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04/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
The entrance to this place leads you down a paved, but narrow, slightly windy road around some trees, and it can be a bit of a challenge, especially for longer RV's. Eventually, you end up in a moderately wooded area where the office and store are located. The staff are friendly, check in was easy, and we were escorted to our site along some other windy, gravel roads that led us through a variety of some very traditional, wooded sites that appear to have been there for a while. Toward the back of the campground, there is an area that is still under construction and, in the midst of that, there are what appear to be some new pull throughs. Our site was gravel, plenty long for our almost 60 feet, and we were able to get level with minimal effort. There were 2 sewer connections which could be convenient. Clearly, the place is geared for families, especially youngsters, which could be gathered from the name. We were there early in the season, so there were not too many guests of any age, but the pull-through section where we were located did fill up at night. At the moment, they are adding a water slide to the facility, and the construction equipment is very much in evidence. It should add to the overall family atmosphere once completed. I don't think we'd enjoy this place once all the children arrived but, for an overnight, it served it's purpose very well, and we'll probably stop again on our way back south in the fall.
04/2006
rating [ 5/10 ]
What is it they say about real estate...location, location, location? Well, this place has the location. Unfortunately, that location is both a blessing and a curse! They are very convenient to I-95, and that convenience makes them an excellent place to stop for an overnight when traveling back and forth along that route. However, they are so close to I-95 that you can look out your window, watch the traffic go up and down the interstate and, if you squint, you can almost read the license plates on each vehicle. A slight exaggeration on the license plates, but the place almost sits on I-95's shoulder. The other detriment to their location is their proximity to the railroad and the trains are not shy when using their whistles. Both the couple that runs the place and their staff are friendly, and they provide pull through sites with a variety of combinations of hook-ups and free WiFi, but don't expect too much more than that. It's a pretty basic, bare bones kind of place!
04/2006
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a pleasant, 2 year old campground that is run by some very friendly folks. When we arrived, we were immediately greeted by several happy people, and there were many others in the office/community room celebrating 3 different birthdays. The main entrance road as well as the road leading from the office to some of the sites are large crushed rock. Interior roads are mostly stone dust with a little gravel, and some dust was evident as a result of this material. Our site was medium size crushed gravel, and required only minimal leveling. Adjacent to the gravel "pad" was some finely crushed gravel which served as the "patio". There was also a large rubber mat, that our escort made sure was neatly placed in front of our door. He also cheerfully volunteered to help us with our hook-ups, but we reassured him we could do that without a problem, and he returned to the frstivities up front, while continuing to escort other new arrivals. Sites are organized around the campground in a mixture of a single row and several random placements. Most seemed to have adequate space between sites. There are a few long-term/ permanent(?) gueast, but the place is well cared for by the very friendly owners. We would stop back when next in this area.
03/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a pleasant enough campground, especially for a KOA, but if you've ever been to one of the finer resorts around the country, there's no way that this place rates a 10, or even a 9! The staff are pleasant and helpful. The roads are paved although somewhat narrow. Maneuvering a very large rig could be somewhat difficult in spots. Some of the sites are paved and, even the unpaved ones that we saw had patios. Other than that, there is nothing outstanding that we encountered.
12/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
Overall, this is a very nice resort-type destination. Although it's named Grand Lake, for the most part, you can't see the lake unless you go down by the cafe at the far end of the property. From there, you can walk out on the docks to the water. The entrance is quite Grand with a long, paved drive (all roads are paved) that passes through large iron gates and leads you into the property which eventually opens up as you enter. On the right, you'll encounter a large section of grassy sites, described as "Superior" sites which can be rented for a slight discount. They are also available for rallys, storage, etc. Once past this section, there are two other sections referred to as "Deluxe" sites. There is a large section on the right and a smaller section on the left. Also to the left is the golf course. These deluxe sites have paved entrance/exit sections with a concrete pad. Ours was very level. All the pads are sufficiently wide and quite long. The sites themselves have adequate, albeit, not overly generous side yards. Between some sites, there are small shrubs/trees and, on a few sites, there are some rather large, trees with dangling moss. Some of the sites need some manicuring as there are weeds growing up between the paved sections and the concrete pads, the shubbery/trees need trimming to allow for slideouts, etc. You'll also encounter an occasional pothole on the roadways. There is some evidence of ants with the typical hills that are indicative of red ants, but they will treat your site if you feel it's necessary and request it. There is a nice reception area with friendly, helpful staff. In that same area, is a mailroom where mail is sorted and placed in mailboxes each day. UPS and Fed-Ex is also sorted for guests. Also in the clubhouse is an exercise room and a large room with a fully equipped kitchen used for parties, social gatherings, daily activities, etc. Down by the water, is the store with limited stock and the cafe. The pool is heated and there are tennis courts, bocce ball, horse shoes and shuffleboard. Golf carts are also available to rent. The cable is rather limited with only 13 stations, but many were using their satellites. WiFi is available, but the reception can be limited and ours would occasionally disconnect. This is a family-friendly resort, but there is not an abundance of children. The new managers are friendly, eager to please and responsive to the needs of the guests. Despite some minor issues, this is definitely one of the better resorts that you'll encounter.
