Katherine P.

Stamford, CT

Joined July 2018

Busy but Private

We had a 3-day weekend tent camping at This site from July 24-26 2020, at site 58 on Loop C. It was almost completely full that weekend, with a bit of coming and going. Campsites are fairly close together with a variety of levels of privacy. Ours allowed you to be pretty far back from the road for more privacy, but some of the other sites were literally next to the road.

Campsite is flat and packed dirt instead of gravel, which was great. There's a standard picnic table and a decent raised fire pit, and a spigot at our site. Bathrooms were a bit of a hike, but they were clean and had plenty of signage advising people during the pandemic. The park staff were keeping things really clean as well.

Check-in was easy, if you bring a pet make sure you have your paperwork with you, they do actually look at it.

Small, Quiet, Cute!

Hawes is one of the few campgrounds in CT that's dog friendly. The sites are nice and large, with room for trailers, and they also have a few cabin sites as well.

There is access to the Farmington River from the campground for your fishing and paddling pleasure.

In the summer, this place is mosquito central, so bring lots of bug spray or be eaten alive!

The camp office only sells ice and firewood, but there's a Stop and Shop nearby, as well as a couple of general stores.

Last but not least - no cellphone service, which is either a good or bad thing, depending on how you feel about it.

Pleasant Views, Needs Upgrades

We wanted to have a nice camping experience in a quieter area, and this place delivered on that. It's located kind of in the middle of nowhere, on the bluffs above Lake Ontario. It's a nice drive on the Lake Ontario Parkway, which abruptly ends here at the park.

We have a dog, and only certain loops are dog friendly. We ended up in Loop D, Site 20. All the other sites on the lake had been reserved, but 20 has a nice view of the water through the trees, and it's nicely sheltered from the wind. It is mostly packed gravel, which was sort of an issue for our tent (nice, gravelly area in the vestibule which wasn't that comfy) and for putting our dog on a tie out - the gravel basically kept us from using it, because we couldn't screw it into the ground.

We stayed on a Wednesday and Thursday night, which had some advantages (it was nice and quiet) and some disadvantages (the Camp Store is open from 3-8 Monday-Thurs, so we had to travel around the area to find firewood.)

There is no beach access here, but your reservation stub gives you access to Hamlin Beach State Park, which has a beach, and if you want to look at the 30-mile point lighthouse, you also get access to Golden Hill State Park.

There's a lot of nice paths to walk on, and mowed meadows with pretty views of the lake. There are playgrounds near each loop, and there's a fully functioning Camp Store, when it's open.

The shower/bathrooms are kinda old and could use an upgrade. They're perfectly functional, but the disabled one looked like it was in poor repair, and the stalls don't lock that well. I wasn't particularly worried about anyone running off with my stuff, but there's less privacy than other NYS campgrounds.

Overall, this is a nice, quiet park and a good place to hang out.