14 Parks near Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania
Jul 2014 - $36.00
Stayed at this campground for 2 nights in order to visit and see attractions in the area. Stayed on row 29 site 9. The roads and sites are tight for “any” type of RV. Entering through the gate in a motorhome, it was impossible to reach the card swipe to open the gate because it is at car level and none at motorhome level. The wife had to get out and swipe in order to open the gate. Upon passing through the gate the entire length of the rig roof was scraped by low branches. And navigating the roads and into your site in a motorhome is all but impossible without people moving cars, fire rings and picnic tables. It is a three ring circus getting parked. Having previously explained to the campground upon reserving the size of our motor-home and it having four slides, proved to be of no benefit. Our site was so skinny it was impossible to open the driver side slide without hitting the power utility stand. Thus it was necessary to move the coach away from the power stool, which put the passenger side of the coach off the gravel and into the grass. At this point opening the awning was not an option as it would have extended into the road where there was much traffic as it was the main exit road for the bulk of the permanent and seasonal campers. The site was not level as it was low on the back end side which is not good when raising the back end of a motorhome. To achieve level would have required the rear wheels to come off the ground and we do not do that. Thus we spent the two days not level. And at the same time the sewer hose connection resulted in the hose running uphill to achieve a connection. It worked, but was certainly not ideal. Bottom line the campground is not “big rig” friendly; they should have told us straight up upon reservation that they can not properly handle the big rigs; however it is also not friendly for average RV sizes. The shape of the office building smacks of being a former KOA and most of those are pretty cramped if you have ever been to a few of them. The pool was not heated and too cold to use in early July, however it was not our intent to use this park for it’s amenities outside of a site hookup for our rig. There is one Wi-Fi connection that is free. From our site it was out of range. There are numerous strong Wi-Fi points which are part of the Mesh Network and require creating or having a Mesh Network account and paying for the time used. The power at our site was 50 amp and appeared to be recently upgraded as it was new looking. The metering within our rig showed the voltages to be acceptable at 117 and 118 per each line phase. The park is best suited to very small RVs such as pop ups and tent campers. Larger motorhomes should certainly avoid this place. We would not return. - Denny Pike
May 2012 - $40.00
We camped at vacationland over Memorial day weekend. We had reservations with our group but were given a different site because our site was occupied by someone not with our group. Our new site was right across from the garbage dump. Power supply read between 93 and 100 volts all weekend, not good. We couldn't use A/C which wasn't a problem until the garbage dump got ripe. It was 85 degrees all weekend. Seasonal campers advised the power issue is a common problem. This is an old park with very narrow paved roads. It is not easy to maneuver a large rig through. Good for tent campers or pop ups. Owner was not very nice to deal with. We will not be returning here again. - Motorman173
Jun 2011 - $42.00
We stayed here for 3 nights. Our site was by the main activity area. There was very high golf cart traffic at this campground which made it almost dangerous to walk or ride bikes. The noise was another factor which made our stay miserable. The bathrooms/showers were clean when we got here Friday, but by Monday they were very dirty, never cleaned all weekend. Trash cans were overflowing and scattered on the floor. On a good note, State Park right down the road has a great bike trail 11 miles long. Good fishing nearby also. Not sure if we would ever come here again. - Todd and Sue
Jul 2014 - $26.00
This is a very nice park; family owned for many years. Staff is very friendly and helpful. After they saw the size of our rig, they willingly changed our reserved site to a larger one and escorted us to it. Many full-time residents but all sites were very well maintained. Lots of trees and plenty of shade but no problem getting large rigs around the roads. The sites are gravel but very level. They even have a flush toilet in the outhouse in the tent area. - SandyA
Apr 2016 - $17.00
Has the feel of a mobile home park. There are a lot of permanent RVs setup and year round residents here. The roads are narrow throughout the park and were muddy during our 2 night stay here. There lots of pine trees & tree stumps on the RV sites. The park has 5-6 pull-through full hookup sites for overnight guests. The sites are lightly graveled & short. Our 35 ft fit the site but we had to disconnect & angle our truck so it wasn't out in the road. About as far from being a resort as you can get. We won't stay here again. - sbelle55
Nov 2015 - $17.00
Directions on website say don't follow GPS but their directions are confusing. They tell you to go west but the sign says N or S.
