Date of Stay: October, 2011
This was our fourth time camping at Starlite. We usually stay in the shangri la section as it is close to the bathrooms and I feel the kids are safe to run from site to site due to limited traffic there. We always go with 2 or 3 other families. This year we all decided to try the plateau area. I was very hesitant at first as the traffic is heavier and there is a big steep drop off across from the sites. The view was so so worth it! To go to bed and see the stars above and the county of Lancaster lit up and then wake up to the fog over the city and beautiful landscape made us never want to camp in another site. The bathrooms are super clean, the horses and goats fun to watch, the nice big campstore (with good ice cream), friendly staff and fun hayride make Starlite a repeat campground year after year. This year the guys participated in a Sunday softball game and had lots of fun. THere are so many things to do and see within a short distance from the campground as well. From the Renaissance Faire, Cherry Crest Farm, Amish and the Strasburg Railroad to name a few. My only negative if I had to have one would be the stinkbugs, but definitely not their fault.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
Just returned from 3 nights at Blue Rocks. First impressions were not good. Arrived at 2 pm and lights not on inside office and employee not very helpful. I am one of those campers who likes to have a magnet from every campground we visit. I asked if there were any as I only saw stickers and patches and was told " I don't know, if we did they would be in there." Camp store very not very well equipped and one camper came out annoyed they didn't even have milk. We had site 146 and my parents had 147. Site 146 was on the creek, but small site and steep going into creek. I was leary with a 2 and 4 year old so we switched with the parents for 147. Much bigger site but both sites along the main road in the campground. Sites were rustic, rocky and nice tree coverage. Pond was small, but well stocked with bass, carp, sunnies and catfish. Pool looked clean but did not go in. Restrooms were old, but clean. Larger restroom and showers up by the glacier rocks. Electric was spotty as our breaker blew several times just running the AC on low and nothing else. Blue glacier rocks were just so so beautiful. Nice trails from the top sites, but did not hike with the little ones. Park ranger drives through campground which is nice but, only on the weekend it seemed. Lots of employee traffic in trucks and on loaders, but they were setting up for 3 days for a music festival up by the rocks. All in all, the campground really grew on us. A nice rustic campground with beautiful sites and not too much fuss. Site 156 along the rocks looked really pretty, but not near the creek. The creek kept my 4 yr old busy catching craw dads and bullfrogs. Deepest part was only up to his waist(bring water shoes).
Date of Stay: July, 2011
This was our 3rd trip back to Lake In Wood. Since our last trip 2 yrs ago they have made many changes to the appearance of the campground. We were in a new VIP site. The site was a paved pull-through and had a concrete pad and a new red metal picnic table. Our 9x12 rug hung off the concrete pad and the picnic table was almost hanging off. I did not realize it was a VIP site when booking because I would rather have a more rustic woodsy site. Golf carts were $35 a day for 3 days or more. That was a must for our family as the campground is quite large and we have 2 little ones. The pools were busy as it was over 100 degrees, but by day 2 they were filled with dead insects in the kiddie pool and you could see the layer of sunscreen floating on the top. ( I understand this was due to the extremely hot weather and busy campground.) Kids activities were great and my teen nieces loved the bingo. Hayride and trolley ride really nice way to see the campground. The restrooms were always very clean and the laundry room was unbelievable. Huge sink, lots of washers and dryers, bathroom with shower and a rocking chair out on a screened in porch. Very nice touch! Big pond for fishing and lots of room for sports at sports field. Some campers trying to enforce rules, as my 40 yr old friend got stopped on her golf cart and asked if she was old enough to drive it. (She is only 4'11 but come on.) Seasonals all well kept and the camp store is huge. Lots of souvenirs and camping equipment and good ice cream. All in all this is a well kept campground with constant improvements.