Date of Stay: October, 2014
The KOA in Chester PA is very nice. The staff is super friendly, and very knowledgeable about the area and other things. The sites are very nice, and have ample room. My gravel site was not level, and I needed to use my leveling blocks on one side, which is not a big deal for me. The hookups were well placed, and everything worked as required. The cable TV was good. The internet was extremely slow, but that is typical. The bathrooms and other building were clean and well maintained. The campground itself was very nice, and we had a couple of very nice walks around the surrounding area. There is a short nature trail that leads from the river around the back side of the park, and back to where our site was located. There were no golf carts or other distractions there. However, this is a family park, and there were tons of kids and dogs everywhere. Since we brought one of each with us, we fit right in. We asked at the office where we could do some good mild hiking, and they pointed us to ChesLen Nature Reserve. It was quite a nice place to hike. You can access ChesLen by walking down the dormant railroad tracks right across from the KOA entrance. No need to drive. About a half mile in, you come to a trail that crosses the tracks. Make a right and you can access the main parts of the reserve. Get a trail map from the KOA office. You will need it. Bring ample water. We did the red trail back and forth. All of the trails were well marked, and the trails were in super good shape. Very dog friendly hiking too. We met a lot of nice people on the trail. There were some nice hills to climb. Nothing to adventurous. Round trip the red trail was a little over 8 miles from the beginning of the railroad track to the far end, and back again. This KOA was really nice. We will come back again. We would like to explore the battlefields and all that stuff next time.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
Ocean View is a top notch campground. It is huge. Everything is super clean. The restrooms and showers are like brand new and super modern. They have a huge swimming lake and a pool. Both very nice. The lake has paddle boats for rent at a very inexpensive price. There are restaurants and snack shacks right on the property, as well as the biggest campground store I've seen. The roads are super tight going through some of the areas. And the sites are somewhat small. But they are level. And the hookups were all fine, and in good shape. The problem with this park for me is that it is predominantly a seasonal resident park. There many park model trailers everywhere. Lots of other trailers with large decks and sun rooms built on. It looks and feels more like a "trailer park" than a campground. But the amenities are top notch, and the activities for adults and children are fantastic. It's just not the atmosphere I am looking for in a campground. But I highly recommend anyone to give it a shot and spend a weekend there. It might be your thing.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
Cavendish is a great KOA. The location is perfect. Right in the middle of Cavendish, which is a tourist type area. Water parks, amusement rides, mini golf, attractions, and all the tourist trap shops are close by. The National Park beaches are right down the road. Take a ride to Rustico and visit an old time fishing village. Or head down to Charlottetown and see the historic city. All are worth doing. PEI is one of the most beautiful places in all of Canada. The campground is great. The sites are large, and mostly level. They are particularly long. There was plenty of room for our trailer, and our tow vehicle, and had plenty of length left on our site. Lots of stuff to do at the campground too. Movie nights, jumping pillow, playground, RC car dirt track. It is a very nice campground. The bath houses are clean.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
The Boston/Plymouth/Cape Cod KOA is a really great campground. It is very large. There are lots of things for the kids to do. Jumping pillow, playgrounds, all kinds of sporting fields. The staff was wonderful. The sites were a decent side and level. The location is close to Cape Cod and Plymouth Rock. A reasonable drive, or a train ride, into Boston. We would go back again for sure.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
The Oceanside KOA in Bar Harbor is a great spot to spend a couple of days, or a week or more. The sites are really small, but the whole campground is right on the water. The view is spectacular! The sites are level. The bath houses are clean. The staff could not have been friendlier. We stayed here on the way up to Nova Scotia, and stayed again on the way back. It was wonderful. There is a typical New England rocky beach. There are kayak rentals on site. There is a guy that has a site in the campground that sells freshly steamed lobster dinners for $18.50 a pop. Cant beat it. But if thats not for you, there are a dozen "lobster pound" restaurants within 10 minutes. There is a free shuttle bus that takes you into downtown Bar Harbor, and to the Acadia National Park. Again, awesome. So the sites are pretty small, but the location is divine. Cant beat it. We are already thinking about coming back for an extended stay.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We had a great time at the Hidden Hilltop. We stayed in this area because we were visiting family near by. But this turned out to be a great area. The campground was great! They had a big jumping pillow. A pool. Playgrounds. A giant soap slide. And more. The sites were large and level. There was a large rec hall where they had bingo and country music jam sessions. The bath houses were clean. The staff was super friendly. We had a wonderful time. However, there are things to note if you go there. The bath houses are few and far between. So if you need to be near one, you should request that. The Wi-Fi doesn't reach all of the sites, so if you really need Wi-Fi, then you need to request placement in a site that has good access. They charge extra for the Wi-Fi, but the price is very low. We really loved our stay there.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
