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Old 04-06-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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Looking for info, opinions and recommendations for two campgrounds in PA, Dutch Cousin Campground and Shady Grove Campground, both in Denver, PA. Or any other campground in the Adamstown area.
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The closest campground we could recommend is French Creek State Park but that is around 20ish miles away.

Have you looked at RV Park Reviews ?
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Thanks for the reply, Gene. I have looked at RV Park Reviews and most had mixed reviews on both campgrounds. French Creek looks nice but we will be staying for about a week and was looking for full hook-ups.
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I am familiar with both. Lived nearby.
Neither is fancy, but down home and economical. The prices for camps with amenities is real high in Lancaster County.

Dutch Cousins is the more pleasant of the two, but no amenities for kids. It is quitet and fully shaded. But if they like to hike, there is plenty of that. And if anybody is into antiques, A-Town is the capital.

Shady Grove has more amenities for kids. May be more party type. But paddle boats and fishing and hayrides etc.

And Shady Maple Smorgasbord and Farm Market is the finest anywhere! In Blue Ball PA.
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Thanks for the help, Dave. Would you have any suggestions for a good kid friendly campground in that area?
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Personally I would avoid the Shady Maple. They are always getting written up for health code violations.
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Are you interested at all in the Lancaster area? If so, I have some recommendations.

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Bruce, yes we would be interested in Lancaster. Was looking to keep closer to Adamstown and the antique centers but Lancaster isn't that far away. Thanks.
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Lake In Wood.... top notch, spotlessly clean but a little pricy. Oak Creek (part of the Adventure Bound franchise) ...also nice. Large sites, clean, plenty of activities (if you want to participate). As a matter of fact....I am writing this e-mail using their Wi-Fi services.
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Brian, Oak Creek looked nice! Could you recommend a few of the sites with full hook ups that might be better than others? Thanks for your help.
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Personally I would avoid the Shady Maple. They are always getting written up for health code violations.
We have been going there for 25 years. Some reviews that speak for themselves. http://m.yelp.com/biz/shady-maple-smorgasbord-east-earl

Restaurant inspections and citations happen all over the map. It is a way to keep all places in check and safe. If the public went just by that, they would never eat out. How many housholds could pass? Here is just one such inspection that shows what is what. http://m.lancasteronline.com/busines....html?mode=jqm
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Thanks for the help, Dave. Would you have any suggestions for a good kid friendly campground in that area?
I suggest that you google "rvparkreviews.com adamstown, pa"

The reviews are pretty close to reality.
Not much beyond what I have told you of in Adamstown. The tops is Lake In Wood but very over priced.
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There are allot of nice sites..the campground is huge!. We stayed in the 300 level and were very pleased. The only drawback is that it is at the top of the hill and the rec center, pool and office are at the bottom. There are some very nice pull thru sites in the 300 area. If we were to go back for a weekend I would request site 108...107 is nice as well. They are beautiful sites along a creek however they are only water and electric sites which is fine for us for 2 nights. There are some other nice sites in the 100 area with 3 point hookups however I didn't write the numbers down. Just ask for a site across from the creek. The good thing about the 100 level is that it is very convenient to the pool, office and playground....and you don't have to climb any hills if you don't want to.

I hope you enjoy your stay.

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We lived near Lake In Wood and camped there often in the early 90s when they priced us out. $120 for a weekend was too much.

They are the top shelf campground on that part of the east coast, and very high in demand.

Get your reservations early! And be prepared for a bit of sticker shock.

However, if you can swallow the price, it is a superb place for kids.


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