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28 RV Parks near Reading, New York
May 2017 - $39.00
Good: very close to Watkins Glen, well-stocked store Bad: bathroom old and very worn, frayed around the edges, exposed pipes Typical of many private campgrounds in the region: many permanent trailers occupied seasonally. This campground caters to families with amenities designed for families, including a hokey miniature golf course - plywood on the ground. Verizon weak but OK (2 bars, 4G) Most sites are in an open, grassy area, but some are near trees and might have shade in the summer. Our site had water, but only a 30-amp connection. Store very well-stocked with RV parts - OlderGoat
Jul 2016 - $35.00
Mostly permanent residents with lots of outdoor party setups. The initial transient parking we were put in was open field in far end of park and the 30 amp power was weak and pulsating. Got moved to another slot near the office and power was good. It was too short for rv and tow vehicle. The owner/maintenance guy was very helpful. Very well stocked rv supplies probably due to number of older permanent units. Would stay here again only if no other park available. 24 hour WI-FI at office only. Good cable tv and water. - durham4926
Sep 2018 - $50.00
We stayed here in late September. Site was in middle section next to playground & very close to showers / toilets which was convenient. Utilities were good. The only suggestion I would make for this park is a need for more gravel for each site. The park is really a good base for exploring the wine vineyards & the race track, but a little pricey for what you get. If you are looking for alternate spots, the KOA on the southern edge of town is nice, but the price is absolutely ridiculous. While there, we ate at the Watkins Glen Motor Lodge & I think the menu has not changed in 30 years, nor the decor. Would not have been shocked to see Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr. walk in the door with drink & cigarette. Sorry I did not come here in 1966.....this town was probably rockin' then. - Smooth Running
Aug 2018 - $58.00
We stayed at Clute for 9 nights as a base for exploring Watkins Glen, Seneca Lake and many of the wineries located around the finger lakes. As a previous reviewer commented, the first impression of the park is not great. It fronts a busy highway and is composed of probably 2/3 full time travel trailers and fifth wheels. As you drive in with the marina on the side it looks kind of like a storage yard. We reserved a back in site on the F-Line that backs up to a baseball field. Baseball season was over so no disturbance here. The site is nice and wide and mostly sunny. Utilities were great; however, the sewer connection is to an unthreaded 4" pipe so bring a sewer donut or duct tape. The cable connection had many channels and wifi was better than most parks. Great water pressure. There was torrential rain while we were at Watkins Glen, and the park, although mostly grass and turf had a lot of mud in the area next to the gravel pad for the rv where the patio rug would go. This must be a rainy part of the country and most of the sites had this mud/dirt area. It would be great if the park, run by the city, would lay some gravel down in this area. Another consideration for the back in, F-line sites is that there are overflow sites that could be used between the back of your rv and the baseball field. Not sure how a camper would navigate this area and park without causing a crowded situation. We did not have any overflow behind us during the stay. The ladies in the front office are truly awesome. They are most helpful with the details of the park and know tons about the surrounding areas. The lakeside park across the road was unfortunately closed due to the heavy rains and standing water. - tomcotten
Jul 2018 - $60.00
This was a weekend during the peak season, and we were placed on a pull though site that for most of the year serves as a driveway. It did have properly placed utilities and it was the proper size, but the site was all gravel whereas the rest of the campground sites were grassy. It was fine for a couple of nights, but my biggest objections were the people who cut through the site like it was still a driveway. I would not have stayed here if I had known ahead of time. - User2914
Sep 2018 - $32.00
Beautiful park. No individual site water. Hard to back in the camper. Angle of most sites seem to be in the opposite direction of what they should be. Be prepared to drive the wrong direction in order to back in correctly. - germaneighter
Sep 2018 - $32.00
Watkins Glen State Park is a beautiful park at the south end of Seneca Lake, in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The park is centered around a beautiful gorge that would be a mistake to miss, and the Finger Lakes area is the wine region of New York. It reminds me very much of a woodsy Napa or Sonoma. The campground is huge, about 300 widely spaced sites cut into the forest. Every site is pretty much in full shade all day. Sites in the Mohawk loop have 30 amp electric. The entire campground has occasional water spigots, and there are two dump stations. Sites are gravel and dirt. Most of the sites that are intended for RV's are fairly level, but this isn't universal. A problem with a number of the sites is that the trees make it hard to maneuver. We have a small class C, and had some difficulty wrapping our motorhome around one particular tree to get into the site (90). The roads are in similar condition. Big rigs might be able to get in, but it will be a challenge. AT&T service was good enough to stream video. Verizon was good enough for email, but that's about all. - AnnP
Aug 2018 - $32.00
This was a last minute overnight stop as we were trying to dodge rainstorms. Tried calling ahead and could never get through, but there were 4 sites left in the electric loop when we arrived. We chose #68 because it was so private but was pretty unlevel. Some sites were very spacious and some seemed very crowded, although all are shaded. We are in a 21' Class B so navigating the loop was no problem but I could see that bigger rigs may have trouble with the twisty-turny roads. There were water usage restrictions due to flooding in all of Watkins Glen (not just the park) so we did not use the restrooms. Great upper gorge hiking trails but the Gorge Trail is beyond beautiful! All can be accessed from the campground loop next door. - Debbie Collison
Aug 2009 - $38.00
