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11/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Rate is PPA. Called to see if site was available and was told to pull in, go to site #xx, and then fill out paperwork on porch in front of office and leave it. It was late and all went smoothly except...no electric. When 30 amp didn't work, tried 20 amp. Then had a thought, replugged to 30 amp AND also threw the 100 amp breaker. That seemed to turn on power. Some sort of safety device? But we had the power. Later went to take shower and found large "family" bathroom with large walk in shower. They had spray bottle and asked users to spray down after shower, so very clean and nice. This was only a night stop, but the few regulars we met were all very welcoming and friendly. Sites are level, away from noise, and stars were beautiful. Maybe not a destination for us, but certainly a place we would stop again. Very pleased to see they had recycle bins for most items.
11/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
We had forgotten how nice COE campgrounds are. Site was big, wide and level. Over the air TV was excellent. We had trees, birds and nature all around. Went to bathhouse and showers were large, clean and lots of hot water. One of the most restful nights we have spent on the road. Entrance gate can be intimidating. And NO recycle bin. Shame! Trash is all at the exit (easy for contractors, but not customer friendly). Definitely a great place for resting or family fun. Hope to get back here later for longer stay. Expect in summer it would be crowded and need reservations.
11/2013
rating [ 1/10 ]
This mobile home community had some unused land so put in sites for RVs right along the fence separating it from the busy 4 lane road. Traffic noise loud and All Night. We had electric, water, sewer, and we had internet. But the access road to the site was narrow, rutted, and once at the site, had no good way to exit. They seem to have put two RVs on one mobile home site with a shared driveway that is not in front of either. So you might drop off the curb getting out. Certainly want to unhitch if towing, and you couldn't fit in anyway with it attached. When I checked in, was told to follow the signs and not given map, instructions, or anything else. It was not as simple as it sounded. If ever in the area again, we would either stay at Walmart or keep on going.
11/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Park is "free" but we left donation in box (not easy to find.) Sites are reasonably level. Noise not a big issue. This is a great service by a small town; wish more did this so we could avoid Walmarts. Problems noted are: no restroom or shower so be self-contained. No instructions or guides on the signboard, so you have to guess on process. Over the air signal adequate. I suspect if you were here in summer, you could use the facilities, which seemed lovely--driving range, frisbee golf, etc. It was a nice gesture by the town and we appreciated it and got a good night's rest.
11/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Just passing through and needed a spot to stop and see Roswell. Owner very nice and helpful. Sites easy to get into and level. Each pull through has a picnic table with extension for grill attached. Nice touch...BUT...tables bolted down and so placement of coach and door is critical. Don't get too close or you will have trouble getting past. Good over the air TV coverage, so didn't use cable. Spent morning at the museum and in town then pulled out for points east. But it was a quiet, restful spot. We would probably stay here again if in the area. Did not see any recycling bins.
10/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
We have recently stayed at the Lazydays in Seffner, FL, and the Tucson park far exceeds that location. The sites are pull-through, long, and have reasonable space between sites. All hookups are well placed and work well. Wi-Fi is free and is fast. Pool/hot tub are lovely and other amenities are quality--restrooms, restaurant, laundry, etc. We have a Lazydays "Customer for Life" card that I had forgotten about. I spoke to the desk and told them and was told, bring it in, I'll refund the discount back to your card. THAT is customer service. So why only a 9 for this campground? I am disappointed that they do NO recycling here; Tucson has recycling, but apparently the campground feels it too expensive to participate. As campers, I think we should be encouraging recycling and other issues that improve the environment we love. Also, it was mentioned previously that there is train noise. They seem to run more in the evening and they seem to really pull on the horn. Maybe it's good that the economy is doing well, but it is loud and can rattle you at night....not the campground's fault, but it is a detractor. Finally, although this is a review of the CAMPGROUND, I have to also add to a previous comment about the overall attitude of customer service seen here. Sales, finance, delivery, service, parts....all these folks are head and shoulders above the folks we saw in Tampa. Kudos to the organization in Arizona....excellence in every area we visited.
10/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Rate reflects PPA discount. We stopped here on our way to Grand Canyon. Management extremely helpful and friendly. The sites are on the back side of the motel and truck stop - sounds ominous, but no lights or noise and beautiful views of sunrise over mountains. They have ONE bathroom, at the motel, and the shower attached is kept locked unless you request it. (Apparently they have had a problem with truckers using and messing it up.) We didn't need the shower so were happy just to hook up, eat and get on our way in the morning. But next AM, we opted to try the diner. OMG!!! What a great breakfast!!! And inexpensive. I had eggs, pancakes, home fries and bacon. Couldn't eat it all. Had leftovers next day. Same for wife. Though not scenic or a spot for a vacation, a wonderful spot to overnight. We would definitely stay there again. WAIT - FLASH - WE STOPPED A WEEK LATER ON OUR WAY BACK FROM GRAND CANYON. Yep, same great friendly service and THIS time we took showers. The manager said let me know when and she'd unlock. After dinner we went up and she quickly came out to open the shower room. She explained she had just gone in and cleaned it for us since she knew we would be wanting to take it on. Great Service!! Then, next morning, another great breakfast with leftovers. (Try the breakfast enchiladas--awesome.) Oh yes, a great spot. Main reason for lower score is the single shower and the utilitarian pull through spots. Also, they do not have a recycling program. But still, a great stop over. Hmmm, ought to try the dinner at the diner.
10/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Though a PPA campground, they did not honor the rate for Sat or Sun night. We paid two nights at full rate ($32) and two nights at half. So average of $24 a night is not bad. Spaces can seem tight, but are quite level and all utilities within easy reach. Step out patio is nice touch and there is clear space to park tow vehicle next to RV. Pool and hot tub were warm, clean and a great addition; laundry was reasonable and clean. Showers are now tile lined rooms (2) at pool side with lockable door, and shower head is rain-head in ceiling. Only toilet we found was in laundry and while "clean", was certainly not convenient nor adequate for campground. As someone said, be self contained. They have recycling program but do not take glass or Styrofoam. Biggest issue for me was Wi-Fi - it is pay ($5 a day or $15 a week) but NO ONE at check-in knew that or could tell me how to get on. I was advised, "Wait until Monday when manager is here." On Monday, SHE didn't know. That is expensive and inconvenient, particularly when staff hasn't a clue. Overall place was convenient for visiting a relative and sites were not bad. But it just felt like RVers were an afterthought. We'd stay again because of proximity to family.
10/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
OMG!! This was a fun park; the train goes right through the campground--twice in the morning (8:15 and 9:00) and twice in the evening. Folks gather to wave to the returning trains. The FREE trolley right at the front entrance into town was super. We had a back-in site that was plenty big and right under a huge tree with lots of shade. Friends came and had a pull in site right next to us. Sites were gravel and very level. We saw lots of large rigs on the next lower level and though close, they all had slides out and room to walk between. (But as someone said, if you wanted private sites, this is not for you.) Staff was very friendly and helpful. I did have several issues that caused me to downgrade from a possible 10: first, they have NO recycling at the campground, even though they do it in town. It's not that difficult and as campers we should be encouraging environmentally friendly policies. Second, all the rest rooms/showers have cypher locks on the outside door. I just don't see the need, if you have a diligent staff. Finally, though I got on the internet OK, it was slow and did drop on a number of occasions. But we would definitely come back here.
10/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
Stopped here after first checking out the only other campground in the area. Though we paid twice as much at Lake Tamarisk, it was WELL worth it. This place is an oasis in the desert. It is predominately park models and snowbirds, but they do maintain some transient sites. Ours was level with full hookups. They have a heated salt filtered pool and a hot tub. Although NO over the air TV or cable hookup, lounge was open and available to go and watch TV. Internet connection was excellent. Mangers were very helpful and friendly. Reasons to downgrade: Lack of TV, only one shower/toilet in club house area, lack of any amenities nearer than 30 miles. Make sure you have what you need. But if you want to play golf, they have a small course here. A great place to overnight or two.
10/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflects PPA. This is part of the Encore group and they do a wonderful job. We've stayed in Encore parks in FL and this was one of the best. It is predominately for snowbirds, with many park models, but they do keep some sites for transients. It was before most had returned for the winter and was very quiet. The pool and hot tub were wonderful and we never saw more than one other person in. Residents were very friendly and helpful; needed to do some fix-up and found a gentlemen who helped and used his extensive tool collection to make sure I got the job done right. Front desk was marvelous. Only problem is the front is closed on weekends. This became an issue on Sunday when we went to do laundry, inserted money to purchase debit card for machines, and it took the money but did not give a card. I called the general manager listed on the office door and she came within 10 minutes, got me a card and made sure I knew how to load money on it. Some of previously commented on narrow spaces; we did not experience that, even when a large rig pulled in next to us and put out slides. Would I have liked more room? Of course. But it's an RV park in a highly competitive area where each space represents income. It was not over crowded or confining. Biggest issue is the proximity to train tracks...these are very active tracks with frequent trains both day AND night and the required train whistles/horns. It can be jarring. This is the ONLY reason I gave them a 9; and it is not the fault of the park. Road noise is minimal, there is a Flying J only 2 miles away and plenty of RV repair facilities and shops close by. We would definitely come here again.
09/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Rate reflects fact that we both used hot springs and thus did not pay $8 each, which we would have paid if camping elsewhere. Normal rate is $42. We have stayed at many places and this is Not a resort RV spot. They are down to 4 RV sites. They have put in motel "cabins" and charge high rates. You get a level spot, full hookups, with good WiFi, clear cable, and are close to town. Highlight would be ability to use hot springs as often as you wish. But some downsides do exist. Sites are narrow and short. There is room enough for slides without infringing on neighbor. Entrance is not well marked. Turn before you get to hotel office. It is first street to left after the bridge. Bathhouse/showers/toilets are in hot springs area which require you to go into office and then out through gates to the facility. Not convenient for RVers, but this is mostly for hotel guests and day soakers. If you enjoy family hot springs, warm pool, and nature, this is a great place to stay for a few days. We would definitely stay here again.
09/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was our first visit to USAF facility. We have used other services and most are usually well above average. As expected, this was a top notch place. Check in was smooth and we were "strongly" advised to not let the cat out in the evening as bear, coyote, and mountain lion were all reported to be in the area. (We never saw nor heard evidence of any). Spaces are large and fairly level. Hookups are easy, and good. We were there on a football weekend so it was crowded but we never felt it. Feel I can not give a 10 for several issues: (a) WiFi was very spotty in our site. Perhaps we were too far from the tower, but it would cut out all of a sudden then come back in 3-10 minutes. (b) Noise of trains and announcements was poor. Can't help the trains (so be forewarned), but the announcements of some weather issue were loud but unintelligible. Glad it wasn't serious. Not fault of campground, but distressing to have announcement blaring and not be able to understand what it is about except the phrase, "Take cover immediately!" Need to improve speakers and those speaking. But both issues are minor and not really that bad.
09/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Rate reflects PPA discount. This was an overnight stop on a westward swing. The sites are all gravel and large. W/E/S had good location and easy to access. Road noise, though set back, was still noticeable. There was ONE restroom/shower for RVers. The single restroom was large with a shower at the far end of the room. There were stone floors and NO differentiation between shower area and toilet/wash stand, so if someone had taken a shower before you, the floor could be quite wet. In addition, you had to PAY for the water. It was $2 for 4 minutes and you could add more before it shut off. We have not had to pay for a shower since we were tent camping in the 70's. They facility has FREE breakfast, but not for campers. I was told I could come in and pay $1 per item if I wanted. All in all, it was better than boondocking at the WalMart, but not a destination site. (It IS close to Bent's Old Fort, and that is a stop to make.) But because of the odd bath/toilet facilities, the having to pay for water, road noise, and the dusty/gravel nature of the site, not worthy of higher than the 8.
