This is a nice park and family oriented. We've stayed here 2-3 times per year for the past four years. The park changed hands in the preceding several months and now has corporate owners. The employees are not as friendly or dedicated as the previous resident owners and their RV workers but still do a decent job. In our opinion, the location is perfect and offers several different routes into and away from Branson. This is a real blessing during heavy traffic times. Also it must be remembered, this is on the wooded top of an Ozark mountain. That means there are hills everywhere and you must go up, down or up and down many times no matter where you go. Also there are lots of trees (hence lots of shade), the whole countryside is rocks on top of rocks on top of bedrock so no dirt. There never was and never will be grass. We have been and will be back.
This is a very nice place and unlike most in the area the sites (we were in) were quite level. The owners and staff were very friendly and helpful and the facilities were clean and well maintained. It would be nice if they had cable but the Wi-Fi worked OK. We signed up for 3 nights and extended for a 4th. We had to move the last night but not a big deal and the owner was very accommodating. It makes a great base of operations while in the area. We'll be back.
This place is OK for overnight in the newer sites along the edge (where we were for one night), and could be quite nice for longer term if you can get in the established areas (grass and trees). It is definitely in town and has suffered from highway expansion but it's much better than I expected from the entrance. Roads and all look a bit tight but really had no problems. Enormously better than the place on the river (we pulled in and immediately out). We'd stay here again.
As nearly everyone has said, it's hard to imagine a worse place. It started out suspicious when entrance ran thru a "hobo camp" of ramshackle trailers, etc. Second warning was when the clerk said "cash only". Third warning came when we were directed thru one site to reach the rest of the pull-thru's. The final warning was the sign in the restroom warning that the homeless would be hauled off naked by the police if they didn't pay a fee before showering. We ended up here because of awning damage on the highway while headed toward Buffalo. We needed a place to stop and seek repair help the next morning and as others have said, it's the only one around. To be completely honest, we had an OK site for our 35-ft, narrow-body coach (actually may have been the best one in the place) but nothing more than a place to park. I'll stay anywhere else next time.
Nice park for a short stay but not sure about longer. We opted for the least desirable site since the most desirable site was soft and questionable even for our 35 ft MHA. In fairness the entire area (IA, NE, SD, etc) experienced weeks of unbelievable rain so everywhere was (and still is) more than a bit soggy. The price, trees and quiet make this a great alternative to the big chains in Sioux Falls (well worth a visit). A suggestion, ignore the book directions and take I29 to exit 73 and approach the CG from the north - all paved road except for the last 50 ft. We'll stay here again.
We stayed here in 2003 and liked it even in its old form since it was a convenient stop after the Bighorns on the way to Yellowstone. In its new form it is wonderful. The only "negative" it it's still a bit smallish, but owners and staff are super friendly and helpful, the concrete pads, very nice grass and landscaping plus the outstanding restaurant (what other CG has a real chef?) make it a great place to stay awhile. We spent two nights on our way to Yellowstone (travel into YNP was delayed by snow). We found the area very interesting (back roads, museum, easy trip to Cody, the Bighorns, etc). After YNP we came back and spent four nights to really see the area. We will be back.
This place looks like a postcard. The roads and sites are all paved and the rest is in manicured lawn. The restrooms and showers were immaculate. The staff is very friendly and helpful with useful suggestions for seeing the area. We only had one night so took a brief drive to glimpse Mt Hood then eat dinner in Hood River, OR and watch the windsurfers. This would make a great base for touring the area including the Columbia River Gorge. We hope to go back for several days next trip West. Oh yes, it is near a very active RR line but everything along the Gorge is very near a very active RR line - not a big price to pay for a truly spectacular area of the US.
We've been here many times and keep coming back. All roads and sites are concrete and the restrooms feature huge showers and are always well maintained. Most sites are pull-thru with shared hookups. The closeness (esp with slides) is the biggest negative of the place. The saving graces are the very large grass areas between RVs the on the curbside plus many people are gone for many hours (either sightseeing or at the casino). In reality most RVs are quiet essentially all the time. Like others have mentioned, we like the back-in sites esp for longer stays. We have one reserved during the FMCA convention this Summer (2008). I don't know if they have or have had special rules on these sites but we've been in them for several days at a time and the only problem has been finding one open for the whole time we going to be there. One trip we were next door to a construction worker who was there for the Summer (2006).
Like many former KOA's it's a bit long in the tooth and the pool died sometime back but it is well maintained, has lots of grass and trees and there's lots of space (there was at least 35ft between RVs on the shared hookup we had. It was quiet and a great place to spend the night after the 520 mile drive from Billings, MT. It's easy access from I-90 and I don't mind a relatively short stretch of decent of gravel in most cases. The owners are very friendly and helpful. They recommended driving the 100 miles to Fargo to save 30-cents on gas which we were fortunately able to do.
