11 Parks near Preston, Minnesota
Jul 2016 - $18.00
We showed up without a reservation and the staff took great care of us getting settled in. Very nice park. Seem to have adequate Verizon Data and phone service here. Park is nicely maintained, lots of seasonal sites that are very clean and kept up! Definitely a hidden gem that we will be back to visit again! - dmkimm
Jun 2016 - $36.00
We camped in B 8 1/2 it rained a lot while we were there quiet park beautiful place to camp. Owners really easy to deal with and helpful when questioned as well as getting us checked in. Once we were in our spot they were hands off which was nice, hooked up to the wifi no problems bathrooms nice and clean everyday. I don't have any complaints nice campground far enough from traffic to still be nice and quiet. If your looking to get away and leave all the devices behind this is the place
Nice access to the river as well. !!!!!! - Rick whitney
Jun 2015 - $36.00
This campground is green and clean; nice grass and clean bathrooms. We had issues with all of the golf carts that seem to be had by most seasonals. They drive around all day and raise lots of dust and we were between two roads and it was constant the weekend we were there. There were kids who seemed too young to operate them driving around with passengers and adults at night with beverages just driving around. It got to be annoying. The bathroom shower nozzles are clogged with hard water deposits and it was hard to get a good spray to lather and rinse in the four minutes for a quarter time. We would like to come back, but these issues need to be addressed. - Camping Luvr
Jun 2013 - $42.00
Very nice campground. Grounds are very well kept, managers around quite a bit and helpful. They came around when there was any weather issue. Very strict with the quiet time. Beautiful area. We will be back. - grdngrl
Aug 2011 - $38.00
Old Barn Resort as a campground is a lot of fun. The sites are tighter than we have seen at other campgrounds with your neighbors picnic table less than 5 feet from our motorhome. We had a devil of a time leveling the motorhome on the grass site, which we did not have that issue at other grass site campgrounds we have been to. A lot of big dips and mounds in the site. The only real complaint is the gravel roads have washed out at the top of the hills leaving ravines and have basketball sized pot holes in spots which does keep the speed down. There were no bugs at all which is a huge plus especially at night. We did not use or go into the bathrooms but were next to them, and there was a constant stream of people in and out all day long. It would be hard to keep them fully stocked and spotless without a full time attendant. We ate at the bar/restaurant, and the food was good, and service was good considering how busy they were and only two servers. This weekend was the most fun we have had all summer! The access to the bike path is wonderful to bike for a short time or make a day of it! The path has spots to stop and rest, enjoy the view of the river, or have a picnic. The people we ran into were all very friendly and seemed to be having a great time. The tubing on the river appears to be a huge hit, and although we did not do that, plenty of others were! The golf course was very fun to play, with a nice mixture of long and short holes. Beautiful scenery. We will definitely come back. - zookeypurr4
Jun 2011 - $36.00
Wow: was told quiet hours start at 10pm. The campground felt like downtown Minneapolis at 1AM. The party did not wind down until 4AM. We left at 6:30am. Off to Whitewater for some much needed sleep. I did receive a refund for the next booked night. - mikeyinmn
Jul 2016 - $43.00
We were in a 38 foot motorhome towing. We needed help getting in and leaving. The internal roads are torturous. The spots are level but short and very close together. There are acres of grass around them though. The highway is close but not noticeably noisy. This is NOT big rig friendly. - Dapper
Jul 2015 - $62.00
Worst camping experience ever.
1. The owners were very rude and not approachable.
2. They hounded people constantly about driving on the grass (while driving on the grass himself with his golf cart).
3. Wood was for sale in the office for $7 a bundle (small bundles of construction lumber). We were yelled at for bringing in our own (DNR certified) wood.
4. Pool is only open from noon until 9 pm. It also must be at least 72° for the pool to open. When we arrived at the park the kids wanted to go to the pool, but were denied because it was only 70°. Swim diapers are not allowed for infants in the pool. Children must be fully toilet trained to enter the pool.
5. The sewer hook-ups are all the way at the front of the pad, but you need to back the trailer in all the way to fit on the pad. You need a 30-40' hose to reach on most trailers.
6. Campground is very close to the highway and there was a lot of road noise.
7. Price was too high for the amenities.
8. Office, store, bathroom, showers are across the road from the camping area. No bathrooms anywhere near the camping, pool or tents.
9. The campground was about 1/2 full on a July weekend. I understand why now that I have been there.
My biggest complaint is about the owners/hosts. When I check-in to a campground, I expect a certain level of customer service.
Luckily we had a good group of friends, so we made the best of our stay. I would NEVER stay there again. I used to think fairly highly of the KOAs, but I will not stay at one ever again. I would rather stay in a vacant alley. - MankatoJohn
May 2015 - $38.00
Pros - park is extremely well kept, staff member personally guided us to our site as well as backed us in. The store seemed to be stocked very well and was just across the street from the sites. When purchasing firewood ($7/bundle), staff member delivered wood to site. Pool, small playground, small leash-free dog area and three disc golf baskets are available for recreation.
