Our first "official campout" of the 2013 season was this past weekend at Versailles State Park, in Versailles, Indiana.
The park is located about 21 miles west of Lawrenceburg, IN, on US-50, just outside of Cincinnati, OH. Our family of 4 plus 2 dogs, climbed into our motorhome and met up with our friends at the campground where we spent a great weekend sharing stories, great food at a potluck dinner on Saturday night... and even though we had some heavy rains, and strong storms our spirits remained high for the whole weekend.
We stayed in "Loop B" Site #125 (I think), with a great mixtures of sun/shaded sites depending upon your requirements. The weather was hot & humid, but the kids enjoyed a dip in the pool nearby (additional $$ and also pretty crowded, given our 90+* temps for the day) and came back right as the storms started to roll in. The area had seen quite a bit of steady rain over the past few weeks, so there was some pretty good sized mud puddles, and more than a few fire rings that got flooded out because of the rains. Wasn't a complete washout, but if you were tent camping, you may want to survey your site and double-check you aren't pitching your tent in a drainage wash. We saw a couple unfortunate campers that learned that the hard way.
We reserved a back-in / 30A electric only site with "morning sun", (which lasted pretty much all the way up until noon, so they weren't kidding) pull-thru's were available, very level asphalt pads, with plenty of room to open all slides/awnings without feeling cramped. The in-between site spaces were very wide, and a welcome change from being shoehorned in at most other campgrounds. We were part of a group of campers that occupied 5 campsites, and all of us were able to sit around a campfire easily at any one of our sites with tons of elbow room for making s'mores, and pie-iron pies.
Lots of kids riding bikes that it looked like schoolyard training for a Sturgis, SD bike rally.... So many kids that we nearly clotheslined a dozen of them as rode in between us and our dogs on their leashes.
Although we didn't personally use them, the members of our group said that the comfort station/shower house facilities were a little less than desirable, and needed a thorough scrubbing to remove mold & mildew from the shower stalls and just could have used overall appearance and odor improvements. (to be fair, the campground was very full so there were lots of people using them) One of our female campers was walked in on by another camper, even though her shower curtain was drawn closed.
Park Ranger presence was prominent, friendly and eager to help any way they could with personal service.
Dump station facilities handled two camping units at one time coming from opposite directions of the loop. The area was clean, up to date connections, and well maintained. Potable water to fill up FW tanks, was also nearby.
For those that don't know, IDNR charges an entrance fee into the park, no matter if you have made a reservation for the campsites or not. They claim that its disclosed on their website, but I never saw it. Its $5.00 for IN residents, and $7.00 for out of state visitors.
I wish we had the opportunity to go out and explore a little bit more of the park, but we did not bring a dingy vehicle or bicycles with us on this trip, so we were homebodies in the campground, which was nice too.
On a scale of 1 - 10: I'd rate the stay a "6.75" The condition of the restrooms/showers, and the unexpected forking over of additional cash, just to get on park property and for registered campers to use the park pool, brought down my score of what easily could have been an "8.0".
I think if we go back, it wont be during peak season, and we will be a little bit more careful about selecting which sites we choose, in the even of foul weather/campsite flooding.