14 Parks near Apple Valley, Minnesota
Sep 2016 - $42.00
It's perfect for visiting Minneapolis, but feels like you're not in the city at all. We had a full hookup site and it was very private and secluded. Verizon 4G coverage was very good. It's a little expensive though. - Love2Camp777
Aug 2016 - $39.00
Very nice campground close to the cities. We have a daughter that lives up here and this many be our new goto campground. Not a lot of shade for trailers. Lots are very close, sunny and open. Site surface is gravel and features a fire ring and picnic table. - Elkhounds
Aug 2016 - $37.00
Great campground only 30 minutes from central Minneapolis or St Paul. We had a pull through site - most are back in. The pull through sites are isolated and very private - but the back-in sites, well, not so private. I'm glad we had the pull through. There isn't much shade - just a few trees in the full service area of the campground. There is more privacy and shade in the sites with no utilities. The folks who run the campground are very friendly. The kid's playground is terrific. Plenty of mosquitoes, but not too bad if you wear bug repellent. Groceries and gas are close by. This campground is in an outer suburb of the Twin Cities. There are lots of trails around lakes and through woodlands, but no swimming. The laundry room is very nice. The access roads are a bit narrow, but okay for my 25 ft trailer and TV. You can get plenty of broadcast television, and I suspect there is no problem getting satellite in the full utility area. I would happily stay here again. - SeaTeacher
Jul 2016 - $20.00
Paid for a month at $400. Will leave on 8/3 due to the fair. We can come back to use the remainder of the 30 days. The campground closes in the middle of September. Maintenance is very good. Nice grass kept up by maintenance. Mower available to trim around your site. Tables available upon request. If Host not available when you enter, just pick a spot and set the rear of the coach in line with the utilities. - easydoesit
Jul 2015 - $20.00
This campground is about 30 minutes south of Minneapolis. It's pure fairgrounds camping: a big, mostly level grassy area with no trees to speak of and just the basics for a RV. There are no sewer hookups but there's water and 50 amp electric and a nearby dump station. The camping area is set up for clusters of four RVs to set up around four hookup power/water pedestals. That's not immediately apparent upon arrival, though, because there are a few exceptions to that setup (along the roads) and also, some folks park a distance away from their hookup point and stretch cords to their hookups, giving them some elbow room from their neighbors. There's a range of people in the campground - guys working in the area, retired people, and families all taking advantage of probably the lowest camping rates in the Twin Cities area. The fairgrounds has lots of good gravel roads, so there's plenty of places for a nice walk. There are restrooms (although the one right at the campground was undergoing repairs during our stay). I saw a single shower in the restroom, though, and it didn't look very inviting - the toilets, though, were acceptably clean. We had full scale Verizon 4G and, with no trees to speak of, no problem getting a satellite signal. The county fair takes place in August, during that time all campers have to be out, as the area is used for vendors and parking. - nazpaz
Jun 2015 - $42.00
Clean park, level sites. Did not use any of the amenities as this was a one night stay - moving on to Iowa. - Jim MacIsaac
Aug 2016 - $47.00
Sites are on the small side for the price. Especially sites 7 and 8. Otherwise I think previous reviews are correct. - zDale
Jul 2016 - $40.00
We needed a place to camp in Minneapolis over July 4, and (of course) every campground was full. Town & Country put us on a waiting list, and called a few days later to tell us they had a site for us. It was a newly created full service site in the corner between the laundry room and the pool. The campground was full and hopping with many, many families. We arrived just after the July 4 Bicycle Parade. The campground really emptied after the weekend. The staff were so helpful and great to work with. It was a nice place to stay! - ShoreXplorers
Jun 2016 - $40.00
We booked in advance and paid when we arrived for full hookup. We were then directed to our site. It was a corner site and the 5th wheel next to it was huge; they had two pickups and a large trailer on the site which they had to move before we could even get down the row. In the corner (and not on their map) was an old run-down trailer with a large wooden deck that had holes in it. The man guiding us said someone lived there (didn't look like it). After looking at the space that had low tree branches that were about 10 feet off the ground we said we couldn't park there. According to the office that was the only full hookup left so we were directed to a better site with no sewer. We did get a partial refund. When I mentioned the rundown trailer the lady said no one lived there so not sure which it was; vacant or occupied. Either way it was not somewhere you'd want to be next to. TV reception was good. Site was clean and level but right in front and across from the dump site so lots of traffic. After the hassle of pulling in, which included waiting for two people to move cars out of the site we were supposed to go in, I went to the ladies' shower and there was a sign on the door that read "Men's restroom closed Sunday night to Monday so this restroom is co-ed". Obviously I went back to our trailer to shower. A hot tub was also advertised but was not working; we were told it hadn't worked for a month. This should have been disclosed when we booked it. Could be a nice park if attention to detail was done. - Catsinatrailer
Aug 2016 - $40.00
Simply one of the nicest parks we've stayed in in the 3 years of travel. This is adjoining, and owned/managed by, the Casino here.
