Date of Stay: June, 2011
Stayed in F loop. Note: suggest use the on-line reservation system since the entire campground was booked. The Ranger had the 'No Vacancy' sign out. The road into the campground loops are tight turns, but manageable. Be aware when staying in a site marked 38': it really is 38'. Some other states add some length (i.e. for tow units). Site was downward sloping sand adjoining a gravel road around the camp loop. Had to crankdown the front jack to its lowest to make travel unit level. All sites appear to be sand pads. Very nice to have your own water spigot and electricity. (Note: the electric box is towards front of site, so know how long your RV cord is). One dump station for entire park that has a sharp turn withe tree branches. Just be careful and go slow. Very wide open ball fields and play areas. Was a bit disappointed in the trails not being better marked and groomed. Overall a 7 out of 10. Would stay here again in the area. Camp fires: Leave wood at home but expect to burn new pine from ranger store.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
Fort Whaley is one of four campgrounds near Ocean City, Md and the one most inland being a few miles from Salisbury, Md right off route 50. Overall impression is fair and average with a few notable items for an informed decision of where to stay. First, even though I needed to stay solely 1 night, I was told repeatedly that there is a 2 night minimum stay: even in April. At $43 per night for three adults, this should be an alert for anyone traveling through the region needing only a 1 night layover. The staff was replaced from last year. This year’s staff is very money oriented: asking who was staying in the site for a tally of extra charges, then maybe answering questions. The full hookup was fine and functioned as expected. Didn’t try WiFi since signs all over camp stated connection problems, again. Cable TV was a basic channel lineup. The waterfront had fountain pumps going and surprisingly clean in view of sever past slim/algae episodes on prior visits. There are new cabins nearby the waterfront, which maybe a new connection. Do be aware that after check-in, one reads how this campground has joined others in prohibiting outside firewood due to the emerald ash borer. While there is very valid concern about this dangerous pest, one might question the price of the “approved firewood” sold, of course, only at the Fort Whaley campground store. Did not use the pool nor other play facilities since closed. Restrooms were clean but note that hardly anyone was using the campground in April. On a scale of 1 to 5, this location is a 2.5 in view of cost to value received. More effort is needed to elevate this campground. Two others are closer to Ocean City that are 3.5 or 4’s. [I have yet to find a 5 rated CG.] Will use it again as an alternative choice on the list, since OC area gets very busy during the summer.