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Sampson State Park, Romulus

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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  • Beautiful park. Wonderful location. Places to walk dogs and play with dogs. Lakefront is very scenic. This is a great time of year to visit because it is not jammed packed. Quiet at night! 
  • We love this park, the sites are large and it's on the lake and in the wine country, the restroom/shower houses are well maintained 
  • Clean bath facilities. Lots of green grassy areas. Great access to Seneca Lake. Camp concession is convenient. 
  • I've been going here ever since I was a child! It's a beautiful camp ground. It's well kept and clean. There are electric sites which the first 5 loops and then the "overflow" which are the non electric sites with NO shade and the bathrooms are a bit of a walk to get too so I suggest staying in the loops. The park staff are friendly and attentive. Also, they don't offer a whole bunch of events like some other places. This is more of a "kick back and relax" camp ground where you sit around and talk and enjoy the company of whoever you're with. I do suggest that you bring bikes or rent them because they have awesome trails from when they were a training base. You can ride for hours and find some really nifty places! Definitely recommend!
  • Overall the park is nice and the lake is nice. **Be wary of the cabins!! Last summer Cabin 6 was infested with carpenter ants and this year (8/19/16) Cabin 1 has roaches! I will never stay in a cabin again! The bathrooms are pretty clean except for spiders but it's camping so it's expected. The lake sucks for fishing (last summer and this summer). I might stay at this park again in a tent.
  • The park was great. Lots of different sites to choose from. Staff were all friendly. Facilities were clean. Sites were well maintained. Mowed and well kept. Beach is nice but is a typical upstate beach. Small sharp rocks. Water shoes necessary. Main entry road from 96A to the traffic circle could use some pavement work. We ONLY stay in State Parks. And for some reason biting insects were non-existent
  • Police Gone Wild! Simply the worst camping experience I have had in over 50 years. My wife, daughter, and I spent the weekend at Sampson. We witnessed and personally experienced an over zelous (understatement) Park Police staff harass, intimidate, threaten, and bully folks all weekend long. And while there are certainly individuals who require the same, these victims were simple common folks and families trying to enjoy quality time in a state park of the people. I have spoken with their Park Manager (Joe Keeler) about my experience and observations. Unfortunately it appears to be starting at the "top" thus I have little confidence it will change any time soon. So, unless you like being told when to go to bed (true story; quiet 10:38 PM campfire conversation among 3 Mom's/Dad's once kiddies are in bed broken up by Ranger instructing us to effectively go to bed for it is "Quiet Hours"). OR, following the RV line into the dump station, straddling a vacated road which leads nowhere from the decommissioned military base which no one uses/no sign, to be greeted by a most pleasant, small, and very imperialistic Policeman (Office Russo...very firm, not very bright) who says "Move the rig or get a ticket!" with no space for or aft to do so - he must have missed his Physics class in High School (but I can safely attest he appears to have done very well in Gym/Wrestling/Football...). OR, trying to get your brand new $250,000 rig into the site which has not been maintained/trimmed thus branches preventing back-in and office is closed (5:30 PM...Government workers...) thus you break off three (3), branch tips which are 2-3 feet in length avoid the nice scratches sure to occur and neatly stack be reported by the Tree Hugger Police which results in another Police visit (although this Officer was truly exceptional and very nice...perhaps he could mentor/guide his brother Russo???...he is certainly in need of the same) and 45 minute lecture about not destroying the trees. OR, you attach a nylon clothes line to a tree (poor lady had two little ones who seem quite adept at finding the Lake and mud...) only to be told "No clothes lines, leashes, rope of any type attached to the trees; it could damage them". Hmmm. Simply put, run do not walk from this place. Police and Government GONE WILD!!! Sad, very sad.
  • We come here once a year. The kids always have fun. There's two playgrounds and a beach with a floating dock. There's also a small arcade with ping pong. There's also a Navy museum.
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