08 Nov

Campground Review #106 Eureka Jellystone Park Resort at SixFlags near St. Louis, Missouri

On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, Kerri Cox reviews the Eureka Jellystone Park Resort at SixFlags, which is located near St. Louis, Missouri.

This Jellystone wears a few hats, offering a great urban basecamp for exploring the great city of St. Louis and also providing a fun place to stay while visiting SixFlags theme park just next door. Throw in a pool, mini golf course, and tons of recreational activities and you wind up with a fantastic campground option near St. Louis, Missouri.

Campground Details

This Jellystone Resort is in the town of Eureka, Missouri just about 20 minutes southwest of downtown St. Louis. It’s a good sized campground and offers a ton of cabin options if you are looking to visit without an RV. Kerri’s favorite thing about this Jellystone was how wooded it was, hosting a great canopy of trees even though it’s located in an urban area.

Expect to find smaller site sizes at this Jellystone, since the focus is on the amenities and activities offered throughout the rest of the park. Sites at the front of the park are smaller, but place you in the heart of the action. For more privacy, you may want to check out the area at the back of the park where guests will find water and electric sites. Of course, if you have a bigger rig, you will want to make sure you rig will easily fit before booking.

One of the best features of the Eureka Jellystone is that it provides a great location for extended family or friends to gather and vacation together even if they don’t all own RVs. Tent sites, deluxe cabins, and RV sites are clustered together and make it easy to plan a group get together.

Campground Amenities and Activities

Kerri was very happy to report that the campground amenities were all recently updated and very well maintained. Her family enjoyed time at the pool, and had a few rounds of competitive mini golf. We didn’t get a straight answer about who came out as the winner…

Other campground amenities and activities include:

  • playground
  • shuffleboard
  • sand volleyball court
  • game room
  • snack bar
  • weekly themed activity schedule

Regional Attractions

Kerri’s family always enjoys a visit to St. Louis, and she stresses how affordable this city is, providing plenty of free attractions like the zoo for visitors on a budget. Kerri’s favorite place is the City Museum, and she also recommends the Gateway Arch, the Forest Park area, and Busch Stadium.

During this visit, the Cox family discovered some amazing food finds and we got seriously hungry listening to her talk about Gioia’s Deli and the Missouri Baking Company.

Check out Kerri’s own blog post about the Eureka Jellystone over on Travels with Birdy, and you can also find more recommendations for the area if you are planning a visit!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

18 Oct

Campground Review #103 Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota Near Mt. Rushmore

Mount Rushmore is a HUGE RV destination and there is no shortage of campgrounds in the area. On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, Janine Pettit reviews the Blue Bell Campground in Custer State Park, nestled in the Black Hills of beautiful South Dakota. This campground is under an hour away from the Mount Rushmore National Monument.

Custer State Park was only one of the twenty campgrounds that Janine visited on her grand National Parks tour this past summer. You can hear more about her epic RV journey on episode #96 of the Girl Camper podcast.

Campground Details

There are multiple campgrounds in Custer State Park, but on this episode we focus on Blue Bell Campground, where Janine stayed during her visit. You can find a complete list of the campgrounds along with reservation information and individual campsite photos on the State Park website.

Blue Bell Campground has only about 25 campsites with electric hookup, so visitors should book as far in advance as possible to guarantee a spot. The sites cost $25 per night and there is a dump station at the state park for camper use.

The campground is scenic and quiet, plus it features some of the best comfort stations that Janine has ever seen. Seriously, she raves about the bathrooms on this episode.

Custer State Park Activities

Custer State Park is amazing and has wonderful outdoor opportunities for campers. The legendary wildlife loop has some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the country, and folks just love the burros that beg to be fed by visitors. The Needles Highway is also a must see scenic drive within the park. Other highlights include…

  • Trail rides
  • Chuckwagon cookouts
  • ranger programs
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • fishing

Regional Activities

Of course, there one big reason many people come to the Black Hills of South Dakota…Mount Rushmore is less than an hour’s drive from Custer State Park, so this is a great option for camping near the iconic national monument. Other regional attractions include:

If you want to find out more about other great options for camping near Mount Rushmore, check out episode #49, which has a review of nearby Rafter J Bar Ranch. It will probably be a tough decision to make after hearing our two correspondents RAVE about them both!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

27 Sep

Top 10 Campground Reviews from the Campground of the Week Podcast

For the 100th episode of the Campground of the Week Podcast, we decided to look back and share the 10 most popular campground reviews from the show. When we looked back at the download numbers, the top reviews were a great mix of resort, national parks, and state parks from locations all around the country.

