“That’s how we live, up on the ridge.”
~ Dierks Bentley
Update March 2014: Unfortunately, due to “health reasons”, the owners of Compton Ridge Campground auctioned off everything except the buildings, at the end of the 2013 season… even the campsite electrical boxes and fire rings were sold. The property is currently up for sale. It is rumored that a company is interested in purchasing it, but no announcement has been made. I will leave this review, for historical purposes.
I would be hesitant to call this simply a “campground”… it’s more of a “camping community”. On both of our stays with them, we were uber impressed, from the time we checked-in until we checked-out. Rates for campsites are $30-something a night… a little pricier than other campgrounds, but all of the extras make the price well worth it. Before I get into my review of the campground & campsites, I have to mention that they also have motel-type rooms and different styles of cabins, for those who don’t camp.
When we checked-in at the office, they gave us a detailed map of the “campground/community” and wrote a wi-fi code on the map… for the free wi-fi (all over the campground). They gave us trash bags and told us to put our trash “by the curb” every day (but, don’t leave it out, overnight) and that they would drive by and pick it up. I have never seen “trash pickup” at a campground. Then, she asked if we were traveling with pets. I told her we have two dogs she gave me two packages of dog biscuits.
Then, one of the ladies hopped on a golf cart and escorted us to our site… she told us we could back in or pull-through (which was no big deal, with our little teardrop camper… LOL) But, there is plenty of room for the big campers, too.
Several times, each day (on both stays), employees would drive-by on a golf cart, and ask if everything was okay. Each time, they told us to let them know if there was anything they could do, for us. We have been, and still are very impressed with the staff. They go out of their way, to make your camping experience a great one!
All sites have electric and water, although the tent sites have the low amp hookups that you would use with a regular extension cord (20-amp is what they list on the website). My husband said they are “fused/older” electric boxes, and you wouldn’t want to plug-in a camper. This next picture is of a tent site.
I believe most of the RV sites have 30-amp and I do know that they have some 50-amp sites. Most of the sites also have Cable TV. This next picture is of Site #111, where we stayed on this most recent trip. It is very close to the pool, tennis courts, bathhouse, laundromat, etc… but, it still has a “secluded” feel. This site has electric, water, and Cable TV.
Almost all of the sites are spacious and far enough apart, that you don’t feel like you could throw a rock, and hit your neighbor. Most of them also have a “kitchen shelter” which is basically a wooden deck with a roof, and a picnic table. Most of the kitchen shelters were “balcony style”, over an embankment.
As someone else once mentioned, one would want to be very careful walking around the campsites at night… you could end up at the bottom of an embankment. This trip, we brought our “Retro Camper Party Lights“, and hung them under the roof of the kitchen shelter. That was the perfect amount of light. We don’t usually walk around in the dark, but just for safety, it’s a good idea.
Now for the “community”. They have a building called “The Gathering Place” that is like a community center. It houses “The Whistle Stop Cafe”, a cafe that is open for breakfast and dinner. There is also a game room and a laundromat in that building. There is also at least one other laundromat on the property… possibly two.
They have pizza delivery… yes, you can have pizza delivered to your campsite, which they make, there. They have a huge store (convenience store sized) and the prices are comparable to the local grocery store… maybe a little higher, but it is a campground store. They have fresh baked cookies and fudge and other baked goods. They also have pedal-operated vehicles for rent, at the store.
Above the store is a Library… you can exchange books and I believe she said you could just check-out books, too. They have DVD movie rentals for $1 a night. They show movies every night, sometimes on the Tennis Court and sometimes in the Pavilion beside the Tennis Court. There are two outdoor pools and one indoor/heated pool. On our first stay, there were a few people using the indoor pool, but not many…most were enjoying the outside pools, which were nice and clean. This stay, the outdoor pool was not open, yet… but, the indoor pool was.
Speaking of clean, the bath houses are very nice and are almost always super clean. Sinks are in a new counter top (marble looking) and the faucets are new goldish looking faucets.
The shower heads are the big round ones (probably 8″ diameter) and the knobs are turn-type (not push button). On our first visit, when the campground was so busy… the water was “very warm” when I turned on hot water only, but not as hot as I like it. This time, the water was hot, and I had to add cold water (which is unusual for me… in a public bathhouse). Each shower is in its own “stall” with a slide-latch door… front part was a small dressing room with a chair. Lots of hooks are mounted to the “dressing area”, for hanging clothes and towels.
Now for our puppies’ favorite part of the campground… The “Bark Park” / “Poo Zoo”. Most campgrounds require dogs to be on 6-foot leashes at all times. They are used to it, but like all dogs, they would like to be able to just run free, every once in a while.
Well, Compton Ridge has a “Bark Park” / “Poo Zoo” that is fenced, where dogs can run and chase squirrels and just have a really good time. There is a nice bench, so their people can sit down and read, or talk to other people while they watch their puppies play. There’s also a water spicket, so their dish can be filled with cool, fresh water. They have a bowl, under the spicket. However, I always carried a bag with their tennis ball, their empty water dish, and some treats. They are spoiled and like their own dish.
There are Doggy Clean-up Stations, all over the park… with little bags to use, when you clean up after your pet. Please take advantage of these well-stocked stations, and clean-up after your pets. Others will appreciate it!
All and all, I’d have to say this is probably our favorite campground, in Branson. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.