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Simsbury Center , CONNECTICUT

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Most Recent Simsbury 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.

Good for people with toddlers. Very boring with older children.

1) Plan on bringing your own food and cooking. It is a 10 mile drive that takes about a half an hour to complete to get any take-out.

2) The Snack Shack is only open on weekends and its future is in doubt as this year's owners said they don't plan to renew contract. Cash only at present.

3) If you have your own paddleboard or canoe or kayak, this would be a good place to use them. If you don't there are very expensive rentals available on site.

4) Ice is $2 a bag and firewood $5 a bundle. Cash only. Good quality.

5) The camp office is only staffed until 5 pm!

6) There is a really great (but very short .65 miles) hiking trail behind the campground and a cool big rock to climb on near the bathrooms further away from the office and a field that would be good for flying kites, model airplanes or drones behind the state park parking lot.

7) It is possible to get a phone signal up at the "lookout" of the hike.

8) Monday apparently is trash day in the area for all the homes around the lake. They start collecting very early and the sound really carries over the lake.

9) Bring scooters or bikes for little kids to use within the camp.

10) There is a lot of good hiking that can be done within a 20 min-1/2 hour 8-12 mile drive. A good one would be the Steep Rock Association's Macricostas Preserve, where you can hike up and see the sun set over the lake.

11) The swimming area is an absolute joke, unless you are 18 months old, and then its probably perfect. (Extremely small, extremely shallow, and some sand to dig in.)

12) You will not feel like you are getting out in nature. The lake area is very built up and all private, except for the nice promenade area of the state park campground, which is not at all rustic, but good for drinking coffee or reading by the lake.

13) Every campsite has deep drainage ditches,  likely roots, and stumps as well, but not too much pine in the immediate vicinity to make a mess of your gear.

14) The roads around the campground are very narrow with a lot of blind curves. Be careful and aware when driving, and I think cyclists are taking a gamble.

15) Fair number of motorcyclists on a sunny Sunday afternoon, but they seemed fairly quiet and aware, so weren't bothersome.

16) A car alarm at a nearby house went off, and didn't turn off until the battery died.

It was not at all what we expected, but we tried to make the best of it. We were disappointed. I don't even know why anyone would go to the regular state park at all. CT has much nicer ones with more to do.

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

Great family friendly beach campground destination

We’ve read some reviews , but we surprised how nice this place is , large sights , mostly families , not loud , descent bathrooms, warm showers , nice beaches , great hiking and bird watching . 

Friendly staff . Amazing sunset scene . We enjoyed , mid August staying for 3 nights , if we had time , would’ve stay longer . 

Fun Halloween Camping

We went two years in a row each on Halloween! They had great amenities and activities for the kids. Plus a costume contest and tricker treating. Very enjoyable time. Hope to go back again.