We will be traveling to Niagara Falls this summer (June) and was wanting to know about campgrounds both in Canada and the USA. We are also interested in what there is to do around Niagara Falls. This will be our first time and we want to make the most of it... We will be traveling from Southeast NC and are also interested in best routes and places of interest along the way plus any special camping areas along the way... Thanks for your help
I've been to the Falls area many times, only once using I-95 thru D.C.. That's been 6 or 7 years ago while dead-heading on a weekday to see a customer. For me, traffic around D.C. was a deal buster (never again on a weekday). Over-nighted at a service plaza on I-70 in the area of Hagerstown, MD. Later learned US 522 N is less stressful when considering traffic.
My usual route to the Falls has been from the Charlotte or Greensboro area. I-77/US 19/I-79/I-90. Four-laned with slower speed limits through a few small WV towns. Whitewater rafting is the draw on US 19, along with the arch bridge near Fayetteville, WV. I've visited Camp Creek, Pipestem, and Coopers Rock SP along that route in WV. Pretty country in the mountains. 6% grades or less with the exception of Midway, WV on Hwy 19. That one is pretty straight, but 9%, IIRC.
In the Niagara Falls area, I've camped on the US side at the Grand Island KOA, Niagara Falls Campground and Lodging on Niagara Falls Blvd, and my favorite... 4 Mile Creek SP in Youngstown, NY. The SP is much more reasonable price wise. Plus, my camping pass entitled me to free parking in the designated areas at the Falls saving $8. Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds are attractions you don't want to miss.
On edit: Visit Duff's Famous Wings, 3651 Sheridan Drive, Amherst, NY for "hot wings". A culinary experience. Great food! Just realize, Medium is hot and Hot is 911. Oh... unless you want Lipton in a bottle, I wouldn't order sweet tea up north.
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We stayed at Branches of Niagara. www.branchesofniagara.com
we bought the pass at Niagara Falls that gave many options. Took us 2 days to see it all. Don't miss the Maid of the Mist boat and the Hurricane Deck.
Lonny & Diane
2004 Country Coach Allure 33' "Big Blue"
Towing 2008 Chev Colorado 4x4
For what it is worth, it looks like the stunt man is going to walk across the falls on a high wire on June 14th. I would also recommend a visit to Fort Niagara (US side) for a glimpse into the life of soldiers then and a very nice little light house.
24'Class C TIoga Montera
1996 Jayco pop-up TC
On a whim, we just decided to take a trip to Niagara Falls this week. Our 1996 Class C was new to us last fall (upgrading from a Jayco pop-up that we dearly loved). We took a couple of short hops in it last year after essentially gutting the inside. Let's just say that "DIRTY" doesn't even begin to describe it and we replaced everything our checkbook would allow. Solid diesel engine with few miles, so that sold us - and I'm willing to scrub and replace the rest. Finally, it's something we can really feel comfortable in. This trip to NY will be our first trip of the season.
The Branches of Niagara looks like a great place, and we've only found good reviews. Just spoke to the folks there and they tell me it's "still shiny" being only 3 years old. Still quiet there during the week, so no worries about the dogs lighting up on too close neighbors (good watch dogs, it takes the pups a few trips before they get used to the proximity of other campers)
I'm wondering if anyone knows if there's RV parking at Niagara Falls State Park? We generally don't tow a vehicle, so we're hoping to be able to drive the motor home over to the park for the day while we sight see. Any experience with this?
Also, totally non-RV related, I'm on crutches. How user friendly will this trip to Niagara be? The trolley looks like a lifesaver, and I'm hoping that it will keep me from having to gimp for too many miles. Any thoughts?