We camped here on a Premium Site w/ cable using our Camp Club USA discount for 50% off the nightly rate. This campground is conveniently located to Concord, NH, has good highway access and is close to many conveniences. Easy to find with good signage. Nice staff and little park, with cute character. I will say the office building exterior could use a little love... The porch was cute but the outer walls and pile of unused fire rings piled behind the building were a slight eyesore. The inside of the office was quaint and cute however. Our site was level and graveled, we were provided a picnic table for our use. The site drained well through the rain we got during our stay -- we did not sink or step out into any mud or sogginess. The pull-through sites, which we were on, are laid out to be "buddy sites." So one rig faces the front of the park, and the next faces the back, and on and on... So that between the passenger side & door of every 2 rigs, there is a shared grassy area. Great for caravans and stuff, and it did not bother us at all to be on such a site. Water pressure and 50 amp electrical were good. The park provided cable lineup was extensive, which we enjoyed. The security gate was always down and the key card we were provided ($10 deposit, refund upon surrender at checkout) worked every time (always a plus to not be stuck outside the gate when arriving home late). Our AT&T phones got weak signal and it was tough to have a telephone conversation for more than a minute or two. Our Verizon broadband internet card did get pretty good service however. We did drive around the campground and they seem to have a nice wooded section of sites, including a loop of very primitive tent sites nestled in the trees. We also noticed a section of all seasonal sites which looked pretty well occupied by a population of long term/seasonal residents. Overall, not a bad campground. Location to Concord can't be beat, but traveling to points south was a bit tedious on the smaller back roads. We would considers staying here again if we wanted to be in the Concord area.
Loved this quaint little campground. Lovely office staff whose helpful attitude and friendly demeanor was immediately inviting and appreciated. Nice easy drive off I-93 and easy to pull into their check in area. Checking in was quick and efficient in the office/store. Store was well stocked and prices of the merchandise was all very fair. The dirt and gravel roads were a little bit rough as we wound through the park, up the hill and onto our site -- but we just took it slow and it was completely manageable. The grounds are well kept and maintained. The brook, Ames Brook, that flows through the heart of the park makes for pretty scenery and nice ambiance. Out site was big and level and very well graveled. It did rain during our stay and our rig didn't sink at all and our site was not at all soggy or muddy - nice! On site picnic tables and in ground fire rings were provided at each site. We had a good cable selection too. Water pressure and 50 amp power were good too. We took our dogs for a walk on the nature trail, which followed the brook and then shot us back out through a big, grassy meadow. Our dogs loved it and we loved it too. Staff looked like they were working hard on various improvements... Always nice to see a park continuously improving... They were using some heavy machinery but did the noise never bothered us at all. One drawback was the serious lack of cell phone signal, we have AT&T for our phones and Verizon for our broadband internet card. Our AT&T phones got NO signal, I could get text messages in and out from one spot. And our Verizon internet was very, very slow due to very weak signal (about 1 bar). Close to lots of area recreation as well as conveniences. Gas station off the same exit, Wal-Mart is North on I-93 2 exits. The little town of Ashland is very cute with some neat little stores and restaurants to check out too. Overall, a great little park in a pretty part of NH. We would come back and stay here again. We used our Camp Club USA discount for 50% off the nightly rate.
This park was a disappointment to us. The first thing that concerned us was the driveway going from the main road up to the office and campground. It was VERY narrow and had steep, deeply leaf covered embankments on each side -- it looked like if we hung a tire off the side, it would be a really big problem. After checking in, we drove back to our site through a security gate (which was always open, all hours), to our site. We were assigned a site in an open field area, across from the pool (closed for the season). There was no other campers in the entire area and we were given what seemed like the shortest site, on the very apex of the curve of the road, for our 40' rig. We still fit, but of all the sites, the assigned us that one... The sites were grassy, a little slick but all had fire rings. The road in front of the sites was dirt, and deeply rutted out. Overall, the sites were narrow and if we had neighbors, we would have had to park our car across the road from us. Across from us was the pool as well as what looked like a very old kids play set -- looked almost out of Vaudeville and I'm not sure if I would feel safe letting my kids play on the various apparatus for fear of equipment breakage or rusty sharp edges/protrusions?... There was also a very tired looking metal pavilion that resembled an old circus tent that had obviously seen better days. It did not bother us to be camping all alone, the privacy was nice and it was definitely quiet. Could not complain about the power or water, they worked fine. We were planning to stay 2 nights, but decided to just pay for 1 upon arrival since they did not give refunds if we decided to leave... It was a wise decision because we decided to leave after the one night. On our way out, as we turned the corner out of our field area, there was a pretty large fire in the grass out in front of a seasonal trailer. Upon a closer look, it turned out someone, not sure if it was the owners of the trailer or who, was burning the roof of said trailer. We didn't know what to make of the entire situation, but found it odd at best. Would not go back to this campground. Felt we paid too much for being after Labor Day and having zero amenities to offer. Also, pulling out of the campground (using the more northern driveway, as this campground has 2 entrances about 350 feet apart) onto the main road was a little hairy since there is a short, steep hill coming down to driver side of the driveway which blocks visibility of traffic... Plus the traffic coming from the passenger side is not very visible because of the angle of the driveway to the road. Please use caution if you do visit this campground.
