Our trip here was almost a disaster, thanks to the online reservation system. We reserved electric site #86, that was supposed to easily accommodate our 30 foot trailer, and when we arrived it was clear that it would barely fit a pop up. Actually the pop up that eventually took that site was having trouble leveling because of the slope. The woman at the contact station was very nice, and not at all surprised by our issue, and said this has happened before. Being Labor Day weekend, she could only offer us a site with no electric, which we took. The park itself is a typical PA State Park with some nice trails and a little lake. The sites are close together in the electric area, but big and much nicer in the dry camping area. If we ever return we'll camp in the dry camping area and be prepared by bringing a generator. If you don't mind being in the pet loops, those sites are much more big rig friendly, although close together.
We have camped here many times and enjoy this campground. There is lots of hiking, kayaking, and biking to do here. The view from the upper campground area is breathtaking. The bathrooms and showers are always clean. The hosts have always been friendly. My only complaint is that they have stopped mowing the grass between sites, and this has increased the bugs, and also the campground doesn't look as we'll manicured as it used to. Not sure if this is a budget cut issue or what, but it was nicer when they mowed the whole thing. We still love it and will return many more times I'm sure.
The Good....This is a nice park for fishing, crabbing, and kayaking/boating. There are some geocaches in the park and surrounding area. The bicycling on local roads is great, with little traffic and considerate drivers that gave us lots of space. Crisfield has a museum worth seeing. The Bad....biting flies and mosquitos are so bad that you have to be covered in bug spray from head to toe, and some still attack. While we had a great view of the docks, I wouldn't chose a site near there again, due to the dead fish smell that wafts over from the fish cleaning station.
This is a really nice, remote park. Some of the sites are larger than others, and the campground map depicts site size very well. All are wooded. There are some nice hiking trails, and a little lake. The playground is not in the campground, and is across a busy road, which could be a problem if you have children.
This state park is one of our favorites. Some sites back up to the Little Pine Creek where you can put in your kayak and float down to Waterville (if water levels are sufficient). Hiking trails are ALL very strenuous, so you have to be in excellent shape to take advantage of those. If you enjoy bicycling, it's a short 4 mile drive to the Pine Creek Rail Trail parking lot. There is a nice store and restaurant in Waterville. There is wi-fi within walking distance at the store/restaurant parking lot just before the entrance to the campground.
We spent 5 nights here on site #52. The sites are enormous, very private, and well shaded. We enjoyed the 3 mile trail on our bicycles, loved watching the brown pelicans from their swings, and toured the fort. It's an easy 35 minute drive to get into Savannah. There's a wonderful restaurant about half a mile outside the entry gate, Fish Tales.
This state park is nice. Yes the bathrooms are old, but they were nice and clean while we were here. The park amenities are rather spread out, as is the case with a lot of state parks. Clarion River is beautiful for kayaking and the livery service is located right at the park entrance. The old growth forest is beautiful. There is even a theater within the park. Quite a nice spot. We would camp here again.
This is a nice campground. Some long term sites but they are all neat and tidy. The pool is magnificent. The mini golf next door is very nice. Lots to do in the area outside the campground. We would definitely stay here again.
The people working here are very friendly, so I hate to say we wouldn't stay here again, but we probably wouldn't. While the campground could be pleasant enough, the sites are just too close together. When our neighbors sat outside they were at most 3 feet from our bedroom window. Cable TV is $2 extra a night which was kind of irritating. Wi-Fi was free and worked well. The rate we paid was a 20% discount for camper appreciation weekend. The pool looked nice, and there's a mini golf course, and shuffle board. I just can't get past being so close to my neighbors.
The sites here are nice, and the park scenic. They have a nice mountain biking trail area, some pretty hiking trails (although crowded), and the lake is beautiful. On the negative side, I think our cost of $25 for a pet site with no hookups was ridiculous, the woman at the checkin booth was grouchy, and the bathrooms were old and dirty. Fortunately, none of the negatives effected us after we checked in!
Rate is a Good Sam discount rate. I feel the need to review this campground again since a year had passed since my last review. There are many positive changes here. The junky permanent sites are gone. There are now cement patios at all the sites in the downhill section. Landscaping has been done and looks nice. They added a beautiful deck to the clubhouse. We'd definitely stay here again, and would now prefer it to the other local campgrounds that we've experienced. It's a great location to visit Montecello and Charlottesville, P Buckley Moss Museum, Stauton's attractions, and the Blue Ridge Parkway. My compliments to the management and owner on upgrading this park over the last year. It looks terrific!
I've never seen sites this large. This is an immaculate campground resort. They had lots of activities even in the winter. The 1 mile long paved bicycle trail around the lake is lovely. The pool was open and sparkling clean. Bathrooms and laundry, were clean as a whistle. They had a roaring fire in the fireplace in the lounge / store, with lots of games, puzzles and movies. It's 15 - 20 minutes from the nearest beach. We didn't see any reason to leave the campground! Loved it!
