We just returned from spending Labor Day weekend here. I agree with the previous reviews: very nice park; well-maintained, clean, spacious. We biked over to the camp office to get a trail map and ask about the best kayaking, and were treated to the aviary - about a dozen owls and hawks that are residents due to injury and/or imprinting on humans. Rangers are very friendly and helpful; they came through the campground with a hawk one night, and they run several programs like guided canoe/kayak trips, scavenger hunts, zip line, etc. There are two playgrounds, a disc golf course, and safe roads to bike. The Adkins Arboretum trails can be biked, which I think would be more fun than walking them like I did. Kayaking up the creek from the lake was my favorite part; it's a beautiful paddle and we saw dozens of turtles of all sizes. I could see how a rowdy party could be a problem; even though the rangers patrol occasionally there is no staff on site 24/7. Firewood is sold on the honor system and is newly-split and damp, but possible to burn. The only reason I don't give this park is perfect 10 is the bugs - they were fierce. I know it's part of camping but if you are a bug magnet like I am, it can really affect your trip. The mosquitoes at the campsite and the biting flies on the kayak trips were pretty bad - we set up a screen room and I pretty much stayed there if we were at the site. Overall this is a great park and we will likely return again for a quick getaway. Oh, and the Irish Pub in Denton serves some great food - try the fries with provolone, bacon and ranch dressing!
We love Fish Creek - this was our 6th visit. It is no-frills; the bathrooms could use refurbishing and some of the old fireplaces are crumbling, but we will continue to go back. We love the bike path, and the kayaking can't be beat. Be sure to do the Rollins Pond loop, or head over to the Raquette River. Here's a little secret - campers at Fish Creek (where the showers take quarters) can go up the road to another campground(where the showers are free). There are ice cream, coffee, wood and ice trucks that make daily loops, music performances and various crafts and guided nature hikes and a playground for the kids. There's also a nice beach and day-use picnic area. Donaldson's Trading Post is on the bike path and has all your basic needs. We've met some of the friendliest people here; it's safe to let your kids run and ride bikes. It would not be summer for us without a trip to Fish Creek!
We used this lovely park as a two-day stopover on our way further north. Sites are very large, well-spaced, wooded, fairly level and clean. The bathhouse in Loop A is new and very nice. Tall rigs could have trouble with low-hanging branches, but we are 13'7" with kayaks on the roof and we were fine. This park is very popular - the beach was packed and most picnic tables and pavilions were taken. There is a nice snack bar, playground and gift/supplies shop at the beach area, which is a decent walk/bike/drive from the campsites. We enjoyed riding our bikes around; it's hilly but doable. We saw people fishing, kayaking and canoeing on the lake, as well as swimming (with lifeguards, but they do state they may not always be able to supply guards and therefore may have to close the swimming area). If you want to purchase firewood at the park, get there early, as they had run out before dark both nights we checked. Easy to find, just off I-87, and a nice quiet campground (away from the beach area). We would stay here again.
This is a repeat stay for us, as it is located conveniently between home and our final destination. As always, the owners are extremely friendly and helpful, and appeared when we pulled in late (having called ahead) to help us settle on our site. Since we were there last summer they have redone the entrance driveway and it is no longer muddy and rutted. The sites are fairly close together but the pull throughs are sufficient for our 30' trailer and dually truck. It still would not be a destination for us, but it's a fine place for an overnight.
The previous review cracks me up. We just returned from a glorious two-week stay at Fish Creek, and lost count of how many times we said, "Look, there's another one of those big rigs that can't get in here!" They were everywhere. True, some of the sites would not take 40' motorhomes, but we've never had a problem with our 30' trailer when we book a site that says it can take a 30' unit. The road is a little tight but everyone makes it work, and there are places to turn around (like the dump station, for instance). But enough about that. This place is one of our favorites. Almost all sites are waterfront, the staff is attentive and helpful, the showerhouses are great, the atmosphere is perfect. Bathrooms need work but are functional. Bike path is great; ice, firewood, ice cream, coffee and baked goods trucks come through daily; and there is a nice offering of music and crafts. Frankly, I hope more people do read the previous review and decide to skip FCP; those of us who love it here don't need the competition for the sites!
