14 Parks near Madison, Connecticut
Nov 2016 - $45.00
Very friendly place! Being a state park, you would expect trees, but there were none. However, there were nice vistas, including a pretty lake. We only stayed overnight and it was great for that. - FloridaWanderers
Aug 2016 - $50.00
Nice park. Not a lot of hookup sites - W/E only. The area with hookups was basically wide open spaces - a grass strip with no trees. Lots of kids/families. It was convenient to area attractions. Would definitely stay again. - DYK 640
Oct 2015 - $30.00
This park exceeded my expectations. The park is large and the sites are roomy. The park is very clean and the grass pads were really nice and level. Clean. Did I mention clean? The beaches are easily accessible on foot and the Long Island Sound was really calm and pleasant to swim in even in late September. Meg's Point nature area was a nice bike ride through the park and featured an impressive rocky beach which was really fun to climb and explore. (Or just to sit and view). Very, very pleasant.
Overall the campground is great for children and families. Wonderful vibe. Great bike riding for children and nice hiking areas. I didn't fish, but people were surf fishing from the campground and were catching large blue fish and striped bass.
The bathrooms were clean / each section of the park had it's own bathrooms which was very nice. I never waited to use the shower and the water was plenty hot. There are hook up sites available but if you have the capacity to boondock here you may choose to do so as the dry, non-hook- up sites were the best sites in the park.
In addition to being well maintained the park is run very well.
Campfires are permitted but must be elevated. You may rent a fire pit thingy for about $13... or if you have an elevated fire ring you may use your own.
There's not too many beach campgrounds on the east coast. This particular park had it's own vibe and pleasant unique feel. - Jim and Ben
Aug 2016 - $35.00
It would be nice if they could tell you if you can get satellite on a site. And trim trees to make it more possible. On the weekends a lot of kids & adults walking around, not on the same side of the road & its tough to back out even when you're being careful. Driveway leaving needs to be leveled out. A lot of activities to do. - Sondkr
Jul 2016 - $47.00
We have family in the area and since there are few campgrounds to choose from in Connecticut, we stay here. Although we requested a satellite-friendly site, ours was not. I don't believe the staff really knows what that means.
Sites next to the creek/river have "partial sewer," which means grey water only. Black water may only be dumped at the park exit station.
I would venture that over 70% of the sites are seasonal campers. Our back-in site was comfortable and ample for three slides. That said, once the weekend campers appeared we were pretty much trapped in place. As a previous reviewer observed, this is like a crowded "trailer park" on weekends.
Nevertheless, this is a fun place for kids, with swimming, fishing, and many organized activities. Our grand-kids (and one parent) had more than their share of fun on the rope swing, which made our stay enjoyable and worthwhile. - CO2RV
Jul 2016 - $50.00
I have mixed feelings about this place. It's pretty much the only game in town and was okay-not great, not horrible-just okay. It has all the fun things..swimming pond, playground, shuffleboard, etc., but it has a little bit of a crowded "trailer park" look in parts of it. Some of the sites are shaded, woodsy, and charming, while there is a section that's out in the open that just seems like campers are everywhere. Our 50 amp, FHU, back-in site was partially shaded and on the end, so we had a nice yard on one side. The site on the other side was fairly close as were most of the sites. We were easily leveled, but had to re-level after a few days. The WiFi was really good. Cable had limited channels, but still plenty to have decent choices. Had good Verizon service. The place was clean. Our GPS wouldn't take Clinton CT. They have blue directional camper signs once off I-95. Follow those signs. They need one of two more indicating you're on the right track. At one point, we thought we were lost. If ever in the area, we would stay again. - Gayle E.
