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05/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Very nice campground. Staff was very friendly. Lots of historical sites to see nearby like Bennington Battle Monument (VT), The Natural Bridge, and Heritage Park Museum (about the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel). Also very close to Mount Greylock the tallest mountain in Massachusetts. We didn't get to drive up it because of the recent snow! We would go back here again to go up Mount Greylock hopefully, with better weather.
07/2012
rating [ 5/10 ]
The layout of this campground has changed do to Hurricane Irene. The swimming hole that was at least 6' deep last year is only about 3'. We couldn't believe the damage that was done. A lot of the sites near the river are carry in, carry out. Sites 1 through 12 have been changed to group sites 2 through 4. I don't know why this is, as they still look like individual sites. We still really enjoyed our stay and hope to be back next year. Two of my children and I did the Zoar Zipline and had a ball. It's expensive but was worth it to see their faces. Better than an amusement park if your into the outdoors. Helpful hint, the showers in the camping area have a button that constantly needs to be held to get water, but the showers by the cabins has a regular hot/cold lever with constant flow.
06/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
Very small State Campground with "real" outhouses except for a recently built shower/bathroom near our site #15. The kids enjoyed the fresh air and the swim area which is also a day use facility. The lake is also good for fishing and there is a boat ramp. The staff was very friendly. My youngest saw a wild animal in a tree which ended up being a porcupine. The sites are small but are very well spaced apart. We usually camp in a travel trailer but borrowed my brother's pop-up for this trip. We plan on returning for a weekend as long as we can get close to the bathroom facility.
07/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Our family loved this campground. The sites are big and have a lot of space between them. The water in the lake was clean and warm. It had big boulders left behind by the glaciers that we canoed to and the kids could jump off of them. The camp store was expensive compared to what we are used to. The bathrooms were a little out dated, except for one that look like it was redone a couple of years ago. The bugs were pretty bad in the showering area. The showers are free even though there is a coin operator. The day use area gets real busy on the weekends. We definitely will go back next year. The also don't have a dump station.
06/2012
rating [ 5/10 ]
First time visitors to this campground. We were in the Charge Pond area A and half of the other areas were closed. I don't know if they open up more as the season picks up. The beach area at Charge Pond was nice. The water was clear, there was good fishing, and it wasn't busy at all. The campground was clean with sandy sites and that near the ocean kind of feel. There is about 20 feet of forest between each site. The kids enjoyed riding their bikes on the paved bike paths. Make sure you have a map and pre-plan your trip as it can get confusing without one. We were hoping to climb the fire tower but it was locked up. We would go back again, but it's kind of a long drive. Oh, the bathroom had a door that was left open but it didn't matter because there wasn't a screen on it.
09/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
The previous reviewer pretty much nailed this campground on the head. We had a great time at Seven Maples. The owner was extremely helpful. Our neighbor had to replace his wheel bearings on his camper and the owner had all the tools to help with the repairs and even got his hands dirty. The homemade donuts were awesome. The campground was clean. My daughter and I went kayaking (which you can rent) and ended up in a nice pond which had the city's public beach. The pool was nice, the arcade is nice. All in all we would go back.
07/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
My family loved this campground. Our site was clean and level for our camper. Showers were kind of awkward with a push button that had to be held all the time that you wanted water. The swimming hole was a lot of fun for the kids. We went tubing down the Deerfield river near by which was really cool. We will definetally go back again. The dump station was working when we left.
06/2011
rating [ 5/10 ]
The site we had was a pull through that we were able to pull into but were not able to pull out of safely with our 30' travel trailer. They had just finished installing water on every site but we were not charged for the fee for water. The playground was very modern. The kids had a great time riding their bikes. The swimming area didn't look too great and the pond was okay for canoeing with my 10 year old. We probably won't go back but do recommend it.
06/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
We had a great Father's Day weekend here at this campground. My youngest son loved trying to catch the frogs and tad poles at the pond. Water was a little cool, but it has been pretty rainy. Bathroom was clean, and showers had plenty of hot water. There is a dish washing station that makes dry camping much better. We will go back again.
05/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
This year we canoed the lower lake and made it to the spill way where the kids enjoyed walking down the slanted concrete hill. The showers had awesome water pressure and plenty of hot water. We really enjoy this campground and look forward to it every year. I did ask about the location of the dump station and was given directions, as it was about 3/4 of a mile away from the campground. There is a general store off of the campground where you can purchase forgotten supplies. We will be going back next year.
06/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
The site that we had was awesome. It was right near the bathroom and still was very private. We all enjoyed the swimming in the small pond. My children also liked the parking lot for the restroom for riding scooters and skateboards around. The icecream man drove through the campground so we were able to get a special treat. I would like to go camping here again and maybe try renting one of the yurts.
