1 Park near Romulus, New York
Oct 2015 - $21.00
For the past several year my DW and I end our camping season with a stay at Sampson State Park. Centrally located between quaint Geneva, NY and Watkins Glen and in the middle of the renowned world class Finger Lakes Wine region. The staff at Sampson is and has always been very friendly and pleasant upon check in. This is a large campground with close to 300 campsites. Like most state parks the sites have electric only and being an older campground most are 30amp only. The trade off though is the large roomy sites available both treed or if you are using a roof top satellite dish out in the open. The comfort stations (restroom and showers) are spotlessly clean and in the fall very warm and comfortable. Generally in late fall Sampson will only have one loop with electric open with about 30-40 sites. However, because of the mild east coast weather this year, their was a demand for more sites than normally open. To Sampson's credit they opened up their largest RV loop and most popular to accommodate all of the requests! Not many campgrounds, public or private would be willing to be that flexible. While visiting Sampson make sure you take in the on grounds military museum with many interesting artifacts and stories of how vital Sampson was as a military base and the incredible speed in which it was built to help win WWII. Enjoy Sampson, Geneva where Emile's restaurant has the best bone on prime rib anywhere and of course the many fine Finger Lakes wineries. - vincee
Sep 2015 - $29.00
The driveway into the park was a long and very rough paved road. Our first impression with the park was checking in at the office late afternoon on a Monday where the clerk was a bit rude. Although we were the only people in the office, she ignored us at the counter until we spoke up. She was very cold and left us with a poor first impression of the park service.
The park is designed nicely with the different loops but the sites appear to be best suited for smaller travel trailers, pop-ups, etc., instead of motorhomes. I say this because most of the sites we saw were not level. In fact, many sites were so sloped that some travel trailers had their tongue on the ground in front and a the rear was a couple feet off the ground. The gravel sites had very little gravel and ours had more dirt than grass at the picnic table. We chose loop 5 to be near the water but frankly, the trees and brush are so thick by the water that there is very few spots to view the water from the loop. We rode bikes in the other 4 loops and they seemed to be a bit more flat, but still many sites were very sloped. Seems that the park was built / designed decades ago for smaller RV's and more geared for single /double axle RV's instead of motorhomes that level on four corners. My impression is that the park is underfunded given the obvious lack of routine maintenance on sites and roadways.
The good - lots of shade at the sites; nice layout of the loops with central bathhouse; nice marina, picnic areas, lake; good spacing between sites; fair rate; good location for touring the regions wine trails.
The "not s0 good" - unlevel sites with small gravel pads; very rough roadways; shared electrical posts that likely require extension cords for many sites; staff mowing large fields regularly but our loop had very long grass; concession store only open Fri/Sat/Sun; check-in staff gave us a poor first impression. This is likely a very good family camping spot for smaller RV's. - homey
Jul 2015 - $37.00
Large State park on site of former Navy & Air Force bases; big E campgrounds on gradual shores toward lake; water access; dump station; parade grounds for military history (and other) festivals; - North Texas DJC