You can listen to us chat about the top 10 most popular campgrounds on episode #100 of Campground of the Week.

A huge thank you to all our campground correspondents for bringing such great RV and camping content to the RVFTA community!

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Here’s to another 100 campground reviews!

We’ll see you at the campground,

Stephanie + Jeremy

30 Aug

Campground Review #96 Whispering Hills Jellystone Park in Big Prairie, Ohio

Whispering Hills Jellystone Park is a beautiful campground retreat located just about an hour and a half southwest of Cleveland,  in Big Prairie, Ohio. This campground manages to offer all the greatest aspects of a Jellystone Park (family-friendly activities and amenities galore) while still feeling peaceful and relaxing. The entire family truly enjoyed our time here this summer.

Whispering Hills has been in business for quite some time, but only recently rebranded to a Jellystone Park. They have fully embraced the model, offering on-site food, pool, jumping pillows, and a full calendar of scheduled activities. We highly suggest reserving in advance if you are visiting on the weekend. Weekdays seemed to be much quieter, even during the summer peak season.

Campsite Details

Pull thrus and back in sites are available, but you will want to look at a campground map to see what area of the campground would suit your family best. Listen to this episode to hear our thoughts on the different campsite locations. We also talk about seasonal sites and cabin accommodations at the Whispering Hills Jellystone. Expect sites to run from $42-$82 depending on a number of different variables.

Campground Activities and Amenities

This is the type of Jellystone that appeals to all guests no matter what their age. The very youngest children, teens, and adults will find plenty to appreciate at Whispering Hills. We particularly liked the emphasis on recreation with two Gaga ball pits, mini golf, and a beautiful frisbee golf course. Other amenities include…

  • pool
  • jump pillow and jump pad
  • food service
  • arcade
  • corn maze
  • basketball
  • volleyball
  • outdoor theater
  • fishing
  • dog park
  • nature cabin

A full schedule of activities is available seven days a week during the summer season and includes pool games, bingo, crafts, and karaoke.

Although we were reluctant to even leave the campground during our stay, guests might want to wander into downtown Wooster while visiting Whispering Hills. We got a cup of coffee at Templeton Scottish Bakery and Coffee House, shopped at Books in Stock, and got a glowing recommendation for Broken Rocks Cafe and Bakery.

Listen to Campground of the Week episode #96 to hear more of our recommendations for visiting Whispering Hills Jellystone and the surrounding area. And check out our Facebook Live tour of the campground during our stay…

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Stephanie + Jeremy

12 Jul

Campground Review #87 Wanderlust RV Park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox of TravelswithBirdy.com reviews Wanderlust RV Park in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

Eureka Springs became a popular destination in the 1880s when people flocked from all around to experience the supposed healing power of the springs. Today visitors can enjoy many historic buildings from this time period, including Victorian houses and the Crescent Hotel.

Campground Details

Wanderlust RV Park is a wonderful base camp for exploring this area. This is a Good Sam park and enjoys the status of having  excellent ratings: 9.5/9.5/10. When reading reviews of this park, you will repeatedly hear people reference the friendliness of the staff and cleanliness of the park.

The campground has over 85 full hook up sites, half being pull thru and half being back in. Other amenities include:

  • Pool
  • Laundry facilities
  • Social Pavilions
  • WiFi

Wanderlust RV Park is located just three miles from downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It is conveniently located along the “Blue Route” and guests can catch the Trolley for a ride right into town.

Regional Attractions

Regional Dining

Don’t forget to check out Kerri’s recommendations for nearby Bentonville, a must visit when exploring this area!

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Stephanie + Jeremy

10 May

Campground Review: Echo Bluff State Park in the heart of the Ozarks, Missouri

On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, Kerri Cox of travelswithbirdy.com shares a review of Missouri’s newest developed state park campground at Echo Bluff State Park. The Missouri State Park system did an amazing job of creating a top notch campground in the heart of the Ozarks National Scenic Riverways Region. Listen to episode #80 to hear a complete review of Echo Bluff State Park campground in Missouri.

