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06/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
Nice State Park with excellent (water front) access to the Housatonic River. Also has a few "rustic cabins" for $50 a night available, on excellent water front sites. Not "big rig" friendly, some areas (especially sites along the river) have a lot of trees that can make maneuvering difficult. Sites up by camp office are a little easier for RVs to get into. Campsites in general are pretty good size. There are supposed to be a couple water faucets available where I believe you can fill a water tank, but we didn't see them. Camp staff told us a dump station is available, but off site, and we didn't see it as we didn't need it. Camp staff are polite, friendly, and helpful. Bathrooms are "state park clean", and the bathroom buildings have one shower each in them. Bathrooms also have a couple large sinks for cleaning dishes. Great campground for semi-rustic camping. Lots of fishermen and the river has great fishing. Also, just down the road is access to the Appalachian Trail, with a neat, quick loop hike - Pine Knob Loop Trail, about 2.5 hour hike with some climbing.
06/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
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.
07/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is really a tenting campground. Very wooded and shady. Although most of the sites are large (surprisingly so) and level (I didn't need any levelers), there are lots of trees and many boulders that block access, or at least make it very difficult, to have a travel trailer or camper here. A smaller Class C might do well here. Out of all the sites, realistically only about six or so are suitable for a travel trailer - campground map does not highlight this. No hookups, and water is not easily available to fill freshwater tank. Bathrooms and showers were "state park clean" - a basic cleaning daily and very usable. If you are tenting and want a surprising amount of privacy, Loop F is the place to be. Large tent sites surrounded by heavy woods. Many sites are near the pond swimming area which is set up nicely, the other sites are not too far away (easy walk). Dump site is odd - very narrow, with a speed bump (??) at the end of it. I guess people were speeding through the dump site? This State Park borders Pachaug State Forest, which has tons of hiking trails available - one forest trail actually comes into Hopeville Pond State Park. Important note about hiking Pachaug State Forest - a lot of the hiking trails are very poorly marked, it is easy to get turned around once you get off the dirt roads. Overall, I am not sure how to rate Hopeville Pond. I only gave it a "7", as it is not RV friendly, but it is a very nice state park!
07/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Excellent campground for exploring Cape Cod. Eastham, the town it is in, is right in the middle of the Cape, right on Route 6. We did not find road noise to be all that noticeable. Our campsite was in the back of the campground. Large pull through sites, plenty of room for our tow vehicle, fire ring, picnic table, etc. We were greatly surprised at the size of the sites, and the nice row of plants between sites. Sites closer to the front of the campground seemed to not have as much room. Hookups were well placed and in good condition. Sites are sandy, but everywhere on the Cape is sandy! Only a small amount of leveling was needed, site was sloped just enough for drainage. Quiet while we were there, fires are allowed but expected to be put out completely after 11pm. Being right next to the Cape Cod Rail Trail is a big plus; definitely bring bicycles if you like doing that. Next door is Arnold's, a good, touristy lobster/clam restaurant and mini-golf. Camp office and store was well laid out, very clean, and well stocked. Wi-fi was good at the store / lounge and closer sites, but further away (where we were) the signal was weaker. They also had an "email" computer at the office for campers to use for basic emailing. Very nice and informative office staff. Showers were very clean, and everything seemed either relatively new or just very well maintained. We will stay here again.
06/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
I am basically just echoing the other positive reviews. Really nice, quiet campground. Site was clean and essentially level, while being properly angled for drainage. Wooded, large sites that provide a surprising amount of privacy. Camp hosts were very nice and helpful. Rangers put on a movie Saturday night, and had a campfire with s'mores supplies if you wanted one. Trails are easy hiking around the lake. We found the entrance signs to be slightly confusing -- you want the "camp office" NOT the "park office". Drive past the park office, the camp office is further on. Also, pay attention when leaving... again, they just need some more obvious signs. We do look forward to camping here again.
10/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Great campground for an overnight - that is what I am giving it an 8 for. We were traveling and this campground was very convenient and perfect for an overnight. The office staff were extremely helpful, nice, and polite. Sites are laid out for easy in and out, mostly level. There was a playground and a small pool, but I really wouldn't classify this as a fun and exciting place for a family to spend a lot of time in. Our site was close to the office, and we had a strong Wi-Fi signal which was simple, easy to use, and free. I don't know how the Wi-Fi is in the rest of the park. When you get off the highway, the park is all the way at the end of the "Campground Road" - you can't miss it. We definitely could hear the highway noise, but it didn't bother us. We will be staying here again in our travels.
