The signs are still posted along the freeway, but the owner does not seem to care whether he gets any business. When I called about site availability, he answered the phone with "Yeah?". On arrival, there was no office and he came out and took our cash as I was ready to drive away. Sites are very uneven, and poorly marked. Pull-throughs require navigating through a muddy, open field. There were a few sites with nice, level concrete pads, but they were sticking up 8 inches above the ground and had no way to get an RV on them. We won't go back.
This is a great place to stay. I agree with the previous reviews, but will add the following: We had a 2 day dust storm with 60+ mph wind gusts and the rock wall around the campground does little to protect the campground. We were in the old section. There is a high school across the street and the booming bass from the car stereos in the afternoon is almost as bad as being next to a train track. This was our second stay here and we would definitely come back.
I'm writing this review at midnight because I can't get any sleep. Other reviewers were right on in their reviews with one exception. You can't hear the traffic noise over the bone-jarring "Thump-Thump-Thump" from the large dance hall behind the park. We were going to see the Cherokee Heritage Museum here tomorrow, but we'll go on down the road instead. Rate is PPA.
Some of the sites are too narrow. The rig next to me could not open his awning after I pulled in. The sites on the north row are unlevel front to back, requiring that my fifth wheel landing gear be almost completely retracted to get level. Road noise from I-81 is very noticeable. Friendly staff and easy access to the campground.
Nice park with no amenities. It is outside a mobile home park and sits next to U.S. Highway 1. We were a few sites away from the highway and didn't notice much road noise. Sewer hookups are at the far rear of the sites, requiring more than a 10 foot hose for many rigs. Sewer hookups were about 8 inches above the ground level, making it difficult to get a downhill run for drainage.
First impressions are lasting impressions, normally. As I approached the campground, I was impressed with the well-manicured lawn around a small pond and the freshly painted sign. And then I turned into the driveway and saw the two 40 foot long dumpsters piled to overflowing. The first campsite that comes into view had so much accumulated "treasure" that they would have to hire a 40 foot semi trailer if they ever had to move. This park was mostly long-term parking. I asked for a 50A site and was assigned a 30A site. The roads are mostly dirt and not well marked. At times I wondered if I was still on the road, or going through a pull-through space. Trees could be a challenge for a big rig, but I managed to avoid knocking anything down with my 38 foot fiver. Bathrooms needed attention in the worst way. Electric lines are attached to the trees rather than poles, but power was stable. Cable TV signal was less than perfect. I had good Verizon data and phone signals.
This was a great experience for overnight on our trip. Easy access to the park but if you are using trip routing software, use Highway 24, not Highway 30. Some of the turns inside the park looked tight for my 38 foot fiver, but I had no problems navigating around the various loops looking for a site. My only gripe is the reservation system. When we checked in with no reservations, we were told to pick a site without a yellow reservations tab on the post and come back to the office and let them know which site we selected. We were forced to bypass several "reserved" sites that would have been easy to get into, finally ending up in one that required backing to within 3 inches of a fallen tree stump with 3 inches clearance on each side for the slides. Most of the "reserved" sites were still empty the following morning. We had good local television, 3G data and cell phone service here. The sites are not cramped, but the trees make parking interesting.
All the sites are grass. Half are back-in, the other half are parallel parking. The campground is behind an RV repair center with a large, well stocked store. We had to park our 38 footer at an angle in the space to clear the roadway. This isn't a well-known campground, as we were the only ones there for the night. Management locks up and leaves at 5 pm.
This was our second visit to the fairgrounds in the past 12 months. Both times it hasn't been crowded and we had our pick of spaces. In the Orange area, I had access to two 30 amp hookups, so I could get 50 amp service. We were parked near the horse track and enjoyed watching some of the workouts. Sites in some of the fields would present a problem getting level.
The Oasis Campground and the Empress Casino Campground are one and the same despite being in different locations on Streets and Trips. It's a good thing they had an open space, because Oasis was my "backup" for the night if the Empress was full. The spaces are short, so we had to disconnect the truck. The casino is about a 15 minute walk from the central area of the campground. They ask if everyone in your party is over 21 when you check in, but there were a couple of trailers with kids here.
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park is just east of town with easy access off the freeway, but no freeway noise. Easy pull-through parking on level grassy sites with some shade trees, but an open view of the southern sky for satellite access. Being up on a hill, we got the full effects of the southern wind that blows most of the time.
Yogi Bears campground at Williamsport is quiet and mostly unoccupied today. There are wooded tent and cabin sites, but the larger trailer parking is in a large open area with gravel roads. Sewer connection risers are real risers, sticking up 8 to 12 inches out of the ground, making the sewer almost having to run uphill. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The Yogi Bear Jellystone Park is not where it is supposed to be according to the Streets and Trips map program. And when you exit from Northbound I-81, the signs are confusing. There are signs for Yogi Bears at the exit, but at the first intersection, there is a blue tent camping sign that leads off to the wrong direction (go straight, don't turn!). We ended up on a small two lane road with no opportunity to turn around and ended up going past where we needed to be and circling around to get back to the campground. We finally found a trucking company and asked for directions and the driver said we weren't the first to get confused by the signs at the freeway exit.
The entry road is covered with a fine concrete like dust that totally trashed the truck and trailer as we came in. It had been raining. This is an old mobile home park with mostly permanent residents in campers. It is sandwiched right between the Ohio Turnpike about 100 feet out our back window and a railroad track on the other side of the park a couple of hundred feet away. I counted three trains in the first hour. The host lead us to our space, helped me back in, pointed out the connections and left, saying he'd be back later for the rent.
The resort is on an island in the middle of the Mississippi River with great views of the river for a short distance. Our site was a back-in site with a view of the main part of the river out of the back kitchen window. Only problem here was that the campground map said the sites on that section of the park were 50 amp, but when I got backed in and set up, I only had 30 amp service. The campground is a long drive through town off the interstate. When leaving, there was construction on the Minnesota side of the river that had some confusing signs.