The rate was Golden Age (1/2 price) rate. Toilets are flush but there are no showers. This is one of those jewels of the old Park Service campground network. It is situated right at the foot of towering Mt Rainier and there is a two mile trail to the overlook of Emmons Glacier Terminus, the largest glacier in the lower 48 states. We were in a 17-footer and will camp here again.
The rate is Passport America. This is a small campground in an open field along the Pennsylvania Turnpike so there is a lot of noise. A pretty creek flows along one edge. The bathhouse is old and there was the smell of mold. We would stay here again if Turnpike travel called for it.
We were supposed to receive a Passport America rate. My wife got out a $20 bill so we were charged $20 instead of the $15 PA rate. Plus she charged $3 additional for the use of an A/C. Only noticed after the fact what with being tired coming off the road. easy Marks, I suppose. Our campsite was six feet off the berm of a busy highway, a fact initially concealed by a row of bushes which the road noise had no trouble penetrating. Bathrooms were old and had not been cleaned recently. A sign in each bathroom proclaimed: “Hot water turned off from 11:30 AM to 7:30 PM”. We camped here in a travel trailer and would not do so again under any circumstance.
The rate was with a Darien Lake season pass. This park is beside Darien Lake resort theme park and because of this fact I give it a rating of 5, otherwise it would be lower. The few small bathhouses are entirely inadequate for a campground this size. In the morning there were always people waiting to use a toilet at the Lady’s room. Cleaning of the bathrooms was also entirely inadequate for facilities this heavily used. The water and electric sites in the woods are very large but there are lots of trees so big rigs are problematic in many sites.
The rate was a Coast to Coast rate. This is an older, member owned park and as such is very well kept. The gravel interior roads are dusty but everyone we saw was considerate and drove slow. The on-site camping store had a lot of commonly needed parts on hand. The electrical system is new and offers 20/30/50A on each post. The only drawback for us was being at the end of the park beside I-80 so noise was loud. Next time we will ask to be in a back-in site away from the highway. We will camp here again.
This State Park is a gem. There are two campgrounds, Riverside and Beaver Creek. We stayed at Riverside which is on the Greenbrier River. Everything is kept-up and in working order. The bathrooms are clean and the showers work well. There are two dish washing stations at each bath house with lots of hot water available. The Greenbrier rail-trail is 1.5 miles from Riverside Campground. A steep one mile trail winds it's way from the campground up the mountainside through Rhododendron and Mountain Laurel thickets to a lovely overlook of the surrounding mountains. The Greenbrier River is clean, clear, shallow and ideal for leisurely tubing or canoeing. There are enough hiking, biking, and water activities within a few miles to keep a person busy all summer. We will return to this spot.
Because there are no full hookup sites I figured the single Dump Station would probably be a Zoo in the morning so thought I would Dump on the way in instead of on the way out. Was told that would cost me $20! (extra). Bizarre and definitely NOT Customer friendly. Unsurprisingly the bathroom was in poor repair (no functioning locks on stalls, toilets loose on the floor) and fairly Filthy. We will assuredly NOT return here.
Manatees! Where else can you wake up, take a short stroll and watch Manatees in shallow clear water? Yes, many sites are unlevel. Yes, the Bath houses are unheated with open ends so when it is 26DegF outside a shower is not in the picture. The new Bike Path is paved and very nice as it goes out through the Woods. The passing Trains are no louder than passing Diesel pickups are in the CG and the Locomotive Whistles are in the distance. We will definitely stay here again. Did I mention Manatees?
If you rely on GPS you will not get to this CG. Follow the directions and bear right at the Y. Most sites are long term rentals but there is a section close to the Bathhouse which is kept for Travelers. Useful for Snowbirds fleeing South and then heading back North because it is close to I79 and is open year-round. We like it because it is very close to McConnell's Mill State Park. We will camp there again.
The rate is with Golden Access Pass. This COE park is on the Youghiogheny River and is one of only two CGs on the Great Allegheny Passage Rail Trail (from Pittsburgh to Cumberland on the Grade of the old Western Maryland RR). For Bicyclists it doesn't get any better than this. It is a 10.5 mile ride to Ohiopyle. We use this campground every chance we get.
This campground is well kept. The owners man the desk and operate the CG, unlike many. Yes, the entrance is only about 100Ft back from I70 but if noise is a problem request a sight in the rear as I did, behind the Pond. Noise was thus no issue for me. Small pool but well maintained. Nice Kiddy playground. Have stayed here down through the years and will again.