On the positive side, this campground was well maintained; had nice recreational facilities including a playground, pool, boat rentals, and a beach; offered well shaded, waterfront tent sites as well as a hiking trail around the lake and into the woods; and was relatively quiet at night. Negatives, though, included an indifferent appearing office staff (our check-in guy was clearly more interested in his personal telephone discussions than in dealing with customers); an abundance of unlevel sites; dusty, unpaved, and uhlighted internal roads; and irregularly cleaned rest rooms that were situated quite a distance from the tenting areas, i.e., farthest from those most likely to use them.
In many ways, this campground was a gem: lots of wooded and relatively private sites, a diverse array of well-planned activities, friendly and helpful staff members, a nicely equipped camp store, nighttime quiet hours that appear to be nearly-universally respected, scenic hiking trails, and a magnificent and beautiful setting enhanced by the presence of a well maintained working farm. On the other hand, though, there was only one modern bathroom/shower facility, located near the entrance (at quite a distance from many of the sites), with the alternative to that facility being a number of rather primitive outhouses located throughout the camping area; there was a charge for use of the shower; security was nonexistent at night (no gates or attendants at all); and the aroma of cows/manure at times permeated much of the campground and surrounding facility. The positives, in our view, outweigh the negatives, and we hope to return in the future to this campground, which is quite close to the wonderful town of Freeport with its terrific shopping, eclectic culinary delights, and cosmopolitan ambiance.
We were generally quite impressed with this campground. There are lots of hiking trails (though not always well marked), planned activities for children and families, a relatively uncrowded campground beach area at the lake, boat rentals, and a number of relatively private wooded sites for tenters, many in the pet-friendly sections of the campground. Given the size of this campground, there is a great diversity in the qualities of the camping sites, which range from scenic, shaded, and spacious waterfront sites to those reminiscent of a parking lot; to avoid disappointment, check the website and/or call the park office to find out details of a particular site before you choose. The campground is ostensibly in the midst of a much needed renovation program -- bathrooms are quite old, and a number of the picnic tables appear to date from the Civil War.
This campground is little more than an unshaded parking lot, situated on the side of a heavily traveled bridge, within easy walking distance of a very pleasant beach that is located across the street. Apart from rest room and shower facilities, that were filled with flies and inadequately cleaned, and a sparsely inventoried camp store: the campground offers little other than its proximity to the beach.
We were very impressed with this campground. It is situated at the mid-point of the Appalachian Trail and compared very favorably with the Maryland state park campgrounds with which we are most familiar. The shower and restroom facilities were extremely modern and well maintained. scenic hiking opportunities were abundant. Quiet hours were nicely enforced and security was excellent. A range of organized activities was offered. The lakefront beach area was delightful. The store was well supplied and staffed by a delightful and most helpful lady. A family friendly environment prevailed.
Although the campsites were rather closely spaced and lacking in privacy, this was but a small consideration in light of the abundance of positive features at this resort-style state park. Those features include a golf course; scenic mountain-top lodge; well marked and picturesque hiking trails of varying levels of difficulty; a magnificent lake for boating, swimming, and idling on the beach; a nature center; planned weekend hikes and activities; well maintained rest room facilities; and excellent security. In a state that prides itself on its excellent state park campgrounds, this one ranks at or near the top.
With many lakefront sites, clean and spacious restroom facilities, a magnificent lake, beautiful cabins, adequate security, and an abundance of wildlife, this campground is truly a gem. Be forewarned, though: the hiking trails are confusing and poorly marked, and the "maps" provided at the registration station seem to magnify the confusion.
For tent campers in particular, this campground is wonderful. Area A is the more scenic, less crowded, and more woodsy of the two camping areas, and contains a large number of relatively secluded walk-in sites a short distance from the parking area. Bathroom facilities are relatively abundant and generally well maintained, the campground has its own scenic and uncrowded lake beach for tanning and swimming, a campground store is well stocked with the basics, and there are organized nature walks and "ranger naturalist" type activities on weekends. The state park itself has activities well suited for a variety of ages and interests, including scenic hiking and biking trails, a terrific petting zoo, swimming, boating, and horseback riding. The park and campground are in close proximity to Birmingham but create the illusion of being a world away!
