4 Parks near Traverse City, Michigan
Jun 2015 - $40.00
Previous reviews describe layout of park. It is beautiful and folks are so nice. They asked us which site did we prefer: shady or open, so we had a choice. We were on the "plateau" and there were medium sized trees and large lots of grass between sites. We enjoyed our stay, close enough to Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lelaneu Peninsula for day trips. Great wi-fi and good Verizon service. Had good spot for our satellite, but the park offers cable TV service too. The laundry facilities were spotless and many machines, both large ones and regular ones. We were there for 6 days and happy we had selected this park from the many available. - Too Tide
Jun 2015 - $40.00
We stayed in the newer section in a pull-through site. All sites in this section are generously spaced and are well landscaped, however, the trees are still young and don't provide any shade. All grounds were well maintained. Easy in and easy out of camp sites. (Not sure about exact rate) - Big450
Sep 2014 - $33.00
Nicest park we have stayed in although our site was on the "plateau" with little landscaping/young trees. It would not be easy or even possible to get a satellite signal in the wooded area sites. I walked through and didn't see a single dish set up. Very well kept and the staff went out of their way to be courteous even down to the guy doing maintenance stopping to answer a question and talk about .the history of the park. It used to be an Airstream only members park but now welcome all types. All of the seasonal sites are well kept and very neat. Although we didn't use the restrooms or showers they were being cleaned at least daily. Would definitely stay here again. - RBH
Jul 2015 - $20.00
This is just a so so place. It's only redeeming feature is that it is only $20.00 in a city of $40.00 plus parks. - Rick & Karen
Jul 2015 - $20.00
The park roads are dirt and gravel, well maintained and watered to keep the dust down. The site was graded dirt and gravel for parking and grass that is having a hard time surviving. The perimeter lots have electric and water and the interior lots are electric only. There is one dump site. If there are showers or restrooms they are not close by. There are porta-johns on site at this time. There campground closes August 3 for a couple weeks during fair time. Nothing to do in the park but excellent location for tourists. We would stay here again when in this area. Tough to beat the price. Our site was 94 and did have shade in the morning but still worked well for DirecTV. Verizon worked well for phone and internet. - User1984
Jun 2015 - $20.00
We agree with previous comments. Roads were gravel/dirt combination. Site pads were recently-graded dirt. Very dry and dusty. (Thankfully it didn't rain during our stay). It would have been better to let the grass grow to prevent dusty or muddy sites. As for restrooms, there are porta-potties in the campground, however the host told us there are showers/bathrooms available at the fairground; ask the host where.
We did have good satellite and phone reception. The fairground is located about 7 miles south from picturesque downtown Traverse City.
The fairground camping area is a good short-term stopover, provided it doesn't rain. - gatordan
Jun 2015 - $50.00
This place is a big operation, lots of sites, keycard entry. You can see all the amenities and activities on their website- too bad most of them were 'closed' for our visit. Even though it was 'high season' and they were charging as such, the pool was 'under maintenance'. Dodge ball arena was closed, and it appeared the BMX track was closed, as well.
I liked the feel of the park; dirt and gravel roads, lots of cedars and trees. Our 30A, water, sewage was very spacious... but, not very private. The problem seems to be business management. Not only was the lady at the front desk VERY rude and not at all helpful, but they charge 'extra' for children. Go figure. The campground obviously caters to children and families. Great business model- put one person at the front desk to handle all calls and clubhouse management (in a campground this size), then penalize your target customer.
While I was checking in, the phone was ringing off the hook, and there was a line of customers behind me.
If they got their act together, and they'd have a real gem. Otherwise, avoid. - Boondockdad
Jul 2014 - $68.00
This is a horrible park. The list of negatives is long but among them are unkempt, unlevel dirt sites, narrow and dusty roads, no park supervision, dogs roaming unleashed, speeding by cars and golf carts, children driving golf carts, golf carts at night with no lights, a dirty swimming pool, $10 extra per night for cable, $10 per night extra per night for sewer, and a very mis-representative web site. We will never stay here again and will advise our friends that Walmart is a better option. - GICUR12
Jun 2014 - $48.00
This campground was our last 4 night leg on a two week trip. We reserved here based on recommendations from friends that stayed in a cabin last summer. Pulling in to the campground is a nice parking lot and newer looking lodge, store, and registration areas. This is where much of the pluses for our stay ended. First, a couple more pluses. The sites are large and this is a very large campground with lots of trees that were enjoyable at night. The playground is very nice and there is a unique BMX bike park. There are a lot of trails in the area we did not use. On the bad side, this campground is neglected and very terribly misrepresented by it's website. Our problems began at our campsite. There were 4 piles of dead leaves on the site. The site was large but the sewer pipes are a full foot above ground. We set up and went to the pool. It wasn't heated, wooden fencing had paint falling off it, and there was a kiddie pool that was out of service. It was full of water and debris. The main pool was not clean, there was a large dirt pile they covered with a mesh table contraption, and my 10 year daughter stepped on a rusty roofing nail near the drinking fountain. Their response had little concern and said they would let the maintenance person know. Looking at their 'Activities' section under camping, there were none of the following offered during our stay: Wagon Rides, Bike Parades, Heated Swimming Pool, Capture the Flag, Nighttime Glow Parades, Kool Kids Krafts, or Candy Cannon. The speed limit is 5 MPH but you'll have to drive slower or risk your truck and camper being violently shaken. Main lodge shower, $.50/5 minutes, was broken. Bathroom was dirty. Went to the other bathroom and the stall didn't lock, at least i was only walked in on once. Washing machines were all out of order, every one of them. The kids rented a 4-seater bike for $15 and the tires were very low. No one to come fill them. A couple of pinball machines in the lodge were out of order. There is so much potential for this campground but the owners just don't seem to care. - Done Roughing It
Jul 2014 - $27.00
If you bicycle, you'll love it here. The interior roads are narrow, but once in the site (#204), it was extra-wide and deep enough for our 40 foot motorhome. No road noise in our section, but a real family park with lots of kids. The bike trail is adjacent to a rear gate and town is only 4 miles away. The trail goes way beyond town, another 17 miles to Suttons Bay. It's also an hour from Sleeping Bear National Park with GIANT sand dunes and a bike trail. The sites are electric only and the 2 dump stations can get backed-up at peak times. We were there over the 4th of July and for the National Cherry Festival - a good time to bike to town. The unisex showers are very popular and the floors get dirty from the beach sand and campground dirt. Plenty of hot water though. The restrooms seemed to be cleaned (and not very well) at inopportune times like 9 AM. There are several restroom buildings so you could divert to the next one. As others have said, you do need a Michigan State Park Access Pass - annual cost was $31. Adequate Verizon voice and data. We would stay here again. - Kokomo
Jun 2014 - $27.00
Big campground with lots of campers but check in was seamless and grounds were neat and clean. We were only here for one night but we enjoyed the stay. The bike trail is super and we were in walking distance to plenty of food choices although it seemed the campground is out in the country. We were on site 49 which was very convenient to the trail and did not require us to use levelers. It should be noted that Michigan has a state park fee. Only electric was available at our site. We would stay here again. - busyteach
Jun 2014 - $27.00
Very clean park and restrooms. Staff is friendly and helpful. The park is conveniently located next to the bike trail. We parked our truck and rode our bikes everywhere we wanted to go. There was a short walk over a pedestrian bridge to get to the beautiful beach. We have a dog that travels with us, but if you do not like pets there is a pet free area. We would stay here again. - User2106