Bay View is overrun by unfriendly seasonals and the rules are way over the top. No scooters allowed, signs indicating no bikes at almost every turn. The seasonals which have to be close to 80% of the campground are mostly older couples without children. This is not a park for families with small children. We go to lots of Mass. campgrounds that are family friendly and if you like those places you will dislike Bay View. The pools do not have a kid friendly section since there is a 1 foot small area that immediately drops to almost 5 feet. The sites themselves are spacious and wooded and somewhat level but the campground is very hilly. We were on the ball field which was not well maintained with our 1,3 and 5 year old when a small group of young teens pulled up on their bikes and just stared at us like we were invading their territory. Even the children are unfriendly. I cannot overly state that if you have small children and looking for a family friendly campground, this is not the place for you.
We camped here the first weekend the park opened and the weather was not cooperating, however, the park has an abundance of shaded, woody, level full hookup sites for small to mid-sized RVs. I wouldn't want to be here in a diesel pusher as the roads are not level and some are narrow. The park has no cable and Wi-Fi is not available at sites (only at the store/office area). I gave it a very generous 7 since the new general manager went of his way to find me a great site and let me choose. They are trying to improve this campground but it needs quite a bit of work. The facilities in need of updating such as the recreation hall, playground, pools, etc. The store was very much understocked even for basic amenities, however, it was the first weekend. Tried to fish in the catch and release pond but some seasonal children told me that nobody fishes there as there is a drain that runs into the nearby brook and all the fish they stock find an escape route almost immediately. The executive style (par 3) golf course actually looks well-maintained and if the weather was better, I would have played ($10 greens fee). The sense is that management is trying hard to create a better campground but it is slowly evolving. They plan to have Wi-Fi throughout the park sometime in the 2011 season. The management and seasonals (heavy on seasonals here) are very nice and want you to enjoy your stay. Probably deserves a 6. If you're just looking for a nice shaded site to camp in Western MA, it's fine, but don't expect anything more.
Camped here for one of the Halloween weekends with my son. We loved it. A perfect campground feel with lakefront sites (we had one) and lots of activities. The seasonal sites harbored mostly modern campers and were extremely well kept. The facilities were spotless with constant cleaning and maintenance to keep the place in tip top shape. We prefer RV friendly campgrounds that have a shady, old school campground feel and this fit the bill perfectly. Not many open pull-through sites but we are back-in campers. At the store and kitchen, we got a fresh made, ready to cook in the camper apple pie as it was harvest season. Camper smelled great and started our weekend off just right. Sites are not very large, but large enough for most rigs. An overall beautiful campground. I would request a DJ every Saturday night but that is just our preference. We will definitely return in the summer: the pool was closed during our stay as it was late in the season.
This campground is very wooded and semi-private directly on the Chocorua river. We had a deluxe waterfront site that came equipped with a deck and grill-though we could not get the grill to work. No problem, we carry our own Coleman stove. It is a sort of quiet campground with some children's activities but the amenities are on the light side with only one medium sized pool and small playground. The grounds are dirt, rock, and pine needle covered. No grassy sites are available. The sites are fairly large and shaded but a slightly boring campground. Certainly more of a traditional campground feel rather than a RV park. More tent friendly in its atmosphere though full hookups are available. Big rigs would have lots of trouble navigating the narrow streets. Not the greatest place for kids as activities are light. We were able to launch our inflatable boat from our site which was fun.
This is very much a family oriented RV park with some tent sites. It is a crowded campground in summer but quiets down at night. Lots of activities and people all over the place. Not a place for people seeking privacy. Great for kids. Lots of pools, mini golf, basketball, shuffleboard, rec center, two playgrounds for toddlers and older children, etc. It is expensive but a very fun atmosphere. Approximately half of the campground is frequented by French Canadians. Our neighbor let their sewer drain next to the site on the grass, though only gray water, but still.. If this is what you're looking for, you'll love it.