09/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This was an overnight stop on the way west. I would not make it a destination, though given alternatives in the plains area, it may be the best available. Pluses: manager of hotel/campground very nice and helpful, pool was heated and had noodles, basketball hoop, and other fun things to play with. There was an outdoor gas grill to use and tables. The restaurant next door had awesome food (get a piece of pie!) and breakfast was very filling. Restroom/shower (one for men, one for women) was clean and well maintained. However, original RV sites (front 12 or 13) are Very narrow. We have no slides, if we did, we could not put them out. Electric hook up had no breaker and the box was hanging on the pole with a zip cord to keep it there. Water faucet is close to the ground making it awkward to attach hose. Many long term residents who work in area and they leave very early -.in loud diesel pickups. However, given the negatives, it is convenient if you want to see Greensburg, KS, or other places in the area. And, coming back to a heated pool and good place to eat is not all bad. We would definitely stay here again (though ask for a site in the back, which is newer wider.)
09/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was an overnight stop for us on a westward swing. After reviewing other campgrounds in the area, we would choose this campsite again. The sites were level and large. The campground manager took me to look at several sites first and then led us to the place. Yes, the sites are gravel, but so what; it drains well in the rain. There are lots of trees, so it may be difficult if you rely on satellite for TV, but we found enough over the air stations from nearby Joplin. WiFi was free, though a bit slow. We used the restrooms and showers and found them clean and comfortable. They had the water on a softener, so it was very soft. It was also a bit on the salty side for taste, but had no bad smell or flavor. Downsides are: some sites are a bit tight to get into, but that is not bad as there are plenty of trees for shade. Interstate road noise is there in the background, though a small hill between the campground and interstate help blunt some of the sound. Finally, be warned, the approach from the north comes at you quickly. There is no Large sign by the road. We went south and turned around in a large lot (warning sign--no turns, but we did anyway) and got back fine. The park looks a bit run down, but I think is a work still in progress. As stated earlier, given other options, we would stay here again.
09/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflects Senior discount. Most all previous reviews are accurate and reflect our feelings about this campground. We chose this place as convenient and inexpensive. It is also very peaceful, calm, and a wonderful place to stay for several days and explore the area. There are some downsides, which is why I gave it a 9. First, no Wi-Fi or cable. However, we did pick up local stations over the air, so we could keep up with news and weather. Second, the roads in the park are narrow and windy. Not a problem if you are comfortable with your rig, but it is slow going. Third, though they advertise "swimming" at the park, it is Not allowed currently due to too many geese swimming and using the beach. Finally, directions to the park are not clear. Do not take SR-1; this will force you to take the Craighead Forest Rd which is narrow, has tight turns and blind hills to get to the park. All this, the camp host was wonderful, the sites very level and wide, and the bathhouse clean and well maintained. As mentioned, there is free firewood at your campsite and the sites are far enough apart to be comfortable. There are woods all around and wonderful walking trails to enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings. We would stay here again.
08/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
Rate reflects Passport America. This is our third visit, going back over the past 8 years. In our opinion they have gone from a 6 to 9 to 10. What wonderful improvements!! This park could be a model for how to build and run an RV park. The pull-through site we had required NO leveling. All connections were appropriately placed and worked well. They have not crammed in sites to make money, but have left trees in place, have green spaces and honor nature and the earth by being as green as possible. We used the pool and they had a stack of noodles and floats for folks to use. We noticed the shuffle board and horse shoes available and they even have a free driving range for golfers with clubs to borrow stacked for the golfer. This is a wonderful place that keeps getting better. We will definitely stop again.
08/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Rate reflects Passport America. We stayed here because it was close to friends we wanted to see. I specifically requested a pull -through site and was given a very large, easy to maneuver site. IF you choose this campground, understand that the bulk of sites are park models or small mobile homes, with permanent residents. All of them we met were friendly. The bathhouse we used was new and well maintained. Staff was VERY friendly and helpful. Our site was lovely and had lots of room. Those are all the Pluses. There are some negatives: The campground is laid out in concentric rings and has offshoots of other rings. That is good for infrastructure but can make it confusing to get around. Also, the roads ARE narrow, but if you have trouble driving your rig on these roads, maybe you should consider a smaller rig. Wi-Fi is free for 4 hours; but I couldn't pick it up. I asked at the office and they said others in the area got it. So they gave me an additional 8 hours of coupons for free Wi-Fi. However, that didn't mean I'd get hooked up, and I never did; I had to go to the office and sit on a park bench. Yes, trash and recycle are all at the front and no pick-up at your site. If you are far from the front, it is a long walk. Finally, our sewer was NOT raised up; it was actually sunk in the ground and I didn't see it until after we were parked. It was impossible to get the top unscrewed so we ended up driving to their dump station. That was equally bad; water in the drain to within 12" of the top. It created a "messy situation" when it backed up. All that said, we WOULD stay here again if visiting in the area.
08/2013
rating [ 6/10 ]
Rate reflects Passport America. We stayed here because it was close to friends we wanted to visit. We were towing a trailer and needed a pull-through site. They have FOUR only, and they are outside the gate, along the entrance road. They are more like long parallel parking slots, but easy to get into. However, the hookups are at the end of the site, including the sewer, so you need long connections. I had to use a double water hose and electrical extension to make it work. Forget about the sewer! I was on a site with cable and so had that added to my bill even though I had no intention of using it. It was not mentioned at check-in, so a bit of an irritant. Other sites are all back in and close. If you can drive and back in, it shouldn't be a problem. Wi-Fi was always an issue and I ended up going into the clubhouse to get a connection. Campground (not a "resort") is located in commercial area with lots of parking lots and lights all around. It is NOT close to the beach and the pool is small. If you choose to use this park, drive VERY SLOWLY on approach or you will miss the entrance and then have to drive around the large block through traffic to get back. The entrance has no large signs and what catches the eye is the advertisement for Storage Facility in front. If you need someplace to stay for short term, it is probably better than a Walmart parking lot, especially in hot weather when you need A/C 24/7.
08/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
Ok, if you want to use this as the standard for other campgrounds, you will have a problem finding many, if any, to equal it. What other campgrounds offer FREE: coffee, paper, Wi-Fi, breakfast and lunch? None we have found. But...if you are camping for free food and papers, then maybe you are not really into camping. Yes, a great pool and hot tub. But if you are staying here, then you need to go somewhere else for entertainment. This is an adjunct to a very large RV sales force. If you understand this, you will have a good time and enjoy yourself. It's great for an overnight or short pause, and if you want to have fun, look at the great RV's for sale. We have found the staff to be excellent and helpful. Sites are well sited with a slight downward slope to allow rain to drain away from the camper. In all, it is a standard to measure, but remember, national forests, state parks, and countless other places also offer wonderful opportunities. This park is in a category pretty much by itself.
08/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is our 2nd visit. The rate is PPA. Our previous assessment (Sep 11) remains the same. This is a great place, friendly staff, and in an excellent location. There are plenty of close by shopping places if needed and wonderful places to eat, from large seafood spots in Daytona Beach to a great Italian pizza/sub shop just across the street from the campground. The pull through spot we had for short term stays was grass and little shade, but it was level and had great hook ups with a nice cement patio and picnic table. We highly recommend this location if you are in the area and definitely plan to stay again.
05/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Rate reflects +55 discount. Much good about this park. As noted previously, couple that runs it is very helpful and a joy to talk to. Many sites to choose, and they have 3 bath houses to accommodate large crowds. It IS very convenient to sightseeing in the area and we found great places to eat. Noise from trains and road was minimal, and my wife is very sensitive to that. BUT: we arrived after some heavy rains and sites on the grass in the swale were flooded and muddy. There had been a number of campers for a motorcycle show and when they left, there were ruts in the grass that need to be smoothed out. I checked on two of the bathhouses. The older wooden one, in the grassy area, has NO stall walls in the bathroom between toilets, and the floor was a mess. Wife told me it was the same on her side. The newer brick bath house was better, though still not pristine. WiFi is slow, but free (I'm currently at 11.0 Mbps.) The tarmack sites appear to be on a slope, so levelers would definitely be needed. But with all that said, given the cost and the proximity to the historic district, we would most definitely stay here again if we were in the area.
05/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
Campground is north of Davenport with easy access to the Quad Cities. Only difference in normal operations is you go to the campground, find a site, then come back and register. There are at least 3 campgrounds in this park, so you have lots of choices based on age of campground, trees, and amount of hookups you want. Our stay at Bald Eagle was great (only one night). We used Wi-Fi, had good over the air TV, and appreciated the large shower stalls. There is a lot to see and do in the area and we would definitely stay here again if we were in the area.
05/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
We used this as an overnight stop on a westward trip. It is close to US-30 and does have traffic noise. We had a shaded site and Wi-Fi was quite good. Owner was very friendly and helpful. Sites along the small pond were all seasonals and folks there were friendly. We walked around and there is a nice playground, horseshoes, volleyball, and other activities. But this is not a destination campground. Some of the negatives other than the noise: sites at back were set up for double hookups with one camper in front of another and no easy way to get in and out; low tree branches at some sites would preclude taller rigs or hamper driving; entrance way is off US-30 and over train tracks that have a bump. If you are in the area and need a spot for a night or two, this is a good choice. We'd stop here again, but not if it were busy and we had to take a double hook at the back.
05/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Wow!! What a find! All right, bad news first, and why I gave them an 8. No cable, no wi-fi, no bathhouse. (Hmm, maybe a 9?) Why none of these? It is (as noted earlier) a 55+ mobile home community and these are sites that used to house single wides long ago. They are being converted to RV sites, but there is no real desire or need to have these amenities since it is primarily a mobile home park. But that's OK. Our over the air antenna picked up plenty of channels (but we couldn't get CBS) and the West Geauga library just down the road had computers with internet connections. Doubt the owners feel any real need to add these amenities and that's fine. One other possible problem for some: it's a cash only transaction. Now the really good news: it's a quite place and very friendly owner. Neighbors in mobile homes were very friendly and felt welcoming. It is a short drive to shopping with everything you need. AND...if you like Italian food, don't miss Guido's Pizza Haven. BEST pizza ever. We also had the eggplant Parmesan with a side of spaghetti. (Oh, I am prejudiced, I grew up in the area and I don't care, it IS the Best Pizza anywhere.) We stayed at Punderson State Park in the past, but this is MUCH better: full hookups, closer to things, and not as expensive. We will definitely be back to visit family and for high school reunion.
11/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate is with Passport America discount. This is our 4th visit here and, as before, it keeps getting better. This time the improvements included: more gravel and a smoother road coming in, better utilities at sites, and a wonderful laundry. In addition, they have opened a snack/dinner window in the clubhouse with great pizza and calzones as well as smoked mullet. As always, very friendly and helpful staff. We were here just before Thanksgiving and the Christmas decorations were going up. They also feature small bands in the clubhouse once a week which is nice for a get together. This continues to be one of the best campsites and best locations we have visited.
10/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Apparently no one has reviewed this campground since my last review a year ago! We were here a month earlier this time and they had all sites open. Some of same issues as before on the sites: not all level, the sites on the side of the road dangerous for parking and getting out of vehicle; shower curtains separating shower areas not overly private. But restrooms and showers were cleaned daily while we were there. Other than the 5 or 6 full service RV sites, all others have only 20amp service, no water. Fall colors are magnificent and rangers in the office very friendly and helpful. Bath house was not warm by most standards, but enough heat to take off the chill. Our return after last year indicates that despite issues raised, it is a good place to camp.