This is an excellent park, well-maintained and peaceful. The sites all have paved parking areas and grassy spots for tables, tents, fires, etc. The showers are a long walk or a short drive and are $1 for 5 minutes (which felt more like 3 minutes) but the cost of getting water up the mountain and dealing with waste water is expensive. The dumpsters were emptied regularly, and the hosts were friendly and knowledgeable. We were there over Columbus Day weekend and the weather was perfect; the campground was full both Friday and Saturday nights, so book early for busy weekends. The only point lost is for our particular site (E118); it was spacious but the most unlevel site we have ever dealt with. It sloped both side-to-side and downward; we did not have enough leveling blocks to make it level and we carry PLENTY of blocks. It was just a function of the location of our site; other sites looked fine. Overall a great campground; we will go back.
This park has some great attributes and a few problems. The approaching road is steep and needs resurfacing, but it is not impassable. The park is 7 miles out of town, so no road noise. The sites are a little tight, and many are seasonal and/or permanent, but they are mostly very well-cared for, with landscaping, patios, etc. The people are mostly friendly but we did feel a little like outsiders. However, start a conversation and everyone is friendly. The breakfast buffet on weekends ($6.95 all you can eat) is really good. The activities are varied and would appeal to all ages. It is a little noisy, with many ATVs and golf carts cruising around regularly. The pool is huge and clean, but opens whenever the kids guarding feel like opening it. It is also open to the locals (for a fee) but even on Labor Day weekend was not overly-crowded. The park is run by a large family, and while they are friendly and helpful they are somewhat disorganized. Reservations are not computerized and we witnessed a big mix-up at the front desk, plus then neighbors of ours were sent to 4 different sites trying to find one that was available and would fit their 36-foot 5th wheel. Showers were clean and free, but operated by a pull rope and you cannot adjust the temperature. Water was blazing hot, which is not what I wanted on a 90-degree day, and rinsing long hair with one hand is difficult. All in all, however, this is a decent place to stay and the only game in town, so we would stay again. We were here to bike on the Western Maryland Rail Trail, which we would highly recommend. C&O Cycling in town has knowledgeable and friendly employees, and the Triangle Restaurant is a great place for a tasty and reasonably-priced meal. Check them out!
This is our fifth stay here, as it is halfway between home and our favorite Adirondacks campground. The owners are always friendly and so helpful; we called to say we were running late and they stayed up to help put us on our site. It had rained a lot and the site we had reserved was partially flooded; they upgraded us to a pull-through with no extra charge and stayed to make sure we were settled. The bathrooms are clean and the park is safe and quiet. I would not use this as a destination, but it is a great place for a stopover. The owners are the best part of this park!
Our fourth visit here in five years - the best place we've found for kayaking and biking. All but a few sites are right on the lake, which connects to others by a series of streams and is just perfect for kayaking (or jet skis, motor boats, or canoes). The bike path rings the entire campground and is about 5 miles of level, safe biking. Sites are mostly good-sized, some more than others, and can be level or not. Place is tightly-run; although bathrooms could be better they are adequate. Shower houses are good ($.25 for 5 minutes), or go up to Rollins Pond where they are free). Only complaint is the reservation system, which often leaves sites empty but paid for so they are not available to others. Highly recommend this park, and we will be going back.
Wonderful place to stay! The family who built and run the place is very friendly and knowledgeable. Choice of open sites in field area or wooded sites. Bathrooms/showers (free) spotless, grounds well-cared for. Our wooded site had some trash left by last campers but was overall spacious, level and quiet. Lots of space for kids to run, bike riding, horseshoes. Convenient to Cooperstown and surrounding area, including trolley parking lot. Would definitely stay here again and highly recommend!
Our second stay here - we love it! Right on Lake Champlain for great swimming or boating. The bike path is the best - you can ride into town or miles and miles north along the lake, which is absolutely beautiful. Most of the sites are good-sized but the full hookups to the left of check-in are pretty tight. We didn't spend much time around the trailer, though, so it didn't really matter! The bathhouse is clean and centrally-located. The staff is a little fussy but overall it's a great campground and we will be back.
Our second stay here - park is clean, staff is very friendly and helpful. Our only complaint (and we've had this problem elsewhere) is that I always tell them when reserving we have a 30' trailer and a 22' dually truck. While the trailer would technically fit on the site if I could pick it up and plunk it down, they failed to take into account the maneuvering room needed and obstacles such as trees, rocks and other campers. It took about 45 minutes with several "helpers" to get our trailer on its site, and the owner then said she was going to change the site length maximum after seeing the trouble we had. Also, it had been VERY wet and rainy; our site had a huge puddle which wouldn't have been a major problem except it wasn't just water, it was clearly sewage and smelled like it. BUT - that being said, we will return as it is a good stopping point on our way and is near some family. A decent overnight or home base but I wouldn't make it a destination.
