Date of Stay: September, 2008
Blueberry Hill is a well-equipped and friendly campsite. Our spot was located on F-Row next to the playground. The playground was a huge hit with the family and was very entertaining for the kids. Our particular site wasn't quite level but was very spacious and quiet. We weren't entirely shaded on our spot but found the row of pine trees behind us to do well for separation and limited privacy. There were many seasonal campers but most of them were packing up to leave for the season. A couple of them voiced their complaints about a change in management and how they wouldn't come back as seasonal campers, which leads me to think the campsite may be trying to transition to shorter-term campers. The pool was very clean, the game room was nice and the bathrooms (although not used) were clean and in good repair. The campground has several activities throughout the year and there was a dance held the weekend we camped. Overall we were very pleased. There are several areas to keep the kids entertained and the camp store acts as a soda shop, coffee shop, and ice cream parlor during the main part of the season. I rated this a 7 since the sites were a little uneven and weren't too secluded. The sites that were secluded would have been difficult to navigate and not very level, either. We wouldn't hesitate to stay there again if in the area.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
Since we purchased our travel trailer earlier this year we have tried to go to campsites without repeating a trip, just to ensure we're scoping out as many of them as we can. Brandywine was the first and only site we've been to where we've gone repeatedly and will continue to visit. The owners are very friendly, the park is immaculate with very well-kept sites and landscaping. I gave this an 8 instead of a higher rating since the sites are pretty close together and it can be difficult to navigate. However we were able to secure a site near the stream where our fire pit was right by the water and it made up for the lack of privacy of the close quarters. The nearby state park, Marsh Creek, had excellent activities and very good mountain biking. Brandywine is well-equipped with an impressive pool, a trampoline, clean playground, game room, immaculate shower facilities (suite-style so you have privacy) and a small pond for fishing. We were very happy with our stays and wish the campsite stayed open longer into the year. I have stayed in more expensive campsites that don't even compare. We were very relaxed the entire weekend and the excellent customer service earned our return visit; something no other campsite has done to date.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
Prior to actually camping here I read the reviews of Jim Thorpe Campground posted on this site. They were poor enough that it warranted a visit to scout out the campsite before towing the trailer over. Our initial visit confirmed the negative reviews and we drove away, putting this on the "do not visit" list. Fast forward a few months and our desire to visit Jim Thorpe was pretty substantial. I decided to give the campground a shot and I wasn't disappointed. I actually felt pretty badly about not having given it a fair shot earlier. It takes a big man to admit when he is wrong and I'm pretty sure I was wrong to have judged so quickly. Reviews from other users mention tight navigation for a trailer. That remains unchanged. I had to go to their website, look at a park map, then call and request a specific site that looked like it would be navigable. The site I chose was near the playground; aside from this row and the street-side sites, the others would be very difficult for a trailer longer than about 18ft. Previous reviews mentioned the roads turning into rivers when it rained; we didn't find this to be the case. We had a pretty large thunderstorm come through and the gravel dissipated the water nicely. In other words, the rain was a non-factor. The front desk/general store was well-stocked and had a courteous staff. The showers and restrooms were clean and had a circulation fan to keep moisture at bay. I was very pleased with how well kept they were. Though we didn't use the pool, it was open and had a good crowd, making me think it was well maintained. As a mountain biker, the fact that I was so close to as many trails as there were was a major plus and I intend to return. My only critiques would be the tight navigation for backing in a trailer and the crowds (we're in the peak of the season, so privacy wasn't the best). However, Jim Thorpe is an amazing town and this is only one of two RV parks immediately near the city. The other looks like a war-zone, down to the burned-down trailers still on the lot. My recommendation? Give it a shot. The town is amazing and with a little prior planning you can pick a good spot.