Riverside Campgrounds sits in an ideal location with a great setting, according to owner Becky Sanguedolce.
The six-acre, 120-site campground is tucked away just below the hill off Main Street in Montgomery.
Perhaps one of the greatest features of the campground is its accessibility to Montgomery's shops, where campers can pick up items they may need during their stay or continue on their travels elsewhere, the campground's Web site states.
The 120-site, six-acre Riverside Campgrounds in Montgomery sits in an
ideal location with a great setting, according to owner Becky Sanguedolce.
Sanguedolce said what's nice about the campground is that it's not necessarily in the middle of the woods, but not really in town either, which allows for a peaceful, quiet setting.
"People love it," she said. "They come from other areas, and a lot of people are curious about the Amish people. So, (here) they can see them. And you can hear the bells from the church - it's just a great setting."
Sanguedolce and her family took over the campground about eight years ago, she said. And while she said not many changes were done physically to the land, her family made some changes to its infrastructure.
"It's a more family-oriented place," she said, adding by hosting several activities in partnership with the borough and its residents has kept the campground going.
Each year, the facility holds events like the annual Fishin' Derby, baseball games around the campground, barbeques and summer holiday activities.
"We just booked the Bluegrass Festival by the river," she said. "We're real excited for that."
Riverside has also made upgrades to its bar and grill restaurant, the Riverside Lounge - especially moreso in recent years, as it was damaged in 2004 when remnants of Hurricane Ivan made its way up the coast, she said.
"We put in a new bar, ripped up the carpet," Sanguedolce said.
Other upgrades to the lounge included the installation of a horseshoe-shaped bar that accommodates a lot more people, rather than just a strip of a bar that once provided limited seating, she said.
The campground is open year-round, with limited sites open after Oct. 15 to March 30 during its winter season, according to its Web site.
"It's quiet during the winter time," Sanguedolce said, adding those living the mobile life, contractors and travelers stay for extended periods of time before moving on throughout the winter.
Sanguedolce and her family are preparing for the upcoming summer season, which runs from April 15 to Oct. 15 this year.
"As the weather breaks, we fix up the grounds and do some seeding and gravel work," she said. "We plan on doing some painting to the bathrooms."
Two of the things many visitors look for when they camp is a clean bathroom and a swimming pool, Sanguedolce said.
However, the pool has to undergo major changes to its drainage system before it opens this year, she added. The changes, she said, will be in accordance with a new federal law.
Sanguedolce said she's been finding a lot of people have been staying close to home for vacations lately, and not wanting to go far, especially now as the economy is so unstable.
"I'm getting a lot of repeat patrons, and more people bringing their friends," she said.
Riverside offers three to four cabins, three rental RVs and tent sites for campers.
For more information, directions and a complete list of upcoming events, visit www.riverside-campground.com/index.html.