Our fourth year going here - we love it! We stay here because it is about 40 minutes to my in-law's place; we have checked out closer campgrounds but nothing is as good as Poland Spring. The lake is pristine and peaceful, the activities are great (even if you don't have kids - we played the best campground volleyball ever), the facilities are spotless and the staff is friendly. It's not a shiny new resort and it's been kept wooded and natural on purpose - I hope they never change!
Nice park, but it loses a few points: the sites are in three distinct areas (right in front of the store, the meadow and up the mountain). For all the land this park has, the sites are on top of each other. You can access the mountain sites with a big rig - we were up there and saw several huge rigs. It's nice and wooded up there, but the squirrels throwing hickory nuts on our roof woke us up every morning. You do get a little road noise from I-64, but it's not bad. The bathrooms also need some work - the mountain bath house had a bad smell and only two showers worked on the women's side, and they had poor water pressure. The men's side was fine. On the good side, the staff was very friendly, the Sunday breakfast was delicious, and the park is quiet and well-cared for. We would return, but only as a home base and not a destination.
The best thing about this park is its access to the bike trail, which heads into town or out to the causeway. It's also right on the beach (short walk) and the bathhouse is adequate. The sites are a little tight and the summer reservation procedure makes it hard to get a full hookup, but we are returning for our second time. Our biggest complaint was that August 2008 was very rainy, and our site and those near it turned into a swamp. We were packed in pretty tightly so avoiding the puddles was difficult. But overall a good place and a great location - we are returning!
Decent park for a home base or overnight stay; would not make this a destination. Office staff was extremely friendly and helpful (although the store was out of milk!); nice book swap in the game room. Pool table was in great shape. Site was not terribly level (gravel/sand/dirt) and hookups are a little far away from your trailer if you're trying not to unhitch overnight, but we managed. Lots of seasonals on site, mostly well cared-for. Would stay here again on the way to somewhere else. Its about a mile off I-95 and although you can hear some road noise it was not too loud. Bathhouse was clean and in working order. The place could maybe use a little TLC but overall a nice stay.
Most luxurious park we've been to! Bath house was incredible - each stall is its own large complete bathroom, with shower, toilet, sink, bench, shelf and pegs, and always clean. Sites were absolutely huge and level (each with its own asphalt parking are and concrete pad). Wonderful Easter service with free pancake breakfast afterwards. Paved path for walking or biking around lake. Yes, internet was usually very slow but it's the best available in the area. Everything is new and spotless. Sites are wide open (landscaping is new) but so big that you still have privacy. We would definitely stay here again. Hot tub site was the best!
We have found our new favorite campground! This place was awesome, and we will definitely be going back. True, there are no hookups, but there are water stations everywhere, a three-lane dump station, and it forces you to get outside and enjoy a campfire. We hooked up to our truck battery once or twice, but we were there for a week. What was so great about it? Almost every site is right on the water - you just walk out your door and you can swim or boat. Moor your motor boat or jet ski at your site, or pull your kayak up on the land. We love kayaking and you could go for hours on the lake, or up a small stream to other lakes. The road around the campground is great for biking for all ages - it's about six miles long, level, and the cars have a speed limit of 15 mph. There are also mountain bike trails and hiking trails all over the place, which we never got to because my kids were having such a great time with their cousins. The ice cream, firewood and boat rental trucks come through every day. The park rangers are serious about enforcing dog leash rules, quiet time, and boating life jacket regulations. While it was almost full, we never felt it was too crowded. The showers are a hike but you can drive or bike with no problem, and they were spotless. People were friendly, staff was knowledgeable and helpful, and this is our idea of a perfect campground. We will be back!
This was our third year returning (previous two August reviews are mine) - we just love this place. Even though my twins are in high school now, they still love to participate in the water balloon games, kickball, bingo, crafts, and other activities they constantly have going for all ages. The sites are mostly wooded and can be a bit tight to get into but are certainly adequate. The lake is one of the best parts - clear, clean, no motor boats, and makes for great swimming, kayaking or canoeing. The eagles and the loons are always around and it's very peaceful. The owners and staff are friendly, helpful, and very responsive to any questions or problems. The same staff (of all ages) has been there for years, running activities and such, which speaks well for the place. The bathrooms/showers are well-cared for, and there have been recent updates to one of the shower houses and more lampposts were installed. It is clear this family takes care of the place. Many seasonals, but they are cared for and tend to be the friendly locals coming for the weekend. We just love the people, the setting and the price, and will continue to come back.
