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Paola, Kansas

Hillsdale State Park

Paola, Kansas



Paola, Kansas
Phone: (913) 783-4507

Sites: 259
Recent Rate: $22 9/2016

Latitude: 38.652473990985
Longitude: -94.928034332352

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) no
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot yes
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter yes
  • RV Wash RV Wash no
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip no
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking no
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Business Center Business Center no
  • Group Camping Group Camping no
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms no
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities no
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services no
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp yes
  • Marina Marina yes
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing yes
  • Golfing Golfing no
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) yes
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking yes
  • Spa Spa no
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit no
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball no
  • Sports Field Sports Field no
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games no
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment no
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre no
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf no
  • Billiards Billiards no
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong no
  • Lake Lake yes
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean no
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

Review Details

Ratings overview

13 Reviews

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Review Count: 13
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Its a state park with sewer, water and electric, a water view, and concrete pads. LARGE concrete pads. Quiet, clean and did I say quiet. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
120
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hillsdale Bar, a quaint joint. Close in to Paola or Spring Hill. 15 miles to Olathe, and plenty of options.

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Review Count: 4
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

We took a "walk -in" site here so the price includes a $3.00 transaction fee. You could see water on 3 sides of you. We used the showers once as they had no heat, with pinpoint shower heads that disbursed the water so much it was cold by the time it hit you. Water everywhere. They were clean, as no one seemed to be using them. We would stay here again as it is close to Kansas City area. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Quail Run 41
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss the Louisburg Cider Mill on Rt 68.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park with overall excellent facilities. We stayed here for 5 nights over July 4th. Only negative was shower water temperature regulation: hot or cold. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 15
States Visited: 12
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

We paid $16 plus $6.50 plus $3. The park was nice enough with good walking trails, but I did not like having to give my Social Security number. They say they want to find people who owe child support (a 77 year old female from out of state?). The bridge was out, but there were no warnings and no information or directions for an alternate route. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 37
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2013 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

Be Aware you will be required to give your Social Security Number for the KS park system. This is a lovely state park located near Olathe KS. Sites are level and very roomy. We stayed in Scott Creek Section. Site was a very spacious back-in with water and electric. No Sewer; however, there is a new double dump station close by. The park is very large with many areas as well as new construction on more sections. Facilities include restrooms, showers, laundry room, marina, boat dock, and covered picnic structures. The only drawback is this is a rural area & the signs etc. were poorly lit at night. Otherwise, it's a solid 10. Look forward to staying here again next year. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Like staying at this park. A number of big changes in the past year though. First and foremost is you must give a social security number (or its Canadian equivalent) to get a camping permit and your number is run through a computer. Although I had no problems, if you have an arrest warrant active in Kansas or owe child support steer wide and clear of the campgrounds as Rangers and State Troopers are never far. I would think this arrangement would add to the safety. They have also added a second well designed dump facility closer to the Scott Creek Campground. Used and its great. Also lake level is down 4-5 feet and shows no sign of coming up anytime soon. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

I stay at Hillsdale State Park campground a couple of times a year. More specifically at Scott's Creek campground. It is close to home and allows me to camp with my son on a short weekend without having to travel to great a distance. The campground is very clean, it sits right on the lake and has nice level gravel pads. There is a new playground that is fun for the kids and walking trails close by. It stays open year around and the camp host told me the water is almost never turned off. There are three 50 amp sites but the majority of them are 30 amp with water. The host told me they will be building a new campground that will be offering full hook-ups but not sure when they will be completed. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 14
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

The Good: We had business in Olathe, and this park was reasonably close (there didn't seem to be many other options). The drive in is a bit further than we'd like but the roads are nice and traffic wasn't bad. Sunrises over the lake were pretty and we enjoyed the geese and ducks that were around. We did a bit of mountain biking on the trails, and appreciated the quiet & darkness at night. Our Verizon air card connected well for internet service. Our back-in site was large and level with a nice view over the water. We were there out of season. None of the gatehouses were manned, and we were not asked to buy any additional entrance passes. The Bad: Awkward placement of bathhouses to campsites. They seemed to assume we'd drive up rather than walk. The most direct walking route was through other campsites (no path) to the rear of the bathhouse. We were there a bit "after season" and the bathhouses weren't being kept up as well. The water level on the lake was down, so it wasn't a nice walk along the waters edge but muddy instead. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

The rate is $20.50 per day but you also need to pay a daily access fee of $4.20. If you are going to stay at least 6 days, then a annual park pass for $24 is the way to go. We camped in the Scott Creek campground. Previous reviews said that the park was clean. I disagree. No one cleaned up after their dog so there was dog waste all over the campground. The campground seemed very trashy with plastic bags and paper in the weeds, cigerette butts and bottle caps all around the campsite. There was one campsite near the lake where the bushes had been used as a bathroom as evidencd by lots of toilet paper all over the ground. I was staying here to visit my son in Olathe. Next time I'll look for another place to stay. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

Very clean with easy access. We stay here when ever we are in the area. Haven't had a problem with noises. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 83
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate reflects their winter pricing and includes the camping and park daily fee. We were in the Scott Creek loop. Gorgeous park built on a reservoir. Our site overlooked the water. Sites have water and 50 amp electric. No sewer sites. Lots of biking and hiking trails. Amazing natural setting. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Review Count: 24
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2011 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

I am only speaking of the Scott Creek Campground, one of 5 units at Hillsdale SP. Efficient host. Has several lakefront sites on a dead tree arm of lake that make it easy to use a kayak or canoe. Most of the sites in unit are open sky. Unlike a lot of public campgrounds, no streetlights so starry nights abound. The Scott Creek unit is the second least used so getting a site on a non holiday weekend is easy. A mere 15 minutes from Olathe and all necessities. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 88
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: June, 2007 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a non reserve State Park about 30+ miles south west of Overland Park. We camped here and drove back and forth. It was a pleasant drive. The weekends are packed. Try the ribs at Hillsdale Bank BBQ. There are trails to walk or bike. After viewing the closeup campgrounds, we would stay here again. You will need a state park sticker, $4.50/ night or $24 annual. We camped at Hillsdale State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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