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Sparrow Pond Family Campground

Waterford, Pennsylvania


11103 US-19
Waterford, Pennsylvania 16441
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 169
Recent Rate: $$$$

Office Hours:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 1:00pm

Hours above shown for Eastern Time Zone

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Latitude: 41.98053
Longitude: -80.01276

Elevation: 1449' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ 55+ no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP) Electric (30 & 50 AMP)
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup no
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms yes
  • Showers Showers yes
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault no
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Rec Room Rec Room yes
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts yes
  • Pickleball Pickleball no
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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21 Reviews

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

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $72.00
Overall Rating:

Let me begin by saying how KIND the staff is at Sparrow Pond was when I explained our dilemma. Our plans had changed unexpectedly when I fell very ill and the impetus to reach our final destination found us with nowhere to stay over the Memorial Weekend. A lovely staff member went beyond the norm and found a place for us, an overflow space that bordered a work area. We were grateful to find ANY space, and were pleasantly surprised to find that the view behind our rig was spectacular. The campground was filled with families and was really a cheerful place to spend the busy weekend. Kudos to Sparrow Pond and our sincere thanks to the very helpful staff member. You are the best. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
139
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to eat at Sugar and Spice, an Amish restaurant with good food and generous servings. We each had enough leftover for another dinner.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $69.00
Overall Rating:

We had a pull trough in the lower area. _All gravel, decent spacing, good utilities. Very low key family friendly. Gated access, weekend entertainment (marginal quality DJ ON Friday, beer drinking band -the more you drank, the better they sounded) and regular security patrols. Some excess "junk" laying around from abandoned plans for a wave pool. Great location to explore Erie, PA. Watch the entry speed bumps, one is excessively high. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
97
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 70
States Visited: 33
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful campground in a very quiet setting. My problems are with the cost and the check in process. I have stayed here several times and will continue to as I travel through the area. The last few times I've stopped to register, there has been no one at the front desk. I've had to search for someone to take my money. When I called they stressed the check in time and if I arrived early I would be charged an additional $10. Given this statement, someone should be at the desk at the check in time of 3 PM, not in a staff meeting. This won't stop me staying but... it isn't very good customer support. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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LvR

Review Count: 88
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $51.00
Overall Rating:

A short drive from I-90 with easy access in and around the park. We stayed in the newer section of the park which is open with few trees making it satellite friendly. Roads are gravel and sites seem to be something like crushed asphalt. Utilities well placed and wifi was good enough for light internet surfing and email. We drive a 45ft MH and stayed in a pull through on Joey's Circle. The site was level and just barely big enough for our rig and it was a bit of a challenge getting out when leaving - several point turn. The campground is clean and well maintained and it seemed like they have lots of weekend activities for families and kids. Did not use the rest rooms or laundry so cannot comment on that. Not sure we would stay here again given the price and the difficulty getting out of our spot when there were few campers around. Seemed like it could be a bit of a challenge if there were more people and cars. If however, we had a shorter rig, the campground seems very nice. If we were to return, they had a few back-in sites on Joey's Circle which seemed like they might be a bit longer and a little easier to get in and out. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
98
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Not big enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great bike path around Presque Isle State Park.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $48.00
Overall Rating:

Second year in a row we stayed here in July. Electrical issues again!!! We stayed in the older section of the campground by the cabins. For some reason they have issues with the electric here. Electric shuts off. They first claimed it was Waterford Days. This year there was no excuse as we were here during the week. They said they ordered a transformer but the wrong one. Not really sure what the real story is, other than they have to upgrade in this section. Otherwise it was clean and nice.

Do not stay here during "Roar on the Shore" if you are not into loud motorcycles!!! We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
20
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Not far from Presque Isle and Waldamere.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $59.00
Overall Rating:

This is a very nice campground approx. 6 miles south of I90 and has direct access to all of the sites in and around Erie. We were there during the Roar on the Shore weekend so it was the holiday rate. Our initial sites on Joe Dr. were in the original section which was very nice and shaded however lacked adequate power measuring 105 volts at the post. The staff was very helpful and relocated our group to another section of the park that did not have power problems. They did their best to keep us as close together as possible. The sites were level and easy to get into. The bath house is nice and clean but incomplete, lacking toilets where there are spaces provided for them. It seemed odd considering how many campers there were around it. Overall very clean and well kept. The staff is friendly and helpful. This campground is continuing to expand and improve. We would stay here again. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
84
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Located only about a half hour from Waldmeer Park and Presque State park.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $48.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice place to stay just outside of Erie. The staff is very friendly and the sites are spaced decently apart from each other. Very to get in and out of. We stayed in site 20 which is 1 of 3 pull through sites they have and it is on a bank so leveling was a challenge but they gave us some blocks to borrow to help us out. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 130
States Visited: 32
Helpful Reviews: 12

