Ownership spent big money over the winter installing two awesome water slides and making some expensive aesthetic adjustments to the pool area. Also, the rates have only gone up a dollar or two since last year, which is pretty good considering the capital investments. There are several new full hook up sites along the lake, all of which appeared level and spacious. We did bump into a couple of grouchy employees this year, which was a first in five or six stays, but that this the exception rather than the rule. One of the long time work campers, "Splash" as he is known, was one of the nicest and professional workers here. He truly represents the campground very well. This continues to be one of the best values for your dollar if you have kids under the age of 16.
Twin Grove is just okay. This week was really devoid of any RV'ers, save for about three families and a host of one night stopovers. The new cabins seem to be popular at the expense of the older ones. RV'ers are much different than those who stay in cabins and this is definitely taking on the flavor of a cabin resort. The campground trash cans were overflowing by Wednesday, there was no monitoring of the pool or water slide and there were no organize activities for kids. I think they have lost quite a few seasonal campers. The rates on the rides have gone down since last year, which was a nice surprise. We go because it's close, but will probably only make one short trip next year as opposed to two full week stays. Overall, I describe it with one work..."meh."
Splash Magic has become one of Pennsylvania's worst kept secrets. This is a truly outstanding facility that is about 90% full all week because of great rates and tons of activities. We stayed during Pirate Week and participated in all of the "silly campground stuff" that makes life interesting for a young family: treasure hunt, walking the plank and the standard fare of pool volleyball played by anything but Olympic rules. The attitude and spirit of the staff shows that they have bought into management's vision for what this campground should be. I'll gladly be a shill for the owner: next year will include an awesome water slide. The only downside to being PA's "worst kept secret" is that you have to book early, or in our case, early and often.
What a difference a year makes. First, the good--great water pressure, level sites, a new dog playground area, and a great water slide at the pool. Now, the rest of the story. Twin Grove has declined significantly in the past year. As a matter of fact, the only that that has not declined are the prices, which are going up--way up. The amusement park now charges over $2.00 for most "rides" and as much for the games. I got one scoop of ice cream for $2.00--it was literally one scant scoop and nothing more on top of a cone. The site rates are going up, presumably to pay for the 24 new cabins they put in over the winter. The workers are not terribly friendly as they have been in the past and several of them speak little to no English. The workers in the golf carts might smile when they drive by, but it is hard to tell when they are driving as fast as they can. The pool monitors spend most of their time monitoring their cell phones instead of the pool. The PA Bike Helmet law is not enforced and the previous restriction on motorized bikes has probably been lifted. There apparently is no speed limit anymore. Ownership has changed in the past year and it seems as though they are changing their focus from RVs to rental cabins. What a disappointment.
The staff continue to make Splash Magic one of the best values for campers in the central PA area. The "mid week internet special" is a great deal that keeps the campground near capacity throughout the week. This allows the campground to maintain tons of activities--games or activities by the pool, two outdoor movies a week, and the Dragon Wagon--that are all free. Ceramics and crafts, for a reasonable fee, break up the day. But the best part is the activity passes you get with the special that opens up bumper boats, fishing, mini golf and bike rentals that are included with the cost of your stay. There is little, if any, reason to leave the campground unless it rains. This is a great "destination campground" that is close enough to other venues (Knoebel's Grove) that make it worthwhile.
I gave the park a "10" only because I could not give it a "15." While not flashy or anchored by a water park type feature, the campground makes it on being clean, in great shape, and family friendly. Level sites of stone surrounded by heavy duty grass are laid out nicely and in such a way that gives you space and maximizes the number of sites. This park boasts a crystal clear and heated small pool, a very new and large jungle gym in shredded tire "mulch," and riverfront access. We did not take advantage of the canoe/kayak livery service, but it looks like they do it right. The owners and staff are extremely friendly and helpful--talk to a work camper and you will find that they are certainly loyal to the "bosses," which is a testament to how they run their campground. Visit the camp store and you will find it well stocked and so reasonably priced that you will be surprised. Finally, the "Kids Carnival" weekend games were well organized and fun. They topped off Saturday night with a free wagon (rather lengthy) ride and popcorn. We will visit at least twice a summer in the future.
