This campground is overrun by golf carts. If you have kids, beware! Seasonal sites are allowed to have a golf cart. Many of them race around all day and play bumper cars. No beer is allowed off of the campsite. It looked like a golf cart convention blocking the office doors when I went up for firewood. Everyone had a beer and cigarette on their golf cart. Very unsafe to drink and drive. Believe me, these people are juiced up. Kids try to feed the ducks at the pond and the drunks come racing past to scare the ducks away. Roads are very bad with many holes. Many sites get flooded. This owner needs to improve his safety and conditions for this campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Camped here Memorial Day Weekend, 2009. Minimum reservation of 2 nights which is reasonable. Site was not level, but saw that most sites were level. Our site, though not level was creekside and was very private and very beautiful. Overall, the campground was very well maintained. Only two major complaints: during the day we did have some kids playing in the creek behind our site, which was essentially part of our site. Also, the campground is obviously geared toward seasonal campers, and there was NOTHING to do. No trails, nothing. Would be great for families with kids, and the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. We were very pleased with our experience, just wish there were more activities for adults on the grounds. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Staff is friendly. Rates are cheap. Site has w/e/s and free Wi-Fi. Sites are nice enough, but a little small. Gravel throughout most of the campground. We stayed in row 'Tall Timber' right across from the bathrooms. I would recommend a different row because the bathrooms are older and were omitting a sewer smell a few times. The bathrooms were clean enough, but the stalls are very small. They also did not have any hand dryer or paper towels. I don't recommend this campground for kids, there is nothing here to entertain them. Campground is overall nice and quiet and this was our 2nd time camping here. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We really liked this campground. The owner was very nice and made sure we had a nice private roomy site. It was very quiet and peaceful there with room to walk the dogs. The park was very clean and the seasonals (there were many) were well kept. Nice landscaping around the whole campground. My only suggestion would be for the owners to invest in upgrading the bathrooms. They have seen better days and are not roomy at all. We used the facilities in the camper for the most part, but did use the campground bathroom before leaving. We will visit here again, as it is centrally located to antique shops and greenhouses. Lots to do. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is on a hill, so its a downhill drive to the side roads where the sites are. There is a few pull through sites behind the office. All others are back in sites with gravel. There are a lot of trees, so maneuvering through the CG can be tricky. Lots of seasonal campers, some of which should be towed away because of their condition, utilities are all good, free Wi-Fi too. Its not a bad campground, it would be better of some trees were removed along the roadway where you turn in to the sites. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
The rate reflects a weekly rate. Very nice, quiet campground. Wide terraced sites with good ground cover in the row I was in. Very convenient to shop at all of the antique stores on RT 272. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Although there are many campgrounds in this area, if you want to stay in a quite, well maintained park this one is for you. The owners are friendly, concerned and accommodating. They go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. We would recommend this park to anyone who enjoys peace and quite while staying in a campground. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a great place to park your trailer without any frills. It's a small, wooded park with adequate sized sites. Since there isn't a pool or playground or anything that would typically draw families, it's pretty quiet and peaceful. Staff was nice as were our camping neighbors. Would stay here again with just my spouse to enjoy Lancaster County. Would not go here with our kids. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
My husband and I and a couple of our friends went tenting here and we had a blast! The tent sites are out back in the woods away from everyone. No one else was there when we were so we had a good ol time! We did have to walk to the bath house but it wasn't far and was kept neat and clean. They do allow pets although we don't have any. When we were there we also saw that they have really nice cabins so the next time were hoping to ditch the tent and rent a cabin! We camped here in a Tent.
