The other reviews here are spot on: this is an amazingly over-priced CG that is run-down and dingy. There is an extra fee for using one of the pools. We only stayed one night, which was an unplanned emergency. I will say that the woman at the front desk was very friendly and accommodating and the pull-though site was long enough so that I did not have to unhitch. We walked around the park in the morning before leaving for the drive home, and decided that this park was fine for an over-night, but not a destination in and of itself.
When I booked the site on line, it was described as a pull-through and rated for up to 35' TT. Luckily, the grounds people saw me scoping out the site, and recommended that I not pull in, as I would only have to back out. Boy were they correct! Two of them helped me to back in, and I definitely could not have done it without them. We stayed six nights here, which was 3 nights too many. My daughters were attending a day camp at Old Sturbridge Village, and this was the closes CG to Sturbridge (for a reasonable price). However, the showers were just atrocious, and would make it very difficult to stay here again. There were a ton of mosquito's, so hiking wasn't enjoyable, and the lake was a bit smelly, so not very refreshing. On the way home, we tried to do an overnight at the local Walmart, but the police kicked us out. Apparently the town has an ordinance that prohibits overnight parking. I know this last piece of information is not about the CG, but hope you leave it in, as would have been SOOOO helpful for me to have known this ahead of time. Hope I can save someone else the headache of finding a CG in the dark as we were forced to do.
I'd planned for four nights, but with the pool, water slide, evening events, tubing, and making friends nearby, they cajoled an extra night out of me! It was a really relaxing week. The campground was well-kept, the pool area was nicely-tended and pool hours were good. Our site was near the get-out ramp for the river, but it was never too loud or rowdy. I would rate the CG as a ten, except the dirt roads are not well-maintained at all. Also, the directions I got to pull into the site weren't good, and I had to circle through some deep and muddy potholes to re-navigate into the site. Thank heavens for 4WD! All in all, a great week.
We stayed for one week here in August 2012. Unfortunately, as I pulled into the campground, I got the trailer hung up on one of the large grey rocks lining the driveway in front of the office. It was in the shade and I didn't notice it as I should have. The maintenance crew was outstanding and came out with boards to build a ramp for me to get the axle over the rock. What a help! They even escorted me to a site for my trailer and helped me back in. As a mom on her own with 2 kids, I really appreciated the extra help. We had a wonderfully-quiet spot (K-18). Although there was no sewer service, we were very happy to trade off the quiet and extra space with having to use our dump tank. I thought the sewer sites were rather closely spaced, but our spot was divine. We picked wild blueberries on the hillside each evening for the next morning's pancakes and took the very convenient bus into Bar Harbor or Acadia each day. We took our bikes most days, and it was very easy to load them on the bus. The CG was very well maintained, bathrooms were clean with no long waits each evening. The guests were pleasant, no rowdiness that we observed. We will definitely return, but perhaps earlier than the 2nd week of August--it turned out to be the peak vacation week for the area. Can't wait to return!
It was definitely tricky to maneuver through this campground with our 35 footer. There was really nowhere to turn around at the bottom. At check-in, the woman directed us to what she considered a turn-around, but it had an incredibly small radius. Fortunately we were able to back up onto the volleyball court and make the turn. Our site was tucked into hemlock pines, and was just beautiful. However, the constant noise from the highway, just a 1/4 mile nearby, negated any sense of peacefulness. The pool was advertised as heated, but was not. It was very cold, so my daughters wouldn't swim in it. We rented tubes from the campground and floated down the Schroon River. Unfortunately, we were told in the CG office that the float would be about 2 1/2 hours. It took us four hours. If it hadn't of been such warm water, that could have been a bit of a dangerous situation. I'd advise folks to do a bit more research about the float than we did, as there wasn't a lot of information or advise from the office here. Because of the highway noise, downtrodden aspect of the campground, and night-time partying of the seasonal campers (even on a Wednesday night), we would not return.
Site was small and surrounded by very loud neighbors. We stayed during 4th of July weekend, and private hours were an absolute joke. Pool was freezing so we only went once. Gangs of teenage boys on bikes hung around in lots of spots, so my daughters were nervous about them. Not much to commend this park, and overpriced unless you have a membership. We stayed to be close to the Shawagunks and Hudson Valley, but would find a different campground should we wish to return to the area.
