Camping at the Buckeye Lake KOA

Our first trip in the RV was a success, aside from like ten fights and one enormous meltdown.

This past weekend we traveled approximately one hour east of Columbus, Ohio to stay at the KOA Campground at Buckeye Lake. The truth is that we still don't know a lot about our new RV, including how to empty the toilet (which means we can't use the toilet), among other things. This means we'll be camping close to home while we learn the inns and outs, at least for the immediate future.

The KOA Campground had great ratings and they had plenty of full hookups (with shade) for a rig of our size. Having stayed at only a handful of private campgrounds, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I can totally see why people love this place. Not only did it have the cleanest bathroom and showers I've seen in an RV Park, but it also had a cute gift shop with lots of snacks, a playground for kids, and a fenced in dog park. I also really loved their gem mine. They were selling bags of sand in the gift shop and you could mine your bag to find gems of all sizes.

Panning for treasure at the Gem Mine

 Check out the bathroom. Clean stalls and showers, a hair dryer, and a TV on the wall. I've literally stayed in RV Parks where the bathroom is a port-a-pot infested with bugs. 

Whether you're interested in primitive tent camping, RV parking with water and electrical hook-ups, or deluxe cabin accommodations, they've got it all, and you're within walking distance of Buckeye Lake and Buckeye Lake Brewery. 

Cute little cabin

 I loved all the colorful houses around Buckeye Lake (even if there is an eight foot fence currently restricting lake access).

Hops growing on the patio at Buckeye Lake Brewery.

The only downside to the Buckeye Lake KOA that I could see is that there's little to no privacy between campers. We love having trees and/or foliage between us and our neighbors so we feel like we're sleeping in the woods, but we could clearly see all the other campers in the park.

The last thing I want to mention is that the KOA has a TON of special events going on this summer, so check out their website for events like a Wine and Cheese Social, Memorial Day Weekend featuring their 15th annual Dog Show, Christmas in July with Santa, and Haunted Halloween with hay rides and a costume contest.

Shout out to Dana, Tom, and TJ, the nicest family with the sweetest trailer in the park. They answered a lot of our questions, shared their dinner, and showed us just how nice people in RV Parks can be.