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07/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a very busy park during the summer. The beach is very nice with a concession stand and lifeguard protection. There are also miles of walking trails in and around the dunes. On a clear day you can see the skyline of Chicago across the lake. The nearby town of Chesterton has many stores and restaurants. There's also a train station at the entrance of the park (with freee parking) that has scheduled service to Chicago. As for the campground itself, the sites are all paved and many are long enough for large fifth wheels. The sites are electric only but there are several water spigots scattered around the park that you can fill up from if you run out. Just be sure to bring a water thief since there are no threads on those spigots. There are also two water fill stations (with threads) as you enter the campground. We were disappointed to see that many large trees have been cut down since our last visit. Perhaps the ash borer is to blame. As a result, many previously shady sites now receive a lot of sun and there's not much privacy between sites (although spacing is OK.) Since this is such a busy park, even on weekdays during the summer most sites are occupied so it has a parking lot look to it with the absence of some of the trees. If you like a social atmosphere with plenty of families, this is the place for you. If you want a more private, secluded, quiet environment, then I recommend the National campground just to the east. Although it has NO hookups, it is very pretty and in a dense forest with a modern restrooms and showers. As for this campground, the restrooms were cleaned daily (the family restroom was closed permanently which is irritating); there are two playgrounds; cell reception is good; TV reception is spotty; there is a campstore open until 9 or 10pm with the basics; sand is everywhere (you're around sand dunes after all); we never saw a Park Ranger drive through but most campers observed quiet hours beginning at 11pm. We would return because of the beach and the park is well run, it's just not the prettiest campground. With all the other families and two playgrounds, our kids had a blast.
05/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very well maintained campground. Bathrooms were exceptionally clean. There was decent separation between the sites as you would expect at an Indiana State Park. The sites are also paved and several are full hookup. The sites themselves were not as long as we'd like. Although they're all listed as 45' long, some seemed a little shorter and some were longer. Do your homework and you might be able to park in front of your rig rather than alongside it. There is no campstore but the town of Charlestown is nearby with groceries, gas, and places to buy firewood. With its proximity to Louisville, KY over the air TV provided many channels clearly and cell / data coverage was strong. The park itself is very large with some very pretty hiking trails that include streams, overlooks, and small waterfalls. We really enjoyed our stay here. One drawback is there is no beach or swimming pool or even a splash pad for the kids. Our kids were playing with a water spigot one day and the host asked them to stop. We understand why but wish there was something to cool off with on a hot day for the kids. Another drawback, as a previous reviewer stated, is the ticks. We found one or two on our kids every day. The grounds are mowed regularly so not sure what else can be done.
10/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
An OK place to overnight during your travels. Just bring what you need because it's basically in the middle of nowhere and there is nothing else at this exit, not even a gas station. The sites are close together (think KOA-style) although there are several mature trees for some sites if you want shade. The site was fairly level. The sewer connection was near the front of the site so you may need a long sewer hose if you have a long camper. The cable TV was bad (only about five channels, very snowy and not high def.) Over the air we received about three stations for a total of about 10 channels. The camp store has extremely limited provisions, just a few cans of soda and that's about it. The owner was friendly enough. The playground is not much, basically a small swing set; however it's in a nice-sized field for the kids to run around in. I would have rated this park a little higher if the restrooms were cleaner. There are three individual rooms with a toilet, sink and shower in each. One room smelled like urine, and all three needed more aggressive cleaning. While the floors and countertops looked like they were cleaned regularly, the back of the entry doors in all three had what appeared to be years of crud that needed to be wiped off. Light fixtures and one countertop were broken. There was also only one hook to hang your things and it was on the other side of the wall alongside the toilet. Basically, it's time for the restrooms to be redone. Also, the sites looked like they could use a little sprucing up. There was dog waste in a couple of spots in our site, the utility pole light was burned out, and some of the sites had markers where the numbers were missing or falling off. I don't mean to make this place sound terrible, because it's not. It's just not as nice as many of the other places we've stayed at. For an overnight it's fine.