Very nice campground, gravel roads, nice area of the Cape. We stayed for six nights in the high season, and it was a very quiet campground, which we enjoyed. Distance between sites was good, and small shrubs and trees had been encouraged to grow between most sites to provide privacy. Most sites are pull-through, providing even more space between campers. Okay to have a fire in the fire ring, camp store was nice. We went cycling a few times on the paved bike path, which is connected directly to the campground and very convenient. Laundry seemed expensive, until I realized how fast it was getting washed and dried...the efficiency of the washers and dryers saved me money in the long run, although wish there had been more dryers in the laundry. Someone mentioned there were more in another building, but it worked out okay for me. The office was clean and comfortable, with a lounge and a TV to relax in on rainy days, although we did not. The only downfall of the campground in my eyes was its close proximity to Route 6,the main highway through the cape. The road noise was constant, so it didn't sound much like the country. However, it was very convenient to restaurants, beaches, etc., and we absolutely enjoyed our stay there. We would return.
We spent three nights here while visiting nearby Plymouth. We asked for a quiet spot when making the reservation...we received a site directly across from the playground, and very close to surrounding neighbors. The sites were extremely close together, in pine trees, but no shrubs or anything between the sites. Everyone was sandwiched so close together. We went back to the office to see if there was a more quiet site, and were directed to another site. They never told us it had no sewer and was at the end of a dead end. We had to back in to turn around, then go back to the dump station to empty out, then back up again into the site. We decided to stay nevertheless, because at 6:00 at night, how much choice do you have? I will say it was a quiet area...well, except for the kid with the recorder. The dump station access was very difficult. No one checked on us during our stay, or offered to refund the difference between a full-service site, and one with just W/E. Granted< the difference was minimal, but the offer would have been appreciated. We did not visit the pool and other facilities, but my husband and daughters visited the playground. They returned after ten minutes, after another girl had described how she liked to pull the heads off her Barbies and pull out their hair. Shall we say that it was a very tough crowd. There was Wi-Fi advertised, but it did not work at our site. We would not return.
We spent five nights at this peaceful country campground, and I can't quite decide if it was a good campground or not. One thing is for certain: it was definitely unusual. Most of the campground is carved into a forested hillside. This meant that the sites are nicely distanced from one-another and the trees provide privacy and a sense of peacefulness. The waterfront sites appeared to be fully taken by seasonals. During our stay, we were the only camper we saw entering or exiting the campground: translation: there is nothing going on here. It is a great place to do nothing but listen to the chipmunks. One huge drawback: not only was there no wi-fi, but not even a wi-fi hot spot or store. Even worse: no cell reception! I couldn't get internet on the iPad all week. We never saw employees working on the place: the front entrance is a dump. So, if you want a peaceful retreat, this is the place for you. However, with a base price of $50, and $5/kid/day (why?!), we paid $60/night, which in my opinion, is hugely overpriced for a no-frills campground with absolutely no amenities. There appeared to be 2-3 other campgrounds in the nearby area, they appeared busier, but perhaps would be of more interest.
This was such a beautiful and peaceful campground. The fee was reasonable, considering that this campground is truly at the top of a hill, in the middle of nowhere. The campground advertises that it has views of the Catskills, but I disagree. The facilities were comfortable. We stayed for four nights, mid-week, and it was very quiet for the time we were there. Perhaps the owners were recuperating from the long weekend, but the store was rarely open...had to go to the house next door and ask for them to open it. There was often someone around working on the property...not that they managed to ask the trailer with the yappy dogs to not leave them unattended, but the employees were pleasant. Also, as others have said, they really do enforce the 2 adults at the pool rule. Incredibly strange. Since I often travel alone with my 2 daughters, this meant that there were many times that we could not use the pool. The times that we could use it however, it was just lovely: clean, warm, and the hot tub was nicely kept, hot, but not too hot. A really nice spot. We would return...with a second adult, or perhaps on a busier weekend when the odds of having another adult at the pool are greater. Some fun things to do in the area (within a 30 minute drive): a scenic railroad trip (look in the local advertiser for a great coupon), a power authority museum (free), and a historic house (also free). This is definitely not the touristy area of the Catskills, but it was very pretty. One last hint: call ahead for directions so that you don't tow over a huge mountain nearby.
