The management here was friendly and pleasant. They were often not in the office during office hours. The dump inlet at our site was behind the motorhome spot. A very unusual location which required 20' of tube length to reach. The cover was smashed into the pipe so we could not hook to it until the next morning when maintenance arrived to fix it. Huge potholes in the entry area made navigation unpleasant. They need to fill them in and it wouldn't take much to do so. Nothing really for kids to do at this campground. The "new" playground consisted only of a play set you might see in someone's back yard. It was missing a very needed swing set, though it had the mounts for them. Roads getting to this campground are very curvy and often narrow. Not recommended for large RVs. We were towing a Jeep behind a 39 footer and will not traverse this area again with this configuration. If you have a small trailer or RV at 32' or less, then it shouldn't be a huge problem. Lawn area next to our site was fun for the kids to play on, but that was about all the campground had to offer. Local town is cute, but food options are very limited, and the restaurants we checked were very limited in their menus (for example, they only serve breakfast up to a certain hour and will not offer any lunch options). This area is better suited for an older retired couple than a family with young kids. The one nice thing for us was the Point Reyes Station Park. It had a few nice hiking options and a Junior Ranger program for the kids.
Downgraded review after our attempts to resolve a poor experience with one of the managers there didn't come to fruition. We met some great neighbors from out of the country. We were embarrassed when a KOA employee (later turned out to be one of the managers) interrupted our conversation to complain about our kids using kids' chalk to draw a simple hopscotch design on the pad where the RV sits on top of. He said he didn't want other prospective RVers to think it was a "trashy" campground. We were all stunned. The kids chalk washes off in seconds and certainly wouldn't have bothered anyone who came here for the reportedly "kid friendly" nature of the park. Not to mention no one would see it because an RV would be covering it. With some of the speeding cars and unleashed dogs running around the campground unchallenged, we felt this was not keeping focus on what's important. When we contacted the manager, we found out this employee who confronted us was her husband. She was very defensive and said his recollection of events was totally different. I won't go into all the details, but the 5 independent customers to this event apparently ms-perceived the manager's intrusion. A simple apology to us for making a mistake would have sufficed. As a result, we have no plans to return to this park. When being charged $108 a night for an RV pad, we expect a little better customer service.
We stayed here two nights as we traveled north and south through California. Our first visit was OK, but the water pressure was too low to be able to use without the use of our pump, and they didn't fix it when requested. They didn't even follow up with us after our request. Restaurant there is touted as incredible, but it was just OK. Food was decent, service was very slow and the waitress didn't have her heart in it. Playground consists of a hot slide in a pile of sand. It certainly shouldn't be advertised as a playground. That's misleading. Pool is fine when it's not crowded but there's no shade at all for the hot tub, which got direct, hot sunlight all the way until sunset. They were doing work and blocking the exit to the park, forcing everyone to exit through the entrance. There were no signs or ropes indicating this so I started to exit through the exit until one of the crotchety old employees there yelled at us to stop. When we left through the entrance, we encountered a car trying to enter who had to back up into the busy entrance street. No signs at entrance explaining the problem either. This place is OK for a quick stop off to break up a long California trip, but that's about it. We'll probably give another local place a shot next time around.
Not many choices in this area, so I think this is likely the best choice for this specific location. RV park is small and the roads are a bit tight for big rigs. It's nicely maintained and the staff is friendly. Pool area is very small and once 3 or more families get there, it's overcrowded. Otherwise it's nice and does the job. No playground at the campground. Park next door has one but it's for tots and our 5 and 8 year old got quickly bored. They really need a walking path from upper parking area to get down to the main area and pool. We had to walk around a blind street curve and had some run-ins with drivers going too fast who couldn't see us until they were on top of us. We would have driven, but there is no extra parking by the pool area. Parking in general is very limited, so keep that in mind if you have visitors. Our upper spot was really nice, but it had no shade and lots of wind, so we couldn't put up our awning or "easy-up." Tree on our driver's side kept banging against our RV during the winds. We will return if this location is where we need to be in the future.
DO NOT take motorhomes over the Hood River Bridge from the east. Way too narrow! They shouldn't allow big rig motorhomes across this bridge. Had to almost stop a few times to let opposing vehicles pass. Road from Hood Bridge to campground is full of small tunnels with narrow roadways within. Large truckers will barrel through in the opposite direction with no concern. If you come to this campground, only come from the west. The campground is small and only appeared to have a few sites for larger rigs. They were very close together across from the main office. Office staff was friendly during check-in. WiFi was barely usable during our stay. We connected fine but the internet either didn't work or was too slow to use most of the time. There are no hiking trails that we could find. The playground was small. Our kids were immediately bored with it. Area behind our RV spot, to hang out in, was very small and right next to our neighbors. No privacy. This place looked like it had some nice tent camping spots.