10/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is our fourth visit over the past six years and I'm happy to say that it remains a great place to camp. The restrooms and showers are still very clean, the facilities are well maintained, and the beach is beautiful as ever. A few things to mention: The playground equipment was replaced with a crumby swing set and the Wi-Fi was virtually impossible to stay connected to or even find, and we were in a site right next to the restroom where presumably the Wi-Fi antenna was located. These "issues" were hardly that as we will surely return. If they could install sewer connections and concrete slabs for all the sites I would rate it a "10."
10/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a great place to stop overnight. It's just not what I consider a destination park. The sites are very close together (in typical KOA fashion) and it's right next to the interstate so it can be noisy. We were in a site close to the interstate however once inside our camper it wasn't a big deal. The gravel site was mostly level, however I did have to raise one side of the camper up. The sewer connection is near the front of the site so you may need a long sewer hose if you have a long camper (we did.) The Wi-Fi was sometimes unavailable and the cable TV is sub-par (not high def and only about half the channels they advertise.) Fortunately, were were able to receive several channels over the air. Cell phone coverage is excellent. The restrooms and showers were extremely clean and looked very new. There's also a 24 hour laundry and lounge with TV in the shower house building. A nice playground is fenced in next to the shower house. The camp store is well equipped. The staff was friendly. There is a truck stop and Shoney's at the same exit so it's a convenient place to stop. We would not hesitate to stop overnight here again and judging by the number of campers I would recommend reservations.
10/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was our second time staying at Hardin Ridge in three years and we are just as pleased as the first time. The campground has replaced a few more of the shower houses and restrooms with modern buildings that have individual shower stalls and they are all clean. There are still only 13 sites with water hookups, that would be something that could improve. There is also only one playground in the camping area (Blue Gill Loop) as opposed to two in the past. Regardless, this is still a beautiful park. None of the sites back up to each other and are very well separated with dense forest. It seems as though this is an unknown campground because the nearby state facility (Paynetown) had many more campers with a campground that is not nearly as pretty. If you are looking for someplace quiet and truly surrounded by nature, this is a great place to go.
04/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
A very nice park with many nice sites. The entire park is on a peninsula surrounded by Defeated Creek and the Cordell Hull Reservoir. Our site, #75, was a large pull through facing the water. It was a beautiful site and just across the street from the playground. Most of the sites are spacious; however, many of the full hookup sites are rather close together with little or no vegetation between them. Nearly all of the campground is populated with old growth shade trees, but unlike typical COE parks, the only ground cover is mowed grass. It's a nice touch and gives the families plenty of open spaces to use. There are two different playgrounds in the campground itself with another one in a nearby picnic area. The bath house in our loop was dated and not cleaned all too well. We arrived during a busy weekend and noticed cleaning crews there on the following Monday morning but didn't see them again before we left on Friday. The floors were wet literally for a couple of days as though they were cleaned with a garden hose rather than a mop. I don't mean to give the impression that the bathrooms were filthy because they were NOT, I'm just saying that they could have been cleaned better. On the plus side, our bath house had hand soap. There was also a much newer bath house in another loop that couldn't have been more than a couple of years old, so I suspect that the park will be replacing all of them in due time. There is no camp store, but firewood can be purchased just outside the park for a reasonable price, and the nearby town of Carthage has a Super WalMart in addition to another grocery store and a few restaurants. There is also a marina just outside the campground gate that rents pontoon and other boats for a fair price. The folks that own the marina are a nice family and worked hard to earn our money. Our AT&T signal was adequate but was an "off-network" tower so data usage was very limited, and in fact, was turned off by AT&T for my iPhone after I exceeded 100mb in usage. TV signal for over the air was decent; we received approximately 10 channels. We saw a large herd of deer every evening in and around the campground. No racoons though! We would definitely camp here again and would not hesitate to recommend this place to others.
