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Wilderness Lake Campground & Resort, Willington, Connecticut

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $22.00
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We recently spent 9 nights here while visiting family in the area. There are a number of things that make this place a great campground. First, they honor Passport America any day of the week, which is awesome, because it made our stay incredibly affordable. Second, the folks that work there are really nice. They were friendly, helpful, and obviously interested in making sure their guests were taken care of. Third, the sites were well spaced, heavily treed (which we like) and there was a nice lake on the property.

There are a lot of seasonals throughout the campground, but most sites were well kept. The majority of transient folks seem to only stop for a night or two on their way elsewhere. We basically had our whole area to ourselves for a couple days.

The only minor dings are that there is no sewer service available at the sites. They do have a dump station, but it won't easily fit big rigs like ours. For that they have a weekly honey wagon service. The guy was nice, but there were some equipment problems during the dump, and lets just say, it was kinda gross. The other ding for us is the showers. While they were clean, there was no private area to change outside the shower room. It was just one small shower area. I'm not crazy about changing in front of people or leaving my bag out there or whatever else. It would be great if they improved their shower facilities a bit.

Anyway, these are minor dings. Overall, we were very happy with our experience there and will definitely be back in the future. If you're just looking for a quick place to stop for a night or two on your way through New England, and if you have PA, it is really pretty perfect. We camped at Wilderness Lake Campground & Resort in a Motorhome.

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Sylvan Lake Beach Park, Hopewell Junction, New York

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $50.00
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We got the impression this park was mostly for seasonals and long term residents. As you enter the campground, you can see a number of campers that basically look like trailer homes and there was various debris stored here and there. None of it was terrible, but it was noticeably different than the other RV parks we've stayed in.

While the campground is located on a lake, and the loop we were in was ok, it definitely did not seem like a destination campground. When we first arrived and walked into the little campground office, I said hello and the guy just stared at me. I actually wondered if we'd walked into the wrong office or something. I said we were checking in and he just responded: "Last name?" Not exactly warm and fuzzy. He handed me a couple pages of rules to sign off on and then directed us to our site.

Our loop was a large grass field with RVs parked along the perimeter. The sites are large and level and there was good site separation. There were no trees or bushes between the sites. The hookups seemed ok, but we lost power twice. Once was during a thunderstorm, so no surprise there. But the other was just random with no obvious reason.

The lake has an area buoyed off for swimming and the green spaces are well kept and pretty, but the buildings look pretty run down. We tried walking around the perimeter of the lake, but ran into some lovely signs from some crazy neighbors threatening to shoot us if we trespassed. It might have been nice if the campground management mentioned the fact that some lunatic gun nut lived nearby and threatens to shoot their patrons....

In any case, other than the FDR historical sites in Hyde Park, there's not a whole lot to do in this area. It was just a transit stop for us and that's all I would recommend it for. If it was $30 or $35 per night, I might feel differently. But for $50 per night, I expect a bit more than unfriendly welcomes and death threats from the neighbors. We camped at Sylvan Lake Beach Park in a Motorhome.

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Hershey RV & Camping Resort, Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $1.00
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We signed up with Thousand Trails in order to defray some of our camping costs since we are traveling full-time. This was the first TT campground we visited (and why our stay was free.... 30 days are included free in the membership). From what we have heard, this particular campground is one of the nicest ones in their network, and I can believe it. It's very well kept, offers a lot of amenities (pool, tennis courts, mini golf, activities for the kids, etc) and is centrally located, close to all the major Hershey attractions.

My only ding is that our spot was very tight. Along with most of the 'big rigs,' we were in the H loop. There are some sites on the inner part of the loop that are quite spacious. The ones on the outer part though, could be very narrow and right next to each other. Luckily, the site we had was long, so our picnic table fit behind our RV, but I would not have put our awning out because it would have come so close to our neighbor's rig.

Like other TT campgrounds, you can't reserve a particular site ahead of time, so you just get what's available when you arrive. It worked out ok for us, but we saw someone else completely unable to get their rig into the one available spot. I'm not sure where he ended up going, but I'm sure it was stressful.

All in all, we would come back to this park to visit the local sites, and for families looking for a destination campground, I think it would be great. We camped at Hershey RV & Camping Resort in a Motorhome.

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Promised Land State Park, Greentown, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $40.00
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We stayed 4 nights here but actually stayed in 3 different sites in the Pickerel Point loop. When we first arrived, we looked at the campsite we had booked (#112, electric only for $22 per night) and noticed it was extremely un-level. We went to the office and were able to switch to #107. That site was much more level and we liked it, but we had some neighbors that we weren't crazy about. We checked the campground's availability and saw that, if we were willing to move, we could get a full hook up site. So, the second and third nights, we stayed in FHU site #136. This site backed up right to the lake and was really beautiful and spacious. However, it was very unlevel. We had to use every one of our leveling jacks to get level. The last night, we moved to space FHU Site #133. This was even MORE un-level. We tried everything we could and were still seriously sloped.

The sites themselves are really nice and have a decent amount of separation and privacy. The lake is beautiful, the hiking trails in the park are well marked, the roads are great, the rangers were friendly and helpful. I just wish they would level all of the sites. It's probably not a big deal for a smaller rig, but for big motorhomes, it can be a real issue. We camped at Promised Land State Park in a Motorhome.

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Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, Virginia

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $45.00
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We camped here for 13 days as we transitioned from our home to our RV, where we now live full time. Unfortunately, when I first made the reservation, whoever I talked to didn't write the reservation down in the right place, so by the time we arrived, someone else had booked our chosen site for several days - meaning we had to move to a different site in the middle of our visit and then come back. That did not make us very happy, but the folks in the office were very apologetic and comped us a night, which I thought was fair.

The campground is very well kept, clean, quiet and convenient for staying in the Metro DC area. During our stay, the last two weeks of July, it was more than half empty, which was awesome. Our biggest complaint is just the price. For $45 per night, most people expect full hook ups, or at least water and electric. Lake Fairfax only has electric. It's just a lot of money for limited connections. That being said, the sites themselves are quite nice, the water and dump are centrally located, and the larger park is very pretty.

In order to save our tanks, we utilized the showers and they were great - large individual rooms with a shower, toilet and sink.

When visiting the DC area, we will definitely stay here again. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

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