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Highbanks Campground, Steamburg, New York

Date of Stay: August, 2006 - $25.00
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Highbanks Campground, while situated on the Alleghany Reservoir is anything but scenic. At first glance of the campground map, we thought we had lucked out with our site. It appeared to back up to the water. As we made our way through the campground, we were less and less enthusiastic with the campground as a whole and were even more horrified when we pulled into our site. What looked on the map to be a lovely scenic location was actually a gravel driveway which backed straight up to a six foot chain link fence with no views at all, except for that of steel. The entire site was perhaps 40' x 40' and privacy was non-existent. Out of 77 electric sites, it appeared that 70 were seasonal rentals. Upon arrival the staff could barely even manage to give us a map to find our campsite and asked us to return again in the morning to pay, even though they were still technically 'open'. While our 9pm arrival may have been too late for the staff, campers were apparently in full swing, evidenced by all the driving around the grounds on mini-bikes, ATVs etc. screaming and hooting. Dogs barked and kids screamed until nearly midnight. With little or no space between campers, the screaming and dog barking may as well have been in the same 'room'. This is certainly NOT the quiet getaway from it all kind of campground we had hoped for. The restrooms and showers were atrocious. In fact, on one visit, there was no toilet paper at all in the ladies room. I would not venture to shower in this facility. Not only did I question whether there was sufficient privacy between the mens and womens sides, but it was clearly unclean. In my phone call to the grounds ahead of time, we expressed interest in Allegheny State Park (which was of course sold out for camping). We were assured it was only a few minutes down the road. In fact it was a full 20 minutes away, door to door. If you're looking for a campground where you can pass the 'Gray Poupon' to your neighbor without leaving your camp chair, where you can compete with your neighbors for the most gaudy and outlandish Christmas light display on your 'site', where the sounds of jet skis, dogs barking and kids playing waaaaay past any reasonable quiet time are the norm, then this is just the spot for you. If, on the other hand, you'd like a little privacy, you want to hear your own campfire crackle, you'd like to hear the birds sing in the morning and you can live without Christmas in July, I would pick another site. We camped at Highbanks Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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Bowman Lake State Park, Oxford, New York

Date of Stay: August, 2006 - $19.00
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Bowman Lake State Park is touted as a 'campers paradise' in their brochure. For us, this was definitely the case. The campsites were large, shaded and very private and best of all, less than 1/3 of the sites were booked, leaving lots of 'elbowroom' from other campers. The lake is small, and is designated for non-motorized boats only, meaning canoes, rowboats (no motor of any kind) kayaks etc. This kept the campground quiet enough to hear the woodpeckers echoing in the canopy above and the sounds of crackling fires popping in the distance. While there are no electric or water hookups on sites, the effort you'll spend in advance planning for water and battery power will be well worth your while in what you'll discover in privacy, peace quiet and nature appreciation at it's best. The campground offers playgrounds and lifeguarded beaches for little ones, a concession stand that is very affordably priced and whose menu is plenty diverse, lots of hiking and biking trails and a boat house with rowboats and kayaks to rent. Rates midweek are $15.75 for first night and $13.00 each night thereafter and weekend/holiday rates are $18.75 for first night and $16.00 each night there after. There is NO minimum stay requirements. We enjoyed our stay there tremendously and will return many more times! We camped at Bowman Lake State Park in a Tent Trailer.

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