Date of Stay: August, 2016
We had not visited this park in about 8 years. We stay here when visiting friends that live in the area. Despite the addition of a (very small) pool and pavilion, this place has gone downhill since our last visit. Two out of three dumpsters were full when we arrived on Tuesday, were never emptied, and were well beyond overflowing when we left on Sunday. No excuse for this. Many branches in need of trimming, on sites and in roadways. Although it has been dry and grass is not really growing, the weeds certainly are! A quick ride through on the mower would take care of this and make the sites look a lot nicer. Security gate was broken/wide open for our entire stay. Digital cable converter boxes are available at the office with a 40 dollar deposit. WiFi was very weak. Interior roads are very dusty. They advertise a midweek special (3 nights for 100 dollars) on their website, I had to ask twice to take advantage of this. Sign out front says Luxury RV Resort, award winning in 2001 and 2005. With some effort on the part of the management, this park could get back to that.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
This is a beautiful campground. The pictures on the website are accurate. You cannot access the water directly from the sites as you might expect from the campground map, but there are a few paths that go down to a grassy mooring area. Kayaks and canoes can be left here, as well. Our site was large with paved parking/driveway, large enough for our 40 foot motor home and tow vehicle. Some sites are much shorter, but there is extra parking in a few lots and near the bath houses. You cannot judge the length of the sites from the map, so be sure to ask when you call for reservations if length is a concern for you. Garbage bins at each site are emptied each morning. They also drop off a newspaper..an unexpected surprise and a nice touch! Fire rings are cleaned out every few days or so. There is a well organized check in system. Paperwork will be sent to you ahead of time; if you have this completed when you check in, you don't even need to get out of your vehicle! I would highly recommend a stay at this campground/resort.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
This campground is a convenient location for exploring both Clayton and Alexandria Bay, right on Rt 12. The sites in the front section where we were staying are very close. There was some grass in between sites, which was nice. Placement of fire rings at some sites was odd. No access to the river from this campground. Overall, this campground could use a makeover. There are many small outbuildings, with a lot of clutter and equipment around each one. There are some seasonal/permanent campers and trailers that are quite an eyesore.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This campground is about 6 miles off Route 13, down country roads. It is a reasonable drive to Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. The woman who waited on me at check-in and answered a few questions another time was not at all friendly and actually a little rude. The campground offers very little in the way of sightseeing information and brochures. Our site (500 row) was quite long and adequately spaced from the next site. Our site was littered with food and water balloons, and noticed other empty sites with garbage in the fire pits. A lot of golf carts traveling through the park. Many seasonal sites. The grassy, landscaped patio sites are mostly buddy sites with no shade. Although they advertise free Wi-Fi, it is actually only 30 minutes every 8 hours. Also, as others have stated, you can not get any local news or weather on the "cable TV". I guess if you want to keep up to date on the happenings in NYC, you are all set. Only the first half of the stations came in clear, the rest were fuzzy. I would probably try a different campground if returning to this are in the future.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
We enjoyed our stay here. The owners were friendly and always out and about in the campground. The upper sections of the campground are older and mostly filled with seasonals, some well maintained, others pretty run down. We stayed in the lower section, specifically the K row. The sites in this area are fairly new and quite large with a gravel parking area for both your camping unit and extra car. All the lots in the lower sections are grassy, although there is not much shade. The lower sections are quite a walk from the pool, playground, store, etc., but owners are willing to pick you up on the golf cart. This campground is a convenient for visiting the Lake Erie Wine Trail and the many state parks in the area.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
We used to stay a few towns south of here, but when the price of an RV site reached $80, we knew it was time to move on. This was our first time staying at Hemlock grove and we will be back! Most sites are fairly wooded. If you want a more open site, ask for #'s 44-47. Parking is on gravel/dirt. Cable TV had lots of channels and we had good cell phone service (Sprint). Sites are not perfectly level, but nothing too extreme. One criticism I had was the location of the fire ring at our site and in our row. Our fire pit was so close to our unit that we had to roll in our awning and fold back our mat in order to have a fire. Lobster place across the street for live lobsters, or steamed if you place your order early in that day. Owners were friendly and helpful.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
This campground sits directly across the street from the south end of Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen. It is a convenient location for exploring wineries and other Finger Lakes attractions. The sites are not overly spacious, but adequate for our 3 slides and awning. The road through the middle of the campground leads to the town boat launch, so was busy, especially on the weekends. Lots of seasonal sites here, mainly in one section, all were well kept. This park is a good value and convenient to town. Walmart is just across the bridge, about a 5 minute walk. The town is about a 10 minute walk - boat tours, restaurants, ice cream, shops, etc. Our Sprint cell phones had strong signals, the Wi-Fi worked well. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
