There are not many full-hookup campgrounds in this part of rural North Carolina. This campground is off the beaten path, offers very large campsites near a river, is very quiet, only $20/night, and the owners are very friendly & helpful. For instance, the sign at the office says "If we're not around, just pick out a site and get settled in, we'll come around and see you later". Laundry and showers facilities are provided. The campground is adjacent to a mobile home park, no wi-fi and limited cell phone access as only US Cellular seems to work here. The campsites are in two areas, one area is wide open and the other in the trees. The nearest grocery store is about 11 miles away on the 264 bypass in Belhaven, so stock up before coming to the campground. We would stay here again.
Pro's - Very nice beach on the Atlantic, water & electric worked well, nicely stocked camp store. Con's - Many campsites and access roads are very tight for any decent sized rig. Like many state and federal parks, this place was designed for small rigs and tents! I strongly suggest calling to confirm campsite size before making a reservation! According to Reserve America, our campsite was supposed to be "60' length, 60' width. Due to trees and other obstructions, the actual campsite size was about 35' length by 10' width. Spent the better part of an hour maneuvering our 32' 5th wheel between trees, obstructions and other campers' vehicles to get situated. Another camper we spoke with had a 29' 5th wheel that he had torn his roof up trying to maneuver underneath the trees. Some sites get flooded during a rain storm. Another camper had 15 racoons making mayhem with his "pop-up" camper (perhaps some "hunting" on the "island" might help). Bathrooms & showers were somewhat clean but not really cleaned to good standards. Another problem is the very mature Poison Ivy that abounds throughout the campground and no effort is made to control it (I spoke with a park ranger who was absolutely useless in this regard). In addition to the daily use fee of $23., there is a ReserveAmerica transaction fee, accommodation tax, local accommodation tax, transportation tax, increasing the daily fee by 18 pct, over making the daily fee over $27 (still relatively cheap for a campsite near the ocean). Suggest stocking up with food in Port Royal (Publix/Food Lion) before making the 20 mile trek to Hunting Island. Hunting Island is OK for a smaller rig, but keep a close eye on your kids/pets to avoid the poison ivy and racoons. A pretty beach, but don't think we'll be back...
Pro's - Great views of the Atlantic Ocean, good access to the beach and clean restrooms/showers. Con's - Tight maneuvering within the park, due to closeness of opposing sites and poorly placed rocks. Due to the campsite closeness, the campground requires all RVs be straight and perfectly aligned with the site foliage. With limited maneuverability room this requires patience to achieve. To compound the issue, the campground host managed to leave his golf cart right in the way while we maneuvered. Their gate procedure is very awkward, requiring everyone to unlock a padlock, drive thru, and relock each time they come and go. The electric boxes are rusting away and should be replaced with marine stainless boxes (electric was OK). If any campground should be paved, this is it. Packed sand roads and campsites, with damp sand adhering to everything. There are 5 ramps over the dunes, however only 2 allow access to the beach. I'd guess the remaining 3 ramps have yet to be replaced. Some road noise from A1A. I probably wouldn't camp here again, until they fix the above items.
This is a tough park to review. Mostly everything in the FL Keys is quite expensive except the state park campgrounds (which you need to reserve a spot 11 months in advance to get into the state parks in the keys). Jolly Roger is probably a "best buy" @ $56/day ($65 for an "interior plus" site, pay for 6 days and get the 7th day free). However there is a state/local sales tax of 11.5% which makes the final price $62/day. They also have much less desirable (close to US-1) Passport America sites at better rates. 50 amp electric, sewer, cable and Wi-Fi seemed to work OK. When we arrived, the park had a strong malodorous smell of rotting seaweed (sulfur smell). We had to keep our rig "sealed up" with all windows and vents closed to help reduce the awful smell. A cold front had just passed and winds were strong from the north, pushing the sea grasses up and over the seawall bulkhead and filling into the boat ramp. In some places the sea grass had piled up several feet high. Once the winds subsided, I ask the management when they were going to take care of the problem. After some terse discussion, I suggested they get a "front-end loader" and dumpster to remove the rotting seaweed. Apparently, they had complaints from others as well and eventually did clean up the mess (and the associated odor). Water pressure was very low. We needed to fill our tank and use our water pump during our stay. Our site had previously been a permanent site and the sewer connection was located underneath our chassis, making our sewer hookup difficult and dirty. Also they put us next to a derelict trailer, missing an axle being held up with a bottle jack and no apparent repairs were being performed. Quite a bit of "sprucing up" of the park still needs to done. That being said, I believe the new management is really trying to turn this campground around and would give them a try again.
I agree with the previous current posts. Most importantly, the new owners have the right attitude and are effectively turning this place around. New 50 amp service, new laundromat, new entry gatehouse (not operational yet), new CATV and most of the "derelicts" are gone. Some issues that still need to be addressed include: trash is contained in one large construction site sized dumpster, some ant problems (common in Florida), crumbling concrete pads/patios, and some roads need to be paved. Overall, becoming a very nice, quiet place with varied wildlife walking through the resort. Rate reflects Passport America discount.
