This park is A++. The price is a little steep, but the experience is worth it. Everything works, the grounds are beautiful, people are friendly and the resort feeds you breakfast on Sat/Tues. This meal is the real thing. The city is beautiful and you can keep busy for weeks at a time. The main purpose of the resort is to sell the lots. If you are not interested, they leave you alone. The park belongs to the guests.. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Independently owned and operated, this park truly deserves the title of "Resort." In 4 years of RVing, this place is the best place we've had the pleasure of visiting. The staff goes out of their way to make you feel welcome and the lot owners are friendly too! The hot tub and pool are clean and work well, free breakfast is offered twice a week. Absolutely beautiful here. Just read the other reviews - it's all true. Hate to leave. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is the best RV park that my family has ever stayed with in 12 years of having a motorhome. The owner is very helpful, he even offered to back the bus into the RV site. The sites are oversized, beautifully landscaped, paved roads, sites are level with either concrete or pavers, the clubhouse feels like a home, with clean shower/restroom, the exercise room has a TV, there is a large projection screen for movies, a nice pool with a waterfall and a large hot tub. Pool towels are provided. They have a full breakfast twice a week. Very Friendly lot owners. Every person said hi or started a conversation with us. We had four teenagers on this trip and we felt very welcome. The pool/hot tub is open late. They even give you free water and soda in the clubhouse. They are building a new clubhouse with a movie theater, cafe, and a lot of extras. I plan on going back just for the RV resort. The owner gave us suggestions for activities around Petosky and for dinner. The area is beautiful and there is something for everyone in Petosky. If you are looking for an actual RV Resort then this is for you. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you want a fabulous Motorhome Resort experience in arguably the most beautiful area of the country: Hearthside Grove is it!! I had a review on this from almost 2 years ago that I can't find, so I'm rewriting it because I want people to know about this magnificent GEM!! The ownership park offers 3-4 nights free with 3 paid days. (Something like that.) There is no pressure to buy because it's not needed. Every where you look is jaw dropping! The fountains, streams, bungalows on site, fire pits, pergolas, club house add some of the finest touches I'd venture anywhere in the country. The owner family is outstanding and welcoming hosts, along with their exceptional staff. They even have a loaner (Mercedes Benz) car if you don't have a toad to go into town. It is pointless to go into the the quality and layout of the sites because it is without a flaw. Everything is right!! The sites are all brick pavers with a flawless grass surrounds and outdoor furniture. Sites probably average 4,500 and more square ft. Our trip to Mackinack Island and the UP was breathtaking. Please visit this area of the Great Lakes if you want to see what Paradise looks like. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an outstanding RV resort! We normally wouldn't pay this much for an RV park, but they offered a great special of buy 2 get 3 free! So really worked out to $28. Per night. Proprietors, managers and staff were all very nice and courteous. They made all guests feel special. This is a park not to be missed! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a beautiful resort that is family owned, and we were treated like family while there. Owners were very friendly. My husband played golf with the owners twice a week..anyone who wants to play can sign up at the Clubhouse. They deliver a "goodie bag" when you arrive. You don't even have to "check in" with the office until the next day. The staff wants you to get settled in first. This is the very best staff we have ever encountered. Before you can finish saying what it is you need, it's done! We spent the summer there. The price per day is because we had use of an owner site with a bungalow, outdoor furniture and fire pit. Gorgeous property! So much to do in the area and many towns to visit while there. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an absolutely beautiful park! Geared for ownership of individual lots, it is a well kept and friendly park. I rated it a 10 as there is nothing to fault but price. $79.95 is way too high for this park. I was quoted $59.00 on phone but was later told differently. I would not go back as we do not need that much luxury for the price. Nice to visit but will not be back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an absolutely beautiful resort. The access roads are very wide and smooth and the sites are wide and level concrete slabs. Some sites even have bungalows on them. The only reason that I rated it a 9 is that the clubhouse, pool, restrooms etc. are very small for a resort of this size. They are planning to build a new clubhouse in the future which will make this a true 10. While we were there they were also adding tennis courts and a dog run. The owners are very active at the resort and are also very responsive. This is one of the outstanding RV Resorts in the country. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a class A motorcoach resort. Paved roads, cement sites, lots of grass and well landscaped. This park is close to town with restaurants and grocery stores. We have visited this park for a week for the past two summers. There is many things to see and do in the area. Excellent facility. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a luxury Motor Coach resort. It is everything you would ask for. It has a clubhouse with a pool and hot tub and fitness center. It does NOT have public or common showers or bath houses. We were in a very nice and almost new 40 foot motorhome and we were the smallest in the resort. Lots of Prevosts. We got a special FMCA rate (50% off) that runs for the months of May and June. Booking during the "Season", which starts in July, is TOUGH as most owners have come back. The staff is friendly and they have a full breakfast every Tuesday morning and get together. The Petoskey City Park is also nice, but many folks park there fulltime and you MIGHT not get a site. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the top parks in the country. Owned by a local family who also owns the Petoskey KOA. Outstanding staff. Phase III lots are now open and are selling well. Petoskey area is beautiful. Class A only. We camped here in a Motorhome.
