Benezett Store & Campground

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9682 Route 555
Benezette, PA 15821
814-787-7456
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GPS: 41.3148, -78.3844

Last Price Paid: $37
Number of Sites: 45
Pad Type: grass
Elevation: 1012 ft
Tent Camping: Yes

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1 review
Nightly rate: $37
Days stayed: 5
Site Number: 29
“Disappointed, Not maintained or loved, neither Campground or Families traveling there”

Reviewed Oct 15, 2018

Overall Rating

Be VERY prepared and BRING ALL your self-contained or all camping needs with you, especially bathroom needs in your own camper, plus wet muddy boot and clothing wear. And BRING all potable water and buy firewood in the area around town, if you can find it. Neither is NOT available on-site, nor at the store up the road from campground!

1st, Location and elk. ONLY thing this campground has is positive in our opinion. Its beautiful surroundings only and closest RV or campground to Benezette, with many elk sightings within campground and few miles of all elk visitor center and roads for viewings. You are paying to be close to elk ONLY. The excitement ended there on this campground fast.

2nd. Campground map online is very wrong & old, not updated and actual numbers on all sites were all switched up and do not match! So just arriving you do not know suddenly which road to take, poorly marked, where you are going to be or how to find your site without many questions to the store ladies (which are not on-site, up the road a drive, and no cell-phone coverage) or ask and disturb fellow campers. You have to hunt for your site, just like you have to hunt for the elk we suppose!

3rd. Campsites are all grass and all uneven, some good slopes, very muddy, with tons of ruts and tons of huge potholes everywhere in every road at campground. No care or minimal maintenance is done on campground roads nor on each sites to care about any of the campers and our families. BRING extra leveling blocks and all of your needs to be extra self-contained. Trash has to be taken up the road to the store or take home with you. Tables are not cleaned and food & trash is left on sites in grasses, hill-sides and muddy mess to walk around. Then to clean or cook anything, NO potable nor clean water available to fill up on-site, nor even at the store except to buy it and buying only very small containers. We had to ask to find fresh spring water sites and also find our own firewood to buy up the road. So then we had to travel with loads of water and firewood back and forth in our car with our containers we went and purchased 40 mins away. Online campground website information is not up to date and plain wrong. Thankfully, we could travel to get our needs and yet we hated to spend our vac time leaving the campground to transport and fill up water and go to look for firewood elsewhere up the road in the town somewhere (the store ladies didn't even know where firewood could be purchased? wow.) . Our vacation time was few and precious to camp and relax to go now to do all the extra tasks for filling many gallons of water and finding firewood around the town to bring that back after water deliveries. Had we been warned online with information or in booking our reservations, we could have planned for these things as necessary and had more time allotted.

4th. Electric is possibly available at your site, but not dependable. More than one camper around us had issues with electric on their posts we observed and found out sharing info. We couldn't use ours all of our 5 days and our motorhome is a newer well-maintained unit. No excuse for this and for campers to have to try to share the same electric post to get service we all pay dearly for this in our cost. Messing with electric issues in very wet and muddy, soaked low water filled grassy sites and conditions is so dangerous and risky as well.

5th. This should have been 2nd! Bathrooms are NOT updated, or at least not to any decent standard. They were stinky, filthy dirty and falling apart. Outhouses we have used in farmhouses have been cleaner. Campground bathrooms were NOT cleaned or maintained for the 5 days that we stayed. Fellow campers told us that previous years the bathrooms were even worse situations. I don't want to imagine. Thankfully, we had our own self-contained motorhome but any backups (if we needed) were only available if you drive up the road to the store. Which to our thinking, if the campground is not even cleaned and possibly maintained the same as the store, who knows what is truly available driving up the road for a bathroom or shower?

Nearby campers had been to this campground many many times over the years and said they had seen the bathrooms and campground areas there much worse on previous years and multiple stays. Everyone seemed to just tolerate this owner(s) disrespect and neglect in order to be able to see some beautiful elk closeby. Although, everyone agreed the mud and campsites were really mixed up and a mess and NO ONE warned us when booking or reserving that we needed to be prepared more for basic camping needs they do not include with their costs. The owner(s) only wanted their money we all agreed.

6th. The camping grass sites and the campground roads were barely cared for many campers shared stories while shaking heads. Poor maintenance is inexcusable for such a small and inexpensive grass and dirt road campground. If it weren't for elk nor location, they wouldn't camp there either.

Several others actually truth talked & shared disgusting disappointment as we all had to take our own toilet paper and towels to dry off hands, showers falling apart, not sanitary nor usable.

7th. NO potable water on site NOR trash collection on-site. The dump station is there, but even the flushing water hose hook up available was surely leaking and was a broken, old hose with only 1 end and shake my head. So also BRING your own flushing sewer hoses.

There is no excuse for the minimal care needed and maintenance that should be done on this small campground routinely to take decent good care of it, and MORE IMPORTANTLY to show you actually care for the families and ppl traveling to live on this campground for 1 or more days. In our opinion and others expressed, it was very clear that the money coming in regularly was the only goal of this campground owner(s) as sites were constantly booked and full for several wkends and weeks in Sept/Oct that we and others shared we tried to reserve over the past years.

Lastly, we are not truly even high maintenance people at all. And with an extra wet summer, we can all try to understand some unexpected extra wet and muddy areas and such. But other conditions at this campground, lots of deep holes in roads and poor or no dependable amenities which are possibly electric and dump station on-site only.

AT very least clean and decent bathrooms and showers for all campers and families with children are never too much to expect, especially when requiring $37/cash - $40/credit per night for each campsite. There are plenty campers coming and going every day and every weekend to help this campground get its costs to keep it well-maintained.

We would camp here again in the way off future, only after trying others much further away first...and then still hoping will have more attentive and new caring future owners of this campground to fix it all up right & decently and maintain this "could-be" such a sweet campground for all families to come and frequent the town's businesses and view the beautiful elk and other wildlife & woods. We will only come soon again if desperate to get a campsite close and making sure that we have the extra supplies and the time, and bringing our self-contained motorhome and plan on extra help to find and fill up water sources and firewood up the road somewhere away from the store or our own campground. Still shaking our heads.

Although, we are definitely going to be trying to find other lodges or rentals, closer places to stay in the area now and may even consider now keeping our motorhome at home or drive from further away from the only closest state park which is about 40 mins away. Isn't that a shame!

We will consider both options now as this campground was a muddy, filthy disgusting bathroom and major disappointment overall for what we had to pay. It should be shameful to the owner/owners or campground guardians whomever you are these days. And I would gladly explain this to you in the most uncomplaining and decent manner if I would have met you. We don't know...possibly you are too old or not able to see the lack of attention and care your campground is getting daily?? I hate to think you do know and it's just about the money coming in that matters.

The elk and many sightings in our travels in the area, thankfully, were always memorable in the best ways!

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Hookups:
  • 50 Amp
  • 30 Amp
  • 20 Amp
  • water
  • dry camping
  • Partial Hookups
Recreation:
  • playground
Site Amenities:
  • big rig
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • pull thru
Facilities:
  • dump station
  • general store
  • restrooms: onsite
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
Pets:
  • pets

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