Although this park is considered "big rig friendly," it is a tight squeeze. The interior roads of the campgrounds are narrow, curved and could use some tree trimming. Many sites are small, so other campers' cars are parked close to the road, making a wide swing to avoid branches difficult or impossible. We got a long scratch down the side of our 40' motorhome trying to get to our site. There are some spacious sites here, however most are taken by seasonal campers, many of whom have permanent decks, sheds, etc. Water and electrical hook-ups are in very odd places at many sites, so plan to bring long hoses and cords. This is a very convenient campground for exploring the Newport area. Large grocery store, gas stations, and eateries are all on the main road leading towards downtown Newport.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
Very pricey for our experience. We were looking for a place to get off the road for the night, hoping to keep the tow car attached for a quick out in the morning. They assigned us to one on their newer pull throughs at the front of the park, their longest sites, they said. Yes, they are long, but very steep slopes to exit the sites. Didn't even want to attempt the first site they assigned to us, so we asked if we could switch to one of the others in the same row that looked a little less steep. The young man in the office was very nice about it. We pull into the second site only to realize that there is no way we will be able to hook up to the sewer connection with the car still attached. Hook-ups are towards the back of the site. Probably would be fine for a fifth wheel or trailer, but not for motorhomes with tow cars attached. Had to unhook the car, back the coach up to the hook ups and park the car in front. They might be new sites, but they are very poorly designed. Power hook up was not working correctly. Was only giving us 30 amps out of a 50 amp connection. We have had no problems with power at any other campgrounds. Owner and another staff member showed up, tested the power, moved some things around inside the outlets and we got our 50 amps. Walking around the campground, noticed many uneven sites. Would not stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
A great location for exploring Charleston and the surrounding islands. Office has sightseeing brochures, etc. Speed bumps through the park that many other reviewers complained about didn't bother us a bit. Our FHU site (G8) was a good size, with a long gravel parking pad and some grass. Also, many trees in our section for some shade. FHU sites in the back of the park are smaller and gravel only. Many conveniences are right next door to the campground (grocery, drug store, gas stations, fast food). Beware of ants! The people camping next to us awoke to a coach full of ants one morning! We found them just in time: crawling up our power cord. Plan to spray around the perimeter of your coach, set traps, etc. No cable TV here and stations available with antenna/digital converter box were very spotty. Would definitely stay here again when in the area or just passing through.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
You can't beat the views of Lake Winnipasauke from your site at this campground! I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the sites at this state park. Our site was long enough to fit our 40 foot motorhome as well as our tow car with room to spare! Sites are plenty wide enough to accommodate double, triple, quad slideouts. No planned or organized activities here, but direct lake access for fishing, swimming, or boating. Grassy areas for frisbee or other lawn games. Great location for exploring the lakes region. This was our first time at the park and can't wait to go back next year!
Date of Stay: August, 2010
This was our third trip to Wells and our third stay at Wells Beach Resort. It is convenient to area towns, eateries, grocery, beach, etc. Trolley stops at campground for those of you without a car. Grounds are always clean, rules are strictly enforced. WiFi was not working during our stay. The office should have given a few $ off the very high price for this inconvenience. The rates are going up every year. I am not sure if I will pay this rate again when I can stay down the road for about half price. If you want to pay, get a premium RV site in the far back section. Lots less traffic, decent space between sites, and some grass.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
This is by far, the worst KOA we have stayed at. We have stayed at many. We were looking for a place to overnight on the way from Asheville, NC to Albany, NY. Called this campground looking for a pull through site with sewer. The woman who answered the phone was not friendly. Said there was only one site available, W/E 30 Amp. She said there were no FHU sites available. We took what she was offering, for lack of any other campgrounds close by. This place is about 4 miles off the interstate, winding roads, and at one point, one lane. A bit dangerous! There are also quite a few low trees. The roads within the camp are gravel-ish, very dusty and dirty. Our site was right against the entrance road. I mean the front nose of our coach was about 2 feet from the road! Our site was all rocks, as were most, it was also littered with cigarette butts. Funny that the woman in the office said she had only 1 site available. There were many empty sites in the park, including a FHU 50 amp site right next door that stayed empty all night! Although, my w/e 30 amp cost a whopping $49, (so how much was the FHU 50 amp)? There were a few channels on the cable TV, the WiFi they said they had, did not work at all. Overall, the campground did not look well cared for. Haven't the KOA inspectors been here lately? This was only slightly better than a free stay at a Wal-Mart parking lot. I would not recommend this park.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
Went to Mama Gertie's based on good reviews. Was not disappointed! As someone else said, steep climb west on I-40 to get here, but the campground is right off the interstate. Quiet and peaceful, centrally located to attractions in the area. Campground is spotless, workers in the office also stay in camp and are friendly and helpful. Office has many brochures, tourist information. They also sell discount tickets to Biltmore ($52 for a 2 day pass vs. gate price of $60 for 1 day). A grocery store, and gas station are within a 3 minute drive. Our cell phones worked well, cable TV had lots of channels and WiFi always worked great. If you want a larger site with grass, ask for one on the upper level (sites 22-26). Great place, give it a try!