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32 Parks Earn ‘A’ Grades in Consumer Satisfaction

December 6, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

Thirty-two campgrounds and RV resorts have earned all around “A” grades in the third annual consumer satisfaction survey of independent parks.

The top parks were announced at the Rio All Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during an awards ceremony Friday (Dec. 3) that was hosted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).

Some 30,200 camping and RV enthusiasts participated in the online survey, which evaluated guest experiences at 2,400 independent campgrounds and RV resorts affiliated with ARVC, according to a news release.

“Twenty two of the nation’s 32 top parks in our survey also received ‘A’ ratings last year, while 13 parks have received ‘A’ ratings three years in a row,” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of GuestReviews, the Murrieta, Calif.-based company that created the online survey on behalf of ARVC.

MacKinnon said that GuestReviews expects to survey more than 4,000 parks within the next two years. That’s nearly half of the nation’s private parks.

The results of the surveys are gradually being posted the websites of state and national campground associations, including GoCampingAmerica.com, the ARVC website.

“The objective of these surveys is to help private campground, RV park and resort operators to pinpoint the improvements they need to make to provide their guests with the best possible camping experience,” said Linda Profaizer, ARVC president and CEO.

Consumers are invited to submit their own reviews of private campgrounds and RV resorts they have recently visited by logging on to www.gocampingamerica.com and clicking on the “Review a Park” tab. Survey results will eventually be posted on the GoCampingAmerica website.

The 32 parks earning “A” grades for 2010 are listed below along with their websites.

  • Ashland Resort, Northfork, W.V., a first-time “A” grade winner.
  • Buffalo Lake Camping Resort, Montello, Wis., a first-time “A” grade winner.
  • Buttonwood Campground, Mexico, Pa., a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park, Nathrop, Colo. a two-time “A” grade winner.
  • Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Md., a first-time “A” grade winner.
  • D & W Lake Camping and RV Park, Champaign, Ill., a first-time “A” grade winner.
  • Dogwood Acres Campground, Newville, Pa., a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Gettysburg Campground, Gettysburg, Pa., a two-time “A” grade winner.
  • High Plains Camping, Oakley, Kan., a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort, Waymart, Pa., a two-time “A” grade winner.
  • Hocking Hills KOA, Logan, Ohio, a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Kozy Rest Kampground, Harrisville, Pa., a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Lake George RV Park, Lake George, N.Y., a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Las Vegas RV Resort, Las Vegas, Nev., a first-time “A” grade winner.
  • Magnolia RV Park & Campground, Kinards, S.C., a first-time “A” grade winner.
  • Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort, Coleville, Calif., a two-time “A” grade winner.
  • Mill Creek Ranch RV & Cottage Resort, Canton, Texas, a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Misty River Cabins & RV Resort, Walland, Tenn., a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg, Penn., a two-time “A” grade winner.
  • Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, S.C., a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Peace Valley Campground, Marble, N.C., a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Pioneer Campground, Laporte, Penn., a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Pontchartrain Landing, New Orleans, La., a two-time “A” grade winner.
  • Red Apple Campground, Kennebunkport, Maine, a two-time “A” grade winner.
  • Rincon Country East RV Resort, Tucson, Ariz., a first-time “A” grade winner.
  • Sunny Brook RV Resort, South Haven, Mich., a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course, Borrego Springs, Calif., a first-time “A” grade winner.
  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins, Grapevine, Texas, a three-time “A” grade winner.
  • Tiger Run Resort, Breckenridge, Colo., a first-time “A” grade winner.
  • West Canada Creek Campsites, Poland, N.Y., a two-time “A” grade winner.
  • Willow Tree Resort, Longs, S.C., a two-time “A” grade winner.
  • Wishon Village RV Park, Shaver Lake, Calif., a first-time “A” grade winner.

The GuestReviews national online survey program was launched in February 2008 in collaboration with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

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