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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Endless Caverns Resort, New Market, Virginia

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We had a VIP site, a full service pull through on a hill. The campground is quite hilly and all gravel - if you don't have 4x4 you might have issues getting your around if your site is near the top. The campground is carefully manicured and is highly manufactured. That is, no natural structures are left standing as every tree has been bulldozed and all sites are graded with retaining walls, and many are very close together. Best to Google Map your site to make sure you're not crowded with someone. Although their approach is very clean, neat, and organized, it lacks all character. It's more of an RV park (aka: parking lot) and less of a campground feeling. They also have a weird Nascar-type theme going on with race car signs, tires, and other artifacts . We couldn't figure it that out. The "game room" was a giant, mostly empty, warehouse building with a line of 70-80's arcade games adorning one side, and a small group of chairs bunched together in the middle as they apparently project movies on the wall. There is a somewhat run down pool outside, and overall we found that whole area really gloomy and fairly depressing. The campground appears to be struggling with finding an identity and it seems that the owners have tried unsuccessfully to bestow any real meaning to the place. The wifi was spotty and we could only barely use it at times even though the wireless access point was located in the restroom building not far from where we were. The price was pretty fair, but we won't be back. We camped at Endless Caverns Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E55
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Traverse City State Park, Traverse City, Michigan

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

We had a bit of a rough time during our stay, no fault of the park system though. A massive storm hit the area, possibly a tornado by the accounts of a couple people I spoke with. My family and I were gone for the day but we returned to carnage. Dozens of damaged campers, and a handful that were completely destroyed by fallen trees. We endured without power for a day or so but the city's cleanup crews were very responsive and on site almost immediately to remove trees and debris. The camp hosts were awesome and helpful, especially after the storm. The park layout itself is fairly well thought out with good to excellent facilities. It was clean and campsites were fairly easily accessible. There are a lot of trees which provide good shade but some were in bad places. I couldn't fully extend my awning for example due to one being a little to close. I'm alright with that because I'd rather camp in a wooded area than be stuck out in a field with no cover. One major downside is that there are no gray water dump drains throughout the park. They expect you to haul your gray water all the way to the front dump station every day and dump it down the sewer hole (confirmed by camp host). I was the only person in the entire park doing so! So where was everyone else dumping their gray water? I'll bet you can guess. The location of the campground is fantastic though as it sits adjacent to a lovely beach and playground on the Grand Traverse Bay. There is a pedestrian sky-bridge that provides easy access across the busy road. Unfortunately, there is NO LIGHT at the campground entrance of that busy road which makes getting your right out of there extremely challenging during peak times. We loved the location and the paved roads in the campground were extensive and perfect for an evening bike ride. The two dump station lanes however are ill-conceived as only ONE is usable on exiting. Therefore, expect long wait times on your way out if you aren't there very early. We camped at Traverse City State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
103 and 105
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Glen Arbor, and Fishtown are must-visit places

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Camp Toodik, Loudonville, Ohio

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

First the good: They have a pool, and it appeared fairly clean. And now the bad: 1) Roads, or lack thereof. They sent me to a site down along the river. This camping area, although it was not disclosed to me, appears to be designed for only tent camping or small popup campers. The path there was an extremely steep dirt road that is washed out in several spots with 6 inch deep ruts. I was pulling a 30 ft trailer and no one said a thing about this! If I didn't have 400 HP and 4x4, I'd have never made it back up. And thankfully it wasn't pouring rain at the time. I'm still worried that I may have damaged my trailer bearings. 2) Signage, or lack thereof. Apparently "toodik" is native for "lost in the woods" because you will be hard pressed to find any sort of signs, and the map provided was drawn by a 5 year old and looks nothing like the actual grounds once there. 3) If you like mosquitoes, you're in luck. I've never in my life seen so many congregated in one area. They were so thick you could see dark clouds of them swarming. Judging by our many welts, they don't mind Deep Woods Off. 4) Watch out for extra fees! Things like bringing children or just arriving a little early. Also, cancellation fees are STEEP. A min of $25 for > 7 days, or $40 if less. For no shows, you lose the $40 AND they bill you the balance too. They are bloodsucking vampires not unlike their mosquitoes. 5) When I asked if they accepted Passport America, the lady's response was, "what's that?". 6) If you plan to go canoeing, be sure you bring a LOT of money. I grew up around this area and use to canoe as a kid all the time for almost nothing. American greed at it's best, a family of 4 will now set you back well over $100.

