Jay Rutherford

No Avatar
  • Review Count 141
  • States Reviewed 37
  • Helpful Reviews 11

User Map


Reviews

Date of Stay:

We have experienced NY state parks that are well set up and well run. This is not one of them. The sites are strewn all over a hill side with cross roads that are steep and barely wide enough for a vehicle. Each site is identified with a number, but there is no indication at each "road" what sites are along that "road." Once the office closes around 6:00 pm, according to the signs posted, there is no one on site overnight. Of course, there are no hookups whatsoever. The place was OK for two mid-week overnights of dry-camping while exploring the area, but there's not much to recommend the place. The trash barrel at my site was packed full for two nights. The $5 surcharge for non-residents plus the $2.50 "transaction fee" (for showing up?) is the frosting on a lousy cake. I don't think I'd stay there again.

Date of Stay:

This park is long in the tooth and in need of a serious upgrade. At my first assigned site, I couldn't find the electrical outlet. Finally, it showed up, about 75 feet from my site. Electrical panels were shared by two sites, so only one got 30 amp service and the other 20 amp. Sites consisted of white coarse sand and gravel that stuck to everything. To get into the park after 4:30 pm, you had to put down a deposit for a tab to get in, even though the entrance gate had the capability of accepting keyed in numbers. Finally, using a credit card involved a $2.50 fee for the privilege. The campground is on the side of a steep hill (like much of the area). Staff was nice and helpful, but nothing can overcome the deep need for an overhaul. If there were no other campground in the area, we'd stay here again, otherwise probably not.

Date of Stay:

Very basic campground is laid out along both sides of the Catawba River headwaters up a narrow valley about 2.5 miles out of town. A ring of a dozen sites surrounds the bath house with about half seasonals; other sites looked a little more spacious, but sites were very close to each other. Privies in other areas of the campground. Fee shown includes Passport America discount. No OTA TV reception with minimal cell service. Wi-Fi worked well. Laid back staff very friendly and easy to deal with. Camp store was not open during my 2 day stay. I was here to watch the trains and there is very limited camping in this area. I'd probably stay here again if in the area.

Date of Stay:

Sites are mostly back-in in dense woods, with others within 50 feet or so. No WiFi, but Verizon service was good as were plenty of TV channels. Frustrating to have no exit signs at all, leading me to wander aimlessly trying to find my way out of the campground. OK for big rigs but watch out for nearby trees. Park was full over Father's Day weekend. Checkout time is 3:00 pm, a bonus for weekenders. We'd stay again when in the area.

Date of Stay:

We came here to ride our trikes on the Petit Train du Nord rail-trail, a former railroad line heading northwest from Montreal. There are many seasonals in the park, with what appeared to be only a few for transients with "3 services" (water, 30 amp, sewer). We saw many other transient or tent type sites with 15/20 amp service or just water. The camp employee was very nice and spoke enough English to facilitate our transaction. The Internet worked very well and cost $2 per day which we found worked on two computers and a phone for that one cost. Showers were immaculate and cost $1 for 8 minutes. Rate shown was $40 Canadian converted to USD by our credit card. There is limited shopping in the area, so consider buying ahead before arriving. The park is well taken care of and we would definitely stay here again in the future when in the area.

Date of Stay:

We were looking forward to staying at the Ottawa Municipal Campground and instead found it now privately owned or operated. Sites were all back-in, located in the woods around three "groups" further divided into "loops." Sites were gravel and reasonably level. Neighbors were closer than in most state parks, but no problem. Restrooms provided one male and one female shower for each 50 sites, more or less, which struck us as inadequate. Nightly rate of $40 Canadian converted to $32 US, and included a 10% discount for those over 65. The campground is about 2 miles to the 417 expressway into downtown Ottawa, or about 3 miles to shopping, restaurants, etc. Wi-Fi only worked when right next to a bathhouse or laundry building. The campground is convenient for biking the many area bike paths, including two within a half mile of the park. We'd stay again when visiting Ottawa or Gatineau.

Date of Stay:

We stayed here for three nights with some friends on a mini-rally. Our site was a back-in site right next to Lundy's Lane, shielded to some degree by a berm. The sewer connection required me to back the rig into the bank in order to reach the sewer connection with a 15 foot hose. Otherwise, power and water was convenient. There is a mix of seasonal campers plus transients. As others have mentioned, the convenience of the bus to the falls was well worth the fare. I don't know the exact price we paid per night, but it was approximately $47 Canadian. This is a large park, and able to accommodate large groups wishing to have a rally in Niagara Falls. We'd likely stay here again if we visited the area.

Date of Stay:

The campground manager could not have been more helpful in ensuring that we had a good site in the campground. Although earlier reviewers said no reservations, this is not correct; reservations can be made through the national system or by calling the park directly. Each site is paved and level, with electric and water hookups. The showers in the single bathhouse were private and clean as were the restrooms. The campground is convenient to Gautier, Ocean Springs, and Biloxi. The price shown reflects a 50% discount for those with a national Senior Pass. Vegetation around the camp sites are live oaks and although one can see one's neighbors, the sites are comfortably spaced. This is a very nice campground and we'd surely stay again when in the area.

Date of Stay:

We stopped here for a mid-week overnight and were one of only a handful of campers. Rate shown included a 50% discount for Passport America. Our site was a pull-through which was convenient as we didn't have to disconnect the towed. The owner stopped by after we arrived to collect the fee. The site was level and had full hookups, including cable service. The site is a very short distance off I-85 and very convenient for through travelers.

