This Northeast Camping Trip recap is brought to you by Go RVing and all the sponsors mention below.
Our family recently returned from a seven-night trip camping in the northeast. We stayed in campgrounds in Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. This fantastic trip took place in a motorhome provided to us by Go RVing.
Winnebago Minnie Winnie Motorhome
We picked up the 2020 Winnebago Minnie Winnie 31K Class C Motorhome the Washington DC area. This 33′ drivable RV features a large slide, kitchen, and a separate back bedroom. A Ford E450 Chassis powers it. Driving through the mountains and in the interstate felt much like driving a large van. We covered fewer miles than last month’s West Coast RV Trip, but it seemed like we did not have to fill up the tank as often. I wish we had kept track of the gas mileage. See our video tour of the motorhome interior here and the exterior here.
We had many favorite features of this beautiful rig. First off was the light color scheme, of grey and white. It is beautiful and forced us to keep up on the cleaning, which we prefer while RVing. The kitchen counter is very big, which is usually not the case with a motorhome. The Corian countertop along with the double sink makes any food prep and clean up easy!
We found the large U-shaped dinette very comfortable and really liked the sturdy table. The bedroom has a very comfortable queen bed. The tinted vent covers, window shades and strong air conditioner allowed to us sleeping well in the hot and humid weather. Our favorite driving features were the backup camera, the side mirror cameras, and the GPS. The GPS was programmed with the dimensions of the motorhome, so it alerted us of any upcoming issues for a vehicle that size.
Northeast Camping Trip
Our hosted trip included three campgrounds, three restaurants, and three outdoor adventures. All were different, but we enjoyed them just the same! Read on to get the details of our fun camping vacation. Read about other great family road trip adventures at Sampling America and get a list of great campgrounds for each state at Family Travels on a Budget.
High-flying Aerial Adventure
We headed an hour west of DC to take part in an aerial adventure at the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center. This high ropes obstacle course has three levels with all sorts of fun challenges. Our guide, David, did a great job of training us and supporting us throughout our climbs. He helped me overcome my irrational fears of certain obstacles. We had a great time!
There is plenty of parking, which was great for the motorhome. The office sells great snacks, stickers, and t-shirts. HFAC also offers ziplining, rafting, tubing, and camping & cabins. Check them out!
Oak Barrel Cafe
Next, we stopped for dinner at the Oak Barrel Cafe in Little Orleans. This charming cafe is located at exit 72 off Interstate 68 in Western Maryland. It is housed in a gas station, but do not be fooled. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is quaint!
We ordered the Pulled Pork & Slaw Sandwich, the Kick’n Chicken Wrap, sweet potato fries, and the Spinach Artichoke & Tomato Flatbread Pizza. It was all amazing and very filling. Oak Barrel Cafe has great desserts and a great little shop with unusual items and gifts.
Little Orleans Campground & Park Area
After all that fun and food, we arrived at Little Orleans Campground, which is located in Allegany County close to the historic C&O Canal. This full-service campground is located on 200 acres and offers seasonal and nightly campsites. The tent sites are popular with bicyclists taking the canal path. They also have a swimming pool.
The hard-working owners, Pat and Donna, have created cabinettes. These adorable rentals are a vintage travel trailer with a living area attached to them. Each is decorated with a vintage feel. See our video tour of one here.
Lock 56 Rentals
The campground is located off the beaten path, but the 6 mile trip off the interstate is worth it. The historical area is beautiful! We enjoyed a tour of the area with Gary of Lock 56 Rentals.
Lock 56 Rentals offers tubing, canoes, kayaks, johnboats, and shuttle service in the Upper Potomac River Valley. Owner, Gary Hoffman, is a super nice person that will hook you up with whatever you need. Just give him a call at 814-244-0492. We really enjoyed our day with Gary!
Camp Taylor Campground
After two nights in Little Orleans, we headed northeast to go camping in NJ. We enjoyed 3 nights of camping at Camp Taylor Campground in Columbia. This family-owned park is has a wooded rustic charm, but with electricity, water, and other amenities that you will like. It really is a genuine outdoor experience!
Owners Clayton & Jean, along with their son, Josh, work very hard at keeping the campground maintained and to support the Lakota Wolf Preserve, which is housed on the property. Camp Taylor also has cabins, a rental trailer, glamping tents, and seasonal sites available. We really enjoyed our stay here.
Humpty Junior’s Restaurant
While in the area we ate at Humpty Junior’s in Delaware, NJ. This 50s style restaurant offers fast food made with real fresh ingredients at very reasonable prices. The cheeseburger was very tasty and well-seasoned. The Smoked Meatloaf Grilled Cheese was absolutely amazing!
We had hand-cut fries, which were delicious. The tasty handmade shakes come in 50 flavors. Humpty Junior’s also offers cheesesteaks, wings, ribs, and many ice cream treats. Eat here and you will not be disappointed!
Rafting with Adventure Sports
We enjoyed a float trip down the Delaware River with rafts from Adventure Sports in East Stroudsburg PA. This adventure company has been family owned and operated in the Poconos for 50 years. Friendly Joelle, who gave us great directions to the starting point, checked us in. We were entertained with the history of the area with our shuttle driver, Sean.
The gentle float down to the Delaware Water Gap was absolutely beautiful! The three of us were joint with two friends of ours and we had a great day out on the water. We brought our lunch and extra water along in a cooler. Adventure Sports also offers canoe and kayak rentals and shuttle service.
CR Lapp’s Family Restaurant
Our last two nights of the trip were in Quarryville PA. When we arrived in the area, we enjoyed a hearty lunch at CR Lapp’s Family Restaurant. They offer home-style meals with fresh ingredients and a great salad bar.
Our burgers and sandwiches included hand-cut fries. A tasty apple dumpling followed up our lunch. CR Lapp’s is a great please to take the family to eat when you are camping or staying in the Lancaster county area.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park
Our last campground was Yogi Bear Jellystone Park. This camp resort is very popular with families because it offers so many fun activities and amenities. They offer campsites and cabin rentals in a wooded setting. We stayed in site 311, which was a large shaded campsite.
Our favorite activities were the pool and water park and the miniature golf. We also enjoyed a beautiful hike in the surrounding woods.
As you can see, we had an awesome northeast camping trip! We had so much fun and met many great people. We look forward to returning to the region soon.
Thank you to Go RVing for use of the motorhome and to all of the sponsors for a great trip!