Date of Stay: June, 2013
We stayed at Lake in Wood this past weekend and had a wonderful time. Even after arriving and finding another camper already unhitched at our campsite. We just unhitched at another site, which worked out better for us since we only had one real neighbor on the backside of the camper. I am not exactly sure if it was the campground itself we liked so much or just the fact we finally had a chance to get away and go camping. Lake in Wood is definitely geared towards families and keeping everyone busy without having to leave the campground. Whether you decide to go to the pool, play at one of the parks, a round of miniature golf, or hang by the lake to fish, or take one of the paddle boats out, there is something for everyone. Yes, there are rules, and the owners and staff make sure everyone follows the rules. As a guest I did not find it to be a bother or even feel like big brother was watching us all the time. I have been to several campgrounds where they have a list of rules, but it only applies to the transits, and the employees and seasonals are exempt. Here everyone is treated equally. The speed limit was followed whether traveling in a vehicle or on a golf cart as well. So many times I have seen people speeding through campgrounds. We were back by bathhouse 3 up on one of the turn off roads and were very happy with our site. There are some sites that are very close together throughout the park, and that would be great if you are camping with other parties. Otherwise it may be an uncomfortable weekend being so close. I personally would not suggest staying (or paying the extra price) around the Brotherhood Circle if you have a travel trailer longer than 24ft or a 5th wheel as the sites are small, and you basically have to park in the street to hitch and unhitch. Not to mention you have to pull into the grass just to make the turn radius needed when leaving. Fingers crossed the grass is not saturated. The sites are concrete and blacktop in this area, but again, overall small and close together. The park is right there and also a big field. I would like to see Lake in Wood take some of the field and pave and expand the road, so others who are leaving can pass by when someone is hitching/unhitching and those leaving these sites are not turning into the field. The Gold sites near the big open field above the lake are also small and again require you to block the road to hitch/unhitch. I personally do not see the value in paying the extra cost for these sites. If you want blacktop and a concrete site, there are others throughout the campground that were nicer and offered more space. The roads throughout the park are fairly narrow, and it can be a challenge when people are walking along whether you are just driving around or bringing in (or leaving) with a camper. There is really no way to pull off when another vehicle is coming at you (for the areas that are two way); generally they are pulling into other sites so you can pass by. On the website it mentions the pools are heated. I am not sure if they are only heated at certain times of the year or if the heater was broken. The board said the temperature of the covered pool and children’s area was 76 degrees. It was a cold 76 degrees. The pool by the swim up bar was even colder. Activities are on channel 2, but the information goes by so quickly that you do not always have a chance to read it. We wanted to know what time the trolley left at, and it was the last item on the screen. As soon as it was on the screen, it disappeared. We watched the slide show four times. They also had information about activities and events that happened in May and nothing for June or even showing upcoming events for July. I would like to see them slow down the fade in/out so it we can read it instead of having to go up to the office for the information since they do not want to hand out an activities sheet. I do not feel that the information above should deter you from staying at Lake in Wood, but help you make more of an informative choice when booking your site and what to expect. Like any campground, there are things that some people like, and things other people do not like. Overall it is a nice campground, and you should stay there at least once.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
Overall our stay was good, but I would like to see a few changes before we will stay again or even recommend the campground to other campers. 1. The sites are not level (at least in the wood section (we stayed in the 90s) and require the use of levelers. Not just one row, but the max allowed to be used on one side. This was not just an issue at our campsite, but our friends sites as well, and almost all of the sites throughout the campground. This is something that I assume they are fully aware of given the number of levelers sold in the camp store. We have been to several campgrounds and toured their stores, but have never seen this many levelers available for purchase or used throughout the campground. 2. There are areas where the grass does not appear to be maintained around campsites including near the cabins. I am not sure if this is on purpose or if there was not enough time to cut the grass before the Memorial weekend rush. I understand that we are camping, but also maintaining the property throughout is important, including the area between campsites in the wooded part, especially the cabins. 