We are spent a week in the Pocono’s of Pennsylvania; an area I’ve heard of all my life. We especially enjoy exploring areas that are new to us and this was new territory for both of us. Near our campground was Bushkill Falls. It’s advertised as the Niagara of Pennsylvania. This is a commercial park with other things to do but we came for the main attraction: the waterfalls. There are four trails and hiking these trails takes from 15 minutes for the easiest one to two and a half hours for the longest. We took the 2nd level trail that focuses on the main falls. Our path was well kept and included several steps and viewing platforms. The falls are quite impressive and well worth the effort and expense to see them. There are many other activities available for families including a Native American exhibit, a wildlife exhibit, gift and snack bar, a fudge kitchen, and ice cream bar. Near the entrance is a pond with paddle boats and fishing gear, a playground with picnic tables, and a mini golf course.
We also enjoyed touring Grey Towers National Historic Site. This palatial summer home was planned and built by James Pinchot who was not only the first Chief of the National Forest Service but also was twice elected governor of Pennsylvania. Grey Towers was also used by his son Gifford and his wife Cornelia and her touch is evident throughout the home and across the property. The home was modeled after the Marquis de LaFayette’s home. The grounds are open and free of charge. We paid to take the guided tour and saw several rooms on the main floor. The rooms are filled with family heirlooms and items brought home from their vast travels. Our guide also talked about the landscaping and the gardens created by Cornelia. There is a long narrow pool built in such a way as to make it seem longer than it really is. The one area I found especially interesting was “The Finger Bowl.” This outdoor dining area is beautifully shaded by a wisteria covered arbor. The “bowl” is a raised pool surrounded by a flat ledge that served as a sort of counter or table top. People were seated around the pool on comfortable chairs and food was served from wooden bowls floating on the water. The diners would “pass” the food by floating it across to one another. The entire property is a beautiful, quiet place with many benches and gazebos where a person can enjoy the landscaping and scenery.
We ate at a couple of good places, but no place with a “finger bowl.” Our favorite was Philly Steaks in Stroudsburg. We split a cheesesteak and fries and were glad we did! The portions were huge.
There’s enjoyed driving around this area, seeing the beautiful Pocono’s and lush forests. It is easy to see why this area has drawn people from the nearby big cities for many decades.
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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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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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