Date of Stay: July, 2011
There was no TV at this campground. Wasn't really a big deal because the weather wasn't rainy. Had it been, it wouldn't have been good. The lake really didn't look all that appealing. The fishing lake was bug infested and swamp-like. Friends who camped with us brought 3 children under 6. There was NOTHING much for them to do. The playground equipment was old metal that was scorching hot from the summer heat. There was a seasonal camper here who seemed a bit eccentric but was very nice. We were across from a cow pasture and the smell wasn't very good in July but, it is what it is. The camp store was small and we noticed some of the foods were out of date. The 9 hole mini-golf course was all squeezed together and old. They charge $5 rental for the putters, which I was told was non-refundable for the "maintenance" of the grounds. The grounds weren't well maintained. It was grassy but certainly not even the quality of someone's home. It was just mowed field grass. There were $5 fees for everything other sport, all of which were refundable, to insure they'd get the stuff back. Not unreasonable. Now for the positives. We were able to get 2 pull throughs so that we could go awning to awning with our friends, setting up a little area that was just for us. The sites were wide and pretty well shaded for as large as they were. There was grass and no sand, which was nice because it made for a cleaner trailer. There was a dog walk, which is important to me but the path where it was looked like a trailer graveyard. It was quite disheveled here. The people who worked here were really very friendly, though. Not to say we wouldn't return. The best time to camp here would be in the fall, with dogs and without children. The lake wouldn't be an issue and the rustic, wide open feel of the sites would be most enjoyable then. It's spacious and quiet. Bring DVD's just in case the weather is bad. For us, it was close to home, yet far enough away to be "away."
Date of Stay: July, 2011
Nice campground but the spaces are tight, though there are very nice staffers who are here to guide you into your site . The roads are very narrow. Too many seasonals. They are dog friendly but there is no where to walk the dogs or allow them to be off-leash for a little while. (That would be a major help in tiring them out and for us to enjoy our time camping too.) There are a lot of dogs. Still a nice place though. The pool was nice but had an adult spa rather than a kiddie pool, which would have been a better use for that little gated area. The staff was very nice. The girls in the camp store were very helpful . Smaller size trailers will do well here. It's close to the beach and well maintained.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
LOVE this park! The first campground we had ever stayed at in 2008 and continually going there ever since. It's our obvious choice for a vacation close to home. The staff is friendly, they offer great "gas saver" programs, they are close to a lot of activities. We don't have kids but the kids that ARE there are well entertained and there's always something for them to do. We have furry kids, so dog friendly is AN ABSOLUTE necessity. They offer a nice sized dog park, offer poo bags at various spots on the grounds, are close to a dog friendly beach and the best part is they are close to Zoe's beach side cafe. They've got great crab cakes, home made cole slaw and are DOG FRIENDLY! That's right. You can order inside with your dog. The servers will bring your dog water and a treat from inside the building. If you see two beautiful dalmatian girls and their parents, you'll know it's me. Holly Shores also offers a few dog friendly cabins as well. These people get it. Dogs ARE family. People bringing their dogs aren't bringing dogs that don't behave and do business in the house. They are bringing family members on four legs. They usually offer a photographer who travels in an RV (imagine that!) offering to photograph your pets. I had mine done and they look fantastic. August usually brings the dog days of summer that offers all the fun stuff for your dogs. There's a hiking trail that leads to the fishing lake, where the dogs sneak a dip in the water tire themselves out and that helps Mom & Dad relax too! Just a great place to chill out. Close to everything but far enough from home to be considered a vacation. Staff's great, camp store is well stocked. Pool is nice and they always offer a DJ, karaoke, or other type of activity on the weekends. We always enjoy the Halloween weekends there. EVERYONE gets into it. The campground, the kids, the dogs, and the campers! the place is decorated beautifully no matter what the season! Give it a try at least once. This is the local campground you'll compare all the others to.
Date of Stay: March, 2011
GREAT TIME. We've been going here for about 4 years now. A great place. this year, MUCH to my surprise was a BRAND NEW DOG PARK. They did a fabulous job with it and it's well shaded but not enough to be "buggy". My two dalmatians had an absolute blast there. I didn't really like all the kids that decided to roll themselves in the tunnel and who were jumping all over the DOG EQUIPMENT. I mean, the dogs aren't permitted to invade all the kiddie spaces for obvious reasons. The dog's space should remain just that and be enforced. The staff there constructed a tire jump, tunnel, A frame walk and a plank walk with stairs on either side. they provide poo bags and a place to dispose of the waste. When we were there, they were installing a water spigot. they offer free water park admission to all campers. I don't really like the idea that it is open to the public as well. It'd be nicer if it was more exclusive for health reasons. There is an ice cream parlor and an arcade on site in addition to the miniature golf there as well. It's close to Hooper's Crab house which is more of a tourist trap (but I loved it!). The food was great there even though my heart belongs to the Assateague Crab House which is on the same road as the campground (make a left out of the campground about 3 miles on your right). In May, you can head over the bridge to the Maryland Convention Center for the craft show and HOPEFULLY meet Mr. George Turner who hand crafts AMAZING bowls out of wood. (I missed him this year!) The grounds are clean, though SOME of the spaces are really tight. The well-stocked camp store is HUGE and offers pretty much anything you could need, even beer and wine. They have a deli and offer sandwiches, burgers, etc. though I have never ordered. Their "Pony Express" check in is great. You call in ahead of time, pay in full and don't even have to get out of your rig. You are greeted by a "deputy" and give them your last name. He'll hand you your packet, tell you where you're spot is and keep you moving on. Great place. Never disappointed.