The park is about a quarter mile from the Casino and thus no noise/traffic issues. Spaces are large, level concrete arranged so that you pull through and your immediate neighbor pulls in the opposite way. On a raised concrete area is your own modern pedestal with all hook-ups. The neighbors is on the same, just down from yours.
Each is separated by a large, luscious and meticulously maintained grass area with a BBQ, fire ring and table. Trees are mature and well spaced.
The management is super friendly and helpful. The store area has a good supply stock.
We definitely will stay here again if in the area. - TPDBOB8687
Aug 2016 - $39.00
We were provided a 10% discount even though we didn't have AAA or FMCA. We said we had Good Sam so they gave us the discount anyway! Easy and efficient reservation and check-in. All hook-ups worked perfectly. Wifi worked fairly well except during peak periods. Verizon cell worked well. Sprint Mifi worked fairly well. Water pressure was fine. We requested to add an extra day and the staff was very helpful. We had to change sites which was no problem. This is a lovely campground which is very clean and well-maintained. A couple of negatives - 1. As others have said, you are very close to your neighbor on the hook-up side but you have a nice grassy area on your front door side. 2. The signage to find the rv park wasn't very good. It's easy to see the casino from a distance (it's a tall building) but coming in for the first time, it wasn't clear to us exactly where to turn in specifically for the rv park. If you see the "RV Wash" sign - that'll take you there. Several positives - 1. Park is very big rig friendly. 2. Free shuttle to Mall of America (get the schedule at the office so you can plan accordingly). 3. Lake, playground and overall landscaping are impeccably maintained. 4. The fitness center across the street at $5/person per day is a bargain. It's a FABulous facility. 5. Friendly and accommodating staff. 6. We had a serious rain storm and their drainage system worked well. We had no issues afterwards with mud or puddling. We would definitely stay here again.
NOTE - There is construction in process along the backside of the B sites so you want to avoid that area. Also the playground can be noisy including kids walking thru your campsite to get to it (Sites A26-A30). I prefer sites A38-A78 but you really can't go wrong with any site. - GottaGoNow
Jul 2016 - $42.00
Beautiful landscaping, very quiet, clean bathrooms with great security. Not the friendliest place we've camped (in terms of other campers; campground staff was great) but it made a good overnight stop in the area. Wish the sites weren't double but we got lucky and had no neighbor to share hookups with. If we had they wouldn't have been more than a few feet away. - calijame
Sep 2012 - $34.00
From the pictures and description on the website, we had high hopes for this campground. Upon arrival, we were put in a campsite where the hookups for the water and electric were broken. So we had to move to a different site, after we had already unhooked and setup. The part of the campsite closest to the river resembles a gypsy camp. There are various makeshift tents constructed of tarps and chicken wire. There are loose dogs running around. Broken down cars covered with tarps. The bathrooms and showers are infested with spiders. The stall doors have so much rust on them that the bottoms are falling off. The toilet paper was always empty in a least one of the stalls. In the stalls that did have paper, the toilets were plugged. The pool looked as if it had not been cleaned for a very long time. There were cars racing in and out of the campground at all hours of the day and night. I would not recommend this campground to anyone, let alone campers with small children, as they would not be safe. It's really unfortunate that this campground is not properly maintained, as it could be quite beautiful and it is in a superb location. Needless to say, my family and I will not be staying at Shakopee RV park again. - MNCampingFamily
Aug 2011 - $12.00
Everything was subpar. Starting with being quoted three different rates for camping by an employee, to being told conflicting information as to sites available. Our second day we had to move to a new site due to our campsite being used as a bike ramp and social drinking area. We were told we would have electric, but there was no access from the tent areas. Loose dogs were in and out of our campsite: leaving waste in our site the owner did not attend to. The park seemed to think the only issue was noise of dogs but we had issues with the shower house water temperatures being too hot or lukewarm, the pool was not being heated, the bathroom and shower house doors did not always shut or lock due to rust. We were so dissatisfied we chose another campground to go to. The owner was unpleasant and tried to change our nightly rate to say "we owed him" when his sign on the wall said "two persons/1 tent= $300/month." We stayed a month, were okay with paying for the month but wanted the $300 back for the month we weren't staying. He tried to tell us that you couldn't take apart the payment to get a refund at all for canceling. Then at the mention of a lawyer and the Better Business Bureau, he handed me two hundred and said, "There, a good compromise, look forward to having you back next year." Seriously? There are many other campgrounds in the area. I have found many nicer and more professionally run choices. I will not be staying here again. - gypsysojourner