09/2012
rating [ 4/10 ]
Rate reflects Passport America rate. We needed some place to camp while visiting friends and seeing the College of Wooster. The campground was easy to find and check-in was smooth and friendly. As previously stated, the "transient" sites are grouped 4 to a center utility group. Since it was after the high season, this was not a big deal, but it is easy to see how in a busy summer, it could be. The water bib for our site was corroded so I used a double length of hose to reach the adjacent site. Water, even after running a bit and going through a filter, was rusty and a bit colored. I ended up adding chlorine to the holding tank later. All transient sites appear to be on grass and many are not level. After a rainy spell, this could be problematic for getting out and/or becoming unlevel as jacks settle in the wet soft earth. I did not use the dump, but as it is in front of the restrooms, one would need to circle the park or back up and K-turn to reach easily. I walked into the rest rooms and noted the toilets (men's side) were small, old and had no doors to the stalls, only shower curtains. Showers were large but had a pull chain to get water, meaning you need to pull and get wet, soap up, pull and rinse, etc. Not overly convenient. Also, the changing area was very large and open, so you trot across floor to shower area and back to get towel as there are no hooks close by. Roads in and out were paved, but had lots of pot holes. In summary, this is a large park with many seasonals on 3-4 small lakes so in season, it would be hopping. For transients, you would find problems leveling, showers and toilets of questionable quality, and utility posts you would share. For the price with Passport, it might be worth the inconvenience. Staff was friendly and helpful, but this is NOT a destination park for the traveler.
08/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Located in the Chilhowee Recreation Area, Chilhowee Campground offers electric hookups, RV sites, tent only sites and multiple bathhouses. The campground is open from early April to late October, with an overflow area and day use area open year-round. 7-acre McKamy Lake offers a swim area with a sand beach and fishing from the bank. Boats are allowed, but gasoline motors are not. Also, within the recreation area are approximately 25 miles of hiking and biking trails and a scenic waterfall. On the drive up to the campground, stop at one of the many observation overlooks to see beautiful mountain settings. Wildlife is abundant in this area, so have your camera ready and tread lightly. Be aware, the drive up from US-64 is steep and while beautiful, is tough. It is 7 miles from the route to the campground. We were only overnight, so this was a bit inconvenient. Campground is beautiful, lots of woods and nature, including bear. Be wary with pets and having food outside. There are NO water hookups at the sites, though pipes are around and you could fill up your tank. Gave it an 8 because of tough drive to get there, poor directions into campground itself, and lack of other amenities. However, if you wanted to get away and enjoy nature, this would be an excellent spot to spend a few days or a week and swim, hike, and relax.
08/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflects military discount. NOTE: NO restrooms or showers available at this campground. So you must be self contained. This is the primary reason I gave them a 9 instead of a 10. Several other points to downgrade: it is cash (check) only, not credit card. Road in is narrow and steep gravel, could be an issue for new drivers. And only swimming is in river. BUT...having said all that, I still give them a 9. They are a small campground but as others have said, the owners are on site and VERY helpful and friendly. Sites are large and lovely. Though just a mile from I-40, because you are in a hollow, you have no noise other than nature. There are places for young kids to play, pavilions for groups, and horseshoes, volleyball for adults. Sites were level and well designed. We stayed for 3 days to visit a relative and wished we had spent more time at the campground and tried the river. People were very friendly. There are many regular seasonal's, but owners will work hard to accommodate you and find a site. As a bonus, owner's daughter was there and is a hairdresser; she gave my wife a wonderful (much needed) hair cut and it came out very nice. Reasonable price too!! Highly recommend if you are in the area and need a place to stay you give them a call.
06/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflects Passport America. They honored the PA rate for multiple nights, which was nice. First, I don't believe they have 140 "transient" sites; most of the sites were full time park models. All of them seem nice, well kept and the folks we met were welcoming and helpful. The transient sites were mixed in among the permanent ones and you had choice of shade or sun. W/S/E and cable on all sites. Camp store adequate and owners very helpful. There is a big RV dealership next door if you have rig issues. Not much road noise heard and wildlife present in form of birds, chipmunks. We found lobster for $5/lb close by--cook at the campsite. Other places a bit more but will steam for you. Clams and other fresh seafood also reasonable. One issue to note, and it is on their website: showers are pay--25 cents for 3 minutes. (Haven't seen that in over 35 years!) Water was plentiful and hot and I think I got 4-5 minutes on first quarter. No big deal, but read the directions carefully or load several quarters ahead of time if you are concerned. We would definitely stay here again.
06/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
It was Bike Week and several other campgrounds were full or charging 2x regular rate. Here they at least waited until the actual week of the races to up the price. Park is rustic with dirt roads and numerous speed bumps built in. Sites are good size and some have shade, others more open, with several in groupings so several friends could camp close together. Bathhouses conveniently placed though some walking may be involved. Getting to the pool can be a bit far for older adults or small kids if at the back of the campground. Playground looked nice and is near camp office and pool. Hot tub was delightful and is in gazebo with screening so no bugs. However, water was "murkey", they may need to monitor more closely. Campground is on both sides of the road, so your GPS may misdirect. We had to call to get better directions. The signage out front is partially obscured by trees and we were told it's on state land so they have to trust the state to trim; they can't. Owners were very nice and helpful; this would be a delightful spot to spend a week or so in the Lakes Region as it is highly accessible from the Interstate (but not so close as to hear it) and you have ready access to mountains, lakes, outlet stores, and many other places. We would camp here again.
06/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflects Passport America plus one additional night. This is an excellent campground and classy operation. Check-in was smooth and they provided us with plenty of info on the campground and the area. The site was grassy and the hookups were at the far back, so you may need extra electric and water if you don't want to sit way back. Sites were not level but we used leveling block to get pretty close. Biggest issue was with the rain, it was very wet, muddy, and slick. A little gravel in the dip off the road would be a start and then some light gravel, over time, to create a more level site would also be a good idea. I don't want to see a gravel parking lot, but a pad that drained better and was more level would be good. We used the community center library with a computer to check on e-mails and travel info so that was nice. The showers were clean, and "family style", i.e., not delineated Male/Female. They had adequate changing room and plenty of hot water. There are some great places to eat very nearby and Burlington is about 25 minutes away; close enough to be convenient yet not right next to you. Because of the rain, we didn't get to try to Par 3 golf course or take out any of the canoes, but they offer many options to campers and at a reasonable price. We will definitely stay here again when coming back to the area to see family.
05/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
We are not "Jellystone" folks; we are retired and prefer peace and quiet to Yogi and Boo-Boo visiting. BUT...it was off season and the price was right, so we stayed. We were pleasantly surprised: beautiful sites, excellent facilities, and not crowded. The sign on the bath house said being renovated, so there was some issue there, but when finished it will be lovely: new paneling, cedar on the ceiling, bright metal on the stall sides. Showers were large, had hot water and comfortable. There were some issues so be aware: many, many speed bumps in the park to slow folks down, and they are sharp and create a real thump. The sites we were on were grass and not level. It took a bit of doing, but we got there. The walk to the bath houses is uphill and no paved path, so not ADA compliant. Same for the pool: it is big with lots of chairs and tables, but no easy path to it. Coming in and out of the campground are some tight turns that might be an issue for larger rigs or long trailers. Finally, although they have some nice cabins, they put camping sites right in front; I would suspect in very busy times you would have NO view of the lake, just someone's RV. We would stay again in the off season, but definitely pass on this when crawling with lots of kids, noise, and crowds.
03/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
Rate reflects Passport America for 3 nights. We decided to try this campground, having use 2 others in the area previously. Primary reason was the rate. It is a beautiful drive in and well away from the Interstate or main road. Lots of nature on a beautiful lake. There is a refundable $10 gate deposit and easy to use and get refund. There are two camping sites: both a goodly hike from the office where you currently must go to use Wi-Fi. Camp store is well stocked and pizza smelled great while checking in; never tried it. Sites are gravel but amazingly level. All sites have full hook-ups with fire ring and picnic table. Downsides: a) The bathhouses are NOT centrally located and about a 5 minute walk from the sites. Not fun on a cool, rainy, windy day. b) The bathhouse was clean but the water temp cool and pressure low. No one else in showers, so shouldn't have been a problem. c) Because they are on back side of ridge and in woods, only two over the air channels: CW and PBS (with 3 subs). d) LOTS of full-time owners in park models or modified RV sites. They are NOT junky, but are close together and as one person told me, "The place is really jumping on a summer weekend." NOT what I would want for camping. All in all, this is a beautiful, well thought out campground. Once they get cable TV and Wi-Fi this summer, I might be tempted to give a higher score. BTW: we had no problems with dusty roads; the crusher run seems to have compacted and dust was minimal.
11/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflects Good Sam and 30amp service. This is our 3rd or 4th stay here. We tried a different campground earlier this year in Crossville and came back to Spring Lake. We like the ambiance and friendliness of the place. Sites are level and have all the amenities needed. Only complaint is that the toilet stalls and showers are small, a product of the small bathhouse overall. If they choose to improve, and expand the bathhouse, it would help a lot. But they are adequate, clean and in good operating condition. I said we would continue to stay here even after they dropped their affiliation with Passport America and I have. We will definitely stay here again next time we come to Crossville to visit relatives.
11/2011
rating [ 5/10 ]
Rate reflects Passport America. This was an overnighter on a long trip. Seemed like a good choice on paper. BUT...first sign we saw said RV Park and arrow to right, so we turned. We were in the newer, big field. It was raining and most sites were full of water, both in gravel drive and grass where you step out. Pulled in, found a site, hooked up. Then went looking for bath house...none. Oh, wait, another area seemed to have one, but we decided to stay put. Asked how to register and told to go to welcome center and ticket office. Long walk through rain. Office had big sign, "RV Check-in" so I went in. Very bored lady sitting there (only about 6 rigs in entire park this time of year and no shows that night.) She said nope, go next door. They are the after hours check in, guess someone put the sign up early. So next door there are 3 very bored young ladies. I registered and told them I had 30 amp. Oh, but I was in the wrong park. Where I was also had 50 amp so had to pay for the opportunity to use it. I protested and said I would move. Finally they gave it to me for the lower price. Got back to camper and could not hook up to the Wi-Fi. Office never offered map, channel listing, information, etc. Maybe in summer or when shows are on, this place would be OK, but for us, it was safer and better than a WalMart, but not by much. At least in a WalMart there are places to eat nearby or food to buy.
11/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
We camped here at the beginning of winter season so only 1/2 campground was open and only one bath house. The dump station and potable water was available. I agree with previous reviews that park is NOT big-rig friendly and that many sites are NOT level and are narrow. We took Site 23 which is ON the water (yes, I walked to the edge of the lake) and it was beautiful. I pulled straight in to have the lake out our front window, no problems hooking up to the 20 amp breaker. Showers are old and handles are not intuitive as to which way to turn for hot, leading to a chilly start and long wait for hot. Older plastic curtains separate one set from next, so privacy is minimal. I rated bathroom not clean as I put some trash in the bin in the restroom on Day 1 and 4 days later it was still there, with more added. So in winter, no one is cleaning up. Showers were clean on Day 1 and little used by others (only 3 other rigs in park.) The dump station is good and allows for 2-way traffic on each side and there are 2 potable water sites to fill the tank. Some issues besides the level, width and cleanliness are: we were never once visited by Park official (sure hope they got the check I left!), and to make more room, they have sites set up parallel to the road for longer rigs. Open you door and you are either in the grass and drainage area OR you step out into the road (already narrow.) Not a safe site. And they have several of these. This was a good choice for our needs as the bathhouse was reasonably warm and we had electric with nice view and no competition for sites. Not sure I'd pay the higher rate in summer for this park when there are many others around at close to same price with more to offer.
