When does the camping season start and end?
We open for the season around May 1st, or if May 1st begins on a Saturday
or Sunday we'll usually open up on the Friday before. Our last weekend is
Columbus Day Weekend in October. The Rates or Activities section will give
you exact dates for the current season.
What hours is the office/store open?
The main building, including the office, store, rec hall, and laundromat,
is open every day during the camping season beginning at 8am. On Friday
nights, Saturday nights, and extended holiday weekend nights we stay open
until 10pm. On Sunday-Thursday nights between Father's Day and Labor Day,
we stay open until 7pm. On Sunday-Thursday nights before Father's Day and
after Labor Day, we stay open until 4pm.
When is check-in time? Check-out time? Where do I
Normal check-in begins at 2pm and takes place at the main building on your
right as you enter the park. Check-out for campsites is before 1pm, and
check-out for cabins is before noon. Unless you borrowed a cabin key or
any campground equipment you need to return, you are not obligated to stop
in the office to check-out. You simply need to have the site vacated by
check-out time. During slower times we offer free early check-in and late
check-out for campsites only, which can be found under the Camping
Specials section. Early check-in and late check-out can also be arranged
with the office for additional fees. Early check-in and late check-out is
subject to campsite availability.
What if I arrive after the office is closed?
If you already have a paid reservation, there will be a map waiting for
you on the front door of the office to direct you to your site. You can
just check in when you get up in the morning. If you do not already have a
reservation, please call us before the office closes to set one up.
What if there is an emergency or I need to reach
someone after the office is closed?
If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately. There is
also an emergency phone number on the back of the map you receive upon
checking-in. Please call this number too so we can be aware of the
situation and clear the roads for emergency vehicles. This emergency
number is also okay to use if there is an after-hours situation that needs
immediate attention, such as a loud party on a nearby site, so that we may
address the situation right away for everyone's satisfaction.
Are reservations required?
While they aren't required, they are highly recommended. We book up for
holiday weekends very quickly and cannot guarantee we will have any sites
available for unexpected arrivals. If you have a specific site in mind or
are looking for a high-demand site (full-hookup, pond-side, big-rig, group
field area, or any of our rental cabins for example) then we recommend
booking as soon as you can to try to get the space you want. You can make
reservations by calling us or by clicking
How early can I book a reservation?
We take reservations up to a year in advance. Any customers who camp with
us get the first oppurtunity to reserve their same site for the same stay
the following year, but they must do so before checking out. Once they
have checked out, that site become available to the first interested
party. We have many regulars who book the same stay on the same site year
after year, and we recommend doing so to secure your favorite spot every
Is a deposit required for a reservation?
All reservations must be paid in full no later than 14 days prior to the
arrival date, in accordance with our 2 week cancellation policy. Deposits
are a minimum of 10% of your total balance to be paid upon making the reservation, or
(if the reservation was made the year before) after January 1st since we
are unable to take deposits for reservations outside of the current
What if I need to cancel?
If you cannot keep your reservation please give us as much notice as
possible. There is a 10% charge for any cancellation, which is why we
require a 10% deposit to guarantee your stay. If your cancellation takes
place less than 14 days prior to your arrival date, then we are only
able to refund you if we are able to re-rent the site or cabin. If we
cannot, then you are responsible for the cost of the unrented portion of
your original reservation.
Since camping is an outdoor activity, we do not give refunds or rain
checks due to inclement weather. On the rare occurrence of very severe
storms, conditional rain-checks may be awarded.
I pay for my reservation?
We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover credit or debit cards in person
and over the phone. Sorry, but we do not accept American Express. You may
also mail us a check or money order, as long as it will be received by the
appropriate due date of your deposit and your full payment. If you live nearby you're also
more than welcome to stop by with your payment any time the office is open.
How old do you have to be to make a reservation?
Every group must have at least one adult (18+) who accepts responsibility
for any minors camping with them. At no time during your stay can a minor
be left unattended at the campground.
Is there a limit
to the number of RVs, tents, or people per site?
You may only have one RV per campsite, though you are welcome to pitch a
tent alongside it if you need to. There is no limit to the number of tents
per site as long as they all fit on the site without encroaching on the
road or other campsites. There is a limit of 4 adults per campsite and 6
adults per cabin, though you may have as many kids per campsite as you
What is the guest policy?
