Clean park and decent space between sites. Everything was as advertised except the nightly hay ride was not operational due to road wash-outs on the trail. Some sites have a blocked view of Devil's Tower due to trees. I made a reservation that claimed to have a great view of the tower. When I arrived, the host moved me to another site that ended up having a blocked view. The pool was operational but the gate was locked all day. I asked for the host to open it but they never came out. Wi-Fi is free, but average. It's often difficult to get enough bandwidth to browse popular websites, like Facebook. Price was KOA high. It's the only campground with services within close proximity to the Tower. Next time I may choose to camp somewhere else and then drive to DT, even if it is 30 or more miles out. The area is spectacular for a drive!
Simple but very clean park. 50 amp lanes, 30 amp lanes, Full and partial hookups, or primitive if that's your thing. Decent space between sites but not huge. Long sites for any size rig and tow. 105 cable channels with HI-Def. Wi-Fi was solid and fast most of the time. Peak hours do get sluggish. My rate is Passport America discounted. Staff is very friendly and willing to help out in any way. Great location to go into Rapid City or head into the hills. Laundry was excellent. $4.25 per load to wash and dry a large amount. I would stay here again and again.
Price cited reflects is the rate. New ownership since fall of 2012. Improvements to issues mentioned in previous review. Sites are grass, mostly shaded to full shade. No sewer hook-ups but dump service available. 50 amp sites were double lots. For instance, we had site #6, which included the site #7 as well. Other single sites were wide and nice too, but 30 amp. Water pressure was good. Two bath house buildings are available. Very clean and upgraded. Showers had great pressure and hot water. Buildings are not heated. Pool is very big and clean! Fishing pond is well stocked with bass, crappie, and bluegill. Playground is a modern and large. Lots of open grass area for other activities. There is a new activity building filled with arcade games, ping pong, foosball, etc. They have a nice collection of children's books, puzzles, and games to borrow. The store was well stocked with camping supplies, games, and snacks. Even though all the sites were grass, I didn't see any issues with ruts or mud. I watched several large class A motor homes come and go with no issues.
Rate was for Passport Amer. Restricted days apply. Wifi is free with coupon (Tengonet). It had low bandwith but it was functional. There seems to be only a few sites for the temporary campers. Maybe 20 or so. Of course the beach is available, but I'm referring to the sites across the street from the beach The main office is across the street a long with the bath house. It's fairly inconvenient but not a deal breaker. Our site (#48) was on a level concrete pad. Electric service was on a shared pedestal. Water & sewer at this site. It's a short walk to the beach and bike path into the State Park. The two restaurants next door are great. I can imagine this place is very busy during the summer with the beach & amusement park in full swing! I doubt I will return but it wasn't because of a bad experience. It was just a bit too crowded even though it was May 1st and cold.
This is a well run campground! Seasonal sites are in a different section of the park. They keep their rigs and landscaping very clean. The casual camper will find the sites fairly spacious and level. Nice fishing pond for the kids. The bath house is excellent and new. My only complaint is the laundry. One washer & dryer for public use. The grounds are clean and roads well maintained. Maybe someday they will upgrade the laundry facility and playground area. The owners are very kind and friendly. The store is well stocked and priced fair. I will come back the next time in the area.
If you're camping in a tent or want to dry camp this would be rated a 8 or 9. Our 35ft 5th wheel was almost too big for the few electric sites available. No water or sewer available. I would advise the 35ft plus rigs to stay away. The bridge is very narrow but it looks like they are working on a new bridge. It's early but it looks promising for better access to the park. They offer tube/canoe service. The store is barely stocked but they do have basics.
Rate is FHU with Passport Amer. The main entrance road (Lake Road) is pretty rough. There is no way I would attempt coming in through the town of Vesuvius. Very tough hills and tight turns. The campground has a pool but it looks non-functional. They have a nice sandy beach for swimming at the lake. The water was very clean. There are lakeside sites and near-Lake side sites that rate from very good to average. However, there are a lot of old, run-down permanent rigs on most of the other sites. Too bad they don't make the owners clean up their sites. It makes the whole campground look shabby. Laundry room, Rec room and store was excellent. Mini-golf was worthless. Fishing was wonderful since you can walk all around the lake safely. Streams running through the campground were nice too. Staff is friendly and helpful. The status of the bath houses are a mystery to me. Some are very very very old! Some look brand new but not functional. I would come here again but only because I know what sites to ask for next time. The one we were give was pretty good. I would hate to show up on a busy weekend and get stuck back with the junk.
I agree with the previous comments completely. Very easy on/off access from I-65 but far away enough not to hear road noise. You get to do a drive-through to select open sites. This is a "must do" since several sites are too un-level to be used. No full hookup sites, but most are water/30 amp. Bath house was clean and heated. We camped in loop A, but I drove to the loop B bath house where the water pressure and temp was much better. There is a boat rental, archery range, disk golf, and bike trail at the campground. Down the road is the main park entrance. Jamestown is about a 30 minute drive, Williamsburg is a bit closer and Yorktown is an easy 15 minute drive.
