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Horton’s Camping Resort

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Horton’s Camping Resort is a privately-owned family campground in the midst of the Cape Cod National Seashore. Our 40 acres of unspoiled countryside in North Truro features a variety of open and wooded sites, including many prime campsites with breathtaking panoramic views of Cape Cod Bay, Highland Lighthouse and nearby Provincetown. Your vacation at Horton’s will locate you as close as you can get to superb beaches, picturesque dunes, boating, fishing and bathing … the perfect spot for rest and relaxation. Although parking permits are required for all town and National Park beaches, you may easily walk or bike to Coast Guard Beach (shown above) … just one mile away!

You are cordially invited to consider Horton’s Camping Resort for your next vacation. You may be sure that an equally cordial welcome will await you and that we will do everything possible to make your stay with us a memorable and pleasant experience



Email: camphcr@capecod.net

Phone: 800 252-7705

Total Sites: 200


Amenities

  • tenting
  • store
  • swimming pool
  • fishing
  • lp gas
  • modem connection
  • pullthrus
  • sewer hookups
  • laundry
  • other swimming
  • rentals
  • pets
  • cable tv
  • lodging
  • dump station
  • recreation hall
  • boating
  • group area
  • phone hookups
  • slideouts
  • wi-fi

Directions

From the Sagamore or Bourne Bridge: Take Route 6 to the Orleans Rotary [approx. 35 miles from the Sagamore Bridge.] Continue on Route 6 to the Town of Truro [about 13 miles.] Approx 4½ miles past the Truro-Wellfleet town line you will see the Truro Central School on the right. Turn right after the school at the blue & white “Camping” sign onto South Highland Road. The campground entrance is one mile down on the right after the red barn [our office & store.] Please do not block the handicapped Parking Zone at the office.


Reservation Info

Please understand that this is strictly a Reservation Request Form. You do not have an actual reservation until it has been confirmed, and a reservation cannot be confirmed until your deposit has been received. If space is not available for the date(s) requested, we will convey our regrets. If space is available, we will send you a tentative confirmation, with a reference number and a link to a secure site where you will be asked to enter your credit card information to cover the necessary reservation deposit. (A minimum deposit of $50.00 per week for non-hookup and $75.00 per week for hookup sites is required for each reservation.) For this reason, it is necessary for you to include a valid e-mail address with all reservation requests, and it will be your responsibility to check your e-mail in a timely manner. If you fail to submit your credit card information within 48 hours of the time when your tentative confirmation has been sent, your initial reservation request shall be considered null and void.


Campground Rules

1. REGISTER UPON ARRIVAL: OFFICE HOURS are 9 AM until 9 PM. It is important to register at the office upon your arrival before entering the camp. All camping fees are payable upon arrival. Only one camping unit and one vehicle are allowed per site. Park only in your assigned site; do NOT occupy another site without checking at the office first. All vehicles must have a valid I.D . sticker attached on the inside of the windshield on the passenger’s side where it is clearly visible. Additional vehicles are required to park in a designated area and pay a parking fee. 2. PLEASE do not park in handicapped parking spaces at the office or the restrooms. 3. GATE CARDS: A $20.00 deposit on an Access Gate Card is refundable upon return to the office when you check out. Gate Cards are NOT transferable and may not be used by unregistered vehicles. 4. CHECK-OUT TIME is 1:00 PM; LATE departure fees will be assessed. If you are planning on staying longer, check-in with the office prior to 11:00 AM to make sure that your site is not reserved. Be considerate of your fellow camper: LEAVE YOUR CAMPSITE AS CLEAN AS YOU WOULD LIKE TO FIND IT UPON ARRIVAL. A rake is available at the office. 5. GUESTS/DAY VISITORS: All visitors to campers MUST register upon arrival and pay an appropriate fee. Any additional vehicles will be required to pay a parking fee and park in a designated parking area. Day Visitors are required to leave the camp by 10:00 PM. 6. Only one picnic table per site. Please do not move tables from other sites. NO car [vehicle] washing! Water is precious on Cape Cod.



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The owner spoils the camping experience

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July 31, 2009

The only reason this got a 1 on hospitality and not a 0 is because the staff there are great, mostly young foreign exchange students (I feel bad that they got stuck working there). The owner, however, ruins the experience completely. I always give people the benefit of the doubt and that is what my sister and I tried to do, understanding that he must have to deal with difficult customers from time to time. However, from the moment we arrived he was unfriendly and grumpy. He doesn't treat his responsible customers as trustworthy adults. He was constantly suspicious and he watched everyone like a hawk, waiting for one of his over-the-top rules to be broken. I truly understand the need for rules that are strictly enforced, but he made us feel uptight by watching us so closely.

We didn't know ahead of time that only one vehicle was allowed and we were coming from different cities so we showed up with two vehicles. My sister showed up 25 minutes before me at dusk and was refused entry until I arrived. She showed up with a smile excited to be on vacation and the owner Bob Horton was grumpy and mumbled as he rattled off the rules at lightening pace. He reluctantly allowed her to go in and begin setting up so she could empty her vehicle before dark, but he refused to allow her to pay my extra vehicle fee, I had to pay when I arrived. He didn't trust that I would sign in. Once I got there he wouldn't allow us to briefly bring my vehicle in to unload so we had to bring my sister's vehicle out and transfer my stuff. We were willing to comply but felt this was a little over the top.

Every day we made sure we didn't break the car rule, though it was very inconvenient. We were tent camping and wanted my sister's pickup truck at the site for convenience, but my car had the beach sticker and was better on gas so each day we walked out to my car with our beach gear, or made an extra trip out with her truck. We didn’t argue with not having two vehicles at the site, but driving in to load and unload would have been a reasonable accommodation. Bob Horton told my sister that if he’s nice no one takes him seriously, but we really felt that people should be trusted until they exhibit bad behavior.