10/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Beautiful campground in a perfect location. Asheville, NC is just a few miles away and you are in the middle of numerous cultural and natural attractions yet in a deep, pretty forest. We stayed in one of the few full hook-up sites. Sites were nicely separated with lots of trees and underbrush. There are also many other sites that have water and sewer only (strange no electricity) and primitive sites. We arrived on a Saturday night and although the place was full it was very quiet. There are many, many hiking and biking trails that leave from or are very close to the campground. While there is no camp store, they do sell ice and bundles of firewood on site. AT&T cell service was very weak at best and usually not available. We received approximately a dozen TV stations with our over the air antenna. The restrooms were new (with the exception of one in the "Hardtimes" loop) and while OK, I was not impressed with the cleaning. Although not filthy by any means, they were clearly not thoroughly cleaned daily, particularly the showers in the "Lakeside" loop. Not a huge deal, but I've seen stronger efforts at other campgrounds. One thing I was surprised to see was hand soap in the bathrooms. What a concept! One other minor complaint is the lack of playground equipment for the children. A few hiccups aside, I would strongly recommend this campground, and will not hesitate to stay here again.
05/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Compared to other C.O.E. parks we have stayed at, Lithia Springs was somewhat of a dissapointment. The main reason was that the sites were small and not level. Perhaps this campground was developed back in the day when most camped with pop-ups or tents, but by today's standards the sites generally had short, narrow pads. Our 26' camper did fit nicely into site #6 (pull-through) but many others were too small. Although the full hook up sites were plenty big enough, there were only eight of them and two were occupied by campground hosts so I'd imagine that obtaining one of these sites would be difficult during busy periods. If you're thinking about reserving a "buddy site" do yourself a favor and just rent two sites side by side. The buddy sites are a joke as they look to be one normal sized site divided in half. The restrooms and showers were fairly clean but old, dark, and dingy. Also, there were only two shower stalls for each loop so that may be an issue as well. There is one playground for the entire park. The equipment is suitable for children 5+ years of age, in my estimation. There is no camp store but the town of Shelbyville is only three miles away and has a Super Wal-Mart and several other shops and restaurants. A generous bundle of firewood can be purchased nearby for $10. Ask the hosts for directions. Speaking of the hosts, we found them to be very friendly and helpful. The park itself is relatively flat with plenty of old growth trees and the beautiful Lake Shelbyville. The park is also pretty quiet with the exception of a distant freight train. If our travels take us to the area again, we will consider staying at Lithia Springs. However, we would not consider this place a destination, but rather a three day relaxation type of getaway, if that makes any sense.
09/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
A very peaceful campground in one of the most beautiful areas of the Great Lakes. All of the sites are paved and equipped with electric only. The sites are nicely separated, some of the best we've seen in any park. I would estimate that the adjacent sites from us were about 75-100 feet away through trees. If you choose wisely, you may be able to secure a site close enough for your water hose to reach one of the water spigots scattered around the park. Some of the sites are less favorable than others because the pads are very short, or the picnic table is far behind the site rather than along side it. We were in site 315; and while it was nicely shaded and had a lengthy pad, a trail ran right behind the pad that separated the front of the site from the picnic table. All day long we had people passing through while hiking the trail. As for the campground itself, it is very, very quiet with no bright lights at night and also very wooded. The restrooms were cleaned regularly. A shower token purchased at the vending machine at the Ranger Station gets you 3 minutes (you get two tokens for a dollar.) There is no camp store, but there is a self-serve vending trailer that you can purchase firewood from for $5 a bundle. Within walking distance from the campground, however, is a canoe rental / convenience store that has plenty of what you might need from a camp store. If not, larger grocery stores are about 10 miles away in Buelah. Our cell phones worked but with a weak signal, and we were unable to pull in any TV stations (digital or analog.) I saw others that seemed to have some success, so perhaps it was our particular site location that caused the issue. As for getting a site, we booked ours; but the first-come, first-serve loops 1 & 2 were usually half full and also very nice. The least crowded day was a Monday, so that's when I would plan an arrival if you want one of those sites. Sleeping Bear Dunes and the surrounding communities are an amazing natural beauty. The dunes rise nearly 500 feet above lake Michigan and there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails and other activities to enjoy.
