out unhappy. - silverspoon
Sep 2016 - $49.00
A work in progress. A very nice setting - mostly open field on a hill, but it needs some work which the owners are currently in the process of completing. The primary concern we observed were sites that were not level. Also trees are not trimmed high enough for big rigs.
Some sites are grass, some are gravel. Older grass sites are OK on width. Newer gravel pull thru sites are rather close together. Leveling is currently a problem. The newer sites were being re-leveled while we were there, but even with the releveling it looks like longer rigs may still have a problem leveling. Maneuvering with big rigs is not great, but doable - some of the newer sites have pretty tight turns into the sites.
Big rigs should come in from CT-20 as the bridge in East Haddam (coming in from CT-9) has a sharp right turn at the east end of the bridge. Big rigs using CT-9 will likely need both lanes to make the turn. All rigs should approach the campground from CT-149 and not from CT-16 (a very tight u-turn is needed to get into the campground when coming from CT-16).
Power OK, water pressure low at 32psi when running (50 psi static). No sewer in our site but honey wagon is available for a fee. T-mobile no service, Verizon 1-2 bars LTE (sometimes only 3G) with adequate speed on LTE, no data with 3G. Campground WiFi decent signal and speed, but campground was nearly empty. WiFi did get very sluggish in the late afternoon. No problem with satellite access.
We would consider returning. - SeaLandSkyPhoto
Sep 2016 - $49.00
This is our 3rd trip the Grand View. I am still amazed on all the continued improvements, some of which are 7 new W/E/S sites with 4 more in the works. Bathrooms & showers by pool area were clean but found shower stalls cramped and tough to move around in. Most of the new W/E/S sites are pull thru and excess seems easy even with the larger Class A's. Geography at the campground is mostly open on a slightly graded hill. Grounds are well maintained. Interior roads and sites dirt and crushed stone. Our W/E hookups were in good working order and no problem backing into our site. WiFi was very good, okay signal on our Verizon cell phone. Grandview is located in a beautiful country area which just adds more character to an already great little country campground that caters to the quieter crowd. Owners were professional, friendly and informative and will go out of their way to make sure your stay is enjoyable. Would certainly return again or recommend this place to anyone. - mdcamping
Aug 2016 - $59.00
The most charming camp ground I have ever been to. This is a new campground about 5 years old. Roads are dirt so there is some dust created when traffic drives by. Camp sights are grass and dirt, mostly level. This use to be a kosher resort with a hotel and cabins, but hotel has been torn down. They reused some doors from the hotel in the bath house and mirrors on the wall are from the old dressers in hotel, very quaint. Bathrooms are spotless. There is a large enamel cast iron sink outside for pop ups and tents to clean dishes, another cast off from the old hotel. Game room is large and plenty of games for kids. The store has a room on second floor for board games and books or just to connect to wifi which is stronger at the store than at our campsite. Staffed by owner and her sister, they were very knowledgeable about the area and were very helpful. If you go you must ask to see the video they took of the old hotel before it was torn down very interesting if you like history. That type of resort is now a thing of the past (think Dirty Dancing). I would definitely stay here again. - shar1435
Jul 2016 - $48.00
Stayed 4 nights in our motorhome. CG not set up for motorhomes. Sites all gravel so dusty. Electrical service fluctuated. Hook-ups do not include black water drain, must go outside CG to location next door to drain tanks. Garden hose drain provided for gray water. Lots of activities for kids. Forced to sign indemnity waiver releasing CG from liability even in cases of gross negligence by CG. - Al Z
Aug 2015 - $45.00
Thirty years of camping - rate this A+! Grounds & pools well maintained, restrooms spotless. Quiet friendly campground. Grounds, pools, activities were easily accessible to our special needs grandson. Owners very accomodating. Lots of activities for kids and adults. Snack/ice cream bar a hit! Already planning to go back next summer. - Ontheroadagain 3