We enjoyed Wakeda Campground very much. The grounds are very well kept and are quite expansive. Upon pulling into the driveway, we were greeted by a lovely office building with a large parking area. The campground itself begins about a mile from the front office; driving down the wide, meadow and tree-lined lane was easy and we found our site without a problem. Trees get a little bit narrow in a few sections of road, but not on the main roads -- we had no problem in our 40' rig. Our site was really nice... spacious enough and set off the road by a large swath of grass. The site and adjacent car parking path was level and fully rock graveled, which we definitely appreciated since it rained for almost the entire duration of our stay. The park power was great and water pressure was fine. We had a picnic table and fireplace on site, as did most, if not all sites we saw. The entire park is nicely shaded, with some options for more open sites... with their over 400 sites there is really a diverse selection of "types" of sites, from primitive to very wooded to long and open gravel paved pull throughs. Would have loved if they had a swimming pool and hot tub, but other than that, this campground does not lack much. It's very nice to see that the management is very devoted to keeping this park well maintained. Office staff was great -- very helpful and knowledgeable. The front office building was stocked with very basic necessities including ice and firewood, but the campground has a fully stocked trading post which I assume is open everyday during the peak season -- but only during weekends starting in September. We peeked in and it looked lovely. The planned activities were also scaled back starting in September, but it would be fun to visit again while everything is in full swing. We also noted an on site coffee shop, game room, laundry room, and many restroom buildings and bath houses. We really had a lovely time and would definitely come back to Wakeda again and recommend it to all fellow RVers. One note -- if you GPS the address, be careful to watch for the campground entrance. Our GPS had the entrance about 1/2 a mile further than it was and we did end up passing it...and there was not anywhere to turn our rig and car in tow around for about 5 miles. PROS: Sprawling, beautiful grounds that are well cared for, fantastic management, nice staff, great sites. CONS: Only one for us...no pool and/or hot tub.
Located on the New Hampshire side of the New Hampshire Massachusetts border, this park has offered an enjoyable stay and visit to the surrounding areas. The campground is nestled between Tuxbury Pond and some beautiful country roads flanked by some very old, but still elegant houses. The location is really fantastic -- it is very close to all the NH & MA seacoast/beach areas, not far from Portsmouth, NH or the Maine border and about 40 miles from Boston (it took us about 35-45 mins to drive into Boston without traffic). Amesbury, MA is conveniently located only about 4 miles from the campground and there you can find plenty of shopping and dining establishments. My experience with the staff at this campground was fantastic. I received a phone call from the campground manager a few minutes after I booked my reservation through Encore Resorts/ELS's reservation service. The manager advised me the office closed earlier than most other campgrounds, at 4:00 pm, so if I planned to arrive past that time, she would have all my paperwork ready for me in an envelope outside the office. I really appreciated her personal phone call and kind professionalism in running the resort. Upon arrival, I found our paperwork and other materials as promised in a clearly marked, neatly put together envelope in the night box outside the office. After picking up our materials and gate card, a staff member came over in a golf/utility cart and escorted us to our site offered his help with anything we needed and made sure we were settled in. We had a nicely graveled pull-through site in an open area of the campground. The gravel was nice, providing us peace of mind from sinking since we did have some rain. We had strong/steady 50 amp electrical service the whole time. Water pressure was ok, but could have been a bit stronger. One annoying thing was the position of the sewer, the pipe extended off the ground nearly a foot, making for an uphill sewer dump for us -- I've encountered far worse uphill inclines, but it was still a bit agitating since fighting gravity while trying to dump the tanks is never fun. Every site had a picnic table and fire ring. The grass area between sites could have used some mowing since it was nearly calf high. We walked around the rest of the park and saw that there are many seasonal sites, and lots of variety in "types" of sites -- some are out in the open field, some tucked away among the trees in the woods, some seemed in a more rustic area up on the hill, etc. The diversity in sites was neat to see and we were pleased to see that all the sites, including the seasonal ones, were neat, clean and tidy. One problem we had was with our AT&T cell phones, we have not been having much luck with them since traveling in NH -- service signal was basically zilch; I could send/receive text messages at my site but I had to drive out to town to talk on the phone. Verizon MiFi card signal was also weak, resulting in an ultra slow internet connection for us -- enough for quick emails but not swift enough for much else. This campground seems to have great themed weekends every weekend during their peak season -- we happened upon "Halloween" weekend which seemed like a huge hit with the kids at the park. We had a great time watching everyone dressed up in their costumes and handing out candy during trick or treating. Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays, so why not experience it in August! Aside from the planned activities, the park had a great covered gathering area, a large pool area with a kiddie pool and big pool, complete with water slide. The grounds were clean and pretty nicely kept up. The campground is situated in a really nice spot on the pond (not sure if there are actually waterfront sites, but the park has unobstructed views of the pond and walking trails adjacent to it). I'm not sure if Tuxbury Pond itself was ever a swimming pond, but it is looking a bit green and grown over with vegetation these days. This park heavily enforces the display of vehicle passes and use of the gate keys to get in and out. FYI, don't forget to return your gate key upon departure or they will charge you! The roads within the park, which were most if not all unpaved roads, could definitely use some grading and resurfacing, there were some very large ruts and potholes in the roads. One morning after a particularly heavy rain, we noticed a good few of the roads experienced severe erosion from the rain water running along the side of it. The main entrance driveway was one thing we did not particularly care for. From entering on Whitehall Road to reaching the gated front entrance/office is a decently wide dirt road that snakes on for 3/4 of a mile (we used the odometer on our car to measure). Going in and out in our car is one thing, the little bog and surrounding woods are rather enchanting. However, driving in and out of it in our rig was rough and bumpy and nothing near enjoyable. The road definitely shows signs of heavy use -- often probably at too high of speeds, erosion, weathering and general wear and tear. Some nice things we experienced included: basically our whole stay... without doubt the location is fantastic, but beyond location we applaud the amazing management and staff, all the well thought out and executed activities for kids and adults, nice level sites and an overall well looked after resort. Our one complaint: nothing against dirt/unpaved roads but the ones in and around this park could definitely use a lot of TLC! I would definitely come back and stay here again. We paid half the nightly rate using our Thousand Trails affiliation special discount for a total of $24.50 a night.
Before I jump into the campground review, I just want to make clear that I indicated the park is "Big Rig Friendly" because we did camp here in our 40' diesel pusher and made it in and out of the park/surrounding area without hitting anything or scraping any paint. That being said, it was not the easiest park to negotiate around. I recommend anyone who plans to camp there in a big rig be well prepared for some tight maneuvering. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DRIVE UP TO THE OFFICE, park your rig off to the side and walk up the hill. The turns up the hill to the office are greater than 90 degrees, narrow and tight. While the park staff was super friendly in meeting us on the main road and escorting us to our site, there was a minor reservation mistake with the office and they thought we were someone else, so we were led to the wrong site first. Only after we finished setting up did the office notice the mistake and then promptly told us we had to move. While this was a HUGE inconvenience and not in any way our fault, we understand these things happen, so we packed it all back up and moved onto another site. That all being said, the park itself is quite nice. It is a quaint little park with lots of seasonal sites and a core group of resident campers. The management does a good job putting together some very nice activities: it was Jimmy Buffett weekend so they had a DJ, beach party, etc. The namesake swimming area of the resort is a pretty clean little lake to swim in. There is some minor water vegetation creeping into the area but overall a nice place to play in the water. Most areas of the park have well shaded sites, but the site we ended up on was an open area which suited us just fine. The ground got a little soggy when it rained, but nothing too horrible. The site itself was actually big rig friendly with plenty roomy for us, in fact I saw quite a number of sites that would accommodate larger rigs, including the first site we were placed on was spacious. Electric power (50 amp) was strong/steady the whole time. Water pressure was decent too. From what I saw, every site had a picnic table and fire ring. One problem we had was with our AT&T cell phones: service signal was basically zilch; I could send/receive text messages in my coach but I had to drive out about 3 miles to the Dunkin' Donuts in order to have a strong enough signal to carry on a conversation. Verizon Mi-Fi card was able to get enough signal to provide me with adequate internet access. Some nice things we saw included: seeing that the maintenance crew was around all day long, always visibly doing upgrades/repairs, the camp store that had all necessities plus some cute oddities, the previously mentioned friendly and helpful staff & the proximity to lots of area activities including Concord. A few complaints: the road leading in/out of the park was a narrow, hilly, had lots of frost heaves and needed the tree canopy trimmed & the tight roads within the park were tricky: especially the areas that were tightly flanked by big trees. I would come back and stay here again. We paid half the nightly rate using our Thousand Trails affiliation discount for a total of $21.50 a night.
