The Round Pond Recreation area is located in a rocky, woody area, just three miles from the United States Military Academy. Round Pond is a clear mountaintop lake surrounded by a beach, playgrounds, picnic areas and campsites. The lake has lifeguards on duty at the swimming beach during the summer months. The Outdoor Equipment Resource Center, located behind the Round Pond Office and Bait Shop, has camping equipment, boats & trailers, party canopies and various sports equipment for rent. West Point fishing and hunting passes, as well as power boat passes for Stillwell and Popolopen Lake, are available at the Round Pond Office. The office also serves as the fishing boat control point.
Round Pond Recreation Area
Type of site
Jul 3 - 6, 2017
21-27 June 2016
17-18 June 2016
May 16-20, 2016
6-8 Oct 2015
I was apprehensive about the road into the facility after reading other reviews. People stating it was steep with a couple of switchbacks. They were right. I looked at the satellite view of goggle maps and determined it to be doable with our 43' 5th wheel. Thankfully we did not encounter any on-coming traffic. The camp has a very nice wooded setting which we enjoyed very much. We took advantage of the Leisure Travel office on Post and signed up for a trip into NYC Theater District. "John" was very informative during the 1hr+ ride into town. Dropped us off at the "Discount Ticket Booth" in Times Square, then picked us up after the performance later that night. Getting to NYC by train is the way to go. It is a bit of a drive to get to the train station and parking can be an issue. We opted for the Croton-Harmon Station as it had more parking available. We would have liked to stay longer however, Army was playing Duke that weekend and the park was sold out. Things got a bit noisy as the weekend approached. One of the other sites became "Party Central" and the music was a little loud, but not too bad. We were in site C13 right at the RV dump which was very convenient upon departure. Access to sites 10-11-12 can be a bit tricky if 9 and 13 are occupied. A great place to stay and would do so again.
11-13 Aug 15
We've never been to this part of the country before. This site was in a great location to see both the academy and the local area. We found it a bit tedious to have to go around the lake each time we came and went but it wasn't a real issue. Good hook ups. Convenient to the base and BX/commissary facilities. The facilities were a bit old but were functional. I agree with the comment about having to go around the lake to use the dump station as we left but it only added a few minutes to the trip out. Overall we really enjoyed this area and will return if in the vicinity.
28 Jun - 02 Jul 2015
Have to agree with belique and Sizzor, great place to chill out and get close to nature while at same time having easy access to NYC. Was stationed at West Point in late 90's and didn't realize this place even existed. True, no wifi, so what?? Showers could use some updating, no water pressure and shower heads clogged up. Stayed on C7 with 36' tag along, no problem, nice large site. Only issue was the dump station, had to make the entire loop on the way out, then back into the dump station. Will stay again if in the area.
7-10 Aug 2014
Electrical hookup was 20/50 amp, no 30, if you had 30 amp you would need a pigtail adapter, which the campground office sold. Sties had picnic table, freestanding charcoal grill, fire ring, and water hookup. There was a camp store and a dump station as well as a laundrymat. The laundry was closed for the entire time we were there. Our site was #9, close to the bathroom but right across from the dump station, about a hundred feet. The site was right by a dirt path/road which was heavily traveled causing lots of dust and noise throughout the day and evening. The bathrooms were OK but quite outdated and not well maintained and water pressure was not real good. No WIFI or cable but with the ant. we had about 28 channels come in pretty good. There was a beach on the lake but the goose feces covered most of it. Enforcement of rules were slack, checkout times not followed, quiet hours not observed. If in need of diesel, it was much cheaper in New Jersey than New York. Overall not a bad campground but they do need to enforce rules for the benefit of all.
June 2 -14, 2014
J.C. left this review using the Directory software: - First the positive: Great place for children, and NYC is very doable by train. Staff friendly and competent. Semi Negative: Stayed here in June of 1995!!!, and they ain't changed a darn thing! Most sites no Sat. access, no sewer (but they will come by and pump out the black tank for 8 dollars (good deal)). Same problem here as in many military parks. LOTS OF FULL TIMERS, AND STAFF TOLD ME WITHOUT FLINCHING, THAT SOME JUST LEAVE THIER RIGS HERE ALL YEAR!! I guess saves the trouble of moving that the other RECREACTIONAL VECHICLE OWNERS have to go through. :)
21-24 Oct 2014
First stop on two week trip to New York and Maryland. Great location, 1 mile to West Point golf course and 2 to US Military Academy. We arrived two weeks prior to closing of park for the winter, therefore it was very quite. Stayed in site C2. We tow a 25 foot airstream. Trailer sites are not big but adequate. Class A site is small parking lot near rest rooms. Tents and popup sites are in the woods and some of the nicest. Rest room, laundry centrally located. This is a very small park, you can walk around the loop in 15 minutes. Academy is a must see, museum, Thayer hotel, as well. Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow 20 minute drive, NYC 1 hour. We would stay here again. Next stop Naval Academy-Annapolis.
