Date of Stay: June, 2010
We stayed at the Lewis Mtn campground for only one night. This location has both cabins and a small campground. If your looking for rustic this is the place. No hook-ups or dump station, just peace and quiet. The sites are all rather small, catering to tents and the smallest of trailers. Most sites are fairly close together, with not much understory between them. Our site was in the middle of the loop, but we did have some privacy due to the fact we had no neighbors. Camp host was very friendy and a wealth of information. Wildlife galore in all areas surrounding the campground. Saw two bear, so keep you foodstuff stowed away. Big Meadows complex is only 5 miles away so food and fuel are close by. Overall a great little campground. Almost forgot to mention, you cannot reserve a site here, FCFS (First Come, First Served).
Date of Stay: September, 2009
We have camped at Big Meadows many times. As always this trip was as spectacular as the others. My overall review today is very similar to the others I’ve submitted: overall fantastic. Things normally remain the same here, which is one of the major reasons we keep coming back. But, this visit marked a huge change in campground policy. In a pleasant surprise to us the park has instituted a "Generator Free Zone". This now means that Loops "A", "B" and the walk-in tent sites are areas where the operations of generators are prohibited. We, and now it appears many others must have lobbied for this change. No longer do campers who enjoy peace and quite need to tolerate noisy generators in adjacent sites. We are so glad to see that park officials actually listen to the requests of its visitors.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
Arrived right after three days of rain. Was pleasantly surprised to find our site was well drained and mostly dry. Campground was virtually empty, we were the only campers in our loop. Site was large and included fire ring, picnic table and lantern post. Rest rooms were clean, showers hot, but buildings were not heated. Even though park was empty, park rangers patrolled frequently. Hiking trails were numerous and challenging. We also took a 20 minute ride over to Lehigh Gorge State Park and rode the bike trail. I highly recommend it. Overall a very nice two days.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
We stayed at French Creek for two nights in mid- September. Was disappointed with a couple of things. The paved parking pad was raised about 2 to 3 feet above the rest of the site. It was impossible to deploy the awning or lay out our mat. But the biggest downside was the continuous tripping and stumbling going up and down to the camper. Be aware, there are many sites within the campground that fit this description. Another issue was bugs. We’ve stayed here three other times and every visit we battled the insects. Bring your bug spray. For a quick weekend getaway that’s real close to home, you can’t beat this park. But, if I were planning a trip any longer than that I would drive the extra hour to Hickory Run, Promised Land or Ricketts Glen State Parks.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
We camped in the Lower lake Campground, Rhododendron loop. Check-in was painless with a very helpful and knowable park attendant. Sites in our loop were on the small side and spaced rather close together, although many had undergrowth between them providing some privacy. Restrooms were new and very well maintained. Loop roads were all paved and sites were packed gravel. Most sites appeared for the most part level. I noticed at least 3 different additional parking areas for extra vehicle's. Rangers patrolled on a regular basis. No camp store on site. Firewood can be purchased just outside the park’s entrance. It looks as though they are adding electric hook-ups throughout the loop. Not sure if this will help or hurt the overall makeup of the loop. We saw mostly tents and pop-up campers here. Overall an excellent place to camp.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
This is one beautiful park and campground. We were here during the middle of the week and there were many nice sites to chose from. Reservations can be made on the NPS website, but we went spur of the moment and were fine. There are no hook-ups at the campground so consider this to be a rustic type stay. Our site was level, freshly mowed and had a fire ring. Park maintaence crews seemed liked they were everywhere working. Restrooms were spotless. Showers ($1. = 5 min.) weren’t in the restrooms, but located in a common area near the camp store. Camp store was fully stocked; firewood is available at $5 a bundle. Various Ranger programs were given daily and covered a variety of topics. The evening campfire program is always outstanding. Deer wandered throughout the campground all hours of the day and night. Big Meadows Lodge is located only a short hike away from the campground. Dining hall, tap room and gift shop are all located there. There is a wayside area as you enter the Big Meadows complex where you can purchase fuel. The only negative issue here …..Use of generators. The campground isn’t segregated as to having all large motorhomes with generators located in one section of the campground. Here someone little tent can be located directly next to a 30’ class “A”. We were forced to tolerate the motor home in the site directly behind ours run his noisy generator the entire time we cooked and ate dinner. The park should re-evaluate their rules on generator use OR place all the generator-equipped motor homes in their own section of the campground. Overall a great place to camp.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
