Older. Most sites perpendicular to park roads, but with care you can back in. Concrete pad for chairs, etc. lots of birders. Close to good birding sites. Some planned activities and outings. I had site 67. I needed to borrow their huge wrench to get the sewer inlet cap off! THEN as soon as I inserted my hose and opened my black waste valve the line completely backed up and overflowed you-know-what all over the back end of my site!!! Needless to say we could not dump at that site or anywhere else at the park without considerable inconvenience. I was not a happy camper when we left. It's not a bad park. They try hard and they do a lot well.
We stayed the entire month while exploring the Greenville area for possible relocation. So we used the park essentially as a place to park the RV, plug it in, and sleep in. During the day, (every day !!!) we were out and about looking at homes for sale all over the place. In February, it was winter, and it did snow, so recreation in the park wasn't what we were most interested in. On a couple nice days, we did do some nice short day hikes, but like I said, mostly it was our RV/hotel. And for general access to city amenities in and around Greenville, it was perfect for our needs! I totally forget the rate we paid, but it was in the range I've given. Not unreasonable at all.
Very quiet, (a few rental cabins appear to cater to somewhat louder groups, but the campers by and large are quiet). Sites are level, well-spaced, separated from each other by many large trees. Roads are good gravel and the entire CG is on a large hill, so the roads past the sites are often up or down hills, but they help lead you in logically so your backing in is relatively straightforward. I saw no pull through sites at all, but there is one large flat wide open area where they park the big rigs. Excellent bathrooms and showers. Heated pool. Nice pancake breakfast ($6 adults) Saturday and Sunday mornings. Very easy to get to Brevard Music Center, or the lots of hiking trails to pretty waterfalls. Route 276 north from SC into NC has several steep hills and sharp switchbacks, but with care and attention to your mirrors, you shouldn't have trouble.
We were passing through, so all we cared about was a quiet, flat, level site we could get into and out of easily. We were satisfied, but no further than that. Surprisingly high amount of highway noise from I-70, even though I estimate we were almost 1/2 mile north. With the windows all shut, it wasn't an issue, but sitting outside in the evening it was intrusive. The one shower I used apparently was the one out of 3 that had almost no water pressure. AFTER I finished (dumb me!) I tested the other 2 and found good pressure in each of them! Shame on me. Other than that, we were not upset with much, but won't make a point to go back, unless it turns out to be exactly where we decide we simply must pull off the road for the night.
Excellent CG. We were in Cedar Rapids to do emergency flood relief, so we left our site at the crack of dawn M-F and we were draggin' when we got back each evening just before dark! We only used it to sleep in, until the weekend, when we had some free time. We found it extremely pleasant and pretty. Lots of trees and grass. We pulled through site 37 and found it more isolated than many others, which was exactly what we wanted. They are building a new shower building near the main entrance to the Loop B electrical sites, but as of Labor Day weekend, it wasn't even completely roofed, so it obviously won't be in service this season (2008) but I'm sure it should be by next season. If it had been in service, we surely would have given them a strong 10!
We had family affairs to handle while we were in town, and we didn't care about anything at all at the CG itself besides general things like ease of backing in, clean bathrooms, etc. It met our needs. We agree with the reviewer who found it unusual and a bit awkward that they'd close both bathrooms at 9-11 each day, but other than that, it was OK. We thought it was a bit expensive for its style but not totally out of line.
This is a work in progress. At least I hope so because they have a lot of work to do! I think the family that owns it is committed, but they may also just be in their first season, so you need to be prepared for a pretty rustic setting. Hilly, heavily treed. Almost nothing but campsites. A small playground for small children, but otherwise it's a place to park while you're out doing whatever else you came to the Poconos to do. Most sites fairly level, but not all that much. Electric is overhead wires strung between trees, with no more than 15 amp, in wooden boxes hung on trees about 8' above the ground! I was only interested in peace and quiet and seclusion and I got that, so it met my needs. But it sure isn't fancy at all! They say they have WiFi but I was quite close to the main building and had no luck at all. I'd say "no" except that they do have it, in principle. They only take cash! No plastic at all at this time! I missed that on their website, if it's there, but I had cash so I was OK. Be advised. This might make it to an 8 or a 9 one day, for a quiet, remote spot, but IMO it's at least a season away from that at this time.
Very good state park COG. I was there 3 nights during the week and practically had the place to myself. I was in loop D, which their online reservation site said has pull throughs. Yes, but not for big rigs. You can pull through, but even with my rig, at a shade less than 29' counting hitch and spare tire hanging off the back, I had to back up to get it where I wanted to, on my site. Once there, I had a great site #2, with no one closer than about 10 sites away! I'd give it a 10 if it were about $5 cheaper. This close to $30 is on the high side for a state park.
I was staying in the DC area for 2 days of business, so I only slept there. For that, it was adequate. I had site 29, which I could back into very easily. Lots of space for my slideout. Good separation from adjacent sites on the sides but when a diesel pusher backed into the one right behind me, they were very close! I've stayed there twice now, for work, and found it adequate both times. It's right off I-95 about 5 miles south of the junction with the beltway, and traffic can be very troublesome. Also be aware their local directions for how to get to it from the I-95 exit you'll use won't work. A small local road is now closed where it used to cross the railroad tracks. You have to take a couple mail streets but it's doable. If you can manage the local streets, you can get to the Franconia-Springfield Metro station, for easy access to/from DC, but driving in northern VA is tedious in the best of times, and a PITA in the worst of times! All things considered, I think the 8 I'm giving it reflects the traffic issues and the cost, which I consider on the high side.
