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Old 12-10-2014, 02:06 PM   #51
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I can second this. Stayed there for a week this summer. Train track (busy all night) 75 ft from site, roads potholed terribly, everything cost extra, very tight spots, dirty buildings, camp store and everything in it smelled like an ash tray, I could go on and on.
Had to just deal with it as extended family were there with us and had made the reservation.
Much much nicer places just up the road at Indiana Dunes SP.
Which location was this?
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:07 PM   #52
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Just our opinion, but we avoid all Jellystone parks like the plague.
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:12 PM   #53
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We take our grandchildren to the Jellystone park by us and they have a blast. Friendly staff and all sorts of things for them to do. We would also avoid them if it's just the two of us, strictly kid oriented place.
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Old 12-10-2014, 04:44 PM   #54
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I’ve stayed in multiple Jellystone CGs numerous times over the years and have yet to find a bad one. I’ve always thought they were a bit over-priced since you’re mostly paying for the “name” but I’ve never had a bad experience in one.

The only problem we’ve ever run into was when we had our pop-up, a screen room and a tent all set up on our site. They said we couldn’t have the screen room AND the tent up. One or the other. Other than that, they’ve always been great.
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:26 PM   #55
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Which location was this?
Portage, IN near the Dunes
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Old 12-10-2014, 06:44 PM   #56
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Anyone been to the one in Marion nc recently? We have been considering spending a week there next summer but now not so sure.
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X2 on a recent Marion review. It looks like they do a good job on Facebook. Going there for Spring Break.


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I've been to a few Jellystones and loved them all. I hear the same kind of stories about KOAs though. Some people love them, some can't find a good one.
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I've been to a few Jellystones and loved them all. I hear the same kind of stories about KOAs though. Some people love them, some can't find a good one.
Generally have felt the same about KOAs, but one of our favorite rustic private campgrounds became a KOA this year... Thought it would be bad, but we stayed this fall to find it even better with the old bath house demolished and a brand new one in its place, more riverfront sites constructed along the maturely wooded bank, new electrical cabling and boxes, and the roads now free of divots and potholes!

I don't know if this instance would change my opinion of poor experiences over many years, but maybe it's a sign that KOA is changing how it operates. I can tell you that my hometown has a Jellystone, and it's just not our thing even when I take my four godchildren camping.
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