SEE LANCASTER, BE CLOSE TO NATURE Located in the Susquehanna River hills, southwest of Lancaster, we are adjacent to the Tucquan Glen Nature Preserve. Hiking, river fun and other great outdoor activities make us a perfect family camping experience.
cleanliness and physical characteristics of restrooms, including interior construction, adequate supplies/odor free, adequate number of facilities, exterior appearance and location in relation to park spaces, and interior appearance.
the park's setting and site layout, function and identification of signage, overall exterior building maintenance, noise, trash disposal, litter and debris around the grounds and sites, and appearance of grounds, sites and entrance area.
It was our first camping adventure with our new Keystone Montana 3750FL. We made reservations at Tucquan Park Family Campground, 917 River Road, Holtwood, PA 17532, 717-284-2156.
I need to let Good Sam RV'ers know several facts about this Campground that specifically pertain to any RV, Camper trailers, Motor homes or 5th Wheels over 34 feet long.
First, as we approached the entrance to the campground, we missed it because of the angle of the sign at the entrance. If any camper over 34 feet miss the entrance, the continuing road becomes hazardous, small and no place to turn around. Most of the campers are usually over 34 feet long and over 12 feet high and have a heavy weight. They are not meant to travel on such primitive back country mountain roads. My husband finally talked to several cars that were passing by, on where we could turn around safely. It was extremely upsetting an I got a migraine headache from the stressful situation. My husband finally found a “Y” on one of the back road to back up and turn around to head back to the campground. There were cliffs all along the road, a creek that flooded the road and slippery thin un-maintained roads that we had to travel through to go back to the entrance of the campground.
When we finally found the entrance, my husband entered and because of the extreme dip and elevation in the entrance, our RV 5th wheel got damaged by scrapping the hardtop entrance. My husband stopped to evaluate the damage from the scrap. The spare tire in the rear was ripped off and the ladder was bent because it hit the hardtop. The tire bracket completely broken and one of the two rear support beams was broken and twisted back to hit the second support beam. Since we took two vehicles, I drove up to the office to check in and report the damage. I told them that my husband was parked at the entrance because he was concerned about continuing on down the road due to questioning the conditions of the road. I told them about the damage done to our luxury 5th wheel and they said they can do nothing about the road. They did send someone to lead my husband to our reserved spot. The young lady felt bad about our situation and changed our back in spot to a drive through.
While meeting and talking with many campers, I asked about the entrance and if their RV was damaged while entering. Every person I talked to had experienced damage and several had lost their rear hydraulic jacks and damaged the rear of the RV. Most of the RV’s at this park were 40+ feet long.
I will say the condition of the park and its roads were not good enough for a trailer that has a high weight and length. We were so unpleased with the primitive conditions of the campground that we left the next day. On our way home just leaving the park, it had recently rained and thunder stormed and the steep hilly roads leaving was slippery and the tires on the trailer and truck started to spin and my husband was extremely concerned he would get stuck. Fortunately, we have a 2017 Chevy 3500 dully which had plenty of power to overcome the slide. As we approached the only entrance to leave and I took pictures of all the deep welts and deep scrapes in the pavement from the countless RV’s where the rears had scrapped and most likely damaged. My husband parked at the entrance, before leaving, trying to examine what angle to drive our RV out in order to avoid further damage to our RV. A couple of trucks stopped to help us out. They also said the damaged the rear of their 5th wheel RV. So my husband determined the exit angle and we were able to drive out missing further damage by inches.
I want to report this situation to Good Sam Parks and any interested RV'ers wanting to go to this campground, because so many others besides ourselves have damaged expensive luxury RV’s and the park owners claim they cannot resolve the situation. However, they can but they just don’t want the cost it will take to level out the entrance. As I mentioned in the beginning, it was our first camping adventure and it was extremely traumatic and haunting. We both learned so much about how to pick a campground in the future. What I cannot understand is how Good Sam can stand behind this type of primitive campground claiming to cater to large and long RV’s. My husband will fix the spare tire mount, support beams and bend back the ladder. From now on we will stick to Resorts off main interstate highways!
Feeling like this campground isn't really for the causal campers looking to get away for a weekend. Campground road was gravel and very rough. Road to the hill side part was even worse. Bathrooms: Only one real bath house that was all the way on the other side of the campground. Had to use vehicle to get there, it was near all the tent sites. That bath house was really nice. Other bathrooms I wouldn't dare use, they were run down and very dirty. Pretty bad when the staff tell you not to use the bathrooms by the pool. Overall we did not enjoy our stay here. Can't see how it got such high rankings.
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