We arrived on Friday for opening weekend of Hershey Park. Check-in was quick and efficient as we were already pre-paid. Our first time staying in this campground, although we have driven through a few times before. We were in site 215 in the Woodland section. Sites in the Woodland are very tight and can feel a little like a parking lot, but all sites are VERY level and long enough to fit camper and tow vehicle. As we did not need to drive anywhere for the weekend, we just pulled in and turned off the truck. Level and ready to set up, we didn't even un-hitch. Site 215 is on the 'outer' loop of the Woodland and backs to a field and hill that is good for dog-walking. You already know from the other reviews that the train is an active train. Probably 2 to 3 trains an hour rumble by at the top of the campground. From the Woodland section, you hear the train, but it is certainly not a big bother. No horns or anything - just a rumble. If you're in a camper, you probably won't be bothered while you sleep. Maybe in a hybrid or popup you'll hear it, but again - not obnoxious by any means. Staying in the Hershey Highmeadow Campground allows you to use a "Preview" night - getting in 2.5 hours before the park closes for free. They mark your tickets to note that you used your preview. Then, next day, you can go for the full day in the park. The preview allows you to 'close the park' and experience the rides after dark without having to put in a whole 12 to 14 hour day in the park. Additionally, staying in the campground allows you to enter the park an hour before opening. Let's talk about site selection. We have a 29 foot travel trailer and would never imagine going without sewer hookups. I have two teenage daughters!! That's one of the reasons I picked the Woodland section - sewer and away from the train. Now that I've been on-site and walked around, I would highly recommend sites 1 through 6 or 7 in the Hilltop section. They are very nice vistas on a terraced hill. Plenty of space between sites, still W/E/S and a fair amount of shade. You might be thinking that the sites are a bit close to the railroad tracks, but as I said before, I think you'll be fine if you're in a hard-sided RV of any kind. If you plan on going to the park on the day you checkout, do not expect that you'll be granted a late checkout or be able to stay on your site. There is usually a good amount of traffic and turnover of sites. You can take the camper to the parking lot of the park, but the cost to park is about $25. No seasonal campsites in this park. Clean, orderly, decent amount of family groups. Some cub scouts / boy scouts in the tenting area. Nice atmosphere. Overall, a very nice park. Highly recommend.
Hmmmmm. Tough time with this review. This campground has a lot of rustic charm. When I say "rustic" I mean a campground out of the 70's with lots of seasonal sites, some of which look like permanent resident sites. When I say "charm" I mean a lot of partying, a lot of noise, and nothing that says "Resort" like their name implies. The pool is small, under-sized, and underneath trees. The play ground is unimpressive. The cabins are unimpressive (based on my assessment from the outside only). We used this campsite as a base for white water rafting and it served us well for that purpose. If we ever head back to Jim Thorpe for the city's TRUE rustic charm, we'll be forced to use this campground as there really is nothing else around. A great campground if you just want a place to park and sleep while taking the surrounding area in.
Wonderful campground! The hosts were gracious, the activity staff were wonderful and attentive, the pool and water park were great fun for kids of all ages (including many adults!), the pool was clean and well maintained. Daily trash and recycling pickup at the site. Daily activities. Fully stocked store. Great arcade / game room. Close to Lancaster and Amish / Dutch attractions. Paint ball sports on-site. Geo-caching opportunities near by. Wide, shaded sites. Cable TV at each site. 1st time at this Campground; expecting many returns!!