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“Fun time, but wouldn't stay here again” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Barryville Base and Kittatinny Campgrounds

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3854 Route 97, Barryville, NY 12719   |  
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New York City, New York
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“Fun time, but wouldn't stay here again”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

Just got back from kittatinny this morning with my husband and our dog. The first 2 nights we stayed with a large group of friends and we had a nice time. It wasn't loud and the employees came around in trucks a few times a day and even gave us extra garbage bags. The staff at the main house were friendly too. Now I know this is camping and not a 5 star hotel, but the bathrooms are absolutely disgusting. We paid $30 for 2 nights and you'd think they'd have decent facilities. I'm grateful that I was able to take a warm shower each day but the bathrooms are just gross--water and mud were always on the floor. At night practically all the toilets were clogged. All the activities are so expensive (I think kayaking was $45). I don't get how they only have a few bath houses for such a large property. With all the money they charge you there should be decent bathrooms. Who knows how often they are cleaned (mold was all over the bottom wall of one shower). 2 of our friends booked their campsite at kittatiny right near us and the neighbors were rude as anything. Blasting music past 11:00 then this morning one of them blasted music at 6:45 am!!! I was so pissed. No common curtesy at all. Overall we had a fun time but I don't think I'd come back here.

  • Stayed September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
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    2.5 of 5 stars
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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Please do not waste your money!
You are literally sleeping on highway!! LOUD trucks all night long, and tents are very close to each other, so it's extremely loud if you want to sleep. Campground is dirty and very-very rude, unorganized and dishonest staff!! (overcharged us due to their own mistake)
NEVER COMING BACK!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Pompton Plains, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

Three friends of mine and my husband (all in our early 30's) just got back from here this weekend. Kittatinny Campgrounds is a great place to visit --- if you DON'T want to go camping and are looking for aggravation and little to no sleep. If you are looking for:

- campsites that are right on top of one another.
- loud rap music blasting until 5:00 in the morning
- people screaming and cursing while you try to sleep
- fireworks being set off all throughout the night
- sloping, hilly grounds to pitch your tent

then this is the place for you!

Initially, 3 friends, my husband and I booked a campsite at the Kittatinny PA site. Upon arriving, however, we were shocked to see that, although we had requested a site that was set back in the woods and isolated - (mentioning specifically that we did not want to be right on top of other campers) - we were not only surrounded by other campers, we were also right next to a busy road. Additionally, our "campsite for 8" could barely fit one 2 person tent and was on a patch of dirt. We requested to be transferred to the New York site instead, which was 45 minutes away and was allegedly "more woodsy." We decided to book two campsites right next to each other to give ourselves some extra room, just in case.

When we arrived at the New York site, we pulled into a bustling parking lot. Lots of people were milling around, checking in, getting ready to leave for or returning from one of the many activities Kitatinny offers: rafting, kayaking, zip-lining....over the parking lot (??)...I was a little wary, wondering if the campsites would be as packed as the parking lot, but remained hopeful. From the main parking lot, we drove up a winding road. Luckily, there were trees at this site!! Which was an improvement from the PA site. However, there were tents and people everywhere the eye could reach. Tent on top of tent on top of tent. Luckily, the 3 sites right next to our own were vacant, so that gave us some extra space.

We all got over the fact that the campground was much more packed and loud than what we had been envisioning. Had we camped at other places where things were much quieter, more peaceful, and more scenic? Sure. But, whatever! We were hear to have a good time. Sure, the fact that the site across from ours was blasting Wu Tang Clan from their jeep stereo at a volume so high that the bass was vibrating in our chests was a little irritating but, what the heck. It was only about 5:00. Quiet hours were stated in the contract as not starting until 11 pm. We would be fine. And hey, it's not as if we were looking to sit around, whisper, and slip into our tents at 8:30 pm. We drank some beers, played cards, sat around our fire, laughed. We just knew to keep it down once 11:00 rolled around.

Unfortunately, not many other seemed to know this.

I believe I slept a total of 3 hours while camping. When I tell you that people were literally screaming at the top of their lungs and cursing until 5:00 a.m., I mean they were literally screaming and cursing until 5:00 am. Fire works (though allegedly banned) also went off multiple times at ungodly hours throughout the night. (our dog especially loved this) Luckily, in between the cursing, screaming, and explosion of fireworks, there was a nice reprieve when campers at another site decided it was time to start attacking surrounding trees with a machete. (something else that is allegedly banned) Kitattiny also, logically, also decrees that campers may not arrive after a given time. (I think it's something like 4:00 pm) Makes sense, right? Somehow, however, a caravan of 8 cars (I am not exaggerating) at the site next to us managed to roll in at 12:45 am...which was, apparently the perfect time to pitch tents, blast music, and have loud conversations.

