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Frequently Asked Questions
Reservations | At Your Campsite | Camping Rules and Policies


Can I put up a tent for our children at our site?

We do allow you to put up a small tent for children only. If you are camping with more than one family it will be considered an extra "camping unit" and you will be charged as so.

Are reservations required?

Our campsites fill up fast throughout the camping season especially near the holidays so it is advised that you call or reserve your campsite online beforehand to insure availability.

Is a deposit required?

A one night non-refundable deposit is required. No refunds for early departure or the discomforts of nature such as rain. Holiday deposits are the full holiday rate and are non-refundable. You can cancel your reservation but we do not make refunds on the deposits.

What is your cancellation policy?

We take a one night NON-REFUNDABLE deposit for all regular season reservations. For Holiday and Special Event weekends we take the full amount as a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit. We do not refund money for early departures or the discomforts of nature.

Can you compare your campground to the state parks that surround you?

We feel that camping at a privately owned campground such as ours, is a completely different experience and way of camping than camping at a state run facility. Our campground is large and is very family oriented. The host family and the other employees of Spruce Row like to get to know their customers and their families personally. Our campground offers an array of activities, events and games for people of all ages. We offer a camping store with toys, RV supplies, ice cream, food items, candy and more. We try to make sure all of our guests have a comfortable, enjoyable stay with us.

Why are you advertised through AAA, but you do not accept the discount?

AAA, in addition, to a variety of services is also a travel agency. They offer advertising to specific areas and have to list all campgrounds, hotels, B & B's, motels etc., and our name is listed for the Ithaca area. The membership for the AAA discount is a completely different part of their company, which we are not a member of.

Do you offer any discounts?

We apologize but we do NOT offer discounts for AAA, CAA, AARP, Senior Citizens, or Students. However, we are proud to offer numerous great discounts throughout each season. They may vary from year to year, but will always be listed on our website, rates brochure, facebook or you may call to inquire. Some examples are: Good Sam, early bird special, fall wind up, ten-day summer special, armed forces discount (select time periods), law enforcement discount (select time periods), teacher discount (select time period).

At Your Campsite

What is there to do if it rains during our stay with you?

You are in luck! We offer many activities, events, crafts, games and other fun- no matter what the weather is like. If an event was planned to be outdoors, our fun hut may accommodate you instead. Check with office for availability. In addition, we are nearby so many great places to see, and things to do! Such as: Museum of the Earth, Cayuga Nature Center, Sciencenter, shopping malls, restaurants, and of course the wine trails around the Finger Lakes. Ask a staff member in the office for information on local amenities and attractions.

How far is Watkins Glen from your campground?

It's a easy drive about 25-30 minutes! In Watkins Glen, you can find the NASCAR track, Seneca Lake, Watkins Glen State Park and gorges and more. Our receptionists in the office can provide you with driving directions.

Can we bring our own firewood?

You are encouraged to buy firewood where you intend to burn it. We sell bundles of seasoned firewood at our camp store. We are doing our part to help prevent the possible spreading and damage that can be done by the Emerald Ash Borer. As per NYS DEC if you transport firewood it must be purchased within a 50 mile radius and have a certificate of origin accompanying it or be kiln dried. Burn it where you buy it! Thank you.

Does your pool have a lifeguard?

Our pool is a "swim at your own risk" pool. There is no lifeguard on duty. Children under 16 years old MUST be with a parent or guardian when inside the pool area.

What are your pool hours?

Our pool opens Friday of Memorial Day Weekend and is open weather permitting daily from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. until Labor Day

Can we build a campfire?

Yes, there is a pit at each campsite for campfires.

How far are you from Cornell University or Ithaca College

We are approximately 15 minutes from both colleges depending on traffic in downtown Ithaca.

Camping Rules and Policies

Can we bring our bicycles?

Yes! Our campground is "bike" friendly! We are about 2 miles from Taughannock State Park, which guests like to ride their bike to. Kids ages 13 and under must wear a helmet while riding their bikes- no exceptions, safety first! Bike riders must be back to their site by dark.

Do you recycle?

Yes. Recycling is NYS law. We ask that you clean and place bottles and cans, plastics #1 & #2, and newspapers in a clear bag at the roadside in front of your site along with a separate bag of garbage by 5:00PM (last pickup) Please do not leave garbage or recyclables out after this as the wildlife will get to it before we do. If you have a late dinner please keep all garbage till morning.

Do you have quiet hours in the evening?

Yes, we enforce strict quiet hours so everyone has a peaceful vacation. Quiet hours begin at 11:00pm.

Can I bring our golf cart to use while we stay at your campground?

No. The golf carts you see being used here are either our seasonal campers or our employees. At this time, due to insurance reasons we are not permitted to allow transit guests to bring their own golf carts. We also at this time do not rent out golf carts.

Do you have a gate that closes at night?

We do not have a gate. However, we ask that guests coming and going during quiet hours, to please respect their neighbors and others as they come and go.

Do you allow guests on site?

Yes, but all guests must register with the office. No exceptions. See our service rates for rates for extra guests staying at your site.

Do you allow dogs?

Yes however, dogs must remain on your camp site or walked only in designated areas. See our camp map for dog walk areas. All dogs can be walked from your site to the designated areas. You must bring proof of current rabies vaccinations for all pets and you will be asked to present it upon check in. Guests of our campers are asked to please leave their pets at home.

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