Sabetha, Kansas

Sycamore Springs RV ParkOther reviewers at rvparkreviews.com

June, 2015

The Lowe’s overall rating = 6 out of 10 stars

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This little park filled up with rigs over the weekend, but fortunately not a lot of tents – since those sites were all around us

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Time to leave? OK, can you fetch the tractor and pull us out of the mud?

 

Noise level and overall “feel” of the park?
This place is off the beaten path, so exterior traffic noise was
minimal.  The gravel road passing the front of the park had
only an occasional car on it.  The owners were an old couple,
and although very nice people, they didn’t seem capable of
maintaining the restrooms or other facilities on the property.
However, the park had a nice country feel to it with lots of
trees and birds to keep the wife entertained.

Road and site access/type?
Gravel roads of marginal quality, sites were grass with lots
of mud due to recent rains.  Several sites were unusable, and
our coach had to be pulled out of site #39 with a large tractor
when we left.

Spaciousness/levelness of sites?
The layout here was strange, with tent and electric-only sites
mixed in among the full hookup spots.  It wasn’t bad when we
were here, but had most of the sites been full it would have
been extremely crowded, with people having to walk through
each other’s sites to get anywhere.  Forget about privacy here
if you visit during a busy time.  Level sites?  Well, we actually
ended up fairly level once our rear tires had settled into the
mud about 4 inches!

Utilities and WiFi/cell reception?
Our full hookup site included 50-amp power which was
adequate, and the water pressure and quality were good.
The Verizon signal to our phones was very weak, but our
boosted hotspot worked sufficiently for the computers.

Picnic table and/or fire pit?
Both.  The table was so-so, and we just couldn’t use the
fire pit due to the hot weather while there.

Bathrooms/showers/laundry room?
The bathrooms were terrible, old and dirty.  Not cleaned or
maintained at all, as far as I could tell.  Major improvements
are needed here.

Pet and/or kid friendly?
This place has several old, historic buildings that are worth
checking out, and kids might enjoy exploring it.  Although
there is no equipment for kids to play on, it resembles a state
park in that there are places for them to go and explore.
There did not seem to be any enforcement of a leash rule,
and we saw several dogs running around.  Not sure if this is
what dog owners have in mind when they want freedom for
their dogs, but there was quite a large area to walk them
around on the property.

Bike/walking trails nearby?
Bikes could be ridden through the park and onto the main
road, due to its lack of traffic.  There were also a couple of
short walking trails within the park that were quite nice.
Grocery stores and other services nearby?
This area had only “country stores”, but the one in downtown
Sabetha was pretty decent.  There was also a health foods kind
of store closer to the campground that had lots of unusual and
healthy stuff that we enjoyed browsing through.

Comments:
This was a hard one to rate.  On the plus side is how quiet the
park was, and we enjoyed all of the new birds we saw there.
But the condition of the bathrooms and tight layout of the
sites may turn a lot of people off.  Despite getting stuck in the
mud we actually had a fairly good stay, but of course we have
our own bathroom and shower in our motorhome.  This place
is certainly off the beaten path, and there aren’t a lot of other
options in the area.