Date of Stay: July, 2012
As another reviewer mentioned, it's ok. It's a parking lot, by the marina. There's no view of NYC, but it is the closest RV campground to NYC. The NJ Path station is about 5 blocks walking and for $2.50 it takes you direct to Manhattan within 20-30 minutes. This is the cheapest and most convenient way into the city. Since there is no sewer on the sites, there is a dump site, but we quickly noticed most people either used the shower facilities daily or they let their RVs drip the shower water on the gravel all day. The spaces were a little tight. The bathrooms were not very clean. With so many people taking showers on a daily basis, they really need to have someone regularly cleaning. They do have laundry facilities and they were clean with fairly new machines.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Run as fast as you can. They should not even be using the word "Resort" in the title of this place. The website is a total scam. The park doesn't look anything like it does online. Before arriving, we were actually excited about this campground from the website pictures and details. Once we arrived, although the office says open, no one is ever there. A few of the locals, mentioned the owners are going through some legal issues. Everything is overgrown, nothing is maintained or treated. The lake is a swamp and the nearby lakes are all empty. It is right down the street from Six Flags, and it seems quite a few kids live on the property and work at Six Flags during the day and party at night. Someone else told us to watch our credit card for unauthorized charges from the owner. Stay away!
Date of Stay: July, 2012
This was great park. As others have mentioned, it is very convenient to the DC area, highways and overall a nice park. The only reason, I did not give it a 10 out of 10, is because the WiFi was not stable and very useful. The sites were ok, but on gravel, which brings in a lot of dust and dirt into the RV. There are a lot of sites here, with a constant flow of campers. The pool was a little cloudy, because of the high number of folks swimming in the pool. The campground is well managed and we will definitely be back for a longer term stay.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
To our surprise, this was a very nice Campground. The Website is very simple and could probably do a little better job at promoting this campground. We had to travel up North on business in NYC and since there was no availability at one of the closer NY Campgrounds, Pine Cone was our next best option, with the convenience and amenities we look for. Internet was perfect to work from our Motorhome when needed. The lots were very spacious and clean. The whole park was very clean. It was a distance away and quite a commute into NYC. There is a bus park & ride less than 2 miles away from the park, with a regular express bus into the city. I had to do the research prior, which is something the website should advertise. It takes about an hour and 20 min's into NY Port Authority. If I had to pick on anything about this campground, besides the site, I would say that our lot was probably a little close to the dump station, so every so often we would get a quick unpleasant smell. My husband said the staff was welcoming upon check-in. When I went to the office/store, I didn't get a welcoming feeling or that I was even noticed, but then again sometimes that's pretty common in NJ. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: June, 2010
This place wasn't the best kept campground. And there weren't really any amenities other than fishing, that would bring us back to this campground any time soon. There were quite a few permanent residents. We had a cable cord that stretched across multiple sites, including ours, that we kept tripping over and knocking out, that the permanent resident were getting annoyed about. We came here for the weekend to specifically go fishing at the lake and rent a pontoon at the Marina. There were no signs directly off the main road to make directions getting there convenient, so be prepared to turn around a few times before getting into the marina. The GPS couldn't really find it's accurate position on the map. The other posting was also accurate in that there were some people letting their dogs run free or off their leash. Wi-Fi was very poor, if it did work at all. The Wireless Access point was coming from the campground office, that was pretty far away from the lots.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
Camping on the Gulf RV park is a very nice beach RV resort. We were leaving Navarre Beach and decided to cruise down 98 and called Camping on the Gulf at the last minute, and they had a 1 nighter available. That was normally very odd during the Spring Break season. We called a few months earlier and couldn't get it. We were able to get a great spot right in front of the beach. The beach front spots do not allow dogs, nor do they have sewage; so we were directly across from the beach. Checking in was pretty quick, but the staff seemed a little overwhelmed with the number of people checking in and piling in the entrance. The staff guided us to our spot. Everything was very nice for our 1 day trip. We went back to the office to check out availability for another time during the summer, but they had very limited space for the summer. We were told you have to reserve at least a year in advanced. As we went back to our RV to start packing up, apparently a nearby RVer was switching spots to our spot and verified we were leaving and started moving his stuff over. Check out is 11AM CST. Check in for new comers was advertised for noon. We were minutes from leaving, but at 10:50 we got a knock on our door, telling us we had 5 minutes to leave, as another RVer was waiting to move in. We weren't that happy that we were rushed, but we left on time. This is a nice campground; very kid, pet & family-friendly, but getting in & out needs to be planned well in advanced.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
We were traveling home to Atlanta, when one of the tires on our motorhome blew out. Unfortunately, it was already past 5PM and the service company couldn't find any local dealers that would be able to help us that late. We were able to stop at the Leisure Time Campground in Auburn, for a one-nighter very quickly. The manager checking us in was very helpful. The signs to the park were a little hard to find, but it's right behind a baseball/softball complex. This is a great little campground to stop for 1-2 nights. It's no-frills, but there is a nice little creek nearby, a few permanents, but the campground is clean and well kept. Seems like a decent park to stay at if your coming to an Auburn game. We stood out like outcasts, only because we are very apparent UGA fans, with our UGA golfcart, and UGA stickers on our RV. Everyone was very nice. We would stop by here again.