10/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This year some of our camping friends joined us for Columbus Day weekend at Wells. They all loved it and would go back again next year. It was a little cool for our tenting friends but they didn't seem to mind. The bathrooms were clean and the shower did take a while for the hot water to come on. We all enjoyed the small hike to Carpenter's Rock and paddling in Walker pond. The sites are big. Our Site #53 could have had two 30' travel trailers on it but they don't allow that. Look forward to next year.
05/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Our first visit to this state park and we were impressed. There are miles after miles of paths and unused paved roads to ride bikes on. You can fill up your water bottle at the spring and hit the road. The electric hook-up sites are a little out dated and I wondered if it was going to work, but it did. Staff was friendly and we had a great time. I would go back again but in the off season when it won't be hot in the camper. Electric is not able to run the AC.
05/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
I wrote the last review and we went again this year. If you have a chance to hike to the "Balancing Rock" due so. It's a must see of what the glaciers left behind. We had a great time this year as well. We look forward to visiting next year.
10/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was a beautiful state campground with awesome foliage. Walker pond was nice to canoe in and fish. If you bring a canoe you can paddle to the Mass Turnpike and go through a really long tunnel under the highway. My kids called it "The Tunnel of bad word". We also took a hike on one of the many trails to Carpenter rock were you have a really nice view. This campground is very close to Sturbridge Village and our intent was to visit but we just loved the campground and didn't leave. The roads are smooth for bike riding but if your have one of the sites not near the lake, there are very big hills. We definitely will be going back next fall.
09/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
This was our first trip to Horseneck Beach. I chose a site close to the water spigot and also right next to the playground. When we arrived the site was a pull-through and very unlevel. I used 4 1/2" of wood and had to drop the nose of the camper all the way to the ground. Almost all the other sites were level. I was able to hook my water hose to the spigot that was five feet away from the camper. There isn't any shade here and with the wind we weren't able to put out the awning. My kids loved the beach and riding bikes. We rode to these old bunker towers that looked like they were from WWII. My daughter liked collecting seashells and my oldest son and I went on a bike ride on the "Healthy Trail" which is about two miles one way through the dunes. At night the sky was so clear we could almost see every star. My wife saw two shooting stars and the satellites were like airplanes. We would definitely go back again.
09/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
Another year, another review. We just love going camping here and the kids had a great time. My younger brother also loved this state park with canoeing, bike riding, and the trails. We always look forward to going again next year. We will definitely be back.
08/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
We really like this campground and the person that reviewed it in August pretty much sums it up. We were here for their Halloween weekend which the kids just loved. They have a haunted hayride that my wife took the girls on. They said it was pretty scary. We have already booked a site for next year. So you could say we will definitely go back.
08/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
This is a very nice campground that's on the Otis Reservoir. The beach area is average size for a Massachusetts State Park. There are lifeguards on duty most of the time. The campsites are large but some are on hills which make it a tent only site. There is a boat ramp for the general public for use of their watercraft. The weekend we went there the ramp was closed early Saturday afternoon because the parking lot was full. There are also A.T.V. and dirt bike trails in the woods. If you have a powered watercraft or a four wheeler this is a great place to camp. We were able to hike, ride bikes, swim and fish all at one park. We would go back again but it's a long drive for a weekend, so we will hold off for now.
07/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
Since this state campground is local for me, I was very pleasantly surprised how quiet and nice it was. There is a modern restroom with free showers and two older restrooms that were still clean. The campground sits on top of a hill from the swim area which can make it a hike for little campers. The swim area was a little muck on the bottom but my kids didn't mind. The pine trees offer good shade from the sun. There is also another state park nearby which honors the Pearl Hill camping pass for swimming. Willard Brook has a nicer swimming area but the water is a little colder. We stopped off at it on our way home. They also have camping but they only have one site that our travel trailer would fit on. We drove through it and the road through the campground is a little tight. We definitely would go back to Pearl Hill again and enjoyed our stay and it's really convenient in its location.
07/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park is very crowded and is very difficult to get a reservation at. The good news is that it is a clean campground and the no alcohol is strictly enforced. We saw several campsites get tickets and have the alcohol taken away. Everyone we met was nice and my wife just loves going to the beach and hanging out. Our kids also liked the beach and the really big playground. The store is really expensive but there are grocery stores nearby. We will try and make reservations for next year but will have to wait 6 months before we want to arrive to be able to make them.
06/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Even though the weather wasn't very cooperative, my family had a great time. The playground is great. They have a zip line that my older children loved. There were dances or entertainment almost every night (except Sunday). We were able to go on Chucky's Choo Choo and a fire engine ride during our eight nights. The lake level was really high from all the rain and a couple of sites were under water. My kids enjoyed fishing in the lake and my five year old caught his first fish. We will definitely go back and have reserved our site for next year. The snack shop isn't very expensive. My wife got a cooked lobster one night for under $10.00. Look forward to next year!!!