Jun 2014 - $42.00
This is located on the side of a mobile home park and was easy to get and out of. The gravel and grass back-in sites are small with just enough room to put the slides out and your hookups will be in your neighbor's site. Our assigned site had trash and hundreds of cigarette butts on it. They say they have Wi-Fi but we were only able to connect to their router but it would not connect to the internet for the whole week. Our neighbors said the same thing and the office acknowledged it but did not make an effort to fix it. They do have cable and our Verizon network worked well. We might stay here again for an overnight stay. - dandg
Sep 2013 - $40.00
This is an offshoot of a mobile home park, with all the RVs grouped into a gravel area. There were full hook ups and concrete pads with a picnic table as well as cable TV provided. This makes it so much easier to set up than when they try to "work you in" between permanent trailers in these kind of parks. It was quiet and well lit. The owner was very nice to deal with and very relaxed. We full-time in our RV with two cats and stayed here for two nights on our journey down the east coast. - Da Keeffes
Sep 2013 - $40.00
Nothing fancy about this park, but it is very convenient for an overnight stay. At the exit off I91N, (ext8) there is a Walmart and lots of other shopping. We don't us a GPS, just maps and read addresses. I tell you this because we thought we were lost. When getting off I-91 you are in New Haven and the building numbers are okay, but then you get into North Branford and the number start over, so don't panic. The park is well marked on the left, you first see the mobile park, it is marked where to go and park for the RV's. We didn't notice the house to register, but called the number and host came to use to collect. Will use again when in the area. - Travelin Jenkins
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
Sep 2011 - $65.00
This park is really the only game in town, so to speak, on Long Island. It may be that due to the fact that we stayed here at the end of the season,but everyone was helpful and nice during our visit. The park has many long term residents who were not here during our visit. The pool was closed so we can't review it's condition. We had a very roomy site that was all grass. The folks who checked us in were very friendly and really liked our dog. They don't have cable and we think that charging $65.00 a day is very pricy for what they offer, however, it is in the wine country on the island and quiet. - magic box
Sep 2011 - $54.00
If you like a super party atmosphere and being cramped like a sardine then go for it. We use our 27' c class to make day trips. The site was so cramped people had to move tables and tents so we could back in and pull out. If you are looking for quiet DO NOT go here. - sneakaway1
Jun 2009 - $63.00
We have camped here for 3 years in a row for Father's Day weekend. Each year we encounter a very unfriendly staff, except for one very nice check-in woman. The only reason we return is because of the location, and we never book early enough for the county campground close by. It almost seems that they don't want you to have fun. Every year we get reprimanded for one thing or another. We still make the best of it as we are a group of 6 families. It is very pricey considering the condition of the "clubhouse" and pool. On Sunday by 2:00 there is not an employee to be found as they close up the store and office. The sites are on an open field with roadways. I see other reviewers feel the same, and I would hope the owners would read these reviews and change their ways. - LICamper4
Aug 2011 - $30.00
I agree with the previous writer that this place is a hidden gem. I would love to give it a 7 or even 8 except for one thing. The electrical service is virtually non-existent. Maximum voltage is about 100 volts which allows you to operate a fan and a light bulb. If you can come and enjoy the view with open windows and no electricity, this is an adequate location. The staff is friendly but they are doing the best with what they have. - LarryJohnston
Sep 2010 - $22.00
This campground is in a working riverside marina. You'll actually drive through the boatyard to get to the campground. It's a hidden gem, hardly anyone seems to know about this place. Half the sites are right next to the river, and the other half are just a short distance around the campground loop, so everyone gets a water view. Sites are mostly grassy, with some concrete pads. No sewer hookups and the big disadvantage of this place is no dump station. During Mon-Fri, you can go to the nearby Municipal Water Treatment plant and dump there for free (about 2 miles away). Otherwise you're on your own. There is just one shower stall and two bathrooms (separate male/female) at the office building. This is a bit of a walk from the campground, not convenient. Also, it would be tough to get a clear sky shot for satellite TV. These disadvantages probably help keep the crowds away. When we visited in September we were the only camper on site during our entire week's stay. At night it is very quiet. By day you might hear a little work going on at the boatyard, but nothing awful. Overall, it's a nice spot to stay if you don't mind the minimal plumbing. - silvertube