We used this campground as a home base while visiting family in the area. It is nothing special but has the necessities and we did not have any problems. There are a lot of seasonals but most are well-cared for and the older folks who seem to live on site are quiet and friendly. It was not noisy (but then again we were only there to sleep) or dirty. We had the first site right behind the store, so its lights shone brightly in our windows, but we had plenty of room, hookups were fine, and we enjoyed the many birds who visited the bird feeders at the double wide next door. Showers (free!) and bathrooms were adequate and clean. You do drive by some rundown cottages and storage areas, but they're not back where the camping is. The man at the desk was helpful and efficient, and we have no real complaints. It is very convenient to all the things we wanted to do in Burlington/Shelburne, so we would probably stay here again as a base, but never as a place to hang out.
Our second stay at this campground, and we were not disappointed. Wooded sites are a little tight but adequate, bathrooms and showers are the cleanest we've ever come across, staff is friendly. Pool is nice too. A great stopover or home base to tour the area. Big rig friendly too.
The previous review (August 2005) is mine, and we still love this place. We stayed during Halloween week again, and had to drag the kids (girl twins, age 13) away from all the activities to go visit their relatives. Still a great place with friendly owners, well-observed quiet times, efficient trash pickup and clean restrooms. The lake is one of the best parts - great for swimming and boating. I went kayaking in the mornings and might pass one or two other kayaks or fishermen - no noisy motorboats or jet skis. You can't beat the amenities for the price, and we will be returning again and again until my in-laws no longer summer in Maine (and maybe even after that). :-)
We loved this park. Owners are dog owners themselves so not sure about the earlier review, but there were no obvious problems during our stay. The sites are wooded, might be tricky for big rigs, and a little on top of each other but quiet times were observed so we had no complaints. The lake is beautiful - great for swimming, kayaking, tubing or waterskiing (the owners offer lessons and tubing time). The beach area is especially nice, with a large grassy expanse to spread out towels, chairs or a picnic. Pavilion, volleyball/badminton court, and boat launching area all on the water too. Restrooms were clean, owners were friendly, other campers were friendly (some seasonals, all well-cared for). A short distance from the tourist stuff at Lake George, but a world away. We will be making plans to return.
Our opinion of this park kept changing. First, we were disappointed that the river pictured on the website is a rocky stream bed for most of the time; the water level rises as the power company needs to generate hydroelectricity, but it's usually on Wednesday and Thursdays and even then only sections are swimmable (but nice). We were initially directed to a site that we could not maneuver our 30' trailer and 20' truck onto, so changed to a site on the edge of a huge field. This is a lovely, very large piece of property, with woods, cliffs, the river and lots of open space. It's therefore a hike to the one pool and one showerhouse from many sites. Many of the sites are seasonals, and permanent ones at that, although most are well-cared for. We were not pleased to find that the bathrooms are primitive outhouses, except for a few primitive flush toilets, and they are not in the same building as the showers, which were not clean the two times we used them. However, we would add that the new owners are making progress towards upgrading the whole place and are very friendly. We would probably not return but the campground is busy so obviously many people feel it is the place for them. Just be forewarned that it's a little rustic! Note: for a fun activity check out Secret Caverns - the place is a hoot!
Decent campground. Wooded sites, but a little close together. Office staff was having some difficulty understanding their own computer system, but overall a good experience. Good home base to do things in the area, but not sure I'd make it a destination campground. We might return if in the area again.
We really liked this place. Our site was not wooded but others are. Very spread out, lots of room. Only five full hookups and none were available for our five-night stay. Owners are friendly and very helpful. Just a short drive to Summersville Lake, a great and inexpensive place to spend the day in and on the water, or whitewater rafting. Only minor complaint - the electric is underpowered and shut off twice due to high demand. It was restored fairly quickly, and I understand the owners plan to upgrade this year. We will return.
Clean, decent-sized wooded sites, friendly hosts. We called ahead because we would be arriving late and they had everything ready for us. Bath house was very nice. A good home base for visiting the area.
