Date of Stay: May, 2016
Yearly we drive from Arkansas to Iowa and back and this is our "stop over" spot. We have only ever spent one night at a time here. Campground is nice. The roads are good, the sites are good, hookups worked well. While it won't keep me from staying here, I do wish it was cheaper. :) I don't think the site is over-priced, we just personally don't use all of the amenities or hookups because we're only here for less than a day. Shorter-stay folks are put in the north part of the campground which is, I think, all pull-thru sites and there are no trees in this area. If you're staying more long-term I think you can get one of the nicer sites that's closer to the office and is tree-covered - and you don't have people pulling in and out around you all the time. Nice! Sites are gravel with a concrete slap/patio. Their WiFi worked well when we used it; I was impressed b/c that's usually not the case with campgrounds. The folks who answer the phones are always so nice, and are very welcoming when you arrive to the campground. We appreciate them watching for us and checking us in even after their normal office hours. Great place to be if you lose a vent cap or your water pump goes out because the dealership is a brief walk away. So you don't have to go far to solve a problem! Campground is right off the interstate so there is road noise, but it's so convenient. Seems like it's in the middle of nowhere, but I think 15 min or so down the highway you can find what you need in Joplin. AT&T cell service worked fine here.
Date of Stay: May, 2016
We stayed at the fairgrounds for 20 nights, and we are glad we did. Cheaper than other local campgrounds. They were having trouble with the water in the areas with 50-amp sites so we stayed in a 30-amp site. It was chilly so didn't need to have both A/Cs running, so we were fine with that amperage. Quiet, except for train whistles a few times a day. Had 2-4 bars of AT&T cell service. Ultimately - camping here out of the busy fair season...great! If a very big event or the fair was happening...I don't think you could pay me to stay here. If the all the sites in a section are being utilized, it will be VERY tight and driving down the roads of the different sections may not be possible if you have a bigger rig. We have a 40' 5er and drove through other grass sites to get in and out of the spot we picked to avoid the steep entrance to section FE. We parked at the end of the middle part of section FE. Very nice overlook of the city. Since there were only 2 other rigs in our section for the majority of the time there, we spread out a bit and parked our truck and SUV next to the 5er instead of in front or behind, so we were actually taking up 3 sites (that's how close these sites are). Site was pretty level; we did use one extra board under most of the jacks when leveling. Be sure to call the day you're driving in to see which entrance of the fairgrounds is open. We went to the 'official' campground entrance according to the map on their website but it was LOCKED! Called the office and they said "oh yeah that's locked for safety, you have to come in another way." The entrance on Grand Avenue is pretty much always open day/night. If you're coming up from the south to Des Moines I would take the Hwy 5 bypass around town and come through Pleasant Hill instead of I-235. They didn't mow around our site while we were there so the grass/weeds got pretty tall in some spots. I understand some folks get fussy about mowing around their RV, but we wish they would have. They might have if I asked them to.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
Rate reflects monthly rate. This is the first time we have stayed for a whole month in one campground, and it's been great. High quality campground, and the only place I'd like to camp while visiting Des Moines. Paved site, lots of room for our 40' and truck, plus some. Grass on the sides so not muddy when it rains. Breathing room between the RVs so you don't feel cramped at all. The CG is surrounded by fields so it got REALLY windy a few days. Not a lot of tall trees in the area where the larger paved sites are so no shade. Very quiet here, and many campers keep to themselves which we are fine with. Hookups worked as they should. Did not purchase their internet; our ATT & Verizon air cards both worked fine. Lots of areas to walk a pet if you have one. You can tell they take pride in their CG as it's nicely landscaped and maintained. Only used laundry facilities once and they were fine. The two community buildings are very nice, and comforting to know there's storm shelters on site. Owners seem like considerate folks. One thing to note is the mowing - constant, constant mowing this time of year. If you work in your RV during the day like we do, be prepared to hear that mower going each day for a few hours. Book ahead as this is a popular place and there's many long-term residents.
Date of Stay: September, 2013
We enjoyed our stay here; 3 nights. The park is small and quiet - which is what we prefer. This was the first camping experience in our new fifth wheel; we picked it up at Tyler RV Center and 5 Star RV was less than 5 minutes away, so great location for us. You're far enough away from the hustle & bustle of a town, but not so far that it's a chore to have to go grab some groceries. The pull thru site was easy to get in and out of. Hookups were in a great spot and we had no problems with them. Enough room between sites that you don't feel cramped. We didn't use the Wifi but it was available. The Park Host was so helpful and friendly. Immediately came out to help us setup without us asking, and was out and about throughout the day. The owner is around in the mornings. Both guys are great to talk to and they have some good stories. Feeding the fish in the pond was fun. Gets pretty hot there in mid-afternoon sun so if you can get a site with the big RV sun-shade, that will help out your A/Cs. Would camp here again if we are in the area.