Fourth Cliff Recreation Area

 
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Fourth Cliff Recreation Area

Location

Installation
Hanscom AFB, Humarock, MA
GPS Coordinates
42.16142, -70.70632
Location Information
Hanscom AFB, MA

Directions

Directions
From the North, Hanscom AFB and Boston: Take I-95 South to I-93 North until it intersects with Rt. 3 South to Exit 12 (Marshfield/Pembroke). Turn right (East) onto Rt. 139 towards Marshfield. Go 1.5 miles to fourth traffic light (Furnace St. take a left here. Continue to T intersection and at the T take a left onto Ferry St. Continue on Ferry St until it intersects with Sea St. (You will see the Bridgewaye Inn). Take a right over the bridge and a left onto Central Ave. Go to the fork in the road and bear left to the Fourth Cliff gate. Open the gate and enter to Building 7. -- From Route 3 Northbound: Take Exit 12 (Marshfield/Pembroke). Turn left (East) onto Rt. 139 towards Marshfield. Go 1.5 miles and turn left onto Furnace after 2d light. Continue to T intersection and at the T take a left onto Ferry St. Continue on Ferry St until it intersects with Sea St. (You will see the Bridgewaye Inn). Take a right over the bridge. After crossing bridge, turn left on River Rd. Go to the fork in the road and bear left to the Fourth Cliff gate. Open the gate and enter to Building 7. -- From Logan Airport or Boston: Take I-93 South to MA Rt. 3 South and follow directions above. (Note: Do not take Exit 12 off I-93 South when coming from Boston).

Contact Information

Phone Number
Resv: (800) 468-9547 Info: (781) 837-6785
Fax Number
(781) 837-4921
Mailing Address
Fourth Cliff Recreation Area, 348 Central Avenue, PO Box 479, Humarock, MA 02047-5000
Email Address
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Campground Information

Authorized Users
Active, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV, DoD Civilians.
Season
Open May - January.
Reservations
Accepted. No refunds for days not used. Reservations are accepted Monday thru Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm (EST). Retired can make reservations 75 days in advance. Active duty can make reservations 90 days in advance.
Internet Access
Good AT&T, Verizon, and SPRINT PCS high-speed data service.
Pet Information
Allowed with usual leash and clean-up rules. Pets NOT allowed in cabins.
Campground Information
Check in is NO earlier than 1400 hrs. Water turned off in off-season. Lodging rates vary by type of accommodation and season.
Big Rig Friendly?
Yes
Discounts
25% discount to E4 and below. 10% discount with club membership.
Amenities
  • Dump, Sewer
  • Water
  • Electric
  • Tent Area
  • Showers
  • Snack Bar

Site Information

Type of site
Spaces
Hook-ups
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
RV Sites
11
W/30,50A/S/CATV
$30
N/A
N/A
RV Sites
?
None
$20
N/A
N/A
Tent
40+
None
$14
N/A
N/A
Cottages/Chalets
21
Full
$75 - $120
$?
$?

Other Information

Weather Information

Popular destination located on the beach and ocean side cliff.

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July 2017

We were very fortunate with our camp site. It was overlooking the ocean with full hookups. BEAUTIFUL place. Lots of places nearby to include a short drive to Plymouth were took 3 of our grandchildren whale watching.

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29 Sep 17

This is a GEM of a place to stay. Visit before a Nor’easter/hurricane takes it away. Base badly cries out for maintence that requires an infusion of financial support which may never be forthcoming. It is literally falling into the ocean with some sites reclaimed by nature. Beautiful views, fishing and beach walks. Site information and map need update. There are 5 additional sites on top part of cliff with Big rig access, FHU strong 30/50 amp, sewer, water, concrete pads on side ... However all sites on top are nearly impossible to level without jacking one side well into the sky. Some folks didn’t bother trying and leave. Clean modern bath house. Easy access to Boston and Cape Code area. So much beauty and potential that the sea may soon reclaim.

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September, 2017

Beautiful!!!! This might not be the most pristine RV park with perfect concrete pads and manicured lawns but the view, location, and community cannot be beat. This is an old WWII post that overlooked the Atlantic watching for enemy subs/ships and the concrete pads are what is left from whatever was there back then. (At least the area we parked - # 9, 10 & 11) On any one of these 3 sites you back up to a cliff about 20 feet above the beach with an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean. Just to the north (left) of where we were backed up to the water is an inlet where the fishing boats and pleasure boats go out to sea and come back in. (There are RV sites down on that side as well - but for smaller RV's. We are a 40' 5th wheel). We had about a 270 degree view to include the inlet. There are no facilities like bath house or laundry that we saw or used. The town and the peninsula that you drive through to go anywhere is so...."New England". Beautiful houses, neat and clean and the people were very nice. There is a restaurant right at the bridge called "Bridgewaye Inn" that has delicious seafood. We were there 2 weeks and would have stayed longer if allowed.