We stayed here for two nights while visiting friends in St. Louis. Our daughters loved the warm pool: it was clean and comfortable and one of the best pools of our six-week trip. The location is convenient to the city, and although in an industrial area, was clean and safe enough that we could let our daughters roam the campground on their bikes. The loved the playground and bouncy pillow...what a treat! If we were in the area again, we would definitely return to this KOA, which we usually avoid as over-priced and over-crowded. This was a down-to-earth place and a great value.
What a lovely oasis in the middle of a dry and dusty area of the country. The paved roads and cement pads eliminated the dust that we encountered throughout the national parks in the state. My daughters loved riding their bikes around, it was so peaceful, and the shade trees were lovely. I can see how many snowbirds would enjoy this campground, and I wish we could have stayed longer as well. We only stayed for 2-3 nights while visiting nearby Zion Park (which was my favorite of the canyon parks). We passed many other campgrounds while driving in, but saw nothing that could even compare to the cleanliness, price, and peacefulness of this campground. Most of the other CG's are right next to the road with no trees, and lots of dirt and dust. Thanks again to rvparkreviews for helping us to pick such a relaxing spot.
What a gorgeous campground! Wish we could have stayed longer. It was so quiet and peaceful in the pine trees. We went for some walks along the dirt roads, and they were so lovely and restful. We spent a full day resting in the campground before going to the Grand Canyon. After the heat and dryness of the canyons in the area, the cool greenness of the Kaibab Plateau and forest was most welcome. My daughters loved visiting the horses corralled next to the campground and the two colts in the pen. It was an easy drive into the Grand Canyon, but what a zoo once you get there! Try to find ways of getting away from popular overlooks and onto the trails. The fellow who 'guided' us into our spot was well-intentioned, but situated us in the worst way. After he left, we pulled out and did it again on our own. Bring plenty of leveling blocks!
After reading all the other reviews, I planned a few nights here in the middle of a cross-country trip that relied on a lot of basic CG's and national parks. What a disappointment! I thought my daughters would enjoy the pool and hot tub, but it turns out that children are not allowed in the hot tub, and the pool was freezing. They wanted to leave. Also, our site was located in the front of the park, right next to a busy highway. No trees, and not pretty. What a waste of money! The food at the restaurant is over-priced hamburgers, and our daughter wanted to rent a little 3-wheel bike for a while: it was $20 for half an hour!!! We stayed in Cape Cod last summer, and rented one at $25/day. And they put the fear of God into her if she returned it one minute late: she would lose her $25 deposit. She rented it anyway, and returned it five minutes early, poor thing. We stayed in Fishing Bridge for four nights and enjoyed that a lot more than this. I will say that the sites up on the hill looked a lot nicer, but again, not worth the exorbitant fee. I did laundry one night, and had to wait for units...very frustrating visit overall. The only thing good about our stay was the day we spent touring Nevada City and Virginia City up north. That was definitely worth the drive through gorgeous Montana scenery and the Nevada City living museum was the highlight of our six week trip (period actors dress up in costume and make the old town come to life). Go there, but at this rate, avoid the campground.
We really enjoyed our stay. Nestled among the scrub pines, we saw so many deer and two baby fawn from the back window of the trailer. We were allowed to choose our site, so selected #264, next to a water spigot. We used a hose to fill up the water tank each day, and emptied the dump tank at the dump station each afternoon. My husband used the showers once...just once. My daughters and I enjoyed riding along the lake shore on the bike path, running, and splashing along the water line. The water was too cold to swim, but fun for them regardless. The park was practically empty mid-week, and so quiet! We loved it! Bring bug-spray though. However, on the weekend, it filled up with lots of working class, partying locals in tents. Luckily for us (not them), there was a massive thunderstorm that quieted things down quite a bit. I do advise folks to select sites with some elevation...many of the sites had large portions underwater whenever there was a storm. Regarding the drive to Chicago: it was a pain, but still the cheapest way to go for a family of four. We got the City Pass, but compared to the museums on the East Coast, found the Chicago museums to be very nice, but not comparable. We wish we had saved our money, especially since the highlights of the trip were the Navy Pier and watching the sunset over the city from the John Hancock Observatory. We got caught in traffic once returning home, and that was a real pain, so time your day accordingly. For the price and location, we would return, but probably only mid-week, and if we could get a spot near a water spigot. Happy travels!
