April L.

Pro

Highland , NY

Joined April 2019

Beautiful

Great location offering both sunrise and sunsets over the water of Lake Ontario. Loved the access to the water for our dogs to swim and for beautiful views. Our site backed up to the water and although it was windy they thought ahead and built the fire pit up to block it. Our site was a little narrower than others based on our proximity to a corner, but we still loved it.

Rude management, no etiquette.

Second time staying here this season. Last time I thought the lack of site knowledge was just a fluke. Now I realize it's a "dont care" attitude of the management and how the young staff was trained.

The negatives… Booked a site in one area of the park because I was told the sites near our friends were full. Asked again at check in and was basically brushed off ( this site upgrade would have actually made more money for the campground) and was again told no and treated like I had asked her for her cc #. Visiting our friends site each day I could see the site I asked about then remained empty the whole time. This exchange took place after I saw the manager respond rudely to a seasonal who was asking about renewal for 2021 and removal of a tree following a recent bad storm. For both of these questions she was told " I've got my hands full, i'll have to call you tomorrow" in a condescending tone. Note: it was not busy at all.

Also during our stay it was conveyed to us by another camper that the seasonals are not happy with the new managment as it seems like they may have hired someone with no camping experience and thus does not truly understand some of the concerns people have. The once well groomed and maintained place ( see my previous review) is getting more weedy and unkempt.

They also now allow tents on any sites as they got rid of the designated tent area. This resulted in 4 sites behind our RV site that had set up spot lights and allowed their dog to wander around freely and crap on our site. This was in addition to them being permitted to cut through sites to access the bathrooms. ( the eliminated tent area was adjacent to the bath house which would have made this a non issue). Lastly they then left the campground in 3 cars mid day and left one dog tied up to a tree barking. Multiple campers from sites near us then went tent to tent seeing if anyone at all was still there. This ,in my opinion, could possibly be avoided if the person who checked them in had gone over things with them. However if its the same rude woman who checked me in i'm sure she did not as she couldn't be bothered to give me a check in packet, just a flyer with events on it. I had to dig out a previous one ( luckily I kept it) to check on certain hours and policies.

They also have a tendency to close one of the main roads in the campground for cornhole tournaments which they'd have plenty of room for without closing the road. This closure then means anyone checking in may have to navigate through a really tight seasonal area to access their site. This is seemingly done without consideration for rig size or angles needed to access sites. There is no escort to sites, even when their road closure has caused confusion or tension.

The positives…. Our site was shady and long. There is a farmers market not far away every Sat. 9-1 Harney and Sons teas is a short 20 min drive.

Quiet and clean

This was our first time staying here and based on some reviews I was not expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised however. The park was clean and though the buildings and some equipment was old, it was well kept. The bathrooms were closed so I can't speak to that aspect of the place. The seasonal sites are dotted throughout the park and they are a mix of both old and new campers, with all being well groomed and kept neat. The C section (30 amp) has some shade trees and all grassy sites. Shared hook ups ( two sites on one pole) at the rear of the sites with the exception of sewer. Sites were sized well and management spaced out the reservafions so people camping together could be together, but then allowed empty sites in between each group. Cable hook up was old and although we couldn't get any channels our neighbors got about 10 on the antenna. Management keep social distancing easy by keeping the store closed and allowing firewood or store orders via text message with delivery to your site. Management were doing rounds often in the golf carts and stopped often to make sure you didn't need anything. We would go back again, especially if camping with friends.

Needs work

This was our 3rd time here as its local to us. The place could use some maintenance…there was garbage at our site and on the roads and we checked in at 5pm which would have given them time to clean up our firepit. The roads to the main sites also need some branch trimming. -The teenage "staff" tooled around on KOA golf carts on their phones and oblivious to everything. Others flew around in their own carts without a care. -They have 2 pools which require signing up ahead of time for 1 hour slots…there is nothing wrong with this however they could accommodate more if they actually opened the 2nd pool, instead its green and gross. -There were also multiple sites up and still loud partying at 2am. I don't have a problem with staying up late at a fire, but just don't be as noisey. -if staying here and concerned about branches I'd suggest one of the pull through sites. Specifically 138, 146 and 145 have a nice concrete patio and nicer firepit if you want to spend a little more. Also be cautious of the "R" and "S" sites…its just a large gravel parking area with little to no shade. Would be okay for a quick overnight but not a vacation week.

Clean and peaceful

This was our first time staying since it was no longer a KOA. The comcrete patio sites once nicely maintained with gravel, woodchips and flowers were now just some flowers and weeds. The nice fire ring is still there but mo more chairs. This is the only "complaint" I have, if it really is one. Just needs some TLC on the 4 sites like this that they offer. The rest of the park is clean and peaceful. They offer a mix of site types in both full sun and shaded areas. They also have many nice cabins on site. We have plans to return with friends due to the proximity to home and easy access to local things to do.

Beautiful and clean!!

