Date of Stay: April, 2011
We arrived from the northwest and even at 2:00pm on a Sunday the beltway traffic was packed. Getting to the campground was easy and well-marked. Check-in was quick and easy, and the young, helpful staff has obviously been well-trained in dealing with tired travelers. We had requested site 904 because it is a premium site close to the cafe, the dog walk, and the playground. Even though there are cars parked in front of RVs the roads were wide and well-marked, making locating our site easy. Our site was packed gravel, back-in, graded high in the back (as it should be). The hookups were correctly-placed and the sewer connection was below our outlet. I used all of my 50-amp power line connecting our 40ft RV. The patio is brick with a picnic table, a wrought iron table and four chairs, a fire pit, and a BBQ grill. All were clean with no remnants of prior campers. Cable TV had many channels and was clear. Wi-Fi was iffy between 5:00 and 7:00, obviously because of so many users. Other times it was fast and reliable. We made arrangements with the on-site dog-walker. She was prompt when she came to meet our dog. We arranged two walks a day and, even at $10 per walk, it was worth not having to worry while we toured DC, and was cheaper than boarding by a bunch. She left a note after each walk describing the walk and how the dog did. The dog walk area is between the pond and the highway. It's two, fenced areas about 20 yards by 40 yards: plenty big enough for our big dog to run around. Small dogs and big dogs are separated. There were "waste" bags at each run and owners were responsible about cleaning up. We drove to the Metro each day (about 2 miles from the campground) and parked in the garage for about $4.50 per day. The garage was never full, but we never found a spot below level four (of five). The Metro is the gem of DC and easy to navigate once you figure out how to load a card and which trains to take. Everything is well marked and the trip downtown takes about 30 minutes that go fast. The campground is just "sprouting" with spring colors and we say flower beds and groomed grass everywhere. Would be very pretty in the summer. The pools were closed but were large (not huge). We ordered dinner from the cafe, using the 20% discount coupon we got at check-in and, after a long day of touring it was nice to let them cook. Food was tasty and fairly-priced. The only negative about the campground is the road noise from the beltway. We were as close to the noise as you can get in the campground. We live on a busy street so it didn't bother us, but there is a constant hum of traffic day and night. We could not hear it from inside the RV and it didn't keep us awake (not sure anything would after a long day of walking DC!) We left a day earlier than our reservations due to rainy weather, but getting credit was not a problem at all. Oh, and the campstore is HUGE, with the best-stocked RV section I've ever seen at any campground. Prices were not much higher than Wal-Mart, and the selection of food, cold stuff, campground trinkets, and RV supplies was amazing. Total cost for our 5 nights was about $350 but is definitely cheaper than a hotel in DC, and the convenience of the Metro makes this park the ideal place. We'll surely stay here again and we highly recommend it if you're "doing" DC!
Date of Stay: April, 2011
Having suffered a recent tornado in the local area the campground was surprisingly full. Many of the campers are contractors with ladders and other repair gear strapped to their trucks. We arrived around 1:00 during one of the few sunlit hours of the day. The park is about 1 mile north of Rt 70 on a paved, two lane road. The entrance is well-marked with the familiar yellow and red "KOA" sign, and the entry drive is more an "exit ramp" than a turn. Slowing to a crawl as you approach the driveway is suggested because the approach to the office is a short drive down a steep, gravel drive. Parallel parking is abundant outside the office. The staff greeted us warmly and was jovial and helpful. A quick look around the store revealed sparse, but adequate supplies not uncommon for this early in the season. Staff drove us to our site and stayed long enough to make sure we recognized everything we needed. Our site was level gravel with the utility post correctly placed mid-way on the site. The waste dump was slightly high but still below the level of our outlet. The sites are not too close together, with a typical 15 to 20 feet between gravel pads. The kids really enjoyed the bouncy pad at the playground. There is a small pond that was brown, but would be pretty mid-season. The park is situated up the side of a small hill but I didn't see any RV's with multiple leveling blocks under their wheels, indicating that the sites are level. We're over-nighting this stay and will be back on our return trip in a week. We're glad we chose the known facilities if KOA, and this typical park has not disappointed us.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
This KOA was flooded in the storms of August '08 and it's not hard to see why. The stream running through the middle is obviously an overflow for lots of development close-by. The big-rig sites are in the lowest point and the older pull-thoughs are higher up, closer to the office. Not hard to see how a good rain could cause the stream to overflow it's banks. The pool is very small, but clean. The store is a typical KOA with minimum supplies or foodstuffs. Some of the sites near the office are back-ins that back up to a cornfield. Not much shade anywhere. If you stay in the big-rig area, the walk to the pool and office is about 10 minutes. The traffic noise from the interstate was not a problem but there is construction repairing the flooded areas right next to the campground and the equipment noise and dust was a nuisance (albeit an obvious temporary one). Would stay here again for an overnight but not much to do for longer stays. Downtown Indy is about 20 minutes away during no rush-hour traffic. There's fuel and fast food across the interstate. The entrance to the campground was a little tight in our 40-footer. The worst thing is the roads are all gravel and full of pot-holes. Bouncing into the campground at only 5 mph was not a good first impression.
