Very attractive CG on the lower slopes of Smokey Mountain, just past the visitors center for City of Rocks/Castle Rocks. (Interesting arrangement - a federal area & state park administered jointly.) All sites in the state park campground have electric & water hookups, and the campground has a bathhouse/showerhouse with flush toilets, soap at the sinks, and individual shower rooms; they are older & rather spartan, but were very clean. There's a campground host there fulltime; otherwise registration is done at the visitor center or at a self-reg kiosk. The main draw of the area is for rock climbers and bicyclists, and the makeup of the campers reflects this. Previous comments about sites 15 & 16 apply to several other sites as well. Beautiful place, both the campground and the state park & national reserve - and just the local scenery! We will return, but not likely in midsummer. (Just too hot to enjoy the outdoors.)
Our 2nd visit here, this time with a new rig. We had a pull-through site on the lower loop, and were a bit surprised how unlevel it was - something one needs to be prepared for! (Fortunately, we were.) Power & water hookups worked well, nice view from parts of the campground, bathroom was very clean. Showers are separate from the toilet area, individual (unisex) shower rooms. Lots of staff, both volunteer & paid, and they were always around and very friendly. Not many sites large enough to accommodate bigger rigs. Love the midweek senior rates, though - they can't be beat! Nice place; we will return.
Actually, we did not camp here recently - we are local residents who drive by this CG nearly every day. Just FYI, it is under new ownership and is once again a KOA. Hoping to see it get better as the camping season approaches.
Sites were tighter than we like, and the campground is old. Some RR noise and noise from local streets. Otherwise, we liked this campground reasonably well; staff are friendly, bathrooms older but quite clean, and it's reasonably convenient to the interstate and to town. The Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, 5 miles from town, is well worth visiting. We would consider staying again if in the area.
Convenient to the interstate and has its own gas station and café (good burgers!). The premium sites have a little more grassy space between pads, and most sites have at least partial shade from large trees. There's a path from the campground to the Snake River, with picnic tables by the riverbank. Country feel, and not that much road noise, surprisingly. Mobile mechanic recommended by the campground was superb! For a private campground, the atmosphere was quite pleasant; we would stay again.
Spacious back-in sites in Broken Wheel campground; many have a bit of shade. Many sites also have wind/weather shelters over the picnic tables; others have a fairly large sand "patio" where the table and fire ring are located. A few sites will accept big rigs. (The other campground in the park has all pull-throughs but they are much less spacious and not many will take big rigs. No shade there either, but they have a good view of the dunes.) Bathhouses are typical state park fare - older, concrete, a bit shabby but kept as clean as possible. Shower offered plenty of hot water and a private changing area, which works for us. The astronomical observatory in the park, open weekend evenings, was most interesting, and kids especially will enjoy sliding on the dunes. There's a small lake in the park which allows boats and - I believe - fishing. Popular place on weekends; quiet on weekdays. Can be hot and/or windy. We will definitely come again.
This park is located just off the business "strip" (restaurants, big box stores, tire stores, etc.) a few blocks from the interstate, and is a "walled community." The entire place is neat and tidy but sites are cheek to jowl, made worse in the back-in sites (all that was available when we arrived) by having to park one's tow vehicle or toad between one's own rig and the next one - leaving barely enough room to walk there! Just way too tight for our taste. OK port in a storm, but we don't plan to return.
Older KOA in farm country just south of Brigham City. Facilities date back a ways, but bathrooms are clean. A bit overpriced for what you get. The best thing about this campground is its location - convenient to northern Utah towns, orchards, mountains, and the Great Salt Lake, but quieter than its competitor in town, as it's farther from the interstate and a block or more off a main road. Sites are gravel, fairly level, and a few can accommodate rigs longer than 50'. We would happily stay again when in the area.
Being in the neighborhood, I noticed that the (very large) KOA sign has been covered up, so I stopped in to see what's up. The owner said this campground is no longer a KOA, but will continue to operate as Pocatello Creek Camping & RV; they are waiting for their new sign to arrive. The office shows signs of their putting some money into sprucing up the place recently. Perhaps this signals a better future for this campground and its patrons? I hope so. (Didn't camp here this year, despite the automatically-added sentence that will follow. The rate is a guess, since I do not know their current rates.)
Very nice, well-kept park. Owners friendly & helpful, sites a bit wider than in many KOAs. Located on a side street, off the main road, there isn't much road noise, which is really nice! Quiet place to stay. Many sites have good shade too - much appreciated in this high desert area! Arco is a small town but there are a couple decent local eateries - nothing fancy, but good food. Facilities were very clean. Just a good comfortable spot to camp, either overnight or as a base camp from which to explore central Idaho.
Fortunately there is a big sign at the entrance, since the 2-lane road (US89) by the campground is a fast one, and no place to turn around for quite a while! Entrance is a bit narrow. Very clean, very friendly owners - both of which made our stay quite pleasant. Some sites can be fairly close together; nearly all have some small or medium-sized tree for shade, trimmed up so they don't interfere with your rig, even in some of the tight turns in the campground roads. A few sites sit alongside the creek. There's a nice little trail in the woods along the creek, and a fenced-in pet area. Some of the best tent sites I've seen in a KOA, very shady & along the back of the campground, with a view of farm fields & hills. My only complaint is that it's a bit pricey, especially for an area that's not a prime tourist destination. Would definitely stay again if in the area.
Located right in a small town, easily walkable to some shops & restaurants, friendly & helpful staff, clean facilities. This campground seems quite popular; it was mostly full each night we were there. Lots of cabins, some compact tenting areas, horse corrals for those traveling with their horses, several long pull throughs for big rigs, and lots of back-in sites with the Wind River running behind them (and plenty of lawn space to sit & watch the river). Beautiful mountain views, too. Lots to like in this campground, despite some sites being awfully close to their neighbors. We'll stay again.
We had stayed here about 25 years ago, but the campground seems to have expanded, and I did not recognize it from before. Sites are gravel (in fact, much of the grounds is gravel) and pretty tight; good thing our neighbors were friendly! Unbeknownst to us, we had chosen to stay here during the state fair, so the place was packed. Roads between the rows of sites can get tight, too, with tow vehicles parked in all sorts of interesting spots. Staff are very friendly & helpful, and facilities are nice & clean. Far enough off the interstate to minimize road noise, and despite the crowding, it was quiet at night. Corrals available for those traveling with their horses - nice western touch. And there is a grassy tenting area and another grassy, fenced dog walk area. Would stay here again if in the area.
This was one of our favorites on a recent long trip. Beautiful, park-like grounds, well maintained. Sites are situated a little oddly: back-in sites have the utility hookups on the wrong side, encouraging people to pull in forward, unhitch & drive on the grass to get their tow vehicles out. But all sites are well-spaced, not tight at all. Roads in the campground are not one-way but are sized as such, so some interesting encounters could occur. The dump station is in a tight circle, and drivers of large rigs should proceed very cautiously. Great view, friendly hosts, not much road noise (and only minimal train noise), very convenient to Scotts Bluff National Monument. The only real negative for us: showers have no private changing areas, even in the women's bathroom. As most here are in self-contained RVs, that was not a problem, just an unexpected surprise. Would definitely camp here again.
We stayed here due to good reviews on this site, but evidently we're looking for different things in a campground than some others are. The on-site manager is friendly & helpful, and some of his comments indicated the owners want to please, but the grounds are a bit rough, and a lot of work still needs to be done. All gravel pull-throughs, many quite long. For those concerned about it, some high-voltage power lines run right over part of the campground; a cellphone tower stands right next door. Getting here is a bit tricky: follow the existing roads to the Arch monument and the campground is just a short distance off one of those roads. Not much road noise, as it is not right on the interstate; a plus. No shade; it will be 15-20 years before much comes of the now-tiny trees. There are 2 bathrooms, each of which is a one-person full bath: toilet, sink & shower in one room. Bare bones but clean. For us, this campground has a ways to go, but it makes for a relatively convenient & clean overnighter.
This is an older KOA and is difficult to find: more signage needed, in our opinion. It is definitely way out in the country! The upside: little to no road noise (and surprisingly not much train noise either). The downside: small roads on the way in. A few sites will accommodate longer rigs: check with the campground first. A few seasonals, but they weren't loaded with junk & stuff in their sites. Bathrooms were clean but smelled a little mildewy. Friendly staff. Good for an overnighter, a weekend, or a base camp for visiting Springfield & historic sites.
We have loved this park for years, especially camping in a stand of pines. But there were always two problems: they did not take reservations, and had no showers. Both situations have been remedied, and we sure enjoyed the shade of those pines this hot, hot summer! Sites can be tight, and many not quite level, due to the terrain. Very few sites can accommodate truly big rigs, but a couple can. A few improvements have been made recently, including some new concrete pads for accessible sites, and new concrete-floored pit toilets (big improvement over the old ones). The park is close to the many historic sites in town, which makes it pretty popular during July & August. Would happily stay here again.
Nice little campground. Some sites can be tight; not many shaded (definitely not for the big-rig sites). Quiet country atmosphere, though some road noise from I-80. Pizza cooked on premises in the evenings, which you can eat in their small "cafe" or at your site. (And it's good pizza!) Bathrooms very clean. Owners very friendly & helpful. Would definitely stay here again.
Good overnighter. Relatively quiet due to distance from the interstate & country setting. Spotless bathrooms. Pleasant owner, but he did inform me that this will be his last season. Too bad; this is a good value for the price. Would stay here again if it were to remain open.
Amazing view from this campground! Definitely less road noise in the lower loop. For those with quite large rigs, there are not many sites here in which you will fit, so advance reservations are strongly recommended, even midweek. Bathhouse older but very clean, with individual shower rooms. Peaceful, plenty of wildlife (ranging from small lizards to pelicans and coyotes), nice trails of varying lengths and difficulty, Oregon Trail historical connection, and friendly volunteer camp hosts: all served to make our stay enjoyable. Note for those wanting shade: don't expect much. Vegetation being sagebrush and junipers, the best-shaded sites do get sun some of the day.