Stayed in mid September 2019. Beautiful views of the lake from almost everywhere in the park. Sites are meticulously maintained by staff and the staff was more than helpful. Pool was clean with two great water slides that many of us adults enjoyed it on many nights. Some sites were larger than others and some would be best for smaller trailers or class c/van campers. Bathrooms were each large individual rooms with a toilet/sink/shower each tiled beautifully and always clean. Rented a pet friendly pontoon boat and enjoyed the beautiful lake. Local marinas also offer rentals as well. Not a bad drive to Pigeon Forge or Gatlinburg and we had Uber/Lyft drivers both share some great local info for next time. We loved this place so much we cancelled a trip to Disney to return here in fall 2020 (this time with one of the fancy fireplace sites). Suggestion- book FAR in advance…this place fills up quickly.

Huge sites, love the privacy!

Stayed before peak season in the days leading up to Memorial Day weekend. Very quiet and park was almost empty as they had just opened for the season 2 days prior. Covid 19 I'm sure was part of the reason. As a result the playground and pool was closed. Still loved it there. Golf cart rentals (4 and 6 person) were expensive so we just walked the park multiple days. Each site is gigantic and well thought out and can easily say there is not a bad site in the place. Best sites are along the outer perimeter as they provide more privacy. We stayed in site 137 and had woods and some flat grassy areas behind us. A family could easily set up badminton or play catch back there. It's a short drive to Lake George Village, Great Escape and the Erie Canal system and southern end of Lake Champlain. Great ice cream and mini golf located walking distance from the park. We will definitely be back!

Quiet and peaceful

We were here during the Covod 19 shut downs so nothing was open. Our dogs were able to swim in the beautiful creek and there was only 1 other recreational camper that pulled in for our mid week trip. The pull through sites worked well for us, however next time we'd ask for one with a concrete patio. A pretty drive into the Scranton area. Many pretty tent sites right on the creek.

The drawbacks- The seasonals that seem to be there year round are all pipeline workers. So their diesel trucks start up around 6am. Also, the road in (Vacation lane) is dirt, rough and narrow. There is presently no gate as well so the public can just drive in. We didn't love that, especially when two different people drove in and stopped at our site to ask us questions.

Beautiful view

Great no frills place to relax. No activities and not much open for touristy stuff due to Covid 19. But the daily views of fields, farmers plowing with horses or the buggys going by was great. The road seems highly traveled surring weekdays so I would suggest a site far from it. Pull throughs offer the best views. Some buddy sites also available in pull through area. Small dog park, too small for our two labs.

We were in site 50 for this trip, however if you have a decent sized rig I would steer clear of this row. The road for this row is narrow and there is a fence that makes backing in more difficult, especially for a 30+ ft travel trailer. The photo I included with the line of trees is a wider road, there is no fence and the sites are angled better for easy back in.

Back again

Stopped here again July 2019 on our way to OBX. This time it was a weekend day (our last visit was mid week) and there was a marked difference. Though still primarily seasonal there were many people out and about in the pool and kids boating and fishing. The sites around us (nice large shaded pull throughs) were all booked. Events were planned for the weekend and everyone was friendly. There were still an excessive amount of Geese just like last time, but overall a great place to stop on our journey.

Large park, things to do, places to go

Booked an "Elite 50amp" site but had no realistic map to go by. Many if these types of sites are parallel to the water, but the map makes them look like back in sites. If your site neighbors are in their spots already when you arrive it will probably be hard to navigate unless you have a 20' rig. We don't, ours is over 33'and we were lucky that our site neighbors were both home to move their trucks so we could get in. Once in our site had a steep drop off to the lake, not all are like this, but be cautious about this if you have young kids.

They have many activities you can do on site (swimming in pools or lakes, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, floating, bike riding, playgrounds or weekly planned events). They advertise having a trolly shuttle but never saw it while we were there.

Had some issues with the lack of lighting on the roads while walking our dogs and this only made it worse when the seasonals fly around in golf carts paying no mind to the large trucks trying to get by. The dumpsters were FAR away from everything so that was also an annoyance. They also have hundreds of sites and only one area with dumpsters, seems like poor planning. At the end of the weekend people had piled many garbage bags near the small garbage cans around the grounds.

The roads are narrow and many should be one way, but are not. It would have been impossible many places in the grounds to pass a rig on the road due to the amount of other's vehicles, golf carts, decorations etc… so patience is important when arriving and departing. The gas powered golf carts were also a bit of a negative only because our site was next to a speed bump, so the noise was a little but worse for us.

Had an issue with water pressure on Saturday around 10am and called the office to make sure there was not a known water issue. Front desk knew nothing and said they would send maintenance but we never saw anyone. The situation improved so we think it was just a high demand time of day.

We would return here due to the proximity to Lake George and Saratoga, but we would choose a totally different type of site.

We were on site 219 to give you perspective when viewing photos.

Booked next year already

Just got back from another trip here. Site 382 and most of the sound front sites now have less tall grass (to improve view?) And the sound front area now has large rocks on the shore for erosion control. This is good and bad, it's now much harder for people and dogs to go out there and swim and harder to launch paddleboards and kayaks into the sound. We made it work and still went in with our dogs, but watched many struggle to launch a kayak, often needing 2-3 people to make it work.

