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Date of Stay:
June, 2013 -
Just visited this place for our fifth year in a row and it remains our favorite place ANYWHERE to camp, but I do have a couple of rather minor complaints. Pros: - Beautiful facility, with spotless grounds and buildings (camp store, bathrooms, cafe, pools). - - The sites in the main area are gorgeous, mostly nestled in the woods (except for one area near the Playhouse) and it's like camping in a forest in many ways. - Lots of activities and recreational options, like nightly magic, comedy and ventriloquist shows; very fun Bingo (with nice prizes, including a $75 gift certificate) two nights a week; three crystal clear pools (two outdoor, one indoor); world's best camp store; fitness center; laundry; multiple tennis and basketball courts, even a baseball diamond; free shuttles to the outlets, discounts for shuttles elsewhere; very close proximity to some of the best bike/running trails anywhere; paddle boats onsite; and so much more. - Fun things to do in the area, including: hiking the Adirondacks (did Marcy this year, Algonquin last year) and even closer peaks like Buck and Cat Mountains; very fun Adirondack Extreme Adventure Park right up the road in Bolton Landing (best to be in decent shape if you're going to do the harder courses); Six Flags, including several good roller coasters and the straight drop "Sasquatch" ride; aforementioned wonderful bike trails; hanging out in cute (touristy, but almost charmingly so) Lake George Village; driving up Prospect Mtn. and enjoying the views; Martha's for ice cream; our favorite little restaurant, The Boardwalk, for decent food and a table right on the lake; para-sailing; lake cruises; excellent places within driving distance to visit - Ticonderoga, Lake Placid, Vermont, Montreal; and tons more options. CONs - Expensive; this latest visit was $87/night due to the $8/night extra for my son (14). Seems as though the $79 base rate should allow for one or two children to occupy the site for free. - Maintenance can be a little annoying - sometimes they operate noisy leaf-blowers right near your site starting at around 9am. It's loud, can last a while, and often - when there's little in the way of leaves or debris to clear - doesn't seem necessary. They should strive to do this near occupied sites later in the morning, as people sometimes do enjoy sleeping in while on vacation! - Wi-Fi is spotty and should be better for the price paid - They seem to group people together when not necessary. We were there 8 nights and our neighbors, in a VERY narrow site right next to us, were there 5. Meanwhile, there were unoccupied sites ALL around us for most of those nights. Because of how narrow their site was, they were right on top of us. I understand this on the weekends, when it's going to be more crowded, but some of those nights were mid-week. The good news is you can request certain sites and next year, if we return, we'll probably request a different one. Besides that, however, this is as good as it gets when it comes to commercial sites. They are, by the necessity of meeting their operating costs and turning a profit, going to have sites that are pretty close together. That's why I really like state parks better, at least where I live (VA, MD area). But, state parks don't have to rely just on camper fees to pay their bills, so of course they can space their sites out a lot more. AND, they have nowhere close to the amenities LGRVP does. It would just be completely awesome to have the spacing of state parks AND the amenities of a place like this. Anyone know of such a place? We camped at Lake George RV Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
June, 2012 -
We just completed our fourth stay at this park and it's still the best one at which we've ever stayed. The park is spotless - not a scrap of trash to be found, with crystal-clear swimming pools, bathrooms, camp store, etc. The landscaping is wonderfully maintained everywhere - I can't imagine how much they spend to keep it that way. Every night there's something fun going on - magic shows, comedians, BINGO, free current movies, etc. Cable TV gives you about fifty channels, which is nice on rainy days/nights. The Wi-Fi is now free but slows down on weekends - the hot spots are probably adequate, it's just the connection to the Internet that gets congested with lots of users. There are facilities for just about every sport or game - tennis, basketball, baseball/softball, horseshoes, etc. You could honestly just hang out in the park all week and have a great time. Another huge plus is the surrounding area - not only is it incredibly beautiful, but there's SO much to do - boating on Lake George, Adirondack Extreme Adventure Park (Bolton Landing), hiking in the Adirondacks, day trips into Canada and Vermont, biking on wonderful bike paths to and around Lake George Village, outlet mall shopping, Six Flags, etc. We always run out of time to do everything we want. The only negatives are not with the park itself but rather with campers themselves, some of whom drive too fast, talk too loud, allow their children to run amok (to the point of intruding on others' enjoyment), have disobedient and untrained dogs, or otherwise don't know how to behave like courteous camping neighbors. The first