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“They Do A Great Job -- But Avoid Site 11 & Thumbs Down for ReserveAmerica”
Review of DAR State Forest

DAR State Forest
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Goshen
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

Overall I was pleased with the facilities at this park. The bathrooms clearly have been renovated and are now definitely a step up from those of many other old parks. The lake is beautiful and I certainly wished I had brought a kayak! There are two beaches: the one for campers is often quieter and is quite pleasant later in the day when the sun shines strongly there (while the main beach is entering shade). Impressively each site is equipped with a bear box. Optionally, you might consider bringing a padlock but I doubt food theft by other campers is much of a problem.

I had reserved site 11 . . . clearly a mistake as there is NO level spot there for a tent. You might do OK there with a small camper vehicle as part of the driveway wasn't too bad. Fortunately, despite the park being crowded, they managed to find another site for us which worked out well.

My main gripe has nothing to do with the park at all. It's Reserve America. For a $17 campsite I had to pay $25 . . . yes, I paid a fee of about $8 to a monopoly. I hope in the future states will wise up and add other options, or this site is just going to sour the process of camping for all of us.

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Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Kudos to the staff and management . Everything from the campgrounds to the restrooms were about as spotless as possible . Sites are well spaced . Not suited for large RVs but some plenty large enough for pop ups or smaller trailers. Plan ahead if you think you might have a size issue so you can get an appropriate site. Very busy in weekends. Very busy on weekends. Two ponds for kayaking or canoeing. Small beaches plenty safe for kids. Smart trout though. One was circling me while wading but he would have none of what I was offering. Upper pond stocked with rainbows in the Spring . A Massachusetts fishing regs in effect including licensing requirements. Also mass prohibits lead in small sinkers and en tackle. Local store in Goshen has supplies including lead free sinkers as well as bait. There is a full grocery store in Williamsburg .

Lots of hiking trails from flat easy to some that are going to make you work out. Grow

1  Thank ctjustdoit
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

Beautiful! The air is about 10 degrees cooler, and the activities are endless. Swiming in the very clean Lake, picnicing in the day use area, a handicap accessible trail complete with dock and gazebo, camping, hiking and an awesome Nature center.

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Reviewed 17 May 2016

We have hiked here often and bring our dogs- as long as they are on a leash. There is a boat launch where dogs can be off leash to swim here.

1  Thank sandythegroomer
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Reviewed 26 April 2016

A fee to enter park. Bring picnic and swim gear and spend the day in the shaded picnic area. Lifeguard on duty and markers keep swimmers safe.
Also drive beyond swim area and you can put in a small boat in the lake. It's a small body of water so kayaking, canoeing are best.

1  Thank Cushpond
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