Date of Stay: July, 2009
I'd read negative comments on owner but try to assume the best. Unfortunately, they're on target. I suggested this campground to our son, who was in Cincinnati area, having just been granted late admission to the law school. Student housing full. We were considering having him use our new RV for temporary housing. Although our son stopped to check in and explain he was considering a stay there, the owner would not permit a look at the campground. Our son is tall, clean-cut, not a party person. He was driving late model car, not a jalopy. Owner's peculiarity exceeded his self interest. This could have been monthly rental with new clean modern RV and trouble-free paying RV-er. We'll "ease on down the road!"
Date of Stay: May, 2008
Pros: Pristine appearance. Spacious, level sites. Shade. E-z in/out. Escort to site. Shade. Quiet. Reasonable rates. Cons: Far from groceries. Dirty bathrooms (red mold on all shower stalls, broken soapdish.) Wifi adverrtised as free. Not working. We stayed here last year; didn't work then either. Staff nice and tried but blamed it on overload. Did not work even very early in morning.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
Pros: Only campground on this stretch of I-64. Easy in. All pull-thru sites. Lots of retail at this intersection: Walmart, Ryans, Lowes, chain restaurants. Wide sites, shade. Reasonable price; flat rate, no XP charge. But, few available sites. Considering no campgrounds in area, call for full hook-up especially on weekend. They fill up. Cons: Old unusable RV's all over the place. Many permanent campers. A "do-less" feel here. For example, one camping cabin has had a tarp over the leaky? roof for a long time. Multiple stashes of junk beside office, behind office, in office, on farm trailer, etc. Showers clean, but one scalded us with only very hot water available. Summary: Good parking place. Full hook-ups. Reasonable. Would stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
Pros: Family type campground. Nice play areas. Shade. Some large sites! Location is close, but not too close, to " 76 strip" and to West Branson where you can find; Walmart, Country Market, etc. without too much traffic. Cons: No Refunds, XP charge starts at age 6, most start at age 12. You'd better like gravel. We've stayed here several times, but this time gravel is everywhere. It's great at the site, but between the sites? Gravel instead of grass? Yuk. Gravel at the playground? Not right under swings, but as close as possible? Are these folks allergic to grass? Bathhouse. On a large loop was one shower, two toilets for each men/ladies room. These were very small and crude. Trailer Life rates these highly? It always appeared clean, but smelled very strongly sometimes of Pine-sol and sometimes of black water. I am not making this up. The water pressure is quite variable in the bath house as well as the RV. Very annoying. The Wi-fi is spotty at campground. Unpredictable. No longer a family-owed private campground, as it is now owned/operated by Legacy/Silver Dollar City. Bottom line is all that matters. RV work-campers don't seem too happy here anymore. "Lots of changes" they say. And, still we'd stay here again. Why? It is the only place we found with some wide sites, full hook-up, and large play areas. But, we keep looking.
Date of Stay: October, 2007
Pros: Good policy on refunds; want patrons to be happy. Near lake. Playground nice. One swing missing which owner stated "some stupid kid broke it a couple of months ago." Otherwise playground attractive. Free wi-fi which works well. Cheap. Generous Passport America discount. Cons: One side of campground borders a mud pit. Narrow sites, but no problem getting into them. Okay for a parking place but not exactly for a family vacation camping experience.
Date of Stay: November, 2006
We stopped by this campground thinking it might be a possibility for our group to camp. This was very off-season (one camper in campground.) We did not drive by a gate or a sign asking us to check in. We drove slowly through campground, stopping to look more closely at site and my husband checked for 50 amp. The manager roared up to us in his SUV. We said hello and told him why we were there. He said quite rudely "this is private property and you have to leave!" We expected him to say "would you like a brochure?!" Driving off, we saw (presumably) his wife. We stupidly tried again saying we were looking at campground but are leaving because of rudeness. She waved her hand toward ground in dismissal and said "good enough for you!" Strange, hostile people. I'm glad we saw the attitude here before arriving with a group of campers! PS: Technically we did not stay at this campground, so particulars above are left at default. Nightly rate is required so guessed.
Date of Stay: August, 2006
Read reviews on this site before selecting campground. One (broken awning) was troublesome, but balance of reviews were positive and thought maybe this was just a one crank. Not so. Owner or co-owner is a real piece of work. The campground advertises a playground. When we arrived our daughter saw two swings. She was very disappointed. We had asked if children were welcome. owner stated "she had no problem with children." Does this mean welcome? When we asked about the "playground," owner stated "I told you there is nothing here for children!" We had told campground we'd probably stay about two weeks. But, we also hesitated to pay in full for two weeks with no refund policy. Please note the campground was NOT even close to full--even on weekend. Owner insisted we must commit or leave. We committed for about 3 days. Then we left. Episode was strange because at times in same conversation she'd be nice then nasty. Odd. This seemed strange business practice since her insistence on control actually caused us to leave. The strangest of all was we were required to sign a waiver of liability INCLUDING negligence by the campground! We found this humorous since these waivers are worthless, but it surely reflects the attitude/control of these owners. After we moved to another campground, those owners told us they'd heard about New Haven and the poor attitude of new owners. Pros: Campground is shady. Sites are spaced okay. Some sites have a nice view, though no shade. Cons: Must sign waiver of liability including negligence at sign-in. Very remote location. Attractions are very spread out in the Lancaster area and this campground adds a 30 commute to most anything. Owner's rather strange/controlling nature. Her husband seems to be extra friendly. Showers are timed--have to keep pushing them on. Lack of playground, despite advertising a playground. Would never stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2005
Pros: wide sites, clean bathroom Cons: Note NO refunds. At check-in (off season) they wanted us to pay full week. We hesitated until seeing campground. The check-in lady was rather manipulative saying somebody could request our site and we'd have to move! We were losing our discount, etc. Her attitude was certainly not hospitable and she even refused to give us directions to local sites--wouldn't take the trouble to copy the already available directions??? Her attitude led us to check out other campgrounds, but it wasn't worth the hassle to move. We paid 2-3 days/time (stayed a week).
Date of Stay: October, 2005
Pros: hospitable staff, level site, nice environs. Cons: confusing roads, new sites in front without sewer h/up are far from bath house. One miserable experience trying to use shower. Stalls are very very small by any campground standards with a strange wooden shelf protruding into very small dressng area. Nozzle occluded spraying ceiling--only. Impossible to shower. If they clean bathroom, wouldn't they see the broken nozzle? Bathrooms did appear clean.
Date of Stay: May, 2005
Pros: wide sites, fire rings Cons: Difficult left turn into campground and difficult left turn (to town) leaving campground--no light, multi-lanes, and much traffic. On an often-sluggish river, not creek, many mosquitos. All gravel roads. Campers selling stuff, from RV's, even at entrance to campground! Construction company on other side of small river--loud in morning. Storage of many RV's on site and visible. Paid for wi-fi, but unable to receive signal. Nasty attitude at check-in. We've stayed here for years. Never a problem. We'd noticed a six person site limit and asked about it. (We're family of 4 adults, 4 kids). Were told: "that's to keep out spring-breakers /college-kids." This time at check-in, manager was nasty. Shocked at family size. Patronizing. Asked what we were camping in (as if expecting junky converted school bus?) Were then told not to make noise! Disappointing way to be treated after a long-days drive, especially as long-term customers. Manager showed complete lack of hospitality--even hostility. We've never had an incident here at all and confirmed this by subsequent call to owner. Owner was responsive (promptly returning my call) and did disagree with manager's behavior, but is not on-site.