Date of Stay: August, 2011
Park was beautifully maintained with mowed grass throughout (much nicer than gravel parking pads) and open spaces for playing ball. Looks like an old scout camp with rental cabins at the far end of the point. Our site was probably the worst for levelness and layout but we postponed our trip at the last minute and took whatever was available. Most sites are level and offer good mix of sun & shade. $50/nt was a great price for proximity to NYC. KOA's were almost $ 68/nt and another 1h north of city. Not worth the drive even if it gave you Wi-Fi and cable. Very quiet during our stay - I think most people use it only as a place to sleep and then tour during the day. Convenient drive to NYC (about 1h 15m) as long as not during rush hour. Did not use train into NYC as 5 people traveling would be $90/d, return trip. Drove to Queens everyday, parked for free and used subway. Pool is closed indefinitely due to cost cutting but that seemed to be the only place where they cut costs. No problems with the staff. They allowed us to delay our arrival for 3 days and then to extend our stay for an extra day, with no hassles. Watch for the low bridges coming in (10'11" for lowest bridge and that was only in the inside lane - 14' at the outside lane).
Date of Stay: July, 2011
Great campground with phenomenal services and excellent staff. Very well-trained at reception/check-in. Should be as they are so busy it sounds like a call center at times. This campground is predominantly for families looking for activities galore (pools, rec center, planned activities for kids and adults). There is a buzz of activity all day long though it was quiet at night for sleeping. They really pack the people into this campground. At least the long diagonal pull-through mean you aren't staring into your neighbors trailer but there is very little green space on any of the sites (crushed stone is everywhere). The stone keeps the CG dry and it is always kept well graded. However, I like to have some grass on my site. Dog park is the best I have ever seen and the frisbee golf is popular at the beginning of the week and then unused after everyone tries it once or twice. Makes a great area for walking the dogs. Pools are too busy, no toys allowed (balls, noodles) and shallow (max 4'-6"). Kids got bored with pools quickly. Probably a great campground for adults during the week in the Spring and Fall.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
2nd year in a row camping here but only as it is best value for DC area. It does not meet the higher standards that we are used to in Ontario, Canada. Pros : lots of trees, close to DC (straight up Pennsylvania Ave.), price, clean washrooms, nice pool with slide. Cons : grass does not grow as the sites are sandy, grass that does grow is seldom cut (until the long weekend), poor Wi-Fi - good reception but slow, very few weekday campers so no camaraderie (also everyone is gone all day sightseeing), Sands Road is very, very noisy (motorcycles and dump trucks) with the serviced sites adjacent to the road. We would stay here again only because the other private DC campgrounds have small sites with no shade. Suggest a Regional Park instead but hard to get availability on weekends.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
I think the last few ratings were a little overstated. It is old and tired, clean but needs updating. This campground also suffers from poor grading and soils. The soil is silty sandy which quickly becomes mud when it rains and many of the sites are eroded (no grass, only sand). There are some very nice grassed sites but they are not serviced with sewers. We were lucky with only the first night being wet but it took a couple of days to dry up. We showed up just as the local kids went back to school so the store and pool hours were erratic: frustrating since the rates were not discounted as off-season. Pool was not very clean when we showed up, but by Labour Day weekend, they had it sparkling. Staff was friendly if not a little abrupt (I think it is local mannerisms more than attitude). The campground seems too remote for daily trips to Washington but we have never stayed anywhere else. It takes 1/2 hour to get to the Metro (or anywhere else) and then another 1/2 hour into the city. Locally, there is no shopping for groceries though there is a Wal-Mart about 20 minutes away. Highway noise is not a problem but the local road (Sands Road) is a local drag strip at night and a lot of dump truck traffic in mornings. The campground was packed for Labour Day weekend but I think that people's standards are lower since there must not be much else available. We would not return, probably head to Cherry Hill instead.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
Tried this campground overnight in late-September 2008 and had to come back gain in the Summer. Beautiful campground along the Nottawasaga River with historic mill on-site - the mill is the campstore. Sites are larger for a private campground though the pull-through sites are very narrow. The sites are all grass with a good mix of shade trees. The power and water taps are all located at the road which makes for some difficult connections (bring extra hose and power cord) but the sites are roomy. Pool is clean but a little small as the park is very popular with families with young kids. The owners keep ducks and a horse on their small farm. We enjoyed our stay.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
