Pretty nice park for a mid-city park. Well maintained with friendly staff. We just stayed here overnight and we're from only 2.5 hours away, but I would have been happy if I had picked it and I was from farther. Showers and bathrooms appeared clean, water was hot, and all of the services worked great. Good cable TV, and Wi-Fi signal. Wi-fi is free for 12 hours, and daily after that.
This is a very nice area, and a beautiful place to put a campground. That being said, this is one of the least favorite campgrounds we've stayed at on our 11,000 mile trip (and we've seen a lot). The campground is not well maintained. The sewer connections are horrible, they are actually uphill from my tank connection, requiring the use of a rubber donut to keep the stuff from running back out of the connection. It's basically just PVC pipe running along the ground that you put your slinky into horizontally. Very strange. Next to our campsite there's an electrical connection nailed to a tree for an overhead lamp with a switch on it. No electrical box, and just a little electricians tape to cover the connections. There are lots of seasonal campers, some decent, some really run down. The worst of it is the lady that runs the place. She was decent enough to me, but it's clear that kids aren't welcomed here. We have a 10 and 9 year old that do a good job with campground voices. They were "raking" some leaves to play in and the lady yelled at them for "covering" the roadway. We didn't, until that time, even know a roadway existed. The entire campground is covered in 4 inches of leaves. Had the staff not walked me to the campsite, I'd never been able to find the path. The nail in the coffin so to speak is that while we were out, the staff actually came and cleared the leaves from OUR campsite only, just to make a point that the girls weren't supposed to play in them. They didn't touch any other leaves. My plan was to put all of the leaves back this evening where we found them (save for putting them over the road), but I guess that's unnecessary. It was definitely a slap in the face. Although camping is limited in the Chicago area, avoid this campground if you can. Jellystone is another option, but no experience there. I personally wish now that I'd have boondocked at a rest area.
I'm basing my rating against other "state" campgrounds I've visited, not necessarily in contrast to a nice commercial campground. Please keep that in mind. This is a very nice state campground, really only lacking sewer hookups. I'm not sure why they chose to do cable at each site instead of sewer, but I expect it wasn't much of an upgrade from pulling electric. All services worked great, and the cable was a nice bonus. The campground itself is well kept, very quiet (we're here in the off season mid week), and the sites are huge and well laid out. The real downside is just the bathhouse. There's only one shower per side, and they both need a good cleaning. It appeared to me that they are basically in the "refill TP and that's it) stages. There are cobwebs and dead bugs everywhere, and my girls and wife won't even use them for fear of being bitten by something. They simply need a good cleaning and a bit of maintenance here and there. Normally, this wouldn't be a big deal, we'd just shower in the camper, but with 3 nights here, gray water space is a premium, and I'm not keen on hooking back up just to dump the tanks. I'd highly recommend this campground for 1-2 night stays, and for folks not squeemish about showering with bugs and spiders ;->. It's a great non-city place to camp for Atlanta, or a nice getaway as well.
Nice campground, we were here over Labor Day weekend, which also included a nice "customer appreciation" Sunday (today). They had free lunch for campers, and a couple of performances by really good bands/singers. A nice touch. Everything is clean, and it's well staffed, no shortage of folks to help. The sites are level and hookups work well. The pool area was well maintained, and a nice bonus for the kids. A couple of annoyances, but nothing to complain home about. The wifi is pretty sketchy. I ended up on the verizon card again as I couldn't keep a signal and connection. I'm not that far from the front. The CG uses a central breaker box system, so if you blow the breaker, you go in search of the right one. My site was in the maint room, which requires staff to turn it back on. In my case, I did throw my TT breaker, so it wasn't a big deal, but if the breaker pops in the middle of the night and it's 90 degrees, could be a long night. Again, not a show stopper. I would really recommend the campground. Very family friendly, and there are lots of pooches around.
We just pulled into this CG today, and it's been very nice. I'm sitting here doing my free laundry while I write this review, which is a nice feature of this campground. I felt like this was a little overpriced, even with Good Sam, but if you figure the $10 worth of laundry, it balances out, and I don't have to lug a bunch of quarters around. As has been stated in the other reviews, the only downside here is the entrance. The road could use a little paving work, and the big rigs at the front could just use a fence in front of them, but the area where the campers go is well manicured and clean. W/S/E worked fine, good water pressure and the electric was clean. We chose a concrete site over by the water and it was fun seeing the tugs. Wifi is sketchy, I'm using it now while I'm in the laundry by the front office, and very low signal. I'm sticking to my verizon card while in the camper. Overall, a very nice area to camp in and we're 20 minutes from Graceland and 15 from the Civil Rights Museum, and feels like we're a world away in the woods.