Cons - not very private, all sites are very close together, no trees or anything to maintain any privacy. Campground is very close to the highway, so there is a lot of highway noise throughout the day. Staff seemed slightly abrasive. No hiking trails available.
Overall - pretty good spot if needing a place to stay overnight, perhaps when passing through. Would not recommend if staying for more than one night, or if you really want some privacy. - joshnichols84
Jun 2013 - $28.00
Love this campground. Beautiful setting and very peaceful. Owners are friendly and helpful. The only drawback was that they do not have a dump station on site. But that's no real big problem because Forestville State Park is literally next door...and you can dump there for $5.00. Visit this campground..you will love it. - GrandmaLee
May 2013 - $20.00
Friendly staff, okay campground. Internet is free, but not very good. Only water and electric - not even a dump on site. You would have to borrow a wheel-dump-tank, drain your tank then drag it over to the toilet to dump. Price reflects Passport America. We stayed only one night. - Fulltime2kids
Jun 2010 - $25.00
The June 2009 review now makes sense. Some of the prior 10's must be self reviews or friends. Yes, it is a nice quiet protected valley in a scenic area. Sites are large grass backin's. Water is to the front and we needed 50' of hose. We saw no sewer sites or dump station, showers or laundry. The people here are very friendly. TV via batwing was ok, We had no service for our Verizon cell or broadband. Coming in on 118 make sure you slow way down when you see Maple road, park is near base of a fairly steep grade. We would come back, but would not recommend this for 40' rigs or larger. - Bob and Inga
Jul 2015 - $1.00
Great utilities, 50 amp power was good, water and sewer was good, satellite was good but some sites on the south side of the park may have trouble with tree blockage. Flat terrain, walking good. All gravel roads including 1.3 mile road to park. Very busy on weekends but only 1/3 filled during the week. Good outdoor pool, super friendly staff, recycling bins available near office. We paid zero dollars using our Resorts of Distinction membership. This was our first time here but we will DEFINITELY be coming back many times in the future. - lajuene
Sep 2014 - $10.00
This campground is in a quiet out of the way valley. Sites were a bit tight. Cell phone reception is pretty much non existent. We had a free trial pass, it was fun, we will return. - Paul2015
Sep 2013 - $20.00
If you want peace and quiet with plenty of grass, trees, walking paths, friendly people, and stuff to do within 20 miles, this is the place to stay. 2 quaint towns 8 miles away and a 50 mile paved bike trail 20 miles away. I call this place home on my GPS. - DKANDERA
Jun 2015 - $39.00
This park is in town and close to everything the town offers. They do not take reservations and they fill up fast on weekends. During the week the bathrooms are kept acceptably clean, but on weekends it doesn't appear that they are maintained; sinks and countertops were dirty. Will stay here again for the convenience. - Camping Luvr
Sep 2012 - $25.00
We found this to be a very nice campground. Only about 1 block from the heart of the downtown district, so we walked or biked to our activities. The campground is part of a city park. The main campground road was paved, the sites are gravel and most seemed to be level. It was quiet and friendly. No reservations taken, first come first serve. Restrooms were not as modern or clean as we would have liked, although the 2nd set of restrooms/showers at the community center were much cleaner and more modern; they are located at the park entrance. Farmers market at the park on Saturday, and several Amish vendors all day Fri/Sat, so we had lots of fresh veggies and bakery items. We would stay here again. - skate
Jun 2011 - $25.00
We camped here 3 nights. No reservations taken, it is just first-come-first-served. We got in Thursday morning and 3/4 of the sites were available. Thursday evening 1/2. Friday afternoon 1/4 and Friday evening it was full. Some sites are sloped: ok for a trailer but hard to get a motorhome level. Very poor cell phone coverage on Sprint and Verizon but none on AT&T or T-Mobile. Bath houses were adequate but small and needed updating. Showers cost 75-cents for 5 minutes of lukewarm water. Very easy walk to town for theater and dining (but we didn't find any of the restaurants exceptional). In addition to Sylvan Park, there is another local park. It also has sites with water & electricity but no "facilities," only a port-a-potty. If the sites were more level, had just a little more space, and better "facilities," this would be a 10! Tents are $15/night and MH & trailers are $25/night. - AndersonFamily
Mar 2016 - $31.00
We really enjoyed the State Park. The site we had was a tough one to back into, but we made it. The park has a lot of nice sites and they are all now reserveable now in advance. I would strongly recommend having a reservation here if you plan on staying on a weekend. We went and did the cave tour and also visited Historic Forestville. We enjoyed Historic Forestville much more. Like previous reviews say, there is no cell service. You can go to the top of the hill a couple of miles away and get service to make calls. We would definitely go here again. - PackerFanRick
Apr 2015 - $38.00
Pros - staff was very helpful. Water wasn't turned on yet for the season and staff allowed us to fill up at their maintenance shop. Site was private, had trees between lots to maintain privacy between neighboring campers. Hiking trails were close by and access to historic Forestville was only about a mile away.
