Date of Stay: December, 2006
It's always an adventure to visit the home folks for the holidays. When you add two kids, a dog and a 660 mile trip towing a Travel Trailer, well, just make sure you pack your sense of humor, patience and definitely lower your expectations. After my husband thought it would be a good idea to use Hwy 60 as a short-cut, (I can still hear the kids,"Are you o.k.,Mom?") I peeled my arm off the door's hand-grip and we checked into the Lee-Hi campground for a one night stay. We missed the entrance, too and had to call them on a cell phone. For those who don't know, the campground is accessed on a hill BEHIND the truck stop and gas pumps. You check in at the truck stop office. We chose a site with full hook-up. You'll need it because the bathhouse in the campground is permanently CLOSED. If you have less than full-hook up, then prepare to pony up $5 for a hot shower. We were hungry and tired and went down the road to a very nice Ruby Tuesday. There is also a Wal-Mart in the vicinity with plenty of RV supplies. I walked our dog, who immediately found a curious number of cat litter piles strewn beside what appeared to be a very newly paved campground road. We also noticed that the children's play area seemed to be more of a large cat box than playground. While there was very little traffic in the campground (other than the cats, who demanded entry into our RV at some ungodly hour of the morning), the noise from the truck stop wasn't bothersome. This campground is what it is...an overnight stop if there ever was one. And considering the animosity between truckers and RVer's, I'm sure that the dichotomy isn't lost on the campground's owners.
Date of Stay: October, 2006
What a beautiful campground in the Eastern part of Kentucky, just off of 64, near Grayson. Most of the sites were spacious and shaded and the campground layout was accommodating to even the largest RVs. Since it was the last weekend of the year, it was rather crowded. The back loops are a little tight, but worth the effort because they back up to the woods, which was very pretty. There are several things to do in the area. Top of the list are the caves themselves. Get an early start and your tour won't be hurried, noisy or crowded. We had an awesome guide. He was very knowledgeable and even showed us two different species of bats that were hibernating in the caves!! Cool beyond belief for a teenager. Note: The smaller bat cave across from the gift shop and ticket area is closed during the winter, but not to be missed is the trail behind the gift shop leading to a huge natural bridge. WOW!! In fact, if you love to hike there are several challenging, beautiful trails at this park. The resort was slammed that weekend, but they do have a golf course and a nice sized pool. The only blot on an otherwise beautiful locale was the Haunted Trail, which is run by the park every Halloween and which ran all weekend, from 7pm to 11pm. This Haunted Trail was RIGHT across from the campground. Blaring music and spooky noises could be heard for most of the night. After a while it became downright funny, but I would definitely come back to this lovely campground on any other weekend than All Hallows. The foliage was absolutely gorgeous.
Date of Stay: April, 2006
This campground is no longer a KOA, it's a Good Sam. I actually work-camped here for one month while relocating to the Cincinnati area. I was supposed to stay at Oak Creek Campground in Walton, but that is another review. (Reader's Digest version: Ewww). When I told the owner about my disgust of Oak Creek, he just laughed; he had heard worst stories than mine. I had a nice clean site and yes, it is between a very active rail line and I-75. However, I never had to worry about my trailer or my stuff. The owner's were always on top of who should be there and who shouldn't. The campground stayed immaculately clean and when I needed to extend my stay due to a home closing, they were very accommodating. Our kids opened the pool on Memorial Day weekend! No, it's no resort destination, but this campground was safe and clean and that's more than you could say for the other aforementioned campgrounds in the vicinity.