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Timber Ridge Resort — Traverse City, Mich.

Just like camping in the woods
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 3 stars
$30 to $72
  • 60%


Summary:

This was the second time I stayed at Timber Ridge RV Resort in Traverse City, Mich. The 300-plus-site park is situated within a heavily wooded area and offers a considerable amount of outdoor recreation opportunities. Plus, it's located within a few miles of Traverse City, one of northern lower Michigan's unique vacation destinations.

Located right on the Grand Traverse Bay, which leads to Lake Michigan, Traverse City is clean, beautiful community and home to an annual film festival and cherry festival. There are plenty of inland lakes, state parks and state forest preserves to keep families busy fishing, hiking, boating and biking.

The campground features a nice mix of tent sites, RV sites and cabins. There are 20 bunkhouse cabins for rent. Seasonal sites are available for rent as well.

Timber Ridge host multiple bicycle and hiking trails, and connects to the Vasa Trail, which offers 5-, 10- and 25-kilometer trails. The park has a large outdoor pool, basketball court, dodgeball court and volleyball arena, which bleacher seating. A large playground area features multiple play structures to accommodate dozens of kids at any time. A special tower area is set up for outdoor movies and other events.

Tiled showers and restroom facilities are scattered around the park, and always kept in clean condition. The onsite store is larger than most campgrounds and features food items, snacks, toys, RV supplies, clothing and souvenirs.

The lodge, located near the entrance to the park, and quite a distance from many campsites, features a gathering area with TV, and a group campfire circle on the outside patio. Ice cream is served inside. A rather large event hall is located next door, which the campground uses to accommodate rallies, weddings, birthdays, reunions, company outings and fundraisers.

The staff is friendly and accommodating, but they strictly enforce a guest policy that requires visiting children to pay $5 per day, adults $2 per day and a separate $5 pool pass. Non campers must pay $15 to use the dump facility.

The campground claims to offer free wi-fi service, but I was unable to connect at any point during my three-day stay. I was able to connect to my Verizon MiFi at speeds of 3.77 mbs download and 6.21 mbs upload.

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Pros

  • Beautiful park with plenty of trees — feels like you’re camping in a state park.
  • RV sites feature 30- or 50-amp electric and water. Some sites offer sewer hookups and cable TV
  • Campsites feature a picnic table and fire ring
  • Access to the campground is controlled by cards, which are issued free at check-in
  • There is a fenced in dog park, but it is a considerable distance from most of the campground
  • Efficient online reservation system

Cons

  • Campground assesses a kid tax of $5 per night for more than three children, and for more than two adults per site.
  • Be sure to clean up your site before you leave, or the staff will charge a $10 cleaning fee to your credit card.
  • If you damage a campsite, the resort charges $20 per hour plus materials to repair whatever was broken.
  • There is only one dumpster and it’s located by the main entrance — a considerable distance from most campsites.
  • Card reader at the front gate is at a height convenient for car and truck drivers. it is a challenge for motorhome drivers to activate the gate.
  • Water spigots in the campsites are built in such a way that a man’s hand cannot easily connect a hose due to the distance between the pipe and the spigot.
  • Campground claims to have wi-fi service, but I was unable to connect to it the entire time I was there — even late at night.
  • Campers are not escorted to their sites and the signage and one-way traffic make it difficult to find some sites.
  • The campground does sell propane, but only a few people are authorized to pump it. The woman working the station on arrival was unable to make a connection to the RV. She could fill portable tanks, though. Upon departure Sunday morning, no staff members were on hand to dispense propane.

About Greg Gerber

Greg Gerber is the editor of Let's RV and the editor of RV Daily Report. A Wisconsin native and father of three grown daughters, he is now based out of Arizona and travels the country in his Winnebago Adventurer motorhome interviewing industry professionals and interesting RVers alike. He can be reached at editor@letsrv.com

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