Gettysburg Farm RV Campground – Lots To See And Do

Gettysburg Farm RV Campground is located at 6200 Big Mount Road in Dover, PA.

What a unique and totally enjoyable park this is! And it’s located only about 30 minutes from the historical town of Gettysburg.

This RV park gives you a total feeling of being out in the country. But without being far from most things you want to visit and enjoy in the area.

Getting to the park is very easy and is definitely big rig friendly. Some corners are a little tight for a large motorhome, but still very doable.

This park is part of the Thousand Trails campground system and has a total of 249 sites.

And as a Thousand Trails member you can stay here for $0/night.

As is often the case, it can also be reserved outside of the system for about $69 a night. And weekly costs average out to about $60 a night.

Click here to view the Gettysburg Farm RV Campground map

Gettysburg Farm RV Campground Features

This campground is very friendly to big rigs. We easily navigated this park with our motorhome.

It’s true that the roads were dirt and gravel. But they seem to often come around and fill in the holes that develop because of rain, etc.

Although there are some seasonal guests, they leave plenty of sites for travelers. And we truly appreciated that.

They have one large section of the park with full hookups including both 50 and 30 amp sites.

And there is another section that has full hookups with just 30 amp service.

They also have a section down by the river that has 30 amp and water but no sewer.

If that is where you wish to be though, they provide a honey wagon for sewer service.

It operates on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s for free. You just have to be sure to sign up ahead of time.

Also, we noticed that most of the sites were fairly level. So as you can see, they try to make it comfortable for just about everyone that comes in.

And this park also has a very welcoming staff who try to make your stay enjoyable.

Gettysburg Farm RV Campground Amenities

The onsite camping store carries a variety of goods that could come in handy too.

They even serve ice cream by the scoop and we found many took advantage of that perk.

The amenities are good for the most part. The miniature golf is kept up and in nice shape.

The basketball courts, playground area, the horseshoe pits, and the pool were all good too.

There are a few things that could use improvement though. And one is the bath houses.

Just now, they finished renovating one bath house. And it is beautiful.

The other two are badly in need of some updating though. And we assume these facilities will be updated sometime in the near future. At least we hope so, because they need it.

During our stay at the park though, the laundromat was closed for maintenance.

But there is a decent laundromat in town that you can go to if you need to. However, not having one onsite during our stay was a little disappointing.

The Best Part of Gettysburg Farm RV Campground

The grounds of the RV park are kept up well. There are beautiful flowers, unique farm equipment, and well mowed and manicured green spaces.

The best part of the whole campground, though, is the animals. We enjoyed them so much! And if you have children, they will enjoy them too.

They have goats, a llama, alpacas, chickens, peacocks, a pig, cows and horses. And they sell feed at the camp store to feed them.

One of our favorite horses at Gettysburg Farm RV Campground
This is Tucker – one of our favorite horses at Gettysburg Farm

We especially loved the three horses…Danny, Tucker, and Ring. When we came by the barn, they always came right over to be fed and enjoy a pet.

Also, Theodore, the Jersey cow was super friendly too. It was so much fun feeding them and watching the children interact with the animals too.

Internet Connectivity

But for many of us who work on the road, the question is – how was connectivity??? Well, we had very good connections through AT&T.

In fact, we enjoyed good download and upload speeds. If you do not have your own hotspot though, the campground offers complimentary wifi near their buildings.

And you also can connect through a private internet provider that they offer. But of course, there is a charge for that.

We didn’t use that service ourselves. But we didn’t hear of anyone complaining about not being able to have connectivity of some sort if they wanted it.

The Area Around Gettysburg Farm RV Campground

So then, what is there to see in the area? Well, what can we say???? You are right near historic Gettsburg!

There is so much history to be seen in this area. While there, we visited the Seminary Ridge Museum, and the Gettysburg Museum and Visitor Center.

Both had so much information and were extremely informative. After those, you can also take the Gettysburg Battlefield Self-Guided Driving Tour.

If you do, it will make all the information that you learned come to life. And we thoroughly enjoyed that!

But maybe you want to do other things in Gettysburg. And if so, there are many unique stores with goods that would be peculiar to that time period too.

If you are into specialty shops, it could make for an enjoyable day just doing that.

Local Places To Eat

And, of course, there are plenty of places to eat. There are many different cuisines with outdoor as well as indoor areas to eat.

