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Spring Mills , NEW YORK

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THE BEST PRIVATELY OWNED CAMPGROUND

DONNA AND RICK ARE THE ABSO LUTE BEST. THEY REALLY CLEANED THIS PLACE UP. IVE SEEN THIS CAMPGROUND GO THRU 5 OWNER AND DONNA AND RICK ARE THE BEST SO FAR.

Beautiful but disappointed

We had high hopes for this campground. It is in the beautiful PA mountains and not far from Elk Visitor Center. We got Site 021 in the lower loop. There is a shower house but we didn’t use it, so can speak to how it was. The site we had was beautiful it backed up to the creek and was right next to the dam. The playground was right next to our site which is great if you have kids. It is right next to the water and the site has electric. The one major let down is that random people walk through all of the sites along the creek. It is frustrating because all of the fire pits are right along the creek which means you constantly have people in your site. Even people just off the road above come down park and walk through all of the sites to fish. It was very disappointing because if you are wanting privacy you won’t get it here. There are no signs posted saying that the fishing along the creek is open to the public. So if you are coming here to camp… don’t plan on any camping etiquette. I was always taught that you don’t walk through sites that are occupied. The other thing is the hiking trails in the park aren’t clearly marked so hiking in the park is a little difficult. Loved the creek and wildlife we got to see but I really wouldn’t recommend if you are wanting some quite time to enjoy nature.

Beautiful

Amazing View And Hiking

Great family campsite

Was planning on camping at Cherry Springs but it was full for the weekend and decided to say here. Great location to camp with family and friends.very quiet campgrounds, clean bathrooms, and the beach at the reservoir makes for a great day of swimming or fishing. About a 10 or 15 minute drive to the observatory field. Highly recommend taking a night to head up there.

Unbelievable views

This is by far my favorite campground I’ve been to yet. The view of the river was unbeatable and the hike up the mountain way beyond worth it. I already can’t wait to come back.

Nice

Nice alternative to Cherry Springs. Campgrounds are well maintained. Clean bathrooms with toilets, sinks and shower.
We camped at site #26. Maybe had to walk in about 50ft. to campsite. Has fire rings and picnic table.

Solid campgrounds, super close to Cherry Springs, but lacks privacy & store

We stayed at Lyman Run because we needed electricity hookups, and Cherry Springs didn't offer it. Our trip was for astrophotography purposes, and Lyman Run is only a 10 minute drive away from the Cherry Springs viewing area. Totally worth it!

The good: Daggett Loop sites 16 and 17 are pretty solid. They're the last two in the loop and next to 17 is a river trail just to yourselves. It's nice. The bathrooms are modern and clean. Electricity hookups work great and I was able to pull a consistent 80% of max load(~32 amps) the entire time without issue. Sites are well kept. No cell service on site, but a 10 minute drive and you've got it (the best, imo)

The bad: The lake is a bit scummy/stagnant and was jammed pack with people (and since this review is written during COVID, no one was wearing masks or social distancing--disappointing). The sites are really close together with zero trees in-between sites. Bring your own privacy. PA has cross-county firewood ban, but the campsite doesn't have a firewood store. Had to drive 15 minutes off the campsite to find a random house selling firewood for $5 a bundle.

Choice PA Wilds camping

Like most PA State Park campgrounds, prime sites cater to RVs, including all of the creekside lower campground. Which isn't to say tent and hammock campers don't have some nice options in the upper campground — including site 50, which is secluded and spacious enough for 2-3 tents — but if you want flush toilets and showers, you'll need to pay $4 and head to the lower campground. (It would be nice if the DCNR added some walk/hike-in sites, or even Adirondack shelters along the long-distance Donut Hole Trail that cuts through the park south of the dam.) Nice day hike: you can make a 7.5 loop out of the Nature Trail that starts at the upper campground, linking with the Butler Trail to  the Kettle Creek Vista and returning on the Donut Hole. (Be sure to take the high water crossing unless you feel like wading into the lower campground.)

Nice

Nice clean place. Can get a bit crowded in some spots where the campers seem to be on top of one another. Luckily we didn’t have one of those sites. Nice area lots to do in the area if you are ok driving to different places. No cell service and WiFi isn’t reliable if that’s what you need or are looking for.

Dark Sky home

Lyman Run holds a special place for me. It’s nestled within the gold level dark sky area. This means on a clear night and with a waning or new moon, one could see the arm of the Milky Way with millions of stars- more than most people see in a lifetime. The camp sites are a bit rough- there are two loops, with one loop catering to the mostly RV crowds and the remaining one for tents. There are a few really good and shaded tent sites in the RV loop. The location of the park is near Cherry Springs SP, which gets all the attention for the night sky viewing. We were able to use Lyman Run as a way station as we visited Kinzua, the PA Grand Canyon, and other sites in the PA Woods area. There’s even a chance to watch elk nearby. Each site has a fire ring, with wood available nearby. Amenities include a beach at a nearby lake, warm showers, and good hiking trails. There is a general store nearby, but the nearest town is almost 45+ minutes away. But hey, there’s a Fox’s Pizza there, so … win? Since Cherry Springs (at the time of this writing) does not take reservations, we opted for the sure thing. Tent pads are well taken care of and the bathrooms are clean. This park is worth the time and view- you will not be disappointed.