We had a "premium" full-hookup site, which offered more space in our "front yard" - well worth it, we felt, despite the fact that one is probably going to be away from the camper much of the day (touring Yellowstone). Friendly hosts, very clean, updated bathroom facilities - though the showers could use a bench or chair to help hold clothes/towels, etc. and to sit on when putting shoes back one. Nice little gift shop, and a small mini-golf course (free of charge to campers). Good location, as it's walkable to town (though returning will require a steep uphill walk) and convenient to the north end of Yellowstone. Great view from a few sites and cabins, overlooking the town of Gardiner and the surrounding mountain scenery.
Isolated and very quiet - we could hear elk bugling in the forest next to the campground, and enjoyed an expansive view of mountains and rolling sagebrush, where horses and cattle grazed. This park seems popular with big rigs, though sites are tight, especially those with back-to-back hookups. However, the "front yards" of those campsites are spacious. Owners and hosts are friendly and helpful. Bathrooms are older, with concrete floors, etc., but are very clean. A small road runs right next to the campground that goes to Henry's Lake, but the road is fortunately paved, so no dust problem for sites along that edge. Loved the country atmosphere and the quiet. Except for other campers talking, the elk bugling and hawks & other birds calling, it would have been virtually soundless. Rate was for a full-hookup site; there are a few electric-water sites as well.
Loved this place, despite 2 days of strong & gusty winds that really shook the camper. The view is unbeatable, and it's quiet - off the main road far enough that (even when the wind was calm) we couldn't hear it. Nice trail overseeing the lake, and for fishermen this is a prime camping spot. Friendly volunteer hosts on duty, who worked hard to keep the campground well-maintained. Bathrooms older, but very clean. Will definitely come again. Rate given includes tax.
Friendly staff, older but clean restroom, smallish pool. Sites along the west and south edge have nice views of farmland and mountains. The good stuff: very scenic, nice folks running the place, some good places to eat in Victor & Driggs (try the huckleberry shakes at the old drugstore fountain in Driggs!), nice (and pretty) 25-mile drive to Jackson over Teton Pass, country atmosphere and relative peace and quiet. The not-so-good stuff: tight sites, shared hookups, some hookups on the wrong side of the camper (but staff does warn you of this when you make a reservation), sprinklers going day and night all over the place so you may get wet when you sit outside. We would camp here again when in the area.
This park is a little more attractive in early spring than in summer. At least the snow on top of the butte behind the campground provided a nice view (in one direction). Managers were friendly enough and restrooms were clean. Decent overnighter.
Pretty much agree with the previous reviewer. The downsides are the road noise (I-80 runs right by the campground) and the tight sites and campground roads. Nice folks running the place. Didn't expect much as we were here the first night they opened for the season; store wasn't yet fully stocked, understandably. Only 2 other rigs in the place when we were there in early April. Decent overnight, but there are quieter ones in central Iowa.
Typical KOA sites, close together, and gravel roads. Not as close to the interstate as we had expected (a plus - road noise not so bad). Friendly/helpful owners & staff and clean facilities made our stay pleasant, and the pizza they cook & deliver is excellent! A few sites are fairly shady in the afternoon, but most aren't; we were lucky enough to get one of the shadier ones & sure enjoyed it! There are a few permanent/longterm folks here, including some that seemed to be rented trailers - school bus picked up & dropped off some kids at the campground and there were about 4 or 5 trailers in a row that were identical, with more stuff sitting around outside than at most of the short-term folks' places. These are in a separate area of the campground, however. We would return.
We have stayed here twice in 3 years now, and there's just something about this place we like. It's an older KOA that could probably be spruced up a bit, and most sites don't offer shade (but a few do, at least in the afternoon), but the owners are friendly & helpful, and it just has a down-home feel to the place. Convenient to I-80 but not right on it, so road noise is minimal. Wi-Fi is a little primitive, available only in the office, but it does function. Nice overnighter. We'll probably be back.
The only reason not to rate this campground higher is the road noise (which is not a surprise, considering the campground borders I-80). The train makes noise too, but not as much, being farther away. The gravel grounds makes it clean (no dust or mud) and facilities are newer and very clean. This was our second stay here in 3 years, and was more pleasant, now that the longterm renters (I presume temporary workers in the area) are no longer there - they could be noisy at night. Pleasant & helpful staff, convenient to I-80. We'd stay again.
Good overnighter; pull-through sites offer full hookups or water-electric (we had the latter); Good Sam discount offered. Some road noise but not as bad as expected, considering the campground is right along I-80. Nice country setting with shade trees, even a small playground and laundry facilities. Showers lacked private changing areas, but had huge booths, separated from the bathroom by curtains - shelves above the shower heads may have been to hold your stuff in a relatively dry area. Bathhouse & laundry both clean. Cafe at the gas station was quite good, walkable from the campground.
Older KOA with some typically narrow sites and others tucked into woods or backing up to cornfields - attractive grounds, with lots of shade trees (and in the fall, the maples are especially pretty!). Some beautiful, semi-private sites for tents & small rigs. Good base camp for visiting Minneapolis & western suburbs, and it seemed to be popular for just this reason. We especially enjoyed the country setting and lack of road noise here; would have rated this campground higher but utilities were oddly placed for some sites, including ours, and facilities look a bit worn (though are clean, and function properly.) Very close to groceries & other shopping if needed.
Sites are level, several quite long. Nice country "feel" to the campground, and quite a few shade trees, but road noise from I-94 was very noticeable - I wouldn't want to camp here in a popup or tent! Facilities old but clean. Wi-Fi was spotty. Campground is reached by a mile of gravel road - very dusty if the weather's been dry! Note: no LP gas fill available here - one must go to a truck stop several interstate exits away. Decent overnighter, as long as you have a hard-sided rig.
We had stayed here about 20 years ago and found our stay this time to be at least as pleasant as last time. Very nice, well-kept, tidy campground (as one would expect the KOA "flagship" to be). We had one of the new "deluxe patio" pull-through sites and found them very nice, wider than normal, and quite long & shady. Loved the two-person swing on the patio! The Wi-Fi connection was among the best we've had at a campground; of course that may have been due to our site's location. Loved the whimsy too - laundry and game room located in KOA "Kabins". Nice touch. Very clean facilities. I would have rated this campground higher except for the road noise from I-90, and the unpleasant odor that occasionally blows into the campground from some nearby industry. Good for an overnight or a base camp for visiting the local area.
Beautiful campground, most sites heavily shaded: even the full-hookup pull-throughs! Gravel roads and sites keep it clean in wet weather. Many sites are quite large for a KOA. Lots of activities on the weekend, short-order food service in the campground, homemade fudge (made by a staff member) sold in the store. Busy place, but can be reasonably quiet even on weekends, depending on your neighbors. Roads can be a bit tight for bigger rigs. We'd stay again.
Pretty, shady campground in hilly country. Lots of seasonals, but they're kept neat; some are decorated with a sense of whimsy. At least one campground worker is Amish, and arrived for work via horse and buggy: that was neat. Some road noise from the country road; otherwise quiet. Our only complaint was the low water pressure.
We liked this park better than we expected to. Sites, especially the back-ins along the river, are huge (50 feet wide and very long as well); some are heavily shaded, which was much appreciated in hot, muggy weather. Beautiful view of the Delaware River, quiet country surroundings (not even much road noise), friendly and helpful owners and staff. No sewer hookups, and the dump station can be interesting to get into and out of for a big rig, but there is a honey wagon service available if needed. Busy on weekends, lots of families and plenty of folks going on canoe, kayak or tubing trips down the river. Beautiful place, and very peaceful during the week. We would definitely stay again.
Agreed with previous posters about sites. Some of the longer pull-throughs have a steep up-slope to get into them, and it may be tough to find a site in which a longer rig can remain hitched up. All sites are terraced, as the campground is on a hillside. Otherwise, clean and decent CG, with very friendly and helpful owners. Small (narrow) sites typical of many KOAs. Beautiful landscaping and some nice wooded sites at the top of the property. We'd stay again if in the area.
I fully agree with the previous poster who mentioned how clean the bathhouses are. Definitely that was our experience. Would have liked the showerhouse more if the private changing area for each shower was a little larger and set off by a door instead of a shower curtain, but still - exceptionally clean for a state park. Well-kept grounds, and midweek was maybe half full, and nice & quiet. Lovely place.
This campground is shady and relatively attractive. All sites are on the natural ground except for a few paved ones, so be prepared to level your rig. Sites are not well-defined, which allows some flexibility on how to set up. The new bathhouses are a delight! Some road noise from the local road, particularly at one end of the campground.
Sites are graveled, grass or dirt; some of the nicest tent sites we've seen in a private campground: in the woods, spacious, set apart from other campsites. And they get the best bathhouse too: satellite one is newer, with toilet, sink and shower all together in private rooms. RV sites: some pull-through, some back-in, vary in how level they are. The entire campground is shaded and attractive. Owners are fairly new and working to make improvements in the campground. The main drawback is the train track; during our stay, trains came by only in the middle of the night, blowing their horns for the crossing which is the entry road into the campground. Very little can be done about that! But in other ways this is a nice campground for a base camp in the area, and should be even nicer in a year or two.
This is a very classy RV/cabin park, and the back-in sites are the nicest, in my opinion. However, our rig is too big for those, so we were in the pull-through section, which is pretty open and lacks the woodsy feel of the other sites. Cabins are perhaps the best here: some of them are deep in the woods, practically hidden from view! A beautiful setting, with paver paths and pretty landscaping. A couple grassy tent sites; other small-rig sites are graveled and have attractive shelters over the picnic table (with light and electric outlets). The entire campground is neat and tidy, and the sewer hookup worked ok for us. We did need to use our "accordion" hose support. Facilities were clean with the best bathhouse was up by some of the cabins. Shower rooms in the main building were a bit small and tight, but clean and functional. Security is good: campers are issued a coded card to open the entry gate. All in all, an attractive campground.
