A Thousand Trails Resort
Address: 310 Old Chatham Rd., South Dennis, MA 02660
Phone: (508) 385-3616
# of sites: 251
Full hookup price: From $80/night
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Warnings: mosquitos, no laundry services
The first and foremost benefit of this resort is its proximity to Cape Cod. We had only visited the Cape once before, a half-day visit several years ago, and we took advantage of our two weeks here this time around. This park is well-maintained and they have daily trash pickup (just set your trash bag out before 11am). The sites have some space between them and most are well-shaded by mature trees.
We explored the Cape in all directions, including driving all the way to the tip at Provincetown to the north and the southmost roads in Falmouth. Besides the Cape itself, So. Dennis is in proximity to ferries to both Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. After a short half-hour ride to the island, we did a 2.5-hour bus tour on the Vineyard and it was enlightening.
The sites are pretty tight to back into in this resort, and even though they say there are a lot of amenities here, we didn't really see that. There is a swimming pool but it was only open until 5 or 6 pm and did not have a hot tub or jacuzzi. It also shows that it has Wifi, but it was an extra charge and we passed on the service. There was only gravel in the campsites -- no grass.
As with other parks we stayed in this summer, mosquitos were vicious. Walking the dog was always an adventure, and we ended up not spending much time at the picnic table, nor did many other RV'ers there.
Like many other Thousand Trails resorts, this park had many seasonal or permanent residents. What was odd about this one was the sheer age of the mobile homes and park models people were living in here -- many were circa 1960's or older. They did have several new or nearly new park models as well, but most were very old. What we don't particularly care for in these resorts with semi-permanent residents is that they don't tend to socialize with us vagabonds that come and go. That's really unfortunate since the social aspect of camping was something we had been looking forward to.
We would definitely recommend Old Chatham as a clean, comfortable park with proximity to many sights and attractions. But if you don't care for sightseeing in Cape Cod, there are better options elsewhere.
Jack Huber is a novelist with 6 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.