Where to start?? There is no beach; the only "swimming area" is about 20 feet across and it's just a two-foot ledge on the grass that drops down to the water, impossible for little ones to play. The playground area, which looks huge on the "not-to-scale" campground map, is nothing more than a swingset, tiny slide and something to climb on, all crammed into a tiny plot. That said, the place is totally overgrown, run-down and neglected. We had to hunt through the overgrowth for our water hookup; it was on a plank that had fallen to the ground and been lost in the weeds. There wasn't enough water pressure to even flush the toilet in our camper, and taking a shower was out of the question. The shower and toilet facilities were also run-down and dirty. To top it all off, our site was next to three sites full of migrant farm workers who had van seats and beer bottles and all kinds of trash all over their sites, each with several tents under huge blue tarps. I have no problem with people making a living that way, but we've worked hard to buy our camper and were on vacation, and here we're in the middle of this squalor and noise. When I asked about all those men in the office, they said, "Yeah, they come to rake blueberries every year." The interior gravel roads are very narrow and in bad shape, with lots of potholes and ruts. I just was so disappointed with this place, and I guess other people have been, too, because they have a strict "no refunds after check-in" policy, so we were stuck with our unfortunate choice. Don't make the same mistake we did; we saw some nice-looking camps on U.S. 1 in Ellsworth.
We absolutely loved this campground! The people in the office were really nice, and it's very pretty and clean and quiet. The pool was heavenly! It was so clean and warm, and my husband and I really loved the hot tub. My son was perturbed that he couldn't use it, but I say being a grown-up has its perks. :) If we're ever in the area again, we would most definitely stay here. The little village was so quaint and pretty, and we really enjoyed our stay. It was charming.
While it has lots to do, you'd better bring a pocket full of cash, because everything your kids will want to do costs extra; even the little river tube ride is $7 each. The pools were small for a campground this size, but the playground is nice. We didn't expect to have to pay for Wi-fi at a campground of this caliber (and cost), so that brings its mark down for us, and the river beach was disappointing too. The water was cold and the roped area was really small, so we only spent about 20 minutes there. Our site was up in the front, and it's like a big RV parking lot -- very close quarters, very crowded. But I think the thing that irked us the most was that this is a family campground, yet we had to pay extra for our son, who's 14. We won't go back.
What a gorgeous, gorgeous place! Our site was very level and nestled in the most beautiful woodland setting. The sites are far apart, so even though we had people on both sides of us, they were really far away. The pool was small but really, really nice, and the streams are picture-book perfect. It's close enough to Saratoga (about 6 miles) to be completely convenient, yet far enough out that the skies are full of stars. If you're traveling with a dog, be sure you bring his/her rabies certificate, because they absolutely want it. We didn't have ours, but they were flexible with us and let our vet fax it to them. We will definitely go back.
This is a great family campground. The pool is small and the water was kind of salty, but the kids loved it. The creek is a big attraction, and my son had a great time there. The owners are very very nice, and so was everyone we met. There's a nice little town a few minutes' drive away, and we found the world's best ice cream at a place called macadoodle or something like that. It's a great place to relax, let the kids run and play and enjoy the beauty.
Having read a previous review, it sounds like this place was much better under family ownership. The sites are small and the place was very crowded. While in bed, we were no more than 12 feet from one of three tents in the site next to ours. Cigarette smoke is everywhere, and the camp store prices are high. The lake water was the color of pea soup, and there were so many people in the relatively small pool (for a campground this size) that you couldn't see water, just bodies. The showers in the bath house were boarded up. Don't know what we would have done if we'd been in a tent! My son stepped in broken glass on the main road inside the campground. Thank goodness he had good shoes on. It's pretty loud at night: music blaring, people yelling. And if there's a speed limit in the camp, few seem to obey it, as cars and pickups just tear along the roads. We were given a site without a sewer hookup, as we were told we'd get, but the site next to us had tents, and an unused sewer connection. But to us, the biggest issue was that the campground website lists Wi-Fi as an amenity. That was essential to our stay, as I had about 10 hours of work to do and needed to be online to do it. That's why we chose this place. Turns out, the unfriendly and unhelpful folks in the office said there was wireless available in the parking lot, but not any of the campsites (!!!). When we brought the laptop inside to the office to show them we needed a password, they said oh, it's not free, and we don't know how to charge for it, and we don't have a password to give you anyway. These weren't young kids. They were middle-aged women who couldn't have been less concerned that I was in a really bad pickle because the campground didn't have what it had advertised. "I'm sorry" would have helped a little, but they didn't care. We won't go back. There are lots of nicer looking places very close by.
They should rename it Four Seasons Seedy Trailer Park. It's awful. Nearly all the spots are taken by well-rooted permanent residents whose trailers and mobile homes are in varying states of disrepair, and it is one big eyesore. The pictures on the Web site must be from another century because it looks nothing like that. And for $36 a night, I expected something more than the wrong side of the tracks. We didn't even stay the night -- it was that yucky. Got to our site, stayed about 30 minutes and decided to just drive home. Excellent choice. One of the seasonal people chatted with us and said she liked it there because in a lot of parks, if kids act up, they make you leave, but they don't here. Ummm, and that's good? Soon after that, we pulled out. The only good thing I can say is that we got a full refund. Oh, and that we never have to go back there again.
We visited over the July 4 weekend and were surprised it wasn't crowded -- we had open sites on both sides of us and were given a choice of four sites. All are fairly close to the lake (we could see it easily from our site) and the beach is a very short walk. The lake is great for families because it isn't deep, the water is warm and there's plenty of room for everyone. The lake's water is kind of red, so don't wear a white suit or T-shirt. The owners are very nice people, and the little store is well-stocked and the prices were reasonable. It was very quiet (save for a slight hum of traffic from beyond the park) and clean, and the seasonal people were, for the most part, delightfully friendly. There were lots of dogs but all were on leashes. The only detractions I can think of is that there isn't much in the game room for kids, and the playground is old and in disrepair. It looked like all the waterfront sites were taken by seasonal folks, but I really can't argue against that. Aside from the minor details, we had a lovely, peaceful time and even made an easy 45-minute drive to Ocean City one day.