3. We noticed several campers (travel trailers, 5th wheels, popups) having trouble getting into their sites because the roads are narrow and having to maneuver around trees. I understand we are in the wooded section and yes that means trees, but it maybe time to consider removing some of them to widen the road and make getting in and out of the sites easier. We watched several campers upon leaving today having to back across multiple sites and even into the field just to be able to leave. 4. As a mother of an 11 month old I appreciate the child swings, but found it strange that both swings were missing the belt that secures the child into the swing. The one child swing looks like someone rigged it just so there are two swings as it is extremely high off the ground and not level! The other one is OK, but missing the 2nd part of the safety belt. Also I think the chains could be replaced. I would have thought #1 and #4 would have been inspected before the "unofficial" weekend that kicks off the camping season to make sure everything looks good and is in proper order. 5. The website states they have cable, but note this does mean every site has cable. We were extremely surprised by this. The website should read only select sites have cable. 6. I would like to see them improve the check in process. There is room to create two-three lanes for people to park their campers and check in. If someone was checking in and decided to shop the store this could hold up the entire line as there is not much room to get by right now. Adding lanes or parking would allow other vehicles to get by and possible keep the line moving a little quicker. 7. Be advised there is a speed bump/dip for both traffic coming into the campground and leaving and no sign is posted.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
If you do not own your own personal water craft (wave runner, canoe, kayak, etc.) this may not be the place for you. I think if we had not been with three other families, our stay would have been a complete waste while in the campground itself. The campground is very basic, not much happening here as far as activities for kids or adults. Be very careful when driving in and out of the campground on River Road. It is very, very narrow and there are no guard rails. This makes it nearly impossible for a RV and Boat, Boat and truck, RV and RV to pass each other. There are a few spots along the way to pull over a little, but if you cannot see what is coming around the bend it can be a little nerve racking. Upon our arrival we stopped at the office to check in and the young lady who helped us was very polite, she and the other office staff seemed unprepared. This was a little concerning since it was the official weekend to kick off the summer. They gave us a black and white copy of the campground map and told us to follow the escort to our site. They did not give us any other information about the campground, like quiet hours, activities, rental prices for canoes or kayaks, or office hours. We found out most days the office closes between 6pm -7pm. The camp store (if that is what one calls it) did not have anything related to items a typical onsite camp store would carry. If you like your frozen treat (real ice cream not ice cream bars) bring your own or you will have to stop at one of the ice cream places off site. We backed into our site when an older gentlemen (whom I assume was the owner?) stopped his truck and rudely told my husband he needed to move his truck in even further. He kept going on and on about moving the vehicle now as they have some rather large rigs that come through there. I said we are trying to get an idea of where all the things were for the site so we could setup our trailer accordingly. Finally my husband just backed it in a little further and the guy was on his way. We saw him several times throughout our stay driving around, but never abiding by the speed limit within the campground. Though most of the other employees did not follow the speed limit either. A guy was moving his boat from the main road down near the docks and the owner whipped right around him instead of waiting. We checked out the pool only one for the whole campground and it is small! The water was a bit green and one of our friends mentioned it to an employee. He said it was being treated, but they still opened the pool. Again this was Memorial weekend, if you needed to treat the pool it should have been ready last week. The next day we were told that the pool may not open because it went from hazy and green to a light brown. Later that afternoon it was open again, but it did not look any better. My husband said in general the water that came out of the faucets was dirty, so use a filter and do not drink it! The park for the kids is a bit plan, really not much maybe two swings and a small slide. There were horseshoes, but the grass had grown all around the boxes and the area. I did not see any horseshoes at the pit, so I guess you had to rent them from the office, but I would not know since they did not provide any information to us. They had a DJ one night for the kids at the pavilion, but he did not have any lights setup. It was completely dark and seemed strange. The campground does not offer any place to really fish along the banks. The lake was extremely muddy where the dock was and there is no where for the kids to play in the lake either. During our stay we lost power in the campground and they said it was a box down the road that blew. Not sure if that was the case or just poor electrical service since majority of campers had their air going due to the weather. Also they advertise wireless internet, but it is only available near office and at the pool if you are lucky. We will not be staying here again as there are better options in the area!
