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“Best Campground in the Area”
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Camp Taylor
New Jersey
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161 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Best Campground in the Area”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

If you are looking for a well maintainted campground with a good staff and great tent sites in the Delaware Water Gap area, look no further. We were in tent site #85 and it was absolutely PERFECT. Up on a hill with good tree coverage for privacy and more space than we knew what to do with (worth noting though, we were two adults in a very small two man tent, which is why we had so much extra space. A larger tent would fit well but probably not leave so much extra ground).

The bathrooms in the primitive tenting area are nothing more than porta-potties. It was obvious that a fresh new one was put in right before the holiday weekend- much appreciated! It got a lot of use over the course of the three days so the freshness certainly wore off :-P but if it really bothers you, the flush toilets near the main office were always clean everytime we visited them. Speaking of the office, it was great! The staff were friendly and helpful, the store sold fun souvenir trinkets as well as supplies you may have forgotten (we were glad to be able to purchase a can of propane- traveled all the way from home with an empty one, oops!).

There are so many great things in the area- we visited wineries, kayaked on the Delaware, saw waterfalls, went on hikes, and also visited the Lakota Wolf Preserve which is right on the campground property. Don't miss out on that, it is fantastic and they even run a shuttle to it from the campground if you don't want to make the short hike.

I think we will be back here someday. The tent sites were set up so wonderfully and with so much to do at the Delaware Water Gap, you just can't go wrong.

Room Tip: Site #85 is up on a hill and very secluded.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Burlington, Vermont
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

Camp Taylor was a nice gateway to the Delaware Water Gap; it provides good access via car to the National Park, and via a (very steep) footpath that is on a trail 2.2 miles from the gap. The forest was peaceful, amenities nothing special.

We also saw the wolf reserve, very cool.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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5 Thank Alex G
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Stow, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Initially when we made accommodations we chose Camp Taylor due to its proximity to the Delaware Water Gap and the fact that they accepted dogs. My first experience of Camp Taylor was very good. The lady taking the accommodations over the phone was courteous, helpful and competent.
We reserved two campsites with the understanding that each site could easily accommodate two tents. This was only true for one of the sites. The other site had only one place that could accommodate a ten by ten tent. The other space was full of jagged rocks and debris.
My son arrived later that evening 9:00 pm. He was greeted with rudeness and actually was chastised for his late arrival by one of the female staff.
The area around the campsites are picked dry of kindling. Consequently the woods around the sites lost a natural and verdant quality.
Since we took a primitive site with the understanding that we’d be away from noise and closer to nature I understand that you lose proximity to bathrooms. The port-a-potty near us was nonetheless never cleaned. The bathrooms were dirty and the sign in the women’s bathroom indicating when they were cleaned last wasn’t filled out.
The trails in the vicinity of the camp are very nice however. And a special treat is hearing the baying of the wolves at the Lakota reserves. They are beautiful and a must see.
However, one of the nights we were there was blaring head banging style, hip hop music coming from a site not far from us. There should have been attendants going through the sites periodically to assure a quality experience for everyone.
In general I can’t say that the people running the place genuinely care about providing a quality family style camping experience.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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CampTaylor, Owner at Camp Taylor, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
I am sorry you were not satisfied with your campsites, but our record showed that you specifically requested those sites by number. It is possible the woman who took your reservation for the 6 adults was unaware of the size of the tents or thought since you requested 82+83 that you had seen the sites on a previous visit. We have had more than 6 people in those two sites many times before without any problems. We had no other primitive sites available, but offered to mark electric/water sites, however you chose not to move to that area of the campground.
When your reservation was taken, you were asked what time you expected everyone to arrive and told all members had to be in before 9pm. According to your form, you stated the expected time of arrival would be at 5pm. Had your son arrived at 9pm as you claimed, there would have been no problem. However, our records show that it was in fact 9:47pm that he arrived at the office, which meant he could not have made it to the site until 10pm or later. Someone just arriving and starting to set up camp at that hour has a negative effect on the quality experience for families with children around him as many had already turned in for the night.
Nonetheless, all campers are told the quiet hours are from 11pm-9am and that if anyone is disturbing them, to call the office number on the map and it would be handled immediately. We do in fact have two employees that go out at 11pm and walk the entire camp to make sure no one is loud enough to be disturbing the sites around them. Had you told us that the music was too loud for your enjoyment, even though it was apparently prior to quiet hours, we would have gladly asked the other campers to lower the volume. We have more than 400 acres and, unfortunately, we do not have enough manpower to be everywhere at once. We try our best to keep things quiet, which is one of the reasons we require everyone to arrive and be set up before others are sleeping.
As for the woods not having a verdant quality because the kindling had been picked up, we are located on a mountain and much of the campground is old forest with large trees which prevents most of the sunlight from reaching the forest floor. Verdant means lush with green vegetation, which would require rich soil and sunlight for the vegetation to grow. Because of the various beetles, we do not allow people to bring in firewood from outside. Therefore, understanding the hardship this may cause some people to have to buy wood, we permit campers to pick up wood and kindling that has fallen naturally which also helps reduce the danger of forest fire by removing surplus fuels.
The women’s bathroom as well as the men’s bathroom and showers are gone through several times per day, for which we are continually being complimented. I am not sure what you refer to as a sign in the women’s bathroom for when it was last cleaned, not being filled out, since we have no such form in our bathrooms.
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 May 2014

