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Stayed here for a week with the family. Like most transients, we were at the upper sites but the hill wasn't that menacing as others have mentioned. The pool was excellent and kept clean. In-pool snack bar (Cabana) was interesting but was limited in choices and hours. Inflatable water slides were neat and I thought the kids would gravitate towards them but the pool was the hot spot. Staff was amazingly friendly and helpful. I feel bad for seasonals as they are definitely packed in tightly, however, we had plenty of shaded room at the top. We used this campground as base for activities such as Hersheypark, Cabelas, local antique shops, etc. Not a huge amount of activities but enough to keep a child's interest if you don't leave the CG for anything else. There were many golf carts about but surprisingly I didn't feel like I was going to get run over at every turn. Seasonals were generally friendly and we had no issues with out of control noise.

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Like any PA state park sometimes site selection will make or break your trip. We stayed in site 263 and had no issue with road noise or leveling issues. We also had NO issues with bears nor did we see one at all in our 4 days there. We visited the Boulder field which is a must if visiting the area. As far as cell service, I have AT&T and didn't have much of an issue with signal as others are stating. Roads in the state park are definitely hilly and the CG roads a bit tight but by no means undoable. We got nervous on night 2 when a tent went up next to us with 6-8 guys but surprisingly they were quiet and only dropped the F bomb a few times. They actually saw my kids and yelled "sorry" one time. My kids just rolled their eyes since my wife and I can have a bit of a mouth too. All in all, I've been here twice in the last 10 years but given the lack of activities it makes for a nice "every once in awhile" trip. There are just too many other PA CG's to enjoy in the fall.

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If you've got kids then this is the place. It was crowded, with golf carts everywhere, but the staff made an attempt to keep everything flowing and safe. Pool area/attractions were great but not as nice as other Jellystones we've visited. A little on the hilly side if you venture up near the top (Laser tag, etc...) Even with the remote location there is still plenty to do in the surrounding area. Skyline drive, Luray Caverns, and a multitude of Civil War sites, to name a few. Staff was very pleasant and honestly seemed interested in what they were doing. I wouldn't necessarily go back because I like visiting different areas but I would definitely recommend it to a family with kids!

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We camped here for a week of Pocono fun. It happened to be 90+ degrees every day but certainly not their fault. Very hilly as others have stated but sites relatively level. Hook ups functional. Pool area tight and no shade but the kids didn't mind. Overall the kids loved everything: the activities, pool, playground (our site backed up to the playground). I probably would come back but I generally like to try different places and the Poconos is FULL of campgrounds. Just FYI, they don't take credit cards but there is an ATM on site.

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As always, campgrounds are very site specific. A beautiful location but we got stuck with a horrible spot that 3 different families surrounded us and walked through our site without so much as a hello. One even stopped to rest on our picnic table for 10 min. to finish his beer, let out a loud belch and staggered away. As soon as you walked out of the camper, it was barely 3 feet of a pad and then a hill to the fire pit. You had to walk to the rear of the trailer where it was less steep in order to not risk falling down the hill. Just make sure you know where your spot is if things like that matter to you since they are very hit or miss. I probably would return if I had a boat and checked out the site ahead of time. If you rely upon Wi-Fi, you'd better ask since coverage is spotty. Again, a bad site and neighbors can make or break your stay so take the review as a warning to do you homework before booking a site.

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I liked the campground and would return, but wanted to point out a few disappointments. If you are relying on Wi-Fi coverage, be careful. The only areas within range are directly around the office. This proved to be a major problem for me so make sure you ask about coverage at your site if you are one of those who needs high speed internet access. Dust covered just about everything. Roads are dirt/sand so if you are type A about a clean tow vehicle, be prepared to wash it frequently. Other than that, nice playground, adequate camp store, sites spacious (C area). Very crowded but amazingly noise was at a minimum. Even though you are surrounded by the ocean, would be nice to have a pool, but I understand why most cgs on the cape don't. Would recommend this cg although we are going to try another one next year.

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Started using this CG as a base for visits to the in-laws. Not a spectacular place but didn't find much wrong either. Lakefront sites very nice. Spacing not too bad. Level for the most part. Camp store and pool quite a distance from the lakefront sites. Still early in the season so didn't have a chance to check out most of the activities. Bathrooms very clean although I didn't use them. Playground better than average but some pieces need a little TLC but daughter loved it. Only real negative which really isn't totally the owners fault is that it was a dog bark fest that weekend. Those sensitive to road noise should plan there site proximity to Route 220 if possible. Didn't bother us though. There are Friday night races in Bedford so the noise was pretty impressive for a couple hours Friday night, but again, it generally didn't bother us. All-in-all, will definitely stay here again.

