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Most Recent West Hill Dam Camping Reviews
Nice wooded campground with hikes, swimming, and lawn games

Pearl Hill had closed for the season before an early October snowstorm, but it was a beautiful day to explore and enjoy. This is a smaller state park campground, with 50 sites, no hookups, but bathrooms offering flush toilets and showers. The towering pines and oaks provide wonderful shade. The park back up to Willard Brook State Forest and a trail joins the two of them, providing ample hiking and biking opportunities.

You can get in here with a smaller RV, but the campground isn't built for larger units with the turns and curves. They've only designated 3 sites for 35' rigs; everything else is 15-20'. I think sites 9-14 offer better privacy than some of the ones closer to the rest rooms, although those sites tend to be relatively level and decent sized. I'd also be tempted by some of the tent and RV sites up on the hill (48-50). 

I lost cell coverage (Verizon) as I approached the campground, so you may want to ensure you have maps downloaded for offline use if you'll be out exploring. Once I got up the hill to the campground, however, I had decent coverage.

Quiet and relaxing

Most of the daily/weekly sites back up to a stream, which is nice.  You can hear the water running, especially at night.  We picked a site down the road from the playground, if you have kids you may want to be closer.  We enjoyed it so much, we've considered going seasonal, however there is a waiting list.

The only negative is there's an extra $5 charge per day per dog.  I haven't seen this very much at any of the other campgrounds that I've been to.  But the low camping rates make up for it a little.

It's a family  owned and operated park (father, son & daughter) and they are extremely nice, friendly people.

Great Access to Cape and Boston

Heavily treed and shaded campground, extremely large to walk from front to back. Had good kids crafts. Loved the easy access to Cape Cod, Plymouth, and Boston.

Biggest negative was the trees can drop a lot of sap so be ready to wash your rig and vehicles as soon as you leave if it was a heavy sap time.

Mixed bag at this campground

This is a smaller campground with a few loops of campsites. The sites that are near the small pond are generally larger and have better space for pitching a tent. The sites on the first two loops/spur roads are smaller and most of them are designated for tents only or tents/popups. Site 33 is large and level, suitable for an RV, but Group B site is right behind it, which may or may not be an issue.  Group A & C sites are also in the first two loops.

65, 67, 68 are walk-in sites, with the tent area lower, closer to the water.  At the top of the hill, there are several yurts available.

Dump station and additional swimming/water activities are a little farther down the road at Lake Dennison .

Rustic campground in a small state forest

It's very hard to find information about this campground which is closed for 2020. When open, it's for walk-in only and you need to check in with Erving State Forest (about 15 miles away) first, but there is a phone number to contact them. The entrance road is marked with signs, but I accidentally drove past it the first time, but Google Maps took me directly to it. It's a long curvy road that ends with a small parking lot at a T junction. In Nov 2020 the road to the left is closed because a bridge is out; the road to the right leads to the campground and Gate 36. This was gated in Nov 2020 as the campground was closed due to Covid-19, so I'm not sure if they'll open it in the spring.

Some of the sites are definitely walk-in, with a narrow trail leading from the road. It's possible to park at other sites; I'm guessing the gate at the beginning of the road toward the campground is open when the campground is open. If so, high clearance vehicle is definitely preferred.  There's no map on the website and the one I found online  elsewhere was outdated/incorrect and the one painted on a campground board could be clearer. I didn't find all of the campsites.  Bring your own water. There is a composting toilet located near the group site in the field.

If you continue past site 15, you'll head through Gate 36 out toward Soapstone Hill which offers a great view of Quabbin Reservoir and sunsets.

This website provides some general information about hikes and exploration in the area that surrounds the Quabbin Reservoir.  You'll find cellar holes throughout, remnants of the towns lost in the 30s to create the reservoir.

Cell phone coverage is faint to nonexistent on Verizon. You may want to download offline maps before you head out here. If you're into geocaching, download those, too. There are several along the entrance rd and in teh area.

Beautiful camp, I will go back

I loved this little campground, it was relaxing, beautiful, and had enough to keep us busy!

Basic campground with hiking trails in the area.

This small state park campground offers basic campsites with running water and showers, open Memorial Day to Columbus Day.  This is NOT Wolf's Den Family Campground in E. Haddam, CT. Also, be aware there are 2 campgrounds at this State Park; the other one, Mashamoquet Brook, does not offer running water/showers, so if you want these amenities, be sure to select a campsite 1-35.

There's a small playground in the middle of the loop, a number of hiking trails throughout the park along with a few geocaches (download details for offline use a phone connection is spotty), a swimming pond, and a small brook with an old mill and blacksmith shop that is sometimes open on weekends for tours. It's a nice place to explore and have a picnic. In 2020 with Covid, there were restrictions on visitors to the campground, reservations required, and swimming was not allowed. 

The parking pads are paved and a few have overhanging branches, but the trees provide  separation and some shade on largely open sites that tend to open up toward the back with open areas for pitching tents. Sites have fire rings with grills and picnic tables. Site 20 is the only one with electric. The ones toward the back of the loop back up toward the woods and give you some more privacy. 

They don't allow hammocks in the trees or pets. For some reason, silly string also makes the list of prohibitions.

Nice clean campground and staff

The campground was clean. They cleaned playground after each family used it. The pool area was well marked cleaned and open. This was all done for covid precautions. Wooded area was nice with fishing pond. Bass and pan fish. Will definitely go back

Best dog park

We got a great pull through full hookup with a 5 minute walk to a huge dog park. There are also a bunch of beautiful trails right from the park