Date of Stay: July, 2012
We just returned from an 8 day stay at this beautiful campground. The campground is divided into two sections, "East" and "West" Park. We stayed in the east section and I cannot comment on the west as we only drove through and did not use the facilities there. There are two pools on this property. The one on our side of the campground was quite large and extremely clean. The campsite (#189) was close to the pool, store, and other amenities, yet seemed secluded because of the surrounding pine trees. The majority of the sites have semi private areas and appeared to be seasonals. Regardless, everyone we spoke to was friendly and pleasant. There is a game room on the property that is connected to an AJ's fun center that offered ice cream (must try the chocolate and coconut Eskimo Kisses), mini-golf and go karts. The go karts did run until 11pm each night, but it was not a major noise issue. At night, this campground is so quiet you literally feel like you are in the middle of nowhere. The kids had a blast and would love to go back again someday (this was 10 hours from home for us). They felt more than entertained. The campground staff were friendly without being over-bearing. The restrooms and showers were immaculate. This campground also offered free Wi-Fi, which was spotty, but you could sit up at the office on the quaint front porch and get a connection just fine. The campground also features an entrance gate and is conveniently located just north of Pentwater and Lake Michigan. I would definitely recommend it!
Date of Stay: September, 2009
We camped here for the first time and I must say we were pleasantly surprised. There were so many wonderful activities for the kids, they were never lacking for something to do! The weekend we visited happened to be their annual fall festival and it was super. There was trick or treating, pumpkin carving ($4), a bounce house ($5/day or $8/weekend), a hay rack ride, band and more! The small fees for some of the activities were not a big deal to us as I felt the price of their sites was very reasonable. The hosts were extremely friendly and helpful from the second that we arrived. The owner was also very friendly and you can tell that the success of this campground is important to him! Sites were spacious although a little rough in patches yet, although that would not deter us from visiting again. You can tell a lot of work has been done to bring this campground back to life and it shows. The bathrooms were clean, as was the entire campground. There is a small store with necessities and a large recreation hall. They have cabins available for rent and a 3 bedroom lodge that is open for overnights year round (I think it has 3 bedrooms). This is a very family oriented campground, we will definitely visit again!
Date of Stay: July, 2009
The first thing I noticed this visit was that they need to clean up the area around the office. That being said, the campground itself was clean with the exception of the bathrooms (not horrible, but definitely not clean). They have added swings to the newer playground, which the kids loved. I expected the campground to be busier on a holiday weekend, but there were still sites available. The weekend hay rack rides are loved by all and this time they had several little cars pulled train like that were really cute. The owners and staff are very friendly as always and go out of their way to make your stay a pleasant one. The Wi-Fi was not working this weekend. Excellent view of the fireworks from campsite.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Nice well maintained park. Sites are decent sized. The indoor pool is a nice touch however they have many many rules. Food in the restaurant was almost inedible but the ice cream more than made up for it. There is a large lake for fishing, non motorized boat rentals, mini golf (about $20. for a family of 4), lake with inflatables and more. Overall this was a nice campground with decent amenities. The main shower house could use an over haul. The owners are constantly cleaning, mowing, leaf blowing and this is an exceptionally clean park.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
This is not a place for children! People come here to basically party and go tubing! It is a blast! This year they have several new facilities including a covered pavilion and live music. The shower was very cold, but it didn't matter much to us as we had been on the river drinking beer all day and just wanted to get cleaned up. You don't come here for the great sites and restrooms, you come here for the fun! The owner and all the staff were helpful and friendly. The major negative that we had was the owner's wife! She was extremely rude and unfriendly, which seemed to be the consensus of everyone that we talked to. NASTY! Otherwise a great time was had by all.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
We just got back from another visit to Walnut Acres. I must say that holiday weekends are quite over crowded, they had us wedged in like sardines! We paid for electric and had to run our extension cord across two other sites to get it. I'm not certain if the sites were supposed to have water, we were told that water was available however the campers all around us had all hooked up to the only available water sources with splitters. We unhooked them and filled our tanks and then hooked them back up. These sites (in the 700's) were the smallest sites we have ever camped in by far! Many people were unable to even put their awnings out because the sites were too small. This seemed to be a problem mainly in the sites that we had been placed. Otherwise the campground is still very nice. Plenty of activites for the kids, two playgrounds, free Friday movies at the pavilion, hay rides, fishing, beach, basketball, volleyball and more. Our kids love Walnut Acres and they never complain of having nothing to do! My son tells me that there are new owners this year, we will see how it goes this summer, but so far so good. Everyone that you run into here has a smile or a wave, they truly make you feel welcome! They are currently having many problems with flooding (as is most of eastern Iowa) and have had to pull seasonal campers out at least a couple of times this year, one of the chances you take to enjoy beautiful sites along the river. PS- Love the Bunny Tracks ice cream!
