8 Parks near Toronto, Ohio
Jul 2015 - $50.00
We are not familiar with the area at all, being from Texas. After some investigating around we chose this park for a few nights on our way to Boston. It appears to be a destination park for lots of folks and does have quite a few residents. We weren't here on a major holiday, but judging by the weekend crowd I imagine this place gets packed. We drove into Pittsburgh two days which was fine. The park is in the middle of nowhere, but the drive is scenic. All facilities worked fine. We stayed in the Red Carpet Row Section. (back-in) Really nice patio and fire ring up against a backdrop of huge trees and creek running behind. Our GPS did not have an optimal route into the park, but the GPS on our phones did. The drive into the park isn't all that treacherous. We have a 37' motorhome pulling a Honda CRV and did fine. As far as kids activities, they have it all. We did rent a boat one day and zip around the lake. There are very few grocery options around or gas stations. Owner/Manager/staff are very nice and helpful. Great place for families and kids or travelers like us. Only downfall to me was, seems everyone started making campfires around 4:00. Some smoke lingers around. - mikel
Jun 2015 - $40.00
I have never encountered a greedier campground owner.
Cons: Tiny lots - One side had a camper slide overhanging, the other had a gazebo 2' from our camper bed. No one-way loop for traffic - If your site is near the entrance you get tons of traffic from both directions. Bathhouse - Hot water costs $0.50 for five minutes. Insanity. No sign at wrong turn - GPS/Google maps/etc. send you the wrong way. The owner knows this. There is one wrong turn, which we took. We got stuck on a hill and had to be towed over it. The people that helped us out said that it happens all the time. People are constantly making that wrong turn. Entrance fee - You pay $3.75 to enter the park, THEN pay to do each individual activity. Our family paid for a pavilion for our reunion, but each attendee also had to pay to enter the park. Activities - The tube slide is advertised for age 4 and up, but the children aren't allowed to drag the tube back up the hill, flip it up the hill like a tire flip, or put it on its side and roll it up the hill. They must pick it up and carry it up the hill. What four year old can do this? Heck, what 10 yr old can do this? Also, the concession workers run the tube slide. At one point, my kids were told they were no longer allowed to slide because the worker had to go back to the concession stand. Wifi - Pretty much non-existent. Because there is no cell service at all, you're reliant on this spotty-at-best "wifi" for any sort of communication. Be prepared to walk to another area of the campground to have a strong enough signal to be able to connect.
Pros: The fire ring at the campsite was very nice. The proximity of the creek to our campsite was fun. Lots of things to do to keep kids busy if you're willing to pay extra. Multiple playgrounds (free) that are mostly newer nice ones with a few older, but still serviceable ones, mixed in.
Basically this owner will do anything and everything he can to get more money. - purpleenaj
Aug 2014 - $40.00
We stayed in the keyhole full hookups section. The campground folks are great. We were there during trick or treat. There are plenty of activities for the kids. Going back for the Fourth of July this year. If I was a seasonal camper this is where we would be. - psrujak
Jul 2016 - $23.00
We only stopped over night on the way home from western Ohio, but we will definitely be back to explorer the park and the area. Our route was along the Ohio Scenic Byway and was an pleasant end to an otherwise horrendous drive along Rt 71.
The park is off the beaten path and being a Sunday night, there were plenty of open site, but only a few big rig friendly. The site we were in was 30 A and no water, but there is a water fill and dump station near the park office. I saw the pool but did not go for a swim, but again will plan on taking full advantage of the amenities another trip.
