Date of Stay: September, 2012
Roamer’s provides a fantastic view of the surrounding Amish farm fields and you can see for several miles. We can sit at the campsite for hours taking in the spectacular view and watching the Amish farmers, their adult children and their teams of horses and mules working the fields. You can learn a lot about their way of life by just observing. They are also very friendly. We have spent, on average, about 20 nights a year at the campground for some time but recently have seen a gradual deterioration of the campground since the younger generation has taken over the operation. Their heart just doesn’t seem to be in making any major investment in upgrades, concentrating mostly on grass cutting by workcampers and trimming and repairing the roadways as they frequently wash out with heavy rains. The owner/operators don’t seem to understand the need for good customer relationships and the work needed to take this campground to the next level. Roamer's has the potential to be one of the premier campgrounds in Lancaster County. The infrastructure needs some serious work as the roads are in need of a good manicure, campsites need leveled, overgrown trees which impede vehicle movement in the park need trimmed back and the park electrical system needs substantial improvement. Also, the upper level of the campground is getting pretty junky looking. On our last trip we experienced a severe voltage deficiency at our site, which was out in the field. We had to run all of our appliances on propane for the duration of the trip, as there was just not enough voltage to run them safely. I took my voltage meter up the line and found a power post where the voltage dropped 10 volts between itself the next site, deteriorating further down the campsite line. I went to the office to request a resolution and the answer was that there was nothing they could do. I’m sorry but they could have at least opened the power box at the reported site to check voltages and isolate the cause of the power drop. Power has never been good at Roamer’s and they blame it on PPL when they should be looking at their own electrical components as well. We were prepared to make reservations for 20 days next year but after being so frustrated with the park management made our 2013 reservations at another campground in the area. I must say the nice lady in the campground office was of much more help than the owners. We have no plans to return to Roamers in the future.
Date of Stay: September, 2005
Buttonwood has to be one of the best kept campground secrets in Pennsylvania. It is a newly developed park on a former farm, nestled in the quiet and beautiful farming country of Juniata County PA. The campground is easy to access from US 322 and the grounds are very well maintained. The owners just can't do enough to make your stay enjoyable and work hard to continue to upgrade the park. We love the sounds of the AMTRACK trains echoing off of the nearby Tuscorara Mountain, the Juniata River flowing a couple of hundred yards from the camp, excellent bicycling opportunities, the sunsets are outstanding and there are several great country restaurants nearby. The campsites are some of the largest we've seen anywhere. If you enjoy country living at it's best, this is the place to be.