We camped here for the first time on Mother's Day weekend 2009. The park is wooded and clean and is a mix of pretty nice seasonals, a couple of run down seasonal sites, cabins and regular RV and tent sites. Our site was not terribly level, which was exacerbated by the fact that they use small crushed stone instead of something like #2 stone. The fishing pond was supposed to have been stocked last week and was the main reason we chose this park. When we reserved our site, we were told that the pond would have trout. I talked to at least a half-dozen other campers who were told the same thing when they reserved their sites. There were no fish other than sunnies and catfish in the pond. This was very disappointing and the primary reason we won't be back. The young lady who worked the overpriced camp store on Saturday's last shift was the only reason this rating is as high as it is. She was polite, friendly and truly understood what customer service means. She is a credit to the campground and the owner has been lucky to have her for nine years. She was a true treat to Moms on Mother's Day weekend and was the only true bright spot. Oh, and this place is right next to a gun range.
We continue to go to Twin Grove several times a year. Clean and easy to access, the campground presents a great overall appearance. The shower houses and restrooms are immaculate. The staff, for the most part, is friendly. The pool, with a great water slide, is well-maintained. The campground and park lose a point in any review of mine because everything, except the pool, costs money. A dollar a ride sounds cheap but it starts to add up, especially with two kids over the course of several days. The teens working the rides and games were great, especially the young man during the week of 8/4/08, but staff is at a minimum--two kids attending six rides, the arcade, and game stand. I guess prices would be really high if they actually had enough staff so these hard working attendants could work at a decent, less frenetic pace. Finally, this rating loses a point because of the pool monitor on Thursday. The young lady had little interest in enforcing the rules and allowed an annoying family to dominate the water slide by making everyone wait while they played a game repeatedly. Everyone is supposed to have fun, but this family took over. For whatever reason, they continued without so much as a request from the staff to be more polite. The monitor earlier in the week was much better at keeping people in check in a friendly way. We had a great time with a few minor issues. A level site, full and well maintained hookups, a great campstore, and mostly solid staff makes Twin Grove our "Ol' Faithful."
This wooded and cramped campground needs to decide if it is going to be a seasonal only campground or if it wants to attract more families. The sites are not very level, the hookups are on the wrong side at half of the sites, and there is a pile of trashed picnic tables at the far end. The pool is small and older, not filthy but not clean either. Few services are provided (there is only one dumpster) without fee, including the "pay extra for air conditioning" fee. The office is open a few hours a week. The volleyball court is overgrown with grass, the playground equipment is fair at best, and the roads are tight for a larger rig. The wildlife is nice, though; we heard an owl on several occasions and the locusts were out in force. The other wildlife we saw was a two inch cockroach that crawled across the basketball court. If the daily rate was $8 lower, this review rate would be five points higher. Save your money and go elsewhere; this is not a sufficient base camp for attractions. We won't be coming back.
We stayed for three free nights with the requisite sales spiel. Nice campground, although we stayed out of season, but the pool seemed nice. Playground equipment was okay--kind of old, but in good repair--safe but boring. Mini-golf course needs to be upgraded. We won't be buying a TT membership, but would go back to the Thousand Trails-Hershey location.
This campground is "just okay." We were disappointed that they would not open the pool because the monitors were still in school--not lifegaurds, mind you, just high school kids to check your passes. Lake was well stocked with blue gill and bass. The seasonal sites range from very nice to horrendous. With no cable or other activities, a small pool, dirt sites and limited playground equipment for the kids, the rates seem a little high (by about $6 a night). I doubt we will be back.
We spent nearly a week here and had the best time. Our kids, 4 and 5, enjoyed all the activities that came with the activity passes--bumper boats, mini-golf, fishing, bike rentals, and paddle boats. The pool was clean and the staff was very friendly. The mid-week internet special that gave us a free night and free activity passes was phenomenal. The camp store is somewhat small, but sufficient. You do not have to leave the campground if you don't want to--there is so much to do. Ceramics and crafts were a nice distraction. Very clean campground. We will be back every year, I hope.