Date of Stay: July, 2010
We stayed here for a week while exploring the Adirondacks. I have very mixed feelings on this campground because we started off well and then couldn't wait to leave. It is about 95% seasonals with only a few spaces for vacationers like us. As other reviews noted some of the campers are trash but then others are very nice too. The campsites were large and full hookup and though the sewer connection looked like a broken pipe in the ground it worked fine. The bathrooms were quite a surprise. You see a door with a latch that looks like it leads to a shack, but when you open it, you have ceramic tile and new pedestal sinks, full door toilet stalls (but only two for the entire campground) and a very nice large shower (but only one for the entire campground). The bathrooms were always spotless. The campground is on the Schroon River (which I kept calling a creek) which the kids enjoyed tubing and wading in. The sites are basically sand which kept me busy sweeping. We were enjoying the campground until our last two days when the "basketball family" arrived. Our site had the basketball court basically a few feet from our awning. Never thought this would be a problem since I've rarely seen anyone playing basketball for long at campgrounds. Well on Thursday night the kids bounced and screamed and shouted for three hours (with only a break for supper) and when it got pitch black they continued to play with a flashlight under the hoop. I was surprised a ball didn't roll right into our campfire! The parents were at the other end of the campground of course where it was absolutely quiet and peaceful. After trying to be patient, we finally requested the manager do something and she said she would tell the kids the court closed at 9pm. Well she lied to us. She drove by in her golf cart and didn't say a word to the kids. Eventually the parents wandered up and joined in the basketball in the dark game until my husband politely asked if they could stop for the night after three hours which they nicely did. So then for the rest of our stay: we could count on the pounding basketballs through picnic suppers and campfires when we just wanted a little peace and quiet. Because there are so few sites for vacationers, there was really no other site to go to and for this reason we would never go back to this campground. It seemed there were no rules and no one to enforce any or provide security if needed. They were good kids just having fun, but truly there shouldn't even be a campsite where we were: just a play area. If you want a seasonal though, there are some great quiet sites here.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
This is a nice campground at the base of the dam. Very park like with lots of grass and scattered shade trees. Some of the trees are small so you might not get a lot of shade depending on your site. The sites are large, level, covered with gravel and nicely spaced apart. Since it isn't a wooded campground though, you are looking at other campers. No TV or Verizon cell phone service. A couple things to know: the tables are wired in place. This means you need to bring a canopy or screen tent since you can't move it under your awning. I agree completely with the previous reviewer from 40 take 523 not 281! - wish we would've done that. Also to clarify the other review on hookups - while most are just electric, there are 4 sites with full (E/W/S) hookups. I know because we had one. I felt it was worth a little extra money for four nights. The best part of this campground is the location. Right on the rail-trail and Youghiogheny River - we could bike and kayak right from the campground! Also kids will love to swim at the beach right on the other side of the dam only a two minute drive away. Just turn by the ice cream place. This campground is obviously filled with outdoorsy people with bikes, kayaks, and fishing rods. If that's your thing, you'll love it here. If you'd rather sit by the pool in a crowded campground - check out Jellystone in Mill Run.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
We really didn't like being here on the weekend! It was very crowded, noisy, with golf carts racing around. The sites (we were on top in the pull through section) were very narrow. With our awning and slides extended, we completely filled our site. And our slide was practically touching our neighbors tent set beside their camper! Even though we had a pull through, it was hard to navigate in because of all the vehicles parked at odd angles because they don't fit in the sites. Plus, this is very expensive campground, when we also had to pay for the mini-golf (course on a hillside - that made playing uh, interesting) and waterslides (one was closed and the other was manned by an employee who would only let one person go down at a time until they reached the pool and walked out as we all waited and waited), and even showers!!! Things improved greatly once the crowds left on Sunday and most of the campground was empty. Know in reading this, we aren't "Jellystone type" campers. We do not stay in the campground all day or participate in planned activities. We are out hiking, biking, and whitewater rafting which were all nearby in Ohiopyle State Park and enjoyed very greatly! The state park camping does not accept dogs so that's how we ended up here. Will never return.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This is a nice state park campground. It is NOT heavily wooded & private like some, but does have shade trees and grass with paved spurs for the RV. Our site was huge, but others were smaller. There are some dog sites but I wish there were more because after the weekend crowd left most of the campground was empty except for all of us lined up together in the "dog end" of the campground. There also are only a few dog sites that our 35' camper will fit in. The roads are paved which was good for the kids to bike, and there is a stream right beside the campground which was nice for them to play in. It is very close to the Pine Creek Rail Trail for an easy scenic bike ride. The park also has a very pretty lake nestled by the mountains for swimming and kayaking but you must drive to it from the campground.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This is my favorite campground! The sites are large, very level, covered with stones and wooded. Check out their website which shows pictures of the campsites. (I hate campground websites which show you everything but the actual campsites!) There is a very clean heated in ground pool. Every year there are new improvements made to make the campground nicer. The owners are the nicest people and really care about the campground and their guests. There are a lot of seasonals here, but plenty of space for overnighters too. Only drawback I can see is lack of sewer hookups and only one restroom with 2 showers each for the whole campground, but as this is not a huge campground it hasn't been a problem. World's End State Park and Ricketts Glen State Park are both beautiful state parks nearby.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
We only stayed here one night, but we enjoyed the large pool at the park. The sites were large and wooded with a paved pad for the camper. There are only 15 sites that allow dogs which was easy to get midweek but book up quickly on weekend. There's a lovely large lake with boat rentals. We also found a dairy nearby with delicious ice cream! Nice for a couple of nights.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
We really enjoyed this campground especially the indoor pool and hot tub, which was built recently. It looked brand new and very clean! There weren't any lifeguards but that didn't bother us. We supervised our kids as did other parents. Our kids really liked the pirate playground too and could easily ride their bikes around the campground. The miniature golf is rather old and dinky and you pay to play, but the kids liked it anyway. Our site was in the trees and of adequate size. I believe the pull throughs were just in the open with maybe a tree by each. The pond is very pretty and a nice place to walk the dog, but we didn't have time to fish. You had to get coupons for the free wi-fi at the office which gave you an hours worth. This was adequate for us to check weather, maps,and tourist info which is about all we use internet for on vacation. We would definitely stay here again if we were in the area.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
The campground's best feature is it's location. From the campground you can walk down the hill and hike back to the falls which are beautiful. You are also a quick drive from the beach/playground/park on Cayuga Lake. We also went to see the falls at Buttermilk State Park and Robert Treman State Park which are not very far away. However, the sites were rather tight for our 29' trailer. The park ranger was super nice and had me jump into his golf cart to see if we could find a larger one open, but we stayed with our original site as most sites were taken. We had electric but like most state parks, we had to fill our water tank since there are no water hookups. The campground is on a hill with tiers of sites connected by short steep roads which did not make for very good bike riding for the kids. My son crashed his bike trying to negotiate a turn on a steep hill, but luckily was OK. Convenient campground but we would probably look for something different next time.
Date of Stay: May, 2006
We stayed here for two nights and would never go back. I was glad I had a camper bathroom because the restrooms were filthy with clogged toilets. Our site was very small though I think all the best sites go to the seasonals because there were nicer ones. The campground allows noisy four wheelers which woke us up driving by at 2am. We got to witness a brawl between some of the campers and their dogs too! There's a reason this place is so cheap. Caveat emptor!