Punderson State Park, Newbury
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Punderson State Park is a State Park in Newbury, Ohio.Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Punderson State Park by using our Newbury itinerary maker.
It offers swimming, fishing, camping, golf, sledding in the wintertime and various other recreational activities. Punderson Manor Lodge has conference facilities, dining, and overnight accommodations.
On August 22, 1882, the pioneers of Newbury held a reunion on the lake, with a reading of Albert G. Riddle's poem, \"Punderson's Pond.\"
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Although many people may come here for the lodge, for camping, or for winter activities, I came with a group to hike. Although it isn't the ideal spot for the "roughing it" type of hiker, there are go... read more »
Punderson State Park was very easy to find but VERY difficult to maneuver around once you got to the convention center. The mansion was lovely but the additions made to it to make it into a conference... read more »
This is one really nice little State Park, sites are pretty level and shaded. It's a quiet park with a great history and a hotel and restaurant that are really unique worth the time to check them out,... read more »
Would have given 5 stars but nothing is done to stop people from driving 35/40 throughout the campground. It's posted 10 but nobody pays any attention to it not even park personal. The park is really nice, most sites are level and easy to get in and out of. We went fishing and caught a bunch of sunfish, lots of fun! For the most part it's a quiet campground. We are in a motorhome so don't use any of the facilities so I can't really comment on those. We ate dinner at the lodge and the food and service was both very good. We will definitely be back to this nice little hidden state park!
My experience at Punderson was Miserable. I can only hope that it isn't indicative of the Ohio State parks as a whole Our stay at punderson involved Group site #3. When we arrived (after a 5 hour drive) the lady in the check in center informed us we should have asked if the site itself was on a hill, and advised us not to back down to the camping area. there was an excessively rutted driveway to the site off the main road, and there were two footpaths that were greater than a 45 degree angle leading to the site. no attempts at stairs, no railings. nothing. The labels on the parking spaces did not match anything on the maps. Our experience was literally and metaphorically going downhill. There were three power boxes adjacent to the parking spaces assigned to us. one tripped with an iPhone charger plugged in, but it was a junky old breaker and GFCI, so I wasn't surprised (I've been a journeyman electrician for nearly 20 years, and judging by the amount of weathering on the components, i wasn't surprised at its unreliability. fortunately, a different power box had been updated sometime in the 80's and it held enough to keep two phones charging. this brings us to the site, of the area advertised to accommodate over 20 people, there were maybe 3 spots sufficiently level enough to set up a 10x10 tent. we booked a group site to accommodate 5 families (about 20 people). the two late arrivals were willing to go pay for adjacent non group sites but those were pitiful as well. One even has leveling timbers bolted to the picnic table to make up for the slope. What parts of the site weren't and oddly contorting angles and slopes of some cubist painting nightmare had ruts in them looking as though we just missed a Sunday night mud bog or a ww2 trench warfare reenactment. Those spots lacking tire tracks that would envelop a toddler had potholes and sinkholes you could throw baby Jessica into and not have a two hour tv rescue special. Except for the one with the nest of ground bees. Just avoid that one, it's easy to miss unless you are limping from twisting your ankle from every other spot. The bathrooms were borrowed from the set of a horror movie, and not one of those cheesy b movies either, I saw crews cleaning them out one morning and sweeping the steps, but evidently they lack the refinement to use cleaning products , since moments after they left there were still spiderwebs and soiled tissues on the floor. Two things you don't want to take in there are a bowl movement or a black light. the beach: despite the signs identifying the different types of algae and sheen and skims on top of the water, and reading the posted advisories I descended the ramshackle broken concrete steps clinging to the rusty railing and waded out up to my knees. A deceptively nice beach is encircled by a ring of vegetation. you could squish the pond scum between your toes and there was s film from the surface of the water on your legs.... utterly nasty. for $32 my family and I had an enjoyable swim at the lodge, really clean, really nice, parking lot full of Porsche 911's and Mercedes Benz's. I have come to the conclusion that this is where all of the Punderson state park budget and revenue goes. Before leaving I walked through the park and they did have several smaller sites if you had a two person tent and a compact car that looked rather pleasant, but the majority of the spots were crap by other parks minimum standards. They get RV folks with leveling jacks for pavement stays or suckers like me who unwittingly assume that they actually maintain their facility to a standard that would create an enjoyable experience and return visits. I will never be back, It's worth the drive to the next state over.
I live nearby so my family and I hit the trails quite a bit and we rent kayaks as well. The camp sites are all in pretty good condition and semi-private. The campground bathrooms are decent. Also check out the cabins!
Just got back from camping for the weekend. It was a very pleasant trip and the campground was very neat, clean, and wooded. The lake was beautiful but my only gripe was the beach. The beach and the area surrounding it nearby was a bit rough and over grown. I recall walking down the stairs and seeing the railing all bent up and covered in rust. As for the camping itself, it was great, but make sure you get a good spot because a few of them are really small.
Of you tent camp, in a large group, and like shade, find somewhere else. If you RV camp you might like it. If the lake is closed they will still charge you to use the pool. Due to the pool being run by a private company and not the state park service.
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