08/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Great campground to stay at in Acadia National Park. No hookups at the campsites, but water is available at a few faucets located throughout the campground. With an RV you will have to drive to a faucet in the campground to fill your freshwater tank, few if any campsites are within reach of a faucet. Entrance is large and well laid out, but the campsites themselves are tight and can be difficult to get into. Low branches, trees at the corners of campsites, narrow roads. I consider it not big rig accessible, but a couple surprisingly large rigs were here: getting scratched up going through the campground. Dump station is well laid out. When you enter Acadia, make sure you stop at the Acadia National Park Visitor's Center. From there, take the Park Loop Road to Blackwoods, this allows you to avoid driving through Bar Harbor. Bar Harbor is a small and very tight tourist town that is not easy to navigate with a camper. There is at least one gas station in Bar Harbor, but it can be tricky to get into with a truck. Try to remember to fill up before entering the Acadia area. Once we got into our site, it was actually very roomy. Quiet campground at night, but some camper generators running during the day. (Please don't run your generator unless you really need to). Bathrooms were very clean, and had running water. Don't know why they don't have showers, but the private pay showers at the entrance to the campground were very nice. They are not realistically within walking distance, you will probably want to drive to them. Some firewood is available for free in the campground, but it was wet when we were here and the Rangers asked that campers don't take too much. We bought a couple dry bundles outside the campground to help our fire. Be sure to remember that you can explore most of Acadia at night. It is really neat to star gaze and hike at night! Blackwoods is within Acadia, but at one end. You can hike into the main part of the park, but the distances can be misleading, don't underestimate Acadia! It is big, and you may want to drive to various points to explore from. We will be returning here!
06/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a good campground to check out the Hyde park / Hudson River Valley area. Don't forget Rhinebeck Aerodrome!! Vanderbilt Mansion, Roosevelt's Presidential Library and house, etc. Lots to see in the area. Okay, the campground. Office people are very nice and helpful. Campground is neat and clean. Our site was clean, full hookups were placed properly and in excellent condition. Snack bar was really good, fun and helpful people running it. Pool was very clean and warm without being too warm. The "kiddie pool" (small, clean, and 1 foot deep, looked like it would be great for kids) had an unusual warning sign: could only be used if a CPR certified person was at the poolside. So basically, no one used it. A nice, new, and large playscape near the pool. Lake was seriously lily pad choked. Everyone we met was very nice and outgoing. We had some issue with the water at our campsite: it had some "flavor" to it, but not bad. In talking to another seasonal here, he said that was unusual as there is a large and well maintained water system on site. Bathrooms and showers are very clean and well maintained, although not new. They are pay showers, which is a negative for me. The campground is VERY hilly. The roads are eye opening and a little scary, but in the end we had no problem navigating the campground, and neither did the big rigs that came in and out. They look hairy, but the roads are driveable. Big rigs were/are at the campground, but I would consider it tight for them. Some sites are tight and a bit unlevel, but well laid out. Note: Approaching from the south, when approaching the turnoff for the road the campground is on, SLOW DOWN on the downhill curve when you see the sign saying turn right ahead half way down the curve! It's a tight turn. While we were here, the campground was quiet! No loud partiers at all: it was quite nice. We enjoyed ourselves, and our teenage kids like the campground. We will return when we are in the area.
06/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
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.
