Great place! Very well maintained by super-friendly owners. Good river walk trails. Key-pass gates keep the grounds secure at all times. About half the spots are taken by long-term or seasonal campers - lots of contractors in giant fifth-wheels. We wondered if we were intruding on an enclave, but everyone was extremely friendly & chatty. They even invited us to their annual chili party! We will definitely return.
Lovely, lovely! This large KOA is well maintained, and has two big RV sections. We stayed in an RV spot, while other family members stayed in one of the darling cabins. Bonus was the friendly horse near the cabins, who enjoyed our company. Some highway noise is discernable at night, otherwise this CG was quiet and comfortable. Good check-in, and accommodating staff. This is a nice choice for an overnight stop, or if you have plans in the area north of Indy.
Nice overnight stop. Just 2 miles from Meramec Caves. Far better place for RVs than the CG at the caverns which is a teenager tent city. Upper section has good gravel pads. Lower section is shaded pull throughs with little cabins & tent camping sites in the same loop.
Great overnight spot. Well shaded, new gravel. Host lives on property & provides escort to your site. Interesting that they have a flock of chickens on the property, but the birds don't seem to wander into the RV sites. Nice little dog walk area in the woods. Some sites had electric service too far in the back for us to reach with a normal cord. Overall, we would stay here again.
Our second stay here. Very nice park with full amenities including cable TV. CG host is sweet as can be, and leads you to your site. Giant RV dealer adjacent with good size camp store & full service bays. Great dog-walk areas surrounding the property.
There are many things to love about Dog Creek - spacious & shady sites, lake access everywhere, plenty of green/open spaces, new electric service, well patrolled, quiet at night, generous host on site. Picky drawbacks are no ice or firewood available, zero TV and cell phone reception. Overall, glad to have come back here again!
Lots to do and see here! Beach & boat rental, Nature Center, Amphitheater, historic sites, museum, pioneer village, Abe Lincoln monuments. Park Rangers host many activities throughout the weekend. Lovely, large beach with well-groomed sand is an easy walk from CG. DNR staff are very active keeping the park clean & safe. This is a large park, and many campers bring bicycles or scooters to get around. Both electric & non-electric CG's are well shaded with mature trees. Dumpsters are located at the entrance to each CG, no trash cans within, which we decided keeps the park cleaner and makes you take that nightly walk! A park entrance fee is required in addition to your camping fee. We had a great stay here, and even on the busy July 4th weekend the CG was quiet at night.
A horseman's delight! Deam Lake has a large horse campground, and we enjoyed frequent walks through this section to look at all the fine animals. The regular electric campground was well spaced, didn't feel crowded. The swimming beach is a good distance from the CG - not really walkable. A small Nature Center is on site. No water service at the campsites - hence the lower rating.
A lovely little campground! Park was very well maintained. Sites seemed well placed and not too tightly packed, however many are not level or have short pads. Has a great walking path that loops around the lake. This county park will have a lot to offer in the summer, and we will definitely return when the boat rental & swimming beach are open.
This was our second early spring trip to O'Bannon Woods. The trail hiking was superb. However, just like our visit last year, we had trouble with the park's 30 amp power being inconsistent and fluky. And, check-in was a a bit of a mess. Here's a suggestion: let campers register and pay, then return with their site selection.
Great Autumn hiking at Gen. Butler. Campground was mostly deserted. Never did spot a ranger. Good but steep trail leads directly to the Lodge from the CG. Other trails continue to the historic home. A Lake Loop also connects to CG. Looks like sites would have plenty of shade in the summer. We will return!
Winter camping at its finest! The first of three large campgrounds is open year-round, with electric service. It snowed 4 inches the first night, and by morning the park service had the main road salted and cleared. Had a splendid afternoon exploring the other (closed) campgrounds in the snow, with no one around. Nice little nature museum nearby was open. Our only objection was a $7 entrance fee in addition to the campground fee. Can't wait to see this lovely SP in the Spring!
A sprawling campground with lake views at nearly every site. Nicely wooded, with average spacing between sites, which could mean little privacy depending on where you are. Property includes marina with well stocked store, however it is not within easy walking distance of Areas A/B. Also available are rental cabins, multiple playgrounds, fishing pier, boat launch, and large picnic pavilion. No swimming beach, but lake access is available throughout. At the end of the season, Moutardier was unexpectedly crowded. Overall, this COE property was well maintained.
