Date of Stay: July, 2012
We spent almost a week there with the kids (ages 10-8) across from the pool area. This is a beautiful campground and we often saw the staff working to maintain it: mowing, weeding, cleaning the grounds. The pool was nice and warm and clean. (We saw owner cleaning and checking the pool every morning.) There was a nice large deck around the pool to sit with chairs, tables and umbrellas. There is minigolf (looked in decent shape but we did not do) and mining $5 or $9 per bag (we did, kids got nice gems) on site. There is a fishing pond and a boating pond. We didn't do paddle boats because it looked a little too weedy. Our site was a large pull through with water, electric and sewer. There was hair (from a human haircut) on our site when we got here, but when told, the staff was quick to go rake it up. The playground was in good shape. There were a few activities during the week and many on the weekend. They were well organized and well run by friendly staff. It rained a few days while we were here and we still had fun hanging out in the rec hall playing ping-pong, air hockey, wii, watching a movie (scheduled activity), doing puzzles, and eating from the snackbar. Staff moved up the dance from 7pm to 6pm because of bad weather, to give campers something to do. DJ was friendly and kids had a blast. Pizza was good and other items were reasonably priced. We all loved the Sunday breakfast buffet. Ladies showers need a little updating but the rest of the bathroom was obviously recently renovated. Close by we visited the Granville Country store (GREAT cheese) and the Gran-Val scoop (ice cream and a few farm animals to feed and pat). Overall one of the nicer campgrounds we have visited truly due to the staff. We will definitely return after we get the truck tuned up and brakes checked. The hills on the way to the campground were long and steep!
Date of Stay: June, 2012
We camped here with 2 other families. There were 9 kids from ages 5-10. The good: Sites were big under tall pines in the area that we camped. This gave us great shade. We had W/E/S, and our site was relatively level with only a few roots around the big pine trees. Owners are very nice. Craft time was fun for the kids (free for 1st craft, $1 for the second) and the lady running it was very patient with my detail oriented son who took a long time to finish. Pool was clean, but got crowded. There is mining and panning available for a fee (I thought was reasonable), our kids loved this. Camp store was reasonably priced too. We camped within sight of the pavilion and the older playground. A second playground that the kids loved is closer to the office. This was in good shape. There was a nice level loop that the kids could ride their bikes around that was in sight of our site. There is also canoeing and boat rentals, as well as mini golf and a museum all for a fee, but we didn't do any of those things. The area that we were in had us in contact with only one seasonal trailer, and they were super nice to all of us. The bad: There was a group of tenters right next to the pavilion that had a pitbull. There is no policy on aggressive dogs. Front desk told me that they would keep an eye on it. I just kept a close eye on my kids! I have a dog of my own but would never bring her here because there were dogs everywhere with no restrictions on where they could go as long as they were on leashes. This may be good for some, but not all dogs can handle lots of kids running around nearby: like pit bulls. At the dance pavilion, there is a concession stand. After waiting in line, with no one behind us, we were told by a rude girl, that they were now closed. Bathroom toilets looked clean but had lots of cobwebs and spiders hanging around. (I know, this is camping in the woods, but this freaked my daughter out.) Overall, I liked the campground, but was really concerned about the big dogs around. I would definitely camp here again, but I will wait until after the season is over, and ask about the dogs.
Date of Stay: May, 2012
I am surprised by the reviews. We camp here a few weekends for the past 4 years now with 5 kids and a dog. The kids love it here. They visit and feed the goats, enjoy the nicely shaded paths to bike on and all the kids activities. We have always found a lot for the kids to do, especially on the Memorial Day and Columbus Day weekends. (Golf cart rodeo with kids bike olympics, or Halloween are ones that we love best.) There are usually kid games (carnival), crafts (cute small things), pinatas (homemade Frankenstein head on Halloween weekend), tye dye and wagon rides (with loud kid music I hate!). I don't recall trashy seasonal sites, most looked ok to me. Owners have aways been friendly and accommodating. Seasonals are friendly too. Camp store is reasonable with good treats for kids. We love the clean indoor and outdoor pools especially in early and late season. We camp in the 200's: it is a little close but a lot of fun. No sewer here, but pump outs are cheap enough. Game room may need updating, but we don't come here to play video games. Bathrooms are ok, showers have good pressure and pretty clean. It is a fun, clean, family friendly place.