11/2005
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a fairly pleasant place to stay although I'm not sure it's entirely worthy of all the accolades it has received. We stayed in the front. The rear portion where the lake is appears a little newer and a little nicer than the front. It's convenient to I-295 with easy on/off. Perhaps a little too convenient as the front gets some of the noise from the interstate traffic. We didn't find it particularly disturbing, but I could see how some might. Plane traffic also will periodically remind you that the airport is nearby. The roads are paved although they are somewhat windy and narrow in spots and maneuvering requires a little caution. Sites are also paved but up front they are a little tired with cracked, rippled, pock-mocked sections and, in a few spots, there are holes left by leveling jacks going right through the pavement. Some sites are also a little tight to get in and out of, especially with our crew cab/long bed truck and 38' 5th wheel. Facilities seem clean and well kept if not a little tired and dated. Staff are friendly and helpful. As I said, it's a fairly pleasant place to stay and we would probably go back. As for the ratings of "10", I suspect these reviewers have never had the opportunity to stay at a resort that really rates a 10!
08/2005
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a very pleasant place set up in a circular fashion with most of the sites backing in away from the exterior perimeter. Many of those sites border a small river that runs by. In addition, there are 6 very long pull-throughs that run from one side of the circle to the other and can accommodate any size RV. A couple of small flower gardens are also located within the circle. Some of the sites seem to be occupied by seasonals, but many are also available for short-term stays. It's run by a very friendly couple who live on site. Interior roads are basically dirt and the sites are mostly grass. They offer free WiFi and, for an extra fee, they offer a large selection of cable channels. There is also an extra charge for each day you use your A/C and they do this by the honor system. It's mostly adults and, although children are welcome, there isn't much for them to do there. They do offer community food events/parties and a big bon fire on Saturday evenings. Listed rate is nightly with a 7 for 6 discount, and with extra charges for 7 days of cable and 3 days A/C.
06/2005
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a lovely place to stay! Interior roads are paved. Pads are slightly narrow and without a patio, but they are also paved. We were able to get level with little difficulty. Side yards are enormous! Most CG's would have packed twice as many sites in each space. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring and garbage can. The entire park is made up of several small clusters of sites which gives everything a more intimate feeling than the usual mass environment. Although not wooded, there are many trees that are strategically placed, there is some landscaping between most sites and there are flowers planted throughout. Everything is very well manicured. There are many activities as listed in the previous reviews and the family atmosphere is evident with many children, pets, etc., however, you never get the feeling that you're in some kind of chaotic family madhouse. I would definitely call this more of a family-oriented resort that couples and seniors can feel comfortable in as well. The casino/hotel/restaurants are just down the road and the shuttle comes through the park regularly. WiFi signal is very weak and, even though we were told we were right across from the "repeater", it disconnected with some regularity. We were also told they have had some trouble with the system and have tried different providers. This makes a great destination place to go. You can tour the local area or just spend your time at the resort.
