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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Review of camp sites at Woodland Valley Campground

Previously, I wrote about how choosing a campsite online is a bit like taking a shot in the dark. A good campsite is scenic and private—but how can you tell online whether a site is either of these? How useful it would be, I thought, if a website offered reviews on each site in a campground?

So when we stayed at Woodland Valley Campground in Phoenicia, located in the Catskills, we jotted down some impressions for each site. Such a reference is too late to be of use to me—and, with 300+ campgrounds in New York state alone, it's a drop in the bucket—but if at least one person finds it useful, then this blog posting was worth the time. (Please post a comment if you find this site and use this info to select a site.)

Download the Woodland Valley Campground map, and then compare the notes below with the sites listed on the map. Happy camping!

1, 2, 3 - Tiny, near road
4 - Next to road, but decent size
5, 6 - Small, close to each other, no privacy, but grassy
7 - Somewhat secluded
8 - Big and shady, nice view of stream, possibly nicest site in campground
9, 10 - Shady, nice, on stream, but right next to each other
11, 12 - Small, no privacy
13, 14, 15 - Lacking privacy
16, 17, 18, 19 - All good sized, but lacking privacy from each other
20 - Private, shaded, near stream
21 - Grassy, some shade, on the small side
22 - Small, across from bathroom
23 - Small, no shade, across from bathroom
24 - Pretty good
25 - Secluded, shady
26 - Nice site
27 - Shady
28 - Shady but close to road
29 - Big, partly shaded
30 - Big but no privacy
31 - Good size, shady
32 - Big but no privacy
33 - Big and shady but right next to road
34 - Pretty good
35 - Small
36 - No privacy
37 - Pretty big but next to road
38 - Nice, shady
39 - Partly shady but small, next to bathroom and road
40 - Next to road but nice
41 - Partly shady, nice, private
42 - Small
43 - Small but next to stream, pretty shady
44, 45 - Lacks shade but private and next to creek
46 - A bit small, lacks shade
47 - Small but shady, next to trailhead
48 - Very small and mere feet from road
49 - Tiny!
50, 51 - Small, lacks shade, on road
52 - Very small
53 - No grass, small
54 - Shady, woodsy, flat
55 - Small but shady
56 - Very small, right at entrance
57 - Grassy, nice trees
58 - Small, next to road
59 - No privacy, lacks shade
60, 61 - Next to road but very shady and good size
62 - Next to road but shady, good size, woodsy
63 - Small, next to road and recycling station
64 - Very small but woodsy
65 - Secluded, woodsy, very nice
66, 67 - Secluded, woodsy, very nice but not private from each other
68 - Good size, shady
69 - Good shade but next to road and ranger residence, lacks privacy

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Blogger Flora said...

Hi! While I've never camped at this particular campsite, I did find this information very useful. I am in agreement with you when it comes to the whole "Which site do I choose?" issue. I've been camping since before I can remember and I still have a problem when I go online to Reserve America. I mainly camp at Mongaup Pond but as there are 165 sites its still hard to figure out which site was the one I fell in love with when I was there! And as there a ton of really bad sites there (ie: too small, no privacy, right on the road, or all of the above) I was looking for a possible detailed review online for this campground and could not find one. Very dissapointing. However, I am now intrigued and will probabbly be visiting Woodland Valley soon based on your info! Thanks!

July 16, 2009 11:52 AM  
Anonymous PG in NJ said...

Just booked campsite 8 for a weekend later this summer based on your recommendation. We'll see if it is as good as promised. Thanks!

May 12, 2010 10:36 AM  
Blogger Michael Strickland said...

PG, enjoy! When we went back another time, after I posted this listing, we reserved #8, and it was great. We live on the west coast now, and we miss the Catskills!

May 12, 2010 10:50 AM  

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