Date of Stay: October, 2012
I want badly to be able to give a higher rating because overall we really enjoyed our time here this weekend; however, there were just a couple of points to bring down the score. First, the good stuff: this place is perfect for those who really love the outdoors. Although we weren't sitting right on the river, we were perfectly close enough in our C6 campsite. There were little trails down through the woods (between 20 and 50 yards) to the river where you could fish or put in a kayak or canoe. Our site had water and electric although the hook-up was on the 'wrong' side, so bring an extension cord. Our daughter loved riding her bike along the quiet 'streets' of the campground - very level. There is a proper boat ramp for real boaters and a playground for the kids. They were just putting on the finishing touches to the neat store (in a bus!), which had ice cream and camp necessities. My husband claims the bathroom had the biggest, hottest campground shower he's ever had - newly renovated and painted. (I used our camper's, so I can't tell you about the ladies'.) OK - so, the negatives: by far the worst is the noise of the railroad and yard at night - I usually have a tolerance for these kinds of things, but in the dead of the night, that train horn, rail crossing bell, and other loud yard work woke us up multiple times. I'm not sure that earplugs or the sound of AC would have helped me, but my husband swears he'll prepare for next time and be fine. Also, there is a LOT of mud throughout the campground. Be sure to bring shoes that you can easily take off at the entrance of your tent/camper. And, lastly, if you are depending on the bath-house and are on the "A" side of the camp, be prepared for a walk or a short drive. I think the new management should consider investing in another bath-house on the other side. Other than that, I think we will return in the summer to tube from the 17 bridge down to the camp and to get some river fishing in!
Date of Stay: September, 2011
The site chosen for us (1609, I believe) was not the best by far - very small in the back of this very large park with a slight incline just out our pop-up's door - but the location and amenities made up for it. We chose to drive to the Metro instead of waiting for the bus at the campground since it only ran once an hour, but the convenience of the depot being on-site would surely make this a fantastic option for DC tourists. The pools and on-site cafe were wonderful amenities, but they weren't exactly a short walk from our site. They do have golf carts to rent, but we didn't even check the price. The store seemed to be well-stocked (even beer, except on Sundays) and there was a Home Depot, Shoppers Food Warehouse, Starbucks, IHOP, and Hard Times Cafe all within a mile of the campground. We will return, but request a bigger site upon arrival if need be (you can't request a specific site ahead of time, but they seemed to be willing to change if you asked).
Date of Stay: August, 2011
For location and beauty of the park, this CG is a ten; however, the filth in the bathhouses and the lack of enforcement of the quiet hours force me to downgrade our rating. We originally intended to use our pop-up, but since we couldn't get one of the three w/e sites, we decided to use our tent instead. We had site 60 in the Garrett Loop, which turned out to be a "handicap" site (accessible) and right beside a (noisy) cabin site and the bathhouse. This site was within short walking distance to a playground and a bit of a walk to the camp store and the hike to the falls (the beautiful main interest in the park). There was a visible presence to enforce the strict no-alcohol rule in the afternoon, but no one was around to tell our noisy neighbors at midnight to cut off the noise, so we had to -- Awkward! But the short hike to Muddy Creek Falls and the towering hemlocks made it all worthwhile. The CG part is completely shaded mostly by hardwoods, not the beautiful pines. We will return for sure and try next time to get one of the w/e sites.
Date of Stay: September, 2010
This is a HUGE campground, and we were in the very back, which made getting to any of the few kids' activities or pools a very long walk. The sites in that back area are more open than those in the front where the seasonal folks are mostly set up. There are many seasonals, but they are very neat and clean. The pool with the slide is very nice for young children, but it is small and the slide costs $10 for a wristband! Not worth it! There were many planned activities, but really not many for children, which surprised us. There is a mini-golf course, but again, you get charged too much to play. Riding bikes was nearly impossible on the gravel roads, and the dust kicked up by vehicles lays thick on everything. I can't see the allure of this campground except the proximity to Gettysburg. If you could stay somewhere else for much less, I would.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We'd give it a 10 except that quiet hours were not well enforced. We were in the Ash loop - the only electric loop - site 6. Our site was very private, but the loud partying noise from #4 was very audible in the quiet hours. We were close enough to the newly renovated bathrooms, which feature a family room (unfortunately often used by non-handicapped singles . . .) and a nice dish sink. We were within a 10 minute walk of the beach area and camp store. We could easily pull an all-terrain wagon down the paths and onto the beach. There were family activities on this holiday weekend like crafts, ice cream social, musicians performing. Cumberland was a short drive away for the fireworks and restaurants. We'll definitely return to this beautiful, relaxing, family-fun park!
Date of Stay: May, 2009
The rate I've given reflects a Memorial Day weekend with 3 wristbands for the amenities, which you HAVE to pay for with the site. Although the price is steep, our children have LOVED our 3 stays here. This time we stayed in what appears to be the older area near the cabins (lower 100s), and we liked it better than where we've stayed before (#312 and #131) because this area has huge shade trees and nice sized lots. Our little ones enjoyed the little wading pool best, but there is a great pool for older ones with the water slides. The activities were generally well-managed although sometimes the free craft time was not run well. They had a nice country music "concert" one night, a parade, daily pledge with a bear, and a nice playground for kids of all sizes. Our children really love it here, but we can only dish out this price once or twice a year.