We picked this spot so that we could be out of the way, save some money, and enjoy some quiet while visiting the Badlands. We were able to accomplish all three. We ended up staying four nights, and happened to be there during a heat wave of 105 degrees! Thank heavens the A/C and electricity were fine for us, we had none of the problems other campers reported. We arrived late and enjoyed picking our own spot. We selected one nearest the road so that we could enjoy the view and minimize pesky neighbors. We didn't take into account the dust from the road, which when the locals drove by (very fast) billowed over the trailer. Since we had the A/C going full tilt, it wasn't too much of an issue, but I can imagine it being problematic when the windows were open. Our two girls didn't care about the dated facilities (which is putting things nicely): they played at the playground and went in the pool, which wasn't green during our stay, but was extremely cold, so they didn't stay in for long. It was good for cooling off on hot days. Mid-week the place was fairly empty, with a few sets of families coming in on the weekend. Driving by the other campgrounds, I was very happy with our choice: the other campgrounds are right next to the main road of the park. We prefer not to hear traffic all night, not be packed in so tightly with other trailers, and to save money where we can. If you want peace, quiet, and the opportunity to feel as though you are really in the Badlands, and not some manufactured oasis, this park would be a good choice for you. Happy travels!
We went tubing for the afternoon...what a treat! The water was warm and it was a perfect lazy river ride for us and our two girls, ages 7 and 9. It was their first time tubing, and they loved it. The park was at meticulous as everyone says, but to have such gorgeous grass, worth the inconvenience with the carpets. We were there mid-week, and the girls played lacrosse on the empty sites, it was so inviting. I didn't find the staff to be particularly friendly, but they were polite. It just didn't seem authentic, but forced. But anyone who's worked in the service industry knows that it's hard to be chipper when the chips are down. The only really annoying thing of our stay was the swarms of black houseflies that had invaded the campground. Not sure if this was an unusual event, but it took us a few days after leaving to hunt them all down in the trailer. We would definitely return to go tubing again if we lived nearer, so I recommend this to those interested in a peaceful and convenient place to do so.
This is a country campground set amid the farm fields of Michigan. It was worth the drive off the interstate. We stayed three nights, enjoying the pool and shade during a summer heat wave. The rate reflects Passport America rate, plus $2 to use the A/C. It appears as though the majority of campers were locals enjoying family reunions for the fourth of July. However, even with all the outdoor socializing, it was pretty quiet. Two notes for others: don't trust your GPS. It took us over five miles of unpaved roads, even though I requested paved roads only. My husband thought it was very scenic, until he saw all the dust that had settled in the trailer! Also, the pool water wasn't very fresh. It was very warm and had obviously been well-used by the date of our stay. When it's 94 degrees out during the day, I'd say leave the solar cover off at night! But, staff was friendly, we enjoyed visiting Cabela's just ten miles away and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, so we stayed an extra night. We would definitely return and recommend it to others.
This is a small park with just 40 sites and is very quiet. We stayed here for just two nights while visiting a friend in Rochester. We spent two nights and the campground was quiet and peaceful. Our site was very nice, backed up by a large open field and tucked into pine trees. Most of the sites had a wonderful degree of privacy. We got in very late the first night, and the manager waited up for us and guided us to our site. He was wonderful. The daytime manager was also very nice and obviously works hard to keep the campground nice, clean and welcoming. I ran each morning, accompanied by my 7-yr-old on a bike, along the carriage paths within the campground, and the second day across the street to Lake Ontario. It was an easy 20-minute drive to downtown Rochester. We visited the wonderful science museum and had a great time. We followed the driving directions in a prior post, and so avoided any low underpass problems. It's a beautiful area and was a great trip overall. We will definitely return.
