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07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
We LOVED this campground and cannot wait to go back. We were here for a horse show my daughters were participating in, so we didn't have time to do all the extras that we were hoping to, so next year we hope to schedule in a few extra days. The reasons for my 8 rating and not a 10 are the following: 1) There are no sewer hook-ups anywhere in the park. There are at least 2 dump stations, however. I have never been to such a nice, full service campground and not had sewer hook-ups. 2) The bathhouse showers were sooo HOT! The two settings were off and very hot, nothing inbetween. Two of the days we were here it was 100 degrees outside and a hot shower is the very last thing we wanted, so it was very, very frustrating. The bathhouses were clean however, as was every part of the park that we encountered. 3) The map we were given of the horsepark was very confusing and downright inaccurate. The signage on the interior roads is also not very good, so we were driving aimlessly at times looking for a certain event or building. (And my husband is normally a whiz at directions, so this was unusual for us.)Some roads are not meant for motor vehicles, just horses and/or golf carts, which is fine, but we did not feel they were well-marked. Plusses: The pool was clean and even had a lifeguard; the attractions we did see were very good and well-run; and it just gorgeous in general.
08/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
This is not a destination campground, but an adequate overnight stop. A reviewer from April '09 commented that the front sites were all dug up: well, they are still all dug up in late August. These dug-up sites are the first things you see when pulling into the camper area: very unsightly. It's quiet and treed, no road noise at all. The bathhouse might have been clean, but it was creepy and in drastic need of updating. The pool was on the small side but seemed clean. Staff in the office was very friendly. They have a fancy coffee maker in there and the woman on duty was very helpful in showing me how it worked. We would stay again if we ever needed to for a stopover.
08/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
We used this campground as a base camp for going in to DC, so although the pool and other fun things looked nice and clean, we did not have time to use them. The bathhouse was very clean. Our site was level and had a patio. It was tight but not that tight, as we certainly had room to put out our slide and awning, and it seemed everyone else did too. What is best about this campground is how easy they make it to get into DC. There is a bus station onsite. There is a metro station (with parking) about 5 driving minutes away. We arrived at this campground completely clueless as to how to get in to DC, and how to get around once in DC, and after about 10 minutes in the office, they had us on the right track, and we were good to go. There are tons of brochures and maps in the office as well. The campground gives an orientation each day on how to get into the city, which we missed, and still found the metro system extremely easy to use. This is a campground in the middle of a big metropolitan area, so the road/bus noise is unavoidable: you should know that going in. You will not feel like you are "roughing it" or even doing "real camping" but we figured since we were there to see DC, that comes with the territory. If we ever camp in the DC area again, we will definitely return to Cherry Hill Park.
08/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
Our site, C2 was nicely wooded and tucked away. It was a cozy feel and we loved it (other than the price!) However, the restrooms/showers closest to the pool were absolutely filthy. The bathhouse nearest our campsite was clean, but there were only two showers, which I thought was weird because the building seemed brand-new. There are only three bathhouses in the entire park: one is filthy, one is tiny, and we did not go into the third one. You might want to plan to use your onboard facilities exclusively. The pool area had weird hours: one night it closed at 7:00, which seemed super early, then the next night we found out it stayed open till dark. Wi-Fi did not work at all, not even a little! You might want to tell your kids it is a "mini-waterpark" as it is way smaller than it looks on their website. It's a nice pool/play area, just not huge. There are lots of activities offered, and they seemed to be well-attended. They do not offer any discounts at all, not even Good Sam. I kept seeing the same one staff member on duty throughout the park, not multiple staff members like even smaller parks often have. We liked this park ok, but not sure if we would return.
08/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
We loved this campground. Our site (#138) was wooded and tucked away yet just a short walk to the pool and office. There were a few gravel, unwooded spots up front, so you might want to call and verify what you want. Each site had a garbage can of its own: nice touch. We took the NYC tour that leaves right from the campground. It was a whirlwind tour, but very well-organized! The tour guide was so nice, even to our kids. The tour seemed a little expensive, but when you realize it covers the cost of going up in the Empire State Building, ferry rides to Liberty and Ellis Islands, and eliminates the cost and hassle of driving/parking, then I believe it is a very good deal. The campground staff was awesome. My daughter approached one staff member to ask where she could find the closest bathroom to the pool, and he gave her a personal escort in his golf cart, even waited for her and brought her back. It wasn't even that far, I think he just thought she would enjoy the ride. (She did!) It sure impressed her parents! He also scooped our ice cream and the smalls were so big that they barely fit into the dish. We hired the dog walker while we were on the NYC tour. They walked the dogs and even checked in to make sure the A/C had not stopped working. 100% of the fees they collect for dog walking go directly into the KOA cancer camp donation tube. I was so impressed by this! The pancakes had so many blueberries in them that I believe they lost money on me that morning! These small details made our stay here very memorable and positive. If you need a grocery store, ask the desk for directions to Hannaford's: it is new and did not come up on my GPS. We would definitely love to come back to this lovely campground.
