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New England has many campgrounds in local, state, and national parks and forests, and on private land. Some are primitive, some verge on the luxurious.
 

 

   

Most New England campgrounds, both public and private, are open from sometime in May through mid- or late October, though a few private campgrounds stay open all year.

Often there are private campgrounds near popular public (government-supported) ones; for example, there may be several private campgrounds just outside a state or national park which offers camping.

In summer, most campsites fill up quickly on weekends, and they may also be full on weekdays during July and August; this includes even some fairly remote forest campsites.

Reservations can be made at some public and virtually all private campsites; usually you must send a deposit to secure the reservation.

If you don't (or can't) reserve in advance, plan to arrive early on a weekday to find and hold a spot. For weekends, arrive by mid-morning Friday or, even better, Thursday afternoon.( One strategy, used by frequent campers, is to send one or two people to claim a campsite early in the day, with others following later.)

It is usually easy to find a vacant campsite on weekdays in late spring and early autumn (when schools are in session), but weekends in these seasons may be as crowded as summer.

Campsites in public parks are usually basic and simple, consisting of a place to park your car, flat ground upon which to pitch a tent, a picnic table, and a stone fireplace. Some public campsites have facilities for hot showers; most have sinks with hot and cold water, and flush toilets.

Some forest campsites are very basic, with just parking places, tent sites, a drinking water tap, and chemical or composting toilets. Fees for using public campsites range from $12 to $25 per site.

Private campgrounds tend to have less open space, fewer shade trees, more facilities, and higher fees.

Some "resort" campgrounds have elaborate facilities such as children's playgrounds, swimming pools, game rooms, cable television and VCR movie rooms, lake swimming and boating facilities, and so on.

Virtually all private campgrounds provide hot showers and hook-ups (electrical, sewage, water) for recreational vehicles and trailers (caravans). Fees can range from $25 to $50 or more, depending upon the number of people in your party, and the facilities used.

Among the ranks of hook-up-equipped parking slots at private campgrounds, there is usually a small grassy area set aside for the few campers who arrive by car, motorcycle or bicycle and who prefer to sleep in tents.

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