We stayed here for a week for our spring break. It was really windy on the beach, and a bit cool. But otherwise, we had a nice week. The campground is very clean, and I think other posts give a nice overview of available amenities and services, so I won't be redundant with that. A few notes on our own personal experience though: our young daughters had a great time biking around. Very few golf carts and they were driven responsibly, except for one Dad who persisted in talking on his cell phone and ignoring stop signs. Guess he just couldn't leave work at work. Otherwise, the park was half full, so it was nice and quiet. The park is very nicely maintained overall and the staff was courteous and friendly. The teen-aged lifeguard for the indoor pool needs a new job though. He obviously didn't enjoy the one he has. We did get the 'family fun pass' for the week, but I don't think I would do that again. The mini-golf course is small and not very exciting. How many times can you play the same course in one week? Also, one turn on the paddle boats was enough, and the hippo slide wasn't open yet. So, while a great deal, we would skip this next year and go to other mini-golf courses. There are so many to choose from on Route 17, that look very cool. Only annoyance of the week was the yappy dogs near us. I just don't understand why people let their dogs stay outside yipping until 10:00 at night?! How about if I sat in my truck and honked the horn every five seconds? Honestly! The staff was super great about getting security to talk to them right away (two different sites), and our last 2 days there were a lot quieter. My daughters also experienced an incident on the playground, and security took care of that quickly and seriously as well. We were pleased with their responsiveness. Would we return? Maybe. A word of warning to the non-religious. Although we noticed that this is a Christian campground, we didn't quite expect the full-size puppets displaying the Holy Week story. We had quite the time explaining to our daughters why there were three men nailed onto crosses. It freaked them out a bit, as they have not yet been exposed to concepts of people torturing and killing one another. It left quite an impression on them as it was all lit up at night with brightly lit crosses along the lakeside as well. Overall, I can say they were a bit disconcerted by it for most of the week, (you drive by this on the main road headed through the park, so it's impossible to avoid). However, the other large parks were full and a lot busier than Lakewood (maybe this is why?) and we do like the quiet. I think I would request a site farther away from the beach next time though. They seemed to smush all of the campers together as close to the beach as possible, and leave huge sections completely open. The sites are small, and of course we were next to a motorhome with four teenagers who lived outside the whole time. I'd rather have a bit of breathing space myself. I can also say I would never stay here in the summer! No shade, too close together, and they say every site is taken. That would be just too many people to consider it enjoyable 'camping.'
We spent four quiet days here and could have stayed longer. Our site was comfortable, no trees, but nicely grassed. Mid-week it was really quiet. Five minute drive to Assateague Island with gorgeous beaches that go on and on: only $5.00/day. My two daughters (ages six and eight) loved riding their bikes around the park, and it was quiet enough that they could. I ran in the mornings: the perimeter of the park was just over a mile. Being next to the ocean was beautiful, although the seagulls in the park made a huge racket in the mornings. The waterfront spots looked great: our TT was too big for one of them, but how ideal for smaller TT and pop-ups! The pool was clean and warm, being in Virgina. I will say that there were many working class teens and young people in the pool. Not trying to be snobbish, but my young daughters got quite an education at times. Staff were friendly and the store had plenty of stuff. At check-in though, I was sent to two different sites that already had people on them. They need to get a better system for recording reservations, and accept credit cards for payments. Who uses checks these days? Overall, I recommend this park to most anyone. We would love to go back: for longer.
We spent five nights here...three nights too many. We thought having access to the waterpark would be worth any other inconveniences...I'm not sure this was the case. Perhaps for families with tweens and teens it would be a bigger benefit. For us, I had to back in to a heavily treed site on the main road...and had arrived at 4:30. Holy cow. It took an hour, waiting for the million golf carts and bike riders to keep going by. The sites are very close together and the whole campground is dusty from all the activity and dirt roads. There's certainly plenty to do, both at the campground and in the area. I think this was just too busy of a campground for us...I couldn't let the girls go and ride their bikes around...too much traffic. We did go to the waterpark four days, but the girls found it just okay. The lines weren't too bad really, but the lazy river was too packed! Facilities were clean, get there early if you want a chair. I think that if we had been in a quieter spot, we might have enjoyed it more. The pop-up camper to our left had four teenagers camping outside of it and they were up early and stayed up late. The travel trailer to our right left their two yapping dogs alone most of the time and the dogs yapped continually. All in all, we were glad to leave and would not go back.
