8 RV Parks near Carmel, New York
Jul 2016 - $19.00
State park created through donation in 1929. Facilities built by CCC's during the 1930's. Not much in the way of development or maintenance has been done since then. Restrooms are rustic though they do have flush toilets and showers without need of quarters. Most of sites for tents with poor access and tent pad area. Road through park is tight and full of potholes and broken pavement. One of worst state parks, more like unmaintained county park. Has access to beach area across highway. Lots of hiking paths and fishing with several near-by lakes. Designated trailer sites have no hook-ups and were literally sites in a field. No potable water at CG. - Al Z
May 2017 - $50.00
This older park is located on a small lake and is pleasantly landscaped. Staff was helpful and pleasant to work with. It was early in the season so the beach was not yet open. There are boat docks. Our grandchildren enjoyed the playground. The roads are paved and nice for walking. We stayed here to have a location close to Poughkeepsie and to a Metro station. Most of the lots seemed to be seasonal. - Bonnie Lee
Sep 2016 - $50.00
This campground is on a beautiful lake, but it's too far from the highway for a one night stay. I'd recommend it for a longer stay, however, because it's a lovely, peaceful spot! We had a roomy, level, gravel back-in site site with shade. The wifi worked well; no cable. - Lyn T
Aug 2016 - $50.00
We got the impression this park was mostly for seasonals and long term residents. As you enter the campground, you can see a number of campers that basically look like trailer homes and there was various debris stored here and there. None of it was terrible, but it was noticeably different than the other RV parks we've stayed in.
While the campground is located on a lake, and the loop we were in was ok, it definitely did not seem like a destination campground. When we first arrived and walked into the little campground office, I said hello and the guy just stared at me. I actually wondered if we'd walked into the wrong office or something. I said we were checking in and he just responded: "Last name?" Not exactly warm and fuzzy. He handed me a couple pages of rules to sign off on and then directed us to our site.
Our loop was a large grass field with RVs parked along the perimeter. The sites are large and level and there was good site separation. There were no trees or bushes between the sites. The hookups seemed ok, but we lost power twice. Once was during a thunderstorm, so no surprise there. But the other was just random with no obvious reason.
The lake has an area buoyed off for swimming and the green spaces are well kept and pretty, but the buildings look pretty run down. We tried walking around the perimeter of the lake, but ran into some lovely signs from some crazy neighbors threatening to shoot us if we trespassed. It might have been nice if the campground management mentioned the fact that some lunatic gun nut lived nearby and threatens to shoot their patrons....
In any case, other than the FDR historical sites in Hyde Park, there's not a whole lot to do in this area. It was just a transit stop for us and that's all I would recommend it for. If it was $30 or $35 per night, I might feel differently. But for $50 per night, I expect a bit more than unfriendly welcomes and death threats from the neighbors. - LGRV
Sep 2017 - $25.00
Nice park. Beware of the road off 293 that goes up to the actual park. I'm from the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina and a windy road to me is different than a windy road to most other people. This road is windy in anybody's book. It climbs at a pretty steep grade and has some tight turns. Now, this isn't meant to scare anyone off because it is absolutely doable. You just need to be aware of it and stay in a low gear. We are a 40' fiver with a beast of a dually truck so about 60' total and we didn't have a problem.
Now, about the park. It is laid out around a pond. It is pretty and laid out in such a way that there is plenty of elbow room for each RV. No crowding. It is quiet and some shady sites and some open spots. I have almost no problem with park at all except 2 things: lack of sewer hook up. (I'm spoiled and like my full hookup). There is a honey wagon that comes around each day and for $8 he will pump you out. Water & electric were fine. And we had almost no cell signal for hotspot, but we could make phone calls - go figure. We wouldn't hesitate to go back. - jomark
Sep 2016 - $20.00
This is not a great military campground in our opinion. It is located off base and up a steep hill with switchbacks and speed bumps. There were big rigs down in the full hook up flat part of the campground but they still had to deal with the narrow road and steep curves. Verizon cell and hot spot did not work well. Bathrooms are a long way from the tent pop up site. Laundry machines were $1.75 to wash and $1.00 to dry. There were only 2 machines each and one washer did not work but was not marked as broken. Parties are held in the campground and people were everywhere blocking road access. We did have a nice view of the lake. The campground does not sell ice because their ice machine was broken and so was the change machine in the laundry. The water lines to our site ran along the top of the ground. The Commisarry and Exchange were easy to find. We would not stay here again. - roadking
Jul 2015 - $27.00