04/2005
rating [ 6/10 ]
If you're a youngster, even one in your early teens, you'll probably love this place. It's certainly geared toward your age group. If you're a parent and like a place that's devoted to children, you'll also love this place. From the name, to the atmosphere, to the types of activities, it's geared for children. If you're looking for an average campground, this place could also work for you, but we found it to be nothing exceptional. The staff are pleasant. The roads in the front are paved and in reasonably good condition. Once past the reception building and the "red-carpet" sites, all roads are gravel. By the way, the red-carpet sites have a concrete patio and, for that little piece of heaven, you'll be charged an extra $15-28 depending of the time of year and the day of the week. Except for that patio, all the sites look the same. All sites are gravel and have a picnic table and fire ring. Our site was not particularly level so we asked for another that wasn't much better. Many of the sites have tall pines that do offer some shade. There is no cable, but you can pick up 5-6 fuzzy, local stations with your antenna. WiFi is planned, but not yet available. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of choices in this area. We've also been to the only other campground that's a major player in this area, and it's not any better! We've seen everything that we want to see in the area and probably won't be back to either one!
04/2005
rating [ 5/10 ]
This campground located in Verona, VA officially calls itself Shenandoah Valley KOA. We called ahead to check on site availability for a long pull-through with 50amp service for at least 3 nights and we asked about an option to stay as long as 6 nights. We were told that a site meeting our requirements was not a problem. When we arrived a couple of hours later, the only site that they could offer us was a site that did not comfortably fit our truck and 38'RV, it was only 30amp and, in order to get a site for 6 nights we would have had to change sites in the middle of our stay. We decided to leave after 3 nights instead. While there, we found this to be an old-fashioned, old-type, family-oriented campground that is very popular with fishermen/women/children who all liked to take advantage of the river that runs behind the place. There are picnic tables, fire rings that get lots of use and plenty of tall pines for shade. They claim they removed 600 trees, but the trees are still very plentiful and, if you have a long rig like we do, you will still need to be somewhat cautious coming and going. Besides the fishing, a pool and hot tubs, they offer other activities. They offer a form of cable which they refer to as Satellite TV and they make 12 stations available. We were only able to pick up about half of them without using our own dish and, because the campground sits so low compared to the surrounding countryside, I'm sure an antenna would have been of little value. Cell phone service was also all but impossible. They do offer free WiFi. Staff are pleasant if not inefficient about getting the proper site info reserved.
04/2005
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a pleasant enough family-oriented campground that seems to have an older section and a newer section. As a matter of fact, there seems to be quite a lot of newness going on. There is a building that looks new and another large new building is going up. The roads are old pavement covered with gravel in the front and fresh gravel in a newer rear section. Some of the gravel in that newer section, on both the roads and the sites, is a litle thick and can get quite soft, but it looked as though they were starting to pour some concrete sites in the last rows. Maybe shades of better things to come as our soft-gravel site made it tougher than it should have been to get level. Although sites do have concrete patios, picnic tables and two sewer hook-ups, the water and electric connections seemed inconveniently placed. Another recent addition is WiFi, but they charge extra for it. Everything was clean and the staff were pleasant. It's nice to see a place that seems to be interested in re-investing in itself instead of just taking profits off the top. The potential to be an even better place to stay is certainly within reach.
04/2005
rating [ 5/10 ]
There is virtually nothing about this place that would qualify it as a "resort"! What it is, instead, is an old-fashioned campground. There are paved roads around the reception area, but as soon as you go around back, you encounter narrow roads going up and down that are covered in a variety of sizes of crushed stone and rather large crushed rock! There are trees throughout much of the campground but, because we're so long, we fortunately didn't feel like we were in the middle of the woods. There are fire rings, but they apparently aren't used too often. Ours was filled with leaves from last fall and was very close to our RV. Our site was not too level and, once in place, our front door stepped out onto some enormous exposed roots from the neighboring tree. This is an OK place for an overnight stop if you get caught in this area and feel like you're going into a coma and can't drive any further, but don't expect anything fancy and certainly don't look for anything resembling a resort!