Site are FHU 50amp, PTH, gravel with grass. They are close but enough room between. No cable but TV over antenna. Playground, pool. No dog run but places to walk. Permanent sites were OK. Fine for an overnight. - jcpjane
Aug 2015 - $27.00
Would not stay here again. Power surges over 130 and below 103. Talked to office and their solution was use 30 amp to 50 adapter. Tried to run 1 ac with everything else in rv off power fluctuations all over the scale. - Genecolleen
Aug 2016 - $49.00
We stayed for one night as part of a longer road trip. The sites were close together, but shaded. The staff was friendly, and we enjoyed using the heated pool at the end of a long travel day. - beccaf1970
Jul 2016 - $44.00
Some very tight turns which could be remedied by the removal of trees at the corner of the turns. Roadways are also very tight. Needed 2" of elevation on one side of our site to come near level. - sure2rain
Jul 2016 - $65.00
This place is what a KOA should be like. Oh, there are the resort ones, but more run of the mill KOAs should strive to be like this.
Friendly - we arrived early. They weren't busy so they allowed early access. No silly up charge.
We had our two kids. We don't use the facilities because of their disabilities. No silly up charge for sleeping in their own RV.
The charged a fair price for a patio site. We hardly ever use the stuff, we just like nicer sites. No silly excessive charge thinking they are a Hilton. Just a fair price. Nice :).
Great wifi. No silly up charge.
They pick up trash, escort you to your site and maintain the place with pride.
HEY OTHER OPERATORS: take a lesson. - wdw
Aug 2016 - $37.00
This has just become our favorite (close to home) park. Paved roads, large level gravel sites, nice pool, good playground, excellent mini-golf course. Staff was very friendly and helpful; we were escorted to our site and given help to get backed in since they don't have pull-thru sites. All hook-ups worked well although the water outlet was rather far from the site; we had to use our 50' hose to get connected. The wifi worked well and we were able to get a lot of channels off the antenna. Their dog park had ramps and tunnels and other obstacles which our pups enjoyed much more than just a bare lot to sniff around in. They were constantly working to maintain and improve the sites, although the park was already in excellent condition. There were almost constant activities scheduled for the kids and, even though participation was low during the week, they still put them on. My only slight complaint - and the only reason I didn't give them a 10 -was a $15 charge for a wrist band to use the jump pads, mini-golf and bike rental. If you only have one child, the free mini-golf was pretty much useless and she had her own bike so it came down to too much money for a couple of minutes on the jump pad. Other than that, we really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be back. - SandyA
Jun 2016 - $58.00
Pride in ownership everywhere you look. The Quiqley family really knows how to run a campground. Bathrooms are spotless; every time I used the restroom it looked like I was the first one to use it after being cleaned. The facilities are exceptionally well maintained. Camp store is quite extensive. The kids had an absolute blast; between the visits with Yogi Bear and all sorts of activities and crafts, no one was ever bored. The staff was very friendly; special shout-out to Miss Cathi (from Texas) and the wonderful treatment she gave my kids. Would not hesitate to visit again even though it is a long drive from our home in Indiana. We spoke with several repeat / seasonal campers (btw, seasonal campsites were very well maintained, not dumpy looking like at some parks) who all voiced the same happiness with this place. It's no wonder they have so many repeat customers. If there was one improvement I could offer, it would be to expand the swimming pool and add a splash pad; word is the owner is considering doing something like that in the future. - Fdwt994
Oct 2014 - $55.00
We stayed here for their Halloween celebration. They had trick-or-treating for the kids and a haunted pavilion. This park always amazes. We camped in the overflow area and our site was level and spacious. We will definitely be back. - Trinket
May 2016 - $56.00
Single lane registration in front of office. Possible bottleneck for incoming traffic.
