Date of Stay: April, 2012
The management here was friendly and pleasant. They were often not in the office during office hours. The dump inlet at our site was behind the motorhome spot. A very unusual location which required 20' of tube length to reach. The cover was smashed into the pipe so we could not hook to it until the next morning when maintenance arrived to fix it. Huge potholes in the entry area made navigation unpleasant. They need to fill them in and it wouldn't take much to do so. Nothing really for kids to do at this campground. The "new" playground consisted only of a play set you might see in someone's back yard. It was missing a very needed swing set, though it had the mounts for them. Roads getting to this campground are very curvy and often narrow. Not recommended for large RVs. We were towing a Jeep behind a 39 footer and will not traverse this area again with this configuration. If you have a small trailer or RV at 32' or less, then it shouldn't be a huge problem. Lawn area next to our site was fun for the kids to play on, but that was about all the campground had to offer. Local town is cute, but food options are very limited, and the restaurants we checked were very limited in their menus (for example, they only serve breakfast up to a certain hour and will not offer any lunch options). This area is better suited for an older retired couple than a family with young kids. The one nice thing for us was the Point Reyes Station Park. It had a few nice hiking options and a Junior Ranger program for the kids.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
Downgraded review after our attempts to resolve a poor experience with one of the managers there didn't come to fruition. We met some great neighbors from out of the country. We were embarrassed when a KOA employee (later turned out to be one of the managers) interrupted our conversation to complain about our kids using kids' chalk to draw a simple hopscotch design on the pad where the RV sits on top of. He said he didn't want other prospective RVers to think it was a "trashy" campground. We were all stunned. The kids chalk washes off in seconds and certainly wouldn't have bothered anyone who came here for the reportedly "kid friendly" nature of the park. Not to mention no one would see it because an RV would be covering it. With some of the speeding cars and unleashed dogs running around the campground unchallenged, we felt this was not keeping focus on what's important. When we contacted the manager, we found out this employee who confronted us was her husband. She was very defensive and said his recollection of events was totally different. I won't go into all the details, but the 5 independent customers to this event apparently ms-perceived the manager's intrusion. A simple apology to us for making a mistake would have sufficed. As a result, we have no plans to return to this park. When being charged $108 a night for an RV pad, we expect a little better customer service.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
Not many choices in this area, so I think this is likely the best choice for this specific location. RV park is small and the roads are a bit tight for big rigs. It's nicely maintained and the staff is friendly. Pool area is very small and once 3 or more families get there, it's overcrowded. Otherwise it's nice and does the job. No playground at the campground. Park next door has one but it's for tots and our 5 and 8 year old got quickly bored. They really need a walking path from upper parking area to get down to the main area and pool. We had to walk around a blind street curve and had some run-ins with drivers going too fast who couldn't see us until they were on top of us. We would have driven, but there is no extra parking by the pool area. Parking in general is very limited, so keep that in mind if you have visitors. Our upper spot was really nice, but it had no shade and lots of wind, so we couldn't put up our awning or "easy-up." Tree on our driver's side kept banging against our RV during the winds. We will return if this location is where we need to be in the future.
Date of Stay: July, 2011
We stayed here two nights as we traveled north and south through California. Our first visit was OK, but the water pressure was too low to be able to use without the use of our pump, and they didn't fix it when requested. They didn't even follow up with us after our request. Restaurant there is touted as incredible, but it was just OK. Food was decent, service was very slow and the waitress didn't have her heart in it. Playground consists of a hot slide in a pile of sand. It certainly shouldn't be advertised as a playground. That's misleading. Pool is fine when it's not crowded but there's no shade at all for the hot tub, which got direct, hot sunlight all the way until sunset. They were doing work and blocking the exit to the park, forcing everyone to exit through the entrance. There were no signs or ropes indicating this so I started to exit through the exit until one of the crotchety old employees there yelled at us to stop. When we left through the entrance, we encountered a car trying to enter who had to back up into the busy entrance street. No signs at entrance explaining the problem either. This place is OK for a quick stop off to break up a long California trip, but that's about it. We'll probably give another local place a shot next time around.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
DO NOT take motorhomes over the Hood River Bridge from the east. Way too narrow! They shouldn't allow big rig motorhomes across this bridge. Had to almost stop a few times to let opposing vehicles pass. Road from Hood Bridge to campground is full of small tunnels with narrow roadways within. Large truckers will barrel through in the opposite direction with no concern. If you come to this campground, only come from the west. The campground is small and only appeared to have a few sites for larger rigs. They were very close together across from the main office. Office staff was friendly during check-in. WiFi was barely usable during our stay. We connected fine but the internet either didn't work or was too slow to use most of the time. There are no hiking trails that we could find. The playground was small. Our kids were immediately bored with it. Area behind our RV spot, to hang out in, was very small and right next to our neighbors. No privacy. This place looked like it had some nice tent camping spots.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
WARNING: NOT BIG RIG FRIENDLY. This campground does not handle large motorhomes well. I would only recommend considering this park if you are 32' or less. Very narrow roads, very narrow spots. No improvements have been done to remedy this, though there is room to do so. Pool is very small for the number of users. Broken chair left by the pool. I almost fell through to the ground trying to sit in it. Playground is almost useless. Our kids were bored here. We had difficulty leveling our motorhome. Store was poorly stocked. WiFi internet access so poor, almost completely unusable. Check-in was very slow. Nothing to do here. We will not return.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
