A couple’s desire to open a family friendly campground in Clyde, Ohio, is going to benefit campers and local residents alike.
Buckeye Acres Campground, which opened in June, will soon feature a restaurant that will be open to the public, the News-Messenger, Fremont, reported.
About a third of the campground’s 90 camping sites are already accounted for, and a fishing and swimming pond is already in place. The pond is stocked with yellow perch and features a sand volleyball island in its center and two paddleboats to ride in.
Owners Mark and Betsy Hackenburg are seasoned campers who wanted to build a campground that would be fun for the whole family. They are the parents of an adult son and three young daughters.
The campground they built on farmland that they own between Clyde and Bellevue was designed with families in mind. It features six official horseshoe pits, two volleyball courts, six cornhole boards, a big playground and a small train that can take kids for rides around the park. A walking trail that circles the park will eventually feature picnic tables and exercise stations.
Although the campground’s season will end in late November, the Hackenburgs plan to eventually allow year-round camping. A heated pavilion that will accommodate more than 200 people will be open for indoor events and will be available to rent for parties and special occasions. A basketball court will be flooded in the winter for ice skating, and a hill near the court can be used for sledding.
A game room will be equipped with a pool table and arcade games, and campers can participate in bingo, cornhole and euchre tournaments.
All of the building materials for the restaurant have been purchased, and contractors from Clyde have been hired to frame the building. Once it’s finished, the diner will offer breakfast foods, burgers, chicken, fish and wood-fired pizza.
“We’ll also do some smoked meats. You can do a lot in the wood-fired oven,” Betsy said.
The restaurant will also sell soft-serve ice cream and cotton candy.
Although the Hackenburgs have focused on fun in the design of the campground, they haven’t traded entertainment for practicality. All that they are doing is top-of-the-line and geared toward comfort and safety.
Buckeye Acres Campground will offer both 30- and 50-amp service to meet the needs of all campers.
Every site has rural water and full-service hook-ups, and a shower house will be built on the grounds.
For safety purposes, the campground will eventually be fenced in. A kids’ pavilion is located near the playground.
“It’s a place where kids can hang out, but we can still see them, so they’ll be safe,” Betsy said.
In addition to the campsites, three cabins will be built. One will be handicap-accessible.
The campground sits on former farmland that the Hackenburgs rented out until last fall. They and their son Kole have worked round the clock to open the campground since the soybean crop was removed last November. In addition to the construction they’ve been doing, they also planted more than 300 trees that were purchased from a tree farm in Old Fort.
Because Buckeye Acres wasn’t open a full season this year, discounted rates have been offered. This year’s rates are $850 for a regular site and $1,000 for a pond site. Currently there are only two pond sites left. Next year’s rates will be $1,500 for a regular site and $1,700 for a pond site.
Buckeye Acres Campground can be reached at (419) 765-0048 or (419) 547-8908.