Watkins Glen, New York

Watkins Glen / Corning KOA

Watkins Glen, New York



Watkins Glen, New York
Phone: (607) 535-7404

Sites: 306
Recent Rate: $71 6/2015

Latitude: 42.315233
Longitude: -76.9087128

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 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 ?
  • $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 yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $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
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • ATT Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ATT
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem yes
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 yes
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • 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) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities yes
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • 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 yes
  • 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

83 Reviews

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TwoCorners

Review Count: 13
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $71.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for 3 nights in their newer, big rig section. Large pull-through site with hookups very convenient, pavered and landscaped patio. This section is separated from the main part and Is quiet and spacious. Wi-Fi is hit and miss, mostly unusable, AT&T cell service is not much better, but worked for phone calls. We would definitely stay again. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Corning glass museum is a 20 minute drive and well worth the admission. Watkins Glen is less than 10 minutes away and a wonderful small town. The state park features numerous waterfalls, but requires a 1.5 mile walk and going up 845 steps. Then coming back down. Beautiful, but not for aging knees.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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noreaster

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

We have stayed here several times and are always amazed at the constant changes and transformations at this park. A fantastic fun park at one end and a nice quiet section at the other. The zip line looks like fun. One of the best parks we have been too. Our site, a gorgeous patio site. Wonderful landscaping. beautiful grounds. We will continue staying here every time we are in the area. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Motorhome.

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cptjoe

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Overall a nice stay over the 4th of July holiday. Being met and escorted directly to our site first was a nice touch. Bathrooms were clean but not spotless. Most sites are fairly close together. I would have liked a bit more breathing room, but by the time we got around to making our reservations for the holiday weekend we had to take what was left. A couple of main gripes: we felt that whoever is in charge of staffing needs to be fired. The front desk has one person running the retail and register and serving the ice cream. So when kids come in to get ice cream all retail activity is on hold as there is only a single register. The two staffed registers handling camper registration can't or won't pitch in. The zip line is understaffed and disorganized to the point of almost being not worth the wait, which is excessive. The zip line is great; you'd think they would staff it accordingly. The giant hippo slide, the only outdoor water activity, didn't open until 4pm! And it cost $6 for the "day", which does not begin until 4pm. This on an 80° day. I was told there wasn't enough staffing. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Peteyboy

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

We got to pick our own site so comments about the site would reflect on me, I guess. Very close and noisy with lots of kids and campfires smoldering. My most hated amenity appeared around 2:00 one morning when a train roared by across the road with it's whistle blasting. I bet the engineers get a real laugh when the go by a campground at night. I was surprised that they only gave you a wristband to wear and didn't tattoo a number on your arm as this place had a concentration camp feel to it. Will not be staying here again. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Motorhome.

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Scooter & Crew

Review Count: 14
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate is estimated here the site we were in was a premium patio drive thru. This is a VERY clean KOA. If you are staying for a long weekend the patio sites are the ticket here with table, a glider, and fire pit, all in concrete. The kids would have a ball here (we don't have kids) but there is so much to keep them busy here they won't want to leave. From a indoor pool to a zip line, smiles should be on their faces for the stay. Located between Watkins Glen and Corning that offer many places to see, don't miss the Corning Glass museum If you like wine. It would take you a week to get through this area. We tried our best but couldn't make the end....Cheers! We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Motorhome.

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ccc24

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $62.00
Overall Rating:      

Overpriced, overcrowded and unappealing visually (hanging baskets of flowers do not count as landscaping). There is a sharp turn getting into the park, checking in took a long time and staff was not customer oriented. I made reservations and requested site -A128 when we checked in we were assigned A120 which is a big difference. A120 is directly across from the playground and on the corner where all incoming traffic passes. The playground is basically a huge sand box, and given the large number of children, much of it ends up in the shower and restrooms. There were heavy rains while we were there, sites in the lower areas had standing water and lots of mud. Given the effort made to attract families and children cleaning restrooms once a day is not adequate. Also, trash pickup at noon is inadequate, I do not like having dinner trash in the motorhome over night; there are no dumpsters. WiFi was intermittent and cable was snowy, and even though our site was not treed, we had difficulty with satellite. I would not stay here again. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Motorhome.

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Shocker

Review Count: 20
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $76.00
Overall Rating:      

A very nice,clean park. We did not like wearing a wrist band for a whole week, there should be a easier way of keeping up with your clients. The Wi-Fi was non existent on the premium sights. Other than these trivial faults a very clean and pretty park. I would definitely stay again. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Jackson W

Review Count: 60
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $66.00
Overall Rating:      