04/2005
rating [ 6/10 ]
This campground has paved roads with concrete pads and offers amenities like a swimming pool, shuffleboard, horseshoes, etc. There is also a golf course nearby in case you don't like gambling. The reception area is pleasant and the staff are friendly. On the surface, it should work very well. After arriving at our assigned site, we discovered the electric recepticle was up-side-down. It could have been used that way, but it seemed to place too much stress on our 50amp cord so we returned to the office to seek some assistance from maintenance. We were told that the change of shifts would occur in 15-20 minutes and that no one would come to assist us until after the change. After waiting the required time, someone did come. They also seemed puzzled about the up-side-down socket but they were able to make the repair. When we finally plugged in, there was no power. Adjacent sites also complained about no power. After making a tour of the area to check breakers, maintenance reported that they would need to call an electrician to determine the cause. So now, an hour after we were assigned our site, we returned to the office to ask for another one. Later in our stay, we were seeking a propane refill but, since we arrived in the middle of the morning and we were 15 minutes early, we were told we would have to wait before anyone would be called. These two incidents were reflective of an attitude that was not geared toward good customer service and relations. All in all, it was also reflective of poor management and maintenance of facilities. For example, the grass (mostly weeds) between each site was badly overgrown. There were garbage can holders which were thoughtfully and conveniently placed throughout the park, but the one across from our site was falling apart and the pieces just remained on the ground throughout our stay. The laundry room equipment cost double that of machines we have used in other resorts and campgrounds, and the dryers were very inefficient requiring additional extra coins with each use. This could be a very nice place with a little attention to detail toward both the guests and the facility.
03/2005
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a very pleasant campground that sits up on a hill. The drive up a somewhat steep with some curves, but the roads are paved and it wasn't a problem. Once you arrive on top, you'll encounter a very nice couple who spent 15-20 minutes giving us an orientation and maps of nearby Hot Springs National Park. In this case, Hot Springs NP is the town. Sites are gravel, plenty long enough for our 36'RV and truck, and ours was fairly level. Some of the pull-throughs do drop off and we may not have fit as comfortably in those. There are extra fees for 50a service, cable TV and WiFi. Because you're so high, it's very quiet and we had a very pleasant stay.
03/2005
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a pleasant campground managed by a friendly couple. There is a management-operated restaurant in the clubhouse that serves breakfast and dinner and we were immediately invited to dinner upon arrival. Although we didn't eat there, many others did and the prices seemed very reasonable. Interior roads and sites are gravel and reasonably well maintained. Our site was plenty long for our almost 60' of truck and RV. There was a small gravel side yard with a very nice, new looking, loveseat rocker/glider. There were trees around that offer some shade, but you didn't get the feeling that you were buried in the woods. Fishing is available. It worked very well for our overnight stay.
03/2005
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is an OK place to stay although I wouldn't call it a resort. It presents as being a little rough around the edges. Interior roads and sites are gravel on hard dirt. There are lots of puddles after a rain and everything gets a little dirty. Each of the pull-through sites in the area we were in were very long and each had a side yard with grass. Some also had a concrete patio and all sites were separated by a clapboard-type fence. There is no landscaping around the sites. The common areas in the middle are reminiscent of an old west town and if you think of the whole place along those lines, it works well enough. They do offer some nice amenities like complimentary breakfast, on-site phones and free WIFI. Access from I-40 is convenient and there is no road noise.
03/2005
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is an acceptable place to stay although I wouldn't call it a resort. Staff are reasonably friendly. There are a lot of rules posted all over the place and, although you'll always need rules, this place presents them in a rather in-your-face way. For example, the speed limit sign just inside says if you speed you won't be staying very long! Interior roads are paved and speed bumps are located throughout. Sites are a paved pad on gravel and the pads are narrow. Many are too short for DP's with toads/trailers or even a long 5'er and tow vehicle. We have a 36' 5'er and I couldn't fit our truck on the pad once we unhitched unless I pulled the hood under the front of the RV. There is a nice giftshop in the office and, if you're into gambling, there are a number of casinos nearby. We found the location convenient and,for that reason, would probably stay here again.
03/2005
rating [ 5/10 ]
This park is a little rough around the edges. The couple who own it are very friendly and they accept AARP for discounts. Interior roads are mostly gravel. Sites are adequate although not what I would call spacious. They are a strange combination of a red clay-like material and stone. It looks as if they have not yet finished spreading stone on all the sites and the stone that is in place is very soft. They offer discounts on a few area restaurants and you can buy tickets at the office for the railroad ride to the Grand Canyon leaving from a station about one mile away. It was OK for a night or two to go up and see the Canyon, but it's not a place I would rush back to.
