After staying at another camground in Cape May for the past few years, we decided to give Holly Shores a try over Labor Day weekend. Although there were a large number of seasonals, they were well-maintained and toward the back and sides of the property. The main thoroughfair was reserved for transients. All transient sites were well graveled and level, and most had a cement pad for setup. There was 6-10 feet of grass between sites, so we did not feel cramped at all. The sites were clean, and in fact we saw staff members sweeping the cement pads every time someone checked out. The pool was clean and heated, the bathrooms were modern and cleaned often, the camground constantly had activities going on, and the staff was very friendly. Overall we were very pleasantly surprised and would definitely stay here again.
We stayed here for 9 days while my son was at Boy Scout camp just down the road. This is a beautiful state park with a lot to offer. There are numerous hiking trails and we saw everything from bald eagles to beaver dams. There is a nice little beach that is free to campers (bring your water shoes, there are rocks for the first 50 feet) and a boat launch with a dog-friendly beach next to it. We stayed in the North East loop which is the only one with sewer. It was very quiet and very family-friendly. The bathrooms were very modern and spotless. Each campsite has a host right on site, and our hosts cleaned the bathrooms twice per day. My only negatives were that there was only Wi-Fi at the store, cell phone service in the park was almost non-existent, and many of the sites were tricky to get into and not level. We were in one of the pull-through sites, and it was very shallow with cement poles in the space between the driveway and the road making it very difficult to find a place that was somewhat level, far enough forward for the sewer, but far enough from the poles to allow our slide to come out. Overall though we had a wonderful time.
We stayed here for a weekend in July so we could tour West Point. The positives about the campground are that it's a very pretty facility that surrounds a large pond. The bathrooms were fairly modern and clean, the staff was friendly, and the sites were roomy. It was just a few minutes from West Point so it was perfect for our purposes. Unfortunately, as much as we liked the positives, the negatives were also substantial. First off, the campground is right next to several artillery ranges. We heard gunfire and heavy artillery almost non-stop from 7 AM until late in the evening (at least 10:30 some nights). Although we thought it was rather funny and part of the ambiance, if you have kids that are light sleepers or dogs afraid of fireworks or thunder, rethink coming here. Also, we were at a site at the back side of the pond which was very tight to park in. We had to make a 90 degree turn into a driveway with a fence on each side, and a sheer drop down the side of a hill on the other side of the road. Also, the bathrooms were a very long walk down a narrow road for the few sites that were past it. The dump station was near the bathrooms and the road around the campground is one-way, so if you are in the sites past it, you need to actually leave the campground and come back in to use the dump station on the way out (and back in to it!). Next, we thought we'd be fine using our own facilities for the weekend since the web site states that they have honey wagon service for $5. When we showed up, however, we were told that it was actually $8, and only offered on Fridays and Mondays. Doesn't do weekenders a lot of good. Lastly, as others have mentioned, the road into the campground is very steep and very winding.
I stayed here mid-week across from some friends who rented a cabin. Overall the park was nice and clean. There was a pool, skatepark, basketball, and softball field to keep the kids entertained. The site was level, however it was up a steep hill and I almost took out a sapling across the way trying to back in. My friend's cabin was very nice and clean with a small bathroom, kitchenette, and air conditioning. There were some negatives to our stay, most notably was that this seems to be a campground which leans heavily towards seasonal campers, and being there mid-week was like living in a ghost town. Also, with so few people there the store closed at 5pm and was out of ice while we were there. Although the pool was kept very clean, it was definitely in need of repairs and had big chunks of cement missing. The bathrooms were a long walk from our site, and the showers, although clean, were open air, meaning that they were private and had doors, but no roofs. Apparently you can't shower in the rain or your clothes will get soaked! Lastly, I was a bit annoyed that I had called before making online reservations to ensure that I would have a site across from my friend's cabin, only to be told upon check in that they weren't sure they had any sites available near the cabin. It all worked out in the end, so I guess all is well that ends well.
The only reason that I didn't give this resort an rating of 10 was the closeness of the sites. As others have said, they really pack them in here. Our site, E-15, had 4 other RVs parked next to us at various angles. However, none of them had their front facing us, so I still feel that we had some privacy. We were very impressed with the rest of the resort. There was a very nice pool, a lake, a 9-hole mini-golf course, an activities building with a lending library for both kids and adults, and an amazing store and check-in area. There was an arcade too, but several machines were broken and the room was a bit dingy. Everyone was very pleasant and helpful during our stay, and the resort was very well located and only a 5-10 minute drive to just about everything including the beach.
This was by far our favorite campground so far. Restrooms and showers were modern and well-maintained, although after the Saturday night rush were in need of cleaning. The Delaware River ran right next to the campground with a wide offshoot of it available for tube rides. There was a huge outdoor chess and checkers board that my kids loved. There was a barn dance with a DJ on Saturday night. Our spot was right near the seasonals section but all were tasteful and well-maintained, and our spot was very large and easy to pull into. The pool was very nice with a wading pool right next to it. There was also a large modern playground and a softball field. Security to get into the campground was very tight, and, I was told by one of the seasonals, 'riff-raff' are not tolerated.
If you are looking for a quiet place to camp for the weekend, this is it. The owners were very friendly and helpful. The bathrooms and showers were rustic but clean and had just had updates made to the stalls. There was really nothing to do at the campground, though, except play ball in the big open field. There is a swimming pond but it is very small and was very cold.
Other than having a little difficulty backing into the campsite due to the placement of trees, everything else at this campground was great. Our site was level and well-maintained with new crushed gravel. The bathrooms and showers were pristine. Since it was early in the season and the campground was not full, they did a good job of filling every other site so that groups were not on top of each other. The sites were good-sized and shaded, yet we were right across from the playground which was great for our boys. It is definitely a quiet, family-friendly campground that the owners take pride in keeping in good condition.