We enjoy camping here. We like the pull through sites on the hill near the pool. No sewer connection up here though, but very quiet. Most sites are shaded and spacious. The park is clean and everyone is very pleasant. A lot to do outside of it; Renaissance Fair, outlets, wineries, Green Dragon Flea Market etc. Also, off season it is very cheap to keep your trailer on site for a week. Loved going up the next weekend and not having to tow the trailer. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Overall, the campground is just okay. The roads are horrible. There are a lot of potholes on the entry road and throughout the campgrounds. The bathrooms were outdated. The free pancake breakfast on Saturday morning was a plus. Our full hookup site was big enough and easy to get into. We have camped here a few times over the last 25 years and the campground looks basically the same as it did 25 years ago. No real improvements at all. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Over the past two years we have camped here several times a year. We have camped along Horseshoe Drive, and up in the pull through sites. We thoroughly enjoy the pull through sites (water/electric only). Nice, quiet and spacious. On the weekends they have ample activities. This weekend was Critter Weekend with a pet parade and contest along with a reptile show and Mill Creek Search & Rescue Demo which we learned a lot! The staff is very friendly, along with the seasonal campers. We will definitely return! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We have been camping here since 2006. We love it. The pool is spring fed so it's always cool. If you're looking for a fancy activity filled campground, this isn't it. It's basic camping with no frills. They do have scheduled activities. Bingo Fri. nights, hayrides for the kids, candy scramble, and some type of entertainment on Sat. nights. Movies on Sun. nights. Staff is friendly, and the store is stocked well. Some things are outdated, but it's comfortable. We camp here 2-4 times a season. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
My family decided to try this campground one more time. The family wanted to go since it was casino weekend. First off, no improvements were made once again to this campground. As for casino night, they had mostly college kids running the games that appeared and smelled drunk. It is amazing owners would allow this especially since this was for kids to enjoy too. After casino night when exiting, there was over two dozen golf carts parked all over the place with people on them yelling and drinking beer. Not a nice scene! Drinking and driving? Hmmm. Campsites lack gravel and grass was over 8 inches high at most spots. This was my last visit to this place. Not a safe environment if you have kids. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We gave this place a second chance: we were disappointed once again. Way too many golf carts racing around. They make noise all day long racing and tooting their horns. The worst thing about the golf carts is that this campground allows this to go on. Workers were present when this was going on. And the fact that half are drinking beer while driving them is ridiculous. The sites were still bare with no gravel and plenty of slop. If this owner laid gravel or stone these sites would not be half bad. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I have to agree with a lot of what was written in another June, 2009 review that I read. The most obvious thing about this campground is the fact that it appears the Owner puts very little back into the campground. The roads are a mess, the grass isn't cut, a lot of the amenities (mini golf, tennis courts, basketball court, ball field) are run down, etc... I will say that we had no problem with the seasonals while we were there; they were actually quite friendly and the place does have a very well stocked fishing pond. We also brought in our own firewood and had no problems. Probably won't stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not a family campground. If you have kids you will be afraid to let them walk or ride their bikes with all the beer drinking, golf cart riding seasonals. Very territorial seasonals and you must watch out for all the unleashed dogs. Seen a few fender benders on the golf carts while they were playing tag or bumper carts. Rules only seem to be enforced on transit campers. I have seen one seasonal camper with 8 dogs running wild. Roads are very rough and filled with pot holes. Many sites lack gravel and are mostly swamps when it rains. This owner needs more gravel laid. You have to pay for showers which is a joke. Avoid this campground unless you want to join a clique. This owner seems to have many seasonal sites for income and never puts anything back into the campground. The miniature golf is also a joke, and filled with bee's nests. You can tell they never take care of that. Small game room for the kids. The firewood is $4.50 a bundle and it contains mostly bark and boards. You must buy it there. While I was there, I have seen a few seasonals transporting pick up truck loads of wood for their own site. Never again for me. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Where we camped there was no sewer hookups, but there are dump stations which we used on the way out. The only issue we had was that we were with a group and were using a pavillon. Apparently the rules are really strict here. We moved some tables around to give us room to play a game. Someone came by on a golf cart and told us to put the tables back how they had them NOW! From that point on we felt we were being closely watched. However, we do plan on going back again next year. