Jellystone Park at Dog Wood Valley-Mount Gilead, Ohio
Campground and Resort
Great For Kids of All Ages
This is such a cute campground, especially if you are traveling with young children or grandchildren. We would recommend staying in the 200’s section overlooking the lake. We were in site 205! Would totally recommend this site, it was beautiful. The camp store is large and loaded with grocery items, souvenirs and camping supplies. You can rent your own golf cart to ride around the park. Free water activities such as the peddle boats and canoes are available and they have a swimming pool and a huge water slide and trampoline/bouncer in the lake. There are numerous daily activities scheduled also. Of the many Jellystone Parks around the USA, but so far this has been my favorite! http://www.columbusjellystone.com
Up The Creek RV Park-Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Full Hook-Up, No Public Facilities
This is our go to spot for when we want to go to the Smokey Mountains. Up the Creek RV Park is a beautiful little RV park with many of it’s sites being creek front. This is a full hookup RV park. No tents are allowed. There are no public facilities or showers. It is pet friendly and there is a little fenced in dog park to let your fur baby run. https://www.upthecreekrvcamp.com
Mount Gilead State Park-Mount Gilead, Ohio
Size Really Doesn’t Matter
This is one of the smaller state parks in Ohio, but it is our favorite. It is quiet and the very tall trees are absolutely beautiful. Most of the campsites are nestled back into the trees, so plenty of spaces to set up your hammocks. You can paddle just down the hill from the campground and the kayak/canoe launch is directly in front of a parking lot, so no carrying your boat a long time before getting into the water. There is a little camp store at the front of the campground where you can pick up necessary items that you may have forgotten. This is our “go to” for impromptu weekend trips. http://parks.ohiodnr.gov/mountgilead
Ohio Pyle State Park-Ohio Pyle, Pennsylvania
Very Nice Sites
Ohio Pyle is a beautiful area located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. One of the main attractions of this area is the Youghiogheny River Gorge. It is 14 miles (23 km) of river separated into the lower, middle and upper “Yough”. Our rafting experience on “The Yough” was amazing. Check out our review at https://rv-camping-adventures.com/adventure-reviews/ to find out all about it!
There are several waterfalls throughout the park with the most popular being “Cucumber Falls”. The hiking is absolutely beautiful with so many amazing landscapes. The park is almost 20,000 acres. So, there is no way you can see everything in one trip. But, the beauty of this place will keep you coming back again and again. https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/OhiopyleStatePark/Pages/default.aspx
Off The Trail Vacation Rentals and Campground-Attica, Indiana
Campground, Cabins and Off Road Park
Strictly Utilitarian RV Park
Our JEEP off roading trip took us to a small town in Indiana called Attica. There really is not much at all in this town. A few restaurants, gas stations, Country Market Grocery Store, Family Dollar, Dollar General and a small hotel called the Attica Inn……that’s about it! Oh, I almost forgot, terrible cell/wifi service. We stayed at the Campground part of this property as it was on the same property as the Bad Lands Off Road Park where we would be Jeepin’ for the weekend. Adjacent to the camping area there was a section with about 5 cabins that people could rent. This campground was strictly utilitarian. So, it was a place to park and hook up and that is about it.
A little Disorganized
The store at the front of the park did not have regular hours, so when we arrived at 4 pm on a Thursday they were closed and we had to check in at the off road park. They did not open until late in the afternoon the next day and then they were open until after 11pm when we returned. The campground was under separate management, so the off road park did not know much about the store hours or operation. I guess they just helped get campers checked in as needed.
Mediocre at Best
This campground offered a car wash for your JEEP/Razor after off roading, but the timer was for only about 4 minutes and charged $2. It did not even clean 2 wheel wells. Needless to say, although we would recommend the off road park (see my adventure review), we would not recommend staying at this campground. It was mediocre at best.
Yough Lake Campground at Tub Run-Confluence, PA
Fabulous Place to Camp
The boys went on their rafting trip back to Ohio Pyle PA and stayed at the Yough Lake Campground at Tub Run owned by Laurel Highlands. This trip included my husband Sean and our sons Nick, Cullen and Aidan. This campground far exceeded their expectations. When they arrived at the site they called to tell me just how beautiful the site was. I always study the sites online to look for the ones with the most trees and water if possible. The boys were on Creekside Site #17! I would totally recommend this campground and the specific site.
Look Before You Book
There are 2 sections to the Campground. One area has lake sites and the other creek sites. Make sure to look at your sites online prior to booking because there are sites in the middle of the campground that are “no frills”. These sites are just pull throughs on concrete slabs. They are great for those just passing through, but for those who plan to stay a while…. not so much. Check them out! https://www.laurelhighlands.com/yough-lake-campground-tub-run/
Silver Lake State Park, Mears Michigan
The beginning of August took us to Silver Lake State Park in Mears Michigan. The main purpose of this trip was to take our JEEP to the sand dunes to PLAY! We chose the state park for it’s proximity to the dunes and the lake. The state park has 2 sides. There is one side that is close to the lake with some of the sites immediately behind the beach. The other side of the park, where we stayed has some nice spots, but there was also an entire line of spots that were directly against a fence that faced the road. We had the misfortune of getting one of these sites. When I looked at the campsite map while booking, it appeared that the road was actually just a driveway. As a result, we did not realize that this was a main road. With the Silver Lake area being an ATV town, we had the lovely sounds of dune buggies, huge mud tires and souped up vehicles of all kinds racing very loudly down the road until about 10pm.
The other thing that we noticed about Silver Lake State Park was that the electric boxes were on the wrong sides. When you pulled up to the site, you better have had a very long extension cord or be able to park sideways in your site to hook to electric. We probably would not stay at the state park again, but certainly would go back for the dunes. Check out our August adventure review on the sand dunes. https://rv-camping-adventures.com/adventure-reviews/
- Coming Soon…….Huntington Beach State Park- Murrell’s Inlet, South Carolina
- Coming Soon…….Indian Lake State Park- Lakeview, Ohio
- Coming Soon…….Kelley’s Island State Park- Kelley’s Island, Ohio