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Beaver Pond Campgrounds (Harriman State Park)

Bear Mountain, NY 10911
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2 Reviews
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Today my wife and I arrived at the Beaver Pond Campground in Harriman State Park at 12:30 PM. When we presented our pre-registration form to the campground office, we were told that the campsite was still occupied and that we would not be able to check-in until 1:30 PM. Since we had to wait, I decided to check-out the campsite by foot to see the layout. Much to my surprise, there was no one in the campsite. When I questioned the Campground Manager about this, she stated that it was State Policy not to check-in anyone until ALL campsites had checked-out. When I said that this policy is not very customer friendly and unlike any other campsite or hotel I have ever stayed, she became defensive and ended the conversation by giving her name and that of her supervisors. I presume that this attitude stems from the obvious presumption that state employees are not evaluated on customer satisfaction. This was apparent by observing the ten other camping families waiting in the parking lot for an hour or more for this park manager to allow them in to vacant sites.

Received from Rich for visit in Jun 2009

Site Number: 4
Stay Again? NO
Good: Sites have platforms for tents. Our site 37 was quiter and had some privacy. Loop A was really close to the lake/beach. Very short walk to the dam. Sites are well shaded. Fire rings have a flip-top grill. Bad: Sites are too close to each other. Lots of noisy folk (maybe from the city). Not all campsites can host 2 tents since the ground is uneven, rocky and not level. Ugly: Bathrooms weren't well maintained. Loop A showers/bathrooms were under construction. Overall: We had a great time. Kids had fun. We will look for a better equipped campsite with more distance between campsites the next time. Notes: Site A2's location is bad. Site A11 was not so bad but it cannot hold 2 tents. Site 37 could hold 2 tents, had some privacy and was the best of the worst.

Received from SR for visit in Aug 2009

Site Number: 37
Stay Again? YES

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