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This is for military (including retiree) or eligible DOD civilians only. There are RV 16 sites with one taken by the camp host (very helpful!) and there seem to be a couple of overflow sites that have FHU but not on large space nor with level concrete pad. Spaces are huge with plenty of room for tow vehicle or truck, set up screen room or have a game of croquet. Minimal noise other than standard bugle calls and occasional fly overs by helicopters. Bathhouse was large, clean and convenient. Base does recycling of standard metal, paper, plastic and glass. There are plans to get WiFi in the future, but for now you will need to use the base library (closed on Sunday) or rent "hot spot" from MWR at outrageous price. Over the air TV is minimal; could only get Watertown with two commercial stations (CBS/ABC/Fox) and PBS. Having stayed at other service campgrounds, this one is a bit pricey at $35 given the paucity of amenities. We would stay here again, if in the area.

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This is a State Park and has budget limitations. They are working on the campground in the woods so we could only go to Rolling Hills area. Some sites had water/electric and others electric only and a few no utilities. We were told we could "only" fit in a certain site though a number of the electric only sites on grass would have worked. I don't think the girl on the desk was a camper or familiar with various RVs, trailers or pop-ups. So our site was on dirt and tree roots, NOT level (we could only put out the bedroom slide), and difficult to get in. Needed extension for electric and second hose for water due to placement of the pedestal. LOTS of families with kids on bikes, walking, and having fun. Lots of folks with campfires in the evening quietly enjoying the grounds. Shower was good. Campground DOES encourage recycling. We would ONLY stay here again if on a more traditional RV site. Perhaps the wooded sites (being rehabbed as of our visit) would meet the need with level pads and FHU.

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Rate does NOT include electricity; we used $7 over 3 days in warm weather. This seemed fair. Upon check-in, you are guided to your site and the speed is "Walking speed" and they mean it and follow it. Roads are narrow and we were in a section of 90% seasonals, but that was fine. Our site was on gravel and fairly level with FHU (no cable). Our OTH antenna picked up about 7 stations, including at least 2 major networks. A park model next to us had a large wasp nest on the eave close to our site; we mentioned it to the staff in the AM as we went out and when we came back in the early afternoon, it was gone. Very attentive and caring crew! The small pool was very brisk as a natural spring ran under it, keeping the temperature down. As noted previously, it is very quiet during the week and WiFi ran well. Most folks from NY/Canada showed up Friday afternoon and it did get louder in the evening. LOTS of campfires going and friends having a good time. Checked the bath house (small) and it is a pay shower facility, so bring quarters. Campground DOES do recycling. This is NOT the same campground (care and staff wise) of some of the much earlier reviews. It is a family owned and operated facility and very well handled. We would stay here again if in the area.

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Rate reflects a combination of Passport America discount for 2 days and Good Sam discount for 2 days. Cross between "old-timey" and resort. Lots of amenities and very friendly folks. Roads a bit rough and bridge into park scary, but perfectly OK. Most transient sites on grass with fair amount of space and we had FHU with cable. Our cell phone (Consumer Cellular/off ATT towers) was NOT effective. WiFi was slow at times but available. Quiet hours WERE quiet, which was a treat. I had a problem with furnace and they called a gentleman who came after work, figured out the issue, went home and had a part, came back (about 25 minutes one way), and fixed furnace for $40 labor. Pool was nice (cool) but refreshing. Did not see any recycling efforts, though office said their trash hauler had discontinued doing recycles (boo-hiss). This campground is reasonably priced and close to a number of areas: Chautauqua Institute, Lilydale, Audubon Nature Center, Lucille Ball Museum, Panama Rocks. We would camp here again if we came through.

