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07/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
OK place to stay at to visit area. Owners are very nice and willing to help and they have free cookouts for the campers. But be aware that the highway noise is relentless. Absolutely no shade at this campground, so if it's hot your AC will run non-stop. They had free Wi-Fi but we did not use it because of weak signal. Great water pressure and good power. We would stay at this campground again for an overnight stay, but no longer than that.
07/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
Outstanding KOA, one of the cleanest that we have ever stayed at. Large level sites, good interior road. They have "patio sites" that look very nice and we will reserve one on our next trip. They have a small but pristine pool and a great dog park. Overall just a nice place to stay.
06/2014
rating [ 4/10 ]
Stayed here for one night on our way to North Carolina. The directions given to campground takes you down a very hilly road with many sharp switchbacks which were difficult to navigate. The first site that they gave us was so out of level that we could not use it, we had to ask for a new site, which was not much better. Campground roads are rough, narrow, and dusty. Our site had good power and water pressure. Did not use the Internet as it was to weak. We will not stay here again.
05/2012
rating [ 1/10 ]
We reserved a site for a 33' trailer months ahead of time for the Memorial Day weekend. When we arrived at the campground the host (owner?) was not very accommodating and the site they wanted to give us was for short campers; it even said that on the campground map that they used for reservations. I drove to that site to see if I could back in with a 33 foot trailer and full size truck. Well it did not fit and the sewer hookup was near the front of the site, so if I would have been able to back in I would have needed 30 feet of sewer hose! They finally did give us a larger site that our camper just fit into. The campground is near a major road so you listen to cars and trucks 24 hours a day and it makes it near impossible to get any sleep. Lots of barking dogs all day long and other campers that do not care about the quiet hours. There was a group of campers near us that set up their own personal outdoor theater to watch movies past midnight (again, no sleep here). The interior roads are rough and narrow, price for firewood is ridiculous. This RV park is not well suited for larger campers, power was marginal at 105 volts, internet was intermittent. If you use Verizon wireless there is no service at the campground. We will not stay here again.
04/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Great RV park, large sites. The water front sites can be a bit tricky to get in if you have a long rig. I would have given the RV park a 10 if they had a store with supplies and firewood. The RV sites are paved and fairly level. The power was OK, but it was April and no one was running air conditioners. We will stay here again.
09/2011
rating [ 4/10 ]
This campground is mostly for seasonal RV's, only a few transient sites that are poorly placed. Our site was out of level from side to side by about 4 inches and from front to back by about a foot. There were a bunch of secluded tent sites. The roads are dirt and rough, it was raining over the weekend and the roads turned into deep puddles and mud. The bathroom by the main office is out of date and not well kept. The owner was very nice and helpful. We had a strong internet signal at our site (58). We will not come back. Could be a great campground if it was updated.
06/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a family campground and has a lot of activities for kids and teenagers. The seasonal area is crowded and is more like a trailer park with lots of stuff all over the place. We were in site 82 with a 30' trailer and before we could back in to the site we had to remove several concrete blocks and several large rocks, our site was 3'' out of level from side to side and we had to use 2 sets of planks on one side to level the camper. Water pressure was very low at times (just a trickle), the electricity was OK (30 amps). The tent and pop up area had large sites and lots of privacy. The roads and sites could use some maintenance, we had a lot of rain over the weekend and the roads turned into deep mud and deep puddles. We would stay here again and probably in the same site or in that general area of the campground.
04/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
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.
08/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
Our first time here. Great campground, very quiet and relaxing. Close to a lot of attractions (Casinos, Essex railroad, Mystic Village). Owners live on site and are eager to help. You can't bring your own firewood because of insect problems (state rule) but they have dry hardwood firewood sold by the cart full for $6.00 which will last you a few days. We will come back here again
07/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
Ok campground to stay at to visit area. Nice view of Lake Erie. Bathrooms and laundry need desperate upgrades. Transient site hook ups are a bit rough. Lots of mud and puddles when it rains. Not much to do in the area except to go wine tasting. Local campers can get loud on the weekends! Niagara falls is about 2 hours away. We might stay here again if traveling thru the area. The campground host will do anything he can to give you a pleasant stay.
07/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
Came here for our first family camping get together. Not a bad campground, has everything you would want, nice pool, clean bathrooms, nice game room. Some of the campsites were small. Campground gets muddy real quick with any rain. If you are looking for a quiet campground to relax, this is not the place. Lots of kids having a great time and "kid loud". Quiet hours not reaLly enforced. Some guy came in about midnight with his generator running, he must have woken up most of the campers. People in and out all night long. We will however come back here next year for the second family reunion.
