This author is a long time resident in the southern suburbs of Rochester NY who likes to share some of her favorite places in the area.
Gravel Ponds Friends in Scottsville, New York
Camping at Gravel Ponds... The Place to Be
Swimming, boating, fishing and lots more. Oh, boy.
Events, concerts and the best show of Fireworks for Independence Day I have ever seen. I really mean it. You'll see more about that below.
This very popular members-only campground is located only 20 minutes from our home in a beautiful country-like setting in the town of Wheatland in Upstate New York. Since it's so close we commute back and forth from our home and for work, too. See some of our camping friends in the picture above. There is a huge community of friends here. Everybody says Hi whether we know each other or not.
We have been RV camping at Gravel Ponds since 2000. We've seen the park grow to its current size since that time and have enjoyed every minute of it. We enjoyed the expansion so much we have gone from pull-out camping (leave after the weekend) to vacationing on a permanent site.
A bonus about the history of the ponds here: It's a reclaimed gravel pit, hence the name Gravel Ponds! Isn't that cool?
I hope you enjoy a visit to our second home.
Image Photo Credits: All uncredited photographic images were taken by me.
All About Gravel Ponds - Scottsville, New York
- Gravel Ponds Sport Fishing, Recreation & Camping
Gravel Ponds is 30 acres of sparkling water in a beautiful rural setting. We are located in upstate New York , near Rochester, in the town of Wheatland. Our "membership only" policy provides a clean, safe environment for the many activities we provid
The Swimming is Great at Gravel Ponds! - And There is Free Access to Boats, too.
Row boats and paddle boats. Oh, what fun!
By the way... the RV in the background is not usually there.
Gravel Ponds also hosts camper shows.
If you need an upgrade, go view the new or used models, pick what you want, and they will deliver it to your site!
My Favorite Place and Time for Coffee
no kids, no pets.
Just the sound of birds in the short distance.
This is my idea of Heaven.
Hope there's a cup of coffee waiting for me.
Battle of the Morning Coffee Mugs
The Evening Views around the Pond are Spectacular, too
Lots of Events - Classic Car Show
Beautifully kept Dodge Dart hot rod courtesy of my friend and neighbor, The Mayor.
I didn't even have to pay him to take a picture of his pride and joy. Imagine that.
But would he let us drive it? Hhhmmm.
More Events - Classic Tractor Show
When I first heard of a tractor show, I thought it sounded lame.
Little did I know... They are really cool!
Sometimes We Have more Ponds than Usual
Just a little rain during a previous season on one day.
OK, a lot.
Morning Fog Lingers Over The Main Pond
Gravel Ponds has AWESOME 4th of July Fireworks Shows - These are Some of My Best Photos from 2005-2009
I've been told by some of our 4th of July Party guests that these fireworks are better than the closest 6 Flags show.
The show is produced and set up by the owner, family and crew of Gravel Ponds.
The photos included in the slide show are taken by me at our site.
So you might ask... do you go anywhere else to see fireworks?
Nope. Don't need to go anywhere else. Don't want to, either.
Forgive me for the lack of editing? This is my first video.... ever.
Fireworks Video at Gravel Ponds - by One of My Neighbors?
Nope. I think someone who parked nearby during the show.
They did catch the Finale, though.
Like to Walk? A Walk Around the Pond is a Just Over a Mile.
A Past Debate: Camp by RV or Tent?
Once upon a time in the land of Squidoo, where this article was published before landing here at Hubpages, there was a debate module. These are the answers to this debate question.
|RV is the way to go! I need my electricity!||Tent Camping is the only option, or it's not camping!|
julieannbrady: Hey, no mystery what I like -- that would be the RV!
Mary: My limited camping experience has been in tents. But the RV sounds fun, too!
kimmanleyort: I haven't been camping in a long time and would probably prefer an RV.
Sandy Mertens: We still go by tent.
Beth Webster-Duerr: RV! What can I say. I camped in tents when I was a kid. So done with that. When it's raining, I gotta have cable TV.
JoyfulPamela2: We have a pop-up, so I guess that is half and half?
In the Past You Might Have Seen a Hot Air Balloon! - Maybe Even Hitched a Ride...
See Big People Acting Like Kids! - It's Not Time for a Swim?
Marshmallows, Anyone? Smores? How About a Roasted Hot Dog? - Can't Go Camping without a Great Campfire
There is Just Something Mesmerizing About a Great Campfire.
A major focal point for nighttime entertainment at any campsite...
Scary stories, a late night snack, or a place that parents can chat when the kids go to bed.
New in 2015: Bed Rock Pub & Cafe with Boulder Hall
Is Gravel Ponds Something More than a Campground Now?
With the addition of a Bar and Restaurant, it's not just a campground anymore. Gravel Ponds is more like a Resort!
A Past Menu for The Bed Rock Pub and Cafe
Sorry, the menu isn't current...
But there's a reason for that...
I volunteered to set up the public Facebook page for the Bedrock Pub & Cafe Facebook for info and checking in, and the private group for posting the menus, events, and specials. At the time it was run by employees hired by Gravel Ponds. The restaurant & bar, and the group postings, have since been taken over and run by MicGinny's on the River of Scottsville Rd in Rochester, NY.
And they do it very, very, well.
Sorry, it's not Always Sunny in Gravel Ponds.. - ... but This is Actually During the Off Season in December
Free winter storage through the winter, though, with deposit for the next year's season. What a deal!
Phew, I don't have to park the humongous RV in my driveway anymore.
Can't beat that.
Get Directions to Gravel Ponds
Thanks for Stopping By and Good Night!
© 2010 BWDuerr
Did your enjoy your stay at Gravel Ponds? - Anyone can leave a comment, so please do.
anonymous on March 02, 2012:
Someone suggested Gravel Ponds to me a couple years ago, but I wasn't interested. Now I'm reconsidering. Your lens provided a bunch of info and pics not available on the website, so thank you! I'm not sure I like the lack of trees and hiking areas.
A_D_Solutions on May 07, 2011:
Fantastic lens, this is certainly a place we'd like to call our second home!
kimmanleyort on February 21, 2010:
This sounds like an awesome place to get away from it all - and so close to home. You are lucky to have it. 5*
BWDuerr (author) from Henrietta, New York on February 18, 2010:
@verymary: Oooh! I didn't even occur to me to explain the campground name. It's a reclaimed gravel pit quarry. :D Thanks so much for the heads up.
vanidiana24 on February 17, 2010:
Very exciting place and beautiful view, too! I've never been there but surely would like to go there if I have the chance to.
AlisonMeacham on February 17, 2010:
Fabulous photos. Looks like a great place to spend time
Mary from Chicago area on February 17, 2010:
This place sounds much nicer than its name suggests! ;)
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on February 16, 2010:
I am so looking forward to camping. Nice lens.
JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on February 15, 2010:
I've been asking my hubby to go camping in NY for the past couple years. I'll show this page to him and see what he says. :)
seashell2 on February 15, 2010:
Great photos... nice work!