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Lake Placid / Whiteface Mountain KOA
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Reviewed 2 June 2013

My friend and I have camped here a few times, while doing some hiking in the area. The camp sites are a good size, with trees in between, which give at least an illusion of privacy. Each campsite has a fire pit, and a picnic table. The staff has always been friendly and helpful. The tuck shop has lots of items for sale, if you forget anything (like a toothbrush or towel....) or if it's cold and you need an extra blanket. They also don't gouge you on price for these items. Ice and firewood are also for sale.

There are lots of activities for kids, including a small playground. (We didn't have kids with us, so I can't review these amenities.) It's fairly quiet at night, at least the times I've gone.

The comfort station is heated, with flush toilets and sinks, soap and paper towels, and showers with hot water. Every time I've been, the comfort stations have been clean.

The only down side is that it's a little far from some of the hiking trails (Mt. Jo, Algonquin Mt., etc.)

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank anya_at_large
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

Although we only live an hour away from Lake Placid, we chose to pack up the RV and head there for our Memorial Day Weekend. It was a great choice! The KOA campground is just outside Wilmington in the direction of Lake Placid. Just a mile further down the road is Whiteface Mountain. Keep going another 7 miles and you're in the heart of the Olympic Village. We were all very pleased with our KOA experience. The grounds are clean, spaces are plenty large,with many pull throughs available, with hookups. Being new to this type of camping, I had no difficulty pulling in and getting set up. Staff is friendly and helpful. The lodge/store has anything you might need that you left at home. Unfortunately, it rained all weekend so we didn't get to try out the pool. However, the game room and playground offered the kids some diversion from being cooped up inside during the foul weather. This KOA is dog friendly and offered our four-legged companions a nice doggie walk. As it was a holiday weekend, the campground put on a free BBQ dinner of pulled pork or chicken for anyone with a three night reservation. I would give this KOA the highest rating for both services and location. Compared to the high hotel prices in Lake Placid, the KOA was just what the doctor ordered. We're already making plans for another summer weekend in Wilmington.

Room Tip: Some sites have dumping stations. If you can't get one of these, an easy to use dumping station is right on the way out of the campground. No really bad sites. Preference is more a matter of closer to the store or a bit further away.
  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank Grousedoctor
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

First off let me start by saying that this was our third trip, it was by far the worst, we have 36 feet fifth wheel and we were give a 2 services site that was sized for a 25 feet trailer, there was no way a trailer the size of ours could fit in, the KOA refused to chg our site so we went back to site and went in the "wrong" way, it was the only way we could go in, provided the the extension were not all out? The next morning we tried changing our site once again and the older lady at the front desk, she is a long term employee as she had been there at least since our first trip 3 years before, was just not in a good mood, she clearly was not going to help, since we had reserved for 5 days we decided to stay, on the third day, we again tried to chg our site, I had noticed a youger individual at the front desk and sure enough she changed our site without a fuss, after finishing the transaction the older lady walked in and was clearly upset with the youger one, to this day I still don't understand why? We finished our trip on the new site and had a nice time but I will never go there again!

  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank Jean D
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Reviewed 7 February 2013

We love the adirondack atmosphere, camping and campfires. One night while having a fire and spending some quality time together, the mood turned romantic. We temporarily retired to our tent for some private alone time where we could also see the fire. NOT FOR LONG! A golf cart swoops right up, attendant comes into our site and drowns out our campfire and our mood. Clearly he was sitting not too far away watching us.... Creepy creeper... The next day we get sited for leaving our fire unattended. I suppose I should have cleared our " alone time" with the park first. Will never go back there again.

  • Stayed: July 2012
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7  Thank Adkmantan
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Reviewed 3 October 2012

This was our first stay at a KOA and I was a little wary as we like more remote camping. We were pleasantly surprised. The sites are treed and have lots of privacy. We stayed with friends and had two sites between us one of which was a lean-to. The lean-to was very spacious and a great site. Lots to do in the area with being so close to Lake Placid. Lots on site also. Very clean and a great experience. We will definitely be back next summer.

Stayed: June 2012, travelled with family
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