Camping is one of our favorite pastimes. As a photographer and writer, it is the perfect time to be creative while relaxing. If we have grandchildren with us, it is imperative that they have things to keep them busy and I appreciate any campground that has plenty for them to do.
That said, one of our favorites is Robert's Creek West in gorgeous Marion County. It is at the end of one of the most convoluted roads that we have ever traveled on, but it is also one of the most beautiful.
There are plenty of things to do including, hiking, walking, fishing, and playing on the playground. There is also close access to Pella and Knoxville, each having major places to see and much to do. Knoxville has the Knoxville Raceway as well as Slideways, a place where you can try out your own racing skills on a small circlular track. Be sure to check out those destinations, but don’t necessarily plan on finding a camping spot anywhere in the area on nationals weekends in Knoxville if you don't plan well ahead.
Back to the campground:
Walking is one of my favorite pastimes on a trip like this. With our grandchildren along, we have a lot of area to cover and many opportunities to see wildlife and fun tree shapes. The children love walking with me and have spotted deer, possum, jumping fish, funky looking spiders, and mushrooms of various sizes and colors. Some are even edible-- including pheasant back and puffballs.
There are also open areas for football, soccer, and Frisbee. The bathroom/showers are clean and well kept. About the only missing is direct access to the lake from the campground-- unless you want to walk quite a way or drive.
You will have to recreate in or around Robert’s Creek Lake (great crappie and cat fishing opportunities) as well as Lake Red Rock. There are over ooks and great fishing and water sports, including swimming. The area below the dam also has plenty to see and do.
Robert's Creek's prices are very reasonable for campsites from primitive to full hookup. Sites are anywhere from medium in length to long enough to handle even the largest RV. There are a few pull-through sites as well. Some are challenging to get into in a large rig due to many trees-- but they're well worth the privacy and views.
For reservations and other information on Robert's Creek West, click here.