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CAMPING and Picnic area . Quarry View is a unique 334 year old Brownstone quarry that is listed as a Historic National Landmark. Here you will find natural springs that flow from what we call "The wall of water" down to one of our small waterfalls. We also have many artifacts including dinosaur tracks and carved dates in the stones in the walls that go back to 1887. There is
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CAMPING and Picnic area . Quarry View is a unique 334 year old Brownstone quarry that is listed as a Historic National Landmark. Here you will find natural springs that flow from what we call "The wall of water" down to one of our small waterfalls. We also have many artifacts including dinosaur tracks and carved dates in the stones in the walls that go back to 1887. There is a trail that leads back in time to an area with 80 foot brownstone walls left from the quarry operations. Here you can find a rear patio where a musician will enjoy the acoustics unlike any other. We sit 50 feet above the water upon the ledges that overlook the Brownstone Discovery and Adventure park below . ( sites based on 2 adults with 2 children)
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers
12 sites
Up to 4 guests per site
Park at listing
ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Potable water available
Picnic table available
No kitchen
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Laundry absent
Camping vehicle details
  • Check in: After 12PM
  • Check out: Before 11AM
  • Cancellation policy: Strict
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 6 months out
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Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Quarry View Historic Park in Connecticut.

Swimming hole

Swimming is at the Brownstone Discovery Park next door which requires tickets found on line

Waterfall

Several small waterfalls , and when it rains several large falls

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Hipcamper Michael

A great experience - we'll be back

Michael D.
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(Dispersed site)
August 10th, 2020

My wife and I used to love tenting in state campgrounds because the state campgrounds usually had more secluded sites. Many commercial campgrounds are almost a parking lot with sites packed in very densely. My wife has a chronic illness that makes her extra sensitive to heat, however, so we need to use and RV so she can have air conditioning. The spread out state campgrounds usually don't have hookups and limit the hours that generators can be used. Quarry View has only a handful of sites and has electricity available. It was perfect for us!

As of our visit (August 2020) the park has only been open for a few weeks. Dean and Darlene purchased the property last year and have been cleaning and renovating it. It was an abandoned quarry and had become an ersatz dumping ground, so they have been cleaning out the trash, grading the ground, building roads, etc. It is a beautiful space already.

The campground is on a sheer cliff about 50 ft above the surface of the lake that was formed when the Connecticut River filled in the lower section of the quarry. On the other side of the lake is a water park and recreation area with swimming as well as scuba diving and zip lines. Families are welcome at Quarry View, but families of very young children might be nervous about being near a cliff like that. We had teens with us who know enough not to fall over the cliff.

On the map it looks like the campground is right in the middle of town. In reality there is another 30 ft rock wall separating us from town street level. We never felt like we were in town and didn't get much noise from there.

It is not a "resort" campground, but a nice quiet place to enjoy the location. Natural springs push water through the quarry walls creating little waterfalls and tiny creaks. We saw beautiful yellow finches bathing in the water. Frogs fill the ponds, and there are tree frogs in the woods. Hawks circle hunting for game. We even saw a Heron. Dean shared with us a video he took of a bobcat walking through the park.

Water and electricity are available at some sites. Water jugs can be filled and brought to other sites as needed. Currently there is no public shower and only a port-a-potty for a public restroom. For this reason the campground is only suitable for trailers and self contained campers right now. We had a motorhome but some of the kids wanted to sleep in a tent. That was fine since they could come inside to use the facilities. There is no sewer or dump station, but when the service came to empty the port-a-potty they also pumped out my holding tanks.

The park has a series of stone patios that Dean has setup overlooking the lake. Each night a communal campfire is set at one of the patios. The sites are not currently equipped with a fire ring. The patios are also used for events like weddings.

The listing shows 2 people per site. I saw photos of kids there, however, so I messaged Dean and Darlene to ask why the 2 person limit. Dean explained that because of the cliffs he wants to make sure that people understand that children need to be closely supervised before they book. I'm afraid that when people filter for various campground features they will never see this listing because of that.

The electrical services at the sites is 50 Amp 120/240 Volt, suitable for large RVs. Older and smaller RVs frequently use a 30 Amp 120 Volt plug. Pop-up campers and conversion vans might even use a 15 Amp 120 Volt plug. Dean warned me of this, and so I had the right adapter on hand. Anyone with an RV should have the various adapters in their bag of tricks anyway, but you may want to double check before coming.

There is no camp store but a Walgreens pharmacy and several gas station/convenience stores are within a few blocks. Normally those places will sell ice. I was there in the aftermath of a tropical storm that caused widespread power outages so ice was sold out, but that was an unusual circumstance.

Conditions were beautiful during the day. At night the mosquitoes were out, but nothing unusual for camping in the region. I didn't notice any problems with ticks or anything like that. Lyme disease is an issue in the region and so ticks are a big worry. I was happy I didn't need to stress about that.

Over the years I've noticed that it is wonderful to spend time with people who are excited, enthusiastic, and passionate about what they are doing. That joy is contagious. Dean and Darlene obviously take immense joy in what they are doing. And getting to meet them was probably the best part of the trip.

One last thing... Dean has a number of large construction machines to move around the stone blocks, grade the roads, etc. Next time we go I'm going to ask him to teach me to operate them. What better way to spend a vacation than operating life size Tonka toys!

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Hipcamper Darlene & Dean
Response from Darlene & Dean, the Host, on August 18th, 2020

Thanks for the great review AND we maybe having the drum circle back , stay tuned to our Facebook page

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Hipcamper Alicia

A walk through time

Alicia J.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
July 20th, 2020

Quarry View was amazing. Well worth the price. This place is a like taking a walk back in time. Dean and Darlene were excellent hosts, responding promptly to messages and making sure we had everything we needed. The property is beautiful Brown stone with Imprints from across centuries (even saw real dinosaur tracks!). Dean took some time to show us around, answer questions and get a fire going. Great for kids Ages 4 and up. Important for kids and pets to
Follow the rules to stay safe around large loose rocks and The quarry’s edge . Very private, Water and electric hookup available. We will definitely be back!

