Loved the view from the campsite. We stayed at one of the new campsites on the top of the hill in our motorhome and had a spectacular view. The campground has changed since we tent camped there in 1998. Sadly the campground has some huge maintenance issues. The office is a prime example. The WW II building that houses the office, rec center, gift shop and grocery is worn out. Our major concern however was the un-level campsite. A little dozer work could have made these sites level, but it is another example of what we guess it is a project manager/ground crew that has no concept of what it is like to camp in a RV. 10 years camping in our motor home and the windshield cracked while we tried to get our rig level. Others camped nearby with wheels in the air. Beautiful place but we probably have camped our last time there.
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.
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.
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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