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2018 – Timothy Lake South Thousand Trails – Marshalls Creek, PA


We enjoyed our time at Timothy Lake South Thousand Trails, near Stroudsburg, PA. This is a large campground with plenty of nice, full-hookup, 50 amp sites. The roads are all paved and wide enough for RVs. There are many pull-through spots as well as a great number of back-in sites around the parameter. Generally speaking, the campsites are plenty long enough for even the biggest rigs. While they aren’t exactly on top of each other, the sites are pretty close side to side.

Many big rigs head for the “top” where there is plenty maneuvering room and no trees to block rooftop satellite dish usage. If you pay attention many of the shady pull-through sites will also work just fine.

The pool is a nice one and well used, especially on the weekends. While the restrooms in the Activity/Store building are nice and well-kept I was disappointed in the condition of the others. They were worn and often in need of cleaning.

My Verizon data was slow but usable most of the time. However, we opted to pay for campground WiFi for the week. It was fast and reliable. Also, I was able to get my Dish satellite signal with no problem.

While there are plenty of campsites, it should be noted that a lot of sites have been taken by seasonal campers, especially around the outside roads of the campground. The area just to the southeast of the office has many park models, although if you look through that area you will find a few campsites scattered among them. I wouldn’t bother looking for a spot there unless the campground was especially full.

The drive in (and up) from Hwy 209 merits a mention. The roads, Winona Falls and then Timothy Lake are narrow and pretty steep. When coming in pay particular attention when turning off of Winona Falls onto Timothy Lake. Oncoming traffic on Winona Falls isn’t visible until you are right at the the left hand turn. That traffic doesn’t have a stop sign. When leaving the campground that same intersection puts you at the bottom of a steep hill, requiring a full stop before turning right onto Winona Falls. In other words, keep your transmission in a low gear and keep your speed way down. Then, be sure you can see traffic coming from your left before committing to the right hand turn. Having said all that, I don’t want to scare anyone about coming to this campground. The route in from Hwy 209 is only 3 miles and literally thousands of RV’s have made the trip in.

We really like Timothy Lake South. In fact, we’ll stop off at this campground again in a bit over a month as we head south again.


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2018 – Woodland, PA Campground


Our stay at Woodland Campground, near Clearfield, PA, was for just four nights. Really, the area has enough to offer to make a longer stay tempting. However, for us, this is a bit more pricey stay than we are used to. No doubt, Thousand Trails has spoiled our bank account!

The campground is a former KOA and is close to I80 but I don’t think we could hear the traffic at all. There are several pull-through sites tiered on a hill as well as a number of longer term back in sites plus many seasonal spots in the trees on the north side of the campground. Our pull-through site was level and utilities convenient. The WiFi was good. I have to admit that the higher price, in this case, resulted in a superior campground.

The primary feature is a small, but pretty lake that is filled with bluegill. We watched several fishermen catching and releasing small fish as fast as they could reel them in, re-bait, and cast. We got a kick out of watching one little guy, about three years old, catch his first fish. The campground has fishing gear to loan to anyone who wants to get in of the fun.

On Saturday the campground was full and there were activities for campers of all ages with wagon rides, a corn-hole contest, and other events. Then, since we were still close to Independence Day there was a fireworks show over the lake.

I had no problem getting my satellite TV signal and my Verizon data was good.


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2018 – Kenisee Lake Thousand Trails – Jefferson, Ohio

Kenisee Lake Thousand Trails at Jefferson, Ohio has a lot going for it. There are many nice campsites. The big rigs have some really long pull through, 50 amp, FHU sites that are out in the open. There are also a number of back in sites suitable for most any sized rig. Other areas of the campground have more trees. Most of those sites are 30 amp FHU sites. Many are big enough for bigger rigs, but are popular with those with smaller rigs. Kenisee Lake is an unusual Thousand Trails in that campsites are assigned rather than the usual pick-your-own site approach. It works here because those with larger RVs are happy to park in the big 50 amp sites. Those with the smaller rigs are happy to park in the prettier sites near the lake. Everyone likes the set up with people being assigned suitable sites. If there was a mixture of FHU and W/E only sites there would be a lot of pushback about this campground breaking with the Thousand Trails first-come-first-served policy but as it is people are okay with this approach. It might be worth noting that the big rig portion of the campground has no restroom or bathhouse. Also, as is the rule rather than the exception, there are many sites that have been sold to seasonals.

See our previous review of this campground here.

The main feature of Kenisee Lake is, well, Kenisee Lake – a pretty lake. There is also a small pool, nice mini-golf course, basketball court, Activity Center, and other amenities. The tenting area is more popular than we usually see at Thousand Trails.

My Verizon signal was usable but not strong. Data throughput was slow but workable, especially using the signal booster. I had no problem getting satellite TV.

During our stay the weather wasn’t great. It seemed to be either raining or, when the rain ended, very hot and humid. While the gravel surface of our campsite kept us above water the rest of the campsite tended to go underwater. Of course, we can’t blame the campground for the weather but it would be nice to not have to wade through water to get in and out of the RV.

I don’t think, of all the Thousand Trails we’ve visited, that I’ve ever seen as active, on hands manager as Vickie. She was out and about constantly and when there was an issue with my electricity she’s the one who showed up with the multimeter to check it out.

We like Kenisee Lake and will happily return here on future trips across northeastern Ohio.


See individual photos with captions here.