05/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
I struggle on how to rate this campground. The grounds are neat and clean, and the showers were clean according to my wife and daughter who used them. The showers are pay showers, though, which is a negative for me at a campground that charges a substantial rate. The campground is very nice looking, well kept, flowers all over the place. Lots of seasonals that are well kept. As other reviews have said, this is a very social and busy campground. I would tend towards calling it a party campground. If you are the outgoing type and in the mood, this can be a lot of fun. Lots of people walking around and saying hello. A heck of a lot of kids, many whom I am not sure were guests at the campground. There is no security gate or employee to check people at the entrance. Vehicles don't have to display a tag or have their licenses recorded at the office. There is not a heck of a lot to do here. There is a nice tennis court and playground, but no pool. A swim pond and the Hammonassette River are the main attractions, and they are fun to splash around in. Sites are available directly on the river, but be ready for people, especially kids, cutting through your site to get to the river. It seems to be accepted here. Site size varies a lot. Many are small, but a few are surprisingly spacious and it is difficult to tell from the site map. Our full hookup site had well maintained hookups well placed on the site. Employees were polite and helpful. A lot of the campground I would consider big rig accessible, including a bunch of drive through sites. I would rate this higher, but the relatively high rates and lack of amenities (including having pay showers) makes me rate the campground lower.
09/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
A very good campground: but expensive. Listed rates are for 2 people, meaning a family of 4 actually has to pay for the two "extra" people, an unusual way to do it that can add up quickly. Anyway, it's a clean and well laid out campground. We were escorted to our site, which worked out well because our escort brought us around the long way so it was very easy to back our trailer in. We had full hookups, but the sewer pipe was high (6"+), so unless you have a riser/support for your hose it is a little difficult to use. The campground is hilly. The lake had a floating trampoline and a floating "iceberg", which is a climbing wall! Kids loved it. Nice "restaurant" down by the lake was more like a diner. I thought the food prices were reasonable and the quality was good, they also can deliver food to your site. We couldn't figure out if the "tram" (golf cart that holds around 10 people) had a schedule or what it's route was: we never did end up using it. The bathrooms were roomy, clean, and the showers were free. The minigolf course is great! It is landscaped beautifully, and the 18 holes are challenging. This is certainly one of the best 18-hole minigolf courses at a campground that I've seen: but I thought the $5 per person to play (so a family of 4 is $20) was a little steep considering the nightly camping rate. We thought the pool was very nice, and it is lighted so swimming is allowed at night. The jacuzzi was sometimes overrun by kids. Campground workers were all very nice, cheerful, and helpful. The "Scoop Shack" (ice cream counter) gave out large portions, so that was worth it! Our site was on the side near the road, so there was car noise but I didn't think it was bad. This is a very good (if a bit pricey) family campground.
06/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
We were pleasantly surprised at how nice this campground is. We have never stayed at a KOA before, so I don't know how to compare it to other KOAs. Bathrooms were very clean and roomy. Showers (free - big plus from me) were a little tight, but each one had a changing area, and two (2!) hooks to hang clothes on - may not seem a big deal, but most campground bathrooms have only one hook. Other people in our group noticed the extra hooks also. People in the front office were very nice and helpful. "KOA Bob", who drove around checking on things, was great, outgoing, and full of information about the area. We had a pull through site. Plenty of room for our camper, I think all but the biggest rigs should be fine here. The pull throughs are staggered, to give more room for picnic tables between sites. Double check on hookups - 15amp, 30amp and 50amp hookups are kind of randomly scattered around. Two outdoor pools, one indoor pool, two indoor jacuzzis, and a sauna were all well mantained and very clean. Camp store was good sized and well stocked with food and RV supplies. Our kids had a great time in the play areas and the activities that the campground staff ran. Our kids think the campground is "just very cool". Campground is only a few miles up the road from the center of Niagara Falls, but it takes a few minutes travel time as the roads are busy.
10/2008
rating [ 10/10 ]
Yep, I am just going to add my praise for Fort Wilderness. I don't know if I can think of a negative. Bathrooms and showers were spotlessly clean, and seemed to stay that way. Lots of things to do without even leaving the campground, and you are just a water ferry ride away from the Magic Kingdom. We had an "off season" rate plus a discount (AAA), which is why it was under $50. We most definitely will be returning!
09/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a small, good, quiet campground. A lot of sites are directly on the Natchaug River. Our site was not on the river, but right next to the main road. Traffic wasn't bad, but I don't know if it is busier in the summer months -- we were only about 20 feet from the road. At a minimum, request a site that is NOT next to the main road. Bathrooms are older, but were clean. Sites are large with plenty of room. Good access to the river for everyone. Owners were VERY nice. Store is very limited, but has basics. This is a good campground for a quiet weekend.
