Date of Stay: August, 2013
This park continues to be a big hit. There are very few places where you can camp on the dunes so close to a pristine beach. The bathrooms are clean and the rangers are nice. We have camped here this year for two weeks total spread out over two visits. We brought a boat with us. The launch facilities are on the mainland right next to the bridge to the island. The thing you have to remember about the horses is that they are wild animals and unpredictable. People forget that and treat them as if they are domestic animals. They can bite, kick and most importantly- you have to keep your food locked away in a car or RV. I have personally witnesses them walk through tents to get after food and tear apart coolers. That being said, this is a great place and difficult to get reservations.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
Well laid out park. Bathrooms were very clean on the A loop where we stayed. We stayed over longer than originally expected and the rangers were very accommodative. I continue to be very impresses with the quality of the NYS Park system. The site was close to Lake Ontario, but not lakefront. There are lakefront sites available, however. Only thing I would have liked is to swim at the park, however Fort Niagara is only a few miles away and they have a nice pool we plan to stay here again. They were building a few Yurts on the property for rental as well. The bathrooms and showers were nice, clean and well maintained. I would highly recommend this park- the location is only a few minutes out of the way. It took us 25 minutes to get to the main campus of the University of Buffalo from here- less to get to Niagara Falls- and the drive along the Robert Moses Parkway near the falls is a treat. I wish the park was open later in the season however- they close sometime in October.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
We booked the National Park because we could not get into the Maryland State Park. The campsite was on the bay side- and the bugs were bad. The park is very clean and nice, but it is a minimalist park- the bathrooms and showers are not as big and are not as nice as the Maryland State Park they are clean- but not fancy. Try to get oceanfront reservations- the prevailing winds are off the ocean and the bugs are not a problem on the Oceanside. I would however highly recommend this park. This place is a treasure. The National Park annual pass is a deal even if you are day visitor- with the pass you pay one price for any National Park entry for the year. We were in a motorhome so the bathrooms did not matter as much. The dumping station is easy access and not very busy (the neighboring state park the dump station had a waiting line).
Date of Stay: August, 2012
Please note I am not sure if the rate I paid. It was a very nice park, older park but he buildings and roads are in very good repair. People were very friendly, we shifted our site around before we go there because we messed up with ReserveAmerica and they got our dates wrong so we had to go back and adjust our site to the date of our arrival. The site we had was on the 700 loop. We stayed with a 40 foot motorhome and got the RV in the site OK (after we had our neighbors move their car) but damaged our awning when we were leaving as the site was really too narrow. When we explored the park we found it very clean and quite nice. There are two pools listed to swim in (they charge extra for that) but only one was open, the other had been closed for some time and was in disrepair. The park itself was beautiful, would recommend at least lunch in the old estate house at the south end of the park. If you have a big rig however, be sure you have a camping spot big enough to handle your rig, as a number of the sites are long enough but the trees are so close and the roads too narrow to back into a site easily. This is more related to the age of the facility than the maintenance of the park. We will go there again as it is a beautiful place but we will be very, very selective about which site we take as this last two night visit will cost me @ $700 in damages.
Date of Stay: August, 2012
This is the best State Park we have ever camped in. Bathroom and shower facilities were new (on H Loop) employees were friendly and the sites were large enough to easily handle our 40 foot motorhome. Loop H was out in the open making it easy for Sat TV but we got a number of local channels over the air. We made reservations only 2 weeks in advance. At loop H we thought we were close to the water- and we were- but really could not see the lake/river from out site because of the dense trees between us and the water. Still beautiful views when walked through the woods to the river. We used the Clayton Tours boat for a tour of the area- they picked us up at the park marina and gave us an area tour then went to Bolt Castle (def worth the time and money)g neat site to see. Did not even have to drive off the campground because the Store on grounds was excellent. We did visit a few of the local Wineries though. The best campsites at the park however are for the tent campers- they have sites right on the rocks a few feet from the river. No pool but they do have a swimming area on the river- and the water was much warmer than we had expected. Only issue is that the park is so big that you really need a car or a bike to get around inside the park. I also should have brought my boat as there is a very good ramp and overnight docks available to campers. Great Place- we will be back.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
This is one of the best campgrounds I have ever stayed at. This is a very large professionally run campground. The facilities are very nice. Among other pools – there is an indoor pool and hot tub as well. Have been staying here for one week every month for the last 5 months when working in the area. Most recently in mid August I bought my family for the week, and they loved it. We rented a local car (Enterprise will pick you up at the campsite) and went our separate ways- me to work and wife and kids exploring. Location is great, and you are within one hour of the Cape. I did not encounter any of the noise complaints, or drunken adults like the earlier reviews mentioned--only friendly campers around us, and the place quiets down after 9-10pm. We had a large Class A, but cooked outside--each spot has a fire ring and picnic table. The only problem I had was finding my campsite on a late arrival one pre-season night (April). The first visit to the campground I had trouble reading their provided map--my issue, not theirs, since with a campground that size I should have driven the toad around to orient myself before pulling the whole rig in. In addition they also employ some retired work campers as employees. I found them very helpful and very friendly. Yes, the phone gets busy in the summer. It is so nice a lot of the campers are Boston area people on “vacation” locally. I plan to return. One day during my June stay, one of their workers accidentally cut my water hose while cutting the grass. The main office replaced the hose and promptly called me on my cell to let me know what was going on. They could not have been nicer and more responsive. The campsite width is about average for a commercial campground. The pads are gravel, and yes, only some of the sites have cable, but the local reception is great from Boston and Providence, and some of the sites are on the edge of a field for sat reception (good shot at the sky).
Date of Stay: March, 2009
I have stayed at this very small campground for the last two years during the winter season and regret not having reviewed it sooner. Yes, this is a small family run campground, but the couple that own the campground are very accommodating. They DO HAVE 30 amp service and have had that service for the last 2 years that I have stayed there. In addition they do have 50 amp service, at least in the one spot where we were parked last year. I stay here at least once and sometimes twice a month during skiing season with my kids. In a winter skiing campground (much like dry camping because there is generally no water or sewer hook up what we are looking for is either 30 or 50 amp service, and they do have both. I need the electrical service to keep my water bay warm. In addition a clean bathroom with showers is a plus but not necessary Last year they opened showers and a bathroom in the basement of the office/house. They have been very helpful to me coming up from Philadelphia to ski, providing me with accurate road conditions around the Scranton area and north to Gibson (important in a class A in the snow). The campground is very close to Interstate 81 so the roads are always good to that point, and it is only a short ride to the campground from the interstate. I call in advance, and they always have a spot for me shoveled out, and I have never had any problems getting in or out. I stay here in the wintertime to take advantage of the skiing that Elk Mountain offers. The kids love it, and there is never a long line for the lifts. I even brought a Boy Scout troop up here last year. I hope the owners can make a go of it and continue to make the changes they need. Yes, the campground is a work in progress but the willingness of the owners to work with their guests is admirable. I definitely plan to stay here regularly and very much like the couple that own the facilities.