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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See you at the campground!

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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See you at the campground!

Stephanie + Jeremy

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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09 Jun

Campground #31 Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park, Illinois

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, Matthew and Melissa Kellas review one of their favorite home state retreats, Rock Cut State Park in Loves Park, Illinois. This peaceful campground offers a great combination of back to nature experiences and easy access to fun local activities. Plus, it’s open year round!

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02 Jun

Campground #30 Tall Pines Campground in Branson, Missouri

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On this week’s episode of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox of TravelswithBirdy.com, tells us about Tall Pines Campground in Branson, Missouri. This peaceful campground offers plenty of natural beauty while simultaneously offering easy access to nearby Branson, a bustling tourists’ mecca full of t-shirt and fudge shops.

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21 Apr

Campground #24 Bella Vista Village RV Park near Bentonville, Arkansas

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On this episode of Campground of the Week, our Midwest Correspondent Kerri Cox is going to convince you to put Arkansas on your RV trip bucket list. Kerri gives a great review of the Bella Vista Village RV Park, a unique and exclusive campground located in a planned community. You need to be a member of the community or a Good Sam Club member to reserve a site at this location.

Kerri describes why this campground is the perfect base camp for exploring nearby Bentonville, Arkansas, the city where Sam Walton opened his first store. Bentonville has experienced a boom of growth over the past few years and its restaurants, breweries, and boutiques make this a fantastic downtown to visit.

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03 Mar

Campground #17: Bennett Spring State Park, Missouri

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On Episode #17, our Midwestern correspondent Kerri Cox gives an in-depth review of Bennett Spring State Park, Missouri. She explains why this location offers her family the “classic campground experience”.

Located in the southern part of the state, 12 miles away from the town of Lebanon, Bennett Spring State Park is a popular regional destination offering fly fishing, canoeing, and plenty of hiking trails.

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Kerri describes the different campground areas (1-5) and gives recommendations for making a decision on which site to book when you visit. She also describes the other activities and amenities avaialbe at Bennett Springs State Park:

  • Hike to the Natural Bridge
  • Nature Center with scheduled programming
  • Fish hatchery
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Fly fishing (Opening Day is right around the corner!)

Kerri also tells us all about the best area attractions:

To read more about Kerri’s visits to Bennett Spring State Park, check out this blog post at travelswithbirdy.com. And if you have other recommendations for this area, we would love to hear about them in the comments below. Or you can head on over to the RVFTA forums and leave a trip report!

See you at the campground!

 

11 Feb

Campground #14 Covert/South Haven KOA in Covert, Michigan

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On this Campground of the Week episode, Matthew and Melissa Kellas are back on the show with a wonderful camping option in the great state of Michigan.

The Covert/South Haven KOA is located in the southwest corner of Michigan and is just a few miles from the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. The campground features an array of amenities, but Melissa and Matthew particularly loved the wide variety of recreational activities available including a Gaga Ball pit and trampoline basketball court. Another unique highlight? The u-pick blueberry field that greets visitors as they pull into the campground.

The Covert/South Haven KOA is situated in a well-loved vacation destination, and there are many great attractions and activities in the surrounding area:

Listen to the episode for inside details on reserving a site at this fantastic campground. And add any of your own recommendations for the area below in the comments.

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09 Dec

Campground #2 St. Louis West KOA, Missouri

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On Campground of the Week #2, our Midwest Correspondent Kerri Cox is reviewing the St. Louis West/Historic Route 66 KOA, located just 30 minutes outside of St. Louis, Missouri.

This private campground has all of the family-friendly amenities and activities you expect from a KOA, including Check out the Lone Elk park right near the campground to see elk and bison up close.

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