Ok for a pass through, which was all we were interested in, so we can't comment on activities. There is a pond you can swim or fish (catch/release) in but we didn't care. Lots of semi-permanent at the current time, due to some nearby construction bringing in an influx of out of town construction folks in their big rigs. We were staying 2 nights with friends so we were both assigned back-in sites on a huge, football-sized expanse of crushed rock and hard gravel, with hardly a blade of grass visible! Made me wonder if that's what camping at Wal-Mart with hookups would be like. Not much ambience at all, as I define the word (trees, grass, etc). At least the sites (which are perdendicular to the access roads, not at an angle) were easy enough to back into, and quite level. My other two little gripes about this place are: their wifi is without a doubt the best I have ever encountered at a campground. I logged in immediately and got a strong signal the whole time I was there. But their software requires you to type in info in about 3 pages before you are actually online. Not a big deal, and in exchange for the strong signal, not worth a lot of complaining, but it was worth noting. Second: this place nickel and dimes you to death! We were there to meet family members for a picnic supper by our trailers, and the CG requires every visitor to pay $2 a head for even that minimal amount of visitation! It's not that good a place!! If it hadn't been for that, and the rocks, I might have given them a strong 7 or maybe a weak 8, but there is still the huge expanse of crushed rock to contend with and that means this place will never be more than a 7 or an 8 for me!
Very good state park. Heavily treed, very quiet during the week. Lots of sites fairly well spaced, although we were given a pull through that was fairly close to the ones on either side of us. Many of the back-in sites were quite large and well separated from their neighboring sites. We were only passing through on a long trip so we were only interested in a quiet place to stop overnight and we were not disappointed. We are planning a return visit later this season, and may well stay there again!
Natl forest campground in Allegheny Nat'l Forest, about 4 miles north of Marienville. Easy to find. Nice remote, typical Nat'l Forest CG. Widely spaced heavily treed sites. Pretty flat, but not completely. Not all that long. Parking area wasn't a lot wider than our rig, either, and there are drainage ditches along both sides of many of the roads, so backing in takes concentration. I am blessed (?) with the trailer backing gene, even though I can't program my VCR, so we had little difficulty backing our 26' trailer in, but substantially longer rigs might not have it that easy. No hookups at all, of course. Good picnic table and fire ring. In late May, plenty of downed wood, but by mid-June that'll probably not be the case, and they're serious about NOT bringing wood in from outside the forest, even from elsewhere in PA. Emerald ash borer has struck western PA, so please help by complying with this rule! We camped on weekdays and except for the very pleasant host living by himself, we had the place entirely to ourselves! Nice hiking trails around the small quiet pond nearby.
A Scale of 1-10 doesn't go high enough for this CG! Small and quiet, not much at all for children to do, and their ads say "we cater to adults", so it's a CG you'd go to to go somewhere else to do things, IMO. I stayed there 4 nights during the Nat'l Storytelling Festival. Great staff. They escorted me right into my back-in site, which was perpendicular to the main, wide, paved road, but both were quite wide enough to back into easily. They even had their own leveling boards, so I didn't need to stop and get mine out! And the bathrooms are absolutely the finest I have seen at any CG I've ever stayed at! Immaculately clean. The sides and doors to the stalls and showers are knotty pine paneling stained and varnished to a high gloss, put together with carpentry that'd look good in any home in America! The vestibule to each shower stall is 6' long with a seat, a shelf, and four (count 'em!) hooks for your "stuff"! Simply a wonderful, sedate, very picturesque hillside setting.
Huge place. Almost all seasonals. Most of those folks were hospitable to us transients, but it was clear we were being treated as outsiders! Or even "yankees". No shade at all. Some grass. Sites very level but VERY close together. Beautiful location at the tip of the island, otherwise. One negative encounter with one of the regulars who treated me very rudely one evening when I tried to use the internet connection when I was apparently not supposed to! Like she owned the place and made all the rules, etc. Easy for her to have handled the situation MUCH more politely but that wasn't her style, I guess, to treat a transient that way. She must have thought it was her private campground! Obviously left a bad taste in my mouth, since I still recall it! Otherwise, ok for the 10 days we were there.
For a park so much in the city, it was quite nice. Sites were easy to access, if a bit close. A few scraggly trees. Good exercise room, which I need for health reasons, was a plus. City bus service right outside the park is excellent way to visit the Alamo, etc., without unhitching, etc. Exceptionally helpful staff.
We were just passing through for the night, so it didn't matter to us that it felt like we were camping on an airport runway! All that concrete. Almost no grass and no living plant higher than an inch or so! For one night it was fine but we'd never stay there longer than "passing through".
Undoubtedly the best state park campground of the states we've RVed in (a small but growing list, so far). Exceptionally level and easy to back into sites! We stayed three nights in December 2005 enroute to FL and TX from PA. Our only issue was that we had to be back inside the park by 10 pm or we'd be locked out till 7 the next morning. We used to live near there and had to cut short evening visits with old friends to get back in the park on time all three nights, but that was our only problem. We'd definitely go back.