Our rate was for a back-in site with the Good Sam discount. This place is fantastic. There aren't any bad sites, but you'd probably want to avoid a buddy site unless traveling with friends. The bicycle trails are great. The Christmas light show is wonderful. The only awkward thing is that during the light show you are supposed to be back at your site by 5:00 pm, or you'll have to wait in line at the gate with the cars waiting to drive through the light show. The park is only 10 minutes from downtown Charleston. I don't give many 10 ratings, but there's just nothing we didn't like about James Island County Park!
This is a nice park, but it was very crowded on the weekend. Once the weekenders cleared out it was much more peaceful. Nice hiking trails. Great paved bicycle trail around the lake. Nice camp store. My continuing complaint about Pennsylvania state parks is that they only allow dogs on a few sites, and they concentrate those sites all in one area. It would be much nicer to have the dog sites scattered throughout the park so that pet owners don't feel like they're camping at a kennel.
We stayed here for 1 night on our way south. It's easy access off of I-81. Our site backed up to a pretty little stream that campers were fishing in. The road in does have 1 blind narrow curve, but the locals seem to be aware that campers use the road and proceed with caution. I wouldn't let that keep me from stopping here. It was a good stop for us, and we'd stay here on our next trip south.
We spent 4 nights here over Memorial Day weekend. It is a beautiful park, with superb hiking trails. Some of nature's wonders that are a moderate hike from the campground are wild ponies, waterfalls, and 360 degree views. The elevation makes temperatures cool here. Our campsite was along the outside of the loop, overlooking the trees and mountains beyond. On Monday the campground cleared out and it became VERY quiet. Our trailer has VERY low ground clearance and we had a very difficult time getting to the park because of the switchbacks on Route 58. We were riding on our rear dolly wheels half a dozen times. Most RVs sit higher than ours, but if yours rides low and long you'll need dolly wheels to make it. Even with the drive we'll go back if we get down that way again.
This campground has wooded sites up on a hill and open sites down near rt. 250. Each section has a totally different feel. Even though the road is noisy we preferred the lower section, which is nearer the pool and store. We had a fine stay, but there are some permanent residents living in rental trailers here. It's an easy on off of I64.
This campground is in a quiet rural area, and in close proximity to Strasburg Railroad. As previously mentioned there are alot of seasonal sites, but they are in their own section. We had a nice view, which we enjoyed. Their store is very nice. They had a bluegrass jam session on saturday that was entertaining.
This is a very nice state park with lots of hiking & bicycling trails, and 2 lakes. It's one of the few state park campgrounds in PA that is open year round and allows pets. The sites are large and wooded. The parking pad is paved and raised above the rest of the site so you can't really put out your rug or awning too easily. We were in the pets allowed loop, which was completely full. The other loops had spaces available and looked quieter. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is a nice trail walk from the campground, and is well worth the visit.
This KOA is great. The staff is really helpful and friendly. I'll admit that a lot of their sites are gravel and out in the sun, but there are a number of sites along the tree line, and we had one of those. Our site was beautiful, large, and backed up to a small stream and trees that provided shade. The tenting area is back in the woods and looked very attractive. The bathrooms were immaculate. There are 7 really nice "family baths" near the tent area that consist of a residential style bathroom. There is an amusement area at the front of the campground, with about 4 rides, that looked fabulous for the pre-school aged child. The pool was closed, but large and clean. There are also a bunch of different sports courts. The arcade is huge. Across the street is Swatara State Park where you can kayak or canoe on the stream, if the water's not too low, or ride on the Swatara rail trail. We'll definitely be back here.
This campground is simply wonderful, and the town of Fries has the friendliest people around. Our site had a deck overlooking a small stream. The bathrooms are spotless. The landscaping is beautiful. The owners bring you fresh muffins every day, and are willing to chat any time. The location can't be beat. You're within walking distance of the New River Trail State Park for bicycling, and the New River for swimming or kayaking. You can put your kayak in at the town park 2 blocks away or go up the road 3 miles and rent a canoe at Riverside Outfitters. I wish we could have stayed longer!
This campground makes a nice home base for touring Acadia and Bar Harbor. It is much more reasonably priced than others in the area, and only one other is closer to the Acadia Visitor Center. The shuttle bus stops right in front of the office every half hour, which is nice. We stayed in a site with full hookups. These are close together but since we spent most of our time at Acadia it didn't matter to us. If you can do without a sewer hookup there are some really nice big sites here. They have honey wagon service for $8 per visit.
Our trip here started as just a stop on the way to Maine, but we just LOVED Beach Rose! This is a lovely little park, with friendly owners, and a super clean big pool. There's a bicycle path from the park to Salisbury State Preserve Beach, which is beautiful. (as opposed to the Salisbury town beach with isn't great) We'll definitely return on our next trip north.
