Rustic Barn campground is more suited for tent campers than RV’s. The owner is bit of a wise guy and is a master at giving you as little as possible. While advertising that his pull through sites are 80’ long what he doesn’t tell you is that they are SO narrow you can’t fully extend an awning. He staggers campers to allow a little room, but when it gets crowded it gets really tight. Next thing he doesn’t tell you is that there is no sewer hookup. When asked about it he advises that “good water management doesn’t need it”. Well, good campground management would provide it. To offset the lack of sewer he offers a “honey wagon” service for $8, but only on two specified days. There is one public dump and as might be expected it gets crowded as people are checking out. After waiting in line you find out that the only water supply at the dump is a little squirter. There’s no hose hook up to allow you to flush your holding tank. To insure you use only HIS firewood, if you want a fire ring you have to ask for it. WiFi did not work for us. Not having a sewer hookup I was forced to use his showers. Large, but dirty with hair accumulation in the corners. I planned on staying four days but checked out after two. With the exception of electricity Walmart offers just as much without charging you.
A large, full featured campground far enough from the highway to be secluded and quiet yet easily accessible, Carthage Gap is nestled in the middle of some great Southeast Ohio motorcycle roads (the reason for our visit). My ‘Big Rig’ is a 40 Motor Coach towing a 28’ trailer and Carthage Gap made it easy. Site was large, fairly level, had all the hook ups, fire ring, and picnic table. I had asked for a site that would allow my satellite receiver to work and they obliged. We called first and arrived after 10:00 PM. The owner waited for us and escorted us to our site. They were friendly and helpful and suggested a few really nice roads for my motorcycle. We planned on staying three nights and extended to four because it was that nice. We didn’t use the bathroom or showers so I can’t comment on them. The only negative comment I can make, and I’m really being picky here, is that the road in is only one lane. It never posed a problem, but I’d hate to think what happens if two big rigs, with TOADS met in opposite directions. I would not let that stop me from returning and do in fact plan to return.
Ozark View RV Park is an absolute delight and one the nicest parks we’ve stayed in. It is located close enough to the main highway to be easily accessible, yet far enough to be secluded and quiet. Finding a park that can accommodate a 40’ motorhome towing a 25’ trailer can be difficult sometimes. When I called Ozark View, host cheerfully answered all of my questions, said he could easily fit us in, and offered that he had several spots available so I could take my time deciding. I like that honest, no pressure approach. We originally planned on arriving around 10:00 PM, but were delayed and finally arrived at 11:00 PM. We had called host to keep him informed and he waited up for us to personally escort us to our site. The site was perfect. Considerably larger than most sites, fully equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and all the utilities. It was shaded, yet allowed the satellite receiver a clear view of the sky. When we awoke the next morning it got even better. The park is situated on a bluff overlooking a beautiful valley, providing a serene setting ideal for camping. As we unloaded the motorcycles and began preparing for the day, the owners, showed up on a golf cart to make sure everything was satisfactory. During the conversation they suggested several roads that would be great riding, and also offered some good places for lunch and scenic stops. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ozark View and by the time we left felt we had become friends with the owners. We will not only return there, we’ll go out of our way to stay there again; it was that nice.