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“Nice place for family camping”
Review of DAR State Forest

DAR State Forest
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Goshen
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Massachusetts
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126 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Nice place for family camping”
Reviewed 16 October 2013

Spent one night there in October. It was late season, so the park was not full. We had no trouble with the on-line reservation and the site (#20) was clean and fairly large. There are some trees between sites, but since there are over 50 sites in the area, there is not a lot of privacy. Rest rooms clean and adequate and there is a nice outside sink (with hot water) for washing dishes. There is a pretty beach/swimming area and the pond is stocked with trout. The pond is large enough for kayaking, etc. A short, easy hike brings you to a fire tower lookout. We can see that during the summer this would be a very popular campground.

Visited October 2013
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Norfolk, Massachusetts
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105 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Wonderful State Park!”
Reviewed 4 September 2013

Spent 5 nights at this State Park and had an awesome time. Huge sites. Loved ours specificially (site 37) - across the road from showers, bathroom and dish sink - but not in a path that you get everyone tromping through your site to get to the bathroom (that's site 38). Huge sites at this park and lots of privacy (especially in this loop). Some sites have very steep pitch at the back. Clean bathrooms, clean park. "Ranger Rick" provides activities and talks many days of the week - great for kids! Camping area has pretty flat roads for bike riding. Campers beach real nice - but no life guard on duty. Day use area has big beach and lifeguards. Must use the parks fire wood - $5.00 a bundle - very reasonable and very dry... the fire rings have an adjustable rack for cooking. Overall a great place and a great price $12.00 a night for Mass Residents. Make reservations on line (http://www.reserveamerica.com/camping/Dar_State_Forest/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=MA&parkId=32605). Follow the park's "bear rules" for safe camping.

Visited August 2013
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Westfield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great place to camp.”
Reviewed 26 August 2013

Nice camp sites and clean bathrooms with hot water for shower and hot water dish washing station. Nice hiking trails and a beach for just the campers that I think is better than public beach. Lake is great for kayaking and the swim area did not have water plants. Nearby (10 min ride) is the Williamsburg general store with the best specialty pastries and breads.

Visited August 2013
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MA
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A peaceful state park...unless a school uses it for a field trip.”
Reviewed 23 August 2013 via mobile

For $5/car the price is great for a day outdoors. There's a small beach with lifeguards that actually paid attention to the water but on the day we were there 2 school busses full of teenagers unloaded & they took up every square inch of sand! If it hadn't been so crowded the beach would have been great for babies & toddlers because there's plenty of shade. There's picnic tables with grills in the sun & shade, a dyke to fish off of, hiking & a wheelchair accessible path trough the woods, camping (for another price - we were just there for the day so we didn't check out the campsites). Bathrooms were out of toilet paper & don't have soap. There is hand sanitizer hung so high above sinks kids can't clean hands by themselves & they would think it was soap if they couldn't read. There is a place to rinse sand off feet near the parking lot. There are 2 lakes for fishing from a small boat and several kayakers were enjoying the water. There are a couple of places to put in a boat but they have limited parking spaces.

Visited August 2013
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chicopee, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Peaceful, fun for the family”
Reviewed 13 February 2013

We locals all flock there. You should too. Great place to take the family instead of something crazy like Six Flags and much lower a cost.
Nature provides the best fun.

Visited August 2012
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