10/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is our 3rd visit and it keeps getting better. I looked at my previous reviews and realize (with more experience) they may have been too high, so though this is a 9, I think it honestly reflects what we have seen over the years at various campgrounds. Dirt/gravel roads don't bother us: it's camping. Sand sites, if firm, are good, particularly in FL. We did find some continuing issues: cable TV was fuzzy on some channels for us. A neighbor had clear channels on everything; we presume it is something in our internal wiring. Wi-Fi is stronger than before, but still fades some; it can be slow. Bathrooms were clean as were showers. But they could use another bathhouse with more modern showers and better place to change/hang up clothes. Staff, as always, very helpful and pleasant. The tall trees provide plenty of shade but sun still comes through if you want to sit out and eat or relax. One of best things is the clientele. Most are real campers, using trailers or motorhomes. They are quiet, respectful, and no noisy parties. All in all, this is a real deal and excellent spot. We will return.
09/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflects Senior rate. This place is a gem! We hoped to get into the USMC campground but no one answered the phone. So we figured on pulling a night in Wal-Mart. But coming from the west, it was too close to the road for the wife. Wal-Mart on east side of town would have worked. We saw the sign and took a chance. It was late and a security guard pulled up and helped us register. He got us to the campground (winding road was not that bad) and into our site. We leveled up fairly easily. Hooked up and then headed to showers. Restrooms were clean and adequate. Same for showers. Only issue is they have screen doors into bath/laundry facility and screen door into bathroom, but in shower, they have that funky brick work that has openings to the outside with NO screens, so bug get in anyway. Campground was almost empty, it was quiet at night, and we got the rest we wanted. Might want to take a little more time and visit the zoo or restaurant next time. Knowing of this spot, we'll spend the money for a good night's safe sleep next time we are in the vicinity.
09/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate is Passport America. We camped here 4 years ago and I gave them a "6" but noted they had big plans so should improve. BOY, HAVE THEY IMPROVED! A whole new section has opened with pull throughs, trees, fire circles for groups, and beautiful landscaping. Being "green freaks" we noted that the lights around the park are capped so there is limited ambient light going up & use CFLs; they have a very good recycling program; and "doggie waste" bags are available all over. The club house was just being put up 4 years ago and now is a wonderful facility with large screen TV, kitchen, fireplace and access to restrooms. It has the heated (salt filtered) pool right outside and there is a large patio cover for those who do not need all the sun. There are tables outside the clubhouse under a cover for the nicer days when eating outside is desired. As mentioned, the new sites have kept as many trees as possible. When trees were taken out, the wood was harvested and used for counter tops, molding, and even a couple of chairs. All the woodwork was beautiful and added to the charm of the campground. Our site was in the older section (our choice) and they have not upgraded the cable to these sites yet; the new sites are on an internal satellite and provide great coverage. The only downside to the campground is the high tension wires over part of the camp that detracts visually and may concern some for health reasons for long term residents. However, we did not note any hum from the wires or sub-station as we did last time. Great improvements over the past 4 years. Looking forward to coming back and staying longer.
09/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Rate is Senior rate with Golden Age pass. Also, this review is based on having RV. If for tenting, I would give a higher score. Problem is many sites (where you put RV) are narrow, not level, or difficult to access. We were given the option to look first and did not, so took site close to path to springs. We fit (at 26') but if you had slides, they would not work. So check first. Bathrooms and showers were clean BUT needed maintenance; doors did not have locks, shower curtains hanging askew, towel holders broken off, no place to put shampoo or soap in showers. At the dump station there was standing water in the dump site; someone should be checking, cleaning, maintaining. Roads in the park are asphalt but starting to show wear; pot holes and crumbling on the road and at the site. HOWEVER, if tenting here or in small B class, this is super spot. Many sandy tent platforms raised up, firepits and grills, pole for lantern, etc. All of this is short walk to the springs which are awesome. Great swimming at constant 72 degrees and shallow (for kids) for much of area. Don't let the algae bother you, it's mostly near the boil. We walked the nature trail and it was old Florida, with great interpretative signs. They needed better maps with directions on board walk, but good experience. So because of maintenance needs and tough access, I give it a 7 for RVs, but would give a 9 for tenters.
09/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Rate reflect Passport America. Campground recommended by friend who lives nearby (who is NOT a camper.) Very pleased with location, cleanliness, service. Check-in very smooth and given nice shaded site. Pool is medium size but very clean and warm. Sites we had were hard packed sand and we had no problems. Hookups excellent and concrete patio with picnic table delightful. Near to Daytona Beach and ocean (20 minute drive?) and grocery and supplies short drive. Had some fire ants in sand and maintenance came right away, searched for all of them, and asked if they had gotten all we had seen. Very eager to please and do it right. We will be back to camp next time we come to visit our friend.
09/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Rate is for Passport America. Tough call as to a 7 or 8 for rating. First, the pluses: excellent check-in with friendly, helpful attendant; guided to site; lots of room between sites; excellent over the air TV reception; great pool using salt instead of chlorine--VERY clean; restrooms adequate though showers need maintenance on shower curtains. MINUSes: guide to site not overly friendly or helpful; sewer pipes sticking up above ground about 4-6"; some picnic tables should be replaced; some concrete patio pads crumbling; fire ants on most sites. As to the fire ants, I called it to attention at front desk, maintenance came and sprinkled poison in ONE spot and left. I went back and had them come do the 3 mounds on or near our site; maintenance man seemed put out at having to work. The pool was excellent--heated, clean, nice deck, good chairs. We have camped here before and agree that if in the area again, we would not hesitate to stay again. Worth the money if PA.
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Rate reflects Senior pass. This is a tough park to rate. Roads are steep and sites do have some issues (some of them) in backing in. But lots of room and great views. Restrooms were great, but a tough hike up hill, particularly for tenters. Beach was good. Problem for us was we had camped at a COE site in VA that had easy access to water from most sites and here, it was rocky and tough climb. So we were disappointed: boo hoo for us. It was a long drive for us to get here so after all that, not what we had hoped. If you want a quiet get-away without crowds, noise and lots of pleasant nature, this is a great spot. Quality of COE campgrounds is good, highly recommended. Just be aware, this is CAMPING, not RV resorting. Yes, that's what we like, just hoped to have a private beach and right out of our door. Other than that, really good. Oh, bring your own firewood; they don't have any for sale in the campground, so it's a 8 mile drive to the closest store that sells firewood.
04/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
We did NOT stay here. However, we needed someplace to dump our tanks and this was recommended. The park is actually very reasonable for overnighters or short timers. It is next to a RR track, but not sure how busy the line is. Sites appear reasonable and it is an honor system for pay:$15 for pull through, $12 for back in. There were sites also available for pop-top campers on a grassy site. Dump fee was $10. If traveling through the area or in the area for a bit on business, this may well be better than a WalMart or other parking lot. Folks I talked with in the park were friendly and said it was a great spot to stay. Easy drive to WalMart and other stores.
08/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Friends suggested coming here (they had never been) and we agreed, though KOA is not our usual choice due to price. We arrived and had no problem getting in and setting up. Set ups are a bit different: everyone comes off an access road at an angle and the length of the sites can easily vary. We have a much shorter RV so were put in the "short" side of a double site. Our friends fit fine. As a result of the angle, everyone has a nice view of the woods and is not staring into the side of someone's RV. The short walk to the pool was fine and though not heated, it was still warm enough for us (over 60) and clearly the kids loved it as we heard them jumping and having fun most of Saturday. Camp store is well stocked with food, gifts, and RV supplies, for those in need. The laundry and game room were nicely done and Saturday night they showed the move "RV" for free in the game room. Yes, WiFi is slow; it is ganged into a satellite reception, so the more that are on, the slower it goes. And cell coverage is weak at best. We tried our Verizon several times in different spots and got no service. But the grounds were well kept, well laid out, and managers were very friendly and helpful. If you tent camp, this is also a great spot with playfield, horse shoes, a small playground for kids, and pedal cars (for rent) that can zoom around on the gravel roads. All in all, a great spot to relax and if you want to sightsee in the area, you are only a short hop from many historical places.
08/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
We camped here with our Good Sam club. What a marvelous time! It started with the constant update and support of the staff to ensure we had good directions, brochures, and we were all together. Add the fact they let us use the covered pavilion for 2 nights for our dinners (in case it rained.) Staff greeted the group with easy check-in and escorted them to the sites, ensuring each could get in OK. Sites were level (or as level as natural ground can be; of course we had to adjust a bit) and all had full hook-ups. Grandchildren loved the playground and pool. A number of our club members have dogs and loved the new dog park out on the point. Campground has "doggie" clean up stations all over and we saw many people using them. Thank you! Rules are simple and clear: no children in the pool area without an adult (and that means an ADULT) and quiet hours start at 11. We observed these rules being enforced politely. Grandchildren went to the craft hour on Saturday and all had a great time. I heard all our members exclaim how lovely the campground was and several state they will come back. That says a lot when you have seasoned campers making those comments. Friendly, helpful staff, great facilities, excellent service. Not sure where the previous complaints come from, but our group was very satisfied. We'll be back.
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
It has been 4 years since we were last here, and we noticed a significant improvement. 1)The beach is open and has a dock and raft as well. 2) There are more sites available along a bank of trees (W/E only) and several sites right by the lake (W/E). 3) A group of 18 "super sites" with W/E/S is up in the meadow with great satellite reception. 4) A new bath house with toilet and shower for 8 "family" units is available near the meadow. 5) A new bathhouse for the lower camping area is almost done. 6) We saw fewer "older" RVs on blocks as seasonals. What has not changed is the best part. It is still quiet, very friendly people and extremely helpful staff. The campground clientele were respectful of the grounds, quiet, and very friendly; both the seasonal folks and the weekenders. We had a site near the lake and were able to swim and canoe with no problem. (Bottom was a bit mucky, but once we waded out, it was great.) We are upset with ourselves for not getting back here sooner. So, why a 9? A number of sites are not real level so for some that could be a drawback. And some sites are narrow (i.e., they didn't whack down all the trees). You have shade, but may be a tight fit. If in doubt, have them drive you to check it out first. Everyone should be able to find a site they will fit in and be happy with. We WILL go back, several times, this year.
04/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We stayed here while property hunting in the area. First issue is poor cell coverage. We have Verizon and had 0 coverage at the campsite. At the check-in/ranger station/store we had minimal. Locals told us they were aware of the issue. Verizon manager claims he has tried to get a cell tower on Lookout Mountain for years with no success. It did make it hard to do business. Second, the check-in closed at 4PM CDT on weekdays. If you are pulling in late, they have a plan, but it would seem a person could be on duty later than 4PM. Other than that, we had a great experience. Site was not level but close. Having cable TV in a state park, and on-site sewer was a plus. Restrooms were clean and showers had enough benches and hooks either across from shower or in them to accommodate all needs. Our site was shady with sun in afternoon. Lots of space between sites so you don't feel closed in. We went to the lodge for the fish buffet and came away very full and satisfied. In the local towns are some great spots to eat, artists with displays, and Ft. Payne has all the amenities you could need. We did some geocaching while camping and had a great time. If you don't want to swim in the pool ($$), then drive to Desoto Falls and swim above the dam. All in all, a great state park and well worth the stop and stay, whether for a day or a week or more.
05/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
We have stayed here 4 times before and said last year, even after they dropped PA, we would be back. It is that good and gets better. WiFi is excellent, sites level, hookups easy and close. Ate at a small restaurant in Fairfield Glade: excellent food and reasonable. Family lives nearby so we will keep coming back for visits as long as they are here. This place is a real gem!
04/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
We camped here with a Good Sam group. Beautiful drive in from I-81/US-11. But then you get to the registration and park on a steep hill leaning to the left and hike up to register. Should have been a warning of what was to come. We were escorted to our site and it was a nice pull through, reasonably level. We had 14 campers and instead of putting us across from each other, we were up and down the hill. We even said we would take a back in site, but the clerk apparently thought they were doing us a favor by giving everyone a pull through. Nice, but we weren't together. WiFi as noted does not work. Sewer is at far rear of site, so have a long hose, or back up before hooking up. Restrooms had 2 stalls and 2 showers for a large number of campers. (They had more washers and dryers than toilets.) Overall, a decent spot, but with the hill and the hike on loose gravel, it was not as pleasant as we would have liked. There are other sites within 15 miles that are level and have great facilities, including working WiFi and cable TV.
