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Salisbury Beach State Reserv


Beach Rd. Rte. 1A
Salisbury, MA 01952
978.462.4481
No Email Address
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/salb.htm
4 Reviews
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We go in early Spring and late Fall so it is not crowded. Almost all sites are good. Some are larger than others. They will let you go in and choose a site then let them know where you went. Very dog friendly. There are two waters. The Merrimac River and the Atlantic ocean. No dogs on the ocean but they are allowed on the river side. A great campground.

  

Received from Chandler R for visit in Nov 2005


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
This is a great state park campground. The sites are clean and good size. The bath houses are also clean and well maintained. The campers are mostly transient. The campground is very dog friendly. We like this area and stay here multiple times per season. The state police do patrol the campground but I have never seen them be anything except polite and friendly. I have stayed in several other Massachusetts state parks that became noisy with drunken parties at night and no police presence, that is not the case here. The campground is quite large and most sites have cement pads. The ocean and river surround the park on two sides and there are some nice playgrounds for the kids. Rules seem to be enforced but not overbearing. This place is worth the trip.

Received from Jennifer L for visit in Sep 2006


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES
The host camper on F street is very rude to most people. I thought that hosts were supposed to help people, not harrass. Reservations made by rv america were all screwed up again and I think their fee is terrible. Also I do not think out of state camper should be charged more than in state. Maybe other states should do the same to massachusetts campers. Also the state police on duty was yelling at a older woman from his car, he was chewing her out for pulling her dog. She was only trying to make the dog behave and come to her demands. Some police overstep their boundry and this one went way overboard. Put a badge on some people and they think they are god.

Received from Lambert for visit in May 2006


Site Number: E33
Stay Again? YES
31 ft maximum length. 324 water and electric sites, 159 no hookups, all backins. Dump station, public phone, tables, grills, pavilion, swimming, boating, canoeing, ramp, fishing, playground, planned activites, hiking trails. Electric is only 20 amps and they have no full hookup sites. All roads well paved and easy to get into. Park is located in a salt marsh. There are some trees. The park is surrounded on three sides by water. The Atlantic Ocean on one side, the Merrimack River on the 2nd side, and the Black Rock Creek is on the 3rd side. Only drawback, due to this location: you get a lot of wind. Our awning really got a workout (up-down) and I understand they actually evacuated the CG when Floyd (hurricane) was passing by. It wasn't unusual to see tents go flying past. Very helpful staff. Made a point to warn everyone when high winds were coming. Facilities were old, but seemed to be rather well maintained. However, the grounds were not well cleaned. Electricty fluctuated a lot. Salisbury Beach is within walking distance (open during summer season). Salisbury Beach reminds me of a "Myrtle Beach-type" amusement pier town. There is lots of sandy beach to walk on. Seals in the harbor will come close enough for you to feed them. You can drive into Newburyport (a little town about 6 miles away) and catch the M.B.T.A. This is a commuter train, that you can take to Salem or Boston. You can purchase tickets on the train or get a schedule and tickets at a nearby convenience store called Whistle Stop. (It is on Rte 1 just before you get to the parking area for the MBTA). It was an adventure for us, having never traveled on a commuter train. Although all the locals will tell you it's not a train it's a "T". Although it's not really an attraction, there is a Walmart and Shaw's (groceries) north on Rte 1. It is in New Hampshire but just over the state line, possibly about 5 miles from 1a.

Received from Laura M for visit in Oct 1999


Site Number: None
Stay Again? YES



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