07/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very large, spread out campground in the Newton-Stewart State Recreation Area. The nearest town to pick up supplies would be Birdseye, IN. If you want a Super Wal-Mart, then that would be Paoli, IN which is about 25 miles away. There is a campstore on site with basic provisions and a pay phone (cell phone coverage is spotty throughout the park). We were able to receive several TV channels over the air, but mostly at night. The pads are somewhat small; as though the campground was developed back in the days when we all had smaller campers and tents. This is not to say that you can't fit a fifth-wheel, but be sure you pay attention to the site description when making your reservation. The rest of the site is nicely sized not too close to the next door site. As for reservations, it is recommended during the summer. Part of our stay was during the weekend and most of the sites were occupied. Some of the sites are also sloped, but we didn't see any that were extreme. Water spigots are spread throughout the campground but the sites themselves are electric only. Bring a water thief because the spigots are not threaded. The restrooms were very well cleaned. There are also a few playgrounds in the campground. The main attraction here is the reservoir. Patoka lake is the second largest lake in the state. It is HUGE. There are at least three marinas on the reservoir and several boat launches. We saw everything from canoes to houseboats. Much of the lake has unlimited speed limits for those that want to water ski, etc. There is also a nice sandy beach. The water was very warm, I would estimate 80 degrees. A beach house with lockers and showers is also on site, as well as a concession stand. The concession stand was not open the couple of weekdays we were at the beach, perhaps it's open on weekends. In addition to the lake, the Newton-Stewart S.R.A. also has miles of hiking trails, an archery range, and a nature / visitor's center. The facility is many miles across and very hilly and picturesque. Hunting is also permitted in season. This place is probably very pretty in the fall. While at the the facility, visit the Witcliffe Plaza Pizza and Cafe. Good pizza, breakfast, and an impressive bakery also. Very friendly people.
05/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was our second stay at the park in the last year and a half and it is just as beautiful as ever. The campground is still very clean and well maintained. Some of the sites now have concrete pads, which is an improvement over the gravel. With the digital TV, we received approximately 6-8 channels over the air. As of 5/17/10, there is NO OIL on the beach. The only things that keep this place from being a "10" are the lack of sewer hookups and the road noise from S.R. 98. Neither of these issues will keep us from returning. If you want to stay here, make your reservations early as the place books up far in advance.
10/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
A great place to enjoy the great outdoors. The park is 14 miles from the nearest town and is in the middle of nowhere. No city lights, no drone of a nearby interstate, no airplanes constantly flying overhead. The sites were very large (don't believe their limit of 26' campers, we saw plenty of 5th wheels that fit in the sites just fine.) The sites were also well separated. Most of the sites were well shaded with mature trees. There is a beautiful lake that has a spectacular mountain backdrop. The park is in the Cherokee National Forest which is also beautiful. Most sites were not within reach of a water spigot so plan accordingly. The bathrooms were clean but as most federal parks there was no soap at the sinks. Why can't they ever put hand soap out? Surprisingly, we received 8 TV channels with our digital tuner. No cell phone signal, and there is no public phone at the park either. In the event of an emergency, the campground host has a radio they use to contact the Ranger's station. There is also a camp store with a business phone. The camp store was very well stocked with a very nice variety of products considering the remote location of the park. I would really like to go back to this campground; it's a very relaxing and picturesque place to spend some time.
10/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a small, privately owned campground. There is one loop and there are approximately 45 sites total. All sites have full hookups. As others have stated, the owners were extremely friendly yet not intrusive. I really felt that they cared about our stay and appreciated our business. I agree with the previous reviewer; approach the park from the east rather than going through Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. As for the park itself, the sites were too close together for our liking however all the facilities were very well maintained. The Wi-Fi was hit and miss; the cable was pretty weak with only a few channels offered. The restrooms were cleaned fairly well but I wouldn't consider them "spotless." Nonetheless they were clean enough for me. There wasn't much of a camp store but who needs it with Gatlinburg only 13 miles away. I also observed a few other parks in the area and I'm confident that this is one of the best. If we ever go back to the "Gatlinburg zoo", we will most likely stay at this campground.