This campground grew on us during our stay. The campground definitely caters to seasonals. As a Coast-to-Coast member; they are newly returned to the KOA system this year (the main building is obviously that of an old KOA). Many seasonal sites have been improved upon by their inhabitants, especially with nice patios or decks. Some ideas of "improvement" are a matter of taste, but in any case we did not see any outside refrigerators or "junky" appearance, despite the abundance of flamingos and bear statues. Quite a few pull-through sites which will accommodate bigger rigs. Some turns in the campground can be tight and require care to negotiate. The trees: though also abundant, are trimmed or thinned in such a way that getting around with a big rig is possible without damage. Sites are natural in appearance:. dusty in dry weather and the utility hookups are older. No sewer hookups available, but the park offers a dump station and honey wagon service ($5 for the latter). The campground is very popular with fishermen, being located on Cranberry Lake, and there are lots of boats here. Bathrooms: especially those in the community building, are spacious and clean, with plenty of hot water for the showers. There's a pool, shuffleboard courts, and weekend activities. The campground is not easy to find, located down several small winding backroads, but it has a real "North Woods" feel. There are even warnings to watch out for bears, particularly near the trash dumpsters at night. (Fortunately the dumpsters are located near the campground entrance, not near sites; unfortunately that means a long walk, or a drive for some near the lake to dispose of their trash. Staff does not do trash pickup, presumably because of the bear issue). Wi-Fi is available only at the office building. There are cellphone towers in the area, as ours worked (surprisingly) while we were here. Note: if hooking up to water, let it run for a while first: lots of rust came out of our faucet for the first 30 seconds or so. We'd probably camp here again if in the area. It's a very pretty spot, and at least off-season on the weekend was quite quiet.
We intended to camp at the main (east) unit of Indian Lake State Park, but when we arrived at the gate, a sign noted it was closed for construction. (Apparently they are building a new gatehouse and redoing the road inside the campground.) So we headed for the west unit instead. For a one-night stay, we could do without campground showers. The west unit has only pit toilets and no showers and we found a delightful gem of a campground. Heavily wooded, though trees are trimmed back enough from most of the campground roads that most loops (particularly the campsites numbered upwards of 50) have some sites that big rigs can fit into without fear of turning into a tree. The pit toilets are fairly new: one set was brand-new this year and were very clean and well vented (not smelly at all). Electric hookups are 20-amp only, and each loop has a water source, at least 2 located near the road should you need to fill your tank on entry. All sites on natural ground, so dusty/sandy in dry weather, probably somewhat muddy in wet weather. Lots of shade, and sites are spacious. For $16/night (if you already have the Michigan state parks entry sticker), it's a bargain, at least for the upper Midwest. Very quiet at midweek too. We would definitely stay again, unless weather was hot enough to need a/c.
What makes this campground so special is the view (including proximity to the big lake freighters that glide right by the shoreline), and the relatively new, very clean and pleasant bathhouse. Staff are friendly and helpful too. The place is popular, and even midweek in September, was almost completely full every night. Sites are well-spaced for the most part, and grassy. Utility placement is a bit odd: many sites will find their water or electric pole on the wrong side, or needing extensions to hook up. And with no sewer hookups, expect a bit of a wait at the dump station. Wi-Fi is very spotty. But the view, the nice bathrooms, separate shower rooms and clean laundry area, make up for it. We would definitely stay here again if visiting the area.
Pleasant campground with friendly owners and grassy sites (some may not be level). Most sites have at least some shade and a few have deep shade. The facilities were clean. This is obviously a former KOA and has the standard building layout of one, but the bathrooms have been somewhat upgraded. Wi-Fi worked well in the laundry room but not in our camper, despite a direct view of the antenna. The nature trail is mowed and attractive. For those folks who chafe at lots of little rules, this campground's rules seemed very reasonable. Note for those using a GPS: the campground entrance comes up much sooner than the GPS indicates, so watch for it! Nice for an overnight or a longer stay. We would stay here again if in the area.
Very attractive campground with well-spaced sites. As a previous reviewer mentioned, the higher-number sites (for the most part) are more private and wooded, while the others are close to the showers and restroom. The weather while we were there was very calm and warm for the season, so the pit toilets were not at all pleasant: hence I did not rate this campground higher. Trash bins are provided at the entrance to this long and narrow campground: so it's quite a walk for some sites, but you don't have to pack your trash home with you (that just applies to day visitors). Electric hookups are available for each site but may require several extension cords. The big plus is the lake. The campground provides several Adirondack-style chairs positioned at strategic view spots along the edge of the lake, and there are a couple decks along the lake-edge bluff as well. Access to the beach is via steps from one or more of the decks. Very peaceful park; quiet hours are "all the time" and must be enforced, as the weekend nearly filled the campground, but we never observed any loud noise. We would return again (and have a favorite site picked out for that event.)
Most sites very narrow (our sewer connection was right by our neighbor's picnic table). Otherwise, a nice place to camp. Sites are level, graveled with some grassy strips between; most have wooden deck for picnic table, some have firepits. Restrooms in main building older but very clean; satellite bathhouse is very nice with private toilet/shower rooms. Owners & workamper staff very friendly & helpful. Laundry area clean with some newer machines; store well-stocked, with some nice/fun gifts as well as necessities. Some road noise from interstate, and the requisite train, though not frequent. Nice clean heated pool, two enclosed dog runs and extensive recreational facilities; fun theme weekends. We would definitely camp here again.
This is an older campground, and feels that way. Good for groups, with a large covered pavilion and several indoor meeting rooms available. Good overnighter, as it's convenient to the interstate but not much road noise. Restrooms were clean but need a bit of equipment updating (agree with previous poster about the drainage problem in the showers too); pool was clean. Owners apparently live on the premises, a plus in my opinion. Sites are primarily grassy; a few paved with patios seem reserved for long-term campers (who keep things very neat - even mowing their own "lawn" and planting flower gardens!) Utilities good, some sewer connections above grade; WiFi worked only sometimes. (Success probably depends a least in part on whether your site has an unobstructed view of the nearest antenna.)
A beautiful campground, and the best is yet to come. We loved the full hookups (a real rarity in state parks) and the private pull through site we were assigned (midweek without a reservation)! It does seem there are a lot of plans for this park, including tennis courts, swimming pool, etc. The playground is extensive and attractive, and there's a fishing pond and a few trails available. We were sorry to be here for just one night, and will happily return! A note about getting there: the southbound interstate exit needed to get there is currently closed (summer 09). Visitors will need to take the next exit to the south (Rte 25), re-enter the interstate there and go back north to Rte 43; the northbound exit is open, and you can follow the directions from there.
I would have rated this campground a bit higher except for the constant, rather loud noise from the neighboring interstate, and a busy RR track. Also, many sites are quite off-level. Otherwise, it appears to be an older KOA that is gradually being improved. Very cute murals painted on wooden outbuildings by the pool, rec room and on the bathroom privacy screens. The pool looked clean & inviting and was being used by some of the kids staying there. Most sites are shaded and some have a nice view of the small lake; fishing is allowed but a license is required through the campground office. Utilities varied from old to newer - again, probably a sign of some upgrading. Decent overnighter, but from the noise standpoint, I wouldn't recommend it for soft-sided rigs or very light sleepers.
This park is clean & decent, with a lot of long term campers. It seems to appeal to locals a lot - which may help explain their relatively high camping fee and extremely high fee ($10/person) for visitors. Our site was concrete with patio and was quite level; sewer connection was above ground so we had to be hands-on when dumping. Sites can be a bit tight. There is a nice pool on the grounds, and small store, plus a boat launch on Lake Monroe. Security is good; there is a gate at the entry for which they issue you an electronic card, and they monitor those coming & going.
We camped here perhaps 15 years ago, and the upgrades to both the Horse Park and the campground are great! Like the others, I'd give a 10 (or at least a 9.5) if sewer hookups were available. Very nice clean park, friendly staff, spacious sites. Current construction (which should be completed by fall 2010) means lots of construction trucks driving thru the campground, signs being moved or obscured, etc. Temporary inconvenience. For a busy park (it's even nearly full during midweek) they keep the facilities quite clean. Security patrols day & night. Great place, family-friendly. One downside: the on site Wi-Fi is expensive ($5/day extra) and impossible to use without an active PayPal account. The office Wi-Fi connection is fast & free, but you have to limit your time if others are waiting to use it.
This terraced campground recently expanded. The original 40 sites are well-shaded, mostly pullthrough (a few smaller back-in sites suitable for popups, small trailers & Class Bs), graveled, level. Newer sites are entirely gravel, unshaded pullthroughs, with rock retaining walls; sites mostly level. Some tight turns and/or short steep pulls on campground roads. Utilities good, including cable & Wifi. Construction site and major road behind campground make it quite noisy. Bathrooms are small, older but very clean; not much space in toilet stalls; longterm campers are forbidden to use them. Laundry area clean but limited - only 2 washers & 1 dryer. Campground is convenient to the Natchez Trace (300 yards from visitor center) and to shopping, restaurants, etc. Pleasant staff. Weekends will see them doing lots of maintenance & upgrading.
First impression: what woods? Campground is completely open & unshaded (though tall trees on west of property do give some late-afternoon shade to some sites.) Sites are very level & gravelled, with grassy areas between. There is a fishing pond at the south end, and all utilities worked well. Owner is continually upgrading - this park is only 5 years old. Owner very friendly. Bathhouse & laundry fairly new & basic, but clean. Utilities, cable & Wifi worked well. A few sites are really long, at least 80-100 feet in length, for truly big rigs, double-towing, etc. Gas & fast food nearby. Convenient to I-65 but left-hand turn out of campground across busy 4-lane road may mean a bit of a wait on departure. Some road noise from I-65, not too bad. Good overnighter.