03/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
I could have cut and pasted previous reviews. We have camped here before and the state parks are EXCELLENT. This was our 2nd shakedown at Lake Anna, and we were getting ready for the summer camping season. Site was reasonably level. Registration is easy and ranger very friendly. Saw rangers drive through on regular basis. Not a lot to do this time of year and we had cold and rain. But a short drive to Louisa and we enjoyed excellent barbeque, ice cream and then visited a winery for a tasting. We had a friend who had never camped at a VA state park before and she was impressed, vowing to camp at more of them.
03/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
This is a MILITARY campground on Fort AP Hill, available to military and civilians working for Dept of Defense. It is not difficult to get on and use the park, if you are authorized. Getting a full hook-up site at Champs is almost impossible with all the contractors and civilian employees taking up many of the "good" sites. Plus, they've got 4 of the 30 amp sites tied up with rental trailers. The camp host couple both work on A.P. Hill. The utilities are misplaced and not effectively utilized. Despite all this, the location is excellent. We used it for a shake-down at the start of spring and to help friends who had just purchased an RV (retired military) learn how to set up and use the RV. It is probably not a destination site, unless you want to hunt in the fall or do some fishing. Some LONG term seasonals (over a year!) are taking up the 50amp sites, so your choices are limited.
08/2009
rating [ 3/10 ]
As previous reviews mentioned, this is a large park associated with Kings Dominion amusement park. (Try to find a "real" campground map; all you get is info on the amusement park.) It is less than a mile from I-95, but we did not hear road noise; roller coaster was not bad, and the trains did not run often at night. There are a lot of shade trees, and the tenting sites are large and shaded, though most were as far from the one bath house as you could get. Registration was easy and fast, our Good Sam club having made reservations in advance. However, the bathrooms/showers definitely needed attention. Shower floors and walls were clean, but don't look up. Gunk in ceiling vents was not encouraging. Also, they have no changing area for the showers so there is one bench and 6 hooks; it's like back in junior high. Toilets were clean, but one stall had minimal toilet paper on Saturday and by Sunday afternoon still had not had new paper added. Were they 'really' cleaned? Or did they just pass a mop over the floor? But my biggest complaint is with the hidebound, rigid rules and the lack of common sense displayed by management. My wife and I went to the pool with a couple of foam noodles to use for exercise on our arthritic knees and joints. We were told, no noodles. Why? Because it's a rule. I asked to see management. The manager showed up and said we could not take the noodles in. Why? Because he had to support his life guard. But WHY no noodles? It's the rule. I pointed out it wasn't posted. That's when the lifeguard said it was posted: at the water park in Kings Dominion. Ahhh there is the issue. The rules for the water park: super slides, surf machines, crowded floating rivers. Are the same as for the relatively small swimming pool at the campground located over a half mile from the park entrance. Where is the common sense in that! And the manager, rather than challenging the lack of common sense, or requesting a waiver for the park, backs a young life guard who feels he needs to keep to the letter of the rule posted far away. Add to that, there were a total of 4 other people in the pool at the time. Bad enough, and enough to make us not want to go back. But in checking with our club, one member took her grandchildren to the pool on Sunday morning and the pool was closed. Why? Because the swimming pool at the campground has to have the same hours as the water park at Kings Dominion. Apparently management is only interested in getting the money and people into the amusement park and doesn't really care about campers. Now, if you want somewhere close to stay to go to the amusement park, this might be an OK spot. But if it is camping experience you are looking for close to Richmond, this is NOT a good place to stay. And if you are traveling I-95 and looking for an overnight, you would do far better staying at the Flying J a few miles north or the Bass Outlet a few miles south, both with better bathrooms and both at NO charge.
07/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
I am always amused when someone says the staff was rude and yet everyone else has nice things to say. I wonder what REALLY happened. Our experience with the staff was marvelous. They were helpful and caring. When I had a problem at our site with water buildup after the rain, they sent someone with extra gravel to keep me from floating away. We had friends supposed to come in Friday and they had problems with work and couldn't make it. They originally called to see how late they could check in. Our friends got a call about 10:30 PM asking where they were, if everything was OK. Yes, staff was concerned and wanted to make sure someone was available if they were coming in very late. Downside to campground is the layout of "buddy sites." They could have arranged them better so more double sites would have awnings facing each other. (This is a really minor point. Does not detract from the overall excellence of the park.) Other issue is the "point" is without trees so very hot and can be windy. It can also be a bit swampy if there is a lot of rain. All the other comments are correct: signage is sometime hard to see, sites can be close together, lots of seasonals who all seem to be very friendly and helpful, great place to fish and crab, lots of activities for kids, good pools, excellent store. We have been here before and will return.
07/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
We camped here with a Good Sam Chapter. Our sites were grouped on the top of the hill, close together. As others have mentioned, these are called "pull through" BUT, only if you are the first one in. If you are second, you will be staring into the back of another rig. Since we were all together, it wasn't so bad, but since we were the 2nd ones in, we would have preferred to see mountains and scenery, not the back end of someone's coach. Sites were level and utilities easy to reach. However, due to tight nature of the sites side to side, fire pits set in the ground were close to the picnic table and/or close to the rig and awning. We didn't mind the drive up, and others in the group had bigger rigs and had no complaints. Management was good and helpful, check-in fast and easy. Sites along the creek (tents and pop-ups) looked good and there were sites along the lake that looked nice. Some tent sites had NO level ground, but overall, it was very acceptable. Lots of shade trees and cool breezes on the mountain top (@1100 ft), so very enjoyable.
06/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
THIS is what camping is all about. 30+ years ago, I recall private sites being like this. Lots of space between sites, sites were level and large (at least the ones for motorhomes) and water and electric in good shape. The electric boxes even had a date and intitials of the last inspection, is it was only a year ago, so bravo to the maintenance crew. We were also impressed with the rangers and their constant patrols; saw the ranger drive by at least every 2-3 hours. When there was a problem one evening, rangers were there on the spot and quieted a group of visitors down and made sure we ALL had a good camping experience. For us, the delight of being able to swim when we wanted and where we wanted was wonderful. Now, if you have a tent, some of the sites are not so level. If you have a chance to look first, I'd advise checking out the site before settling on one. Which leads to the reservation system. It can be confusing and frustrating. They said ALL electric sites were booked, yet we saw a number that weren't used this past weekend. In talking with a ranger, he said that has become a problem and even though the reservation system says all sites booked, they have open lots on the major holiday weekends and they are unable to cancel and issue those to folks arriving and hoping to stay. Moral--reserve early in the season for the weekends you want. We will definitely return and bring bicycles for pedaling the bike/hiking trails.
05/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
We camped here as part of the annual Samboree. We were impressed with many part of our experiences: wonderful staff that was friendly and helpful, great sites (but they alternated our rigs so we had a lot of room; in middle of summer may be more crowded), great facilities from the activities center to the pools and beach, well stocked store with both food and camping supplies as well as gifts, and superb rally/convention center. Negatives include: shower is controlled by a pull cord to regulate amount and temperature of water--it was broken and therefore not easy to use. And it was still not fixed the next day after cleaning crew had been in. Wi-Fi does NOT work; I sat right under antenna and could not pick up. Others had similar issue. NO fire pits for most campers and I did not see anywhere we could go for a community fire. Bathhouse/restrooms are few and far between. I could not understand why they would put them in the middle of permanent sites when those folks are hooked to sewers and water. Finally, given the size of the park and capacity, I suspect it could be very crowded in summer if operating at close to full. Manager is excellent at public relations and I hope if he reads this he will take steps to fix. Obviously this camp won their national award for a reason and if you have a family and want activity with lots of others, this is the place for you.
05/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
The sites were fine--deep, wide, easy to get to. The utilities were properly placed and the pull through sites had left/right options on the sites so you could pull in from either side. Almost good security (the pedestrian gate wasn't locked) and lots for adults and kids to do at Pedro Land. The pool is available to campers and it's only a short walk to the hotel. We stayed here 3 years ago without our RV at the hotel and found it a wonderful retro 50's room--but clean, comfortable, and cheap. So we don't have a bias against the place. We also stayed 2 years ago with our RV and I gave them a 7. I had a better site this time, the trains weren't so bothersome, but the place is a bit long in the tooth, both campground and property for Pedro. They do not currently have the hot tub as patrons abused it and broke it. Ladies showers apparently had kids playing in them and water was standing in the changing area. We had shade, minimal bugs, quiet, and reasonable TV reception over the air. All in all , not bad. For a safe, clean, easy spot to stop on a long trip on I-95, I'd say take a chance and try. Just ask for a site away from the sewage plant (approximately #26-38).
05/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
We have always found most state parks to be excellent. Florida is no exception. The Stephen Foster Cultural Center State Park was lovely with great bathhouse, large shaded sites, lots of space between sites, and plenty to do. (Well, maybe not for kids other than the playground.) They have a museum dedicated to Stephen Foster and a large carillon that chimes the quarter hour and 3-4 times a day plays about 10 minutes of Stephen Foster tunes. We sat on a bench under trees and listened to one concert of bells. The first weekend of each month is Artists month and the cultural center had blacksmiths, wood carvers, potters, painters, jewelers and musicians. We had no problem with bugs and our son was able to put his tent on our pull through site at no additional cost. If you can get in, this is a great spot to stay and see the area.
05/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
We pulled in late with no reservations and self registered. Sites were very level and large. After setting up, we took showers in family restrooms, which makes sense, as it increases ability to get folks in/out. I needed to get online and found four links for the park; they have a booster routing system so no matter where you are, you will have good reception. Next morning, we were leaving and I stopped to chat with the owner. Very nice and friendly. As we walked the mobile home/RV park, residents were friendly and willing to chat. Several offered suggestions for places to visit or good places to shop. If you like to bike or hike, this campground backs on hundreds of acres of government land for this. All in all, an excellent experience. Yes, they are Passport America and rate is valid in off season. Roads are paved and easy to manuever. Definitely willing to go back and relax.
04/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was our 2nd visit. Last year we stayed for 2 nights, this time for 5. When we finally retire, we sincerely want to make this a winter stay of 1-2 months or more. As a previous review said, the town gets a 10. GREAT seafood and extremely friendly folks all around. Short trip to Port St. Joe and groceries are very cheap (by DC standards). So why a 9? They have Wi-Fi but it is so spotty, it is extremely frustrating. They have cable (free, so why worry about satellite?) but some channels were fuzzy. And yes, they are constantly working on improvements. While we were there, a new pump went in for the pool, a new washer in the laundry, and they were working on fixing the A/C for the clubhouse. Little things, but they add up. They did fog for mosquitoes one night, but the recent flooding created swarms throughout the low lands. All in all, the good FAR out weighs any negatives. Oh, yes, come in to the campground at an angle and you won't scrape. Same for going out.
04/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
This was our 3rd visit, finally able to stay in warm weather. This place has only gotten better. The new sites are lovely, around the lake. There are swings to sit and rest as well as benches, landscaping is well done, and staff very helpful and gracious. Our site was almost perfectly level and all services placed properly for hookup. Only issue was taste of water; we used a water filter and it still had a slightly metallic taste. These fine folks had signed up for Passport America so our rate reflected this. We were grateful for the great deal. But in discussion with the owner, they are going to drop the association after a very short time due to stupid, arrogant, pig-headed campers who have abused the Passport name. One camper came with a club for a rally (regular price) then demanded the Passport rate. Another camper called for reservations and demanded the Passport rate. Owner explained that the rate was only honored when the person arrived, presuming space available. If everything was full, they would not accept Passport. The camper was rude and belligerent. So now the owners have decided it is not worth the hassle. They will still take Good Sam, AARP, etc. but at a much smaller discount. What a shame that a few bad apples have given the Passport America franchise a bad name and ruined it for others. With all that, I told the owners we would still return, even at full price. It is really that good!