09/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very peaceful, natural setting. Although sites vary greatly in size, all are nicely spaced from each other affording good privacy. There are several loops; a couple of the loops have no hookups whatsoever. Many of the sites have electric only, however a few also have water hookups. The "White Oak" loop has a new restroom / shower house, and a new restroom / shower house is under construction in the "Pine" loop. The showers are private rooms. The restrooms were clean. There is access to the reservoir with a boat ramp and docks. There are a couple of hiking trails within the park but many more in the area. This is a particularly beautiful part of the state with rolling hills and deep forests. Day and night we found the park to be quiet and very relaxing; even during the weekend when the occupancy rate was higher. Our AT&T cell phone worked well and we received several T.V. stations with our digital TV. There is no camp store however firewood is sold for $5. Nice sized bundle for the price. A super Wal-Mart is approximately 16 miles away in Bloomington. Bloomington is worth a visit for the day with its cultural attractions and numerous unique restaurants.
08/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very clean, well maintained campground. Not too big (only two loops and one spur), and the spur is only for campers that do NOT have pets. We found this to be a nice feature that made for some peace and quiet. Some of the sites are a little closer together than at some other state parks I've been too, but not nearly as close as the typical private campground. Since many of the sites don't have many trees between them (but plenty of trees behind) it may seem a little less private. Also, there were a lot of tent campers that set up on either side of the pad unlike RV campers that only set up on the one side. Regardless, we never felt "too" close to our neighbor. Only 3 of the sites have full hookups; everyone else is electric only. Our site, #60, was adjacent to one of the water spigots so we could easily fill once we were already set up. The campground has laundry facilities ($1.50 a load) and a modest camp store. A fish cleaning station is near the entrance along with a small outdoor theater where movies were shown on the weekend. The park participates in a recycling program which we appreciate. The restrooms and showers were clean and hand soap was provided. There is a nice paved trail just across the street that extends for about 2 miles and leads past a nice beach and an even nicer marina. A small playground sits between the two loops. Our AT&T cell phone worked although the signal was somewhat weak. The nearby town of Geneva on the lake is OK, mainly hot dog and hamburger stands amongst a couple of arcades and summer cottages. It seems the town's best years are far behind it. The nearest grocery store is about 4 miles away in Geneva. The nearest Walmart is about 8 miles away in Madison.
08/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
We were happy with our stay but a little disappointed given all the high rankings on this website. We found the park to be comfortable with nice site separation and privacy. he campground is about 17 miles from the nearest town so it was very quiet. Our site was fairly level with a paved pad. The reasons for our disappointment were: The bathrooms were a little old with no hand soap at the sinks; the toilet paper was left empty, firewood was overpriced at $5 a bundle considering the small amount of tiny logs, the noise policy was not enforced - my neighbor was playing a boom box very loudly for hours on end and didn't stop until I asked them personally. A host was nearby but didn't say anything. There are a few hiking trails, but they have obviously not been maintained in a while; trees had fallen and markings were missing. The bike trail was paved but clearly needs fresh pavement because there were pot holes all over the place. The water level on the lake was so low that the beach didn't exist. The water had retreated so far into the middle of the lake that the beach was a big mud pit. Locals told us that the water is 30 feet low due to a lack of rainfall. If you choose to stay here, know that this is a nice park; we just didn't find it to be as spectacular as others have reviewed it. Make sure that you choose the correct loop. Our loop, the Fawn loop was pretty peaceful (after the radio was shut down) as was the Bear loop. The other two loops at the water were very loud with large groups of campers partying late into the night. Looked fun, but not so fun if you're not part of the group and just want some peace and quiet. We would probably stay here again if our travels take us to this part of the country, but we have stayed at others places that we feel where better.