We've stayed here almost a month and have found the staff helpful and friendly. The positives - This is a newer, luxury, first-class, well designed and beautiful "ownership" RV resort, not a campground. Sites are quite large (avg. site 46’ x 85’), nicely landscaped, well maintained with just a short walk to the gulf waters and a pretty beach. CATV is included in the rates, the town “trolley” stops at the resort, and propane is delivered weekly. Our rate reflects a monthly rate (electric is extra @ $0.15/KWH). Rates are based upon proximity to the highway vs closeness to the beach and whether the site faces the tranquil water ponds (I’d avoid the sites close to the highway). The negatives – small laundry, bathrooms, showers for the size of this facility, however they don’t seem to be used all that much. The heating system for the swimming pool has been out since we arrived, but I understand they’ve been waiting on Port Aransas to complete a new gas line across the road and then hookup to the pool heater. They do tend to nickel and dime you somewhat additional $10 charged for the water to wash your RV (but at least you can wash your RV), $5 charged once per dog for your entire visit, WiFi is available but at an additional cost. We met many very nice RV people both owners and transients, who plan activities if you wish to participate. We checked out all the RV parks in Port Aransas/Mustang Island and this is the nicest by far and we would stay here again.
We really tried to like this older park, however it could use some updating/better management. When we arrived we found the office was dark & locked, so we wandered around awhile, until we found someone (not the owner/manager) to assign us a space. We were placed in the gravel(?) area, across from the derelict stored units (some with flat tires). Some traffic noise from adjacent Hwy 100, nearby train whistles passing during the night and from the dumpster pickup at 6:00am. There is no fence, security or gate and all units are easily accessible from the road. A key is provided for the ladies restroom. Electric, water and sewer worked OK. The park's best feature is it's proximity to South Padre Island.
Ditto on the previous review except it's mostly gravel spaces, about 20 minutes to the south entrance to the park, another 40 minutes to Yosemite valley.There is some road noise however it quiets down at night. Non-Elks members pay $20 per night. On Fridays, the Elks offer an excellent dinner for members and non-members for $12 per person. I'd avoid the restaurant across the street. Easy and clear setup for a satellite dish. Sprint cellular wireless card worked fast here.
Large paved pull-through spaces, nice landscaping, new laundry facilities, and a well planned-out park. Worth the extra $5 for the river view sites IMO. Wi-Fi somewhat flaky, and there is some train noise. Staff is helpful. I would stay here again.
After reading all the "glowing" reviews of the 49er RV Ranch, we altered our plans to spend a night or two here. This place is way overpriced for what they offer ($38.20 with a senior discount, with Good Sam the rate is $40.50). We regularly camp at state and federal campgrounds and are very experienced with getting into tight campsites. This RV park has extremely narrow and hilly roads with absolutely no room for maneuvering. We needed to use our 4WD-Low range to park our 32'FW in a ridiculous sized space. I've seen sardine cans with more room between the residents. In addition to the transient spaces, there are about 36 permanent RV'ers. They're special one hot dog and beans around the fire is an additional $5 per person. Couldn't leave this ripoff fast enough.
Brand-new park just opened in July 2008. Sparking clean restrooms/showers/laundry with friendly staff. High speed wi-fi works great. Would have given it a 10, but some road noise from nearby highway 101 and spaces are close together. Near California's magnificent coastal redwoods (National Park) and Pacific beaches.
A quiet, private, well run and very clean Oregon State Park. Sites are generally large and private with 50 amp service for only $12/day (off season). Visit to nearby Cape Blanco lighthouse and Hughes house are worthwhile. Views of coastline are spectacular (short walk to view sites, a little longer to beach). Sprint data worked (slowly), satellite was very difficult due to tall trees. Dump site permanently closed, nearest dump site in Port Orford (Chevron station). Adjacent (nearby) campsites with equestrian facilities by reservation.
Ditto to the other reviews. One nighter on the way to somewhere else as not much to choose from in Southern Wyoming along I-80. Had significant train noise about four times during the night. Cappy's restaurant next door is OK.
Hidden, inexpensive gem in the northeast corner of Yellowstone right on the Lamar river. This is a primitive campground with about 30 sites for smaller RVs (about 30' max with most sites smaller) and tents. No electric, no generators, no showers, no RV dump (nearest dump at Tower Fall), limited water (not working when we were there), vault toilet. Although NOT centrally located to much of Yellowstone, much wildlife (bison, wolf, bear, elk, coyote, birds) are nearby (if not roaming in the campground). Bring the spotting scope! First come, first serve (arrive early!), enjoyable close-to-wildlife camping inside Yellowstone National Park without the crowds!
Owned and operated by the City of Lakewood (near the foothills, west of Denver). Recently remodeled with large, reasonably level sites and a new dump station. Water skiing at Little Soda Lake, swimming/windsurfing at Big Soda Lake, boating/fishing at Bear Creek Reservoir, horseback riding and archery range. Convenient to Bandimere Speedway and Red Rocks Amphitheatre (well worth a visit). I would have given it a 9 if shade trees were available. Water is generally available, however most water spouts do NOT have threads (for a hose), except at the water fill-up station.
Clean and convenient to northern Colorado (Loveland, Greeley, Fort Collins). Reservations needed for weekends as it is a popular local site. During the week first-come, first serve no problem. Some sites have shade trees with centralized water taps, central dump site.
Nicely wooded campground in the foothills about 30 minutes west of Denver. Although the address is officially Golden, the campground is very close to El Rancho-Evergreen (Walmart/Home Depot) and Genesee. Run by City of Denver and camphosts are experienced full-timers and very helpful. The campground is at 7,700' so temperatures are generally 8-10 degrees cooler than Denver. Very clean however some sites are not very level and highway noise from I-70 during rush hour can be heard. Access road to dump site is tight for larger rigs. $26/day, $156/week with water/electric, $1/day per pet.