Jul 2011 - $40.00
When we arrived, the entry area was so full of vehicles, you couldn't pull an RV in there. So we parked the RV at the nearby restaurant. After running the gauntlet of smokers outside the office door, we were told our site wasn't available, but they would give us a different site (with sewer) at no extra charge. A "really nice" site. Not very welcoming or friendly. The road to the site was horribly pot-holed. The roads are very narrow, and one parked RV had his awning out into the road. The site was extremely unlevel and muddy. When we got to the site, we saw why our original one wasn't available; 75% of the sites are flooded! It's on the Minnesota river, and it was apparent that most of the sites had been flooded at one point. There was very little gravel to park on and very little "grass" to walk on. Parking the towed vehicle was a challenge. While we were here it rained even more, and the water got to within 10 or 15 feet of our rig. This reservation was made in April, and no attempt was made to contact us to let us know the situation at the campground, nor was anything said at the time of checkin. Overall, what sites were available were very narrow, very run down looking, very damp due to the heavy tree cover. We would not stay here again. There are other options within the Minneapolis/St Paul area. - cobragt23
Aug 2016 - $39.00
This is an older park with lovely trees, big sites, and lots of grass. The interior roads are narrow enough that you have to keep your concentration up, but they are doable.
We have been here 4 times and never been disappointed. Yes, it is a bit expensive, but it is close to the Renaisance Faire, our reason for visiting. They also have a huge indoor pool that is even heated, a big plus for the family we were camping with. Nice playground too. The Internet was actually usable most of the time! - UTTransplant
Jul 2016 - $34.00
Very pleasant staff, both in office and throughout the grounds. Close to Minneapolis, and really has as many sites packed into the acreage as possible. The sites are a bit close, but the location served our needs for the short stay. Overall a pleasant experience. - jwlbal
Jun 2016 - $40.00
Nice office staff, stay only if you can get one of the deluxe sites, they are very nice. Our site was very small and could not believe they called it a pull thru. Sites are packed together on any piece of ground there. Okay for a night or two if you want to visit the Mall Of America. No cable and it`s hit or miss on getting TV . - ottosprings
Aug 2015 - $53.00
This park needs some serious work. Spaces designated for RVs are fairly haphazard. We plugged into an electric box that already had at least one RV plugged in with other cords coming out besides. Spaces very close to each other with very little room for parking a vehicle. Woke up every morning at 5:30 a.m. to the neighbor talking loudly/yelling to her (five--yes, FIVE!!) pitbulls while allowing them to relieve themselves behind our motor home and never once cleaning up after them. Bathrooms were scary--not private at all. Shower curtains hide the stalls with no doors on the bathrooms themselves. My husband went in the first morning to find the stalls in the men's bathroom covered in vomit. Park itself is in the great neighborhood of St. Anthony but inside the park is a different story. Very run down. Manager nice and does what he can but owners should hire more help! A few rules regarding age of units and pet restrictions would clean up this park in a hurry. Ridiculously overpriced considering we couldn't use the facilities at all. We only used the park for sleeping--didn't use bathrooms, laundry, etc. - desertrat74
Jul 2015 - $32.00
Approximately 60% of the spaces are fulltime, low income residents. Though the majority are nice people, there are a few unsavory characters. The manager is a "Jack of all trades". He is a wonderful, caring person...but stretched between this and 2 other sites. Access to the site was acceptable. the original site they put us in did not allow us to extend our awning as we were literally 4 feet from campers on either side. We moved to another site, that allowed use of the awning and was approximately 20' from the unit next store.