WARNING: NOT BIG RIG FRIENDLY. This campground does not handle large motorhomes well. I would only recommend considering this park if you are 32' or less. Very narrow roads, very narrow spots. No improvements have been done to remedy this, though there is room to do so. Pool is very small for the number of users. Broken chair left by the pool. I almost fell through to the ground trying to sit in it. Playground is almost useless. Our kids were bored here. We had difficulty leveling our motorhome. Store was poorly stocked. WiFi internet access so poor, almost completely unusable. Check-in was very slow. Nothing to do here. We will not return.
This RV campground keeps it simple and does it well. Friendly service and level sites. Not much to do here other than the swimming pool, but it's a great place to stay over when passing through. Grocery store, CVS, and Round Table Pizza all right next door and an easy walk. Warm in the Summer. It was 102 during our visit in July and too hot to use their basketball court. Water spigots are too short for many standard drinking hoses that have a wide wingnut connector. Had to walk back to office to get an extender. One of the umbrellas at a table by the pool was clearly broken and in need of replacement. WiFi had a strong signal but I had intermittent internet connection problems. Otherwise, the experience was positive.
We'd been looking forward to this visit, but we were disappointed with several problems about this park. It's in good condition and the sites were fairly level, but that's about all the positives. It's still very narrow and the sites of insufficient width considering the prices and the apparent fact that it was recently renovated. If you count on a shuttle to get to Disneyland, this isn't the park for you. It is not on the ART route. It has its own shuttle which is $3 per person, regardless of age. The times the shuttle goes to the park are infrequent and it wasn't available during one of the listed times when we arrived (we were told this is a common problem and that it's often down). It's not a long walk to Disneyland, but it's along a very busy roadway where cars regularly travel at 55 to 60 mph. With young kids, this is not recommended. Until this park joins the ART shuttle route (which we were told is just a matter of their choosing to), we won't return. We went to the office/store at 5:02pm and were stunned to find it closed. It closes at 5pm! Way too early for an RV campground. There was no recycling and the playground was really small - not sufficient for kids over 3 or for a campground this size. Not a good neighborhood. No security or controlled entrance.
Beautiful park but there is not plenty of room for big rigs here. The entrance is surprisingly narrow - between 2 rocks in the ground. An easy fix and would be a big improvement to slightly widen this. We have a 39' motorhome and there was an identical one to ours at the park as well. Both of us had problems finding and fitting into our spots. They were very tight. The only spot big enough for a large RV is directly next to another campground - and there was a big group there. We stayed near the entrance, which was a bit of a drag because of the constant flow of traffic going by us. We went off-season and were told we'd have the park to ourselves, but there was a constant flow of vehicles and a fair amount of campers. Some people come tie up a campground just to rock climb, so we lost a potentially better spot not realizing this until it was too late. Surroundings are beautiful. No water or dump anywhere nearby that we could find. Closest one within the park was Cottonwood - about 45 minutes away. The park rangers didn't know of any local dump stations. Look into this before you go if you want to stay more than a few nights. We ran out of water after 3 nights and lost the opportunity to stay. No Verizon cell range anywhere in the park - had to drive to the service road about 2 miles away for range. Very secluded - no ranger presence. We will return but certainly not during the busy season.
We're surprised at the ratings for this park. It's just a bunch of big boulders and shallow parking areas off the main road for RVs. The spots are so shallow that if you put your slides out, you are taking a risk of having the driver's side ones struck by oncoming vehicles. Very tight campground. We have a 39' motorhome and do not recommend anything of this size at this campground. 30' or less. Once you get in, the only way out is through a narrow u-turn at the end of the campground. An RV was sticking part way out, causing me to go off the road onto the uneven dirt side of the driveway. The bang to my motorhome coming off that dirt was so loud, I was convinced I'd struck a boulder or RV. We did not find any spots we were comfortable fitting in. It's frustrating how easy of a fix this would be - just make the spots deeper off the main road, and it would be so much better. Strange park. We prefer Black Rock.
