We went camping at Killens pond for the first time a few weeks ago. We camped in the G loop. Lots of woods for the kids to play in. Easy walk to the shower/bath house. The camp host was super nice and made sure that we had everything we needed. Great place to take your family for an outdoor adventure. Hiking, fishing, biking. They also have kayaking and peddle boats. We will definitely be back!
We had a great last camping trip of the season at this State Park. There are 6 loops with 10 sites in each and then a primitive camp area. The loops are small and sites are close but I didn’t feel cramped and many sites were angled in a way that you weren’t staring at your neighbors camper or tent. We were in D 05 and had a view of the pond through the fall foliage. Our relatives had site 02 and felt cramped but I thought it was fine. All sites had electric and water! The trail around the lake was awesome with some slight inclines but mostly flat. There were short spurs to scenic spots of the pond. Total walked was 4 miles. The trail is just behind the loops so it was easy access. There was a Nature center that was beautiful. They offer boat rentals but that was closed. There was a hayride and bonfire on Saturday night but we didn’t go. A very large field is across from the loops where kids could play. Bathhouses were large with 4 stalls and 4 showers. Firewood is sold at entrance $6/bundle. Store was small. Staff was very friendly. I took pics and video of loop D only.
Kids had great fun at water park . It's well kept and reasonably priced.
Overview: shaded spots that are wonderfully cool during 80 and 90 degree heat, fun and inexpensive water park, various types of boats to rent and well marked trails.
Site: our site was A9 and it was covered by trees with very level dirt. It's an RV site with electric and water and a fire ring. The fire ring was a decent size but the grate / grill is very low to the fire and it was made difficult to cook on the much lower grill than maybe a higher one would have been. This site and the one next to it (site A9) are the closest to the port-a-potties. This does mean that people may walk through or right near your site to get to them, but everyone around us was in an RV and it wasn't an issue. This site is also the closest to the playground. You can't hear the kids on the playground, but it's close enough to be able to send them in a group and call for them.
Bathroom: the bathrooms include two port-a-potties and a bathhouse, not near each other. All were well maintained when we arrived, but by the end of the holiday weekend you could tell they had been utilized a lot. The bathhouse has showers which do have hot water and have a button you push. The showers are relatively small, but do have one hook on the interior to hook a bag or your clothes.
Boat rentals - we rented a paddle boat, which was $6 for a half hour. Each paddle boat holds 4 and are easy to use. They also have canoes and kayaks to rent.
Nature center - the upper level of the nature center has a few herps in cages to view and an interactive touch screen. The lower level has a small room that has coloring pages and a video for kids.
Waterpark - the water park is great and had something for everyone. The area for the younger kids has two small pile and various slides and water features. The larger pool has a lily pad obstacle course, a small slide and more water features. There are also for larger slides of various speeds. There is a concession stand with really good, but overpriced food, but most waterpark food is overpriced. The worst thing about this park is consistently the bathrooms. We ended up leaving earlier than intended due to the state of the bathrooms.
Shaded! It was 92 one of the days we were tent camping and our spot was nice and cool
Nice hiking trails that are well marked, easy to hike even for a 3 year old
Some sites are very close together or are basically surrounded by other sites (Loop C and Loop E)
Have stayed here before and will stay here again.
Pros: this campground was nice and clean, with decent amenities (including FREE hot showers!). I stayed there on a Saturday, and walked in without a reservation and was able to get a site. They had a few ranger-led events that night that I was able to partake in (a hay ride for a small fee, and a night hike that was free). They were both enjoyable, and everyone that worked there that I encountered was very pleasant.
Cons: the sites are pretty close together with no real trees or privacy in between, at least where I was located. So, I would stay here again for a night if I was passing through, but I wouldn't make this place a 'destination.'
This campground is mostly good. It is a little bit tight. I’d prefer to be further away from each other campsite, which was only like ten or fifteen feet. But otherwise, the primitive campsites were very wooded and nice! Potable water was very close to all sites, and there were wheelbarrow-like carts available to bring your camping gear to your site from the parking lot.
My son absolutely loved this place. There’s anything and everything you could think of available to keep everyone busy. A water park, volley ball field, playgrounds, amphitheater, nature center, nature trails, and boat rentals at the lake.
It is a huge park, with secluded spots available for tent camping, cabins, and regular open spaces for camping rvs with electric hook up. Staff was friendly, campgrounds were well kept. It can get a little crowded but it’s worth it to stay. If you don’t like crowds, I suggest coming during the week days!
Campground is quite big and basic . Sites are large and shaded . Bathrooms are basic showers are ok but hot water is limited at times. People are pleasant . Water park gets filled to capacity very quick . Paddle boats are reasonable. Can’t swim only in water park but only 20/40 minutes to beaches . Trails around pond are taken care of quite well .
Many go camping to get away from civilization. If this is your goal, this is not the campsite for you. Denreq patrols constantly. It seems less like a campsite and more like a training ground. We were responsible campers and yet we were harassed all night. The campsite itself if beautiful, and some include a kayak for exploring the pond. There are trails and boatdocks.
Locals love Killens Pond. It is a great quick getaway, though not as different from other pond based State Parks. It is small given its popularity. It does include a water park that is in the boundaries, which is a nice and rare touch.