7796 Wellbaum Road, Brookville, OH 45309
Info: 937-833-3888 Reservations: 800-562-3317 www.koa.com/camp/dayton
This campground is located northwest of Dayton and within five miles of the Dayton International Airport. It is located right off of I-70 and within 25 miles of the Indiana/Ohio border. The campstore is moderately sized and has several souvenir items (postcards, shot glasses, books etc) and some camp food items. There was a limited selection of camper supplies/accessories. Ice and firewood are available. The wood was $7.49 per bundle (decent size). Although the wood is more costly than other campgrounds we have visited, it is always good quality – burns hot and lasts a good while. Most often the wood is delivered to your site, however, after certain hours you can choose your own firewood and drive it back to your site. There is a laundry facility and a restaurant serving pizza, wings, ice cream and other snack options. Wifi and cable are available at no additional cost. Both times we have visited, however, the cable has been very grainy on most channels. There are 12 rustic cabins and 3 two-room cabins and 7 deluxe cabins with restrooms (very nice).
The campground is very well-groomed with nice landscaping, mulch, plantings, tall trees (many sites are shaded). All the sites are mowed and the overall appearance of the park is very scenic. There is a pond (good for fishing), creek, and several gazebos and covered swings. One nice feature is a camp station complete with stove-top and wash sink – great for tent campers! The main road is paved, with interior roads high-grade gravel. One major drawback for us was that it was right off the highway – sites near the pool had very loud traffic noise(sites 300-312)- although if you are stopping through for the night while travelling, the location is very convenient.
Rating: One to five lanterns with 5 being the highest)
The Air Force Museum, Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds Farm Team) and Dayton Art Institute are within a 1/2 hour drive. Adults can also enjoy fishing and putt-putt (basic course) within the park. There are not any nearby parks with good hiking trails and we found that the area attractions for adults was limited.
As with most KOA’s we have visited, there are many things for kids to enjoy. There is a good-sized heated pool (no hot tub), putt-putt, train, wagon rides, movie Pavillion with a few arcade games. basketball court, horseshoes, playground, gem mine, bike and golf cart rentals, badminton, paddleboats, baseball diamond, volleyball, and many seasonal activities.
The park is pet-friendly with a grassy pet walk near the front of the campground. This area is nice to let dogs off-leash, although do so with caution as it is not completely fenced in). There is also a VERY small fenced in dog walk near the back of the park. With as much room as the park has in the area we surprised they do not have a larger fenced-in area for dogs to run. There is also a trail in the wooded area of the park, although it borders the highway and is not very tranquil.
The bathhouses are newly remodeled and very nice. We visited once prior to the renovation and actually liked the set-up with individual showers they had before. ( a separate main door to each shower room). Now the showers are located within the restroom area and the only drawback to the very nice facility is that we do not feel there are enough showers to accommodate the size of the park. That being said the showers are very modern with nice features such as ceramic tiles with ample hooks and ledges for putting shampoo, separate dressing areas, full length mirror, and even a flat screen TV! Hot water, good water pressure and NO Timers, give this bath facility an A+! One thing we noticed – when turning the dial to hot you have to really give it a good turn – this is weird at first but very nice feature to prevent younger bathers from getting scalding water.
Overall: We have been to this campground twice and are looking forward to returning for a Halloween weekend in the fall. Although there is not much to do in the area, it is close to home, and a really nicely maintained !