The campground at Hickory Run State Park is huge. 381 sites. Park has two large loops, one rustic and one modern. We stayed in the modern loop w/ flush toilets and showers. It was a busy weekend and restrooms / showers were filthy. Cleaning crews were nowhere in sight until mid-afternoon on Monday. Our site was large, gravel covered and level. It had a picnic table, fire pit and lantern pole. We had a good one, but many sites in this campground are rather small and wide open. I did notice tent sites within the campground are nice and secluded. The check-in booth at the campground was closed all day Sunday, which seemed odd since it was a holiday weekend. Signs posted directed us to register at the park office located over a mile away. At the office there was a very small parking area for cars only so I had to park my truck / trailer along the shoulder of the main county road. Very dangerous and not very well thought out. In our three days at the park we saw no rangers on patrol. The highlight of our stay was the great hiking trails and terrific scenery. This is truly a beautiful park. Overall a nice park, but very surprised at how dirty restrooms were and lack of staffing for registration.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
Visited Ricketts Glen mid-week in September and found it to pleasantly deserted. There were maybe 15 occupied sites within the two camping loops. We had a lake front site with a gorgeous view. Our site was level and gravel covered. Most sites were rather large with plenty of growth between them offering good privacy. Roads were all paved and trees were trimmed offering even the biggest of rigs adequate clearance. Ranger patrols were numerous, to me always a positive. Washrooms were spotless and showers were hot. Only negative of entire visit was that two of the four showers in the women’s washroom were out of order. Personnel at visitors center were both courteous and knowledgeable. Cell phone reception in the park was nonexistent. Park dumpsters are not within walking distance from the camping loops, so a short drive will be necessary. This park is located in the middle of nowhere, so make sure you bring any and all supplies you may need. No camp store located at park. Hiking within the park was outstanding, although trail markers were somewhat confusing. Overall an excellent place to camp.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
We’ve been to French Creek numerous times and as always this is a very busy and crowded campground, especially on weekends. Campground is set up into 4 loops. The A and D loops are non-electric and the B and C loops have a mix of electric / non-electric sites. C loop also has a limited number of pet sites. Entire campground is located within a very wooded area, most sites are well shaded. Our site had a nice and level asphalt pad for parking, picnic table and fire ring. Be aware, the online reservation site said our campsite was setup to accommodate a 40’ motor home. Once I backed my small 20’ trailer onto the “extremely” narrow pad there was no possible way for me to deploy my awning. The parking pad and barely 2 feet of ground around it suddenly sloped approximately 3’ down into the area of the table and fire ring. The “sitting and cooking” area for our site was over 20’ behind and below our trailer. On some of the adjacent sites this was more like 50’ to 70’ away from your parking pad. In my opinion these sites were setup more like a “walk in” tent site. Someone who likes to “set up shop” under their awning and next to their rig would be completely disappointed with these sites. Rangers patrolled often. Rest rooms were dated, but clean. Only 2 shower per loop required some waiting time on the weekend. Ranger programs were excellent. No trash cans within the camping loops, so a nightly trip to the dumpsters by the registration hut is required. Hiking trails are numerous and very rewarding. We camped here in August and it was very hot, muggy and buggy. This campground is not in the mountains so you don’t get the cooling effect of being in higher elevations. Campground is very close to home and is rather convenient for us.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
We stayed in the Lower lake Campground of Promised Land State Park, Rhododendron loop. Our loop was a non-electric / no pet loop. Lower Lake offers 2 additional loops, Beechwood loop which is all electric sites and Northwoods loop which is a non-electric / pet friendly loop. All loops have modern restrooms with showers. Restrooms are new and spotless. Most sites appeared level, shaded and have some low growth between them. All sites in our loop had a picnic table, fire ring, lantern pole and a nice level boxed area for pitching a tent. Site surface was crushed stone which drained well during a pouring rain shower. Park office personal were all very helpful and courteous. Did not notice any Ranger patrols, which I felt was very unusual for a Pa. state park. Wildlife in the park was abundant, especially deer which wandered in the woods behind our site. Activities at the park are numerous. Ranger programs are held on both weekends and during the week. The lake area offers swimming, boat rentals and fishing. Park offers plenty of great hiking trails. Also, there’s a short hike out to a “Wildlife observation platform” where we saw two bald eagles. (Bring your binoculars). When camping here bring all your supplies with you. The nearest large store to buy anything is in the town of Mountainhome, 15 miles away.(Great diner there). Firewood can be purchased just outside the park. Overall a very nice place to camp.