Beautiful, tidy campground of spacious, level, newly graveled sites amidst pine & deciduous woodlands. A few sites relatively private, with woods on all sides; some sites close together or back up to other sites, with only a wooden rail between. Bathhouse newer, reached by boardwalk; tiled, very clean. River has fishing, tubing (just outside the park) and swimming areas; nature trails available, though they were flooded when we were there. Road into the park can be flooded at times after heavy rain. Very peaceful - no road noise - but there are Navy helicopters flying over at all times of day (and sometimes after dark), due to a nearby training facility. Park charges a daily admission fee of $3 but this is included in camping fee, no extra charge to registered campers. Park is isolated, with only very small towns nearby, and there are no stores within the park. Campground host & rangers friendly & helpful. We would have loved to stay a week or more!
Extremely tight pullthrough dirt/gravel sites in pleasantly shaded, grassy area. Sites mostly level. Bathhouse consists of 2 separate rooms, each with toilet, sink & shower; older, tiled, reasonably clean (but old). Laundry clean but old equipment. No tents or screen rooms allowed. OK for an overnight; we would not base camp here. Wifi & cable worked ok.
A few sites are long enough for big rigs; medium-sized ones will be happier with the fit. Lots of trees and narrow CG roads with tight turns; campsite surfaces are natural dirt; trees help keep sites a little farther apart than often found in private campgrounds, and provide nice shade. Friendly staff, escort to site provided. Fairly well-stocked store in office, though gift assortment better than necessities. Placement of utilities varies with each site. Lakeside sites are back-in and very close together with no vegetation between. Campground has semi-tame ducks, geese & swans; ducks wander the campsites. Seasonal/long-term section separate from short-term section of CG and has very nice rental cabins around the lake. Savannah tourist trolley sends scheduled shuttle to campground for pickup and return. Campground convenient to US 17 and I-95; some road noise from both, also the obligatory train running nearby. Other than state parks, this may be the best option in Savannah area.
Deer Ridge Campground: attractive & shady; sites reasonably large, newer electric (20, 30 and 50 amps available). Sites graveled, some level. Two loops; the one with the playground is more popular & fills up more on weekends. Trails are nice, though could be somewhat better marked. (Trails in the disconnected section of the park, west of the town of Goreville, are another matter, and users will need a high-clearance 4WD vehicle to access the road to them!) Fishing lake in the park as well. Campground is popular with locals but still had room the weekend we were there. Restroom facilities etc. typical of Illinois state parks, kept clean. Campground hosts friendly. Firewood can be purchased in town. TV reception (via antenna) surprisingly good, perhaps because of the CG's location on top of a ridge. The (separate) tent-only campground was mostly walk-in sites, some close to the parking area & some way back in the woods - very nice. Pit toilets in that area; users would need to drive to Deer Ridge for the showers.
On a Sunday night in a pullthrough site, this was a great overnighter. Convenient to I-80 but road noise not a big problem. Clean facilities (though the ladies' room had 2 toilet stalls out of order, just as on our last visit several years ago!) Office folks friendly enough, utilities worked well. In fact, water pressure was such that a regulator is advised. Good fast Wifi, though no cable TV hookup. We had a site on the end of the row, so had a little more space than some of the other pullthroughs - very nice. Site was very level, graveled. We noticed that the back-in sites had been recently graveled; many of them share a water hookup, but have individual electric posts. Interesting layout in this CG - one side is all pullthroughs, the other, separated by a heavily wooded ravine, is pretty much all backin sites for smaller rigs.
Sites were interesting - most can be either a pullthrough or 2 back-to-back backin sites. Ours was a pullthrough on the end of the row, at the back of the CG, definitely the place to be, away from the road noise. Two Rivers backs up to the Yogi, so we could see the other CG's sites through the fence. Two Rivers sites are graveled, interior CG roads paved. Sites are ok width for a private CG. Maintenance folks friendly, office folks were rather gruff - maybe they had a bad day. Bathhouse & laundry clean. The entire park is old & needs updating - electric post had no breaker, as noted previously, our water hookup had a pump handle and the tube spun around in place; both had been run into & were leaning at odd angles. Noticed others' looked similar. Wifi might as well not exist; Two Rivers' Wifi is 802.11b, which is outdated, and so slow that our computer just timed out before we could even connect. I suspect the Yogi people have problems because theirs is updated, faster & probably gets tapped into by campers at Two Rivers! We did enjoy the shade - lots of big trees in Two Rivers, but not so much as to interfere with large rigs. Rain left puddles but little mud. Convenient location to the main roads & sights, but since all 3 of the big private CGs are located virtually next to each other (Camping World & tour bus co in between), that can be said of the KOA & Yogi too. Two Rivers costs a bit less than the other two, but you get a bit less (no cable and unusable Wifi) so it's a wash.
Grassy sites with gravel pads, mostly level; sites which are exceptionally spacious for a private campground. Some sites have good shade, most have some shade from medium to large trees; best shade is toward the back of the park. The campground is located near a major intersection on the outskirts of Charleston, so there is some road noise, but not bad except in sites near the front or back edges of the park. The sites are in loops designated with single letters (A, B, C, etc) are larger than those in double-letter loops (AA, BB, etc.) The showers are tiled, and clean; some toilets not seated well. We had rainy weather our entire stay, so the grassy areas tended to be a bit muddy, but could have been much worse. 10 mph speed limit in the CG is strictly enforced by the staff and "speed bumps." The Wifi worked well. It is a good place for an overnight or extended stay (there are some long term sites available which are kept very tidy). We would definitely camp here again.
This is a tidy, carefully managed campground/park model resort in the NC mountains, family owned. Most of the RV sites are graveled and quite level, with concrete patios and fairly large grassy strips between sites. Some back ins sites also available. Most RV sites have little to no shade; those with shade seemed to be occupied by seasonals. Bathrooms in main building also serve the pool, but this is mostly an adult community so not likely to get too dirty; that said, bathrooms were very clean, with large showers. Park models are located on terraced hillsides and closer to the road on which the campground is located; owner said most are owned or leased by Floridians who come to the mountains in summer to escape the heat. This park is very convenient to the interstate, and close to many of the attractions east of the Smokies, including Biltmore, the Carl Sandburg House, etc. Not recommended for those wanting a real "mountain woods" feel, but otherwise a nice place to stay. Very little road noise despite proximity to the interstate.
Attractive wooded CG in hilly area. Sites are pretty level, with some sharp turns in the campground; some might have a problem. Many smaller sites are not level, more suitable for tents and small pop ups. Bathrooms are older, tiled, kept clean. There's a little road noise from I-75, not bad; more so in the tent area. Loved all the birds singing in the woods!
Heavily wooded park a short way off I-65. Some pull through sites available; a few will fit large rigs (though watch for trees). Turns inside CG can be a bit sharp. Very family-friendly; fishing pond, planned activities (weekends), pool, etc. Little road noise despite proximity to the interstate. Bathhouse & laundry were very clean, showers & fixtures fairly new, with massaging shower heads. A few seasonals but sites are kept reasonably neat. We really enjoyed this campground and would stay here again.
This place has a pretty setting along the Arkansas River. Loops A & B have good views of the river and lock & dam. A loop is heavily shaded with nice big trees. Sites vary in length, & many are not level. Some are difficult to back into (especially A loop). Pads are paved or gravel. There are on-site camp hosts. Campground is 10 miles west of the interstate and has a real country feel. A small store (Toad Suck One-Stop) is next door to campground for a few necessities, bait, gas and firewood. There are no reservations, so it starts to fill up Thursday for the weekends. I would have rated this campground higher, but the bathrooms didn't look very clean. I could not resist the name, and the campground was much nicer than it would imply!
This is a good overnight place. I agree with the previous poster about the roads needing new graveling. Owners are re-graveling some sites & upgrading some utilities, so upkeep is definitely going on. There is a nice country feel with view of farm fields; far enough off interstate to reduce road noise. Wi-fi was very slow so I gave up on using it. The owners were friendly and helpful. Sites were tight, typical KOA size. RV sales/repair shop was on the property - not sure if it has same owners or just leasing space, but the repair shop could prove handy. There were clean facilities.
Pleasant, shady park far enough off interstate to reduce road noise, yet still convenient. Fishing pond, nice view from cabin area. Campground is 1/2 mile from Walmart, restaurants, gas stations, etc. Very clean facilities, friendly owners. Sites are standard KOA size; could be tight & feel crowded if the campground is full, but there was plenty of room for our slideout. Electric boxes at sites appeared new; bathrooms have had some work done recently (new tile, etc.) Good overnight along I-40, or base camp for Ft. Smith area.
This park is clean & friendly; a good basic overnight stop. There is no shade, gravel everywhere (deep in a couple spots), and a little grass between sites. There is some road noise, and on weekends the nightclub across the street can be a source of BOOM-BOOM vibrations late into the night. Restroom & laundry facilities are small but clean. We really enjoyed Lambert's, but it's best for those with big appetites!
Large state-run campground, built by Corps of Engineers, in hilly rural area on Lake Monroe. Nominal one-time entry fee to park is in addition to camping fees; entry fee varies depending on state residency. Most sites large & well-spaced; some with paved pads & concrete patios, others with gravel pads. All have fire rings. Extra picnic tables (more than one per site). Some sites in open, others partly shaded, others deep in woods. Many sites not level; best sites for bigger rigs are the paved back-ins. Some nice walk-in tent sites too. Some sites are accessible to water; boats can be pulled up onshore near the campsite. Campground directories say this park is not reservable but camp hosts told us all sites are reservable. Campground will be busy & crowded on weekends, as it's very popular. Bathhouses are typical Indiana state park basic, concrete floors etc., and are supplemented by pit toilets. Several camp hosts in residence, even off season.
This is a nice country setting with good shade. It is close to the aerospace museum on the former AF base. The bathhouse is very 70s but clean; individual shower rooms have toilet & sink in them as well. Only one was available during our stay, and the bathhouse is unheated, so off season can be uncomfortable. All sites have full hookups, so this shouldn't be a problem for most. Manager lives on site. The paperwork indicates this is now a county park. It is convenient to I-57 but far enough away to prevent road noise. There is an Interesting arrangement of sites: "pull-through" means you drive through an unoccupied site to reach yours. All sites have the RVs park on the grass, but vehicles must park on asphalt nearby after unhitching. Most sites require driving up over small curbs. Good value for the price.
