Pros: You are next to a beautiful lake, lots of shade, clean bathrooms (note, they don't have lights, bring a flashlight), fire pits and bear lockers, water, lots of trash receptables, nice central park location, our site (B3) was one of the most flat sites, hiking paths right next to campground, campfire program every other night. Cons: Lots of day use brings extra people, lots of sites were not flat, can only reserve B loop, no store (have to buy wood elsewhere) Would stay here again, but also want to try Manzanita or Butte Lakes next time.
Maybe the 8 is because we came from camping in Lava Beds NM where it was over a 100 and we had no AC and had lots of flies in our site...but this place is just what we needed for us and our 10 and 11 year old kids. We stayed in site #3 and were very happy - hookups all worked fine. Our spot had full shade as we requested. Restrooms and showers were reasonably clean. The pool was refreshing and clean! Kids loved the arcade and nice to have a little camp store on site (as most KOA's do). Our only complaint was Wifi didn't work in our site - but it's nice excuse to disconnect. In general since we camp with our kids and don't have a generator, so we really enjoy KOA's and this place was no exception. They are not true camping like say a NF campground, but they are nice especially in between other rustic CG stays.
Stayed here a few weeks ago. if you are spending a few days in the park, it's the place to camp (Tule lake is a good 30 minute drive away). As another reviewer pointed out, the sites are a little awkward but everyone makes it work without hassle. We stayed in kind of a curbside spot which was fine for our trailer and we could still pull our vehicle up to the side. There were also back in and pull through sites - several sites for sure were really only suitable for tent camping. Restrooms were really clean. There were lots of flies, so beware. The rating takes into account the location - the caves are really neat to check out, you can access several without being in super great shape (we did it with our kids). We also hiked the cinder cone with the fire lookout tower - the ranger up there was really nice! If you have kids, be sure to do junior ranger program!
Chose this campground so we could visit friends near Big Sky. Overall was a nice forest campground on the Gallatin river. We stayed at site 5 - just a 20 foot walk to the river. We had plenty of privacy in our site. While there is no water hookups, you can fill up when you enter the campground (just go left and left again). We would stay here again if in the area.
This review is for North Fork Campground (by the river). Stayed here 2 nights. Views of the canyon/cliff walls were fantastic! Sites had electric and water hookups. There was a dump station by the entrance. The sights were all pull through - just little pullouts off campground road. Not many trees. Privacy was good; you weren't crammed in like many RV parks. Bathrooms decently clean, but had lots of bugs and poor ventilation. There was a little playground in the middle of park. Overall a solid campground with good location between Cody (10 minutes away) and Yellowstone (60 minutes away). Would stay here again, especially for the price.
The only flaw - would loved to have water hookup. Otherwise this campground is a nice forested campground about 1/4 mile from Sylvan Lake (gorgeous lake and good for swimming). There is a campground store there with some basic goods. Lodge is also close. Our site was a backin (22E). There is a good mix of tent and RV sites in the park. Bathrooms and showers (free!) were clean. Had tables and fire ring. This campground provided a great launching off point for other Black Hills side trips! In addition, Harney peak trailhead is right here (great 7 mile hike!) and Needles are right around the corner. ONE note - Be aware of the tunnel height/width before you come - no RV can make it through the Needles highway (coming in from southeast into campground). Can be accessed from town of Custer just fine (no tunnels).
Perfectly situated in the park; close to main visitor center, amphitheater, loop road, and great view of Badlands formations. As others have noted, a little odd setup where each site is a pull in off the road, but this was fine as we were able to hook to electricity fine. Wish each spot had water hookup. Bathrooms were dated, but spotless. Note that website is a little dodgy when booking; you have to keep clicking until you find the RV sites. Nice spot for visiting Badlands.
Location, location, location! Park has a few rough edges (bathrooms were dated and lots of bugs, showers were a bit dank), but overall had a positive stay and would come again. Restaurant was closed for remodeling. Store was sufficient for some extra items we needed and the ice cream cones were good! The showing of Close Encounters was done on a 30 or so inch TV with chairs around it. Park has playground and pool, so its great for kids. But back to location - our spot had perfect unobstructed view of the Tower. Perfect!
Not much else to say that other reviews have not. This was a nice jumping off point for attending Green River Rendezvous in Pinedale - just a short 10 minute drive away. Sites were spacious. Park was quiet. Showers and bathrooms were clean. Host was very nice. Wind River Mountains were pretty in the background. Would stay here again if in area. Only minor thing is we needed to get 50 amp adapter since that was all it took (its our first big trip in our new trailer).