Date of Stay: August, 2009
After reading reviews here we lowered our expectations for our first visit to Lake Rudolph. We even considered leaving the kids' bikes at home so as to not worry about them being hit by reckless golf carts. But our stay here was a complete and pleasant surprise and we were very glad we took the kids' bikes! This is a family campground with tons of kids. It is not a quiet get-away. The golf cart issue deserves mention. Kids are NOT allowed to drive golf carts unless they have a valid state driver's license. We never saw youngsters driving carts; it was always an adult or older teen driving with a pack of kids riding along. There are security guards riding is red carts driving around to monitor things but we never saw a reckless driver or even bike-rider. All of the carts are electric so there is NO noise. At dusk the security guards send bike-riders with no lights back to their sites because they don't want to risk kids being hit by carts. Don't let the complaints here about the golf carts scare you away from this great park! Check in was a breeze. There are two lanes of check-ins at the entrance and although we were third in line to register our wait was only about 15 minutes. Their system is well-organized and everyone moves quickly. The attendants were very nice and offered us a golf-cart escort to our site, but the map is clear enough that we didn't need it. All the roads are paved and the drive to our site was no problem at all, despite some minor hills along the way. Golf carts share the roads so speeds are naturally kept low, which we were glad for. A few turns seemed tight but we had no issues even towing. I found our spot and, with a little forethought, was able to back in on the first attempt (and our MH turns like the Queen Mary). Our first night we stayed at site 37 in Dasher. It backs up to the woods and is nicely shaded until mid-afternoon (it faces west-southwest). It is a 50amp site with a level concrete pad. Our second day we had to move due to another camper reserving our site prior to us making reservations. I had scoped out our new site, number 31, prior to moving so I knew how I was going to get my 40' MH into it. I had no problems at all. Site 31 is wide open with no trees so it was hot during the day but would be perfect for MH's with a satellite dish (which we don't have). Space between sites was about 15' beyond our awning. It was 50amp with pad as well, with plenty of room to park my truck in front of the MH off the road. We walked all around the campground and made notes of sites we'll request in the future. There were many nice sites to choose from that we put on our list (and we're pretty picky). Both site 37 and 31 are about a two minute walk to the pool, which is very big and nicely heated. It is kept clean with salt, not chlorine, and it was very nice to not need a shower after swimming. There were always two lifeguards on duty. It appears all the sites in the Dasher area are, at most, a 5 minute walk from the pool. Next to the pool is the kitchen, which sells cold drinks, ice drinks, pizza, and about a dozen flavors of ice cream. Prices were very reasonable; a large pizza is $14, ice cream is $1.50 a single scoop, and ice drinks are $1.75. A refreshing stop after a hot day at the pool or amusement park. The shuttles to Holiday World run every 15 minutes starting about 9:00am and going until 8:00pm. They're air conditioned and most are packed standing-room only but they run frequently enough that no wait was too long. The walk from the Dasher area to the Camp Store is about 15 minutes up hill so we drove up instead. The store is overstocked with groceries, camp supplies, gifts, etc. and the prices were the same as at the grocery store across the street from the campground. At no time did we feel gouged by prices. Our kids enjoyed the game room once and said it was "fun". The lake is about 75 yards from the store. We were told, and saw for ourselves, that the lakefront sites are not big enough for our 40 footer. We did notice that the noise from Holiday World is slightly louder in the store area than the Dasher area where we camped. Fishing is allowed in the lake but we didn't have time (or energy) to fish. They say it's well-stocked. The rental campers are all up in the area north of the pool and there are tons of them. But we walked and rode the shuttle through the area and it appeared well-kept and very organized with lots of trees and shade. Management did a very good job of giving each renter a nice unit with lots of space between neighbors. The roads were always clear and no junk littered any of the campground. The grocery store across the street from the campground is, literally, 5 minutes away and is a typical IGA-type store. They had fresh corn and vegetables and prices for milk, juice, etc are the same as we pay at home in Ohio. Again, never did we feel gouged. The campground staff were all very, very nice with smiles, thank you's, and lots of "May I help you?". The security and maintenance people stopped to chat several times and asked how they could make our stay better, always with a smile and pleasant voices. We never once worried about the kids (ages 7 and 9) as they rode their bikes and they made friends quickly. Parents seem to look out for all the kids and even came by our site to ASK if it was OK for our kids to go for a cart ride. Overall, we were highly impressed with Lake Rudolph and we're already planning our trip back next year. The only negative I will state is that there is no cable TV so news-junkies like ourselves will have to go without unless you have satellite. There were four over-the-air channels (all digital) and none were worth watching. But we were so busy going to the park, or exhausted from it, that we didn't miss not having the tube on at all. Holiday World was the most clean, family-fun, "had an absolute ball" amusement/water park we've ever been to. And if you're going to stay close don't pass up the chance to stay at Lake Rudolph in your RV or rental. It is a gem of a place that we can't wait to return to.