Date of Stay: July, 2014
This park has been a regular weekend retreat for us for nearly a decade, and the campground has had some good years and bad years, usually based on funding. Some recent improvements include renovations to most of the restrooms in loops closest to the camp office. A few more loops have been upgraded to 50 amp electric. Roads have been repaved, which was long overdue. Parking pads have also been repaved and many have also been extended to accommodate longer rigs. A paved bike and pedestrian path from nearby Williamsburg has been connected to the campground. Pets are now allowed at all sites. I have heard that there are plans to improve the campground’s beach area in the near future. On the downside, the naturalist program, which was always popular with kids, has been cancelled. Patrols by park rangers are less frequent compared to past years. While a number of water faucet / drinking fountain units in the loops have been replaced, not all of the new units are operational. The camp store is not well stocked, though a convenient store just outside the park entrance has just about anything you would want. All sites are back-in and nearly all of the sites are electric only. There are five full hookup sites grouped together near the playground in ‘C’ loop, and another four grouped together in ‘G’ loop. In my opinion, the best thing this campground has going for it is the size and versatility. With around 400 sites, unless you need full hookups, reservations are rarely needed. If you want to be out in the open so you can put out the satellite dish, or you want a site that is almost fully shaded, you can find it here. Some loops of campsites are wide open with areas that work well for large groups of people camping together. Other loops are smaller, don’t see as much use, and are more private and quiet. Some sites even have large clearings in the woods behind the parking pad and are great for large groups of tents. It’s worth taking your time to explore the campground and find a site that you feel is just right. If you live in southwest Ohio this is a nice place to get away for a weekend. It is also close enough to I-275 that it could make for a convenient overnight stop for travelers. Note that the campground entrance is off of State Route 32. A relative came out to visit once and their GPS unit sent them down State Route 125 to the park office on the opposite side of the lake.
Date of Stay: May, 2013
The listing for this campground needs to be updated as they now have WiFi here: encrypted, with a strong signal and good speed. Also there are sewer hookups at five sites. There are plenty of mature trees, so if you need satellite TV you will probably be out of luck. TV broadcast reception in the area is limited to a few stations. We used this park as a base camp for touring the Bourbon Trail, and for that the location was excellent. The park also has an 18 hole golf course, which may be an added attraction for some. Sites are for the most part spaced well, but that could be a problem for some since the power connections, 30 amp max, and water connections are located between each pair of campsites. I had to use my 50’ water hose and my 25’ extension cord to get hooked up. Note that the sewer connections are about where you would expect them, towards a rear corner of the parking pad. This park is best suited to mid-sized RV’s or smaller. My 31’ travel trailer was a snug fit, and there were a few big rigs squeezed in. Parking pads are paved and generously wide, though most are short. Some have been lengthened a bit with gravel. There are three pull-through sites here, though two of them are parking areas parallel to the road. All sites will require some leveling, and I recommend bringing extra blocks or planks for this purpose. The restrooms are outdated though they looked clean and in working order when I checked for this review. The dump station has a curb around the connection so a longer hose might be needed if you will be dumping a tote tank. The guard shack at the entrance seemed to be manned at random.
Date of Stay: October, 2012
We used this RV park as an overnight stop on a long trip. It is just a short drive from I-40 and you cross a long narrow bridge just before getting to the park’s entrance. It’s a combo marina, rental condos, RV park, and casual fine dining restaurant The complex is only two years old. Somehow they lost our reservation that was made a few days in advance, but getting a site was no problem since we were here in the off-season. Maybe half of the sites were filled with newer, modest RV’s, set up for extended stays with PVC pipe for sewer hose, and real patio furniture. The one and only pull-through site was occupied by a long term camper. Our site was a back-in which overlooked the cove. Spacing was good, minimal road noise from Route 92, some nice landscaping details, but no picnic table or fire ring. Utility connections were fine, cable TV had thirteen channels. Did not try the Wi-Fi. Restrooms over by the docks were clean when I checked, but there didn’t seem to be any showers. Lots of litter around the lake, but maybe during the peak season more effort is put into cleaning that up. Having been on the road all day we had dinner at the resort’s restaurant, Angelos at the Point. The place features outdoor dining and an outdoor bar; both overlooking the lake, but both were closed this time of year. If you check Trip Advisor, this restaurant gets mixed reviews. They were pretty busy the night we were there and we thought the food was really good. Overall it would be a decent place to stay for a while, but for us it was an expensive overnight stop.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
