Date of Stay: August, 2013
If you want a campground with a lot of glitz and glam, this in NOT the place. This is a very quite, wooded campground. The sites are large and the place, especially in the back area, is nice and dark at night. The bathrooms/showers are clean, but a bit weary. The sites could use more gravel to fill in the low spots. Our biggest complaint was the poor Wi-Fi and, with no cell phone service, you really need internet. My husband complained to the owners who contacted their Internet service. The service was a bit better after that. The signal is strong, but you keep getting bumped off along with slow Internet speed. We also were disappointed that there are no enclosed dog park. We had that at the other two KOAs we camped at this summer.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
The campground is very well maintained -- clean and modern baths and showers. We had a full-hookup site (#200) that was a bit small, but fortunately it was located on a corner so we were not sandwiched in between other campers. There are not many full hookup sites, although the new ones (on a hill to the left as you enter the campground) appear to be quite large but not shaded. Trees have been planted by they are still very small. It would really be nice if some of the water/electric sites in the rear of the campground were converted to full hookups. The sites are out-of-the-way, shaded and quite large. The staff is very nice and were very helpful when we had a problem with our propane line. The price of the new hose along with labor was very reasonable. We were disappointed in the dog walk (playground). This playground is in a hilly area. It needs to be larger and have some play "equipment" for the dogs. Relocating the playground down the hill where the broken kiddie train is would really be nice. Overall, a nice campground but we have seen nicer KOAs. I did hear a member of the staff saying that this is their first year here. Hopefully, they will continue to update and improve the facility. Nothing much they can do about the road to the campground. It wasn't a problem for us as we are pulling a 20' ft. trailer. I can't imagine driving a 42 footer but then that's how it goes if you want to have a big rig. I do think this situation should be mentioned on the website. It would be a good idea to warn folks.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
My husband and I haven't camped in a KOA for years, but this one was right in the area of MD we wanted and was advertised to be far from the highway, so we decided to give it a try. We have been impressed! It is a very lovely campground. Clean bathrooms and showers, well-supplied store, lovely landscaping, very quiet, level sites, very friendly and polite folks, and, the neatest of all -- a doggie playground. Have been camping for over 30 years and have NEVER seen that before. They're always playgrounds for the kids, why not for the dogs? The not so nice stuff -- the sites are a bit small (we were there for a week so we parked in the next sight when it was empty). It's nice to have free WiFi at our site, but it is slow and we were unable to get work done. Overall, we definitely would recommend this KOA. Other reviewers commented that it was not a good campground for large RVs. Our trailer is only 20' but we sure did see some gigantic rigs during the week we were there. Maybe they just made reservations in advance to get the pull-through sites?
Date of Stay: August, 2012
Very nice, clean campground. Our site (55) was very nice although at times a bit buggy near the stream. The site to our left (54) was ridiculously small, but fortunately it remained empty throughout the week, so we had even more room. Bathrooms were clean (free) with plenty of hot water. The campground is primarily gravel. Some sites are delineated only by yellow lines. The free Wi-Fi was fine. We were there from Monday – Saturday. By Friday the place was packed cheek to jowl—so avoid weekends if you can.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
Overall, the campground was not in great shape. Our first and primary concern was hygiene. The water was brown and undrinkable. We had to buy gallon jugs of water for cooking and drinking. Sewer hookups were into buried 55-gallon drums. Part of our drum was visible in our site. So these drums rust, don't they. What might have been leaking into the ground? Is this legal? Many sites are abandoned and very shabby. The owners don't maintain them at all. Many of the cement pads are covered in mold and pine needles, and there are disgusting abandoned trailers. The place was very buggy--plenty of weeds around. When we got there on Monday, the shower stalls were covered in dead bugs. Fortunately, they were cleaned that afternoon although bugs did return throughout our stay. At least the water in the bathhouse was fine. Some good things included a nice pool, no problem running our AC, free Wi-Fi, large sites, friendly owner (although rarely in the office, they live near the entrance), $6.00 gets you a large bundle of wood, and a few noisy seasonal people; otherwise a quiet place. According to one of the seasonal folks, at one time the campground had really been very nice. When the seasonal folks began leaving (many had died), the owners just let the place go. Too bad, it really has potential.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
