Carrie J.
Lexington, KY
Joined July 2016
Lots of activities

This place is great for kids or diverse groups that all want to do different things. It's very family themed and fun for everyone. However, it can end up being as crowded as an amusement park depending on when you go.

Beach camping!

Awesome beach camping experience. It's a beautiful campground and the campsites are pretty secluded. Best of all, you can bring your pets!

Bring a kayak!

Tons of opportunity here for private island camping or exploration! Bring a kayak and float out to one of the many small islands for a private night of camping or just a little bit of day time exploring that others won't have access to! It's a choose your own adventure campground!

Weird One

This place is kind of a toss up for me. On one hand, I enjoy it because it's a little slice of heaven in the hell of one of the busy areas of New York. I hate this place for the same reason. It's not really camping if you're going to see a play and then go tour the Statue of Liberty. It just doesn't seem right to me. If I HAVE to be in New York, maybe I'd consider staying here again just to get myself out of the city for a bit. But this definitely isn't your "great outdoors/rest and relaxation" kind of place.

Go on a weekday

This place is packed on the weekends. If you want to avoid the rush of campers, definitely try to make the trip on a weekday. Sitting by the lake is really relaxing when you're all alone!

Boat-in only

You can only reach this campground by boat. The campground is very secluded and there are lean-to style campsites. You don't have to bring a tent unless you want to. This definitely saves some space in your boat. Pets are allowed! And since there usually aren't many people here, it's a great place to bring your dog for a long range game of frisbee or a good day of swimming.

Lots to do!

This is an excellent campground because it has plenty to do for everyone. There are a lot of amenities on the actual campgrounds such as fields for playing games or taking a stroll but there are also gorges and waterfalls you can hike to!

A quiet section of the Adirondacks

Cranberry Lake is located in the northwestern part of Adirondack Park. There are quite a few campgrounds here but most of them are geared toward touristy attractions that will draw in more people. To me, that makes the experience a little less genuine. If you're looking to get away from the noise and tourists, give Cranberry Lake a shot. Be prepared for non-motorized activities. If you get on the lake, you'll have to row or paddle.

Boating Campground

This is a great campground to visit for boating. You do have to take a boat to get here. This can be done easily by renting a canoe or bringing your own. Since you have to boat in, that's a dead giveaway that it's a super secluded site. The water is very calm and still. It's a super relaxing experience.

If you don't have a lot of experience packing gear and bringing only what's necessary you may have a little trouble getting everything you want over on a canoe. If you plan on boating in via a smaller canoe, definitely give your gear a double take and make sure you're only bringing the essentials.

Wild and Relaxing

My favorite type of campsite is when you're in the wild blue yonder on your own just using your own wits and tools around you to survive. My second favorite, is when you feel like you're out in the wild but you're really not too far from civilization. This campground fits the second description. There are plenty of amenities such as picnic tables and fire rings. You're just a short drive from town but it looks and feels like you're in the middle of nowhere. It's a great place to relax and feel at one with nature while knowing that if an emergency pops up, you aren't too far from help. If you're having doubts about camping, try Troublesome Creek out for sure! You get the best of both worlds here.

Not the best

There aren't a lot of campsites I've enjoyed in Arkansas, but this one was probably the worst. It felt more like camping in a yard. You didn't get much of a good wild outdoor feeling from being here. Maybe if it's your first camping trip and you're hesitant about sleeping outdoors this would be a good fit for you.

Nice!

The campground is very nice with all facilities either new or extremely clean and well kept. Overall, I was thrilled with the campground but I honestly didn't care for the Fargo area. There was always a strong smell of sulfur in the air and very little to do. The Roosevelt National Park is a few hours drive away if you are in the area and need some good outdoor entertainment.

