East Berlin, Pennsylvania
October 5, 2006
We stayed on a Saturday night in August - and there were still places left to choose from - though not many. They have 69 sites - some with hook ups - and some are available by reservation though half are first come first served. There were plenty of tenters and campers/RVs of all sizes when we were there. There were many families - all pleasant - and none loud - esp overnight. The cost for a tent site was a mere $11 - and there were flush toilets and free showers.
They have 10 miles of trails here (we didn't get to hike any due to time constraints) and there's a stocked lake that is VERY popular with fishermen. They also have a beach/swimming section of this lake which our boys thoroughly enjoyed. We "old folks" sat on the beach and enjoyed watching the youngsters play with other kids there. During the day a concession stand is open, but we were there in the evening.
The sites aren't terribly private - at least - not the ones left when we got there, but that's the worst of the "problems."
Both sunset and sunrise were gorgeous, the price was right, the amenities were great, and it was peaceful. You're well off the main road to not have any traffic noise - yet not TOO far to travel while en route to get there (15 miles from Cedar Rapids). We'd have loved to have stayed there longer and explored or simply relaxed - and very willingly give our highest recommendation if you happen to be in the area!
From journal 2006 Trip - Part 1 - IA, Badlands + Rushmore