My wife, 2 dogs, and I came with no reservation. They gave us a temporary tag to drive around and see what site we wanted. We ended up going to site 190 which had a decent amount of space to tent camp. The amenities were great. Clean shower and toilets in a well lit building. There is also a dog park with a pond 2 minutes up the road which was great to wear the dogs out at. The only complaint I have is the site was a little close to our neighbor for our liking but we would go back!
Coyahoga Valley NO was our first stop on the planned trip(s) to each NP. What a jewel. Tucked in between Akron and Cleveland, this quiet NP has numerous hiking trails, historic buildings and the remains of the Ohio and Erie Canal. Well worth the side trip or destination.
We chose to hike here on a day where there might be rain…turned out to be the perfect decision as we killed 3 hrs just walking around mostly covered trails. Only one steep hill to climb and it wasn’t bad at all. The views and rock formations were pretty amazing! We will certainly be back for this half day adventure.
We enjoyed our day here. We hiked over 20 miles so not the whole trail. The staff were amazing! Say some big snapper turtles, falcons, loads of birds. We stopped to read the information signs along the way about the locks. We also stopped at some of the farms. On our way back we stopped for a bite in peninsula. It had a huge selection of beer which was nice. Great day in the bike trail. I’d recommend doing it during the week as it is packed on the weekend.
Showed up and wasn’t sure to expect but wow! We had a water view site and it’s perfect! We were at site 58. It was long and skinny so our camper near the road and the fire was 20 yards away. It was a perfect site for us. Some trees provides privacy between sites but also some sites were perfect for groups. Facilities were ideal and very well kept! The lake is busy and very peaceful at the same time. Beach was full so just know you won’t have it to yourself. Great campground!
Pros: It was very easy and fast to check in. We stayed at site #14 and had such a nice view of the lake. There were many sites there that had lovely views. The shower houses were kept pretty clean. They had many shower houses and dumpsters around the campground. Our campsite was also clean upon arrival. There wasn't any trash left behind from previous campers.
Cons: We stayed for 2 nights. Our first night was loud. People were up yelling and listening to loud music until 11:30pm. Quiet time starts at 10:00pm and I dont believe that is strictly enforced. The second night was much better.
Make reservations! (6 months in advance). Waterside sites fill up quickly! Check in is very easy as you pass the camp store on your way in. All campsites have a fire ring and picnic table. West Branch has private, spacious, shady sites. We can launch our kayaks right from our campsite. The shower house and bathrooms are large and clean. There is even a book exchange shelf at the shower house in case of rainy days. The park office loans games and sports equipment to campers. Washers and dryers are also at the shower house. There is an outside sink to wash up dishes. Bring your boat or kayak. There are many inlets to explore or fish. There is a small beach at the campground but a larger one on the other side of the lake. There is a boat launch at the campground. There are playgrounds for the children. An ice cream social is held on Saturday evenings that my children always love to attend. There is a newer dog park near the intersection of Rock Spring and Esworthy roads. There are many scenic hiking trails at West Branch. Bridal trails are located on Esworthy Rd. West Branch is our favorite campground and we make sure to visit every year.
We stayed in site 169 for just one night. We’ve been before and have enjoyed the two other sites we had. This site was chosen for convenience more than what site it was. The campground was packed with tents and campers. Our site was near a small beach so there was a lot of foot and bicycle traffic. You could tell there had been a lot rain as they threw down mulch to cover mud at our site. The drainage ditch stunk a bit and the mosquitoes were alive and hungry. On a happier note, there are great bathrooms with flush toilets, shower rooms, washer and dryers and outside sinks to wash your dishes. We walked around to check out other sites and the ones by the lake were very nice. We marked a few to remember for another time. You really need to know your sites or you may be very close to your neighbors.
My first time at this campground that used to be a state park and now the metro park has taken it over. It’s small with only 29 sites and 6 of those have electric. We stayed in site 22 with electric. We were surrounded by pine trees along the banks of a 800-acre reservoir. Lots of birdwatching and relaxing. There are no showers or water. They had vault/pit toilets that were very clean. If you have kids there is a playground as well. If we are in that area I’d definitely go back.
I want to give this place a 4 but having trouble committing to it. This place looks and sounds great on paper/web. All the amenities are still here. It's not completely rundown but may get there in a few years of that makes sense. The office is amazing. Very well kept. The roads are a bit rough, there are some potholes but nothing drastic. The pond looks gorgeous but had some algae growing in it. You can see the grounds crew going around doing their thing. There are 2 pools, one being a full kiddie pool, a gaga court, a game room, gym, snack bar, playground and more. All those buildings are showing their age pretty well. It's a nice campground, staff is nice, just needs some touchups. Update: even the power went out due to a strong storm, they called to let us know because we had dogs and wanted to make sure they were okay!
