Hidden Lakes Family Campground is located in Montville, Ohio, an unincorporated community in Geauga County. The area is surrounded by forests, with its operational season ranging from April to October. The campground is on 75 acres of land and has been in operation for over twenty years. Recently, the management was changed, the campground being bought by Jason Graczyk. As such, many parts of the property have also changed, including the environment given off by the guests staying at the campground. Jason strives to keep the campground safe, clean, and quiet. He also tries to bring excitement to his camp by offering entertaining education about survival and the environment to his guests and by promoting the many local fairs that occur throughout the year.
Hidden Lakes is located on 75-acres of land, with 168 total sites located throughout the property for guests to choose between for where they would like to stay. Of those locations, 152 are RV sites, 14 of them are tent sites, and the last two are cabins. The RV sites range from pull-through and back-ins, both of which include water and electricity hook-ups. The tent sites vary from primitive tent camping to tent sites with water and electricity for guest use. Each cabin comes with a mini-fridge, a microwave, a space heater, a bed, a picnic table, a grill, and a fire ring. For guests that are looking to stay at the property over a weekend, a two-night minimum stay is required. If that weekend is a holiday weekend, a three-night stay is expected for those staying. The property has a store on-site, with several different items for sale. Some items sold there include beverages, treats, firewood, propane, toys, some fishing supplies, health and beauty products, to name just a few.
Jason Graczyk, the owner of the Hidden Lakes Family Campground, provides an "education factor" to his park by showcasing different flowers with their respective histories for guests to learn about throughout their stay at the campground. Educational walking trails exist on the property, offering lessons pertaining to astronomy, weather, and wildlife. Near the campsite is the Great Lakes Medieval Fair, which offers a medieval experience for its visitors. This 13th century themed park is opened for the weekends of a couple of months throughout the year, offering a variety of activities, a couple of these activities being jousting and themed dancing. Another attraction near the area is Observatory Park. Because the area is one of the 39 Dark Sky parks in the United States, this observatory is often a popular attraction for those who visit the area. The observatory offers telescopes as well as planetarium shows for its guests.
Hidden Lakes Family Campground tries to make the property "peaceful and clean" by minimizing the potential customers of the campground. By focusing on which campers are allowed in the park, Hidden Lakes significantly reduces "partiers and drinkers" in their campground, allowing a quieter environment. Jason Graczyk stated that "firing your customers provides a family-friendly environment because you can reduce the poor influence that can be found in campgrounds." Guests of the property have mentioned the camp has "great customer service in the office. Very nice campground with clean showers and restrooms; clearly cared for and well-maintained park." Some other reviews mention the property as a "hidden gem," specifically referring to the amount of space that each site has.
Montville is an unincorporated community that makes up one of the sixteen townships located throughout the county. The township is recognized as one of the world's International Dark Sky areas in the United States. The International Dark-Sky Association protects the nighttime environment by reducing the amount of light pollution that enters the sky. In doing this, the nighttime in Montville is seen as a tourist attraction due to the natural lighting from the stars and moon. Some guests can choose to go to Montville and see the night sky, either at the camp or at the observatory, which is said to be clearer than what many people have seen in the past.
Hidden Lakes Family Campground has been in business for over 20 years. The owner, Jason, was a doctor of over ten years who was fascinated by the idea of "people who consume things which aren't consumable." He bought the property about 4 years ago, rebuilt much of the area, cleaned up some parts of the land around the camp and where the guests stay at, and helped to change the type of people who stayed at the park. Today, the Jason tries to keep the park clean and peaceful.