Date of Stay: July, 2013
Pluses: The campground is very clean. There are a lot of activities for the children. Free pancake breakfast in the morning. Negatives: The campground was experiencing problems with their electrical system, where sections of the campground had no electricity. Someone in our group complained to the office about that at 8pm at night and was told that they could not fix it until the next morning. It was a very hot night; he had young children and wanted to run his camper’s air conditioner, but could not because of this issue. This is unacceptable. While the spaces are private, they are tough to get into. I saw several people who had difficulty pulling their campers into spaces. The camper next to me had issues, and I spoke to him and he said that he was a commercial truck driver, and this was tough for him. The campground calls itself KOA NYC North. This is misleading. It's 75 miles north of Times Square, and without traffic, which is rare, (we even hit traffic coming home in the middle of a Sunday afternoon), it takes about an hour and 45 minutes each way. If you are planning on using this campground as a base for exploring NYC, you will be doing a lot of driving. There are two 60x120 foot swimming pools in the campground that are next to each other. There is no lifeguard on duty; however, there needs to be some type of supervision. We saw a man throwing a toddler into the air and letting the toddler land in the water. This toddler could have easily have landed the wrong way and been hurt. Kids were randomly jumping into the pool, not even caring that there were people below them that they could have landed on. Other people were diving and doing back flips into 4 foot deep water. My feeling that is within the next 5 years, someone will get seriously hurt here. The campground has a serious problem with mosquitos. I do a lot of camping, and it’s been at least twenty years since I came back from a camping trip this bitten. We even had to go out to the store to get additional citronella candles. This took away a lot of the fun from the trip. I saw KOA employees driving around in golf carts all day. How they were not aware of this infestation, I don’t know. This is a serious public health issue that the management of this campground needs to address. The campground has a problem with poison ivy around the edges of the spots. We were having a campfire at night and one of my friends warned me that I should watch where I sat in case I got too close to the poison ivy. Again, this is something that the campground's management needs to address. How difficult is it to go to Home Depot and get some weed killer? The campground is pricey. It was $65 per night, including a $5 “resort fee”. With all these negatives, I cannot recommend this campground.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
This is an average campground. The pluses are that the spaces are wide and easily accessible. The spots are grassy and clean. The quiet hours are enforced. The negatives are that the restrooms are filthy, there is no Wi-Fi or cable.
Date of Stay: June, 2011
I want to start off by saying this is the cleanest campground I have ever seen. Their camp store is also the best that I have ever seen in a campground. It puts most convenience stores to shame. The prices are also reasonable and the owners should rightly be proud of this. The spots also were immaculate. They were clean, there was no brush in the spots (for those spots who had dirt) and the fire rings were clean. Now for the bad. Since we camped in a pop up and the park was not full, we got a space by the seasonal part of the campground. This area was wooded and had space between the spots. Overall it was a great location, except for the noise. There were people behind us who spoke very loud, and did not shut up. They had no respect for the quiet hours at all. This noise started at 7:15 am and did not stop until after 11:30. The second night we were there, we called security and they came and the noise stopped for 5 minutes. The noise started again and we had to call security to again to get them to shut up. I have never seen this before in a campground. Another concern that I have about this campground is the closeness of the spaces that were assigned to the class A, B and C units. The spaces were paved and slightly bigger than a driveway. There were units with slideouts and I don't think that they were able to use the slideouts. That section of the park had all the charm of a Wal-Mart parking lot. Would we stay here again, probably not.