Date of Stay: July, 2014
This was a nice private campground but struggles to meet the KOA standards. This, to me, isn't a "destination" campground but a nice stopping/jumping-off point. There are only 3 showers and 2 commodes in the men's room for the whole campground. I know this because I danced for a while waiting for one to become available. The camp store was decent and the staff very nice. The roads and sites are gravel, but the sites are bigger than your typical commercial park and the highway noise is formidible. We would stay here again for a short time.
Date of Stay: June, 2014
This was a nice campground, comfortably remote (no highway noise), quiet, and very family friendly. The pond is clean and enjoyable to swim in and we love that boats (paddle, canoes and row boats) are included at no charge. The pools are nice too. There are many seasonal sites and most are in good condition. The park is very hilly but that's good. The shop is clean and well stocked and the owners are very nice. The only negative is that the roads are aged and the gravel on the sites is dispersed to the point that it's difficult to differentiate between grass and gravel areas. This is a minor issue and we will definitely return!
Date of Stay: August, 2013
We stayed here overnight as a rest stop. As such, it was a nice park with large, well maintained sites that are difficult to back in to. As usual with Ohio State Parks, there was only Electric available. You have to fill your tanks before parking. We've stayed at many and expected this. I didn't use the pit toilet but my (adventurous) wife did and said "for what it is, it's pretty clean". Our pampered kids disagreed. The camp store was well appointed and the staff, including the park ranger, were very personable and engaging. For what we needed, it was good; the park is beautiful, convenient to I70 (with little highway noise) and we will stay here again if they get indoor plumbing.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
Cherry Hill Park is a great jumping-off point to DC attractions and they know it, but don't rely on it. They offer a public bus depot to nearby subway lines, an incredible camp store with just about every kind of camp-food you'd want (including beer, very few places sell beer onsite!) and a parts store that rivals some dealerships (not sure it's not part Camping World). The two pools, cafe and playgrounds are welcome after long days touring the capitol. It's nice that they offer such nice amenities when they could get away with the bare-minimum given their location. The staff was plentiful and very, very helpful. The shower house was near Disney-quality clean and well maintained. The highway noise is considerable (but that's to be expected so close to the city), the sites very (almost too) close together and, as posted earlier, the water connections were in a wonky place (near front of camper and a few feet into our neighbors already-limited space), but considering the 'home-base for touring' nature of the general populace these are minimal complaints. We were extremely impressed with this park (given it's nature and location) and would *absolutely* stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
For a state park, this was a nice place. The sites were huge and well cared for. There is no Wi-Fi and some minor train noise (from the nearby depot), but overall, the park is dark and quiet at night. It's a rare treat (for us) to have water at a State Park, much less sewers, so we were happy. The park gets busy in the weekends, but it seems tent campers are kept far away from RV sites so the party noise was minimal. VERY, VERY convenient access to the Train to NYC or Poughkeepsie. A nice grocery store, a hardware store, laundromat (important on long trips), gas stations, a Diner and an Italian Deli are right outside the gates, so that's very convenient. As mentioned in an earlier review, the roads outside the park are VERY hilly with VERY tight turns; pulling our 27' travel trailer made for some white-knuckle driving, but we did fine arriving and leaving. If we find ourselves going in NYC anytime again, we will definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This KOA was far nicer than the one closer to Niagara Falls; we had only to drive by to realize how much. We stayed here for 3 nights to visit the Falls and Toronto and enjoyed our stay. It's far from the highway, so it was quiet. The pool was nice and our spot was small, but level and clean. We stayed mid-week so we had no weekend-campers/partiers to deal with. The Wi-Fi was good when available (from 8am-8pm; I'm guessing the router was connected to the shop's lights, it seemed when the shop was closed the Wi-Fi was useless). The restrooms were extremely well kept, had personal shower rooms and had plenty of very hot water. The laundry facility was extremely nice, as well. If we find ourselves in the Buffalo region again, we will definitely stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2013
This was our second stay at Camp Sandusky; we chose it again because our first stay was adequate for our purposes of going to Cedar Point. I do not think we'll choose it again. The Wi-Fi signal was strong, but the connection was so slow it was absolutely unusable (at various times of the day, not just evenings). Our site was near the shower house which got worse since our last visit. We expected the highway noise, but it was drowned out by drunk tent-campers howling for the Karaoke night in the nearby pavilion. There was a severe storm (probably the same referenced by recent reviews) and the standing water was so bad I had to walk around and take pictures. Travel Trailers had to be removed by a backhoe/front-loader. I understand Mother Nature is beyond their control, but adequate drainage is not. From my observations the camp is run by several older couples, possibly as a retirement investment, and not proactively managed. We actually prefer state parks and are used to bugs and messy shower houses but this was far worse. I'm disappointed because our first stay wasn't great but good enough to come back, but after this last stay I believe we'll look elsewhere.
