Sue T.
Hamilton, NY
Joined September 2016
Beautiful Year Round!

Paradox Lake is beautiful all year round. I have been here numerous times throughout the year and it never disappoints. My favorite time to come is during the fall, when the leaves are changing colors and its a little colder outside. I have also visited (but didn't stay) in the winter when the lake has frozen over, and it is still gorgeous. During the summer months you can obviously do more in the water because it is warm outside, but it does get pretty busy June-August. There are many other great lakes nearby that you can always do side visits to if you stay here. There is Schroon Lake which is only about 10 minutes away. There are quite a few camping sites within the park, I want to say there is about 60 sites total. Just FYI, not all camping spots are by the water. I learned this the first time I stayed here. I thought every site would have a perfect, close access to the water, but that wasn't correct. Only about 5 sites are right on the water. The people who work at the campground are amazing. They are so friendly and helpful. We wanted to do some hiking, and they were able to direct us in the right direction. We ended up hiking Pharoah Mountain, which was pretty good trek but totally worth it. The campground is well maintained and taken care of, and the bathrooms are actually clean (which is a shocker because most places aren't!). This was a total A+ for me. I also will say that during the summer months, it is not only more crowded but it definitely is loud. I know my friends and I came here one summer to celebrate college classes being done, and there were a lot of other college students doing the same. A lot of people drinking, and loud music. Just FYI :) Great place, great lake!

Breathtaking scenery. My kind of relaxation

I love camping anywhere where there is a lake. I love kayaking, so normally if there is a lake nearby, then I always bring my kayak. I love getting up early in the morning before everyone else, and kayaking on the lake. I almost feel like I am the only one on the water (and sometimes I am :)). The views on the water are absolutely breathtaking. There are trees that surround the entire lake, and the time I went was late summer/early fall so the trees were changing colors. I could have been out there for hours just taking pictures and taking everything in. Honestly, the pictures don't do it justice. One thing that I love about this campground is how you feel secluded from everything and everyone else. My campsite spot was very private, so my friends and I were able to enjoy the experience that much more. We also appreciated that our campsite had a table and fire pit ring. This made it easy to have lunches and dinners, and the table was nice for seating purposes. My friends and I enjoyed some great hikes, one that took us to the top of a peak and we could see the beautiful lake from above. The campground was very well maintained and clean, had restrooms, a small playground, and a beach area. The people working at the campground were extremely nice and helpful. They were the ones that directed us one which hikes to do. They also have some shops where you can rent some canoes to take out of the lake. I had my kayak, but a few of my friends rented a canoe and joined me on the water one evening. We stayed on loop D and had a great view of the lake, and obviously just walking distance to get into the water. Not sure what the other "loops" are like, but we really liked our location and amenities. Overall, I would recommend others to come and stay here. The campground is within the Adirondack Park so you cant really go wrong with that :). I cant wait to come back with my friends (or family) and enjoy another stay here.

Breathtaking scenery. My kind of relaxation

I love camping anywhere where there is a lake. I love kayaking, so normally if there is a lake nearby, then I always bring my kayak. I love getting up early in the morning before everyone else, and kayaking on the lake. I almost feel like I am the only one on the water (and sometimes I am :)). The views on the water are absolutely breathtaking. There are trees that surround the entire lake, and the time I went was late summer/early fall so the trees were changing colors. I could have been out there for hours just taking pictures and taking everything in. Honestly, the pictures don't do it justice. One thing that I love about this campground is how you feel secluded from everything and everyone else. My campsite spot was very private, so my friends and I were able to enjoy the experience that much more. We also appreciated that our campsite had a table and fire pit ring. This made it easy to have lunches and dinners, and the table was nice for seating purposes. My friends and I enjoyed some great hikes, one that took us to the top of a peak and we could see the beautiful lake from above. The campground was very well maintained and clean, had restrooms, a small playground, and a beach area. The people working at the campground were extremely nice and helpful. They were the ones that directed us one which hikes to do. They also have some shops where you can rent some canoes to take out of the lake. I had my kayak, but a few of my friends rented a canoe and joined me on the water one evening. We stayed on loop D and had a great view of the lake, and obviously just walking distance to get into the water. Not sure what the other "loops" are like, but we really liked our location and amenities. Overall, I would recommend others to come and stay here. The campground is within the Adirondack Park so you cant really go wrong with that :). I cant wait to come back with my friends (or family) and enjoy another stay here.

Beautiful Campground!!

Staying here was sort of a last minute decision, but I was very pleased with my stay. Some friends and I from college picked this place the morning of, and ended up getting to the campground around 6pm. The place wasn't too busy, and we were able to get a great spot. One thing I loved was how great the roads were leading up to the campground, and around the campground. I have a small car and always worry that the roads will be bumpy and have tons of potholes. This road was well maintained. I also appreciated how easy it was getting to our campsite. Some campgrounds it is a maze to try and get to your spot, but everything is well marked. The campground was clean, which we also appreciated. There are dumpsters and garbage cans all around the campground, so it makes it easy to dump your trash. There are also really good hiking trails nearby, which we did the next morning. There also is a cute little store nearby that had some good snacks. We forgot roasting sticks for our smores, and this store saved the day. There are also showers and bathrooms within the campground, which I thought were clean and well managed. The scenery was gorgeous, trees surrounded us- which is nice because it does give you some privacy. I also saw somewhere that they offer Wifi, however we didn't use it. Might be something to look into if that is something you need. The lake is gorgeous. My friends and I enjoyed some kayaking and swimming! Overall, staying here was awesome. If you are looking for a place to go that is beautiful and CLEAN, I would suggest coming here.

Awesome hikes, and great scenery!