By far the best campground we have camped in, in fourteen years of motorhoming. Fell in love with the area and bought a site. Now we know where we will spend four months of the year. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This resort deserves a 10 because the people who work here are super nice. There is a welcome gift bag as well as a departure, hand written thank you note. The guy who lead us to our site and helped us park was excellent at helping us back into the site. He must be a coach driver himself. The landscaping is beautiful and the 3rd phase of the resort is currently being built with grass just grown. The 1st and 2nd phases of the resort are more beautiful because the landscaping is mature with golf course type green grass. We attended the sales presentation by the head concierge, she was very friendly and did not pressure us at all. We got 3 free nights with 2 paid nights. The clubhouse is very small, there is only 1 shower for the whole resort, and only 2 or 3 toilets. But everyone including us can use our own coach. We will return to this resort in the future. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This resort is in a class by itself. Why? Outstanding, local ownership and local work campers. Pristine location and close to everything, yet secluded and private. Distinct different communities within the resort. Attention to detail almost everywhere. We have visited at least 100 upscale RV resorts and communities and this is the absolute best. Highly recommended !! We camped here in a Motorhome.
We had an outstanding experience here from the moment we arrived. The upper reaches of Michigan are well worth the trip from anywhere in the country. They are building sites in the third phase of construction here, where ownership is the goal for the family who runs the operation. If we were to buy, it would be here. Aside from the obvious beauty of the lush landscaping and water features, most sites have beautifully constructed bungalows that have full amenities for winter travel or extra guests. This is a luxury Class A only park. Sales will go well here regardless of the economy. It is simply one of the top 5 or 10 RV Resorts in America. Again I come back to the way the staff fusses over your every need. We had a little problem with the coach that required some outside professional expertise. This family went above and WELL beyond to see us through to our satisfaction. The stone paver patios, many with propane fireplaces, outdoor grills and refrigerators are not only ample but additionally have large pergolas built onto them. A classy well managed resort that promises to get better and better. Don't miss this one!! We camped here in a Motorhome.
From our initial contact back in May, to our departure, this experience was perfect. Upon our arrival someone escorted us to our site and took away the tow dolly to a storage area. A short time later a welcome package arrived with some goodies and information about the area and resort facilities. The service here was beyond our expectations and everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming, including the owners present at the resort. Hearthside is a true motorcoach resort with pristine facilities and beautifully manicured grounds. We were given a relaxed tour of the resort, lacking a strong sales pitch, which is not the case in some resort presentations. We highly recommend this RV resort. Cannot wait to return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
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This resort is outstanding; a must stay if you visit northern lower Michigan. Hearthside is a family operated condo resort, where service is a priority. Sites are exceptionally large, many with unique landscaping. Stream side lots are beautiful, but beware of lots too close to the fountains as afternoon breezes may send fountain mist in your direction. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Just returned from another wonderful stay at Hearthside Grove. Expansion work continues on an already magnificent park. This is a "Condo" park, but has spaces for rent also. This is a class A motorhome park only. We stayed on a free offer. The sites are all nicely landscaped (some exceptionally landscaped) with nice level concrete pads. The entrance is now gated and manned. Wi-Fi available at site was strong and reliable. The staff is terrific: even have a concierge staff to tend to your every need. Every member of the staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. There is even a courtesy car to borrow for those that need to run to the local grocery. While this is not a true kids park: the pool area is now complete and there is plenty of room to ride bikes and areas to play, however there are no developed playgrounds. Everything here is spotless. I think that this will end up rated as one of the top Class A resorts in the nation. A wonderful place to stay! As we stayed on a free offer, I am only guessing at the nightly rate. (This website would not allow me to post the review without entering something in the nightly rate box). We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is one of the most luxurious RV resorts we have ever had the pleasure of visiting. We had a great deal of 3 Free nights. The owners/staff were very nice. I would highly recommend this resort to all our friends. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Absolutely the nicest RV Resort we've ever stayed in. Very spacious sites, some improved with landscaping and bungalow. Well appointed clubhouse with fitness center, and a beautiful pool/spa area. The hospitality here is beyond compare. Plenty to do in the area and wonderful restaurants in quaint towns. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This facility is the very best of the "Motorcoach Resort" campgrounds. Sites are very large and well landscaped, the new pool and spa are beautiful, and like everything at this park, well maintained. Although this is an owner resort, renters are welcomed and invited to participate in the many events provided for the owners. With so much to do in the local area, this is definitely a "destination" resort. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Of all the upscale, luxury type RV Resorts we probably like this one the best. Not quite finished, but when it is. This is a true winner. Additionally, it's located in a wonderful location near Petoskey. After full timing 4 years and staying at every Outdoor Resorts, Signature Resorts and many others, this is the best. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Beautiful Park with spacious back-in sites. Pool will be in place next year. A high-end Class A park in the works that we will continue to return to. Sites available for rent or sale but no pressure to buy. Not a place for kids. A better place for them would be the KOA down the road. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park gets high marks for cleanliness, luxury, friendliness and design. The sites are large, well maintained and attractive. My only issue with this park is the lack of amenities on site. Since it just opened up this season, it would be unfair to critique it based solely on amenities (they are trying to finish the pool as quickly as the contractors can work), but after the sales staff goes home, there is nothing open or to do. However, if you are looking for a resort that is tranquil and peaceful, this is the place. This is a luxury motorcoach resort and perhaps in a few years they will have added additional features, but at this time you can walk around the park, admire the nature preserves or watch TV at your coach. We camped here in a Motorhome.
