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Most Recent Chester Center Camping Reviews
Best campground!

This place is a dream. Stayed here for a month in the fall. Campground is situated in a beautiful valley with a little pond, hiking trails, playground, jumping pillow, swimming pool and hot tub. Owner is very involved, energetic, and friendly. There are events for the kids every weekend and it’s such a fun environment! Will definitely be back!

Nice campground—crazy owner

Loved the campsite. Beautiful, quiet, serene. The downside is that the owner is straight crazy. One minute she’s friendly, the next minute she’s blaming us for things we never did. We had booked a month and we were supposed to be staying right next to family. Due to a problem with the site she moved us clear across the park and told us we could return when it was fixed. But then didn’t let us return to that site afterwards and ripped into my dad when he tried to ask. Very rude lady.

Quiet and Calm

Lake Williams Campground Association is wholly owned by site owners. They only allow seasonal campers. Short term camping opportunities are limited to people who know an owner or seasonal camper. The owners are very nice and many work hard to make improvements to the campground. Amenities include a nice pavillion and they may hold 2-3 events each year in it. They have a nice horseshoe pit as well. The office is rarely used and if you came to the campground, there would be no one there and the doors would be locked. The big draw to the campground is their access to Lake Williams which is a wonderful shallow lake with good fishing. All in all, it is a nice little quiet oasis for the owners and seasonal site RVers.

Nice stop

Nice campground, friendly people and staff. Really nice that you can walk to the trails/beach and Rocky Neck. Bathrooms could be nicer, but not bad. Would stay again.

Lots to do but not very private

Resort is the right word! We went in cooler September during Covid, so we couldn’t take advantage of all the amenities, but we’ve already decided we need to book a trip for peak season next summer. We had two sites side by side for our group of 7 and two dogs. The staff will deliver wood right to your site. The only con is the sites are not very private…at all.

I love this campground!!

Very well maintained, clean and picturesque. Go in late September when the kids are back to school and there are very few campers. Holiday weekends are crowded but the sites are large and spread apart. No hookups but that's ok if you are self contained. Plenty of bath/toilet facilities and close to kayaking on the Wood river if you dont prefer the very large pond that you can access in the campground. Great place to bike and hike.

Burlingame State Park, secluded weekend get-away with the right campsite!!

This campground is one of the largest ones we have ever visited.  You will need to dry camp if you have an RV but they have several dump stations throughout the park.  It is primarily tent campers but those days are in our distant past.  Plan to arrive early or on an off day as check-in can create a line, especially during the COVID-19 period.  With that said, the staff had an organized structure and the process went smoothly….have a mask, your license and vehicle registrations.  We stayed site 143, this site has a slight incline to get to the RV location and you will need to navigate some rocks but it is well worth the effort.  In front of the site had a port-a-potty, you will find these throughout the campground in addition to the bath houses.  I highly recommend you bring bikes, hiking shoes and kayaks.  The campground will keep you busy trying to ride each loop and discovering future campsite locations.  You can venture to Watchaug Pond, the name fools you as the pond is large enough for boats pulling tubes.  I recommend keeping to the edges while kayaking as the boat traffic and waves could put you at risk.  Their is a nice hike, called Vin Gormley Trail that you can enter and exit from the campground, it is an 8 mile loop around the pond.  Highly recommend the hike, we did it on a Sunday morning while most campers were packing up which is recommended since there are alot of narrow walk-ways designed for one-way traffic.  Follow bound4burlingame on Facebook and Instagram, they share stories and even little scavenger hunts that we tried.  The beach can get busy but what beach isn't on a hot summers day.  Dogs are welcomed, please keep them on a leash but I know our pups enjoyed this campground and it was nice not to be on top of your camping neighbor.  For a State Park its hard to ask for more, if I had one option it would be nice to have electric sites.  You can use your generator from 8a-8p but those hot summer days could get warm.  We will be coming back here to try other loops….Happy Camping from WickedRVAdventures

Had a blast!!

Rough grounds with rocks & roots but felt so in nature! Every other site is closed for coronavirus spread prevention. Made the whole campground feel bigger. Water was nice, sand was clean. The store was incredibly helpful and convenient! Beautiful big trees every where!!

Incredible campground

Most amazing weekend with tons of woods (privacy is huge for us). Very friendly guests and staff! Amazing weekend with lots of fun for the kids and even the dogs! We’ve been to campgrounds with playgrounds worse than the waters edge dog park. Every one of us had a great time with the perfect campsite deep in the woods (still able to park my 26’ camper trailer). Swimming pool, great playground, among lots of trails and wooded area surrounding almost every site. Best camping weekends we’ve ever had have been at Waters Edge.


Campground is crowded and filled with older crowd that seem like they live here. Had almost nothing to keep kids entertained other than swim in a frog pond that was about 3-4 feet deep. Our “fire pit” was an 18 inch truck rim. Lots of woods but all around the campground but basically a camper city. Looked for a site that was off the beaten path, ended up directly in between the main road and a walking path. Constant traffic with people that wouldn’t make even make eye contact never mind waving or saying hello. Miserable weekend, totally not worth the $100. Unfortunate because the staff was extremely friendly and helpful