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This is an "old fashioned campground" and we were thrilled to find it. We were familiar with the Wooster area and figured from photos it would be a flat, hot farmfield with two ponds. Not so; it is flat but there are a lot of trees, and transients (as opposed to seasonals) will get a nice shaded site. From calling for reservations to being greeted on arrival to escort to the site, all was handled well with friendliness and caring. Hookups are easy (though may need an extension for electric and a second hose for water, depending on which way you face upon coming in.) Site was on grass and reasonably level with only minor adjustment needed. Showers are available (but bring quarters...it's that old fashioned.) Toilets are in separate area and look like pit toilets, but they are flush. There is a small pond with swimming off a sand beach. Lots of areas for kids to play. Over the air TV was more than adequate with all major networks available and we got a total of 33 stations. You can pay for Internet but they also have a hotspot which I was able to pick up in our coach. Biggest problems are finding the place (follow their directions from the web site; don't trust your GPS) and the fact that after a lot of rain, sites can be muddy and heavy rigs could sink a bit. But we will definitely return next time we come back for a visit to Wooster.

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Pros: Beautiful scenery, quiet (ok, trains across the lake rumbled some), on water, nice beach, excellent playground for the kids, clean and neat, LOTS of trash cans. Cons: WiFi only in a hotspot near office, no cable, Over the Air TV spotty, sites not all easily leveled. This is a TVA sponsored campground. We've stayed at a similar one last year and this one seems to have the same issue: they cater to seasonals or LONG term rentals. When you see a lot of campers with insulated water hoses in June with temps in the 90's, you get to understand that those who want to come for a weekend or even a week's stay may have a tough time getting in. There are NO reservations. Hmmm, so once in, guess you just stay. Yeah, they have weekly, monthly, and seasonal rates. IF you can get in it is a lovely place. We took a chance, and to be fair, when I called and talked to the manager, she said to call on our way up and she would confirm if a space was available. The campground itself if nice; the policy of favoring long term stays is disheartening.

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The Tellico Lake Campgrounds bill themselves as a "resort". That might be a stretch, but it does allow them to charge more. Yes, there is a gate with a pass card to get in and yes, gates are locked at night. We had good WiFi and over the air TV got all major networks. Spaces are large, level, and easy to maneuver in. Roads are paved and provide nice venue for bike or hike around the campground area. Biggest gripe was of the 76 spaces, only about 25% were for transients; all others are "resort" rented for season (March to November). That makes it hard to get a site for the casual visitor. But, it keeps them in business. Worth the stay if you can get booked in.

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Rate is PPA. Previous reviews all highlight small, tight spaces. Yep. Closest we have been to others living since we were in Japan living in town. That was unsettling. But, in driving around, most of the parks in this area are like that...crammed and jammed. You are on the edge of the Smokies and Dollywood is the big draw. That aside, folks were very pleasant, restrooms clean, WiFi fast and easy, cable TV appropriate choices. The trolley stops at the park entrance so for $0.50 you can ride into town, or around and another $0.50 gets you to Dollywood. If you are here for the entertainment, not relaxing in a campground and nature, then this is a good choice.

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Rate reflects Passport America. This is closest decent campground to Wheeling, WV. We were visiting friends and found this convenient. Many OH State Parks accept PPA and campgrounds are usually good. This one has some problems, starting with undermanned entrance gate where you are directed to the camp store to check-in, then have to drive a huge loop to turn around. As noted, only ONE shower house, so plan on driving there, and pit toilets (clean, but still pit) per camp loop. Some sites were level, but it can be a stretch; pick your site carefully. The campground is quiet, spacious, and relaxing. If you are into "real" camping (and we saw a number of tenters), this is a great place. But the negatives were significant: No easy potable water source; you needed a double length of hose to hook to a drinking fountain, and were blocking traffic while filling. No decent toilets and the pit toilets were minimal. No Wi-Fi or cable (though over the air TV was adequate.) If, if Ohio spends a little money (which they don't have) on improvements, it could easily move to an 8.

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This was our 3rd stay and will NOT be our last. First, the pluses--location, quiet, cost, level sites, shade and best of all, GREAT management. As previously noted, this is in an established 55+ community, but the residents were very welcoming. One gentlemen even brought us flowers for the coach. We were there in May and planning to return for Aug so made reservations. When we came back, they remembered us, had paperwork ready, and came by to make sure everything was OK. So, why an 8? Simple--no bathhouse (known in advance, but still prefer them to showering in RV), no cable (but plenty of over the air TV), and no Wi-Fi. But remember where you are--a guest in a mobile home community, not an RV park. Oh yeah, we'll be back because family is here, the sites are super, and they really make you feel welcome. (Also, excellent shopping and restaurants within 1 mile.)

