Latest Visit: September, 2014 – The Sesquicentennial State Park campground entrance is about 1 mile into the park past the main entrance on Two Notch Road (Hwy. 1). This means no noise from the road and contributes to the quiet peacefulness of camping here. The sweet pine fragrance of the huge trees was a definite plus to me, too.
Lower Loop (Loop 1):
All sites in Lower Loop are on sandy/grassy pads. Although larger RVs (up to 45′) can fit in some sites here, more tenters and those with smaller RVs seem to prefer this area. There are no handicapped designated sites in this loop, and one comfort station.
Entrance to campground (past dump station). If fee station at main entrance is closed (5 pm), check here for instructions for those with and without reservations. Camp Host shown in Site 1 on left.
At the end of that road before it starts curving to the left, here is Site #7, a pull-through.
Rounding the corner, road scene with sites starting with #10 on the right (all back-ins). There is one other pull-through site in this lower loop (#20).
Further down the road, this is Site 22.
Coming around the next bend, site 32 on the right.
Upper Loop (Loop 2):
Some sites improved with crushed gravel pads (others sandy/grassy). This loop is usually preferred by those with larger RVs and some sites can fit 50 footers. There are eight pull-through sites in this loop, two designated as handicapped accessible, and two comfort stations.
This shows pull-through Site #84. It’s the first site on the left after you enter this Upper Loop. In the distance you see pull-through Site #7 with the turn to the left going into the Lower Loop.
This shows how back-in Site #83 adjoins pull-through Site #84. The motorhome across the road is me in Site #36 during my most recent visit in September, 2014.
This is me in same site #36 in July, 2013. I remember when I was here then I was so surprised that my rooftop DirecTV satellite found a signal. It was weak, but watchable. This time, I could not get a blip of a signal parked in this way, so I tried parking closer to the front as shown in the first picture. Again, weak signal but virtually unwatchable because the picture kept “pixalating” and losing the signal. This site is not available to reserve online, but can be requested by calling the park directly.
Here is the first building with showers and restrooms for this loop, looking from Site 38 on left. The buildings are a bit outdated, but were always clean when I checked. The picture above was taken in July, 2013.
This picture above was taken in late September, 2014, when pine needles were covering a lot of the road lending a nice autumn like feel.
Site #40 – one of the handicapped accessible sites adjacent to bathhouse shown above. Picture taken in July, 2013.
Site #47 (pull-through). Picture taken in late September, 2014.
This is the main tight spot I found with trees closest to the road. It’s still wide enough, but I wish they’d trim the low hanging limbs a bit more. That’s Site 53 on left. Picture taken late Sept., 2014
Here’s #67 – a crushed gravel site. Picture taken in July, 2013
Site # 73 – late Sept., 2014
Road scene rounding end of loop with Camp Host site #77 on the left and Site #78 on the right.
General Campground Information:
Open year round. 84 Standard sites with electric (30 amp only) and water (no sewer hookups); some sites in Upper Loop improved with crushed gravel pads; all sites in Lower Loop are sandy/grassy pads. Handicap accessible and pull-through sites available. Primitive campsites and group camping available. Fire ring and picnic table at each site.
Dump Station at entrance/exit. One set of hookups on exit side only, so come with empty tanks or you’ll have to loop around in CG to get back to front to dump.
Comfort Stations (restrooms and showers) (3)
Reservations: Camping and Rate Information (including rates). To get detailed information on individual sites, under “Find Campsites” choose RV Sites and fill in length of your RV. After clicking “Search Campsites” you will see those in blue that meet your criteria. Click on any of these sites and click “See Details” for everything you need to know, including maximum vehicle length. Not all sites are reservable online, but all available are reservable through the campground.
Pet Friendly: Pets allowed in most outdoor areas, but must be on a leash not longer than 6′. However, dog owners are thrilled with the 2 acre, fenced-in dog park where pets can run off-leash (near the campground). A permit is required for use of the park, available at the office ($25/year or $4/day in 2014) and you must provide proof of current vaccination records.
Satellite TV/Wi-Fi: Even though the campground is heavily treed, there are some spots where satellite TV can peek through the trees. When I was in #36, the signal was a bit weak, but I could get almost all the channels. When I briefly moved next door to #37, I could not get a signal at all. There is no wi-fi at the park. I had no problem getting a good Verizon signal on both my JetPack and phone.
Kid Friendly: Playgrounds with equipment. Some scheduled activities for kids (nature, crafts, etc.), scavenger hunt.
I always do short recaps of pros and cons about the parks I visit. I realize this is subjective stuff and what bothers some people, others won’t have a problem with, and vice versa. As a fulltime RVer, I like things that weekend campers can do without. But, based on my own observations and/or comments from others, here goes:
Easy access: From I-20 to Two Notch Road (Hwy. 1). But campground is set back about a mile from entrance, so no highway noise.
Heavily treed – I love the feeling of being out in the woods yet with modern conveniences and access to town and shopping.
Generous space between most sites, numerous pull-through sites.
Locked gate at night (at 9 pm) – I appreciated the extra security.
I saw comments from other campers that it’s not easy to maneuver around some of the trees within the campground. Since my site (36) was at the beginning of the upper loop, I didn’t experience that getting into it. However, once I drove my motorhome through the loop, what bothered me were the low hanging branches. With the trunks so close to the road, there’s nowhere to move to the other side and I didn’t like the sound of those branches scraping against the sides and top of my motorhome. I didn’t notice any scratches, and I talked to a ranger about it, and he said it’s on the to-do list, and I’m sure it has to do with budgetary issues (what doesn’t)?
I did notice that some sites do not look easy to level a big rig in, though.
They have a nice security light at the gate so the combination lock is easy to see. I do wish they had a light pointed at the sign at the entrance from the road, though, because it’s pretty hard to see at night where to turn.
Malia’s 2 Cents: Besides the pros listed above, here are the things I most appreciated: dark and quiet nights with just the sounds of crickets and birds to fall asleep to, the great hiking and bike trails, the friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff eager to show off their beautiful park.