RV Park Review – Liberty Harbor RV Park, NJ (NYC)
It’s basically an expensive parking lot, but it’s in an AWESOME location to explore New York City.
NOTE/ Review updated as of last stay Oct, 2017
- Site quality = 1.5/5
Not much to rave about in site quality here. The park is basically is a large blacktop/dirt parking area with sites squeezed in side-by-side. No privacy or separation (we could almost touch our neighbors), no real “sitting area” and only a few picnic tables around. Also some sites are rather unlevel. You do get electric/water hookups but no sewer. The majority of sites (48 sites) have 50 Amp, while a small number of sites along the west edge (even sites C02-C28, 14 sites total) only offer 30 Amps. Price is $90/night for all, with surcharging for holidays. I would say row-end sites are slightly nicer than in-between sites since you get no neighbors on one side, and also 50 Amp sites are slightly longer/wider than 30 Amp sites, but otherwise there is really not much difference in quality throughout the park.
Note/ Although it is not advertised on their website this park DOES offer dry camping in their overflow/dry storage section for $65/night (plus tax). The dry sites don’t seem to be reservable on-line so call ahead for this. Plus they do offer a 7-stay discount (stay 6 nights, get 7th free). There is also a separate, small tent-only camping area (12 sites only) for $55/night.
- Facilities = 4/5
Decent facilities here. Large showers and flush toilets, all kept spotlessly clean. Showers are rather dated, but there is a separate bench for your stuff and the water was warm and pleasant.
- Amenities = 1.5/5
Nothing much to speak of in regards to amenities here. The park does have a nice laundry room with several large, modern machines ($3 to wash, $2.50 to dry) and there is a dump station on-site, but no other real amenities to speak of.
- Location = 5/5
Location is what this campground is ALL about. You are RIGHT across the waterway from New York City and everything there is to see and do in that awesome city. There is a commuter ferry that leaves literally right next to the RV park and gets into the Financial District in 12 mins. Plus there is another ferry only~10 mins walk away which goes into the West side of the City (and takes dogs!). You are also walking distance to downtown Jersey City (coffee, food, groceries etc.) and the PATH (rail into the City). Plus there are CitiBike rentals all around. Honestly as a base to discover NYC I don’t think it gets much better than this.
- Pet friendliness = 5/5
Honestly this is an awesome place for doggie once you explore around. There’s not much to speak of in camp, but once you get outside there are TONS of places to take your dog (Jersey is surprisingly dog-friendly!).There is a nice, easy walkway along the waterway just next to the RV Park, plus you can literally walk for miles if you go across the pedestrian bridge to Liberty State Park. You can also walk doggie east to Warren Street Pier and either take him/her into town on the dog-friendly ferry or walk a little further to Morris Canal Park where you’ll find an “unofficial” off-leash park where other owners take their dogs everyday. Also a few dog-friendly eateries in the area including Legal Grounds (breakfast, coffee) and the fabulous Departed Soles Brewpub.
Overall rating = 3.4
BONUS ALERT = Park just across the waterway from NYC!!
Video Overview: Want to see & hear it on film? Check out our ~6 minute video overview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAg2rfK_KUk
Summary: You know what they say about big cities right? Location, location, location! And that’s definitely what this RV Park is all about. It’s a super basic park, nothing much more than a blacktop parking lot with side-by-side sites so close you might well be able to touch your neighbor. And for a pricey $90/night the only hookups you’ll get are water/electric (50 Amp or 30 Amp). Nothing much else exciting in camp either. There’s a nice laundromat, dump station, and good warm showers, but that’s about it and the sites themselves are neither manicured nor particularly scenic. But what you DO get is location, and honestly for exploring New York City it doesn’t get any better than this. You are literally right next to a commuter ferry that takes you into the Pier 11/Wall Street (in only 12 minutes!), or a quick 10 mins walk to either a dog-friendly Ferry (Liberty Landing Ferries) at Warren Street, or the PATH (Jersey Rail system) at Grove Street both of which will let you explore pretty much every corner of the city you could imagine. Plus you’re biking distance to the ferry for Ellis Island & The Statue of Liberty. On top of this Jersey City is a sweet little neighborhood which is surprisingly dog-friendly too. We were able to walk doggie for miles in next-door Liberty State Park, we found an “unofficial” off-leash park just down the street at Morris Canal Park and we found two awesome dog-friendly eateries -> Legal Grounds Coffee (superb coffee & bagels) and Departed Soles Brewpub. Who would’ve thunk? Plus there are tons of other eateries and a great little grocery store (P & K Market), all walking distance from the RV park, in the area too. Overall we totally enjoyed our stay here, despite the cramped quarters and $$$. We got to explore the city everyday (with our paws too) and loved being so close to everything there is to see and do in The Big Apple. If this park were located anywhere else we would never stay here, but we loved the location so much we’d come back here in a heartbeat.
Note/ If you’re planning to come here DO book ahead since the park seems to fill up quickly even in the off-season.
Extra Info: Free on-site WiFi which actually worked so-so. Stable cell signal (3 bars Verizon LTE, 1 bar ATT LTE). Sites cost a $90/night. You can also dry-camp for $65/night. Click THIS page for detailed site costs.