Date of Stay: May, 2005
We camped here over Memorial Day weekend. The campground is under new ownership with the same excellent management staff. There are two separate campground sections, one which contains the pool, pond, paddleboats, game room, miniature golf (new this year, located where the petting zoo used to be). There is a nice playground and another about 1/3 mile away right on the Ohio River. If you're camping with children, I would recommend the first section, away from the river. There are plenty of things for everyone to do: adults and children. The staff members are very friendly and helpful. Since this is a newer campground there are a few areas for improvement. The roads are all gravel and there is little shade. Most sites do have a tree planted on them but they have a few more years of growing to do before they are decent shade providers. This campground seems to be popular with large groups/reunions. Everyone seems to know each other and people are very friendly. If there are "permanent residents" it's hard to tell, since all sites/campers were clean and well maintained. The staff picks up your bagged garbage at the edge of your site several times a day. There were lots of pets and most owners seemed to be very responsible, cleaning up after them, containing them and not letting them bark excessively. This campground is located near 3 riverboat casinos and the Kentucky Speedway. This honestly wasn't our first choice to camp at for the holiday weekend, but we were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed our trip. Our kids love this campground and can't wait to return.
Date of Stay: March, 2005
This is the best campground we have ever camped in! The sites were very well manicured with shrubbery/trees between each site for privacy. Each site also had a small lamp post. Campground is completely level which made for excellent bike riding. I would recommend bringing bikes to ride to the beach, although there is a tram available. The beach is beautiful and not crowded! We were there over Spring Break and there were no more than 15-20 families on the beach at any given time! We had some very successful days surf fishing. Caught/released several varieties of fish. You must have a "saltwater" license to fish in the Gulf. There are plenty of activities to do in the campground. Our children (ages 10 & 8) were thoroughly entertained. The heated pool was nice but a little crowded since we were there in March and the gulf was not quite warm enough for most to swim in. There was also shuffleboard right next to the pool. There are several ponds throughout the campground for fishing (requires a fresh water license). We loved exploring the coastal dune lakes which are part of Topsail Hill State Preserve. There are 2 large ones. One had a self-guided tour complete with a brochure that you picked up at the trailhead board. You had to leave the campground and access the coastal lakes at a separate Topsail entrance off Hwy 98. We are already planning our next visit!