Gary G.

Charlottesville, VA

Joined July 2016

Life is Good!

Outstanding campground with easy access to the beach!

We were very pleased with our camping experience at First Landing State Park.  The campground is well maintained and has a knowledgable and friendly staff.

The drive thru campsite we chose was clean, level, and came equipped with a fantastic fire ring and picnic table.  There was lots of room on the site, and we could have set up a couple of tents toward the back if needed.

Access to the beach and surrounding hiking/biking trails was the real strength of this location!  It is certainly not wilderness camping, but with water and electric hook ups, we set up a successful basecamp for exploring the region.

The weather was great for late October, and the crowds were minimal.  We will likely make this an annual trip.

Good campground in an excellent location for visiting Shenandoah NP

Loft Mountain is made for car campers, backpackers, distance bikers, and anyone who wants just basic stuff and then be left alone!

The cost is amazing!  Only $15.00 per night ($7.50 for a Senior Pass Holder!) which is a throw back to the olden days for sure.

I didn't get a very warm welcome here, but rather a semi-rude ranger who seemed put out with the registration process.  During my professional career, I realized that sarcasm is not a good way to make friends and influence enemies!  Once registered, I never spoke to another staff member, which was OK with me.

Keep in mind that this campground is at a high elevation so things don't dry too quickly in the morning after a rainy night.

I enjoyed my stay here and would return because of the number of sites that are first come first served… no reservation needed!

Overall, a good camping experience.

Outstanding State Park!

Douthat (Doubt-that) State Park is a campers dream!  Level sites with or with out hook ups, well spaced apart, fairly private, and in the middle of a pretty good forest!

Kid and pet friendly, this park has a nice lake for Kayaking/canoeing, multiple hiking trails with views, excellent opportunities for wildlife watching, and great biking trails.

It is off the beaten path so it appears to be less visited than other Virginia State Parks.

Good campground in an excellent location for visiting Shenandoah NP

We took the grandchildren on their first camping trip without their parents, ages 5 and 2.5, and spent two nights in Big Meadows.  The camping was fine, but the opportunities for hiking, biking, and nature watching were excellent!

The cost was only $20 per night.  The site we had for our trailer was small and it barely fit our camper and truck.  However, their was plenty of room overall and our neighbors were a good distance away.

The kids had a great time walking and biking around the campground.  We also hiked up to Blackrock (near the Big Meadows Lodge) and took a couple of other short family hikes.

There are no hook ups, but the bathrooms were up to date and well distributed through out the campground.  Everyone was friendly and helpful… no complaints there at all.

We highly recommend this campground if you are visiting the Shenandoah National Park.

Nice park, but camping is an after thought...

The campground is right at Thomas Point Beach which was fantastic!  However, the sites were only average, no water hook ups, and the electric hook up required a 50 ft. extension cord to reach a pole.

Since it was not too crowded, we were able to find a site that gave us some room, but many sites were right on top of each other.  The bathrooms were less than average in upkeep and cleanliness.

We put our kayaks into the water right at the beach and had a nice float in the bay.  The campground is close to Topsham and Brunswick, which is where we needed to be for the weekend.

I would not recommend this campground as a destination by itself.

Jammed pack campground with easy access to the ocean!
  1. Typical private campground with very small sites and packed together.
  2. Excellent location!
  3. Very clean and up to date.
  4. Store, cafe (with limited hours), hot showers, laundry, etc.
  5. Expensive.
NY State campground... Great location, very basic.

Dry camping with a bathroom/shower house that works but not well.

Great location for hiking in the Adirondacks.

Large sites, water available.

Rangers leave you alone, almost no contact with them.

Mt. Blue State Park ROCKS!

Large, private sites with no hook ups. Campground is on Webb Lake, which is a great lake for boating, swimming, and other water activities. There is also an easy to access and use boat launch.

Bathrooms and separate showers are clean and well maintained, with outhouses located in strategic places for easy access.

Rangers run some great programs for kids and adults. There is a playground and recreational area with plenty of large, open spaces to run the dogs.

There are tons of great places to explore with awesome hikes up Mt. Blue and Tumbledown Mt. to name the most popular. Visitors really should take the dirt road across to Coos Canyon, which has been carved out by the Swift River.

Convenient vs. "Camping"

We love the state parks and unorganized, off the beaten path camping. This is definitely not that! However, for easy access to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, the Bar Harbor Campground is a pretty good place to park.

The sites are small and semi-private, flat, well maintained, and you have a choice of water, electric, and even sewer or dry. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. There are 3 buildings with flush toilets and showers (coin operated) and plenty of hot water. There is a pool, a laundromat, a game room, and a main office. Nearby are restaurants and mini-golf.