I stayed in a "rustic cabin." I figured rustic meant four walls and a few bunk beds- instead i found a beautiful little log cabin with a small heater, overhead light, minifridge and electrical sockets!
I must admit, i was pretty thrilled to be able to wake upto a big mug of hot coffee, right inside my bunk.
Cabin two is situated on a bubbling stream and has a firepit and BBQ- being able to just sit and listen to the water babble, interrupted only by the occasional howl of a wolf, was amazing!
The hike up to the preserve is super easy, and the guided tour is a lot of fun- very informative!
The couple who owns the camp is very friendly and helpful, and the bathrooms are IMMACULATE!
this was perfect for "glamping."
For those seeking more adventure, there are primitive tent sites available, as well.
For those new to camping, i think the rustic cabins are PERFECT. It was only my boyfriend's second time camping, and i think he is in love with it now :)

Room Tip: for rustic cabins, ask for number 2- it situated right on stream, and the owner's favorite!
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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CampTaylor, Owner at Camp Taylor, responded to this review, 4 July 2014
Robin,
Thank you so much for the kind words. We try very hard to deliver a genuine outdoor experience to our customers. Thank you for noticing the effort we put into keeping the facilities clean. We are always happy to hear of new camping enthusiasts and hope since your boyfriend is now hooked on camping, you will make Camp Taylor a frequent destination.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 25 April 2014 via mobile

First let me say I loved this campground. Only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because the lady behind the counter when u first arrived could of come across as friendlier. It didn't bother me so much as it did my wife. She also resented the 25 cent showers, but I think it helps in keeping the showers clean. I would definitely go back.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Mount Laurel, New Jersey
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

My husband & I have been staying at Camp Taylor for 8 years & have been seasonal campers for 7 years. There are absolutely no other campgrounds in NJ that are as natural, quiet & beautiful as this one. The campsites are enormous for any campground & there are numerous ones where you barely can see your neighbor. If you are tent campers you are in for a real treat. This is REAL camping, the sites are large & there is so much foliage between sites that once again you really can't see your neighbors. Anyone with any experience in camping knows this is the exception rather than the rule.

My favorite thing about CT is their philosophy about keeping everything natural. No gaudy campsites around. All seasonal campsites are well maintained & in good order. The pond is such a natural, relaxed setting. I sit at the bench by the pond in the mornings & watch the kids discover pond life. They get so excited just looking at tadpoles, frogs & fish. They spend hours & hours swimming in the pond & as I told one set of parents you don't see kids making their own fun & using their imaginations anymore & not one purchased toy in sight! Week after week I see happy relaxed children & their parents. If you are looking for constant whirlwind entertainment this is not the place for you. But if you are looking for a relaxing weekend getting in touch with nature & playing with your children, I don't think you will be disappointed.

I also would like to comment on some reasons why you pay for extras at CT. To maintain such a pristine campground costs money & the recent recession hit hard for everyone in NJ. The area was hit very hard by Sandy & repairs are costly. The firewood may be a bit pricey but with all of the fallen dead wood around the campsites, there is hardly any need to purchase any. We have been to numerous campgrounds where you couldn't find a twig near your site. Not here, there is plenty to gather & perfect job for restless children waiting for dinner to be cooked. So unless you are just plain lazy, there is no reason to pay for it. So sure you might be paying for extras but this is Jersey & nothing's cheap here.

As far as security, this is the safest place in Jersey. Every night camp personnel walk through the campground at quiet hour making sure everyone is quiet & safe & its amazing how everyone does respect this policy.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Middletown, NJ
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Family stayed for weekend with preteen kids. Campgrounds were very well maintained. Bathrooms and showers were very clean. Staff was friendly and helpful. Walked up to wolf preserve which was lovely. We liked the site with water/electric. With cost of wood/showers it was still a very affordable, fun weekend. Site owners set up a haunted house walk through this weekend that was really well done. Primitive sites booked early because of national parks shutdown, so had a fair amount of overflow from them - glad there was a quiet time after 11p enforced. Really great place, will visit again.

Room Tip: Preview your site before choosing as recommended by staff. Cannot reserve ahead for one night, so t...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Camp Taylor
Address: 85 Mount Pleasant Rd, Columbia, NJ 07832-2636
Region: United States > New Jersey > Columbia
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Columbia
Number of rooms: 5
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