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Melville Pond Campground

Portsmouth, Rhode Island


181 Bradford Ave
Portsmouth, Rhode Island 02871
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Sites: 100
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 41.58513
Longitude: -71.27539

Elevation: 162' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room no
  • Casino Casino no
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach no
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access yes

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38 Reviews

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $47.00
Overall Rating:

Our site was in the lower section and it was very nice. It was level with a picnic table and fire ring. The cable at our site was not watchable but we got TV over the air and we did get our satellite to work. We very much enjoyed our time here and would stay here again. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
210
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 51
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $55.00
Overall Rating:

Traveling in a 38 foot coach we stayed 5 nights in a site for big rigs, site F13. The Good.... Big coaches need a gravel pad and we give this rv park 5-stars for the thick gravel pad. Each site has grass between and a nice brick pad with a fire pit. If you have a dog there is ample area to walk, plus a short walk down the lane is a great dog park. After 5 nights the dust on our coach was minimal compared to many other parks. The Bad.... Our site was not level (front tires were off the ground). If you desire privacy, request a site in the back of the park (sites are much roomier). Our satellite worked great at our site, however there are many trees in the back of the rv park so satellite reception would be questioned. On a side note: The office misled us in regard to their wifi. When we made our reservations we were told (both by phone and by email) that they have excellence wifi for checking email. Wrong! The entire time we were there only a couple times were we able to check our email (and that was after 11pm). Today we live in the age of wifi technology and there is nothing to stop this rv park from investing in doing wifi properly. For some users such as ourselves, wifi is an important feature and was one of the reasons for our stay here. We know enough not to count on a good signal over the weekends, but during the weekday there is no excuse. We even have the Wifi-Ranger on our roof with a direct-line-of-sight to their wifi source. There were no trees in the line-of-sight, and the distance wasn't a factor. If you're looking for a quiet and clean park where you can sit outside and relax... go here. We enjoyed our stay here, however because of their 'dishonesty' with the wifi strength we wouldn't return. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 86
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $47.00
Overall Rating:

Campground has a nice appearance on entry, check in is easy. The roads are gravel and the sites are also gravel and dirt. The campground is tree shaded so satellite reception is not available for most sites. The cable is excellent. Our site, 107, was not the best, not level and mostly mud and dirt. Parking of the toad was very tight. Cell service is good. The campground is in a good location for visiting Newport, Portsmouth and Providence. We were there for just two days. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
107
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2018 - $47.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice park. Well maintained. Gravel roads and gravel spaces. Fairly level. Many trees, no satellite service but camp has Direct TV and pretty good WiFi. Picnic tables and fire-rings at every space. All back in spaces, no pull thrus. Very friendly staff and very friendly campers. We stayed in space #107 - easy to back in - good open space, but many trees stopping satellite. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
107
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Campground is neat and clean, and seems to be well run. If I were to return I would stay in the lower older section that is very spacious. The newer pull through sites F 1-13 are way to close together. Though they are nice stone with paver patios and paver fire pits, there simply is not enough room for that number of sites that were built. When parked properly in my stone driveway, the fire pit for the site behind me ended up being approximately five feet from the back side of my rig as was my fire pit to my neighbor. I wonder if the owner would like to park their vehicle 5' from a fire pit. These sites are approximately 30' in total width when braking down camp I had to keep walking around fire pit, and was basically in neighbors site. My sewer connection was no more than 6" off of their patio. Felt much like rally camping with people I did not know. On a side note patios are at rear of sites and not positioned well for class A motorhomes, but not much can do with that, some have rear doors some have front doors. My price was lower than other stated because of Good Sam's plus a weekly discount. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F 11
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $95.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed here last year in site 200 and liked it very much. This year they put me in F10, their "premier" lot. Don't be fooled. It is a flat, gravel filled area that is very tight. My neighbor's sewer tube that goes into the ground is literally 2 feet away. So, that is what we have to look at when we make a fire. There are no trees. We are here for the Newport Folkfest so they demand a 4 day minimum. It was $80.00/weekday and $95.00/weekend, $350.00 way too much for camping in a parking lot. The man that checked us in was pleasant but that doesn't make up for this campsite. Wifi is good. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $75.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed the week of July 4th. The location is perfect for sighting seeing the Newport area. Our sight was level and nicely shaded. The campgrounds are very well cared for and the park was quiet in the late evening. Once we're retired I look forward to staying for a whole month. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
110
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The cliff walk, mansion's, beach, kayaking lots of restaurants and wonderful seafood.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

We couldn't comment like others did regarding the owners, we never saw them. We made our reservation over the phone and paid the ridiculous $70. We checked in just before 7 p.m. and when we left around 10 the next morning, the "open" sign still wasn't on. Regarding the bathrooms: There were three co-ed bathroom/showers in one building. Stall #1 had no working light, stalls #2 & #3 had NO toilet paper. The next morning I watched a cleaning person leaning on the wall of stall #1 stall texting with her phone. The women's restroom building across from the showers wasn't any better. They were not clean and lacked paper. My husband said the men's room was the same. While it was a cute campground, it certainly wasn't worth the price. We also saw a sign that indicated there was a $10 fee to dump, but it didn't say if that was for non-campers or campers. Either way, we didn't dump. I would not recommend this place or ever stay there again. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
217
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 21
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $85.00
Overall Rating:

