Date of Stay: August, 2009
We used this campgrounds as a staging area for visiting the Rock and Roll Museum (aprox 1 hour drive) so the site selection was not too important for us. That being said, this is a run of the mil State Park. It is somewhat remote requiring a drive to find anything to do. The sites themselves were adequately sized and spaced but you should know that for most sites anyway, only 20amp electric is available. We were able to run our AC on low for awhile as long we had nothing else on -both refrigerator and water heater had to be on propane. Just something to be aware of. Also the playground equipment was old, broken, and dangerous -broken rungs with sharp pointed pieces remaining- to the point that I would not let the 6YO play on it. Overall, it is neither a great park nor a bad park -except for the playground equipment- but unless we had another reason to stay here, we probably wouldn't bother.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
Nice Park. Especially nice if you have watercraft as the lake is large and seem to attract those with all types of boats/personal watercraft. If you have an aversion to the sound of high powered speedboats this is not the place for you, or at least the waterfront sites are not. The sites them selves, We stayed in Site #56, are adequately sized with a reasonable distance between sites. The shower complaint is that the showers had those types that you push a button and they would only stayed on for about 5 sec. This is on all the showers we tried. Also the 6YO loved the playground equipment.Overall, we would stay here again, maybe on a little larger site.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Great Park. Nice mostly level, large, shady sites. Lots to do both in the park and in the nearby area. Wally's World right next to the park entrance and The Whitewater Scenic Railroad in nearby Connersville are two attractions we highly recommend. DW complained about the water in the showers not being hot enough for her, but she likes scalding hot showers, for most people it should be fine. We recommend it and will camp here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
Nice average park. Sites are fairly large and level but not a lot of shade available. Some sites have a nice view of the lake, though none are really "waterfront" sites. There is a nice new camp office but the 6YO DD says the playground area could use some TLC. We use this park as our wring-out trip every year because it is so close to home (20 min.) but if it weren't for that, I'm not sure we make a long trip to stay here. It's not a bad park, it's not an exceptional park by our standards.
Date of Stay: July, 2007
Man! This is a great place!! The park itself is beautiful. It’s a bit of a challenge getting there with all the steep hills and switchbacks you have to negotiate but it’s definitely worth the effort. There are two campgrounds a few miles apart from each other; the Beavercreek and the Riverside. I would advise the Riverside over the Beavercreek as the Beavercreek sites looked quite crowded and small. They looked like the sites were jammed up against each other – way too close for my liking. The Riverside sites were –as the name implies- on the riverside. The sites up through #20 were quite large while the further on down you go, the more densely packed they became. None of the sites were full hook-up, electric only but that was fine for us. We camped at site #30, and if I had one complaint it would be the size of the site and nearness of the neighbors. But then again our site was directly across from the restrooms/showers so where we were was real convenient; however there are both pros and cons to being this close to the public facilities. Again, when (not if) we go back again, we’ll get one of the riverside sites numbered 20 or less. The staff was friendly, courteous and helpful. While I can’t speak to all of them in the Park, the facilities we used had flush toilets, showers, and dish washing sinks and while these facilities were starting to show their age, they were none the less very well maintained and cleaned daily. There’s plenty to do right there in the Park, with a small but beautiful lake for paddle boats/canoeing, a swimming pool at the lodge, lots and lots of sight seeing and wild-life (including deer and black bears), paved roads for bicycling and of course the Greenbrier River. If you want to venture just a little ways outside the park there are many many things to do and see in the area. We rode the Cass Railroad, and biked almost 30 miles of the Greenbrier Bike Trail (hard packed gravel) north of Marlinton.(Greenbrier River Trail) We visited waterfalls (Hills Creek Waterfalls) in the Monongahela National Forest and drove the Highland Scenic Highway and also visited Beartown State Park and Droop Mountain Battlefield and we waded, swam, and played in the Greenbrier River at our campsite. All in all, we really really enjoyed our week stay at Watoga and could easily have enjoyed another week. I recommend it.