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The Great Divide Campground
Certificate of Excellence
New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“We had a great time!”
Reviewed July 18, 2011

We stayed one night from Saturday to Sunday and we camped by tent. Upon arrival it looked like our choice of campgrounds was a mistake. The woman we check in with was not very nice - there are some confusing signs about where you are and are not allowed to park when you check in and flipped out on us as soon as we arrived.......anyway, after that fiasco calmed down, one of the gentleman took us around to find a site. We picked an AWESOME site that was very near the restrooms and not near anyone else, it was up a little hill and because they were not crowded we had the use of two sites. There are some not so nice sites near the road, but we told him we were not interested and kept moving til we found our great site. My only regret after getting back was that we did not take a walk around to see the whole campgroud - next time when we go back! It was nice a quiet and there were wild rasberries surround our campsite. We had a little feast.

The lake was OK. We did not catch anything, but the guy next to us was (I guess we were using the wrong bait.) The pool was very nice and clean and my daughter had a lot of fun. They playground was nice, but we did not use it. There was supposed to be a petting zoo there - but we did not have enough time to check it out. We will next time.

At night, things got a little rowdy with at least two campsites but they were far enough away that I was able to have a great night's sleep - they seemed to adhere to the quiet hours. Had no issues. The bathrooms we stocked with TP and paper towels and I know it was cleaned in the morning because I smelled discenfectant and saw the floor was clean. It served us fine. Oh and each site had water and an electrical outlet - I had no idea! Worked well for washing dishes and our hands and didn't have to go down to the restroom. There are separate showers by the bathrooms - we did not use them so I can't comment on them, but they looked ok.

So what else....didn't really meet anyone so I can't comment on friendliness of other guests. All in all, we had a very good time - a very nice campsite (just pick out the one you want) and make sure you read the signs when you get there.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 9, 2010

We came here because as much as we love camping, we hate weekend traffics and wanted something closer to home but outdoor for the kids. Our first night here, kids were excited to see Lama, rabbits, chicken, playground and clean pool! Naturally the kids can't wait till next morning when pool is open with lifeguard on duty.

Shortly after we have established camp and started camp fire, another group arrived next to us. Unfortunately this group is noisy, drunk and every sentence out of their mouth contains profanity of some form. They light up the sites with working lights; if you didn't know any better you would think there is a crime scene and someone is digging for something in the wood. Then there is us next to them, trying to put the kids to sleep and enjoy our camp fire. Finally at 2 AM I can't tolerate them anymore and called the security on site. He came down within 2 minutes after I made the phone call and put an end to our noisy neighbor and made them turn off their music, lights and told them if he gets another phone call, they are packing and leaving.

The following morning I went to the office and ask if we can be relocated to a different site. I end up meeting the owner, she was so nice and accommodating; she drove me around their site and shows me where available lots are, so we can relocate to a quieter spot. We end up relocating to a site close to the marsh with wide open grassy area. The grass under the tent is so comfortable our kids requested to sleep on the tent floor just with sleeping bag. The weekend ended with kids having a great time, we had our quiet moments with camp fire and a wife that is pleased with cleanliness of the bathroom, warm shower.

The down side for me is they are water and electric sites. The feeling of rough outdoor, carrying water from the stream and chopping wood for campfire is not necessary and there is not much trails for hiking or scenic views that take your breath away. However my family loves the weekend they have here and wanted to come back soon.

The owner's appreciation for family value and willingness to accommodate us really saved our weekend trip. For the first time we had fun on a weekend camping trip and still have time to unpack our camping gears then repacked them for the next trip on the same day we returned home.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
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Property: The Great Divide Campground
Address: 68 Phillips Rd, Newton, NJ 07860-5427 (Formerly Green Valley Beach Family Campground)
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Location: United States > New Jersey > Newton
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Newton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 250
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the foothills of New Jersey’s rural Sussex County, the Great Divide is your gateway to fields, forests, mountains—and the finest in New Jersey camping and recreation. Adventure, relaxation, family time or solitude, you’ll find it here. No matter what type of getaway you seek, we invite you to experience camping your way.With dozens of amenities and attractions, the Great Divide is the perfect vacation spot for families, couples and groups. Hesitant to leave creature comforts behind? We offer cabins and cable TV hookups. Prefer to ‘unplug’? Choose a primitive campsite and enjoy sleeping under the stars. From our Olympic-sized pool to our full schedule of family-friendly activities, there’s something for campers of all ages and interests. In addition to our beautiful locale, Great Divide visitors enjoy the hospitality of our friendly team. Each of them is passionate about protecting and enjoying the New Jersey outdoors—and they’re here to make your stay comfortable and memorable. Unforgettable experiences, friendly faces. They’re what draw people to the Great Divide, and what keep them coming back, season after season. ... more   less 

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