We checked-in to this campground in the middle of a loud argument going on between an employee and an apparent manager or owner. It was inappropriate and should have been occurring behind closed doors. The check-in staff ignored it and checked us in. They weren't overly friendly. The only real positive thing about this park is the convenience to the shuttle to Disneyland. If you don't need the shuttle, I wouldn't recommend this park. There was no security or barrier from the campground to the streets. It is not in a good neighborhood and is directly across from a school. The main street is long and cars get up to high speeds. I wouldn't let my kids roam free at this campground. We found sprinklers leaking water all around our RV pad. The site was very tight and hard to back into. We're going to try a different campground next time. We might come back if we can't find anything better.
We enjoy staying at this RV park when we drive through the area. It has a decent playground and though there could be more room between spaces, it's not as crammed as many parks are. The main store is nice and employees are generally friendly. We've stayed there several times now.
This campground obviously has new owners, as they've been friendly with each of our recent visits (but that wasn't the case before). This is a good spot when you want to visit family in SF, but it's really tight for big rigs. The spaces are very thin and it is just a parking lot overlooking the ocean. The pull-throughs are not useful because the spaces are so tight that you have to unhook to get in or out of the spots. But we haven't found a better place yet to stay while visiting SF.
We enjoyed staying here, though there isn't much to this campground. However, it's a beautiful area and right next to the fairgrounds, which we were able to walk through even though there wasn't anything going on at the time. They were preparing for the fair near the end of our stay, and it then got pretty crowded with some interesting fair vendor types! It was peaceful and comfortable and a good location if you are interested in visiting downtown Grass Valley. Staff was friendly. We'd stay here again.
This little out-of-the-way campground was a refreshing change from our poor experience at Beyond Hope Resort beforehand. We only really needed a place to sleep in our RV, since we visited family during the day elsewhere. River Lake was the perfect choice, with great rates and a friendly staff. No playground or any amenities, but it was close to the lake and a nice, quiet place to stay.
This campground is better for people without kids and who don't mind unhooking their tow vehicles. We paid extra for a pull-through site but had to unhook our tow vehicle to fit it in (and even then it barely fit). There is no purpose to a pull through here. We would have saved money backing into a site since we'd have to unhook either way. Check-in was pleasant and the lady there was friendly. This is basically a nice parking lot with a small pool/hot tub. Spaces are very tight with little breathing space between neighbors. No playground. The pool area was pretty full of stir crazy kids and disapproving retired couples who hid away in the hot tub. The best thing about this campground is that it was clean with nice rigs and it felt relatively safe. We rated this campground higher than we would have because of the friendly check-in lady who let us stay a little over our check-out time since we had to run into town for provisions. Once we retire and are RVing without kids, we will consider coming back if we are passing through.
Pros: Relatively friendly staff, has a pool, scenic surroundings. Cons: Tight spaces with no space between neighbors. We had to share a picnic table with our neighbor. One of our slides almost hit a large tree trunk (about 8" away from it) and another slide hit several branches. Narrow roads inside. Playground was not sufficient. No slide and mostly metal bars to climb on (making it dangerous for our 2 year old). Both of our kids got bored quickly there. Nothing really to do here if you don't want to battle the crowds at the small pool. Heard a train 3 times during the nights. I think we'll try somewhere else next time.
I tried to submit a more detailed review of this campground, but the site did not process it. So, I am making this one shorter. Sites are very tight and no breathing space between neighbors. You typically have people right next to you and behind you. We estimated about 8' from our motorhome to the firepit of our neighbor - from which the smoke was so strong, we couldn't open any of our windows. Neighbors were up partying until around 2am. Their kids were running around into our site, screaming and banging on our RV well into the night. We saw no roving security as advertised. When we called, they came out and talked briefly with the neighbors. It didn't help and there was no follow up. They did allow us to move to another site without a problem - that's why we didn't rate this campground lower. They were generally friendly in person but had been terse and un-helpful by e-mail beforehand. It's just a big parking lot here and you're crammed in like sardines. There are several small playgrounds but all were packed with kids. Not enough for the amount of people they allow in. Beach was nothing special and not easy to walk to. Restaurant on site was closed at random times - they didn't follow their posted schedule. When we asked the staff about it they said "Sorry they're independently owned." They also confirmed that the restaurant pretty much opens and closes whenever they feel like it. We never ate there as a result of never knowing when they'd be open and going there to find them closed during hours they were supposed to be open. We had mistakenly made reservations for a few months later as well and cancelled them after our first (and last) experience there. The ownership is definitely smug with all the business. I guess people will put up with anything just to get near the beach. We will not return.
