Matt Johnson

Smokey Hollow Campground: A Hidden Gem in the Midwest

Author: Matt JohnsonPhotos/Graphics: Mike HawthornePublished: Apr 7, 2023Updated: Dec 13, 2023

You know we love glamping, but we also love all of the fun activities that Smokey Hollow Campground offers. This incredible campground is packed with all kinds of activities to keep everyone entertained. From fishing and boating to hiking and swimming, there’s something for everyone here. Plus, they have great amenities such as firewood bundles, complimentary WiFi throughout the park, power hookups at each campsite, and even giant inflatables for the kids.

With so much on offer, it’s easy to understand why this is one of the most popular camping destinations in Wisconsin.

We recently stayed there, and we’ve got to hand it to the owners of that park. They’ve done a phenomenal job at putting together an amazing destination.

Located in Lodi, Wisconsin

Located approximately 20 miles north of Madison, finding the campground is easier than ever with its convenient location just off Highway 94, making it the perfect stop on a Midwest road trip. And once you’ve arrived, you’ll be amazed at the beauty of Smokey Hollow Campground.

To get to the campground, head north on I94 from Madison, WI. You’re going to take exit 115 to Highway 60 West. Go just over a mile to County Road J and make a left. Now you’ll go around 1.5 miles to McGowan Road and make a left, and you’ve arrived.

It’s super easy to find your camp spot at Smokey Hollow. There are spots for tents and RVers alike, with plenty of pull-throughs available to make life easier. When you check-in, they’ll give you a campground map so you can see where all the amenities are located.

W9935 McGowan Rd, Lodi, WI 53555

Tons of activities at Smokey Hollow Campground.

Typically when we stay at a campground or resort, we start off with the accommodations. However, what really makes Smokey Hollow Campground stand out are the activities.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing escape or some outdoor adventure, Smokey Hollow Campground has something for everyone.

Swimming pond.

Swimming Pond with Inflatables

The epicenter of the entire campground is the amazing swimming pond. It’s perfect for cooling off on those hot summer days and a great way to make memories with family. The crystal clear water makes it feel like you’re in paradise, and the area is lush with trees to provide plenty of shade.

Kids absolutely love the inflatables they have on the swimming pond. There are huge slides and obstacle courses that keep the kids entertained for hours.

Mini golf.

Another fan-favorite activity at Smokey Hollow Campground is their mini golf course. It’s a great way for families to connect and have some friendly competition. The grounds are well maintained, and the holes are designed with a unique theme in each one, making it even more enjoyable.

While there are a few paid activities, the mini golf course is free for all guests, so you can play as much as you want.

Jumping pillow.

This thing was pretty wild, and the kids absolutely loved it. It’s a giant air-filled mattress that you can jump on, and the kids had so much fun bouncing around. At one point, the staff even set up the volleyball net across the jumping pillow, and the kids organized their own game.

So much more!

You’ll arrive and see their campground filled with everything you need for an awesome weekend with your family. In addition to the swimming pond and mini golf course, there’s a jumping pillow, playgrounds, a skate park, a dunk tank, a game room, outdoor movies, sports courts, and more.

Smokey Hollow Campground is also pet-friendly, so Fido can come along too! There’s even a dog walk area available for those furry friends.

Whether you’re looking for a weekend getaway with the family or just a place to relax, Smokey Hollow Campground is sure to have something that everyone at your party will enjoy.

Gazebo at Smokey Hollow

Luxury cabins, yurts, and Conestoga wagons

When booking your stay, keep in mind Smokey Hollow Campground offers a wide variety of accommodations. Whether you’re looking for luxury cabins, yurts, or Conestoga wagons, they have something that is sure to fit your camping needs. The cabins come with all the modern amenities and comforts of home. If you’re looking for something more rustic, the yurts and Conestoga wagons offer you a chance to experience camping without having to worry about setting up camp.

When we stayed at Smokey Hollow Campground, we stayed in our RV, but we’ve got to say that the deluxe cabins looked amazing. While you can rent a pet-friendly cabin, we wanted to bring both of our pups and wanted to have our RV for that. So we booked one of their seasonal sites.

We noticed that both the park model and deluxe cabins were very spacious and fully furnished. We loved the homey feel of them, with all the modern amenities that you need for a comfortable stay.

Come for the activities, stay for the amenities.

Sure, we stayed in our RV, but that’s not to say that there weren’t plenty of amenities at each campsite or cabin.

And who doesn’t like tons of amenities such as free wifi and a fire ring? After all, when you’re playing on the jumping pillows all day and taking part in treasure hunts, you want a nice fire pit to come back and relax at.

Each site has access to the campground’s bathhouses, laundry facilities, and recreation areas. You’ll definitely be taken care of while you’re here.

The cabins all had small kitchenettes (even the wagons had a microwave and coffee pot despite how small they were).

