I don't understand the negative reviews. I booked this place sight unseen out of desperation (Parvin State Park had closed their cabins due to the storm and we had to relocate a rather large group) and wasn't sure what to expect based on these reviews, but we had a FABULOUS experience. Thad and Stacy and their children were SO helpful and generous with their time and expertise whenever there was a question or problem.
Accommodations: The "deluxe RV" truly lived up to its name--I wager it was bigger than many New York apartments. It was clean and NOT infested with bugs--I find it ridiculous that I even have to say this, but so many reviews say the opposite. The air conditioning worked very well. The shower did run out of hot water but only on the day I had just washed a bunch of dishes before stepping into the shower--otherwise the small water heater was very much up to the task.
The mattress was a little firmer than your typical hotel mattress. Light sleepers might want to bring a foam pad or something.
Many of my family members and friends stayed in the "lodge" cabins as well as the "efficiencies"--I'm told they were a bit cozy but had no major complaints from family members.
Grounds/amenities: The photos on the website don't really do it justice--I was expecting a lot of ugly open areas, but really, the whole park is wooded and gorgeous. I saw a lot of wildlife--mostly birds--and the local domesticated geese are a hoot and a half.
The pool was great, the picnic pavilion (which we used for two nights) was cheery...though OK, I agree that it needs a new roof eventually. No leaks even in a crazy rainstorm, however. I did not use the "comfort stations" but family members said nothing about mold or other grossness so I am going to assume that they were satisfactory.
We ordered a lot of wood and ice and being able to call "room service" to deliver them to our site was a lot of fun and something I haven't experienced while camping before.
Getting there: Ok, it's pretty much impossible to find this place if you don't know the area or have a GREAT GPS. But that's the price you pay for being out in the woods.
In sum: Yes, there are bugs and dirt outside. It's camping, what did you expect?
- Also Known As:
- Yogi Bear`s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort At Tall Pines Hotel Elmer