Very convenient to both I74 and I77.We were guided here by networking with other campers...great place to go. We stayed on top of a hill, overlooking one of the lakes and the mountains. Owner was terrific (even gathered and brought us firewood) and they had lots of great ideas of what to do in the area. Mount Airy was totally charming and Pilot Mountain was beautiful. We ended up staying 3 nights.
We stopped here on our way down south for Thanksgiving, and really enjoyed it. The campground is right off of 75, but you feel like you are in the hills. There were only a few campers here, so we were able to choose a site down by the stream. Our door opened to the stream, and the hill that rises beyond it (the leaves were turned). Only one permanent camper was behind us, so we had the view all to ourselves. We only met the son (very nice young man) who helped us choose the site. The town of Berea is charming. Full of local crafts and history. (It is a dry town). We also hiked the trail up behind the campground. If you are not back by the stream, it's not so picturesque, but fine for an overnight. But back by the stream, we decided to spend several nights.
The couple who purchased this a few years ago, are charming. They have painted it in limes, and turquoises and pinks, making you feel like you are in retro Florida. The whole campground makes you feel like old time Florida. Loved it. The restrooms and shower room have murals, and are very clean. There is a laundromat just down the street. The town is very quaint, we enjoyed the town, and the waterfront area. We purchased lots of fresh oysters, and had our fill of raw, stewed, soup, and fried. The campground itself has sites very close together, but most backup to a bay, with little piers onto it. The space behind us made us feel that we had plenty of room. (There was a 40ft motorhome beside us, and we still felt cozy in our spot). It got really cold while we were here, so we utilized the community room, with a big fireplace, TV, coffee, etc. Although dogs were not allowed, we seem to be the only ones using it, so we took our chances and let our dog in. The owner came in, and said it was OK. She was really nice and welcoming. Their website says they are selling permanent lots, but so far I don't think that is working out, and they have plenty of sites. Very charming!
We chose a premium waterfront site, for just a few dollars more...and worth it. One premium loop has water, the other does not. We were in the "not" section, but filled our tank on the way in. We were on the loop of the circle, backed right up to a beautiful lake. Nice, big site with trees, and actually, water on 3 sides.You can see what I mean on the Ohio State Parks website). We especially liked the swimming area. They had a special beach for dogs, and it was fun to swim with our beagle. There is a nice small town on the other side of the lake for any supplies you might need.
The road up Lookout Mt. was beautiful, with switchbacks, but pulling the 5er up was a breeze. They were closed when we got here, and although we had a reservation, they do not assign sites. Ranger told us to just go pick a site and sign in, in the morning. We chose West rim (thanks to this site), and it was beautiful. The pads are leveled. They are like rustic patios with railings, so that our sight could hang over a small canyon. We chose # 107. All sites on outside of circle have these "patios." There are some on the opposite side that also really hangover the little canyon. There are also plenty of sites with level ground beside and behind for kids to play. The hiking trail is about 2 miles each way from the west rim. We did one way each day. We also hiked down to the waterfalls. Brochure says it is difficult, but it is not at all. There are stairs down (open grill type) and our beagle was afraid to step on them. So we carried her all the way down and up. Was well worth it. Just to note: we got excellent TV reception with just our antennae. Rock City, Ruby Falls and the tram, are about 20 minutes on up the mountain. We only did Rock City as they allow dogs, but would have loved to do them all. Very picturesque campground. Didn't use their facilities, and the pumpout was easy.