Date of Stay: April, 2012
The campground is on the smaller side, but does sit along the Bush River. We had a site on the harbor side where the water was a bit calmer. The site was a little small and you felt close to your neighbors. Though the view was wonderful and very relaxing! The interior sites were not as nice and made the place seem run down once you started to walk around. We camped here in late April, so the pool was not open but they were starting to get it ready. It was small, but probably works well for the campground in general. The employees were very nice upon arrival and everyone seemed to keep to the speed limit throughout the park. It was okay for a weekend getaway.
Date of Stay: September, 2011
I would recommend this campground to others who may be visiting the Pocono area. There is a lot to do in the area, but the campground offers activities throughout the day for those who do not want to leave. If you are not into the activities you may want to check out their library, play a few games in the game room, or start your morning off with a workout in the fitness room. The equipment appears to be well maintained and fairly new (bike, row machine, treadmill, weight machine, etc). We stayed at the campground with a group of friends and all of us took notice of how well kept the grounds were, from landscaping to the bathrooms. The campground is focused on families (check the rules) and making sure you have a good time during your visit. Here is why I did not rate them a "10". 1. Our sites were pull thru ( a plus), but not level at all. We had to use three rows of levelers and we were still slightly off. 2. The sites are smaller than we have stayed at in the past. By the time we parked our 19 ft. camper, moved the bench, parked the truck and then found the fire ring- we felt like we were on top of everything with little room to move. Now to be honest, there are some sites that seemed to have more room to them. I also think if they removed the grass area from the sites and made it stone, you would feel as if the sites were bigger. 3. The campground could use more lights, especially for people coming in at night (7-9pm). The roads are kind of narrow and if it rains can be a challenge to manuver. Though I would suggest not keeping the lights on all night, as it would be a waste of money and people are sleeping. 4. Some of the sites are on a slope, therefore if it rains, they have come over in the morning and start to fill in the washed out areas. Great! Though I wonder if they could reduce the time spent on refilling the washed out areas and making sure the sites are level, if they would either black top or concrete the sites. 5.Campground has two fishing ponds, but you have to find them! We were unable to locate them. We found a nature trail, which may have been washed out with the recent rains. Though no pond was found. There is no doubt that I would stay here again, especially with how well they maintain everything at the campground. I would just look for a site that meets our needs better in the future.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
This campground is a true hidden gem! The campground is nestled against the bay and about 6 miles from Assateague. The sites were level and made of stone. Although it is a very open campground (really no trees for shade) you were not sitting on top of neighbor. The campground is a true resort, as once you are setup, there is no true need to drive again. You can take the shuttle to Ocean City, MD beaches, boardwalk, etc or just hang out at the campground, on the beach there, do some fishing or crabbing, or even have a drink at the Jackspot Bar on the beach. The best part about the campground is how dog friendly it is. There is a huge dog run for playing, a dog beach, and so many dog owners! The grounds were manicured and the facilities (including the bathrooms were very clean). We had friends with us who opted to use the showers at the bath house. They said the draw backs were- you could not adjust the hot/cold water and the pressure often forced the curtain to move and get their clothes wet. I walked down to one of the interior bath houses and saw water on the floor. They had fans in there trying to keep it dry, but they should look into installing adjustable temperature showers and maybe lower the pressure just a little or put in shower heads that can move so not to point at the curtain. I think they should get rid of the wooden benches in the shower stalls. Moister dark place (when lights are out) plus wood is not a good combination. I know the campground was taken over within the last year, so my guess is additional changes are on their way to continue to improve the resort. Overall it is a great place to spend a long weekend, a week, or if you are lucky enough the month. We are planning on returning next year.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