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Campground staff were pleasant. It appears that in season they have a security person in the booth as you enter, but it was empty when we arrived. Campground itself was average. Interior roads were gravel and could have used some maintenance. We were up it the "C" section. This appears where they put the overnighters in bigger rigs. There were no sewer hook ups available. The only sewer hook ups we saw were in the section for the seasonal folks. There was 2 dump stations with easy access. The sites in our section were level, well layed out, grassy, and fairly large. From the literature we saw, they do have a number of family type activities on the weekends (pig roasts, ice cream socials, etc.) It's a good base for exploring Amish Country. We would return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We liked this campground. It was pretty empty; even the permanent campers stayed at home this weekend. The park was quiet this weekend, except for a noisy BMX motorcycle rider from the rural neighborhood who thought it cool to see how fast he could fly on the road near the park. The park was clean, the staff was pleasant. They had security on site during the day, checking people who came in. The park employed several high school kids in the camp HQ, but they were respectful. The camp's gameroom is pretty small. The camp store wasn't too expensive and the snack bar portions were generous. The camp's swimming pool was clean, although small; not sure what it would be like if the park was full. There are other activities held for families during the day - they promoted each from the HQ with a big speaker system, which was nice. The biggest challenge for the park is its remote location. There is a narrow, widing road you have to take to get there. No fun for big rigs. We arrived in the early evening and left in the mid afternoon, so there was little traffic. Thank God. This is a nice place to stay if you want to see the Amish Country in northeastern Lancaster County. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Interior access roads were in poor shape, rough and potholed. Most sites were not level and sloped side to side. A lot of seasonal sites the weekend we camped, which made a lot of noise with loud gas carts, unleashed dogs, and fireworks. Security patrols were non-existent. It was kids weekend, but very few activities were scheduled. Pond was full of algae, and pool was closed all weekend. The ratings on this campground in Woodalls is overated. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I sort of resent having to shell out $36 bucks a night for 30 amp service and then being asked to pay for the showers as well. There were also no door locks on any of the Ladies' room bathroom stalls. Many seasonal sites scattered throughout, as well cabin rentals. Sites for other campers were not always the most level, contained varying amounts of gravel. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We have found our new base camp in Lancaster County, with the improvements we see here. We camped here at least five years ago, before the change of ownership, and the place was pretty sketchy, with lots of drainage problems. The new owners have done a splendid job of cleaning up, re-grading, installing lots of huge (2 cubic yard) industrial concrete blocks to create retaining walls that work. We pulled into the one pull-through site and found it was dead level (with one degree, as measured), with no need for adjustment. Probably 2/3 of the sites are seasonal campers, but all those sites are well-kept, and you don't see any tired old campers that need to be junked. Management of the place is very unobtrusive, but even when the office/lodge is closed, there always seems to be someone about the place, working on maintenance. It's easy to find and to get in and out of the place, and the location is about half a mile off route 272, the main drag through the Denver/Adamstown area. It appears there is one planned activity each Saturday and another on Sunday, and in between those the pool provides plenty of "kid" appeal. There are some sites near the pool, but from where we were, the noise from children at play could barely be heard, and there was not a lot of highway noise, despite the proximity to 272 and US 222, which carries a lot of traffic. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The site was a gravel back-in and not level. There is a fishing pond on site as well as a pool. The Cable TV fairly extensive channels, though some were blurry. The WIFI worked fine. There was no grass on our site, but another level of campsites up the hill had grass. Some of the campers were on the noisy side. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Camped here once and will not go back. This campground reminded me of a big parking lot with large stones and gravel for their sites. They do have trees but there is no walking areas and it was very small and contained. There were some activities. Just did not seem like a campground at all. They did say new owners had bought it and were fixing it up but I really do not know what else they could do with the location they were in. Did not see grass at all!! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I stayed here with my husband for a weekend and we'll never stay here again... we dealt with lady in office when we made our reservations and she was great! The downfalls of the park. There is no privacy in the shower area, you had to strip in front of everyone. There was also a lot of dirt/grime along the bottom of the shower stalls, quite nasty! We also noticed that the owner will only hang out at one site and that is it. Meanwhile there was kids running all over the place creating a lot of noise after 11pm, which was their quiet time. All in all we would not stay here again with all the noise that was going on and the owner did not care at all. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We stayed here with friends and would stay again. Our children enjoyed the playground, fishing at the pond and would have enjoyed the pool, if it were open. Our site was level, the hook-ups were in the back of the site and in great shape. The only seasonals we noticed were friendly and their sites and campers were in great shape. There did not appear to be a ton of seasonal campers. It would appear that the new owners are spending a lot of time and money to fix up this campground. It shows. There was one activity for the children on Saturday, again, they had fun. One thing I would change would be to add some grass to the sites. Most sites were gravel only and I like to have grass at the site, too. Gravel under the camper is fine, but grass surrounding would be nice. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Great place, great people. The new owners have made an unbelievable number of improvements in the past 3 years (the 1st time we camped there). Nice quiet place with all the amenities I need. We like so much we are going seasonal. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
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This was our second visit to Shady Grove in as many years. Last year we stayed here during the week of July 4th. The wife and I use this as our base for our once a year trip to the Renningers & Shupps antique markets. (Both are within minutes of the campground). It’s also a reasonable drive to the heart of Amish country. The new owners are doing a great job on making this the best campground in the area. The amount of work that they have done in a year’s time is amazing. Our site was level and clean. All hookups are new and in good working order. WiFi and Cable both work great for us. The pool is clean and kept in good shape. We don’t use their restrooms so we won’t address a previous writers concern. There’s a small stocked catch and release pond behind the office. If you can bait a hook you are pretty much guaranteed to catch a few sunny. My 15 year old caught a 3 ½ lb Bass here last year. This is a place that I would not hesitate to recommend to others. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This place had large, level sites. All sites have w/e/s and free wifi. Only two complaints--1) only one bath house available for the whole campground, which had a relatively non-private setup in the showers and 2) there were not enough lights and walking around at night was rather dangerous. Especially as the pole light at the bath house was not illuminated. We camped in a Class B, so the showers/bathrooms are a little more important to us than the Class As might consider them. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Shady Grove is now under new ownership. In talking to folks who have camped here in the past and reading older reviews here, it is very apparent that the new owners are investing heavily in improvements all over the campground. The big rig sights were laser level with new and enormous (and buried) cement retaining walls installed. The roads have all been recently stoned, and have drainage swales and big drainage pipes built in. The swales make for some pretty big bumps here and there, but we pulled in during a vicious rain storm and the roads were not flooded or muddy at all. All hook-up hardware was brand new, and there are many new sights being built and the old ones that haven't been fixed up yet are scheduled to be. I would suspect if they keep up the work they have done so far that there won't be a leveling block seen in the place. There are a lot of seasonals but plenty of transients as well. I can say this campground is now far better then what the older reviews say and I recommend staying there. It did look like they were building a wi-fi infrastructure as well though I could not get a signal. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The gravel roads are the worst aspect of this place. Campsites vary in size, depending upon where they are located in the camp. Those who are sensitive to campsite size will find most of them too small. We do not spend a great deal of time in camp when we are in Lancaster County, so it was unimportant to us. The camp's ad says that wireless DSL is available at the lodge, but we found it was accessible from our campsite as well. The owner styles himself as something of a roughneck, but is a responsible and good hearted fellow, beneath the gruff exterior. To his credit, he does NOT tolerate a lot of nonsense and misbehaviour from campers. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Stayed there over stormy Labor Day weekend, still had chicken bbq on Saturday under lodge despite rain. Also had to delay small fireworks show over pond until Sunday due to weather. Camp is 70% seasonal, everyone friendly, a little close together. Store/lodge had just basics, gave you the old time open friendly feel with honor system for cashier, board games, pool table & fireplace. Large market only mile or so away. We had the only pull thru site, angled & on corner with little privacy, mixed in with seasonal campers. Needed 3" under tires to level, so we had good drainage with rain & most sites are all gravel. Sewer drain was uphill a little. Shopped Reading outlets & mall, about 12 miles away, lots of antique shops in area. All RV sites are full hook-up, so only one small bathhouse. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We did not like this campground. As we were hooking up our "neighbor" called out of her permanent trailer to not step near her flowers! High percentage of permanent sites gave us the feeling of being outsiders here. Another "neighbor" let her dog relieve itself on the trees of our site several times. Very dusty due to the gravel roads. Sites were on the small side with no privacy. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.