Date of Stay: May, 2007
Stayed at Hickory Run for 3 nights over the Memorial Day weekend. This is one monster-sized campground (381 sites) lay out was into 2 loops. Larger loop has some electric sites and also modern restrooms with showers. Smaller loop is more rustic with no showers and pit toilets. Despite the overall size of the campground, you have to be very choosey in selecting a good campsite. Many of the sites are extremely close together which equals little privacy especially on busy weekends. But, there are some large, rather private sites available. Restrooms were clean but the showers just warm at best. Our site was level with a gravel surface. Park Ranger patrols were frequent. Park attendant at entrance was very courteous and knowledgeable. Hiking trails were numerous and very rewarding. We visited the “Boulder Field”. In my opinion a waste of time and gas. Seemed like we drove forever on this bumpy gravel road to get there. When we finally arrived the 1st thing we saw was a little boy all scraped up from falling on the rocks. We’ve camped here before and far and away this was our best experience. I now know which sites are “large and private” and which areas of the campground to avoid. Overall a good campground.
Date of Stay: October, 2006
We camped here at the peak of the autumn leaf peeping season. Absolutely fabulous campground for leaf viewing. The campground is laid out into two loops. The larger loop has a limited number of electric sites and also modern restrooms with showers. The smaller more rustic loop had pit toilets and pump water. There were also 20 or so pet sites located in the rustic loop, but they all backed up onto main route #534 which is a rather well traveled and noisy roadway. The restrooms appeared clean and well kept. My biggest complaint about the park is that most all of the sites are small and packed on top of one another. Practically none of the sites had any form of growth or understory between them. Overall very little privacy! This campground is perfectly located for sightseeing this area of the Pocono Mountains. We drove into the town of Lake Harmony for breakfast, very nice. But, if your idea of camping is having a little privacy and some space between you and your neighbors then Hickory Run is definitely not for you.
Date of Stay: September, 2006
Ricketts Glen State Park is a wonderful place to visit and camp. The park has two camping loops. The “Big Loop” is located out by the lake and the “Little Loop” is in more of a wooded setting. Chances are getting a site out by the lake would require making advance reservations. We stayed in the “Little Loop” which was only about half full. CAUTION: Getting up to the park from the south could be a little dicey if your tow vehicle is underpowered for the rig you’re towing. It’s a four-mile uphill climb at an 18% grade…..Ouch! Our site was level and had a gravel surface. People looking for all the comforts of home be aware, No hookups in park. Rest rooms were modern, spotless and showers were hot. Park Rangers and all staff were helpful and friendly and I did see Rangers making foot patrols after dark. Hiking was outstanding. The Falls Trail takes you down into the gorge past 23 named waterfalls. This hike takes between 3-4 hours to complete. Wildlife galore saw hawks, vultures, deer and skunks. Plenty of bear activity to a point of them being a pain in the butt. The only negatives were: no camp store so bring everything with you and cell phone reception in the campground was spotty at best. Overall we loved this place, would definitely return.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
Fairground camping is located in an orchard across the street from the fair. I'm reviewing this for one reason: To let people know if they are ever attending the fair camping in the orchard is very safe and secure. No hookups, well lit, on site security and easy access to I-81. If we attend again we would definitely stay in the orchard.
Date of Stay: July, 2006
If you like rustic this is the place for you. Roads throughout campground are all paved. Site was large, level, shaded and fairly isolated. Ours wasn’t, but pull thru sites are available here. Rest rooms were modern and very clean. Our site was near the restroom and the exhaust fan was rather noisy, so keep that in mind if you are looking for absolute quiet. The best part of the trip was all of the wildlife. Deer everywhere, also spotted skunks, vultures and a family of wild turkeys. Kids really enjoyed the Ranger Programs, they were well prepared and very informative. Overall a great place to come and escape your everyday routine.