Date of Stay: July, 2012
We camped here for 4 days. The sites are mostly level on the non-lake side, but some are severely sloped. Almost all are well secluded. We love how remote this park is and how the sky revealed 5-6 satellites and a half-dozen shooting stars each night; very little light pollution. It's remote, but it's still within 30 minutes to Columbus. We spent a day at the State Fair and another at COSI, but the others were spent relaxing at the beach, biking and fishing. there are also 2 parks with swings, rocking things and marry go rounds. Beware: There is very little cell service with AT&T and Verizon, and no Wi-Fi except at the Lodge. The Lodge is a 5 minute drive away and the nearest grocery store (not counting the decent little-little camp store) is 15 minutes away (but it's near a creamy whip so that's OK). The town is about 12 blocks square so the IGA is stocked as such. The beach is nice and sunny and sandy with a fenced-off pet beach, but it's a 10-15 minute drive away. This is frustrating because you can see it from the campground, but have to go AROUND the lake to get to it. Also, it's important to keep in mind that this is a State Park, not a commercial one, and you're surrounded by woods so the restrooms are a little rough, but the water is hot and they have the fewest 'pets' crawling around we've seen. All-in-all we loved (loved) the seclusion provided at most sites and the campground in general. This is our second trip and won't be our last.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
The grounds are clean and very-well shaded, but that also makes maneuvering tricky. The showers were state-park quality (read: bugs) and offered little privacy (only curtain walls) and most dudes don't have wandering eyes so it wasn't a problem, but the girls in my family weren't happy. The sites don't look to be paved or gravel, but I didn't look around too much so I can't speak for the whole place. The highway noise was very noticeable and would be unacceptable for a "destination park" or for tent camping (IMHO). My kids loved the playground and raved about it each time they returned. The sites are very close but not more-so than most commercial parks. The staff was very nice; I got sick and left before our scheduled departure date and was given a refund for our missed days (we did not see the "no refunds" sign until after we asked, but they did so without complaint even though they would have been well within their rights). This would not be a "destination park" but a jumping off point to other destinations so in that function it performs well. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2010
This is our first trip to this park and won't be our last. The park was very clean and not very full (of course, rain and cooler temps were predicted for the weekend). The hiking trails are really that, not a manicured, child-proof, ADA-compliant paved path (which is to say, "perfect"). The shower house was the cleanest of any state park we've stayed in (and that's a few) and the water definitely the hottest. The sites aren't very private, but large and spacious enough not to matter. The camp store is the smallest I've seen, but that's a minor issue for us. Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our first visit and will return.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
We enjoyed the seclusion of each site; most are separated by trees and provide a semi-private space. The shower house was clean, the park well kept, and the surrounding area beautiful. We came for the State Fair in Columbus but wished we had more time to spend at the park. The restrooms could have been cleaner, but they weren't unkempt any more than any other state park so we can't complain. The park's lake, beach and resort are incredible and made us want to visit again when we can spend more time onsite.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
We camped in the pet-friendly area so it was highly wooded. We thought we were getting a "lake-view" spot but the numbering on the sites is similar to the cabins so we were mistaken. We went to the front office and picked another site (near restrooms) as the corresponding site number was undesirable and they were very helpful. This is a state park so we had no water/sewer, but knew this in advance. The restrooms near us were clean-ish, meaning "usable" but bring a flashlight. The showers were warm and fairly clean. Make no mistake, you won't get "commercial"-quality amenities but it's good for a state park. The campground was very spacious, the store well-stocked, neighbors were quiet, good roads, beautiful lake and large, ample play areas for our 4 kids. We will stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This is the first "commercial" campground we stayed at and thoroughly enjoyed it. We stayed on the outskirts of the campground and wireless access was spotty but usable. The sites are a bit closer than we liked (and had been used to as we typically stay at state parks) but that's to be expected with commercial parks. The campground was clean, well-maintained, well-organized, shower houses were exceptional, and the store well stocked. Also, they had enjoyable activities for our 4 kids. We will be staying here again. I would have given a 10/10 if the sites were a tad bigger.