Spacious, shaded, relatively private and well maintained sites, an abundance of beautiful hiking and biking trails, a lovely, sand beach, excellent security, a helpful and gracious staff, and easy access to a variety of local attractions (including the North Carolina Arboretum just down the road) make this a wonderful campground in which to enjoy a peaceful camping experience. Campers should be aware, though, that the gates are locked at 10 p.m. nightly (you can park outside the gate and walk in if you want to enjoy Asheville's magnificent nightlife until a later time). The restroom facilities -- though well maintained -- may be somewhat inadequate (a single toilet, sink and shower were provided in our loop's men's restroom).
This state park campground has much to recommend it: well-maintained and heavily wooded sites situated at a respectable distance from each other, scenic hiking and boating trails, boat rentals, an associated arboretum, and a number of amenities generally unavailable at Maryland state parks, including trash receptacles at each site, private showers, a well-supplied firewood shed that operates on an "honor system" basis, and soap in the restrooms. Unfortunately, these positives are undermined by a near-total lack of security after 11 p.m.: there is no gate or guard station to limit or control access to the campgrounds, no camp host at all in the non-electric loop, and no after-hours patrols. During our recent visit, this lack of security resulted in a most dangerous and unpleasant situation: a group of campers engaged in profane, angry, loud, drunken and seemingly violent conversation and argumentation throughout the night, played music at high volume until 5 a.m., and spent several late-night hours in the campground woods chopping down trees and acting in a manner that made sleep impossible for virtually all of those in the campground loop (although several attempts were made to contact the natural resources police, the spotty nature of cell phone service foiled these attempts). Unless and until the deficiencies in security are remedied, we cannot recommend this campground.
Excellent trails, relatively spacious and private sites, river swimming, a host of planned weekend activities, and an abundance of mature trees and wildlife make this campground one of the gems of Maryland's excellent state park system. The few negatives -- bathrooms in significant need of updating, no lifeguards at the riverfront beach, and a park size so large as to necessitate the use of an automobile -- detract only slightly from the magnificence of this park.
Since our visit last year, there has been a significant expansion in the number and range of family-oriented planned activities on weekends (guided hikes, craft workshops, "scales and tails" evening programs, lifeguarding demos, etc.). These programs, combined with the picturesque hiking trails, climbs to the falls, lake swimming, boat rentals, excellent camp store, and well maintained bathroom facilities, make Cunningham Falls a wonderful weekend destination for families.
Hiking trails of varying difficulty, a well-equipped camp store, a lovely beach, family-oriented weekend activities, good security, boating and swimming in delightful Greenbrier Lake ... if only the restroom facilities were improved! Still, all things considered, this state park campground is a gem.
This campground includes a large number of spacious and wooded sites, a huge swimming pool (for which an extra fee is charged, a fee discounted for campers), a number of weekend (ranger-naturalist-type) activities, miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, a disc golf course, and abundant recreational opportunities on the 1275 acre Lake Marburg. The campground appeared to be well patrolled, the staff was quite helpful and friendly, and quiet hours were truly quiet. Although our family prefers campgrounds that are a bit more compact (access to many of Codorus's facilities requires either very long walks or driving), we had a most enjoyable stay at this large and well-maintained state park.
For an uncrowded, beautiful rustic setting with abundant hiking trails, a nice lake, boating, very low campground rates, and equestrian trails and facilities, this park is magnificent. In addition to the main campground and cabin area, this 1000-acre park contains a large group campground and a separate equestrian campground. There are, however, no camp store (the town of Sumter, approximately 9 miles away, has lots of stores, restaurants, and recreational facilities; firewood can be purchased in the park office) and few if any planned activities in the park. The cabins are fully (and nicely) furnished, and provide a superb base for those who want to "get away from it all."
