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Date of Stay: April, 2015 - $60.00
This is a really mediocre RV CG which only attracts people because it is close to NYC. (not very close) It is expensive and not scenic. The office is run by work-campers who are nice enough but don't know much. The lay-out with the big hill is weird and the people hanging around look like those poor souls in 1930s Depression photography. The hook-ups work (well, they did after we changed sites twice) and it's fine for an overnight. I feel very sorry for the people who think that camping here for the weekend is a wonderful getaway. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.
Half an hour away is Storm King, an amazing outdoor sculpture park where you can enjoy an entire day on your feet or a bike looking at interesting things.
Date of Stay: December, 2014 - $40.00
Very warm and inviting welcome. Campground does have a steep climb to the RV sites. Many campers were long term, and these RV's appeared really rough, which presented a negative look on the park. Our campsite was level. Verizon phones were able to maintain a 4g signal. Wi-Fi was strong, and reliable, but weak during busy weekends. DirecTV (free standing satellite) had no issue. We utilized this campground to visit New York. A local train station within 30mins of the campground was utilized while visiting New York. This new train station was clean, safe, included large parking lot and some dining. Campground also offers a shuttle tour service into New York. We must warn that this campground has a problem with stink bugs. These critters get into every opening, squeezing between weather strips and into storage compartments. In fact, it was a conversation a few RV'ers were complaining about while staying here. As we traveled further south, we continued to find stink bugs in our storage compartments. We are currently on a 2 year adventure taking our RV throughout the US, and have been RV'ing for many years. Therefore, we have an idea between high-standard qualities and poor quality. This campground is in need of much TLC. Don't be deceived by the photos on their website or listed amenities. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.
Utilize the local train station when visiting New York.
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $60.00
This campground has roomy pull-throughs at the top section after driving up a winding, steep road. A few have shade. They are mostly gravel with some grass. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. The Wi-Fi was good, as was the cable. The pool is located near the office quite a distance from the top section down a steep winding road. They offer guided tours into NYC. We would recommend staying here. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $42.00
We traveled in 2013 for 7 months, so stayed at a good number of RV campgrounds. We have been traveling in 2014 for 7 weeks & have been staying for a shorter amounts of time, so have been in a lot of them already this year. I have rated every campground we've stayed in and don't remember ever giving a 10 rating before. This campground is laid out very well, is clean and very well maintained. They have 2 laundromats, very good Wi-Fi and full hookups - with 50 amp. (Something we found as a bit of a rarity in the Northeast so far.) The staff was friendly and helpful, the park was quiet in a beautiful setting. We would definitely stay here again if ever in the area. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $50.00
Nice campground. You must drive or be very athletic if you plan on coming down from the upper tier to the pool or office. The spots are plenty big enough and the bathhouse is clean. The problem we had all week we stayed was the smell of raw sewage (feces) near the bathhose/restroom all week. This is laid out with showers on one side and bathrooms on the other with a hallway down the middle. Our NYC tour guide told us they were actually reused shipping containers that had been repurposed. Pretty slick due to the fact that doing this and keeping them "temporary" does not affect their property taxes. That being said it seemed as though the pipes under the bathrooms must have been leaking because of the constant smell of feces. The place was spotless and the cleaning lady was impeccable and pine-sol'ed everything so you were never concerned about cleanliness. I toyed with going down the hill and notifying the office, but with the workkampers or whatever all over the place all day, I figured they must have smelled it too. They really push the NYC tour which is worth it, but makes me think there is probably some sort of quid pro quo between the tour operator and the campground, more so since I saw our guide going into the park. The sites were level and the hookups in the proper place. If you do go, take the tour. It is pricey but worth it and it lets you scope out the lay of the land in case you want to go into the city on your own the following days. We would stay here again if we go back to the area. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $60.00
Pros: sites are a good size (wide & long enough). Gravel with grass. Roads are paved they are windy & steep (especially on the way out). Good WiFi, cell service & cable. We were able to set up our satellite without a problem. Cons: really nothing to do inside the campground except the pool, which is a long way down the hill. There are activities mostly for children. Lots of permanent residents at another area. They didn't bother us. I don't have children but they charge per child so I wouldn't call it family friendly. There are places to walk your dog but no off the leash Park. This park is fine for a couple of nights (as most people take advantage of the tour bus to NY or the closest to the train station). We were there for 2 weeks because of it being close to family. It was OK, but not sure I'd go back. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $60.00
