Date of Stay: December, 2014
The Staff is friendly albeit a bit always in your space so to speak. The place is so small and staff personnel everywhere...we often felt we could not do anything without first seeking approval. In spite of the small size of what amounts to little more than an RV parking lot, big rigs can maneuver fairly easy. This is far from a campground and more of a place to stay while the attraction being location location location. It is right in the midst of all the Sarasota attractions and beaches etc. The RV sites are all crushed sea shells and gravel and each site had a nice cement pad with picnic table on it presenting a very clean environment. The resort is visually appealing with a beautiful pool and a community Tiki hut complete with televisions. Yet we never used either. One day we asked the office personnel if we could pay to allow three friends (all adults) join us at the pool. Ironically there was not a soul using the pool, and yet we were told the rules allow only 2 guests. Thus we and our "3" friends did not use the pool and found other activities for the day elsewhere. It was a lose lose for everyone. They lost $60 ($20 per guest) and we lost an afternoon at the pool with our guests. I understand the need for rules. But this just seemed petty. WIFI was excellent as was the cable and my wife's Verizon and my Sprint phones had excellent signals. We came here because our aforementioned friends live very close (a block away). Others come here for the aforementioned "location" being near all the Sarasota activities. Again this is not a campground and after a week we felt we had moved into a city, and between all the traffic noise and construction across the street, nearly daily fire sirens, etc ...we soon longed for a real campground with some peace and quiet. Not surprising, such a small community appears to have it's cliques and without experiencing them, we heard from others their dissatisfaction's etc. This is mostly 55 and older and it shows...lots of opinionated people, lots of rules, and we just did not feel welcome and relaxed. We moved on. It serves our need as a perfect location to spend time with our friends a block away, else we would never come here.
Date of Stay: November, 2014
Things I liked were the Staff was very pleasant and helpful. The long term snowbirds and permanents are the priority here and they were most friendly and those we talked with raved about the place. Many have been there for years. The location of this campground is great as it is minutes to St Petersburg or Bradenton. Access for big rigs is good as the roads are paved and wide enough to maneuver. Pool and spa area is beautiful and virtually on the water with magnificent views. The pool was heated and very comfortable for swimming. Not so good things are short timers are not the priority here. Sites are not so level. I needed to drag out the blocks to lift the front end higher. Each site has a slab for outside sitting, and some were in pretty shabby condition. Picnic tables are real rough as they appear many years old, and do not appear to have ever seen any paint. Visual appeal for our site was less than ideal. The dumpsters were not in some remote part of the campground as is typical in most. We were located across the road from dumpsters and storage areas. We spent two weeks watching everyone arrive daily, often in noisy trucks, to dump their trash in the dumpster. It was a lot of undesired noise and an unsightly view. But only a few sites in the 40?s numbers are subject to this. The spa was not working during our stay. WIFI signal was strong at our site 43 however the bandwidth was poor. We heard others comment on how poor the WIFI worked. Cable is not ?turned on? at any given site. We were told we must go in town and contact Brighthouse to have cable turned on at our site. I assume at our cost. We did not pursue having it turned on. TV Reception was not so good for us. Most evening TV shows we were used to were unavailable.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
Staff is very polite and responsive to any of your needs. They are great. Access for big rigs could not be better. Lots of room to park for registration, and easy to maneuver through the park on nice wide paved roads. Sites are spacious and level and most are paved. Because the area was once a citrus grove, most sites have a citrus tree. Pick a lemon or grapefruit when you want one. Staff was out nearly every day spraying for insects and manicuring the sites. Did not see anything unsightly. Two pools and spa were beautiful as is the clubhouse. During our time there the weather cooled a bit and so did the pools. We were told the pools would be heated beginning November. Overall the park is beautiful with several ponds throughout the park and alligator sightings are almost daily. WIFI was the only downside to this park. The three hotspots are at the clubhouse and each of the two bathhouses. Nothing available at our’s and most sites. Many times we saw people sitting outside the bathhouses to get on wifi. Only reason I did not give this review a 10. Rate reflects Passport America.
