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How to Pick the Best Campsite Melrose 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.

Winter Island Park (City Park)
(978) 745-9430
Salem, MA
Campground Availability
1-May thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Clubs Welcome
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Wood, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Salt Water Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Saltwater Fishing, Pond Fishing, Volleyball, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Boston Harbor Islands State Park
(617) 727-5290
Hingham, MA
Campground Availability
25-May thru 3-Sep
Services
Non Flush
Recreation
Salt Water Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Saltwater Fishing, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Bay View Campgrounds*
(508) 759-7610
260 MacArthur Blvd, Rte 28
Bourne, MA
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 15
Services
Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Playground, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Pittsfield State Forest
(413) 442-8992
Pittsfield, MA
Campground Availability
12-May thru 8-Oct
Services
Standard Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Rec Hall, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, River Fishing, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Savoy Mountain SF
(413) 663-8469
Florida, MA
Campground Availability
Memorial Day thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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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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The Pines Campground*
(978) 386-7702
39 Davis Rd
Ashby, MA
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
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, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Stream Fishing, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Camper's Haven RV Resort*
(508) 398-2811
184 Old Wharf Rd
Dennisport, MA
Campground Availability
May 01-Columbus Day
Services
Control Access Gate, Escort to Site, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Grills, Ice, Patios, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Room, Equipped Pavilion, Coin Games, Salt Water Swimming, Saltwater Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby

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Dunroamin' Cottages & Trailer Park*
(508) 477-0541
5 John Ewer Rd
Sandwich, MA
Campground Availability
mid Apr-mid Oct
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Hiking Trails

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Village Green Family Campground*
(413) 245-3504
228 Sturbridge Rd
Brimfield, MA
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 30
Services
Control Access Gate, Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
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, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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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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