We really liked this place - much better than the nearby Jellystone park. We were camping with friends and had sites right across from the office and pool - no trees and a little close together, but it was nice to share a yard and the noise from the central complex was minimal. Sites further away are more wooded and down fairly steep hills, so take your choice. Only one showerhouse, so it's a hike from some sites; and our only complaint is that the showers, while free and pretty clean, were inconsistent. You'd get hot water one time, lukewarm the next, and a hot shower could quickly turn cold. We were here over Labor Day weekend; I guess the hot water heater just had trouble keeping up. Great activities, and not only for the kids: a DJ on Friday night and a pretty good local band on Saturday. My middle schoolers rated the game room the best we've ever been to, and the pool was nice (although a little cold!). We would definitely camp here again, as we plan to return to the Ohiopyle area for whitewater rafting and the natural waterslides. Very nice park!
Overall a decent experience - best restrooms we've ever seen. Large, clean, free showers with all the hot water and pressure you'd want. Not much to do - no activities for the kids and the pool is tiny; I wouldn't use this as a destination but rather a home base from which to visit the area. Our site, technically a pull-through, was a tight fit. I made our reservations months in advance and mentioned our 30' trailer and 20' truck but there was barely enough room to park both on the site and getting out was tricky due to trees, rocks and site markers. You are a little crammed in but the sites are nicely wooded and considering the location so close to Boston, the price was reasonable. We would probably stay here again as we have family and friends in the area and it is convenient, clean, friendly and mostly quiet. A few barking dogs and early-morning risers woke us up, due to the close proximity of the sites, but overall a good experience.
We absolutely loved this campground. Our first impression was that some of the sites were a little close together, but ours was level, big enough for a 30' trailer and a 20' truck, and had enough trees for a clothesline and some shade. Many sites are farther apart and more wooded, and some have a view of the lake. The activities for the kids are widely varied to appeal to all ages (ceramics painting, water balloon contests, bingo, ice-cream making, chess) and go on all day, every day. We happened to be there for Halloween Week - the place was decorated to the hilt and the kids trick-or-treated on Saturday, which was a hoot. Anyone who wished to participate could and we got to know a lot of the neighbors. Many others were obviously either seasonals, locals or repeat customers, but all sites were well-kept and quiet hours were adhered to. The showers are .25 for 7-9 minutes and were clean. The lake (Lower Range Pond) is crystal clear and great for swimming or boating. You can take your own boat and leave it down by the water (a short walk or you can drive if you're pulling a boat trailer) if you wish. I kayaked early one morning and had the place to myself, except for the pair of nesting bald eagles and four loons - it was fantastic. The office staff is friendly and helpful, great with kids, on top of the trash pickup, and the location is convenient to a great area of Maine that is not over-touristed. We hope to go back again - this was a great place for a great price. We did check out several other campgrounds in the area while we were there and found nothing comparable - when we go back to this area (my in-laws summer nearby) we will stay here again.
While I would agree with most of the positive comments left by others, I would add that whether or not you like this campground all depends on what you are looking for. The showers were clean (but is it really necessary to charge a quarter for 3 minutes when the nightly rate is $39 and $49 on the weekends?), the staff was pretty friendly, the pool is cool, and the place is clean. There are many things to do - fish, playground, shows, the pool complex, etc., but my family just found this place too big, too crowded, too noisy, too touristy. We camp to get away, not to be surrounded by more people and noise. The steel drum Muzak at the pool got to be annoying; I was glad that our site was well away from the central pool and snack bar area. The site was large, wooded and private, which we loved, but the place was just too overdone for our taste. Young children will have a ball here and the teenagers seemed to roam in packs, but my middle-schoolers were a bit non-plussed by the activities. The magic show was great and I will say this campground has a lot going for it and will appeal to many people, but we will probably not go back simply because we like a little more peace and quiet. The owners do a good job with cleanliness and friendliness; it's just not our kind of place.
My husband and I loved this place; the kids were not so enthusiastic because they said it was "boring" (I thought it was peaceful!). There is no pool and no planned activities, but it is right on the West River so the kids waded and played in the water. The showers were clean and free, the owners were friendly and helpful, the whole place is spacious and quiet, and the price was right. If you are looking for nightlife and activity, this is probably not the place for you. But if you want to see herons, mink and fish, beautiful river and mountain scenery, and would like some peace and quiet you will like it here. No problems with dogs or noisy neighbors, other than the campground across the river (Camperama), which had some partyers but they quieted down by 11 pm. We would camp here again. Nearby Brattleboro is a fun town and the Townshend Dam & Lake Recreation area is a great and free place to spend the day.