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2018 – Hershey Thousand Trails – Lebanon, PA

We were looking forward to this two week stop at Hershey, PA Thousand Trails and it didn’t disappoint. We enjoyed this campground when we were here a few years ago and knew this would be a good longer stop this year after several weeks of one week or less stays.

When we were at Hershey before we picked a site on the hill of Loop H. The 50 amp sites in that area don’t have the $3 a day surcharge that is charged for all the other 50 amp sites in the campground. However, I must confess we got a bit tired of the big hill. For this stay we decided to check out Loop B. We found a great spot and felt we made an excellent choice. About all but the sites in Loop A (which has some very nice spots) are full hookup. Honestly, it isn’t hard to find a nice campsite in this Thousand Trails.

Every interaction we had with the staff was positive and we appreciated their helpfulness.

My only complaint is the lack of internet connectivity. My Verizon signal was poor leaving me with only a fair data connect. Campground WiFi is only available at the Activity Center and it is even slower – think old time dial-up speeds. It isn’t that the campground hasn’t tried to supply WiFi. The area providers simply aren’t willing to come out to the campground.

My satellite TV signal was easy to dial in. There are many interesting things to see and do in the area as well as a nice pool and other facilities right on the property. Lots of shopping and restaurants are within 30 minutes.

It is easy to see why Hershey Thousand Trails is one of the most popular campgrounds in the system. We are already thinking about our next visit.


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2018 – Sightseeing Hershey and Lancaster, PA and area


We did a lot of sightseeing when we were here a few years go. This time, with near record setting heat, we made a few return visits but mostly enjoyed the campground and some downtime.

We did, though, want to revisit Bird-in-Hand, a town well known for its Amish food and shops. One of the favorite places there is the Farmers Market. On the main level we found all kinds of foods ranging from fresh baked goods, meats, cheese, candies, prepackaged mixes, and food to buy and eat on the spot. We bought fresh, hot pretzels, butter cheese, and Lebanon bologna. The market also has a variety of crafts and tourist items for sale.

Near Bird-in-Hand is Good and Plenty Restaurant. We very much enjoyed a meal there. The fried chicken and apple pie was terrific. Also, near our campground at Mt Gretna is a well known ice cream and burger restaurant called the Jigger Shop. We tried their trademark concoction – a million calorie sundae called “a jigger.”

Of course, I wanted to return to Hershey Chocolate World. The oversized candy bars made great photo opportunities and the shopping in the store was fun. I enjoyed the free ride through a chocolate factory, singing candy bars and singing cows and all. The highlight of our entire say was that on our way toward the door a lady asked Scott if he would take a picture of her and her husband. He recognized them as friends we hadn’t seen in years! They now make their home in Missouri and have been in the area for just a week. Seeing Pat and Donna after nearly 20 years was one of those “small world” experiences and an unexpected blessing.


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2018 – Bonus Review: Timothy Lake North, Marshalls Creek, PA

This Thousand Trails Campground is located about a mile from Timothy Lake South, where we are staying for the second time in just a few weeks. Since I did a review of Timothy Lake South at that time I thought we could do a drive through of Timothy Lake North and post a few photos. We didn’t camp there so I won’t attempt a review. I can say that we didn’t see many campsites as most of the campground has been given over to permanent units. What campsites we did see were on the smaller, more cramped side. There is, though, a nice pool and playground. On future trips to the area, I think we’ll stay with Timothy Lake South.


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