Date of Stay: September, 2011
Been here several times and will likely be back, but this experience was less than stellar. I was one of a very few campers in the whole park after season, working on paperwork and business in solitude. In that respect, things were just great. Problems arose when it began to rain on Friday as I was packing up to go home. It was at this point that I realized that my assigned site (G9 on Grasshopper Lane) was where all the surrounding sites drained to. By the time I was closing up my hybrid TT I was standing in two-three inches of water across the entire site. This might have been less irritating if it weren't for the fact that all the sites around me were on higher ground and empty. All I asked when reserving was that I have full hook-ups and be near the office. There were certainly better and closer sites than where I was placed. That said, the shower that I used, next to the pool and office was clean but didn't drain well. The bathrooms that I looked into were clean. Site was basically level, dirt and shady. Also plenty of room on the site and well situated to the rally field, the pool and the office. I'd say that the nightly off-season rate of $40/night is a little high for this area.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
I have stayed here several times but this was the first time I brought my whole family. We were on the closest site to the front gate and, other than the frequent traffic, it was well situated to the office, pool, bath house and playground. Unfortunately we were not allowed to stay for the entirety of our trip as Hurricane Irene chased us home two days early. Nonetheless, we found very little to complain about at Holly Shores. Site was very level, gravel-covered and fairly shaded. Hookups were easily accessible and the space between sites was adequate. Pool, kiddie pool and hot tub were very clean. Playground equipment was a little dated but the kids enjoyed it. We liked the fact that the playground is fenced and gated so our youngest could just run around, and that all the equipment is surrounded by wood chip cushioning. Plenty of activities during the day and all staff seemed to be friendly and knowledgeable. Even when we had to evacuate the owner offered us credit for the two days we were forced to miss. Needless to say, we'll be back.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
I was here during the week in the off-season so it's hard to evaluate activities/store/regulars/staff since there was almost no one around but me. The site that I had was short and oddly angled making getting my 19' hybrid in there a little tricky. Site was also not terribly level side to side and required leveling blocks and lumber. The one staff person I did encounter was friendly and offered to help if there was anything I needed. My one glance at the store was enough to know that they don't carry much because it's pretty small (not much bigger than my trailer actually). There's not much to do in the area and there's little to do here, so be satisfied with getting back to nature or go elsewhere. Overall, the park is relatively clean even if some of the seasonal/long-term campers are a bit dumpy. I was here for a time of work solitude so it was perfect for me. I can see where other wouldn't like this place, but I'd like to give it a try when there are more folks here just to get a better feel for the place.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
We thoroughly enjoyed the place. We were along the stream which was tranquil and clear with a rocky bottom that looked like it probably harbored a lot of crayfish. Never did find the time to take our four year old down to the stream to catch anything because we found ourselves so busy doing everything else. Battleground tours (one on a bus and one on our own with a CD), 8 different museums, walking tour, shopping, eating. There's plenty to do and we tried to do it all! Sites at the campground were gravel and seemed pretty level, ours was very much so. Bathrooms and showers were very clean and well-maintained. Staff was excellent! Every single staff person was friendly and helpful. We especially enjoyed the all-you-can-eat crab feast on Saturday. Camp store was small but well-stocked and there was a snack bar that served breakfast and lunch items as well as ice cream. Pool was clean but just a bit cold. It got colder during the week as the weather was fairly cool at night. Free WiFi, adequate if slightly old playground, small arcade, pay laundry room: this place pretty much has it all. If I had any one complaint it would be about the trees that drip sap. By the end of the week our cars and camper were covered with a thin coating of sticky tree sap. Of course I don't hold this against the campground unless they're able and unwilling to remove and replace all the trees. Overall this is a great campground. Whenever we go back to Gettysburg this is our home base.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
