Date of Stay: June, 2006
Turkey Swamp Park Campground is part of the Monmouth County N.J. park system. We arrived midweek and the campground was virtually empty. The non-resident rate of $28 included; pull through site, fire ring and picnic table, electric, water, dump station, swimming pool, showers and laundry, hiking trails, archery range, lake with boat rentals and fishing. All sites are “pull through” and appear fully shaded. We stayed in “E” loop, in a very large, level and private site. I thought our site was big, but to my amazement the site next to ours was gigantic. Besides the pull through lane the area behind the fire ring could easily accommodate at least 3 or 4 additional tents. We had heavy thunder storms each evening and the drainage at this campground was excellent. Park Rangers were very pleasant and helpful, they also patrolled the grounds throughout the day and afternoon hours. There are no Rangers or CG hosts on site after 11:00 PM and the campground gate is locked down (w/combination lock). So be aware any emergencies or noisy / disruptive neighbors must be handled by contacting the local police dept. Restroom / shower and laundry areas are clean and well lit but I did not notice any pathways from the outside camping loops through to the restrooms. So it’s either cut through someone’s site or take a 5 minute walk completely around the loop. The only thing I saw as a negative was sand. I felt like I was at the beach. Being located in central Jersey the ground is all course sand. All of the roads are sand and none of the sites paved, just hard packed sand. With all the rain we had sand kept being tracked into the camper no matter how careful we were. So bring your door mats and wisk brooms. The campground is located only a few miles from Great Adventure Amusement Park so during the summer I feel the campground should be full of families with kids. Overall a very nice campground, close to home that we will be using on a regular basis.
Date of Stay: June, 2006
We decided spur of the moment to go camping Father’s Day weekend. Have to say that the Pa. State Park reservation website is an excellent tool in finding campsite availability. Check-in was smooth and painless. All park staff were friendly and courteous. Roads within the park were paved, most seemed wide enough for large class A’s. We were in loop “D” where there were no hook-ups. Our paved site accommodated my pop-up and pick-up truck with room to spare. There was plenty of room next to the pad if an additional tent or screen room were needed. All sites in our loop were heavily shaded. Bring your blocks of wood, as most sites were not very level. Overall we were very happy with our site. Campground was filled to capacity but it sure didn’t seem that way. Our site backed up to loop “C” so we were completely surrounded by occupied sites. Everyone around us practiced proper campground etiquette. No hollering or carrying on whatsoever after dark. Did hear one barking dog in the middle of the night coming from one of the “pet sites”, so keep that in mind if your not a pet owner. Did not swim in the large pool so I can’t comment on it. Hiking trails were wide and well marked. Two lakes are located within the park. Fishing appeared excellent in Scott’s lake. There was a boat ramp there also. Two negatives stick out among all of the positives I’ve mentioned. First, the rest rooms in our loop were somewhat dated and dirty. In the rest room closest to our site no toilet paper by days end and the 2 small showers spilled water out of the stalls and all over the floor. Second, the rest room at Scott’s Lake was absolutely filthy with no working lights. Avoid it. Being the closest state park (with camping) to Philadelphia, French Creek makes a very convenient get away.
Date of Stay: September, 2005
If your looking for peace and quiet, this is the place. We tent camped here during the middle of the week in both July and September. July was a bit more crowded but no problem finding a good site. Although weekends could be a problem. Wildlife everywhere. Deer, racoon and skunks wandering through at all hours. You can hear the coyotes howling every night, now that was cool! Kids would love this. Ranger programs excellent, but not held every evening due to budget cuts. We grabbed our favorite site with a valley view, only problem is these premo sites aren't "tent sites" and a 35' class A pulled in next to us. We had to tolerate his generator until quiet hours started but the view was well worth it. No hook-ups but there's a dump station on site. Rest rooms were spotless, showers were hot! I avoid loops B & C due to the raised fire pits, but thats me. You can drive up to the lodge for a full course meal and local entertainment every night in the taproom. Highly recommend if "rustic" is what your looking for, but luxury is only a short drive away.