04/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
We stayed here a year ago and had reservations. This time we took a chance and had no problem getting in, though they were very full. Again, most gracious welcome, popcorn and paper, and escort to the very level site. We had been on the road all day so found the service welcome. We used the hot tub early next morning and then were on our way. As before, the road noise was an issue, but not overly offensive. The advertised wi-fi was not powerful enough to reach us and we were within 3 lots of the tower. This needs to be fixed. We saw similar poles throughout the campground, but did not have a chance to talk to the manager to find out if it was symptomatic or a glitch for us. They do have a computer in the clubhouse for anyone to use. Still a 9 due to road noise and wi-fi issue, but definitely a place to stay, particularly if you are traversing Florida to the north.
04/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
We camped here with a Good Sam club. As mentioned previously, there are 2 RV areas: new and old. We were in the older area. The pluses are lots of shade,quiet, clean restrooms and shower and the ability to take advantage of the resort amenities. Negatives are: steep roads to get in, some tight turns, cable TV hook ups require long lengths of cord, sites not level and need a bit of work, and electric boxes looking old and in some cases, have burn marks around the plugs. The new sites are beautiful, but NO trees. You will pay more for concrete pads, wooden furniture, gas grill. You will be close to one another, and in the summer, very hot with all the concrete and no trees. We did not get hustled for a tour and found the older area to our liking. Several of the members of our club are members, and I can see why they enjoy it. It is inexpensive, convenient, and a great place to relax. It will take work to fix the older site and get the score up to an 8 or 9. Newer area would probably score higher, but you would also be paying more.
03/2009
rating [ 9/10 ]
We have camped here before and the state parks are EXCELLENT. This was a spring shakedown getting ready for the summer camping season, and gave us a chance to camp next to friends with the same purposes. Site was reasonably level though friend had more problems. Pea gravel on area on side of coach could accommodate tents and was cleaned prior to our arrival and neatly groomed. Registration is easy and ranger very friendly. Saw rangers drive through on regular basis. Not a lot to do this time of year but hike through woods to lake was nice. Outside of park are several winerys and some reasonable places to eat. Dump station on way out has access on 2 sides to facilitate crowds, and was level and easy to use. Biggest issue is need to level coach in sites with more unevenness than would be expected.
08/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
Let's start with the pluses: great people to deal with, easy choice of sites, wonderful tenting areas, right on an arm of Lake Anna, staff quick to help and correct problems (just tell them the restroom is dirty and it's tended), well stocked camp store, great views and good water with mini-beach areas for swimming. We checked out the area before deciding to spend a weekend and are not sorry we did. Met great folks, had relaxing time, and enjoyed ourselves. Now for the minuses: few level sites for RVs, hookups shared with others, dump station on top of hill, road in to campground (and up to dump site) could be improved, some campers let dogs run and leave messes where ever, electric box had no breaker plus boxes were older and loose, a few folks were not observant of quiet hours. In summary, this is a rustic site with many seasonal/permanent trailers (at the back of the property) where they welcome you and you can relax. But do NOT expect state park level sites with well maintained hook-ups. If you are into tenting, this is DEFINITELY a place to consider. If you have a larger RV, you might want to look first. The pictures in the web site are excellent and very representative of what we experienced. We would go back on a non-holiday week or weekend to enjoy the people, the lake and the ambiance.
07/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
We camped in the "newer" portion and sitges were large, level, and well tended. I did notice the 30amp plug on my site was a bit cracked, but it worked. Pool passes (1/person/number of nights of stay) were provided. Pool is a car drive away, but large and well guarded. Biggest complaint is one of SYSTEM: we requested site next to friend and were not given one. We had to provide OUR reservation #, their reservation #, names, and dates. Then when we pulled in, were told, "We don't do that." Funny, they did it at a different state park. Pocahontas has "buddy sites" that accommodate 3 RVs in one grouping. We were not offered those because only 2 of us. Yet the sites went unused this weekend. That seems counter to good business sense!
05/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Don't understand the previous entry about sewers; this park only has a dump station. There is also no water hookups but a water station available on check-in to fill the RV. Finally, this is posted at Centerville, but there are similar reviews under Manassas, so read carefully and choose. This was our 3rd stay here. Pull through sites are large and can accommodate the largest of rigs (we saw several this weekend camping) but the hookups are on the wrong side. So you may need an extension if you park too far out. The sites were lovely, natural, and large. ALL sites have picnic table, grill, and fire ring. Noise from planes and shooting center are noticed, and given the holiday weekend with Rolling Thunder on the Interstate, yes, we heard them all. But it was not offensive. One thing we noticed this time that I don't recall from before was an excellent area map with all the shopping indicated, from supermarkets to discount stores to medical clinics. Really helpful if you are unfamiliar and wondering where to go for services/ameneties. Down side (and the reason I can't give a 10) is the previously mentioned no water and no sewer hookups. I can live without either for a weekend trip, but if I were here longer, I'd miss those aspects. Also, though the showers had separate partioned area for changing with a shower curtain to keep the area dry, there were no hooks to hang up clothes. As I said, this was our 3rd time here and I am sure we will go back!
05/2008
rating [ 4/10 ]
Quiz--What is the difference between staying here and at the Wal-Mart 7 miles North? Answer-$28. Yes, you can have hookups and a dump station. But if you are overnighting only looking for someplace safe and quiet to sleep, then there is no difference. Need a shower? Well, they were clean, but on the men's side, there were 3 and NO place to hang up clothes or towel. So you put them on bench across the room and then went in the shower. Road noise can be tolerated, but it is closer than most Wal-Marts. So if you want to pull in early, use the microwave, watch TV, and maybe have a campfire that night, this is a good deal. If you want someplace to spend 3-5 days and explore the area, there are state parks and other parks not as tightly packed or noisy. And if you just want some shut-eye on a long trip, this is not where you need to spend your money. All the previous comments hit the issues precisely.
05/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
It is with reluctance I give this park a 6. There is a real dicotomy here. Start with the Pluses: Great location, quiet, recently part of Passport America (hence low rate), Wi-Fi (but only at picnic pavillion near cave entrance), lots of shade and room for kids, tent sites, lots to do at campground with caverns and woodworking and living history displays, close to Mentone and Fort Payne. Minuses: tight sites, some significant leveling issues, tight turns on gravel roads, steep grade in/out, dump station not on level surface and in disrepair, lack of hot water in showers (tepid at best, pilot light went out we were told), most of the sites could use some attention of some sort. We stopped here to visit the area, and were happy with choice. Take time to visit caverns and chat with family members. If you have PA, it is a GREAT deal. But if you have a big rig, are not comfortable on narrow roads, have trouble backing, then this may not be your cup of tea. I really want to see them succeed and keep this facility open. With the temporary closure of State Park campground for renovations, hopefully increased business will provide capital to make the improvements needed to bring this up to a 8 or 9 with out a lot of effort.
05/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
We pulled in late afternoon with reservation. First thing owner did was warn us our step was out. We discovered it wouldn't retract and he quickly called a friend to see if he could come and help fix it. We got the complimentary cappuccino and slushy, with popcorn, and were escorted to site. Before I could finish setting up, friend arrived and worked on step for over 30 minutes. He wouldn't accept a penny! Real hospitality and helpfulness. Only issue was some road noise. But a hot tub after a long drive, VERY level site, all amenities, and wonderful location make this a 9. Road noise can't be helped; otherwise, a 10. (And having stayed in a few WalMarts, the road noise is truly minimal.)
05/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
We escaped the bugs at St Joe State Park and landed in Mexico Beach. Overall, found the beach much nicer for swimming than the state park and access to eateries and amenities much better. But the campground was SUPER. We had a nice site with trees, full hook-ups, and great staff. Restrooms were very clean and shower, though small, was cleaned regularly. The pool was exceptional and clean. Lots of family friendly things for kids to do. Were there problems? Some. Roads were dirt with some sand, making for dusty times when rigs rolled through. Also, sites were on grass/sand. This was not always level, but easily remedied. The fitness center got trashed in the past by some kids, and they are not rushing to replace it. Why should they? Raise rates to cover that?? We would definitely stay there again and staff and guests all were friendly and helpful. Passport rate is great, but even at full rate it would have been a good spot to stay.
05/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Yeah, yeah, beach is #1, beautiful, yada, yada. Now let's discuss the campground. We stayed at Shady Pines, not the Ocean Breeze. Road in is potholed and rough, scrapped bottom on a couple. Campsites were variable in size; if you have a big rig, go to Ocean Breeze. We fit in and had to level a bit, but not bad. Lovely shade and table, fire ring, and spot to hang clothes. Bathhouses were fine and they have showers coming off the beach to rinse. But the BUGS!!! No-seeums and gnats were thick in early May. I could take it (even though legs look like I have the pox) but my wife was allergic and got really sick. We had to leave a day early (though they will refund the day, no penalty.) We were disappointed, to say the least. We went to the beach to swim and discovered that it is fairly steep getting in and not as gentle as beaches in Jacksonville or Daytona. Might be OK for adults, but could be a problem for young children. Added to that was the desire to go snorkeling. Everyone said the Bay was great. What they fail to tell you is that the water is so shallow, you have to wade over 1/2 mile to get to waist deep water. So that bummed us out. Now the bugs and shallow water are not the fault of the park or the state. So give the park a 10 for beauty, remoteness, and "Old Florida" experience. But with bad roads inside park, difficulty getting into some sites, steep ocean beach, and the inability to enjoy what we hoped to do, I have to go with an 8. If we camped here again, it would be in non-bug time and at Ocean Breeze. But think I can get the same experience and still do the snorkeling elsewhere.
04/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
Used this as a stop-over on a trip to see the Panhandle. It is everything advertised, both the good and bad. Small but clean restrooms, GREAT ocean views, fish pier, full hook ups including cable, and flat, level sites. Down side is tight spaces, not lots of room between sites, and no store, or supplies on site. However, folks were all very friendly, 3 campground hosts on site, and those who were there for long term enjoyed the fishing, boating, or relaxing. It is close to a number of small towns, including Aplachicola, and there is great shopping and eating in these areas. We would stop here again.
04/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
This park is laid out well and has ready access to the ocean, to a small lake, and to bike trails. The camp store was well stocked and security seemed very good. Tents were mingled with RVs and trailers. Shades trees covered most sites and so even in the heat of day, it was cool. Down side, and reason for less than 10: a) Getting a hold of them was difficult. I called continually for over 5 hours to get a reservation and since it was long distance, that was a pain. b) Roads in the campground are narrow and winding. We have a 26' RV and went into a 40' site. Have no idea how bigger rigs would get in and out. c) Since you are not supposed to bring in your own firewood, we bought ours at the camp store. It was pine and very green. Had trouble getting it lit. Overall it was a great spot and wish we had longer to stay. For proximity to beaches and Jacksonville, it is great, even though it may be a bit high priced considering the condition of roads and sites.
04/2008
rating [ 9/10 ]
Stopped here to visit a friend who lives on Hilton Head. No problems getting reservation and finding the campground. Check in very smooth and picked a site near pool. We were warned about poor WiFi reception further from the front. We were about half way back and could not pick it up. That was the only issue we found less than perfect. Although expensive, there are only 2 RV sites on island and if we return to HH, we would stay here again.
