14 Jun

Campground Review #85 Moreau Lake State Park at the Gateway of the Adirondacks Region in New York State

On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, Tatiana Coffinger reviews Moreau Lake State Park, located at the Gateway of the Adirondacks Region in New York State.

Moreau Lake State Park is situated just 15 minutes north of Saratoga Springs and 15 south of Lake George, so this is an amazing location to explore one of the country’s premier RV destinations.

Campground Details

Moreau Lake State Park is a New York State Campground with 145 tent and trailer sites and nine rental cabins, all of which can be booked over at Reserve America. All the tent and trailer sites are back in with no hook ups. There is, however, a centrally located dump station and water spigots are liberally placed around the loops. The shower houses and bathrooms are recently updated, and include outdoor kitchen sinks–a major bonus when dry camping.

Because of the short camping season in New York State and the popularity of this area in the summer, weekends and holidays book quickly six months out. Approximately 100,000 campers stay at the campground each year with an additional 300,000 day visitors!

Amenities

The star of the show at Moreau Lake State Park is the non-motorized boat lake complete with a sandy beach. You can bring your own kayaks and canoes, or rent them at a rate of $20 for 2 hours or $30 for 4 hours. The beach area also has a playground, sand volleyball court, basketball court, picnic pavilion, and snack bar. Beach loungers and umbrellas are also available for daily rentals.

Activities

Moreau Lake State Park has enough activities to keep your family busy for your entire stay. These include:

  • Nature Center with educational programs
  • Ranger led hikes
  • Beekeeping Apiary
  • Movies on the beach
  • Winter activities: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, ice fishing

Additional Info

No Wifi service is available at Moreau Lake State Park, but the cell service is pretty decent considering the mountainous region. Listen to the episode to hear recommendations for choosing specific loops and avoiding road noise from a nearby highway.

Regional Highlights

There is so much to do in this region, you will find yourself wanted to return again and again. Some of the highlights include…

Regional Food and Dining

A big thank you to Tatiana for sharing her love of this top-notch camping destination in her home state of New York!

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See you at the campground!

Stephanie  + Jeremy

31 May

Campground Review #83 Jellystone Park Hagerstown in Williamsport, Maryland

We have had a lot of great stays at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resorts, but Hagerstown has shot to the top of the list after our stay there last weekend.

Located in northern Maryland, just a mile from I-81, this area is often referred to as the “Crossroads of the Civil War.” The Hagerstown Jellystone is less than an hour and a half from both Washington DC and Baltimore, making this a fantastic weekend escape option for residents of those urban areas.

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26 Apr

Campground Review #78 Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA Holiday near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA Holiday which is located just outside of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and is a short 10-minute drive to the Gettysburg National Military Park.

We planned on using the Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA as a basecamp to explore the area nearby, including the national park site and historic downtown. We never imagined that the campground itself would charm the socks off of these very seasoned campers. We have stayed at hundreds of campgrounds around the country, and this one checks off all the boxes, offering warm hospitality, beautifully maintained grounds, spacious and level sites, and plenty of family-friendly activities for all ages.

The Gettysburg/Battlefield KOA has tons of amenities including:

  • heated pool
  • bouncy pillow
  • playground
  • dog park
  • recreational games such as corn hole, carpet ball, shuffleboard, and horseshoes
  • weekend pancake breakfast
  • on-site nature trail

They also offer plenty of activities:

  • bike rentals
  • shuttle tours for the battlefield
  • Thursday night ghost stories
  • rotating weekend activities (we participated in the flashlight egg hunt while there)

Listen to the episode to hear our insider tips for site selection and booking, plus our nobody’s perfect feedback.

We also chat about the local attractions, including the star of the show: Gettysburg National Military Park. A visit to this NPS site requires some advance planning and scheduling so listen for our recommendations on:

We also had a great meal at Food 101, coffee and treats at the Ragged Edge Coffee House, and enjoyed exploring the historic downtown.

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We’ll see you at the campground,

Stephanie + Jeremy

22 Feb

Campground Review #69 Yogi at Shangri La in Milton, Pennsylvania

On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, we are reviewing the Yogi at Shangri-La in Milton, Pennsylvania. This campground is part of the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Camp Resorts family, and is a great example of the activities and amenities that many Jellystones offer.


Yogi at Shangri-La is located in eastern Pennsylvania, about 75 miles north of Hershey and 100 northwest of Lancaster County. The campground is nestled at the foot of the Montour Ridge, along the Chillisquaque Creek in the Susquehanna Valley.

This campground is a great place for a family getaway, offering everything you need right on site to chill out and have fun. In fact, the only times we left over our long weekend visit was to eat (twice!) at the amazing Road Food joint, Fence Drive-In. The fish platter, fish sandwiches, and milkshakes hit the spot for our whole family.

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26 Jan

Campground Review #65 Lincoln/Woodstock KOA in the White Mountains of New Hampshire

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing one of our very favorite New England campgrounds–the Lincoln/Woodstock KOA in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

This is a perfect example of a well-operated campground, with owners that tend to the details and create a fun and welcoming space. The White Mountains is full of adventure and this is the perfect place to stay while exploring this storied region of New Hampshire.

The campground has a wide variety of sites, from premium patio sites to wilderness sites. Definitely study the campground map when deciding what will be best for your family when staying here.