We ate at the Lincoln Diner in Gettysburg which had decent family style food for a good price.

And we also enjoyed a place called Hunts Battlefield Fries & Cafe.

They served amazing fries, good burgers and excellent chopped beef cheesesteak sandwiches. We would definitely go back.

We also ate at a place called the Appalachian Brewing Co. It offered an outdoor Beer Garden and many Pub style foods. Again, we thoroughly enjoyed it and would go back again.

One thing to be aware of though …. in the township itself. And that is that parking in town is at a premium.

In fact, the on-street parking can tend to be a bit expensive. So just be aware, so you can prepare for that.

Shopping Around Gettysburg Farm RV Campground

How about places to provision? Well about 5 miles away there is a small township of East Berlin.

And in that town there is a Weis supermarket. You can get just about anything you want there.

They also have gasoline that was a good 10 cents less per gallon than many of the other places around.

And if you need more stores than that, right on the outside of Gettsburg is a Walmart. And many of the bigger box stores.

So you can always go there for those things. Again, Gettysburg is about 30 minutes away, so it is not a very long drive to do that if you need to.

Our Conclusion

As you can see, we were very happy with the area and campground. So how would we rate the RV park?

Well, the area was a definite 5. So much to see, and all the little towns and farms in the area were absolutely beautiful.

As for the campground – we would give it a 3.8.

As we mentioned, some things need some attention. But to be fair, they seem to be being addressed.

The whole environment was delightful though. This is our second visit here and we will definitely be back!

Thanks to our hosts for a great two weeks in Gettysburg!!!!

Kenisee Lake RV Campground – A Thousand Trails Park We Loved

Kenisee Lake RV Campground is located at 2021 Mill Creek Rd. in Jefferson, OH.

We truly did enjoy this beautiful RV park. It is not perfect but the people who run it are committed to continue to make improvements on it and are doing so.

The park is open from late April to late October and is part of the Thousand Trails camping system.

But as usual, you can make reservations without being members if you wish to. The price for an RV site runs $61 a night, with a discount if you book weekly.

There are quite a few 50 amp sites, and if you wish one of those there is a $3 a night upcharge.

We were told that Thousand Trails will be updating this park to all 50/30 amp sites in the very near future, so that upcharge will probably not be there after that.

Once again, there are a number of seasonal guests in this park. But they seem to leave plenty of spots for travelers.

And that is a welcome change compared to some others we have been to.

Click here to view the Kenisee Lake RV Campground map

Kenisee Lake RV Campground Features

This park is definitely big rig friendly too. We saw quite a few large 5th wheels and Class A motor homes frequenting it.

There is one important thing to be aware of though. As you come to the park from the main highway that there is one road that does have a low bridge.

If you have a larger rig, call ahead and they will tell you how to get to the park in such a way as to avoid that bridge.

In general the sites seem to be pretty level, and most of the park has decent drainage.

We did see a few spots that it took longer to drain. But if you stay in the areas that are designated for RV’s to travel and park, there are no real issues.

The sites tend to have a little bit of area around them which makes it nice to spread out some. Also there are plenty of grassy areas for everyone to use.

And they have a couple of ponds and the Kenisee Lake on property. These allow you to enjoy some water views and fish if that is your desire to do so.

There are also plenty of geese and songbirds everywhere. We totally enjoyed watching their antics and their family dynamics while staying there.

The staff keeps up the yards and green area beautifully with flowers planted everywhere. It was very pretty.

Kenisee Lake RV Campground Amenities

What about amenities???? They were pretty good for the most part. Most of them are not brand new, but they do seem to be kept up fairly well.

The campground staff had scraped and repainted the inside of one of the bath houses earlier this year and it looked clean and fresh.

While we were there, they were scraping the other bath house to redo it also. Again, it is not totally redone but very clean and freshened up.

The laundry room was very clean with about 6 washers and dryers and was reasonably priced. Nice plus…

The pool area was nice and clean although a little on the small side. Once again, this is not a big resort, so it seemed to be big enough.

They had the typical offerings of basketball, horseshoes etc. And they had a mini golf course which is definitely one of the better ones we have seen at these parks. It was well kept up with newer greens.

A Few Unique Extras At This Park

What was unique was that they did offer a snack shack that served hot dogs, etc. on Friday nights.

The Kenisee Lake RV Campground snack shack
The Kenisee Lake RV Resort snack shack

And they served virgin Bloody Mary’s and breakfast burritos on Sunday morning.