03/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
Camped here based on friend's recommendation. It was early spring and not many campers. Grounds are wonderful with lots of biking trails and the pool (summer only) looks like fun for the kids. Our concern was lack of staff or attention. Dumpsters were full on Thursday night and fuller on Sunday when we pulled out. Showers are large and reasonably clean, but the hooks for hanging your clothes leave clothes exposed to shower spray, so they still get wet; they need a shower curtain or divider to protect the clothes. They have a nature center and CCC Museum, but no staff, not even on weekends. Sites are not all level in the older section. Road signage is difficult to find at dusk (though park entrance is very clear once you get there.) On the plus side, rangers we talked with were very helpful and friendly. Addition across the road will be great. ALL roads recently paved and the newer section of campground had level, paved pads. Campground is convenient to sightseeing in Richmond or Petersburg. Woods are lovely, dark and deep; stars at night are big and bright.
09/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
We spent 2 nights and the previous reviews are clearly dated. Yes, lots of permanent seasonals. Yes, they have golf carts. The sites are well kept up and as previously stated, everyone is very friendly and welcoming. WiFi is for a fee, but is available. Shaded sites are not good for large rigs, but newer sites closer to the river are in open area and can accommodate large rigs. If campground is not crowded, could pull through as well. We found pools (all 3) open. (Large, deep pool/shallower pool with water slide/gated kiddie pool for toddlers) Gate was initially locked but asked at store and they quickly opened. Store hours and pool hours posted at store door and never a problem. Store is WELL stocked for camping supplies and owners very helpful. Restrooms very clean. Bathhouse as a number of toilet/sink/shower combo rooms and is new. Lots of activities for all ages during summer season. Bingo on Saturday night when we were there. Problems: signs to get there not clear; but directions on web site or by phone very clear. Road into camp gravel and had deep dip; scrapped motorcycle carrier both in and out. (This could be fixed). Sites close together, but not offensive. We would stay again if in the area.
09/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
From check-in to check-out, operation is smooth. We stayed at Red Oak and found site reasonably level, large, and shaded. Bathhouse was easy walk and showers were family style. Plenty to do if you enjoy nature. Checked with canoe livery and they would transport our canoes for very reasonable fee. However, it rained and we opted to head to Appomattox Court House for visit. Fire wood available for $3 for 10 large hunks, seemed reasonable. Only two issues and not fault of campground: 1) had large bee/wasps eating sap from tree at site and some got into camper. 2) We wanted to camp near/next to friends and there seems to be no way in automated reservation system to indicate this. Ranger suggested calling after reservations were in an well before arrival; they would place us close together. It's a bit far from N.VA, but well worth the trip.
07/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Camped here over 4th of July. The staff and management were most helpful, friendly, and informative. We had a site right on the stream and it was plenty big. We saw big rigs, 5th wheels, and trailers that all fit in fine. All that has been said about the ambiance of the campsite and town are true; it was lovely and relaxing. On the Saturday night after the 4th, they repeated the fireworks show they had done on the previous Saturday. It was a delightful exhibit of sparklers and music that lasted almost a 1/2 hour. A number of folks from town came down to enjoy. All in all a great spot to go, relax and spend some time. Why only 9 instead of 10? The sites were not "tight" but were close. We could put the awning out and still have room, but the folks on either side were closer than we have had at state campground sites. The road in is narrow, but using caution and reasonable speed, there are no problems. We echo all the positive comments earlier and scoff at the negative ones. This is truly a great spot to spend time and see the valley. (And don't miss the chance to go the a wine tasting at the local winery!)
06/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Second time camping and as lovely and peaceful as we remembered. Some minor issues detract: low water pressure at our site so we had to fill the tank and use the pump (took a LONG time to fill) and similar low pressure at the bathhouse shower. Not all sites had low pressure, but several did. Swimming pool was wonderful and we noted that the guards seemed to know the young kids and interact with them, which seems like a good idea. We hiked to Fossil Beach and did some beach combing but didn't find the desired shark's teeth. Oh well, maybe next time. Sites are shady, spacious and mostly level. Highly recommend this to those who don't need high energy theme parks with arcades, cartoon characters parading around, and lots of noise.
05/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was our second visit. Campground is lovely but noticed several issues. They can put 2 rigs next to each other, but the posts only have 1-30 amp and 2-20 amp plugs. If you pull in 2nd, you may not get a 30 amp circuit. Also, have a "Y" connector for water as they have just one outlet so you need to share. Biggest issue this time was the crowd there for a Memorial weekend "Jubilee". Lots of partying and music. But the music went until 2:30 AM. If they had quit at 11PM (quiet hour) and then continued on a smaller scale or without amplifiers, it would have been OK. We found it less than restful. The owner DID warn us ahead of time, but we had no idea of the volume of sound or the lateness of the partying. We DO intend to go back, but on a quieter weekend. They have a web site now with some good pictures of the campground, but need to add info. They have a lot of special weekends that could be highlighted. All in all, still a great spot to camp with a family or just to relax. Only, don't do it on Memorial Day weekend unless you are also a party animal.
04/2007
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a campground with a lot of promise and will be improved by the end of 2007, according to the manager. Sandy Oaks is a roomy, quiet park. The 3200 sq. ft. clubhouse has a kitchen and new fireplace. A new heated pool is adjacent to the clubhouse and over 5000 sq. ft. of deck surrounds the pool and clubhouse. Half the park is an undeveloped wooded area. There are numerous trees throughout the park. Of particular note for bikers is the closeness to the Withlacoochee Trail located within one quarter mile which offers a 46-mile stretch of railroad track that was converted to a paved recreational trail suitable for hiking, biking, and skating. There are some down sides to the park that will hopefully be improved over the year. There is not yet Wi-Fi or cable though they are working on it. There are only 4 pull throughs today, but more are being planned. There are high tension lines near the park and a switching station nearby with high-pitched hum. But the people we met who had wintered there, as well as the owner all were upbeat about the park and it's future. While this was just a convenient place to stay while visiting a relative in Inverness, I would not hesitate to go back next year and stay longer. I suspect that if the planned improvements are in, it will rate much higher.
04/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
What would it take to give this place a higher score? The sites were fine--deep, wide, easy to get to. The utilities were properly placed and the pull through sites had left/right options on the sites so you could pull in from either side. Almost good security (the pedestrian gate wasn't locked) and lots for adults and kids to do at Pedro Land. The pool and hot tub are available to campers and it's only a short walk to the hotel. They even supply tools and have a changing room. (Bring your own lock for the locker.) We stayed here a year ago without our RV at the hotel and found it a wonderful retro 50's room--but clean, comfortable, and cheap. So we don't have a bias against the place. However, our site was right up against the sewage treatment plant and it was NOISY. Like camping next to a giant waterfall. (No odor detected, thank heavens.) And for security of the plant, they have large spot lights shining all night on the treatment plant. Then add the train noises. Apparently they are required to blow the horn prior to Pedro Land and keep tooting until they are well past. Perhaps because they had been backed up by weather, but the trains ran every 20 minutes all night. No, I could not get used to it. Yes, it cut through our artificial waterfall sound. If I had been in a different site, away from the treatment plant, where it was quieter and darker, I might have been tempted to give it an 8. But for a safe, clean, easy spot to stop on a long trip on I-95, I'd say take a chance and try. Just ask for a site away from the sewage plant (approximately #26-38).
04/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
We wanted a place close to Daytona to see some friends. This is a Passport America park and so we got a good deal. At check-in, there was some confusion as to rate, but quickly and without issue corrected to the PA rate and we were escorted to our site. Trees abound in the hub we were in and yet did not prevent awnings or slides from being out. Had full hook-up and a concrete patio. Packed sand to park on, but actually very level. Walked around and saw many seasonals and some full timers with park models scattered around. Nothing in our hub looked tacky or run down. Impressed with the amenities--mini golf, tennis, wonderful heated pool great patio. In looking at camp calendar, they have lots to do for campers from hot dog and soda nights to hay rides to karaoke nights. Obviously the seasonals have a good time. This place could rate an 8 or 9 but for a couple of issues/distractors-- one was not mentioned before--road noise. You sit less than a mile from I-95 and a few hundred yards from US-1. You can hear a dull whine from the traffic all night if you have windows open or are sitting out. The laundry room was not the cleanest and 5 minutes on the dryer for a quarter is a bit much. Heard several of the local campers say they take their laundry out rather than use the one on-site. Crumbling concrete patios seemed prevalent. And yes, they have Wi-Fi, but for a fee. It was about $3 per day. I can drive to a coffee shop or truck stop to get free Wi-Fi if needed; the price was too steep. If noise doesn't bother you, it's not a bad place for a few days or longer. It IS close to many places, including Daytona Speedway. And though the tent sites are beautiful, they are as far from the bath house and bathrooms as you can get. Aren't they the ones who need that service most??
04/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a Passport America camp (1 night) so longer stay would be $24/Night. It has a heated pool, jacuzzi, complimentary ice, complimentary computer in the pavilion, fax and copy service, 3 acre lake, free kayaking, canoeing, and paddle boats on the lake. Sites were sandy, but reasonably large. We had no trouble leveling. LOTS of shade trees and wonderful tent sites around the lake. Large number of seasonals and some full timers. Birds and nature walks were plentiful. This park is next to a state park and close to the Gulf (though you need to drive there.) Management is making lots of changes and we hope to get back next year. I expect to see significant improvements. Why only a 7? Ad said Wi-Fi but I couldn't hook up; not a lot of direction signs in park to find the pool (it's at the back behind a house!) and generally looked a little shabby when we were there. The web site may not work so you would have to call direct to 708-494-3464 or 352-596-6010. I would stay again for 3-5 days to take in Weeki Wachee, go to the Gulf, and enjoy nature. Not sure I'd want to spend longer. But then, if the improvements come, it may be great. If you are a tenter, this is definitely a great spot to go.
04/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
We first saw the park when we purchased our Motorhome in 2004. Yes, we took the Driver's Confidence course and "drove" through the campground with the instructor to learn how to maneuver a big rig. These courses ONLY drive in the afternoon for about 2-3 hours, NOT all day. I found the previous reviews insulting, degrading, and questionable. Level sites? I don't have levelers on my 26' rig and when I checked my level it was darn near level. Yes, it sloped toward the street; where would you want water to stay--on your lot or go down to the drain? As to meals, come on folks, they are NOT provided for your benefit; they are a bonus for the hundreds a day who come to look at and buy a motor home. We had 3 meals this time and all were tasty, filling and, oh, yes, I asked for seconds and got it. If you came for the food and were unhappy, please post and let folks know where you CAN get a big buffet with your campground and pay less than $30 a nnight, with pool, hot tub, wifi, newspaper, free cable, etc. It is billed as a Rally Park and not a destination campground. Everyone I talked with around the pool agreed the sites are tight but they could get in, security was great, staff was very helpful, amenities were superb, and they were happy. Why only a 9 then? No trees for shade, wifi is currently (emphasis currently) not always available in campsite and you may have to walk 50 yards to the clubhouse to get reception, and sites are close together. Would we stay again? I surely hope so, in a year, when we upgrade to a larger RV and stay there to check it out.
04/2006
rating [ 6/10 ]
Not a destination site for most, but a number of campers were there to play golf in the area. A short walk from the campground is a partner-hotel with pool and hot-tub which are available to the campers. Hotel has restaurant with buffet for those too tired to cook. Campground is very close to I-95 but noise was not a factor. If heading North/South and need a place to spend the night, this is an excellent choice. It is PPA so rates make it perfect, and better than a Walmart lot.
08/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
We decided to dry camp with our RV and found a great site with fairly level place for RV. The tent sites are huge with rounded pea gravel, excellent and soft for tents. Even the RV sites we drove past have a spot for a tent or screen porch. Restrooms were very nice and showers are family style on the back side of the comfort station, so a parent could take in several children and not have to have mom and dad each take up a shower. There is an outdoor sink space so tent campers can clean dishes. All in all a great spot and the beach area is super clean. The trail from the campground to the beach is about 1/2 mile through the woods and down a rugged trail. We took it on bicycles, but decided to take the paved road back to the camp. That was almost 2 miles. The visitor center offers gold panning lessons and history (yes, there was gold mined in northern VA) and there is a 1 hour pontoon boat ride ($3) that give a brief history of the area while cruising the shore. Biggest complaint about the sites was that being new, there is little screening from other sites and so it can be barren in spots. The VA reservation system may need some work. We called early in the week and were told all water and electric sites were taken. We got in Thursday and there were MANY sites available. By Saturday noon, there were only 4 W/E sites left, but I wondered how closely these are really monitored. We will definitely be going back, as the grounds are well kept, nature is all around, and it is less than 2 hours from Washington, DC.
