Review of KOA Buckeye Lake

KOA Buckeye Lake

We headed west for a quick weekend with the Aliner in tow. The weekend before, a quick search located a campground about 40 minutes east of Columbus, our final destination for Saturday. KOA Buckeye Lake seemed to sit right off of I-70, accessible easily, as we would possibly arrive after dark and the farm roads in eastern Ohio can be curvy and dark.

We could have booked online, but I called to reserve two nights there, as I wanted to check on their pet policy (not clearly communicated on the website). We were good. Well behaved dogs okay on leashes.

On Friday, we found the campground quickly; it was well marked with the distinctive KOA brand. As we pulled in, we were greeted by a friendly man in a golf cart who welcomed us and directed us to park and check in at the office for our tag. Once registered, he escorted us to our site and made sure we knew how to hook up our electric and water if we needed it, wished us a nice stay, and off he went.

They were not full and carefully placed people not traveling together with a camping space between them, as at full capacity, they could really pack them in. Given that we had an empty on either side, the sites were fine and we didn’t feel cramped. However, if we did have strangers in the empty spots, I don’t imagine I’d care for it much.

This is a really large campground. It had RV sites as well as cabins and nice grassy tent areas. The amenities all seemed well kept. They had a big pavilion with tables, pancake breakfasts, a supply shop, and a pool. We didn’t use these, but they were there and if I was there for that kind of thing, I wouldn’t have hesitated to join in.

These were quick possibly the nicest bathrooms I have ever experienced camping. Clean and modern with lots of hooks and even a tv. The park must have had several, as I didn’t experience a line ever even though the campground seemed to be at about 3/4 full.

The fire rings were at each site, but there isn’t much room around them for chairs and such. It would never do for our longer trips when the full purpose is camping. But, for this “hotel” like trip, they were fine. We built a fire Saturday night with wood bought from (and delivered) by a friendly guy in a golf cart.

The area is small and close to a state park, Buckeye Lake. You won’t find too many options too eat out, mainly pizza and sandwich shops, with fast food at the exit closest to the I-70. We didn’t venture far to look for much, but did seek out Whit’s Custard (good, but there is better custard out there) and in that area north of the lake, there were more options. To eat, we found a seat the Buckeye Lake Brewery, just 1/4 of a mile or so down from the campground. They don’t serve food, but you can order from a local pizza place that delivers to the brewery. It was a nice little place with some okay beers.

For a quick trip, or if you have a bunch of pre-teens with you, we thought this place would be ideal. Safe little place with lots to do for kids. For us, we’d go again without hesitation.

PS: If you go, take some time for Dawes Arboretum. Really a great place if you enjoy the outdoors and botanical gardens. I did some light hiking there with the dogs and had a very enjoyable morning.

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