I need to preface this review by saying that we were at Peaceful Valley Campground for the NEAT (Northeast Electric Aircraft Technology) Fair. This is a one-a-year event for electric model aircraft. It’s the largest event like this in the US and, and more than likely, worldwide. There were 374 registered pilots and over 1,000 visitors and hundreds of campers. The area is beautiful having the campground nestled in a valley. It’s also huge. The management did a good job getting everyone to their site. Extra help was hired to keep the bathrooms clean although there were some shower issues. One evening I tried 5 shower stalls until I got one to work. Either the coin receptacle was jammed or the timer started but no water came out of the faucet. Overall, the bathrooms are fine with the nicer one near the office. Due to the valley, cell phone connection is iffy. There’s no internet connection although if you try to link up you can see the service for “Peaceful Valley Aerodrome” but you need the pass word to enter. When I checked with the office, the gal stated that that is the connection for the house. I don’t know why Arnie doesn’t offer WiFi. I guess we’ve just gotten accustomed to it at campgrounds, either free or for a charge. Now, if you want to just go there to camp don’t try to find a site map on the website—there isn’t any because there are no sites as we campers expect to see. Instead, there are rows of hookups-water, electricity and sewer. Campers park along these rows, nose to tail and fairly close side to side. For the event we attended, that was fine but for a camping vacation—no go for us. Of course, with the campground as large as it is you probably wouldn’t have someone near you unless it is a very busy weekend.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
We returned to Don Laine after having stayed here last August. We camped in site B-17 which has a great view of the valley. If you read my previous review (2010) things are otherwise the same. PenTel is still a pain and the bathroom paper towels ran out and weren't stocked for two days. I had already spoken to the office about the difficulties with PenTel so I didn't want to be complaining again. Anyway, it is a beautiful campground. The pool was very clean and large enough for my husband and I to do our morning laps. We would love to return some fall.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
This is the second time we camped at Pomona RV Park and Campground. The owners are very friendly and accommodating. They have owned the place for five years and continue to make improvements. The restrooms are very clean but weary. Overall, the park is small and the location is a bit noisy: road, airport and railroad noise. Our biggest complaint is the internet service. It was horrible on Saturday when many folks were here. When the place cleared out by Sunday afternoon, the service improved considerably. My husband, who is a computer tech, assumed that the router just couldn't handle the traffic. We should have spoken to the owners but since we were only here a few days, we didn't bother.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
We have camped at Seashore every Columbus Day weekend since 2001. It is our favorite campground in the area. As the campground can be a bit noisy, even at this time of the year, we stay well in the back. This year we moved from the end of Holly Lane to Ash Lane (Site A1). It was empty in this area and very quite. We do find the frequent golf carts a bit of a nuisance though. I was disappointed in the camp store. Maybe by October they just don't keep it well stocked anymore. Overall, it was again a very pleasant stay.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Baker’s Acres. The site (#11) was very spacious, shady and private. The office staff was very friendly and helpful. We camp in a tent trailer so we use the campground’s facilities. The main bathroom was clean. The alternate bathhouse is a bit rustic but still clean. The showers had good water pressure and plenty of hot water and they are free. We were there the weekend of their annual pig roast. Our campsite was directly across from the cabins and we had some noisy young folks here. They were very noisy on Friday evening until quiet hours (11:00). Our only real complaint was the mediocre internet access. At times it just didn’t exist. When we did have access, it was very slow. Sometimes we had to go out of the camper to get on line. We recommend this campground but unless you really want to have some roasted pig and don’t mind the noise, don’t go the 3rd weekend in September!
