Stayed here the weekend of May 1st. This was the first “official” trip in our new class C. We took the in-laws up for a visit to Mohegan Sun, which is approximately 10 miles from this campground. We had a very nice site (#43) backed up to the lake. This RV Park is big rig friendly with many pull through sites. We saw Plenty of large class “A’s” & “5th Wheels” and only a few “C’s” & Travel trailers. No tent sites are offered. Park is big and has a very nice walking trail that encircles the lake. Lake is stocked with Trout, Bass, Sunfish and pike (didn’t figure on a pike until my 16 year old pulled out a nice 6 incher) and is catch and release. All utilities worked well. Wi-Fi was the quickest I’ve ever seen at a campground. Site was spacious and had a decent sized fire pit with a grill top. Very quiet at night and the staff was friendly and courteous. There is a $10 refundable charge for a gate card, which didn’t bother us in the least; you do get the $10 back on check out. Used the Enterprise rent a car in New London (6 miles away & they pick you up) for our trip to Mohegan. Very convenient if like us, you don’t have a toad. In the future, we wouldn’t hesitate on staying longer and visiting Mohegan, Foxwoods and Mystic Seaport, which are all local.
Total for this stay was 7 days. We had a full hook up site (listed as deluxe?) right on the West Canada Creek. Site was level and clean. Not the biggest sites we have seen but not the smallest. Our site was right next to one of the “lodges” which are not bad for someone who is traveling without a camper. Water, electric, sewer and cable TV worked well. Wi-Fi had intermittent problems, even though we where maybe 40 feet from the transponder. Found it best to walk over toward the rest rooms (where the transponder is located) and go on line from one of the picnic benches. The kids & the wife had a total blast tubing many times down the West Canada Creek. I went down it once but, after my butt bounced off a few rocks. I said that's enough for me! The campgrounds are located within a reasonable drive of Cooperstown and a bit of a further drive to the Adirondack Park. We did both. Both drives are very scenic. Indian lake in the Adirondack’s is a nice destination. The Diamond mine, which is located up the hill and across the street from the campground, was worth the trip. It's hard work in the grueling sun, but we did pull a few specimens out of the rocks. Overall a good trip and a good campground, I would recommend and will probably return.
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.
The family stayed at the Saugerties/Woodstock KOA Late July 2009. The owners are some of the nicest and most helpful people you would ever want to meet. They help you back into your site and stay with you until you give the OK. They do this for you whether rain or shine! This in itself made our vacation that much more enjoyable, since I didn’t have to yell at the wife and kids :) Our site was a little bit small, but since we had no one next to us it worked out well. The WiFi and cable worked fine as did all other hookups. The Pool was clean and refreshing! This is a good base for day trips to area attractions. We would not hesitate to stay here again.
As a preamble to my review, I will let you know we are an experienced camping family consisting of two adults in our 40’s and our 15 year old son. My wife and I have been camping for well over 25 years. We mostly choose our locations for natural beauty and our love of fishing. We enjoy the adventure of traveling around this great country of ours. We currently camp in a 25 foot hybrid travel trailer. The review: Cherrystone Camping Resort July 2009 – First, I will start with the positives. Absolutely, positively, a stunningly beautiful location; one of the most naturally scenic campgrounds our family has ever been to. The grounds are directly on the shores of Chesapeake Bay. You’ll find good crabbing from any of the three docks. Fishing is OK if you rent a skiff. It is much better if you take the charter (which is located near the entrance of the grounds). The sunsets, over the bay, are amazing. Now, on to the negatives and from my perspective there are quite a few: The sites are simply way too small. They certainly squeeze you in here. We were sandwiched in between two busy roads with maybe 12 feet between us and our neighbors. That is how the whole campground is set up. From the largest class “A” site to the cabins. You had better like your neighbors because you are going to hear every sneeze, yawn and whisper that comes from that trailer next to you. Wi-Fi is only available at three hot spots and is slow. TV is broadcast only. With the bucks they charge here, and the amount of wiring they already have around the campsite, it would be simple for them to offer both internet & cable at each site. Campground rules are lax to the point of discourteous. Loud parties go on well after curfew. Packs of children are let loose to roam the grounds at will. The kids tape flashlights to their bicycles and ride through the grounds well after dark. Taking a moonlight stroll is safer on some streets of Manhattan. Children and adults seem to not be aware of the rule of not cutting through other people’s camp sites. The campground has 4 pools. Three are over crowded with kids; the other, near the bait shop, is labeled for adults only. Our one trip to the adult pool was cut short by a group of drunk and rude 18 to 20 year olds who had taken over the pool. All of the “adults” cleared out when the rude crew starting getting out of hand. The staff is very courteous but, one person I spoke to about the late night noise just shrugged her shoulders and said there is not much they can do about it. We ended up cutting our stay short by 2 days. Management had no problem issuing a refund. They are well aware of the problems this campground has. It’s become too popular for its size.