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Rate reflects Senior discount from NPS. This place has improved since our last visit. It is in a good location, has easy access, each site is roomy, and comes with table. Check in is "easy" but first go to the office, then they have you pick a site, return to MWR, sign up, then go hookup. Lot's of back and forth. We found a good site close to bath house and were able to pick up WiFi in coach. If we were further away, not sure it would have worked. However, the utilities are still messed up, with a need to share water stanchions, and sewers not always placed conveniently. In addition, they seem to be (according to other campers) always working on water issues and so the quality is questionable. We resorted to bottled water. And when we dumped at our site prior to leaving, we realized the sewer lines were backed up. Told by another camper that this happens every other month or so. So if you can do without WiFi, cable, have long water hoses and two-fers, and are willing to chance the water and sewer, it's not a bad place. But clearly, they need to put some money into the infrastructure.

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I called for reservations about 2 weeks in advance and had no problem. They no longer require decals on vehicles, but be prepared to show license, registration, and proof of insurance (though we didn't have to.) Check in is at auto hobby shop. Getting into park area after 2 PM may be a bit strange because of 1-way traffic OUT bound so you head for the Navy Lodge. Not a problem. Upper sites are all concrete pads and reasonably level with nice table on concrete bump outs and excellent hookups. Lower level sites are completed and nicely graveled with good hookups. Bathhouse was clean and never had a wait for a shower. Not a lot of shade on upper level, but we were out most of the day with family. Wi-Fi is now free and good connections. We will definitely stay here again.

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Campground will accept Passport America, but they gave me the group rate for a Bluegrass Concert package. There are several campgrounds here and we were in the lowest one, next to the river. There was a concert scheduled for the weekend which we were not staying for, but we got the rate anyway. Campground is on grass with utilities set at the back end of sites, near the perimeter road. There are plenty of electric outlets, but only one water outlet for every 2-4 sites, so you need a splitter to get city water. Sites were uneven on grass and in a wet season, could be an issue. There is NO cable or Wi-Fi, so that was a negative. I also did not even look at the bathhouse at the lower level. In talking with one gentleman who had been with the campground a while, he said the town just did not have the money to put into the campground. He also mentioned that last year there had been problems with locals taking things that were left out. However, it is an excellent spot to stay if you want to explore Lexington, VA and the historical sites all around. We'll probably stop again and spend a couple of days looking at VMI, Jackson/Lee historical interests, and some of the local wineries.

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Rate cited reflects a Passport America discount. Traveling north, this was an easy stop off I-81. It is so far from the interstate that there is NO noise. Manager is VERY friendly and helpful and escorted us to our site. This is everything we enjoy in a campground: good hookups, easy access, clean bathhouse and showers, nice rec hall, close to shopping and restaurants, and quiet. Several points to consider that lead to an 8 rating--no Wi-Fi except in rec hall (though they are putting it into the park), no cable, bathhouse is a goodly distance from farthest sites so it can be a walk. Overall, well worth the stop. However--management here is SUPER! I had a problem with my tow car and he recommended a place to get it done quickly and cheaply. Excellent work! Then, very soon after we left, he called me to say I might have a problem with a tire as he noticed a drag mark on the gravel. We stopped quickly and I realized I had forgotten to take OFF the emergency brake on the car before we started out. I called back to thank the manager. But his noticing it and calling is well above and beyond the call of duty. So we WILL stop there again if traveling through because the quality of service exceeded all our expectations and what we have ever had before.

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We had forgotten how nice COE campgrounds are. Site was big, wide and level. Over the air TV was excellent. We had trees, birds and nature all around. Went to bathhouse and showers were large, clean and lots of hot water. One of the most restful nights we have spent on the road. Entrance gate can be intimidating. And NO recycle bin. Shame! Trash is all at the exit (easy for contractors, but not customer friendly). Definitely a great place for resting or family fun. Hope to get back here later for longer stay. Expect in summer it would be crowded and need reservations.