15-17 Oct 2014
Directions - If you are visiting Round Pond with a 5th wheel, use the directions above. We came in from the east and decided to take US 9W south to CR 293. Our 5th wheel is 12’ 11” and a bridge over 9W (at Angola Road) is 12’ 10” so we took a quick exit onto Quaker Ave and I turned right into a 12’ 9” bridge (on my side). I took the other lane and made it under the bridge. I called the office for some directions and got no help (someone in the office had told me 9W should be a good drive). I used my GPS and took CR 9 north to NY 218 south that took us to 9W below the bridge. NY 218 is a two lane narrow road with many curves and hills packed into about five miles. NY 218 offers some beautiful views of the Hudson River but not made for large RV traffic. It was closed the next day from one inch of rain. Campground - The campground is mostly wooded and we had problems using our modem for computers and cell phone. I was able to get DirecTV from site C-11. Most sites would not be able to use satellite TV due to trees. There is noise from the artillery but we did not find it a problem. The Round Pond Road is only 1/2 mile but uphill with many tight curves. The park is very picturesque and well-kept. Seeing West Point was worth the trip.
July 27 - 30, /2014
Wonderful setting great staff loved the experience I found the price to be affordable my wife and step-children first time and my own kids came and they also enjoy very much and I myself it's been about 25yrs since I been camping, no cell reception and life jacket could get replace for new ones, and a pool would have been great for Round Pond to have. Above all the amenities they have such as Canoes and paddle, motor boat, basketball court, volleyball court. Great place will recommend to other.
30 June - 1 July, 2014
Wonderful setting and great amenities for those with kids wanting activity. Good playground, paddle boats, canoes, etc. The swimming area needs attention since it is becoming overgrown with water plants and the swim platform needs attention. Our granddaughter was asked to take a swim test consisting of swimming out to the platform and climb up on the platform..no ladder or handholds to use to get yourself up (I was told that the ladder had fallen off and hadn't been replaced)..then jump in, tread water, and swim back...The only reason for the markdown in Cleanliness/Hospitality was the seeming indifference of the staff that I dealt with on the weekend. Great accessibility to New York and there are tours from West Point.
6-11 June 2014
Sizzors' review sums it up. Great place. we were in a 35' MH, towing. Others will question my 5's. It means it exceeded my expectations and more (e.g., I knew there was not sewer or wifi). Staff was excellent. Beautiful surroundings. Easy access to NYC via the train. More washers would be nice but we had no trouble getting in and the park was probably at 80%. Don't fret the climb in. It's a wide paved road. I had 3 bar 4G Verizon at the site. We'll be back.
May 18, 2014
My site was U2 - (a pop-up site with electricity). I was unable to set up my dining fly due to the site being mainly on solid rock - not gravel - solid rock. I was also surprised at the distance from the bathhouse, and that there really is not any mountain-top type of views to enjoy. After traveling up such a steep grade to get to the recreation area, I was totally expecting some type of scenic view around the lake. This early in the season, the paddle boats, beach, etc were not yet set-up. It was a convenient stopping point to get some overnight rest. My cell service is AT&T which I could not find a signal for in the area.
Round Pond is arguably one of the nicest parks in the military system. I am certain that it’s spotless upkeep is in no small part, attributable to the fact that it is part of the U.S. Military Academy, or more commonly West Point. These people have their act together and run a tight ship. Very friendly as well. There is ample evidence of seasonal homesteading though, which surprises me. Here is a brief review of the positives and negatives for the park. POSITIVE: Location, location, location Beautiful surroundings, Close to all base facilities. Helpful and positive staff. New York City Access - Go yourself via commuter train or check with MWR. They run trips to theaters and tourist sites. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome - An hour and half north but well worth the visit. See their website. Thayer Hotel - Inside the gate at West Point. Excellent Sunday brunch. Revolutionary War history everywhere you look. Visit nearby Forts Montgomery and Clinton. Close to the Appalachian Trail - If you are a hiker this is a must. Access at nearby. Roosevelt State Park or Ft Montgomery. Morgan Kennel run by MWR. If you need to leave your dog for any reason. About a 5 mile drive from the RV park. Clean and run by people who care. Ask at the park office. Woods everywhere you look and many trails. Fishing in the pond. NEGATIVE: No sewer - but sign up for the “honey truck” Monday or Friday. $5. It will relieve you of drives to the sewage dump. Laundry inadequate - two washers, one inop, two dryers. Go into Highland Falls. There is a 24 hour laundromat on the main street. Many washers and dryers that work well. Bugs - can be very aggressive. Take your Deep Woods Off. Gunfire - You are no more than a mile from heavy weapons ranges - Very noisy when in use. If your animals are gun shy be forewarned.
Great location. Very little for the money. 30 amp with water and a dump station. Internet worthless, cell phone signal faint at best. I don't tv but I observed fellow campers going crazy trying to get dish reception. Stayed long enough to visit academy and FDR.