We still love everything this place has to offer and they seem to be increasing their Facebook presence, posting activity reminders on their page for those of us staying to keep us up to date on where and when activities are. It's a nice touch to stay connected with guests.

We stayed for two weeks in July and dealt with heat waves and other days of terrible winds, either way it was an amazing place to call home for that long. Laundry is easy to access and the bath houses are clean and well lit inside and out.

They are also in a great location to walk or bike to shops, restaurants, ice cream, the pier and other activies, yet still not be in an over run touristy area. There were many days we walked to shops, breakfast, lunch and gift shops.

Highly recommend it here and can't wait to go back.

Close to NY side falls and local attractions

Stayed here to easily get back and forth to the NY side and border crossing at the falls. Nice sites and access right to the amusement park located next door. Playgrounds, pool, dog play area, cabins, tent sites and full hook up back ins and pull through sites.

Too close together

Sites are very close together. A dead spruce tree on our site had been spray painted green to make it appear alive. The upgraded patio site was nice and came with furniture, a grill and a beautiful fire pit area. But they had rented the patio site next to us to first time tenters who knew nothing about camping etiquette, so that put a damper on things. They do offer multiple options (tents, camper, teepees cabins etc…) but the place was laid out poorly and overall felt unwelcoming. The bath houses were dirty and smelled gross. Close to local attractions.

Love love love!

Our absolute favorite place. This is the reason we got a camper….to make this vacation possible every year. They have concrete pads, full hook up sites on both the ocean and sound side of Rt 12. They offer themed activities, multiple pools, playground, dog park area, bath houses with laundry, arcade/game room, mini golf, basketball, tennis courts, and amazing sunset views from the sound front sites and viewing area. They also have a marina on site to rent jet skis or drop in your kayaks and paddle boards in the sound. Not far from restaurants, the Rodanthe Pier and family activities.

Peaceful

Well organized campground with both water front back in sites as well as large pull throughs. Pull through sites also have lots of space between them so you don't feel like you are on top of the neighbors. Sites and roads are a pea gravel material and each site has large grassy areas around it. It was a quiet area with ponds and creeks and a generally relaxing setting. It has a clean playground and well maintained pool as well as some walking paths, large grassy areas, pavilion and volleyball court. All sites but one (#67) are full hook up. Some seasonal sites but all were tasteful and not trashy looking. We enjoyed the shade trees on our site (#3) and noticed many sites had similar trees, but the owner keeps them trimmed to not interfere when parking on your site. There is also a creek area for dog swimming. Our two labs loved it! Local kayaking areas and about 30 min to Foxwoods Casino, even closer to Mohegan Sun. Mystic Seaport and Mystic Aquarium are also not too far. Nearby (5min drive) is also a fun looking place for mini golf. Will definitely be back!

Lots of things to do nearby.

Disclaimer- it's not actually in Newburgh or NYC. Its located in Ulster County. It's a convenient place to de-winterize and ensure all systems are working as it's actually in my town. Some sites are hard to get into and others are in more of a large parking lot, but I think that is for workers for local pipeline companies. They have been working on upgrades and adding more patio sites which does improve the place. They have lots of things to do for the kids and a fishing pond as well. Trips are organized to NYC and it's about a half hours drive to a metro north station if you wanted to take a train South. Not far from SUNY New Paltz, local wineries and apple orchards and it's a reasonable drive to Walkway over the Hudson and the bike baths that connect to it. It is located on a quiet road, however the property backs up to the NYS Thruway.

Mainly seasonal

Majority of sites are season all campers with LOTS of cottages. Went early in the season so many had not been maintained in months. Only a handful of full hook up sites surrounded by seasonal cottages. Other area of the place had water and electric but it would be hard to get in/out of if it had rained a lot as it was all on soft grass. Lake was not easy to get to due to the messy walkways and mud. Overall was not impressed. Felt like a trailer park.

Love!!

Stayed in May and August 2018. Absolutely beautiful and CLEAN campground. Shaded and full sun site options as well as rental units if you don't have an RV. Boating pond, fishing pond, playgrounds, cafe/ice cream store, nightly weekend entertainment at their playhouse, new waterpark and two pools, tennis courts, laundry facilities, huge store, firewood and a trolley in the park. There is also another trolly to the village of Lake George, Great Escape and the outlet center. Bike trails throughout with a connection to the local bike trails leading to Lake George and Glens Falls area. Best part- the 2 acre dog park with shaded seating for humans , bathrooms and a dog wash station.

Had no idea it was there!

Stayed in October 2018. Tucked away in the woods I never knew this was there! Beautiful pond and a good mix of seasonal and overnight sites as well as cabins. Plenty of areas to walk our dogs and have them swim. Playgrounds, bath houses throughout and fully stocked camp store with anything you could ever need. Organized events, cafe on site and quick drive (or Uber ride) to Mohegan Sun.