After making my reservation I read the reviews. I was a bit worried that we may not enjoy our stay. We were going to be staying for 1 week, and after the second night I told my husband I've fallen in love with the park and now find the previous reviews to be a bit harsh. My registration confirmation clearly stated to bring extra coax and water hose, however we did not need them. The park was clean. The pool was kept clean and I witnessed staff often working around the pool area. The store was sparsely stocked, but there are 2 Wal-Mart within 20 minutes of the campground. The activities were great and I found that my 2 toddlers could enjoy them as well. The staff was incredibly kind and helpful. Out of all the campgrounds that we have camped at, this campground staff far surpasses any customer service we received at other campgrounds. We had no problem with our camper "sinking" and needing to re-level. It was obvious the site pads were laid out earlier in the season and have since packed. Taking into consideration that this is a new campground, there is not much shade. However, I did find that the playground was shaded very nicely in the late afternoon and evening. In a couple years the trees that have been planted will provide nice shade. It my suspicion that the long time campers to the Rehoboth area are looking and longing for another 3 Seasons Campground, and I think this campground is well on its way.
We spend a couple weekends a year at Elk Neck State Park and always have a great time. The camp ground is clean and staff is friendly. The North East Loop has the full hook-up sites (where we stay) and then there are other camping areas where there is E/W only and then no hook-ups for tenters. My only issue is that the every time we stay in the North East Loop there are more and more tenters taking up the nice sites that easily accommodate a larger RV. When making reservations on-line you are to select the equipment that you have. The site is programmed to not allow larger RVs into the smaller sites... so why can't they set up the site that the larger sites will not allow tenters to reserve them? We will definitely be returning, I will just make our reservations earlier in advance in hopes of securing a nicer site.
We've camped at Elk Neck many times and have ALWAYS enjoyed our stay. We stayed in the North East Loop, where the full hook ups are. Even with the torrential downpours our first night, the campsite never got muddy. Most of the sites are paved, which is a blessing when it rains! My only disappointment was that the weekend was booked full. Friends tried and tried to get in, calling daily to see if any cancellations came in. Knowing that my friends couldn't get into the park, I was amazed to see a site being used by a tent, no camper on the site. I was a bit disappointed, as there are many sites in other parts of the park for tents.
This was our first trip to Bar Harbor and we absolutely loved it. We could not have selected a better campground. Our site was on the beach and we had absolutely breathtaking views of the sunset every night. We do not have children, but there were many activities for the children to participate in. Full-hook up is not available on the waterfront sites, but there is a "honey-wagon" that will come and empty your tanks. This KOA does not have a pool at it's location, but you can use the pool at the sister KOA down the road. The winds picked up in the evenings for an hour or so, but after the sunset the winds calmed down and it was quite pleasant being outside. All of the campers were very friendly and we enjoyed taking walks around the campground and talking with our fellow campers. Most of the staff was friendly and helpful. This campground is definitely on the expensive side, but very well worth it.
We stayed in the North East Loop, which has the full hook-up sites. There are a couple sites that are difficult to get into but are well noted on the website. The restrooms were very clean and well maintained (however there was no soap at the sinks). The camp hosts are very nice and willing to help with any needs that may arise and the park rangers regularly patrol the park. Halloween weekend is our weekend to go and we are already talking about our plans for next year's visit.
The campground is under new ownership this season and the camp owners were friendly, pleasant, fun and very helpful. Entering the campground you drive passed the historic Grist Mill which is owned and operated by the campground owners. The owner gave us a tour of the grist mill which boasts the heritage of the little town. The mill is a working stone mill that produces a secret recipe of pancake and cornmeal mixes. We were given a free sample of the pancake mix, which was absolutely wonderful. A log building hosts the camp store which added to the historic setting. The store was well stocked and even included dairy products shipped in direct from Lancaster County. All the items in the store were very reasonably priced. We are excited about going back again, being the first year for the new owners, they have great ideas for upcoming season including many vast improvements that they will be making. There were plenty of hiking trails and look-outs which we took advantage of. The campground is located by the turnpike, therefore there was some road noise, but the stay was well worth it.
We made reservations at Tall Pines because everything else was full because of it being Memorial Day Weekend. Arriving late after a 3 hour drive, we were disappointed because the park was difficult to find in the dark. After we finally found the campground we were immediately disappointed with how dumpy it looked. There were large piles of leaves everywhere and the sites looked as if they were never mowed. The permanent sites gave it the look of a trashy trailer park. We eventually found the office and no one was there and we looked through the reservations that were left out with the site assignments and did not find ours. An after hours number was left on the door and we tried repeatedly to call but had low phone signal and when we did get through no one answered. We decided to take a site that was listed as being open. After maneuvering our way around the tight roads in the dark we finally found it. Our disappointment escalated when we saw the site taken. A passerby told us to just take another site that was open because they experienced the same thing when they arrived. My husband and I were not about to take a site for fear of someone showing up. Eventually a security guard happened to pass by and he was no help and barely spoke English. By now the Wal-Mart parking lot was looking pretty appealing. We wandered back out to Rte. 1 and called 3 Seasons. (We tried to get in there first when making reservations but they were booked). Thankfully they had a late cancellation and the guard agreed to hold the site until we got there. We ended up staying there for the weekend. When making my reservation with Tall Pines I paid for all 3 nights in advance. The next morning we called Tall Pines and they said to come on in and they will get us a site. I explained my disappointment and said that we'd be up to collect our full refund. He said that wasn't possible, they do not issue refunds from the office and that he'd have to put a request in with "corporate" in Baltimore. After numerous heated discussions with "corporate" I eventually got my refund 2 months later. Lesson learned: never pay in advance. I must say I'm sorry to see 3 Seasons close; they left a very large pair of shoes to be filled in the industry.