This review is based on staying in a pop-up site. Had we been in our motorhome my review would have been totally different. That being said, if you have a pop-up I cannot and will not recommend this campground, especially on a holiday weekend. The good news was there were separate bathrooms for pop-ups right by the sites plus a wash tub for pots and pans. Decent pool, arcade, entertainment on the weekend. The bad news was sewage treatment right in front of all of the pop-up sites. One breaker served ALL pop-ups (we never had full power all weekend). Management does not care if your electricity goes out; sewage also goes out when the circuit breaker trips so you get nice odors. The shower stalls were extremely small and cramped. Management actually told us we had "excessive use of electricity" by trying to run a small apartment fridge and our AC, even though other workers told us that every large weekend they had issues with the electricity on those sites. At most we could run a fan in our pop-up on a 90 degree weekend. Could not make coffee in the morning because it would trip all of the sites in that section (and then we would get blamed for excessive use of electricity). All this for $44 a night. NEVER again.
This is a great little campground nestled next to Oil Creek State Park and near all of the Allegheny bike trails. The owners take great pride in the campground and it shows. For the kids there is a playground, fishing pond, frisbee golf, small game room, plus they rent dvds and board games at the front desk. The store is stocked with penny candy also. There are several trails circling the campground and one even takes you into Oil Creek State Park. The Oil Creek Bike Trail is a 5 minute ride away and the Allegheny Bike Trails are about 15 minutes away. The pool was sparkling clean and very inviting after a hot day traveling. Did I mention how great the campground owners were? They both will help you out with any question or issue you may have. The only 2 things that some campers may not like (it did not bother us) was only one 30amp service for the electrical and the dust from the interior roads. We are considering coming back in the fall and renting a cabin.
I really wanted to like this campground, I really did. It is an easy location off the highway, close to my family and also close to a bunch of wineries, has a pool and a bar/restaurant. First off, I booked a "deluxe full hook up" site on their website (as opposed to standard water/electric or deluxe river front). Full hook up to them means water and electric. (They have since changed this on their website.) We burned up 3 electrical plugs while at this campground. On checking the service we found the electrical to be running around 97v on the bad, 105v on the good. Luckily we did not destroy any of our equipment! Saturday we decided to hit the pool. While there we noticed that the water level was a good 3" under the filters: quite nasty with all of the kids in the pool. We notified the office who told us they thought it had been taken care of. The pool remained under filled (and therefore unfiltered) the whole 5 days we were here. Monday we returned after hiking in one of the parks to find we had just a trickle of water. We thought that maybe we clogged our filter (the water coming from the spigot was brownish). It was not our filter and after checking several spigots came to find that it was the campground. We figured that with all of the people leaving maybe their pressure was low. Tuesday was more of the same. We were told that the campground "ran out of water" and they were working on the problem. We were leaving anyway so we packed up and got out as quickly as possible. On a good note, the restaurant turned out some pretty good food and the fireworks display was impressive for a campground. This is the first time in 15 years of camping that I said "NEVER AGAIN" about a campground.
We stayed here in a cabin as a base for some winery tours. The park itself is beautiful with miles of hiking trails along the creek. In the summer they dam a section and have a swimming area. The bathrooms by the cabins are a little older but were kept clean (with the exception of some bugs in the showers). There is a new shower house/bathroom in the camping area which is very nice but the water did not get as hot as it did in the older shower house. The cabin was decent with an apartment sized fridge/freezer and also a stove/oven. The cabins only have twin beds (one bunk bed and 2 separate beds). We ended up pushing the 2 beds together (not easy as they are kind of heavy). I will warn that the mattresses are HARD. We were lucky enough to have water right next to our cabin. We also brought an electric heater with us as the cabins have no heat and no fans. It was also nice that we were able to have our dogs in the cabin with us. We would definitely rent a cabin here again.
The nightly rate was for off season and for 2 people. Add $7 additional per child (again off season rate) and our nightly rate was $44. We have been to the water park but have never camped there since people we know had less than stellar reviews. I cannot say that I agree with them. The staff was very friendly as were the seasonal campers that we chanced meeting. Our site was not level but I do not expect the world when I camp this is why we carry leveling boards with us. Unfortunately the sauna and steam room were out of order. The hot tub was functioning and actually hot (we have been to a few campgrounds where the hot tub was luke warm at best). The pool was a little on the cool side but it was a cool fall weekend. It did not stop kids from being in it. Their summer rates seem kind of high, but once you realize how much it would cost just to go to the water park the rates are not that bad. We are even considering getting a seasonal site here next year. I will forewarn that if you have a site near the lodge the music can be kind of loud and during the summer they have bands and DJ's in some of the pavilions. If you are looking for a park with a peaceful setting this is probably not the place for you. If you are looking for a campground with a bunch of activities and people who like to have lively fun, this is the place!
With AAA discount rate was $41.40 a night. This park never ceases to amaze me. It has been a few years since we had been there and totally forgot how pristine it really is. Sites are very large and many areas have old growth trees. Sites are never muddy and the whole park is paved. It is also nice to have a cement pad when you step out of your MH. Less crowded than I had expected. Had some issues with heating the pool and hot tub the weekend that we were there. The park is constantly being upgraded (I believe they were working on a fountain this year). The center bathrooms have been redone and look great. They also have installed a washer/dryer combo in both the men's and women's restroom. The only thing that would make this place a perfect 10 is to have a camp store, which I understand is in the works.
This is one of our favorite parks, for the reasons the previous poster did not like it! I love not having cell or tv, that way work cannot contact me and the kids are forced to play outside instead of watching tv all day. The owner goes out of his way to make sure eveyone is enjoying themselves. I like that the road down is a little hairy, if it wasn't then getting a site here would be next to impossible. 2 miles from the front of the campground to the back, for the most part seasonals kept separate from weekenders, huge tenting area. Bathrooms in the middle of the campground recently redone, not sure about the ones near the lake. Laundry facilities and a snack bar. When we want to get away from the world and just relax for the weekend this is where we go. If you are looking for a resort, this is not the place. If you are looking to get back to nature and "camping", this is your place!
Shhhhhh: keep this a secret! We found Austin Lake a few years ago. I was at an RB shop in Madison, Ohio and saw a fluorescent yellow brochure for a campground I had never heard of before. Decided to check it out and have been going back a few times a year since. We are not resort type campground people, preferring nature over glitz, and let me tell you, this is the only private campground we have been to that is like a state park. You will not get phone service and you may not get radio or TV, which adds to the beauty of this place. You truly can get away for the weekend and just enjoy yourself. The owner is one of the nicest people you could meet. The "seasonals" do not treat you like they own the park but rather welcome you. Our kids have never had a difficult time finding things to do, but they also enjoy exploring, biking, swimming, hiking, etc. I just can't say enough about this campground, but shhh, don't let the word get out. Let's keep this our little secret, okay?