Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

RV Park Review–Bourne Scenic Park (Bourne, Massachusetts)

Website:    Bourne Scenic Park
Location:   Bourne, Massachusetts
Date:         October 2016
Price:        $48/night


This campground is on the banks of the Cape Cod Canal and owned and operated by the Bourne Recreational Authority.  The park has a “state park” kind of feel but with amenities you would find at a private park.  There is a wide diversity of activities including fishing, hiking, scheduled activities, a recreation hall with video games and jukebox, and store (outfitted with groceries, ice cream, beverages, and other miscellaneous items).  The park is quite large with 465 sites, some of which have views of the canal. 

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Site description:

There are 465 RV sites to choose from that are either water, electric (30/50 amp), cable or no hook-up tent sites.  There are also lodges (with water, electric, cable) and rustic cabins.  Of those 465 sites, 50% of them can be reserved for the entire season (April 1st – October 30th).   No sites with sewer however, grey water dump stations are randomly placed thoughout the campground and can be accessed with a garden hose (pictured below). 

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Some roads were paved while others were gravel/sand.  Sites and patios were grass, sand, or gravel.  There are six pull thrus and the rest are back-ins.  The one thing we did notice was that the site layout in some areas is not traditional meaning they are not all in the same direction and configuration.  Some sites run parallel while the next one runs perpendicular. 

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Leveling was not an issue for us in our site (C-25) but the majority of sites would be a problem for a motorhome to get level without the aid of blocks.  In fact some sites were ridiculously unlevel and took a scary amount of blocks.

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We choose a pull-thru because of our length.  Utilities were well-placed and all worked well.  The cable hook-up yielded 99 channels.  Campsites have a picnic table and fire pit.  There was no wifi but our Verizon phone picked up a strong signal.

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This park is not totally big rig-friendly for a 45’ rig.  The office staff gave us a choice of 8-9 sites that would work for us and there were probably more that would fit 40’ rigs.  The main roads were easy to navigate with our rig and tow car; however, some of the side roads would be difficult because of the trees.  The pull-thrus are a good option if they are available.

Amenities:

There are two pools, hiking/biking trails, playground, basketball courts, camp store/restaurant, pavilion, and picnic area.  Restrooms and showers are spread throughout the park and were clean.  There is a dump station located close to the park exit. 

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The park has live music on Saturday nights and various other activities like sack races and scavenger hunts.

Surrounding area:

Bourne Scenic Park is conveniently located near many of Cape Cod’s attractions including beaches, golf courses, historic landmarks, restaurants and shopping.  The park is approximately one hour from Boston, Providence and a 30 minute ride to the ferry terminal taking you to Martha’s Vineyard or Nantucket.  Closer to the park is downtown Bourne and Buzzards Bay which are just five minutes away and have groceries, fuel, restaurants, shopping, etc. 

What we liked:
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We liked that this park had a paved hiking/biking path and was big enough for a good walk.  It was in a great location for exploring the Cape and the towns of Sandwich, Hyannis, Buzzards Bay and more. 

The people in the office were super nice and helpful finding us a site.  They gave us a map with all available sites for our size and let us drive around to decide.  Our site was nice with a large patio and while we were there just before the park closed for the season it was very quiet. 
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What we didn’t like:

We were there in the off season and enjoyed that very few people were in the park but we got the feel this place could be really busy in the summer.  Sewer would have been nice but since we were only there for two nights it was not an issue.  The park is a little pricey at $48/night but you are on the Cape so they can command that. 

Spirit’s two cents:

The big plus for us was the paved trail that ran the length of the canal that you could easily access from the campground.  There were a couple of hiking trails thru the woods that we found which served well for a dog walk.  There is no off-leash dog park but the park is big enough for a long dog walk.




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