Nothing much to do here...small playground if you have kids..We asked for pull thru..so we got Full sun and very close quarters. There is a pond. And a trail around it. Bout a mile long..dog park down the road. If you come here..ask for site down in the shade nice area. Sites are huge there with a lot of character... We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F 11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Ask for nice area ..NOT up top..we arrived on Sunday July 8..they charged us for July 4 holiday..we asked about that overpriced..especially when holiday was over with..we feel this was just wrong on their part,

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Review Count: 190
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 26

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

This is an OK campground from which to explore the area. Newport is about 20 minutes away. The campground has gravel roads and gravel parking pads. There is a paver patio as well. Sites are level and a little close to each other but adequate for awnings etc. Cable is provided but we didn't use. Plenty of sky for satellite. Park is pretty open and is not gated. One complaint is they had a 3 night minimum and we only wanted to stay 2 nights. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Roads in the Newport area are extremely rough and narrow so take care with your navigation. We screwed up and found ourselves heading to the downtown area. Luckily a local was able to tell us how to get out but it wasn't fun. Dinner at the Mooring. Must try the scallop chowder! Also fun place to eat is Flo's Clam Shack.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

Quiet campground north of Newport. Away from downtown Newport but easy (15-20 minutes) drive into town. There are several parts of the campground...some open and some shaded. We stayed in a shady corner not too far from the tent campers. We had full hookups. Based on previous comments it looks as if the electrical has been upgraded as all hookup were on the correct side of the site. Use Google maps to find a shady spot in the summer. Or an open spot if you want satellite reception. Definitely would stay here again. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
216
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very lovely campground, with a shady section of back-in sites with lots of trees and grass, and a sunny section with long pull-through sites. The pull-through sites are closer together than the back-in sites, but the pull-through sites are satellite friendly. We spent three nights in site F13, an end site that was very close to the Portsmouth dog park. We had a nice patio with a square, raised, concrete fire pit and a picnic table. The site was relatively level - we used only our front jacks. WiFi was well above average, but water pressure was below average. There are some nice hiking trails nearby, but if you have small dogs be aware there are coyotes in the area. We heard them howling late one night. The staff was friendly and helpful. Make sure to take Stringham off W Main, and then turn north on Sullivan Road to the park. The resurfacing of Sullivan is complete and it is smooth. I agree that it is a bit pricey for the amenities, but you are paying for the location - close to Newport. I would definitely stay there again. I wished we could have stayed longer. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Gulf Stream Bar & Grille is close by and very good. Anthony's Seafood is excellent. International Tennis Hall of Fame is awesome.

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Review Count: 35
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $75.00
Overall Rating:

We had a Good Sam discount, but it was very expensive for what you get in an RV campground. Monday through Thursday is $65, and Friday through Sunday is $75/night! We had 50 AMP electric, water, sewer, and cable. We did not use cable, but had many Over The Air Channels. The staff at Melville Ponds is very helpful and nice people. We were under the shade trees. The site was on a slant, so our 5th wheel tires on one side were off the ground to get level. It was a quiet RV campground. It is 5 miles north of Newport. There is a small laundry with 2 washers, and 2 dryers that was inexpensive. There is no pool or activity room, but they have a small playground for the kids. We did not use the restrooms or showers, so we cannot comment on them. It was the most convenient and close RV park to the Navy Base for our activities. It was just too expensive for what they provide, but I guess they can get away with it due to lack of competition. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
108
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Everything in the area is very expensive, so bring your food and other items you need. Restaurants are very expensive for what you get in Newport, and not all that tasty. We were here for our Grandson's commissioning in the U.S. Navy, so we do not see a reason to return in the future.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $80.00
Overall Rating:

Great location, great spots, great staff, high price. Level spots, 50 amp, pull thru, patio, fire pit, good space. Great location for trips to Jamestown, Fall River & Newport. We really like this place, just wish the price was more inline with other campgrounds.

Take the entrance off Main Street at the middle school. If you enter from anywhere else, you end up on a long dirt, washboard road. It will dust up and shake you up. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We entered the island from the north as we did not want to tow up thru Main Street thru town.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 16

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed one night in site #218, a back-in site with W/E/S. The roads aren't overly tight but the way they are laid out and where the trees are, this site is more of a pain to get into than it should be. The spot itself is fine. Note that despite what their website says, ALL of their sites have full hook ups. This isn't a fancy park, but clean and fine for passing through. Bathhouses, laundry, and grounds were all clean. Their internet was excellent. We had full LTE cell service (AT&T). The signage on the way in leaves you hanging, but we figured it out anyways. It brings you in along a long bumpy road. Google Map's directions, on the other hand, takes you by a school, but it brings you to the campground with only a little of the bumpy dirt road. This is what I'd recommend. We camped at Melville Pond Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
218
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to Newport and take sailing trip!

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