Aug 2015 - $40.00
Quiet, family-friendly campground with several activities hosted by campground every weekend (to include hayrides, arts & crafts, DJ dance party, etc.) People are respectful of the noise curfew and the speed limit. Office staff very attentive and helpful. - LMurphy
Jun 2013 - $50.00
Great spot (#9), right on the lake so we could fish right from our site. Staff was super friendly, key card access, great country store and beach. Would have liked full sewer hookup at the site, but I understand being on the water gravity is working against you. Lots of activities for our boys, almost like a summer camp. Highly recommend going. Bring your kayak and fishing pole! - Pshaine
Aug 2010 - $45.00
Very expensive CG, especially with no sewer hook-up and marginal 30 amp electricity. Do have gray water hook-up. Always walk and check out your site before bringing a rig in. Very few are level enough or large enough for Big Rigs. Even 5th wheels need to do a lot of work to get level. Interior roads poorly maintained and become streams in heavy rain. Staff friendly and helpful, but always a struggle to get a site that works for 40' motor home. They don't allow you to reserve a specific site. Bathrooms and lake area extremely clean and neat. No cable TV, but can get local TV with antenna. Verizon cell and air card work well. Lots of activities in season. Some seasonal sites are not well maintained. Unfortunately not anything better in the area. - TravelingBaggs
Jun 2008 - $42.00
Nice park with a nice lake, however, a pool is needed at this park. Park is clean and camp store is very nice. Road is tight for those of us with bigger rigs. My 32' five wheel was difficult. Owner frequently driving around and making sure everything is good. Rumor is that the place is for sale?? - radmad
May 2016 - $40.00
Owner is super sweet! There is a ton of stuff to do there! There is a playground, a pool, a pond you can swim and fish in, paddle boat, game room. The spots were spacious. Defiantly would recommend! - M holmea
Aug 2014 - $45.00
This park leaves a lot to be desired. The lady in the office was helpful & pleasant & they have a lot of amenities. But our site was horribly unlevel. We only had water & electricity (30 amps) with no sewer - so very expensive for what you got. No cable, couldn't get our satellite to work. It had been raining & was pretty muddy too. We probably wouldn't stay here again unless it was for only 1 night & we were certain to get a more level site. - K Martin
Jun 2011 - $42.00
This campground has seen better days. Everything felt old and crumbling. Friendly staff. Lots of permanent sites, so it must be friendly. But certainly lacking in upkeep. - John and Judy Hill
May 2010 - $35.00
Nice campground with friendly staff. This is a older park, great entrance road. We didn't camp much, were out all day most days. - FPguy
Aug 2008 - $40.00
I am writing this review and sadly I never got to stay at this campground. We came to visit and checked the place out in July. We were looking for someplace to seasonalize our camper for the rest of the year. The campground was nice, they had a game room for the kids and an "adult room" which smelled moldy and looked pretty run down. Their store was terrible but despite that, the place was in pretty good shape and would have done for the rest of the season, until we could get into someplace we loved next year. We talked to the woman behind the counter to see if she had any seasonal sites available at the time. she said they didn't have any that minute but the beginning of August she would have a lot opening up. She asked me to fill out a card with my info on it and she said she would be calling me the beginning of August with the available site numbers. Well, the beginning of August came and went. I called, they said they could not find the card I filled out and retook my info. I requested a call back that day and never got one. So I waited another week and called again. They said they don't have a card for me? So, I gave her the info again, and she said she would call me back. Well, I called again this week and what do you think they told me? They can't find my card! So, they tried to retake my information for the 4th time, but to tell you the truth if they can't keep track of a simple card, I don't think they can possibly run the rest of the campground. So decided I would rather have my camper parked in my driveway than at a campground that was run this inefficiently. - erin1129