07/2006
rating [ 2/10 ]
This park should be reviewed under the new name and ownership--Front Royal RV Campground. Information now updated.
07/2006
rating [ 2/10 ]
This is the former KOA campground, listed also in Front Royal. We stayed here based on an ad in a brochure which looked promising. We were sorely disappointed. Read the reviews for the KOA owners in 2003 which said work needed to be done. It is now 2006 and the new owners are in their 2nd year and yet little has changed. Some things can't be changed: the entrance to the campground off Rte 340 is steep and gouges in the pavement attest to the many trailer who have dragged their hitches making the turn and steep grade. The sites are somewhat narrow and many not level. (A bit of gravel fill here and there would work wonders.) We were attracted to several "features" like a water slide, hot tub, and pancake breakfast on Saturday AM. The water slide is starting to separate at seams and is becoming unsteady; the hot tub is not always full, nor on (advertised as 10-10, but often not turned on until late afternoon; and the pancake breakfast was not held because "we tried it twice and not many came, so we quit." Men's room has 3 stalls, but one is closed for repairs. Showers gave either hot or cold, but no mix. The handicapped shower didn't even come on. Plus several of the shower doors won't close and lock. As we sat on the deck of the pool, we noticed wasps buzzing and heading under the decks. They were also flying into cracks in roofs of pump house and arcade. One camper noticed large hives developing. I went into the arcade and found an air hockey game, skip ball and video game. None seemed functional. This campground has a lot of potential but needs a strong dose of maintenance. On the plus side the camp store was well stocked and the owners very willing to help with reservations or suggestions for places to visit. But they need to put people on the ground fixing plumbing, getting rid of pests, making safety checks. Their web site promises much, but does not deliver. There is NO Wi-Fi, bus service,or movie room, and the restrooms were not clean nor operating well. The laundry room had a problem and the owner tried to fix it and gave up because it was hot in the room. My wife has already stated she would not go back. I would like to visit and see if improvements have been made in a year or so. If not, this place will probably change hands again. Location is excellent for the National Park, canoeing, or visiting Civil War sites, but the amenities are lacking and it is not worth the price.
06/2006
rating [ 5/10 ]
Sites--some of the best tent sites I have seen. They are along the lake, in the woods or in a meadow, take your pick. All seemed to have a table and fire pit and plenty of space. Cars could be parked near by or on the site. RV sites were problematic. Approximately 15-25 seemed reasonably level. Most others needed some to a lot of leveling. We saw one RV up on 2-3 cinder blocks under the rear wheel. But the meadow was much more level. Down side was no trees (it's a meadow!) OK in spring or late fall, but hot in summer. Water and electric available many places, sewer added in quite a few. Most sites in the trees were quite close together, though all had picnic tables and most had fire pit. Facilities--Main restrooms were clean and well kept. Even with lots of kids there were no problems. However, for tenters, there is a "temporary" facility. Showers, yes, but also pit toilets. Some looked less inviting than others. Three dumpsters, all located on the way out. A bit of a hike, but hey, it's camping. Pavillion had tables for groups or for rainy day cards, a video game room, books to swap, pool table. Swimming pool was reasonable, though with large crowd might lose it's appeal. Lake had some growth, gut note said they were working to bring back the beach. Fun place to swim or fish or boat. Camp store well stocked with food, supplies and fun items for kids. Atmosphere--very relaxed and fun. No hassles or loud rowdy crowds. Yes, a number of seasonals there and some of the rigs look a bit long in the tooth. But no "wrecks or junkers". And the seasonals we met were friendly and helpful. The weekend we were there they had a 60's band with good music in the pavillion on Sat. night. But not so loud that we heard it at the campsite. We found staff friendly and helpful with some tourist information available. Lots of birds in the area for bird watching. We would go back under certain conditions: can we get a level site? Can we get the PPA rate again? Has the beach been improved at the lake? Biggest drawbacks are the minimal level RV sites (this could be fixed) and the pit toilets for tenters (though they could walk a bit further to the main building and flush toilets.) Don't discount this campground without checking it out. If you just want to get away and enjoy the outdoors, this may be a good choice for you and the kids.
04/2006
rating [ 6/10 ]
This campground is maintained by the city of Brunswick and is "rustic" in many respects. It sits on the Potomac and has a boat launch site available. Lots of trees or open sites are available. In addition to the 65 RV sites, there is room for "300" tent sites. (That would be crowding it). There is only one bath house and that is a long walk for the group tenters. Though no sewer hookups, there is a dump station available. All sites have a picnic table and a fire ring. The downside starts when you approach the campground. Town roads can be narrow (it's an old town) and some parts are steep. You cross two sets of railroad tracks to get to the C&O Canal towpath which is about .75 miles of gravel road to the campground. HOWEVER, the railroad tracks are active and the trains travel through and stop to hook up in the yard all night. Can you get used to it? Maybe, but be warned. You are not so close as to be a danger to children (and there is a playground on the campground for young ones) but between the river and the tracks, keep a close watch on the wandering 5-9 year old. Staff is wonderful and will go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. There is the C&O canal to hike or bike, the City of Brunswick has some great small eateries (and a wonderful coffee house in an old church with scrumptious desserts), and a museum to railroads (admission fee) with a huge HO gauge replica of the town in its heyday. You are close to Harpers Ferry for history or rafting and a short drive to Sharpsburg battle field (Antietam for the North). I rated this a 6 due to one bath house, no sewer hook ups or 50 amp, lack of phone/modem/cable/WiFi and most of all the train noise at night. All that being said, the alternatives are not great. The next closest campground is a KOA in Harpers Ferry at twice the price. (They have an entry in WV.) Would we go back? Yes, to see more of Harpers Ferry, try a rafting trip and have more coffee and desserts at Beans in the Belfry. OK, the noise will bother us, but after being outside all day, we can probably sleep through it.
03/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
Spent two nights here while exploring Cedar Key. It is convenient, friendly, and clean. Bathrooms/showers are together, so for families, this may be an advantage. Sites are VERY tight and close together. They have tenting sites near the front under shade, which is nice. Views of bay are great at high tide; at low you are looking at mud flats, very tidal. Roads are typical Florida limestone/sand and therefore can be dusty. But since it is a small area and most folks come and sit for several days or more, not a big issue. Close by was a clam farm and we walked to the facility, bought a large bag of fresh clams for dinner, then had a tour of how they raise clams for export around the country. Fascinating (and excellent eating. ) I believe the campground/motel is undergoing change of ownership; not sure how much of the friendly, easy-going nature will be retained. But if you want to visit Cedar Key, it is a great spot to spend a few days or weeks. They are Passport America, but do not accept discounts during high season (November through March).
03/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
This campground was formerly called Colby Woods. They are upgrading and we found it to be an excellent place to spend some time. They have canoe/kayak rentals located right on the river with easy put-in and if you have your own, it's about 250 yards from the camp sites. There is a large hall for adults to relax in with a fireplace, card tables and easy chairs or you can sit on the screened back porch or large covered front porch. The pool was large and clean and the hot tub met our needs after an afternoon paddling on the river. This campground is part of Passport America so our rate was only $14.50. The biggest drawback was the limited restrooms. They have only 2 showers per side, so if large numbers wanted them, it could pose a problem. However, since they cater to RVs, most folks will probably use their own. Tenters will be place in an open field near the road, which could be an issue with noise. Associated with the campground is a restaurant that serves great breakfasts and lunches at very reasonable prices. I wish we had found this site instead of spending two days at the State Park. Definitely worth coming back here!
03/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
Camped here for 2 nights and the site was wonderful. Showers were large and had heat lamps, everything was clean, even had laundry facility available. However, the museum was closed (open only on weekends) and other buildings shuttered. They have many hiking trails, but though they say they are on the Silver River, it is a 1/2 mile walk to get there. No bad, unless you want to put in a canoe at the canoe launch. There is no easy way to get your canoe/kayak to the river. As a spot to launch off to other Silver Springs/Ocala sites, it is great. However, a short distance away are some commercial campgrounds that offer far more at a similar/reasonable price.
12/2005
rating [ 1/10 ]
Went online to check out this campground and discovered that their web site has announced: Campground sold to housing contractor. CLOSED Too bad, urban sprawl takes its toll.
09/2005
rating [ 8/10 ]
Campground is lovely. Eagles soared overhead, the swimming pool was large and not crowded (Labor Day weekend, yet) and we kayaked on the Potomac. Down side was restrooms looked unkept at end of season. Some stall doors in need of repair and showers not in best of shape, though wife thought they were fine. Also, perhaps because it was Labor Day, the staff was dwindling. Went to the nature center and one person there who seemed tired and not excited about telling us what was available. But for a pure camping experience, the park is great with wonderful layout and good intermingling of RVs and tents. Lots to see and do close by if you are interested in history, touring wineries, or fossil hunting.
11/2005
rating [ 10/10 ]
Another visit to family in November! We had camped here a year ago and gladly returned. Our nephew had the site next to us reserved and waiting, even though he didn't arrive until 11:30PM. The owners were as pleasant as before and cautioned us to unhook our water lines as it was going to drop to below freezing over night. Warm and clean restrooms and showers seem to be the norm here and the sites are some of the levelest we've seen. Suspect we'll return to visit family again (but would like to camp in warmer weather sometime!)
11/2005
rating [ 10/10 ]
We were looking at Northern AL for retirement and had spent several nights at WalMart. This campground was a welcome relief. We called in advance while traveling and had a site all set. Restrooms were clean and showers hot and water plentiful. A number of campers were sitting around the night before Thanksgiving and enjoying the mild fall air. If we should retire to the area, this would be a definite spot to visit and spend some time. Mid-way between Huntsville and Florence, it was easy to get to and extremely relaxing.
05/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a campground for true campers--those who want to enjoy nature, have a quiet, restful time, and get to know their neighbors. There is a simple playground for kids, a barn with pavillion for dinners, and a lovely creek for fishing, wading, tubing, or splashing. It is not a "developed" campground. We were looking for a base for visiting Shepherdstown, Sharpsburg, and Harpers Ferry. This is centrally located. Signs clearly mark the way from I-81 to the campground, where we were greeted by a friendly owner who assured us she could "squeeze us in" to a site. There was no squeezing. We had electric and water and backed on a creek. (There were many more non-electric or water sites available, but we opted to be closer to the barn.) What a great weekend--this campground caters to family reunions, and other groups. There was a large contingent of Bluegrass pickers who meet here once a year to pick and sing and they welcomed us to their groups where we sat a listened to the music, then joined them for a pot-luck dinner with a large pig smoked by the organizer. There seems to be something most weekends, but the owner said not to worry, they would always find a way to make room. This is camping as we remembered it from the 60's and 70's. Now truth in advertising forces me to admit to a few flaws: there was only one bath house (clean and maintained, but only 2 stalls and 2 showers on the men's side), they have NO website or email contact, and the phone number (304-229-8185) gets you the owner directly as they don't have full time staff at the campsite. But they are friendly, down home folk who want you to relax and enjoy. If you want a cartoon character visiting your kids, pony rides, arcade games, 4-wheelers in the campground, organized noise, and rock bands performing on weekends, then don't bother to call or stop. But if you want to park yourself, listen to nature, share a friendly chat with your neighbors, splash in the creek, and take a nap while the birds sing, this is the place for you.
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