Date of Stay: August, 2011
A large group of us, a mix of about 20 adults and kids stayed here for 6-7 days the first week of August, on sites 2,3,5 and one of the cabins. Spots 2,3 and 5 are directly on the river, large and well-shaded spots. No sewer available on these, but at your request, they'll bring the 'honey wagon' by as often as you like. Water/electric worked well. The Wi-Fi was spotty and slow, but was available. There's a nice covered porch area by the office where coverage works much better. The access to the river was perfect, with nice views. Staff are friendly and very easy-going. The tavern attached to the office is well-run and clean with a separate room off the bar for families to dine. They have theme nights (wing night, taco night, poker night) which were fun. Site #5 has a full deck in front of the pad - very nice with the awning extended over it. One day we had six inches of rain, and for the most part, the areas we were in had good drainage. Pool was large and clean. Bathrooms were clean and well-maintained - yes, it'll cost you a quarter to start up the shower, but the duration of water you get is great, and come on - it's only a quarter. The folks staying in the cabin enjoyed it - very clean, plenty of sleeping room, nice little porch on the front. In all, a very good week at a nice campground, and you can walk into the small town of Montgomery. Pretty area. We're considering returning.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
Very nice, clean, well-run park right off Route 95. Highway is definitely audible at the campsite, but that doesn't bother us. Friendly staff and very accommodating. Very well stocked camp store, and an excellent deli/grill on-site. The prices are decent and the quality great - everything made to order. Transport into DC takes about an hour +, each way - a city bus picks you up at the campground and takes you to the Metro, which takes you into the DC. I think it was $8 p/p for a total round-trip fare, and you can purchase it all at the camp office. The only downside for us was the site - I STRONGLY recommend paying the extra $$ and getting a "premium" site($68), which is pretty much the size of an average site anywhere else. Our 'regular' site here ($58) was so small, I couldn't put the awning out and the fire ring was so close to my neighbor, I dared not use it for fear of torching his rig. With the 10% Good Sam discount, our three nights were about $134. WiFi was in-and-out. There is a Conference Center there which had some activity, but otherwise the nights were very quiet - no one hanging outside and very few fires going. We got the impression this was kind of a transient park, used by folks who want to tour DC or others just passing by on the highway on the way to somewhere else? Maybe it's more lively in the summer? We probably won't stay there again - too far from DC for us, and small sites. But it was a real nice weekend away.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
In reading previous reviews of this campground, I must admit I felt a little trepidation when we arrived. Now, having spent four days here, I can safely say this place has been unfairly maligned. First of all, the staff is very friendly and accommodating. Second, the bathrooms were very clean at all hours, and air conditioned. We stayed on sites C3, C4 and M11, and while M11 was a little small, C3 and C4 provided plenty of room to spread out and relax (there were 17 of us). Each site was level (concrete pad) and included a newer picnic table (we’ve been to places where the picnic table should have been used as firewood). The water, electric and sewer hookups were well-maintained and easily accessible. The campground is literally minutes off Route 95 for easy travel; we made it there in about two hours from Bucks County, PA. The view from sites C3 and C4 were great and very relaxing; too bad some very ugly corporate park is being built across the way, but no fault of the campground, of course. There is a dog walking area, which we didn’t utilize, as we had no pets with us. Smaller dogs are allowed at the campground, and there were many here. There is a short nature trail which is a nice diversion, overlooking some pretty marshland. We had kayaks and a canoe with us, which we launched right from the site and paddled around wherever we wanted to, at no cost. This was a huge savings. There wasn’t a lot of motorboat traffic either, as the campground is located pretty much at the top of a waterway. We brought bicycles, which really wasn’t necessary in retrospect because this is a really small campground; you can walk anywhere you need to go. The campground store was nice and has a little deck with nice bay views, but was kind of sparsely supplied (there’s a Wal-Mart about a mile away, though). The pool, which we used frequently since it was so hot out, was large and clean. The Wi-Fi worked at our sites, and none of us used the cable TV. So all in all, most in our group agreed staying here was a very positive experience. There isn’t anything in the way of organized activities for kids, but we had boats and fishing and crabbing and the pool to occupy them. The place is well-situated and clean, the staff friendly and the views relaxing. We would definitely stay here again if camping in the Baltimore area.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
Great campground for a weekend getaway. Scenic, secluded and VERY quiet, with great hiking trails and lakes. Check-in was a breeze and the park rangers not intrusive. There's a no-alcohol policy, but we just 'red-cupped' it. Sites are of decent size and just far away enough from your neighbor. Not too terribly level, but passable. Electric hookup only, but a dump station is right at the bottom of the hill, and there's four of them there, which meant no waiting. Bugs were not a problem, since we went towards the latter end of March. The bathrooms were pretty dirty - and muddy, actually, but we used them for showering on Saturday night after they'd seen a lot of traffic all day, so that may have been the reason. Now when I say quiet, I mean this place is really, really quiet. We like to sit outside by the fire and grill and have drinks and play low music, but this place was so quiet, we felt uncomfortable to be out there after dark - you could not have a normal conversation without feeling self-conscious. We saw a lot of bikes and kayaks and other outdoor sports-related equipment - other campers ranged from kids in their 20's to retired folks (we're in our 40's). So overall, a nice place close to home, but SO quiet and subdued we probably won't return. We like our weekends a little more lively.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
A group of us got two sites side-by-side for a 4-day stay - two campers and three tents. The folks in the office were very accommodating about the extra people that came to stay on our sites - overall, very nice people to deal with. The proximity of sites to the river is good (but keep in mind as others have noted - only seasonals get 'waterfront' camping). River access is excellent, from three points in the campground. The bathrooms were clean but antiquated. The kids with us had a blast despite the lack of a pool. Overall, I agree with others here that it's an average campground in an above-average location. The views of the river and surrounding terrain are excellent. We would consider returning, all agreed.