I know sisters are not necessarily twins, but this place could learn a few things from her sister campground Frontiertown. First the good stuff. The restrooms and showers were extremely clean and were well kept all week long. All but one staff person was very friendly and helpful. The pool was clean, warm and well-kept. My children enjoyed the morning activity program offered on weekdays. The fishing lake had numerous hungry fish and gave both of my older children a good first experience of catching fish. Now for the not so good. We were on site E-11. It was billed as a waterfront site but there's no such thing in this park. All their so-called waterfront sites are across the road from the lake, more like water-view sites. Also our site was very unlevel side to side and far too narrow for the fact that we had small children with us. Yet, when we booked we were told that we were getting "the best site in the campground." I didn't feel that we had the best site on our loop, let alone the campground. When the awning of my camper is 2 feet from the tree that marks the road around three sides of my site and my kids end up having to play in the road rather than on our site, it's not possible that this is the best site in the park, at least not for my group. Add to that the fact that the roots of all the trees on the site were so prominent that we were tripping over them all week long. Many sites including ours could have used some maintenance related to the parking space for the camper. Weed block fabric under the gravel was coming up in places and causing another tripping hazard. County mandated mosquito sprayers came through the campground with flashing lights and loud buzzing sounds waking everyone in our group on two of our seven nights. Probably the worst part of our Fort Whaley experience was the camp store. There were no set hours for the store. Daily hours were written on a chalkboard outside the front door and were changed without notice. The store never opened before 9:30AM all week, which is strange because their deli offered breakfast sandwiches: for lunch maybe? On Wednesday the chalkboard sign said that the store would open at 10AM on Thursday. On Thursday morning at 10:15AM the sign said that the store would open at 11AM. Also, the deli inside the camp store had hours that were different from the store, and you could not buy anything that was sold in the deli from the store. So, no packaged cheese for cheeseburgers even if the store is open but the deli is closed. If we're going back to the OCMD area, Fort Whaley is off our list of possibilities.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
We go here on a fairly regular basis because it's close to home. This was a Memorial Day weekend trip with friends and we were on Grasshopper Lane, a new area for us. We liked these sites because of their proximity to the office, store, pool, and rally field. Our kids love Yogi because of all the activities planned on weekends for them. Wi-Fi is available but the signal is too weak to pick up anywhere but next to the office. We use an air card anyway. Site was plenty wide but a little unlevel side to side. Needed leveling blocks. My biggest complaints about this particular stay have to do with the crowds and the transportation. It was a bit crowded during the weekend, especially in the pool. They've recently added a heater to the pool so it was warm enough already, but someone referred to the pool itself as "people soup" because of the number of folks all swimming at once. On top of this, there is no lifeguard. Also, this campground is not that big. Why so many folks feel the need for a golf cart here completely perplexes me. The roads are all dirt so all the cart traffic stirs up a lot of dust. Of course this wouldn't be a problem if people actually followed the speed limit. They don't. Nor do some bother to follow rules about lights on their carts or the number of people per cart. We actually witnessed a child fall off the back of one flashlight-lit cart as he sped down our lane on Sunday night. The one bathroom that I used was badly in need of some sweeping and mopping. We showered in our camper. Overall I give Yogi Elmer a 7 because we still like the place and will likely return, but thought that others should be aware of our complete experience.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
This was my third time at this park, and I've yet to encounter any real problems. Granted, I have not been here during peak season, but I've also not had any of the problems with staff or management that others have. In fact, one maintenance man, whilst delivering my propane tank to my site, was very helpful with an issue that I was having with the propane system on my camper and talked me through figuring it out. Bathrooms and showers were clean and well-kept. The site I had was grassy and shaded and on a corner so it was also a bit more spacious than others in the park. Site was very level although the grass was just a bit high. They were working on the pool while I was here, and it looks like it will be very nice when it's finished. All in all this is one of the better parks I've been to and would recommend it.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
This was our second stay here and we weren't as impressed as the first time. The facilities are good and our site was easy enough to get into (D8), but it was Labor day weekend and this place was crowded/rowdy. This time we were among more seasonal trailers and they seemed a little less than friendly. The staff has all been very nice and helpful except for one grumpy lifeguard lady. Lots of activities for the kids and the adults. Clean pool though a little chilly for the end of summer. The fishing lake is little more than a mud hole, but there are fish to be caught in it. Too many golf carts roaming around for such a small place. Get out and walk a little people! We'll be back because it's close to home and convenient for the occasional weekend getaway.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
