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Happy Hills Family Campground

Hancock, Maryland


12617 Seavolt Rd
Hancock, Maryland 21750
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Sites: 280
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 39.65717
Longitude: -78.24615

Elevation: 514' (approx.)
Park Features
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • 55+ Only 55+ Only no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Boondocking Boondocking no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
Hookups
  • Full Hookup Full Hookup yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • Public Phone Public Phone no
  • Water Water yes
  • Cable/Sat. TV Hookup Cable/Sat. TV Hookup yes
Connectivity
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • ATT Cellular Provider ATT
  • Verizon Cellular Provider Verizon
  • Sprint Cellular Provider Sprint
  • T-Mobile Cellular Provider T-Mobile
Amenities
  • Restrooms Restrooms ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault ?
Recreation
  • Pool Access Pool Access yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails ?
  • Rec Room Rec Room ?
  • Casino Casino ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Beach Beach ?
  • Biking Biking ?
  • Boating Boating ?
  • Golf Golf ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes ?
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf ?
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts ?
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Water Access Water Access ?

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23 Reviews

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: September, 2019 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

We got in shortly before dusk and left the next morning, so didn't get to see much of the campground. Our space was tight due to trees, though I had told them about our slides and awning. We were unable to extend the awning fully. If we hadn't been moved to the space next to the one we were told we would get, we would have been fine. It was just an overnight stay, so not really an issue. Staff was friendly. Camp store looked really nice and well stocked. You get a lot of firewood (slabs) for your $, and you get to select your pieces. Country road to campground was well marked. Over all clean and quiet campground. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A54
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at this park to use the old C&O Rail trail for biking. This trail stretches from Cumberland Maryland to Washington DC about 180 miles long and relatively flat. The trail was nice however we picked one of the hottest day's of the year. The camp sites 30 amp service could not keep both our ACs running and the first day I had to use the on board generator to cool off our RV. The camp sites cell service is very poor and we lost the cable the 2nd night after a storm rolled through. Our site was not very level and entry into the campsite is poor. The road is narrow but not too bad but the road leading into the camp ground is very rough. The pool was OK and this campsite appears to be mainly seasonal sites. I would most likely find another campsite if I return to the area. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F9
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

C&O Rail trail was nice for biking. We also visited Berkley Springs in West Virginia which was close by and a frequent stop for George Washington.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Let me start by saying that the campground itself if beautiful and the staff was accommodating and friendly. However, there seems to be no "quiet time" even after midnight at this campground. We were tenting so we were more sensitive to the noise. There was a very vigorous volleyball game and loud party going on way past midnight. It was very hard to get any rest. Most campgrounds have a quiet time (11 pm or midnight). I realize it was a holiday, but it was excessively loud and made it hard to get any rest. I felt sorry for the people camping closer to the partiers.

The showers were difficult to use (had to pull a string to keep the water flowing) and also the tenting sites were not level. I would not return to this campground without a camper with thick walls!!! We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Tent.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Other
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

I'm glad that we stayed in our small camper and didn't bring our 39-foot 5th wheel because the sites available to those who are not seasonal campers are small and unlevel, and tree branches are low. I watched one 5th wheel break a small branch off a tree. Be prepared to be out of service for outside communication. Cell service is very poor, and my phone's data service wasn't strong enough to pull in the Internet. The park has Wi-Fi for $3.95/day, but I was not able to connect. One of the seasonals told us that it doesn't work well. They do have cable TV. The speed limit is 5 MPH. Cars were going much faster than that. There's a trail that connects to the Western Maryland Trail about a mile away. Walk your bikes on it! It is full of ruts and rocks and is very muddy if there has been any rain. We took the road to the trail. However, it's a long hilly ride back up to the campground. The store is well stocked, but it is open only until 5. The staff is friendly. Be prepared to pay extra for miniature golf. (We weren't interested in playing it, just mentioning this FYI.) I don't know whether or not there is a charge for the pool. It was not open when were there. They were draining it, I guess for some sort of repair, and the water was running down the road. People there were friendly. It was okay to stay a couple nights so that we could ride our bikes on the trails in the area. However, I would not return. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Truck Camper.

