I'm currently on a road trip to Kansas City, and have encountered two closed rest stops so far. One for repairs, and the other (Ohio, I believe) had no explanation. Out of the ones that were open, some appeared to be scaling back a bit on services.
Last night we stayed at Buck Creek State Park in Ohio. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the campground by phone (busy signals, and a very confusing series of recorded messages), we finally called the reservation center and ate the $8 reservation fee).It was a very nice campground, but we ended up dropping $33 for a site with electric. Upon arrival, we saw a sign that said the campground was full (on a Sunday evening?), only to discover that the campground was less than 30% occupied. We left at 11:00 AM and during the entire time we were there we never saw a park employee, and the campground office was closed. They seem to be cutting back to the point that the reservation center is the only point of contact.
By contrast, we are now at Graham Cave State Park in Missouri. We arrived after hours and the campground host was excellent. He also said the Missouri State Parks were cutting back on staff/hours, but the campground is quiet and beautiful.
$19 per night.
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