1 Park near Salem, Massachusetts
Jul 2015 - $42.00
There are many things to like about this campground: the view from the marina, the many benches along the shore, the proximity to downtown and to the Willows, the beach, the crew that works here, the over the air TV reception and other things. We enjoyed our stay.
However, as hard as the crew worked to clean the bathrooms and sometimes they cleaned them several times a day, they could not keep up with all the people who were at the campground. People who used the beach were not helping matters any when they did not wash their feet off with the spigot on the side of the bathroom before they used the showers. On weekends, there were parties in the pavilions, picnics all over the park, quite a few at the beach and then there were all the campers. On week-days there were school groups. And, there are only 2 bathroom stalls and 2 shower stalls for females and 2 of each for males. Way too few. They desperately need to build new bathroom facilities. We used the restrooms and showers every day but could have wished that there were more available. I would have liked to say that the bathrooms were 'sometimes' clean. But my choices above were either 'yes' or 'no' not 'sometimes.'
The RV sites were level and had a picnic table with them although they were plenty close. There was water and we had 50A electricity but no sewer. The closest sewer is down the road a mile and into the town sewage facility. We drove our 35' motorhome to the sewage facility and turned around without problems. We asked about a honey wagon but were told there were none in town. Wrong. On the last day we saw one emptying another RV. So, yes there is a honey wagon in the area.
Don't count on the wi-fi. Wi-fi worked great the first 10 days of our stay but was hard to get onto the last 3 days. Would I stay here again? If I wanted to visit the Salem area again. - swike
Jul 2014 - $37.00
This was not a bad place to stay for touring Salem, Boston and Concord. The sites were small but for the amount of time we spent in the park it was okay and all the neighbors we encountered were friendly. The electric hook ups were behind us and you had 2 sites together on the electric box so one would have to have a super long electic cord. The water was like the last reviewer said behind the camper hanging along the fence. There was a lighthouse, and day use beach with wonderful views of the water. The bathrooms were a concern when we got there and wasn't sure how it was going to be sharing them with the beach people and all the other campers but never saw anybody in the shower when we went and they were always clean. We did experience a lot of rain on the 4th and had about an inch of standing water on the ground but it wasn't a problem. We never did use the dump facilites that were at the sewer plant so can't comment on them but that was probably the biggest drawback of the park. Would probably stay here again though if in the area. - alnal90
Jun 2014 - $45.00
Being the closest park to Boston, it's just an OK park, nothing fancy at all. We were only able to get a 30 amp spot for 2 of our 3 days there. Had to move on the third night. Bear in mind that this is an old military facility that has been abandoned and now turned into a public boat launch, and a 50+ vehicle day use parking area. An RV parking facility with RV spots lined around the perimeter of the parking area, as well as having turned an additional empty field into RV parking. Your water supply is an above ground 1 1/4" ABS plastic line strapped to the 8 inch timbers around the perimeter or tied to a cyclone fence. The "store" has basically nothing of any use unless you need a soda or charcoal briquets. Check in Staff was there and emotionless. There are no sewer connections at any of the sites, nor is there any sewage dump on site. They send you offsite about a mile away to the Salem Sewage Treatment Facility to dump. We went there only to find that you have to drive up to the fence, pick up the phone, and call someone to let you in. The entry is a single lane entry angled at a 45 degree angle opposite the way you come from the campground. So if you have a large unit, you have to drive into Salem, turn around, then enter the facility. When you leave, you have to do the opposite, drive through Salem, turn around, then back to the park. Huge hassle. Overall, if we had a choice, we would stay elsewhere. - AlaskaJack