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Camping Gem

This was part two of our shakedown cruise for our new RV. We stayed just for one night, but wish we could have stayed longer. 

The park was easy to find and located a short distance from the highway. We were met at the entry gate with a personalized folder containing lots of helpful information for our stay. I was impressed at how prepared they were for our arrival. 

We navigated the park to our lakefront site using the map with pre-marked route in our welcome packet. The roads and turns were tight for our 36’ motorhome, but manageable. 

Our lakefront site(#57) was superb! It was between a small, paved boat ramp and a row of arborvitae trees on the other side separating us from the neighboring site. The entire site was level and covered in mulch. The water, electric, and sewer hookups looked practically brand new(or at least really well maintained). Oh, and we were on the edge of Cranes Lake! 

We ordered food from their website which was promptly delivered to our site. That was cool. We had great wifi connectivity. And the firewood they sold burned for several hours. 

If I had to make a negative remark, I’d say the place is a bit pricey(we paid$105), but I’m ok with it because it’s so well maintained and clean. 

The nature trails accessible from the campground make for great wooded walking. And if you forgot anything, there’s a Walmart about 3.5 miles away. 

In summary, this place is a camping gem and we can’t wait to go back.

Spring Camping

Good size site. Plenty of room to park two cars. Firewood available for purchase at the park office but you have to make sure it will be open depending on your arrival time. Lots of trails that were well marked. Clean bathrooms. Went to a program about beavers that included a hike around Pakim Pond to see their dam, very informative. Looking forward to visiting again.

Orderly camp

Campground is clean and orderly. From what I’ve seen staying twice in April, the owner drives around to check on things. My kids had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends. They had a great trip. Campground is also

not overly huge.

Small sites with trees blocking

So we stayed May 1-2 so many amenities are closed. The campground is huge but seems clean. The roadways are narrow and there isn’t a lot of maneuvering room. We stayed in site 402a and it was a nightmare backing in and getting out of. We have a 42 ft 5th wheel but the website said it could accommodate the size . The bad thing is that there are trees all the way up to the street which limits your turn radius as well as cement marker poles. It took us a crew of fellow campers to get us in and out of site. Also some campsites were loud. We could hear a party going on from a few streets away.

nice clean typical PA vibes

Great campground, lots of space between the sites. Very clean restrooms.

Great little getaway

Phenomenal disc golf course , hiking , and fishing

Great little getaway

Great disc golf course

Great little getaway

Awesome disc golf course , kayak , fishing and more

Nice & quiet...

This was our shakedown cruise for our new RV. We stayed just for one night because the location suited our needs. Based on this particular trip, we weren’t looking for resort-type amenities. 

The front office staff were friendly and inviting. That’s a great start! 

The park and facilities seemed generally clean and in good order. I picked up a few items at the store which seemed stocked and clean. The park is on the small side, but made for a nice place to wander. It seemed nearly every site was occupied and there was a party going on in the pavilion, but it was still nice and quiet. 

Our stone pull thru site was in a good spot, level, and came with a well-equipped and clean dog pen— perfect for our four-legged camper. The 50-amp electric hookup was good, the sewer hookup had two access points making it easy to connect. 

The water worked, but included a leak which made our site really muddy and mushy. The poor drainage was the only negative of the stay as it meant having to do gymnastics each time we exited/re-entered our RV to put on/remove shoes. The campground staff person who escorted us to our site let us know the problem was discovered earlier in the morning and it seems nobody had a chance to repair it before our arrival. This would’ve been 5-stars if not for the drainage problem.

The wifi worked elsewhere in the park, but not at our site. We were in the mood to disconnect anyway. 

I had no difficulty navigating our 36-foot motor home from the highway to the campground or within the park. 

If we have reason to be in the area again, we’d return.

Feels crowded

This PA state park felt, upon first impression, very tightly spaced and had an overall crowded feel in loop C, the only dog friendly electric loop. The sites that aren’t ADA have more space between them than we did.  Our site C41 was full hookup as are several others (1-7, 39-47). This is an ADA site, there are several of them. Perhaps this is why it’s crowded so they could fit extra ADA sites? They are very level and have paved pads, but also a paved picnic pad, and paved fire ring pad. Non ADA full hookup sites appeared to be the nicest though they were narrow and some weren’t level side to side. There were a lot of rocks embedded in the ground around and on many sites. Non ADA sites have only a paved pad for the RV. The picnic table and fire ring were behind our RV and when sitting at them, we were within view of sites 37, 39, and 40. I felt like I was in a townhouse setting. Non ADA sites varied as to where picnic and fire rings were set. Also many sites looked like there was quite a drop off at the edge of the already narrow pad so that you had a big step down off your last RV step. Site C42 is ADA and is a nice, semi private, spacious site. Though I’d choose from sites  #1-7 next time. ALL parking pads are 45’ long.

Loop B has a mix of electric and non electric but doesn’t allow pets. That loop was more spacious and had trees between some  sites so it felt  more private. The sites appeared level. There are Yurts and mini cabins outside Loop C that had lots of space around them. Loop A is a pet loop but no electric. However, it’s closed now for what appears to be renovations. Loop D is non electric, no pets.

The campground had no vacancy on this particular weekend. One car allowed per site and most had to park perpendicular. Sites were short (45’ long). 2nd cars are $5 a night but wouldn’t fit in most sites.

The day use areas have frisbee golf, boat rentals, fishing, hunting, hiking, and a pool that overlooks the lake. Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is adjacent to the park but was not fully open due to covid. It’s a large state park. The pool was nice looking but not open until Memorial Day. Boat rentals are available weekends in May and Sept. and daily all summer. These amenities were far from the campground and would require driving your car. Hiking trails were plentiful but most were labeled as “more difficult.”  Horse back riding is allowed on some trails. I didn’t see any trails that started at the campground loops. 

Overall, it’s an adequate campground but not my favorite.