Date of Stay: September, 2009
This is an older campground on the edge of a working buffalo ranch. It sits right off of I-25 and overlooks the rolling prairie. In spite of the highway, it's fairly quiet here. All of the full hookup sites are long, level, pull-through gravel, but they also have W/E only sites for $21/night. The W/E sites are in a separate area of the campground where it's more open and they have a direct view of the prairie. They also rent cabins and horse stalls. The power is good. There is a small store and giftshop with a few groceries and frozen buffalo meat. There is a restaurant on the grounds and you can purchase a buffalo burger for $9.50. The laundry is inexpensive ($1.00 to wash, $1.25 to dry). There are two playground areas for children. The draw of this campground is the Ranch itself. They offer daily tours to see the buffalo by train, car, and they also offer horseback rides. The cost varies: check the website. They have a barnyard where you can pet baby animals (for free), and there is an interesting catwalk that is wheelchair accessible. The catwalk takes you up over several corrals of animals where you look down on horses, cattle, pigs, ostriches, goats, and a donkey below. When we were here on 9/03/09 the campground was only about 25% full and there is one row of seasonal worker fifth-wheels set up on the edge of the campground. That area appears well kept. I think that perhaps the pace here picks up in the summertime, but right now it's very quiet considering that we're in Labor Day weekend. We stayed here for two nights. We got the first night at Passport America rate, but we had to pay the full cost for the second night. They wouldn't honor the Good Sam discount for the second night. We'd stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
After driving about a mile and a half through town: it's an easy in and out of the fairground campground and any size rig can easily fit here.The camping area is a large, level gravel parking lot that is immediately on your right as you come through the Fairground's gate. There are eight light poles, spaced well apart in the parking lot and electrical hookups are mounted on the poles. Most of the poles had multiple 50 amp receptacles in addition to multiple 20 amp receptacles. There were a few 30 amp receptacles. There are also two sites with 30 amp power and a water hookup on the grass under some big trees. There is a free dump station. Power was good and it was very quiet here.There are no assigned spaces here; it's just an enormous, well groomed gravel lot that can easily hold 50 rigs. You just park wherever you want and then go into the Fair Office and pay. Dry camping is free and there is no stay limit. This campground is a good base for exploring Kearney's many interesting attractions including the Great Platte River Road Archway Museum, The Trails and Rails Museum, the Nebraska Firefighters Museum and Education Center, and Fort Kearney.
Date of Stay: September, 2009
This is a very clean, well-maintained older campground with spotless restrooms and showers. The majority of the sites are long, level, gravel pull- throughs, but there are a handful of back-in sites. The power was excellent. Our 40' motorhome had no difficulty manuevering the park's gravel access roads. The park's friendly owners take great pride in their campground. They have a horseshoes area and a free mini-golf course. It's a short walk to town and there is a very nice 9-hole golf course ($13 for 9 holes, $19 for 18 holes) with golf carts and a driving range nearby. Chappell Lake is across the street. The only downside to this park is the proximity of the railroad tracks. The train does blow it's whistle when it comes into town, but considering the proximity of the park to the highway, it's understandable that the tracks would run so close. We are in Nebraska, after all, and corn, wheat, and cattle need to get to market. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
I agree with everything the last poster said, except I kept getting bumped off the Wi-Fi. I found that my Verizon air card worked better. This campground is enormous and most of the sites are long pull-throughs. We were there the day after 7" of rain (!) but the gravel sites were firm. A local tow truck operator told me that the week before several rigs had to be pulled out of the mud at this campground, so if you pull in here after a rainy period make sure they put you in one of the first rows (gravel sites). Many of the other rows are grass sites. The power was good. Amana Colonies is a very interesting place to visit but you can probably see everything (including the must-see Historical Museum) in a day if you get there early enough. Call the Visitors' Bureau to check shop opening times as they do change with the season. Check-in won't be a problem. The campground was about 25% full when we were there on August 29. There's a lovely 3-mile paved path that you access directly across from the park. It leads right into town.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This campground is located on a working farm complete with vegetable gardens, flower beds, horses, lots of deer and a fishing creek with an active beaver lodge. Owners Mark and Bonnie are native West Virginians who have put a lot of hard work and love into this campground. The long, level, gravel sites overlook a meadow and it is very peaceful here. Power and sewer are good, but at 110 psi the water pressure is high so make sure you bring a regulator. The entrance road from the county road is a typical gravel farm road. It's narrow and one lane but we made it easily with our 40' motorhome and Mark's escort. Make sure to call him before you get into town; he'll meet you across from the local Super Wal-Mart and take you to the campground. He says that folks get lost when they follow the GPS directions as they are not accurate. We came to Elkins to attend Augusta Heritage Music Camp, a week long intensive program taught by highly qualified instructors. Upon leaving the campground we learned that Bonnie and Mark have been playing guitar, mandolin and harmonica since they were teenagers and they hold four music festivals at their campground each year. We hope to play together when we return for a month next time. Elkins is home to a Branson-style family music theater, four train rides, Wednesday night bluegrass music picking in the park, several neat restaurants and great outdoor adventures.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
If I was looking for a park where my children could safely play and be entertained for the entire summer this would be the place. The small lake with sandy beaches is located right across from the short term RV sites. The lake has canoes and kayaks for rent and also has two stationary rafts in the middle of the lake. The water does not appear deep as there were many small children jumping off of the rafts. There are several older but well equipped playgrounds, an 18 hole miniature golf course, horseshoes, a full soccer field, and a pool table. Children will enjoy the seemingly endless well-mown grassy areas and the many smooth interior dirt roads to bicycle on. This campground has a warm,safe 50's feel to it. The campsites are grass and are sparsely equipped. All sites are back-to-back back in (unless you can pull through an empty site) and all of the full hook up campsites were taken by seasonal renters. There was ample room between us and our neighbors. Sites share water hookups and the widely spaced electrical stanchions each hold four 30amp receptacles that require pigtail adapters, something we have not seen in over six years of fulltime RVing. The campground supplied us with an adapter and the power was good. Only one family is allowed to camp on each site but there were multiple tents on the site behind us which also held a 40' motorhome. The laundromat has only two washers and two dryers. The children were well-behaved and relatively quiet and we would definitely stay here again. There is an 18 hole public golf course located ten minutes away and Frankenmuth is a thirty minute drive.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
We completely agree with the 2009 reviews of this simple park which were favorable. If you're looking for a quiet spot to camp for the night and don't need any amenities this campground should fill the bill. The single lane access road is narrow in one short spot but we didn't see any potholes. You can avoid any oncoming RV traffic as you can see the whole campground from the entrance to the park. Our 40' motorhome had no trouble using this road. There are two levels to this campground. The upper level has 42 full hook up level gravel sites, a dump station, laundromat and restrooms. It is mostly occupied by well-kept fifth wheels whose owners probably live here year round. Business must be good because the campground is adding another row of sites. We didn't use the dump station but accessing it from the lower level may be a problem as you may not be able to make the tight turn in. If you have to dump you may have to exit the campground and then come back in. The lower level has 10 water and electric sites with 30/50 amp and water. These sites are all pull through gravel and the big areas between the sites are well mowed grass. The bathrooms were rustic but clean. When we called to make a reservation we kept getting a busy signal. We finally did get through and talked with an abrupt sounding woman whose lack of phone manners almost convinced us to stay elsewhere. She wouldn't take our reservation and simply told us to come in and park "down by the river". She said she'd come by to take our money that night. We met her later that evening and she's actually very pleasant. We stayed here one night and would stay here again. If there's a river there, we sure didn't see it.