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Old 05-09-2013, 02:54 PM   #11
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KOA is certainly nice. We like it in the early part of the season or the fall because of the indoor pool. Facitities are very nice, but we have a hard time justifying the extra price in the summer. Sampson is 1/3 the cost ($21/night) for electric and most of the sights are huge. We try to find one with some shade. If you like to bike or boat, this is the place. 2,000 acres with paved roads through the wilderness to ride on plus the beach/marina/boat launch. And the military museum is pretty interesting as well. And plenty of wineries on the east side to visit.

Both are great places, but our favorite may be Watkins Glen State Park. Price is great, but you have to plan ahead to get electric since only one loop has it. Nice sites, the glen trail takes you right into town, and they may have the biggest pool around.

If you want water/sewer, its the KOA. Otherwise, might as well take advantage of the value at the SP's. Its one of the very few bargains you get from the State of NY.

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Old 05-11-2013, 04:05 PM   #12
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Sampson SP is a lot cheaper than a KOA. Boondock sites or electric only sites available. Water fillups available at the park. Very pretty park with lakeside sites available. Used to be a training facility for the armed forces. Museum dedicated to the camp on site. Recommend Loop 5. Huge sites on the waters edge. Reserve America best for booking.

Just North of the park is a retired military facility. Home of many rare all white deer. Easy to see. You will be in the middle of wine country. Hundreds of small wineries, several other SPs, Amish farms and many small communities. Easy pull from the Rt 20. You do start hitting more hills toward Watkins Glen area and south. Personally, I would choose the SP over a commercial campground, unless you are the type who needs a heated pool, cable, WiFi etc.


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Old 05-11-2013, 05:31 PM   #13
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Never been to the other one, but Watkins Glen is excellent. We wnt there last fall during the Vintage grand prix. Also easy to get to the Corning musem.
As for the warning sign on the road about the low bridge, don't do as we did, no need to panick and turn around. The low bridge is not on the KOA road. Safe.

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