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When they aren't helping out at the local volunteer fire department or traveling to Papua New Guinea for missions work, Sam and Mary Hershberger are the owners of Scenic Hills RV Park just one mile from Berlin, Ohio.
Right in the heart of Amish Country, this park began as an idea in 1987 when Sam and Mary saw that the property across from Hiland High School was for sale. They had taken a trip to Florida back in 1969, renting an RV, and it was on this trip that Sam saw how well he liked traveling and interacting with the friendly "RVing" community.
"You could almost say we are our own community," said Sam of the RVing family. "RVers are a group of people that work together very well."
Scenic Hills RV Park opened in 1990 and sits on 30 acres, with beautiful views of country hills and valleys all around, just off of Township Road 367. Originally, the park started with 15 full hook-up sites for RVs. Today there are 112 full hook-up sites for self-contained RVs, six of which are "Super Sites."
The RV park has many convenient amenities to suit campers needs. Campsites offer 30 and 50 amp, electric, water, and sewer on all sites. The average site width is 35 feet; Wi-Fi is free throughout the park; a central phone is available for use; a dump station is on site; fire rings and picnic tables are on every site for use by campers and firewood is available for free when the RV park has it on hand.
Super Sites provide campers with a few extra amenities such as patios and extra space for larger units.
Sam and Mary have gotten to know many repeat customers, coming back every year for the shopping and restaurants in the area, and to reconnect with longtime friends they've made over the years.
"Lots of people come in for their favorite local events and schedule their reservations in advance for the next year," said Hershberger. Being located just minutes from some of the best Amish shopping around, Scenic Hills is a great home base for all the attractions in the area.
"We encourage campers to bring coolers and load them up with plenty of meat and cheese while they're here," said Sam. Troyer's Country Market is just up the road (practically within walking distance from the park).
The average camper will stay for 3-5 days and the park usually has a 70 percent occupancy rate in the summer time. It's best to plan a reservation ahead of time due to the amount of campers coming each year.
One of the busiest times of the year is around Charm Days, which takes place the first weekend in October. Most guests will book their spots for Charm Days a year in advance. The East Holmes Firemen's Festival is another popular event coming up in July.
"We are just close enough to town, but yet secluded from the busy State Route," said Hershberger. "Lots of people tell us they love the peace and quiet more than anything."
The park is open from April 1st to November 1st and during the off season, Sam and Mary help support a mission school in the jungle in Papua New Guinea, which they've been traveling to since 1990.
It's important to note that Scenic Hills accepts cash or checks only for payment, luckily there are plenty of ATMs in the area - plus you can call ahead and make your reservation over the phone, and then mail in your payment ahead of time.
Scenic Hills RV Park is located at 4483 TR 367 in Berlin. For more information call 330-893-3607 or visit www.scenichillsrvpark.com