Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Melville Pond Campground

Portsmouth, Rhode Island



Portsmouth, Rhode Island
Phone: (401) 682-2424

Sites: 100
Recent Rate: $55 7/2015

Latitude: 41.5851315545829
Longitude: -71.2753915786743

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites ?
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets no
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT, Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT,Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking no
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond yes
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek yes
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

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20 Reviews

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airstreamerSC

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Great campground within 20mins of the newport mansions. This is a quiet campground with lots of trees and very shady camping spots. The grey water disposal spots are convenient since there are no sewer connections at the sites, only a dumping station near the exit. The sites are private with a lot of space between them. The roads are gravel and full of holes. The rate of $55 would be steep in any other area for the amenities offered, but this is Newport where a good burger can set you back $20 (with $1.50 for lettuce and tomato). We really enjoyed our stay here. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

To visit the homes get the the dual membership at $75 from the newport preservation society and visit all the homes whenever you want. We spent 2 days visiting the homes. Parking was convenient at all of the homes. Do not try and visit with your travel trailer or RV, leave that at the campground.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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thoss29

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

You definitely do not get what you pay for. It's a clean quiet campground, but there isn't much to do. No pool, no game room and a playground is away from almost every site. My biggest complaint though is the service location, water on one side electric on the other and both were way forward near the road. If you're going to camp here bring lots or cord and hose! Not much parking in the sites, luckily the spot next to us was empty. Made us book 3 night minimum even though the park wasn't even half full. Overall, nice place though just a lot of $$ for what you get. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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nm roadtreker

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

I give this RV park a poor rating because it is an extremely poor value. They charge a range of $55-70 per night and yet do not have a pool, laundry, Wi-Fi, or cable TV. On top of that the roads are in poor condition and the single dumpster is in a very inconvenient location. This park is not even near a beach! They only accept cash as payment. We were told this park belongs to the city of Portsmouth so I guess the city fathers have decided to soak the tourists. This is one of the very few places to stay within a reasonable distance of the mansions in Newport. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

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Bisk5000

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Although this park is considered "big rig friendly," it is a tight squeeze. The interior roads of the campgrounds are narrow, curved and could use some tree trimming. Many sites are small, so other campers' cars are parked close to the road, making a wide swing to avoid branches difficult or impossible. We got a long scratch down the side of our 40' motorhome trying to get to our site. There are some spacious sites here, however most are taken by seasonal campers, many of whom have permanent decks, sheds, etc. Water and electrical hook-ups are in very odd places at many sites, so plan to bring long hoses and cords. This is a very convenient campground for exploring the Newport area. Large grocery store, gas stations, and eateries are all on the main road leading towards downtown Newport. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

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calewjohnson

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground was nice enough, a little pricey for for what you get. The hookups in my site were a little whacked out. Water and electric was on the wrong side. I got lucky and the power cord reached, however I had to go buy another hose for water. The sewage hook-up was a pain to say the least, it had to flow uphill, made for a small mess when tearing down to leave. There are some permanent residents, everyone was nice. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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illini777

Review Count: 167
States Visited: 42
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Be aware this campground is on a street that is literally off the Melville Elementary School parking lot. The street Bradford is directly across from Cindy's Country Cafe. This is a very good place to grab breakfast. Nightly rate reflects full hookups with 30 amp service. Sites are gravel but fairly level. This campground offers one huge advantage and that is the 20 minute drive to the Newport Mansions. The website offers no help in general as to check in and check out times. We arrived at 11:15 and were told check in is at 1:00. When we questioned why the website did not indicate the time the explanation was the City is always changing the site. The receptionist called her boss and got approval for us to go to our site. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

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wahooo

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice place to stay to visit Newport and check out the mansions. I would have given a 10 if the sites were level. Good quality firewood and very quiet at night, but we were here off season. We would stay again. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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User1393