Jun 2006 - $40.00
The campground needs the office and check in area upgraded, when we got there we went to check in and there is no computer system it is all done on little pieces of paper and then they take you to your site and your hookups where 40' away from your camper so they go back to office and some extension cords and hoses and come back and give them to you we also requested cable and when we got there the site we had did not have cable. The rec hall or barn needed to be cleaned it had bird droppings all over the place and there was a dog there that jumps on the pool tables and ping pong tables. The activitys never start on time. The seasonals are not the friendliest people in the world all they do is drive from site to site on golf carts. We will not be going back there anytime soon. - funtime
May 2012 - $46.00
Very accommodating owner, easy access to grocery store and interstate. They also had a store that could meet your basic needs as well as a grill/kitchen. There were several seasonal people on site, that wasn't a drawback. They were very friendly as well as helpful. It was like a small community. It was Memorial Day weekend and there were a lot of primitive campers so the owners put us with the seasonal folks. Some of the sites were not completely level...you can make them work. The sites were also large and shady. I would stay again. - kenbarbie
Oct 2011 - $40.00
Let me first share the good about this park. It is located on Gardner Lake. The lake offers good fishing, and anything else you can do on the lake. They put down new decking on their docks. Now the bad. The ownership/management only wants your money. They lack business savvy social skills and at time make you feel like you are an inconvenience. As a seasonal camper you are charged for everything. 3 grand for the season. $100 extra if you bring one kayak or $3 per day to launch from their property. The roads are dirt, making park very dusty. The bath houses are gross with spider/cob webs everywhere. Only 3 of the cabins are usable, the rest are condemned. I have not been in one, but looking in they are nasty. The snack bar food is okay but too expensive. The rec hall is filthy, the boat house is run down, the beach is a joke and run down, the sidewalks are all broken up and are a major hazard. (Law suit in the making). The paved areas of the road are also busted up pretty badly. The basket ball court is gravel and there are very limited activities. The ones on the schedule, only about 1/2 are actually done. This is mostly a seasonal place but the ownership/management does not been care about its residents which reflects in the number that have left. They do not have the passion of a normal campground owners and no pride in their facility. If your interest is a place to park and want nothing from the facility, this is a good place. If you are looking for a fun, activity based, safe, clean, and cared for place: you WON'T find it here. Connecticut State Parks offer more for your money. - trooper889
May 2011 - $35.00
Check in was easy and that's about it. They share Gardnerlake withe the state. Swimming area is a joke, activities are poor, we were placed next to a bunch of drunk seasonals that wouldn't stop until 2:30 in the morning. I told the owners the next day but they didn't seem to care much, they talked to them, then pointed out I was the one that complained. One group apologized, that afternoon, the other did not, and it continued that night. If you want to get drunk all weekend, this place is for you. Not recommended for families, looking for relaxation from it all. - avidcamper123
Aug 2016 - $79.00
We have been to this park many times over the past several years and were very disappointed this year with the site conditions. The site we were on was never cleaned before our arrival, and it looked like it may have been that way for the past few campers. There were cigarette buts bottle caps and trash in the fire ring. The grass (weeds) had not been cut or any trimming done in awhile or any raking of the site. We have seen a decline in the maintenance just from last year. We understand it has been dry and the grass has dried up but the weeds haven't, that is no excuse for not trimming.
Our picnic table was missing, we found it on the next site over that our friends were on, so we left it there. This should have been found by staff if they had properly checked the site prior to our arrival.
