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“Worst campground I've ever been to”

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Dingmans Campground
Reviewed 29 May 2012

At Dingman's, there are 133 campsites (each campsite can hold up to ten people). For these 133 campsites, there are 2 permanent bathrooms (3 stalls each, 1 shower each) for a total of 6 bathroom stalls and 2 showers. That's not just poor planning, that's insane. There are supposed to be additional "seasonal" bathrooms added but for Memorial Day weekend those weren't set up at all and it torrentially rained, leaving people with an already incredibly small bathroom options even smaller ones as the bathrooms were unusable due to mud, clogging from horrific overuse, and power loss problems. The campsites themselves are frequently all mud and separated by moldy, moss covered tree trunks that may delineate the sites but make it hard to park cars and unload. The campsite access roads are all mud and pot-hold ridden. I've camped for a couple years in the US and Canada and this is by far the worst campground I've ever seen. Avoid it.

Room Tip: Don't go.
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  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

Just returned from a beautiful weekend in Dingmans Ferry. This campground is in lovely location and the grounds are pretty. However, when we arrived, we were told that one bath house was closed. OK, but the other bath house only had one shower and two tiolets. It was really dirty. We camped in a trailer, so this wasn't an issue for us, but our friends were in tents and it made for a difficult weekend for them. the port pots for were overflowing, and finally on Saturday night they had more brought in. the only open bath house was closed most of Saturday and part of sunday. This campground was pretty full and this was a major health hazard. Even the trash container and recycle container were full. I would think that the campground would have some consideration for their guests. We arrived on Thursday when it was prettly empty, thinking that they would have everything fixed for the weekend. One last thing, I was wondering why they felt the need to fill in holes with a back hoe on a Sunday afternoon while their guests were enjoying the beautful weather and were suppose to be enjoying the peace and quiet of the campground!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank nana1Woodbury_nj
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

Service is terrible, very rude employees. Not a good place to camp woke up to snoopy park rangers and bird poop on my tent. Also,half of the road is closed down due to road work.So it takes extra long to get everywhere
Mind you ticks are everywhere!!

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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3  Thank Stephanie F
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Reviewed 7 September 2011

My Family and I had a fantastic time at Dingman's. The location couldn't have been any better and our site on the river was perfect. It'd be nice if they had a playground for the kids but they did have an open field for the kids to play ball. there was lots of site seeing to do around the area. the staff was very friendly and Park rangers patroled once and awhile. it was a nice place to bring the kids.

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank Ryan M
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Reviewed 7 August 2011

We stayed one night here on our way to Maine. Glad it was only one night. We had a beautiful site right on the river with a very large group of college aged students taking up the next two adjacent sites. They were too loud and too noisy well into the night. It was obvious that the "quiet hrs" beginning at 10p. would not be enforced. With two little ones camping with us, it was difficult to keep them focused on sleeping versus all of the noise coming from the next campsites. The next morning during checkout I complained about the lack of enforcement of the stated "quiet hrs" beginning at 10p. The manager said that it was a known problem, they had rec'd many complaints, but the large group was checking out that same day. How interesting. A stated policy that you choose to ignore and do not enforce simply because it's a large group and likely don't want to upset them for future visits and business. Great. Thanks for lacking the spine to step in and enforce your own policy.
And do I even mention the dirty filthy bathrooms with spiders and cobwebs everywhere?
Do yourself a favor. Skip this place entirely!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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3  Thank KatiedlC
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Reviewed 2 August 2011

Highest rating to Dingman's Campground. Every employee was friendly, helpful, and seeking to excel. The campground is clean and well maintained. There is separation between the RV with services, RV without services, and tent only sites. There are plenty of trees and bushes between sites for privacy. Even the port-o-potties scattered around were clean and top notch (running water to wash your hands, even). The two shower & flush toilet buildings were a bit small but adequate. Also, from the campground you can rent canoes for a run down the Delaware River - they drop you off upstream and you canoe at your own pace back to the campground. The newly opened McDade bike/hike trail also passes across the campground entrance. The staff even walked around the campground to warn people of incoming severe weather. Truly, one of the best campgrounds we've stayed at. (We were in a tent.)

Room Tip: Tents - lower numberer sites along the river, esp if you want to access the river.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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5  Thank david_dale
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

This was our first time camping at Dingman's Ferry. We shared a large campsite with another family. Combined we were four adults and three children between the ages of 5 and 7.

Overall, it was a great trip. We were meant to stay two nights, but there were severe storm and tornado warnings, so we decided to go up early in the morning in stead of at night. My only complaint was that when we called to reserve we asked for advice as we had never been to the campsite before, we were assured we were getting "the best" campsite (site #124). In my opinion, it may have been the worst I saw. It was plenty spacious, but right beside the boat ramp (easy water access, but noisy and high traffic) and at a t in the camp road (lots of night time head lights). However, the main issue was that this was the only site I saw that had no shade during the hottest part of the day. Literally all the other sites were well shaded and leafy, very private. I guess I know for next time! The bath houses are not so great (but it is camping) and the porta potties are going to be rough in 90 degree heat, no matter how nice they are!

On to the good stuff....the area is gorgeous! The camp store was the nicest I have seen and all the personnel we encountered were friendly and helpful. Our site was very large with plenty of parking. We had a fire ring (but no grill ring, you can purchase one at the camp store if you need) and two picnic tables. No where to run a wash line, which is mighty important when your kids spend the day in the river (but that seemed to only be our site). The Delaware River was easy to access, the water was a pleasant temperature, and the current was not too strong. I really recommend water shoes. There was a huge field that was mowed for frisbee and horseshoes. The water spigot was easy to access and the water was safe to drink.

We walked to the McDade Recreational Trail, which was very nice, good for hiking and biking. During the evening, a ranger came around and invited the kids to a ranger talk on animals in the park. We did attend and it was really great. Very informal, friendly, and hands on.

We had a great trip wildlife wise. We saw three deer, a young bald eagle, several heron, and a bear! Virtually all of these things were seen in the early morning hours and were just breath-taking.

We did not bring our canine friends, but they are allowed. However, it did seem to be a source of tension among our fellow campers as not all dogs were well-managed by their humans.

I would definitely return again.

Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Dingmans Campground

Address: 1006 Route 209, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328-3479
Region: United States > Pennsylvania > Pocono Mountains Region > Dingmans Ferry
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Dingmans Ferry
Price Range: £23 - £28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 133
Also Known As:
Dingmans Campground Hotel Dingmans Ferry

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