Note that this is no longer a Six Flags Amusement Park. We stayed here during the Canadian Victoria Day long weekend just before Memorial Day. Campground is huge and it is clean overall. Nice campground to walk around. Biggest problem was the late night partying that went unchecked by Security - drunk people hooting and hollering well past 3:00 am. Thecampground staff were friendly but the park staff were rude and unhelpful. Watch out for their penny arcade games which I demonstrated to management were impossible to win. Park was opened on the Monday "especially for their Canadian guests" but they also hosted their annual high school science field trip day. The ride lineups were over two hours so we didn't bother staying beyond lunchtime. We would not likely come again except in the fall when the park is less busy. We were disappointed with this visit.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
Beautiful little park maintained by an older woman with help from her son. Very well maintained sites, grass is regularly cut and flowers planted throughout. Very quiet park, some long-term campers, not many short-term campers. We had the park almost to ourselves mid-week after Canada Day long weekend. Bike / walking trails cut through the bush and meadows were a lot of fun. Washrooms were very clean, cleaned twice daily with nice amenities (indoor/outdoor carpet on the floors).
Date of Stay: July, 2007
Best service ever experienced at a campground - accolades to the workampers at this campground. They made this a very pleasant experience - very helpful and friendly. Two pools are available and a great playground for the kids with a pirate ship and monster truck both made of wood. The sites are a little narrow though we opted for a double wide site for our family and the in-laws to hang out together. Washrooms are the cleanest I have seen (again thanks to the workampers). Canoe, rowboat and paddle boat rentals allow you to experience the Ausable River. They do need to improve their rec centre (old and broken game machines). Lots of friendly campers which is a good sign that everyone is enjoying the park. Will likely camp here again and stay longer next time.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
I was warned that Ausable Chasm Campground was in poor condition but I tried anyway. Booked for a week but only stayed overnight and ONLY because we arrived late into New York State. Pool is tiny and 3' deep for wading only. Washrooms were pathetic (single toilet and basin, single shower, full of mud). Biggest problem, however, was theft within the park. Bikes, chairs and BBQs have been disappearing from campsites. Not the campground's fault but clearly made for an anxious overnight stay. I would not recommend this park for any extended stays.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
Clean campground with lots of garbage cans, nicely trimmed grass, well-paved access roads and great newer playground for the kids. The washrooms are older but clean and well-stocked. However, the showers are dirty with mold. Very friendly staff and full-time security controlled access overnight. Camp store was stocked minimally but the prices were fair. All RV sites are accessed by one-way loop road and you must back into sites. Our site was big enough but the access road and site are very narrow which required some skill to place the trailer on the site. We camped overnight. Unfortunately, there is lots of highway noise (not more than 300m off Hwy 417) and train tracks are very close (though only passed by during the day). So I would suggest that this is a great alternative to a hotel room when visiting Ottawa but it is definitely not a "nature" getaway.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
We have camped here at least 1 week each year over almost 10 years. RV sites are medium-sized allowing plenty of room for 27' trailer, kitchen tent and truck parking. In the past some of the gravel access roads have flooded during heavy rains but they have been re-grading the roads slowly each year. Bathrooms are older but they are clean for the number of campers serviced and they are typically cleaned after the morning rush showers. However, the showers are typically full of sand and muck. Great news - the 1 acre pool is being completely re-constructed this year, 2007 with new concrete slab, new centre fountain and new filtering system. They plan to have it open mid-June. Best access to the Niagara Parkway which boasts a fantastic cycling, roller-blading and walking path. Suggest that you explore Fort George, hiking on the Niagara Glen nature trail and a carriage ride through Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
Though owners were very friendly, they appear to be overwhelmed by maintenance. No one available in office and the campstore is poorly stocked. Sites were very narrow and unkempt - long grass and weeds. Mosquitoes were unbearable as the Owner allowed grey water to be dumped just off the sites, though some campers were discharging directly on the adjacent sites. Most seasonal sites are very old and poorly maintained. Convenient to Barrie and Orillia but we are not likely to return again.