Stayed at this campground for 2 days while visiting friends and touring West Point. Campground is very nice. Pretty quiet, except when large groups having gatherings. However, the gatherings didn't bother us as they were over in the early evening. You can also hear firing ranges in the distance up until about 10 pm. However, having served in the Army for over 26 years, we were use to hearing firing on nearby ranges and it didn't bother us.\ at all. We had sort of missed the noise from the past. The camp staff were very friendly and helpful. Our site (C-9) was close to others but not a problem. The restroom was close to us which we did use. It was very clean. We would stay here during another visit to this area. We camped in a class C motorhome. - Tiger6
May 2017 - $35.00
1.5 miles to the train station to NYC. An hour north of NYC. Camp ground has more 'full timers' than transient; people say they are workers on the new Tarrytown Bridge. Nice grounds but the roads in the RV campground lack maintenance. - 5outta6
Sep 2016 - $55.00
We stayed here for 8 nights at 55 bucks a night...spendy for the lack of amenities at this county park. There is no cable tv and no wifi. I was mostly unable to get a Verizon signal. Park staff were not friendly or helpful. Electric is 30 amp only and we flipped the breaker if we used the microwave while using the AC. If you stay here, get familiar with the location of your sites breaker box (our neighbors showed us where it was). On the plus side, sites are very spacious and everyone staying here was friendly. We chose this park so we could visit the city. We walked to the Metro North train station (it is 1.7 miles) and visited NYC for 5 days. If we wanted to visit the city again, we would stay at this park. If not, we would not return. - Arizona Nancy
Aug 2016 - $50.00
This is primarily a long-term or full-timer's park. There are few staying here overnight or on vacation. There is no presence by park personnel in the RV area; it is far from the park office. The sites are fine, nicely wooded, with good room between. SAT reception is a no-go unless you have a portable unit. Water pipe is insulated.
I felt like I was a stranger in someone's neighborhood the whole time I was here, for five days. $50 is pretty steep for zero amenities.
I stayed here mainly because of its close proximity to the commuter rail station, which is too far to walk to. It's definitely a drive or bicycle ride. - Pdx discovery
Jun 2010 - $14.00
This is a great, small, unimproved campground. I am rating it an "8" because it was clean, quiet, and a great location. This is a Rustic campground. No electric hookups, no sewer, no water spigots for filling camper tanks, and No dump station. There are a couple water "pumps" available. You really do have to crank the hand pump up and down to get water. The pit toilets, otherwise known as outhouses, are surprisingly clean. But they are still outhouses. Probably most of the campsites are tent only. I checked "not big rig friendly" because the entrance road is tight in spots, and some of the campsites are difficult to get into and are not really level. Okay, after all that, this is a beautiful, heavily wooded state park in a beautiful area of Connecticut (Litchfield County). The campsites are large and well spaced in small loops along the Macedonia brook. Our campsite (site 47) was clean, with a large fire ring that had been cleaned out. Our site was not level and when we backed in our trailer it was facing the wrong way, but that did not detract at all from our experience. It was not crowded at all when we were here, and very quiet. The hiking trails are not very long, but a few of them are surprisingly challenging. If you are not in good shape for climbing you may want to check with the Rangers about which trails to hike. The views at the top of the Macedonia trail are great, and worth the hike. There is a lot to see in the surrounding area, including a covered bridge, Kent Falls State Park, museums, and much more within an easy drive. As long as you understand the rustic type of campground this is, it is a great place for a quiet camping trip in the woods. - Tom
Jun 2014 - $17.00
This campground is all about the lake, Lake Waramaug. Although no "waterfront" sites, most all sites have a view of the lake (many partially blocked by other campsites, though). Canoe and kayak rentals are available from a private operation on most weekends. Many people bring their own canoe or kayak. A smallish beach is great for kids. Sites are not large and maneuvering with a bigger camper can be a little challenging for most sites. Bathrooms were "state park clean", which I thought were fine. Not a lot of showers, each bathroom had one shower. Also, large sinks for washing dishes are at each bathroom building. Water faucets are available at a few spots providing fresh water, and you can fill a camper tank from them (but you can't stay hooked up). This is a good campground for families wanting a little bit "rustic" while tenting but still have some facilities (like bathrooms). Staff is polite, helpful, and outgoing. - Tom
May 2009 - $13.00
This is one of the gems of the Connecticut State Park system. Extremely affordable with a view of the beautiful Lake Waramaug from many sites. Litchfield County has so many great things to see and this Lake is one of them. The campground closed its concession/camp store for 2009 which is a real bummer. You used to be able to get coffee, breakfast and lunch here but no more. The beach is nice and you can walk or bike around the lake. We camped here in a tent and for $13.00 per night this is a true bargain. The sites overlooking the water are prime and book early. The only downside to this State Park are the bathrooms - they are always dirty. The security at the Park does a nice job and they strictly enforce quiet time and no more wood on the fire at 10 p.m. Our family of 5 camped here in a tent with friends and had a blast despite the rain. I would highly recommend this park to folks looking for a get away from it all back to nature camp experience without 40 foot RV's blocking the view. - User889
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