We had booked a 6 day stay at another local campground that we'd been to before (a longstanding family tradition). Unfortunately, Irene and some other issues have been unkind to that other place (which shall remain nameless), and we were extremely disappointed upon our arrival there. After spending a day there, we were desperate enough to get out that we didn't care if we lost our monies paid. A local raved about Glenn Ellis - we were aware of its reputation, but it is impossible to get into for most of the summer. We decided to give it a shot, and we were able to snag a spot on a day's notice.
I do not agree with some of the other reviewers who thought it expensive - although as we do not tent camp, I have no frame of reference for what a site with no hook-ups would generally cost. However, I am a true believer in "you get what you pay for", and Glenn Ellis gives you your money's worth for sure. True to our local guide's word, arriving there was like upgrading to the Four Seasons. The woman who checked us in couldn't have been more friendly or helpful, the facilities are unequaled, and there is not a trace of Irene anywhere (which was a major issue at the place we fled from). We were there during the last week of the summer, just before Labor Day, and I understand that it had been booked solid until that week when most kids in the area went back to school. Our site for those 4 days was spacious and grassy, and the campground quiet but not desserted - there were a few other kids, which our boys appreciated. The Game Barn was better than anything we've seen at any other campground, the pool was very clean (although cool), the basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts were well kept, the playground very high standard for a campground, and there was even a little "water spray" park for the kids. The beach/river are rocky, but fun - beware, the water can be deceivingly swift for children, and my son had a heavy rock dropped on his finger. They also had kids' movie night a couple of times, and ice cream available for purchase on the weekend.
The hookups were a little awkward for us, and the fire pits, not just on our site but on others as well, also seemed awkwardy placed (under a tree, and way too close to our large motor home) - we were unable to use ours on either site because of placement and proximity to our rig. As it was not a busy week, all bathrooms/showers were very clean (seemed like there might not be enough facilities if the place was full?), but there was a wasp nest under the doorframe of the ladies room nearest our site (with a sign that they were spraying), which made it a little stressful to use.
It was nice to have "security" around on their golf carts after dark - and all folks we dealt with were friendly and conversational. We decided to try to extend our stay one extra day into Labor Day weekend. At first we were told they were completely sold out, but when we checked back on Friday, just as we packed up to leave, they were able to give us a new space for the night. I think they probably reserve some sites for travelers passing through (as most campgrounds do), as this new site had been offered to us on our first night there (we chose another), and had obviously been available all along, even though they told us they were sold out. Just a note, it got significantly busier on Thursday and Friday night, but I can't say that we were disturbed in any way by the acitivity. On the contrary, it was nice to have people around after a very quiet week.
All in all, Glenn Ellis is comparable to the best campgrounds we've ever stayed in, and we've been all over the country. It is obvious the people who own/run it care about what they're doing, and they're doing it right. When we return to the area, we will look to stay with Glenn Ellis going forward, but will try to plan ahead, as I understand many folks reserve their sites one to two years in advance (YIKES!!).
Thanks Glenn Ellis - you saved our vacation!