Gail P.
Easthampton, MA
Joined April 2018
Great Mid Week Adventure

My husband and I are seniors and spent 3 nights, Tuesday to Friday in June on site 51. Abel Mtn. Campground was easy enough to find. We have a 21' travel trailer and took advantage of the full hookups that most of the sites provide, including our first time using cable TV. As everyone else who reviews this place said, the owners are the first pleasure you find there. There's a heated pool, strong WiFi at your site, tons of clean river sites, immaculate rest rooms with an accessible ramp and lots of showers. For activities, you can hike on trails across the foot bridge and fish in many places along the river. They recycle everything possible and even provide composting of plant based waste. We have rarely found a returnable bottles and cans container so finding that and even composting is a notch well above the competition. Being the middle of June, there were no kids around but the photos and the two playgrounds tell us kids must love the place. Sites are back-in and very level on gravel pads. We highly recommend the place. Oh and a word to the wise, you will hear a train go by somewhere and the whistle will wake you up but no worries, it's all part of the ambiance.

Depends on what you're looking for

Overall, we plan to return once a year for the fishing and because we love the area. There's just something about the conditions and vibe that isn't as welcoming as some. Other people said the same thing and still come back for the fishing every year as well. My daughter and family love the place and bring their kayaks for great fun on the river.

Pros:

  • Location is excellent It's right on the Mohawk Trail, Rt 2 in northwestern Massachusetts. Even better, it's right on the Deerfield River which has controlled water releases for kayaks and rafts. The good size river is also stocked with trout on a regular basis.
  • Hookups are available, some even have sewer, no cable which is fine.
  • There's a good restaurant open Thurs. thru Sun. There's a bar as well and some entertainment on weekends.
  • Restrooms are reasonably clean. Didn't try the shower.
  • Couple of pretty good restaurants in the area and lots of trails for hiking.
  • If you're a biker, you'll feel right at home - tons of motorcycles including the owners.

Cons:

  • Cash only when we checked in although the bar and restaurant took cards.
  • River sites have no hookups.
  • Sites are pretty close together.
  • Lots of drinking going on.
  • Layout of road can be challenging. Big trailers may have some extra trouble backing in but most people don't mind a few attempts.
  • You have to exit the campground area and come back in to use the dump station as it's located on the right hand side of the one lane road. No hose by the dump station so you are expected to load a dirty hose back into the trailer. (Fellow leaving before us hooked up a 50 ft hose to an empty nearby site to rinse his sewer hose.) After dumping, you drive into the campground further to do a turn around. A looping road would make a huge difference.
  • Poison ivy all over the edge of our site.
Friendly Neighborhood of Campers

We have spent lots of time camping here and love every minute of it. The sites are clean, grassy, fairly level, and spacious. River front sites are not usually available for a weekend but you can always access the West River via the 2 beaches set aside for campers. A family favorite campground with lots of folks rafting, tubing, and kayaking. We usually start just below the Townshend Dam by the covered bridge and can float about 20 minutes to the campground or stay floating down river for hours and hours. The river fluctuates in water level so experiences can vary throughout the year. The seasonal folks are incredibly friendly and all of the dogs are so well behaved. They get lots of exercise so they don't get worked up. There's a neat small playground with swings for the kids, a big rec hall for groups to gather and clean rest rooms. I recommend you order a bucket of wood from the office as soon as you check in and they will drive the loader over to your site. This is a family run campground and this year (2018) they are celebrating 50 years. Like to eat out? You'll love the Townshend Dam Diner (north on 30) and Rick's Tavern (south on 30.)

Excellent area some staff are rude

I would really like to break the review down into separate categories. The good news first. The location is amazing. You are close to the ocean beaches, ferry to Block Island, excellent dining, Narragansett activities, fishing boat harbors and some nice sites. There are a few sites that are booked 365 days ahead in the summer. Those are the sites on the pond. Those sites feel more private and are never available for more than a night or 2 because of the early booking option. I'm sure you could diligently search throughout the year for a cancellation. The majority of sites are fairly level pull through sites with hookups, not a lot of privacy and too close for my comfort but we survived and did have nice neighbors. We went on weekdays when you see a lot of seniors like ourselves. When we return, I will take a site Area 4 which is closer to the main road but also has more trees and privacy. The not so good… they strictly adhere to a no early arrival policy. I know the staff needs to clean the sites after departures. We sat in the parking line with several other folks for a few hours. Policy is policy but there is one woman who works there who is downright rude. Other campers complained about her and even some of the staff said "I know who you mean." They said even they were afraid of her. Management may be smiling to read this but she was really too sour of a person to work the desk. Other rangers deliver the same information nicely. I am attaching a photo from beautiful Scarborough Beach, just a mile from the campground. You can park in a grassy are and walk just behind the photo to the beach. Picnic tables are behind the trailer as well and this was our departure day when we parked for the day, before the drive home.

First to Review
Wonderful location

We love spending time in this area as there are a lot of beautiful places. This campground is meticulous as it is run by the Army Corps and they have done a great job. The campground is located where Winhall River meets the West River. There is river swimming, hiking and biking on the West River Bike Trail, theater in the summer in Weston and wonderful towns all around. In Weston you can find the original Vermont Country Store and that is quite the excursion. There are some great stretches of river for kayaking nearby if not right at the park. The pace of life is slow there. The restrooms are immaculate and the sites are grassy. Few sites have hookups so bring your solar and pick a sunny site. They do have some walk up sites that can't be reserved ahead. The place books up early in the year for weekend visits so we went on weekdays. There are a few sites with hookups but since we like to be near the river, we opted for other areas.

Pretty but...

We have camped in the area quite a few times and find the area very nice. This is NOT a campground but there are 3 just down river for you to choose from. This day use area is clean with activities for kids including a play area and clean bathrooms. There are quite a few picnic tables and a shelter and lots of hiking options. The drawback to this place is swimming in the West River because the Townshend Dam restricts the flow and the "swimming" area is often in bad shape. The silk collected makes swimming less desirable. At times that river gets really shallow and kayaking isn't a lot of fun. There are projects planned and the silt has been dredged but it comes back again the next year. So for day use, I would recommend it and exploring the river bank is great fun for kids of all ages too.