22 Parks near Catawissa, Pennsylvania
Jul 2014 - $35.00
Arriving you see a large sign with posted rules in front of the office. Very few are enforced. Smoke is so heavy night and day from the fire rings mostly used by the permanent residents that it burns your eyes. Quiet hour starts at 11pm. We had to leave at 12:45am because of a large party behind us, that was still going on when we left. Of all our travels over the last 20 years never encountered such a bad experience. We will never go back to this campground nor recommend it to many of our camping friends. - User3547
May 2013 - $35.00
This is not a "resort" as in a Jellystone. It is an older campground. It is a place where 90% of the people are seasonal campers. But it is a place I will go back to again. The roads are paved and the sites are gravel, but level. The electric is a 30 amp receptacle and the water is shared with next site but with ample pressure. Park highlights: The park sits on top of a hill with views of the valley below, people actually only drive 5 MPH in the park, friendly atmosphere, clean, miles from any major road, railway, traffic, and we felt welcomed and safe. We will return again. - 1texan
Jul 2007 - $25.00
A trek up 5 miles of a winding, narrow road revealed a very rundown campground (though the valley view on the main road was beautiful. The buildings on the campground were very dilapidated (office closed at 5 pm for supper), the shower rooms dank and rundown, and the few sites available were surrounded on all sides by seasonal sites. It looked as though tent campers would have prime sites facing the view and would never have to go into the campground - my only concern would be the condition of the restrooms/showers. I would not recommend this to a "family" for reasons of atmosphere and safety, nor to a camper passing through because of the access. - Granite State Traveler
Sep 2015 - $25.00
We like State Parks because they have trees and space, and this park is no exception. The campgrounds line 2 sides of a lovely lake. There is a dirt trail around the lake. We were in the dog loop, and were told to pick out a site that suited us. It was mid-week and pretty empty. The site was almost level, but the trees next to the entrance to the site made backing in a little trickier than usual. Our nightly rate mentioned above included the out of state fee plus the dog fee, less the senior citizen discount. This is a little off the road, but a nice getaway. Follow the directions of the lady at the registration hut, our GPS had us going a different way. We would stay here again. - ShoreXplorers
Aug 2015 - $30.00
I have stayed here several times. It is my favorite PA State Park. Restrooms could be cleaner but that one thing aside. The sites are not level, be prepared to work at leveling. There are no pull throughs so be prepared to work at that. The sites are wooded and beautiful. The hiking trails are wonderful and scenic. The lake water is clear and swimmable. The fishing is good but take a ride over to Tuscarora State park for great fishing. The rangers patrol on a fairly regular basis. The lady that runs the check in/out is wonderful and has always helped us. Shopping is close by and you can buy plenty of precut dry wood. I only have a small pop up and I have to work to get it right but it is well worth it. When we camp, we disconnect so we don't know about wifi or satellites or anything. Just be aware it is black bear country so keep food and garbage in cars. I plan on going back again and again. Bring bikes and ride around the lake on a well paved trail. - Warren112
Aug 2014 - $22.00
Our trip here was almost a disaster, thanks to the online reservation system. We reserved electric site #86, that was supposed to easily accommodate our 30 foot trailer, and when we arrived it was clear that it would barely fit a pop up. Actually the pop up that eventually took that site was having trouble leveling because of the slope. The woman at the contact station was very nice, and not at all surprised by our issue, and said this has happened before. Being Labor Day weekend, she could only offer us a site with no electric, which we took. The park itself is a typical PA State Park with some nice trails and a little lake. The sites are close together in the electric area, but big and much nicer in the dry camping area. If we ever return we'll camp in the dry camping area and be prepared by bringing a generator. If you don't mind being in the pet loops, those sites are much more big rig friendly, although close together. - pamvanw
Jul 2016 - $51.00
This is our yearly return trip. We again enjoyed ourselves on our visit to Knoebels. You can enter the amusement park without paying an admission fee, something that other similar campground/amusement parks don't offer. Most of the roads that we saw were paved. Our site was above average in size and had crushed stone put down though I had to use several boards to level the trailer. Noticed many other sites in our area were not level either. Our power box was in good working order. No Wi-Fi but very good signal on our Verizon cell phone. Geography at the campground was moderately to heavily wooded and moderately hilly. Staff was professional, friendly and experienced on how a campground should be run. Lots of campers & Rvers from tents to class A's and as always found everyone very respectful. No full hook ups or honey wagon service available so if you plan on doing a long stay you might need to bring a tote or use the campground facilities. Campground staff does a real good job keeping the bathrooms/shower areas clean. Would certainly return again or recommend this place to anyone. - mdcamping