As a motorhome owner this is what we search for. We have visited some nice resorts in Florida, but this is one notch above. This brand new park has very, very large lots that gave us the feeling we had a yard the size at home, ours was 63' X 120'. Hearthside has an outstanding staff and a vision that will surely put it among the best motorcoach parks nationwide. The bungalow buildings that are on some of the lots are really unique. Mary, the on site Concierge, booked us dinner reservations and turned us on to a great music concert in Bay View. They have lots for sale and for rent, but there is absolutely no pressure to buy anything. It is located close to all the area activities in Bay Harbor, Petoskey, Harbor Springs and Mackinac Island. We were very impressed by the layout which was very "Michigan" with natural surroundings, streams and landscaping. It was very upscale, but warm and welcoming at the same time. The combination of the area and the resort makes this place a must for Michigan visitors. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a new park for Class A motorhomes only with lot sales available. All amenities are not yet in place so this isn't a good place for kids. Excellent location, long, spacious sites, none are bad sites. Very helpful owners who know the area. If you just want to rent, there is no pressure to buy. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Tough park to rate! The pluses: easy to walk to the charming town. Close in enough that the restaurants will deliver, if you'd like to enjoy the pretty views of the lake. Big sites, with water and electric, plus dump station. $23/night is a reasonable fee. The minuses: No visible security or gate. Pickup trucks went through last night very late. Today two semi trucks pulled in and have partially blocked our view (thank goodness they stopped idling). Are they paid campers? Who knows. There are no windshield tags to identify registered campers. No paved/gravel pads means muddy sites after a rain, and generally unlevel to begin with. We've used up both bags of leveling blocks. Sewage plant on one end (we didn't smell anything) and hospital on other end (we could barely hear the noise as we were far away) ignorable, but definitely present. So, a real mixed bag. If we were staying longer, we would probably go to the state park and get a rental car (we don't tow), but because we were only here two nights, we focused on enjoying the very nice walk to town and ignoring the rest. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Nice campground, right in town. Many spots are seasonal, and getting in, and out can be interesting (down long street, hills on entrance to the street). Great views, great sunsets, easy walk to marina, downtown. Some noise from Hospital cooling towers, and right next to treatment plant. But, these are minor issues for the view, and location. Would stay again. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
First, the highlights; this is a stunningly beautiful location for a campground with access to Lake Michigan, downtown Petoskey and the Little Traverse Wheelway. The sunsets from the beach are as spectacular as any I have ever seen and the 26 mile long paved Wheelway is a jewel. As for the negatives, the site we ended up in was the 3rd that we tried. The first two our 31' travel trailer did not fit in due to the site not being level. The site we ended up in still required 4" boards on one side to get us level. We were on the end of the park that was next to the sewage treatment plant and the odor was slight but persistent. On our site, we did not hear the hospital A/C units at all. Honestly, a few days with a bulldozer could fix the problems with the sites not being level and would greatly increase the accessibility of this park and would be money well spent! We will return but will be much more picky about which site we will stay on. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Magnus Park is a real gem. We were on the second row with a FHU (30 amp: they only have one 50 amp site), and we had a nice view of the water. Sites are grass but we needed boards to level. We were a 30 second walk to the shoreline. Bathrooms and showers were very nice and there were good areas to walk the dogs. We hiked 30 minutes into the downtown area and had lunch at a very good Thai Restaurant but there lots of other eateries. We were parked below the hospital and the hospital A/C was of no consequence-noise wise. Same with the sewer plant at the end of the park. No sewerage odor AT ALL. The park is right on the 26 miles bike path that leads to Charlevoix. Really neat. One suggestion is place a few extra trash cans around the campground and keep a supply of 2x6 boards to help unprepared campers level their rigs. At the suggestion of our camping kin folk, we drove to The Side Door Saloon ( head towards the KOA on Rt 31North ) and ordered 3 Olive Burgers. At 1/3lb per burger, one apiece would have been sufficient. The park manager and his staff does a great job and they have people returning for over 20 years for lengthy stays so book early if you want a site here. Yes, we would definitely return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
If you want to be near Lake Michigan, basically lake front, close to city park, green way, bike trail, easy access to the town of Petoskey, this park will suffice. There are not a lot of extras, but for an easy place to camp, be left alone, it is certainly acceptable. The folks complaining about odor from water treatment plant-it was not a problem to us. Issue with hospital air conditioning noise, was not a problem to us. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a great park with great location if you are looking for inexpensive camping. Sites are not all level and park is located within a short distance of the city wastewater treatment plant (it's at the end of the park). We did not notice the smell unless you were right next to the plant. Sites are fairly close together but still enough room to put awnings out without encroaching on your neighbor's property. Fire pit was right by our door, we weren't able to use it. There is a fantastic bike path, the Little Traverse Greenway that runs along the city's park. The city hospital is right behind the park as well, so you can hear the hospital's power plant running. We really weren't bothered by that. Great location to city's restaurants and parks, within walking distance. Rated a 6 because of site conditions. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very high winds the time we were here, but nice to be near the waterfront anyway. What few sites that had direct waterfront view, were taken up by seasonals, though if you are fine with a w/e only site, you may have a better choice. We asked for a full hookup site and were placed way in the back with 2 rows of RV's to look at, wishing we had toured the park before being placed, as we had minimal views of the water. Bathrooms, though dated, were clean. The showers always seemed to have a mess in them though I do liked the individual shower booths for convenience and privacy. Town of Petoskey is a perfectly laid out to enjoy a walking tour and a nice place to visit, as is the pretty community of Bay Harbor a couple of miles away. Great paved bike/walking path along the waterfront that goes through the CG, and all the way into town. Sites are gravel with some grass, though our's was all dirt and gravel and not level. As previously stated the "poo poo plant" at the end is quite pungent, though at the other end, the loud A/C units off the large hospital on the ledge above us is very loud. Pick noise or smell, your choice, but the waterfront and location for the money is a value. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is very convenient to the town of Petoskey. It could be a very nice park, but it need some attention. The roads are pretty rough. The worst part is the sewer plant at the end of the road. It really smells bad if you are close to it. The views are fantastic and the marina and Bayfront Parks are great. I would stay again. Just make sure you are away from the sewer plant. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Clean park, right on the lake. Sites are sand and grass. All of the waterfront sites are taken with rigs that stay here all summer. There is a hospital on the hill behind the park that has a very noisy A/C system. I would stay here again because it is very convenient to Petoskey and Mackinac Island. If the City spent a few bucks and a little time, this could be a great park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Great small regional park right on Lake Michigan. Mixed sites with/without all hook-ups and satellite access. We were able to exercise our dog in the lake each morning. This park has a leash regulation: use one on your dog at all times. Remember if we break the rules, parks will begin to deny pets as guests. Thanks! We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Location very convenient to the beautiful City of Petoskey and right in the middle of a bike path running between Harbor Springs, Petoskey and Charlevoix (I think). Beach is extremely rocky. Showers were private rooms with a changing area, very clean. Sites are right on top of one another but easy to get in and out of. We were able to get our Internet satellite dish pointed, but there is a hill behind the park that would makes this difficult or impossible from many sites in the park. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This park is located right in Petoskey. Excellent access to the bike trail and marina area. Waterfront is within sight and easy walking distance. Beach is very rocky. Nearby sewage plant can give off foul odors if the air isn't moving. Our "pull-through" site was fairly large but low-hanging limbs caught my vent cover and I spent one afternoon replacing that. I backed out of this "pull-through". We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Located on the shore of Little Traverse Bay. Close to historical shopping area. Operated by the city of Petoskey. Very clean and pleasant. Nice waterfront for hunting Petoskey stones or swimming. Was some construction going on next door this year and some large trucks going through but not at night. Will be sure to stay there again! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a busy RV park. It appears that the staff works hard at keeping the grounds nice. Paved roads, parking area, and patios - very nice. Many sites have good shade which we like, but there are sunny sites too. Season lease people are in a separate area and are not as "trashy" as some parks' seasonal sites. We had a multifamily group in cabins near our site for a portion of our week-stay and they were very noisy. Understandably this is not something that a campground can control. There are not enough bathrooms for those who will use them so they are not kept as clean as they should. The site size is average for this type of RV park. The site rental rates are high but since they are busy they must be competitive. They have lots of weekend activities if you like those. Staff is very friendly. Wi-Fi was not real great at our site's location - especially using an iPad. When going to this area in the future we will likely stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This campground is the nicest campground we visited. The staff is very helpful. The facilities are exceptionally clean and well maintained. Although, they did clean the bathrooms late morning which was inconvenient. The pool is on the small side but clean. The sites are average size and paved. About 1/3 to 1/2 of them are shaded. I like camping in nature. So, I deducted a couple of points for lack of trees and the abundance of concrete. The campground is gated and you are given a hotel room key type card to get in. They have pizza and ice cream available. We loved it here and will definitely go back. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a very nice KOA. Beautiful grounds and well maintained. Very small lots, No privacy and very packed in. Fire rings are built inside the ground with no grate over them, I am very surprised about that because it was a major tripping hazard. While we were there dogs were barking everywhere, I think people left them in their RV's. Some people had 3 dogs. Petoskey is a beautiful place to visit. We love the state park there so that is where we will stay the next time. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a beautiful campground and is definitely one of the nicest we have stayed in. The entire campground is immaculate: very clean, neat, and with beautiful flowers and trees. The people are very friendly, and there is plenty to do on days when you don't have plans to go somewhere. Our kids enjoyed the playground and had a big enough area near our campsite to fly their kites. There is also a volleyball court, basketball court, and doggie playground. The pool and hot tub looked nice, although we didn't use them. The laundry facility was very clean and convenient. The cafe has great food and ice cream. The cement pads are nice for parking your RV, and then there is grass to sit around the campfire. The sites are definitely closer together than they are at most of the State Parks, but they are still very nice, and you have full hook-ups and wonderful amenities that you don't get at the State Parks. There's so much to do in this area, this is a perfect location. We came up for the Mackinac Bridge Walk over Labor Day, so rates were a little higher, but definitely worth it. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the best campgrounds and the best KOA I have ever stayed at. I originally planned to stay for 3 nights--ended up staying for 6! Petoskey is conveniently located for day trips to Mackinac Island or Charlevoix or the other cute towns on the upper NE side of Lake Michigan. The park is very large, very well-run, and very secure (card security gate access). The back-in sites are fairly level and some-what shaded. The site placement gives one the feeling of spaciousness. The office staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. The laundry, showers, and bathrooms were unbelievably clean. The Wi-Fi was very good. KOA's are kid-magnets, so need to be careful of kids playing and riding bikes when driving the internal roads. The pool looked nice, but was totally overrun with kids--would be very nice if they expanded their "adult only" hour to include the evening instead of just the morning! If you visit the park, try Mim's restaurant across the street...the Friday fish fry is WONDERFUL (as are the onion rings)! Food is cooked to order; portion sizes are large and the prices reasonable. It would be best to call ahead, place your order, then run across the street to pick it up and take it back to your site to enjoy with an adult beverage of your choice (no alcohol at restaurant). Also, if you have tire problems, Richards Tire Repair is across the street and VERY helpful and reasonably priced. