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“Been coming here since 80's! Come hear the loons!”

Maidstone State Park
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Guildhall
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Beautiful campground! We always bring a canoe and spend lots of time on the lake. I have only ever camped with a tent here, but that isn't a problem since they have a great bath house. Plenty of bathroom facilities and hot showers! Make sure you bring some quarters though! This has always had a great family atmosphere.

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Reviewed July 12, 2012

Please consider that we have gone here 4 times over a 12 year period. So there is some nostalgia involved here. This is a really beautiful place to camp. The lake is lovely, the campsites are well maintained and the people are super nice. The camping is in 2 areas and both are nice places to stay. The B camping area is far from the main beach and far from the main office where there is firewood, ice & ice cream. But there is a great nature trail through the woods along the water from the B loop that ends at the small beach area or you can walk/drive along the dirt road to get to the main area. The B area has some great sites and it is built into a hill that leads down to the water. Boat rentals (canoe & row boat) are available from the main office - I forget the prices, about $20 for 4 hours I think. The best sites really are the ones that are on the water. This means that you have your own little private spot to jump into the lake. Families with very small children might consider this dangerous but for slightly older children, it is a constant source of entertainment. The bottom of the lake around the edge is mostly sandy so great for kids. The lake used to have very few houses around it but now it is highly populated and there are boats and fisherman and waterskiers, etc. The sites back from the water are still very nice and nicely wooded and well maintained. The bathrooms are decent and please know that the showers are PAY SHOWERS so bring that role of quarters with you! It is $0.50 cents for 10 minutes and you can keep adding money for a longer shower. The water was nice and hot and didn't run out. The showers/bathrooms were reasonably clean. Many of the sites have lean-to's. Be aware that if you want a site that has a lot of room for screen tents or whatever, some of the sites with lean-tos have very little room beyond the lean-to itself. There are some (Beech, Pine, Catalpa for example) but many of the lean-to sites have little room beyond the lean-to - enough room for a tent & hanging out but not a ton more. That's just my opinon from looking at them - never stayed on one. The bugs are what I would say are average. You'll want bug spray but that's enough to keep them away. We had one racoon invasion on our last night when we had left some spices out - oops. But it is really not bad at all compared to other places we have stayed. The loons at night are lovely as they call over the lake. You are permitted alcohol - just be reasonable they ask. Also, a major town with groceries and gas and liquor store and restaurants, etc. is about 20-25 mins. away. Another important point that could be good or bad depending on your perspective - NO CELL RECEPTION. Personally, we like the fact that we had to go into town to get cell reception and have email and internet, etc. It added to our vacation but some might not like this.

Here is what is sad for me though - this used to be a place where they had tons of activities for the kids. The rangers got my kids involved in a "Junior Ranger Program" where they got a patch at the end of the week they were there. They learned all kinds of great things and helped the rangers around the park. They had nature talks down in the B area by the water. They had arts and crafts by the water and at night they had fires at the main beach with guitar and banjo players, etc. It was a super special place that we just loved. Oh - and my kids loved it when they drove around selling the ice cream at the sites! One day the rangers had a raffle where the prize was to be taken out on a boat early in the morning to go fishing & we won! The last 2 times that we went, there were none of these things. I don't know why exactly but no fires by the beach or sign of it (grass growing in the fire pit). No arts and crafts, nobody talked about or advertised the Junior Ranger program. It just wasn't the same. So I might have given this 5 stars - but we are sad that these things seem to be gone now. Maybe it is budget cuts but so much of those activities didn't cost much - it was just their enthusiasm. My kids still have the dream catchers they made from sticks they found and string. Heck, if it was about money, I would have paid $5 for my kids to make something. Perhaps they just don't have the staff.

So overall, this is a lovely low key place to camp and enjoy nature. Many people bring boats & lots of people fish. There are a few nice hikes around. Island Pond is another lovely little town nearby to visit with concerts on Friday nights by the water. You can enjoy camping here for people who enjoy nature and being low key!

9  Thank JenniferI1
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Reviewed November 19, 2012
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