Date of Stay: March, 2009
Overall, this place is very nice, as stated in previous entries. Wildlife is abundant, the park and campground are well maintained and clean, the staff are helpful and friendly, and proximity to downtown Charleston is about 7 miles (20 minutes) away. A couple of things I was not too crazy about: this place is very QUIET. Church quiet. Like, almost too quiet. At night, hardly anyone was sitting outside of their camper, few fires going, little laughter, little conversation. So we felt a bit isolated and awkward about making any outside camping noise of our own, which wouldn't have been much fun anyway, because we were so cramped. Do not agree to take Spot #118. It and #119 basically split one proper sized site, in my opinion. Our patio area was so close to the side of our neighbor's motorhome, we felt like we were invading their privacy by even sitting at our own picnic table. Also, their dump pipe was situated very close to us due to the small size of the sites, so every time we walked out the door - Hello, Orange Hose! So, while located in a lovely location, the campsite itself left quite a bit to be desired. I tried to relocate, but there were no openings. To re-cap - 1) make sure you reserve early, and select a large-enough site, and 2) don't bring a loud group with you, because you'll have problems. Beautiful location, but I don't think we'd stay there again.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
Very well-run, gated campground. The golf-cart escort to your site is a very nice touch. We were in pull-thru spot #158, which is pretty close to its neighbors. Having walked around the entire place, I think we'll go for a more secluded spot next time. Office and rest rooms are new, and very clean. Had a buddy come with a tent and he was charged $33/night to stay on my site - I thought this was pretty steep. Quite a few permanent rental sites with older trailers, but it didn't seem run-down at all. Proximity to local attractions and the PA Tpke is excellent. We went to the PA Renaissance Fair, which was right down the street; very convenient. Some folks seem to have a problem with the nearby highway noise and gunshots from a shooting range a few miles away - neither of these bothered me at all. We definitely plan on staying there again in the future.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
We found this campground to be in very good shape, with huge, shady sites. It's gated late at night for security. We had two sites "on the water," but what that really means is you have to descend a really steep slope to get to the riverbank. It was fine, though, a serene, shady lovely spot. From the nearby boat ramp, we waded out into the river and fished, which was great. Tubes, rafts, kayaks and canoes are among the water vehicles available. We arranged a kayak trip with the front office, were dropped off 14 miles upriver, and kayaked back to the campground on the Delaware. Excellent day. I'm going to have to agree with the writer who complained about nickel-and-diming; it certainly did seem like there was a fee for Every Single Thing. But the place was nice, so we just kind of went along with it. We didn't have the kids with us this time, so I can't speak to their children's activities. Big pool, however. They close the bathrooms every morning at very inconvenient hours for cleaning. Pretty much when everyone's coffee is kicking in, if you get my meaning. We were awakened by loud lawn mowers early one morning. A septic truck parked nearby one afternoon and gave off a rank odor for nearly an hour, causing us to leave our site for "cleaner air." There is a pretty strict 11:00 p.m. quiet hour enforcement, which may or may not be to your liking. The fire pits are immovable to the rear of each site, so you kind of have to bring your party to them if you want to sit around a fire. I found the store to be well-stocked with supplies as well as interesting gift items. There is a very neat Revolutionary War-era cemetery on-site, which was fun to walk around: very small, but compelling. When walking around the campground, we did notice an abundance of "permanent" sites, but we didn't find them to be an eyesore. The staff was generally nice and friendly. Overall, I'd recommend Driftstone. Like anyplace, it has its downsides, but overall, it's clean and in a beautiful area, with good access to the water. Oh, and one more thing: the directions on their flyer are Awful. Google map it, or use some other method to find the campground. If my buddy hadn't already been there to direct me in by phone, I'd still be out there looking for it. Bottom line. It was a very enjoyable week.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This campground was in excellent shape, and in a great location nearby all major Williamsburg attractions, including Busch Gardens and Water Country. The kids had a blast, with a number of on-site supervised activities to keep them busy. The pool was large and clean. The sites were on the smaller side, but manageable. There were no extravagant additional fees. A super Wal-Mart is a mere ten minutes away, but you would never know it. The campground store was nice and well-stocked, and the staff was friendly and helpful. This was one of two KOAs right next to each other; Colonial, I believe. We would definitely stay here again - my daughter keeps raving about it.
Date of Stay: March, 2007
Since it's situated pretty close to where we live, I love this campground for its accessibility and the fact it's open year-round. It's great for a one or two day getaway, and just enough off the beaten track to make you feel secluded. Pretty close to Six Flags Great Adventure and the central Jersey shore, however. We've stayed there three or four times, both in summer and winter, and have enjoyed it. Nothing terribly fancy, but well-kept and well-managed.