7 Parks near Marathon, New York
Oct 2016 - $34.00
This campground is in a beautiful, fairly remote setting, with campsites surrounding a lake. It was very quiet and clean. I stayed for a week at the very end of the season, and the owner was very accommodating, letting me stay past the official closing date. The rate I quoted above is based on a weekly rate, including taxes, and reflects a $5 reduction for the last two nights because they turned the water off in preparation for closing for the season. I appreciated the owner doing this for me.
Most of the sites are seasonal. As far as I could tell, the nightly campers were all in one row, extremely close to each other, with no trees. That's one of the features I didn't like so much.
There was virtually no TV reception, and although I paid an extra $3 a day for the outsourced wifi, it didn't work well enough to be useable. I had to use my mifi.
Although the bathhouse was clean, I found it annoying to discover that it cost $.50 per five minutes to take a shower. After returning to my rig to get the quarters, I put $1.00 in so I could get a 10 minute shower, but it shut off after five minutes. Which meant I had to get fully out of the shower in the middle, and fumble for more quarters, to get the next 5 minutes. To add insult to injury, the timed lights in the bathroom turned off and I had to finish in complete darkness. This all seemed very petty to me. I have not run across this at any other campground.
Overall, the area of the campground around the lake and up the hill into the woods is very lovely and I had several very pleasant walks through the area. The owner was very accommodating to me. However, I didn't like the closeness of the sites, the lack of TV and wifi, and the shower system. I would probably look to stay elsewhere the next time I'm in the area. - CamperChris4
Jul 2016 - $36.00
A nice CG off the interstate which makes it very quiet. Owners certainly give a lot of attention to the grounds and were welcoming upon arrival. The seasonal units surround the lake but everyone has some access for catch and release fishing. WES all worked fine. GPS takes you down a small road (Tannery) which may be a little troublesome for big rigs. Keep going straight and it goes to the campground. Wifi is available at a nominal daily charge which is unusual in this day. Would certainly stay again. Over night sites not exciting, but more than suitable for an overnight. - Team Asphalt
Jul 2016 - $36.00
Great stopover. Nice level pull-through, gravel roads in great shape. Campground has lots of seasonals, and quite a few transient sites, and is immaculate. Owners are extremely friendly, guide you to your site, and RV themselves. Over the air TV from Cortland was fine. No Wi-Fo due to the rural area. Follow campground directions, not your GPS. - 2hams
Sep 2016 - $50.00
Caveat: the camp was closing, as almost all the seasonal people were gone. So the camp might not have been kept as well as it would be in the summer.
Do not expect 50 amps. We chose 50 amps when reserving the site, and the outlet was changed after we arrived. But the breaker remained a 30 amp, and that is what we got. - J M Rowe
May 2016 - $40.00
We had electric and water hookup that worked fine (full hookups are available). Our 38' fifth wheel was an easy fit in our pull through site. Campsites are in a level, grassy field with lots of trees. Propane and camp store sales are available as is a laundry room. Staff was very friendly. The campground is close to town and an easy access off-81. We will definitely stay here again. - Melodycthomas
Jul 2015 - $45.00
This park said they had 50 amps. With our class A we need that to efficiently run it. Once there we discovered that was not true. The wiring was incorrect. Voltage also very low. Had to use generator every time we wanted to use any thing. Complained. They offered a $5 discount. They would not honor passport America either. Suggest big rigs go elsewhere. People were in nìce but park not suitable. - carnbru
Oct 2016 - $24.00
Stayed here for a week. There are no 50amp sites only 30. Considering it was fall and cool, this worked out ok. We only used our AC a couple times but we couldn't use more than 1 heating element at a time (microwave and coffee maker, for example).
Would definitely not stay here in the summer time. One of their rules is you can't run your AC while you are off the property. That's not going to happen with us especially if we are leaving our two dogs home and have to leave.
Another negative is they have no sewer sites but the "honey wagon" comes around on Monday's and Fridays (extra cost involved).