Aug 2013 - $40.00
This RV park is very rundown. The roads are rutted, the trees untrimmed, the restrooms barely acceptable. The cable TV and WiFi both worked very well at our site. For one night it was okay but I wouldn't stay here again. - nm roadtreker
Jul 2012 - $35.00
I don't know what I was thinking, but I forgot to check RV Park Reviews before I pulled into this place. As previous reviews stated, this place is a dump, but I'll start with what's good. Easy access off I-95 but DO NOT TRUST GPS. There is a National Guard training site down in town called Camp Niantic that signs will lead you to. Also, the address in the mapping software is 271 Main Street, and that will lead you to a waterfront clothing boutique. When you come off the Interstate, hang a RIGHT at the T on 156 and they're just up the hill on the right. Whoever made my reservation could have mentioned this, the elderly owner lady sure knows about it. The area is fantastic, Mystic Seaport and New London waterfront are really cool. Wi-Fi is working (on it now) and I'm not real close to the office. We're in a 40' coach and in a pull through site, no access problems but some of the sites are pretty tight. Now, the bad. Trash everywhere, too many run down seasonal campers, roads suck, office building is falling down around them, office helper was drunk at 8pm when I went to pay (cash only), really bad for $35 a night, and they charge you another $4 if you use your A/C. The owner turned 77 the day we checked in, her husband the builder and founder died years ago and the place is just falling apart. She told me they've been open for 38 years, and I bet it was a great place for a long time, but it needs to be completely re-done with all new infrastructure and buildings. The trees are worth keeping, that's about it. - Florida Don
May 2012 - $40.00
STAY AWAY - Unless you like white trash camping. First thing you notice when you drive up is Trash Everywhere and nothing is maintained. Level 2 FAIL = the Office/rec room/ arcade, The overwhelming smell of Cat urine will overcome you and burn your nose hairs. The bathrooms are not maintained or clean. Level 3 FAIL = the roads are washed out and very close to each other, close as if your neighbor farts in his camper, you will hear it. Level 4 FAIL = aside from having only grey water site disposal it is only set up at every other site, The water pressure is so poor we had to use our in coach pump to assist it. The Cable is sparse and poor reception more than likely due to the direct burial cable line that aren't meant to be. The power is a 30 amp hook up but obviously has a draw coming from the source because it never got to that in voltage by my tester and will not allow you to run a A/C if you wanted to without melting some wires. The elderly woman in her late 70's to early 80's that owns and runs it is obviously overwhelmed or doesn't realize the level of dilapidation that has happened to this once probably very nice campground. THE ONLY TAKE CASH, NO CREDIT CARDS OR CHECKS, Not worth the $40-$50 they are charging for a rate, more like $20-$25 is more realistic. "HAPPY CAMPING" - RetMilitaryGuy
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
Aug 2012 - $30.00
We have gone to this campground for a couple years and plan to go for at least one weekend a year. The beach has two sides, one side is deeper than the other side which was great for the kids. - microjenn79
May 2012 - $33.00
This is right off I-95 between New Haven and New London and is situated on the Long Island Sound. Easy off and on. We camped here for one night since we were so close to home in RI. There are 160 wooded and open sites located in five sites. We were in Osprey loop and it was very nice. There were only 11 other sites taken because it was during the week. The campground had been full for the holiday weekend before. Our site was well shaded. You can ride bikes down to the beach and along the refuge - interesting. It cost us $33 because we were from out of state - expensive for dry camping. They also charge you $3.00 for a reservation fee even if you don't make a reservation. There is concession, dump station, showers, salt water fishing and swimming. No pets are allowed. There was an incident during the evening with one of the campers about ten sites away from us and the rangers, local and state police came quickly and removed the person camping. I think he had too much of something! Leaving the next morning the check in lady says nothing like that ever happens here. I was impressed how they handled the problem and how quickly it was resolved. - gsnakehill
May 2012 - $20.00
Nice - Very Clean Park, Military,Disabled & Disabled Veteran Friendly. Staff is incredibly Friendly,Sites are very accessible and well groomed. They don't have any Water Sewer or electric hook ups, But do offer clean rest rooms, showers and Convenient Dump Station near the main entrance. Every site has picnic table and fire pit/ring, you can have a generator but if its not rate "quiet - 55 decibels or less you have to shut it off for sleepy time. Large field to enjoy games and other things, and it takes about 10-15 minutes to walk to Rocky Neck Beach. Great Location, Great Rate for the amenities, they would have gotten a 10 if they had water/sewer/power. - RetMilitaryGuy