Dog Creek is a lovely campground on the south-eastern section of Nolin Lake. Compared with its big cousin nearby, Wax Campground, Dog Creek is smaller, prettier, and has better lake access and views from all loops. The property is mostly level (Wax is quite hilly), and splendidly maintained by COE. Sites have flat gravel pads neatly trimmed by curbing. Loop A electric offers generous sites spaced far apart, and mature trees which afford at least partial shade. New electric service is currently being added to sites on the outside edge of Loop A. Dog Creek has a boat launch, large picnic pavilion, and beach/swimming area. We continue to be impressed by the quality of the campgrounds run by Corps of Engineers: always tidy and well run, thoughtfully laid out. We will definitely return to Dog Creek!
Pikes Ridge is remote and slightly primitive. The campground is directly on Green River Lake and has a beach area in a small cove. Electric & water service is available at sites 1-20. These sites offer little or no shade, and are close together with no landscaping between. Sites 6-17 are lakeside, and a few have docks on the water. Sites 18-20 are more spacious and have a partial view of the beach cove. Along the perimeter of the CG are deeply shaded non-electric tent sites (sites 40-55). There are no bath houses at Pikes Ridge, only port-a-potties. Host is on site, and a small grocery is 4 miles away. We liked Pikes Ridge for the beach area, very accessible, good sand, and a warm cove to float in. A wonderful woodlands loop trail at the CG was well maintained. Friday night was quiet, with only a few campers. Saturday afternoon the place filled up, and seemed like everyone brought a couple of dogs. Even with all the campers, the beach was not crowded, as most seemed to be boating on the lake. Overall, Pikes Ridge was a nice weekend getaway.
Tipsaw Lake Recreation Area is tranquil and serene. This small, blissfully quiet lake (no speedboats allowed) has a large beach and picnic area, both well maintained. The campgrounds are on a ridge above the lake (no view). Catbrier Loop has 10 sites, all with electric and water. Catbrier is a lovely park-like setting, with flat grassy areas, numerous trees, and large, spacious sites with concrete grid pads. This loop also has a picnic pavilion and two privy restrooms. A 1/2 mile trail to the beach is located in the back. Dogwood and Jackpine loops have some electric sites and communal water faucets. Those loops offer deep-woods shaded sites, and very nice bathhouses plus other privies are located throughout. CG Hosts are present in each loop, and keep the areas well maintained. We spent an excellent weekend floating in the lake, and watching the abundant wildlife: deer, fox, turtles, bats, cranes, and legions of butterflies. At the end of July, these campgrounds were less than half full, we felt we had the place to ourselves! We will definitely return to Tipsaw Lake and the Catbrier campground.
What an odd place! It’s okay for a stop-over, it's right off I-64. But I wouldn’t want to spend any more time here. I’m going to guess from the steep, tumbling terrain that this property is a reclaimed strip mine. The upper area has 45 sites and no shade. The lower area, down a long, steep hill, has 52 sites, no trees, and an open 60 foot pit (!?) that is filled with stagnant water. Hence the giant mosquitoes. Steep eroded banks surround the entire park. Sites are gravel with sparse or no grass, and randomly have some of the following: a small picnic table, fire pit, barbeque grill. We stayed at site B-11: the worst in the park; two sides have a 20 foot eroded drop-off. (One more big rain and this site is a goner.) There were some plusses to this KOA camp. The staff was super-friendly, has a good size camp store was well stocked, small pool and playground, micro mini-golf, recreation hall, fenced dog-walk, and weekend activities. Four tiny log cabins are also for rent. Overall, at $43/night, I’d rather stay at one of the nearby state parks for half the cost.
This is a lovely little campground. It’s close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, and has an area where you can hunt for the fabled Fairy Stones (behind Hayne’s gas station on Route 57: 2.5 miles from the park.) We used this as an overnight stop, and wish we could have had more time to swim in the lake.