Extremely beautiful and well kept. Section A is more rustic with gravel parking pads, heavy woods, and roads are a bit rough in comparison to the rest of the park. Section B looks like roads and parking pads have all been freshly paved. Plenty of shade, but less trees than section A. The shower house is rather unique in that it has traditional restrooms but the showers are private unisex stalls with accessible from the outside. There was also a coin laundry in the same building with a small book exchange. We didn’t use any of these facilities but when I checked for this review everything was clean and looked in working order. We used this park as a base camp when visiting Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. Although it is quieter and more scenic compared to RV parks in Williamsburg, taking the ferry across the James River can be slow at times. Also, the dump station had a curb around the connection which made it tough to use a tote tank for dumping.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
This was our first time staying at a large mega resort and the place is practically a small town. There are even rental houses there and the camp store is like a small supermarket just to give you an idea. Golf car traffic was heavy at times on the main roads. If you have a site close to the beach it’s easy enough to walk so a rental golf car isn’t necessary. Having made a reservation weeks in advance, we were sent an express check-in pack in the mail. Basically a hang tag for the mirror and instructions to call when we were almost there to confirm our site was ready. It worked great. We just had to pull in and hook up with no stop at the office. Sites are wider than expected, but it seems that if you have a 31’ trailer they give you a site with a 32’ long pad. Trying to pull into such a site located between two narrow access lanes with neighbor’s rigs filling up their entire pads and tow vehicles and golf cars parked in the grass, made getting in and out a tight squeeze. Despite the magnitude of this facility, it had a nice laid back and even private feel to it. Quiet hours were respected, grounds were clean, and security patrols frequently. Unlike other parks along the beach, you are allowed to build a campfire here, although you have to bring your own fire ring. The beach was great. We also used the coin laundry, a large facility, clean and only a few machines were out of order. There must be over one hundred cable TV channels. I can’t comment on the pool, skate park, pizza delivery, or other amenities. If this place doesn’t have it, you probably don’t need it.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
Beautiful and well kept. The place has more the feel of an upscale resort than a county park. There is coin laundry located at the restrooms and a camp store with all the basics. Most sites are well spaced for privacy but some are paired up. Check the park map when reserving a site.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
There are currently some renovations being done in the campground. Some restrooms are closed, some water faucets are not working, and there are some piles of debris or building materials cluttering up an otherwise beautiful place. You can get a large RV in here, but will most likely have to make a reservation far in advance as maybe half of the parking pads tend to be small. Some tree limbs were low over the roads in some spots and I’d be concerned about damage to rubber roofs, antennas, etc. With the dump station being located six miles away, and you are supposed to fill fresh water tanks there as well, I just didn’t consider it to be an RV friendly campground. That said it made a wonderful and peaceful retreat after a day in town. Easily worth the extra effort to get a large trailer in here and in a year or so when construction is finished it should only be better.
Date of Stay: May, 2010
This is one of many primitive campgrounds located in the George Washington National Forest. A one-lane gravel loop with thirty back-in sites with mostly level gravel parking pads. Self registration, no hookups, no showers, vault toilets, heavy woods, most campers seemed to be locals, very quiet and rustic. There is a dump station located near the exit. A number of water faucets are located around the loop but you may hold up the minimal traffic here as you fill your water tank. Water was brown and a notice said it was borderline safe for consumption. We used this place for an overnight stop although it is a forty-five minute drive north from I-64 over narrow and steep winding roads. Best to stay a while and enjoy the hiking and fishing in the area. I would have given a higher rating if the water quality had been better.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This is an older campground that has been under new ownership for the last four years. Evidently it was pretty run down at one time, and the current friendly owners have done a lot to clean things up and make various improvements. This was obvious in the restroom and shower building, which was clean when I checked and has seen some upgrades. There is also a small coin laundry in one corner of the building. The location is somewhat out of the way for the usual Hocking Hills attractions but that makes it nice and quiet, and if you don’t feel like driving much this campground could easily be a destination in itself. Very much a family oriented place with lots of planned activities, and a camp store that stocked a lot of candy. They also stock the usual items and night crawlers if you want to go fishing in the pond. The pool was small but clean and fairly modern. The front of the campground is mostly open but with some decent shade trees, and probably your best bet it you have a big rig. The back section has a handful of full hookup sites, mostly occupied by seasonals, and lots of shade. The gravel roads in the back are narrow and winding but in very good condition. One drawback may be that the dump station is back there on one side of a road, with no pull-off or passing lane. No matter where your site is you will probably have to do a little leveling, but nothing outrageous. Tent campers should check out the no hookup sites in the very back which have a nice view over some rolling wooded hills. Note that the price I paid was higher than normal since I was there on a holiday weekend. It is tempting to say that I feel I paid too much for a water and electric site, but then again I could see that my money was being put back into the campground so I’ll consider it an investment for return visits.