Date of Stay:

This park is only about 4 miles from I-75 north of Atlanta, near Kennesaw. The sites are spacious and wooded. All sites are asphalt paved, have water and electric (20, 30, and 50 amp). Some are pull-through and some back-in. During our weekend stay in January, there were very few campers present and half the sites were closed for the winter. Rate shown reflects a 50% discount for the Senior Pass. Some sites are on the reservoir, which was quite low. We'd stay here again when in the area.

Date of Stay:

We reserved this campground through Encore and the rate shown reflects a mid-week (S-Th) Passport America discount, a $3 daily "resort" fee (we're not Encore members), plus state sales tax. We arrived to the most friendly group of check-in folks we've ever met. The campground is well laid out and immaculately maintained. The interior roads and sites are all coarse gravel so no problems from tracking stuff inside, even during typical Maine smudge. Sites in our area are pull-in with full hookups plus cable on the correct side. During our four day stay in early June, there were only a few others camped here; the "high season" starts June 15. Sites are closer than we prefer, but with so few around, we had no problems. Our Verizon data card and phone service worked very well, so we didn't bother trying to learn how to connect to the Wi-Fi in the park. Restrooms and showers were immaculate. The campground is immediately off Mt. Desert Island, so is convenient to both shopping in Ellsworth and the features of Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, on the island. If you like lobster, Beal's Lobster Pier in Southwest Harbor is the place to go. Small bizj ets flew over from the nearby airport during the day, but not an issue for us. We'd stay here again, but likely not during high season.

Date of Stay:

An earlier reviewer commented on two types of sites at this park. We apparently got one in the "low-rent" side of the park as nothing near us is paved. The sites and the roadway are dirt and crushed shells, littered with live oak leaves; shoes must come off before entering the motorhome. The area is nicely shaded and so stays cool during the day. We are next to U.S. Route 1, and road noise at our site is evident even in a closed up unit. The park would be a lot nicer if the staff would just clean up the junk on sites. Out our window, we see abandoned sewer hose supports, an old washer tub, small chunks of concrete, etc. This county park allows for multi-month stays, so its safe to say that many of those here are seasonal folks. The campground is close to the Kennedy Space Center, the Warbirds Museum, Canaveral National Seashore, and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, so there is something for everyone. The time to be here would be for a rocket launch as the campground is just across the bay from the space center. Traffic is simply nuts here, and it seems worse than in other Florida urban areas. If we were in the area again, I think we'd look elsewhere to stay.

Date of Stay:

This is an odd state park. I'll cover the camping sites first. All are back-in, surrounded by dense palmettos, pines, and live oaks. The "pad" is crushed shells and most sites looked level or fixable. Plenty of room on most sites. Privacy was good due to the dense vegetation. Restrooms were clean, showers were clean and private. For camping, the camping area was very good; no complaints. Now to the road. The campground is 3 miles from the entrance station along a road that wanders aimlessly through the palmettos and pines. I counted 56 separate turns in the road through a flat area between the entrance and campground. There are no spots to pull over on the road and nothing to do except pick up a trail crossing the road. But, with nowhere to park....The only parking in the whole park is at the small marina on a canal out to Lake Kissimmee. Without a boat, there is precious little to do besides 3-4 hikes. The park is 15 miles from Lake Wales and we chose it to visit Bok Tower Gardens. The nearest place to get a cup of coffee in the morning is about 3 miles away from the entrance station. There is a saloon across from the park entrance open in the evenings. We really like state parks, so would likely stay here again if in the area, but the road in the park was sure tedious; best driven as though on a slalom ski course.

Date of Stay:

This is a large, urban, well run campground, just full of snowbirds, the large majority from Quebec. Consequently, there are many signs in French and English. Since the park allows folks to stay in many sites for 5 months in any year, it's not a surprise to see people here for the winter. The roads and each site are paved and most looked level. Most sites are somewhat close to adjacent sites, but not objectionably so. Some pull-throughs, some back-ins. The park is neat and clean. Security is strong, with incoming and outgoing gates down much of the time. The park has nice recreational activities, including a paved multi-use path and a wood bark walking path with fitness stations. Lake Osborne is available for boating and fishing. We especially enjoyed the paved path on our bikes, since going out and back was 13 miles without having to ride on the sidewalk next to a very noisy, busy road. Many path users were from the local community and everyone was friendly. The only drawback to staying in this area (and not the fault of the park) is the sheer amount of traffic madness and red lights that abound. For those into equestrian events, the park is about 15 miles from Wellington. Costco is a couple of miles away, Walmart a little further. Great over-the-air TV reception. The county airport is next to the park and fun for armchair pilots to watch the activity. We enjoyed our stay here and would stay again.

Date of Stay:

Some may find this "resort" to their liking, but we found it constraining and with "tight" spacing between units. Sites were grass. Add to this that many of the large Class A rigs were in their sites "backwards," leading to a lack of privacy in many sites. Someone else mentioned the laundry; suffice it to say that an advanced degree would be helpful to figure out the "system" they have to pay for the laundry. We decided to take our laundry with us rather than tackle their system. Our site, and plenty of others, had no concrete pad beside our door, just some shell stone like material. For the price we expected much more than this, but at the time we reserved, nothing else was available. This part of Florida is just mobbed this time of year with impatient and inconsiderate drivers everywhere, plus long stop and go lines to get to the barrier islands, even on weekdays. During our stay a caravan of very large Class A's arrived to stay. We watched one wipe out a neighbor's palm tree trying to turn into a site. These rigs seemed too large to fit into the allotted spaces in the park, plus they were often in backwards. On a possible future visit, we'd likely try somewhere else instead of this place; especially, given the price of admission. Anyone who does stay should try out Marko's Diner for a great breakfast. It is next door to the campground