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Michael O.
Chittenango, NY
Joined August 2018
Very nice high-end camp resort for RV's and full timers or weekend warriors

This is a nice campground. I mean really nice. Very well thought out. All sites are full hookups (i think) and paved. Definitely geared towards the RV or trailer crowd.

Very well kept up, bathrooms are very modern and well stocked. Staff are attentive and useful, and they operate a great store with lots of options.

For activities, there are some great hikes around the campground, as well as excellent playgrounds, fishing, an awesome pool, and of course, free shuttle rides to the Turning Stone Casino right up the street.

The only real negatives would be the proximity to some railroad tracks, which can be somewhat active and very audible in some spots (you'll want to stay towards the south / front of the park if this kind of thing bothers you). That and some sites aren't that close to a bath house, so if you're not planning on duecing in your box, you might be looking at a longer walk than others based on where your site is.

Big campsite, big sites, lots of activities, beautiful boating!

We've visited this campground twice now, and had a great experience both times.

The sites themselves are all in the open, imagine parallel parking your rig off the side of a road, with a nice forest behind you. That's kind of the deal here. But with room to fit another camper or two in between you and the next rig. Way easy access, but not a ton of shade or privacy. Sites are mostly level, but some did slant quite a bit. Hookups are well located and modern.

The facilities are very nice. Bathrooms are new and clean, and well kept. Showers were great. I've heard they've installed a new pavilion for games and events, but I haven't seen that yet. The staff is great, they have a nice little store for the basic supplies and treats, as well as fire wood and boat rentals. They also have cabins which are well thought out and nice!

Not a lot of Con's come to mind when I think about Lebanon. Very nice place, check it out!

Right at the gateway to the Adirondacks, a real gem of a campground!

We've visited this campground 6 times since we found it 4 years ago, and keep coming back for more. Easy access, great staff, well kept facilities and a beautiful setting. What more can you ask for?

The sites themselves are a good size. They aren't huge, but you'll have enough room to get creative with your parking. Plenty of trees to hang your hammocks on. All sites have a picnic table and fire pit, and for the most part are fairly level. Not all sites have full hookups, some are just power, some are only grey water, and some are full. There are a lot of full timers here, so the grounds can look fuller than they really are as most often the majority of the full time sites are not occupied. But on big weekends, when everyone shows up, its still not too crowded.

The facilities are modern and well kept. The only issue I had was the shower heads are at about 5'2" above the floor. I'm 6' tall. So that kinda sucked. But the pressure and temp were great, so its still a win. Plus, camping isn't really about taking showers anyways, right? Other than that the bath houses are well maintained and stocked. And they are never more than a quick walk from your camper.

Did I mention there is a pool? There is. And its HEATED. Which is nice, as we often get up there early or late in the season, and a heated pool is a necessity. There's also a good sized playground, an arcade, and lots of games for kids (and adults) to play like basketball, shuffle board, corn hole or horse shoes.

They have a great little shop there too, with just about everything you'd need to make a great weekend. And the staff is fantastic as well. The river is a little weird to get to, but totally worth it for kayaking, sailing or whatever kind of boating you want to do.

So that's a lotta Pro's. I should list some Cons too, to keep it fair.

  • The sites are kinda close, so you don't get a ton of privacy, and you can really hear what's going on next door.
  • The roadways can get a little tight between the trees, and can make for some interesting backing in.
  • Also, the roadways are mostly one-way, which can make getting creative with your trailer landing position tough.
  • They offer free wifi.
  • Not all sites have full hookups
  • Personally I'm not a fan of such an abundance of full-time units. But at least they're well kept (for the most part) and it is a few degrees shy of looking like a trailer park. You know what I mean.

Check them out, and they'll become one of your favorites too!

One of the best campgrounds for kids of all ages!

Quickly becoming one of our favorite campgrounds! So much to do here for the little ones, and so much beauty to soak in for us older ones! The staff here is excellent, and are always willing to do what they can to make sure you're having a great stay. The setting is absolutely gorgeous. Well treed, nicely sized spaces and fairly easy access for large rigs. Bathrooms are well spaced and plentiful, and well maintained. The showers are actual showers, and are taller than I am (which is nice!). So many activities for the kids, a great pool, mini-golf, parades, just non stop action to keep them going and tire them out! Highly recommended! Well worth the short drive up from Syracuse, or a longer drive from elsewhere!

Beautiful, scenic, remote, large sites, and did I say Beautiful?

One of our favorite campgrounds in the state, Golden Beach is truly a gem. Tucked away in the foothills of the Adirondacks, its a very quick drive up from Syracuse, Utica or Rome areas. The sites are massive, seriously. We typically travel in a group with 2 or 3 30' trailers, and often it seems like we could all fit on one site with plenty of room to spare. In fact, in the past we've done just that. We really like sites 78/79, and have booked them many years in a row.

The weather up there can be a little odd, we've had beautiful 80 degree summer days (in May), and snowfall (also in May). The lake itself is fantastic for boating or swimming (cold early in the season, but the kids don't seem to mind). And the best thing about the campground is the setting. Massive trees, every site full of 'em. So many places to hang a hammock and just relax and listen to the wind blowing thru the canopy.

If you're the hiking sort, there are tons of trails nearby, or so I'm told. Old Forge is a quaint little town and only about 40 min way by car.