Knowing that the pool wouldn't be open (the main complaint of previous reviewers) we spent a long Easter weekend at Holly Shores. We really enjoyed our stay. The place was packed and the activity schedule was filled to the brim. We actually commented on the way out that we needed to book a weekend in a less organized place so we could spend some time relaxing (of course, no one made us go to every planned activity, that was our choice). There was no segregation between seasonals and transients at the activities and we were made to feel welcome at each event. Our kids fell in with a group of kids their age and had a great time all weekend. Our dog enjoyed the dog park, and made a new friend, a 6 month old Shih-Tsu. The park was clean and nicely organized. Gravel roads and sites with concrete pads for your picnic table. Fire rings were at every site. The only complaint I can make is that they do not allow outside firewood, which I can understand due to the long haired Asian beetle problem in South Jersey – but charging me $5.00 for about 6 pieces of wood is a bit high. It almost seems like profiteering at that point. The bathhouses were clean, though some mud was tracked in on Saturday when it rained. We did not use the showers, they were 25 cents for 3 or 5 minutes (don't remember exactly). There were quite a few bathhouses too, which was nice. There is a bike trail about a block from the campground entrance that will take you to Cold Spring Village (a working historical village). It was closed when we were there, but would make for a nice family outing. It's about a 2.5 mile bike ride. Wi-Fi is available, but we did not use it. Overall we had a fantastic weekend and would definitely go back to Holly Shores. We may plan a trip once the pools open to see the mean pool lady in action!
We spent Columbus Day weekend at Camp Taylor. First off: Believe the other reviews about getting directions from the Camp Taylor website instead of using Map Quest or a GPS. There is a ridiculously steep hill on Mt Pleasant Rd. Take the extra 2 minutes and go down to Benton Road (skip the bottom of Frog Pond too). Benton to Frog Pond to Wishing Well to Mt. Pleasant. We took a ride out and tried Mt. Pleasant on our way to the DE Water Gap – Completely understood why one should avoid trying to pull up (or down for that matter) such a hill. Anyway, enough about the mountainous terrain. The Park is simple and they have a lot of rules, but they seem to have their reasons. The place was clean and nice. The showers were indeed hot (for 25 Cents) and the bath house was clean. We were given the last site that could accommodate our rig 3A right off the playground. It took some jockeying to get in, but a more experienced driver may have backed right in. The playground was convenient for our kids, who enjoyed the swings and sand, but spent more time exploring the creek than anything. The campground put on a haunted house in their pavilion. It was impressive, and pretty scary. My 9 year old went through – pulled the 6 year old out when a few older kids came out fairly terrified. I will give them credit, the 'monsters' in the haunted house saw that she was clinging to me pretty tight, they did not get in her face or try to scare her, they let us slide through pretty quickly and concentrated more on the other adult in our party. There are quite a few seasonal sites listed, but we never felt the 'What are you doing in OUR campground' vibe that you sometimes get from seasonal folks. The dump station was conveniently located on the way out and a sewer hose is actually available so you don’t have to dig your own out. Cell reception (Verizon) was fine all weekend. We didn't try to use Wi-Fi, I'm honestly not sure if they had it at all. Lastly there was no cable TV and I couldn't pick anything up on the antenna. Most folks don't care when they're camping, but I wouldn't want anyone to say I didn't warn them! We're considering another trip next year to take advantage of the hiking trails and the proximity to the Water Gap. The Lakota Wolf Preserve (associated with, but not owned by Camp Taylor) was fantastic. A highly recommended trip, especially for school age kids, scout troops, etc… Very educational, a little pricey at $10 per adult, $8 per child but they are funded solely by visitors and donations. Amazing to see Wolves that close. They also have 3 Bobcats and 2 Foxes. Watching the foxes circle Becky (who gave the Fox & Bobcat part of the tour) for grapes was hysterical. There's also a local winery that sells a few bottles related to the wolves sharing the proceeds with Lakota. Mention that you stayed at Camp Taylor and get 10% off!
We camped here on our maiden voyage. The pull-through site was an interesting variation of the standard pull-through. Think of a horseshoe driveway. It worked out very well, the site giving us allot of privacy on the awning side, though that cut down on the people watching. Friendly staff and clean bathrooms (though the stalls were a bit tight to the knees). Good fishing pond for kids (catch and release). Nice pool and tons of kids on bikes/scooters/rollerblades. The roads are a little narrow, but the areas where you need to make a turn (maneuvering into the dump station for instance) were well laid out. Some seasonals were a bit snippy about unmarked 'private drives. ' We were walking on the road, not on their site, but that was really the only negative. We were looking for a nice place to go for a short weekend without leaving the campground, this fit the bill. I would definitely go back.
We stayed at Red Run as our first foray into Pennsylvania from NJ. It was easy to find (signs posted from about 3 roads out off the PA Turnpike) and easily navigable once there. There are some seasonal sites that are well kept, but we didn't feel like 'outsiders' as there were plenty of weekenders there for Christmas in July. The staff was helpful and courteous and the facilities were clean. The playground, as stated, is a bit dated, but all in working order and not dangerous. My kids loved it, so I did not subtract for that. The other children in the campground were friendly and well behaved. The campground itself is beautiful. Nicely manicured and maintained. There is a road running through the middle of the campground, but traffic on it was light. As many Menonite teen's on bicycles as cars. If you're headed to Pennsylvania Dutch Country and looking for an affordable, convenient, and friendly place to stay, I highly recommend Red Run.
We stayed at Blueberry Hill RV Park for our first trip out this season. Unfortunately, the brakes went out in our truck on the way there. The staff was extremely accommodating, allowing us to leave the trailer for the week while the brakes were repaired. Owner came out on Saturday and helped me troubleshoot the brake problem and provided me with brake fluid to get me to the repair shop. The following weekend, he came out to see how it went. I appreciate the personal touch and the games/activities for the kids, and even pets the weekend we stayed. The park is clean and easily navigable. Plenty of families, and no animosity between transient and seasonal campers. We will definitely stay here again.