I agree with the previous review in regards to rough roads and sites with tree roots. The sites are spaciously apart from each other in most cases. There is free & very good Wi-Fi at the store and ranger station. It does not reach the campground area. Our Verizon My-Fi and cell service was spotty. We didn't have sewer at our site (lake front). Water pressure was good and power was stable.
Great rate for FHU. Pads were level and some sites had great shade. Sites are kind of close but not sardines. Some sites in the back of the camp were old, run-down and dirty. The short-term area was clean. My 5 rating is due to the "work in progress" look of the overall place. There are piles of dirt, run-down buildings and a very gross pool. I'm willing to overlook some of the ongoing improvements but it doesn't look like new work, just continuing work that never gets done. They have a small grocery and tackle shop, but no fishing pond on the premises. There are 4 cute donkeys for the kids to pet.
I paid $45 and didn't have a sewer hookup. This is a very clean KOA. Nice playground, pool (unheated) and one of the best dog parks you're gonna find. Laundry ($2 per load on washer and on the dryer). There is a well stocked store on site and free coffee in the morning. I'm sure there are events during the busy season. Cable was very good. My 7 rating is mainly based on price and Wi-Fi. Regarding price, I would expect a park like this to have a much more reduced rate for no sewer hook-up. We did have 50amp, cable & water on our pull-thru. But no sewer at a KOA should be more like $30/night IMHO. They use a 3rd party Wi-Fi provider (Tengonet). We had a difficult time logging on with our coupon code. Once we got in (the next morning) it worked well the rest of our stay.
Similar experience to the others below. If I could rate the campground just on the hosts, it would be a 10! Downsides are the side-by-side and close sites. Sand & grass pads that soften up in rain. I saw some big rigs spin their wheels to exit. Nice pool, laundry, restroom/showers, play area, chicken house and rec hall. Great rate for Passport America users. The best part of the park is the boardwalk out to the river.
Passport friendly. We picked our own site, up the hill for a nice view of the lake. Pool and rec room was clean. Showers available at the pool. Laundry reasonably priced. My only dislike was the sewer hookup was uphill from my rig. There was also not a lot of events for kids or a playground. There is a very nice park within a mile of the campground and downtown Tavares has an excellent park and nightlife scene.
This is a hidden gem of a campground located at the Sopchoppy city park. The sites near the entrance road have FHU's and the river sites are water/elec. only. It's quiet, clean, seldom busy and first come/first served. All the state parks were booked so I came here. I was the only one here for two days! There is a shower room that was moderately clean. Open fires are permitted. Bird watching trails are on site. Since there are no reservations, come pick your spot and the friendly host will stop by to collect your fee. It may be cash and/or check only. Also, there is no laundry on site or nearby. IGA grocery is in town. There is a boat ramp and fishing pier on site. It looks like an excellent place to canoe and kayak. This place is unmarked on Google or other campground websites.
We camped at the first cul-de-sac as you enter the campground. Hosts are friendly and easy to find when you need them. Pros... good rates (monthly rate avg'd $18 per night) Passport America friendly too. Quiet and clean park. Cable was excellent. Pool and restaurant/bar was great! 5 blocks from the beach... easy bike ride. Cons... Laundry facility had many machines not working. But, $1 per machine for washers and dryers. Pool is not heated until the Spring season. Park does flood with heavy rain. Many sites can have standing water for a day. Wi-Fi was never working right at our part of the park but worked great near the office. All sites have sand pads and lots of trees. I love the Mexico Beach community. Tucan's is 5 blocks away but the campground bar and grill is excellent too. Gulf foods is a good grocery store nearby. Many gift shops and great fishing along the main drag. Beaches are white and wonderful.
Very friendly and helpful staff. The entry is a mobile home park. Treeless sites are in view of barbed-wire prison facility and some woods. All sites are grass or gravel. The left side of the park is prone to standing water. Be sure to set-up on the "right-hand" side. The playground is minimal. Biking is only around the campground roads. I only see a couple of sites with fire rings. It's not a bad place for an overnight stay. I would have be happier with an option to pay less for 30amp service. All sites appear to have 50amp and FHP's.
Friendly hosts with all the basic services you will need to be comfortable. They say they don't waste your time with amenities because there is so much to do in the area. This is true. But the off-season really only offers the cave and that's about it! Still, the campground is simple but satisfactory. Passport America accepted.
We picked a site near the pond. Veterans told us that this site could flood in big rains. Community fire pit was nice to meet & greet. Lots were fairly close. Never went to the bath house but they did have a nice but very small clubhouse. Not much amenities besides the two very nice fishing ponds. Longbeach area is nice and rebuilding from Katrina. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the beach from the campground. Many shopping opportunities near.
The off-season means we were the only ones with kids in the park. Still, they got the wagon out for a ride and crafts for my two boys. Tall pine trees everywhere on all sites. Nicely spaced out so not too crowded. Very nice fishing lake. Nice playground and pool (pool not open in off-season). No cable but Wi-Fi was great! Most games in the gameroom were "Out of Order".