How far away do you live? If you live within an hour or so, drive to the state park, get a site map and pick out exactly the one you like!
We have done this many times and have been VERY glad that we did. We've even driven as far away as 3 hrs and made it a nice afternoon drive!
The last time we drove to Hocking we went to the State Park and even drove down the road to the KOA. We have stayed at Hocking State Park before but after looking at both again we chose to stay our last two trips at the KOA. We love it there which is surprising as we normally like state parks!
Assuming you have looked at the online campground map, which area of the CG are you leaning towards? For example, do you want near the playground, the pool, or do you want a more secluded site, etc....? To be honest, there are very few "bad" sites there...just let us know what's important to you.
We have been there many times and am very familiar with the sites. There are two or three sites near the pool that you can hear a motor running all day. We asked to be moved away from that area once. If you are going during the week, you will have plenty of choice. They let us drive up and pick out our site. Don't know if they let you do that on the weekends when it is much more crowded. Do you want to be by a restroom? Almost all the sites are very nice. Nice space between the sites, but no trees or scrubs divide you. Almost all have shade and trees behind the trailer. When you get to the top of the hill, we prefer the sites to the right. We like the ones next to or across from the camp host. One of the advantages of the KOA is full hook-up. It did seem quieter there to us. We enjoyed our stay there also, but it is more expensive. The road going into the KOA is a little more tricky IMHO, and steep, but the road into the state park is hilly too. If full hookups is important to you, I think you would like it. If you want to save a few bucks, I would go with the state park. I think you will enjoy either. We love the area and the trails. Many are very easy and short.
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I pulled out an old map of the CG with some sites we had marked. We have stayed in pretty much every area of the CG. As for the water tower area (section 1), 64,61,57,55, and 49 looked very good. In section 2 (good sites with less shade), I marked 18(very good), 14,20, and 3. In section 3, I marked 117, 121, 153, 155, 159, 156, 158, 160(very good), and 163(very good). If I remember correctly, the 160 loop had very private sites at the end of the loop and some had trails that led to the lake. For section 4, 123 is very good and private, 125, 126, 164, 165, and 166.
I hope this helps...but again, very few bad sites at this CG. My only real complaint is that I hate the narrow entrance road up the hill (but I've driven a lot worse..lol). Good luck!!
We were on 141 and IIRC we thought all the sites in that section were nice. The playground was close and traffic was minimal since we were at the end. This was one of our favorite trips ever.. seriously one of the most beautiful areas we've come across. Have fun!