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How to Pick the Best Campsite Westfield 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.

Prospect Mountain Campground & RV Park
(413) 357-6494
Granville, MA
Campground Availability
Late Apr thru Mid Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Boating, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Sports Field

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Walker Island Family Camping
(413) 354-2295
Chester, MA
Campground Availability
1-May thru 15-Oct
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, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Stream Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Mini Golf, Shuffle Board Court, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Hiking Trails

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Tolland State Forest
(413) 269-6002
Otis, MA
Campground Availability
12-May thru 8-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Boating, Canoeing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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American Legion State Forest (Austin F. Hawes Memorial Campground)
(860) 379-0922
Pleasant Valley, CT
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 12-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings
Recreation
Pavilion, River Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, River Fishing, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Northampton/Springfield Koa/Windy Acres
(800) 421-7116, (413) 527-9862
139 South Road
Westhampton, MA
Campground Availability
137 Total Camp/RV Sites, 137 Electric and Water,

Granville State Forest
(413) 357-6611
Granville, MA
Campground Availability
25-May thru 8-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
River Swimming, River Fishing, Hiking Trails, REC Open to Public

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Camp Overflow Campground & Marina
(413) 269-4036
Otis, MA
Campground Availability
15-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pavilion, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Kayaking, Lake Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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White Pines Campsites
(860) 379-0124
Barkhamsted, CT
Campground Availability
15-Apr thru 13-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Portable Dump, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Grocery, LP Gas by Weight, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Pavilion, Coin Games, Pool, Canoeing, Pond Fishing, Fishing Supplies, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Sodom Mountain Campground
(800) 421-7116, (413) 569-3930
227 South Loomis Street
Southwick, MA
Campground Availability
170 Total Camp/RV Sites, 170 Electric and Water, 60 Full Hookups, 45 Max RV Length, 15 Pull-Thru Sites,
Services
Dump Station, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Propane, Snack Bar, Store,
Recreation
Equestrian Friendly,

Prospect Mountain Campground/RV Park
(800) 421-7116, (413) 357-6494
Route 57 Box 323
Granville, MA
Campground Availability
212 Total Camp/RV Sites, 212 Electric and Water, 210 Electric Only, 22 Full Hookups,
Services
Dump Station, Laundry, Pets Welcome, Store,
Recreation
Boat Launch, Equestrian Friendly, 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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