Currently under the ownership of Kristal Fletcher, Pine Ridge Park Campsite encompasses 58 acres of land on the outskirts of Constable, New York. The property is open seasonally from May 15th to October 15th, during which visitors can reserve one of the campground's 155 sites. Both tent and RV sites are available, and the RV sites feature full hookups with 30-amp electrical services. While the campground is located among several attractions that can give opportunities for travelers to undertake outdoor recreational activities, Pine Ridge Park Campsite also has a variety of pastimes available for people to participate in without having to leave the business. Some of the activities that are provided on-site include a swimming pool, pickleball court, horseshoes, a playground, various holiday-themed events, and river recreation on the neighboring Little Salmon River.
Located in the northernmost region of New York, Pine Ridge Park Campsite is situated along the Little Salmon River in the town of Constable. The park offers 155 sites in total, which consists of a mix of 129 RV spaces and 26 tent sites. Pull-through and back-in options are available for campers, and every site has a plot of grass and sand. A picnic table and fire pit are supplied at each RV site as well. In addition to the RV and tent spaces, Pine Ridge Park Campsite has a cabin that is equipped with a full kitchen, television, bathroom, and air conditioning/heating. Moreover, the lodging accommodation provides access to water and electricity. Outside of the cabin, a charcoal grill, fire pit, and picnic tables are available to those who are staying in this unit. It should also be noted that the cabin can sleep up to nine occupants. Kristal Fletcher, the owner of the establishment, observes that the most popular RV sites tend to be sites one and two along Meadow Circle due to them having the closest proximity to the adjacent river that have water and electric hookups.
Aside from the sites that campers can reserve, the park also has a recreation center, an on-site general store, public restrooms, and a laundry facility with coin-operated machines. A number of activities are found inside the recreation center, including darts, foosball, ping pong, and shuffleboard. Beyond these pastimes, the premises features outdoor amenities such as a pickleball court, basketball court, baseball diamond, playground, and horseshoe pits as well. With regard to the products that can be purchased in the general store, drinks, dry goods, ice cream, candy, camp supplies, and Pine Ridge merchandise are a few items that one can expect to find. Another notable feature of the grounds is an on-site inground swimming pool, which all guests can utilize over the course of their stay. Neighboring the pool is a picnic area with grills that people can rent.
Kristal describes the upper portion of the acreage as wooded, while the lower fraction near the river is more open. For those who are hoping to engage in recreation on the Little Salmon River, Pine Ridge Park Campsite has kayak and tube rentals available to their patrons. Fishing is another activity that visitors frequently undertake on the river, as the water contains an inhabitation of trout and salmon, according to Kristal. In an effort to add to guests' experience at the campground, the owner often hosts cornhole tournaments, horseshoe competitions, and other similar pursuits.
Pine Ridge Park Campsite is located in a countryside setting. Kristal remarks that her property is "the closest campground to the Canadian border in northern New York." While the vicinity is fairly rural, several restaurants and attractions can be found nearby. Many of the attractions pertain to outdoor recreation and warm-weather activities, as Kristal mentions that some of the specific places she would recommend visiting are Ausable Chasm, Almanzo Wilder Homestead, Lake Placid, and Eisenhower Lock. Concerning dining options, Kristal suggests Riverside Restaurant and Donovan's.
Kristal Fletcher—the owner of Pine Ridge Park Campsite—has the goal of helping her guests feel like family during their stay. In an attempt to reach this goal, the staff intends to be kind and friendly to everyone. The owner makes an effort to interact with campers frequently, and she tries to be available should her patrons have any questions or concerns. Kristal also hopes that the events and activities that are hosted, which she says cater to all ages, will allow people to enjoy their time at the campground.
Over the course of Pine Ridge Park Campsite's season of operation from May 15th to October 15th, a considerable number of events are held. For the Fourth of July and Labor Day, visitors can enjoy a firework show. During July, a Halloween event is arranged, which typically involves trick-or-treating and a costume contest. The following month, Pine Ridge Park Campsite organizes what is known as Christmas in August, where Santa comes to visit those who are staying at the campground. Additionally, hosted in August is a fishing tournament for a younger demographic. Closer to the spring season, the Easter bunny comes to visit the children at the campground, and guests can also participate in an Easter egg hunt. In addition to these festivities, Kristal says that live bands are hosted at the property three times a year, and DJs perform four times a year. Pine Ridge Park Campsite also has what Kristal refers to as "water wars," where the employees ride on a trailer and have a water fight against the campers. Other celebrations that take place throughout the establishment's open season include a mini Olympics, a golf cart parade, a tailgate party, and bonfire gatherings.
According to Kristal, the busiest month of operation for Pine Ridge Park Campsite is typically July. Families constitute the general demographic of those who stay at the campground, and Kristal also sees a relatively high quantity of repeat guests that return annually. As indicated by some of the reviews from former patrons, many of those who have stayed at the park have commented on the staff and owner's hospitality. One person described their experience, saying, "[There is] always something for everyone to do. We had water wars, and the look on my boy's face during it and seeing how much fun he had was awesome."
Everyone who stays at Pine Ridge Park Campsite should be aware of a few policies that are enforced at the property. Pets are welcome on the condition that they are leashed on the premises. Kristal also requires pet owners to provide her with their dog's vaccination records. Furthermore, quiet hours begin every night at 11:00 p.m. and last until 8:00 a.m. Kristal affirms that she does not tolerate speeding within the park for the safety of other guests. Lastly, smoking is prohibited inside any of the public buildings.
What is now known as Pine Ridge Park Campsite was initially built to serve as a swimming pool for the locals in 1963. Kristal Fletcher, the present owner of the campground, explains that her grandparents were the first owners of the property, and they were the ones who built the campground. Her grandparents began selling hot dogs and hamburgers for those who visited the pool, and after some time, it was then made available for people to set up their tents near the pool. This ultimately led to Kristal's grandparents creating designated RV and tent sites. The number of sites increased from 15 to 100 before the property was later sold to Kristal's parents in 1993. Kristal's parents also added more sites, totaling 150 reservable spaces before Kristal became the owner and added 5 more.
Kristal explains that she "knew that eventually, the park was going to be [hers] when [her] parents were going to retire." Since becoming the owner of Pine Ridge Park Campsites in 2016, Kristal has found that her favorite part of her job is "getting to meet new people and seeing the smiles on children's faces every weekend, knowing that they're making the same memories that [she] made when [she] was a kid."
The campground has undergone a few updates during Kristal's ownership, with the addition of horseshoe pits and a pickleball court. Expansion to the store was also conducted as well as the development of the playground. With the aim to offer a wider range of on-site activities, Kristal also expanded the event program. In terms of future plans, the owner hopes to add 20 to 25 more sites, some of which she intends to equip with 50-amp electrical services.