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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.

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Park is "free" but we left donation in box (not easy to find.) Sites are reasonably level. Noise not a big issue. This is a great service by a small town; wish more did this so we could avoid Walmarts. Problems noted are: no restroom or shower so be self-contained. No instructions or guides on the signboard, so you have to guess on process. Over the air signal adequate. I suspect if you were here in summer, you could use the facilities, which seemed lovely--driving range, frisbee golf, etc. It was a nice gesture by the town and we appreciated it and got a good night's rest.

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Just passing through and needed a spot to stop and see Roswell. Owner very nice and helpful. Sites easy to get into and level. Each pull through has a picnic table with extension for grill attached. Nice touch...BUT...tables bolted down and so placement of coach and door is critical. Don't get too close or you will have trouble getting past. Good over the air TV coverage, so didn't use cable. Spent morning at the museum and in town then pulled out for points east. But it was a quiet, restful spot. We would probably stay here again if in the area. Did not see any recycling bins.

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Rate is PPA. Called to see if site was available and was told to pull in, go to site #xx, and then fill out paperwork on porch in front of office and leave it. It was late and all went smoothly except...no electric. When 30 amp didn't work, tried 20 amp. Then had a thought, replugged to 30 amp AND also threw the 100 amp breaker. That seemed to turn on power. Some sort of safety device? But we had the power. Later went to take shower and found large "family" bathroom with large walk in shower. They had spray bottle and asked users to spray down after shower, so very clean and nice. This was only a night stop, but the few regulars we met were all very welcoming and friendly. Sites are level, away from noise, and stars were beautiful. Maybe not a destination for us, but certainly a place we would stop again. Very pleased to see they had recycle bins for most items.

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This mobile home community had some unused land so put in sites for RVs right along the fence separating it from the busy 4 lane road. Traffic noise loud and All Night. We had electric, water, sewer, and we had internet. But the access road to the site was narrow, rutted, and once at the site, had no good way to exit. They seem to have put two RVs on one mobile home site with a shared driveway that is not in front of either. So you might drop off the curb getting out. Certainly want to unhitch if towing, and you couldn't fit in anyway with it attached. When I checked in, was told to follow the signs and not given map, instructions, or anything else. It was not as simple as it sounded. If ever in the area again, we would either stay at Walmart or keep on going.