Date of Stay: August, 2016
Axtel is another splendid CoE property. Well-maintained, clean, quiet, and comfortable. A huge sandy beach is located near the entrance. The campground winds around a cove in two directions and many sites have a view of the water. The A loop has the tightest turns and the least attractive sites, including a loud buzzing water treatment plant and road noise directly behind. Best sites are in Areas B-E with plenty of shade, and large gravel pads. Many sites in these sections have direct access to the water where you can beach your boat, fish, or jump in for a swim. Several Buddy sites are also available for camping with friends. Area G (numbered 121-137 sites) are located on a hill without access to the lake, but most have good views and deep shade. Areas I and H are only open on holiday weekends. Both are along the tail waters instead of the main lake. Area I is located high on the cliffs, while Area H is down near the water. We were here on a busy summer weekend and the CG was quiet at night. Two hosts are on property and the CoE rangers patrol regularly. Really nice lake destination and we will be sure to stay here again.
Date of Stay: July, 2016
Loretta Lynn's Ranch would be a great destination if all the advertised activities were actually offered. The campground is lovely, hilly and deeply shaded. It's about 2 miles down a steep hill from the campground to Western Town where the attractions are, not a comfortable walking distance in the summer heat. We didn't bring a tow vehicle and were counting on the advertised golf cart rentals to get around, but there are no carts. So we had to unplug our RV and drive down each day. A large camp store is on site, but it was not open Monday-Wednesday. The store hours are not posted so I don't know if that was normal or if the clerk just didn't show up for work. Campsites are open reservations, drive in and pick your spot. That's usually not an issue, except that when we vacated each morning to drive to Western Town we had to leave behind a pile of chairs to save our campsite. Hurricane Creek winds through the property and we were looking forward to a tube or canoe float, as advertised. But like the golf cart rental, none of these things were available. Making matters worse, the large inviting pool was padlocked shut during the week, although we saw swimmers when we pulled in Sunday night. While the campground was neat and tidy, the bath house was not so nice. Graffiti-filled walls, shabby showers, and broken air conditioning. The game room was a collection of out-of-order arcade machines. Even the two soda machines outside weren't working. We did enjoy the live music every night at the campground, and that gave us something to do in the evening as there are no over-the-air TV channels here. The Ranch's big signature event, amateur motor cross racing, is scheduled for early August. Maybe all the staff were busy prepping for that instead of taking care of the campground. Despite the disappointments, we had a good time at Loretta Lynn's Ranch and I'd consider returning when all the amenities are up and running.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
If you are comfortable camping overnight at a Wal-Mart parking lot, you'll have no problem here. It's a giant truck and bus lot right next to McCormick Convention Center and has gated security. For downtown Chicago access, this place can't be beat. For a pleasurable camping experience, this is not it. I gave it an Average rating because it's a trade-off between location and amenities. There are no services at all, trucks come and go regularly, and you're squeezed between tractor trailers. However, you can take up multiple spaces to put your slides out. There was a small enclave of half a dozen RVs when we arrived, and we parked along with them - safety in numbers! There's a few grassy margins to walk your dog, but I didn't feel comfortable to wander too far from the fenced area at night. Lock the doors, close the curtains, and you'll be fine. We stayed here 2 nights without any issues, and had a great time touring downtown.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
Along the shores of Lake Michigan, just east of Gary, lies Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Hugging 15 miles of shoreline, this National Park Service (NPS) property has a state park located in the middle which offers camping. Like most Indiana state parks, there is no water provided at the sites but fill stations are near the check-in. Campsites on the outside of the loops are shady and a bit more private.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
Prophetstown is Indiana's newest state park and they did it right! RV sites are spacious, well graveled, and have plenty of privacy landscaping. This is one of the few Indiana state parks to offer water service at your camping site. We paid a little extra for a large pull-through site with full hook-ups (including sewer!). The park is quite large and very well maintained. Trails through open fields lead to picnic areas and playgrounds. A living history village is open on the weekends with scheduled activities and programs. We were very impressed with this park! My only complaint is the lack of signage to lead you there. There are no highway signs, and hardly any on the back roads. We did take a few wrong turns trying to find the place. If you want an adventure, approach the park from Route 225 - there you will find an ancient one lane iron bridge across the Wabash River. Prophetstown is named after a famous Indian chief (brother of chief Tecumseh) who established a large village here. They were wiped out by the US Army in the Battle of Tippecanoe. You can visit the Tippecanoe monument and museum in nearby Battle Ground, but regrettably it only presents the Army's point of view. So I'm glad the state park honors the Indians.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
Good overnight stop near Indianapolis. Indy doesn't offer many campgrounds, so we always stay a little out of town when traveling the I-65 corridor. Woods N Waters is a clean campground, with level and well graveled sites, and has good signage to lead you here. The property has mature trees, a pool, and small pond. Many sites are pull-through and some have full hook-ups. There are a lot of seasonal campers parked here, which always makes me feel like I'm intruding on a private club - that contributes to a slightly lower rating, but it's just my own quirk. This is a great campground, secluded and secure, and serves well for an overnight stop.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
We are glad Otter Creek has now re-opened several sections for camping. Both RV and tent camping sites are well groomed and the on-site hosts are friendly and helpful. Electric sites are mostly located in shady, wooded areas. This is a good hiking area--trails thread along the creek and beside the Ohio River. Horse and biking trails are also available. A well-provisioned YMCA camp is located within the park. Our only complaint is about the entrance gate - the newly rebuilt entrance has a very narrow curbed lane that's such a tight fit we weren't sure our medium-size RV was going to fit through. No reason at all to build these curbs so close together! Nearby to Louisville and easy to get to via Route 31.