Guests are welcome to visit you during your camping trip, though
additional fees do apply. Guests visiting just for the day are allowed to
be at the campground from 8am to 10pm, and the guest fees are $5 per each
adult (18+). Overnight guests are also allowed for $10 per each adult and
are welcome to stay until 10pm the following night or until you check out
of your site, whichever comes first. All guests must register at the
campground office upon arrival, even if they are in your car. All cars
must have a visible valid car pass on them at all times while at the
How many cars can I have on my site?
You are welcome to have two cars on your site as long as they do not hang
out onto the road at all. If you have a guest visit or if you cannot fit
your car onto your site for any reason then you must park at one of the
guest parking areas around the campground. Roads must be kept clear in
case of emergency, so we will ask you to move your car if it is improperly
parked. All cars must have a visible valid car pass on them at all times
while at the campground.
Are pets allowed?
We know pets can be as much a part of your family as anyone else, and they
are welcome to join you. However, your pet must be up-to-date on all
vaccinations, kept inside your trailer or on a leash at all times, and
always cleaned-up after. Dogs that are aggressive or who bark constantly
should be left at home for the safety and comfort of the other guests.
Pets are not allowed in any public building (bathrooms, store, rec hall),
in rental trailers, or in certain cabins, so please let us know if you plan to bring a pet
with you when booking a rental unit.
Yes. In fact, we even sell beer and wine in the campground store (ID
Where is the closest big supermarket?
While we sell a number of last-minute items in the store, there are also
big chain markets just a town away. The Southwick Big Y and the Westfield
Big Y and Stop &
Shop are the closest, located about 20 minutes from the park. Both
towns also have other stores where you can buy those items you forgot to
pack, including Walmart, Ocean State Job Lot, CVS, and many others.
Where can I find restaurants?
If you're looking for a quick meal, the campground snack bar offers
burgers, hot dogs, fries, chicken tenders, homemade pizzas, and a number
of other items for your convenience. We also host a breakfast buffet every
weekend through Labor Day. You can find our menu and hours
Southwick boasts a number of fine restaurants from fast food chains to
local grab-and-go style eateries to pizzerias and family dining, all less
20 minutes from the campground.
Do the campground
activities cost money?
Most of our planned activities are free, though there are a couple of
themed dinners we host that require paid reservations, and there are also
activities like bingo, raffles, and charity events that cost money. We
also have an 18-hole miniature golf course for $4 per person, laser tag for $5 a
person per game, a gemstone and fossil mining sluice
which runs for $5 to $9, DVD movie rentals for $3 each, and an arcade.
Otherwise the events and activities are free of charge.
Can I bring my own firewood? Does the campground sell
We do still allow our campers to bring their own firewood, but please
inspect it first to make sure it is free of disease and insects so that
our trees stay healthy. We sell firewood too though. A crate of wood is
$7, but large groups and extended stays may be more interested in buying a
"bucket" for $50, which is about 1/6 cord, or a 1/2 cord for $135. We also
sell full cords for $250, though it would usually take even large groups
longer than the average stay to go through that much. If you would like
any of these larger options, please let us know before you
arrive so we can have it ready for you as we are unable to provide
anything other than the crates over the weekend (after 3:30 Friday
Where can I get my propane
We have a propane filling station at the campground where we can fill 20lb
propane tanks, 30lb propane tanks, and motorhome propane tanks.
When is the pool open?
The pool is open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, from 10am to 8pm
(or dusk) every day. We host night swims usually on Thursday and Sunday
nights where we keep the pool open until 10pm. There are two adult swim
hours daily, at 1-2pm and 5-6pm, when only adults (18+) are allowed in the
Can we swim in the ponds?
No, sorry. At this time our ponds are not permitted for swimming. Peter's Pond is for
catch-and-release fishing and Gaintner Pond has paddleboat rentals and
is suitable for other small, non-motorized boats.
When do the bathhouses close?
The bathhouses are open 24/7 during the camping season, except for the two
main cleaning times per day, which begin at 10am and 9pm.
Do the showers cost money?
No, our showers are clean, hot, and free!
What do the
sites come with?
All sites have a fire ring and picnic table. They also all have a potable
water spigot on or near the site. Most of our sites have electricity, and
a handful of them have sewer hookups. If you are staying in a cabin please
Cabins Section to see more information about