Date of Stay: August, 2014
Park is a no frills campground. Entire park was clean, but the trash dumpster got overfilled by the end of the weekend. Bathrooms are old, but clean. I did not use the shower. Pool looked clean, I did not use it, but there were people swimming. They have a big playground area with old McDonalds playground equipment. My neice spent a great deal of time on the swings. Sites were big and pretty level, but they could stand to cut the grass more often. Not great drainage if it rains. Camp office and store are bare minimum, but the owner seems nice enough and they don't drive around harassing campers. The campsite was fairly empty for most of the week, and got a little busy during the weekend which it was a nascar race weekend, but we never had any issues with noise or any other issues. I'd imagine this campground doesn't really get a lot of business; just my impression. It is really close to two of the state parks - Buttermilk, and Robert Treman, and only a few more minutes to Ithaca and more parks in that area. Those are a must see if you are in the area. It is in a decent location, but a little farther from Watkins Glen area then I would have liked. But if you are visiting for the area near Ithaca and all those parks, its a good place.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
The camping sites are very close together here. The RV sites are slightly bigger, but we saw where some tent sites were in a middle row, which is basically in between two driving lanes, and they are sectioned off with wood to make a square spot for a tent. They were very small tent sites and they appeared to be directly in the middle of the road, and I would not recommend those sites to anyone. Our site number was 95 which was the second to last near the exit/entrance. The site is a pull-through site, but it is a slight incline, and we could not get our trailer to be completely level because of the incline. The campground offers activities; DJ, karaoke, etc, which is nice, and the staff seemed friendly enough. However, when we checked in, there were 6 people behind the counter, and one person was helping another customer and everyone else just was standing around or talking to each other for several minutes before they offered to assist us. We were also 'policed' several times during the weekend because of noise. The staff stopped at our site several times during the evenings during the weekend to tell us we were too loud. We were camping with a group, so I know the guys can get a little loud, but we turned off our radio when it was quiet time, as we were observing their quiet hours. One day, the staff came to us during the day, before the sun even went down to tell us we were too loud, which was ridiculous. The campground is right next to a river, which you can tube down. It is considered a lazy river, very slow, good for all ages. The campground was OK, was clean throughout, and overall decent, but because of the very small sites and the constant harassment of the noise being too loud, we will not be returning here.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Overall this campground is very nice. It is a family friendly place, lots of small kids, but that didn't bother us (we don't have kids). The campground offers weekend activities to keep people busy and having fun. They have a pool and hot tub, and mini golf, which we didn't use, but looked nice. They do not have cable TV, and we only got 2 channels - the BBC and Food Network, however we weren't there to watch TV. Might be a drawback on a rainy day, though. They have Wi-Fi, but I believe you have to pay for that. There is a security gate with a key code you have to go through to get into the park. The only drawback on this was that when we first arrived to check in, we didn't know that, and pulled right up to the gate, as there really isn't anywhere else to park. I went in and registered, then she gave me the security codes, and we were able to get in, so when I returned to the truck, there was someone waiting behind me. This could be a problem during a busy arrival time. When checking in, they were very adamant about quiet time and their alcohol policy; which you can drink at your own sites, just not walking around the campground. I was worried about the quiet hours because it said no radio at all, but we kept ours very low and did not have any problems or had anyone complain. I was worried that they would have security driving around policing you all weekend - which they did not do, which was nice. Overall the campground was pretty quiet, even throughout the busy Memorial Day weekend. It was quite enjoyable. The sites seemed average size to me, not very big, but we were comfortable. Our site was in the Lake View area, which was nice, not too much traffic driving around. Our site did back directly up to a cottage, which was very close, but luckily all neighbors were nice, just a bit too close for comfort. Lake Josh is more of a pond, but people were down there fishing. The guys I asked said they did not catch anything. The roads could use better markings, because when we checked in, she highlighted on the map where our site was and how to get there, but we were confused on a few of the roads to turn down. It would be nice if they had someone direct you to your site, or better road markings. It could be quite difficult in the dark. I wouldn't recommend a site near the office, as that seemed very tight, and the outside sites seemed right on the road. I'm not sure if this would be the campground's fault, but they gave us a map that had local activities and establishments nearby, which I thought was nice, but when we decided to have pizza out at one of the places and drove to it, we found that the place was not open, it wasn't even built yet! That was disappointing. The campground is only a few minutes away from OhioPyle area, where there is a ton of outdoor stuff to do. Lots of hiking, biking, and water activities to enjoy. I really enjoyed this trip, the campground was clean and not loud, we had no problems. I would stay again.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Stayed in Cabin 6 during their Bluegrass Festival Weekend, which we attended as well. The cabin itself is clean, but somewhat small; think of a trailer but no wheels. The cabin had 2 bedrooms, the master bedroom is a decent size, and has a nice wall closet unit with plenty of storage. The second bedroom has only a bed in it, and does not have any room to even put your suitcase. The kitchen area is a full kitchen (minus the dishwasher - and also minus a dish drainer). The living room and dining room are combined, and small, and if you are generally not spending a lot of time in the cabin, it's fine. It has 2 small TVs, one in the living room, one in the master bedroom. The bathroom is normal size, with a tub/shower combo, and a decent storage area built into the wall. The hot water heater is small, as it ran out of hot water fast. My only complaint about this cabin is the location. There is a little road that goes around this cabin and into their overflow area. They used the overflow area to shuttle people and their cars before, during, and after the festival. This was non-stop traffic driving by the cabin throughout the entire weekend. The cabin was clean, and actually had toilet paper, but nothing else. Bring your own sheets, towels, dish rags, hand towels, and paper towels. Outside, there is a fire ring and a charcoal grill to use. The blue grass festival is nice.