In spite of the relatively low price, this is definitely in the resort category as far as the CG and facilities (it's just not located on or immediately adjacent to a major tourist attraction). It's easy access from the I-90 but far enough away so noise isn't a problem. It's well planned, designed for the largest RVs and is immaculately maintained. The roads are all paved, easy to negotiate and even the back-in sites are easy to handle. This place is either very new or completely rebuilt from the ground up. The clubhouse/pool/recreation building is impressive. There are a number of seasonal and/or permanent sites (skirted trailers, etc) but all are well maintained (unlike some places we've stayed). We spent two nights here so we could catch up on laundry which led to one very minor negative. For the size of the CG, the laundry room in the clubhouse seemed unusually small. There may be other restroom and/or laundry facilities on the site but we didn't look - it wasn't busy so wasn't a problem and we didn't need to look for alternatives.
A nice place with super-friendly owners (fairly new to CG ownership and management). Our site was near the office so plenty of space and grass all around (the lakeside spaces looked more cramped). They had a plumbing problem one morning but were on top of it and getting a plumber on site. Wi-Fi was limited (appeared to me to be very limited ISP service actually) but use able. The new owners really didn't know what they needed or what was available and didn't know what they were getting when they bought, just felt compelled to have Wi-Fi to advertise for fear of losing customers looking in directories. The makes a great base to visit Mt Rainier (most roads were closed from winter storm damage in 2006-2007) and Mt St Helens (east side is the place to go, you drive right thru the blast zone all the way to the top).
Small park with fairly narrow spaces but well maintained with friendly, helpful owners and staff. We spent 4 days over 4th of July so the place was full but never noisy. It's a short distance off US 101 (not overly traveled) so no road noise either. The Wi-Fi was fairly typical for CG's - worked best at the office (I sat on the deck and enjoyed my iced tea while checking in on email, etc). This is a good base for visiting the North and Western areas of Olympic NP and Victoria, BC. When you take the ferry to Vicortia, buy a Grayline pass to Butchart Gardens at the bus terminal or visitor's center in Vancouver not on the ferry. Last year it was US$30/person vs over US$60/person for the "special deal" pushed on the ferry.
As others note, the spaces are a bit narrow (the reason for the 9/10) but overall this is an exceptionally nice park with a great staff. It's a short walk thru the dunes to the beach. It's far enough out of Long Beach to be quiet and essentially no traffic but still easy to get to town. We plan to go back and spend way more than the two days we had available this visit.
A nice place that's far enough off the Interstate to be quiet. The owners are friendly and helpful and the gas pumps make it very handy when getting back on the road. The restrooms might be described as unusual but they're what I expected when I saw the office. It's an original KOA a-frame and was the newest thing when KOA got started. Because of the building design and size, the stalls and showers can be a "bit of a challenge" for anyone past their early teens. One unique feature - the mirrors are mounted somewhat overhead on the sloping wall/ceiling.
In spite of being in the middle of desert, the name is correct! This was one of the nicest CG's we found in over 4700 miles from IA to WA and back. Wide open drives with ample turning space, large spaces, lots of shade and even decent Wi-Fi service. The people are friendly and helpful - we enjoyed their pizza delivery to the coach. Our next door neighbor said they'd stopped for a night and stayed a week. It's definitely a place we'd stay again.
At $38/night plus $3.25/shower it gets a bit pricey but being in the park is worth it (it's still the same or cheaper than CG's outside) because it's a lot closer to everything in the park. There was a confirmed grizzly sighting near our site the night before we arrived and our dog was most upset a couple of nights while we were there but we didn't go investigate. We've been there before and will be back as often as possible. There's nothing like Yellowstone.
I'm sure this is a great park for families with kids since it appears most are simply ignored by the parents and allowed to run wild. The kiddie karts are a special irritant when you can't get to either front or back entrance to the office. Even though it's in a popular tourist area, the nightly rate is outrageous for a 20'x40' patch of unlevel (it would take special effort avoid level in this place) bare gravel in the blazing sun and with only W/E. We were there in '03 but never again.
Nice place with level sites, full hookups, cable, lots of shade and super Wi-Fi service. We were en route to Yellowstone and Buffalo was a convenient stopover. We called from Gillette and they held the last spot for us.
Very nice place and very friendly owners and staff. It's way nicer and a true bargain compared to the nearby "RV resort" at $47/night. Convenient to Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park and especially the Alpine Inn in Hill City! Bike trail (George S. Mickelson Trail I believe) passes thru the campground. We liked it and will stay there again.
Place was clean and neat with typical amenities, and recreation for a Jellystone. I especially like the easy on/off from I-90, and not too far East of I-29. Like most such places, road noise is a fact, but tolerable at night. We were in the new section which suffered from problems common to new construction (roads and pads weren't well compacted yet). Combined with a monster rainstorm just before our arrival the potholes were filled with water and the new grass was a bit soggy. Having been in construction for 30 years I was not at all surprised nor disturbed by the situation. Overall it drained well after the rain stopped. We were there in '03 and will stay there again when it fits our schedule.