Note - Rate includes 4 round trip train tickets and 3 nights at CG. It was a package deal. I've never stayed in a "resort" campground, but I'm going to assume this is what it would be like. If you're looking to "get away from it all" and do some trees and campfire camping, go elsewhere, this place isn't for you. If you like very modern facilities, nice level sites, free bbq grills, and nicer showers and bathrooms than most folks have at home, then this is the place. We enjoyed 3 nights here, and a trip to the grand canyon on the train. Both were excellent. The sites are paved asphalt and concrete. Cable, water, sewer and up to 50amp were there. All worked splendidly. The showers were clean and nice with individual dressing areas, and the bathrooms were nice and clean too. The laundry was well equipped as well. There are several (6) free gas grills to be had, and even a huge gas fire pit to meet some fellow campers. We used both and liked them. We also took advantage of the included use of the hotel pool and workout facility. both are nice and clean too. We also used the dog kennel attached for $14/dog/day. My daschund was happy and well cared for while we explored the canyon. This is a great campground, maybe a little overpriced, but considering what is included, I think it's worth it.
The campground is still under repair at this time, so this is based on what we see today. Due to the recent flood, we were not able to stay in the full hook up area of the park, we had to just do E/W down below. The staff was helpful and called to give us the option. It's all dirt as you might expect from a ghost town area. The sites are big, and of course, this one is basically empty at this time. Make sure your AC is working. When we pulled in yesterday, it was 113. We're just doing an overnighter here, which is good. Bring lots of ice too, the water out of the faucet is probably 90 degrees on the cold setting. It was so hot, it overheated my pressure regulator (cheapo brass one.) The showers are very old and we didn't use them. Bathrooms are the same. The Ghost Town is cool, and worth the trip if you're coming this way, it's just a few miles out. I don't think we'd stay here again, but it worked for us for a quick stay.
As we take this 10000 mile journey, I've learned 2 things about my Passport America membership, 1) it only takes 1 night to pay for it (thank God,) and 2) many of the campgrounds that are PA sites NEED it to compensate for their complete lack of desirability. This campground is no exception. They say the normal rate is like $40 so you get full hookups for $20. When we were there, it was mostly empty. The park is dirty, sites are all grass and dirt, light poles are missing or have burnt out bulbs and are covered with cobwebs. You have to have a key for the bathrooms/showers, which means if you're leaving early the next day, you either shower in the coach or give up your $5 key deposit. This worked for us basically for the overnighter we were there, but I wouldn't recommend it at all. If you drive up the coast a bit closer to the Redwoods area, there are many more parks in this price range that looked much nicer from the road. One positive, don't miss the Palm Cafe in Orick, it was great diner food, and the folks were great.
This is a very convenient park for overnighting. It's literally right off the freeway, easy to pull in, pay, put the jacks down and hook up, and go the next morning. No shade to speak of, but all the hook ups work. It feels exposed, being basically part of the econolodge parking lot, but we felt safe, and it was really quiet. You get use of the laundry and pool at the motel, which was a bonus. Cable is very good with 90+ channels. Decent Wi-Fi signal from inside my trailer all the way across the motel parking lot. If you're either doing an over night stay, or if you'll be out of the camper a lot, this would be a decent option. The others in this area are a bit more spendy, and farther away. Worked perfectly for me.
We are here for a short stay, and we love it. It's a bit of a drive out here, and the road to the park is pretty bad (stuff flew everywhere...) but the park is awesome, very secluded, nice, well kept. It's right off the coast too, we walked to the beach from the site in just a couple of minutes, and we are in the interior. The showers at 9pm were too cold to use, so we used our own. We used a FULL hookup site, which is right by the bathrooms, and services worked well. My verizon broadband card had 2 bars here, and good speed, so no wifi needed. I'd stay here again.
This is a very nice campground, one of the best we've stayed in. The sites are big and easy in and out, plenty of room for TT and rig. Cable is good, sites are very clean and level. Staff is very friendly and helpful. CG is quiet and well maintained. If you're heading to Seattle area, this is the place, no reason to look any further.
We did a very quick overnight stop here, and in my mind, that's about all I'd want to spend here. I'm glad we had the PA rate, it's definitely not worth $40 a night. The Good; the staff was very friendly, and did a good job and took care of us. I was very happy with this part of the park. The showers were clean and well kept, the ladies in the family all showered and said they were excellent. The Bad; the sites are "clown car" small. We have a small TT, 25', and we took up the whole site. Luckily, the CG wasn't full, and we parked in the site next to us, that was the only parking available. I'm not sure where you're supposed to park when the CG is full. The sites aren't very level, (took 2 boards on one side to level our TT) and they are made up of a small asphalt pad with the rest being dirt and rocks, so expect some dirt in the rig as the walking area is all dirt. There's a small grass area, and a dog walking area, but most of the sites with grass appear to be seasonal. For a very quick overnight stay, this CG is mostly adequate if you are a PA member. If you're not, I'd pass. If you're going to be in the area more than one night, I think I'd look some place else. I wish the CG was as nice as the staff.