I don’t understand some of the previous reviews and why this place has such a bad reputation on here.
First of all let’s get things straight as some of the things mentioned in the other reviews are true. Yes a big portion of the park is closed and Yes several washrooms are also closed however all of those closed washrooms are in closed sections of the park. There is only one way in the park, the 2nd entrance (turning right from the camp ground) is closed, you can use the road to get to other parts of the park and other trails but you cannot exit or enter from that direct like your GPS would want you to do. The main gate to the park is in fact unmanned, drive right in, go past the welcome center and straight to the campground to your right where you will need to check in.
This review pertains to the non-electric tent sites.
Now that that’s cleared up, this is a camp ground and not a hotel. If we compare the current installations to other campgrounds in the USA I would say that they stack up fairly well. The washrooms were cleaned on both days that we spent at Wompatuck. How do I know? I went there twice around 9am and a lady had parked her truck in front of the entrance and was cleaning the place, moping the floors and was redirecting everyone to the other washroom.
The washrooms were more than clean enough for my posh standards, the showers were free and had hot water. The men’s washroom had 4 sinks, 3 showers, 2 urinals and 3 stalls. The alternate washroom on P road did have a broken sink and lower shower heads but it was still very acceptable. The camp sites were great, wooded and private compared to some other state parks that barely have any tree’s. I greatly enjoyed the sites at this location.
You can still navigate the closed portions of the park, we drove thru them in our car and saw a lot of nice wildlife and even a large deer about one row away from our tent site. Note that some roads in the closed section now have low clearance due to overgrowth and you do need to zig zag your way around branches, it’s easily feasible with a car but probably not so much with a truck. If this park had better funding it would truly be a great place to visit. There are several walking and cycling trails everywhere around the park.
Proximity to Boston here is key, for $14 a night with easy access to the city by car or by subway with the Red T line you honestly can’t ask for anything better. There is also an urban mall about 5-10 minutes away (by car) with a grocery store, restaurants and common stores.
The only negative comment I have is do not plan for a quick check in. We had pre-booked online hoping to save time but when we arrived there was only 1 person doing the check in and a line of about 5-6 people had formed. It took us about 30-45minutes to get thru the line and get checked in. Luckily there was a park ranger helping out and taking care of the people who simply wanted to buy wood. There were several people in the main building and in my opinion they should have opened up a second check in lane.
Overall this was a great park, awesome price and offers easy access to Boston. I wouldn’t mind coming back here at all.
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