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very beautiful park and we were struck by the extremely well maintained grounds and the friendliness of every staff person we spoke to. The park has two well defined areas, the front where we stayed was very open will little shade except around the edges but it made it very 'big rig' friendly. The pull through sites were all concrete pads with a patio apron and very level. The sites in the back are, for the most part, shorter but very well shaded. The staff knew very well which sites would accommodate what size trailer and were very helpful in showing us where we would fit. The pool, showers and bathrooms were all sparkling and attended to quite often. I never saw a single shower that was left in an unkempt condition. The Wi-Fi also should be praised. It was provided by Tengo Internet and worked perfectly where we were (site 8) but there was another thing that helped it stand out. Petoskey is a destination that has people come in and stay for a while. Nobody drives through there on the way to much else so people tend to stay here longer and there are few overnight stays. What does this have to do with internet access you say? When you sign on, you are given a 30 day login! Not having to login in over and over again each time you want to look something up. Bravo!!! Now for the tough part, would we camp here again? Maybe is the best answer that I can come up with. Our earlier stay was at another park (see my review from the beginning of July) and the park was no comparison in terms of the beauty of the grounds and the staff. The problem was that the location of the other park, right on Lake Michigan, would outweigh for us these factors and compensate for the negatives of the other park. If we could not get a reservation at the other park, we would stay here and not be sorry, it just would not be our first choice. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We spent the weekend here and had a FHU, pull-through, end site with 60+ channel cable TV. WIFI was Tengo, but free. I had to go back to the office for help (instructions) on how to connect with Tengo. This informtion should have been given at check-in. As others have said, this is a very good RV resort. It is attractive and well kept with fine facilities and amenities (pool, limited snack bar, playground, weekend ativities, etc.). There are dozens of individually owned newer park models, numerous seasonal sites, and a variety of cabins for rent. So there really aren't 176 sites available. When this park is fairly full (which is most of the peak summer season), the facilities (the pool, laundry, and bathrooms) are inadequate for 500+ guests. There is only one secondary bathhouse besides those in the main building. It had at least one unflushed toilet when I tried to use it. The smallish pool had at least 15-20 bodies in it every time I checked it during our stay. Not all available sites are FHU (maybe 25 are W&E only) and many sites are not satellite friendly due to trees. I must compliment them on their fairly extensive recycling bins at the front of the park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
With several exceptional Campgrounds in the Petoskey area I feel my choice of the KOA was a good one. From a courtesy phone call the day we were scheduled to check in, to a very helpful staff who assisted us with some email and fax issues, we felt totally at home. As has been said by others, this is the nicest KOA we have camped in. Highly recommended. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Just stayed here for 5 days while visiting upper Michigan. This was one of the nicest campgrounds we have ever stayed in. Everyone was friendly and the grounds were immaculate. Pool and hot tub were wonderful. We are planning on coming back. Good job KOA Petoskey. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This has to be one of the nicest KOA'S in the system, with long, level paved sites and interior roads, fast, strong Wi-Fi, resort quality facilities, and a beautiful setting. If it weren't for the hard, smelly well water, I could have easily forgotten that still an overpriced KOA, after all! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is the finest campground we've visited in three years of traveling! Quiet, lots of trees and shrubs blocking others, easy drive in and out, clean-clean-clean and very accommodating staff. Garbage is picked up all morning and small food supply place prepares good from 1:00-9:00 daily. Pizza, hamburgers, ice cream - all the essentials. It is close to town and just plain THE BEST PLACE WE'VE EVER STAYED!! and we normally avoid KOAs for the obvious reasons. Wi-Fi is the same hook up we had previously in Mackinaw City, but here it worked. Here it is FREE and I never had a problem with the service. We have stayed in Trailer Life campgrounds that were rated 10/10/10 that weren't up to the standards of this campground. We would stay here again in a hear beat, in fact, I would plan a vacation trip to return to this place. It is the BEST!! We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a nice park for the most part. We were escorted to our site upon arrival, and the gentleman helped us get situated on our lot. The lots in the back portion of the park are shaded nicely, though the ones in the front are not. The lots are too small for me to give a perfect rating. The pool area was clean, but it was crowded at times. We would stay here again if in the area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is a nice park. The roads and sites are paved and the areas are kept clean. The cable TV was good and the WiFi was excellent also. The sites were pretty level and the hookups were in good shape and well located. We enjoyed our stay here and used it for a jumping off place to Mackinaw Island and to areas South as well. There is a lot to see in this area. The negatives were that the sites were a bit close together and the interior roads are a bit tight but navagable. The price seemed a bit high to us also. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
This is a very classy RV/cabin park, and the back-in sites are the nicest, in my opinion. However, our rig is too big for those, so we were in the pull-through section, which is pretty open and lacks the woodsy feel of the other sites. Cabins are perhaps the best here: some of them are deep in the woods, practically hidden from view! A beautiful setting, with paver paths and pretty landscaping. A couple grassy tent sites; other small-rig sites are graveled and have attractive shelters over the picnic table (with light and electric outlets). The entire campground is neat and tidy, and the sewer hookup worked ok for us. We did need to use our "accordion" hose support. Facilities were clean with the best bathhouse was up by some of the cabins. Shower rooms in the main building were a bit small and tight, but clean and functional. Security is good: campers are issued a coded card to open the entry gate. All in all, an attractive campground. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
A very clean and well maintained campground. The pool is rather small for the amount of sites they have. There is a very small playground; nice wooded sites and the staff was very friendly. I liked the cafe: with everything from ice cream to pizza served here. We might come back. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the nicest KOA properties we've seen. We were in the premium back-in spots, which were spacious, well landscaped with a feeling of privacy: backing up to the woods with a fire pit area set in the trees. Very nice pool, fantastic looking park everywhere you look. It is obvious that these people have really put in a lot of effort to make this place look great, and feel comfortable.
