When the late Vic King announced his idea for a travel trailer park with paved roads and full hookups at a Holiday Rambler rally in Hershey, Pa., in 1965, his idea was met with skepticism.
Vic King ignored the naysayers and with support from his wife, Jessica, broke ground on the “Lake George Travel Trailer Park” in 1966.
Fifty years later it continues to thrive, with each season seeing a greater demand for reservations – many are returning customers who book their stay well in advance of opening day on the first Friday in May.
Dave King said the key to Lake George RV Park’s success has been listening to guests’ suggestions and offering them something new each season.
“My father was known for making daily rounds in the park and guests looked forward to talking to him and sharing their stories. We continue that legacy today, listening to our guests and putting a premium on the camping experience,” he said, noting that location is another advantage. “The Lake George area is so unique and special – it’s at the core of everything we do.”
Continuing in the tradition of adding something new each season, 2016 will see the conversion of three tennis courts to six pickleball courts. Pickleball is a cross between tennis and badminton that’s accessible and fun for all ages. “It allows for an 80-year-old to play against an 8-year-old,” King said.
The Lake George RV Park continues to be family-owned and operated, with King and his sister Suzanne’s families involved in day-to-day management and stewardship of the resort. Meanwhile, their mother helps keep Vic King’s pioneering vision alive.
“She is a loving matriarch and continues to encourage us and support everything we do,” King said.
Those who have enjoyed the park for generations have nothing to worry about, King said he has no plans of ever selling the park.
“The trend in the industry is to go corporate. We are one of a declining number of family owned and operated resorts in the country and we will continue to be here through the years.”
RV camping and lodging reservations can be made either by phone, at 518-792-3775, or online at http://www.lakegeorgervpark.com.