A very clean & tidy park, friendly staff, large sites for a private campground, and the amenities (free Wi-fi & cable, and those private bathrooms!) are great. Nice place for an overnight or a longer stay. Quite a few longer-term campers, but management makes sure the place doesn't look junkie. Except for the road noise from I-20, it feels like it's in the country. Rate above reflects Good Sam discount; several other camping organization discounts also given, and active duty/retired military get an additional one (nice touch.) (866) 419-0100
A nice friendly clean campground, convenient to I-20 and to the Shreveport area. Owners are friendly & pleasant, and they still have their RV parts section of the store, which is more adequately stocked than the food (at least at this time of year). Lots of long term campers here, but they're quiet. Our site was level enough and had a nice little concrete patio & an iron table & chairs. Even without our own shade tree, the trees along the western edge of the campground made late afternoon shady for us. Very clean bathroom facilities. This campground is becoming a non-KOA next month, and will be known as the Tall Pines RV Park. Sounds like the owners plan to maintain their standards and continue to include such extras as Wi-fi in the rates. This is our second time at this park and we would stay again if in the area.
The best way I can describe this park is "funky." The office is a bar, and the campground's best (shady) spots are taken by the long term residents. That said, the gravel sites are very long (one campground directory lists them as 100 feet and I don't doubt it). They aren't level, though, the campground having somewhat of a downhill slope to it, so some leveling blocks will likely be needed. We chose this campground as it has bathrooms available - but that's only one (toilet & sink) each for men & women. Shower rooms were locked while we were there, and given the look of the main "building" we were happy to use our own! The owner/manager was pleasant, but not especially outgoing. The store was poorly stocked and some of the juices were too old. Watch out for the sand burrs in the grass areas. Good points: we liked the rural location, and since it was a slow weekend in the bar, the campground was quiet. Long term campers don't have a lot of old junk stashed around their rigs. Shady Oaks made a good base camp for touring the area, and since we weren't spending time in the campground it was fine. We felt safe spending nights there. The free (and fast-connection) Wi-fi was a definite plus!
A nice friendly campground convenient to I-55, and a good base for St Louis (took us about 15 minutes to get there the next morning). Road noise is the main drawback; otherwise sites are fairly spacious and the surroundings pleasant (being last in the row, we had a view of soybean & corn fields). Owner/manager on site and is pleasant & friendly; other campers were friendly too. Very clean facilities. Great for an overnight or a base camp as long as you can block out (or deal with) the road noise from the interstate.
A fantastic location! We camped here for several nights after reading reviews here, and were not disappointed. We had one of the "front-row" sites which back up angled to the river, perfect for our large rear window view! The bathrooms are quite funky, but since most sites are full hook ups, that wasn't as important a deal as it sometimes is with us. Laundry facilities (FREE!) are new and really good. But our favorite part was watching the barges move up & down the river. We only met one staff member but she was friendly & helpful. Spent 3 nights here in all kinds of weather and loved it. We would definitely come again.
For the first time in many years, we really enjoyed camping in this park. The reason: Fox Den, the newest CG in the park (there are 6 - one group CG, 2 no-hookup CGs and 2 with electric sites.) Fox Den has spacious sites, most of which are long enough for the bigger rigs, and a few of which have 50 amp (the rest have 20/30 amps). Most sites are open & prairie-like; pads are gravel, and mowed grass sets off each campsite area from the natural vegetation surrounding it. Each site has a raised firebox instead of a fire pit. There is one set of concrete vault toilets in the CG, and across the SP road (with painted crosswalk) is a newer bathhouse with showers. A bit of a down rating for the hyperactive auto-flush toilets! The CG was quiet, not only midweek, but on Friday morning as well, when it had become mostly full. Multiple CG hosts in this park, including 3 in residence at Fox Den alone, probably helps keep order. Nice place; we'll return!
Beautiful park on a ridge in rolling "Driftless" area of s.w. Wisconsin. The campground has large sites, but many are not level enough for large rigs - a few are, and the reservation website includes site size info. Most sites have some shade from large trees. Site pads gravel, some partly overgrown with grass; grassy areas are kept mowed. Mosquito's are less bothersome than in many other campgrounds in the region as the park maintains several bat houses in the campground. New shower house has individual shower rooms - very nice for a state park!! The lake in the park is maintained for fishing, but offers boating (rentals available) & swimming too. There's a small cafe in the park run by the local dairy council, serving burgers, homemade fries, hot dogs, and other such things - and ice cream, of course! This is one of the few state park campgrounds we have been to that emphasizes and really enforces quiet hours, which we really enjoyed. Major drawback to this campground is the small number of sites suitable for large RVs, and how difficult it can be to find (GPS recommended!), as it's really out in the boonies. Incidentally, for tenter's, this is a fantastic park, with many extremely private sites.
Since this park was redone several years ago, we have really enjoyed camping here. This time we arrived on a Sunday night and were very glad to have a reservation, as the campground was almost entirely full (signs read that it was full, so perhaps a few reservations didn't show). Very crowded, but most sites are large & spacious. Very nice paved pads, with plenty of room for longer rigs plus the tow vehicle, or multiple tents at a site. Agree with the previous poster who mentioned the sand getting all over the bathhouse floors - it goes everywhere! The park was so busy that the campground hosts were overwhelmed with extra duties, which is probably the reason the bathhouse wasn't too clean (though far from nasty) during our stay. Will definitely consider staying here again, but more likely off-season (spring or fall).
As previously mentioned, the sites are very large. Not all are level - getting our 34' trailer level front-to-back in our site was a bit of a challenge - but most are level enough for most rigs. No privacy between sites, but with lots of elbow room, it didn't matter too much. The park is popular; it was almost 1/2 full during the week. Seems popular with groups (family/friends). Lots of trails, a nice lake to fish in (and with a swimming beach as well), and within an hour or so of many attractions: Amish country, RV factories, etc. Bathhouse capacity a bit inadequate for the number of sites, but kept clean enough.
Dusty? Yes. Overpriced? Yes. But the Double JJ is a fun place to stay, and the CG is quite attractive, with lots of shade for most sites (helpful in the summer) Those trees do pose a hazard for larger rigs, though, especially threading through the narrow roads in the campground. Very family-friendly place, the western theme is fun, and there is lots to do. The pool area next to the campground is beautiful, with several fun pools, none too deep, and an awesome waterslide. Horseback riding is plentiful (albeit extra charge), and the rodeo (also extra) is fun. Would consider going again, perhaps for a special occasion.
For an along-the-interstate campground, this one makes a good overnight or multi-day stop. This was our second time in this campground in 3 years, and we chose it over the other private campgrounds along I-90 due to shade - it was a hot day! Most of the second and third tier sites in the Jellystone have at least some shade. Of course, trees can also get in the way a bit, and one has to be careful in the turns! Clean facilities, friendly helpful staff (though they're often busy), and sites are wider than many pull throughs we've been in. Our price reflects the 10% Good Sam discount for a full-hookup site. RV storage on the premises, both covered and uncovered, at the far east end of the campground. A few seasonals or longer-termers, but none looked "permanent" (i.e. no decks, outside fridges, large external LP tanks, etc.)
Smallish KOA in a country atmosphere on eastern edge of town, but still convenient to interstate. Many sites have some shade; tent sites on south edge of campground have nice view of low mountains and farmland. Sites a bit close together, but wide enough we could use both our slide out and awning. Several seasonals/longterm campers, but kept tidy. Nice owners who bought the place just 2 weeks prior to our stay. Soft serve ice cream & soft drinks in office, daily breakfast cooked to order in season, gasoline pumps on premises (very convenient!) We definitely find this the better camping choice in town, due to its location & views.
For an urban campground, this one's not bad. Pretty much shade, convenient to downtown and to major roads (even on the city bus line), small pavilion used for family reunions & other gatherings, large staff. Bathrooms in the main building tend to be sloppy during the day & evening due to all-day pool use next to them; the satellite facility seemed cleaner & nicer. Laundry area large & convenient (if you're camping close to the main building). Campground roads & pads paved (asphalt) with smallish strips of grass in between - sites tight, and not as level as one might expect. Definitely the most conveniently located campground for Salt Lake City and for access to entire range of Salt Lake Valley area. Computer in office for guest use, limited time, sign-in only; Wi-Fi also available for those with their own computers. Nice pool, with water aerobics several weekday mornings, and lots of use all day. The campground is surrounded by a mobile home park, many of which sites are occupied by longterm RV rentals. Very busy, heavily used campground.
Friendly owners & staff, escort to site, nightly ice cream social in summer (which benefits a local non-profit organization). Campground is convenient to the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (15 miles away) and off the interstate enough that road noise isn't a problem. Country atmosphere, some shade in most sites (cabins and tent sites around the edge of the campground seem to have the best shade). Just a nice little place. Would definitely stay here again.
Very large, clean & tidy park; paved or gravel pads with grass between, and sites are relatively spacious for a campground that could definitely pack 'em in if they wanted to. Backins may not be quite long enough for longer rigs to park both RV and tow vehicle/toad on the pad, so many of us squeezed in as best we could. Some backins around edge of park, especially on east & south sides, have nice views of woods, meadows and the Yellowstone plateau. Large, friendly staff; very clean bathhouses & laundry facilities; convenient to the town of West Yellowstone and to YNP itself. One warning (which the campground does tell you about) - automatic sprinklers come on at night and can drench a tent or get water inside open RV windows. Campground loans out buckets to divert the sprinkler flow, but you have to ask for them. Correct food storage principles for bear country are required here.
