Date of Stay: June, 2014
Little Red Barn is really nice. Upper Bucks County can be pretty busy so being out of the way is a good thing with this location. The staff are very friendly and helpful. The sites are roomy and not challenging to get into. There is plenty of open area for family fun and the store and pool are really great. There are a couple of local restaurants that have great food and great service.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Our rate reflects a special price they offer pretty often, and was for a full hookup site. This campground is a real gem. It is quiet, sites are well laid out and the staff really care. It is a family run operation and it can definitely use a coat of paint in a few places. The shower house is needs some maintenance to get it to a higher quality as well. That said, the creek running through is very peaceful, the open spaces are really well laid out for kids to play and the sites are moderately level (two layers of Legos were needed on the trailer). The store is well stocked, and the pool is very nice. It was still too cool to use but the area was well kept. There are a few group sites and their were a few parties going on and none of them were a problem. If you have dogs, avoid transient space 9, next to a pathway to the upper tier. We were there and had to apologize every time another dog walked by for our youngest pooch. He is not aggressive but a bit noisy. Other spots provide better privacy from other campers. The location is excellent for visiting local tourist sites like Philadelphia to the south and Bethlehem to the north. Shopping is only a few minutes away and an excellent Italian restaurant is just five minutes up the road. The goose population and the resultant, well, poo can be a bother. The area along the creek could be messy but the campsites and play areas were unaffected. We will stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
This was our first time using a "chain" campground. I'm glad we chose this KOA for the first time. We had a back in site that required a going uphill backwards to get in but it was clean, roomy enough, and set up well. It was quite level and I did not need to use the "Legos". It was a little up slope but I was still able to use the sewer connection without too much adjusting. The staff were all very friendly and the store was really well stocked (thank goodness since I forgot to pack my wife's coffee!). The pool was fantastic although it could use more shaded areas for family members who are not able to go in the sun. The bath houses were in great shape. One of the bath houses had a roof vent fan that was out so it got a little damp, but it was very clean. The fishing pond looked like fun but I did not try it out. The playgrounds are really nice and safe. Considering it was Memorial Day, I was concerned the crowds would be rowdy but it was very peaceful and everyone observed quiet time rules very well. The pooch play areas (two attached together) are great and make good sense in their layout. One is big with few obstacles for runners, and the other is smaller with beginner agility equipment and perfect for sniffing. The tent areas looked great. They had small fences and well configured amenities, and were clean. The only golf carts I saw were operated by staff at a respectable speed. Kids were able to walk or bike without any safety risks. My only concerns: The fire rings are set in the ground so it was hard to get a good fire going without really dry wood. I may need to apologize to a few neighbors for smoking them out when we got started. I also thought they were a little unsafe since I did not notice where it was and almost backed the truck into the hole after hooking up. The only other issue is that I could not find a location map online. They provide a good color map once you are there but I am a digital fanatic and I was surprised it was not readily available. I will stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
Colonial Woods is a real gem. The roads are very wide at the campground, the sites are spacious, the group sites are excellent for get togethers. They have really good activities and a very child friendly atmosphere. Pets are welcome and were never uncomfortable. The store is well stocked and nicely staffed. There are a lot of permanent sites in nice locations, mostly well kept (by renter it appeared), and the overnite sites are nicely separated. The sites are mostly very level, with only one rig that I saw with more than two layers on blocks to get it straight. They have a great pool, nice athletic areas and well kept grounds. The mini golf is a little old fashioned but the lake and ponds are fun for any family looking to do a little fishing. The Delaware is nearby for more serious anglers. One issue - the main public restroom. I found that the stalls were WAY too small and I am only 5'10" and not overweight. Since we have a trailer it did not affect us much, but the one time I needed to use it I was pretty uncomfortable. It was clean, but it had an old fashioned door latch at the top of the door. They a have better restroom at the store but that is not very convenient to the camp sites. Considering they were upgrading the utility poles and had every site booked this last weekend, they could have aimed some funds at improving that facility. Hopefully it's high on their list of to-dos. Still, the rest of the park made up for that issue and I will return to this gem again. Colonial is a nice place to visit.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
PA Dutch Country campground is very nice. It is located within easy reach of the PA Renaissance Faire as well as othe Lancaster County attractions and the PA Turnpike. Check in was easy. The office was clean and the staff was helpful. There are a lot of sites, with permanent sites mixed in. They have a really great pool and a good ice cream service. The down side to the park is the need to pick your site when you arrive. We toured most of the park finding nice sites that then turned out to have electric meters (permanent sites) and OK sites that were a little trickier to get into. We settled in D16, near the bath house. The site was roomy and combined gravel and grass. Only issue, and it was the case with most of the sites was it was not level enough. Rather than go to Lowes for cinder blocks we left the rear stabalizers up. Water pressure was good, and power never dropped of dimmed. There is a cabin area called Renaissance Ridge that we should have explored. It is a quieter area, has much more level sites mixed in with the cabins and a cool Yellow Submarine style play area for the kids. It is not far from the pool and facilities. The bathhouse was nice and clean. Plenty of hot water. We would stay again, in the Renaissance Ridge area.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
Knoebels is one of the best amusement parks anywhere. The rural location, nice and easy pace, pet friendliness and fun old fashioned rides will never go out of style. Even the concessions are reasonably priced. Lake Glory was an OK park. The staff was nice enough, the office and store was well stocked and the new game room was perfect for a family with tweens to teens. The sites where we were placed were not stellar. Back in was easy, hookups were good and only a little leveling was needed. There was no grass though. Our area was nearly all gravel and dirt. We have a rug so it was not too uncomfortable but for the price I desire better. They do offer a very useful shuttle service to the park and a local deer farmer visited with two awesome red bucks. We would have loved to have had the time to visit his farm. Next time we will try a different park closer to Knoebels.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
We really like the White Oak Campground. The staff was nice, facilities are clean and the sites are nice, grassy, clean and plentiful. We had no problem using a pull through near the office with plenty of tree cover. Not a lick of leveling was needed. The area is very rural, and Amish carts go by very often. We visited in May and the fertilizing season was in progress in the area. "Organic" fertilizer is very popular and can be a little offal smelling... At the campground we had no issue, just traveling around the area. Although it was not listed on the website, they have two blue grass groups doing jam sessions on Saturday evenings at the club house. They were locals having a good time and it was really nice to expose the kids to. The kids had a good time at the play grounds. They have an old fashioned 12 foot high slide and well kept equipment. We were visited by an Amish lady who sold us hand made aprons. The location is easy to get to and has good access to the Strasburg Railroad and Lancaster attractions. We will visit again.