Could this campground have potential? Probably. Truthfully, I think we could have gotten over the fact that the campground was packed - it WAS gorgeous summer weekend after all. We could have even gotten over the fact that our tent was pitched on a hill and that people were RIGHT next to you. The Delaware river is down the hill and across the street and Kittatinny offers soooo many raft/kayaking excursions that would probably be a blast. But their lack of follow through with their own rules seems to have resulted in clientele that are increeeedibly rude and self-centered. We were also really excited that Kittatiny allowed us to bring our dog. As I said before, I camped with 4 other young, laid back people that were also looking to have a good time. By no means were we expecting complete silence at all times. But we also were not expecting to be woken repeatedly at all hours of the night by explosions, machetes, blaring rap music, screaming, and cursing. To me, this was not camping - it was more like spending a night at a trailer park. We will never go back here again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I stayed here on the weekend of 07/19. I review everywhere I go. So i guess you could say that I had my doubts on this camp ground..The groups sites are defiantly packed tight. It kind of looked like a compound.. But we stayed in the 500's which where awesome. Nicely spaced out. Away from everything. The security was a joke but they are there if you need them.. Not that they can do much. Where we stayed we really couldn't hear the music just a low base thump. Over all it was a good time. I'm sure the holiday weekends could get crazy.

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Wantagh, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

I had a great time. Yes there are things that can be improved at the campground and hopefully they will make it better and especially easier for me. I am handicap and get around in a scooter. But for the most part I had a great time. The staff is very friendly and can be as accomadating as possible. I just have to make one comment and this goes to all the girls/woman that use the restrooms. Please try to keep it clean. I can't believe how disgusting anyone can be. You wouldn't do that in your own home. And woman would you want your children, nieces, granddaughters using the bathrooms in those conditions. I don't think so. Please have some class and clean up after yourself.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

What an awful experience. I went camping/rafting with a group of about 15-20 people on 7/20 and 7/21 2013 and was very disappointed. Firstly, the campground was not so much of a campground as it was an outdoor concert/party. The ground was covered in rocks and other debris. For $20 a night per person, I would have expected a grassy area to set up a tent. The campgrounds were overcrowded. I suppose the cost per night is really for the bathrooms and showers. Guess what? The bathrooms (port-a-potties) were disgusting. They were not cleaned once during the entire weekend. After the night of listening to dance music thumping (really getting in tune with nature eh?). The group went over to the office to purchase a day on the river. The group does this trip every year and the cost is usually $40-$42 per person. This year, for some reason the cost went up to $52 per person. We have no choice but to pay and we try to forget about the immense cost. So we get to the river where the employees (mostly high school kids by the look of it) give us the safety speech, after which they point to three boats by the river and tell us that those are ours. The group planner had already spoken to the manager in the office and they approved of 4 rafts. The rude employee told us that the rafts fit 6 (perhaps if they were 6 children with no coolers or supplies). Now the group is getting upset. We just spent close to $800 and we were being told to squeeze 5 people with coolers and supplies onto the raft? Get real! The rude employee actually had the nerve to tell the planner that we would have to go back to the main office and pay for a 4th raft!! So we all drive BACK to the main office. The planner goes in and speaks with them and they said that an extra raft was a $2 charge!! All this over $2!!! That's ridiculous!! We go back to the river and finally get our 4th raft. At the end of the day, we arrived at the finish. There was an incredibly rude woman yelling orders to the returning rafters of where they could put their boat, oars, and life jackets. There was a group of about 8 "employees" (high school kids) standing in a circle and spitting on the ground while the women in our group were struggling to lift the canoe onto shore. I can say without a doubt that this will be the absolute last year that our group gives Kittatinny Canoes/Campgrounds our business.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

I read the reveiws after i allready booked the campsite and i was very nervous. We have camped and rafted with kittatinny in the past but stayed on the PA side. We had a great time and found it to be very quiet. We were camping with 4 kids and we very nervous about a party scene but it was very peaceful. Camped thursday night and friday night. The womens bathroom and showers were very clean, though my husband said the mens were a little dirty. Our campsite was away from other campers. If you dont wanna be on top of other people request a campsite in the 500s they are spaced ALOT further apart. Security was great with helping us check in late and even drove us to our site! Came back an hour later to check that everything was okay. They came and bagged up the garbage in the morning for you. Im happy i decided to give it a shot, we had a great time!

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 3854 Route 97, Barryville, NY 12719
Location: United States > New York > Catskill Region > Barryville
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Barryville
Number of rooms: 350
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kittatinny Campground has 350 campsites on 250 acres in both beautiful wooded and open grass settings. Located in Barryville, New York, it is the premier campground along the scenic upper Delaware River in the Catskill Mountains offering prime (Delaware River front and Beaver Brook) or wooded sites. A beautiful trout stream winding through an enchanted forest of hemlock and oak provides inviting brookside camping in addition to our open, grass-covered sites bordering the Delaware River. Join us around the warm glow of a campfire for an evening under the stars after a day of relaxed fishing or exciting whitewater rafting. Kittatinny Canoes offers daily trips for experienced and novice paddlers. Raft, canoe, kayak, tube, calmwater and whitewater we have something for everyone, regardless of your experience level! ... more   less 
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