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10/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
We generally love COE campgrounds, and this one is no exception. Large sites, mature trees, good utilities, clean restrooms, lots of area to walk with, or without, your dog. The Fall color was just spectacular while we were there. The campground is located in central Illinois "Amish country", so you may see a buggy or two if you drive around the countryside or into any of the local towns such as Arthur or Arcola. (Our $12.00 nightly rate was with our NPS senior discount card.)
08/2014
rating [ 8/10 ]
Our experience with this campground was just fine for what we intended it for. Apparently a much better experience than the reviewer who gave it a "2" recently. Although this is not what I would call a "deluxe" or "resort" type campground, it does not in my opinion deserve such a low rating. Everything worked as advertised, and the staff was quite friendly, humorous and helpful. The restrooms and laundry areas are HUGE, and were clean. Our 30amp electric was good. The water was good. The wifi was generally good, but in just about every campground we visit the wifi takes "spells", as it did here. We had been warned about the weeds with burrs on them, but in walking our dogs I never noticed any. There are plenty of places to walk your dog, and they also have a nice, large, fenced in dog "play area". Don't forget, this IS Kansas, so large shade trees are not going to be there. All in all, we liked this place for our overnight stay. Oh, and by the way, the "Hunt Brother's" pizza is very good!
06/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
We really liked this park. Lots of mature trees, lots of green space, a nice, clean little pool, very friendly staff, etc. I would LIKE to give it higher than a 7, I really would, but as a previous reviewer mentioned, there are TRAINS. Trains all night, it seems. Trains with really, really loud whistles. There is an ungated railroad crossing right next to the campground, and the trains HAVE to blow their whistles because of that. I know this is not the KOA's fault, but it is certainly something to be aware of.
10/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a good campground if you just need a decent one-nighter, or if you are an avid gambler. I don't like gambling, but I do enjoy a decent place to spend the night, safe and secure. The electric, water and sewer all worked just fine. The bathhouse and laundry appeared very nice, although we did not use them. The pull through sites are concrete, level and long. The back-ins look a little short to me, but I was on a pull through anyway. The Wi-Fi for our site, #10, was totally non-existent. Not even a weak signal. I noticed later on that their apparent "one and only" Wi-Fi antenna was at the far end of the park, on top of the bathhouse/laundry building. If you want Wi-Fi, I would advise you to park down that way. I am not a total electronics idiot, but I could not find the cable TV hook-up on my site, or on any of the other sites for that matter. They must be extremely well camouflaged is all I can say. I called the "fan club", which is the office for the campground, and the lady said she would send a guy down to see what the deal was. No one ever showed up, so I had to break out my tailgater in order to watch my STL Cardinal game.
10/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
We love this park! We were there for a week, and just got back home a few days ago. I cannot think of any area or category in which it does not earn at LEAST a 9 or 10, in my estimation. Location is great. Bike and walking/hiking trails, great. Utilities and functionality, great. The sites are huge, the roads are paved, flat and in perfect condition. The previous reviewer mentioned poor Wi-Fi, which is the exact opposite of my experience. In fact, the Wi-Fi was better than I have had at any other campground. I could go on and on, but I'll shut up now. BTW, I do NOT work for Gulf State Park!
10/2013
rating [ 5/10 ]
We used this park for a one night stop-over on the way to Gulf Shores. I suppose it's an "OK" place for a one nighter, but our stay there started out on the wrong foot. As I was checking in, I was asked if I had dogs. I said yes, we have two German Shepherds. Since there is NOTHING on their website about breed restrictions, NOR was it mentioned on the phone when I made the reservation, I presumed everything was fine. The check-in person informed me that Rotties, Pits, and German Shepherds are not allowed at their park. She said she would make an exception in our case since we were only staying for one night, but we must NOT leave our immediate campsite with the dogs, no matter what. We did not use the restrooms or showers, so I cannot comment on them except to say the building looked somewhat run down. The roads are gravel, and are alright. The water, electric and sewer all worked as they should. Since we could not leave our immediate campsite, we did not get to do any exploring around the campground to get much more of an impression of it. We paid the PPA rate.
