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A few things stop me from giving a 5 star review. 1. No water hook ups (that was known before going, but still a con), 2. Facilities are not that clean, 3. Our site (098) was not that private (open to the street and one campsite, partially shielded from the other campsite). There were definitely some sites that looked awesome (like 103) that I’d go back to!
Overall, though, our site was large enough to back in and still have room behind our 25’ trailer. I enjoyed the general feel of being in the woods and then being able to drive a couple minutes to get to the beach access. Area 5 is covered in large rocks, but is a good place to take your dogs!
It’s been a long time since my family and I have been camping at HBSP. We (my wife and I) have recently purchased a pull behind RV. This week is our “maiden voyage”. Previous camping trips have been either tent camping or with a pop-up; many, (years ago) here, at Hamlin. So we were a little nervous about all the details and “how-tos” of RV camping. Getting the kinks out has been a challenge but fun at the same time. Moving forward (pun intended), this will be our retirement “home”. So we were pleasantly surprised at our experience here at a somewhat newly refurbished campground. Oh, the layout of all the sites and roadways have remained the same. Mostly, the sites themselves have remained the same: clean, easily accessible, roomy, some secluded. But the reception area and bathrooms have vastly improved. Upon arrival, the staff greeted us very professionally and courteously. At check-in, all of our ID tags and such were ready and waiting for us; it took less than 5 minutes. It could not have been more seamless. We will return to Hamlin. This time, it won’t be so long. Ps. The cellular reception is also greatly improved!!
I haven’t been here in a while but people mostly stay here for one of two reason. Because they don’t want to drive home drunk from a concert, or they have 14 loud kids that want to be at the amusement park. Both options come with about 2 hours of sleep 🙂
Stop by ahead of time to see which site you like. Some sites were small. Some where huge! There were awesome trails from site to site so for us with 3 sites next to each other it was great. The kids literally ran from site to site all day long. Got them nice and tired. Beach was very nice and had a lifeguard. We had to walk but it wasn’t far because the parking lot was closed .
This is your typical Mom and Pop family campground, there are rules to follow but they do not hinder on your experience. They have a well stocked camp store, boat rentals, golf cart rentals, an indoor heated pool, jump pad, playgrounds, a hiking trail and frisbee golf. The bottom portion of the campground has mostly seasonal campers and cabins. You do have to go up a pretty steep hill to get to the 'transient' camping section, but there are many pull through, level, full hook up sites to choose from. ( We had site 250 and really liked it) The bathrooms were toilet/shower combos and were very clean. Attractions close by is a drive-in with 4 different screens, many places to eat, parks ( Vitale Park was really nice), a fun center with mini golf, go carts, batting cages, laser tag and arcade. We also experienced the local flea market in Avon, NY. It's HUGE!
It’s about a 50/50 of wooded to open sites. Decent amount of room in the sites. They advertise 30 amp but most are actually 20 amp and run on dangerously low voltage. Our site the electric was 75 feet away from the water hookup. Terrible setup.
We camped at Golden Hill over the weekend of July 24-26, 2020. Due to COVID, advance reservations are required to book a spot at any NY state campground. We had site 47 in loop C, which was across the road from the lake view sites. I recommend sites 40-45 for lake-front views. Loops A and B were more crowded and more suitable to RV trailers and rigs (we were camping in a pop-up camper). Site 47 was large and had a few trees. The campfire ring was right against the pad, which made it difficult to position our pop-up so that it was away from the fire ring.
Things to consider: There are 2 bathrooms in the campground, one near the A-B loops and one near the entrance. It was quite a hike in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom from our site. Some sites in the A-B loops are right next to each other, and we preferred the space for the sites in the C loop.
Wonderful things: The views are spectacular, particularly at sunset. The campground was quiet at night. The Niagara Wine trail is close to this campground, and Niagara Falls is about a 50 minute drive away. We hiked Devil's Hole and Whirlpool State Parks on this camping trip. The showers in the bathrooms were phenomenal - very clean with hot water and a private dressing area next to the shower. Showers were ADA compliant and had shower seats.