The staff also told us they were going to start showing a Saturday night movie soon. And they plan to offer popcorn and other snacks from this shack starting in July.

So they had a lot going on if you are inclined that way.

What if you are more solitary and just like peace and quiet though? Well, that works here too.

There are good size walking areas and wooden swings at a few spots through the park. So you can just sit and look at the beautiful lake and ponds and relax.

We took advantage of those swings several times during our stay. They were comfortable and so very scenic.

Kenisee Lake RV Campground Connectivity

How was connectivity??? They do offer internet for a price. We talked to a couple of people there and they said it was adequate.

We used our AT&T hot spot for connectivity and had good speeds both for download and upload.

Our T-Mobile phones connected, but it was more spotty than some other areas we have been in. All in all it worked out fine for us though.

The Surrounding Area

What about the area that this park is located in? Well this park is located near the small township of Jefferson.

It is only a short drive of about 3-4 miles to get to it. And located in that town is 2 grocery stores.

But you can also find a Dollar General, a Family Dollar, and a couple of hardware stores too.

They have some of the normal fast food restaurants. But they also have some nice little eating places.

We went to the Jefferson Diner a couple of times which offered good food at a reasonable price.

They also have others too that offer different fares that have good online reviews.

If you wish a bit more selection, the city of Ashtabula is located about 15 miles away.

Of course there is a Walmart, Lowes, JC Penney, Michaels, and many other big box stores there.

So you can find just about everything you would need in that area. There is also an Aldi’s and a nice local grocery chain called Giant Eagle.

Just an FYI, we also had to have some brake work done to our car on very short notice while there.

A store called Tire Choice took us right in and offered us great service for a fair price.

They also offer other services such as oil changes, transmission, etc. The store manager was nice and accommodating.

Fun Things To Do Around Kenisee Lake RV Campground

How about things to do in the area? Well, there is much within about a half hour to one hour radius.

They have driving tours of the many covered bridges in the area. And there are wineries to visit and even quilting tours of those establishments.

Ashtabula is actually located on the shores of Lake Erie, so you can visit the lighthouses and parks that are located on this Great Lake. And that’s very cool!!!

Although we did not get a chance to visit it, there is an area nearby called Geneva-on-the-Lake.

We heard from a few people that it offers great food and many different kinds of music. And there are also unique stores to browse.

We would like to visit that area when we come through in our travels the next time.

One Of Our Favorite Excursions In The Area

We did go to a unique place in Lineville, PA which is located about a half hour from the park. It’s called the Linesville Spillway. And it’s also called: “Where Ducks walk on Fish”.

What a unique experience it was. They have so many carp there, very large carp. And the geese and ducks can literally walk on them from one place to another.

It is free and you can bring your own bread to feed the fish as well as the ducks while there.

We have never seen so many large fish all in one place. There is also a snack shack there if you want to pick up a drink or snack too.

This particular place is mentioned in Ripley’s Believe it or Not because of it’s uniqueness.

So it was something that we were so glad we had a chance to see. Also the area around there is beautiful with gorgeous lakes and scenery. We definitely would go back.

Our Conclusion

Well, as you can see there is much to do and see around Lake Kenisee RV Resort. So how would we rate the area? … a definite 5 stars.

How about Kenisee Lake RV Park itself? Probably a 4 out of 5 stars.

It would be nice if there were more 50 amp spots.

Also, although the staff is doing a great job keeping everything trimmed and clean, the bath houses are older. And they really could use a major redo.

This, of course, would be something Thousand Trails would need to address. But all and all, this is a great park to visit and we would definitely go back if in the area.

Thank you to the staff at Kenisee Lake for a wonderful visit!!!!!!!

Full Time RV Living – Our 5 Best RVing Lessons Learned

In this article I’m going to be talking about our five best full time RV living lessons that we can share with you.

These come from our first full year of full time RVing on the road. And you know, a lot of them we learned the hard way.

So they really come from real world experience. And hopefully what we share with you will help make your RV travels a little easier.

So maybe you’ve been considering part-time RVing or full-time RVing or just taking a long extended trip in an RV.

And if so, this article is definitely for you. We’re going to share with you the the best wisdom that we have learned over the last year of travel.

