This state park has a campground and a separate day use area for swimming and picnicking. The campground is family friendly and most of the sites are near the water. If you are looking for privacy and quiet, I recommend the F Loop. The other loops have sites close together and it is generally quite loud during the day. Quiet hours at night are not strictly enforced so you may hear people up and around until midnight or later.
We launched our kayaks from the day use area because the campground boat launch was extremely crowded. From here, we paddled south to the end of the pond and up the Pachaug River, eventually reaching the dam at Pachaug Pond. It's an 8 mile paddle with some tricky spots to navigate, but very pretty! This park also has plenty of trails for hiking and geocaching. The pond has some really big fish, but it's heavily covered with lily pads and there are a lot of submerged trees. If you're going fishing here, a weedless rig is the way to go.
I don't know how a cartoon themed campground ended up with a full bar, live music until midnight, and rowdy drunk seasonal campers partying until dawn. But there it is. You can also here I 84 from the tent sites. Besides the noise, there's the expense for everything. 3 dollars per person per rider for a paddle boat. 5 dollars per person per day to use their "aqua center" (a pool with a 20 foot water slide). 7 dollars for a bundle of pine firewood. And there are kids activities, but that requires a fee as well.
We had a good time here despite all of this, but we certainly won't be back.
We camped here with our dog on a tent site in camping area B. I really appreciated the VT state parks interactive campground map, which allowed us to see the sites from home and choose the one that would suit us best.
The site was large and clean, and relatively quiet even though it was a holiday weekend. Hiking trails are steep, so prepare for a good workout. We were a little confused about the No Dogs signs on the hiking trails, because it contradicted the pet policy on the park map that the ranger gave us. But we were glad to have an out of the way spot to launch our kayaks and take our dog for a boat ride.
Campfire wood was a reasonable price, but all of it was very wet! Fires were a challenge. I'm assuming that this was just a wet season here. Restrooms are about average for state parks. They were definitely cleaned daily. Don't forget to bring quarters for the shower.
Overall it was a great weekend, and we can't wait return!
This KOA provides a lot to do for kids and families. The pool is small and usually crowded, but still very well kept. And then there's mini golf, hay rides, and lots of fun planned activities. The only drawback is the proximity to Interstate 95. You can hear the highway very well at night, particularly in the safari field. There are only a couple of "primitive" sites here, and I do not recommend those sites because they are very close to the dumpsters. We always rented a Kamping Kabin when we came here, which is a very basic cabin with bunk beds and a small refrigerator.
If you are looking for a big family friendly resort campground that's close to a lot of the area attractions, this place is for you. If you are looking for more of an authentic camping experience, you can save a lot of money by going to Hopeville Pond State Park which is not too far away.
We camped here as a group covering two sites. The lake was great for kayaking and fishing, although the boat launch is small and narrow so usually there is a wait to use it. The sites were a good size and in good shape. Very narrow parking areas on the sites. Rest rooms were well kept. We spent some time on the hiking trails and found plenty of geocaches, which was awesome.
FYI: This campground is in an area that has no cell reception for most carriers and there is no wi-fi.
We've camped here twice so far and can't wait to be back, This campground is very small and quiet, but the lake and adjoining river offer hours of fun for small craft. Take a long paddle up the river and you'll be escorted by hundreds of bluebirds and cedar waxwings. Fishing here is all catch and release.
The park rangers and camp staff are super friendly and helpful, and the facilities are kept neat as a pin all the time. There are plenty of hiking trails that we have yet to explore, but from the trail heads they look very well maintained.
This part of CT is very rural and quiet, but there is a large grocery store less than 2 miles away for anything you need. And there's Riverside Pizza less than a mile away, I highly recommend it!