Other reviews do a great job of summing up staying here at Camp Carr. Directions from South & West are excellent. Ramada Inn on corner is now Courtyard by Marriott, who knows what next. Dinner train has run a couple of times in the evening. It's so quiet and peaceful here that the train whistle may startle you. Small price to pay for the beauty, convenience of staying here. As far as using Melville Campground to dump: for longer rigs--negotiating that tight right hand turn off Burma Rd, up hill, may be a challenge, as is the tight u-turn necessary in the campground to dump. We checked it out first.
Pros: Clean gravel sites, long enough for our 23-ft trailer, a van, an SUV, and a compact car in single file. Great view and nice breeze being right next to the water. Convenient NEX mini-mart and ATM machine nearby. Short drive to mansions, beaches, harbors, shopping, fresh seafood, and other attractions. Cons: No sewer hookup or dump on site. Great water VIEW sites, but NOT water FRONT. Not a swimming beach and access to the water is thru a gated fence then down a path through thick shrubs. On a couple of nights while we were there, there were groups of people hanging out in the parking lot by the camp office. They were noisy and more bothersome than the occassional dinner train that came through during the day. All in all, we would come back to camp here. It's in a great location and centrally located for sight seeing.
The Pluses. Great location, just far enough from everything to be quiet, just close enough so you can get there easily. If you are looking for out of the way this is it. I have to agree with everyone that said Great View of the bay! It was. Directions provided by Campground were great, and easy to follow. Grass looked to be well taken care of, and the gravel camper parking area was in good shape, as was the paved parking lot. There is a Navy Exchange Mini Mart with a Navy Federal ATM about a mile away on the way toward base. Adjoining recreation area was also in really good shape. The Down sides. While I was there I looked at the Tent sites that they offer, they were not so good but this is an RV park. No one has mentioned this, and it really isn't a huge bother, but there is a tourist train that passes the campground about 4 times a day during daylight hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, it is the Newport Dinner Train, they have a web site, it looks like fun. I only found the train to be a bother the first time it went by because I wasn't expecting it. Sewage hookups would really make this campground shine as a great one.
We love carr pt. Arnold Christensen is correct on the entry to Burma Rd. We attended a meeting and might be some big plans for the campground. That would be wonderful. We wish for a dump site or full hook-up with dump available. Grew up in Newport also and its the only place we can stay when we visit family. Hope it stays open and has more sites available. Close to all the beautiful RI beaches. Best seafood ever. Lots of activities, sailing, fishing, antiques, boutiques, mansions, kite flying. biking, etc.
First I grew up in Newport. We have stayed many times as fulltimers. Directions are better given to go to Green Lane and proceed to Burma Rd and turn right. Campground will be on the left across railroad tracks. Railroad is only for occasional dinner train. Daylight hours only. If you go down Stringham it is two lane and it is a very tight left turn to Burma Rd and if you hit it during a rush hour it is terrible. Green Lane is wide and plenty of room to make the right turn at the bottom of the hill onto Burma Road. My memory says the elec hookup was 50 Amp. Water pressure is very high...beware. On Green Lane there is a small Shoppette very handy. You have to move your RV to the Portsmouth CG to dump. That is up Stringham Rd. There are 6 sites all facing the Bay on a high bluff. Very nice setup. Gravel sites and plenty long enough for everyone. Give it a 4 only because you have to go someplace and dump.
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