6.4 Average
     
Florida, New York

Black Bear Campground

Florida, New York


197 Wheeler Rd
Florida, New York 10921
Phone: (845) 651-7717

Sites: 176
Recent Rate: $54 10/2016

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Latitude: 41.322121412187
Longitude: -74.373364448547
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping no
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access no
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp no
  • Marina Marina no
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

73 Reviews

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Review Count: 18
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

A bit off the beaten path, but there aren't many choices in this area. The park is very clean, office staff were nice. Our site was way up on top of a hill. Signs said to drive 20mph and "maintain speed" due to the steep incline. Unless your rig is seriously underpowered don't drive up that fast. It isn't THAT steep and there is a savage dip on one side of the road near the top. If you are going 20mph in a large motor home you WILL fling open cabinets and doors when you hit that dip. Ask me how I know.

Otherwise, the site was flat, water and electrical were conveniently located, sewer was too. Trees around the edges of the campsites, but no problem getting satellite reception. Site was gravel. Wifi worked and allowed unlimited devices which is nice for laptops, iPads, phones all connecting. Quiet too - zero road noise. As others have said the office and pool are a hike from the campsites. No escort to site, but sites were very easy to find. We had a back in site and it was fairly easy to back into. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Small town of Florida has some interesting restaurants. Beware the weight limits on local roads. Most large class A will exceed them. However they make exceptions for "local deliveries" which I assume includes RVs staying at Black Bear. Your RV GPS may take you on a very circuitous route as a result.

NYC is a a longer commute than you might think so if you plan to use this to tour NYC just be prepared for a 2 hour trip each way. There aren't many other choices for touring NY though, and you don't want to try to get your motor home much closer to NY traffic anyway.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park near a nice town (Florida). Transient site up a hill, no problems. My back-in was level, very good WiFi & cable. My site was a bit far from the office & store, but within walking distance down the hill. Staff friendly, gave good directions to site, but no escort offered (or required). I Stayed overnight, would do so again. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
72
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Relatively close to NYC, and tours offered to "The City" for about $115 - all day.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $80.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed for 3 nights in a pull through site. No shade and close to neighbor. Not worth the money and very noisy. Other campers staying on site for jobs left early in morning and started vehicles and left them running until they left at which time they peeled out of the park. So much for speed limits. No courtesy for others in park. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
125
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

We were not allowed to use our motorcycles, they are not allowed and for that reason we would NOT stay here again.

Do have dinner at the Lobster Pier in Chester just a few miles away wonderful food and staff.

New York City Tour was good but rushed and the guide needs to retire.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed here primarily due to location (close to NYC) and the tour package. The tour package is well worth the price ($115 per person), especially if this is your first time to NY. Park was fine EXCEPT all of the current pipe fitters living there and working in the area. Nice people, don't get me wrong, but for the life of me I don't understand their ridiculous need for loud exhaust systems on their trucks. Park owners should make an effort to keep all of the workers in the lower portion of the park, since most of them leave for work between 5 and 6 AM. If you don't mind the noise or wake up at this time of day, then your fine. Out of fairness to the park, nice park overall....just lots of vehicle noise and traffic. WiFi was good when everyone was at work. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

NYC tour was worth it.

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Review Count: 55
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 10

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed 4 nights. 40 Foot Class A Diesel Pusher with 4 slides and pulling our toad. We have our own satellite dish, use our OTA antenna and seldom use cable. We have 2 in our party with a small dog. Hook ups were acceptable with no issues on electricity, water or sewage. We use the WIFI for basic, seemed OK. We have our own MIFI. What we liked: The staff was courteous / friendly on arrival. The site is crushed rock which did the job. There was plenty of room all around. We spent most of our time doing day trips so spent little time at the RV Park. We enjoyed the countryside for walks in the evening and morning. Dislikes: Loud long time guest feeling the need to warm up their unattended diesel welding trucks at 5AM! The roads nearby have weight limits in the city so the GPS takes you in such way to enter and exit with low hanging limbs and branches. All my top clearance lights were broken and had to unhitch the toad to make through some of the U Turns. Could never get a straight answer from authorities if OK to travel on the main road. Seemed like a set up to me. Price was right with what was offered and for the area. We would stay here again but can the park obtain clarity on the weight limit taking the better route? We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

NYC, Orange County Choppers, Woodstock Site, West Point, all nice day trips.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $72.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is too expensive, which is the only reason for the less than excellent ratings on value and overall. It has good level large sites with convenient connections. Very nice and clean restrooms. The private showers were nice but we weren't too thrilled with the push to operate and single temperature. They staff was friendly and helpful though not experts on New York City. They put on some craft activities that our daughter enjoyed in the recreation center. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
91
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Penning's Cidery is worth the stop.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $80.00
Overall Rating:      

Somewhat expensive but understandable being close to NYC where everything is expensive.

They offer a guided tour to NYC which we took and was well worth the $115.00. Our tour was on a weekend so traffic was lighter than normal so our guide and driver took us for a short drive though Manhattan to see some extra sites like the Ed Sullivan Theatre and Radio City Music Hall. The balance of the tour was Time Square, Ground Zero, Ellis Island and of course the Statue of Liberty.