Cons - our biggest complaint was the requirement to actually stick the parking passes to our vehicles window. Beyond that, we didn't really have any complaints.
Overall - we are still exploring the many campgrounds around, but won't hesitate to stay here again if we just want to camp and go somewhere we know! - joshnichols84
May 2013 - $35.00
We had a great stay here at this campground. The sites were clean, as well as the bathrooms. There were many activities for the kids the park offered. I highly suggest the flashlight tour as well. One thing though...there is nothing around in the area. Bring what you need, because you will have to go without. There is also no cell service in the camp area...drive out and up the hill to get a signal. Fun place!!!! - NorthernIllinoisPlumber
Aug 2011 - $14.00
This campground is VERY family friendly and the owners couldn't be more helpful. The camping area is large, flat and grassy with shade available. There are 2 cabins that can be rented. The sites are huge and the area is quiet enough to hear the river running beside the campground. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent and the owners will shuttle. If you paddle the Upper Iowa River try to come out of the river in the late afternoon so you can relax at your site and watch the eagles that soar above the scenic bluff that overlooks the campground. - tigrred
Jun 2015 - $25.00
This campground was fine. Not great, but also not bad.
Great location on the Root River walking distance from downtown Lanesboro. Bike path also runs right along the edge of the campground. There are tubing and kayak rentals on site. No mosquitos, even though there had been quite a bit of rain. There is a nice playground area for kids.
Sites were long and narrow. Grassy part was well maintained. On our visit, the campground was not full so we had plenty of room between us and our "neighbors". I imagine that it would be quite tight if the campground got filled up.
THE NOT SO GREAT: You could not easily see the river from the sites even though we had a "river side site". Vegetation is thick. There were a few paths down a steep bank to get to the river, but nothing you would want to send your children to check out unattended. The bathrooms are basic campground bathrooms. Pay showers-bring quarters! (.50 for 5 minutes, 20 seconds of water), It did seemed to be cleaned out each day. There are a lot of people who camp here with big rigs so the bathrooms, for us and tenters, were not very busy at all which was nice.
The Owner, John (I believe he is the owner, or at least the guy that runs the place) is very "hand's off" You won't have to worry about him talking your ear off for sure. In fact you might find yourself looking for him or longing for more information like "Where do I check in?, When should I pay you?, Where should I pay you?, What spot can I take for a campsite?" I made our reservations in March for our June trip and all he took was my name, no phone number, or credit card, nor did he assign a specific site at that time. Very casual. For some people this might be good, but for me I'd prefer assurance that I was going to get a site!
Overall, I felt this place lacked charm, even the name! -Nothing was terrible. - Camping-with-Kids
Jul 2012 - $25.00
This long and narrow park follows the banks of the Root River. The campsites are laid out along the river and in the center between the driveways. Signage is nearly non-existant consisting of a little sign on the mailbox opposite the entrance of the park. Google navigation takes you to the center of town: right highway but wrong location. Just head north and follow Highway 250 over a narrow bridge and take the first driveway to the right. They have one good size office/bathroom building with bathrooms that are clean. Showers are $.50 for 5 minutes. The grassy campsites are laid out along the river and in the center between the park's gravel roads with the permanent sites beginning after the park office. I did not see sites with sewer for short term guests. Many sites (particularly along the river) offer shade but you may need quite a bit of hose and electric wire to make use of it. There is more than adequate room between units for slide outs and awnings. Units can be placed anywhere on the grass lots. The lots are generally near level but uneven so RV's need to be placed carefully to be level. Firewood is available. Tubes, kayaks and canoes can apparently be rented (though I am not sure how.) The proprietor lives on the second level of the restroom building. There is no sign for the office so I had to ask to find out where to check in. The proprietor didn't remember my calling, but told me to pick a site. He wrote nothing down so probably doesn't remember who I am. We have been here for two nights so I still don't know how I check out, etc. He was nice enough but I am baffled by how laid back this all is. The proprietor is the only employee I have seen, but everything seems to work and the place is in decent repair so I guess it is working. Verizon 3G cell coverage was good. Sites along the river are back in but it looks like the sites in the center could be pull through. The Highway 250 campground is located in a rural setting at a distance from highways (rural with minimal traffic), etc., so it is generally quiet. Seasonally, if you are near the river you will hear tubers going by on the river. I understand that the campground can be crowded on weekends so noise from other campers might be an issue but during our July midweek stay it has been wonderfully peaceful. This campground is located between the gorgeous paved Root River Bike Trail which provides easy access to the delightful town of Lanesboro and the Root River. In addition to the great restaurants, shops and biking and river outfitters, Lanesboro is home to the wonderful Commonweal Theatre which offers professional theatre for much of the year. We would definitely stay here again. - StillBill