Thinking about a stay at Lake Glory Campround in Catawissa, PA? Check out our overview of the grounds and facilities in this Lake Glory Campground review.
Knoebels is a Popular Family Summer Destination
Every summer, Knoebels Amusement Resort welcomes visitors by the thousands. Actually, more like hundreds of thousands. This 90+ year old amusement park is nestled in the Pennsylvania mountains and if you have never visited Knoebels before, you are in for a real treat. Fans love that fact that Knoebels does not charge an admission fee or a parking fee. You can purchase ride tickets or wristbands if you want to go on the rides. You are also allowed to bring in your own food and drinks, but I’m telling you right now – save at least a little room for some of the delicious foods that Knoebels sells throughout the park.
We try to get to Knoebels every year or two and it is ALWAYS a trip that our entire family loves and enjoys!
Make sure you check out these things to know before you visit Knoebels.
Lodging is Scarce around Knoebels
Since Knoebels is a fair hike for many of us (we are about 2.5 hours away), you might find yourself looking for lodging for a night or two. Well, good luck with that because lodging is scarce. There are, however, some campgrounds.
Knoebels has TWO Campgrounds
Did you know that Knoebels Amusement Resort owns and operates TWO different campgrounds? That’s right! In addition to Knoebels campground (that sits adjacent to the amusement park), they also operate Lake Glory Campground. Lake Glory Campground is about 10 minutes away from Knoebels. They offer a free bus transport throughout the day and evening or you can drive your own vehicle to and from (remember, parking at Knoebels is free). Here are even more details about camping at Knoebels.
What are the main differences between the two campgrounds?
- Location: You can walk from your campsite right into Knoebels Amusement Resort when you stay at Knoebels Campground. From Lake Glory Campground, you will need to take the shuttle or drive your vehicle from the campground to the amusement park.
- Facilities: Lake Glory offers full hookup sites, as well as cabins. Knoebels Campground offers sites with electric ONLY. You can fill up your water tank on the way in and they have a dump station to empty your black and grey tanks on the way out.
- Site sizes: Lake Glory has more large sized campsites that can accommodate bigger rigs.
Our Camping Experience at Lake Glory Campground and Review
We stayed at Lake Glory Campground for 2 nights during the month of July. This was our first time staying at Knoebels and too be honest, our first choice was to stay at Knoebels Campground because of its close proximity to the amusement park. However, we had NO idea how far in advance that campground books! Many people make an annual trip to Knoebel’s, and those who camp there make their reservation up to a year ahead of their stay!
So when we called in the Spring for a July stay, there was absolutely nothing available at the campground next to the amusement park. We stayed at Lake Glory as an alternate choice, but ended up having a nice experience.
Site Type: Full hook-up site (water/electric/sewer), near the lake
What we liked about the campground:
- Lake Glory Campground was clean and well-kept. Our site was free of litter when we arrived.
- The campground has a big lake and we were able to fish (catch and release) in there during our stay.
- The campground store was well-stocked with everything from firewood to food to souvenirs.
- Nighttime at Lake Glory was quiet, not much noise from fellow campers. The Knoebels Campground was much louder – keep in mind you are sitting RIGHT NEXT TO an amusement park. The wooden coaster is visible from much of that campground. The rides (and screams from riders!) are loud up until park closing.
- We thought the free shuttle between campground and amusement park was a nice amenity, though we did not end up using.
What we didn’t like about the campground:
- The fact that you have to drive to get to Knoebels Amusement Resort. (Obviously this is not the campground’s fault, LOL, just restating that we would have preferred the close proximity of the park campground).
- There was a large, bright flood light on a pole near our campsite. It stayed on all night was not only annoying while sitting out at the campfire, but so bright that it illuminated the inside of our camper all night.
Popular Amenities at Lake Glory Campground
- Firewood for sale
- Propane for sale
- Campground store
- Free shuttle to Knoebels amusement park
- Bath houses
- Kids’ play area
- Dump station
- Game room
That’s about it!
To be honest, we didn’t spend a ton of time at Lake Glory Campground during our stay. We definitely maximized our time at the amusement park and met up with some friends there each day. We ate most of our meals at the amusement park as well.
If you have never been to Knoebels and are within driving distance, we highly recommend at visit! It just might end up being the first of many!