This campground is like a second-rate KOA. It has pluses and minuses. I had read the previous 9s and 10s and was expecting more. The staff seemed friendly. The bathroom looked new and was very clean. The playground seemed new. The pool was not open when we were there but looked OK. The camp store was about average, shelves stocked with most necessities. It featured a snack bar. There is a miniature golf course that looked playable. Despite these positives, do not expect a 9 or 10 level park. The primary problem is the overall look of the park. The road signs were poor, many looking homemade or so faded as to be virtually unreadable. The fencing had peeling paint. Some of the campsite number signs were broken and leaning over each other. Some campers looked like they had been sitting on their sites untouched for months. The sites were grass and dirt with no clear markings between them. The pull-throughs were close together and alternatively facing each other, so your camper is very close to one neighbor's camper and the picnic table/fire ring are in an area shared with the other neighbor. The back-ins are against a vegetation-covered fence, and the road is on the other side. Not the worst campground we have been to, but not a 9 or 10 either. I doubt we will return.
This campground is mostly wooded, and the roads and sites are not paved. The restrooms are fairly new and nice, though they could use a little more attention. They have a separate family restroom for campers with children. Our biggest complaint with the campground was the huge piles of brush (trees and branches) left scattered around many of the campsites in the upper loop (sites 44-70) as well as the numerous knee-high weeds in the grassy areas between sites. Limbs and branches all over the ground take away from what would be a very scenic place. The electric sites are all in the lower loop (sites 1-43), and the more private sites are in the upper loop. Mostly tents up there. It is a very quiet campground. The state park features a very nice 1.2-mile hiking trail called Double Run that goes past several small water falls. There also is a scenic canyon view next to a place called the Rock Garden that has lots of boulders. And there is a swimming area near a dam, but the water is extremely cold.
We greatly enjoyed our two-night stay here. Our campsite was shaded and at the end of a row in the 1-100 section. These sites are a mix of daily and seasonal, but the seasonal sites are very well-maintained -- this is no trailer park. The 200 sites appeared to have less shade and less space. (We never got up to the 300 sites.) We visited before Halloween, and I highly recommend doing this. Many of the sites were very well decorated for Halloween, and kids can go trick-or-treating around the campground. The maintenance barn is transformed into one of the best haunted houses we have ever experienced -- an amazingly professional effort. The camp store is good, and the playground is great. The restrooms were clean, though they could use a few more showers. We definitely would go back.
This campground has the nicest bathrooms we encountered during our recent vacation. The shower, toilet and sink are in a single room, allowing you to take care of all of your business in total privacy. Our site had no picnic table, and none of the sites has shade because the trees are very young. The location is good, as Arnolds Park amusement park is about a mile away. The owner is very friendly.
This campground has a great central location north of the Needles Highway in the Black Hills. Many of the sites have shade, and others have a view of the nearby mountains. Our kids loved the playground, and my wife loved the washer and dryer, saying they were the best she has seen. The bathrooms are clean and nice, though they can get crowded and there is offensive graffiti in several of the stalls. We found the staff very friendly. We definitely would stay here again.
Our site was strewn with garbage to the point that it resembled an inner city vacant lot. One of the wooden beams from the fence around the site was scorched and sitting in the grass nearby. The closest bathroom, in the gameroom, was a mess, the toilet clogged and filthy, despite the presence of a young employee sitting a few feet away watching a DVD. The seasonal residents who appear to make up the overwhelming majority of the customers constantly ride by in golf carts. While I was sitting there pondering whether to spend a half-hour cleaning up the trash on the site, a cart loaded with about six unsupervised youths nearly crashed down the path right next to the site. At that point I had seen enough. One of the greatest joys of my just-finished vacation was putting this dump in my rear-view mirror. I only wish there had been a review on this site to steer me away beforehand. Consider yourself warned: This is not a good campground.