Noah M.


Butler, PA

Joined July 2020

A family of simple, quiet, and adventurous people always looking for our next trip. "Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world" -John Muir

Plenty of activities and located right on the Youghiogheny River

We stayed here in October after the pools were closed for the year but they had plenty of great activities including crafts for the kids and trick or treating which was a blast.  We would have preferred to be right on the riverfront sites but they had been booked up most of the year so it was still nice to be able to finally get into this campground which won 2020 KOA Campground of the year.

They also had a DJ and costume contest as well which was a very fun time.  Our only complaint is the sites that aren't on the river are a bit tight and packed in but booking out far enough ahead should solve that.  Trash pickup at your site was a nice added bonus as well and this is located right on the Great Allegheny Passage Bike Trail as well.  We'll be back for sure.

Field Camping at best

It's not that we didn't enjoy our stay at this KOA, it's was just a giant field with the seasonal sites occupying the perimeter which was where the only trees were really located at.

Due to COVID19 all the activities were shut down as well, however the people in the office were still really friendly and provided plenty of crafts for the kids to do.  Pulling in my RV which is 28ft was quite a challenge as well due to the fact that there were a drop offs on both sides of the pull in area where they ran storm drains making it a bit of a challenge.

Overall it was quiet and clean and would have been much better with the activities had they taken place but camping in a field just isn't for us.

Great staff, however too many seasonals

First let me say the staff at Farma Family Campground was absolutely fantastic.  However, we quickly realized that a majority of this campground was seasonal campers who have been here a long time after we quickly found out we were "weekenders" by multiple people who asked us.

If it weren't for the large number of stationary campsites we'd probably come back as we enjoyed the area, however I wasn't thrilled with having the label "weekender" slapped on my family and the overall rudeness of the long time residents of the campground.

Under new management with fantastic owners

The Meadville KOA was taken under new ownership in March of 2020 and the new owners go above and beyond to make sure you enjoy your stay.

Large wooded campsites with full hookups, stocked ponds, paddle boats, and multiple playgrounds for the kids along with weekend activities.

We really enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning next season to see what the new owners do with the campground.

Great campground with plenty to do for the kids

This was our first time staying at this Jellystone as we usually go to Mill Run instead.  This park is about half the size of the Mill Run Jellystone but is packed with activities for the kids with some paid and some free.

Nice large generally wooded sites and a paved road bike riding goes through the entire camp.  The staff were polite, helpful, and great with our family.  Overall a great experience and we'll definitely be back.

Nice but too close to the PA turnpike

We stayed here a few years back and although the campground itself was quite nice and large all night long we could hear trucks going down the PA Turnpike which at the time made it hard to enjoy the weekend while in a tent at night.

The lake is nice for kayaking and paddleboarding in addition to some small motors but unfortunately we never did return after our trip so not sure if you can still hear the turnpike at night or not.

Plenty of do for everyone

This is probably one of my favorite campgrounds in PA and we like to stay right along the wooded area by beach and playground.

This gives the kids access to water, playground, and a quick trip up to the camp store for ice cream.  We've also rented a pontoon boat for the day from the marina which is great time as well.  They have a mountain bike course in the back of the park in addition to hiking trails that border the lake.

Prince Gallitzin is definitely one of the larger state parks in Pennsylvania so expect there to be a lot of people and busier but it's a very nice place to visit.

Nestled in between an old growth forest of pines

Located just up the road from the main part of Cooks Forest State Park, Ridge campground has sites located in an old growth forest of pines which makes for a fantastic place to stay.

Note they are electric and tent only sites (as our most state parks in PA) but we really enjoyed the scenic backdrop that the park had to offer.

Easy access to the Clarion River and the Pale Wale provides tube, kayak, and canoe rentals in addition to shuttle service which can make for a really fun day out on the river.

Nice small park with sites right on the Clarion River

My wife's family has been going here for over 60 years so we make an annual trip up here every year in the fall.

We always get the sites along the river (electric only) which have a great view of the Clarion River with easy access to go out and play when the water is low enough.  Close to Cooks Forest as well and Bear Town Rocks is a must to visit while at the park.

Awesome with plenty to do for everyone

We go to Mill Run every year for their halloween camping weekend (they have multiple) and it's an absolute blast.  All the campers and sites are decorated and the kids can trick or treat from site to site.

Plus at night it's really fun to drive around on a golf chart and see the place all lit up.  The pool and waterpark area are fantastic as well in addition to the dry snow tubing.  We always have a great time here and go every year.

Great little campground with fantastic owners

We learned about this campground hidden away in Carlton, PA from a friend and we all went camping together.  The kids had a blast playing the in creek, fishing, and walking through the trails in the woods.

The owners were absolutely fantastic and even came around and picked up our trash.  Also, these are some of the largest campsites we've ever stayed on and we'd say most of them are double sites.

Great campground that we plan on returning to every year.

Great campground just be sure to get the correct site

Our family loved Kalyumet and there was plenty to do for everyone including some great activities for children.  We enjoyed the pool the walking/hiking trails, a trip into Cooks Forest, and even spent some time at the arcade (costs money).

We plan to return but our only complaint would be the site we were in (11) and others next to it were quite far from the water and cable hookups.  I ended up having to run 60ft of water hose and 50ft of cable in order to get a connection (which required a trip to Walmart).  The electric was right on the site, but I can't understand why the water was so far away.

We plan to return but just wanted to let others know if you are booking in the first 2 rows plan to have a really long water connection and possibly electric as well.

Nice amenities, not so much the campground

We have a 28ft travel trailer that we barely were able to squeeze into a site after we moved from the original site we were supposed to have.  Ended up having to park the truck sideways so it didn't hang out on the road.

The party that was with us could not open their awning the entire way as it pushed into the overgrown trees/weeds right outside their door.  After taking a walk around the campground we discovered the sites on the top were much more open and spacious.

We liked and enjoyed the beach, but we don't plan on returning as the spots were quite tight with nowhere to easily refill water.

Great Campground

Sparrow Pond Family Campground is a nice campground close to Erie, Presque Isle.  The RV sites are spacious with some wooded, some open by the pond, and others with views of the area towards the back.  We enjoyed the pool and the playground with our family and plan to return.