The office is shared with the most complete and well-stocked campground store we've seen to date. Very friendly lady checked us in. Escorted to site.
The campground is very hilly. You are either going up or down no matter where you are in this park. Surprisingly level site. No side-to-side leveling was needed for us, however, we did notice many of the seasonal units were using multiple blocks on one side. This park has a ton of seasonal units throughout. Some look well cared for. Others...not so much.
Water pressure was 60 psi. Power was good. Cable was poor. Not sure if that's a problem throughout the park or just a bad hookup at our site.
The wifi signal is weak and how they manage it is disappointing. You are given an individual password at check-in that allows you to access wifi on only 1 device. Do not use your phone on their wifi. The system will detect it and lock you out. If multiple members of your party want to use wifi on a tablet or laptop, you're out of luck. The password registers the first device and will not allow other devices to join using the same password. Hugely disappointed with their approach.
Put on your hiking shoes because you'll need them just to get around this park. We were located where they put short-term campers (400 Loop) and, from there, everything is up hill. Literally. On a positive note, you'll get in some aerobics walking up to the Snack Shack.
The Snack Shack offered a variety of food items. The pizza was decent.
Daily rates are on the high side, but that is something we've noticed with campgrounds that are only open part time. There's a need to generate revenue during the short camping season.
Overall, a very nice campground. We've read many positive comments about Shenango Valley and wanted to give it a try. Glad we did. - The Other John Doe
Jun 2015 - $54.00
Updated "weekend sites" with larger, level concrete pads, general landscaping upgraded, most seasonal sites in great condition, fully stocked camp store, large wood fired boiler type heating for the near Large pool, adding considerable new section onto park, promises to be very nice next season or so... - mkekflyers
May 2015 - $41.00
First time visiting Shenango Valley RV Park. It was spacious, level and just super nice. The grounds are well taken care, the pool was heated and the biggest I have seen in a while. The park is about 90% seasonal, but don't let that scare you away. They are all very friendly and the area that is designated for transit campers is excellent. My only disappointment was I couldn't find the path to the river to go fishing. I highly recommend staying here. - Happy Campers - MD
Jun 2016 - $34.00
This is a very nice campground. Everything is well kept and clean. Nice pool and playground. Our site was fairly level, adequately spaced and not hard to get into. We had an escort, Joe, who took us to our site and assisted with maneuvering in. He was friendly and knowledgeable. The owners are extremely friendly and helpful. They even deliver ice and firewood to your site for a fair price. They do their best to make you feel welcome and appreciated.
The only down side to our site was a large tree with roots that extended into our door area. Since there was a dry spell the roads were very dusty. Both were mild irritations not problems.
The transient and seasonal areas are separate. We found the seasonal people to be quite friendly. All of their sites are tidy and kept to look like they are part of a campground, not a trailer park.
We would camp here again without hesitation. Our week there was very pleasant.
We camped here in a travel trailer. - Stephen20
May 2014 - $38.00
The owners could not have been nicer. When we checked in the owner took us to our spot and helped us back in. They have a nice playground and pool. The restrooms were very clean. I would definitely camp there again. - beaglefamily24
Jun 2013 - $54.00
This park is very clean, quite, and well maintained. The pool was nice. They have a great catch and release pond that yielded some 3+ pound large mouths. The sites are well spaced and relatively level and the owners are super nice. I would have rated higher, but they charge an extra $8 per kid over two. This is a little steep for the area and there were limited (hayride) organized activities for children. We will camp here again. - Trinket
Jul 2016 - $12.00
Friendly staff, all that one expects from the Army Corp parks! Clean site, facilities. Senior pass rate always a welcome value.
OTA and Verizon both good. Stayed two nights and was so pleased I stayed another two.
