RiverView Kampground, situated in McConnelsville, Ohio, is currently under the ownership of Conya and Joseph McGrath. Visitors have the option of staying in one of the campground's cabins or RV sites. Several on-site activities are additionally available for guests during their stay, such as horseshoes, frisbee golf, corn hole, and basketball, to name a few. In view of the nearby nature-oriented attractions—including Blue Rock State Forest, Wayne National Forest, and the Muskingum River—outdoor recreation is a fairly significant draw for tourism in the area. The city of Columbus, located just over an hour's drive away, also contains a few shops and restaurants that may pique the interest of those who are staying at RiverView Kampground.
Located along the Muskingum River in southeastern Ohio, RiverView Kampground encompasses roughly 42 acres of land in a fairly wooded setting. A total of 52 RV sites and 2 cabins are available for visitors to occupy. The RV sites are equipped with full hookups that provide 30- and 50-amp electrical service. One of the owners of the establishment, Conya McGrath, notes that 50 of the RV spots are pull-throughs, while the remaining 2 are back-ins. A picnic table and fire pit are supplied at every site as well. Conya says that sites 1 to 13 are the most popular on account of their close proximity to the river. As for the cabins, these accommodations have a kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms.
In addition to the sites and cabins that patrons can reserve, the premises contains a campground office that also serves as a store. Within this office building, there is a shower area that is open for guest use. With regard to some of the items that are sold in the store, visitors can purchase a variety of souvenir items, recreation gear, and snacks, including T-shirts, candy, beverages, water shoes, and floaties, among other merchandise. Beyond this, RiverView Kampground additionally offers kayak rentals for those who plan on engaging in recreation on the Muskingum River. As mentioned on RiverView Kampground's website, fishing is another activity that can be undertaken on the river. It should also be noted that the campground has private boat access.
Conya remarks that about 10 of the property's acres comprise the campground, while the other 32 acres consist of hiking and four-wheeling trails. Along with these trails, visitors can utilize other on-site activities that the campground provides, namely basketball, corn hole, bocce ball, horseshoes, frisbee golf, badminton, and a playground. For those who want to venture beyond the grounds, Conya says that RiverView Kampground is located among a wide range of attractions, considering its proximity to the city of Columbus. One such attraction that she recommends her guests visit is The Wilds, which is a site that is home to a diverse range of exotic animals. Moreover, Conya suggests people visit the Twin City Opera House, a place that generally draws those who enjoy concerts, movies, and live entertainment, according to Conya. A couple of other nearby attractions that Conya mentions are Big Muskie Bucket and the Columbus Zoo, the latter of which is located somewhat further from RiverView Kampground in comparison to the other previously listed places.
Conya and Joseph McGrath, the owners of RiverView Kampground, have the goal of helping their guests feel "laid back and relaxed" during their stay. Conya further explains that a considerable number of people who stay at the campground are from Columbus, and "they just want to get away from the craziness." The rural and wooded location of the property is one specific element that Conya believes contributes to the atmosphere that she and Joseph hope to create. The owners make an effort to interact with their patrons frequently. On some occasions, the property hosts karaoke gatherings and events that involve live music from a DJ or band. They also hold a BBQ on Memorial Day weekend. While these events are held periodically, they tend to be rather small, reports the owner.
RiverView Kampground operates seasonally from April to October. Conya observes that the busiest season for the property typically takes place from July to August, which she attributes to school being out of session for the summer, thus, a higher quantity of people may be traveling during this time. Generally speaking, the demographic of those who stay at RiverView Kampground is most commonly people between the ages of 35 and 80, as reported by Conya. Over the course of Conya and Joseph's ownership, the camp hosts have noticed that several guests return to the campground.
A few notable policies are enforced at RiverView Kampground that visitors are expected to act in accordance with during their stay. Drugs, firearms, and unruly behavior are all prohibited on-site. Conya and Joseph primarily want people to "keep the place clean and don't tear up the lawn." Concerning pet guidelines, patrons are allowed to bring their dog with them, provided that their pet is kept on a leash. Smoking is not permitted inside any of the property's buildings, including the cabins and the main office; however, guests are welcome to do so inside their RVs. Finally, everyone should be aware that quiet hours are implemented every night starting at 11:00 p.m.
Since 2021, RiverView Kampground has been under the ownership of Conya and Joseph McGrath; however, the campground itself first began in the 1970s, according to Conya. The owners were led into the lodging industry when they took an interest in camping as they traveled with Conya's parents. They enjoyed camping so much that they decided to purchase their own campground. It took about 10 years for Joseph and Conya to find a property that would be the most suitable for them, though eventually, they discovered RiverView Kampground. Conya has found that "it's very laid back here; [she and Joseph] are from New York so coming to Ohio is so much more relaxing."
The business has undergone multiple updates since Conya and Joseph became the camp hosts. During their time as the owners, the office/store building was added and several of the sites had their gravel replaced. As far as future plans go, Conya and Joseph hope to someday add more cabins, a pool, mini golf, and a rec room to the property.