I haven’t been writing about campgrounds that are repeats for Tom and me in Ohio, but we recently stayed at River Trail Crossing for a week, and this was a new place to stay. River Trail Crossing RV Park in Butler is the closest campground to my parents in Lexington. From the campground we could get to my parent’s house in just over 20 minutes. It was also convenient to I-71 which made it easy to get up to Akron for a couple of events and to get to Columbus to see John and Jackie.
River Trail Crossing is a smaller privately owned campground. It is situated on a triangle of land in between the Baltimore and Ohio Bike Trail and the Clearfork River. We could ride our tandem out of the campsite and jump right on to the bike trail, which was a wonderful thing. We rode on the bike trail three days during the very wet week we spent at River Trail Crossing. The campground had inflatable tubes for rafting down the river, but we didn’t have time to try that.
River Trail Crossing has primarily seasonal campers, which means that people park their RVs and come out on weekends during the summer. There are a few spots reserved for people who are coming in for a shorter term stay. Most of the spots have full hook-ups, but there are some electric only places right along the Clearfork River. These spots didn’t look like they were used too often – no one stayed in them while we were there.
We had one of the two pull-through spots. River Trail Crossing advertises that it can accommodate “any-size RV.” After seeing the pull-through spots, we know the advertising is true. These were the longest pull-through spots we had ever seen! All the campsites, except those neighboring the river, were heavily shaded with beautiful, mature trees. Fortunately they were also trimmed high enough that our height wasn’t a problem.
All of the campsites are grassy and level. It rained a lot during the week we stayed, but we didn’t feel that we were in danger of the river flooding and our campsite stayed surprisingly dry. The ground got a little mushy, but our jacks didn’t sink in and the campground was never muddy – probably because of the grass.
The owners of the campground live in a house on the grounds. They are pretty laid-back about office hours – the wife does the office work and she works off-site during the day. The husband is on-site but stays busy with maintenance. He drove up on a tractor when we pulled in, confirmed we had reservations, told us what site to go to, and then told us he would “catch up with us later.” Most campgrounds want to get your money first, but we stayed there three days before we actually checked in and paid.
The campground was one of the cleanest we have ever seen and the husband obviously works hard at maintaining it. He was also very thoughtful about mowing. He didn’t mow our site while we were on it even though he mowed the rest of the campground. The playground equipment is a little old, but looked to be in good shape, and it seemed that most of the people who stay there are older. It was a very quiet campground. Tom used the restrooms there a couple of times and said they were the cleanest he has ever seen at a campground.
We really enjoyed our stay at River Trail Crossing and are already checking our calendar to see when we can go back again. Clean, well-maintained, quiet, friendly, and close to family. What else could we want in a campground?