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Hipcamper Steven

Best place in connecticut

Steven M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 1st, 2020

Dean & Darlene's Quarry View spot is awesome! Such a great break from the large RV parks. The view over the quarry is beautiful and amazingly picturesque. Dean & Darlene were fantastic hosts, giving us space when we needed it but also sharing some history and stories of their amazing property. Would totally stay here again and again.

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Hipcamper Darlene & Dean
Response from Darlene & Dean, the Host, on August 12th, 2020

Hey Steve, thanks for the awesome review and nice having you here. Oh and lol we are in Connectcut!

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Hipcamper Perry
Perry C.
recommends this listing.
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August 8th, 2020

Dean welcomed us the first thing we parked. The quarry has so much history and Dean and Darlene toured us around. He has designed a very fasinating environment with a great view. Each site is unique to its own with power and water. Every night Dean starts a bon fire in what he calls either the living room or family room. Will definitely come back.

Hipcamper Darlene & Dean
Response from Darlene & Dean, the Host, on August 11th, 2020

Thank you Perry for the kind words in your review! Hope to see you this way again.

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Hipcamper Keri-Ann
Keri Ann H.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 11th, 2020

This was the first time we went camping with our RV. My husband and I used to tent camp, but I can no longer do that for health reasons.
I never wanted an RV because I didn't want to vacation in a "parking lot." I wanted to be somewhere where I could have my morning cup of tea and see the lake.
My husband chose Quarry View, and I am sold on RV camping.
My kids are 13, 15, and 17 years old. THEY want to come back too!

The reason we came...my view with my morning cup of tea! A sunset reflecting off of the Brownstone Quarry is a unique setting for RV camping!  What Darlene and Dean have here is something special.  We spent the evening by the fire with Dean and Darlene. They were great hosts and we enjoyed talking with them. Frog Pond. Dean and Darelene let my therapy dog swim in the pond. He was thrilled!
Hipcamper Susanna

Unique getaway

Susanna B.
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(Dispersed site)
August 16th, 2020

My husband and I visited this property in mid-August with our 2.5 year old son who loves construction equipment. We stayed in our RV sprinter van and plugged into D&D's power but did not hook up to their water as we were only staying one night.

Dean and Darlene are very friendly hosts. Dean was very much in touch with us before our visit and answered my many, many questions, esp those re staying safe during COVID. When we arrived, he met us wearing a face mask and showed us options re where we'd like to park our sprinter van. He explained which sites could hook up to water and brought us an extension kit to plug into power. Once we chose our spot, he left us to get settled and when we were ready to walk around and explore the property, he met us and showed us around and explained the history of the grounds to us. He was always available to tend to our needs, whether it was delivering a giant brownstone grill to our site, or lighting our bonfire in under a minute with his propane tank. He even lit tiki torches around our site once it was dark without us even asking.

Dean explained to us that the property itself has come a very, very long way since they purchased it. They cleared the land to the state that it is now from a dense lot of shrubbery and trash. It now is mostly cleared and dotted with trees, water runoff streams and waterfalls (when it rains), a stream fed frog pond, gravel parking spots, and massive piles of cut brownstone. Dean also has a ton of construction equipment on the land that he uses to maintain it, so if seeing that is of interest, that's a big draw, esp for young children who love viewing and discussing those things.

The view from the property is overlooking the water of the man made quarry. Within that water you're very close to an adventure camp where people travel from all over the Northeast to visit. There are giant water slides and ziplines with lots of activity to watch. The water park closes at 6p and opens at 10a, so there is solitude for the dinner and breakfast portions of the day.

The highlight of the property is the back corner with feels like a secret sanctuary tucked among the hovering stone walls. It has grass and stones stacked up for seating. Would be great for anything, from weddings, meditating, to picnicking. Feels removed from the water park as it's tucked out of its visual field.

We visited for only one night, but felt very well attended to and wish D&D the best of luck in finishing building out this property.

Hipcamper Darlene & Dean
Response from Darlene & Dean, the Host, on August 25th, 2020

Thank you for the kind words and funny you mentioned the machines mike that stayed here just before you asked if he could use my equipment next time he returns. We can see a day when we will offer stone cutting classes and carving. Darlene has been carving for some time now and finds it very rewarding. Safe travels to you and enjoy every memory

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Hipcamper Deborah

Awesome experience

Deborah C.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
August 31st, 2020

Quarry View was an awesome experience with our RV!
Darlene and Dean were great hosts and very welcoming.
We had a personal tour of the quarry and history of the area. Dean built a great fire for us to enjoy in the evening! Can’t wait to come back again for a visit!

Hipcamper Darlene & Dean
Response from Darlene & Dean, the Host, on September 3rd, 2020

It was our pleasure and thank you for the review and the brownies

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Douglas M.
recommends this listing.
(Dispersed site)
September 6th, 2020

We had such a great time! Darlene and Dean were great hosts. The property is amazing, a hidden gem.

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Rachel D.
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September 19th, 2020

An unexpected gem, not far from a populated area. Darlene and Dean we very welcoming. They made us an awesome fire in a creative stone fire pit. They have turned a 300 year old quarry into a personable camping destination. We loved searching for tracks, carvings in the rock and the overall view from so many locations in the quarry. Cool place! Great experience! Will definitely go back again.

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Best in 2021 Connecticut
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Property
Quarry View by Darlene &Dean
State
Connecticut
Country
United States
$100/night
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