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This is a no frills campground, but it is nice and clean. There are quite a few sites that are seasonal, but there are plenty sites available for daily and weekly rentals. The camp store is big, but they don't have a lot of amenities. Inside the store, there is free Wi-Fi, but there is not any cell service in the campground, or around the entire Raystown area at all. The store also closes around 5pm each night. They have a boat dock available to use. Our site was a decent size and pretty level, which most seemed to be level. They arrange the rentals out, so we didn't feel cramped in and had plenty of room. The bathrooms were clean and well kept. The pool looked clean, we didn't use; but there were a few kids in it. They have a playground and volleyball net next to the pool that were being used as well. We rented a pontoon boat from the Raystown resort, which was about 20-30 minutes away. We also visited the Trough Creek State Park for some hiking and biking, which was very nice.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
This is my second time at this campground. The major drawback here, is all the seasonal campers and their ATVs and 4 wheelers driving around all day. There are a few ATV type trails at the end of the campground that they ride at, but you can only have an ATV or 4 wheel vehicle if you are a seasonal camper, so this doesn't serve well for anyone wishing to check that out. The sites fairly level, we had w/e/s and cable. They offer wifi service, but you have to pay, and the cell signal here is very weak, so don't bother paying for the wifi. The campground is run by a family, and they offer weekend activities that are fun. Both of my trips here, they had a live band play on Saturday night, which was fun. If you want to ride your bike or walk, the Western Maryland Rail Trail ( a paved trail ) is 3/4 of a mile from the campground. You could also drive into the town of Hancock ( maybe 5 minutes ), and access the trail there. That trail is very nice, paved and flat, and mostly shady. They don't seem to be strict here for noise, and do not come around and monitor you, which is nice, so they let you enjoy your camping. There isn't a lot in the area besides the bike trail and a possible day trip to Berkley Springs. The Potamac River is nearby, but I am not sure how to access it near this campground. They could use more help in the office, which they also have a snack shop run by the same folks running the desk, so its very busy and not organized.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
We camped here for a Halloween Themed weekend. The campground had activities scheduled, which is great. They were site decorating contest, pumpkin carving contest, trick or treating, hay ride, and a haunted house, all which were free with your payment to the campground. There seem to be a lot of seasonal sites, so we were placed in the overflow area (a group of 4 campers), which was OK. The overflow area is mainly grass, it had rained heavily the night before, so our area was quite flooded. There is also no sewer in the overflow area; which isn't really a problem, as they do have a dump station. But the water and electric hookups were not on the correct side, so you might need an extra hose or longer electric hook up. The campground is decent, staff is friendly, we had a nice time. They offer free Wi-Fi, but the connection is not great, and I could not get good cell service either. My only real complaint is the dump station itself. While they have 3 lanes, which I found very nice, the water connection that is there, is not a regular hose, so you can not hook it up to your water connector to rinse and fill up your tanks for through cleaning. We were only able to use this water hookup to fill up the fresh tank, and use that water to re-rinse our tanks. It is not an ideal setup.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
Staff is friendly. Rates are cheap. Site has w/e/s and free Wi-Fi. Sites are nice enough, but a little small. Gravel throughout most of the campground. We stayed in row 'Tall Timber' right across from the bathrooms. I would recommend a different row because the bathrooms are older and were omitting a sewer smell a few times. The bathrooms were clean enough, but the stalls are very small. They also did not have any hand dryer or paper towels. I don't recommend this campground for kids, there is nothing here to entertain them. Campground is overall nice and quiet and this was our 2nd time camping here.
Date of Stay: June, 2012
It's all about the money here. This is a nice campground; you can read from previous reviews, everyone has nice comments. It previously was a dump ( Eagles Nest ), so the new owners have done a lot to improve the campground. However, each time I’ve visited the campground, it becomes more expensive. The staff and owners also seem to only care about making money. This past June, I arrived 45 min early, and had to pay $15.00 early arrival fee, which I found ridiculous since there wasn’t anyone previously in my site, nor did they take any time to clean the site or cut the grass. The nightly rate for this period was $88.00, plus the additional $15.00 seemed excessive. I inquired about camping at the end of September when they host a Blue Grass festival. They told me you can only make advanced reservations if you are buying a full 4 day festival ticket. If you are not buying a 4 day festival ticket, you can't make a reservation, and you have to wait until the night before you want to arrive, and call and see if they have a spot open. The campground itself is nice, but for the price they charge, I think you can do better. I personally only stay here because it is the closest campground to Ocean City.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
This was our first trip to this campground, and it was very nice and clean. The staff were very friendly. They escorted you to your site. Sites were nice size, gravel pads, grass areas for tables, etc. We camped with a big group, and we were able to have our group fire in a common area. They have Wi-Fi, but you have to pay a fee: not sure how much, we didn't use it. Pool looked very nice, didn't use that either, it was closed on Sunday. I expect someone had an 'accident' earlier that day, because it was a very hot weekend and it was being used prior to that. Pool was reopened the next day. They have lots of activities to keep you entertained if you want to do them. We visited a few wineries nearby on one day, and road bikes on the Heritage Rail trail one day (a 30 minute drive maybe). I would come again.