Just got back from North South State Park. We really liked it and would recommend it to others. We've tented at quite a few places, and other than Nickerson (out on Cape Cod), we have felt a drive to return to a particular place. We plan to return to North South. My DH actually commented at one point that the layout and feel reminded him of Nickerson. The majority of sites here are spacious and offer a fair amount of privacy - even the sites on the inside of the loops are much more private than at a typical campground (especially ones this large).
Based on a previous reviewer's comments, we stayed in Loop 1, site 11. It was quite private - didn't have a site across from it, backed to the stream and woods, and on one side had total "green screen". I didn't love how we could clearly see the campers in site 9, but in fairness to the campground that's more my issue than theirs! LOL It wasn't that bad; I'm just neurotic on privacy! Unfortunately, this has been a dry season, so the stream was really just a series of water puddles rather than any running water. It was still very pretty, but DH didn't like how many people walked along it as a trail.
If we go back in the spring (during what's typically a wet season), we'd be interested in having this site again (in hopes that the stream would be flowing), but we'd probably skip it otherwise. We drove around and, in general, are most interested in staying in Loop 6 since it is just a short walk from there to the beach area and playground - much more convenient with the kids (we have 4). If I weren't going with the children, I'd probably opt for Loop 7 since the sites were more private and it seemed like the quietest part of the park. (As an aside, while our loop wasn't particularly loud, once Friday late afternoon / early evening came, it was very "active" - almost a shock to my senses after how quiet it had been.)
All of the sites in Loop 1 are generally very good (even 21, which is the site next to the bathroom!), but avoid 13, 14, and 15 as you'd have campers from Loop 2 butting up against you. Sites 0, 2, and 5 are up against the marshy part of the lake and have trails leading down to it. They're very pretty but short and small, so you'd have trouble with a big tent or much equipment. We also especially liked sites 19 and 22.
We didn't find anything especially appealing (or terrible) about any of the sites in Loops 2, 3, or 4.
In Loop 5, our picks are 138, 145, 146, and 149.
In Loop 6, our picks are 169, 171, 173, and 179. Site 171 is right on the lake. Site 179 is essentially lakeside but it didn't seem to open right up to it. Sites 169 and 173 seemed to be very private.
In Loop 7, our picks are 202, 204, 211, 212, 214, 217, and 218. Avoid sites 201, 201, and 205 because the way the loop turns, they all back up against one another. All on the exterior of the loop are nice, though, in that there's just woods behind them.
Note this is definitely a tenter's campground. I didn't see any RVs and I saw maybe just a couple of trailers or pop-ups. Beaches are nice, trails are nice, Catskill Mountain House overlook is amazing, ice cream truck is sweet. Boat rentals are expensive - can't rent them by the hour, only by the day (for $25!). No programs for kids due to budget cuts. Stop at the falls on 23A at some point - you'll feel like you're risking your life walking along the mountain road to get to the trail head, but then it's a nice 1/2 mile hike up to the bottom of the falls - we spent about an hour up there and loved it.
- Also Known As:
- North-South Lake Campground Hotel Haines Falls