Date of Stay: June, 2008
In our short 1 1/2 year stint of pop-up camping, this has been our favorite campground so far. We were in site #6, a large shaded site that backed up to one of the several playgrounds. We were within a short walking distance to a bath house, the lovely pool, the game room, the snack bar, mini-golf, and the camp store. There in fact is a petting zoo, with just a mama goat and her two kids, down near the large fishing pond. They had a hay ride and a few other planned activities. We found the staff to be very friendly, and the many seasonal campers were too. The WiFi worked well when it worked, which was not often (they use HughesNet satellite, which apparently was having many problems related to weather). We will definitely return and ask for this site again.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
I acknowledge the difficulties for larger rigs in this place, but I can't possibly understand the 1 ratings. We visited on one of the Halloween weekends here and we enjoyed it immensely. We stayed at site 106, which I would recommend for only a popup. The rate reflects a KOA Kard discount. Our young children really enjoyed the trick or treating -- everyone really gets into the spirit! So much so that we avoided some areas, including the Haunted House, because they're just too scary. The pool is heated and still in use! The other activities for families were well attended and much enjoyed by us. But this is the kind of place that sells beer and wine in the camp store, and if that sort of atmosphere doesn't suit you, you will be offended here . . . It was quiet after 10, however, and we found everyone to be quite kind. There's even a movie theater with lots of shows for kids. We'll be back and we'll be sure to book early for another Halloween weekend!
Date of Stay: September, 2007
This CG obviously caters in large part to seasonals, but an overnighter wouldn't see much of these trailers unless he were to walk around the whole camp. The overnight spots appear mostly to be in a loop away from the seasonals. We asked to move our two sites because the first we were given had drops off the back of the sites that we didn't like because of our young children. The office staff were happy to let us "shop" for other sites and so we were ultimately pleased. I would give a higher rating except that quiet hours were not enforced and in our pop-up, we could hear a lot of partying noises late at night. There's a cool little bar down the road (still have to drive there) called Bill's Place that serves dinner. It and the CG are very close to the C&O Canal. We will return.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
We did really enjoy our stay. We'd give a ten if the sites were larger and better spaced and if the bathhouse were closer. Our site was pretty well shaded and very level, but we had tenters right next door to the right, and even though they were lovely people, we felt that they were right on top of us. Had a popup been there with their back end to us, we might have felt that we had more privacy. There were also yellow jackets EVERYwhere and this made for a difficult stay. My husband was stung visiting the bathhouse. However, rowdy visitors were not tolerated at all, and we really appreciated the constant visible security. The many and varied family activities were wonderful too. Overall, we would return but missed the space that we enjoyed at the Gettysburg Campground up the road.
Date of Stay: June, 2007
I give such a low rating because of the state of the bathrooms in the Hoffman Loop for most of a weekend during high season. They didn't appear to be cleaned all weekend -- ran out of soap, only one functioning female shower which was not clean, gross. However, we liked our very private site at 119. This is one of only a few in this loop that has electric. Long driveway and surrounded by woods. Close enough to bathhouse and playground is in this loop -- also a pier. The bugs weren't even bad! We also were supposed to stay in the Green's Point Loop for one night, but a very high tide had turned that loop into a swamp -- our site, 101, literally had a moat! It was too dangerous for our young children, so we were able to get a site in Tulip, 161, which was quite nice. Full hookups there but no bathhouse. These sites have virtually no driveways and are much less private. Also, the beach (which is a few minutes' drive away) was closed due to high bacteria levels. It was generally an icky weekend . . .
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This is a decent overnight, typical MD state park sort of campground. The camp hosts were very kind, and our particular site, 403, was very nice -- level, shady, close enough to bath house, fine dusty ground, picnic table, fire pit with grate, and relatively private. Site 402 would have been nice as a "friends'" site if we had needed it and it was certainly big enough for a big rig. One caveat for PUP campers: our site was near the entrance to both circles and as a result we had lights and noise from entering vehicles well into the night -- This is obviously an overnighter sort-of place, not so much a destination campground. The playground was near us, but the slide was broken. The gnats started swarming when it got hot - thank goodness we had the screened-in room. Late night quiet hours (11 pm) were not observed nor enforced. That was a disappointment. We would probably only stay again if we needed to be close to Baltimore, which this is VERY close for city jaunts.
Date of Stay: September, 2006
Overall we really enjoyed our visit. We had site #116 w/W & E, which was very close to the cute cabins and also the "Sun Deck" where many big rigs stay (including my in-laws). We had a pretty long walk to the restrooms -- I can't imagine for the tent sites. Although we liked our shady level site, we decided that next time we try for a creekside site. Very lovely. The bathhouse toilet stalls were small, but were relatively clean. The store and ice cream parlor were very nice, and we really enjoyed the bingo activities and pool.
Date of Stay: September, 2006
This beautiful state campground's setting is tall pines and a rocky running stream. We stated in the 50 amp sites (152) because we wanted to stay near my in-laws who have a big rig (150) and they wanted 50 amp. We chose only from knowledge of the map online, but if we would do it again, we'd choose another site - perhaps 132-136 because of they are level sites near the stream or else 177-183 on the other side because of level, big sites near the bathhouse. The bathhouse is no luxury (push button showers that start out cold but they get hot and no lights during day to save electricity) but they were clean enough. It's pretty, basic family camping at its best. The other campground at the park has the pool nearby but it looks much hillier and more difficult for bigger rigs without as much pretty shade. We will definitely return to Hosack.