20 Jul

Campground Review #90 Cranberry Lake Campground in the Adirondacks Region of New York State

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our correspondents Rachel and Justyn review Cranberry Lake Campground in the Adirondacks Region of New York State. Rachel and Justyn work a lot of hours in high-stress New York City media jobs, so escaping up to the Adirondacks was a welcome getaway for a long weekend.

Campground Details

Rachel and Justyn camped in a tent at Cranberry Lake Campground, but there were plenty of RVs on site as well. Justyn is a fan of backwoods camping, so he really appreciated the how much privacy each campsite offered guests. Other campground amenities include…

  • Miles of Hiking Trails
  • Lake beach and swimming
  • Basketball court
  • Showers
  • Volleyball
  • Boat Launch and Rentals

Regional Attractions

Cranberry Lake State Park is one of the largest remote areas in New York State. That means that most of your time here will be spent within the state park enjoying hiking and water activities. The park also offers plenty of interpretative programs. Rachel and Justyn enjoyed the regional food, raving about the fresh flavors and variety of options in one town after another. They recommend…

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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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Stephanie  + Jeremy

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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Stephanie + Jeremy

28 Jul

Campground #38 Lazy River Jellystone in Gardiner, New York

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Lazy River Jellystone in Gardiner, New York. This resort campground is located just 10 minutes from the funky town of New Paltz, nestled between the Catskills and the Lower Hudson Valley Region.

The Lazy River Jellystone is unique in that it offers you all the activities and amenities of the best Jellystone Camp Resorts, and it is also situated in a region full of amazing outdoor opportunities. In fact you might struggle each day to decide whether to stay put and enjoy the wonderful facilities, or head out and explore the beautiful countryside.

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