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Campground is about 4 miles from freeway and town of Erie, which has many restaurants and shopping opportunities. Park is quite with many seasonal campers. Roads are paved and gravel, sites are gravel and close together. Power, water, and cell (AT&T) were good. We would stay here again. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 23
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Overpriced for what we got. Gravel site with about 10' of space on patio side. Generally quiet as far from trains and highways, but all roads are gravel so we always heard the sound of tires crunching through it as folks raced by in front and behind our unit at all hours of the day. Wi-Fi is painfully slow most of the time. Maybe 20 TV channels over antenna. Water quality good (150 PPM) for well water. Good walking areas in forests around the perimeter. Many sites are rented for the season and are not available even if empty. One garbage dumpster (nearly always full) but the park needs 2 or 3. There are a lot more sites than the 56 noted, but these are occupied by permanent RVs and rental cabins. And they are by far the best sites on the property. Larger and nestled in trees on the perimeter of the park. Therefore the "people load" is a lot more than we imagined reading their website. There is only one laundry room with 2 washers and two dryers. Grossly inadequate for a park this size. Washing of vehicles is prohibited, so we had to pay for that in town. The T/A at 4050 Depot Rd. charged 35.00 for the coach. The "security gate" was broken and left in the open position thus negating its benefit. Honestly, this park could be so much better if its revenue was directed toward improving it instead of paying for all the very expensive ads we saw on TV. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 97
States Visited: 31
Helpful Reviews: 8

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed one week. Out spot was on the shady side. This also translates into the "older" and less level side. #14 needed 3 or more leveler blocks to get close to level and the sewer was uphill, period. Other than that, it was a pleasant spot. Little noise. Nice looking pool and huge game and activity hall. They cater to weekend families and seem to do a good job. There are some very nice areas and some open sunny parking lot kind of areas. We may stay here again. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Very nicely maintained, excellent grass. The only quibble was the price of firewood ($6 per very small bundle -- find some on your own on Craigslist.com). Swimming pool looked very nice; a good mix of cabins and campsites, lots of places to walk (roads & trails). We will return. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 30
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2011 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We just returned from a 5 night stay @ this CG. Its a work in progress. Every day there were several workers keeping busy throughout the grounds. The grass is cut frequently and the grounds themselves are pristine. They had several weekened activites planned, but everything was a bit unorganized. If one thing was planned, it was usually cancelled or the time changed or a whole different activity took place. There are unsupervised children on bikes and golf carts EVERYWHERE once Friday hits. None of the sites are run down, all of the campers are newer models including the seasonals. They say there is only WiFi in the office, but I had 3 bars by the lake. Lots of fish in the lake and bring extra bread for the resident ducks. No one bothers you. We would return if in the area. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 57
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

The owners are personal and professional. However they do not train their staff well at all. We met three different young people who didn't know anything about, well, anything related to camping. When we expressed our concerns to the owners however, they were very receptive and apologetic. That aside, the campground is nice and accessible, nice laundry and pool, game room, etc. We did have problems getting enough voltage because they are putting in a new section, plus we were here in the hottest part of summer. Price reflects the monthly rate, which was slightly cheaper than three weeks' weekly rate. (I had to do my own math.) We will probably camp here again, given that it's more convenient to shopping, etc., than our other options; reasonably priced, and those "helpers" will probably not last. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 118
States Visited: 38
Helpful Reviews: 11

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

This cg had a very nice feel to it. While surrounded by forest (and city on the outskirts of Erie proper), it was very open and each site had a fair amount of space. We didn't get a site near the pond, but we were here over the July 4th weekend, and I soon knew why! This place is very popular!! There are many people who live locally and just leave their trailers and fifth wheels here for weekend get-aways. I'd say they picked a good spot! And those folks are generally very tidy and friendly. Also, I think they ended up giving us a pretty good rate (if I understood the total charges correctly: won't know for sure till the next credit card statement). They, like everyone else, charge a lot for the holidays ($55/day I believe), but we were staying a whole week and were Good Sam members, and they did discount a lot for those things. So it came out being a bit more than we like to pay for so many nights, but much better than many other cgs in the general area. The little pond they have is nice to walk around (with our dogs). The pond is for fishing only, they have a pool for swimming. They're not a 10 because: 1) The WiFi only works at or near the office (although fortunately our Verizon aircard worked well enough.) 2) They only have two washers and dryers (I did my wash on the 4th of July so didn't have to worry about waiting on other folks), and if you're in the main section of the cg (like we were), you have to go through the bar-gate everytime you go to or from the laundry area. 3) We had to use our leveling blocks in the back because it had rained beforehand, and our jacks must've pushed the thin layer of rocks right into the mud below (so we were a little rickety the whole time). Would help if they had a second laundry room where they have the bathrooms for our section. And maybe a thicker layer of rocks on the sites? Or something else to create a sturdier substrate. Our satellite worked fine, and we have a 40' motorhome. If you want to check out an incredible, has-everything grocery store, go to Wegman's! And there's a yummy frozen custard place right across the street from the cg! We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 11
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2009 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Nice campground. It was too cool and rain to use the pool but it looked very nice. The park was easy to navigate and I was able to back into my site with no trouble. They had a nice store and all staff were very friendly. I would have rated it higher except one group of campers partied hard until after 1am. The park advertises a 24 hour patrol but we never saw them. My daughter is attending Edinboro University and this made a good base camp. It is also close to all Erie attractions as well. We camped at Sparrow Pond Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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