We got a space in the field area closest to the road rather than back under the trees. Great for early September and great for leveling. People in the woods had a harder time getting level. We had a view of the ocean from our campsite; it was great to sit out in our chairs and watch the ocean. The park is within walking distance to Camden, which is the quintessential New England town. The view from on top of Mt. Battie (in the park) was fabulous. RV hookups provide electricity and water and there is a dump station in the park. Showers and bathrooms were very nice; received rave reviews from our group.
This is a truly lovely state park situated along Kettle Creek. The creek separates the campground into two sections. We stayed in the section closest to the road, but when we go back, we will reserve across the creek because many of the campsites are right next to the creek. There are both sunny and shady sites, and all are pretty level. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and gravel pad. While the area is called the Black Forest, the campground itself is pretty open. 19 sites have electricity in Area 1 (across the creek); 24 are electrified in Area 2. The restrooms were very modern, clean, and bright. Though we aren’t fisherpeople, we were told by others at the campground that there is good fishing in the creek. There is a swimming beach above the dam. Ole Bull was a real person, and there is a trail that goes to the remains of his home site. In addition, the 85-mile Susquehannock Trail passes through the park and you can hike parts of that.
We were there in late August, the week before Labor Day. We didn’t reserve ahead and we didn’t have any problems getting a campsite. The campground is open all winter, but the modern restrooms are closed from about late October to April.