07/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Update: This is our 5th year camping here, and we had a great time at the Cowboy Weekend. New buildings are going up. The staff and all campers are great, even with the disruption of construction. I am increasing my rating from my previous report (7) to a 9. My family and friends always have such a good time here. This is a busy, active family campground. We will be returning!
06/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a good campground, great as a base for exploring Gettysburg Battlefield. A lot of pull through sites, and our pull through site had brand new hookups. Sites are tight. Access to campground and site is great, even with bigger rigs. Bathrooms / showers were clean, roomy, and free (no charge for shower). Basketball court looked to be brand new, gameroom was good, pool was clean. The campground might be considered a little rustic, but the overall experience more than makes up for it. A very quiet campground!! In talking to other campers who had been there before, they said that is normal. We thought it was neat to be able to bike ride around the stables and corrals, watching all the horses and riders. The "trail ride" that the campground offers into the battlefield is fun -- note that on the one hour ride, the guide does not tell about the history of the battlefield, on the two hour ride the guide give historical background. The Battlefield diorama at the campground is very much worth checking out, and it is free for campers. We watched the diorama show just before touring the battlefield, that worked out well for us. Staff at camp office were Great! Very helpful, know all about the battlefield and what to see (and how to get to everything). Camp store is not huge but has pretty much everything you might need for camping, plus snacks and gifts. Other campers and seasonals were also great. Everyone we met was outgoing and cheerful. We most certainly would stay here again.
07/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
We had a great time here. The park is wooded, sites have plenty of room and are laid out well. Our site was a full hookup site with sewer, all connections were placed well for our trailer. When we backed in, the trailer was level with no adjustments required. Nice stone fire ring that was clean and raked out. There are some pull through sites that are setup for easy access. The employees were very nice and answered all questions. The lake is great, and it is worth renting a kayak or canoe to explore it. Bathrooms were clean! Showers were set up well with individual changing areas and glass doors. But... they were pay showers (a negative for me at better campgrounds), but the timer was long, almost 10 minutes per pay. Camp store is not real big, but well stocked. Close to attractions (Mayflower II, Plymouth Village, etc).
05/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
We had a very good time staying here. The bathrooms are clean and the showers worked well. A cleaning crew showed up at 7:30AM each morning we were there. Although campsites are not next to beach, they are not too far away. A nice walk, easy bike ride, or quick drive. Salt marshes full of animals. No playground, but in the middle of the campsites is a huge amount of room for playing catch, frisbie, or just let the kids run around. There are also a few "community" fire pits around if you want to build a Big fire. Individual sites have very good fire rings with built in grills that you can slide out of the way, but you may want to use your own grill on top of it. Some negatives - a lot of rules. Vehicles are not to be on grass, only one vehicle per site, etc. Read the rules. Dumpsters, at least for us, were not readily visible. Not that I want to see dumpsters, but they should be easy to locate. Water spigots are available to fill camper freshwater tanks, but are hard to find and not all sites are near one (bring extra hose). There was a sign for a "Camp Store", but we couldn't figure out where it was. We will be coming back here.
08/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
I want to echo previous reviews. A really nice campground. Our kids greatly enjoyed the water slide, pool (pool was not heated), and playground. The weekend we were there was very quiet, no DJ dance party, few activities. We very much enjoyed it. We had a shaded, full hookup site with concrete pad. Most sites are really big. Our site, as with most, had a stone fire ring, a nice change from the standard truck wheel rim. Camp store was well supplied, I thought the prices were reasonable, and they had a large ice cream selection. Bathrooms were clean and had large shower stalls with room to change clothes. Showers are pay, though, a minus to me. Seasonal folk were very nice and sites were very well kept. We will be returning here.
06/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
Great campground. All staff that we encountered were "workampers" fellow RV'ers. They were all polite, friendly, and knew answers to our questions. And there are a lot of them. If you need help, there is a staff person nearby. The camp store is HUGE. Basically has everything you could need for camping/RVing, along with stuff you didn't know you needed. An extensive list of scheduled activities, especially for kids. A lot of activities are extra cost, but a lot is also free. Shuffleboard (maintained in excellent condition), tennis, basketball, mini-golf, ping pong, etc are free with equipment provided by the campground. Two pools, large one is heated, with a couple hours a day set aside as "adult only" swim times. Bathrooms / showers are CLEAN and FREE (no paying for showers)! We highly recommend this campground.