When we went to our site there were gobs of dog hair on the ground. It appeared that the previous camper had combed or sheared his/her dog before departing. Is this the fault of the campground staff, obviously no? However, a site should be checked before it is assigned to the next occupant. We, of course, went back to the office and were assigned the adjacent site. There was no way we could get level in that site. Off we go to the office once again to obtain an acceptable site. We were assigned a site in Section A which was very nice. We were charged $66 per night --- for that price we should have been given a premium site from the beginning. We were told that the $66 entitled us a site in the A section so why would we be assigned a site in Section B. We surmised that it was because of the length of our rig which is 29 feet. This is not a fair or reasonable way to assign a site or charge a fee. According to the owners, who toot their own horns quite a bit, say they have upgraded this campground over the past ten years, which seems to be the case, but more attention is needed to the sites in Section B. Another unusual thing occurred upon check-in. We were given arm bands to wear while in the campground. The purpose was for "security". We are older folk and have been camping for over thirty years and have never encountered this before. If management is worried about someone coming into the campground that is not a camper or guest, then put up a gate and control traffic by manning the entrance. There is no way I would ever wear an armband in a campground. If that meant that I couldn't camp there then, so be it. Oh, by the way if you lose the armband it will cost you $4 to get another one. Crazy eh??? Yes, this possibly could be a very enjoyable campground to stay at, but management needs to tweak a few policies and situations to make it a "resort". We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Motorhome.

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RvTravelerNTechie

Review Count: 79
States Visited: 30
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $57.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an upgraded KOA with a variety of sites. After the paved entrance (sharp turns from the road and at the office), the interior roads and sites are reasonably well packed gravel. The park has been upgraded over the years with improvements to electric service, kid-oriented amenities, and many sites with concrete pads (with corresponding high prices brackets). We arrived late in the afternoon, and were escorted directly to our site, bypassing the office; a nice touch. This is a pet-friendly park, with a small off-leash area provided. Cable TV was acceptable but the “free Wi-Fi” was constrained to the point of being unusable, in addition to being totally unsecured (a definite no-no these days). Back-in sites are fine for smaller rigs, but the majority of the pull-through spots (most of the newer spaces) are exceptionally large, long and well spaced. Stay away from site F187 in the lower level, as an out-of-control landscape irrigation system turns it into a mud puddle each morning. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Motorhome.

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leciel19

Review Count: 89
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

Off 414 and handy to both Watkins Glen for boating on the "Finger Lake" and touring the falls or for Corning and the Glass Museum and other attractions. The road is very good to and from these areas. The park is large and we were close to the bathrooms. They were NOT clean though and I only used them once and did not return. I was disappointed that they do not recycle as many other parks do, but we were told to put our plastic, paper, and glass in the trash. We would stay here again since we are self-contained and there is a lot to do in the area. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Motorhome.

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msf766

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $72.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park, but overpriced for those just wanting a place to stay while touring the local area and not wanting use of a pool, jump cushion, water slide or miniature golf. Lots of renovations since our last stay, and you'll help pay for it! Also learned something new - Thursday's are considered a weekend day (and you will pay the weekend premium rate). Weekday rates appear to be Mon/Tue/Wed only. Restrooms okay, but could be cleaner. Staff is helpful and friendly and park is excellent for big rig access. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Motorhome.

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Second Timers

Review Count: 50
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $59.00
Overall Rating:      

We found this to be larger than many other KOAs we've stayed in with a variety of sites for both large and small RVs. It is well laid-out and spacious. We stayed in section A which had nice, level pull-through sites that were easy to get in and out of. The campground is centrally located to many of the area attractions which we enjoyed. The weekend we were there was very busy and we surmised that it is used as a weekend retreat for area residents. With the many activities available and the competent and efficient staff it is easy to see why. We would definitely stay again, if in the area. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Mr October

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here many years ago & returned because we remembered it being nice. It is still nice but definitely focused on being a family resort rather than just a campground. Our site was near the pond which was good & bad. Relatively quiet, but not level at all. We also got no Wi-Fi & not a strong phone signal. There are all newer jumping pillow, pool, laser tag, etc. and really fancy sites with deluxe patios crammed on top of one another. Okay if you like that stuff but for less money we will pick one of New York's great State Parks next time. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Motorhome.

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John S.

Review Count: 41
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We camped here for a Motorhome Rally. They were very nice and gave us a section of the campground for ourselves. We are all big rigs and all fitted in there with no issues. They had a good breakfast on Sunday, too. The campground was adding spaces and they had equipment around still, but the new sites were ok even if they were too muddy still to stay there yet. I would go back. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Motorhome.

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LRDavis

Review Count: 19
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $56.00
Overall Rating:      

We would love to give this campground a full 10 but their WiFi being slow was a negative. But to their credit, they did provide an explanation/disclaimer in their campground literature about the WiFi and their ongoing challenge to provide the best/fastest service to their campers and why it was the way it was. We didn't love our particular site although it was fairly level. We only needed a 1" block under one side to get leveled. This campground is very good size and had a wide variety of accommodations. There were 7 levels of camper sites and 5 levels of camper cabins. Trash pickup was at your site. They offer breakfast during the summer months at their Breakfast Pavilion. There is a second pavilion at the end of the campground that looked to be very new and would be an excellent location for larger get-togethers. It seemed like the quiet hours were pretty strictly enforced as we had no noise interference at any point. The sites were decently laid out and the roads around the park were no challenge to navigate. We would definitely utilize this campground in future. We camped at Watkins Glen / Corning KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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