This campground is poorly managed and not advertised at all. The sights are level with gravel but no sewers are available. They do have a dump station. We really like Watkins Glen and this is a nice easy parking spot but much too expensive for what it is. We were there during a major festival and all the other campgrounds in the area were completely filled yet this place only had about five sites occupied. At $20 - $25 we would be back but at $38 there are much better values in the area so we will not go back. - RalphA
Jun 2019 - $85.00
We stayed 4 nights here. Gravel back in site with large concrete patio, table, swing chair (broken) & fire pit. Site was large enough for my 35' coach & towed parked in front. All hook ups were in good working order & easy to connect to. Wifi worked "OK" when the campground was mostly empty, when their were a few people around the WiFi was worthless. None to one bar for AT&T cell service. When it rained, & it rained a lot when we were there, there were large pools of standing water everywhere. They need to do something about drainage. You can hear the cars practicing/racing at The Glenn, that didn't bother us. Lots of amenities for kids but I would like to see a tiered pricing structure with lower pricing for those traveling without children & not using those amenities. - Ketelhut
Jun 2019 - $80.00
Not thrilled with campground. Way too expensive for the conditions of the park. Potholes were on every road in the place. Fire pits had cigarette butts in them. Sites were gravel and level, surprised. Dog park had poop bag container, empty, and inside full of wasps. Trash receptacle bottom rusted out and full of trash. Bathhouse was OK, doors were filthy but hot water in the showers. Indoor pool wasn't warm, dirty water and kind of stagnant. Didn't go in it. Spa was hot and OK. Not impressed with park for what they charge for staying. - Rv2001
Oct 2018 - $95.00
Our site was in the lower section of sunset acres. Not sure why, considering that heavy amounts of rain were in the forecast. Campsite was like a river, yet there were others that remained empty and were on the upper levels. - wheezer01
Sep 2017 - $30.00
Small campground with 14 RV and 10 tent sites at city recreation park. Campsites are under mature deciduous tree canopy located between a baseball field on one side and picnic area/trailhead to gorgeous Eagle Cliff water fall on the other. Most sites are "freeform" with no defined parking space, just a power pedestal and water spigot. Our Verizon cell had 4 bars of LTE, our ATT phone had no signal. Conveniently located 4 miles south of the town of Watkins Glen and 1 mile south of the village of Montour Falls. - readontheroad
Aug 2018 - $65.00
This is a beautiful and well maintained campground. Flat sites make for easy RV leveling. Newer Rubbermaid-type picnic tables are easy to clean but wobbly. Complimentary Keurig coffee is available at the office. Nice store. There is occasional 1X or 3G Verizon service and Wi-Fi is ONLY available within 50' of the office. There are no laundry facilities or pool! The owners are an older couple who are clearly worn out from this lifestyle. They were very rude and made us feel like they were doing us a favor allowing us to stay there. We were berated by her upon arrival for not stopping where she "told us on the phone to stop. But people never listen." We stopped at the sign indicating where all RVs are to stop, and we walked up the street to the office. Then HE came along shaking his head saying "you know how often I deal with this? Now you're gonna have to unhook and back up..." Then another guest came along with a question and the owner ignored us and asked the other guest "ya wanna buy a campground? I have to deal with this nonsense everyday." He talked about us like we weren't right there. There are signs everywhere indicating rules upon rules and we will be asked to leave upon management discretion. We were meeting family so we held our tongues. Later my aunt (who was staying in the cottage) was berated for putting garbage in the garbage cans at the foot of the cottage steps. She was told to walk to the dumpster. She asked why the garbage cans were there and was told they are for people doing something else there. It wasn't clear. - CateKC
Apr 2017 - $40.00
We stayed at Cool-Lea in early June, 2016. Our site was large & overlooked the lake. The owners are so friendly. They took us for a very nice boat ride in the evening and shared history of the area. Cool-Lea has great walking trails and nice office store. - JanPete
Sep 2015 - $1.00
Vulgar Hosts, Shockingly Rude. Worst campground hosts ever. The monster speed bumps at the entrance will damage your vehicle. The owner screamed at ME for the damage, and blocked us in his property while his daughter cursed us out in front of her children. We came in peace, and left shocked and appauled. - Jeep99
Jul 2016 - $35.00
This was our second time staying at this campsite. We came back because we enjoyed how quiet it was, and how nice the owner was. This year it was like an entirely different campsite. The owner was exceptionally rude to us our entire stay, and was not very accommodating of our camper's needs - she would not move us to another site when we discovered the hookups were too far from the plug in spots, and assured us that the camper blocking us from pulling out would be gone before us (they were not). The bathrooms need a lot of updating and were dark, smelly, and hot. I don't expect luxury when camping, but this was downright gross. The campsite is mostly seasonal campers who were very rude towards new comers, but had a tight knit clique who were loud and boisterous late into the evening when we were trying to sleep. We had family join us in the tent, and when we went to reserve their space the owner acted like they would be full for the weekend and was again quite rude to us. However the weekend came and there were plenty of open tent spaces for our family. This was our second stay at this campsite, and it will most definitely be our last. - pancakevampire
Sep 2015 - $35.00
The camp is very well located if you are interested in exploring the Finger Lakes wineries. It is small and very unassuming, which we like. We tend to avoid the "mega-campgrounds". Most of the sites are occupied by seasonal campers so availability of sites is very limited. The best site is #1 for non seasonal camping. Plenty of space and not overlooking anyone else. There is no privacy, the sites are pretty much one next to the other.