This park is pretty and the sites fairly spacious. However, when I read that there are hot showers I assume there are also flush toilets, and there are not. Toilet facilities are latrines - yuck. The shower house has showers and sinks, and is not located in any of the camping loops, so you either have to drive or take a very long walk. Also, you have to keep pushing the shower button for the shower to stay on. We enjoyed the hiking trails. The lake is attractive. The mini golf course looked well maintained, although we didn't have time to use it. We'd go back here with our travel trailer, but not again in our tent due to the bathroom situation.
This park would be great if you have kids and just want a place to stay while you visit Hershey Park. The sites are small and almost all areas of this park are noisy. I have never seen so many dogs in a campground. We were in the pull through area which is right by a busy street, so we had road noise. The other end of the park has the train tracks. The only really attractive area where the sites are a little bigger, is the tenting area down by the stream. I felt like we were camping in a gravel parking lot. Luckily all our camping neighbors were friendly.
This park is really convenient if you are touring the Lancaster area or taking kids to Dutch Wonderland. It is 1 block off of Route 30, but you can't hear any traffic at all in the campground. We had a streamside site with a wonderful view of Amish farm land. We could watch the farmer plowing his field and the ducks paddling along the stream from our campsite. The sites are close together, but the T shaped campsites give you a little more privacy than if the same size sites were side to side. Bathrooms were nice and clean. We'll definitely return.
Claytor Lake State Park is a nice well kept park. Our site was not very private, but large enough. We stayed in the no hookups area, since the sites with hookups were full, and were glad we did. The hookup area is pretty tight. The bathrooms were always clean and there are plenty of showers. The lake has a beautiful swimming area and boat rentals of many types. This park is also really easy to get to, being only 2 miles off of route 81.
This is a pretty nice campground in a beautiful area. The sites are spaced decently in the White Oak area where we stayed, but not very private. The bathrooms are always dirty and there's alot of mold in the showers. Unfortunately that alone will keep us from returning. We really enjoyed the hiking, biking, and lake swimming. The restaurant at the park was good and affordable.
Grindstone is the best kept secret in southwest Virginia. This place is gorgeous. The sites are enormous & woodsy. As the previous poster said, there isn't much to do within the confines of the campground, but the surrounding area is full of hiking and biking trails. The campground has a spring fed concrete wading area for your swimming pleasure, a basketball net in the parking lot, and a small playground that looks fairly new. The bathrooms are old but kept very clean, and the water is warm but not steamy hot. The altitude makes it cool here. When we were camping, it was 20 degrees warmer down the mountain in town, so bring sweatshirts. This is a great place to stay to ride the Virginia Creeper trail, as you can drive into Damascus within a half hour and catch a shuttle or accress the trail directly from the town. The campground hosts are wonderfully friendly.
This state park is just average. Our site was nice, but not as spacious as we like. We had shade, but some sites do not. The bathrooms were old but nice & clean. The lake was a big disappointment. We had planned to swim, but the water at the campground beach looked so murky that we didn't want to go in it. You can rent canoes or kayaks, & those looked relatively new. The park was nice and quiet on thursday night, but filled up on friday.
This is a quiet little park that makes a nice place to stay to visit Lancaster & the Amish countryside. The owners have removed 3 former campsites & built a nice garden sitting area with benches that overlook the beautiful Amish farm land. We really appreciated being able to sit & enjoy the view & watch the buggies go by. There is an Amish hat shop at the end of the dead end street that this campground is located on. So, you will see buggies driving by all day. You will wake up to the sound of cows mooing & horse hoves clomping. It's just delightful. They have a fenced dog area where your furry friend can run without a leash. There is no store, no activities schedule, no pool & no kids allowed. This is a place to relax and see the local sites. The campsites are close together, but everyone was very quiet, & the park is neat & clean. The bathrooms are really clean with nice big showers.
This campground has a great woodsy atmosphere. We were there on a cold weekend in March in one of the heated Kapin Kabins. The bathrooms were very clean & nice & warm. The owners are friendly & helpful. The location is great for touring Monticello, UVA, Charlottesville, Virginia wine country, & hiking in the Blue Ridge. We will return!
This is the nicest little campground we have ever stayed in. We were here for 5 nights on a streamside site. The sites are gravel, level, & beautifully landscaped. The bathrooms are spotless. The owners are wonderful: very welcoming and helpful. The location is perfect for exploring the Blue Ridge Parkway and all the attractions of the area. This campground gets our highest recommendation.
We stayed at Country Acres & found it extremely clean & well kept. The bathrooms & grounds were spotless. I'd recommend choosing a site as far back from Rt. 30 as possible if you're in a tent or tent trailer, since there is truck noise at night. It's a great location to explore the Lancaster area.