Date of Stay: February, 2015
This place is well off the beaten path and not well known outside of the area though it is only 9 miles from I-65. With a few exceptions the sites are huge, level and wooded. They have tent, water/electric and water/electric/sewer sites and laundry facilities. There is an area for horse campers with stalls and miles of trails. There is also a large creek and a lake. During the summer there is swimming, tubing and zip lining in and over the creek. I got a useable Verizon signal (voice and 4G). A satellite dish will work on many, but not all, sites. The price I gave is based on the monthly, off-season rate. You can find the full rate schedule on the web site. If you are looking for shuffleboard and bingo this is not your place. If you want hiking, fishing and a general escape to nature you couldn't do better. This is only the second place I have ever rated a 10. I wasn't sure of the first one. I am this time. The facility is operated by the Poarch Band of the Creek Indian Nation. These natives are very friendly and great hosts. I will be back for a month or more every winter for the foreseeable future.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
The park is reasonably well maintained. Staff is friendly and helpful. Hookups, Wi-Fi and CATV all work well. Water pressure is high so bring a reducer. Strong Verizon signal and easy satellite setup. Sites are a little smaller than I would like. Marina is adjacent. There are many long term residents though they seem to keep their standards up. A few rigs are older, but none are derelicts and there was no rowdy behavior. Town is an easy walk away. Bottom line is, if you are coming mainly for the camping experience then this is probably a bad choice. If you want a decent, full hookup home base to explore Watkins Glen and the tourist attractions around it Clute should do nicely. My rate is based on a monthly stay. They also have weekly and daily rates. If I'm in the area again I will stay here.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
First, a warning. Stay away from site F-6. It is fair sized but the pad itself is a postage stamp sized patch of grass and mud with a few fragments of old asphalt. It is is out of level by at least 18 inches side to side and more front to back. There are a few other less than perfect sites in the F (full hookup) loop but none as bad. The park as a whole is excellent. There are several loops ranging from dry, tent sites to full hookups. You can find a site for a big rig but choose carefully. You'll probably want to see it firsthand before you check in. Verizon signal is poor but usable for voice only. The nearest Internet access is at the NY Visitor Center on the other side of the (toll) bridge. There are a couple nearby general store/gas station/restaurants but its a few miles back on the mainland to a supermarket. My price included a $5/day out of state fee. The rating I gave reflects my lousy site in an otherwise nice park. I'll probably be back if I'm in this area.
Date of Stay: January, 2012
The campground is in a nice location relative to the beach, close enough for easy access but far enough that the wind isn't bad. The Wi-Fi is free but slow and unreliable. The website and my confirmation both said 30A but my site (36) and several others had 50A. In general the whole place needs some maintenance. Strong Verizon signal. Shopping and services aren't too far away. With all of that I probably would give it a 6 or 7. However, whether its a temporary condition or normal, the mosquito infestation was absolutely intolerable. I've never had so many bites at once in my life. I gave up on a swatter inside and used the vacuum cleaner. The price is based on the monthly rate but I spent most of it inside trying to hide from the mosquitos. I won't be back.
Date of Stay: December, 2011
Very clean, extremely well maintained park. Staff is great. Sites are level concrete. Nearby shopping and services are very limited. Supermarket and major chain stores are 30 miles away. Verizon signal was good. No Wi-Fi but they started installation the day I left. After a recent upgrade to the local system, water was rather unappealing though I was assured it was safe to drink. One of the maintenance men told me that, due to the recent drought, they weren't allowed to flush the system as much as they wanted after the upgrade. The water should improved with time. Price is based on the monthly rate. I plan on returning for an extended stay next winter.
Date of Stay: December, 2011
The staff was very friendly and the park was adequately maintained. I thought the wireless internet worked unusually well though they block a lot of sites, some for reasons that weren't obvious to me. My site, 44, and several others around it were very out of level from front to back. The park has several nice trails, though some were poorly marked. One was totally paved and should work well for somebody in a wheel chair. It was cool so bugs and such weren't a problem but I suspect that various creepy, crawlies would be an issue during warmer times of the year. I have a gauge before the pressure reducer on my water system that goes to 100 psi. It was on the peg. A ranger told me they intentionally try to keep the pressure at 90 psi but, if my gauge was correct, it was well over that. There's not much nearby but a couple of gas station/convenience stores. The nearest supermarket was 23 miles away at the intersection of routes 171 and 8. It was brand new and very nice. I had trouble finding propane. "Norm's RV Park" about 18 miles away on route 171 south of Anacoco was the nearest. Its a dump you'd never want to stay at but they do fill tanks. I wouldn't say my stay here was unpleasant but I doubt if I'll be back.
