11 Parks near North Branford, Connecticut
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 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.
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 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 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
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
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 - $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
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