08/2008
rating [ 1/10 ]
We were looking for a get away near North Conway NH for the labor day weekend. I found this campground back in June on the internet. This campground became a KOA recently, so we figured that it must be OK (we could not find reviews about this campground). When we arrived it was about 7:00 pm and the office was closed and the CG gate was down. It was by chance that a camp worker showed us where the card key was so that we could open the gate. We had reserved a pull thru site for our trailer and after following the camp worker on very narrow and rough roads we arrived at our site. Our rig just fit on the site and my truck was at about a 30 degree angle pointing downhill, it was a bit tricky to un-hitch. After we went to bed that night we were waken up by the trucks on route 16 using their engine brakes all night. The next day we checked in and talked to the manager about the road noise. She basically told us that the noise was our opinion and that the constant traffic did not bother her, she was just plain rude!. There were other issues that we did not like about this CG and we were not the only guest at this CG the manager was rude to. Other guest left early because of poor CG conditions (we left early also). The CG did have plenty of stuff for kids to do. We would never recommend this CG and we will never stay there again. One last thing, this was our first experience at at KOA and we are not sure if we will visit another KOA CG.
08/2008
rating [ 4/10 ]
We were looking for a weekend get away that was not too far to travel for us and a relative. We found Swanzey Lake Camping area thru an internet search. I could not find to many reviews but the web site looked OK and the lake area was inviting. We arrived on Thursday afternoon and the first impression of the campground was poor. The entrance to the campground had boat trailers parked all over the place, a disabled vehicle next to an old shed. The first appearance was a campground that was not kept up. After checking in we were given directions to our site. The roads in the campground were very narrow and rough, other campers had a difficult time navigation the turns. When we found our site we got out of the vehicle too look around. The site was a spot in the woods that had been filled with sandy fill and each time it rained our site (along with others turned to brown mud and the fill started to wash away. Trying to keep the sand out of the RV was a constant chore. The quiet hours were from 10:00 to about 8:00 am but they were not really enforced. This campground was mostly seasonals. As we walked around the campground we could often smell sewage, we could not determine where the smell was coming from. The web site states that they have a rec hall with games and a pool table, all there was is a porch with some games and a pool table that was in a tight area so it was difficult to use it. The only thing that was nice and kept up at this campground was the lake area.
09/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
The owners were friendly and the full timers nice to the weekenders. The campground was quiet and relaxing. They also own a beach about a mile away that you can bike too. Here are the drawbacks to the campground when we visited. The roads were very rough with low branches, at our site we had to use 75' of hose for the fresh water, the site was not level and a bit small. The owners (new) are working to make many improvement to the campground. I think that in a few years this will be a winner to visit on a regular basis. The owners might be able to contact the soil conservation office to help them with drainage problems. We will visit this campground again.
08/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Came here for a quick weekend get away. Campground immaculate, clean bathrooms and showers. Quiet campground, level sites, adequate water pressure. The only reason it does not get a 10 is because it had no camp store. We will camp here again and we recommend this campground.
06/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
What Can we say. Excellent COG, this is an adult only campground. So if you want peace and quiet this is the place to go. The bathrooms were immaculate the sites were level and very clean. this COG will become a regular stop for us, we are going back for a second stay this summer and we will book also for next year.
06/2007
rating [ 3/10 ]
Campsites were small; water and sewer hookup only about 12 inches from each other, this is not sanitary. The sites were also not level. The short term sites were close to a very busy and noisy road. the CG is also on the flight path to the airport so be prepared to listen to planes all day and into the night. The staff was not friendly. This CG had some good looking tent sites but as far as an RV park I do not recommend it. The island is also a very expensive place to vacation. We will not come back here.
04/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
This campground was our first trip for 2007. We came here off season. The sites were level and clean. The staff was helpful and friendly. it was a quiet campground, you could relax with the sounds of the "peepers", birds and the wind through the trees. We will stay here again.
08/2007
rating [ 1/10 ]
Our stay at Gray Homestead Campground was disappointing. We payed for a full hookup, we had no water pressure. So what we did is every morning we filled the 25 gallon RV tank, that alone took about 15 minutes and then use our water pump so we could have water. The sewer connections had no caps, and our line was on top of the ground and I used 2 rocks the to keep the joints in the line from coming apart. The RV sites were not level and very difficult to get into. The roads were very rough with low branches. We had some rain and the campground turned into a mud bath and most tent sites were in standing water. If you plan on camping here with kids be prepared, the campground does not have a store or anything for kids to do. There is not a common area so if you are a tenter and it is raining you are stuck in your tent. The bath house and shower were a sad story, there were 4 showers, 2 for the men and 2 for the women. If more than 1 shower was running you had nothing but a trickle, these were also pay showers so brings lots and lots of quarters to take a short shower. So if you are looking to park your RV in this part of Maine I would check out other campgrounds. We will not come back here and we do not recommend this campground.
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