A couple of warnings though. The sewer hook-ups were put in by somebody who felt he was an artist with concrete. There is a raised lip around the threaded pipe, so a standard threaded elbow fitting will not fit! Because of this we had to improvise with a rubber donut and a $10 extender, and ended up with a situation where the sewage is flowing uphill and the hose needs to be emptied by hand: gross! They need to tear these out and start over. Also, they have free internet which is pretty good until you start downloading files: then they throttle the speed back automatically. So if you are somebody like me who needs to work on the internet it is basically worthless. Other than those 2 issues I give this park high marks. And since the Petoskey area is the nicest in Michigan, in my opinion, this park is really worth trying. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
This is our second time staying at Petoskey KOA, we stayed last year and returned. We really like the location, very convenient to downtown, the beaches, Boyne area and shopping. The Sites: The campground is well maintained and landscaped, there are many large trees and many sites are wooded. There are many different types of sites to suit most preferences. Most sites are paved or have paved patios, however, the sites are much smaller than other parks in the area and this chain, our smaller travel trailer and tow vehicle hardly fit on the paved site. Some sites are very small, pick wisely. The roads are paved but very tight given the size of sites. Larger Rigs I would recommend the pull through sites in the lower numbers. The park has a very “sub division” feel as there is a seasonal section with super nice cottages was nice to walk through. Amenities/Activities: I was disappointed with the significant reduction in the amount and types of activities included from our previous trip. In the four days we stayed, I think there may have been one scheduled activity (outside of the cafe being open). The pool is nice and well maintained. The playground is nice, but very small. The ice (Over $2 per bag) and firewood ($6 per bundle) were way more expensive than any other park we have stayed. Staff: The staff was very friendly and nice. They seemed to be everywhere with their yellow shirts and electric cars. However, I was surprised that in the morning during checkout, my estimation one of the busiest times, the desk/store was staffed with only one person answering the phones/taking reservations and taking care of the long line of customers buying items and checking out. Bottom Line: This is a great resort in a great area. If you are looking for a well maintained, clean, paved, friendly park this place is for you. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
One of the best maintained KOAs we have been stayed. All the work campers we met during our visit we extremely helpful and friendly. One even delivered a cherry pie to our trailer. Neighbor had awning blow off while away. Staff came right over and worked on trailer. We stayed in an area with pull through sites. Site we were on was very tight for the trailer and truck (both had to be on concrete drive). Roads are very tight. WiFi was strong and we had good cell phone signal. Would stay here again if in the area. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We spent 5 nights at this campground and it was wonderful. The staff were friendly and helpful. Many of the staff members are seasonal work campers. The pool and hot tub were great. We swam during the one hour morning adults only time. We camped in a travel trailer and would return to this park if we are back in the area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The folks who run this park are very nice. This campground was very large with many activities for kids. They also have a small dog run. The bathrooms were clean, but the showers need to be cleaned twice a day. The park is too large to keep them clean with one cleaning. I took a shower with three different insects. Two were alive and one was not. The owner's kindness certainly made up for any shortcomings to the shower situation. I'm not sure we would stay here again due to the high cost. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park remains the nicest KOA in the entire system, in our opinion, but you now pay more and get less. They have dropped the daily newspaper delivered to your site and switched over their own former excellent free Wi-Fi system to a free system operated by an outside firm, but it is not nearly as good. Despite all this they have bumped their rates up to almost $60 per night for a full-hookups pull through site. My gosh, this ain't California. And, my biggest gripe with them, is that they recommend an outfit called Ranch RV as an on-site repair firm. I don't know if they get a kickback or what, but this firm is bad...bad...bad. They totally ripped us off. Good park, but consider the price and the problems. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This park is one of the nicer KOAs we have been to. It has nice eye appeal with flower beds, etc. The roads and sites are paved and there are trees and grass. The sites are not large as is common with KOA. The staff is friendly and helpful. Nice pool and activity center. The WiFi works well. Convenient location near Petoskey and other day trips. It is a very pretty area with lots of visitors in summer. We would stay here again. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed here for a week and were very pleased. The campground is very well maintained and the staff was very friendly and helpful. It had a lot to do for our 4 year old son. They had several daily activities and a nice pool and playground. The campground is conveniently located to Petoskey and other northwest Michigan sites. The campsites are not the biggest and the camp store is not that big. We will stay here again. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Wow, in a time when we are looking to spend quality vacation time with "real value" this fit the bill. This campground is first class and worth every single penny with it's great amenities and activities. We found the staff to be unbelievable and the surrounding area is full of activities. Some of our family members used one of the kamper kabins and they were very clean, neat and set in the trees. For the times we used the main showers we found them to be perfect, very clean and private. They have a great seasonal area separate from the rest of the park where you can rent a really deluxe lot for the whole season. We are considering that for next summer to come and go in the car and enjoy this resort all season long. Thanks for a great vacation we will remember for a long time! We camped here in a Motorhome.
