Salisbury Beach State Reservation Campground

Salisbury Beach State Reservation Campground

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1 Beach Rd, Salisbury, MA 01952
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77bp77 wrote a review Nov 2020
North Attleboro, Massachusetts
4.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I enjoyed our stay at this campground. We were lucky to book a weekend in November with 65+ degree weather which made out stay really enjoyable.

We have stayed at other campgrounds that offer many more amenities but this was a different experience with beautiful views of the ocean.

If you have a larger rig some of the sites are extremely challenging. Please do your research prior to booking.

There was no water and sewer during our stay as they had shut it off for the winter season. We new this prior to booking but wanted to share this with others in case they book later in the season as we did.
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Date of stay: November 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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JCJake wrote a review Aug 2013
Saint Paul, Minnesota
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were told that Salisbury beach is caught in a time warp. Its glory days have passed and it's too early to say it is getting a 2nd wind. My son first described the area as, "zombie town". I guess I'd have to agree between the mix of boarded up attractions and the overall run down appearance of things. Hampton Beach seems to be where it's all happening.
However, given that, the campground is nothing short of interesting. The location is great if all you want is the beach or the river, but not the boardwalk. I didn't read all the reviews but of the ones I did read, I'm surprised no one mentioned the ridiculous system in place for checking in when you arrive at the campground. We arrived with maybe 4 campers ahead of us. The signs instruct you to wait in your vehicle until you are first in line. Then you may get out, walk across the parking area to the office where a couple of teenagers check you in. The door says to only allow one camper in at a time for "privacy". "Shhh, don't let anyone know, but I'm checking in to camp here". If you didn't pre-register with all your vehicle and camper info, the process takes minutes per camper. What that means is that everyone else in their big busses, trucks and other tow vehicles is left idling in the sun burning up fossil fuel thinking not very nice things about the MA park system or the people in front of them who obviously did not take the time to pre-register. (I did - I was in and out of that office in less than 60 seconds!!!).
By the time we were at the front of the line there were probably about 12 vehicles idling behind us.
The campground itself is not very scenic in that it's all shrubby beach trees, weeds and sand. Put close to 500 campsites on top of that and people who literally move-in with every imaginable camping shelter, and the aged bath buildings & store, and it's very hard to find a positive thing to say. It seemed more campsites than not had more than one vehicle at the site parked every which way. Rules? Joke. No alcohol, but go ahead. The place is jam packed and because there is not really any vegetation it looks kind of like a bad parking lot.
It seems there is some work going on, but the place is in dire need of a face lift.
The funny thing is, though, we had no personal issues. Our campsite was fine. Water hookup is a shared post for 4 sites so make sure your hose is long enough. It can get very windy so you may want to bring things to anchor down your awning. Lots of awning and screen tents - some live through the wind, some not so well. Our neighbors, who seemed to have about 12 people, left food and other items out. On a windy day there were pans and trash flying everywhere.
The beach is very nice. The bath buildings here seem very nice, but it seemed the parking lots had trash scattered around. The beach is steep - during high tide the waves break right on shore which is not near as fun. At low tide it's more shallow and the waves were also more fun.
We had fun and a good experience overall, but the Ritz Carlton of camping this place is not.
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Date of stay: August 2013
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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JMT wrote a review Oct 2014
Mount Vernon, Maine, United States
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff was incredible, making sure we had the tent site best suited to our needs. Overall, clean park and being able to walk on the beach in the morning and see the sunrise is such a treat. For such a large place, bathrooms and showers were very clean.
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Date of stay: September 2014Trip type: Travelled with family
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Michael L wrote a review Aug 2021
1.0 of 5 bubbles
This used be a nice place to come , but they raised the price to $85 from $39 per night for out of staters . It was an affordable option to the high prices for motels in Hampton beach. No longer reasonable. New york state only charges a small amount to out of staters . Cant afford Hampton beach any more. Only Cape Cod off season.
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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sue j wrote a review Aug 2021
Beverly, Massachusetts
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Camping at Salisbury Beach is wonderful. Sites are a good size. Booking online is easy. You can hear the waves from your campsite if you are in the first two rows (A & B). Lots of family. Bathrooms are clean. Store is well-stocked. If you are a Massachusetts resident, the campsite is only $39.00 a night with tax. What can I say. It's one of my favorite campgrounds.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Sonja S wrote a review Jan 2020
Claremont, New Hampshire
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful experience. Excellent amenities with their huge bathhouses, dish washing stations, store, and water/electric hook ups. Many sites to choose from all with easy access to the beach. Close proximity to Salisbury Beach waterfront and all the fun activities there. There is even at modern playground for the kids and walking paths. Staff is friendly and the price is extremely reasonable. If you plan a stay, book early because space fills up quickly! We love going as a couple but there are many families that camp there as well with enough room for all. Those who love animals will also get a kick out of the patrol officers on horseback.Gorgeous sunsets over the ocean as well!
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Date of stay: August 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Mack B wrote a review Jul 2013
Jay, New York
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent four days at Salisbury Beach, MA beginning Tuesday July 16, 2013 and checking out Saturday July 20, 2013.

We were disgusted! Aside from the facts that the Green-Heads wrecked our relaxing vacation and the heat was miserable, the place is a mess!

