Date of Stay: August, 2010
This campground was among the nicest maintained campgrounds we've ever stayed at. The park service employees would come around a few minutes after people leave, clean out the fire pits and pick up the sites. They occasionally blew leaves off the parking pads and so forth. The bathrooms were also very excellent and very clean. A somewhat strange, but very much appreciated in the 100 degree-plus weather we had while there, extra service is the air-conditioning in the bathrooms. The sites vary quite a lot. Some are large with lots of privacy, others have very little privacy and some are small. Some are large but share a portion of the driveway with the neighboring site. None of the sites have any hookups, so plan accordingly. Showers are not provided by the park service. They're available for pay ($2 for a token that buys 10 minutes of shower time) from a private concessionaire. The showers were mechanically good, good water pressure and lots of hot water, but were not nearly as clean or nicely maintained as the park service facilities. Also, a typical use given is to go buy a token then go shower. The changing area is one large changing area for all showers, so clothes and such are left in the open. I had my wallet stolen while there. Be careful to buy tokens in advance and not take any wallet or money with you to the shower. Personally, I would have preferred the park service provide showers as part of the park and not have to pay for them separately. I wouldn't mind paying more for the camp site in order to have showers provided. In addition to the namesake caves, this National Park also includes excellent above-ground hiking and horseback riding. We stayed there for nearly two weeks and had a great time.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
This campground is unusual for Ohio SP campgrounds. It's laid out along some old roads. The distance from a given campsite to the showers, the nature center, or the playground can be quite large depending on where your specific site is located. There are a few sites with electric, but they tend to be smaller. Also the sites near the playground are quite small. There are many sites that are good for tent camping. Be prepared for sloped and hilly sites. There are some level ones too, but most are not. We had a fairly level site that was large, but it was directly under some power lines. Ironic, considering the site didn't have electric. It's not a very good campground for children biking, unless the children are older. The hills are too steep for small children to handle. There is quite a lot of excellent hiking in the state park and the Zaleski State Forest that the state park is embedded in. Mountain bikes are permitted on most trails, but be careful. Trail maintenance is not very good, so there are downed trees and other obstacles to watch out for. The nature center is excellent, offering a fair number of programs and activities, including hummingbird feeding. This is the thing here that tends to bring us back. The pit toilets were clean and well-maintained while we were there. The showers were also clean and had plenty of hot water, but are old style like what all Ohio parks had when I was a kid. A row of shower stalls with a single common changing area. Overall, not bad, but some other parks, like Old Man's Cave, are better.