Patricia E.

Bethlehem, CT

Joined July 2016

Really more of an RV park now.

This was our third year tenting at this campground, each trip was the same weekend in September to attend the FreshGrass music festival in North Adams, MA. While there are a few designated tent sites, it’s clear this is an RV park. The new-ish owner greeted us enthusiastically, as always, but seemed so distracted by everything else going on that it made it difficult to understand what he’s trying to tell you. We found it a little rude to be treated as though, because we were tenters and weren’t hauling in a camper, we were not as important as the crowd of RVs pulling in.

We booked our site in mid-April for a September stay and requested a specific site as requested on the registration form, but upon arrival the owner moved us to a different site with no explanation. 

Overall the campground is clean and family-friendly, with activities for the kiddos. The bathroom/shower is adequate, but far away from tent sites and look unfinished and a bit rundown. I assume this will be the next renovation for the new owners.

Standard state park camping

I arrived after 8 and couldn't find anyone to check me in--my fault. I set up at a site, but had to move in the morning. The Gilson Pond facility, two miles down the road from headquarters, was a bit remote and camp store/office was closed due to fund cut backs. Otherwise a clean and relatively quiet place for your large or small group. Access to trails leading to Mount Monadnock for a healthy 3,600 foot peak, or gentle, shorter pond walks--everyone happy! There is also a very nice playground--new!

Grand Isle State Park, VT

This was our second visit, but first time in one of their prime lean-tos. Unforgettable views, clean and spacious facility, minutes to Burlington, VT. There is lake access for kayaking, sailing, swimming and fishing. Brush up on your French so you can converse with the many Canadian visitors while you charge your phone at the designated wi-fi/charging are surrounded by flowers.

Grand Isle State Park Campground

We spent 4 nights in a "prime" lean-to at this location on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain. This was our second time at this location, but first experience in their lean-tos, and the views, staff and cleanliness of this place did not disappoint. Kayaking, sailing and fishing abound at this sprawling facility. Just a quick ride to Burlington, VT, if the quiet is too much for you. Brush up on your French if you're so inclined; you will meet many of our Canadian neighbors here.

Beartown state forest campground

Many visits here to my "happy place." With only 12 sites, 4 of which have Benedict Pond access, it's a quiet, lovely site.