This is a large campground with direct beach access. Sites are very large, well spaced with landscaping between. At check-in you are assigned a Loop and site color-code to fit your size rig. You can drive around your assigned Loop and select the campsite you prefer. Interior Loops A, B, E offer the most shade, but are farthest from the beach. Exterior Loops C, D, G are closest to the beach, have RV parking in full sun, and typically have a shaded picnic/tent area. Some sites in Loop H back up to the busy Shore Drive. Each loop has a bathhouse and dumpster. There are 4 beach access boardwalks. The beach at First Landing is fabulous! It’s long, not crowded, has warm Bay water with very gentle waves. You can wade out quite far. This beach has no rules, no lifeguard, and is dog-friendly. A huge camp/souvenir store and laundry is at the entrance. Movies are shown at the amphitheater nightly. Campground has no street lighting, and is dark and quiet at night. If you stroll the beach at night, be sure to note where the boardwalks are as it's hard to find your way back in the dark! Across the road is the Nature Area with several hiking trails. Park is well patrolled and campers are friendly. This is a wonderful beach vacation spot!
Greenbrier State Forest is a lovely little jewel tucked in the eastern mountains of WV. This is old-school deep woods camping at its best. The campground has only 16 sites, all deeply shaded, generous in size, and spaced well apart. The Ranger’s Office at the main entrance has a pool. Campground is 2 miles from the entrance down a narrow, winding road. Big rig access is not possible as the CG cannot accommodate more than about a 30’ rig. (A one-lane tunnel with low clearance must also be crossed to get to Greenbrier.) Each site has a picnic table, stone fire pit, and trashcan. Potable water is available at the CG host office, which also has a small souvenir shop. Bath house is on property. The campground is lovely, quiet, and dark at night. Numerous footpaths and trails are threaded throughout the forest: pick any direction and you can have a great walk. An adjacent field offers over-flow tent camping. We met folks here who brought their horses. A new Frisbee Golf course is at the end of the field. Between the Ranger office and CG is a rental cabin area, and a large picnic area with shelters and BBQ grills. If you have a car, you can continue past the CG on a gravel road to the top of Kate’s Mountain which has a scenic overlook. Reservations for camping can be made in advance. We adored Greenbrier, and spent two deliciously cool nights here in the height of summer.
North Fork Park on Rough River Lake is clean, quiet, and well maintained. This is primarily a boaters' campground. Sites have a paved pad and gravel skirt, and are double-wide to accommodate a camper and boat. The main campground has a boat launch ramp, 4 electric-service loops, 4 non-electric loops, 3 bathhouses, 2 playgrounds, and CG host on site. Electric Loops C, D, E are tightly spaced, especially since most campers also have a boat parked on site. Electric Loop F is more spacious. Areas A & B are across the road and have direct lake access – this section is non-electric, very shady, has another bathhouse & host, playground, and swimming areas. We stayed in the main campground and walked the short distance to Area A to swim in the lake. We were very impressed with the cleanliness of this CG. Each site had a new-looking coated metal picnic table, food pole, utility table (for cutting fish), and fire pit. The park was well patrolled by the CG host, US Army Corps of Engineers (who manage the property), and local sheriff dept. Campers seemed affluent – big rigs & boats, friendly & tidy. The park was very quiet at night – not the usual crowd of drunken riffraff we have encountered in other state parks. We loved that the campground has no street lights – you can actually see the stars at night! Overall, this was a wonderful weekend spot.
In June, this large SP was still recovering from major flooding of the Kentucky River the previous month. Large sections of the tent camping and picnic areas are still deeply muddy, and the beachfront was not completely reclaimed. It's obvious the Park staff is working very hard on clearing debris. This large RV campground has been groomed, and is ready for visitors. Pool was open, although we did not use it. We enjoyed the short hike to the Fort: both a paved path and a nature trail are available from the campground. The Fort is a living history museum, and we spent an wonderful afternoon visiting. The adjacent gravel company was quiet all weekend, however boaters on the nearby River played loud music at night. CG hosts toured the property frequently, and held games and activities for the kiddies. We liked the privacy of the loop at sites 136-139. Water hook-ups are shared between sites, and we had to use a 75' hose.
