Revised Feb 6th/05
Our Eighth camping trip
1998 was our eighth trip to Lake George, and we were staying for a full week.
Our party consisted of my wife, my mother, my daughter, my cousin, and my self.
Since there were so many of us that we needed two campsites, we decided to save
a bit of money by staying at a public campground. I did some research on the
net, and decided that Hearthstone point was the best choice. This cost us nearly
$10 less a night for each site than a private campground would, but that wasn't
such a bargain after all!
For starters, even though I looked at a map of the campground online, the map neglected to show Rt9L running through the middle of the campground. Our campsites (I chose the ones I wanted from the map and requested them online) were on the inland side of Rt9L. The ONLY showers in the entire campground were on the lake side of Rt9L. This meant that in order to take a shower we had to load everyone up in the van, and drive down the hill, across the highway, and over to the showers. Needless to say this is far from convenient. While I am on the subject of the showers, they were free, but they use this stupid push button to activate them. It is pretty stiff and hard to push. It only turns the water on for a few seconds (30 or so) and then you have to push it again. This can become a hell of a challenge when your hands are covered with soap suds, and slippery. In addition, there is NO way to adjust the water temperature. What you get is what you get, like it or not, so you either freeze, or roast and enjoy it!
The sites weren't too bad, though there weren't many trees, which meant there wasn't a lot of shade, and they were a bit on the smallish side. Personally I like a nice big site, with plenty of trees around to tie things to, and to provide protection from the sun. There was a water spigot between our two sites which was convenient, but the handle was spring loaded, so you have to hold it down constantly to keep the water running. It's a bit tricky to hold up a five gallon water carrier with one hand while holding down the faucet handle with the other!
My next complaint is the rather weak, old, rusty wire fence running along the side of our campsites. It wouldn't bother me except that if I walked into it hard it would collapse under my weight, and there is only one reason to place the fence there. The land around the campground is public land, so the fence isn't to keep campers in the campground. The only other purpose would be to keep animals (I assume large ones, the little ones scurry through the openings in the wire) out. I don't much like the thoughts of that little fence trying to hold back a bear, and I just have to think that the fence wouldn't be there unless bears or some other large animals were a known problem at the campground.