We stayed in Area 4, site 61 in a 25' travel trailer. Sites are large and most are at least partially wooded. Those designated for RVs/Trailers are easy enough to get in/out of. There are no hook-ups of any type but communal water spigots and bathrooms are available and easily accessible. A dump station is available. Most restrooms are "toilets only" and only have cold water at the sinks. There are brand new shower houses available for hot showers and dish washing stations have been added to some of the restroom buildings. There is one of these shower houses for areas 1-5 and one for areas 6-7. They weren't overly crowded even though the park was 70% full throughout the week. Nickerson has undergone major renovations and areas 1-5 just reopened. Areas 6, 6x and 7 are scheduled to reopen in late July 2008. We walked through areas 6 and 6x and the sites are in rough shape and will need a lot of work to make that happen. As a part of their water/electric system upgrade they also paved all the roads within the camping areas. The parks is heavily used by families and there tends to be a lot of very young (under 6!) children out riding bikes and such on the roads so caution is urged. Despite that, the area is generally very quiet. Peak "noise time" is Friday afternoon/evening as new arrivals tend to pour in. The Kettle Ponds are clean and fairly well used by swimmers, boaters and those fishing. There are numerous trails to wander and paved bike paths throughout the park. Park staff has always been great here for us and we've never had any issues with any of them. They do deal with complaints quickly and directly. Ticks are an issue within the park (this shouldn't be unexpected!). We picked up 2 in the course of a week while walking trails around the ponds. Proper precautions are recommended.
This is a State Forest so, as expected, the sites are all wooded (mostly pine). The cabins are small but set away from the main camping areas and always clean. All of the cabins have wood stoves and electric service but none have water, bathrooms or cooking facilities. Common use bathrooms/showers are a very short walk. Some cabins have paved roads directly to the cabin. The remainder have solid, short dirt/sand roads. Cabins have furniture but no other furnishings. You must provide all of your own cookware, dinnerware, bedding, etc... Restrooms are cleaned twice a day and very little litter manages to stay around for long anywhere in the Park. Cabins all have firepits outside as well as picnic tables. Most have benches on the front porches for sitting as well. Cell phones do not work within the park and the only phone available is a pay phone near the check-in station. TV stations are non-existent and radio stations are limited. Park staff are friendly and helpful. Plenty of hiking trails are available although some of it is through very rugged country. There are occasional activities within the park but many areas for fishing, rafting, kayaking, etc.. in the immediate surrounding area. While pets are allowed in the park and on tent/trailer sites they are no longer (after June 2007) allowed in the cabins. Bears and raccoons are nightly visitors during spring/summer months.
The campground property is small and sites on the main office side are close together. Sites across the stream were larger and more wooded sites were available. The entire grounds were clean and well maintained. Each site has trash barrels provided and they were emptied daily. Every site has a large stone fire pit but none have cooking grates. If you wish to cook over an open fire you'll need to provide your own grate. Driving within the campground isn't necessary; everything is within easy walking distance. There are wide walking paths throughout the grounds and they are lit at night by electric lanterns. The majority of sites are occupied by seasonal campers who were friendly and campground staff was both friendly and helpful. I had a drainpipe leaking and they not only gave me directions to a local hardware store but called the store for me to make sure they were open. There is a pool but no lifeguard. We camped there over Labor Day weekend and the place was packed but noise levels weren't bad. All but the loudest voices are masked by the sounds of the stream running through the middle of the campground. Water, Sewer and Electric all worked fine. All water spigots at sites had pressure reducers already installed on them. Cable TV was available but I didn't use it. 5 or 6 channels were available using my rooftop TV antenna. WiFi was listed as available in the Office/Rec Hall building but I didn't attempt to use it. The camp store was small but carried essentials including ice and propane.