We stayed in a pull thru close to the office but most of the sites are up on the hill which is a steep climb to get there plus it's a long ways back to the office or pool so most people would drive there than walk. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Campground was the only one we knew of that offered an all day guided tour of NYC. This tour was very well worth the $115.00 to go.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We are pipe fitters and stayed at this campground from march to October of 2016. This was the only campground available at the time which is why we had to stay. We payed almost $1500 a month! By far the most expensive campground we have ever stayed at. There is no playground, the first campground we've been to without a playground. They would not let you drive RC cars there because it was "disturbing" others; which is not true because it is no louder then a vehicle. We always made sure to ask if it was bothering the neighbors and they always loved watching them and didn't have a problem with them. Our children and my brother loved playing with these and for them not to allow them was ridiculous. Also they said we had very messy spots which is not true by any means. The spots are super close! We have a 40 foot fifth wheel and our slide out almost touched the next camper beside us. I would not recommend this campground. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Site Details

Site Number
Top section
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Nothing really to do there put the pool. I wouldn't recommend. They complain over the littlest of things ; our trucks were too loud and whatever else they complained about.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $72.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice park but pricey. It is quite a distance from NYC but we took the commuter rail that was easy to use and about 15 miles away. They did not have any info to speak of about the rail system but referred us to the Internet. They also had very little info about the area or tourist info so plan on doing your research before you get there. The staff was not unfriendly or friendly. Just doing their job. The laundry was clean but small and no frills. We had plenty of room for our 42 ft trailer at the site but did have to be careful on the drive in the park. The upper level was more for bigger rigs and that is where we were. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

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Review Count: 115
States Visited: 41
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a large, reasonably spacious campground. A fair number of permanent residents but nothing too rundown. Some very nice restaurants close. Staff here was not impolite but could benefit from a short lesson in charm school. There are some people who are reluctantly helpful. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Secretary of State William Seward's birthplace is in town. Suggest the Upper Delaware River Scenic Drive up Highway 97.

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Review Count: 63
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 15

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $75.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a fairly large campground with an odd lay-out. It looks like some additions are underway. As mentioned in other reviews, there is a steep hill you climb after registering; you pass a section with several "permanent" residents, then come to the upper section with more transient sites. The roads are paved, and our site was gravel and very long with no trees so we had no satellite issue. All other utilities worked well. The wifi worked well, but we had to sign in quite often. The campground is functional, but it is not very attractive, and there is not much in the immediate area. We felt it to be pricey relative to other campgrounds. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 62
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $72.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice campground although a little pricey. Access roads are all paved and the "steep"hill previously mentioned was not an issue with our 44' coach and toad. Friendly staff, clean sites that were long and level. We will definitely stay here again. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
59
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

Several attractions near here, with the biggest must see being West Point. Great tour there with several "off the bus" stops. Don't miss the visitors center and the West Point Museum. The military history of our country as well as spectacular scenery of the Hudson River were amazing.
West Point is about a 25 minute drive from the campground.

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 22

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

We were in the pull-thru spots in the upper lot. Very long sites - we could've parked another rig behind us. Bring bottled water - our Zero Water test meter was off the chart with their city water. Cable TV is available, but just a dozen or so channels to choose from. WiFi is just so-so. Plenty of long-stay rigs, but no problems - just say'n. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Upper section
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The Copper Bottom restaurant in Florida is a keeper - fantastic food.

The best thing about this park is the guided bus tour to NYC, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. The bus picks you up at 8, and gets you back by 6 (give or take, depending on traffic). You get to walk about Times Square for about 30 minutes or so, and then you drive into the financial district to go on a walking tour to see the 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street and surrounding areas. Then its off to a state park in New Jersey to board a ferry to Ellis Island and the Statue. This is just a sampler taste of the area - very little time to see the sights - but for $105 a person (covers ferry rides), it was a great day for us.

Florida, NY is really in the boonies. Lots of two-lane country roads required to get here for us (coming from Gettysburg), and leaving was a pain. Google sent us down a road where after several miles, we suddenly passed a sign saying that there was only 9' 7" clearance 3/4 miles ahead. Fortunately, we found a spot to turn around (pulling our car), and headed back to the freeway to Middletown, which is under construction with 3 lanes squeezing into one. This easily added an hour to our travel day.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $72.00
Overall Rating:      

When you enter the park....you have to drive past the office and park a few hundred feet away on a hill ( bring wheel chocks ). In the office there were 2 men sitting at the front desk...never picked up their heads to acknowledge my presence and were eating a sandwich. The women from a rear desk had to come up to the front counter to check me in.

There is a STEEP winding narrow road leading up to the camping area.....very strange setup. Once you finally climb to the top of the hill you then see how bad this place really is. It looked like a typical RV storage yard with people camping in there RV's.....they were that close together. Sites are narrow....gravel and somewhat level with little shade. Roads are paved / gravel mix and narrow. There are a lot of seasonal campers here who work locally so be prepared to wake up starting at about 5:30am as they start their vehicles and talk out loud on their way to work. The utilities are in the correct locations....but electric voltage was LOW ( 100 +/- vac ). The pool is very nice and well cared for. There is a small town nearby for your daily needs and wants. This c/g is good for a OVERNIGHT stay.....but NOT a destination. It is very pricey for what you get..... and will probably look for a different c/g next time we are in this area. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

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Review Count: 44
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 20

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $72.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground seems to have a 10 star rating in Woodall's and I have no clue why. The sites are not level at all, there are very few amenities that are nearby ( We were located in the 'upper RV area') and there is not much to do locally. I guess being close to New York City would demand a high rate, but $80.00 before the discount, seems a bit outrageous. If at least the campground were better maintained, then maybe it would be worth it, but we decided to not stay here more than one night and that says it all. Many of our camping neighbors were also very disappointed in this campground, but had also been duped by their full page ads and their ratings. They also offer cable TV - a total of 13 channels. The only good thing is that their Wifi seems to work quite well. The CG offers bus tours to NYC for a fee, but the trip still takes about 1 1/2 to 2 hours one way. Will not stay here again. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
63
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

If you decide to camp here, be prepared to gun your rig at 20 MPH to make it up the hill to the RV campground. That is posted as a requirement, not my editorial statement.

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