CT - Ross Hill Park

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  1. Fourkids

    Fourkids New Member

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    Looking for some feedback about this campground - http://rosshillpark.com/

    Primarily we prefer to camp at places that are truely quiet by 10pm; have campsites that aren't packed on top of each other and allow our 4 children a little room to operate; and have owners that take pride in their facilities. Any info you could provide based on your experience would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. Lost in Space

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    We go to Ross Hill quite a bit, but it doesn't really fit your requirements. We go primarily because it is right on the Quinebaug River and provides us with some really nice kayaking. The people are nice, the facilities, especially the restrooms near the upper field are good, it's a pretty place, they do have a bunch of activities for kids, and kids can run around a bit withought worry. The campsites are typical for a private campground, a little small, a little close together, etc. It's NOT a State Park. It does quiet down pretty good at 10:00 PM. The best weekend there is for Halloween. They go all out, and so do the campers. The kids all get to go trick or treating all over the campground, and there are LOTS of kids, it's a real treat, literally. Everyone decorates their campsite to the nines. ONly thing is, I think it's sold out already for 2009. It was so popular they added a 2nd Halloween weekend for 2008 and that's when we were able to get it. Yhey decorate the Pavillion as a big Haunted House and hire kids from the local area to staff it.

    Anyway, it's an OK campground. The swimming pond is lousy, they ought to put in a pool. You can't swim in the river. Like I said, we primarily go there for the kayaking, and usually go as a group so we have our own group we hang around with.

    Hope this helps, ask any more questions and I'll answer as best I can.

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    Hi Lost in Space, Four Kids' wife here. Thank you for your reply. We are busy planning our 2009 camping season & have been reading reviews about Ross Hill. The results are mixed. Some folks like it a lot, some say it's mainly for seasonals & not well run. Your review of it sounds pretty nice, but you said it's probably not what we're looking for. Can you explain a little more? It's hard to get a feel for this one.

    We're also open to any suggestions for other CT campgrounds. We're trying to fit in a few more trips closer to home. Thanks all!

    ~Queen Bee, happy mama of four little worker bees~
     
  4. suprz

    suprz may you never doubt yourself....

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    I have heard good things about Charlie Browns campground and it isnt too far from RI I am thinking of going there myself
    http://www.charliebrowncampground.com/

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  5. Lost in Space

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    It sounded to me that you were looking for a campground that more resembled a State Park instead of a private CG, maybe I read it wrong.

    Ross Hill has more sites for non-seasonals than most I've been to in the area.

    The worst thing about it right now, or at least at the end of last season is that the restroom that serves the lower area near the river has been shut down for 2 years and has not been replaced yet. They have a row of porta-potties in front of it. They are cleaned very well daily but is no substitute for a proper restroom. And I don't think there's any good excuse for the ownes not replacing the broken down one. I think that is the cause of some opinions about the place.

    You might want to try it for a weekend and form your own opinion, of course I wouldn't suggest a weeks vacation there without checking it out first.

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  6. Queen Bee

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    Thanks for the info suprz & Lost In Space. We are going to check them both put. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Happy Camper">

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    We went to Ross Hill for an overnight this past weekend. I would say it is middle of the road as far as private campgrounds go. The folks who run it were nice, as were the other campers there. It was generally clean & well run. However, the sites were small and very close together. If the campground was full, it would be incredibly crowded. There was a good amount of noise at night. The playground was minimal. The swimming pond was just right for our young children - very shallow. The lake is beautiful. I can see why people who want to kayak would like to utilize this campground.

    All in all it was an OK experience, but we won't be returning. Close by is Countryside RV Park which is a much nicer facility. www.countrysidecampground.com
     

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