Date of Stay: February, 2016
Stayed here 9 days in the off-season. Absolutely love this park! Lagoon waterfront sites have a wonderful view. Many sites are fairly private with lush vegetation between. There are a few sites that have swampy water in the margins, but in February we were not plagued by bugs. Wonderful trails are found in the back near the boat launch and around Gator Lake. In the summer season, a shuttle boat to Shell Island embarks from here. The beaches are sublime - sugar sand, emerald water, and plenty of room to spread your blanket. Very close to many restaurants and tourist fun spots. Good security, dark and quiet at night. Several bathhouses are located around the park, all very clean. I do wish the state park would consider adding a dog run area. (There's no place to let the pooch romp off leash. Even the remote beach trails are off limits to dogs.) CG hosts do a great job of keeping sites and roads clear of debris, a big job considering how many visitors this park receives. This was our second trip here and we plan to return again.
Date of Stay: February, 2016
Lovely! Stopped here for an overnight not expecting much, and was very impressed. Large, clean, and level pads. Good gravel throughout. Cable TV and very good wifi included. Bonus was a good-sized fenced dog park. Will mark this CG as a favorite in this area.
Date of Stay: October, 2015
Lovely privately owned campground, frequently used by overnighters. We spent two days here and saw every type of rig imaginable - from pop-ups and van campers to 45 foot Class A and fifth wheels. Owners were on site and wonderfully helpful. Roads are well graveled and sites are level and clean. This is a busy campground in terms of visitors, nearly every site was full during the week, but it feels warm and welcoming. Property is spread out and though sites are lined up fairly close together you don't feel cramped. No highway noise as it's down the main drag a few miles. Easy access back to Interstate 65 and very close to the entrance for Mammoth Cave National Park. Enjoyed our stay and we would definitely return!
Date of Stay: September, 2015
What a wonderful campground! The Corps of Engineers (COE) really does it right here at Cedar Creek. Spacious sites, huge pads (large enough for a boat & camper), and plenty of green spaces between. You will never feel crowded at this lovely campground. Located on Old Hickory Lake with easy access to the water throughout. Lake view campsites are splendid, and a boat can be moored on the shoreline. Public access swimming beach with a sandy shore is an easy walk away, along with the boat launch and boat trailer parking lot. Property is very well maintained, mowed and trimmed, with good clean showers. No camp store on site, but the Cedar Creek Marina is quite close (walking distance) and offers cafe food, entertainment, and some camping supplies. We really enjoyed this campground and will certainly put it on our Favorites list!
Date of Stay: August, 2015
A good location to visit nearby Caves and attractions - right on the main route. We've stayed here twice, and even though this is a resort catered to children, we enjoyed the activities and amenities as well. The campground is on a sprawling campus, with many roads, cul de sacs, and loops. Campsites are intermingled with cabins. The sites are large and big rig friendly. Full hook up sites are available for a premium fee. Overall, the camping sites are well maintained. However, the facility buildings and landscaping have taken a beating. This property desperately needs to be refreshed, as it's a busy resort and nearly always full in the summer. The staff are super helpful, and do a great job to accommodate you.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
Regrettably, we did not enjoy our stay here. We can forgive a lot of sins at campgrounds, especially in state parks, but Green River Lake just had too many problems to overlook. Here's some suggestions for planning a campground at a state park (and thereby criticism of Green River Lake)... --The most popular campers and trailers are 35ft long or bigger. Don't make the parking pads only 20ft long. --RVs come with slide-outs, which means they extend 4ft on both sides. Don't make the sites only 8ft wide. --Most trailers are hauled by huge pickup trucks. Don't cram campsites so close together that there's no room to maneuver a vehicle or park it. Compounding these issues we happened to be here during a week of torrential rain storms, tornado warnings, and flood stage water. Water pooled in all the sites, the beach and playground were submerged, and boaters ended up parking their trailers in the interior spaces of the campground. In short, we didn't catch Green River Lake at its finest moment. But I still wouldn't return because of the parking-lot style layout of the campground, lack of privacy or beauty of the campsites, and the tiny cramped pads.
Date of Stay: July, 2015
This small campground is located on the Pioneer Playhouse property, and is offered for the convenience of their patrons. As such, it was a nice amenity to have and enhanced our experience in Danville. We enjoyed a play in the open air theater, ate a swell BBQ supper offered at the playhouse, and toured historic Danville for a day. The campground is pretty bare bones. This isn't a state park or luxury resort, so you should lower your expectations. It is maintained to some degree, but the sites are a bit short and close together. Most spots are filled with seasonal campers - looks to be staff and actors living there for the summer. Overall, to have a CG within the Playhouse compound is a bonus, even if it's a little rough around the edges.
Date of Stay: May, 2015
Tiny, quirky, and delightful! This unusual property is being revamped by new owners. We scored last minute reservations here on a busy holiday weekend when all other campgrounds were overbooked and overpriced. The property is situated around tiny rock cabins, originally built in the 1930's. Full hookup RV sites are located between and behind the cabins. A large adjacent field also accommodates tent campers. Owner and his dog, Harvey, make the rounds regularly to stop and chat and make their guests feel welcome. He even let our buddy pitch a tent in our site for no extra charge. The property is a little overgrown at the far edges, and a couple of ancient campers are scattered about waiting for renovation. But all that adds to the oddball quirkiness of the place, which we loved! One of the staff gave an aerial show with his RC planes, a group of fire jugglers entertained us in the field at night, and there was a swell fireworks display for Memorial Day. It's cute, it's odd, and it's just our style.