May 2016 - $48.00
Second review of this campground, my last stay was more then a year ago. Not much has changed since then, the campground is well maintained, clean and very functional bath houses, and very friendly staff. Price remains very high for an electric only site, but you are paying for convenience to the amusement park. Our site was fairly spacious, shaded, and level, but not all sites are the same. Roads are paved but tight. It is the perfect campground for visiting the park, which is outstanding. - Cyclonic
Aug 2015 - $45.00
Knoebels Campground is not a traditional campground. It serves more as convenient accommodations for absolutely the nicest and friendliest amusement park in America. It's kind of like going to Disney World and staying in an onsite accommodation there. The older section is semi-primitive and cramped because it was designed mostly for tents. The newer section has larger sites for RVs, and it also has cabins. But be aware that the park supplies only electric - no other hookups. It is definitely a great place to camp for families, especially ones with kids. Bring along their bikes, the dog, and lots of firewood (or buy it there). The amusement park and the campground are adjacent to each other. A shuttle bus roams throughout the campground and delivers campers to and from the park. Knoebles was voted to have the best park food in the country by the cooking channel. And the best part is that only the park rides cost money. Non-riders pay nothing. The campground is usually pretty full all summer so you'd be wise to call for a reservation before just showing up. There is nothing elaborate about this campground but its congeniality and the fun you'll have makes it all worthwhile. Our family has spent 3 days there every year for the last 13, and we have our site reserved for 2016. - Penn senior travelers
Jul 2016 - $25.00
I tried everything to contact this park before we arrived: email, phone message, finally we showed up. Three people in the office but no one could pick up a phone. Poor customer service. I wanted a pullthru, first one assigned was occupied already. Went back and tried again. second one was inconveniently located but my husband can drive anywhere it seems. The road sign to the park was down so we guessed we were at the right spot. The road in is very potholed. We had a great view of the play area and there is a lot to do here, pool, rec hall, play structures - ooks like fun for kids. - Djinfl
Jun 2016 - $29.00
All areas well maintained. Pool could have been a little clearer though, was pretty cloudy. Very interactive for families with a lot of things for the kids to do. (Ages 14,9). They offer movies outdoors, a big play area, concession stand, pool, fishing pond, a "hayride" with Yogi, etc. - danigurl570
Sep 2015 - $36.00
My third stay here this fall. Friendly staff. Great bath/shower house. Great laundry facilities. Great cable. Great water. Great power. Have not been disappointed. - camper19709
Aug 2015 - $45.00
This would be a 10 rating if the owners were not so greedy. Great place, so much to do onsite, well kept BUT they charge you extra for everything except the pool, water slides, bumper boats, paddle boats, peddle carts all extra, and a lot extra and if you have kids under 12 don't forgot a helmet, o yes, they charge you for helmets. Most of the activities close early as well, somewhere around 5-6pm. I remember years ago this cg didn't milk you for everything. Funny how money changes a person/owner. It will cost you just as much if not more than your campsite fee if you want to enjoy all they offer. - Hitch itch
Aug 2015 - $50.00
Overall we were satisfied with our week stay at Splash Magic. While we won't be running back, we would say the stay was adequate. There were a couple things to take note of.
- This campground is VERY busy. Most of the sites are VERY tight. We actually got lucky and had some of the largest sites there.
- The wrist band/activity fees are extremely steep, especially for the weekend. We had a special package, and if we hadn't we would not have stayed.
- The pool and slides were nice. But the adults here were pretty rowdy and we did not appreciate the smoking that was not only allowed but encouraged with ash trays around the family swimming area.
- Renting a golf cart was a must. The campground is huge and our site was a very long walk from the pool and even farther from the river. We could have driven but the amount of bikes on the road made it next to impossible to get around. The bike rentals are great, but there are bikes everywhere!
- Our sites backed up to the railroad and a factory. We were in a 5th wheel so the noise was not a problem for us. But could be if you are tent camping or in a pop up. The factory works 3rd shift and is noisy at night.
- Speaking of noisy, this campground is a late night campground. LOTS of people up really late. Again, not a problem for us but I could see it could be for others.
- Finally, they are adding a ton of additional campsites. This is going to make the traffic and number of bikes even worse.