part of our stay, we had exceedingly polite Canadians next to us and they couldn't have been more wonderful. Later in the week, the Loud Family from NYC moved in and were the exact opposite - barking, crazed dog, each member of the family not talking but screaming every word, kids repeatedly blowing whistles (!) within a few feet of our side windows, whiffle balls hitting our truck, etc. Though the parents apologized at various times, they were completely ineffective at improving the situation. It was such a nightmare we decided to leave a day early. But, that's camping for you - you just hope you don't have idiots for neighbors and sometimes you luck out, sometimes you don't. This is our favorite place and we'll be returning next year. We camped at Lake George RV Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
October, 2010 -
Maryland and nearby Virginia state parks are among the best in the country and this one is no exception. The grounds are wonderfully maintained. The staff is friendly, and they have great activities for kids, including nature shows in the amphitheater and ice cream socials in one of the buildings. The lake has a nice sandy area and there's lots of hiking. If you're in decent shape and can handle some hills, the biking is great too. The heavily wooded sites are spaced out differently but, unlike commercial campgrounds everywhere, you'll never be right on top of your neighbors. (That's the main reason I stay in state parks most of the time.) No Wi-Fi, of course, but my Sprint broadband worked decently (three of four bars). Other nice SPs in the area include Shenandoah River State Park (near Front Royal) and Rocky Gap SP (near Cumberland). We camped at Greenbrier State Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
October, 2009 -
Absolutely spotless, beautiful state park with nicely sized, wooded sites. Like all Maryland state parks, everything is top-notch (rich state!). Personnel are friendly and helpful; LOTS of patrols at night give you a good feeling of security. Bathrooms are a little dated, but certainly acceptable. As long as you're in reasonably good shape, the biking on the hilly roads within the park is great. On weekend nights they have wonderful ranger shows. One night we saw a comparison of camping gear from different eras, from civil war times to modern times. On another night they brought out some animals (snakes, huge horned owl, and a falcon); it was awesome. The lake is very nice, with a fairly large, sandy beach area, lots of tables, and a big pavilion. One word of warning - the lake area can get absolutely packed on summer weekends from day use visitors. My son attends a "Hooked on Fish, Not Drugs" fishing camp here every summer and loves it. Also, be advised that they close the main front gate (from Route 40) after a certain time and don't open it up until a certain time in the AM; plan accordingly. The camping area has a barrier that prevents day-use folks from driving around the campsites, which is nice; you need a pass code to operate the gate. Finally, a Sheetz convenience store is about two miles away and tons of shopping, including restaurants (Outback), movie theaters, etc. are about ten miles away in Hagerstown, in case you need some last-minute supplies or you pick a rainy weekend and need stuff to do. State parks don't get much better than this. We camped at Greenbrier State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
July, 2009 -
We had a wonderful time here and will go back, maybe next year. First, the place is absolutely spotless and you get your own, completely private shower room. We used the large pool near the main entrance and found it to be immaculate too. They have every facility known to man here, including a fantastic camp store. The bingo on Monday and Thursday, (which I had to be dragged to), was actually a blast; very family-oriented and made us feel right at home. Staff is first-rate. When I inquired about a bike map, the gal at the front desk walked over to where they were normally kept, found them all gone, and walked over to another building and back to get me a copy. We had a really pretty, wooded, wide spot for our 20' footer. Had plenty of room to spread out, including a nice spot for our 10x10 gazebo. Everything is paved and quiet at night. Some of the spots weren't as wide; that's the only reason I didn't give this place a 10 rating. But what's best about this park is the area it's located in and all of the things to do: Six Flags, the Adirondacks Extreme Adventure Course, great bike rides on many wonderful miles of paved paths, some right to the Lake George Village waterfront, where there's tons of things to do and places to eat. Check out the fireworks every Thursday night in July and August. We also went into Vermont, and Fort Ticonderoga. We ran out of time before doing all there was to do, like kayaking in Glen Lake. One last thing: head to the Docksider Restaurant at Glens Falls, only about two miles from the campground. Get there at 4:30 and have your choice of a patio table only about twenty feet from the lake. What a wonderful way to wind down a day. You won't be disappointed. The Today Show likes this area so much they're doing shows here this week. I'm worried that it will make it even more popular! We camped at Lake George RV Park in a Travel Trailer.