Date of Stay: April, 2010
The Navarre Beach Campground was very nice and relaxing. When we couldn't get into Destin, this was the next best campground on the beach. Navarre is about 30 miles from Destin and it's not really on the Gulf of Mexico beach, it's actually on the Santa Rosa Sound, which is like a large intercoastal. The campground has a private man-made beach, that was very nicely kept and also a nice pier for fishing. We caught a few a dozen pin fish, a catfish and we even caught a stingray on accident. The best fishing was early in the morning and late in the afternoon. We were at Navarre for 5 days. We didn't have a towed car, but we got a chance to ride around in our bikes. There was a Wal-Mart about 1/2 mile from the campground and a great little crab shack across the street, that was excellent. The people in the park were very nice and helpful. We made lots of friends with other local campers. We will keep the Navarre Beach Campground on our list. We will also make sure to have a car next time.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
Despite the bad reviews, we needed a place to hook-up and stay nearby, while visiting family for the holiday. This is definitely not a place for kids. Don't even bother to come with kids, because you will get the stare down look from the nearby neighbors. The other reviews are true, but if you are just looking to hook-up and not planning to stick around the park that much, it's probably fine. Apparently, the summer is pretty dead here, but we are here just before the holiday and there are a ton of snow birds from Canada; mostly over 55 community. We arrived after 8PM on a Sunday and made it to our campsite OK. A lot of permanent or long term residents. When my kids jumped out the RV to greet their grandfather, that met us at the park, the neighbors came outside a little disgruntle at the noise (which wasn't that loud), but since they obviously are not use to kids here, we seemed to be disrupting their quiet kid less park. Since we are not Canadian and in our 30's, we definitely seem to be the topic of conversation in the park. It's actually pretty funny that as plain as we are, that we can be that much entertainment. We dropped the kids off with their grandparents and my husband & I are enjoying a little senior RV living and quiet time in the hot South Florida sun.
Date of Stay: November, 2009
We wanted to break our trip down to South FL up and decided to stay at the Yogi Bear park in Madison, on the way down from Atlanta. We recently stayed at the Yogi park near Atlanta and were pleased. We were able to get a lot near the lake like we requested. It seemed the closer to the water you got, the tighter the lots were. We were in 35 ft. coach with two slideouts and it wasn't too bad, but a little tight. We arrived on a Sunday and the personnel who checked us in seemed like they were ready to go home and close everything down. Being that it is November, the water slide was closed and swimming area was drained, so it didn't look as pretty as it was on the brochure or website. The pool was still open, but it was way too cold for swimming. The game room was not really that exciting. It was in a trailer and there were probably about 5 somewhat outdated video games and a bunch of tables for board games. My kids did not seem interested. Most of the grounds were pretty clean. The kids were able to ride around in the paddle boats, in the lake and that was fun for them. The fishing was catch & release, but even though management said there were plenty of fish, we didn't see too many people catching anything. There wasn't that much going on for the kids to want to stay another night, so we checked out the next day. On the way out, we did see Yogi for a few minutes. Overall, the park was OK. We probably won't be rushing back immediately. It might be better during the summer.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
We absolutely loved staying at Ocean Lakes Family Campground. This has to be the largest campground we have ever stayed at. We prepaid our entire stay before arriving, so we had an express check-in and went right into our campsite. Our site was about 3 spaces from the beach, which was great access to the beach, but it wasn't really necessary to be that close. We reserved a close spot because we expected to be at the beach most of the time, but there was so much stuff to do at the campground, we were all over the place. Renting a golf cart here is an absolute must; if you don't own one. Everyone has a golf cart here and if you are not traveling around in the park with it, you are going for a night cruise or people watching around the park. My kids wanted to move here. If we weren't at the beach, we were at the pool, eating ice cream, going to the skate park, playing Bingo, entered into a guitar hero tournament, mini golf tournament and so much more. This campground has something for everyone; very family oriented. We came on a very busy weekend of Memorial Day and the beach was packed. I was able to do laundry while I was laying out at the pool. It was a vacation very well spent.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
