This park is located on the edge of Wilkes-Barre in the hills just above the city. Follow local signs, not your GPS. Local residents use the park as a quick getaway for the weekend, so it is not the friendliest park if you are simply an overnighter. There are relatively few sites with electric hookups (none with water, be sure to fill your tank), and the dry sites were almost empty while the electric sites were full. Bath houses were cleaned, but heavily used. Regardless, by 10 PM, people were quiet and we got a good night of sleep. Staff at check-in was quick, efficient, and friendly. Noise from the highway to the south of the park could be heard. Frequent patrols by park personnel. The bath house fan made a loud electrical hum that was bothersome. A previous reviewer said some sites were "stone" covered... this means graveled. Some sites were not graveled, and instead were muddy. Length of sites varied greatly. Some could hold big rigs, while others could barely fit a pop-up. Select carefully online when reserving. We had to use one inch of levelers laterally, no big deal there. Bicycling was fun around the lake, but steep on spots. AT&T service was five bars. There is no view of the lake from campsites. Abundant bird life. We would opt to camp elsewhere if we were to return to the area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Really pretty and very large state park. Not really big rig friendly, but do-able for our 32 foot motorhome. Picked a site (#26) online, and upon arrival we found it was not level, had ruts, and surprisingly a pile of garbage left behind from previous campers that could fill a pickup truck bed. Very nice park ranger apologized and let us pick another site. We chose #14, and were very happy with the site. Mostly level, private, and very large. Bath house was clean, but could really use a good scrubbing down rather than a quick mop out. Three second push button showers were annoying also. Lake is beautiful, but very muddy and am concerned it may be too polluted for any wild life, which was obviously very absent. We did enjoy our peaceful and quiet stay here and would return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Frances Slocum is one of Pennsylvania's very nice state parks. The campground here offers about half electric and half primitive sites; one loop is all electric and one all primitive. There are also walk-in tent sites and an organized group tent area available. Some of the electric loop sites were rehabilitated early this year and are very nice -- level, small stone pads more than large enough for a camper, awning and 10x10 canopy. Some other sites in the electric area are smaller and aren't as level, but all are nice. The sites around the end of the loop are more crowded than the rest, but still not one on top of the next. Part of the electric loop is in a tall pine forest and we had a doe and her fawn walk right behind our campsite before the loop filled for the weekend. We camped in one of the rehabbed sites, and as luck would have it, something happened to the underground electric feed, cutting off our power. The rangers and maintenance staff were all very nice to deal with, worked hard to correct the problem and when they couldn't, worked equally as hard to come up with a solution without causing us much trouble at all. They were all extremely professional and we couldn't have asked for better people to deal with. The restrooms and showers were clean and functional. The showers were hot and water pressure good. Showers are the annoying push button variety, though... Signage coming in to the park from I-81 was good, much better, in fact, than many other PA parks. The park is far enough from major roads that traffic noise is almost non-existent. Roads and signage in the park were also good. The road from the park office to the campground is rather narrow and windy as it goes downhill, so take it easy. There is a small camp store, open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The store isn't the best stocked, but has most necessities. The park has a swimming pool and a 165 acre lake for boating and fishing. There is a boat ramp and storage area for the exclusive use of the campground. This park is in an area of the state with many other parks and many other things to see and is well worth a visit. This was our first trip to Frances Slocum but won't be our last. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Most of the state and national state parks we've found are not very close to the interstate so it helps when decent signage is provided from the interstate. This state park provides excellent signage from I-81. It offers several trails, well-paved roads and a small lake. Campsites were various sizes, wooded and either electric or not, but no water available at sites. Water and dump station are available, though. The camp office is not within convenient walking distance from the campsites but it's a nice bike ride. A bunch of wild rabbits crossed our path. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.