We never saw any staff out and about around the campground all the time we were there (5 days). It was just an overall disappointment this time. However the campground is in a very good location for visiting the CT shore. Hope they can get their act together because this park has been better than what we found this time. - Dick C
Aug 2016 - $69.00
We had not visited this park in about 8 years. We stay here when visiting friends that live in the area. Despite the addition of a (very small) pool and pavilion, this place has gone downhill since our last visit. Two out of three dumpsters were full when we arrived on Tuesday, were never emptied, and were well beyond overflowing when we left on Sunday. No excuse for this. Many branches in need of trimming, on sites and in roadways. Although it has been dry and grass is not really growing, the weeds certainly are! A quick ride through on the mower would take care of this and make the sites look a lot nicer. Security gate was broken/wide open for our entire stay. Digital cable converter boxes are available at the office with a 40 dollar deposit. WiFi was very weak. Interior roads are very dusty. They advertise a midweek special (3 nights for 100 dollars) on their website, I had to ask twice to take advantage of this. Sign out front says Luxury RV Resort, award winning in 2001 and 2005. With some effort on the part of the management, this park could get back to that. - Bisk5000
Jul 2016 - $70.00
We camped the last week of July. Easy access off of Route I-95. The roads and sites are gravel, so there is some dust when people drive past. It rained and there was good drainage. The bathrooms were very clean. No A/C in any facility. It costs .25 for a 7 min. shower. The laundry room has 6 washers and 6 dryers. The game room was lacking. No activities for kids.Staff was friendly and helpful. - shar1435
Aug 2016 - $25.00
This is a large campground with a mix of seasonal and nightly sites. We were in an open area of the campground with a back in site. We had 50 amp electric, water and grey water only sewer at the site. I had not encountered this before. It's a small pipe so you have to drain with a water hose. There is a dump station available.
On the plus side they have lots of amenities, including a pool, so if you have kids they can keep busy. Service was good and there is an RV sales and service business on-site. The driveways are gravel and are in fairly good condition. Our site was grass with a picnic table and fire ring.
On the negative side, there is WiFi but you must purchase it. We used it and it was quite good, $9.99 for three days. We were able to get a Passport America rate at $24.50 per night. AT&T 4G signal strength -114 dBm, moderate to weak. - Coopsecondact
Jul 2016 - $24.00
My only comment is the dump situation. You can only dump grey water but you have to have a special tool to do it and the campground sells it. - Dotty Weis
Jul 2016 - $24.00
We wanted a campground in the Hartford area while visiting friends and found Nelson's Family Campground. It is a very nice campground with a number of long term sites which are very nicely kept. We were able to get Passport America rate even though we arrived on July 4.
The interior roads are a bit tight and have sharp turns for our 43' bus. The sites are nice and spacious and there is good use of shrubs to separate spaces.
The road to the campground was rather twisty and narrow too - after having been here a few days, we're going to leave via Main Street rather than Lake Drive - it may be a little further to drive, but we think that it will accommodate our bus more easily. - pattic777
May 2015 - $55.00
Read the previous reviews and can see their point, the bathrooms were terrible. It's a country bumpkin place no doubt. Yet, if you're looking for some quiet time on a lake or quiet country roads the this will do. I'd not tent here but if you are self contained i.e. RV and don't mind using your own facilities then this is a good place.
It's quiet and right on the lake, good place for small kids to catch Sunfish and enjoy the lake, great views of the country and if you cycle then Route 207 is a good route, decent shoulders and challenging hills. Again, if you use your own facilities this is a good place, if you need to use theirs don't come here. - koeka
Jul 2014 - $55.00
The Camp Store is an old dingy cement block building with dilapidated furniture, poor game room, and lacks amenities. The owner charges $20 for gate key which they said would be refunded when I checked out. Also charges extra for cable hook up. Owner refused to return gate fee, after discovering a math error. Owner needs every dollar even though I paid for the site in full when I checked in. The site I stayed was muddy with other nearby sites harboring debris attracting insects. This place is not worth staying. The only good things were the lake and leaving this tired run down place! - shasta63
May 2012 - $65.00
It is a dated campground. Went there with a group for the holiday weekend. This was recommend by one our friends who we camp with, they like the lake. Many trees need trimming, one party in our group had to trim branches before they could get into their site. Payed extra for cable, it was not good. My 30 amp service kept going off when using the AC. The owner said he has been changing out the breakers as they go, how about fixing them before they don't work properly. Many improvements needed. One of the worst places I've stayed at. The only up side was I was with several of my camping families. - radmad