Knoebels Amusement Resort

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  1. jenventola

    jenventola New Member

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    Elysburg, PA - Knoebels Campground
    http://www.knoebels.com/stay/knoebels-park-campground

    Hundreds of sites, all with electric. Most have 30 amp, but a few have 50 amp. No water or sewer hookups, but there are several water filling stations and a dump station near the campground entrance. Pets are allowed everywhere except cabins, inside buildings, and pool area.

    Stayed here in September of 2016

    Site Details: We stayed in Kentucky, site 18 (the campground is divided into sections with US State and Canadian Province names). The site was plenty spacious for our pup and TV, but was not level at all. In fact, none of the surrounding sites looked very level. We were right next to the bath house, which was great for being able to send our 6 year-old by herself, but pretty obnoxious as far as foot traffic was concerned. We had to ask several groups of kids not to walk through our site on the way to the bathroom.

    Facilities/Overall Park: This campground was huge, and very crowded on the weekends. We arrived on a Thursday night, and pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. We were out and about during the day on Friday, and when we came back in the evening, it was packed. The place pretty much empties out during the day, as almost everyone walks over to the amusement park.Lots of families with small kids (makes sense with the amusement park), and everyone was very friendly and considerate. Only problem we had was people walking right through our campsite to get to the bathroom, as mentioned above. There is a pool, camp store and small playground on-site. Sites are well-shaded by tall pines, but very close together and not private at all. Roads are very narrow. Bath house was clean, but old. Toilets are very low to the ground. There were additional sinks with mirrors outside the bath house for hand washing/teeth brushing, as well as a nice deep dish washing sink.

    Surrounding Area/Attractions: Obviously, the main draw for this campground is the amusement park on site, which boasts free admission and parking (you pay for rides with tickets). We loved it! It was very clean, beautifully maintained, with friendly staff and great food options. Was surprisingly inexpensive, too (I’m used to paying an arm and a leg at Six Flags). Since the park was closed on our first full day there, we drove around and ended up in nearby Bloomsburg. Took the kids to the children’s museum (which was awesome), then the Bloomsburg Fair. It’s supposedly the largest fair on the East Coast, and boy, was it huge. The amount of vendors, rides, games and food options is simply dizzying. We were there on Preview Day, so many of the “main attractions” weren’t open yet, but there was still plenty to see and do. We even got a little custom-carved family sign for our campsite, cut in the shape of a pop-up camper :) Highly recommend checking it out if you’re in the area.

    Overall, this is a great place for families, and the convenience of the amusement park can’t be beat. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway in the woods, you may want to look elsewhere.
     
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    HI, I grew up about 5 miles from Knoebel's. If you want a nice camping experience without the madness of being at the park they have another campground about 3 miles from the park call Lake Glory Campsites. It's a more authentic country campsite with a lake and stream and nice roomy clean spots. Clean modern bathhouses, big kids area, nice fishing area and its a short drive to Knoebel's if you want to go to the park. If you ever want to come back that way, check it out. http://www.knoebels.com/stay/lake-glory-campground
     
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    PaThacker Well-Known Member

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    Knoebels and lake glory are designed specifically for the amusement park draw only. Air conditioned dog houses if you have one
    Same as any other amusement park camping experience. No setup. No meal planning, park it and spend all day in the amusement parks.
     
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    We were in the area roughly 7 years ago and were going to make a "quick stop" at Knoebel's to go through their famed haunted house dark ride as well as their classic coaster. We ended up staying there about 5 hours and threw our schedule (driving back to Minnesota) *way* off but it was a lovely little park.

    Didn't experience the campground though :)
     
  5. jmkay1

    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Thanks for the write up. I was considering staying at that campground some year. Thinking the little side kick might like it. Although she had gone to all the big amusement parks she might not appreciate the smaller ones. Although my pocket book would prefer it. I may still go just for the sake of giving it a try.
     
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    Actually, a few years ago, Knoebels bought Lake Glory campground. There are now shuttles that run between the two, so you don't have to deal with the parking. Lake Glory is nicer in the fact that it's not as crowded as the main park campground, but as stated, if you are there for the amusement park, then you can't beat the main campground.

    Jenventola, I live in Bloomsburg, and I am glad you enjoyed your trip there. The Fair is a huge deal in town, and residence either love or hate it. I personally go one day, and then leave town. It's usually the same week we go to the Vermont rally. I would much rather camp than spend money at the fair. [LOL]
     
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    First post----Does anyone know if you can take a dog on the shuttle from Lake Glory to the park?
     
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    I have never seen any dogs on the shuttles so I would think not.
     
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    Just stayed at the Knoebels campground, have stayed at lake glory in the past. I will say that the on-site campground is definitely more "hillbilly" to put it lightly, but it's incredibly convenient. The camp store is nice and affordable, and the shuttle is great if you have a site way up on the hill. The park itself is fantastic, if you've never been I'd highly recommend it. I'd go back to the on site campground again, because honestly I'm spending little time at the site at all, the vast majority of our time is at the park when staying there.
     

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