05/2005
rating [ 10/10 ]
I have to echo previous review. Excellent place to dry camp. Our kids have a great time here every year. Although dry camping, water faucets are positioned between almost every other site, so it is real easy to fill water tank. You may need 100' of hose. Camp store has lots of snacks and very basic camping supplies, few RV supplies. There are RV dealers/repair garages in nearby towns. No ground fires allowed, you need to either bring a "portable fireplace" or rent one from the camp store. Excellent place to bike ride. Also, great access for kayaking on Long Island Sound. Reservations are recommended, holiday weekends are almost impossible to get a site without reservations. Security is 24/7, and visible. Campsites are huge. There are a very limited number of electric sites (like maybe 4 or 6), reserved for handicapped unless still open at the last minute. We camp here every year.
08/2005
rating [ 7/10 ]
I have to sigh while writing this. To start, people have told me that the new owners bought the campground two years ago, and are working hard on improving it. The great majority of the park seems to be seasonals, most all are very well maintained. My biggest problem with the campground is the rates. Considering they are on the high side, I expected more. Anyway. . . Our site was clean and shaded. It was a gravel site, which turned out to be very good. Sites are good sized for a private campground, ours was narrow but long. There is a "duck pond" with sites around it, but I wouldn't consider that "water front". Hookups were positioned so that two sites would share one, we needed extensions to reach ours, that's fine. The problem was that they only had the big 30amp plug style electrical box, friends with a small camper couldn't plug in with a standard extension cord (the store offered to sell them an adapter). I hadn't run into that before. Most all sites have grey water drains. I checked "Don't know" for sewer hookups, is grey water considered sewer? They didn't have a whole lot of activities for kids. You can get breakfast at the campstore many mornings, people said it was very good at reasonable prices. The campstore is small, with camping essentials and snacks. It was strange that they closed it on Sunday afternoon from 1-1:30PM, when checkout is 2PM. We almost always stop at the campstore when checking out to pickup snacks for the road, they may have lost business with the unusual midday closing time, I don't know if that is normal practice. They have a PA system they use for annoucements. They didn't use it too often, but I usually couldn't understand what they were saying and I ended up finding it annoying. The "hayride" was free, and family enjoyed it. They had a big bonfire with two musicians, that was enjoyable. Playgrounds are minimal, could definitely use more equipment. Bathrooms were clean and neat! Shower stalls were setup well, each with their own changing area with curtain. But, they were pay showers. For the rates they charge, I don't see how campers should have to pay for a shower. A lot of rules, but generally your standard campground rules. A bit unusual was "quiet time" lasts until 9:00AM. We get up early, and with young kids it can be difficult to keep them quiet until then (I know they are our own kids and we are responsible for them, but that is late in the morning). There are many rules regarding pets (dogs) that they enforce, but they are reasonable. Okay, the big kicker was the dump station. It is actually outside of the campground off the main road, although on campground property. It is gravel, the dump "pipe" is positioned 5" above the ground, so your flexible dump tube has to make a pretty good turn to go up and into it. There is no way to rinse off the area if there is a spill. The previous camper must have had an "accident" while dumping, because that wasn't brown mud around the dump pipe. I wasn't happy with the dump station. Now, we did have a good time while camping here. Our friends enjoyed themselves and want to come back, and we will probably return next year. I just think the rates are high for what you are getting in general. This could turn into a really good campground if the owners keep on working on it, as I am told they are.
06/2004
rating [ 8/10 ]
We had a great time here. Our kids want to return. Pool is large and very well maintained. Bathrooms are basic and clean. The "swim" pond is just for wading (if you really want to), but the kids had a ball chasing frogs and tadpoles that are in it. Ping pong, basketball, a couple other things are free with a $1 refundable deposit for equipment (a nice way to do it). Mini Golf was $1. Ceramics was a little expensive (nice figurines though), but staff was knowledgable and very helpful, so it was worth it. A lot of seasonals that are very well cared for. Rules are strictly enforced, but staff was polite about it. Sites by the pool are very large, surprisingly so for a private campground, and most sites have grey water hookup.
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