Key note: sites are first come first serve and you must pay with cash or check. No credit cards are accepted.

So if you want to be close to the action, don't want to make a reservation, have some cash, and are not looking for a "wilderness" camping experience, the Bar Harbor Campground is a good option.

Perfect campground for access to the White Mountains

We have stayed at Moose Brook State Park a number of times over the years to gain easy access to the hiking trails in the White Mountains. The campground is well run, manned by easy going Rangers, and is hassle free. The sites are large, with a choice of wooded, partially wooded, or open. Sites are level, with the fire ring on the correct side for people with campers. The price is good and on a number of occasions we have seen moose or bear in the area.

Camping in the County!

We love to camp in State Parks, and the North East has plenty of them to try. For many years, I have looked at a spot on my Maine map called Aroostook State Park, way up north near the great city of Presque Isle. On the spur of the moment, our well travelled group decided to spend the weekend camping in Aroostook County and the great Maine woods!

Great base camp for climbing Katahdin

We booked a night at a lean-to in Roaring Brook Campground so after we climbed Katahdin we wouldn't have to drive home. The hike took all day, but at the end we had a great place to chill! A dip in Roaring Brook (pretty cold one, I must say) and a small campfire with a BBQ capped off a fantastic day! Early the next morning, we took a short hike to Sandy Stream pond to hunt for moose and loosen up the body. It really paid off!

The Quiet Side of ANP

Although it is quite a ways off the beaten path, Schoodic Woods Campground is well worth the travel time. The campground is new, so it is sparkling clean. The sites are good size, with enough distance between sites for privacy. With us, the key is what can you do for activities around the campground. SWC is well situated!

Activities include biking (both road and wood trails), hiking, and exploring the rocky coast of Maine. There are a couple of restaurants including one you don't want to miss… The Pickled Wrinkle! (You have to try a pickled wrinkle)

Great basecamp for accessing the new Katahdin Woods and Water National Monument and Baxter State Park

We were interested in kayaking on ponds and streams in the KAWW or Baxter State Park. Since we have a trailer and our buddies have a RV, we new we could not get into South Branch Pond in BSP. We decided to try Shin Pond Village Campground, a privately owned place in Mt. Chase on the way to the northern entrance of BSP.

The campground is right off Route 159, which is now a scenic by way in the KAWW National Monument. Although our sites were close to the road, there was so little traffic it really didn't matter! Sites were flat and open, with decent privacy for a privately owned campground. There was a really good store and a great diner attached to the main office building. Campfire wood was abundant (and for sale by the campground) and each site had a picnic table, fire ring, and fire place to cook on.

The campground is between upper and lower Shin Ponds, with easy boat access to both. We were about 15 miles from the northern entrance of Baxter State Park (BSP), so we chose to travel to South Branch Pond to spend the day kayaking. A great choice as you can see from the pictures.

Outstanding rustic campground in the awesome Baxter State Park!

Small campground with tent sites, a couple of cabins, and several lean-tos. Access to South Branch Pond and the Traveler Mountain Range is unbelievable, with sites right on the edge of the lower pond.

The rangers are very helpful, wood is always available, and the night sky is void of any light pollution. Nearest town is about 1 hour away, so come prepared!

Base camp for hiking in the Catskills

The long, narrow, and winding road from Route 28 to Woodland Valley campground should not keep you from camping there! The campground is located on a nice stream (Woodland creek) and has some really nice sites and some really basic sites. The rangers were very friendly and helpful, and the facilities were in good shape (free hot showers!).

Most important is the fact that you can quickly get to many great hikes in the Catskills including Hunter, Slide, Plateau Rock, and many others.

Great basecamp for the Whites!

Dry River Campground is not fancy and by itself, will not entertain you. It's strength is in it's location and the fact that it provides large, flat sites, with moderate amounts of sun, and plenty of privacy. The fairly new bath house is a plus.

From it's strategic location off Route 302, any hike in the Whites is only minutes away. In fact, a short connector trail from the campground gets you access to the Dry River Trail and Mt. Washington!

The park rangers are easy going, provide lots of great info, and come around with wood for a campfire nightly ($5 per bundle). The rates are cheap so the campground fills up fast and stays full most of the summer.

We return to Dry River Campground and Crawford Notch State Park every couple of years as part of our northeast rotation…. Lily Bay at Moosehead Lake in Maine is up next!

Another awesome State Park in the great State of Maine!

Fantastic weather and an awesome lake, Sebago State Park is a fabulous place to recreate. The area surrounding the campground has great hiking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and biking opportunities. The only reason I rate it as a 4 is because the campground itself is crowed… it is a very popular location with small lots! We tend to gravitate toward the more isolated campgrounds, but for a long weekend once a summer, this is a nice place to be.