The park was nearly empty so very quiet. We will be in the area next year at this same time and will be staying here again. All the sites are back in. - Cobb_74
Mar 2016 - $14.00
No sewers, and no water at this time of the year, but for the $14 Passport rate, this place is okay. You get a spot by the lake with 30 amp power and a dump station on the way out if needed. A lot of sites had satellite dishes or patios left behind, suggesting there are probably a good number of seasonal campers in summer. There was only one other RV there when we stayed over. The place hosts country music shows and dances every weekend all year and I'll bet it's lively in the summer. - Voyageurs
Jul 2014 - $24.00
This a dump. Picnic tables in bad disrepair, we were afraid to sit at them. Sites hilly, not level, huge ruts in and around campsite. Bathrooms disgusting...rec room glorified storage barn. - maxwell3816
Jun 2016 - $19.00
Love camping here because it's away from EVERYTHING. Sitting by the campfire, you hear nature. With no electric sites, the only light is given by your campfires and lanterns. It's a pretty unique experience.
The roads needs to be redone, and the showers could be updated, but for those wanting to be immersed in nature, you can't beat it. - bumblehead
Jul 2015 - $19.00
Great helpful staff. Activities for kids (fishing derby). Lots of privacy. Cheap wood (4 pieces for $1.00). Very limited showers. No hot water for dishes, no dish wash station so take something along. Very quiet and patrolled often. Kayak rental is reasonable. Beach is sand but water was not real clear, still better than most lakes as far as seaweed. Most of the sites are on a hill so be prepared to walk. We enjoyed ourselves you just have to be prepared for dishes & lack of shower facilities. It is a nice campground. - babybean
Aug 2014 - $19.00
Bowman Lake State Park (BLSP) is billed as a "camper's paradise" on the website. I don't know about paradise, but our experience here was pretty good. Getting there - if you are coming from the north or east, your GPS receiver will take you on some unpaved back roads that aren't very trailer-friendly. Stay on NY12 southbound *past Norwich* down to Oxford, and then turn right onto NY220, then left onto Bliven-Sherman Rd., which will take you right into camp. This route is longer, but will keep you on paved roads. Also note - there is basically NO cellular reception at BLSP - with my Wilson booster, I was able to get enough signal to make an emergency call on my Verizon phone, but could not get any signal at all from AT&T. This is either a plus or a minus, depending on your perspective. On to the park itself. The campsites at BLSP are a good size for tenting and trailers up to the 25-foot range, and we had no major difficulty leveling our rig. Sites are nicely separated with forest in between them, so if you're looking for a quiet/private camping experience, this is a good place to go. Each site has a brick fireplace with a metal grate, which is handy if you like to cook on the campfire. The bathroom facilities are dated, but are very well maintained and kept clean. There is only one shower facility; we didn't use it so we can't comment on it. There were scheduled arts/crafts activities for the kids on Saturday morning, which they enjoyed. The swimming area is small but pleasant; they also offer rentals of canoes, kayaks and rowboats for a reasonable fee. No water or electricity at any of the sites, but water faucets are easily available around the park, and those with trailers or RVs can fill their freshwater tanks at the dump station. Only major gripe with the park was that the roads/parking lots are in poor repair, which meant we had to do some artful dodging as we brought our trailer in. - nextcube
Aug 2014 - $33.00
We camped here for the first time. We stayed in the Pine Bluffs loop on an electric site. It was shady and not too close to the neighbors. Other sites in the same loop were more open. There is a nice golf course in the park. The Pine Bluffs loop was walking distance to both the golf course and the beach area. We only stayed one night, but on a longer stay I would have like to rent a canoe or kayak to check out the lake. The only down side was that the shower had a push-button timer that only let the water run for about 45 sec. Also, there was limited hooks/shelf/bench to keep stuff dry while showering. However, the bathrooms were clean. - chris_in_pa
Jun 2014 - $23.00