There are no trash receptacles around to place trash into so people just let it blow away. We found numerous broken glass bottles on the Merrimack River side of the Camping area. Every time we have come to this park, we have had to clean the campsite ourselves before we set up our equipment. The camp sites are the same as they have been for fifteen years that I can remember. No effort is made to level them or to get grass to grow, no trees are planted to replace those that have died. There are beach roses and weeds growing in walk ways that should have been trimmed back YEARS ago. Road cracks have been left to choke with weeds & grass to further their destruction. In fact it looks like there has been NO landscaping done anywhere inside this so called State Park for many, many years. How does Massachusetts justify taking money from campers and NOT spending it on the facilities? Is this just another income pipeline for the State?



Another issue is the lack of enforcement of rules; dogs bark constantly, children run unsupervised through camper's areas, fireworks are set off with NO reaction from authorities. We watched as a fisherman walked down to the waters edge among swimmers, set up his surf casting equipment and cast out with NO regard for the swimmers there. If your employees are scared to enforce the regulations, hire grown ups. Those college kids are not up to the job and the "Host Campers" apparently are useless. We camped next to one such couple and they never came out of their trailer except to go out to dinner.

Next summer will be a different story! We will also inform everyone we know what a total loss our vacation was due to State Parks of Massachusetts being so mismanaged.

Don't waste your money time or vacation days...
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Date of stay: July 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
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1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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SkinnyLumpkin wrote a review Aug 2014
Florida
4.0 of 5 bubbles
If you're trying to get the typical "camping" experience (e.g., woods, hiking trails, wildlife), then this is not the place. But if you want to be super close to a great beach and don't mind setting up camp in what is, for all intents and purposes, a parking lot with a few trees, then this place is fantastic. We knew this going in, and am very happy we stayed here. Bathrooms were cleaned very, very often, and the camp store has everything you might need, albeit at a premium price. We enjoyed our 3 nights camping here. Salisbury Beach is great and within walking distance of all campsites (some are very, very close to beach), and Hampton Beach strip is only a 10 minute drive north. Will definitely be back.
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Date of stay: July 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Liane M wrote a review May 2014
New Hampshire
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I have being coming to this campground every year for the past 30+ years! (Before I was born ;) ) We continue to come here year after year. The campground is ALWAYS fully booked on Memorial day weekend. We reserve our site maybe 6 months in advance! I don't think it is as busy on the non-holiday weekends.

This campground is "alcohol free" so you need to conceal your drinks. They won't give you any problems unless you are disturbing others.

The sites aren't for everyone, since you don't have much privacy. That has never been a problem for us. You shouldn't expect wooded sites at the beach anyway.

I love being steps away from the beach. Dogs are allowed on the river side of the beach which I love since I bring my dog along.

The sunsets are out of this world. I actually painted a few of them and have them around my house.
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Date of stay: May 2014
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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lucylee22 wrote a review Jul 2013
Laprairie
4.0 of 5 bubbles
its cheap, and clean campground. Beautiful location. Not alot of shade, so bring your own. Reserve early! this is a state run campground, and they are not flexible.
This year, they are not alowing any alcohol whatsoever in the park, not on the campgrounds, not even on your site, noyt even inside your ten or trailer! The State Trooper are strick about this and they will kick you out if they see you have some.
the roads around the campgroound are paved, roller blades skate boards welcomed! Nice place to bike, jogging, run on the beach early in the am.. but do not go near the seals on the beach, they have a restaining order , and you will be fined by those state troopers on the boats.
All this to say, this place is a safe place.. lots of surviance around for the kids . I travel as a single mom, and I was not once afraid.. no noise after 11pm. As you can see it's not for everyone. Looking to party, go else where :-)
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Date of stay: July 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Y lane is only for tents..
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Answer from Debbie K
Chelmsford, Massachusetts53 contributions13 helpful votes
not sure. The policy should be on the website. Easy to get adjoining campsites if you book early.
Rosemary A asked a question Aug 2014
Lunenburg, Massachusetts, United States
I would like to know the rates for 4 addutls 1 tent per night?
Answer from Kevin D
Merrimack, New Hampshire7 contributions6 helpful votes
reserve america site will help you
Rick M wrote a tip Mar 2019
1 contribution1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Hampton State Park Here We Come"
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RoadTripsUnlimited wrote a tip Oct 2016
Boston, Massachusetts185 contributions88 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Make sure to book your site online and well in advance."
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JestMe wrote a tip Sep 2015
New York28 contributions12 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Bring a beach cart to lug all your stuff to the beach!"
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Marie L wrote a tip Sep 2015
Royalston, Massachusetts80 contributions32 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"It's a campground, not a hotel. Get on the phone to reserve your site 6 months to the day you want to arrive."
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lucylee22 wrote a tip Jul 2013
Laprairie19 contributions16 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Y lane is only for tents.."
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Which popular attractions are close to Salisbury Beach State Reservation Campground?
Nearby attractions include Salisbury Beach (1.0 km), Blue Ocean Music Hall (1.0 km), and Willey's Candy Shop (0.9 km).
What are some restaurants close to Salisbury Beach State Reservation Campground?
Conveniently located restaurants include Seaglass, Capri Seaside Italian Grille & Bar, and Cristy's Pizza.
Are pets allowed at Salisbury Beach State Reservation Campground?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Salisbury Beach State Reservation Campground?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Lowell's Boat Shop (7.8 km), Spencer Peirce Little Farm (5.5 km), and Dole-Little house (5.4 km).
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