We almost didn’t stay but decided to stay because we were tent camping and didn’t want to pick up and start over at another campground. The place we wanted to go to originally was booked solid (Horton’s wasn’t – big clue right there) and we were afraid it might be difficult to find a site elsewhere. We did like our site and the amenities were above average so we were happy aside from the intensity of the owner. I had to leave on the 30th but my sister decided to stay a few more days so she went to the office and was greeted by a friendly young staff member. My sister explained that I was leaving and attempted to confirm that the fee would be $34/night (wooded site fee) and not the $46/night we were being charged because of my extra vehicle. The woman accidentally charged her $32/night (an open site fee) and my sister actually thought that maybe she was giving her a break since she’d be there alone. Also, although we liked our site, it was barely wooded with a few small pines. It was mostly a sunny, open site. A little while later a nice young man came by on golf cart to tell us a mistake had been made and she needed to go to the office. She asked what the mistake was because we were packing my stuff and she wanted to know if she was going to have to move to another site. The man was reluctant to tell us the problem but finally told us that she was undercharged and the situation needed to be rectified. My sister was very upset (but didn’t express it to the staff member) because she felt it was their mistake and they should not have made her go back to the office for just $4. At first I felt that my sister was overreacting because they are running a business, but I later felt that the owner’s customer service was so incredibly bad that it would have been a good thing to eat their own mistake and not charge her the $4 extra. Obviously our upset was more about principle and being treated well rather than the small increase in fee.

She paid the $4 and we transported all of my stuff to my car from her truck. I was going home that night but had the day free so we went to the beach for the day. I suspected that when I showed up to bring her back to the campground at the end of the day he would make a comment about it. Sure enough, when we arrived at 5pm he came over to me and said, “I thought you were leaving.” After paying $12/day for three days for an extra vehicle fee he actually thought we were trying to short change him or something. If I was trying to deceive him I would not have parked right in front of the main office in plain sight to drop off my sister. I went out of my way to make sure he saw me parking in front so that it didn’t look like I was trying to hide anything. I was even afraid that if I disappeared for 5 minutes to use the restroom he would charge us extra visitor fees or something (visitors must sign in and pay a visitor fee). In the end he didn’t, but he set up an environment that made us feel concerned about things we shouldn’t be concerned about.

He was suspicious, anal and grumpy and by the end of just three nights we felt a bit uptight from his suspicious attitude. Everyone we spoke with also had a similar experience. Not a good way to run a business! I’m shocked that he’s still in business, though I think attendance at his campground is way down compared to other campgrounds in the area. It's a shame because otherwise I would have considered going back.

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Worst place ever

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October 1, 2007

I have never run into person providing service to customers who is such a tyrannt as Bob Horton. He enjoys finding fault in people so he can impose his "rules" on them and give them a hard time. He does not care one bit about providing a pleasant experience for families. At the next campground we went to (Adventure Bound - North Truro Camping Area - highly recommended) we heard several horror stories about Horton's from people who also left mid stay simply for some peace and relaxation. It is a shame anyone should have to experience a person like this while on vacation. If you already booked - cancel! Stay far away from Horton's.

  • nealb
  • Member Since: November 20, 2012
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Horton's Campground Resort is Managed by a Class A Jerk

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September 4, 2007

I spent Labor Day weekend 2007 at Horton's Campground Resort and left with a very bad taste in my mouth.

On the last day of my visit I was biking with my family on the Head of Meadows trail just north of the campground. We were running a bit behind, enjoying the last hours of our vacation. Shortly after noon I left my wife and two year old daughter on the beach and hustled back to Horton's campground to pack up the last of our stuff and check out. I had heard that the staff at Horton's could be a bit bristly so I wanted to make sure I checked out before the 1 PM deadline to avoid any hassles. I got my site cleaned up, the car packed and was ready to roll out of there just before 1. I got in the car, hit the ignition and nothing -- the car battery was dead. I walked up to the office and explained my situation to the guy at the desk, told him I was concerned about checking out late but I just needed to jump my car and I'd be on my way. Without offering anything in the way of help all the guy said to me was 'you'd better be quick' and muttered something about his manager not being happy. I went back to my car and tried to get it jumped with my friend's car. About this time the campground manager came rolling up on a golf cart, I again explained the situation and off he went, again with very few words and no offer to help me out in any way. The jump-start didn't take so I sent my friends to go pick up my family on the beach, went back up to the office to let them know what was happening and called a tow truck to come out and give me a jump. I told the manager that the tow truck would be out in 40 minutes and we should be good to go. My family got back to Horton's and we tried the jump with my friend's car again and this time it took. We headed up to the office to check out, it was now 2:20, a mere hour and twenty minutes past check-out time. I returned my card key and they returned my deposit and then came the kick to the gut -- the manager asked me to pay a five dollar fee for 'checking out so late.' I was in such shock that I could hardly protest and just gave the guy his five bucks to get out of there cursing him under my breath. Five bucks, for what? The campground wasn't even full, it wasn't like there was someone lined up and waiting to take my spot. I was ready to go at 1, all he had to do was send one of half a dozen of his employees down with the camp truck to give me a jump and I would have been out of there at 1:15. Instead the manager choose to sit by idly while I flailed in the hot sun, waiting to collect his measly five dollars, what a jerk.

If you're looking for a nice place to camp on the Cape with your family and friends I strongly recommend looking past Horton's Campground Resort and finding somewhere that will show you more kindness and treat you with a little more respect. I know I'm looking for a new spot next summer.

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