We were eager to stay at this triple 10 (Trailer Life rating) park to see how it compared to other parks we've visited. It is beautiful, immaculately groomed and situated right next to a zoo. What a unique experience to see Reilly the giraffe's head pop up over the fence or to hear the lions roar at feeding time (around 4:30 pm). However, one night of the three that we stayed here, the big cats got into a fight and their growling and hissing kept us awake most of the night. I recommend being parked away from the lions! The entrance to the RV park was off of a residential side street, difficult to find after dark, so pay attention for the small sign announcing where to turn. This park is not close to the beach, so if you're looking for a beach vacation, don't stay here; it's in the city. We're bike riders and this wasn't a good locale to ride from.
We enjoy this park because it is within a couple hours of our home and is always clean. It is a private park for Cummins Engine employees and families, but it accepts Good Sam members. They have lots of amenities: miniature golf, peddle boats, pond for fishing, go kart track, skeet and trap shooting, range shooting, soccer fields and baseball diamonds as well as a fitness center. This park is on SR9, just South of Hope, IN. It doesn't see much transient traffic because it is away from any interstate. If you are within, say, a four-hour drive, we'd recommend it for a great weekend get-a-way.
This was our third two-week (Xmas/New Years) trip to this RV park. As Northerners, and avid bikers, we chose this park because of its proximity to the 47 mile Pinellas Trail (just across the street from the park) and because it is far enough south to yield average temps in the mid 70's in late December. We appreciate the cement pads, good interior roads, and overall cleanliness of the park (especially the front section). We are not sure we will be returning, however, for a couple of reasons: bugs and the front desk staff. On our last two visits, we've been eaten up by no-see-ums (small biting insects). It's so bad that you can't sit outside even during the daytime! There are ponds on each side of the park that must contribute to the problem, but we saw no evidence that the RV park was trying to control the insects. We were tempted to stop by Lowes, pick up a sprayer and at least treat the areas around our parking spot. There are a lot of seasonal folks at this park, and we noticed very few of them sitting outside unless they had a screened porch. We learned the hard way, returning home with many bites on our arms and legs. Regular "Off" didn't cut it; you'd better stock up on the Deep Woods stuff if you want to spend any time enjoying that beautiful Florida weather. Now as for the Front Desk Staff: while we stop just short of labeling them as "rude", we certainly wouldn't call them friendly. They seem to have forgotten what Customer Service is all about. No one smiled and they acted as if they were doing us a favor by allowing us to stay there. After bonding with two adjacent neighbors (seasonals), we weren't surprised to find that they also had similar views about the park management. An "attitude adjustment" and a little retraining of the desk help would go a long way in bringing this park back onto our top ten list. We'll certainly check with our seasonal friends next year before heading that way again.