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Review Count: 39
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Review on AllStays seemed nice so we booked an overnight stay on our trip. We were given alternate directions on phone because of low hanging trees on the GPS route. Thank goodness for that. Even with the improved directions we hit leaves and branches about seven times but no damage. The campground is in the middle of nowhere so would never use for an overnight again. When we arrived we were offered two spots to choose from. After a tight tour around the campground we went back to office as both were really not very level. The gentleman said to my wife, "Oh, you are in the ginormous rig." We are 35' feet, hardly ginormous in the motorhome world. He told her about a couple other sites, both of which were fine. We had a great night. Electrical (30 amp) was fine, water fine. Did not use sewer but hookup was convenient. The staff was quite nice though they should have warned about the lack of big rig facilities. Area was quite rural and very full with campers having a great time. Lots of four wheelers. Lots of families. Lots of long term residents. Several of the long termers had really improved their lots with decks and cookers and tables. If you are looking for a longer stay with a fifth wheel or a camper, this would really be nice - certainly a four or five. I could receive no Wi-Fi but did not ask about details. Bathrooms were older but pretty clean and adequate. We were really concerned about the noise from the carts and four Wheelers but by bedtime all was nice. Evening was quiet. There was even a wedding that day along with a reception. We walked by the area while to reception was going on and thought the music was a bit loud until we realized the door was open. When the door shut, we could barely hear it. I guess I have a bit of a problem with campgrounds that want to be everything to all people. They should have let us know about the tightness of the spots. Our slot was a pull-through but we had to back out to keep from running over short stumps. I guess that is why I chose a three instead of a four. We enjoyed the people and the place but the initial hassle was not worth it. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: May, 2014 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

As has been pointed out before, the biggest downfall is the seasonal residents and their powered activities in the form of weed whackers, four wheelers and gas golf carts. The wifi is extra and you have to sign up on line and pay via paypal. I couldn't get it to work on my IPAD. AT&T doesn't get a signal, so be prepared to be without communication. The cable is about 26 channels, so don't count on watching your shows. If you want to enjoy the western trail, your best bet is driving the 7 miles back to town. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 85
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 24

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Just when we thought the roads into a campground couldn't get any worse, we found this place. And the low-hanging branches over my site were bad enough that I did my own pruning prior to leaving. It was very quiet while we were here, since we were located at the end of the "seasonal area" where nobody seemed to reside at the time. Bathrooms and showers were old but adequate. The park WiFi was good, Verizon signal was weak. Our site was an end spot very close to to the next one, but spacing was sufficient in most areas. The 30A power and water pressure were good. Our site included a picnic table and fire ring. The staff was very friendly. There was access to the fantastic C & O Canal Rail Trail from the park, which was nice. Services in the small town of Hancock were about a 15-minute drive away. This campground is probably fine for most folks traveling in smaller units for a weekend, but the roads and sites are not intended for larger rigs. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

This is my second time at this campground. The major drawback here, is all the seasonal campers and their ATVs and 4 wheelers driving around all day. There are a few ATV type trails at the end of the campground that they ride at, but you can only have an ATV or 4 wheel vehicle if you are a seasonal camper, so this doesn't serve well for anyone wishing to check that out. The sites fairly level, we had w/e/s and cable. They offer wifi service, but you have to pay, and the cell signal here is very weak, so don't bother paying for the wifi. The campground is run by a family, and they offer weekend activities that are fun. Both of my trips here, they had a live band play on Saturday night, which was fun. If you want to ride your bike or walk, the Western Maryland Rail Trail ( a paved trail ) is 3/4 of a mile from the campground. You could also drive into the town of Hancock ( maybe 5 minutes ), and access the trail there. That trail is very nice, paved and flat, and mostly shady. They don't seem to be strict here for noise, and do not come around and monitor you, which is nice, so they let you enjoy your camping. There isn't a lot in the area besides the bike trail and a possible day trip to Berkley Springs. The Potamac River is nearby, but I am not sure how to access it near this campground. They could use more help in the office, which they also have a snack shop run by the same folks running the desk, so its very busy and not organized. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 32
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2011 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