Our recent stay at Thornhill Bluff in Akron was a surprising one in more ways than one. Our hosts were extremely responsive from the time of booking at this privately owned campsite set up in the back of their property line, overlooking the Metropark from a ridge above. They were very easy to communicate with and prepared with an info and guideline sheet they emailed to us and made the use of their site easy and accessible.
Upon arrival, we parked at the neighborhood cul de sac as instructed, and packed down the gravel drive to the side of their house around to the back yard. To the left, there is a clear trail winding back through the woods to the cleared site. At the site, there is a fire ring, some carved wood benches, covered firewood for use and ample level space for any tent. It stands overlooking a wooded drop off which looks out over the metropark and a winding park road which can almost be seen through the trees. It’s surprisingly quiet. Birds and woodpecker were present throughout our stay, and we even caught a glimpse of a deer at our site in the early morning hours. A trailhead begins at the site into the wood as well.
They have a 2 pc bathroom available back at the house, accessible through the garage which is left open, in the house, to the immediate left. Because it is located in the laundry/mud room, it does feel surprisingly private. There is a toilet and sink, and was quite clean. They also offered the use of any camping items we may have forgotten on the shelving in the garage. Chairs, fire rods (which we did forget and gladly used for our dinner) tarps and mats, etc.
The hosts were home at the time we were there but gave us a great deal of privacy, only appearing briefly to offer their help if we needed anything. When we arrived, it began pouring rain, and thus, the trial back to the site went from dry to muddy in about 5 mins. The good news is that the drainage is fairly good along that ridge, and after the rain stopped, the path cleared up quite a bit.
Sand Run metropark is a large park part of the Summit Park system which has 150 miles of hiking paths, bike and running trails, picnic sites and various other activities and events. We found it a beautiful, dimensional area, with uncrowned hikes and a nice break from the pace of the surrounding cities.
As a Dyrt Ranger, I have the opportunity to review both campsites as well as products. On this trip, I was happy to try out the Wenzel Shenanigan 5 tent. This is a tee-pee style tent with 6 sides and 3 windows, 2 rainproof vents at the base and a screen and rain flap entrance. It had plenty of room for the 3 of us, and the best part was how you are able to stand completely inside. Actually, what we found out was the real benefit to this tent was the ease of set up in the worst of conditions. The Shenanigan 5 was called to task when we found ourselves having to set up in the pouring rain. It was rolled out, spiked down and up in a single motion with its center pole in 2 mins flat. Impressive! It even was able to stay dry inside during that set up.
Apart from being an attractive tent camping tee-pee, while it is not suited to backpacking due to its bulkiness, it is light weight, and easy to carry. Vented well, it’s ideal to summer camping and warm fall and spring nights. The vent flaps at the bottom can be left closed or staked out, and the downward facing construction of the windows also allow you to stay dry in rain while letting air in. Same with the top vents. It held out the constant rain and because of its tee-pee style, dropped dry quickly when that rain finally stopped. We were all pleasantly surprised by both the Shenanigan 5 and our site as a quick nature trip in our busy week’s schedule.
It was ok! Unfortunately our campsite was under water due the extensive rains recently this past week and spring overall. But the staff at the camp office gave us a list of all of the open sites that we could choose from so that we could still camp, Which was nice. Newer showers were nice. They are doing some improvements around the campgrounds. They offer quite a few wooded and shaded campsites. They offer activities up by the marina with some fconcession stands, but bring your bike or second vehicle marinas a trek.
Sites are spaced out and easily accessible to drop off camping supplies by car. The website mentions you can’t park at the sites, some campers do any way, but all sites are within walking distance so we left our car in the lot. Easy to reserve a site and map is easy to navigate. Lean-to’s with chimneys available at some sites. Park is kept very nice.
There are places to hike, boats to rent, fishing, a store and of course swimming, but the lake was a mess and actually not able to be used (algae).
The site was nice and secluded, but you could hear road noise at all hours of the day, so it wasn't very quiet. It was my first time there, so maybe another spot would be netter, but I don't know if I'll go back.
I have camped here on and off since I was about 16 years old. It is a clean park that has a game room, general store, snacks , and even pot lucks on occasion. There are even Sunday church services too. I know the owners personally and would recommend this place to anyone.
This is our favorite KOA! I have 4 kids and return at least 1x per year . Great family owned KOA. Horseback riding on site.
My family and I had a Blast at Whispering Hills. So many activities doe the kids to do and my kids were able to walk around freely without us having to be right on top of them. The jumping pad, mini golf, fishing, basketball and all the other activities were great. The staff was super friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back.
Always a great time at West Branch. The staff are very friendly and care a great deal about the quality of everyone's experience - they inspect and clean each site after the sites are vacated. The quiet hours are truly quiet, the bathrooms are very clean and fresh. Decided to rent a pontoon for the day - the boats were also very clean and well kept - they also have the option of an inner tube or jet skis if you want to rent those as well!