A nice little park. Upon arriving we were little skeptical due to the site we were assigned being quite tight, but the management quickly reassured us by letting us know they would keep the site next to us empty. No one would have been able to pull in anyway due to the shape of the sites once we were parked. That being said, they do not have very many spaces for big rigs but they do have 50 amp service available for an additional $3 fee: not bad. The weekend we were here they had a sand castle building contest and a band playing in the evening. Was quite nice and unexpected. There are many seasonals here and the weekends seem to be busy with the weekdays being quiet. The grounds were clean with well maintained dirt roads. The clubhouse was ultra cute with a little store and TV area. There were fire rings at most all the sites. The little beach and lake swimming area were nice, as was the pool. Location was great: less than 20 mile from Concord. Our Verizon Wi-Fi worked ok, but our AT&T cell phones had a tough time with the signal. Overall, a reasonable park that is convenient.
We camped here for 2 nights. I will say we were "lucky" in the fact that we got a nice site up on the hill that was large, shaded, fit our 40' rig nicely and most importantly, away from all the chaos and commotion. The other sites were all down in the main area where there was little shade and hoards of people all over the place. This park is nice if you have kids and want there to be lots of other kids and lots of activities. Quiet would not be a word to describe this park. It was overwhelming at times with the amount of people walking around. While nice to see people having a good time, driving around the park was scary and a bit nerve racking. The water park and pool area are an obvious hit with kids. The river swimming area and beach were nice. We had a good time swimming there. I would warn everyone to not swim across the river to the popular rope swing (not owned by the campground), as there is serious potential for injury. Yes it happened to someone in our party. Overall the amenities were good. We did not try or check out the bathrooms due to the constant lines. They had a nicely stocked store and all sites had fire rings. They also had site trash pick up twice a day which is always nice. We would like to see 50 amp sites available. For the price we paid, not necessarily worth it but we still managed to have a good time. Just be ready for lots of people. The campground does a decent job with crowd control though. Yogi Bear & friends were ultra cute visiting the sites. The location was convenient and close to lots of area recreation.
We absolutely love this Thousand Trails campground. What they lack in amenities they make up for in proximity to many destination and the best staff ever. We first camped here 2 years ago and we couldn't wait to come back and visit all the friends we made here. This stay has been no different. We are super surprised this campground is not more heavily used due to it's location. We were happy to see the always ongoing improvements -- new bathhouse being built, beautiful new equine grade fencing along the road, and always clean facilities. It's so nice to see a park where the staff is so dedicated to maintaining a clean and family oriented environment -- it's obvious they all love their park. There is a nice pool, a playground, a lake with catch and release fishing and group bonfire area. I think because the park is not always full, there are not always planned activities; however the ones that they did have were thoughtfully planned and a lot of fun! We also love that the on site camp store is competitively priced and well stocked with all essentials... it saved us from going back out to the grocery store for that one forgotten item more than once. Sites are well maintained with good power, they are level, graveled and mowed. Our Verizon Mi-Fi card worked well here and our AT&T cell phones also got good service. We can't wait to come back here again!
Stopped in overnight while traveling north. Super friendly young couple made us smile. Wish we could have stayed longer and gotten to know them a bit better. Nice little campground. The new owners are putting their heart and soul into adding amenities and beautifying the place. Level pull-through sites, good electrical, clean campground. Easy on/off to I-95. We'll go back when we pass through again.
We pulled in here for a quick overnight stay on our way up to NJ, but we would definitely come back. They have a great overnight pull-through rate. There is a big 3 day county music festival, Rapid Jam (Willie Nelson, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, more), coming up this weekend at the adjacent fairgrounds that would have been entertaining. The campground is great though: clean facilities, nice roads and a brand new pool area with a waterside! We tried it out and it was a hoot! Easy I-95 access and clear signage and lots of area conveniences.