I'm so not an outdoor person and HATE camping, but my husband grew up RV-ing so I go. This campground is second to the nicest campground I've ever been to (the first is a place we go to at the Jersey shore and I prefer the ocean to the woods). All the facilities are clean (bathroom, showers, laundry, etc.); not at all what you would expect from a campground. It is owned and operated by Hershey corporation (as is the adjacent theme park, Dutch Wonderland). Perhaps that is why it is so well kept.
We stayed here in the fall when it was cooler, no bugs or humidity, and the foliage was pretty. Each site has a fire pit and we had nice bonfires. I can't say what it's like in the summer. The location is ideal for families going to Dutch Wonderland. You can literally walk door to door. Hershey Park and Zoo is only a few minutes drive. as is the old Strasburg Railroad which still runs for tourists, and other attractions. The campground is centrally located.
There's a stream between the campground and a working farm. The kids love seeing the cows and horses grazing near the water. (Warning: depending on the direction of the wind, you may wake up to the smell of manure.) The playground has a waterfront view and the roads are either paved or graveled. The grass was mowed twice in the week we were there. The trash is picked up from your site and there are plenty of trash and recycling bins throughout the grounds. When you're inside the campground, you would never know there is such a busy town right up the road! Many conveniences nearby (Walmart, Target, groceries, restaurants, hotels, and outlet shopping), but it's also in Amish country with working farms, country and antique stores, etc. On weekend mornings, an Amish horse and buggy comes around selling fresh pies and pastries (I posted a picture in the gallery).
I would definitely come back.
- Also Known As:
- Old Mill Stream Camping Manor Hotel
- Old Mill Stream Camping Manor Hotel Lancaster