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June 19, 2017

I stayed here 19 years ago, nothing has changed n those 19 years and not in a good way. Several windows in the villa (11) we stayed in were broken, they would not open or close using the hand cranks. I reported this problem to the office, someone did come by to look at them; but did not fix any of them. The villas are not air conditioned there fore opening the windows was the only way to stay cool. Bring your own towels, the ones they provide are the same ones we used 19 years ago. Most every thing is out dated and worn out. When they brought clean towels they must of just opened the door and through them in on the floor, because that's where we found them after spending the day in Boston. The location is good for spending the day in Boston or on Cape Cod. The train or ferry are the best ways to get into Boston, the people in the office gave us a copy of the schedules, but could not give us the addresses of any of the stops. We will not be going back.

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4.9
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28 - 30 April 2017

Fourth Cliff is a spectacular area close to Boston! The cottages are under rehab and will be in great shape for the season. Most appear done already. The New England winter was not kind to Fourth Cliff! The Cliff at the north end collapsed and took most of the road with it. RV sites 2, 3, and 4 are inaccessible by vehicle and the main road along the North River side of the park is blocked just after site 5. If there are cars parked across from site 5, you will have to turn around at the bath house and back to that site. 

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Summers of 2015 and 2016

We enjoyed the view! The bathhouse has spiders etc. But worked! The cable is a box that you have to hook up. The sunsets are magnificent..it can be windy so roll in your awning. The cliff is eroding so rv 2-4 are unusable and road blocked off...this is good as road is dead end but bad for backing in to Rv 5-8. Also parking is a challenge as locals think they can park there because they did offseason...we met wonderful people there and enjoyed the fishing...water is cold.Bridgewater restaurant is fabulous but not walkable...you will go by it on way in...convenience store there too. They were adding more sites to replace the lost ones when we left...planning to visit this summer!

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April 2016

Poorly run, treat you and your family like dirt, do not waste your time.

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October 2015

The Good: Great views. Convenient to both Boston and Cape Cod. We drove to Scituate and caught the train from there to Boston which was really convenient. Clean bath house, staff very helpful. Good antenna tv coverage for us. Really loved the location. Hard to beat the price for all of the things nearby. The Not So Good: No wi-fi (at least at our site). Other than small gift shop in office have to drive into town for any supplies. Driving directions are accurate but roads in the area are not well marked and can be confusing. Other: Unfortunately erosion has required closing of three RV sites (2,3,4) and the road in front of them. Because the road is closed, backing into site 1 is challenging with a large rig. Campsites were full almost every day even though our visit was at the end of the prime tourist season. No change machines or supplies in laundry room. We did not have a problem with security. Campground was extremely quiet in the evenings with no traffic (may be because roads are dead end now instead of a loop). We didn't ask about cable tv since we were doing the tourist thing during the day and used the campground as a home base. As someone else already commented, winds can be strong or gusty on the point but no problem unless you leave your awnings out. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and look forward to returning for another visit in the future.

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June 27 - July 11, 2015

The Good: Great views of the ocean and river. The Bad: Extremely small RV sites with awnings nearly touching your neighbors rig. Gate security-there is a gate but it is unmanned and unlocked. Fish-I couldn't find any in the ocean or the river! The Ugly: Office staff disregarded my complaints of power problems for 2 days blaming the weather "this always happens when it is windy and raining". Eventually, when I displayed photos of my multimeter showing only 77 volts and my neighbor at 155 volts they took action. Property manager Dale was great once he believed there was a problem. Electricians came at midnight from Hanscom AFB (about an hour away), found multiple wiring problems at the pole that serviced 3 sites and fixed the problem. Hats off to Dale and the electricians.

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September 18, 2013

A great campground for visiting Boston. We took the advise of one of the other reviews and drove to Hingham ($8 pp) to take the commuter ferry to downtown Boston. From there we walked to the visitor center and walked the Freedom trail ending up at the USS Constitution. There was a inner harbor ferry ($3 pp) back to downtown and then the Hingham ferry. Very easy. The campground sites were not totally level but site 2 was good for our 30 ft motorhome. Be sure to ask for a cable box at the office, our cable did not work on the lower channels but OK on the upper #'s (we used our antenna for the lower channels). The beach is right there and wonderful and so are the views. The campground is very busy but I had no problems with reservations when I called at first opportunity for retired.

