We went to the State Reservation, and did not camp. We just did the beach. There are no concession stands here so bring your own food. Arrived around 9:30am and everyone else was arriving at the same time. Got through the gate very quickly, and my state DCR passed covered our admission (I was expecting a $2 fee). The 3 parking lots are closer to each other than I thought they would be from looking at the map. We parked in the 3rd lot because it was closest to the playground. The toilets do smell and if you go from the bathrooms to the playground the walk is stinky because of them. The playground is a good break, or way to end your day, but it does need repairs. Keep a close eye on your child so they don't jump or fall from an unsafe place.
The beach itself has lifeguards and the other beach visitors were friendly. We mostly kept to ourselves but everyone kind of kept an eye on each other, and when one older man had a problem others pitched in to help him. Families, couples, and friends all seemed have a great day. No one was blasting music or being obnoxious on the day of our visit. We stayed for the full day and saw people come and go and didn't have problems with anyone. The water in July was freezing cold! Typical, I'm sure other area beaches are the same way. Still a great day trip for us.
For wheelchair access, there was a place near the parking lot with benches and sidewalk so folks who had mobility issues could still enjoy the sights. I'm not sure if they could really get in the water, but they could at least watch the boats and so forth.
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