10/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
We haven't even left the campground yet and I'm thinking about when we can come back. The campsites are nicely spaced, with thick underbrush and scrub oak and pine trees seperating you from your neighbor. None of the vegetation offers much shade, so be sure to have an awning extended if you don't like sitting in the direct sunlight. The site itself is cleaned prior to your arrival by park staff; ours looked like we were the first ones to ever use it. The site surface is crushed stone and required very little levelling of the camper. The restrooms are cleaned daily and smell good. The loops are not very big (which gives it a private feel) and the roads are paved. There is a small gift shop at the gate where you can buy limited provisions. A Super Wal-Mart is directly accross the street with a Super Target about a mile down the road. The highway that the park is on, S.R. 98, is jam packed with restaurants and stores. This is definitely a tourist town. The best feature of this place is that you have access to a private beach. A path leads directly from the campground to the beach, and the beach is only available to people at the park. Consequently, it was never crowded. We rarely saw more than a dozen or so people. The sand is very soft and white, it reminds me of the beach in Cancun. The water is a beautiful, clear emerald color. Hats off to the park staff and the state of Florida for offering such a clean, gem of a park. Nice!
09/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Some of the things we liked about this park were the FULL hookups (most state parks only have electricity and maybe water), the size of the sites (although other state parks have sites that are a little more separated), and the quiet environment. We could hear I-65 occasionally, but it was far enough away that sometimes you wouldn't hear it at all. Since this place is less than four years old, many of the trees in the Spruce campground don't offer much shade, but they're tall enough and dense enough to give nice privacy if you get the right site. A few sites are "buddy sites" meaning that they are completely open to the site next to them so be sure to know what you want before you make a reservation. The meadow campground is electric only with NO shade whatsoever, the point is you're surrounded by native meadow grass. It's pretty with nice, open views but there is no privacy. There is a HUGE playground that will keep kids busy for a while. The campground Host was VERY nice and helpful, but not intrusive. Firewood was available for $5 a large bundle. There is no camp store, but Lafayette isn't too far away. There are no laundry facilities. My AT&t cell phone had great reception. The shower house had three normal showers and one ADA shower stall. The showers were OK but could use a little more aggressive cleaning. Flush toilets were clean. There was also a pit toilet closer to the Spruce campground. There is a bike trail that is approximately three miles long, and a couple of hiking trails as well. Also in the park you will find a working 1920's era farm with crops and livestock. Admission is included with your entry fee to the park. While we were there, ground was being cleared for a nature center with a scenic overlook. Future plans also call for a swimming pool and family cabins as well as some more bike paths and hiking trails. With these additions, this place will surely become more popular.
07/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
The best thing this place has going for it is its location and natural setting in the woods. Beyond that, it needs some work. We enjoyed having a quick drive to Duluth and other area attractions. We also enjoyed sitting at our site among the trees and usually only hearing wildlife, although occasionally you could hear the distant hum of I-35. The facilities themselves are in need of upgrades and care. First, the utilities for most sites are on the wrong side of the camper, forcing you to run your electric and water across the site and underneath the camper. Several sites are unlevel and in some cases too close to their neighbors (while others enjoyed a lot of separation.) Be sure to know the layout of your site before booking as some are so close together that they are really only meant for group camping with one camper backed in, one pulled in. Even more sites were so small that only a tent would fit, let alone your car- and I'm not referring to the walk-in sites either! It's almost as though the sites were put anywhere space could be found and without the needs of campers in mind. There are bright streetlights that are left on 24-7 (so much for being "green") and are annoying at night when you're trying to watch the stars. Some of the lights are burned out (lack of maintenance) which was fortunate for us since one was right at the front of our site. The front office was hardly ever open so if you need firewood or other basic supplies, expect to go in town. The dump station was difficult to use because the road was lower than the drain; I had to constantly raise my sewer hose up and down in order to empty the tanks. Our biggest disappointment was with the bathrooms. They were clearly NOT cleaned on a regular basis as we observed the same trash (whiskers, toothpaste, hair) in the sinks and showers for several days before they were cleaned. The shower curtains themselves were stained with black mold. There was no hand soap or any way to dry your hands. We watched the cleaning lady one day sweep out the restrooms (not mop) while her car was running, so that shows you how much attention was paid to maintaining the bathrooms. Overall we were disappointed. This place could be so much more if it was maintained better and some of the sites were reworked. It's really a shame because if they did make the improvements, it would be one of the nicest places around in a beautiful part of our country. Too bad.