Date of Stay: June, 2009
Overall a very nice campground. The place is divided into three sections. Section A has the most trees and the least amount of grass. Section B is mainly shaded around the perimeter with smaller trees in the center, and seemed to be the most popular place to be on the weekend we were there. Section C may have a better mix of sun and shade but I noticed a lot of sites that were flooded or extremely muddy and so that section was nearly empty. There had been several days of heavy rain prior to our arrival and I noticed a lot of standing water in general. Sites are well spaced with paved parking pads and electric hookup only. There are a few pull thru sites, but the majority are back-in spaces and some have a considerable slope. There are several playground areas, one near each sub-camp. When I checked the restrooms for this review they were clean, though I thought the open locker room style shower should be reworked into something more private. There is a camp store, though it is a several mile drive from the actual campground. Roads within the camping areas are mostly single lane, yet allow two-way traffic. The angle of parking areas for campsites in relation to the road seems to be a bit random, so a first time visitor might have to pass up their site, find a place to turn around, and come back from the opposite direction in order to back in.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
If you will be staying in an RV while visiting the Washington DC area, this is one of your few choices and fortunately it is a good place to stay. They really cater to tourists and give you printed step by step directions for catching the bus, which stops at the park, and goes a short way to the subway station, and the trains will take you just about anywhere you want to go. There are even meetings in the late afternoon for discussing various tours. The park is extremely well maintained and seemed to have the feel of a residential neighborhood as opposed to an RV park, though there was a steady turnover of guests every day. Restrooms were rather generic but clean when I checked. The conference center has numerous meeting rooms, a good sized coin laundry, and even a small workout room. Again, all clean and in working order. Because of the urban location, you will hear road noise at all hours of the day, but the surrounding neighborhood is decent enough if you have to make a run for groceries, etc. Regarding previous posts about location of hookups and ease of getting into and out of your site, conditions seem to vary a lot so it will really depend on where you end up.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
We spent a weekend here and stayed in the back section on top of the hill. While I preferred the setting up there as well as the less road noise, sites and roads seem a bit tighter than down in the lower portion. We had one of the few sites that haven’t had cable TV installed yet, and in that area your antenna won’t pick up much. When I checked the restrooms for this review I found they were clean but rather outdated. The lower section has a more modern facility and a decent coin laundry. The few campgrounds in this area tend to fill up with parents and alumni when the local university has a home game, so make reservations.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
Its been a while since we stayed here and we were pleasantly surprised at some improvements that have been made over the past few years. First of all an additional two-lane dump station has been built. This was greatly needed to handle the sellout weekend crowds during the peak season. Water faucets throughout the campground have also been rebuilt. A number of the small trees that we remembered being between each campsite have matured to a nice size and we actually had some decent shade in the afternoon, though there is still plenty of sun. When I checked the restrooms for this review they were not very clean, which was disappointing because this time of year the campground was not very busy.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
This is an extremely well kept park with friendly management. Most of the sites are rented to seasonals and there is even a row of manufactured homes, again all well maintained. Sites are reasonably level gravel parking pads with concrete patios. Generous spacing between sites for a private campground. There is also a small pond for fishing or swimming. While the park does have some full hookup sites, just about everything left for short stays is water and electric only. I agree with an earlier comment about low water pressure but it was manageable. Restrooms and showers were clean when I checked. On Friday night there was some considerable road noise from Route 35, but the rest of the weekend it was barley noticeable so it might depend on the wind direction or just the day of the week. They don’t take credit cards here. Cash or personal check only. I suggest making a reservation if coming here for the weekend due to the limited number of empty spaces. A good base camp if you are in town to see Tecumseh or other local attractions.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
Beautiful park with a number of scenic overlooks and other attractions. Note that there is an additional park entry fee that you pay just once during your stay here, and due to a covered bridge with low clearance at the north gate, all RVs are required to enter at the west gate. The campground is divided up into three sub-camps. The first camp, Buffalo Ridge, is just inside the gate and next to the small camp store, dump station, and overflow parking lot. This is the smallest of the three camps. Sites are level, grassy, some shade trees, but fairly close together. Additional vehicles are supposed to park in the overflow lot so if you will have visitors, Buffalo Ridge might be the place to stay or they will have a long hike from that parking lot. The second camp, further down the main road, is Raccoon Ridge and is more or less a larger version of the first camp. The last camp is Taylor Ridge, and that is the one we stayed in. This is the largest camp and has a few secondary roads that are rough gravel. This section is heavily wooded and the main roads run down the crests of ridges so that most sites slope down from the road, some at severe angles. Some sites don’t have much level ground surrounding the pad. Not much grass back here and it could get muddy during heavy rain. If reserving on-line pay close attention to site descriptions regarding space for slide-outs and length of parking pads, as the number trees could be a problem for you. Restrooms and grounds were clean and well maintained. While most parking pads are gravel, some look like they have been recently paved. Most sites have a newer fire ring with a grill that swings off to the side. Although I saw a few big rigs here, I would not consider this a big rig friendly campground with the heavy woods, small percentage of long parking pads, and no 50 amp electric service. If based on scenery alone the park scores a 9, but most campsites score a 7 so I give an 8.