06/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
My family loved it and would liked to have stayed longer. Instead of having our usual campfire we went to the canal and watched the boats go by. My wife has never found a sand dollar in her life and she and my daughter found four. If your into collecting shells, star fish, or little crabs this is the place to go. We would definitely go back.
05/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
This state campground was very nice. The sights are roomy and spread out. The roads were great for the kids to ride bikes on. There is a campers only swimming beach that was nice. The lake also was great for canoeing, kayaking as engine powered boats are not allowed. There's a wildlife viewing center, but we didn't see any animals. We did take the short hike to the fire tower and if you are brave enough to climb the steps there is a beautiful view from the top. My wife and youngest son only made it a quarter of the way up. The campground was patrolled often by a D.A.R. State Forest employee (I don't know if it was because it was a holiday weekend). Oh, they do not have a dump station as it says on Reserveamerica's web site. We would definitely go back again.
05/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is Massachusetts largest state park with 16,127 acres. The campground is small and the sites are close together. There are three levels with RV at the bottom with a bathroom, the tent sites are on the next level with a bathroom, and the three yurts are on the top level with a little bit of a walk to the bathroom. The park was very clean as it just opened up for the season. The bathrooms were also very clean. The showers (one in each bathroom for each sex) were free. The assistant at the check-in station was very pleasant and nice. He told us that the park gets busy with Tanglewood (summer home of the Boston Pops) near by. My wife loved the town of Lee and everyone was very nice. The kids had a great time riding their bikes around the campground and going on hikes. Other than that there really wasn't much to do at the campground. The one thing that I can confirm about other reviews is that there is a constant hum from a power transfer substation across the street from the campground. We didn't find it that annoying.
08/2008
rating [ 5/10 ]
This is a very nice quiet campground that unfortunately closes Labor Day. The roads are a little bumpy with roots growing up thru them. The bathrooms are usable if you don't mind sharing them with spiders. The north area is our preference because it has a small swimming area. There are canoe rentals. They do have activities for the kids at the sister campground Otter River. It is a short bike ride to Otter River. The kids loved riding their bikes, swimming, canoeing, and sailing. They do have a dump station for RV's. We really like this campground and will be back next year.
08/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was our second trip to this campground, and we love it. It's very clean, and the sites are nice and grassy. The fire pit was raked out before we got there. This was their Halloween weekend, and they put on a great Haunted Wagon Ride. Our kids preferred the swimming pond over the pool because they could use their inflatable boats and enjoyed paddling through the spray tree in the middle. We have already made reservations for next year. What's also nice is that all bikes have to be registered so the kids have to wear their bike helmets when riding otherwise they will lose their privilege.
07/2008
rating [ 4/10 ]
Older campground with only about 14 Camper sites and 7 tent sites. The rest are seasonals. The pond was big and had a nice beach that was open to the public. The staff seemed like they were just doing their job. Our site was cramped for our 30' travel trailer. They could have spaced the campers apart better that were their this weekend. We were put between two campers that new each other and would cut thru our site, even under our awning. There were empty sites available. This campground is very close to Canobie Lake Amusement Park which is were we spent our Saturday. This is one reason I would go back there again, but that's it.
06/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is our sixth year coming here and we love it. The campground has lots to do. You can go in the pool, hot tubs(4), or in the lake. They have a skate board park that my kids like to ride their bikes at. They have five playgrounds thru out the park. They have cabin rentals as well as houses. The snack bar and store are well stocked and they have the best french fries. They even have lobster and some times clams. The reason for not a ten was there was trash in the fire pit from the previous camper that wasn't cleaned out. Will definitely be back next year.
06/2008
rating [ 4/10 ]
This campground is in the rebuilding stages as the current owners has owned it for a year and a half. Talking with some of the seasonals, the owners are making it a much nicer place than what it was. There were a lot of kids for my kids to play with. The playground was easily viewable from our site so that we could keep an eye on them. It was a slow weekend and we got one of their best sites (#S10). The pool was nice and there are strict rules on it's use. Tent sites looked nice under the pine trees. I would go here again.
05/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
The trees made it a little difficult to maneuver through to get to our site. I was glad we didn't get a site in the J section as they looked really cramped together with no shade. Playground was great for my kids. Rec. hall was nice. Lots of activities for the kids. The free use of the canoes, paddle boats, and row boats in the pond was one of my kids favorites. Pool was nice with plenty of seating around it (I counted 62 chairs) Lots of kids having fun and for the most part were well behaved. I would go back again as my family loved it.
05/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very Friendly Campground With Many Older Seasonal. The Owners Are A Very Nice Couple With Young Children. Store Was Small But Well Stocked. The Kids Enjoyed The Rec. Hall. The Campground's Grounds Were Very Clean. I Don't Know If It Was Due To Being Early In The Season. The Playground Was Very Big And Had Plenty Of Swings For The Kids. The Bathrooms Seemed A Little Far From The Wilderness Sites (Which Looked Very Cosy Nestled In Pine Trees). Would Definitely Go There Again.
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