We planned a week-long stay here in order to visit NYC. One day into our stay, we lost all electricity in our RV. (Inverter went bad, we found out later). We had signed up for the NYC tour. The manager was kind enough to cancel our trip as we had to work to get the inverter replaced. Showers were clean. The staff was very friendly. Spaces were spacious. The campground is about an hour's drive into the outmost subway station or you can drive about 20 min. and take a train into NYC. About the same amount of time getting to Grand Central, either way. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $42.00
Nice place with plenty of changes made in the last 2 years. Nice paved road up the hill to our site. Clean pool and large sites. There is a section reserved for pipeline workers but that area is out of the way. Lots of wildlife in the area and great views. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Travel Trailer.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $65.00
Roads into camp are winding and tight for big rigs. Once inside camp there is a quite a large hill to climb where they advise keeping your speed to make it up the hill. Once in sites, very level, nice with many amenities such as putt putt and arcades. Only complaint is showers are push in buttons and as it releases it shuts off. Button must be pushed every 5 seconds or so. Additionally your temperature is set for you so you cannot adjust temperature. Showers are somewhere between lukewarm and warm. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $63.00
The rate is for a pull-thru site with a Good Sam discount. This place is a bit of a drive from the interstate but it is very quiet. The site is very level and utilities are well placed. The internet service is also very good and cable is adequate. The hill going up to the the campsites was interesting. The sign at the bottom of the hill says, "maintain 20 mph" and I found out why. It is really quite a climb up to the sites so make sure you don't slow down until you get to the top. My only real complaint is the price. However, supply and demand is the rule here because there is not much in the way of choice in this area. We would return again. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: December, 2013 - $54.00
We broke down just as we were entering the campground. Our one night stay turned into 7 while we got our truck repaired. This is one of the most well kept and maintained parks we have ever stayed at. The owners are friendly and helpful. There is a steep grade to go up to get to the campsites but it didn't seem to be a problem for anyone. There were quite a few pipeline workers living there. Other than hearing them leave early in the morning, they were extremely quiet and I think they went home on the weekend. The Wi-Fi worked great and they had cable TV. Good Verizon signal for data and phone. The spaces were large and the roads were easy to maneuver. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $54.00
Upper sites are quite narrow and close together. Roads are steep and narrow. Wifi reception and speed was excellent. Quite pricey for a one night stop. Site was level. Probably just keep driving next time thru. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $57.00
Very clean and nice park. Enough space between campers. One way paved road going in and out of park. Got satellite reception for DirectTV, also good Wi-Fi connection. We took the one day into NYC tour they offer at the park. It was great, good talkative driver, and was a good way to see city without all the hassles. We also commuted into NYC via commuter train about 20 minutes away from park. Took us about one & half hour to get into NYC, not including drive time to train parking lot. We would recommend this park to anyone. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $48.00
This CG is way overpriced. Yes, everything works as it should and the sites are crushed rock, the roads narrow asphalt. CTV & WiFi worked well, and our own hotspot pulled in a 4G signal. The oil workers dominate the lower levels of the park and the travelers get the top of the hill, very steep pulling up to the top and coming back down again. The CG amenities are kept clean but the laundry is expensive. When we mentioned the high cost of wash and dry the staff member simply replied, "Everything is expensive here." We also signed up for the bus tour into New York. The bus leaves the CG at 8AM and whirlwind (maybe tornado) best describes the tour. There wasn't time enough at any of the stops to do more than take a couple pictures and get movin' again. Lunch at the Liberty Park Diner took longer than any other portion of the tour, except the drive. This CG is nice but the cost of staying here really doesn't go with the overall condition. We probably won't be back here again; might stay for a night or two if there isn't a choice. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Fifth Wheel.Undo
Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $45.00
The place is run by work-campers, the owners are elderly and not on the premises. They would not reserve a specific spot in advance because, we were told; “so many changes are being made we never know what will be available”. This should have prompted us to look elsewhere but we didn’t heed the “warning signal” looming in the back of our minds and gave a credit card deposit anyway. We arrived late in the afternoon and were given space 113. It was “all we have available” so we took it. It is at the top of the long hill every vehicle climbs on their way to any of the campsites so all that traffic passed by the front of our coach every day, all day and late into the night. The vast majorities of campers are working on some pipeline or other major project and commute in and out of this park 5-6 days a week. The neighbor to our right was one (both husband and wife worked and commuted in separate vehicles) and we listened to their diesel trucks start up and leave at 6AM nearly every morning. We were here to see the sights in New York City and were going to stay two weeks but left after just one. Would we stay here again? No. We camped at Black Bear Campground in a Motorhome.Undo
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