It's a nice park like others have said, but it's too expensive. Sites are on the smaller side. Some too short for your tow vehicle and RV together, and some fire pits are all but unusable due to proximity to your neighbors RV. There are many kid friendly activities but not that many kids as we found out. I can only assume this is because of the "extra" nightly charge for kids. Restrooms and showers are smallish, and dated, but clean. The park has a very high ratio of seasonal campers, and seasonal cabins which made us feel almost like outsiders most of the time. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We enjoyed our fall harvest weekend here. Free cider and donuts, fall themed activities and nice hosts. After reading the reviews, I did expect it to be bigger/nicer. The sites were tight as were the circular roads. You have to do some circling around to be able to exit because of the way some some sites slant. There are also some blind corners where we witnessed a motorhome and a 5th wheel coming in on opposite sides and the motorhome had to try to back up because the road was too narrow for both of them to pass. Our site (#36) was nicely treed, but we were unable to put out our awning and the site was VERY unlevel. There was a small pool and playground near the office. Services include trash pick up, firewood delivery, pizza delivery, and a guide to your site. The bathrooms near the cabins were flooded and quite dirty during our whole stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an excellent campground! We could not have been more pleased with our nice level site (up front/same side as the office) and how clean and well-maintained the campground was. It is an easy 10+. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Would love to keep this part quiet, have heard wonderful things...thought it would be bigger. Can't say enough about the owners, staff and park in general. The sites up front (near seasonal) are TIGHT, but otherwise... excellent! We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This is one of the best RV parks in America. It has been run by the same family for many years,and is outstanding in every way. Clean as a pin, with everything you could possibly want in a campground. My only bad experience, and it was not with them but a vendor they recommend, was having my RV repaired by Ranch RV Sales. Do not use these people under any circumstances. They were supposed to fix three things on my motorhome and I became somewhat suspicious when I called them and the first thing whey wanted to know was my credit card number. I asked why and they said they had to have it in order to come out and they would bill my credit card for repairs. Long story short, they fixed none of the three items, refused to come back and do them over, and billed my credit card for over $400. I have filed a dispute notice with the credit card company and am trying to get the charge disallowed. This is not the RV park's fault, however, and I would highly recommend you stay there--just avoid this "repair" shop. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very nice park, close to the city of Petoskey. The park is very clean and the staff is great. The sites are maintained well and the pool and hot tub are great. You must be careful on which site you select because some are very tight to each other. We found that all the sites around the bush line were perfect while some in the middle were either too tight or too open. There are allot of activities close by including stores for quick supplies. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I understand that this park is one of the highest rated KOA's and I would agree. It is all anyone could want in an RV park but it was by far the most expensive place I have ever stayed. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Stayed 2 nights. I had asked for a water and electric site and after I parked they noticed I only had 30 amp and asked if I wanted 50 and I said yes and they moved me 2 sites over and I then had full hook ups and 50 amp at the same price. We used the laundry and showers and they were very clean. Very pleased with our stay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Overall, a very nice park. The only complaint we have is that some of the sites are a little too close together. Most are large enough to extend your awning without hitting your neighbor's slides; but some of them offer very little privacy. We stayed at site 40 and had a good amount of room on our awning side, but site 39 next to us was very cramped and we felt sorry for them. Otherwise, the place was spotless, the hot tub was actually a little too warm for our taste but the pool was heated just right; and the customer service was excellent. We left our trash at the curb at various times of the day and it was always picked up within minutes. The activities center showed movies and had inexpensive breakfast and pizza on certain days. The camp store was modest but seemed to have what you might need. Firewood was $5 a bundle that lasted us about two nights. The park is very well landscaped and maintained. While some may consider $50 a night a bit much, you have to consider what you get. Clean, modern facilities with many activities and amenities. We stayed at a state park for a couple days prior and paid $32 a night once you factor in Michigan's daily entry fee and online "Reservation Fee" they charge you. Furthermore, the sites were just as close together and not level and paved like they are at Petoskey KOA. Furthermore, there was no comparison on the cleanliness of the restrooms. The state parks restrooms were mediocre; Petoskey KOA's were hotel room clean. I think the extra money was worth it! Just be willing to accept the fact that some of the sites are not very large if you choose to stay here. Great family park. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
I have stayed in RV parks where I paid $18 per night and left feeling like I had been cheated. This park costs $45 per night, and I feel like I am getting an absolute bargain. I am no KOA fan but this park is absolutely top notch in every respect. Huge paved sites with paved patios, gorgeous landscaping, top notch staff, wonderful free wi-fi, excellent free cable TV, a daily paper delivered to your site, and on and on and on. This park is everything you could want. And, when you leave here, you will feel good about paying $45 per night. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Not a big rig park. Over rated at 10-10-10. A very neat park for travel trailers and shorter rigs. I was assigned a site that required I back out and then turn into a hillside to make the exit road. Very well maintained for smaller rigs with excellent landscaping. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Sites so close together you couldn't extend your awning without hitting the neighbor's slide. Small strip of grass between sites. Picnic table on neighbor's sewer hookup. Expensive overnighter. Nice laundry and pool. Spa not well heated. Not the best KOA we've stayed at. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Of all the KOA and private campgrounds, this is BY FAR my favorite. The grounds are very clean and well landscaped, the staff is friendly and the camp store is fully stocked, clean and organized. There was a special Mexican dinner one night and breakfasts both weekend mornings. The laundry room was immaculate and everything in the park is conveniently located. We travel with our dogs and enjoyed walking them on the paved walkways and roads with plenty of green areas. This park is close to great restaurants and shopping! We will be back here for sure! We camped in a motorhome and had room for our awning and a nice level site with a grassy area! A total class operation! Restrooms are also clean! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground was very nice. Paved roads, paved parking sites and concrete patios at each site. We stayed in #30 along the woods. Site provided good privacy with fire ring behind trailer and set back in opening in the woods. Staff were friendly - maybe a bit over the top in some cases to the point of seeming fake. Grounds are very clean, well-landscaped and maintained. Bath houses are relatively new. Each bath included a toilet, shower and sink with nice room well decorated. No paper towels in baths however which I find rather annoying. I like to use them for general hand-washing on a quick stop or for wiping up my own mess after using for the next person. WiFi worked well throughout our stay. No facilities on-site for fishing although there are numerous places close by. Park seems to be a favorite of big rigs but many smaller units including pop-ups. East side of park is much more seasonal with numerous park models and well-kept seasonal sites. Would definitely stay again if in the area. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 10 / 10 ]
Great C.G. We have stay here a few times. One of the best in Michigan, and we have stayed in a few. The staff, mostly family, were great and went way out of their way to make our stay great. Don't miss the weekend breakfast; well worth the time/cost. Store, Pool, Kitchen-area, Game room, Bathroom were always clean and well stocked. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
I have to agree with the others that this is a first class place. If the wifi went down, we just went to the desk, and they got it up and running. But at night, you just had to live without it, no biggy. Staff very willing to give tips on the area for things to do. One other comment. Our trailer is wired for 50 amp service and we got a 30 amp site. When ac and microwave were both on at the same time, power was on the low side. This isn't the fault of the campground, but just to say if you have a 50 amp camper, you'd be better off requesting a 50 amp site. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
I generally do not like KOAs, but this one is the exception. It is very neat, very spacious, and is immaculate. Spaces are paved and have large patios. The people who work here are marvelous. My only complaint is that the free wi-fi worked only part of the time, but that is minor. Overall, I find myself in complete agreement with the TL Rating (a very rare event), and agree this place is a 10/10/10. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a very clean, well kept campground. It is pricy though. The biggest issue we had was they charge a $3 per day fee for each kid. Seems like they are trying to detract from having families stay there. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
Our first experience at a KOA and it was incredible. We recommend staying in the kabins (as we have no RV. ) RV sites were unfortunately close together without much privacy. The camp was very clean and better maintained than some hotels I have stayed in! The kabins were quiet and private with trees/shrubs between them. Playground for kids and nice pool/jacuzzi. Petoksey KOA has a very nice store with many gift items to buy. They had activites for kids and movies each night. A pavilion for washing dishes, cooking, etc was at the center of the camp, very nice. The bathrooms were cleaned twice a day and close to our kabin. Kabins and bathrooms were well maintained. Do yourself a favor and stop here when you can. We camped here in a .