This campground is really nice, with lots of outdoor activities to do. I really enjoyed hiking, swimming and seeing all the beautiful waterfalls. They do have a "upper" and "lower" park. The lower park is where you will find the campground, swimming areas, and a big open field. My family and I enjoyed throwing our Frisbee around in this field, and also saw people playing flag football. The upper park has a lot of really cool hiking trails, a lake, another big field and an area that has picnic tables. My family and I spent half our time in the lower park, and the other half in the upper park. We mostly went to the upper park for the hiking. We went mid-July, and we did see that they offer some park tours if you are interested in that. I believe they take you on a tour through the Buttermilk gorge, and along some of the hiking trails. We opted out of the tours, and just went by ourselves. The swimming area/falls area was pretty packed, and the parking in that area was pretty jammed packed. The campground itself was OK. Nothing too special about it, and not much privacy between each site. We reserved our area online a few weeks before we went, and opted for an area that seemed out of the way and private- however, it wasn't. Luckily, we were hardly at our campsite so we didn't mind that much. There are bathrooms on site that also have showers, which is nice. They do have some stores close by, but nothing within the park. We stopped by a store called Wegmans before we came into the campground, and got all out food supplies there. I would maybe call in advanced if you want to see the falls, just to make sure there is water…apparently people were saying there isn't always water in the swimming hole, and waterfalls year round.

Great for kayaking!

Sheridan Bay Park is a great place if you are wanting to kayak or do any type of water activities. There is a beautiful lake, but it does get pretty busy in the summertime. I love kayaking right in the morning, just to beat the crowd. You can also boat and fish on the lake as well. The campground was pretty clean, which I always appreciate. The campground is located in Dunkirk, and there are quite a bit of other activities you can do outside of the campground, within the town. Lake Erie State Park is fairly close by, and that lake is really pretty as well. The campground is very family friendly, great for all ages. Again, in the summer months the park does tend to get pretty busy- the campsites are on a first come first serve basis so I would recommend coming early in the day if you want to get a good spot. Campground has bathrooms, fire pit and picnic table too.

Beautiful waterfalls!

I absolutely love coming to Watkins Glen Campground, especially when I went to get away from the busy city. This park has gorgeous waterfalls, and great paths to walk and hike on. It's located in Upstate New York, so it's close enough to the city but you feel like you are far away from the city. The campsites are great, clean and well kept. This park does get pretty busy though, because it is open to campers and people who just want to visit for the day to walk the trails. I love that they have trails that lead very close to the waterfalls..lots of rim trails that literally overlook the waterfalls and gorges. In the campground they do offer a pool, which again, does get busy because it's open to everyone regardless if you are camping or not. There also is tours you can take in the summer that will take you along the waterfalls and gorge, they have a playground for kids and an area with picnic tables. I went mid July and it was extremely busy, not sure when a good time to go during the summer when it's not as busy. That was the only downside I would say, is how crowded it was. There is also Seneca Lake nearby that many people go to fish in, however I didn't go on this trip but plan to next time. There are restrooms on site, however I didn't think they were that clean. Toilet paper and seat covers were out in most stalls, so I would advise to bring your own when you go. There is also some gift shops and food stands set up…one food stand has some pretty good hot dogs! The hikes to the gorge and waterfalls is pretty well maintained, however there are quite a bit of stairs. There were some people with kids in strollers that had to turn around because the stairs made it difficult. Not handicap friendly. I would advise to wear a good pair of walking shoes, and not sandals because it is slippery in some spots and again, a lot of stairs! I would highly recommend coming here, even if you don't decide to stay the night!

Water activities were a blast!

I am so thankful that l live close to the Adirondack park- where there are so many places to camp within this huge park. Hearthstone Point Campground is a lot of fun, and if you enjoy water sports and activities, then you will have a lot of fun staying here! My family and j came here a few years back, and I'm excited to head back soon. The campground is located on Lake George (there are a lot of other wonderful campgrounds located on Lake George also). Like I said, if you like being on the water this would be a great place for you to stay. We brought our boat and enjoyed water skiing, tubing and knee boarding. We saw some other people kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Next time we come we will definitely bring our kayaks along too. My dad also did some fishing while we were boating, and he actually caught some type of salmon- which we had for dinner that night and it was amazing! There were other people fishing too, some by boat and some just fishing from the land. My family and I stayed 3 nights, and one of the morning we got up and went on a beautiful hike. There are a few different hikes nearby. We did Prospect Mountain…the views were gorgeous! The trail was well maintained and easy to follow. There were beautiful waterfalls along the way, and even some of the views through out the hike were awesome too! The hike wasn't too bad, if you are in shape then this hike will be no problem for you. The hike is also free :). The charge to camp overnight is $22 per night and if you aren't a state resident then it is an additional $5. We also just enjoyed swimming in the lake, laying on the sand beach and hanging by the campfire. The campground itself is pretty well kept and clean…they do have dump sites to throw your garbage away, I think this is why the campground is clean. They also have restrooms, which were some what clean- they didn't have seat covers available so if you use these I would advise to bring your own. For those who like to do other things then just outdoor activities, the Village isn't too far away (maybe a couple miles from the campground). There is a small shopping area with outlet malls here at the village. We went there one morning to get some coffee from a shop. There are no electrical hookups, which was fine for us because we just used tents, but just FYI for those looking for electrical hook up. One downside is that our camp site was close to the road so we did hear cars driving by at night, so I would advise to get a spot away from the road. We actually ended up switching sites the second night toward the back of the campground and it was perfect! Also loved how big the sites were, we didn't feel like we were crowded at all. The staff at check in and check out were awesome and the process went quickly. I would recommend staying here if you are looking for a relaxing weekend getaway!