08/2009
rating [ 5/10 ]
If I were to rate just the campground, without regard to our experience, it would be a 10. Extremely clean, tons to do, facilities impeccable. However, if I were to rate this campground based on our experience alone, it would be a 1, so I met in the middle with my rating of 5. Getting a human on the line when phoning this campground was extremely difficult, first for the original reservation, then later just for some simple questions. Several times we sat on hold so long that we would just hang up and try later. This campground is just minutes away from the Gillette Stadium, convenient if you are attending an event, but we were not. We were trying to arrive for the 3:00pm check-in, but got stuck in the traffic from the Kenny Chesney/Country Fest (starting at 4:00) which added two hours to our trip! I'm sure locals could have figured out how to get around it, but we could not. I felt the proximity to the stadium could have been mentioned when we reserved our spot, especially since it was the day of a huge concert: but how were we to know? So we arrive frustrated and angry and have to deal with a 30 minute check-in procedure: waivers to sign, paperwork to go over, it was really quite ridiculous. Every staff member at the desk is wearing a headset/microphone. It feels like pulling into Disney World, not camping. The first night we were awakened to what sounded like a demolition derby outside our camper. The concert had let out and all the drunks had returned. I could not tell if any staff members ever came and said anything. I would have called but I did not feel like waiting on hold for 30 minutes. The second night: I went out after quiet hours to pick up my laundry from the dryers and there were teenagers everywhere, being obnoxious, and all dressed and ready like they were going out clubbing, and here I was worried that I should not have been using the dryers that late. Then at check out, I went to collect our deposit back for the water pressure regulator we had borrowed, and was told, no way, they don't even lend those out, and said I must be confused. I leave and my husband goes right in and returns with the deposit, no problem. She said she was looking at the wrong computer screen when she told me that. Another group came in to borrow equipment for disc-golf. They told the headset girl that they had been told on the phone that it was free, and she said, no it's $40 for a group of 4. Who pays that much for disc-golf? This place is nice and well-maintained, but it is a free-for-all! People are driving all over in their cars, just to get to the pools, because the park is so big, and it's so far to walk from the back campsites! It was scaring me to see little kids on bikes almost getting hit by these cars time after time. It's a constant flow of traffic all through the campground. We normally like places with great amenities, but this place gave us a headache. We will not be back.
08/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflects base rate plus per child fee, and per dog fee. This was a lovely campground. Very wooded--feels like real camping! Huge but does not feel huge. If you go for a long walk inside the park, take the map because the paths are very winding and we got lost walking our dogs! Pool looks crystal clean although we did not use it. We chose this park thinking we could walk to the beach, but it seemed too far once we got there and packed up the millions of accessories needed for the kids, so we drove. Big mistake--parking is at a premium at the beach area. Spots near the beach were going for $20. We found a spot for $5, but we joked it was a farther walk from our parking spot to the beach than had we just walked from the campground. Security and staff very visible. It is a well-run campground for sure. Clean bathrooms, plenty of showers. Fire rings were weird--I think they were drums from the insides of washing machines. Great cable. I would have gladly rated this campground a ten if they had had a shuttle to the beach, because the parking situation at the beach was really a hassle. Everything else was fabulous.
08/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
We loved it here. We had two different sites at this park. The first two nights were were at site #268, which is classified as "ocean view." We were amazed to find that we had a full ocean view, and could walk out to the ocean by just walking a few campsites down. The second site was #340, which is classified as "ocean side", and was a spectacular site right on the ocean. We had sort of a terrace tight at the water's edge where we could put our chairs and relax. We bought the on site lobster dinner one night and it was fabulous. Blueberry pancake breakfast was great. No pool or cable; access is available at the "Woodlands" park up the road. The Island Explorer free bus system has a stop right inside the entrance to this park, which was very convenient to getting to Acadia. The only reason I did not rate this park a 10 is because there were not enough showers near our first site. There was a line both mornings. An employee was very graciously offering golf cart rides over to the bigger bath house, which was nice, but I still thought that particular bathhouse needs to be expanded. Once we moved to our second spot, and used that bathhouse, there was no problem. There were plenty of bathrooms/showers in the bigger bathhouse. Both bathhouses were very clean. There are no sewer hookups allowed near the ocean, so plan to use their pump-out service if needed. We cannot wait to return to this KOA.
08/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Nice, quiet park. We had site #41, which was an ample pull-though in the middle of the park. Clean pool. Showers were the individual "locker" style, and were very clean, although just adequate in decor. The owners went out of their way to be friendly to us--making sure our kids knew where the closet of sports equipment was located (they were allowed to borrow the items for free) and told us that we could pick the corn from the fields surrounding the park. They even stopped and waved to us as we pulled out on our last day, seems like a small thing but it really showed their appreciation for our business. Call ahead for specific directions as our GPS took us through some VERY winding country roads after we got off the expressway. The owner said he could have given us much better directions had we called. Short drive to Cooperstown. We parked at a trolley lot and took the trolley to the Farmers Museum (which was excellent) as well as the Baseball Hall of Fame. The trolley was extremely easy to use. We would stay here again.
08/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Price reflects that we had a deluxe patio site, which was very nice. The patio was quite large, and had a table with chairs as well as a covered swing that we got a lot of use out of. Our site was roomy and level. Staff was courteous. The train leading to the amusement park next door was very near our site (#121) and we were worried it would be noisy, but it is closed on Mondays so that helped and the other 2 days we didn't notice it. No cable. Restrooms clean, adequate. Short, easy drive to Niagara Falls. Would stay here again.
06/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
Best KOA we encountered on our trip from Michigan to California and back again, staying in only KOA's along the way. Horse trail ride (right on site) was great. Each night the horses are let loose to run to their night pasture--the fenced path they take runs along the campground--a spectacular site, don't miss it. Tons of amenities, kids will love it. Shuttle to Rushmore and Crazy Horse very convenient. Beautiful views surrounding campground. We loved it.
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