Watch my video about our best RVing lessons learned by clicking here

Full Time RV Living Lesson #1

Now let’s go ahead and get started with lesson number one. And that is slow down and enjoy where you are.

It seems that everybody agrees that when they get on the road it seems like they get itchy feet syndrome.

You know, you feel like you have to be traveling, going here or there all the time. This can happen even though you know that it’s not a good thing to do.

And yes, we certainly fell into that trap ourselves. What happens is you get a little weary after a while, but you don’t notice it right away.

But over the course of time you get progressively more tired and that takes away from your enjoyment of RV travel.

And then your anxiety level increases and it’s just not good for enjoying your time out on the road.

So there is a need to kind of regulate what you’re doing and watch it carefully.

Ultimately, the point we want to make to all of you is that the fun of RVing is really not in the travel.

Of course, it can be enjoyable too, but that’s not where the real fun and enjoyment is.

Instead, the really enjoyable experiences are what you do and where you go and the things you see because of your RV travel.

So don’t get the cart before the horse and think that traveling is what you need to always be doing.

No, travel is just a means to an end. And the end is enjoying where you are at right now.

Our Plan To Enjoy RVing More

So going forward we plan that when we know we’re going to an area, we’re going to just get on the road and get there.

And then, when we get there we’re going to plan to be there for at least a couple of weeks, maybe longer.

And that’s because we want to get to know the area well before we move on. We want to see it and take it in and really enjoy it while we are there.

So you can use your passenger vehicle and do day trips at that point. Just get out there and see the sights, and experience the joy of that area.

That way you’re not just rushing around all the time and it will really will lower the anxiety and stress level of RVing.

So once again, lesson number one is slow down and enjoy where you are. Don’t always be thinking about where you’re going next.

Full Time RV Living Lesson #2

Now, lesson number two is about managing camping costs. This is because you’ve always got to have some place to park your rig.

And since camping costs are the number one expense for most RVers, how can you control that?

Well, what we found is that you can easily control your camping costs through campground memberships.

And the number one camping membership that has really worked for us this past year is Thousand Trails.

Now I know that some are going to roll their eyes at that statement. Because maybe they’ve heard bad things about Thousand Trails or whatever.

But our experience has been very positive. In fact, we have had good experiences all across the country in Thousand Trails parks. So we can highly recommend it.

Full time RV living lesson #2 - Thousand Trails map
Learn more about a Thousand Trails membership by clicking the image above

But not only did we enjoy staying in Thousand Trails campgrounds, but the savings were also fantastic.

We have already saved thousands of dollars over the last year, and going forward it’s going to get even better.

Thousand Trails Videos To Watch

Now, I’ve made two videos on Thousand Trails memberships already and I’m going to put the links to those videos in this article now.

Click here to view Thousand Trails Video #1

Follow this link to view Thousand Trails video #2

And in the videos I will give you the facts and the figures of what it actually cost us and what we’re saving with our Thousand Trails membership.

(For more information on new Thousand Trails camping memberships contact Jim and Brandy Reneau by email at brandy_reneau@equitylifestyle.com Or call them at (770) 622-4188 or (717) 585-6137 . Be sure to tell them that Duane at RV Inspection And Care referred you to get the best deal and the lowest prices on Thousand Trails memberships. OR Contact Kimberly at https://www.campgroundmembershipoutlet.com/ for information on resale Thousand Trails memberships.)

Another RV Camping Membership To Consider

Now the second RV camping membership that’s worked really well for us this year is Passport America.

You know, when you’re out on the road, there may not be a Thousand Trails campground anywhere near you. So you’ve got to choose other campgrounds to stay in.

Well, in many cases they will accept Passport America and give you 50% off from the normal camping costs for the night. And that’s really a great savings!

It’s worked well for us where we have camped all across the country. But we’ve even found that it often works when we’re staying for a week or so at a time.

So Passport America is a really good membership to have.

Click here to learn more about a Passport America membership

The Third RV Camping Membership That Has Worked Well For Us

Now, the third membership that has saved us money this year was Boondockers Welcome.

Boondockers Welcome

And this was a surprise to us because we aren’t really boondockers. We like staying overnight mostly in campgrounds.

But it was recommended to us by a friend we met in our RV travels. So we decided to give it a try.

And now we really enjoy that program because we can stay overnight on the road for zero dollars a night.

Boy do I love that figure of zero dollar a night camping. And we have stayed at some very nice facilities across the US through our Boondocker’s Welcome membership.