07/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
We stayed here while visiting the twin cities. Overall, a good experience. The campsites in the water / electric section are pull through and pretty spacious with good separation. I would estimate that the sites are at least 50' apart in most cases with trees scattered throughout for privacy. The electric only sites seem to have smaller pads and in some cases are closer together than the water / electric sites. The primitive sites in the woods were very private but only big enough for tents. The bathroom was clean however the showers were looking a little old and probably in need of new floors. There is firewood available in the campground or at the office for $4. It's probably the most quality firewood I've received for that price. A good deal. The campground host was very friendly and helpful but not intrusive. There are several walking trails throughout the park and some are paved. The beach was clean although it's a river so no telling what the water conditions are or what's floating by the day you want to swim. There is also a boat launch. I don't know that I would classify this park as a destination itself for more than a weekend, but it's a great place to use as a base while you explore the area.
05/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Our favorite thing about this park was the site size and separation. Even the sites in the inside of the loops had nice privacy. We really felt like we were in the great outdoors. The bathrooms were cleaned at least twice a day in our loop by the host. The host was very friendly and even gave us some firewood to use on our first night since we we had none and arrived after we were able to purchase it at the front booth. The surrounding area is very picturesque with many hiking trails and water activities on Cave Run lake. There is a public laundry room and camp store at the beach; firewood can be purchased at the front booth for $5.80; it's a typical sized bundle. While our loop (reserved sites) was just fine, we found many of the non-reservable sites to be very pretty. Our At&T cell phones had strong reception. The nearest grocery shopping is about 15 miles away in Morehead, KY where you will find several large chain grocery stores and restaurants. A couple of items that could be improved- there are no playgrounds anywhere within the campground; some loops only have one shower house / restroom building and the building only has one shower stall in it. This might be an issue during the busy season. There is also no soap dispenser at the restroom sinks. Some of the pavement looks like it needs to be resurfaced. Overall these are minor complaints, no reason to pass this place up. We will happily return.
10/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
This place is a good example of the difference between common site separation in a state park campground versus that in a private campground. Many of the sites here are well separated, particularly those on the outside of a loop. Some of the private campgrounds we've been too have sites so close together that you can practically reach out your window and touch your neighbor. I hate that! Not a problem here. The park has nice paved roads, clean restrooms that are no more than a short walk from any particular site, and plenty of trees and playgrounds. While the sites only have electrical hookups, there are plenty of water spigots in the campground that puts most sites within a hose length or two. A few sites now have 50 amp service. There is no camp store, but they do sell firewood and ice at the gate house. The nearby town of New Harmony is nice to visit but doesn't really have any place to pick up groceries or supplies. For that you'll have to travel about 12 miles south to Mt. Vernon, IN. This is an Indiana State Park that is not as crowded as some of the others, making it more peaceful.
