Although we rated the park at a 7 due to a lack of amenities, we give it a fun factor of 10. If you've never been, "GPS" yourself to Charlestown Beach Road, and then follow it to the very end. We knew the sites would be tight, but we were surprised at how difficult it was to get into the site. The key to this park is to arrive early so you have more room to maneuver. The sites are also not clearly marked. When we arrived, our neighbor took the liberty of moving a couple of feet over into our campsite. When we arrived, he wanted us to move over even more since we were on the end (#40). By the time all was said and done, there was 5 feet from our doorstep to his class C. This park would do well to remove 6-8 campsites, spread them out a bit more, and clearly mark them. The other thing that makes parking tight is that you have to park your tow vehicle in front of your site, or use the parking lot on the western side of the campground, which fills up fast. We witnessed a Class A take off part of his bumper trying to get into his site around a parked truck. When they say "self contained", they mean it! There is not even a hose for a water fill-up. Water can be filled and you can dump at Burlingame State Park, which is 7 miles away. The people were very friendly and the scenery was spectacular. We swam, fished, rode bikes, went crabbing in the tide pools, and could see the fireworks at the nearby seafood festival. We will definitely go back.
This is our family's favorite campground close to home, and we come here every year. This visit we camped on Louis Lane which has cement slabs on some of the sites. The thing that brings us back year after year is the pride that the owner takes in the park--it's family owned and operated. We enjoy the craft shop, the ice cream at Peggy's Gathering Place, the petting zoo, the hayride, kids bingo, and the peacocks that roam the campground. Our kids like swimming in the river, but we find that the pool is too cold. It has a rustic feel that some people might consider outdated, but we find that everything is clean and well-maintained. They were building additional sites that should be opening sometime this year.
We camped here on a weekend where all sites were full, but found the Barrett's Pond area very quiet. Our site (J11) was small but level. Backing in was tricky due to a small incline, but I was able to do it on the first try. After exploring the park, I realized that there was only a handful of sites that were level enough for a travel trailer, and we clearly had the largest TT in the park. Park is more suited to pop-ups and tents. Firewood cannot be taken in or out of Massachusetts parks due to the ALH beetle, but firewood is reasonably priced. Bike paths made this dry camping experience worth it. 15 miles of paved paths; however, they are very hilly, and would be difficult for small children to pedal on their own. The College Pond swimming area is nice and has a small sandy beach and a place for renting kayaks/canoes. The weekend we were there, we arrived at 10AM and people had already begun placing belongings on all the picnic tables in the park. Guests can use the lake on a day pass, so there were many very large groups playing music and cooking all around us. The water was nice and the experience would have been better if it had been limited to camping patrons only.