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First, the good stuff -If you want a campground geared towards young families then this Yogi Bear place is for you. They've got lots of scheduled activities for kids including daily hay rides; very nice pool; playground and more. All the physical amenities in this campground such as the sites, roads, buildings are in terrific condition. The entire campground was very well maintained by a large number of work-camper staff. Even the fire pits are moved and all ashes cleaned immediately after the site is vacated. Many of the sites are shaded by mature trees. Now the not-so-good stuff - Thee is an huge amount of permanent sites consuming the better locations. Very few pull-thru sites for larger rigs and even less with 50amp. Our 50amp site was back-in with no shade and just gravel. OVERHEAD WIRES were everywhere and low enough to actually drag on top of some tall RV's. We had to have a spotter while maneuvering to our site with our motorhome. We cleared some wires by only inches. One access road was no navigable due to low wires. They really should consider trenching the electrical utilities. Last, we stayed Tuesday thru Thursday. The campground is so well booked on weekends that they try to do all their maintenance during the week. Wednesday was mowing day with noisy mowers until late afternoon. Then, a skid loader was spreading stones and leveling gravel on nearby sites until after 6:00pm making sitting outdoors very annoying. I finally went over and asked the skid loader person what time he intended to quit for the day. He planned on working later but was reasonable enough to stop 15 minutes later. We understand the need to work during the week when sites are available, but we also expect a quiet time for weekday campers, too. The 1/2 mile or so paved access road to the campground is very narrow and full of potholes. We were SO glad not to meet another RV on this road.

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Maneuvering the park roads can be a challenge for larger motorhomes. Our 40ft got in and out but had to manuever a sharp dropping turn inside the park that required a back up. The sharp turn dropped off at a sharp angle to a lower roadway level. The site was round river pebble and grass. Had to use large pads under levelers in the rear due to heavy coach and soft pad. Office staff was pleasant and helpful. They take Passport but we forgot to check until after the fact. We stayed 3 nights to visit regional attractions. Full hook-ups were fine. Although charged a couple bucks extra for 50 amp and again for cable TV. I would stay here again as a place to stay... but not a place to be.

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The driveway into the park was a long and very rough paved road. Our first impression with the park was checking in at the office late afternoon on a Monday where the clerk was a bit rude. Although we were the only people in the office, she ignored us at the counter until we spoke up. She was very cold and left us with a poor first impression of the park service. The park is designed nicely with the different loops but the sites appear to be best suited for smaller travel trailers, pop-ups, etc., instead of motorhomes. I say this because most of the sites we saw were not level. In fact, many sites were so sloped that some travel trailers had their tongue on the ground in front and a the rear was a couple feet off the ground. The gravel sites had very little gravel and ours had more dirt than grass at the picnic table. We chose loop 5 to be near the water but frankly, the trees and brush are so thick by the water that there is very few spots to view the water from the loop. We rode bikes in the other 4 loops and they seemed to be a bit more flat, but still many sites were very sloped. Seems that the park was built / designed decades ago for smaller RV's and more geared for single /double axle RV's instead of motorhomes that level on four corners. My impression is that the park is underfunded given the obvious lack of routine maintenance on sites and roadways. The good - lots of shade at the sites; nice layout of the loops with central bathhouse; nice marina, picnic areas, lake; good spacing between sites; fair rate; good location for touring the regions wine trails. The "not s0 good" - unlevel sites with small gravel pads; very rough roadways; shared electrical posts that likely require extension cords for many sites; staff mowing large fields regularly but our loop had very long grass; concession store only open Fri/Sat/Sun; check-in staff gave us a poor first impression. This is likely a very good family camping spot for smaller RV's.

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This campground is geared towards family camping with lots of kid activities. Generally speaking, it's a decent park with decent amenities. However, I'm not impressed with much of their upkeep. For example, we were there a year ago and same things needing attention back then were still needing attention. i.e., the high window (for motorhomes) main gate touchpad was still broken; the street light by our site was still broken; their staff golf carts were junkers with one broke down by our site. The sewer connection is inside a square concrete block and recessed too low for our hose elbow to reach to pipe. Roads are rough and dusty gravel with some really large stones (3") in the mix. Many sites on the east side (pull thrus) could be more level. I saw quite a few motorhomes with their front wheels well off the ground. Also, there is no shade on the east side. West side has some shaded sites but probably more congested and smaller back-in sites. All things considered the park is not too bad but I would be more impressed if they reinvested in their infrastructure and equipment. Good things - decent restaurant; ice cream parlor; two pools; State Park with hike/bike trails across the street; decent camp store; fair rate; good check-in process.

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Very convenient place to stop over from the interstate. Concrete pads, full hookups, seemingly safe location. A bit tight getting around but no problem if taking care. I would recommend for a stopover.

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Couldn't be better in terms of a decent off/on stop over from the highway. Full hookups for $13.50??? That's with Passport or Escapees discount. Gravel, level, convenient, inexpensive. Small, seemingly safe and secure park that fits the bill perfectly for a stop over. Food, fuel nearby.

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This review is based upon an overnight stop. The park is located convenient to the interstate. Easy in and out with gravel roads and gravel sites. Pull-thru sites were level but some of the turns in the park were a bit tight so take care. A good value for an overnight stay.

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I'm rating this from strictly an overnight stop perspective. The park is very close to I-81 access and well signed making it easy to find. The pull-thru sites had concrete pads to park on which was a plus. I would definitely recommend this as a good overnight stop. Price was"good", but not great for an overnight service. Didn't care for the speed bumps.