This is one of our regular favorite campgrounds. When we just want to camp for the weekend, Stone Mountain is our spot. We live less than an hour away and it's our camping home away from home. Like other campgrounds, it does have some sites that are better than the other. We stayed in the 330's and they can be a tight squeeze, but we just reserved the spot two days before we got here. We were able to rent a golf cart for $35/night, which apparently was a weekend special because it was normally $75 per night. I would strongly suggest staying around 413 (pull-through) or 409, 410 or if possible (and it can be tough) or favorite sites are either in the loop in front of the office/camp store or on a site off of the lake. There are always a ton of things to do at Stone Mountain, from golf, to the park mountain hike, a train goes around the park and the mountain village with all sorts of activities. If you plan to visit often, like we do you are better off becoming Mountain members that gets you discounts on the campground and pays for itself if you come at least twice.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
Besides the swirvy drive up and down two separate mountains to get to this campsite, we really enjoyed ourselves at this campground. The positives first: This campground retreat has a lot of activities, especially for kids. My kids were occupied all day long every day were spent here. They had in-gound trampolines, a decent kids park, a petting farm with cows, chickens, goats and horses. The goats just had babies a week prior so the kids really had fun holding them. There were a ton of different trails and hikes to beautiful waterfalls and streams on the property. There was an organic garden, however because we were there during a winter month, the garden was not grown in yet. The kids got to milk a cow that apparently they use for breakfast at the lodge. When we checked in we didn't get the site that we originally picked out during our online reservation due to electrical problems, but we got a site right in front of the fishing lake where the kids had a ton of fun catching trout. The trout were very easy to catch and it was catch-n-keep, so whatever we caught made for a nice lunch. This was Valentines weekend and there were a ton of kids that were either there for a retreat or camping with families. That is always a positive for us, because our kids enjoy meeting other camping kids. The only real negatives is that they sort of find a reason to charge you for everything. The $30 or so per night was for a full hook-up on a paved site, across from a stream and lake, however there was a charge for $5 per kid, per night above the 2 kid limit. We had 2 extra guests with us, so it was an extra $10 per night. We also have to pay $5 per dog, per night. And it was $5 per fish that you caught. If the daily spending isn't a bother, than it's definitely worth it. They use the money to continue to maintain the property and keep this place in top condition. We would definitely come back here again. My son is already planning his birthday here.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
This was a nicely manicured campground, but probably not our favorite; for our own personal reasons. We did receive a free night through a promotion to buy into a membership/ownership, but they really didn't bother us too much about that which was nice. We love going to Helen, but this site was not really all that kid friendly. It's definitely a more mature developed campground. The playground looked like it hadn't been touched in a few years and a little rusty. The lodge was nice and had a fun game room with pool tables, but some of the older residents seems annoyed at my kids playing at the lodge. The sites were a little close together and you couldn't really fit the travel trailer (29') and car on the same paved site. Next time we're in Helen, we will probably stay at something a little more kid friendly, unless it was free for us again.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
If you love the beach, this is the place to come. We paid for a premium site right on the beach and our travel trailer was almost parked in the sand. We have two English Bulldogs and the beach was very pet friendly. Out pups were able to hang out with us in the sand all day. It rained one day, but the kids were able to occupy themselves in the game room and at the activity center. The sites were a little tight and basically a parking lot of RV's, but we spent most of our time on the beach and in comparison to what you would normally pay for a hotel on the beach, it was well worth it. We did spend one day at the pool onsite. It was a salt-water pool, which I wasn't a huge fan of, but it was quiet and relaxing. The other campers were all friendly and it was definitely a family fun place. The only negative was that we got a site right next to beach entrance so there was a bit of regular traffic. That didn't bother us that much, however at night when a few evening beach walkers that obviously had a few too many, were a little loud and obnoxious walking back into their site. We would definitely go back to this site.