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August 2013

Fourth Cliff is certainly one of the nicer park locations in the military system. It sits on the south bank of the North River where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. If you love water this is the place. The park is owned by Hanscom AFB which is more than an hour away. There is another park on the base proper. Here is a short list of positives and negatives. POSITIVE: Location - Right on the Atlantic. Great beach to walk or fish from. Staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Great restaurants nearby. Boston within easy reach via the Hingham Ferry about 30 minutes up route 3. Unless you live there don’t even think about driving in Boston. No need. The ferry drops you off right on the edge of town. History abounds here. Plymouth Colony within an hour, Cape Cod a day trip. Brand new bath house just finished this spring. Laundry has 4 washers, 8 dryers all working while we were there. If you are a marsh rat there is a nice one to gunk around in adjacent to the park. Boat watching is very good. The North River estuary is right here. Lots of small craft coming and going. I counted 51 out in the Atlantic one afternoon. Free basic cable tv, but you have to ask for the box when you register. NEGATIVE: Security is nonexistent. I saw none. Locals drive through to check it out and some park here to use the beach. It’s small. The park is only 56 acres, and features 17 cabins along with the RV Park. There are 13RV spots and they are small. Pretty much shoulder to shoulder. Two are overflow with no services. Bugs can be bad when the wind isn’t blowing. Bring Deep Woods Off. Winds can be spirited. Don’t put up an awning unless it is heavily supported. I lost one here in 2006 in a sudden gust. No BX, no commissary and nothing within an hour. They have soda, beer and ice at the park store, but few grocery items. Park population on a summer weekend can be very heavy. Lots of beach partiers. During the week the park may still be full, but not so many people using the facilities. The wifi in the office area is fast. It is not transmitted out to the park. There are three computers supplied or you can use your own. If you have a Verizon Jetpack fast 3G service is present.

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(Updated: July 05, 2013)
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30 June thru 8 July 2013

We were finally able to get reservations at the Fourth Cliff by getting on the phone 75 days and two minutes before our desired arrival date. They did not answer the phone until 8 AM and I was told I had the last slot available. The big business here is the renting of cabins. This also increases the beach traffic which is on the bay side. As for the Campsites, there was only about 6 feet between sites but the reason all were here was to appreciate the ocean and the bay and it can’t be beat for the price. All of our neighbors were from within 30 miles and they use it as a get a way to the ocean and then bring in the family to visit. It is a very reasonable vacation paradise. The kids, and there were loads of them, even have many things to do including a game room. The one way street on check in has you parked going up a hill. If they changed the one way direction, you would be on level ground. The young staff also figures you need a cable box to get their cable TV. There is no deposit on this but you do sign for it and will be charged if you depart without returning it. If you have cable ready on your TV, you do not need the box. We occupied site #6 which was a concrete slab but only 20’ long. It was not level and we had to adjust with the jacks. 50 AMP was a welcome addition. All campsites are in full sun. The rest rooms are brand new and very clean. With the many environmental restrictions, I do not see them expanding the campgrounds and for the beauty surrounding you, we will accept it as it is. It is a very busy place during the daytime but extremely quiet at night. If you love the ocean, it is a wonderful place to spend a week. WIFI was available at the camp office and the manager wants to extend it to the campgrounds. His primary concern at the moment is to save the north end of the cliff as erosion has even taken out a part of the road. Nothing is more beautiful than to watch the sun set over the bay. We will return. Since this was a time of increased security, We had AP’s on duty during the entire time.

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(Updated: November 18, 2012)
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4.9
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September, 2012

If you are an ocean lover, this facility is an absolute gem and an outstanding value for money. The location is perfect for a get-away with beach access just steps away from your site, while at the same time convenient to Cape Cod and Boston. Few camping facilities give you such a wide range of immediate area activities for such reasonable cost. Facilities are well maintained by the friendly staff, but definitely need updating/renovation, including better Wi-Fi service. Overall, we had a great time and look forward to our next visit to this exceptional facility.

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(Updated: October 04, 2012)
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20-24 October 2012

We spent 4 days in the full hookup rv section late September. Sites were right on the point between the inlet and the ocean, beautiful view. Would be nice if wi-fi was available at the site, but going down to the office wasn't a problem. We are going back in October to the same site. Boston, Plymouth, and the cape are all within easy driving distance.

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(Updated: September 01, 2012)
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2.6
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August 17-18, 2012

I guess I should have read the reviews more closely because the folks who really enjoy Fourth Cliff appear to be RV campers and cabin patrons. Our family came with a tent and we were quite disappointed with what we found. Almost all of the tent spots are literally on the lawn across the street from the cabins. We had no privacy whatsoever and there is no room for the kids to play (except in other campers' spots or the middle of the street). We were also disappointed that campfires are prohibited in the camp sites. The lack of amenities was really the biggest drawback of Fourth Cliff. The playground is basically condemned -- it's closed for repairs with no anticipated return to service. They have no canoes or kayaks for rent (which would be GREAT at this location) and the staff we encountered seem pretty uninterested. We never found the bath house because we cut our stay short but the only heads close to the tent sites were two porta-potties that really needed to be emptied. If you are strictly looking to get to the coast without paying a lot, you've found your spot. If you are looking for a good place to camp with a family you might want to head elsewhere. With a little TLC this place could be fantastic but it's just not quite there.