We stayed at the Mystic KOA on the way up to Nova Scotia. We stayed for two nights, and spent a day at the Mystic Seaport. The Mystic KOA is decent KOA. The sites are fairly spacious and level. The restrooms and bath houses are utilitarian, but clean. The Wi-Fi worked pretty well. It was a decent place to stay. However, it is not itself a destination. If it weren't for the Mystic Seaport and the other surrounding attractions, the campground wouldn't be enough to keep my family interested for more than a day. But for a place to stop on the way somewhere else, or for visiting the Seaport, this place is great. And it is easy on and off the highway.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
We stayed at the Butterfly Camping Resort this past weekend in a Travel Trailer. The sites were clean and as level as can be expected. There was a picnic table and fire ring. The sites were free of leaves and other debris. All remaining leaves from the sites were blown into the surrounding areas. Everything was neat and clean on the grounds. The resort was very nice overall. The people working there could not have been more friendly. They had a big bonfire Saturday night, put out supplies to make smores, and had one of those chocolate fountains going. It was very nice of them to put that together for the campers. This is a family campground. There were lots of kids running around. And lots of dogs. So some barking was expected. We have a kid and a dog, so we fit in well there. They seemed to be strict about the quiet time from 10 PM to 8 AM, and with the speed limit of 5 mph around the campground. They also have a hard shutdown of midnight for all campfires. There were staff cruising around the grounds all the time, which is a good thing. Any of the seasonal sites were kept up very well. There were no old junk trailers at this campground. They have a bunch of nature trails surrounding the campground. And there is a small fishing pond on the property, plus small lake or bog right next to the property. They have a very nice little campground store with reasonable prices, and good firewood for sale. The roads going around the campground were all pressed gravel and well maintained. It was easy getting in an out of there. I only have a few constructive things to say. First, the bathrooms were clean, but they were very utilitarian. Blow dryers, and no paper towels. They were nice enough, but not warm and comfortable. Also, there was no dog park there. We like to have a place to let the dog loose to burn off some energy. And there were small recycling containers around, but no recycling dumpster where you take you garbage. They should add that. Overall this is a really nice campground with nice people. We had a good time there. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2013
We visited the Elizabethtown/Hershey KOA last weekend because it was close to the PA Renaissance Faire. Some of the previous reviews said the staff was rude and unfriendly. This could not have been further from the truth. Everyone on the staff was very friendly, and very helpful. Even staff members mentioned by name in prior reviews were there and friendly toward us. The campsite was clean and well appointed. The gravel sites were a decent size, and the hookup worked well. They were not completely level, but level enough that I didnt need any leveling blocks. The wifi was very spotty, but I was there for a relaxing weekend, so it was not an issue. If I were to stay there for a longer period of time, then spotty wifi would be a bigger problem for me. The bath houses were clean, but could use updating. It was a really nice wooded campground, and we had some very nice walks through the area. The camp is very pet friendly, with a nice dog park area, and lots of dogs walking around all day. The Catch-and-Release fishing pond was a big hit with the kids of all ages. There were lots of bass in there. It was a nice place. I would go there again next year when we hit the Ren Faire.
Date of Stay: August, 2013
We stayed at the Niagara Falls KOA as a test to see if we liked the campground lifestyle. We were shopping for a Travel Trailer, and used this as one final test before we made the big purchase. We stayed there in one of their Kamping Kabins for five days. Well, we bought our TT two weeks later, and love it! The KOA in Niagara Falls Ontario is a wonderful place. It is spacious, clean, and loaded with activities. They have two outdoor pools, and indoor pool, and two indoor hot tubs. They have a couple of play areas for the kids, a game room, and this big jumping pillow, which was the a huge hit with all the children. There were scheduled activities for the kids, which was great too. The bath houses were clean and well appointed. The showers were especially nice. There is an inexpensive shuttle bus (WeGo) that stops out front of the KOA, that takes you right into the tourist areas. It was less expensive than parking in town. We love Niagara Falls, and now we love the KOA there too. We can't wait to go back there with our own RV.