Hiking was great: a variety of well-marked hiking trails of varying difficulty, all venturing through very scenic terrain. A hike to the falls was a hit with our kids, and culminated in a swim in, and boating on, the lake. Campground sites were adequate, generally level and well-described on the internet reservation site, if a bit close together. While the bathrooms were updated (including private (locking) showers, a rarity at a Maryland state campground) and regularly cleaned, the bathroom facilities were inadequate for a campground this size (on our Bear Branch loop, which was full, there were only 3 women's toilets and two showers), and resulted in frequent waits. Security was good, quiet hours were actually quiet, and the campground store was well equipped.
There are a great number of positives to this campground. It is located in a beautiful park, has a number of scenic hiking trails, appears to be quite well maintained, is within easy reach of Washington, D.C. and just down the road from Manassas Battlefield Park, and offers a number of recreational opportunities including miniature golf and a magnificent resort-style swimming pool and water slide complex (half-price [$3/day] for those staying at the campground). Additionally, the campground sites are nicely wooded, shaded and spacious, the park appears generally to be uncrowded and unhurried, cabins are available for rental, and a campground store sells basic supplies at reasonable prices. On the negative side, an outdoor "public shooting center" is located within the park, and the sound of gunfire is a constant annoyance from morning until evening, particularly when combined with the frequent roar of low-flying airplanes on their way to/from nearby Dulles Airport. For those capable of tuningut the far-more-than-average noise, which lessens considerably after dark, this campground is well worth a visit, and we hope soon to return.
This campground has it all: low rates, extensive and well-maintained recreational facilities, abundant planned activities, scenic on-site hiking and biking trails (with even more extensive trails just 2 miles from the campground), a private tenting area, cabin rentals, game room, even a summer day camp for the kids! While the campground does cater to its seasonal and long-term residents (on the weekend of our stay, for example, virtually all planned activities were "championship" sporting events limited to those who had made the finals in prior weeks), it more than surpassed our expectations. Highly recommended!
Even by the sparse standards of Maryland state parks, the facilities at this park (and most particularly the campground restrooms) were rather antiquated, there is no camp store or nature center, and planned activities were virtually non-existent, thus eliminating almost entirely any sense of a distinctive campground identity. On the other hand, some of the sites were both spacious and private, firewood is available for delivery to the campsites, there are a number of scenic hiking trails (not always well marked), security was both apparent and effective, and the Susquehanna River/Deer Creek offer an abundance of recreational opportunities (our kids loved swimming and wading in the creek, a popular, "at your own risk" activity unmentioned on the campground's website).
This highly unusual campground combines the beauty of camping with the features of a farm, and manages to execute the combination in a superb, family-friendly, and child-centered manner. We enjoyed a full schedule of weekend activities (including a movie, a craft program, a hay ride, and a petting zoo), luxuriated in the large and uncrowded pool, witnessed the birth of two goats, played several rounds of mini-golf, and were most impressed with the staff's attention to detail and desire to accommodate our needs. Our rental unit was capable of sleeping eight people, nicely furnished, immaculately clean, and a bargain for the nightly rate that we paid. I highly recommend this campground, which is available to both Outdoor World members and to non-members like us.
The hiking trails and falls were awesome, the lakeside beach was clean, security was excellent and apparent, and the cabin in which we stayed was well-maintained. The only negatives were an insufficient supply of hot water in the showers (Brrrr!!!) and non-posted and somewhat erratic hours for the campground and lakeside stores.
Since our last stay, several years ago, we have seen both improvements and declines. On the positive side, there are a greater number of family-oriented, planned activities on weekends (ice cream socials, bingo, ranger-naturalist programs, scavenger hunts, children's craft programs). Other positives are a number of scenic hiking trails; a nice beach and swimming area, most easily accessible from the Ash Loop; paddle boat and rowboat rentals; and the rigorous enforcement of nighttime quiet hours. On the other hand, the rest room and shower facilities were inadequately cleaned and are in need of some serious updating. All in all, though, our family liked this campground a great deal, and we plan to return again soon.