Fantastic view! Many sites in this campground have a view of the tower, and those who don't may have a beautiful view of red rock cliffs or rolling hills. Big operation for such a small campground, with many staff members. Disappointments were that the restaurant on site doesn't serve dinner, and our site lacked significant shade. Located just outside the national monument boundary, so it's very convenient to the park. Cabins are all aligned so their porches face the tower - a nice touch. Bathhouses are older, but kept clean. Laundry facilities could use an update. If you need hookups and want to stay near Devils Tower, this is a decent place.
Smaller KOA in the country, a couple miles from I-80, with a view of the distant Uinta Mts. Farms surround this campground. Some sites are less well defined, and most are grassy. Watch out for sprinkler system, which seems to be at least semi-automatic. Pleasant place to stay, clean, with friendly owners. Would definitely stay again.
We did not camp here; stopped in and decided sites were way too tight for us to be comfortable. However, the owners were extremely friendly and helpful, and for that reason alone I wanted to post some positive remarks. Excellent staff. For smaller rigs for an overnight, this place would be ok.
Open campground with no shade, within view of the interstate (road noise not as bad as we expected). Almost the entire campground is large gravel, which keeps it very clean, but can be difficult to walk on (and real tough for wheelchairs). New bathhouse is very nice and very clean. Sites close together side to side; there was enough room for our slide out but not for the awning too. Thoughtful windbreak fences enclose 2 sides of the tent sites and some of the cabins' picnic tables too. We checked out another campground in town and this one looked much better - and had more room between sites.
Sites a bit tight for a state park, but pleasant area. Can be buggy, due to the multiple small lakes in the park. Interior roads can be a bit tight for larger rigs, especially when the campground is full, as cars/tow vehicles often park partly in the roadways. Reasonably clean, considering heavy use over the weekend. Rangers friendly & helpful.
Campground is in the open and not heavily shaded, but many sites have a medium-sized tree. Clean & tidy campground, friendly owners, escort to site. Good overnighter. Distance from interstate means less road noise. Campground is on high ground so wasn't affected by this springs floods.
Owner has been making improvements; many pull thru sites have concrete pads or patios. Great pet walk area (looks like a doggies obedience course!) Some tent sites are alongside a small lake (somewhat swampy, not especially scenic.) Cafe in the office serves limited menu for dinner - the Indian tacos were delicious! The campground is far enough off the interstate to reduce road noise, and despite the lack of shade, has some trees and small wildlife (birds, rabbits, etc.) Would stay there again.
Attractive, sprawling, park-like campground (trees but no undergrowth between sites), very spacious grassy sites with gravel parking pads. CG was surprisingly quiet and about 1/2 empty on this weekend before Memorial Day. Rates will be going up this summer, after new state legislation was passed. About 1/2 the sites have electric hookups (20/30 amps); mix of shower houses w/ flush toilets and clean, well-vented pit toilets scattered around the CG. Small camp store in the park & camp hosts in residence; for other needs, the small town of Savanna is about 5 miles south. There's a boat launch & fishing area along the river, across the road from CG entrance. Hiking trails in the woods, some with overlooks along the Miss. River. We really enjoyed this park, and would happily camp here again, even at the new, higher rates (rumored to be $25 later this season).
Campground is clean, and owners were doing lots of work to get it ready for Memorial Day & summer season. Friendly staff. Unlike our previous stay several years ago, this time it appears that about 85% of the sites are seasonally occupied - gas prices? Most of the seasonals are quite new units, and they are kept neat, so it doesn't feel like a "trailer park." Sites are narrow, typical of private CGs, and some turns in the CG may be tight for big rigs. Lots of family-friendly activities available, and nice country atmosphere. Not much road noise behind the main bldg. Some sites open, others in woods. Good clean laundry facilities with newer machines. Probably busy on weekends (we stayed on a weeknight.) Would camp there again as an overnight.
Hard to tell the site layouts in the snow! We arrived with several inches of snow on the ground, and accumulated 3" more over the evening. The 2-room cabin was snug and cozy once the heater warmed it up, and had a prime location facing one of the little lakes, with a nice front patio containing a fire pit, picnic table & grill. Owners very friendly & nice, and concerned about their customers. Bathrooms and large individual shower rooms were very clean and exceptionally nice; I'd have rated them a 10 if the bathrooms offered paper towels instead of the blowers. This KOA is open year-round, amazing for how far north it is! Main drawbacks are the elongated shape of the campground, making it a long walk to the facilities & office, and the TRAIN (which, yes, does blow its horn right by the campground entrance). Some road noise from the local 4-lane road but not as bad as some. Would overnight here again.
Attractive campground; despite its location in front of a mobile home park, it's tidy & neat, and even has a little "nature trail" on the grounds. The RV-themed gift shop was fun. Owners friendly & helpful. The cabin was lovely (we had the 2-room one) with a nice patio. The "wash house" (combination bathrooms & laundry) very nice, not the standard KOA design, very clean; it's protected by security keypad, probably a good idea as the campground is located next to several hotels. Downsides: major road noise from I-40, and a major construction job going on (new ramp or overpass being built) right by the entrance. Extremely difficult access to the campground road from I-40 westbound - with a trailer we would never have made it.
We really liked this park. Appearance is that of a typical KOA, but sites are spaced well enough that slideouts and most awnings can be used, and some sites have nice concrete patios, swings, etc. Main drawback is the lack of campfires, and some road noise near the front of the campground. Owners are wonderful - very friendly & helpful. Nice store, with plenty of attractive gifts, and probably the best RV parts store of any campground we've ever seen! Owners have been putting a lot into this campground to upgrade and update facilities. Bathrooms very clean & nice. Biggest pleasant surprise: cable TV provided - TV too! - in the cabins! Wow - waking up to the Weather Channel! Would definitely stay here again if in the area.
Attractive, but the trees could be a problem for some. Our truck had some difficulty fitting into the cabin parking spot due to trees! Much road noise from the interstate, but no worse than other KOA's we've been to that are located along major highways. Clean bathrooms; owners are making some improvements and some fixtures are newer. The ice cream parlor sounded neat, but was closed for the season. Campfires are prohibited, a major drawback in such a pretty location. Considering it was December, the campground was quite full when we were there. Decent overnight if you aren't trying to sleep in a tent or pop-up.
Nice overnight, or longer if need be. Most sites are shaded & look like they would be quite nice in season. Longer-term rigs here are tidy. Cabins are located right along the little lake (more like a big pond), which is nice. Bathrooms are old but well-maintained and very clean. Main drawback for us is the prohibition on campfires. Some road noise from I-55 but not terrible; sites near the back of the CG would be less bothered by it.
Well, I don't feel quite as enthusiastic about this park as the previous poster, but do agree that the owners are very friendly, and are trying hard to make a nice CG out of what they have - which is a smallish, shaded CG right along a major interstate (can you say "road noise"??) Pluses: good owners who care about their customers, individual shower rooms, clean bathrooms, convenience to interstate, and owner will take & deliver pizza orders to your site. Good for an overnight, but be prepared to wear earplugs if you're in a tent or pop-up.
Attractive park (love the tall pines!) in a light-industry area near South Bend, gated for security. Sites are decent in size for a private CG, and the place is tidy and clean. Beautiful pool area, rental bikes, a frogging pond, and a few goats in a petting pen provide the on-site entertainment. Decent overnighter or base camp for visiting the area. Main complaint: the TRAIN!! (Very noisy, especially whistling for the nearby crossing.) Our rate was for a "deluxe" FHU site with paved patio, patio furniture, planters and 2 sewer dump outlets.
For a large, completely full KOA, this was a pleasant stay. We met friends there and happened to choose one of the Halloween weekends (unknown to us) so we weren't prepared for the many hundreds of kids trick-or-treating on Saturday. Fun to watch them (and parents) making their way around all the sites, and to see all the decorations people decked out their campsites with! The large staff keep the place clean and are busy delivering firewood and keeping order (which they do very well). Very family-friendly and pet-friendly. Cute western theme in the CG. Our rate was for 20-amp elect and water hookup (which we found in the next site over!) Most sites reasonably large, a few have patios and seem quite deluxe. Our main complaint: CG requires you to use only their firewood, which is expensive, and can't really cite the ash borer as the reason - the wood comes from Canada!!
Older park, sites small (narrow). Biggest concern was avoiding driving through our fire pit, which was placed very close to our pull through site space - be careful! Nice owners, pleasant surroundings. A little more road noise (I-196) than we expected, but not bad. Being post season, showers in the satellite BRs were closed, so we used our own. Would overnight here again.
Friendly owners, older CG with lots of seasonals (kept tidy), clean restrooms, not much road noise due to country location. Most sites small & close together; those along stream have levee between them & water. Not much room for really big rigs. Camped here in a driving rainstorm so didn't have much opportunity to enjoy what it has to offer, just a good port in the storm.
Beautiful wooded CG (mostly pine woods, some deciduous & mixed woods). Some tent sites and cabins are spectacular - private, a few with mountain views. Lots of pull-thru sites, but tight turns and leaving many trees in place for natural appearance means challenges for even moderate-sized rigs. Many sites relatively spacious, even the pull-thrus. Log lodge is main bldg, with lg store, meeting room, other facilities. All bathrooms very clean; satellite bathhouse has overhead "rain" shower heads - interesting. Nice pool area, activities (even during the week). Owners continue to improve the CG and their care is evident. Great place!
Beautiful location in pine woods, but naturalistic grounds mean lumpy, unlevel campsites which can be a challenge to fit into. CG claims to have pull-thru sites but only a few actually are (driving overland, squeezing between trees 10 feet apart is not my definition of pull-thru!) Clean and nice location - sites near back will have much less road noise. Cute WiFi area with picnic tables and special signs. This CG could be so much more; it just has a tired feeling about it.
Beautiful, heavily shaded CG under tall trees. Unusual large-gravel ground for entire CG (roads & camping pads alike). Sites spacious for a private CG, separated by shrubs, small trees & boulders, all natural to the area. Hilly CG - road to some cabins narrow & steep. Some cabins have very private settings. Friendly & helpful staff (and a lot of them); many activities offered, including tours of the battlefield and area attractions. Country location means little road noise. Satellite restrooms have private bathrooms: toilet, sink & shower in each one.
