When we hooked up, we noticed a leak in the electric, so much so that we would be shocked when we touched our screen door without shoes on and not stepping on a mat. When we complained, owner admitted that the sites were not grounded. He did fix it, but we felt that the comments he made all weekend long about being "sued" were derogatory to Americans and inhospitable. It is evident they are trying, but he seems so paranoid about everything that he won't entrust his campers to have a good stay. All weekend long, he reminded my teenaged kids to make sure their mom didn't sue him. This campground is helpful, but I didn't appreciate how this situation was handled or how he communicated his fear. Unground electric is just not cool: no matter what.
Can't echo the sentiments of prior reviews enough. The male manager, who is an independent owner, is difficult to deal with and doesn't care about good will. Stayed here one night, but was lumped in with 5 other late arrivals. Because the signage was poorly done, one unit pulled in the wrong direction and ended up hooking to our water and sewer. We could stretch enough to use electric, but couldn't use water or toilet. We, too, were issued the "deluxe" sites, which had been graveled maybe 15 years ago, and it rained and flooded. There were NO bathrooms at this lower level with 60 sites: you had to cross a foot bridge over a creek to get to bathrooms. We asked for a $5.99 credit (for water/electric rates) and were refused. KOA Corporate couldn't get him to budge. This is an owner who is exploiting the location and KOA's name. Even though it's a good stopping off point, if you can, drive a little farther and skip this stay.
We arrived very late to this park, after the gate had closed, due to our routing somehow taking longer than we had planned. However, the ranger escorted us right to our site. They had just had a torrential downpour, and many of the sites were unbelievably flooded. We had a site with a shared driveway (and I don't think that was made clear to me when I reserved), so it was a little tight. But our neighbors were friendly and our site was dry. The bathrooms were well-used and seemed not to be very well cleaned. They usually cleaned them around 8:30-9:00 a.m. and it seemed like they needed to push that back to maintain cleanliness more throughout the day. It is extremely humid and muggy in this area, so we didn't spend a lot of time outside. The people were friendly, and the sites were nice. It is tricky maneuvering around this city though due to the many bridges, so watch your routing with your rig. We liked what we saw, but not enough to return to this area again.
This is the closest and most convenient park to DC. We loved the convenience of taking the Metro Bus to the Metro Rail. This campground really goes out of their way to service you. However, they seemed very overworked and a wee bit cranky at the end of the day. I found the workampers to be more friendly. The staff wasn't mean. I could just tell they wanted to go home. Another concern I had, was that because it was the end of the line of the bus, several homeless often visited the bus shelter to sleep, drink, etc. I never saw staff shoo them away. They didn't seem to cause a problem. However on July 3, staff did post a sign that several items had been stolen from campers (car radios, bikes, etc.). Their entry gate was broken at the time also. We were fortunate in that we were not here during the day, as we were sightseeing so we didn't leave anything out unattended. The sites around the pond, while beautiful, can be tricky to get into. I kind of trimmed an evergreen trying to back my rig in. But all in all, it was a pleasant stay here. The store is full of items that you may not even get from Camping World. The restaurant and open air movie theater on site was neat. The pools were well maintained and lifeguarded. I did have a problem with kids younger than 16 being in a hot tub unsupervised, but I have no problems letting smaller children know they need to bring their parents back if they wish to enjoy the amenities. (The teacher in me.) Campers were very friendly, too. We would stay here again without hesitation.
The office staff, especially the woman who stays until closing, is extremely helpful and friendly in this park. WIFI was extremely dependable and FREE! We were gone all three days we stayed here - sightseeing in Williamsburg and Busch Gardens, but the people seemed to be very friendly and nice. The park has a dog run, but it is unlit and back near the woods, so it's a little buggy and you would have to visit it before sunset. All in all, we would definitely stay here again, even though it was a drive to all of the locations we wanted to see (but then again, that's the way it was with everything).
We were very fortunate to get an oceanfront site because we were a "fit" for a vacancy within a time frame (4 days). Although the sites are not paved, there was certainly enough room between sites to put out slides and awnings. You may, however, be backed up right next to someone. I would totally agree with the parents not watching bikes. Watch where you park your TV or you may end up having dents and scratches like mine does now. Also, many parents allow their unlicensed teens and pre-teens to drive carts. If you are oceanfront, be aware that the nights are cruising nights - all the golf carts stroll down the street en-masse. My teenagers liked the amenities and there was plenty to do. They do have security patrolling the area at night, so it quiets down quite a bit, but like every campground you can visit, the biggest issue is letting small children run amuck unsupervised. I would go here again, although I would try to get into Ocean Lakes or Pirateland first.
This campground is the closest to the Columbus city limits. It is a large gravel parking lot adjacent to an old farmhouse right off a busy road. There is only an outbuilding for the bathroom that is not air conditioned and does not have paper towels but is clean and painted all white. Both ladies' and mens' rooms only have one toilet stall and one shower. Surprisingly, don't assume this overnight type style campground will have room if you are just passing through - they seem to be filled up, some sites with long-term rentals. If they offer you an overflow site, it is really a narrow driveway with 50' of extra electrical cord and a spigot to hook a green garden hose to, but you will be charged accordingly as if it were a water/electric site or full hook site. The owner, while nice, seems a bit demanding and not familiar with the rv'ing culture. It is a fine place to stay overnight, but is not a destination park, although because there is no close competition, they have the market cornered and charge so appropriately.