Only the relatively small number of planned activities and on-site recreational opportunities prevented this wonderful campground from being rated as a "10." The facilities (rest rooms, laundry, pool, and playground) were extremely clean and well-maintained; the staff was most helpful; there is a separate, lakeside tenting area, one complete with a communal kitchen and dining enclosure; security was excellent; two pleasant beaches were within a five mile radius, and Myrtle Beach was within a half-hour drive; and the quiet hours were truly quiet! While the (gravel/dirt) access road was somewhat dusty, we were informed that this will be remedied by the paving of the road at the end of the 2005 summer season. All in all, this campground provided a superb base for our group of 10, a group which included both young children and teens, and we would most definitely return.
This campground, located on the ocean in the land of wild ponies, is outstanding. It's filled with wildlife, in both the ocean and on land, affords campers the benefit of a virtually private, beautiful and pristine ocean beach, offers planned (ranger-naturalist-type) activities in season, has very clean/modern rest room and shower facilities, and is within easy (15 minute) reach of Ocean City's abundant nightlife. Operated by the State, this campground is next to the national park campground (see listing for Assateague Island National Seashore in Berlin, Maryland); the latter, however, is far more rustic -- it has no flush toilets, only cold showers, and a greater degree of insect (mosquito and fly) infestation (the Feds don't spray). For these reasons, our family prefers this "more civilized" state campground. Book early, though: the campground fills up fast in season, especially on weekends.
We camped here in "deluxe comfort cabins" with a group of families, and were most impressed. The facilities are very clean, the cabins (and campground store) well-equipped, and the staff friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. There are an abundance of child-oriented activities, including mini-golf, two pools, an inviting playground, a well-equipped game room, and paddle boats, and the campground is in close proximity to Skyline Drive, Luray Caverns, and a number of horseback riding stables. Particularly for those with younger children, this campground is well worth a visit.
This campground includes two camping areas, the Houck area and the (smaller) Manor area, with sites arranged in loops in both areas and the Houck area being most convenient to a variety of lake activities (swimming, boat rentals, "catch-and-release" trout fishing) and to the 78 foot high cascading waterfall which gives the park its name and is accessible to climbing. There are planned activities on weekends, playgrounds, cabins available for rental, and a superb variety of (9) hiking trails which venture through both Cunningham Falls State Park and Catoctin Mountain National Park (across the street).
This excellent state park includes a beach and lifeguard-monitored (lake) swimming area, canoe and rowboat rentals, a nature center, and a number of hiking trails. Sites are gravel, with lots of trees, and arranged in loops: Ash Loop is closest to the swimming area (and most convenient for those with small children); Cedar Loop has (20 amp) electric hookups; and Dogwood Loop is the quietest. There are planned activities (including an ice cream social and ranger-naturalist talks) on weekends, and security/noise control is provided by the quite available and generally friendly campground "hosts." This was our family's first campground, and it remains one of our nostalgic favorites.
Although this campground provides far from a wilderness-type experience and the hiking trails are limited, it is superb for those with small children. There are many, daily "Yogi-related" activities, nightly (outdoor) movies, a separate camping area for tents (one which is more isolated and quieter than the rather congested RV sites), extremely clean (and private!) rest rooms and showers, well-maintained grounds and recreational facilities, a diverse selection of cabins, a well-equipped camp store, and a staff which escorts arriving campers to their sites and cheerfully remedies any perceived problems. Highly recommended for families!
We were most impressed with this campground. Although the sites are far from spacious, there are abundant and well-maintained recreational facilities, both lake and pool swimming, and an ample supply of planned activities. The staff was quite accommodating, particularly when we locked our keys in the car, and the campground is located in close proximity to a number of ocean beaches. We definitely hope to return.
Our experience here was most disappointing. The sites were very close together (tents were compelled to camp in an open and unshaded field), the facilities were crowded, post-curfew hours were extremely noisy, and security in the evening ws largely non-existent. While there are abundant, planned recreational opportunities, such as pony rides, movies and waterslides, virtually everything involves an added cost, which can be a significant factor to those of us with large families. Our stay here ranks among our worst camping experiences, and we would be most unlikely to return.