07/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
In many ways, this was the nicest campground we've ever stayed at. I honestly didn't want to leave. First and foremost- the sites. The site separation and privacy rivals or exceeds that of many state parks we've been to. Our site was surrounded by pine trees and we could just barely make out the outline of the campers next to us looking through the trees. One complaint I have about campgrounds, even the really nice ones, is that they pack you in like sardines. This is most definitely NOT the case at Wagon Trial. The sites are very large and well separated. The site was completely level and spacious; no trees directly overhead so you can enjoy the beautiful night sky. It gets VERY dark here at night. There are very few lights. Most have probably never seen so many stars as you'll see here. It was SO QUIET, even during the day. The campground is located in northern Door County, so you're past the activities of a little further south. However, the drive to the attractions of Sister Bay, Ephraim, Fish Creek, etc. was only a short ride away. The facilities: the bathrooms are hotel quality clean. Staff cleans them at least twice a day. The showers are private and include a body soap dispenser in case you forgot your own soap. I thanked one of the workers for keeping the bathrooms so clean and he said that the owners make sure they have anything they need to keep the bathrooms spotless. Bravo. The camp store has the necessities; a bundle of 12 pieces of firewood is $4.75; there's a laundry room, game room with some video games and a pool table, an adult game room that has some books, puzzles, and comfortable chairs; a fish-cleaning station, volleyball net, horseshoes, tucked-away benches to just sit and enjoy nature and its beauty. Also some hiking trails that leave right from the campground. The grounds are meticulously landscaped with beautiful flower gardens and trimmed & watered grass. My cell phone didn't work to well at my site, but it worked just fine up at the main building. The only reason I didn't give this place a "10" was because I don't think anything is perfect, and a "10" to me constitutes perfect. If I could improve one thing about Wagon Trail Campground, it would be that they add a swimming pool, but seriously, they don't need one to keep me coming back.
05/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very nice and quiet park. There is no major roadway nearby and we never heard any airplanes flying overhead so if you like to hear nature only you will enjoy this park. The campsites had long driveways and level pads; those surrounding the bathhouse were completely paved. Site separation was also nice, I would estimate 75 feet. The bathhouse was very clean and had a laundry room. The camp store was only a small room in the park office with very few provisions and no cold food other than ice cream. With the nearest grocery store many miles away, come prepared. There is nothing more than a couple of convenience stores in nearby Bee Spring. Firewood could be purchased at the office and they deliver it to your site. Very friendly Staff. We visited nearby Mammoth Cave National Park for more hiking trails (Nolin Lake only had one trail) and other activities. Cave City is a little further away and offers plenty of tourist traps and kid friendly attractions. I would recommend this park if you are interested in truly getting away. Our Cingular cell phones didn't even work in the park.
08/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
Overall, a very nice park. The only complaint we have is that some of the sites are a little too close together. Most are large enough to extend your awning without hitting your neighbor's slides; but some of them offer very little privacy. We stayed at site 40 and had a good amount of room on our awning side, but site 39 next to us was very cramped and we felt sorry for them. Otherwise, the place was spotless, the hot tub was actually a little too warm for our taste but the pool was heated just right; and the customer service was excellent. We left our trash at the curb at various times of the day and it was always picked up within minutes. The activities center showed movies and had inexpensive breakfast and pizza on certain days. The camp store was modest but seemed to have what you might need. Firewood was $5 a bundle that lasted us about two nights. The park is very well landscaped and maintained. While some may consider $50 a night a bit much, you have to consider what you get. Clean, modern facilities with many activities and amenities. We stayed at a state park for a couple days prior and paid $32 a night once you factor in Michigan's daily entry fee and online "Reservation Fee" they charge you. Furthermore, the sites were just as close together and not level and paved like they are at Petoskey KOA. Furthermore, there was no comparison on the cleanliness of the restrooms. The state parks restrooms were mediocre; Petoskey KOA's were hotel room clean. I think the extra money was worth it! Just be willing to accept the fact that some of the sites are not very large if you choose to stay here. Great family park.
06/2006
rating [ 6/10 ]
We stayed here in June 2006. We found the campground to be in need of updates. The sites were closer together than any other Indiana state park that we've been to, and we've been to over a dozen. The roads were very narrow and made it a little difficult to maneuver your camper into the site. Our site was O.K., but not too level and the pad was at a 90 degree angle to the road. The restrooms are old and there is no soap or hot water to wash your hands with; the showers are also old and didn't appear very clean. I don't believe that cleaning is lax; rather I think the facilities are old enough that no amount of cleaning is going to make them presentable. The playgrounds had virtually no equipment. There was a note explaining that some would be coming soon. The camp store was well stocked; firewood was reasonable ($3.50 for 8-10 decent size pieces.) The scenery was nice, but with so many campers crammed into a relatively small area, it's clear to us that there are nicer state parks to stay in Indiana.
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