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Not anything special except for the fact that (as others have mentioned) Dutch Wonderland is literally next door. I have kids and that makes a perfect match. Playground above average but no pool. Even with the proximity to Route 30 you feel mostly secluded here which was nice. They have just upgraded the sites closest to the stream with sewer and have taken out some of the T-sites (upper left side of CG map which is not yet updated on the web site). Great base for trips to the outlets. Would definitely return to use Dutch Wonderland or to shop but not really a campground I'd use to "get away" from it all.

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Some of the nicest owners every encountered. From what I understand, the CG was in sad shape prior to them taking over. They are truly doing everything they can to bring this place up to par. Unfortunately there are still some issues but I certainly can't hold it against them. Great home base for trips to the Catskills, Woodstock, etc... Would probably go back but I generally like to try different places. If you have kids...Great new playground! and Firetruck rides.

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Campground not in very good shape but it looks like there trying to make improvements. Beer bottle caps and cigarette butts all over camp site, Yuk! (and I'm a smoker) Unable to fit in site. However, owner was extremely nice and used a tractor to get us in. Even supplied some concrete blocks for a really unlevel site. When I was ready to leave, they came promptly and pulled me out. Nice camp store and deli/grill. Very, very busy, crowded. Transient sites tight. However, there were some other transient sites across the street but didn't check them out. Most of CG seasonals, very friendly though. Overall it's a CG catering to seasonals which really isn't for me. Would probably not go back for the fact that there are so many different CG in that area to try. Stayed there for a visit to Crayola Factory.

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Overall nice state park. Not a whole lot to do at the CG but plenty of outdoor activites. They are in the middle of some site renovations and newly planted grass throughout. Very limited playground (if you want to call it that) There is a pool nearby (down the mountain). Limited water fill stations (station by site #3 not working and did not have hose threads anyway). Will camp there again.

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Plain and simple but nice! Electric only but water fill stations spaced well. Sites a little on the short side (for 30+) but manageable. Great modern playground (although a bit of a hike). Great off-season CG. Will return.

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One of my favorite late fall sites since full hook-ups available year round. Only 31 Full hook-ups sites though and it is a little tight manuvering but manageable. Would definitely call for reservations during camping season, even mid-October. Turkey Point Lighthouse to the south is a great little hike. Lots of water and a small beach but don't expect too much. There is a boat launch and storage but can't comment on the specifics. Town of North East (10 miles North) has some great little restaurants and is very walkable. Remember this is a state park so don't expect amenities like a private campground. Bathrooms are amazingly clean (although we generally don't use them). Pets limited on certain loops so make sure you check which loops allow them. My only complaint is that it is expensive for a state park but then again, it's worth it for us. If you want a great fall foliage campground and just want to sit by a fire in the cool fall air then this is your place.

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One of the few CG's I've returned to. The "Plateau" is one of the best views in any CG I've been to, but fills up early so book well in advance. We happen to reserve 3 non-plateau, no sewer sites (Two major local events that weekend, so they were the only ones left) and were pleasantly surprised when we arrived to check-in. They had some cancellations and they upgraded all three of us to the Plateau, which now also meant sewer hook-up. What a great upgrade! Very thoughtful and considerate. There are some great heavily wooded sites along with some open sites. CG very clean and well maintained. Amish farmers bring produce and pies to sell. Yum! Great location for day trips to Lancaster, Hershey, or Renaissance fair. The only issue is that it's a bit hilly if your staying at the top/plateau. Didn't bother us at all, but some may find the climb from the office difficult. If you want the Full plateau view, try and stay west of site #144. Overall, I would be happy in any spot here.

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I have to agree with the above review. Very run down. Water hook-up leaking right onto an electrical box. My sewer hook up was a hole with no cap, almost couldn't find it. Stunk real bad too. Cable picture unwatchable with interference. Sights were confusing in most spots. Hard to tell exactly where you should set-up. Had 20+ college kids in tents across from us playing beer pong and blasting music until 1 AM. Camp store smelled horribly. Didn't bother looking in the bathrooms. Playground was in bad shape. Was nervous that the equipment would break. Pool was in OK shape. Be very careful with big rigs. Try not to arrive at night. HOWEVER, with all that said, we camped with 3 other couples and all of our sites backed up to each other so we all were close together and had a cozy central location for food, fire and sitting around. Spent most of the day in nearby Bethlehem. Great restaurants, nice shops, very walkable. Just an old steel town that preserved that old town feel.