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How to Pick the Best Campsite Chelmsford MA

Having a wonderful camping experience is not completely out of your hands. A good stay at a campground starts with choosing the right campsite for your family. Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate.

Boston Minuteman Campground
(877) 677-0042
Littleton, MA
Campground Availability
May 01-3rd week of Oct
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Field and Stream RV Park
(603) 673-4677
Brookline, NH
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Laundry, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Stream Fishing, Play Equipment

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Berry''s Grove Campground, Inc.
(800) 421-7116, (978) 649-3141
35 Davis St.
Tyngsboro, MA
Campground Availability
24 Total Camp/RV Sites, 25 30 Amp Service, 25 50 Amp Service, 25 Higher Amp Service, 24 Electric and Water, 25 Electric Only, 25 Full Hookups, 25 Seasonal, 25 Sideouts,

Canoe River Campground*
(508) 339-6462
137 Mill St
Mansfield, MA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Indian Ranch Campground*
(508) 943-3871
200 Gore Rd (Rt 16)
Webster, MA
Campground Availability
Early May-Mid Oct.
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Lake Swimming, Boating, Lake Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby

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Harold Parker State Forest
(978) 686-3391
North Andover, MA
Campground Availability
mid Apr thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice
Recreation
Canoeing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Willard Brook State Forest
(978) 597-8802
Ashby, MA
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
Services
Standard Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Lake Fishing, Hiking Trails

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Boston Minuteman
(800) 421-7116, (978) 772-0042
Box 2122 Route 2A
Littleton, MA
Campground Availability
100 Total Camp/RV Sites, 100 Electric and Water, 32 Full Hookups, 45 Max RV Length, 18 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Dump Station, Handicapped Restroom Facilities, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Marina,

The Old Sawmill Campground
(508) 867-2427
West Brookfield, MA
Campground Availability
May 01-Columbus Day
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Stream Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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Otter River State Forest
(978) 939-8962
Winchendon, MA
Campground Availability
12-May thru 14-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Wood
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Stream Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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How to Pick the Best Campsite

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Camping Life Corner: How to Choose the Best Campsite




How to Pick the Best Campsite
Tips and tricks to help you get the best site for your money
By Stuart Bourdon

Having a wonderful camping experience is a combination of factors. Some of those are providential, and a few are completely out of your hands. Luckily, there are some you can control. It's impossible to control the weather, but you can keep track of it and update your gear as conditions dictate. And the campground may not always offer many choices, depending upon its size and reservation level. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and enjoy. The good news—with proper planning, quick and accurate assessment in the field, and some flexibility, you should be able to find just the right spot in any campground.

Private and public campgrounds both have a place on the outdoor destination roster. Which you choose often has to do with your style of camping. Private campgrounds (KOA, Jellystone, etc.) offer a more controlled and manicured park-like atmosphere where the focus is often on activities (movie nights for kids) and recreational facilities (pools, etc.) inside the campground, and are more likely to have full RV-camping amenities (power, water, sewer hookups). Public campgrounds (state parks, national parks and forests, Army Corps of Engineers) tend to deliver a wilder, less controlled experience, and activity and recreation are typically more outdoor-oriented (trail hiking, fishing, boating), and are less likely to provide power and sewer hookups.

Either way, you can improve your chances of an enjoyable, rewarding stay by paying heed to some simple guidelines.

Plan Ahead When Choosing a Campground

An advanced reservation is suggested for any campground, public or private, and for many, it's a must. If you make your reservation online that's fine, it's convenient and almost all campgrounds—public and private—offer online reservations now. Before you do, though, make a point of contacting someone (forest ranger or park manager) by phone (best) or e-mail (second best) to ask questions about the lay of the land. Have a campground map (most have one online) and orient it so you know which direction is North, East, South and West.

When making considering a campground, think about whether it's down in a valley, on top of a ridge, or half-way in between. Campgrounds down in the bottom of deep canyons and valleys can be colder during the day (especially in the morning) because of the lack of sun, and can be damp and subject to ground fog. Ridge top sites can be more exposed to weather extremes and make for a cold blustery camp. Sometimes finding a spot in the middle is best. One that's also sheltered from the wind, but exposed to morning sun, would make it the perfect find in our book.

Ask questions such as: Which way does the prevailing wind blow? Does it chance direction from morning to evening? Where are the trees and other prominent fea...

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