Once again, I made a video about Boondockers Welcome and I’ll put the link here in the article. And that way you can learn more about their program if you like.

Click here to watch my video about using Boondockers Welcome

So lesson number two is that if you want to save a lot of money, consider campground memberships.

Of course, maybe you’ve got plenty of money and you’re not budgeting anything because you don’t have to.

In that case, campground memberships are really not all that important. But if you do have to budget while traveling, the campground memberships I’ve mentioned can be a big help.

Full Time RV Living Lesson #3

Now it’s time for lesson number three. And that is about staying connected on the internet while you’re traveling.

You know, maintaining internet connectivity while traveling around the country can be a challenge at times.

And over the course of this last year it’s gotten even more challenging, mainly because of Covid restrictions.

This is because many people have been staying home and using their devices to access the internet. Through their phones, their tablets and laptops.

Well, cellular bandwidth for the carriers has really been eaten up as a result of this. So this has caused a lot of upheaval in the cellular internet industry.

And many folks that are RVing often use cell carriers for their access to the internet.

So once again, I made a video that gives you some very practical advice on how to maintain internet connections on the road.

Of course, we learned these things the hard way. We went through some real trial and error and some expense too.

But in the video I explain what carriers you need to focus on and the data plans that are are good for RVing.

I also cover the equipment that you need and the strategies necessary to keep connected while traveling.

So be sure to access that mobile internet connectivity video at the link that I provide here below:

Click here to watch my video on mobile internet access

RV Living Lesson #4

That now leads us to lesson number four. And that is that planning ahead is really a good idea when you’re out on the road full time.

Now, when you’re just going RVing for weekends or short trips, planning ahead is not nearly as important.

But when you’re out on the road and are a long way away from any home base, you need to plan ahead a little bit more.

One reason for this is that there’s been a huge influx of people into RVing over the course of the last year.

So there’s a lot more RVers out there now, just like you. And they’re making campsite reservations and filling up campgrounds too.

So if you don’t have a reservation you can find yourself in a difficult and tight situation at times.

So we recommend that you plan your trips in advance. Let me tell you, it worked so much better for us when we planned things in advance.

Of course, I know that doesn’t appeal to everybody. But we found that the more you travel and the bigger your rig, the more important to plan ahead.

That way you won’t have near as much stress and anxiety about where you are going to travel and stay.

And again, I made a video on how we use RV Trip Wizard to lay out our trips in advance.

It’s been a real help to us, so follow the link below and there’ll be a lot more information on how to use RV Trip Wizard.

Click here to learn more about RV Trip Wizard

Plan Ahead For Your RV Maintenance Too

But one other point i want to make about planning ahead is about the maintenance that needs to be done on RVs.

You know, if you don’t keep up your RV maintenance, you’re going to regret it. Most likely, it’s going to come back and bite you somehow in the end.

And it’s probably going to cost you a lot more than if you would just keep up the maintenance as you go.

So when you’re traveling for a while, try to plan to be in an area where your maintenance can be done.

For instance, where you know that there’s an RV tech or an RV service center that can be trusted and reliable.

Then plan ahead to be there for a little while and let them catch you up on your RV maintenance.

As a result, you’ll have a lot better and more safe trips. And you won’t have as much going wrong with your RV while you’re out there on the road.

So once again, it’s a good idea to plan ahead for those things.

Full Time RV Living Lesson #5

Now lesson number five is that if you’re going to be out there traveling a lot, get a fuel discount card or program and use it.

This is the second best way that we have found to save money on full time RV living costs.

In fact, being part of a fuel program really worked well for us. Recently, we added it all up and we saved over seven hundred dollars last year in just fuel costs alone.

Now, that’s some real savings. So we encourage you to look into fuel discount programs if you’re going to be out traveling for a while.

It’s definitely going to save you money that you can use for other things that is going to be more enjoyable.

And I did also make a video about this too and you can find the link for that video here below:

Click here to watch my video about the fuel discount program that we use

Conclusion

Well, those are the five best lessons that we learned about full time RV living that we wanted to share with you.

And lots of full time RVers that we know have learned these lessons already. So we are sure that these tips will benefit you in your RV travels as well.

And by the way, if you have suggestions about other ideas that’s really worked well for you, please leave them in the comments below.

That way we all benefit from each other’s RVing experiences.

Have safe and happy travels my friends!