My 2 daughters and I traveled the NEast this summer for six weeks in our new TT. We had a blast. We stayed at Wild Acres for the last week of our trip, and it was a great way to end our trip with such a great campground. This campground is worth every penny! Lucky for us, we got it on sale at the end of the season. Parking and check-in were a piece of cake. We were escorted by someone in a golf cart to our site (the first pull through of the summer: what a luxury!) and he made sure we were all set, then came back to check on us an hour later...how nice. Perhaps it was because I am a mom with 2 young girls on our own, but in any case, I thought this practice spoke volumes about the park, and no other park had done this, so I was impressed. Our site was large enough: no trees, but in Maine, that was just fine. Under our window were a few bushes of wild blueberries! We picked them in the morning and I made blueberry pancakes for us, not joking! The park is clean and obviously well cared for. My daughters loved it. They rode their bikes all over and everyone drove slowly and was very friendly. The paved roads were nice and we had a lot fewer bike falls at this park as a result. The pools are beautiful and the hot tubs were great. There are four hot tubs, separated by ages, which I think is a fantastic idea. There's one for kids, one for teens, and two for adults. The kid one was kept on the cool side, but still warm enough that the girls could warm up in it between rounds in the pool. They did not want to go to the beach at all: the pools were just too nice. Too bad they are right next to the main road: it was so loud! But the girls didn't even notice that. Other children were well-behaved at the pool. We were in some campgrounds this summer where the kids acted like imbeciles: but the crowd here was really nice. Perhaps the higher fees attract more middle class families. Fine with me. We took the trolley into the town one day and the girls loved it. I surprised them with the amusement park. I bought them arm-bands for the day, and since it was mid-week, there were no lines. The girls rode about 100 rides I think and I read a cheesy novel on the many benches located around the park. After having to walk all over a Six-Flags theme park earlier in the summer, the simplicity of this park was appreciated by all. We wished we could have stayed another week at this campground (we stayed seven nights) but had to go home and get ready for a new school year to begin.
I am new to RVing. Always wanted to do it, and after my 5-year-old daughter had a long illness last year, I decided that the time had come. I bought a 35' TT, stole my husband's truck for the summer, and cruised the NEast for 6 weeks with my two daugters, ages 6 and 8. We had a blast! Of course, I was the only mom on her own hooking up and unhooking the TT. This seemed to impress most everyone in the campgrounds. I am taking some time to share my experiences at various campgrounds because the reviews on this site were essential for my summer planning. They proved to be really accurate, as long as I read several entries to get a big picture. I feel obligated to contribute to that which benefited me so greatly. Thanks to others who post too. We stayed here at Adventure Bound for two weeks in early August. Our site was nestled in the local pine trees and was just beautiful. Of course, these trees made backing into our site a royal headache! There was plenty of space between trailers, and we were not on a busy road, so it was great. Overall the park was very clean, quiet, and family friendly. It was just a 1-mile walk on a sandy path to the beach, but we ended up buying a beach pass so we could go to the bay beaches. The undertow at the ocean-side beach was too nerve-wracking for all of us, until hubby joined us for a few days. I will say that staying in North Truro, above the business of the rest of Cape Cod was great. It's a lot more rustic than the rest of the Cape, less traffic, and the beaches were just gorgeous. Some negatives folks should know about: park staff can be a bit condescending and were not very helpful. Parking for registration is terrible, only room for one big rig. All sewer sites were taken up by seasonal rentals. I won't ever stay for more than 3 days without sewer. Luckily I made friends with people who had dumping buckets and could dump every few days. Otherwise, the charge is $25/dump. The dumping station is behind a garage and was a bit of a challenge for big rigs and my long TT to negotiate. Not impossible, just annoying (had to ask others to move their cars so I could get in). There's no parking for the laundry room at all, so I had to lug laundry by hand: just a pain. No fires allowed at all, so you have to rent their pits ($25 and buy their wood, more money). When DH visited, it was another $15/night to park. These small fees just added up! Groceries in the area were expensive: go with a full cupboard. Overall, I'm not sure I would go here again, mainly because of the lack of sewer. A friend of mine has been going here for 20 years, and he can't get a sewer site, even making the reservation a year ahead! However, there's not another area that far out on the Cape that can compare in beauty. Happy traveling!