Kampfies Campground is a great little park that caters not only to campers but also to local residents looking for a little summertime fun. The price was the only thing we didn’t enjoy here.
We Paid: $50 per night for 7 nights
Discounts Used: Good Sam
Address (GPS Link): 792 US Route 5 Dummerston, VT 05301
Amenities List: Power, Water, Sewer, Camp Store, Games Room, Rec Room, Pool, Playground, Field Games, Wireless, Bathrooms, Showers, Laundry, Bed and Breakfast, Tent Camping, Propane, Ice Cream Parlor, Miniature Golf Course, Shuffleboard
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
- Ice Cream Parlor
- Miniature Golf
- Great Showers
- High Price
- Awkward Gameroom/Showers
Kampfires Campground is a unique campground and for the most part, we really liked staying here. I’ve never seen a park that does quite such a good job making the most of its location and amenities. In addition to being a campground, it also operates a bed and breakfast, a Miniature Golf Course, an Icecream stand, and a public pool. People can get memberships in their summertime club and use the facilities even if they are not staying at the Campground.
The RV sites are decent, with a lot of room and full hook ups. While our trailer sat level, it seemed a bit miraculous as most of the pads, including ours, looked somewhat lumpy. The tent sites are located behind the RV sites and are on a hillside in thicker woods giving them a much more wilderness camping feel than in most RV parks. They also have more privacy than most tent sites we encounter.
The playground is very cool, with custom built equipment in the shape of a Truck, Castle, and Boat. Behind it are a bad mitten net and two shuffleboard installations. There are both covered and open picnic areas available for the campers and BnB guests. All these areas are limited to those staying at Kampfires. Out front are the public accommodations which are open to both those staying there as well as the general public.
Their Ice Cream stand is called Scoops and serves up some very tasty and creative sundaes and other treats. We ordered a Moose Lovers sundae which included scoops of moose tracks, caramel candies, hot fudge, whip cream, and a whole kit-kat bar stuck on top. It was very good indeed if a bit overwhelming. The pool is quite nice, though not especially large and geared more for summertime play and lounging than swimming laps. They have private cabanas you can rent and an adults only mini bar with jukebox and darts.
Trail and I spring for unlimited mini-golf as part of our stay, paying an extra $10 so we could play as much as we like. While the course is not as pretty as some we’ve seen, it is very cleverly designed and makes for a very pleasant game of put-put. The many curved surfaces and multiple paths to the cup make it a somewhat cerebral game compared to a lot of other courses we’ve played. I also liked its “highway” theme. Our game ended in a draw as I frittered away a strong lead to try and “ring the bell” on the final hole.
The one weakness of the little swim club was that the “game room” with its antique video games was really a hallway that also held the pool showers and restrooms. It didn’t seem like the best use of the space and had people squeezing past one another, some of them rather wet from the pool. Fortunately, there was a separate facility for campers and those bathrooms were both roomy and surprisingly modern for a campground. The showers here were especially nice, with great appliances that put out a strong flow of lovely hot water. It is easily the best shower I’ve had in an RV park.
The biggest issue with Kampfires is the price. Even with a Good Sam discount, we were paying just over $50 a night. This is for a park that is not near any major attraction. None the less, it is a very nice park to stay at for a number of reasons so I’m still going to recommend it. Had the price been a bit lower, I’d give it a full 5 stars.