This isn’t a fancy campground with lots of activities (that you pay for), but it suits us. We appreciated the quiet, rustic atmosphere. We inadvertently arrived for a weekend when Hannibal was having a “Folk Festival” downtown. Even with that, we were still able to reserve a space for our large travel trailer only a few days in advance. Before the festival the campground was far from full in mid-October. During the festival there were still a handful of spaces available. The hostess was very helpful and friendly. The roads in the campground are asphalt, but have seen better days. They are plenty wide enough to get virtually anywhere in the campground, even with a big trailer. Our TT is 36-feet long. The speed limit is 5 mph. Ten mph would be more reasonable; my truck doesn’t like towing at idle. There are plenty of sites that are easy to back into and also big enough for large fifth-wheels. The campground also has some pull-through sites. You don’t feel crowded by your neighbor. There are enough trees to provide shade, but not so many that it’s difficult to maneuver your rig around them. The shade trees do sometimes interfere with satellite reception, although our roof-mounted antenna got a good signal at our site. Our neighbor had to reposition his portable dish several times before he got a good line-of-sight to a satellite. The provided wireless Internet service is very slow, enough that sometimes it just isn’t useable. We have our own Wi-Fi unit that uses Verizon cell phone technology. We could get only a single bar of signal strength with that. Our Verizon cell phones also showed only one bar - useable, but barely. The upside to the location is that it is quiet, in spite of being only 1.5 miles to downtown old Hannibal. That’s walking distance if you are fit. If not, there is plenty of parking downtown. I appreciated the full-service at the sites – 50/30/20 amp electrical receptacles, plus water and sewer. Our site’s sewer inlet was towards the front of the site which made it unusable while we were parked, but we easily dumped our tanks as we pulled out. If it matters to you, generators are not allowed. Given the excellent electrical service, you shouldn’t need one. This will definitely be our go-to campground if we find ourselves in Hannibal again, and, while it’s not right off a major highway, it is easy to get to and would be good for an overnight stop if you find yourself there in the evening.
Woodlawn Campground is a small, Mom and Pop, no-frills campground. They welcome children, but there are no special provisions or playgrounds for them. No swimming pool, jungle gyms, camp store, or basically any other amenities. The restrooms have the basics: showers, sinks, and toilets, and are always spotless. Only two of the 20 RV sites have sewer hook-ups at the site. There is a dump station that is an easy pull-through, even with a long, 34-foot, travel trailer. Tent sites are not well defined, and if you get along with your neighbors, Woodlawn can accommodate a lot of tent campers. The terrain is typical Del-Mar-Va peninsula, sandy with grass. It had rained all day the day we arrived, and a few hours after the rain stopped everything was dry again. There are so many really tall shade trees that you probably won’t be able to get a satellite signal from a roof-mounted dish. If you have one on a tripod, you’ll still have trouble finding a clear view of the southern sky from most sites. The upside of that situation is the great shade all day long. The best feature of this park is the couple who run it. They are great to deal with and will go beyond the call of duty if necessary to help you out. Great folks. Woodlawn Campground isn’t a resort by any definition, nor is it a destination campground. It IS a very nice, lower cost place to set up while you enjoy the area.
The best thing about this campground is the kids’ playground. They have several wooden climbing towers, with swings, slides, and playhouses. The playground is in the center of the circular drive, while RV parking spaces are around the outside of the circular drive. It’s a small park, with only 15 spaces. Our space (#2) had water, 30 amp electrical service, and a sewer dump pipe. There were a few trees nearby, but none that I noticed provided shade for any of the sites. There is a “Country Store” across the street that also serves as the office for the RV park. A tiny Methodist church next door has services on Sunday mornings. The church and the store are both an easy walk from any of the RV sites. That said, I really didn’t like the location. Their web site indicates that they are “... on the shores of Lake O’Brien...”, but the only water I saw was down a steep hill behind our site, and separated from the campground by a public parking lot. It was a river that ran nearby. Maybe some of the cabins that they rent are closer to the lake, but I don’t find a lake near the campground on Google Maps. Unless you intend to sit and watch your kids play, I didn’t find much to do at the actual campground. To get to other activities will require you to drive five miles on one of the worst access roads I have taken for many years. It is also the main road to the campground. Admittedly, we were driving to the campground on this narrow, winding road after dark (about 9:00 p.m.), and I tow a 36-foot long, 8.5-foot wide trailer. Fortunately, on a Saturday evening at that time there is limited traffic along that road. There are limited spots along this road where approaching vehicles can pass each other and even fewer where you can pull out of the way of a vehicle that is behind you. It’s a little easier during the daytime, but the road doesn’t get any wider or straighter. This road is the worst feature of the campground, and it’s not under their control. They could have helped with a few well-placed signs. At night, we didn’t see the “five miles” note on the sign that marked the turn off Cedar Lakes Road. After traveling about three miles, we finally stopped at a house where the lights were on to confirm that we hadn’t missed a turn. The homeowner told me to keep going. A few signs at selected intersections as well as an occasional sign to inform drivers of the remaining distance would have boosted my confidence a lot. The campground did not show on either of my two GPS units, but Google Maps does show it. Unfortunately I had not printed a map out prior to driving there. The narrow, winding, five-mile drive often involved intersections where it wasn’t clear which way to turn, especially since the name of the main road changed more than once as we traveled along it. If I could have found a place to turn around, I would have gone back to look for a rest area on the Interstate (I-77) or a Wal-Mart. All we needed was a place to spend the night, we weren’t there for all the fun. I marked the location of the campground into my GPS, not because I ever intend to return, but rather so that TomTom can get the data the next time I upload map corrections. If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t. The campground itself is acceptable, but the access to it is not. Oh, did I mention the five-mile long, winding, narrow road?