Date of Stay: November, 2011
Within the last year or so the park was completely refurbished and a new loop was added. Everything is in tip-top shape. Sites are paved, large and level. Nice trail system from short and easy to several miles and a little challenging. Lake was very low due to drought but I understand this is a fishing hot spot in better times. Verizon coverage was poor but useable. Some sites might be a problem for a satellite dish but most aren't. I had some trouble with my new trailer while I was there and the staff went way above and beyond to help me straighten things out. They don't give refunds if you want to leave early but they suggest you only pay a few days at a time so you won't lose much if your plans change. Will absolutely return.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
I've reviewed this Burson campground before and not much has changed. Hookups are in excellent shape. Some of the sites are rather small. Wi-Fi works well. They still have the pet fee and still don't enforce their pet rules. The big change is the new bath house. It's within a few days of opening and looks great. It has restrooms, showers with separate entrances and a laundry.
Date of Stay: March, 2010
I agree with all the positives mentioned by other reviewers. Facilities are brand new and exceptional. I'd give it a 9.5 if I could, but not quite a 10. The one small negative is that many of the sites aren't level. Not horribly so but with all the money and effort that obviously went into the recent upgrades, it's a shame that my front jack was at full extension with blocks under it and I needed blocks under one side too. Verizon signal was adequate. Satellite dish might be a problem at some sites when the leaves are on the trees, but It wasn't for me. The laundry facilities at the store, and both bath houses were nearly new, clean and in excellent working order.
Date of Stay: January, 2010
This is, for the most part, a scenic and well run park. The staff is friendly and mostly helpful. The unfortunate exception to both these statements is the apparent lack of any effort whatsoever to enforce their dog rules. A significant minority of campers chose to ignore leash requirements. If you enjoy a leisurely, non-confrontational walk with your own dog as do I, this is not the park for you. That's a shame because they have great hiking trails. If you do come here and have slide outs, some sites have inconveniently placed trees so you'll want a first hand look at your site before you register. Also a few sites are seriously out of level. The lakefront sites seem otherwise like a prime location but be prepared to deal with 12 to 18 inches of front to back leveling. Due to the loose dogs, I will not return.
Date of Stay: December, 2009
Facilities were well maintained. Staff friendly and helpful. Wi-Fi strong and reliable. Laundry equipment was nearly new and worked well. Some shade but satellite TV worked fine. Lots of dining and shopping choices nearby. I was in northern area, along river, and sites were closer together than I've come to expect at state parks. Very prone to flooding along river. It rained off and on while I was there and ground ranged from very muddy to under water. Sites in center of area flooded least but were still consistently muddy. Southern area didn't seem to have nearly as bad a flooding problem. More shade there so satellite TV might be a little difficult.
Date of Stay: March, 2009
I am reviewing Camp Burson which is actually outside the Park. My $33 rate included an extra $5 dog fee. Not sure what I got for that fee. They don't seem interested in even trying to enforce their pet rules. Mine was one of the few I saw around the park that was on a leash. That's my only negative. I got here a couple days after the Burson campground (There are 3 others.) opened for the year. I had a couple neighbors on the weekends but was otherwise alone. Camp store and office was closed. Checkin was at the main office. There are several large pull thrus among the 36 in the older section. Most of those have full hookups. All the hookups look very close to new. I wouldn't be surprised if I was the first one to use mine. Sites 37 thru 52 are new. They finished work and opened that section a couple days after I arrived. Those sites are all w/e, some back in and a few large pull thrus. Most of the new sites are larger than the old. Some of the old back in sites are probably unsuitable for anything bigger than a popup. The WiFi worked well. Satellite dish worked on my site (#22) and probably would on most of the others. The park has a really nice system of trails. There is an entrance to one loop right next to Burson. The rest are in the Park itself about a mile up the road. Marion isn't exactly a metropolis but all the basic shopping and dining choices are around. The plaza at the end of State Park Rd has pizza, Chinese carry out, Walmart, liquor, Radio Shack and a nice grocery store. What else could anyone need?
Date of Stay: January, 2009
As other reviewers have said, the beach and convenient access to it are the major positives here. The sites are generally level and reasonably sized with several exceptions. A few sites have some inconveniently placed trees. A dish will work but only on a handful of sites. There are assorted shopping and dining choices within a short drive.
Date of Stay: January, 2009
With a very few exceptions, sites range from large to huge. They can be muddy and somewhat out of level though. Some with full shade, some partial. Cell coverage was adequate and a dish will work from some sites. The WiFi was available only next to the office not from the camp sites. Access to Savannah is convenient. There are plenty of food and shopping choices nearby. The staff was very accommodating. They had both water and electrical problems while I was there but did there best under difficult circumstances until they were corrected.
Date of Stay: December, 2008
The staff was friendly and helpful. The beach is fabulous. My favorite sites are at the north end of the beach campground. They are open and sunny, which is a good thing in December, with great beach access. The south end of the beach campground and especially the Live Oaks section are more heavily wooded to the point that getting around can be tricky. The water is foul. I found it undrinkable and wasn't even that thrilled washing with it. That is with a filter too. The dump station is quite a distance from the beach campground, including around a mile on a state highway. There's not much around as far as shopping and services go. The grocery store right across the street has the basics but otherwise isn't very impressive. There was a decent hardware store nearby. The nearest laundromat was a 30 minute drive and all of the driers were out of order. The only major plus was the beach but that's probably not enough to get me to come back.