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How to Pick the Best Campsite Tiverton RI

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.

Horseneck Beach State Reservation
(508) 636-8817
Westport, MA
Campground Availability
Mid May thru Columbus Day
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Salt Water Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Playground, Volleyball, REC Open to Public

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Meadowlark RV & Mobile Home Park
(401) 846-9455
Middletown, RI
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 30-Oct
Services
Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage

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Fishermen's Memorial State Park
(401) 789-8374
Narragansett, RI
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Playground, Horseshoes, Tennis, Basketball

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Forge Pond Campground
(800) 421-7116, (508) 644-5701
62 Forge Road
Assonet, MA
Campground Availability
60 Total Camp/RV Sites, 60 Electric and Water,
Services
Laundry,
Recreation
Equestrian Friendly, Nature Trails, Playground,

Meadowlark RV & Mobile Home Park
(401) 846-9455
Middletown, RI
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 30-Oct
Services
Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage

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Melville Ponds Campground (City Park)
(401) 682-2424
Portsmouth, RI
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 31-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, LP Gas by Weight
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Playground, Volleyball, Sports Field, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Massasoit State Park
(508) 822-7405
Taunton, MA
Campground Availability
21-Apr thru 8-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Westport Camping Area
(800) 421-7116, (508) 636-2555
346 Old County Road
Westport, MA
Campground Availability
25 Total Camp/RV Sites, 25 Electric and Water, 40 Full Hookups, 35 Max RV Length, 4 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Dump Station, Laundry,

Outdoor World - Gateway to CapeCod
(800) 421-7116, (508) 763-5911
90 Stevens Road
Rochester, MA
Campground Availability
150 Total Camp/RV Sites, 150 Electric and Water, 149 Full Hookups, 40 Max RV Length, 110 Pull-Thru Sites, 41 Rental Trailers, 50 Sideouts,
Services
Park Trailers,
Recreation
Boat Launch, Equestrian Friendly, Mini Golf, Nature Trails, Planned Activities, Playground, Recreation Hall, Swimming Pool, Water activities,

Oak Embers Campground
(401) 397-4042
West Greenwich, RI
Campground Availability
1-Mar thru 30-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Play Equipment, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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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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