This campground sits directly across the street from the south end of Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen. It is a convenient location for exploring wineries and other Finger Lakes attractions. The sites are not overly spacious, but adequate for our 3 slides and awning. The road through the middle of the campground leads to the town boat launch, so was busy, especially on the weekends. Lots of seasonal sites here, mainly in one section, all were well kept. This park is a good value and convenient to town. Walmart is just across the bridge, about a 5 minute walk. The town is about a 10 minute walk - boat tours, restaurants, ice cream, shops, etc. Our Sprint cell phones had strong signals, the Wi-Fi worked well. We would stay here again.
Although this park is considered "big rig friendly," it is a tight squeeze. The interior roads of the campgrounds are narrow, curved and could use some tree trimming. Many sites are small, so other campers' cars are parked close to the road, making a wide swing to avoid branches difficult or impossible. We got a long scratch down the side of our 40' motorhome trying to get to our site. There are some spacious sites here, however most are taken by seasonal campers, many of whom have permanent decks, sheds, etc. Water and electrical hook-ups are in very odd places at many sites, so plan to bring long hoses and cords. This is a very convenient campground for exploring the Newport area. Large grocery store, gas stations, and eateries are all on the main road leading towards downtown Newport.
Very pricey for our experience. We were looking for a place to get off the road for the night, hoping to keep the tow car attached for a quick out in the morning. They assigned us to one on their newer pull throughs at the front of the park, their longest sites, they said. Yes, they are long, but very steep slopes to exit the sites. Didn't even want to attempt the first site they assigned to us, so we asked if we could switch to one of the others in the same row that looked a little less steep. The young man in the office was very nice about it. We pull into the second site only to realize that there is no way we will be able to hook up to the sewer connection with the car still attached. Hook-ups are towards the back of the site. Probably would be fine for a fifth wheel or trailer, but not for motorhomes with tow cars attached. Had to unhook the car, back the coach up to the hook ups and park the car in front. They might be new sites, but they are very poorly designed. Power hook up was not working correctly. Was only giving us 30 amps out of a 50 amp connection. We have had no problems with power at any other campgrounds. Owner and another staff member showed up, tested the power, moved some things around inside the outlets and we got our 50 amps. Walking around the campground, noticed many uneven sites. Would not stay here again.
A great location for exploring Charleston and the surrounding islands. Office has sightseeing brochures, etc. Speed bumps through the park that many other reviewers complained about didn't bother us a bit. Our FHU site (G8) was a good size, with a long gravel parking pad and some grass. Also, many trees in our section for some shade. FHU sites in the back of the park are smaller and gravel only. Many conveniences are right next door to the campground (grocery, drug store, gas stations, fast food). Beware of ants! The people camping next to us awoke to a coach full of ants one morning! We found them just in time: crawling up our power cord. Plan to spray around the perimeter of your coach, set traps, etc. No cable TV here and stations available with antenna/digital converter box were very spotty. Would definitely stay here again when in the area or just passing through.
You can't beat the views of Lake Winnipasauke from your site at this campground! I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the sites at this state park. Our site was long enough to fit our 40 foot motorhome as well as our tow car with room to spare! Sites are plenty wide enough to accommodate double, triple, quad slideouts. No planned or organized activities here, but direct lake access for fishing, swimming, or boating. Grassy areas for frisbee or other lawn games. Great location for exploring the lakes region. This was our first time at the park and can't wait to go back next year!
This was our third trip to Wells and our third stay at Wells Beach Resort. It is convenient to area towns, eateries, grocery, beach, etc. Trolley stops at campground for those of you without a car. Grounds are always clean, rules are strictly enforced. WiFi was not working during our stay. The office should have given a few $ off the very high price for this inconvenience. The rates are going up every year. I am not sure if I will pay this rate again when I can stay down the road for about half price. If you want to pay, get a premium RV site in the far back section. Lots less traffic, decent space between sites, and some grass.
This is by far, the worst KOA we have stayed at. We have stayed at many. We were looking for a place to overnight on the way from Asheville, NC to Albany, NY. Called this campground looking for a pull through site with sewer. The woman who answered the phone was not friendly. Said there was only one site available, W/E 30 Amp. She said there were no FHU sites available. We took what she was offering, for lack of any other campgrounds close by. This place is about 4 miles off the interstate, winding roads, and at one point, one lane. A bit dangerous! There are also quite a few low trees. The roads within the camp are gravel-ish, very dusty and dirty. Our site was right against the entrance road. I mean the front nose of our coach was about 2 feet from the road! Our site was all rocks, as were most, it was also littered with cigarette butts. Funny that the woman in the office said she had only 1 site available. There were many empty sites in the park, including a FHU 50 amp site right next door that stayed empty all night! Although, my w/e 30 amp cost a whopping $49, (so how much was the FHU 50 amp)? There were a few channels on the cable TV, the WiFi they said they had, did not work at all. Overall, the campground did not look well cared for. Haven't the KOA inspectors been here lately? This was only slightly better than a free stay at a Wal-Mart parking lot. I would not recommend this park.
Went to Mama Gertie's based on good reviews. Was not disappointed! As someone else said, steep climb west on I-40 to get here, but the campground is right off the interstate. Quiet and peaceful, centrally located to attractions in the area. Campground is spotless, workers in the office also stay in camp and are friendly and helpful. Office has many brochures, tourist information. They also sell discount tickets to Biltmore ($52 for a 2 day pass vs. gate price of $60 for 1 day). A grocery store, and gas station are within a 3 minute drive. Our cell phones worked well, cable TV had lots of channels and WiFi always worked great. If you want a larger site with grass, ask for one on the upper level (sites 22-26). Great place, give it a try!