Sites vary in size; many close together, most shaded but not private. Friendly & helpful staff, beautiful location along small stream in deep valley (which makes for terrible cell phone service!) Can feel very crowded when full. Entry road is narrow, not a good place to put the dump station! Probably best option in the area. Clean restrooms, air conditioned on hot days.
Attractive and park-like - paved pads, spacious grassy sites, some with good shade (especially in the no-pets loop).
Three full-hookup sites available by reservation; most of the rest are electric only. Older but very clean restrooms and shower house; showers have private changing areas. Lake Erie beach is 1/2 mile drive away.
Nice, pretty park in the hills. Quite a climb to get there! Sites are well-spaced, but no undergrowth between them; many are well-shaded. Shower house centrally located for CG; no private changing areas for the showers. Pit toilets only, which are old & in bad need of some repair to the doors, etc. Park staff kept them as clean as possible, but they were definitely unappealing. Charming log camp store with old barn nearby, newly painted.
Friendly, helpful owners who are always working, cleaning, etc. CG is kept up nicely. Sites are small, no privacy. Good location for Shipshewana and RV plant tours, and probably the best in the area, but CG location is on a busy intersection. For those of us in soft-sided rigs (popups, hybrid trailers and tents), road noise is terrible! Trucks stopping and then starting up, with all the engine noise involved, all night long. We'll camp here again when we have a fully hard-sided rig and can block out the noise better.
Large park along edge of Miss. River. Sites are fairly close together, none private. Some sites are right alongside the river, others beside a stream (Spruce Creek?) and can tie boats up at the sites. Others back up to woods, or are in shady, park-like areas. Busy during the week; probably very crowded on weekends. Popular with locals and with boaters. Campground hosts live on premises and are friendly; restrooms are old and rather shabby, but kept pretty clean. Only 3 water pumps in the entire CG, but all sites have electric hookups. Many of the utility posts are elevated, which indicated to us that this CG is prone to flooding. (No problem when we were there, however.) Rate ($18) is for paved site; $14 for gravel site. (No other difference between them.)
We really enjoyed this campground. Sites are tidy and spacious, with either gravel or paved pads; some sites back up to woods, some to a marsh, with gorgeous water lilies, some to the Mississippi River. No sites are truly private, but most are well spaced. Water fill up allowed in the CG, and the water here tastes quite good. Locals use this CG a lot, and even during the week, many sites were full. Restrooms & bathhouses are clean, but the facilities seem a bit limited for the number of sites here. The views of the river and marsh are beautiful, and the birding is great, pelicans, sandhill cranes, orioles, and many others, both water birds and songbirds). Heavily used train line goes thru the town of Thomson, about a mile away from the CG, so you hear it, but it's not bad. Speed bumps and lots of camper cooperation enforce the 10 mph speed limit, and there are several CG hosts around if help is needed.
Not sure where the previous poster camped, but it wasn't at Wyalusing. This SP has no mini-golf or full-hookup sites. Most sites are not tight, but well-spaced, typical of Wisconsin SPs. Wis. Ridge CG has a view to die for!
Gorgeous, heavily wooded CG in wooded state park located alongside ship channel (between Green Bay & Lake Michigan). Electric sites have been added to the 25 or so original ones, so now about 1/2 the lower loop has hookups; some 50 amp sites available. Trouble is, the CG has very narrow, winding roads and big rigs would have difficulty getting in here. Even the park roads are not very big-rig friendly, before you reach the CG! Sites are well-spaced, and camphosts & rangers patrol on foot as well as in vehicles, so the CG is orderly and very quiet! Pit toilets and flush toilet/showerhouse are kept clean, but are older & unremarkable. Some noise from neighboring small airport (small private planes only). Beautiful trails along shoreline and bluffs; good biking as well. Potawatomi is the eastern terminus of the 1000-mile Ice Age trail, which ends in Interstate SP in n.w. Wisconsin. Though overshadowed by its big beautiful sister, Peninsula SP, 25 miles north, this is a wonderful park and good base for Door County visits. Highly recommend for tents, popups and small to midsize trailers & motorhomes.
About 1/3 of the CG is alcohol-free, and is extremely quiet; even on the weekend this section was nowhere near full. The other sites were almost entirely full, but behavior is not allowed to get really rowdy. Multiple camphosts and park employees keep things working and make frequent patrols; security is good. Most campsites are at least partly shaded, some in pine or deciduous woods. VERY buggy in season - bring lots of repellent!! Animals in the park are very used to people - we had deer, squirrels, birds and even a skunk (!) wandering through our campsite at various times. Sites are well-spaced, though none are really private. Several paths to the large public beach available. No road noise, very little train noise; however, the park is under the flight path from a nearby business/private airport, so low-flying planes are an occasional noise maker. We would definitely come again - but before/after mosquito season!!
It had been years since we camped here, as sites in the original electric-hookup campground (Honeysuckle Hollow) are cheek-to-jowl (especially so for a state park) and weekend campouts were crowded and noisy. Camped here on a couple weekdays and it was nice & quiet, despite many bringing rigs in to claim sites ahead of time for Memorial Day weekend. There are multiple campground hosts living on site; the ones we met were friendly & conscientious. The campground is clean (including some of the cleanest pit toilets I can remember) and well-maintained; very popular on weekends due to proximity to Chicago & its north & northwest suburbs. 3 cabins in the campground extend options to those without much gear, or desiring more comfort. This is an attractive park, with boating, horseback riding & walking/biking trails available, plus some small fishing lakes. The newer campground, Fox Den, has more spacious sites but little shade; 2 no-hookup campgrounds also have spacious, shaded sites & are popular with tenters.
Sites narrow, typical of KOAs, but tidy & clean everywhere. Owner lives on premises and works constantly on the grounds, along with staff. Off season, this CG is quite pleasant, as you will probably not be surrounded with lots of other campers; however, the satellite bathhouses are closed, leaving only the main ones open on the lower level. Bathrooms very clean; shower water pressure needed a little boost when we were there, but plenty of hot water. Upper level is preferable - farther from the train (the worst part of this CG). Some tent sites back up to woods or a wooded bluff edge, very nice, despite their small size. Many RV sites have concrete patios, which appear new. Dump station has garbage can and air hose in addition to the usual, a nice touch.
Very nice large park with 2 CGs: one is in savanna, with shade but sites open to each other. Very nice newer bathhouses there with individual shower rooms. The other, on Big Island & reached by causeway, is heavily wooded, with very large sites, some relatively private. Older bathhouses but very clean. Campground host on the premises. Nice view of the lake from some sites. Park use fee required in addition to camping fee; total came to $26 for a night for elec-hookup site. With the woods and peaceful atmosphere, the price was well worth it! Some distant road noise from I-35 and a distant train, but not bothersome.
Decent for overnight. Sites grassy, and some may be muddy in rainy weather. New owner is friendly, has many plans to upgrade and repair this older campground. Country feel, but some road noise, especially daytime, from county road. Campground is two miles from town, convenient for sightseeing, shopping, etc.
This is by far the best campground in the area. Large campground with good variety of sites, from tent sites with no utilities to full hookups, plus quite a few cabins. Nice shade from cottonwoods & other medium-sized trees, and sites are reasonably wide for a private campground of this type. Bathrooms very clean, laundry also (and not terribly expensive). Owners live on site and are friendly and helpful. Playground equipment old but kept up, and during the season some limited food service available. The only drawback is the long distance to other services (true of everything in/near the Badlands, however).
Sites narrow but adequate, restrooms clean. Weather and time of year limited the recreational facilities, but we overnighted & met friends there. This campground is on 3 terraced levels; the two highest will have less road noise than the lowest, and because of this, the location looks preferable to the KOA in same area. Young office employee was pleasant and helpful.
Actually, we stayed here in 1999, but the site won't let me choose that option. My purpose in posting this review is to point out that, at least as of Sept. 2006, this CG is no longer listed on the KOA website, and word from friends who have also stayed here is that it has been sold. No word yet on whether it will remain a CG, but in any case is no longer a KOA.
This CG has changed a lot in the last 20 years! More trees, more shade, more privacy. Sites are huge, with gravel pads, fire rings & picnic tables. Nearly all the sites around the edge are non-electric; most private sites are better for tents than RVs. This park is busy and popular - reservations needed for weekend stays. Despite being full, it was relatively quiet. Young staff at check-in station were pleasant, friendly & helpful. There's a small lake with swimming beach, playground, and fishing pier, and amphitheater for ranger presentations. Also a handicapped-accessible cabin with bathroom & kitchen facilities (for disabled visitors only - reservable by calling the park directly). Bathroom buildings older but kept clean; laundry facilities (washers & dryers) at one bathroom - rare for a state park!
We hadn't camped here in over 20 years, but were pleasantly surprised by the changes - the new campground loops are much better than the original one (Plum Grove) and the park has a nice natural feel with its prairie plantings. Saw several flocks of wild turkeys and a couple raccoons in our one-night visit. The reserved-site loop was nearly full, mostly because of a large group who appeared to be part of a camping club, but the other loops were only 1/2 to 2/3 full this weekend. Stormy weather may have been a factor. Appreciated the earlier post about the water quality, and brought plenty of our own to use. Bathrooms and showers were cleaned every day, but the floor tended to be wet on this rainy weekend. The newer showerhouse has better showers with private changing areas, but has very weird toilets, all porcelain with no seats!! The older showerhouse has no private changing areas for the showers, but has normal toilets. We will definitely camp here again, and not wait for 20 years this time!