I can only think of one word for this place - WOW! We had a waterfront site in z-lane and one of the best camping experiences we've ever had. This place has just about everything - family activities, kayak rentals, fishing, W/S/E/C hookups, friendly courteous staff, swimming pool, clean big and free shower/bath houses, free water park, etc, etc. In our six day stay we only left the campground to visit the OC beach and boardwalk one day and Assateague to look for wild ponies a half of another day. And while we took our car, both of those places could be visited by using the campground's complimentary shuttle bus. Sites seemed fairly wide and level, Roads were gravel or paved. I could complain about the amount of golf carts buzzing about, but we found that it was extremely convenient to rent one because of the size of the park. We used it to get to the water park, the miniature golf, and the western theme town, all of which were excellent. Yes, at $88 a night this place is a little pricey. But we felt that it was completely worth it for the site, the amenities and the location.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This campground has sold out to the nearby Driftwood Resort and is being converted to an "all-seasonal" resort. Pass on it.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
This is our second visit to Highmeadow and it was definitely better than the first. We stayed in the Woodland section - all pull throughs. We'd consider other parts of the campground only for the extra space. We could hear the train passing by but it was not obnoxious where we were at. Sites were clean, mostly level and well maintained. Bathrooms and showers were clean and well-kept. Pool was also clean if a little over-chlorinated. The only time we found any displeasure with the campground was Friday and Saturday when the weekend crowd rolled in. It got pretty crowded. The major advantage to this place is in the free shuttle bus to Hersheypark. If you're going to Hershey this is a huge advantage just in saving the cost of parking. Staff was always helpful, pleasant and informative about local atractions. Prices in the campground store were comparable to surrounding stores. Overall, one of the best RV parks in which we've stayed.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
This was, overall, a very nice campground. We wanted a full hookup site but none were available because it was a holiday weekend and we called within a month. We had a water/electric/cable site that was HUGE! We camped with a friend on the next site and we could have place another camper between us and still had plenty of space. Plenty of activities for the kids. Pool was a little crowded and rather cold, but not bad at all. Bathrooms were usually clean and showers were free. Sites were mostly level. The most impressive part of our stay was the staff. Staff at this campground was very attentive, friendly and helpful.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
Overall this was a very good park. We camped here in the Woodland section which consists of all pull-through W/E/S/C sites. Many have written about the railroad that runs next to the campground, but it was never an issue for us. We barely heard it. Sites were gravel covered, plenty wide and mostly level. Pool looked clean and was not overcrowded. Restrooms and showers were clean and well-maintained. All staff that we encountered were friendly and helpful. Check-in/check-out process was quick and efficient. Good access to Hersheypark including a shuttle bus that runs every half hour or so. My only complaint with this campground is that the camp store/grocery was small and cramped at the expense of a gift shop with wide aisles and general "Hershey" themed gifts.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
This was a very nice campground. About 50/50 seasonal and transient, but the seasonal sites were mostly near the back of the campground. Sites were plenty wide and long, and ours was plenty shady, too. Some sites had little to no shade. Backing in was easy even for this novice. Bath/shower houses seem to have been refurbished recently and were clean and well maintained. My complaints with this place are really minor. Water, electric and cable hookups are at the back of the site, so make sure that you have extra lengths of hose/coaxial cable/electric. Wi-Fi signal is strong, but it is not free. In fact, it is rather expensive at $4.50/day. I chose not to use it. There are an awful lot of golf carts running around the campground, but they were fairly consistent in obeying the 5MPH speed limit. There seemed to be plenty of family oriented activities on the weekend. I have no first hand experience of these as we used the time we were there to go to the Wildwood boardwalk and just relax in our camper. Actually, if they had a place to fish I'd call this campground perfect. We'd go back for sure.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
To call this facility a "camping" resort is something of a misnomer. It really is more of a seasonal trailer park with some spots for campers. We camped here before the start of their season so we had our choice of sites. Even so, there were not many to choose from. The resort does seem to have some amenities that make it a favorable destination, 2 pools, game room, general store, easy access to Jersey shore and off site stores. It is obvious that the main focus of this place is seasonal trailers that are not "mobile." There was even a fifth-wheel trailer across from our site that had been made permanent. Nonetheless, the staff was friendly and very helpful, especially to our family who were first time trailer campers. We would consider coming back here again if a site were available. We understand that their transient sites are difficult to come by during peak season.