Date of Stay: September, 2007
Sites at this campground are very spacious. The county does a great job of maintaining the campground and they are very strict. Our sites were very level and had a river view. There is a nice playground for the kids and plenty of space for them to run around. Sites fill up very quickly on weekends and are first come first serve to the point that we were yelled at by the DNR for holding a site for my sister (she had followed us to the campground in a separate vehicle and was less than two minutes behind us). You can fish from the campground but the boat traffic can be an issue occasionally. If you leave the campground and go back out on the highway you can get to the other side of Pinicon Ridge Park. There are many things to do in the park including additional (and better) fishing opportunities, hiking, wildlife preserve, playgrounds, paddle boat and canoe rentals, picnic areas and the "must see" observation tour that allows you a phenomenal view of the entire park. It would have been nice if there was a bridge over the river from the campground to the rest of the park. The flies were terrible because they seem to have problems with flooding, however the DNR does a great job of keeping the campground clean and well maintained. There are two other camping areas at Pinicon Ridge one is The Plains which is near the Flying Squirrel Campground and also features very nice family style cabin and the other is a more primitive group area (for three groups, three unit minimum and no showers) on the other side of the park. Overall a lovely park. We will camp here again, but it always makes me nervous heading out without knowing if a site will be available.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
We live just over a half an hour from this campground and have returned many times. We do not know the owners on a first name basis however we have had the occasion to meet their daughter several times and she is wonderful! My children (ranging in age from 8-16) absolutely love it here! There is something for everyone. The willow trees around the small lake are lovely and there is a small restaurant on the property just in case you don't feel like cooking or if you are in the mood for ice cream after dinner. The restrooms have always been very clean and well kept. The pool, while chilly, is a very nice touch and Sleepy Hollow is the only campground in the area with a pool (to the best of my knowledge). Additionally, there is a playground, camp store, fishing and more. The campground is conveniently located along I80 but we have never had a problem with excessive noise of any sort. Sleepy Hollow is not just a good place to "stop for the night", it is a destination! We will be back again this year!
Date of Stay: July, 2007
This is one of my favorite campgrounds! There are so many things to do here, from river tubing, playgrounds, wagon rides, swimming at the beach, pedal boating in the small lake, fishing, and more! Whether you choose to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet or join in on the kickball game this is a great facility. Check out their website for upcoming events and activities. There are many shaded sites and for the sun worshipers they have you covered in the new section of the campground where the trees have yet to mature. There are two or three small bare bones rental cabins and more well kept seasonal sites each time we come. The sites aren't huge, but they are large enough and we haven't ever had a problem leveling our camper here. On holiday weekends they have a DJ and a dance that our kids (boys ages 8-16) love. The campground is always very clean with the exception of the bratty nine year old boy (not one of mine) that defecated on the slide to be funny, and then ran off before he could be made to clean it up himself. However, this must not have been his first adventure in outdoor excretions, because I called the owners to take care of it and his father was dragging him back to make him clean it up before they even got there, (and it only took them five minutes). They must have known who to call. Overall this is a nice family friendly campground that seems to just get better every year! The owners are very welcoming and very helpful. Last time we camped here they lent us a part that we needed for our camper for the weekend. We already have reservations for this year and can't wait to go back!
Date of Stay: June, 2007
This is my family's favorite campground by far! We typically visit only once per summer because it is almost three hours from our house and we need a three day weekend to make it worthwhile. The setting is very wooded and natural it is absolutely beautiful. Over the last few years more and more of the best sites, along the Upper Iowa River, have been taken over by seasonal campers- I don't blame them they are great sites. There is a spring fed swimming lake that they call the pool that is huge! There is a large lodge type building that houses the office, snack shop, recreation area with a pool table and a few games and a limited amount of supplies. You can also rent canoes or inner tubes and they will shuttle you up river and you can paddle or float your way back to the campground, how relaxing! This is a great place to get away from it all! Kristi and Bob are the exceptional and very friendly owners and they always make everyone feel welcome. Last year when we camped here there was a family that lived quite a long way from the campground and their truck had broken down, either there was no place open or they couldn't get the part that they needed for their vehicle so the owners were going to let them stay in one of the cabins free of charge until they could figure something out! Now that is going above and beyond!!