The campground is brand new and it has new bath/shower houses. It has 10 RV sites and riverside tent sites. The sites are level and pull through with 50 amp service. There is city water available and a dump station. Very clean place and the staff are great to work with. They have kayaking at the campground or shuttle service if you bring your own kayak. The ride from the dam down to the campground is beautiful and serene. It is great for beginning kayakers. The tent sites along the river are so peaceful with the river running below you. There is a lot to do in the area with Cave Run Lake for water adventures and Lockegee Rock and the Sheltowee Trail for hiking. The Licking River has several fish species from the fun to catch bluegill to the Muskellunge. This is a must see place that I will definitely return to.
We stayed June 5th through June 9th and it rained every day, a lot. Our campsite (A-30) drained the rain off really well. The staff are constantly working to keep everything clean and repaired. We had two campers on the site lined up on one side. One is a 22 ft. and the other a 37 ft. We had plenty of room on the campsite. We ended up putting up 4 popups because of the rain. The site is level and graveled. This is one of the most popular sites and we booked it 6 months in advance. I wish they had more electric loops as more people are camping in a camper of some sort. We had a lot of kids, so we ended up running out of water. I had to carry water from about 500 or 600 ft away. They also need more water hookups. I know, I'm a glamper. Still love this place and will continue to stay every chance I get.
I have been going to this campground my entire life. It has 10 sites that are spread out on kind of a peninsula sticking out in the lake. It is up on a hill,so the walk to lake is a hefty one from some of the sites. The sites are level and spacious, also they feel secluded. The ramp is a steep grade as are most of the ramps at this lake. The showers and bathrooms are clean and updated. There is a dump station on site. There is a playground and plenty of walking to do. The sites have electric and I think water on each site. The hosts were wonderful. It is out in the middle of nowhere, but worth it. We drove out and bought ice and vegetables on the honor system at a little stand. There are stores to restock supplies not too far away and it is about 20 minutes to Conley Bottom Marina which has a restaurant and general store. We love this place and will definitely go back.
The campground has some really nice sites. Most are pretty level, but bring some blocks just in case. Some of the campsites are shaded and some are directly in the sun (18, 19, 21, 22, & 23). There was one (20) that you parked on beside the road and had to go down stairs to get to your picnic table and fire pit. We stayed on 15 at the end of a loop, kind of secluded. I definitely liked the loop that had sites 1 thru 15. Ours was further from the shower house (which was clean and typical of a state park), but there was a flushing bathroom at the end of the loop for our use. Nice hiking trails and beautiful scenery. There was a boat in campground closer to the lake. The trails led down to the lake at spots. The boat ramp was just a short drive over the hill and easy access. Fishing was great. We caught catfish, bass, bluegill, and crappie. Hosts were wonderful. We camped in a tent, but will return in our camper next summer.
I have camped here in the spring and summer. This was my first trip in fall. The weather was wet and cold, but it couldn’t take away from the experience. The campsite that I was on was a double.(A30). It has electric, no water or sewage on the spot. We had 2 campers on the site with plenty of room. One is 37 ft and the other is 24 ft. There was plenty of downed trees to cut up. You should bring a bow saw. We also brought some wood. We were close to the water and trails. All of the teens that were with us had a ball(hiking, biking, basketball, and fishing). Sites are all clean and level and the bathrooms are clean.
We went to tour the campground with intentions of pulling our camper (for reference 36' trailer) up there to stay while my husband worked on a contract in a neighboring town. I had read every review that I could find so I kind of knew what to expect. There were very few sites that I could even fit on and even then I would have had to disconnect from the truck and pull in beside the camper. I wasn't sure if I could get the awning and slides out on some of the sites by the way they are set up. Most sites are shaded and a nice little playground for kids. I have an outside kitchen in the back of my camper and it would be hanging out over a hill on most sites. The state could spend a few dollars on this campground and build up the campsites to make them more usable. The campers that were there had to use a ton of blocks to level up so be prepared. Tent sites are all on a sloping hill, so it might get interesting when it rains, still close to the lake with a great view. Pretty enough, but I won't be camping there. It looked like too much work to set up for a few days. Didn't use the restrooms, therefore no judgement. Sorry, I sound like it's not good enough for me, but I just wasn't impressed. Another point is that you can't swim in the lake, why?