This RV campground keeps it simple and does it well. Friendly service and level sites. Not much to do here other than the swimming pool, but it's a great place to stay over when passing through. Grocery store, CVS, and Round Table Pizza all right next door and an easy walk. Warm in the Summer. It was 102 during our visit in July and too hot to use their basketball court. Water spigots are too short for many standard drinking hoses that have a wide wingnut connector. Had to walk back to office to get an extender. One of the umbrellas at a table by the pool was clearly broken and in need of replacement. WiFi had a strong signal but I had intermittent internet connection problems. Otherwise, the experience was positive.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
We'd been looking forward to this visit, but we were disappointed with several problems about this park. It's in good condition and the sites were fairly level, but that's about all the positives. It's still very narrow and the sites of insufficient width considering the prices and the apparent fact that it was recently renovated. If you count on a shuttle to get to Disneyland, this isn't the park for you. It is not on the ART route. It has its own shuttle which is $3 per person, regardless of age. The times the shuttle goes to the park are infrequent and it wasn't available during one of the listed times when we arrived (we were told this is a common problem and that it's often down). It's not a long walk to Disneyland, but it's along a very busy roadway where cars regularly travel at 55 to 60 mph. With young kids, this is not recommended. Until this park joins the ART shuttle route (which we were told is just a matter of their choosing to), we won't return. We went to the office/store at 5:02pm and were stunned to find it closed. It closes at 5pm! Way too early for an RV campground. There was no recycling and the playground was really small - not sufficient for kids over 3 or for a campground this size. Not a good neighborhood. No security or controlled entrance.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
Beautiful park but there is not plenty of room for big rigs here. The entrance is surprisingly narrow - between 2 rocks in the ground. An easy fix and would be a big improvement to slightly widen this. We have a 39' motorhome and there was an identical one to ours at the park as well. Both of us had problems finding and fitting into our spots. They were very tight. The only spot big enough for a large RV is directly next to another campground - and there was a big group there. We stayed near the entrance, which was a bit of a drag because of the constant flow of traffic going by us. We went off-season and were told we'd have the park to ourselves, but there was a constant flow of vehicles and a fair amount of campers. Some people come tie up a campground just to rock climb, so we lost a potentially better spot not realizing this until it was too late. Surroundings are beautiful. No water or dump anywhere nearby that we could find. Closest one within the park was Cottonwood - about 45 minutes away. The park rangers didn't know of any local dump stations. Look into this before you go if you want to stay more than a few nights. We ran out of water after 3 nights and lost the opportunity to stay. No Verizon cell range anywhere in the park - had to drive to the service road about 2 miles away for range. Very secluded - no ranger presence. We will return but certainly not during the busy season.
Date of Stay: February, 2009
We're surprised at the ratings for this park. It's just a bunch of big boulders and shallow parking areas off the main road for RVs. The spots are so shallow that if you put your slides out, you are taking a risk of having the driver's side ones struck by oncoming vehicles. Very tight campground. We have a 39' motorhome and do not recommend anything of this size at this campground. 30' or less. Once you get in, the only way out is through a narrow u-turn at the end of the campground. An RV was sticking part way out, causing me to go off the road onto the uneven dirt side of the driveway. The bang to my motorhome coming off that dirt was so loud, I was convinced I'd struck a boulder or RV. We did not find any spots we were comfortable fitting in. It's frustrating how easy of a fix this would be - just make the spots deeper off the main road, and it would be so much better. Strange park. We prefer Black Rock.
Date of Stay: December, 2008
We enjoy staying at this RV park when we drive through the area. It has a decent playground and though there could be more room between spaces, it's not as crammed as many parks are. The main store is nice and employees are generally friendly. We've stayed there several times now.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
We checked-in to this campground in the middle of a loud argument going on between an employee and an apparent manager or owner. It was inappropriate and should have been occurring behind closed doors. The check-in staff ignored it and checked us in. They weren't overly friendly. The only real positive thing about this park is the convenience to the shuttle to Disneyland. If you don't need the shuttle, I wouldn't recommend this park. There was no security or barrier from the campground to the streets. It is not in a good neighborhood and is directly across from a school. The main street is long and cars get up to high speeds. I wouldn't let my kids roam free at this campground. We found sprinklers leaking water all around our RV pad. The site was very tight and hard to back into. We're going to try a different campground next time. We might come back if we can't find anything better.
Date of Stay: December, 2007
This campground obviously has new owners, as they've been friendly with each of our recent visits (but that wasn't the case before). This is a good spot when you want to visit family in SF, but it's really tight for big rigs. The spaces are very thin and it is just a parking lot overlooking the ocean. The pull-throughs are not useful because the spaces are so tight that you have to unhook to get in or out of the spots. But we haven't found a better place yet to stay while visiting SF.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
We enjoyed staying here, though there isn't much to this campground. However, it's a beautiful area and right next to the fairgrounds, which we were able to walk through even though there wasn't anything going on at the time. They were preparing for the fair near the end of our stay, and it then got pretty crowded with some interesting fair vendor types! It was peaceful and comfortable and a good location if you are interested in visiting downtown Grass Valley. Staff was friendly. We'd stay here again.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
Pros: Relatively friendly staff, has a pool, scenic surroundings. Cons: Tight spaces with no space between neighbors. We had to share a picnic table with our neighbor. One of our slides almost hit a large tree trunk (about 8" away from it) and another slide hit several branches. Narrow roads inside. Playground was not sufficient. No slide and mostly metal bars to climb on (making it dangerous for our 2 year old). Both of our kids got bored quickly there. Nothing really to do here if you don't want to battle the crowds at the small pool. Heard a train 3 times during the nights. I think we'll try somewhere else next time.