Even on those rainy days when all of your planned activities are canceled, you can still find something to do. The campground has a game room and TV lounge with all the latest games, movies, and books for you to enjoy.

From the picnic table to the dump station, RV sites are comfy.

There are dozens of campsites for those that want to book reservations for tent camping or want to bring their travel trailer. However, that doesn’t mean they have to miss out on having all the amenities of a cabin.

Each RV site at Smokey Hollow Campground comes with its own picnic table, fire ring, and access to the campground’s dump station. They also have plenty of electrical hook-ups, so you can power all your gadgets while camping in style.

Our experience at Smokey Hollow was nothing short of amazing. It’s the perfect spot for a family getaway or a romantic weekend. Although with all of the kids running around, it’s a little difficult for a romantic getaway. But, regardless of if you’re coming with the family or alone, Smokey Hollow Campground is sure to make your camping experience one that you’ll never forget.

Nearby attractions.

When you’re staying in beautiful Wisconsin, you must take some time to explore all the attractions that it has to offer. We had a tough time pulling ourselves away from everything Smokey Hollow had to offer, but there are some great nearby attractions that you can visit.

Lake Wisconsin.

Gorgeous Lake Wisconsin

While we loved the giant inflatables and water wars on the pond, if you’re wanting a bigger water experience, Lake Wisconsin is only a few minutes away. The lake has plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy, like fishing, boating, swimming, and more. There are also plenty of eateries around Lake Wisconsin for you to enjoy.

Gibraltar Rock County Park.

Gibraltar Rock County Park.

Maybe you’re the type that wants a relaxing stroll or even a strenuous hike. For that, there’s Gibraltar Rock County Park. This gorgeous park has a few miles of trails, plenty of wildlife to watch, and a stunning view from the top.

Smokey Hollow Campground FAQs

When we got back from our trip, we realized that there were a few questions that we had that weren’t answered. So here is a list of the most commonly asked questions about Smokey Hollow Campground that will help you prepare for your stay.

What are the check-in and check-out times?

Check-in and check-out times are different for campers and cabins. If you’re renting a campsite, then the earliest you can check in is 2 pm. All campers must check out no later than 1 pm. As for rentals, check-in is 3 pm, and check-out is 11 am. This gives them time to clean up the space. However, their staff at the front desk is super friendly, and if your cabin, yurt, or RV spot is available and ready, they might let you occupy it earlier. It never hurts to ask.

What can we bring?

You’re allowed to bring your own camping equipment, such as tents, air mattresses, and sleeping bags. However, you must bring all other items that you need for your stay, such as food, beverages, and personal items. It’s a full-on resort, so you could get away with just bringing clothes and hygiene stuff. They have everything else. That is if you’re staying in a cabin.

Does Smokey Hollow Campground provide firewood?

Yes! They offer a variety of packaged firewood bundles for purchase at reasonable prices. Since each spot has a fire pit, you’ll want to make sure you either bring your own wood or purchase their firewood.

Do they allow pets?

Yes, Smokey Hollow Campground allows you to bring your furry friends with you on vacation! However, there are some restrictions in place, such as all pets must be on a leash at all times, there’s a limit of two pets each, and campers must clean up after their pets. These requirements are typical at all campgrounds.

Is there any wifi available?

Yes, Smokey Hollow Campground offers complimentary wifi throughout most of the park. We didn’t notice any dead spots when we were walking around.

Do they have a dump station for travel trailers and RVs?

Of course! They have a fully functioning RV dump station at the park, but unfortunately, they don’t have individual septic hookups at each campsite.

Do they have power and water hookups at the campsites?

They do! While they may not have individual dump stations at each site, they do offer 20, 30, and 50-amp electric hookups and water.

What’s our favorite activity?

Our kids loved the giant inflatables! There’s an obstacle course, a water slide, and even a bounce house. They loved running around and having fun with their newfound friends. Plus, they got to cool off in the pond while they were at it. It was great!

Book your stay at Smokey Hollow Campground, Lodi, Wisconsin.

We get it, you’ve seen enough, and you’re ready to book your stay at Smokey Hollow Campground. Nothing makes us happier!

Booking with them is extremely easy and can be done online in a few simple steps. You can also call the office directly or stop by if you want to chat with someone before making your reservation.

Whether this is your first trip, or you’re a regular, we recommend you checking their calendar to see about their themed weekends. We didn’t stay on one of their themed weekends, but they look fun!


Matt Johnson

Senior Content Writer

Matt is an experienced camper and glamping enthusiast with a Master's degree in Wildlife Science from Texas A&M University. Authoring posts for GlamperGear, he shares his wealth of knowledge on picturesque campsites, luxurious accommodations, and the best gear for outdoor adventures. His passion for nature and knack for comfort in the wilderness make him an expert guide for your next camping endeavor.

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