Willie Begley RV Park (locally known as John Asher's Farm) is an ATV trailhead in the Daniel Boone National Forest. For off-road enthusiasts, this campground should be rated a 9. (Anyone else will be disappointed.) Sites are double-wide to park both your camper & 4-wheel toys. A tailgate loading ramp is available, as well as dump station. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner & ice cream is on site. Kid's playground also available. The RV park is an asphalt strip wedged between Hwy 421 and a small creek. Sites 1-13 are creek side, sites 14-27 are against the road. Access to ATV trails is up a steep paved road at the entrance. Locally popular, teens & families ride 4-wheelers down Hwy 421 to enter the trail head. Traveling from I-75/London,KY DON'T USE Mapquest/GPS instructions which takes you to Rt 66 and Hwy 421-it's a narrow, 17-mile, brake-grinding endurance course. Instead, stay on Hal Rogers Parkway toward Hazard. Turn right on Rt 118, then right onto 421. Park is only a couple of white-knuckle miles away.
O'Bannon Woods is a large campground, but the sites are packed close together with little landscaping between. We were here early Spring with few other campers around, but can guess it would feel crowded in the summer. Campsites are quite small: 35-40' concrete pad with a picnic table crammed next to it. We saw fifth-wheelers that had to park their truck in a second site because the pads are so small. Most sites are not very level. Communal water faucets are scattered around the campground. Direct water hook-up is not available. Despite all these drawbacks, we truly enjoyed O'Bannon because of the wonderful hiking trails, two of which can be accessed from the campground. Rocky Ridge Trail was especially spectacular with its unusual rock formations and numerous springs. We will return here to just to hike that trail!
Small but pleasant State Park located on a hilltop. Excellent trails to the Museum and Bison Herd viewing area, plus an easy lakeside loop trail. Has paved back-in sites, but many are NOT level or on a bad incline. The best flat sites were 1-3, 12-14, 25-30 loop, and 59. Sites 39-41 were almost level. Water faucets are shared between two sites-bring a 50 foot hose. The Grocery/Camp Store was closed off-season, but showers & rest rooms were open. We enjoyed this park in Fall with few other campers around. The sites are far enough apart, but this park is so condensed that it could easily feel crowded during the summer.
Lewis Mtn. is the smallest of the campgrounds on Skyline Drive, and caters to tent campers and hikers. Very friendly hosts who kept each site tidy. We spent one night here, then moved into one of their heated cabins later in the week when the weather turned nasty. It's a good choice if Big Meadow is unavailable.
We found it busy, crowded, cramped, and loud! We will not return here! There are better choices to camp in Shenandoah. Sites are on top of each other; no privacy at all. Forget staying here on a holiday weekend-folks cruise the campground all night long looking for an open spot. We wish they would have posted a "No Vacancy" sign at the ranger station. We got no sleep here at all between the cruisers, barking dogs, and drunken yahoos next door.
Big Meadow is our absolute favorite! We've been here 3 times tent camping, and will now return with our new motorhome. The sites are well laid out, and have good privacy offered by landscaping. Multiple access points from the campground to AT trails is a plus for hikers. Some wooded sites back up to the Trail. Laundry facilities and showers were clean. On-site host keeps the facilities neat & tidy. Easy walk to the campstore and nature museum. Black bears were present in the spring; we encountered one napping in the middle of the trail-luckily he ran away!
Very good Autumn camping! Access to Clifty Falls trails is a 5-minute walk. A 20-minute walk gets you to Clifty Falls Inn, which has a restaurant and spectacular views of the Ohio River. Sites are electric only, well spaced, and easy to park. The bathhouse was closed in November, but a potable water faucet is available at the check-in station. Campers were friendly & quiet at nighttime.
Wow! Great place! We spent our very first night in our very first motorhome here, which we purchased at the dealer adjacent to the RV Park. We were immediately spoiled with the amenities, and thought all RV parks were like this. Staff went out of their way to help us newbies. RV store was extremely well-stocked. Super-friendly campers welcomed us warmly. Adjacent field & picnic area was a good romp for the dog. We wish every park was this lovely & well appointed!
A typical State Park; average size lots fanned out over several loops. Electric sites are next to the Merimec River, and makes for a pleasant walk. The even-numbered sites are under Black Walnut trees, which in the Fall drop hard, gooey nuts on your camper. We spent an hour scrubbing off the black walnut stains from our white motorhome. Used this park as a stop-over on the way home.