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We stopped here on our way home and expected to stay for 3 days to enjoy the area and the weather before heading to PA. Reserving sight unseen is risky but given that it is a KOA, you have some expectations of decent amenities and service. We made reservations early in the morning and then traveled 400 miles only to be agitated on several levels. The entrance was so narrow and tight that palm tree limbs drug on our motorhome roof. Then, on my way to our site another motorhome had his rig partially blocking the road because his sewer hose wouldn't reach the drain! You see, the sewer outlet is at the extreme rear of the pull through. I had to connect two 15ft hoses to empty my tank. The worst part is that my site was so tight with trees on either side that I had only inches to spare once my slides were open and I could not open my awning for shade at all. There were two other larger sites empty nearby so I asked management to change and they would not allow it because someone else would be coming "at some later date" and they wanted those particular sites. Long story short…. it was late in the day and we were very tired and so we stayed over night and then asked for our money back for the next two days, which they did. The sites were somewhat muddy and many sites were sloped pretty good. We had water, 50amp, no cable but could get several local channels on antenna. There was sewer but at a terribly poor location. The campground WiFi was next to impossible to use and our MiFi could barely get a 3G signal. Some of the poorest reception anywhere we have traveled in the USA. Overall, the place may be fine for locals to camp in small units but I would not recommend it for larger rigs. No fire rings but there were tent campers across from us with a campfire on the grass… go figure. This place is not managed very well or maintained very well. Traffic was absolutely brutal in this region and so arriving here and having this disappointment was enough to keep my away forever.

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What a gem! This is one of the best maintained and nicest layouts we've experienced. Dozens and dozens of cable stations, dual sewer outlets at long pull thru sites, excellent gravel sites and roads, and 2 fishing ponds. And, best of all is the friendliness of the staff. Very helpful and interesting folks in many ways. There are several pavilions at various locations with fire rings. The hillsides are nicely terraced with sites at a variety of levels. And how about that crushed granite gravel! Anddry firewood, too. The only slightly negative points would be that there is no shade trees and that there is some distant highway noise. Either one was no problem at all for us. This park is overall one of the best we've experienced, and we really enjoyed the Andy Griffith Museum and Mayberry memorabilia in nearby Mt. Airy. We stayed several days before heading north.

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We followed the KOA website directions from I-70 East at exit 20 in a motorhome w/toad. The few signs for the KOA were very small and covered with tape. In fact, we thought the place really didn't exist after traveling several miles on very narrow roads. So narrow and tight at places that cars had to pull over twice to let us by. As others mentioned, the KOA site is on a really steep hill and the access road is in poor condition. The pull thru site we had was near level, but getting there was a bit white knuckle. The sites were quite close together and not really what I would consider good "camping" sites. No matter for us because we were simply there for an overnight stay. The staff was friendly and helpful with giving better directions to get back to the interstate. Bottom line... I don't want to be tough on this place because the staff was nice and the campground could be appealing to many. That said, in my opinion this is an okay place for travel trailers, pop ups, tents and generally speaking smaller RV's. I personally would not suggest this for larger motorhomes and I would never subject our motorhome to the risks on the narrow roads leading to this KOA or more specifically to the very steep, twisted and narrow roads within the KOA. Not worth the risk. The free Wi-Fi was weak and kicked us offline readily. I used our own system.

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This is a great city park right off a major highway, I-90. We stayed just for an overnight. The camp hosts were very nice folks and quite accommodating. The sites are grass, but spacious pull thru with nice tables an fire rings. Lots of mature shade, as well. Different rates for differing services such as 50 amp, cable, sewer. Very much a bargain rate regardless of what you choose. Definitely recommend as an overnight stay or for camping in general. The only reason for not giving a higher rating is due to the grass sites. Hard packed gravel roads are fine, but the grass could be an issue given enough rain. Very easy maneuvering for big rigs. We had a 40' with a toad and they both fit in our pull through with room to spare.

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Very nice park for a stop over or a base camp for area points of interest such as Badlands NP. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Gravel access roads and sites. Shade is limited. Pull through sites are level and utilities convenient. Sites are fairly close together. Plenty of nice green space to walk the dog and a dog run. Not all sites had cable, but antenna and satellite worked well. Free WiFi worked very well. Good value just off I-90 but far enough to offer quiet rest. I would recommend and certainly stay again.

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Friendly staff. Very peaceful setting. Pleasant views of the surrounding forests and mountain peaks. Convenient location to Custer State Park, Mt. Rushmore and other points of interest. Fair rate. Campground Wi-Fi didn't work for us, which isn't surprising given the rigged terrain. Our Verizon MiFi signal was weak as well. Pull-through sites were spacious and the distance to neighbors was decent as well. Fire rings and firewood available. Only down side to this campground was the internal access roads were a bit tight for big rigs and the roads had fairly deep washouts. Had to take care and proceed very slowly when maneuvering our 40' rig. Seemed better geared towards smaller RVs. That said, this is a nice place and we would stay here again.

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This park is located in a narrow valley between to steep hillsides. The access is paved and the sites are gravel. What we liked: Friendly staff, very accommodating. There was trolley service every hour to downtown Deadwood for a $1 per person which was very convenient. The laundry was nice, but a little pricey at $2 per load for wash or dry. The overall condition of the facility is pretty decent. The Wi-Fi worked well, as did our satellite. No cable. What we didn't like: the pull thru sites were very close together. We had about 6' or 7' from our slide to our neighbors slide. The pull through sites are very short. Our 40' MH had only about one foot to spare from the paved road in front and in back of our coach. We had to park our toad along an access road by a dumpster. We had a fire ring, but would never use it because the RV's were only about 5 feet from the fire ring. Bottom line - we would stay here again as a base camp to visit the area points of interest, but would not stay here as a place to relax.