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Emma N.
Wenham, MA
Joined September 2017
I'm new to camping, but I love it so far!
Clean and Peaceful

We stayed here during our cross country road trip in September of 2017. We arrived late at night due to poor planning, but were happily surprised! There was little privacy between sites, but there were a few trees for shade. The bathrooms were clean, with multiple free, hot showers. I believe there were separate dishwashing sinks inside the restrooms.

I'm bummed that we missed out on the waterfall and swimming area! The photos from other Dyrt reviewers look spectacular! The swimming area was closed for the season by the time we arrived. I would definitely return.

Quiet and Private

Before hiking Mount Ascutney, we camped in the state park of the same name. We hiked the Weathersfield Trail (2.9 miles from trailhead to summit). It was a challenge, but well worth it. There were several lookout points with spectacular views. I highly recommend it!

We arrived around 7pm for a weekend stay. The ranger station was closed, but the rangers were kind enough to leave a note on a whiteboard for all the campers with reservations arriving late. The note reminded everyone of their campsites, and included a map that showed where each specific site was. It was very helpful! The campground is very wooded and dark, so without this map it would have been even more difficult to find our site!

Due to the looming threat of thunderstorms, we chose a lean-to site. Each sturdy lean-to was equipped with a broom to sweep out any leaves/dirt/debris that had accumulated in there. All sites included a fire ring and picnic table. There were some dated, but clean restrooms. There were coin-operated hot showers that were reasonably priced ($1 for 10 min). The campground also sold firewood ($6 for a good-sized bundle) and ice ($2 for a 5lb. bag) which can be purchased at the ranger station.

One aspect of this campground that I loved was the privacy. Due to the spacing between sites, and all the trees, it was quiet and peaceful. The campground couldn't have been more than a third full, but I bet it would still be quiet if it were more populated.

I really enjoyed my stay at Mt. Ascutney State Park Campground, and would love to return!

Lacking in privacy

I stayed at Beaver Pond Campground in Harriman State Park for two nights with my husband. We chose this campground because of its close proximity to Schunemunk Mountain. We found a lovely 6.4 mile lollipop/loop route hike that weekend, complete with beautiful rolling meadows, gradual hills, and steep climbs.

Due to some mentally-draining traffic on the way, we arrived to the campground around 9:30pm. The camp office was closed, but we were able to check in at the ranger station across the parking lot. At the ranger station we were greeted by a bunch of spiders in their webs. I'm not going to lie, I freaked out! Once we were all checked-in, the ranger explained the usual rules (quiet hours are from 10pm-7am, check out by 11am, etc.). A rule that he made sure to stress was that no alcohol is allowed in the campground.

Harriman State Park is located in a densely-forested area, and there is very little light pollution, so we didn't notice until the morning how little privacy there is between sites. There are hardly any trees within the campground, and you can see and hear just about everything. We had some rowdy neighbors, so it was a long night.

We stayed in a regular tent site, but there was also the option of sites with platforms. Each site had a picnic table and fire ring. The campground had restrooms with flush toilets and showers. There were a good amount of insects crawling around in the restrooms, including what we think were ticks. The showers were a bit dirty and old-looking. However, the showers were free and hot, so I won't complain. :)

My 3-star rating mainly stemmed from the noise an major lack of privacy.

Beautiful Setting

My husband and I took my Dad camping for Father’s Day this year at White Lake State Park Campground. We enjoyed every minute! There were definitely a lot of people there, but there were enough trees between each site to give at least a little bit of privacy. We stayed at site 28 in Area 1 (there are two sets of sites within the campground). Each site has a picnic table and a fire ring with a metal grate. We were about a minute away from a restroom, which was clean and well-maintained. There was also a water spigot across the way from our site.

White Lake is gorgeous. We brought a kayak and a few stand up paddleboards with us to use. There is a sandy beach with lots of space and picnic tables that also looked well-maintained. The beach and swimming area were very popular! Right next to the beach there is a restroom and changing room facility. I believe there is a store on the opposite end.

We really enjoyed our one-night stay at White Lake State Park Campground. We will definitely return!