I would say it was good for a weekend, but I am afraid that it was so busy that I wouldn't want to be there over the weekend. Things were clean though. - Katie219
Jun 2012 - $55.00
This is the second time we have stayed at this campground. Last year we were at a pond site, this year we had a river site. The river site was much nicer with more shade and a beautiful waterfront view. The site was a little narrow but fairly leveled. The bathrooms were clean. I like that they had one family shower stall in the bath house that we used. The water can also sometimes have a slight smell. My daughters enjoyed the pools and water slides as well as the activities. While you can purchase an activity package, we just purchased the water slide wristbands that were just $2.00 per person for your entire stay. This past weekend was Father's Day weekend and they had a free breakfast for the dads that was delicious. The road in is very narrow and the road by the river sites were partially gravel which made it hard for my girls to use their scooters. However, the road by the pond is paved. They had a DJ on Saturday night as well as Bingo. The workers were friendly. We would stay here again. - coacbcps
May 2006 - $26.00
We stayed here for two nights and would never go back. I was glad I had a camper bathroom because the restrooms were filthy with clogged toilets. Our site was very small though I think all the best sites go to the seasonals because there were nicer ones. The campground allows noisy four wheelers which woke us up driving by at 2am. We got to witness a brawl between some of the campers and their dogs too! There's a reason this place is so cheap. Caveat emptor! - anner
Jul 2015 - $49.00
This could be a very nice campground... except the bathrooms were old and have little to no privacy. They have no laundry on site. The small pool has very strange hours. Noon to 5pm the 6 to 9? Most of the nice sites are seasonals. It is very close to Knenobles, the provided utilities worked as they should. Staff was friendly enough. They are VERY picky about thier grass. We have decided to try other campgrounds in the area. - Camper 1972
Jul 2014 - $47.00
This is a nearly perfect campground in a beautiful part of Pennsylvania. It is tightly controlled, but very clean and friendly. The cable is free, as is the Internet. Both are extremely strong...the cable has a hundred or so channels. Knoebels Amusement Park is 1.5 miles down the road. The ice cream store across the street has the best quality I have experienced, nearly anywhere. The only negatives are a small pool and office with limited supplies, due to size. It's quiet for adults and with Knoebels so close, a dream for kids. - sse
Jun 2014 - $49.00
We were here last year and the staff is still friendly & helpful.Sites are level, good hookups,good tv & cell reception, just up the road from Knobles amusement park.Have a small pool but nice. Restrooms clean.Only down side, office is tiny with very little supplies other than candy & marshmellows.So bring what you need, any parts or supplies will be about 1-1/2 miles or so away.Great ice cream place across from camp. - vince/chestertown
Jan 2016 - $42.00
Way back we used to be seasonal Campers there and last year we came back for a week. There were some great improvements made. The new owner tries very hard to bring it back how it was a few years ago. It's clean and a lot of fun, because they have some great weekend entertainment.
Knoebels is not far and I also like the state park right across the street. Great for riding a bicycle. - Heidemarie
May 2015 - $40.00
Wi-Fi worked good. The site I was on had a concrete pad. Water, sewer, and electric all worked as they should. The location for this campground is along the Susquehanna River and next to a state park. Also a great little ice cream shop next door. I'd stay here again. - maineman
Oct 2013 - $40.00
Not a bad campground, with lots of activities and seasonal campers who were all very friendly. The owner just bought the campground in June, and was very friendly and seemed to be doing a fair job of keeping the place neat and clean. Electric and water was fine, but sewer hook-up as well as the dump station were above grade, and, well, water doesn't roll up hill. But, my main complaint is a biggie and a deal breaker for me, the showers were terrible! They were clean, but you had to pay for them, and if you get warm water, it is only just warm, never hot, and if someone else is using the shower closer to the water heater you will get freezing cold water. Other then that it was a nice stay. - Cyclonic
Sep 2014 - $40.00
We stayed during Bloomsburg Fair. Plenty of room,facilities were clean. Not a fancy place but a good campground for a few days. Don't let the entrance or office appearance dissuade you. We will be back next year. - hiker1
Jul 2013 - $38.00
An older park, but everything worked. Good water pressure and good power. We used it as an overnight and it was easy to find and easy to get back on the freeway. No shade for the pull thru sites, but got great satellite signal. We would stay again if traveling through this area. - retiremsgarmy
Sep 2012 - $38.00
First impressions were not great, office was sketchy. Sites were level and easy to get in and out. Wi-Fi okay at our site. Didn't use facilities as they looked dumpy. - chillyvt
Jun 2016 - $39.00
Overall facilities are clean. Electric service does not have shut off switch at pedestal. Showers are lacking basic amenities, such as privacy, hooks, and a dry area for changing. Shower water temperature was not consistent. Unpaved roads with potholes led to puddles where insects were breeding. There are many full-timers here. Ducks and geese travel through to get to stream and pond. - Jeanne C
Oct 2014 - $32.00
Very nice camp ground. Nice view over water - think river. We only stayed one night because of Passport America and set camp when it was dark. Not overly big rig friendly. Roads to and from narrow and tight turns. You can not just turn off the highway and get to the camp ground easy. Pull through but either us or the staff knew the height of the powerless inside the camp ground. Store Full of things - get little gem. We bought a fresh pumpkin pie. Must have been at least 3000 things to buy there. Everything from souvenirs to all sorts of food. - BasilFawlty
May 2013 - $37.00
Stayed a year ago, then again on 5/4/13. Men's restroom was broken in 2012; STILL non-functioning. Store is dirty; wouldn't buy anything in there. Rate went from $30 in 2012 to $37. Only people who stay here now appear to be full-time residents. Will not be back. - cmclark