The Lincoln/Woodstock KOA also offers a complete roster of amenities:

  • Pool
  • Bounce Pad
  • Volleyball court
  • Sports Field
  • Playground
  • Disc Golf
  • Fishing Pond
  • Game Room
  • Well-stocked campstore

Plus, we love the daily campground activities that are offered all summer:

  • Face Painting
  • Bingo
  • Wagon rides
  • laser tag
  • tie dye

The White Mountains has more area attractions than we could ever talk about in a short podcast, but here are a few of our favorites:

We also wrote about the White Mountains of New Hampshire on the Go RVing Blog and in our most recent book, Idiot’s Guide to RV Vacations.

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04 Jan

Campground Review #62 Branches of Niagara Campground and Resort in Grand Island, New York near Niagara Falls

On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing Branches of Niagara Campground and Resort in Grand Island, New York near Niagara Falls State Park.

The Campground

This campground is a short 15-minute drive from the American falls and the city of Buffalo, and our family had a wonderful time there enjoying the close proximity to regional highlights paired with great resort amenities and activities.

Branches of Niagara is a newer campground that has only been open for about six years. Right now there are about 80 RV and tent sites, ranging from back in to pull thrus and offering 30 amp and 50 amp sites, some with just water and electric, some with full sewer. The range of prices reflects the range of the campsites and you should expect to pay anywhere from $40-$100 depending on your site and the time of your visit. The campground does offer a Good Sam and military discount.

Branches of Niagara has an 8-acre lake with a swimming area and beach, fishing, boat rentals, and two zip lines, one for the little kids and one for the big folks. There is also a swimming pool, playground, bocce ball court, horseshoe pit, mini golf course, basketball court, and volleyball net.

We particularly love the attention to family friendly activities. The staff offer a wonderful daily schedule of events including craft time, face painting, nature shows, field games, and more. While we were there, there was bird house building, bracelet making, and a visiting reptile exhibit.

Listen to hear our insider details and recommendations for improving the RVing experience at this campground.

Area Activities and Attractions

Also listen to hear our recommendations for regional activities and attractions including tips for visiting:

Niagara Falls is a huge tourist attraction, but we truly believe it is worth battling the crowds to see this awesome site. Branches of Niagara Campground and Resort is the perfect family-friendly place to stay, offering a great outdoors complement to tourist attractions.

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See you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy

01 Dec

Campground Review #57 Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Maryland near Washington DC

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Stephanie and Jeremy Puglisi of RV Family Travel Atlas review Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Maryland just outside of Washington DC.

The Campground

This campground is their preferred choice for exploring the amazing city of Washington DC, and they highly recommend it as an “Urban Basecamp”, a campground that gives you easy access to a great American city.

Cherry Hill park is located within a highly urban area, so campers need to be prepared for some road noise. The tradeoff is that you are under 30 minutes from the major attractions in Washington DC. You also have access to DCs public transportation system–there is a bus stop within the campground that will take you to the Metro, and Metro cards are available for sale in the camp store. That’s about as easy as it gets!

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27 Oct

Campground Review #52 Timberlane Campground outside of Philadelphia in Clarksboro, New Jersey

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, we have a review of Timberlane Campground which is the closest campground to Philadelphia.  Located in Clarksboro, New Jersey, this is what we like to call a base camp: a great place to park your rig or pitch your tent when exploring an urban destination.

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Timberlane is a private, family-owned campground and offers a surprising amount of natural beauty considering its proximity to the City of Brotherly Love. The amenities are not fancy, and some things could use updating, but they are sufficient for relaxing after a long day of enjoying the food and historical sites that Philadelphia has in spades.

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29 Sep

Campground SmackDown: Lake in Wood Campground vs. Jellystone Quarryville in Pennsylvania Dutch Country

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are introducing a new format: the Campground SmackDown.

We have recorded almost 50 campground reviews from all over the country in the past year, and we noticed a bit of a pattern. When we released a review of a campground located in a popular destination, we received emails and comments about other great campgrounds in that area as well.

So a new idea was born…let’s put two reviews side by side so our listeners can choose which one sounds right for them. We won’t do this for every episode, but we are definitely planning on SmackDowns being in the regular rotation. Stay tuned for more in the future!

For the first Campground SmackDown, we decided to do two campgrounds that we love in the Pennsylvania Dutch Country region. Lake in Wood Campground and Jellystone Park Quarryville are both fantastic resort style campgrounds in the heart of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. However, the atmosphere, activities, and pricing are very different.

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We have both reviews back to back in this episode, so you can listen and decide which place YOU would enjoy more. At the end, we make a choice on our favorite, and we invite you to chime in as well. Which sounds like a better pick for your family campground style? We would love to know!

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01 Sep

Campground #43 Jellystone Park Quarryville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing one of the best campground resorts in the country: Jellystone Park Quarryville in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

This is not your typical camping…this is a family resort where you bring your RV. And that should definitely be your mindset when visiting. The price tag reflects the level of amenities and service, and on this episode we discuss how to measure the value of a resort campground.

 

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From the water park to the pools to the hot tubs, expect to spend a lot of time in your swim trunks while visiting Jellystone Park Quarryville. In addition to the water features, special cabana rentals and snack bar service set this campground experience apart from anything you have ever seen before.

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