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How to Pick the Best Campsite Glastonbury CT

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.

Nelson's Family Campground
(860) 267-5300
East Hampton, CT
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Devil's Hopyard State Park
(860) 526-2336
East Haddam, CT
Campground Availability
Mid Apr thru Memorial Day Weekend
Services
Non Flush
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Stream Fishing, Horseshoes, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Camp Niantic-By-The-Atlantic
(800) 421-7116, 045-2121, (860) 739-9308
271 West Main Street
Manchester, CT
Campground Availability
135 Total Camp/RV Sites, 135 Electric and Water, 40 Max RV Length, 75 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Cable TV, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake,

Nelson''s Family Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 267-5300
71 Mott Hill Road
E. Hampton, CT
Campground Availability
324 Total Camp/RV Sites, 200 30 Amp Service, 100 50 Amp Service, 324 Electric and Water, 317 Electric Only, 42 Max RV Length, 3 Total Rental Units, 200 Seasonal,
Services
Cable TV, Dump Station, Firewood, Ice, Charge for Internet Access, Laundry, Pavilion, Pets Welcome, Propane, RV Service/Repair, Showers, Snack Bar, Store,
Recreation
Basket Ball, Fishing, Horse Shoes, Mini Golf, Pedal Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Playground, Recreation Hall, Sports Field, Swimming Pool, Swimming - Lake, Theme Weekends, recreation huts,

Del-Aire Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 875-8325
704 Shenipsit Lake Road
Tolland, CT
Campground Availability
122 Total Camp/RV Sites, 122 Electric and Water, 90 Full Hookups, 3 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake, Swimming Pool,

Water's Edge Campground
(860) 642-7470
Lebanon, CT
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 15-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Wolf's Den Family Campground
(860) 873-9681
East Haddam, CT
Campground Availability
First weekend in May thru Last weekend in Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Partial Handicap Access, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, REC Open to Public

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Markham Meadows Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 267-9738
7 Markham Road
East Hampton, CT
Campground Availability
105 Total Camp/RV Sites, 105 Electric and Water, 113 Electric Only, 45 Full Hookups, 36 Max RV Length, 2 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane, Store,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Boating, Canoe Rentals, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Kayak Rentals, Non-motorized Boat Rentals, Planned Activities, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake,

GrandView Camp Resort
(800) 421-7116, 860-873-3332
89 North Moodus Road
Moodus, CT
Campground Availability
50 Total Camp/RV Sites, 50 Electric and Water,

Little City Campground
(800) 421-7116, (860) 345-4886
741 Little City Road
Higganum, CT
Campground Availability
50 Total Camp/RV Sites, 50 Electric and Water,
Services
Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane,
Recreation
Biking Trails, Fishing, Hiking Trails, Recreation Hall, Swimming - Lake, Swimming Pool,

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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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