We really were unhappy with this campground. We stayed in 3 KOAs in 3 states before getting here, and all of them we rated 7 or 8. The only positives of Beyond Hope is boat access to the lake and deer in the park. On arrival, the first thing they have you do is make a u-turn to be taken to your website. There isn't enough room to make this u-turn in a 39' motorhome without making a 3 point turn. We had to unhook our tow vehicle due to how tight the entrances and roads were. For such a rural park in a beautiful area, they pack you into fairly small sites and the gate entrances and turns in the site are very tight for big rigs. We wouldn't call this a big-rig or child friendly campground. There's really nothing to do here at this campground - especially if you have kids. Fortunately, we were just using it to park our RV and sleep at night while we visited family nearby. Otherwise, we'd have been really bored. It's over priced for what you get. No pool, no playground. We couldn't find any hiking trails. People walk and jog on the main road to the campground, which isn't safe. The main office didn't open until 10am (which is very late for a campground). There is a restaurant here, but they don't serve breakfast, so we never ate there. Staff was OK but not overly friendly. We got the feeling that they are smug with being full this time of the year and have a "take it or leave it" attitude. We see no reason to stay here again - there are other choices up here that we will try next time.
Friendly staff, cute park. Tight spaces with not much room between neighbors - especially for such a rural and pretty campground. However, they were nice enough to keep from putting someone right next to us since they had spaces elsewhere (and I think they had to do that to convert the 2 30A plugs into the 50A we'd requested). Nice creek near the campground, good playground, small pool was too full of people for us to use. Fair prices. We would stay again.
Friendly staff, nice pull through site. It had room to breath between our neighbors. Pool was small and too full of people for us to use. Free Wifi access but slow and froze a lot. Good spot to stay for a night while on a trip somewhere else. We'd stay again.
We were very happy with this campground. If the sites had more room between neighbors, we'd have rated it a 9 or 10. But, our neighbors slideout almost touched ours. For such a rural and pretty area, there really should be more space between sites. Staff was very friendly, store was well stocked and included t-shirts, ice cream, and homemade fudge. Cute campground and we'd stay there again.
An acceptable park when going through to Las Vegas. Right off the freeway. Tight spaces with not much breathing space between neighbors. Pull through site barely fit our 39' motorhome towing a car behind. Nice store, pretty friendly staff. Nice pool area, but pool water was very dirty and it smelled in the area. Packed with people. Expensive rv park. Very loud surrounding area. There was a concert nearby that we could hear well into the late evening. Didn't have free wifi - had to pay for it. For the price paid, that should be complimentary. Entrance was tight for an RV park of this size.
This is a beautiful park and we would stay here again if we went to Big Bear. You definitely feel like you're in the wilderness. The staff was very friendly. The only drawbacks were the double-wide site we got (for 2 motorhomes) was not wide enough to comfortably fit both of our motorhomes. It took several attempts to fit in the RVs and then we were told that all RVs had to be "back end" first. So, I would only use the double wide sites (you're paying for 2 sites in one) if you want extra room for a large motorhome. Otherwise, if going with someone, just pick 2 sites next to each other. Remember that the road to Big Bear is very curvy - if you get motion sickness, take something before this trip. Very tight turns at certain places along the road to get to Big Bear with lots of impatient sedan/SUV drivers tailgating you until the next turn-out. With a 39' motorhome, we will probably not take it back to Big Bear as a result. But, if you don't mind the trip, this campground is a nice one.
Overall, we were pretty satisfied with this campground. The staff was very nice, the store was well stocked, and it had a fairly rural feel to it. It's apparently close to the path of planes to a local airport, but we did not hear anything during the night. The playground needs some improvement - it was just a set of swings and pull-up bars. No slide or anything. Good place to stop while traveling between northern and southern California.
We would rate the campground a 4 and the staff a 10. We were really happy with the management. Very friendly and accommodating. The park itself is just basically a parking lot. If you are using this location to park your RV and explore the surrounding areas (like SF), then it should work. But, you couldn't be more crammed in next to adjacent sites. Pool was closed when we were there. Mobile home park nearby had some shady characters, but we didn't feel unsafe in this RV park.