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(Updated: August 05, 2012)
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Jul 29 - Aug 3, 2012

A true gem. 4th Cliff is by far the greatest location I've been to for a campground. Don't go there expecting a commissary or exchange, they are not there. This is a fantastic place to go and get away. The beach is fantastic, and with the tides and currents, the beach is ever changing. The only downside of this facility is, the civilians in the area seem to think it's for them too. If you do go and encounter civilians, feel free to escort them out. The gate is normally open, but should be closed by each and every guest. I hate to tell everyone how much I have enjoyed being there, as I fear too many people will want to go there, making it difficult for me to get my RV site, but it's a chance worth taking. The cottages outside the gate are getting up to 1200.00 a week in rent. Consider this when you bring your RV and pay 25.00 a night, or 100 for a cottage or chalet. There is WI-FI at the office/rec center, but I was able to access it from my RV site occasionally. I already have reservations for later this month.

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(Updated: May 31, 2012)
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15 May-29 May 2012

This was our first stay and will definitely return. Our site was 11 next to the battery high on cliff with awesome view of ocean. Our Verizon MI-FI worked great. Staff very friendly and available..good office hours. Laundry good, but feel $2.50 for washer and $2.50 for dryer a bit much but handy. Beach is great for walking and collecting unusual stones..also dog friendly. Walk on bay side nice also. Short drive to grocery store in Marshfield on 139 and Furnace. Super Wal-Mart is in Plymouth just off Hwy 44 west..exit 7 on 3. There is a Lowe's on 139 just past Hwy 3.Be sure and try Mary Lou's coffee at Shell on 139 toward 3. Even had a deer visit one day. Great location for going into Boston or driving the Cape.Hated to leave the serenity and view.

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September 10th through 17th, 2011

P.A. left this review using the Directory software: - We made reservations for our stay a few months ahead as we have a 38 foot 5th wheel. We were assigned RV Site #9 which worked out very well. The view was just awesome. We were lucky with great weather the first 3 days of our stay. The wind was not so bad and we could listen to the breakers from our bedroom. Looking out of the living room watching ships in the distance as well as the local fishing boats was a relaxing treat. We were disappointed that we were not allowed to walk on the Atlantic side beach. All utilities worked well but we did have some "over voltage problems", on our 30amp service that was resolved by the maintenance crew in a day or so. This is a good location to see Boston and Plymouth area attractions.

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(Updated: February 18, 2011)
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May 2010

An excellent physical location that is not being utilized to it's full potential. We stayed at an RV site for (7) days. If there are sites available when you arrive if you have made a reservation, go to the sites and visually check them out and pick one out that suits your rig. Although the MWR rep is a nice person, do not rely on her to make your site location decision for you. We were there in May and it was so windy I pulled in my slide as I was concerned about the toppers. No facilities(PX/NEX/Commissary) as the parent command is 1 1/2 hours away. Grass needed cut, concrete repaired and the showers/bathrooms are unheated and dirty. That being said, the location is nice and the price is very good. The facility manager (RV/Cottages/Picnic area) didn't share my security concerns in that this is a remote site where you open and close the gate as you come and go and the sign says close the gate after you enter/exit. The construction personnel working on the cottages were always leaving the gate open. The "manager" said he has told the command about the lack of security and they haven't done anything about it.. It appears locals come and go to walk on the beach etc. I ran non-military in POVs off the base by telling them that as far as I am concerned, they are trespassing and/or terrorists and I am calling military police immediately. I will be discussing this with the base commander via letter shortly. Again this RV area has excellent potential if some MWR dollars were spent to upgrade the RV sites and bathroom/showers as military RV camps are very limited in New England. This could be a big money maker for Hanscom AFB if they got their act together.

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(Updated: October 11, 2010)
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4.4
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8-11 Oct 2010

Great place to spend some time and hang your hat up for a few days of RR. We stayed in a two bedroom cottage. We had everything we needed. The only down side was that the bath towels are very old and small in size. The kitchen had everything we need it to cook a full meals. The location is very convenient, we drove to Quincy and visit the USS Salem for a few hours ( a must see for all) then took the ferry to Boston, spend the whole day walking in Boston the took the ferry back. This is a definite return place for us.

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