The staff was very friendly and even offered to escort me back to my site. It's heavily shaded so no satellite but over air was acceptable. - htowners
Jul 2007 - $25.00
Gorgeous state campground to top of hill. Large wooded sites. Great trails for hiking and ponds for fishing. If your looking for a relaxing camping trip with quiet nature all around you then this is the place. Campground has a well laid out dump and water fill station, small campground store. At the entrance of the campground which is at the bottom of the hill is a large pool with a water slide and jumping board. Also they serve hot food at the pool area. Local sheriff makes routine patrols thru campground. - mdcamping
May 2016 - $20.00
We are in a motorhome and normally stay in the A loop. This trip, "A, B, C, and D" loops were not open in early May so we had to stay in the E and F loops. I would estimate 80% of the sites in these loops are not good for larger motorhomes. They are simply not sufficiently level or sufficiently long enough. Trailers & popups would be fine, but Motorhomes don't do well when it is necessary to raise rear wheels off the ground to get level! Site leveling aside, this is a wonderful State Park - many activities to enjoy. - AndersonFamily
Jun 2015 - $24.00
Electric only; no water or sewer. This is a state park. We had senior discount. Generally clean. Seems everyone had a smoky campfire, which bothered us, but the camp host seemed to think Was normal. I am not sure we would stay here again if we could find a campground closer to location we want. - 1coloradan
Apr 2014 - $31.00
We have stayed here before. This time was much different than previously. The park ranger on staff on one of the nights of our stay was just out to give anyone and everyone a hard time about anything and everything he could! One morning- trees were being cut down with a chainsaw about 3 sites away from us (a bit of noise). This state park is very pretty. Plenty of activities. We stayed in the same campsite as we had previously. This one suits us perfectly. The shower/restroom building is well lit, kept clean, and centrally located. This pet friendly camping area is one that we will return to when we need some down time! - patti&charlie
May 2015 - $32.00
Overall a nice park with friendly owners and fellow campers. Sites along the river in the above section were great. I loved looking out over the river and watching the barges. Sites are fairly tight and the Wi-Fi was non-existent. Therefore the reason for an 8. Our rig is 40' long. - illini777
Aug 2014 - $30.00
Stopped here for a couple of days while at mountaineer race track just down the road. Stayed right on the river so had a lovely view with geese every morning. Everything worked well, the management was beyond nice and helpful. I got really lost on the way in and she stayed on the phone the entire time to get me to the park. Perfect location for mountaineer. Good verizon cell. Everything worked. If you have a boat you are right there too. - FrancisandRenee
Sep 2013 - $32.00
We enjoyed our stay at this quiet out of the way campground. They offer a boat launch and a fishing pier right on the Ohio River. The bathrooms and shower houses are the cleanest and best kept I've ever seen at a campground. The owners are very friendly and willing to help with anything they can. Most of the campers here are seasonal renters who come on weekends to enjoy the river. We camped here for 2 months while working at a nearby power plant. I was working night shift and had absolutely no problem with noise of any type during the day. My wife says it was the same during the night while I was gone. We will definitely stay here again. The rate above is the daily rate, we were charged $550 per month, including all utilities. - The Bells 412
Jun 2014 - $50.00
Nice wooded sites. Great hiking paths along the river. Friendly owner and helpful staff. Very clean restrooms and showers. Quiet place. - Julie B
Sep 2012 - $40.00
It's a nice park with long sites. And yes, no one camps in front or behind you but like the other reviewer said, they do camp close to you: that is true. Sites aren't metered anymore unless you're a seasonal camper. We've camped a lot of places and this place was the only campground where we'd been to in the past that charged for electric: must be why they changed that policy. We were here Labor Day weekend 2012 and the park was full. It was a rainy weekend, but even then the only "activity" was Bingo, and I understand each day only 4 people went to the pavilion and played. It wouldn't take much for the campground to purchase a Power Point projector for a couple hundred bucks, a lap top computer, and show movies in the evening down at the pavilion. The pool was open this weekend as was the game room, which yes, is more than most places have. But besides bingo, there were no other activities besides the above mentioned, and the Saturday afternoon fire truck ride around the loop for the kids. Would be nice to announce activities on a PA system and not rely on postings on the Gate House and bathroom doors. Everyone needs a reminder now and then. We noticed that the teenagers they have on staff here, have a rough time keeping up with cleaning the bathrooms. (Most all the staff were teenagers!) I've stayed at a near by state park several times and am a stickler about bathrooms. (Don't we all like clean ones?) But the State Parks employ older people who have cleaned a bathroom or 2 in their lives. I was in using the restroom on the Sunday afternoon of our visit and had to listen to the Manager yell at one of the new kids because the bathroom wasn't cleaned. 1) when guests are present, no employee should be talked to like their idiots, and 2) no employee should be spoken to like their idiots. The Manager knew I was here because I had to walk past her to get to the bathroom. It's a nice place and all, and we've tried to give it a chance a couple of times, but management needs to get it's act together. This weekend wasn't their first weekend of operation, but it sure seemed like it. - MyUpNorth
Apr 2012 - $34.00
Beautiful campground in interesting historic setting and surrounding area. However, at least half of the lots are severely sloped - we noted several units with unusually large amounts of blocking to raise the rear. - cmclark
May 2011 - $28.00
Nice park, quiet and relaxing. Enjoyed to back to basics of camping. Pool was not open for the season, but looked like it would be fun. Many things to do in the surrounding area. Sites were easy to get into. Would recommend park to other campers. - cinnamon
Aug 2009 - $23.00