We actually camped at Boat Gunnel which is a part of Twin Knobs Campground. We love this campground because it is a private area with 4 RV hookups and approximately 10 tent sites. You rent the entire place for $125 or $130 a night. It is close to the water. We left our boats down on the bank. You have a "private" restroom and shower house. Occasionally you will get a hiker or someone coming through the trails that will use it. The only reason that it didn't score perfect is that the showers need some attention. There was mud along side the blacktop path that led down to the fire pit that was full of mosquito larvae and smelled. Easy fix, but had to keep the kids and dogs away from it constantly. My sister took a nasty fall on the trail down to the waters edge and that would be an easy fix to make that trail a little smoother. I know we are camping, but with the price, it is actually glamping. We like this place because it is easy for my aging parents to come down and visit. Great, large shelter also.
We have stayed at Twin Knobs for several years. It has wooded lots that give you a feeling of privacy. The only problem that we encountered last May was that someone's dog had pooped everywhere on the grass on the site that we were on. So you couldn't get off the gravel. The site was surrounded by poison ivy so we had to watch very closely. The site was pretty level, we took a few wooden blocks for leveling help. Our current camper is 36 ft with slides and awning and it fit on the sites very well. We have been there with a 45 ft Fifthwheel and still had room. The bath house was well maintained and clean. There are plenty of trails to walk and explore. Some of the trails meander along the lake and make for a great sunrise walk. The hosts stick to the rule that only allow so many at a campsite unlike state parks that get a bit crowded and loud. The campground was full when we were there, but it doesn't seem overcrowded or too busy. There is a company that sets up on weekends at the boat ramp that have kayaks to rent.
I love Zilpo because of the wooded lots. You don't feel like you are camping on your neighbors. The lots are spread out enough that you have some privacy. The only drawback would be the long drive getting there, but come on, you are camping! The drive in has beautiful views and is very peaceful. The campsites are pretty level and graveled. There is electric at some sites and you have to reserve early to get those. The bath house is kept clean and is in good shape. The whole campground is kept very clean and it was very quiet while we were there. There is a beach and lots of trails to explore. Some of the sites are very close to the lake and have wonderful views. The hosts stick to the rules about how many people you can have at a site so it doesn't get too crowded like at the state parks. Wish there was more electric sites.
We end up camping here at least once a year. It is just a short walk over the hill to the lake where we keep our boats tied up to the bank. It is located behind Scott Creek Marina. You will get the occasional hikers coming through the campground as there is a trail that runs through it. It is as private as you can get in the Daniel Boone. We usually have 3 campers with a tent or two. The only problem that we have is that I kept blowing the breaker on the box when I was hooked up alone. It says 70 Amps and I am 50 Amps. We ended up running our hot water heater off of propane to fix the problem. I do have two refrigerators and two AC units. The lot is blacktopped and level. There is a very large shelter with electric and a large fire pit with benches. There is about 10 tent sites. The trails are well maintained. The shower/bath house is clean and as updated as most. The water pressure isn't great and the showers need some repair work. I love this place because you can let the kids run around and play without worrying about traffic.
We went to the campground during the Halloween festivities in October 2017. There are a lot of activities to do while at the state park, caving, hiking, kayaking, mini golf, golf, etc. It is a very beautiful park, but you are close to your neighbors. It was very crowded the weekend we were there. The campsite beside us had a pull camper, a truck camper, and 2 small tents. There were about 15 people on the site and it got pretty loud at night. Kids were everywhere riding hoverboards while texting and a lot of traffic driving around. That's the only reason I took off a star, way too crowded with too many people per campsite. The site was very level and nicely maintained. The shower and bath house was clean, could use updating but overall acceptable.