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We very much enjoyed our stay. Our site was huge, wide, long. Grounds are very neat and tidy. Very quiet, as the campground was not full. Minimal activities at this campground, but we don't mind at all. Great hiking trail on site, new playground for small children. Unlimited things to do around this area. Staff was very accommodating when we asked to stay passed check-out time. We would highly recommend this campground. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

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Carodox

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground was a nice surprise given that I lived in the area for many years and did not know it was here. It was nicely treed and and private and level, convenient to everything. (The lady in the office said they never leave the radio on in the bathroom overnight and if it happened, it was by accident.) We found it to be very quiet. While we did not use the restrooms, we walked by them and peaked in, they looked clean. This is a great location. Only disadvantage is the $4 toll if you go over the Newport Bridge to access the West Bay. But you really don't need to go to the West Bay, because the island has everything you might desire, including beautiful beaches, great restaurants, historic areas and mansions, music festivals, shopping, etc. You can take the Mount Hope Bridge over to Bristol for a walk through a pristine antebellum town, take a ferry to Prudence Island (from Bristol) or to Block Island (from Newport) and head to Warren for antiquing if you need a change of pace. I would definitely stay here again. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

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Grandpa Buffum

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Very excellent park, we love it here. The sites are not on top of one another, very beautiful campsites, and we have camped here many times. BUT, as included in other reviews: the radio in the bath house is left on ALL NIGHT! Even during 'quiet time' and is left BLASTING through out the campsite ALL NIGHT LONG. Many nights it is much louder than others, often you cannot sleep because of it. If campers must obey quiet time, the campsite should also have to obey it. Very annoying to have to listen to this music blasting all night long! Absolutely no need for it! We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Wind Rider

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

I called their office on Thursday to ask if there were sites available for the weekend. I was told there were sites available, but no reservations could be made less than a week before the arrival date. I asked when the office closed and was told 7:00 PM. I left work a bit early. I called the office and let them know we were on the way. I was then told the office closed at 6:00 PM. We arrived at the office at 6:05 PM. Although there was someone here, all the computers were shut down. Since I had called, they had set aside a site for us and left a map. If I had not called ahead, we would have had to set up on the "Safari Field" and registered the next day. They do not accept credit or debit cards, only cash and checks. Our stay was pleasant. The campground roads were a bit rough, but not bad. The site was gravel and slightly sloped for drainage. We had enough room for the trailer with the awning open and the truck, but not much room to spare. The fire ring was in a depression with uneven ground between campsites and was really not usable. We were not planning to spend much time in the campground, so this was not that important. The convenience to Newport was the primary reason we came here. I thought the price was a bit steep for what we got, but this is a high-rent area. We plan to go back. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Ken and Lee

Review Count: 35
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Quiet campground, very convenient to visit Newport, but in a quiet rural setting. Rate is for water/electric site. Friendly staff. We would stay here again. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Life's a Journey

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Very bad interior road, low tree branches, hook-ups in the oddest places, low voltage (our low voltage alarm went off 2 or 3 times a day), over priced for what you get. Absolutely no amenities! Staff was friendly. The best sites are taken by long term or annual renters. This campground is convenient to Newport, not much available in other parks. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

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Grandpa Buffum

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

A very nice, clean campsite. Most sites are fairly large: no one on top of each other. Sites are level and easy to get in and out of. Restrooms are kept very clean. Staff is very courteous. Only drawback is the radio in the restrooms is kept on all night and can be heard after quiet hours. Campsite is very convenient to Newport. Definitely will return here. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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LarryJohnston

Review Count: 103
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

Don't try to check in before 1:00 pm. They really don't like that. Voltage was marginal when I was here. Circuit breaker at main supply kept popping out and left us without A/C periodically until late afternoon. Maybe they have it fixed by now. Fair number of trees. Suggest you ignore the Woodall directions and the posted signs to get here. Just turn west off Hwy 114. This will save you about 5000 potholes going the other way. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

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