We chose this facility because of its proximity to downtown Minneapolis and the fact that the public transportation stopped right outside the park. (We do not tow, so access to public transportation in an urban environment is a real plus. That and reliable, accessible power and water were the only positives! - Ncw
Oct 2014 - $38.00
Many permanents, which creates noise in the AM when they leave for work. Some units have a bit of junk around them. The park office closes mid-afternoon and after that the manager must be called. He apparently has another full-time job but is very helpful and cooperative. Utilities were good. This is not a destination resort but should serve very well for a day or week or more. This is a very urban setting for a park but it is close to the center of town. We felt quite safe here and would definitely stay here again because of it's central location. - gene a
Jun 2013 - $30.00
You are a bit close to other campers and if they are the barking dog or screaming kids people it will be like they are in your campsite. They do not allow mats, which we found out when we received the 'warning' from the office folks. I can understand, they have very nice grass at the sites. Pads are gravel and level. One thing we noticed is that there is no where walk. There is no sidewalk or path to walk on. You walk on the road which is very narrow. Not a huge deal but noticeable. If you want to sit around the fire ring you are literally right next to your neighbor. Not much privacy. The town of Cannon Falls is very close and a fun place to spend a little time in. Overall nice and a decent place to stay. - LP2013
Jun 2010 - $35.00
Campground was family friendly for it had activities for kids. There was a lot of noise from the road where we were parked. The lake was getting green so swimming was not an option. The staff were helpful. - happycamper100
Jun 2010 - $25.00
This is a very nice park that is on a very nice lake. The sites are all back in sites. They all have a good view of the lake. There is a very large and nice playground. The bathrooms are very nice and clean. The east side sites have more shade than the west ones do. Very nice park. Well maintained. We will be back. - PackerFanRick
Jul 2016 - $30.00
What a gorgeous park. The sites are large and the pull through sites have water. We will be back. - grdngrl
Jun 2016 - $35.00
This is a large, well kept county run campground. Very comparable to many COE campgrounds we have stayed at. This is one of our favorite places for a quick local getaway, but there are some idiosyncrasies to the place that let you know the people in charge may not be in touch with the modern RV experience.
On our most recent visit we had a pull through that was very steep front to back. Once unhooked, in order to level our trailer the tongue was almost on the ground. Other sites have posts that mark each campsite placed precariously close to the pad, making backing or pulling into your spaces extremely difficult. And finally, they have a strict "no dog" policy for the campground, but dogs are welcome throughout the rest of the park and hiking trails. On this particular visit we felt the park host was somewhat overzealous in his enforcement of rules. On a midweek night, with the park virtually empty and not another camper within several hundred feet we were told our quiet campfire conversation was disturbing other guests. The next morning I was chastised for not having a paper tag with our check out date attached to our campsite marker. I had never received one, and was asked to stop what I was doing and drive to the front gate and obtain one. Once there, the same teenager that checked me in admitted that she forgets to give them out from time to time.
These things aside, it really is a wonderful campground located within a beautiful regional park. There are several miles of hiking trails, a modern boat landing, playgrounds, picnic shelters and other typical park amenities. - scott1k
Jul 2015 - $25.00
Extremely large and neat sites all pull through in the modern campground area. Electric and Water only but very clean dump station, Site Z is on the corner looking into woods and field and we regularly saw deer walking through. There is a beach and boat access, along with conference centers, a playground, volley ball court, tennis court, and many other common areas. NO PETS are allowed in the campground (although we saw them in the boat dock area). It was largely empty the entire time we were there and the fellow campers were quiet and polite. My largest complaint was the office staff and campground hosts. They were not very friendly to "out-of towners" and complete sticklers for the rules. That being said, aesthetically it was a beautiful park, one of the nicest we have stayed in. There is no wifi, but my ATT coverage was good. The price is $25 a day and what is not very clear on their website is there is an additional per car $5 day access pass you have to pay for on arrival. (Reservations for the campground are done online.) The annual pass is $25 which you can purchase if your stay is 5 days or longer. They are also inflexible with their cancellation policy. We left a day early and even though we told them that at the beginning of our one week stay they were unwilling to refund us that day. You can stay in the park for one week but then need to move to another spot if you are going to stay longer. - Lee and Trace