Date of Stay: August, 2010
We arrived at Camp Taylor about noon on Thursday. There was only one other camper in the "Loop" so we really enjoyed the quiet. Our site (#67) along the stream was spacious, level, and nicely shaded. The area did get more campers by Friday evening. Most were tenters with some noisy children. We were pleasantly surprised that our fellow campers were not rowdy or raucous, particularly on Saturday evening. There was some music but mostly live instruments—a guitar in the distance and a fiddle next door. The live music was delightful. My husband did have problems with the showers. Most of the men’s showers were closed due to repairs. They should have reassigned some of the women’s showers so that there would have been a more even distribution for each gender. There was a porta-potty in the “Loop.” It was fine when we got there on Thursday but by mid-day Saturday, it was horrible. It should have been cleaned on Friday to prepare for the weekend. I didn’t even want to walk near it on Saturday! Fire wood is $4.50 a bundle—both regular and kindling. Maybe if kindling were a bit less expensive, it might encourage folks to buy some. Finding kindling was a challenge so we weren’t too surprised to find a fellow camper helping himself to some of ours as were returned from a morning outing. Turned out to be a young child whose mother had him apologize!! Overall, we would return to this campground. Fall would be beautiful there. We spent two mornings biking on the Paulinskill River RR Rails to Trails bike path and visiting Blairstown Airport. For you Catholics, St. Jude in Blairstown is just a few miles north on Rt. 94.
Date of Stay: August, 2010
Spent 5 days here and overall really liked it. We had a nice large site with full hookups (B16) that was shaded by the afternoon. The office staff was friendly and helpful. There are many seasonal folks. We camped during the week so it was fairly quiet although our neighbors were the radio playing type. We did asked them to turn it down and they did. The auxiliary bath house was in good shape but lacked soap/towels and was cleaned once during our stay. My husband had trouble with the lack of hot water: my shower was fine. The internet service (PenTeleData) was a pain to set up. My husband could not set up service through their website and had to call customer service. He needed to call back 3 - 4 times until they finally straightened out our temporary account. We really want to return to Don Laine in the fall when we can get the site with the view of the valley. It should be GLORIOUS!!
Date of Stay: May, 2010
Yes, the campground is small and a bit weary, but the owners were very nice and accommodating. We were here the first weekend in May, so it was quite empty. We had a nice site near the office. We did notice the airport, but we like airplanes so no problem there. I wasn't happy with the traffic noise that was very audible in the evening. I could even handle the train (speed line) over the constant highway noise. It was quiet during the day but very noticeable when trying to sleep. Then again in a pop up we don't normally close it up and put on the air unless it is VERY hot. Kind of like tenting!! We would go there again BUT not in early May. The yellow pollen from the oak trees was horrible! That probably goes for any of the campgrounds near the shore at that time of year not just this one.
Date of Stay: October, 2009
We have camped at Seashore each Columbus Day weekend since 2001 and plan to return next year! The office staff is very helpful and the camp store is well stocked. Full-hook-up sites near the entrance are gravel and pavement. They are a bit tight and not our cup of tea. We like to camp far from the crowd although over the years we have seen more and more people there on this weekend. So, next year we plan to get a site further back. We like the sites near Holley and Ash Lanes. The sites are sandy dirt so a camping rug is really nice to have. The showers are clean. The cost $.25 but you get plenty of time and hot water. Some folks are annoyed by the many golf carts that scamper about a campground. Well, if that bothers you, don't go to Seashore. We don't mind them except that we wonder where so many folks are going and why they don't just walk!! Seashore is, quite simply, one of those campgrounds that is just comfortable for us. Our wedding anniversary is in October, and we just enjoy celebrating it in Cape May as we grill two delicious steaks over a campfire at Seashore Campsites!!
Date of Stay: August, 2009
The campground staff was very friendly and helpful. We had a great site for our four-night stay. It was large, shaded and located at the end of the street so it was quite. As with most NJ seashore campgrounds, it wasn't grassy so I was glad we had an outdoor rug. Most of the grassy sites are sunny and after a heavy rain, they were flooded. The bathrooms and showers (plenty of hot water) were clean but a bit weary and had small stalls. The bathrooms did get whiffy later in the day but it was pretty hot when we were there. I may be a bit prissy but I do like to have a private dressing area. Neither of the bathhouses had one. The main roads are "beach sand" which, you can say, adds to the ambiance of the park. It also slows the traffic. The ice cream shop is a nice treat on a hot summer's day!! Overall, it was a nice campground and we plan to return.