Lena L.
Syracuse, NY
Joined June 2018
A backpacking experience without having to backpack!

This is a gorgeous environment! I’ll start by saying that when we go back, we’ll throw all of our stuff into our packs so that we can walk in all in. Kind of like the shortest backpacking trip! I actually think this would be the perfect environment for someone who wants to test their skills staying ‘alone’ in the ‘backcountry’ without really being either. It’s a nice in between for those who are looking for more solitude than the average campground provides but without having to hike into a back country site.

When you arrive at CBG farm, Charlie (and if you’re lucky, his friendly dog Drift) will meet you at the meat store and then show you the way (a 2 minute drive around the corner) to the Shady Pines camp. You’ll park in the grass across from cornfields, and then ride with Charlie around a path through the woods and fields to check out the sites. We chose to stay near the “lake”, a pond that Charlie put in, and stocks wth fish.

It’s a gorgeous spot. We set up a hammock, put our tent out in the field, used the wooden table to cook our dinner, and made a fire. The cows were nearby and we could occasionally hear them mooing, but a friend asked if it smelled like cows, and it really doesn’t! It actually smells like apples. You can still hear a few cars drive by but they’re mostly drowned out by the crickets.

Theres a cabin and an outhouse a short walk away, and an incredible outdoor kitchen that we didn’t need to use but would love to grill some burgers next time we go.

We truly loved this spot and can’t wait to bring some friends next time! Anyone in the Central NY area needing a night away should check out Shady Pines!

Beautiful views of the ocean

Had direct access to the ocean- brought our kayaks out. Also enjoyed riding our bikes around the campground. Many people were out early digging for clams. Close to Acadia- we drove in each morning to hike. Acadia is a dream- definitely recommend going. Campsites were spacious and private feeling despite being pretty open. Portapotties around if you can’t make it all the way to the bathrooms.

Bear country

A family of black bears peacefully passed through this campground when we were there. Clean facilities and close to gorgeous hikes. A short walk to St Mary Lake.

Family friendly

Had a great time at this campground- surrounded by many returning campers which gave the whole experience a good community vibe. Ice cream truck comes around each evening in the summer. Sites are tucked away in the trees for privacy. We set up our 6 person tent and two hammocks comfortably. Long walk to the beach from our site but enjoyable anyway. Nice little hiking trails nearby.

Beautiful Bryce Canyon

We were amazed by the beauty of Bryce Canyon and this campground was only a short walk away from looking over the rim. Great trail access, basic but clean camping essentials such as fire pit, bathrooms, water access, sink, picnic table. Our site was spacious and clean. It did snow when we were there in late September.

Spacious site

Amenities include shower and laundry. Quick access to little trails. Clean bathrooms. Nice tent pad. Spacious sites.

Wildlife and beautiful views

Beautiful site, good location in the path. Lots of deer friends out and about. Bathrooms were clean. Tent stakes don’t go in the ground here, instead of stakes we used rocks. Easy access to the shuttle and visitors center.

Beautiful and serene

Love this campground- the sites feel private and tucked away. We lucked out with a spot right across from the water. You can access trails right from the campground, and it’s just a short drive to the lake to rent canoes. Absolutely beautiful!

Beautiful and Clean

This is a really nice campground. Friendly staff, small shop with some last minute items and firewood, beautiful spots with nice flat tent beds, bathrooms are exceptionally nice. We will stay here again and again!