I knew I would not get a site with electric hookup when I showed up but I wanted to stay at this park anyhow. So I chose a site in the Sunrise section (ranger stated it was more private spots). I stayed in site 6. It was a great spot. My 39' RV fit easily and any 45' would fit as well in this spot. It was nice and shady, had a lot of privacy, and was very level. The park is a nice park, not really large, but big enough. Riding bicycles within the park is great as the roads were empty most of the time. There was a beach area and lots of families were at the park enjoying a lot of the activities. There is a dump station with potable water. The water faucets throughout the park had no hose hookup so keep that in mind if you think you'll need water. The rangers and their help were very friendly and quite helpful. I would camp here again as I'd like to stay in one of the electric sites instead of boon docking for three days like I did. - Carl & Birds
Jun 2014 - $32.00
This state park is beautiful. The roads need some serious work, especially the campground roads, which are terrible. We appreciated the 50 amp electric service, which was good, but the park has made itself a short-term-stay-park for travel trailers and motor homes due to the lack of water and sewer at the sites. That is too bad. The sites are dirt, but the roads are paved with serious potholes. There is a beautiful golf course in the park and a beach-type swimming area in the lake. If the roads were repaired and water/sewer added at the sites, the park would be full all through the season. We would stay again for a couple days. - R&S
Sep 2016 - $40.00
So we ended up here quit by accident. The campground we reserved was really in the woods and had no cell service. I work from the road so I must have cell.
The park is family run and in a beautiful location. Owners were quite nice.
However, you really have to want to go here as it is not exceptionally convenient. Do NOT go up RT 26 if you are in a big-rig as there is a railroad trestle with just 12.5 feet of clearance. Call them for directions.
Large site, beautiful lake, big fish, great trail, beautiful flowers.
Sites were not exceptionally roomy but there were not many people during our visit so it wasn't an issue.
Sites are grass. Our rig is 21000 pounds and we did sink in just a bit but not a problem.
Once you arrive, you will really enjoy! - Moe and Flo are on the go
Aug 2016 - $42.00
Very nice park. The owners are on site and run a tight ship. It is out of the way to anything. Has a few seasonal campers that are well kept. - xflyhighx
Jul 2016 - $46.00
This campground is in a beautiful location, convenient to the area's activities. All the sites are grassy and ours backed up to a lovely small lake. Bathrooms are dated, but very clean. The unpaved roads are challenging, so keep to the 5 mph speed limit. The hookups were good and the owners were friendly & helpful. We received a few OTA TV stations and WIFI was weak. Again, this is a beautiful location. The hefty price is reduced a bit if you stay for a week. We liked it and would return. - R&S
Sep 2016 - $34.00
We were given a site on top of the hill for our overnight stay with a great view out our front window overlooking several ponds on the property and the Susquehanna River valley. Our gravel site required extending our front jacks almost to the point of raising the wheels off the ground, but was otherwise well laid out with easily accessible utilities. The free WiFi was adequate, but sometimes a bit erratic likely due to overloading. Our Verizon and T-Mobile signals were strong with good data speeds. Our site was quite open, making satellite reception easy. The campground owners are both very pleasant and check-in was simple and quick. We will stay here again when we're in the area. - NYDutch
Aug 2016 - $34.00
Nice spot for an overnight stay. Close to I-88. Wi-Fi near office worked fine for phones but tricky to get computer to connect. State signs name this park "Belden Manor". - Mtmoi
Jul 2016 - $34.00
We stayed here 2 nights. It started to pour rain shortly after we arrived & didn't let up until almost time for us to leave. When it did stop I noticed what a pretty view we had. Our site was not very level but managable. Hook ups were fine. WiFi was so so. No cable. We were able to get satellite signal with no problem. The water pressure wasn't so great. The host was very friendly, they were having a pot luck the night we arrived. There are a lot of permanent campers but the sites are kept up well. This was a good place for a stop over but there is nothing much anywhere around to do or see. Restaurants are almost non existent, no shopping either. When we left we headed west & the city of Binghampton about 20 miles southwest had lots of restaurants & shopping. - Connie's Co-Owner