Will be sure to return yet again. First come sites are great for travelers! - Wicked Witch
Jul 2016 - $24.00
This is an old Army Corps of Engineer campground that is in need of upgrading. Of the 321 sites, only 109 have 30 amp power. There is no 50 amp electric or water at the camp sites, however you may be lucky enough to have a site close to a water hydrant that you could tie into with a "Y" or "T" adapter. There is no sewer at any site although there is a dump station with two access points.
The electric sites are situated very close together. The non-electric sites are more spacious, especially those that back up to the water. Those are lovely sites if you want to/can boondock.
If you camp at an electric site, plan on taking leveling blocks with you as many will require side to side leveling. Also you may need blocks for your rear stabilizers because some of the sites "drop off" in the back.
The restrooms/showers are very old and need major refurbishing. The restrooms were clean and serviced regularly, we didn't use the showers.
The rates vary for the campground: Electric-$24.00; Lakefront non-electric-$21.00; Other not-electric0$19.00; and Multiple Family Site-$34.00. They do accept the "Golden Access" and "America the Beautiful Access" cards which gives you a 50% discount.
All in all, it is an okay campground and we will stay there again. - dmoore1108
May 2016 - $12.00
Many of the best sites are lakefront, but are non-electric sites. Consequently, many generators in these areas, some noisy. No water at many of the sites, so fill up before you go in. 330 sites and one dump station (2 sides), so plan your exit time carefully. Bathrooms really need to be refurbished, and the showers are horrible both in layout and cleanliness. That said, the layout of the campground layout is pretty good and most sites are well spaced. Flat land so good for bicycles. There is no official beach or swimming area, but the water is accessible behind some sites. Very good 4 lane boat ramp. Security is excellent and park rangers are always very close. Verizon coverage = 2 out of 5 stars. Several local TV stations available. All electric sites have a GFCI breaker on the power pedestal, which has been a problem for some around the campground. Seems like the GFCIs disagree with surge suppressors. - Bama Camper
Aug 2013 - $15.00
This place is absolutely gorgeous and a hidden gem that doesn't seem to be listed on any of the websites we checked. We stopped in the area a few weeks earlier to ride the awesome bike trails and stayed at another campground that was no comparison to this one and it was full. We were one of very few camping here and could not believe it. The campground looks like a state park, only better than many. The lake is beautiful and has a huge swimming area although closed the days we were here because it was the end of the season. The mountains are riddled with hiking trails and the Oil Creek Bike Trail, the Samuel Justus Bike Trail and the Allegheny Bike trail (all paved and rails to trails) are within a few minutes drive to a trail head. We were here short term to ride the trails, but if we were looking for a place to stay awhile, this would be it. We camped near the office just because we didn't have AT&T cell signal for data and wanted to use wi-fi and also wanted a view of the lake since it was so quiet. We were able to extend the wi-fi signal using our Ralink antenna from the office to our motorhome. Most of the sites were in the wooded areas and cozy. They seemed to be level. We would definitely return. - busyteach
Jul 2016 - $45.00
Good: beautiful grounds. Not so good: park on grass, no gravel or patio, 1st site not level. They immediately moved us to another site. The security gate although nice to have, was inconvenient. Had to put up $10 deposit for an entry key. You had to leave the camping area to get to the dumpster, store or laundry, then drive back thru the gate to get back to your RV. Water pressure so low you couldn't start 2 washers at same time in laundry. Yellow flies were so thick most of the days that we couldn't sit outside. For the price we wouldn't stay here again. - sdlivingston
Jul 2016 - $50.00
Very well-run campground. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Great family atmosphere. Lots of activities. Good power and water, lots of cable channels. Store prices are very reasonable. - GMC4018
May 2016 - $53.00
Sites are spacious and in a shady area under tall trees. You are escorted to your site and given help parking. On weekends there is a jumping pillow available. There also are pedal boats, catch and release fishing pond, and a nice swimming pool.There is a security gate, and there are rules that are strictly enforced to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment. When our son, who was camping next to us, encountered some problems, the owners went way out of their way to help. The campground is very nice and we will camp there again when we are in the area. - Light