Date of Stay: July, 2007
Very nice state park. Has several different loops, some with full hookups. Staff at check in were very pleasant and helpful in answering questions I had about the campground and surrounding area. Several loops have beautiful views of the water, but if you have small children you might not want to have the sites that are that close to the water, because there's a large drop down with no type of fencing or anything. The swimming area on the North River was nice, but rather rocky and you'll definitely want to wear some type of shoes while walking in it. The sites are large and spacious, the camping cottages were very clean as were the restrooms, however, we had to go to another loop for the restroom facilities because there were none in the camping cottage location. They also have other more rustic cabins that do have a restroom located in their loop. The restrooms were cleaned daily and I found no problems with them whatsoever. For those with large rigs the road to the campground is rather windy, so you might want to be careful.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
This is the most overpriced, not worth what you pay for campground I've ever stayed at. I don't even pay this much during the high season at most private campgrounds when staying in a tent. The restrooms appeared as if they haven't even been cleaned from last year as well as the sites. It took us almost a half an hour to clean the debris from our site in order that we could put up our tent. We did have a nice wooded site after we cleaned it up, but some of the lake front sites, I'd be afraid to stay in since there's quite a slope from where you park your rig to where the picnic table and fire ring is located. We actually witnessed a middle aged woman take a tumble down the slope, luckily she wasn't seriously hurt. They also need to enforce their pet policies...had to step around quite a few doggy droppings and listen to at times non-stop barking. I wouldn't stay in this "resort" and that's using the term loosely, again.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
Laurel Hill State Park is my favorite campground to camp at. However, this year with the beach being closed for the entire season for renovations, it's been less crowded and was surprised even on a weekend it was rather sparse. I'm sure next year Laurel Hill will be even better with the renovated beach area.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
Shawnee is a beautiful campground nestled in the mountains. This park offers a variety of camp sites to suit your equipment. If you go to their website, through the reservation process: they will tell you which sites are suitable for your camping equipment. Their sites range from open to shaded and the roads are a mixture of both paved and gravel. We stayed in one of the 3 new camping cottages Shawnee now offers. One of the cottages is ADA accessible. These are the bare-bone type of cottages with no cooking or restroom facilities inside. They consist of a rather large double bed with a single bunk on top (but you can fit two kids in one of these bunks), and then a set of single bunks on the opposite wall. There's also a nice indoor table and benches and two chairs. The cottage also offers a large covered front deck. Shawnee also offers two yurts. There are scheduled activities Thursday through Sunday but nothing for the rest of the week. There are a lot of nice hiking trails within the campground as well as within the state park itself, which are anywhere from easy to difficult. The lake is about 1/2 mile from the campground entrance, and they have boat rentals at a concession area. The swimming beach is beautiful, but is quite a hike from the parking area; going to it is downhill, but going back to the parking lot it's quite a steep climb. They do have a campstore, but the entire time we were here from Sunday afternoon until Thursday morning, we did not see it opened one time. However, there are several places to get supplies/groceries nearby (1 to 3 miles). The toilet area of the restrooms were not in the best of shape. They cleaned the restrooms daily however, it seemed like a lot of the toilets were backed up and when you went to sit on them, it felt as if you were going to fall over; they were not anchored very well. And, there is no soap dispensers or paper towels/hand dryers in the sink area. The beauty of this campground outweighs the problems with it. It is definitely a place I will camp at again. The prices are hard to beat as well as the natural surroundings.
Date of Stay: July, 2005
First off, the nightly rate I listed is for a full-hook campsite. We stayed in a full-service cottage which cost $100.00 a night and everything was provided for you except pillows, blankets linens and towels...pots and pans, silverware, coffee maker, toaster everything was there for your use. There was a full size bed in the great room and two sets of bunks in the private room. It had a bathroom with shower and it was air conditioned plus had a ceiling fan and light. It also had a large size covered front porch with Adirondack chairs to sit in. We arrived at this campground approximately 2 hours before check in and they had no problem allowing us to go to our site without charging us an early check in. We were staying in one of two of their cottages, which turned out to be great, because the entire week we were there it was 90 plus degrees, high humidity and the air conditioning was a blessing! I would have given this campground a 10, but the only problem I had was cleaning up black ant carcasses a few times a day in the cottage. The management had told me that they were aware of an infestation of black ants and had exterminators spray and that did work, the only problem was they decided to come out into the middle of the great room's floor and die, lol. But, at least I can say they were aware of the problem and did something about it. The campground itself, has a large amount of open sites and shaded sites so you have your pick and for the most part from what I saw they were spacious and they also have a secluded primitive tenting area as well, but you can also tent in practically any site you wish if you don't like the primitive area. You can also have a site along Marsh Creek where you can fish (PA fishing license required)or you can have a site closer to the pool. They have a movie every evening and also have mini golf, shuffle board, horseshoes, sand volleyball court, a game room and a playground for the times when you need something to do when you're not visiting Gettysburg, which is only 3 miles away. They also have planned activities for the weekends. They also have a nice little camp store and an ice cream parlor. I would definitely stay here again!
Date of Stay: June, 2005
This is a beautiful back to nature campground. Sites are spacious and you're afforded either shaded or open sites. There is a 63 acre lake adjacent to the campground within walking distance from most of the campsites or if you prefer there is plenty of parking available at the lake itself. There is a concession stand at the lake and a large picnic grove as well. There is a large sandy swimming beach, which also includes a boardwalk with benches. There is also a concrete walkway on the dam that you can walk across. There is also a sand volleyball court and pedal and row boat rentals. There are some great nature trails located throughout the park. The campground also has an amphitheatre and during the summer months the park naturalists conduct numerous environmental programs both for adults and children. One word of caution for those pulling trailers and with big rigs, there are two entrances to the campground, you would be advised to call ahead and ask for the directions that would suit your RV. Other than the beauty of this park, what also makes it great is the price, $14.00 non-electric on a weekend, $17.00 with electric on the weekend and during the week, $12.00 non-electric and $15.00 with electric. This is by far my favorite campground!
Date of Stay: June, 2005
I would have given a higer rating if they would have had tent sites that were shaded. The shaded sites were mostly reserved for seasonal campers and those with full hookups. We were in the middle of a field with no tree cover with temperatures in the mid-80's. I also gave this campground a lower rating because they charge to use their basketball court. I was stunned. They also charge to use their tennis courts as well. They have a nice pool and luckily the use of that is included with your camp fee. And, one other problem was the free-roaming children, who did not hesitate to cut through our site constantly. I brought this to the attention of management and they said they'd handle it, but never did. I don't believe I will be camping here again, especially since five miles down the road there is a beautiful, quiet, shaded state park called Laurel Hill.