Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut is the oldest continually operating amusement park in the United States. The park recently added a Bear Creek Campground that features cabins, teepees, a tenting area, and, of course, a large RV area. The campsites ...

 

2018 – Bear Creek Campground – Bristol, CT and more...



2018 – Bear Creek Campground – Bristol, CT


Lake Compounce in Bristol, Connecticut is the oldest continually operating amusement park in the United States. The park recently added a Bear Creek Campground that features cabins, teepees, a tenting area, and, of course, a large RV area. The campsites are laid out with water-electric hookups located in a shared grassy area on the driver’s side of the sites. If the place is full, there will be a shared front yard between campers as well. Most people, I think, come to spend a few days at the amusement park. There’s even a shuttle operating from the campground to the main gate of the park.

Our shortstop stay was just for one night as we traveled from southern Maine into Pennsylvania. The campground is about 10 minutes from I84 and the campsites are all pull-through, making it a handy place for an overnight stay. When I asked about discounts the lady I talked to on the phone offered me a nightly rate based on a three night stay rather than just one night.

Here are a few things you might want to know. The sites are all water/electric (30/50 amp), no sewer. Individual shower rooms are available. There is campground WiFi – ours got slower as the evening progressed. There’s a nearby power plant that can be heard non-stop in the near distance.

I had a strong 4G signal and, since the campsites are pretty much out in the open, satellite TV is no problem. The campground has a play area, but the main recreation is the amusement park. I think Bear Creek is a good choice for a stop in the Bristol, CT area.


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2018 – Moody Beach Thousand Trails – Wells, ME


The timing of our August stay at Moody Beach Thousand Trails put us in a popular area at its most popular time. Traffic up and down Highway 1 was more often than not backed up. The campground, too, was filled to capacity nightly. This campground is tight. There are many “parallel parking” spots that were laid out before rigs got as large as they are today. Some would work but many would be a challenge for the average big rig. In the “back” of the campground there are several pull-through “back to back” sites. The camper on the driver’s side is very close. You then share a front yard with the camper on the passenger side of the camper.

Depending on how people park their rigs this setup works fairly well. One complicating factor is that many sites have been rented out to long-term campers. Those folks tend to spread out to the very limit of their campsites. If you happen to have permanents on both sides of you it can feel even more packed in that it is already.

Because of the narrow roads and placement of trees I couldn’t get into the first site we tried. I moved to a different one and got in okay. Getting out was a bit of a challenge because of how the permanent site next to us was set up, keeping me from making the left hand exit I should have been able to make.

Getting satellite TV anywhere in the campground is a challenge. Some people manage it, but you shouldn’t arrive expecting to get satellite TV. My Verizon signal was marginal but generally usable. We paid for campground WiFi. I would give it a B- grade. Weekend evenings were pretty sluggish. I think all the sites are FHU – many are 50 amp.

Aside from the above, here are a couple of things you might want to know. First, the campground is behind a large miniature golf course and not visible from Highway 1. Look for the big Wonder Mountain Fun Park sign. Next to that sign is, indeed, the Moody Beach Campground sign. You turn there, as though you are going to the miniature golf course. Second, the campground offers shuttle van service to Footbridge Beach. The price is nominal and parking at the beach is high and packed.

Honestly, we thought our stay at Moody Beach was the least of our four campground stays in Maine on this trip. We didn’t enjoy Wells and Kennebunkport because of the traffic congestion. The campground continued the “congested” theme and by the end of the week we were ready to move on.


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2018 – Sightseeing Wells-Kennebunkport, Maine


Our final week in Maine on this year’s adventure brought us to the Wells-Kennebunkport area. My best memories of this area are enjoying fish and chips at an area restaurant, eating some great ice cream, and taking a very nice (but congested) coastal drive to Kennebunkport. While there we enjoyed a few quiet moments at Saint Anne’s By The Sea which is a historical Episcopal Church with a wonderful view of the ocean. Nearby we also saw the summer home of President G.H.W. Bush (from a distance, of course!). Honestly, although our campground was in town and only a few minutes from the beach the August traffic and parking issues made it a major effort to go anywhere. Even if we did find a parking spot that would accommodate our truck the charge for parking made it prohibitive for us. There’s a local shuttle that can be ridden for a nominal cost of just $1 a ride, but it battles the same traffic. The result for us was that we just hung around the campground a bit more where we could avoid the traffic in this very popular tourist area.


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2018 – Schoodic Woods Campground – Acadia National Park, Maine


As we began thinking about our 2018 Adventure we decided that Maine’s Acadia National Park would be our primary destination. I started researching the area and began seeing rave reviews of the NPS Schoodic Woods Campground, located on the Schoodic Peninsula section of the National Park. This is considered the “quiet side” of the park with Mt Desert Island containing all the famous landmarks and Schoodic being more laid back. The campground receives universally high marks. Ultimately, we decided to spend a week in the middle of the action on Mt Desert and then spend a week enjoying the serenity of the Peninsula. The booking window is 6 months and I got online the earliest day I could book for the dates of our stay. At that time there were only a few remaining available sites.

It was a great choice. We certainly wouldn’t have wanted to miss the famous side of the park, but this campground is just great. It is located just outside the small town of Winter Harbor. The pull-through sites of Loop B are some of the longest we’ve ever seen. Spacing between the sites is also more than generous. We can see our neighbors through the trees but there’s a great feeling of privacy throughout the campground. The sites in this loop all offer 50 amp electric and water. There’s even free campground WiFi. Here’s a tip for WiFi – book sites nearer the restrooms for the strongest WiFi signals. My Verizon worked okay, ranging from 1 to 3 bars of 4G and I had no problem getting satellite TV.

The campground has a “dark skies” policy. That means there are no strings of LED lights, bug zappers, etc. It also means that you can sit out at night and count the shooting stars and watch satellites gliding across the sky with the backdrop of the Milky Way clearly visible.

The roads are paved and the sites are gravel. The restrooms were always clean. You want to know that there are no showers at the campground. A few businesses in town offer showers for a price.

There’s a NPS shuttle bus that serves the Peninsula, including stops in the two nearby small communities where there are restaurants, a small grocery, and a few shops – all can be visited without starting your own vehicle.

If the campsites here were full hookup, or if, at least, showers were offered, I’d give Schoodic Woods a perfect score. As it is, though, it ranks as one of our favorite campgrounds of all time.


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2018 – Sightseeing Schoodic Peninsula Maine and area

After our active week at Bar Harbor this has been a wonderfully quiet week. We have been on the “quiet side” of Acadia National Park, on the Schoodic Peninsula of Maine. Our campsite is just a few minutes walk from the visitors station and Island Explorer Bus stop. This bus goes around the Island stopping at several points to allow visitors to get off, stay awhile, and then catch another bus to continue exploring. We enjoyed the scenery, especially at Schoodic Point. The route includes a stop in the small village of Winter Harbor where we looked in the five and dime store and a had a sundae at the local restaurant. The local event of the week was the town’s Lobster Festival which included craft booths, food trucks, a lobster dinner that we enjoyed, and lobster boat races. The lobster boats used in the races are the real deal, although I think the engines are souped up a bit. I loved seeing the waves crash on the rocks at the coast but my best memories will will be the times we sat out at night seeing the shooting stars on the clear nights we had here.



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