This park has some great attributes and a few problems. The approaching road is steep and needs resurfacing, but it is not impassable. The park is 7 miles out of town, so no road noise. The sites are a little tight, and many are seasonal and/or permanent, but they are mostly very well-cared for, with landscaping, patios, etc. The people are mostly friendly but we did feel a little like outsiders. However, start a conversation and everyone is friendly. The breakfast buffet on weekends ($6.95 all you can eat) is really good. The activities are varied and would appeal to all ages. It is a little noisy, with many ATVs and golf carts cruising around regularly. The pool is huge and clean, but opens whenever the kids guarding feel like opening it. It is also open to the locals (for a fee) but even on Labor Day weekend was not overly-crowded. The park is run by a large family, and while they are friendly and helpful they are somewhat disorganized. Reservations are not computerized and we witnessed a big mix-up at the front desk, plus then neighbors of ours were sent to 4 different sites trying to find one that was available and would fit their 36-foot 5th wheel. Showers were clean and free, but operated by a pull rope and you cannot adjust the temperature. Water was blazing hot, which is not what I wanted on a 90-degree day, and rinsing long hair with one hand is difficult. All in all, however, this is a decent place to stay and the only game in town, so we would stay again. We were here to bike on the Western Maryland Rail Trail, which we would highly recommend. C&O Cycling in town has knowledgeable and friendly employees, and the Triangle Restaurant is a great place for a tasty and reasonably-priced meal. Check them out! We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

This was a nice CG with friendly staff. It is a large one with lots of permanent sites with most of them being maintained. Maintained with a nice camp/snack store,huge pool, scheduled activities, there is a horse barn available for use which we were camping near but didn't bother us. It is nestled in the mountains with bike/hiking trails leading into town. Fire rings are provided and wood is offered. Gravel roads and sites, not all sites are level. We are not sure about WiFi as we use a Mifi card through Verizon and cell phone w/USCellular but didn't get any reception with either. We stayed in a 38' fifth wheel and would not have fit into every site but were very happy with our pull through site. We will camp here again. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 25
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 5

Date of Stay: August, 2011 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Nice clean campground. Room sites, but not necessarily level. Only problem we had was pool (in mid August) closed at 6pm. Grandchildren were disappointed - especially since the pool was very nice and exceptionally large for a campground. We would, however, stay here again. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 2
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

I certainly agree with previous comments regarding the large proportion of seasonal/annual folks vs short term campers. The campground does have a bit of a "trailer park" appearance. Having said that, the people that were around us were EXTREMELY friendly and helpful. Pros - full service store with food service; very nice and helpful staff; incredible Halloween weekend activities; set in a nice area off the beaten path. Cons - trailer park atmosphere; playground is run down; not many level sites. Bottom line, we would return for a weekend primarily due to its proximity to us, and we enjoyed the people. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2010 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

We just stayed the weekend at this park which is very close to Berkley Springs. The personnel at the front office were very nice to us. My wife had a great time talking to the people at the horse stables. We will come back again. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 3
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

I agree with the other comment about this place being more like a trailer park than a campground. Not only do you pay to stay there but you have to pay for use of the amenities as well such as the pool, miniature golf etc. This should be included with your stay. The campground was well off the beaten path, which is nice but there were more regulars there than there were guests. The office was a bit unorganized and pricey. I will not stay there again. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 1
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2009 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

I am a seasonal camper at happy hills. I not happy seeing people bash it for the having seasonal campers, or for the management being on a personal level with the seasonals. They don't "Cater" to us as they referred, its just a friendly family environment . I used to be a weekender and decided to become permanent due to the great facilities and the people. What's wrong with everyone knowing each other and being a campground family . Don't condemn it for that, come back a few times, get to know us and you will become family too. We camped at Happy Hills Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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