we decided last minute this past memorial day to go camping, the campground was pretty much empty ,most people had checked out that morning.
the guy who worked in the store, I believe to be the owner sent us down to a pond tent sight...316 the sight was horrible but he had told us before we left the office that none were booked so if we saw something else in the area we could take one of those sights, we decided on site 120...it was nice not huge but right on the pond, and very woodsy. we went on a weekday so it was super quite and we were alone, perfect!
the next morning when we explored a bit we found that sight 315 or 326 were a bit better, but many sights around is were run down....they were numbered but had now picnic tables, or fire rings...or the grass was just so tall you could not even tell how to enter the sight.
to be honest I am not even sure which sight was which...the signs were unclear, when slow I guess it would not matter but if they were almost sold out I could imagine people actually arguing about sights. most sights were small.
we had a peaceful evening around our fire ..not a single soul not even a staff member came to check on us. To be honest I think there are only 2 staff members. the staff was easy going very friendly and laid back , which in some way they did not push the rules like tent limits on one sight ect.
we used the bathroom, they were not clean ...but not nasty either. basically what you would expect from a campground or beach sort of bathroom. the showers could use a good cleaning, but I was camping so to be honest I did not expect perfect. if I wanted clean and perfect I would have gone to hotel. I wanted an out door experience with showers and bathrooms, I camped most of my childhood and teenage years and their bathrooms were like bathrooms I have been in at all the other campgrounds. I would imagine the resort amusement park style campgrounds would have hotel style bathrooms....so if that was what you wanted then don't stay here.
expect check in to take a bit, they use a laptop which seemed to have a poor signal or service.
the campground borders the pachaug state forest and is in the small little hick town (which I love) of voluntown, so if you are a person who can not live with your cell phone than this is not the place for you. No service.
make sure you go prepared with food, wood and what not because their store is basically empty with only soda and expensive piles of wood.
on that note if you forget something than you will need to put a $10.00 cash deposit on a access card that will raise the gate when you come and go. they will refund the money when you check out. this is where I had my problem, the night before we froze when way to early in season to camp in new England lol. so we were exhausted and did not feel like packing up for their 11 am check out, when we got to the office to check out it was closed with a note on door to call a phone number. we had no cell phone service so we could not call, two different sets of campers went by .we asked to use their cell phone but no service either. we stood their for about 20 minutes until I saw someone out by the pool driving a golf cart. thank god i am a loud person i was able to get his attention as he drove away. he wanted to know why we did not call, I told him that there was no cell phone service.
I guess they live right there next door, wish I knew that.
they really should put an intercom system, door bell, or phone outside of office so people who have no service can call.
I was ready to leave, so this departure experience will most likely keep me from returning.
to bad because they were friendly and we liked our tent sight.
- Also Known As:
- Nature`s Campsite Hotel Voluntown