Crossville, TN to Berlin, OH
Berlin, OH - Events of Tuesday, July 1 to Thursday, July 3, 2014
We pulled out of Spring Lake RV Tuesday morning and headed for an overnight stop at Whispering Hills RV Park in Georgetown, KY just north of Lexington. At almost 5 hours, it was a longer drive than we usually like to make. We also lost an hour going from Central to Eastern Time, so we didn't arrive until about 2:15 EDT.
Whispering Hills RV Park has about 220 full hookup sites with 30/50-amp electric. Most of the sites are back-ins, but there are a couple of dozen pull-throughs. However, most of the pull-throughs are rather short, and only about half of them will allow you to park and remain hooked up to your toad or tow vehicle. Even though we got one of the longer pull-throughs, we had to park with the front of the motor home hanging out on the road on one end and the car hanging out on the other. Fortunately, the roads are wide enough for other vehicles to pass.
The gravel roads are somewhat bumpy in spots. The pads are also gravel, and they're nice and level. The site spacing isn't too bad for a private campground.
The campground has a nice pool, and there is free Wi-Fi. However, the Wi-Fi was slow so we used Verizon. There was a fairly good 4G signal, but even Verizon was a little slow at times.
Whispering Hills is a couple of miles from the nearest interstate exit, but it is close to the interstate itself so there was a good bit of traffic noise. It was hot when we were there, so we ran the air all day and all night which helped drown out the whine of the trucks on the interstate.
On Wednesday morning, we headed out to Berlin, OH in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country where we'll be spending the summer. At 5 hours, It was another drive that was a little farther than we usually like to go in a day. Although there are a couple of other campgrounds in and near Berlin, we always stay at Scenic Hills RV Park. It is run by a very nice Mennonite couple who keep the place in excellent condition.
The campground has about 120 sites on three levels. The sites on the upper and lower levels have grass between them, and the ones on the middle level are all gravel. All the sites have full hookups. In fact, there is no bathhouse, so the park is for self-contained RVs only. About half the sites have 30/50-amp electric and the rest have 30 amps. The roads are tar and chip, and the pads are gravel. The site spacing isn't too bad for a private campground, although there are a few sites that are a little close together.
We used to like to get a site on the lower level. A year or so ago, however, we stayed in the last row of the upper level where the owners like to put people who are staying for longer periods, and we found we really like it. For one thing, the reception for the campground's free Wi-Fi and for Verizon are much better on the upper level than they are on most of the lower level.
Speaking of Wi-Fi, Scenic Hills upgraded their Wi-Fi earlier this year. They replaced all the old transmitters and installed several additional ones around the campground to improve coverage. We don't know if the system upgrade was intended to improve speeds or not because with more people in the campground being able to get online, the system almost seemed slower than it was before. Fortunately, there is a fairly strong Verizon 4G signal on the upper level of the campground where our site is located, so we used that when the campground Wi-Fi was slow in the late afternoons and evenings.
The nightly rate at Scenic Hills is $35 with discounts for various lengths of stay of three nights or more. Since we are staying all summer, we paid the monthly rate of $595, which averages out to a little over $19 a night. There is no extra charge for electricity.
We had a couple of days to get settled before our daughter, Lora, and our son-in-law, J. Michael, arrived to spend the 4th of July weekend with us. We wanted to get grocery shopping out of the way before they arrived, so we headed to Walmart to pick up a few things. On the way, we stopped at Winesburg meats to pick up some of Paul's favorite beef snack sticks.
We also stopped by the bakery at Der Dutchman to have cream sticks, which are long, cream-filled doughnuts. Cream sticks are available with white, chocolate, caramel (our favorite), strawberry and peanut butter icing on top. We love the cream sticks because the filling isn't overly sweet, and it is never gritty. They also inject the fulling from both ends of the doughnut, so they are always filled to the max. Yum!
After our cream sticks and errands, we headed back to Scenic Hills and watched the RVs pour in for the long holiday weekend. Lora and J. Michael arrived shortly after noon on Friday. We have a nice weekend of shopping, sightseeing and eating out planned. We'll tell you about it in our next post.