We stayed at the West Chester, KOA with some friends for a quick getaway weekend. The staff was very friendly and helpful upon check in. They told us about the weekend events and then showed us to our spot. Out site was an average size for a KOA campground. We have come to learn that most of the sites are not very roomy and there is no real divider between you and your neighbor. The site was on a hill and we had to back down into the area, but it looked like it was going to be tougher than it was. The good thing about the site, it was basically level. We may have had to rake a few stones under the levelers, but it did not require much effort. Our site was right across from the Dog Walk area and a short distance to the store, pool, community center, and restrooms. We found two drawbacks to this KOA. First the noisy golf carts the employees drove around. The golf carts were a bit older, with loud mufflers and with their tools in the back made them very loud when going over bumps and rough terrain. I probably would have not minded this so much if the employees had waited until 8am to use them instead of waking me up around 6:30am. The second drawback is the “fishing” area. There really is not a good spot for fishing off the bank. The tree branches hang rather low and the open areas to the banks are mainly occupied by tents. On a side note to anyone who is considering booking at a KOA (not just specific to this one), they tend to draw a certain type of people. Generally the guest stay between 1 - 3 nights, a week, and maybe the occasional monthly visitor. Though so many people use these campgrounds as a short overnight stay. This means people are coming in late and leaving early which can make for a noisy campground at odd hours. Also it seems like some of the transits are more relaxed when it comes to being quiet including the children. The children were out running and screaming around 7am the days we stayed. I am not faulting the campground for this as they do not (technically) have any control of this, but I am bringing it to your attention so before booking it is something to consider. Where I have found more seasonal campgrounds to be a bit more courteous during quiet hours.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
We stayed here over Memorial weekend with three other families. All of our sites were laid out nicely and you did not feel as if you were sharing a site with your neighbor. The bathrooms were very clean, air conditioned too. The employees were very nice as well as the seasonal campers. This is one of the more dog friendly places I have been in a long time. The creek has several places deep enough for a lab to swim and enjoy him/herself. There were many owners with dogs all of which were well behaved. The pool is on the smaller side for the size of the campground, but very clean. They have several activities going on throughout the day and always try to make it a family event. The one thing to keep in mind about this campground is that there is a big hill that separates the top half and lower half sites. They do not have golf carts for rent, so you either drive down to the activities or walk, sometimes you just have to plan ahead, but there is always plenty of parking if you decide to drive. The lake is on the smaller size, but has tons of fish: Sunnies, catfish, carp, etc. Although none of the fish we caught that day really amounted to much more than 5 inches or so, it was great to see the kids (even the big kids) enjoy themselves and actually catch something. There are two-three different park areas in the campground all of which are placed around activities to help keep the little ones happy. I would stay here again on a short weekend, where we do not want to travel far.
Date of Stay: May, 2011
Mountain Vista Campground is just as charming in person as on their website! The employees are very nice, personable, and really make sure your stay is pleasant. We stayed at B12, which was a corner pull through lot. The area was clean when we arrived, had plenty of room to sit outside, have a fire without feeling restricted. During our stay we walked the entire campground and found it to be very clean and family friendly. Everyone, including the seasonals said hello and made you feel welcomed. There are two small parks for children to play at, an outdoor game room, tennis and basketball courts, and a little all in one fitness machine. The pond is across the street, but relatively clean looking. We did not get the chance to fish this trip but maybe next time. I highly recommend this campground and know we will be going back in the fall.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
This was our first camping trip in our new travel trailer. We stayed here with another couple who were also trying out their new camper. Overall the campground was very clean. Not only the staff, but also the other campers were very friendly. The pull through sites (at least in the front row) do not have much shade and could get very warm in the summer since they are blacktop. Depending on which site you get, it seemed like every other one had a little more area to it, for fires and picnics. If you were not on one of the bigger sites, you were practically eating your food next to the sewer. The campground is probably 80% seasonal campers with only a few sites for transits. We were in the first row by the first pool. I think there were about 15 sites in the first row. It was a good area for anyone with children who later in the season would want to head to the pool. It was right across from the site. My only complaint about the resort is how a majority of the people here do not stop at the stop sign or follow the 5mph speed limit. I did mention this to an employee on my last day. My friends and I sat and counted the cars the evening before. We saw about 50 vehicles. Of those 50 maybe 3 cars actually stopped at the stop sign. Of those 50 cars, I would say at least 40% were doing the speed limit. I know it was early in the season, but knowing where our site was, right across from the pool and game room area, this could be an issue in peak season. Hopefully they will send out a reminder to their seasonals and other transits that 5mph may be slow, but when there are children walking, running, playing around and people out walking their dogs, it's fast enough and gives everyone time to break without hitting someone. There is a lot to do in the area, from the Cape May Zoo, little shopping village next door, several places to eat. (Chef Ted's is very good!) And there are plenty of beach choices.