Serenity and Stargazing

My husband and I visited Will-O-Wood Campground in early June the night before we hiked the nearby Mount Pisgah. We proceeded to the camp office/store and reserved site 126. The campground is family-owned, and the owner was very kind and helpful. He even gave us information about local hikes! The sites were relatively private and large, and the campground was quiet overall. Water and electricity is available for each site. Each site is also equipped with a picnic table and a stone fire ring. There are two bath houses which were old but clean. There is also a nice pool in the center of the campground, which ranged from 1 to 4 feet in depth. My husband and I really enjoyed stargazing at night. There was so little light pollution that we woke up during the night thinking that someone was shining a light outside, but realized that it was just the moonlight. We loved seeing Jupiter! We will definitely return to further enjoy the amenities Will-O-Wood provides.

Secluded Sites

The night before hiking Mount Monadnock, my husband and I camped here. Monadnock State Park is about a 25 minute drive from the campground, and provides a beautiful hike. The RV sites at Greenfield State Park were relatively secluded, as it is a very wooded area. We visited very early in the season, so the main tent camping loops were blocked off for maintenance. Our site had a picnic table and a fire ring. We drove by a shower facility and a building with restrooms. The restrooms were still locked for the winter, so there were a few port-a-potties right outside- these were absolutely disgusting. It looked as though they had not been cleaned out all winter. Otherwise, the campground seemed nice! Just don’t forget to bring some bug-spray for those New Hampshire mosquitos!

Mount Gilead State Park Campground

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our one night stay at Mount Gilead State Park Campground. The campground seemed to be geared towards people with RVs, as all the sites had electrical hookups. There were also sites with water hookups, but those cost a bit more. We just needed a place to park our car and pitch a tent, so we found a site with a good amout of grass and less pavement. The sites were pretty close together, but there were just enough trees between them that there ended up being some element of privacy.

The rest of the facility seemed nice as well. There was a small playground, and an office that sold firewood. The restrooms and showers were impeccably clean. They were the cleanest of any campground I've seen so far. The showers are free and button-operated. In addition, I believe there was a hiking trail or two through the forest that started at the campground. I would happily camp here again!

Boats and Beautiful Views

Our one-night stay at the Sugar Bottom- Coralville Lake Campground was terrific! My husband and I stopped there during our cross-country road trip. We arrived around 7:30pm on a Sunday in September and easily got a spot. The lady at the entrance station was incredibly kind and answered all of our questions.

The campground is very well marked, with easily visible site number labels. Each site is in a grassy area with a picnic table and fire ring with a grate. Our site had a tree or two that provided some shade, but some other sites were a but more shaded.

We ended up staying in site #103, which is right by the water. What a beautiful view we had! Our campsite was very close to a boat dock, a sand volleyball court, and a sandy beach. We didn't have a chance to swim at the beach, but it looked really nice! It had a large, designated swimming area that was marked with floating ropes. We were also located close to a building with restrooms. Each restroom had a clean, hot shower. The showers were free, which was a plus!

In my opinion, this is definitely a 5-star campground. I can't wait to come back!

Wonderful Experience

We had such a great stay at the Nunda Shoal Campground. It's situated directly next to the Calamus Reservoir, and there is at least one path that leads right to the sandy beach. It's technically for RVs, but we ended up staying there because the nearby tent campground was completely vacant, and we'd rather stay in a more populated area. There are several coin-operated showers that work pretty well. The camp hosts that were present when we were there were incedibly kind, and we really enjoyed chatting with them.

First to Review
Simple campground

This campground was very plain. The campsites were wide-open, meaning there was little privacy. The restrooms were mostly clean, but we couldn't find any showers. There are 12 first come, first serve campsites, and the rest must be reserved. We loved seeing lots of stars at night.

First to Review
Wonderful Views

The Wedge Overlook campground had some of the best views I've ever seen! We loved looking over the edge of The Little Grand Canyon, and at the stars at night. Just be ready to drive a long way on a dirt road to get there.

Great Campground!

Our one-night stay at Union Creek Campground was very pleasant! The sites were perfectly spaced out, the restrooms were clean, and the scenery was beautiful!

Quiet campground in a great location

This was a beautiful, wooded campground. It was quiet and relaxing. We did not have a reservation, but easily found a space in mid-September. The bathrooms have lots of bugs crawling around, but overall it was a good experience.