For starters,,, I've been a tent camper for many, many years and have been to some very wonderful campgrounds all over New Jersey, New York and a few other states. Spruce Run IS a beautiful state park without a doubt and reading all the other reviews, there are some things I agree to and some I do not. The pros: Beautiful scenery around the water shed with an abundance of wild life. We saw deer in some quiet camps, heron , muskrat, and a biggie for me, an American Bald Eagle hanging out at the dam while we were kayaking. No luck fishing though but not my problem with the park. Also, the price is right. This could also be a con as the place was truly packed. According to the reception office there were no alternate sites available to pick from when we got there...so we went with a site in the center of a loop. partly shaded by two trees, this site was actually, like most, open range. No brush or bushes to afford some screening from other sites to give that real "being away from civilization feel". I dealt with it but being in 'the open for all to see" but didn't care for it.
Okay, on to my real beefs! There was a group of young men who played very loud music until 4:30 in the morning. No State Troopers, not even a guy in a golf cart were to be seen and quiet time was listed at 10 PM. Okay.. I understand cutbacks but one guy making the rounds to insure the campgrounds are secure and quiet should be a concern.
I did meet a few really nice people that also were annoyed by these boys and we decided to call the rangers if it continued the next evening but I guess the police activity during the day on Saturday kept them quiet Saturday night, either that or they ran out of whiskey. That said my other problem was cleanliness of the restrooms... Gross! Not clean at all and sorely in need of updating.. paint and cleanser would help.
Getting back to the pros.. The interactions I did have with park staff at the the entrance to the park was awesome.. real nice and friendly kids, very helpful and up beat!
Okay, that's it!! probably will not use the Spruce Run again for camping. might go back for the fishing when it's cooler. Don't get me wrong, this place might be great for large groups of campers who don't care about being in the back woods but not my cup of tea.
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