Echo Bluff State Park offers 72 campsites at the Timbuktu Campground. The sites have fresh concrete pads and plenty of space, but be forewarned that there is very little shade coverage, so you will probably need good AC during the warmer months. Kerri also describes top-notch tent sites and cabin options, as well as a beautiful lodge that offers a hotel, restaurant, and camp store.

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15 Dec

Campground Review #59: Beaver Creek State Park in East Liverpool, Ohio

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, Janine Pettit of GirlCamper.com gives us a campground review of Beaver Creek State Park in East Liverpool, Ohio.

Beaver Creek State Park is located just miles from the western Pennsylvania border in eastern Ohio, so this is a great campground to visit if you are traveling across Route 80. Beaver Creek State Park offers easy access to Pittsburgh and Youngstown as well.

Beaver Creek State Park is the perfect opportunity to do some ‘real’ camping, as the majority of sites are primitive and the the campground only offers pit toilets. Listen to the episode to hear Janine describe both her nervousness about visiting and her experience roughing it. There are not even any showers at Beaver Creek State Park…however, the camp host will warm up some water in a solar bag so you can enjoy rinsing off at the end of  the day.

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The campground uses ReserveAmerica.com to handle reservations, and in addition to about 50 campsites for tenters and RVers, there is also an entire section reserved for visitors trailering horses. The campsites vary in size and length, so make sure you check that information before booking a site.

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24 Nov

Campground Review #56 Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Indiana

On episode #56 of Campground of the Week, Melissa and Matthew Kellas review Indiana Dunes State Park in Chesterton, Indiana, just about 45 miles east of Chicago, Illinois.

In fact, if you are looking to visit Chicago, this base camp might offer the best of both worlds–a remote, natural setting with easy access to one of our country’s most dynamic cities.

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Indiana Dunes State Park is also a great alternative to camping at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Dunewood Campground) just up the road. Dunewood Campground only has primitive sites and they are all first come/first serve. At Indiana Dunes State Park, you are just minutes away from the National Lakeshore and you can reserve electric sites–even 50 amp!!!–in advance. Plus the state park is open year round.

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06 Oct

Campground Review #49 Rafter J Bar Ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota near Mount Rushmore

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On this podcast episode of Campground of the Week, we are so excited to share Kerri Cox’s review of Rafter J Bar Ranch in the Black Hills of South Dakota, just minutes away from Mount Rushmore.

Kerri explains why Rafter J Bar Ranch might just be her favorite campground ever. Yes, that’s right…EVER. The tall pine trees, scenic views, and lovely amenities won her family over during their stay in the Black Hills.

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This campground has an unusual feature though–there are 6 distinct campsite areas, and it is important to know the differences so you chose the best one for your family. Kerri describes all the areas in detail, so listen before you book:

  • Main Camp
  • Base Camp
  • Line Camp
  • Ranch Camp
  • The Island
  • Lower Ranch Camp

Kerri also discusses some of the highlights of the grounds, including the hiking and biking trail that runs adjacent to the campground. Add in a lovely pool, solid bathhouses, and full hook ups and we understand why Kerri is gaga for the Rafter J Bar Ranch.

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Even though you could while away your days at Rafter J Bar Ranch, this campground is located in the heart of a bucket-list RV destination, the Black Hills of South Dakota. Guests are within minutes of:

If you are planning a trip to Mount Rushmore (now or in the distant future) you have to listen to this review of the Rafter J Bar Ranch in South Dakota. It may just become your favorite campground ever as well.

Also head over to travelswithbirdy.com and check out Kerri’s blog posts on the campground and surrounding region!

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22 Sep

Campground #47 Streetsboro/Cleveland SE KOA near Cleveland, Ohio

img_9722On this week’s Campground of the Week episode, Stephanie and Jeremy review the Streetsboro/Cleveland SE KOA about 30 miles outside of Cleveland, Ohio.

This campground is a peaceful and quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the greater Cleveland area. The number of seasonal sites indicates that many people use this campground as a weekend getaway spot during the spring, summer, and fall months. But it is also a lovely place to stay if you are passing through the area and want to explore Cleveland.

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