I will start with the pros, which are few: the area is beautiful, Delaware River campsite spot was great.
Cons: We did come Memorial day weekend, so crowds should be expected, but this place was NOT prepared. We waited in line to check-in, to be told that we have to check-in elsewhere first, and then come back. Needless to say - this whole process took well over 1.5 hours. People in front of us had it worse off - computer glich = double booking and people without a spot.
When our reserved date for tubing came we got to the Adventure Center 15-20 min early. That was useless. They had a huge line again and we didn't get on a tube until 2:30PM, for our scheduled 1pm departure.
The people working there, although nice, were untrained (a few girls mentioned being hired last week) and terribly organized. Simple announcements would have made a lot of people happier.
Once we got on the tube, it was not worth the $30/person. It was slow for the most part - and not enough water - we hit some rock areas and I have a scratched up knee to show for it. It would have been helpful to have paddles to not get stuck on rocks or be pushed toward the shore, etc.
Although quiet hours were 11pm - 6am, they were NOT enforced. We had a group next to us that would play music very loudly til wee hours of the morning. On several occasions people from campsites near and far (the music was really loud) would come by and ask them to please keep it down - and they didn't and the camp staff never seemed to notice.
Overall - I would never go back to Kittattiny. There was a few other shining moments - when we found the Cedar Rapids bar/restaurant just a few hundred feet walking distance from Kittattiny. That and they sell these 'Mystical fire' packets which make your campfire turn blue and green - well worth $2.
Please note I had paid in full for everything in advance, and that was of no help...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kittatinny Campground has 350 campsites on 250 acres in both beautiful wooded and open grass settings. Located in Barryville, New York, it is the premier campground along the scenic upper Delaware River in the Catskill Mountains offering prime (Delaware River front and Beaver Brook) or wooded sites. A beautiful trout stream winding through an enchanted forest of hemlock and oak provides inviting brookside camping in addition to our open, grass-covered sites bordering the Delaware River. Join us around the warm glow of a campfire for an evening under the stars after a day of relaxed fishing or exciting whitewater rafting. Kittatinny Canoes offers daily trips for experienced and novice paddlers. Raft, canoe, kayak, tube, calmwater and whitewater we have something for everyone, regardless of your experience level! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Barryville Base And Kittatinny Campgrounds Hotel Barryville