But don't let all of this deter you, they DID have a pool. We camped at Camp Toodik in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
215
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Go support the Grist Mill, then buy sandwiches at the Mohican Country Market and have a picnic and hike in the State Park.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Fairy Stone State Park, Stuart, Virginia

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We had water at the site which was fantastic, and the dump station was nearby which made gray water disposal very easy. This park was absolutely beautiful and we had a blast with the kids finding fairy stones (we found a ton). The sites themselves were spaced very well, offered privacy, were easy to pull into, and were clean and orderly when we arrived. The beach area was also fantastic and we enjoyed an entire afternoon splashing around. There are climbable water features, a water slide, diving board, etc. We loved our stay and had a great time during the 3 days we were there. We camped at Fairy Stone State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Y005
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground), Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Date of Stay: May, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This park is pristine with unbelievable views. The wife and I had been here many years ago before kids, so we decided to go back this time with them. The evening nature programs are excellent and the rangers are very polite, educational, and helpful. There is no electricity, and we provisioned a supplemental solar panel on our rig which worked just fine. We left on our 4th day as planned and still had 65% charge left on our single group 24 battery. I wish more people had a clue, it smells and sounds like an LA freeway during mid-day as everyone fires up their gas guzzling generators. Fortunately, we spent our days hiking and exploring the bountiful plenty that Shenandoah has to offer. The wildlife was the highlight of the trip as deer and bear are easily seen. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E189
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The Byrd Visitor Center is cool and a definite place to stop, it has a neat little museum documenting past generations of Appalachian life throughout the area.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Dillon State Park, Nashport, Ohio

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Campsites were small and close together with sparse tree coverage. The campground itself was small consisting of just several loops, however was clean and quiet. The surroundings were picturesque with plenty of room to walk and explore. We never actually made it over to see the reservoir. There was no potable water at the dump station. We camped at Dillon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Alum Creek State Park, Delaware, Ohio

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $29.00
Overall Rating:

This is one of my favorite state campgrounds. The sites are large and private with plenty of trees. There is plenty to do in and around the area. BTW, I'm a local and here is a tip: the lakes in Ohio are fairly pretty from afar, but we don't swim in them and you shouldn't either. They're absolutely filthy. Instead, ride a bike or go for a hike. We camped at Alum Creek State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Tree Haven Campground, Westerville, Ohio

Date of Stay: September, 2005 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

My wife and I drove though this campground on 9/7/2005 to check it out since it was only 7 miles from my house. We passed an entrance sign that stated vehicles need to stop if checking in. We cruised through the front entrance slowly not seeing anyone in plain sight, we werent checking in - just briefly looking around. About 5 minutes later I spot an obese 60-something year old woman hauling a$$ in a golf cart behind us emphatically waving her fists. I stoppped thinking that I must have run someones dog over or something. She proceeded to read me the riot act for not stopping and checking in at the front desk. I apologized and told her I must have mis-understood the sign and that we weren't actually staying, but just passing through to evaluate the grounds. She said she didnt care and ordered me to turn around and follow her back. Once all the way back to the entrance, she immediately turned around and said "OK go look", leaving me to wonder what the point was of returning. I asked her if she had a map of the campground and she replied "not a chance". Not sure what that meant but we proceeded back into the campground. My wife judges the quality of a campground by the cleanliness of the bathrooms, and when I let her out to investigate, she returned with a disgusted look on her face holding her nose told me "theres no possible way". Not sure whats going on with this campground but the ownership is fairly rude, and the campground and facilities were not very clean. I would definitely recommend finding another campground in the area and save yourself the pure agony. We camped at Tree Haven Campground in a Tent Trailer.

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