The owners are definitely trying to have a nice park here. It is nicely maintained, with trash cans along side of the sites, not dumpsters - nice new buildings and clean. The sites are all gravel and have sprinklers to maintain grass. My only complaints were that 1) the WIFI was not dependable at all - but they did just have a storm there, and 2) because of the storm, we were encouraged to stay off the road when we called to say we'd be later than expected. We were two hours away when I called - and yes, while we are aware that storms can blow over TT's - we had NOAA weather equipment and other communication that helped us make the decision to push on because we'd be there after the storm had pushed through (which was exactly what happened). When we arrived, some other residents asked us if we were trying to sneak in at night. That experience was a little off-putting, but the rest of our stay was fine. I think the owners just need to think about the RV lifestyle and what people do when they're out on the road (like needing dependable WIFI). Other than that, it was a pleasant experience.
We stayed at this campground because we thought it would have appeal to the kids. While some of the staff were very friendly (a workamper couple that checked us in were very nice), some were not. One helper shooed me out of the office while she was on the phone because I had my dog in my hand, and I just wanted change for a dollar for the laundry facility. The place needed a lot of repair, but that wasn't the helpers' fault. Their WIFI was not reliable - and signal strength was very iffy from our site. Many of the guests were families with tents or popups that didn't watch their children. We had an ok stay here, but there were other campgrounds closer to attractions we should have considered. The pool was nice and everything was maintained, restrooms clean, by the workampers. However, someone's little boy had flooded the Men's bathroom toilet with rocks when we first arrived. Also, some policies like animals on leashes were not enforced, causing our neighbor's dog to eliminate on our site. We have children and dogs also, but when you don't act accordingly, you give RV'ers a bad name. Overall, this CG is just worn out and needs some owner TLC.
This was a nice stop over for us. However, their internet was available from the office location only - you could get it outside when it was closed. I wish we were there earlier to enjoy the pool - unfortunately, we stopped just for the night. It was cool and breezy - and everything appeared nice and clean.
Although the sites were small and a little crammed in, the service here was excellent! The owners, RV'ers themselves, really go out of their way to help people stay here. Our kids loved the enclosed pool. The bathrooms were clean and coded to get into. We couldn't figure out why this park was given such low ratings in Woodall's and Trailer Life. Other than maybe handicapped access. We liked it here - especially the very reliable FREE WIFI through Nomad ISP!
This park is beautiful. If you are looking for a wooded, state park type atmosphere, however, this is not the place. The WIFI is paid - through Nomad ISP. They offer free coffee, cappucino and hot chocolate in the am's. Their bathroom and facilities are coded, and SPOTLESS! Game room for kids. Nicely maintained sites. Sprinklers do come on after midnight. Absolutely wonderful staff of friendly workampers. Although pricey, this campground was a great element of our Yellowstone vacation in July 2006. Great place! And great smooth access to YNP - no steep grades - and beautiful drive down Gallatin Gateway to get there from Bozeman, MT.
I'm sorry to say this - but this facility is just ripping you off because there aren't many facilities in the area between Grand Tetons and Yellowstone. It is completely overpriced. Their sites are small, but still, you could put out your awning. There is very little customer service. The day we were there, a large youth group disembarked a bus - must have been 60 boys - the showers were filled from 6 until midnight, and the laundry facilities were stacked up. When they finished, the bathrooms were cluttered with socks, broken glass, and debris. We were only there for a night, but the next day, it still wasn't cleaned up. You could have fires, if you brought your own wood - but they didn't sell firewood at the store. They were out of ice also. For a different price, I might have been able to live with such things. But we were definitely overcharged.
This park has a lot of potential. It's WIFI was extremely accessible, and they offered free long distance phone calls from a central location to their customers (they must be subscribed to VOIP as I saw the modem box next to the phone). However, there are several of their sites which are not only crammed, but dangerous to get in and out of. We stayed here during Frontier Days and were loaded up two decrepit cement ramps under a tree, crammed right next to our neighbors, so much so that her truck, even angled, was less than 12" away from our front door. Forget about opening your awning. In addition, when we were led to our site, we told the young man that our TT would not straddle those ramps - and he was asking us to make a turn that would have torn our sways right off! Finally, after asking a neighboring 5er to move her car, we were able to swing into the site, barely missing two poles and a tree branch. We had to ask for assistance in getting out of our site, because it took three people: my DH watching my back end, the owner watching my front end (as I was inches away from another site's trailer) and me driving. It was uncomfortable to say the least. However, everything was clean, the staff was friendly, and the BBQ on site was delicious (add'l cost). But it didn't appear as if they were computerized. There were several pull-throughs across from us that we could've been located in with a lot less trouble. It appeared though as if Frontier Days was not the time to come. And although they were helpful and friendly enough, I wouldn't stay there in that site (M19) again - it's really made for a smaller TT (below 22 ft) or a pop up, but not the rig we had.