I agree with the previous reviewer comments and ratings. This is a first rate campground,
nicely landscaped, impeccably maintained facility with very clean restrooms and showers. This campground would serve a role model for all campground operators. Family run with very helpful and friendly employees who took the time to call Makinaw Island ferry hours and other UP campgrounds for us. We camped in our new CampInn teardrop trailer so we made extensive use of their restroom facilities and very grateful for it's cleanliness. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
[ 9 / 10 ]
This campground is in perfect condition, with paved roads, level sites, exceptional washrooms! Located just outside Petoskey and within an easy drive of Mackinaw Island. If the sites had a little more room, it would be perfect, but the pull thru sites are very close together. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
[ 9 / 10 ]
I have stayed at Most all KOA's in Michigan and this by far is number one in my book. The location was perfect close to a lake. Not sure the lake name but it was decently clean and fun. Must add: we went tubing. This campground had a beautiful pavilion provided with sinks, and stoves. The bathrooms and showers were clean and conveniently located through out the park. There was a decent size play area, recreation area, and nice pool. The only thing that I saw as a downfall was the parking for the camping cabins. Some cabins you couldn't park in front of. There were three cabins in a row and you could only park on an angle at the first cabin, so if you had the back cabin then you had to carry your belongings farther. The staff was very friendly. This is a campground that I will be visting when we want to visit Mackinaw Island. We camped here in a camper.
Michigan State Parks are nice as any I've seen, but, their price policy is unfair. We were charges an $8 entrance fee just because we drove a motorhome and an additional fee for our tow vehicle, plus the overnight camping fee. BUT if we had driven a pickup truck towing the same length trailer we would have only been charge a entrance fee plus overnight fees, UNFAIR wake up Michigan you're driving tourist out of your state. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in the Dunes side of the campground, site 11. It was an awesome site. It was a nice campground with a good swimming beach. My only complaint was the shower house had spiders. Other than that, it was a great place to visit. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
The park has wooded sites that have paved pull-ins. The sites are big enough that you don't feel crowded by your neighbors. The restrooms were very clean and the showers have a large dressing area. The beach on Little Traverse Bay is a short walk from the campground. This is a popular park that fills up during the summer season. We camped here in a Truck Camper.
We stayed at the Dunes side of this campground. The sites were big and satisfactory. There was plenty of shade. The showers got a no for cleanliness because they were full of dead beetles and spider webs. The shower heads are also only four feet high! Were people smaller when these showers were built than they are now? Also if you are paying to camp at the campground, shouldn't the fee for entering the park be waived? The campground is inside the park entrance so the only way to camp is to enter the park. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This is a nice campground with easy and convenient beach access at the end of each loop. The campground beach was clean and well-maintained especially in comparison to neighboring beach areas. As a previous reviewer mentioned there is one restroom/shower building for each campground. The Tannery Creek one had five unisex showers for the entire campground which resulted in long shower lines from early morning to late evening. The restrooms and showers were almost always dirty unless you managed to use them immediately after cleaning, which happened only once each afternoon. The campground was full the entire five days we were there, so this could have contributed to the lines and unclean restrooms, but cleaning them twice a day when the campground is full would definitely help. The sites are close together and people with larger rigs may have trouble backing into many of the sites. We personally witnessed a travel trailer and then an RV having trouble backing into the site across from ours because of the narrow road in the loop. The location is great for the Petoskey area and convenient for day trips to Mackinac Island. The bike path is really nice and easily accessible from the campground for a quick ride into Petoskey or even on to Charlevoix if desired. We would definitely stay here again as the beach was outstanding and worth putting up with the restroom issues. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
This is one of the nicest Michigan State campgrounds that we've stayed at. We had a lakefront site with our own private trail to the beach. We stayed in site number 164. The bathhouses were clean and well maintained. The staff was friendly and very helpful. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
The park was well maintained, restrooms and showers were very clean. One drawback is that there is only one bathroom/shower building for each campground, (Tannery and Dunes),--long walk for campers in the farther parts of the park. We were in site 156 which was the site at the end of the row near the boardwalk platform to the beach. The site was very secluded, but there was a lot of trash strewn around the forested area surrounding our site. There was a camp host, and the State "Rangers" program provided activities for the kids and campers. Very nice park and good camping. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.