Address: 136 Schroon River Road, Warrensburg, NY 12885
Phone: (518) 623-9833
# of sites: 145
Full hookup price: From $60/night ($75/night for riverfront)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Warnings: mosquitoes, narrow aisles
Located in proximity of beautiful Lake George, an hour from Lake Champlain and just a couple of hours south of the Canadian border, Warrensburg, NY, occupies a traveler's dream spot. Though for us it was just a waypoint between Maine and Brennan Beach on Lake Ontario, we certainly could have spent a month or more here and been kept quite busy. The campground is on the Schroon River, a long and winding stream that flows from the Adirondacks to the Hudson River, also in Warrensburg.
Lake George is a tourist town, to be sure, but it stretches 32 miles to the north and is just two miles across at its widest point, and has many quaint towns and villages scattered along its winding shoreline. A drive around the lake was quite enjoyable, topped off with a Guinness in the town named for the lake itself.
Entering the RV section of Warrensburg Travel Park gives you a sense of camping in a thick forest -- lush green trees with a dense canopy overhead. There is ample space in most of the sites for rolling out the mats, chairs, awning and screens without the feeling least bit cramped. The amenities are the usual, with public Wifi, laundry, cable TV, public restrooms and showers, heated pool, pavilion and game room, mini golf and a camp store. You can also rent a variety of boats kayaks and canoes for use on the river.
Mosquitoes, lots of them. These aren't your huge Michigan variety, but what they lack in size they make up in voracity. The closest part of the Schroon River to the campground is really an arm, not the flowing river, so the water is somewhat stagnant there. I don't believe there is any mitigation happening in the area, and when the owner came around to ask about our stay, he laughed off the mosquitos complaint saying that I should expect mosquitos when I'm camping. Not necessarily.
A downside to lush green canopy would be the lack of sky for a good satellite connection. Luckily they do provide cable TV to the sites.
Like many of the resorts in the east, most of the seasonal RV's were aged, run-down and dilapidated. This can sometimes make you feel you're in an old trailer park.
Most of the park consists of dirt and pine needles and it takes very little precipitation to make the place a muddy mess. There is some gravel on the driving paths, but not enough. Speaking of driving paths, they are very narrow and the proximity of trees makes maneuvering a rig through the park extremely time-consuming.
The pool was closed while we were there, just because it was getting late in the fall, I imagine. The camp store was more decrepit than the oldest seasonal RV's and had ridiculously dated stock and junk masquerading as antiques and craft goods.
Close by the resort, there were almost no night spots or restaurants to enjoy. That's not necessarily a con, depending on your camping style.
Were it not for the abundance of tourist attractions and scenery to enjoy relatively close by, as well as the lushness of the surrounding forest, this campground might not have been rated as high as three stars. It's a shame when you can easily see high potential for a resort but management has deemed it unworthy to reach for it.
Jack Huber is a novelist with 7 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.