We love the private beach and lake access. Very romantic and quiet. We would definitely stay there again sure we decide to go back to the Finger Lakes. - Catalina W
Jul 2015 - $26.00
Based on our experience so far, this is a typical northern New York campground. Out of 20 RV sites, all but 4 were occupied by seasonals. The 3 sites available for transients are tight for large rigs. We were in a 34 motorhome and it was very difficult to maneuver into site 20. Site 20 and 1 are the only 2 sites with any hope of getting a satellite signal from your rooftop. The site are grass and dirt, with a little gravel thrown around where you park your RV. A 4G Verizon signal was present, but data speeds were very slow. The campground appeared to have a wifi signal, but we didn't use it. Firewood was reasonably priced. A walk down a fairly steep hill got you to Lake Seneca. There are boat docks available.
The most interesting part was the quarter mile drive down a narrow gravel road with several blind corners. There is no room for vehicles to pass one another.
This is a good area to base camp for Watkins Glen, Geneva, Hammondsport and many wineries and breweries. The daily rate reflects the weekly price. Per day it is $30. Per week it is $180 in spite of what their website says.
The sites are tight. Our windshield was about 3 feet from the back end of the motorhome in front of us.
If you are gong to stay here, disconnect your Toad at the scenic overlook on Highway 14 near Randall Crossing Road. Use your toad to run interference going down the narrow gravel road to warn off any on coming traffic. - FnEJ
Aug 2017 - $54.00
We stayed in the new area with FHU near the highway. I did close the railroad tracks for check-in then had to turn around to go back across the tracks to the site. A very nice office staff and stocked general store. Central location to the Finger Lakes area with great wineries. - boomerlee
Jul 2017 - $59.00
No cement pads whatsoever, No paved roads (pot holes throughout). No security lights in A, B, or C, the more expensive areas. No sidewalks, when vehicles passed, we had to step into the wooded area till they passed; very scary at night for there are NO security lights. Bathroom are dirty, no where to hang anything in showers, only over shower curtain. False advertising for pull-throughs--"C" area, rig has to be backed up, otherwise, you sink into grassy area to avoid the corn fields. Drive past this campground. - rubyslippers
Oct 2016 - $59.00
This is a Park with two distinct areas. We're unable to comment about in the area over the tracks near the office as we did not tour those campsites. Our review is focused on the pull through sites near the state highway before you cross over the railroad tracks. Generally speaking they are grass/gravel sites. The road is hard packed gravel. The area has excellent drainage given the one night we were there. There was a tremendous rainstorm overnight in in the morning generally speaking there was very little mud and it was no standing water. It would appear that rows A and B are more defined as pull through sites. Row C is a pull through, however, then you pull out into a large field that you have to make a giant turn in order to exit. If you were at the end campsite C-1, the area immediately adjacent to your site becomes a drive-through for people pulling out from the other end. There are no facility buildings in this area of the campground. There is a dumpster at the far end. Registration can be a bit tricky. We chose after making Google satellite analysis to stop before the tracks and have someone walk up to the office in order to check in. While there is a turnaround circle near the office, it probably wouldn't be the easiest of turn with a large motorhome and a toad or a large 5er. I have to tell you that the office complex is one of the nicest architecturally designed buildings in any campground leave seen . They've created the small lounge a laundry facility very large store reception area and is adjacent to their pool. The store was minimally stocked with emergency camping supplies that one might need .
The sites when we were there were family oriented and generally speaking it was quiet. at our site power plug was in poor condition. Sewer top was missing and the pipe was angled making connections challenging. They had their Halloween party weekend and they had a band in the pavilion which was a little loud for a few hours if you weren't participating, but it certainly was a festive place. We did not see any hooliganism. - wdw