We camp here frequently, as we live 1/2 hour away. Bong is a long, narrow park with prairie & wetland vegetation; it is built on what was going to be an Air Force base, but after grading for the runway, the govt. changed its mind. Campsites are large, well-spaced, and some are fairly private due to trees and shrubbery. Some sites overlook prairie & small lake; those along top of hill can be windy. One loop of CG has electric sites (20/30 amp) and the others have no hookups. Water available at various stations in the CG, but not at individual sites. The 100 and 200 loops have showerhouses w/ flush toilets; other loops have pit toilets only. Most elec. sites are reservable, with a few left first-come, first-served; quite a few non-elec. sites are also reservable. Group sites (no utilities) also available. Park is popular with locals; grassy hiking & horseback riding trails are convenient to the 200 loop, with others close to the visitor center. Day-use area of park (separate from CG) hosts hunting dog training, ATV/motocross, model planes and rocketry; hunting is allowed in the park in season but not near CG, which is open all year (water turned on only mid-May through mid-0ct.)
Like the previous poster, we found the graveled sites to be mostly unlevel and often difficult to get into, due to pad layout. Loved the shade though, and found it to be a clean, well-kept park, albeit with older facilities. The camp store is exceptionally well-stocked with all kinds of necessities and souvenirs. Showers are clean & effective, with good shower heads and almost-too-hot water; however, the men's showers have no private changing areas, a definite negative. This park is popular with families and groups, giving the campground a crowded feel and appearance. It's located far from major 4-lane highways, hence no road noise.
Beautiful, clean, tidy CG on top of a ridge overlooking rolling farmland. Unique style barn holds office and campers' lounge; additional group room available, plus small onsite chapel. Friendly owners, tiny store, honey wagon service (free except last day of stay, then $5), campfires allowed (ask owners for fire ring & wood$). Would definitely go again!
Beautiful state park CG, completely reconstructed in 2004, with paved/concrete pads, wide sites, electric hookups at nearly all of them; some sites are suitable for big rigs, others for tents only, most for rigs in between. New bathroom/shower bldgs are gorgeous, large, with nice big showers. Sites tend to be open, with a few large shade trees for each, but no undergrowth in between; very tidy CG. Camp store on site sells firewood, necessities. Trails over dunes and to the large public beach. Note: No alcohol allowed in this park.
Camped here to visit friends, despite less than stellar recent reviews, and were pleasantly surprised. We had a pullthrough site in the trees with view of the lake, and full hookups; plenty of room for our trailer, including awning & slideout. Several couples work here as managers and most were very pleasant; one was a little gruff but not bad at all. They do charge extra for visitors. Nice woodsy trail around the lake, as well as minigolf, rental bikes & other amenities. We'd stay here again.
Convenient to I-57; directions sounded like we would be away from the road, but not so - the campground is right next to it! Lots of road noise, the reason we don't rate this a bit higher. Owners pleasant, and the campground is clean and well-kept. Back-in sites won't accommodate big rigs, but for others, are much more pleasant than the pull-thrus, which are very narrow (but quite long). Lots of big trees offer shade, and many sites back up to a meandering stream down a small ravine, which is rather attractive. OK for overnight. We'd probably choose a COE campground in the area in the future, for a little respite from the incessant truck noise.
This is a former KOA and caters to travelers and local camping groups. Located right between I-74 and a RR track, it's a bit noisy, but not as bad as we expected. Sites are quite spacious for this type of campground, both long enough for most trailer-tow combos and wide enough to allow some elbow room between occupants. Sites are paved, with wide grassy areas in between, lots of shade trees, and many have concrete patios for the picnic tables. Very clean and tidy, with pleasant owners. Bathrooms standard KOA-style and older, but clean and functional. Good overnighter.
Beautiful wooded campground. Sites are fairly well spaced; some right along lakeside, others on terraced hillsides. Good choice of basic, elec. or elec-water sites; also some full-hookup sites, a few big-rig friendly. Tight turns on some CG roads (particularly C section) might be a problem for large or long rigs. When lake is higher, fishing enthusiasts might be able to drop a line right from your site! Really nice bathrooms - loved the private shower rooms!! Kept quite clean, especially considering how popular this campground is. Would definitely come here again.
Absolutely lovely campground! Sites are large and well-spaced, and their varied positioning looks more "natural" than lining everyone up in a row. Some sites are open, but most wooded, or at least shaded. The campground in general has a park-like feel, without much undergrowth in the woods. I agree with the above poster who said the staff is great - we found them all very friendly and helpful. We got extremely lucky and ended up with a full-hookup waterview site, but even if we had had to settle for less, we would have enjoyed this campground. It's one of the best we have ever been to! If the showers had had private changing areas, we would have rated this a 10 all the way! This late in the season, the campground store was not open, and they were out of firewood, but they directed us to a funky little flea market shop on the road to Dover that sold some. All the full-hookup sites were full while we were there (during the week) but plenty of basic, electric and elec-water sites were available.
One of our favorite places! Large, wooded sites (some with very deep shade) for almost every type of camping, from tent to large rigs. Only a few sites will accommodate 40+', and there is ONE pullthrough site (elec hookup only). Several sites come in double width for 2 families camping together. A few sites have elec & water - a rarity for Wis. state parks - but you'll need a long hose to connect. The campground is part of a long, narrow park right along Lake Michigan, and has 6 miles of beach to enjoy. Several biking/hiking and nature trails, and a small concession during the summer (hours are a mystery). Some turns on the campground road may be tight for a very large rig. Reservations are a must on weekends. Onsite host and volunteers keep things tidy. New shower building is a real gem - each shower is in a private room with its own toilet and sink!
I hesitated to post this review, as this is a very popular state park and it's difficult to get weekend sites, or even reservations! Our visit this year, after an absence of several years, confirmed why we like this place so much. The park itself is right on Lake Michigan, with a nice beach and changing facilities. The campground, located behind a back dune, is a short walk from the beach, and a couple sites have their own unofficial trails to the beach area. Sites are paved and mostly spacious; many are shaded, some in the woods, and a few are open. There are some rather weird (in my opinion) pullthrough sites, not especially large, along the campground entrance road - right along the road! Unlike most state parks, this one also has a coin laundry available (probably for swimsuits). Very pleasant; some turns in the cg road may be tight for larger rigs, as are some of the back-in angles. Less than half the sites have electric hookups (20/30 amps), and most of these are reservable, and filled on weekends. One of Wisconsin's best state park campgrounds - and that says a lot!
Huge campground for a state park. Sites vary widely, from sun-baked pullthroughs to large wooded sites with long distances to electric hookups. Definitely plan on using an extension cord in most sites! The bathrooms are too small, with too few showers for the number of campers; they were ok, but not quite as clean as we'd like, and the shower conditions varied as well (some had curtains missing, etc.) Almost all sites are paved, with quite a few pullthroughs, though only a very small number will accommodate really big rigs. The main draw is the park itself - fantastic hiking trails, lots of water fun in the park pool and the river. Staff vary as well, from bureaucratic to friendly. Campstore on the premises, plus several just outside the campground. Access to the main part of the park is by a hilly trail (20 minutes minimum) or by driving & parking in public lots in the park. Bicycles popular in the park and campground. This campground is very popular; reservations will be needed for summer and fall weekends, and often during the week as well, especially if you want a specific site.
Narrow sites, expected in a private campground, but grassy, and lots of shade from large oak trees. Very few sites for really big rigs - those we saw had to unhitch tow vehicles or toads to fit in their sites. Friendly new owners (2004) are making improvements, and previous comment regarding seasonals no longer applies. Bathrooms old & a bit worn, but clean, and have had some refurbishment recently. Cg seems to appeal to groups of locals and NASCAR & Bears fans, rather than overnighters. Some nice tent sites around edge of campground. A potential problem exists if there is a strong south wind, as the cg is located just north of a large landfill. Not a problem the days we were there, however.
Decided to try this cg after seeing the reviews, and I must admit we were disappointed. Most sites are very narrow, not unexpected, and some hookups are on the "wrong" side; I also don't care for the pump-handle water connections. Personnel are pleasant, but the bathrooms are old, worn and not as clean as I would like. (Very hot and humid inside too, due to lack of good ventilation. ) Some nice walk-in tent sites in the woods, and the cabins look nice - they appear to have indoor plumbing, which is a plus. There was much less road noise from I-80 than we expected. The cg is ok for an overnight on the road, but for camping in this area, we will definitely choose a state park or area KOA over this one.
We chose this campground in order to get a reservation; the nearby state park (Starved Rock) was booked for the weekend. Sites are, as previous posts have noted, narrow, and some of the turns in the campground roads are tight for big rigs. There are very few actual pull-thru sites; many billed as such had two or more units in them, one in front of the other. The biggest rigs may not find suitable space, especially on weekends. We did find some of the separate tent areas quite nice - lots of shade and plenty of space for tents & vehicles. Rare to find a KOA so tent-friendly. I had to laugh, remembering a previous comment about camping in a cow pasture, when one of the cows from the next-door field got into the campground and wandered around! Part of the country ambience, which we didn't mind at all - rather fun. We did like the location - convenient to 2 major interstates but far enough away to completely avoid their road noise. Owners were friendly, bathrooms clean, lots of families and overnighting motorhomes. Fine for an overnight or even a weekend "second choice" campground in the Starved Rock area.
Sites narrow with no privacy. Generally well-kept and tidy campground. Lots of trees, so most sites are shady. Encoded security gate for campers - a nice touch in this industrial area & with the waterpark next door. Popular with families, with fun things to do in the campground (nice pool, minigolf, frog pond).
Sites are very small, little privacy. Bathrooms were clean but needed some repair; we walked to the farther-away BR as it was new and in good shape. Separate areas for tents, popups and hard-sided units; large shady playground. Next door to Wild West Town and near RR museum, so there are fun things to do close by, despite being out in the country. We've been here a couple times when we couldn't get reservations in nearby state parks; ok in a pinch but not a place we'd choose to spend much time.
Well-kept, park-like campground on terraced hillside. Lots of flower gardens! Friendly owners. Sites were small with shared hookups. Kamping Kabins are at the top of the hill and have a great view of surrounding farmland. Bathrooms were very clean. Good overnight stop; we'd stay there again if it's on our route.