Nice but meh

While the campgrounds are very nice, I'm not very impressed with Mt. Rushmore overall. I visited during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. If you go during this time, be prepared to tourists. Lots and lots of tourists on loud motorcycles. Don't get me wrong, every single person I encountered was over the top friendly and just out to have a great time. The motorcycles are very loud though and it does tend to get pretty crowded. If you do come to the Mt. Rushmore area be sure to drive up to WY and check out the Devil's Tower and also head out to the Badlands!

Nice campgrounds

The campgrounds are very nice. The Badlands are awesome though. To be honest, I spent a night at this campground and then decided to try my hand at backcountry camping out in the actual Badlands. The view is incredible. The park is extremely hot during the day. EXTREMELY HOT. The air is also extremely dry. Make sure you bring plenty of water regardless of what activities you plan on doing.

Anyway, back to the actual camping. Definitely come here. If you enjoy it, give the backcountry camping a shot as well. I have literally never experienced something as wild and wonderful as the Badlands at night. I stayed during the Perseid meteor shower. Seeing the Milky Way with the meteors passing by is something I will never forget. The night is brutally dark out there. It's both amazing and terrifying.

Basically a resort with tents and RVs

This is very similar to a vacation resort. There are over 100 campsites that are reservable. You can also rent a yurt for $55 a night if you're interested in that! There are tennis courts, a swimming pool, picnic areas, and basically everything you've ever dreamed of finding in a campground. All sorts of facilities are available from showers to flush toilets. This definitely takes the labor out of camping and turns it more into a luxury. If you're interested in "roughing it" for a few days, you may want to try some backcountry camping elsewhere. If you want to take a few days off from the camping grind, this may be the ideal location for you.

Very nice campsites

I'm giving four stars just because the campsites were nice and there were a few trails that were okay to hike. In my quest to visit every national park I've come to expect amazing hikes and scenic views and lots of nature. Unfortunately, Hot Springs National Park is primarily a historical site. I was not at all interested in Bath Row and it seems to be the primary feature of this park. If you're looking for something akin to RMNP or even Mammoth Caves, this probably isn't your idea of a good time. If you ARE looking for some history featuring natural hot springs, definitely stop by.

Pricey but plenty of activities

These sites are a little on the pricey side ranging from $12 a night to $32. However, you could easily get a satisfying and full vacation from this location. Most campgrounds are fun for a night or two, but here you would be able to see something new each day for a week without getting bored. There are miles and miles of trails that feature both historical sites and scenic views. There are plenty of activities for the whole family ranging from fishing to wildlife watching. There are also kids only events if you have children. The sites are very nice and have picnic tables as well as fire rings. Some sites offer electric and water hookups for RVs.

Meh

This is more like being at a day park where you'd find playground equipment (except there isn't any). If you have kids and are just looking for an easy day out on the lake, this is great. If you want something a little wilder, definitely skip this area and head somewhere else.

Cheap site, great hiking

This is a small campground so you don't have to worry about too many people disturbing you. There are 12 sites available at this campground and each has a fire ring. Several of the sites are located along the creek. It's so peaceful to sit next to your campfire and hear both the crackling of the fire and the bubbling flow of the creek. Definitely some nice sounds to fall asleep to! There are also picnic tables at the site, so don't worry about bringing camp chairs unless that's your style.

I believe there is some RV access but I much prefer to tent camp so that's generally all that I pay attention to.

There are vault/pit toilets here which is a plus considering you're so far in the middle of nowhere. Great hiking is right outside your tent!

Ocean front camping!

These campsites fill up quickly! Although there are rougly 170 sites at this location, only a handful have ocean views. If you want one with an ocean view, get there early. Be warned, though, driftwood can wash up and leave your site a little messy. There was quite a bit of driftwood floating around when I was trying to swim. If the water had been any rougher it would've been dangerous to swim near it.

There are flush toilets on the campground and sites have a picnic table as well as fire ring. You cannot collect driftwood for your fire. You'll have to either purchase it at the ranger station or a convenience store.

The Hoh Rain Forest is about a 45 minute to an hour drive away. However, if that's your primary reason for visiting, there are closer campgrounds available.