One of the most important parts of selecting a campground is the courtesy and responsiveness of the campground during the research and reservations stage. I tried as hard as I could to get information about this site for a trip we planned where this was looking like our first choice. But, getting information from this campground was like pulling teeth. The person who occasionally responded to me was terse, disinterested and became increasingly rude as my efforts to get information continued. The websites I looked at indicated walking trails from the campground, but I was later told they did not have them. With other campground reps being polite and interested in our business, we had to decide not to go to Quail Valley. He sent us a rude response to our decision to go elsewhere. Though this campground may have some positive attributes, the staff appears to be unconcerned about getting any business. This is not what RVers are looking for or expect in a campground. Fortunately, we found out before it was too late and will be able to stay at one of the numerous other campgrounds where friendly staff and owners prevail. After all, isn't that what RVing is all about?
I contacted this campground about the poor reviews listed on this website. I was told that ownership had recently transferred and things had improved, but when I asked further follow up questions (including more details), I received no response. Overall, we have to say that it does not look like things have improved much. They do accept credit cards, and the restroom appeared clean when I popped my head into it. Otherwise, our experience here has been fairly poor. Neither of the 2 15A outlets (normal plug outlets) at our site did not work. I had to use my motorhome to plug any normal cords into after hooking the 30A circuit to my RV. The campground is very unscenic with very few shade spots or areas of shade. It was very windy here, making it impossible to BBQ outside or spend any comfortable time outside at all. One huge drawback here is that there is no cellular phone service available for Nextel or Cingular anywhere near this campground. Talking to locals, it doesn't appear that any of the big cellular providers (Verizon, Sprint, etc) work out here. This campground's website states that they provide discounts to some local businesses, but they provided no information to my wife about this at check-in. I ran down to get more info about this before we went out to eat. But, I arrived at 6:02pm, and they were long gone (they close at 6:00pm). So, they will not stay a second over closing time to help guests. Our gravel site was not level, and my hydraulic leveling jacks were unable to get me to level to the degree that I am used to at private campgrounds. For the prices they are charging here, the sites need to be leveled, 50A service needs to be added, and some work needs to be put into improving the ambiance. It is way overpriced for what you are getting. The only benefit to this campground is that there are several places to eat (and a general store) right next door to the campground. The pizza place we tried wasn't excellent, but it was acceptable for a family not wanting to cook after a long drive. I would only consider this campground if you absolutely cannot get a spot inside the park and cannot change your vacation dates. We certainly will not return.
If you had a boat, this might be an acceptable place to stay. For RVs, we weren't very happy with it. Office is listed as open from 8am to 8pm. We arrived at 6:30pm on Monday to a closed office. Our site was cramped in between 2 other RVs (no breathing room between sites). The dump station was at the very back of the site, so our hose would not reach it without us having to park our RV with the rear end blocking the main driveway. Nothing to do at this campground, so you need a tow vehicle to go anywhere or do anything (unless you have a boat). Next morning, office still closed with a sign stating "back at 11am." What really surprised us is that there was no secure way to pay for the site! There was no mail slot leading to the office, and the box outside was not locked, meaning that anyone could pull out your envelope with your payment (check info, etc). This is a huge problem that is easily solved by simply creating a mail slot to the closed office! Our entire stay, the office was closed, so we had no contact or means to reach anyone in charge of the campground. Our phone calls to the office led to an answering machine. Being so close to our neighbors, we could not drive out of the campground from our pull-through site. We had to drive the other direction through the campsite and barely cleared obstacles (like other RVs and vehicles) while leaving.
We stayed here one year, and we used it basically to store our motorhome while we visited relatives nearby. It's just a parking lot on the ocean. The following year, we looked into making reservations again (just to use it to store our RV again), but they were so rude to us, we decided to cancel our efforts. Even knowing we were return customers, they were very rude and unconcerned about getting our business or retaining it.
Pros: Nice walking path, nice waterfront atmosphere (though it's not exceptional by any means), on-site store very convenient and fairly well stocked. Cons: Spaces way too close together (no privacy whatsoever), spaces do not have not enough room (crammed in like sardines). Staff not very friendly. After a long walk to their cafe, we found it to be closed (either closed the day we were there or just very early that day). Sites overpriced. Very rowdy crowd while we were there. Drunks speeding around in golf carts, kids speeding around on bikes. Not comfortable to walk around where RVs are parked. Security was not on top of this behavior. Not good for young children or families who like a courteous RV environment. Probably pretty good for party animals. Overall, we were very disappointed, and we definitely will not be returning.