Very out of the way campground. Older campground but the facilities and grounds were clean. Park sites are on grass. Very friendly people and a good site for the money. We would stay here again. - Rick Lechner
Apr 2008 - $26.00
Campground is a little shabby but fine. Owner is very nice and involved. There were several seasonal units that looked old and tired. Sites are on grass - need leveling blocks. Voltage seemed low at times despite no need for AC at this time - concern that voltage may be too low to run the AC in the summer. Soft water. Bath/shower facilities are not heated but clean. Down in a valley so no cell phone service whatsoever. Only one TV station comes in strong - NBC station from Steubenville. Pool was not open yet. Small playground area. A little bit off the beaten path. There seem to be many activities in surrounding area. Good for a group as there is a rec building. Would stay here again, wish more commercial campgrounds were as decent as this one. - NancyB
Jun 2011 - $24.00
This run down, side-of-road park does not deserve your business. The hostess, when she is around, is rude and totally unhelpful to a first-time visitor. We were returning to the East from an 8,000 mile trip with lots of RV parks under our belt when we picked this one from Woodall's. It does NOT deserve any rating at all. Skip it. - SilverOtter
Aug 2010 - $26.00
We reserved a 50 Amp Electric, Sewer, water, pull through site for 9 days. There was nobody here to check us in and other clients told us, "She doesn’t come around much." We had no instructions as to what site to go to, so we searched for a 50 amp pedestal and backed in. The owner/manager finally showed up at 5:10 pm. She was the most unfriendly person I have ever come across. Didn’t bother to introduce herself, seemed annoyed we were paying by credit card, and the word surely would not even be accurate. The first night the main pedestal power went off 6 hours. I will say they replaced the 50 amp breaker in the morning. In the afternoon the power started cycling on and off again. Now fortunately we have the best TRC Power Surge Guard makes, so it didn’t fry my A/C or my TV. It did cause damage to my computer. The manager said, "Oh I'm out of town so there’s nothing I can do. Try moving to a different site." We are both in our 60s and I am disabled so this was not a nice experience. We did it, and the problem was worse. Now the power is cycling off every 2-3 minutes. I could read the display on my Surge Guard so I know the voltage amps coming in from the Pedestal. There is/was nothing wrong with my unit or my RV electrical system. The place smelled of sewer everywhere and trash had not been picked up in quite some time. It was a nightmare. We left 4 days early and the manager refuses to return our calls regarding a refund. - jimhoch
Jul 2007 - $24.00
This is a nice local campground. Owners are newer and are really trying to keep up the campground. The bathroom does have bugs in the corners, but overall they are clean. Pool is very nice, and the playgrounds are close to sites. We like this campground a lot. - darjen
Aug 2016 - $30.00
On PA-51, about 6 miles from the Ohio border. Turn east/south at the blinking yellow light onto OH-168, Salem Church Road then about .8 mile, turn right on Hodgson Road, then .8 mile and left into the CG.
Weekly rate $170; monthly $380. No credit/debit cards accepted; cash or check only. All electric is metered, even for daily visits ($0.11/kwh). One employee who is very friendly and helpful. Municipal access roads are sufficiently wide, maintained, asphalt but lots of ups-and-downs. Watch for one low-hanging tree on Hodgson Road. Internal roads are gravel, somewhat narrow with no overhead obstacles.
A variety of sites which are grass/gravel with mowed lawns and occasional tall trees. A few sites have patios; most have picnic tables. All sites are FHU-20/30/50, level with pedestal at the road end of the sites. Sufficient clear sky for satellite antennas. No cable TV. Fires permitted in fire rings. Well water has low, but adequate pressure and okay taste. No office store. No propane sales. Restrooms/showers are old but clean with newer fixtures but minimal privacy (score "B-"). No laundry.
Spacious, grass playground. Very nice, unheated, salt water pool. No spa. Free Wi-Fi but internet access is weak and unreliable. Verizon coverage is dismal at "½ bar." CG is in the country and is very quiet. No recycling bins. - StephenK
Aug 2016 - $30.00
We stayed for 4 days visiting relatives in the area. The campground was nice and neat. We got a shaded, pull-in site. Many of the RVs seemed as if they were seasonals and were empty. Check in was fine and the campground was easy to find and access. They only accept cash or checks, so happy we remembered the checkbook. There was a nice playground; the kids enjoyed that quite a bit. The owner lady knocked on our RV to remind us that the pool was open, but we were busy with relatives. It was nice she thought about the kids. At checkout (we were trying to leave at 9am), no one was in the office or adjacent trailer so had to call the owner's phone. Wanted someone to come read the electricity meter, but could not get a hold of anyone. Finally, at departure time, as we were pulling out, we ran into one of the attendants and he read the meter. There was no delay afterall, but didn't like that I couldn't find anyone initially. (Only $9 for 4 days for electricity.) Overall, good experience & would stay here again when visiting family in Beaver.
Initially, I was concerned about the other negative reviews and questioned booking here, but turned out fine and it was convenient. There were RULES posted rather excessively (no rugs or anything on grass, etc) around the campground, but we experienced no issues or tongue-lashings; think they just take pride in their campground. - Camping with kiddos
Jun 2014 - $30.00
We stayed here with a travel trailer and a tent. They are very unorganized and kept moving us to different sites. They don't want anything on their grass. The owners are not friendly and yelled when our truck went in the grass to make the turn into our spot. They have a swing on the playground that is apparently for handicapped kids although there is nothing indicating that. I was swinging my daughter in it and the owner came over and told me to get her out because he paid too much money for her to ruin it. They charge you extra for your electric usage on top of your nightly fee. There are no activities except bingo and there is one bath house at the front of the park. I would not camp there again. - beaglefamily24