09/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
We just found this park by happen-stance on the way home from Wisconsin. We were looking for a PPA park, and chose this one. Wow, good choice! We were put on site D3, a perfectly flat, long, concrete pull-through with full hook-ups. A nice grassy yard with a large tree in the front. Plenty of room in every direction, I did not even have to unhitch. Everything worked great, and the Wi-Fi was about the best we have ever had. Friendly staff and workers, clean restrooms and showers, what else do you want for a "one nighter"! Our rate was the PPA rate.
09/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
We loved this park! We were in a back-in site, with full hook-ups. Everything worked great, with no nasty surprises. Good water, good electric, good sewer and good Wi-Fi. The workers were friendly and helpful. We hardly used the restroom/bath house, but we found them to be clean. Not ultra modern, but very serviceable. We have two GSD's, and it was a great park for them as well. There is a huge, grassy field as part of the campground where we could exercise them to our hearts content. The park roads are a mixture of old asphalt and gravel, but certainly passable. There are a number of permanent residents and seasonals, but nothing shabby. We found it to be a very quiet park, and we plan on going back again the next time we are up in that area.
05/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
We have never been to an Arkansas state park campground that we did not like! This one was no exception. The shower house was nicer and cleaner than many of the pricier, private campgrounds at which we have stayed. The campground road is smooth and paved, very suitable for walking or riding your bike. The campground staff was very friendly and helpful. This is not a "fancy" campground, but if you like camping and the state park experience, this is the place for you.
07/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
We found this park to be perfectly suitable for our needs. The restroom, showerhouse, and laundry rooms were all nice and very clean. Not real "new" looking, but we are not the "resort" type camper anyway. The staff was friendly and helpful. They have a minimum of supplies in their office store, but we always come prepared anyway. The pool was great! It was on the large size, and like everything else, very clean. We chose one of the back-in sites around the perimeter of the campground, as that was where the trees and shade are. There are several brand new looking, pull-through sites in the center of the campground, but they have zero shade. There are a few older pull-through sites at the back of the campground, which appeared to have some trees and shade. Our back-in site was #A6, which was more than large enough for our 29' 5th wheel, with plenty of room left over to park the truck. All the services worked well, that being water, electric, sewer and free WiFi. Our $20.00 (cash) rate reflects the PPA discount.
03/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
We loved this place! Close to the ocean. Close to Pensacola. Close to the Naval air base where the Blue Angels call home. We saw them do one of their weekly shows for people that come to the base. Awesome!
03/2012
rating [ 3/10 ]
On our way from Pensacola to Tupelo, we were just looking for a convenient place, with pull throughs, for one night. I did not want to unhitch. Well, I did not have to unhitch, but that was about the only good thing I can say about our site at Springridge RV Park. The "RV" part of the layout is merely an old, broken up asphalt parking lot on the side of a hill behind the "Mobile Estates" that fronts the street. The particular site we were given, had us up pointing uphill rather noticeably. Not wanting to unhitch, we just lived with it for the night. The sites were all VERY tight, with the utilities just stuck in the asphalt. It would be very easy to hit them while trying to maneuver in or out of the sites. They were just accidents waiting to happen. Heaven forbid that anyone arrive after dark, because the sites are all criss-crossed and very confusing, even in the daylight. Long story short, we will not be staying here again, even if it was free.
03/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This was a membership park for a long time, however they now admit non-members. The park has been in existence for many years, and looks like it. The present owners are actively trying to bring it up to snuff, but I suspect it will take quite a bit of time and money on their part. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and because of that I would consider staying there again. The park has many features which we were not able to sample, as we were there in the off season and the place was, for the most part, deserted.
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