Date of Stay: October, 2014
As noted previously this is not a destination campground. It appears to have been an old farm where the owners have set up a string of sites in a spacious grassy area over looking a beautiful lake. It is one of those picturesque settings like you see in RV sales magazines parked on a lake and the view is great to just sit out and enjoy the serenity. Very easy get in for even the big rigs. Pull up, set up and walk to the end of the campground and drop $25 in the box. Most likely you will not even see the owners who live in the house sitting on the lake. It is a great overnight-er when traveling pass on 26 in SC. We have stopped here many times over the years. I give it a 10 because it meets our expectations for what it is intended. For a one night stay over it is great. Also the Sprint service in the area is a strong 4G.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
We stayed here in Late January of 2015. Staff is excellent and very friendly. Access for big rigs is about as unfriendly as can be. There are many big rigs here but nothing about the place makes it easy to maneuver. So much so the staff are adamant and insist on helping to get you parked. The sites are so tight they want to ensure there are no mistakes backing into the site. Visually the place is clean and well kept. There is forever traffic and staff golf carts running around. They go by so frequently the trash policy is to simply put it out front between dawn and dusk and it is typically picked up in a few minutes which was nice. Pool and spa are beautiful and excellent. Pool was wonderfully heated. WIFI is evident everywhere but not enough bandwidth for much more that emails. Cable is limited to a handful of channels and over the air TV Reception is non existent. Both Sprint and Verizon cell phone service were fair. We came here because like nearly everyone else it is 20 min from Key West. There is an Open Air Pub and a Marina and a beach and a cafe all of which lend a nice convenience to the stay. The pub had live music on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7PM till 10PM, which is heard pretty much throughout the park however the 10PM shutdown is reasonable to us. The most disagreeable thing to us was the tightness of the sites. It is not like camping but more like a small city. After a couple weeks I could not wait to get out of the claustrophobic site. Also all sewer connections are at the very back of the site. Bring a long hose to reach the back of your unit plus a few feet. This RV Park, like most of the others in the area knows that it is all about location during the winter snowbird months and like the other RV parks in the area the prices are high and cramming sites in helps them do what they are in the business of doing....make money. We would stay here again, but only after exhausting most other parks in the area, which is how we ended up here this time. Finally, Google Maps insists on bringing up an erroneous address for this place which leads you wrong if using the Google maps address. The CORRECT address is: 251 State Road 939 Sugarloaf Key, FL 33042.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
Stayed at this campground for 2 nights in order to visit and see attractions in the area. Stayed on row 29 site 9. The roads and sites are tight for “any” type of RV. Entering through the gate in a motorhome, it was impossible to reach the card swipe to open the gate because it is at car level and none at motorhome level. The wife had to get out and swipe in order to open the gate. Upon passing through the gate the entire length of the rig roof was scraped by low branches. And navigating the roads and into your site in a motorhome is all but impossible without people moving cars, fire rings and picnic tables. It is a three ring circus getting parked. Having previously explained to the campground upon reserving the size of our motor-home and it having four slides, proved to be of no benefit. Our site was so skinny it was impossible to open the driver side slide without hitting the power utility stand. Thus it was necessary to move the coach away from the power stool, which put the passenger side of the coach off the gravel and into the grass. At this point opening the awning was not an option as it would have extended into the road where there was much traffic as it was the main exit road for the bulk of the permanent and seasonal campers. The site was not level as it was low on the back end side which is not good when raising the back end of a motorhome. To achieve level would have required the rear wheels to come off the ground and we do not do that. Thus we spent the two days not level. And at the same time the sewer hose connection resulted in the hose running uphill to achieve a connection. It worked, but was certainly not ideal. Bottom line the campground is not “big rig” friendly; they should have told us straight up upon reservation that they can not properly handle the big rigs; however it is also not friendly for average RV sizes. The shape of the office building smacks of being a former KOA and most of those are pretty cramped if you have ever been to a few of them. The pool was not heated and too cold to use in early July, however it was not our intent to use this park for it’s amenities outside of a site hookup for our rig. There is one Wi-Fi connection that is free. From our site it was out of range. There are numerous strong Wi-Fi points which are part of the Mesh Network and require creating or having a Mesh Network account and paying for the time used. The power at our site was 50 amp and appeared to be recently upgraded as it was new looking. The metering within our rig showed the voltages to be acceptable at 117 and 118 per each line phase. The park is best suited to very small RVs such as pop ups and tent campers. Larger motorhomes should certainly avoid this place. We would not return.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
We discovered this gem of a place when passing through the area. The beautiful park is actually in upper and lower areas a good quarter mile apart from each other but is really well done. With the pool and family attractions in the upper area and the lower area along the river it is almost a "best of both worlds" for those with children and those without. The sites are spacious and the surrounding "not so little" farm grounds are very peaceful making for a wonderful camping experience while watching the river traffic. The nearby town of Rising Sun provided a nice day of sightseeing and taking in some history and enjoying local eateries. Campground staff were very pleasant and we would highly recommend this place for a couple days when passing through. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
The attraction to "Diamond Caverns Resort And Golf Club" is it being near Mammoth Cave Park. Diamond Caverns did not meet "Resort" expectations. Most things are outdated and run down. Our "resort" picnic table at our site was literally crumbling apart with age and neglect. Upon arrival the office provided a map (after drawing in the roads which did not appear on this outdated map), and basically said, just go in the campground and choose anything that is empty. Upon entering, a staff member caught up with us on a golf cart and took me around to see available sites. Most not very level. Staff were friendly to a point. After a couple days, one asked my opinion of the park and when I pointed out the advertised hot tub does not work he replied it has been down for 5 years as it now does not meet state handicap requirements. I pointed out finding a level spot was not easy to which he was indifferent. They clearly are not interested in knowing missed expectations to make improvements. Finally, I have discovered this is a Thousand Trails associated park and one of the staff could not seem to accept that I was not interested in TT. I think I now understand the TT relationship to supply and demand. With only a handful of these TT associated parks in any given state, they are in high demand by those with TT membership. Hence the sorry state of the campground as there is little incentive to attract customers. They are already plentiful because of TT. I would not stay here again. Price reflects PA.
Date of Stay: May, 2014
This state park was a delightful surprise as we were traveling through the area. The gentleman running the office was wonderfully helpful with information about the park and the surrounding area. As can be expected of most State Parks, the utilities at the site are only water and electric and there is no WiFi. Sprint phone service is virtually non existent. We loved the trails and the Bison herd and the historic nature of the Park. Would definitely stay here again when passing through.
Date of Stay: January, 2014
Impromptu trip south to get out of the cold landed us here for 5 nights. Upon arrival the staff in a golf cart lead our motorhome through the VERY tight maze to the wrong site thus returning to the beginning to start all over again. Upon backing into the site, traditionally my wife gets behind the wheel and I get out and direct the maneuvering into the site and glad I did. Just in time I discovered huge “cleats” anchored in the ground probably from a former permanent tenant and the likes of which would really have torn up any tire that should run over them. There were 6 in two rows and now we were trying to maneuver to avoid them yet keep room in the very tight spot to open our slides. That alone I would not stay here again. Regarding the tight maze of road talking to a neighbor they showed us the bay door that got ripped out of their rig upon their arriving, maneuvering their rig and they hit the rocks making a sharp near impossible corner. No I would not stay here again ever.