03/2005
rating [ 6/10 ]
I wouldn't call this a resort, but it is a decent place to stay. They have friendly staff, good paved roads, and there are some activities offered. The biggest problem we encountered was the gravel pull-through sites that are up front. They are difficult to get into because, although they are wide enough, the actual pads, drop off on one side. On the other side, there are trees. If you get too close to the trees, you can't open your slides. If you get too far the other way, you fall off the slope in the site and can't get level, even with three layers of levelers. We had to change sites three times and finally settled for a back-in site. Because of this, we would probably not go back.
02/2005
rating [ 7/10 ]
This campground presents like an upscale resort. The roads are all paved, the sites are fine gravel that is neatly groomed after each guest's departure and they are arranged head to toe (or back to back) so that you are not facing anyone's hook-ups. In addition, there are fences between every two sites with shrubs and small bushes to help insure privacy. They offer a variety of "perks" like complimentary daily (M-F) USA Today, complimentary breakfast that includes coffee, juice, cereal, toast, waffles, fruit, home-made muffins, hard boiled eggs, etc. , and every Friday night, there is a complimentary Margarita Party with appropriate snacks. In addition, they offer a hot tub, an exercise room, a very nice laundry room, a comfortable lounge and meeting rooms. Finally, the front desk staff, that seem to consist of several local college students, are very, very friendly and helpful with all your questions and requests for assistance. On the down side is the management headed up by a woman who rarely smiles, walks around with her head in the air, and seems to be a control freak on a power trip. Two work-camper couples that were very nice left early while we were there. One couple was terminated because of a negative encounter with management, the other couple quit! The assistant manager is sometimes friendly, but seems moody and often fails to follow through on things even when he says he will. The sites, although neat, are dusty when the weather is dry and soft when the weather is wet. The dog walk also gets muddy after each rain and, because it's a storm run-off, it will also fill with several inches of water after a heavy rain. If you like camp fires, they are not allowed. If you like picnic tables, you need to request one and there are only a few to go around. They do not have a pool but will refer you to a competitor if you have your heart set on one. We would probably go back, but they do have some things to work on, especially management's interaction with both guests and staff!
02/2005
rating [ 5/10 ]
This is a bare-bones park that works very well as an overnight stop and it's conveniently located right off the interstate. A very nice man runs the office and will assign you a $10 site that is fairly level. Some sites have 50a and cable for an extra charge of $3 and $2 respectively. Our cable did not work and we were quickly given back our $2 extra cable fee. Interior roads and sites are gravel and dirt. Next time we're traveling between San Antonio and the El Paso/Las Cruces area, we'll stop again.
02/2005
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very nice resort-type park that provides nearly anything most people would want as long as you're looking for a resort and not a campground. Staff are friendly and give you a very thorough hand-out packet containing all kinds of information about the resort, the city of San Antonio and the surrounding area including coupons for restaurants and attractions. There is a lovely clubhouse and the grounds are very well kept. Two things keep me from giving this resort a rating of 10. On the way in, there is a steep drive leading up to the entrance and clubhouse. At the top of that hill, there is a mound and a dip that you must cross to continue into the resort. We could not get our fifth wheel over that hump without touching the underside of the front of the RV until we backed up and re-approached from an angle. Even then, we barely made it in and I have a 6" clearance! Once inside, you'll notice that most of the sites, although concrete and quite level, have a 2"-3" curb that you must traverse in order to get on and off the site pad. Many of the guests had boards at the entrance &/or exit to their sites in order to lessen the impact on the tires. In addition, many of the sites drop off severely before re-entering the roads that run back and forth. We had to request a different site for fear that we may again run the risk of touching the underside of the RV to the rails of our truck. If you can manage to get from the road and into your site, you should be quite pleased. By the way, if you have a fifth wheel, you may have to be very careful going back over that hump in the driveway as you exit!
01/2005
rating [ 6/10 ]
This KOA which accepted Good Sam in 2004 no longer offers those discounts. This is an average campground that works very well for an overnight stay between where you've been and where you're going. Staff is friendly. Interior roads and sites are paved. Our site was fairly level although we could not fit our combined 55' of truck and RV without unhitching and parking the truck at an angle and partly on the grass.
01/2005
rating [ 5/10 ]
This campground is a mixed bag. On the positive side, the staff is friendly. Where we were located, there are some concrete pads, both pull-throughs and back-ins, with patios and picnic tables. Our site was pretty level. The negatives start the surrounding area which is very run down. Campground buildings are also a little run down. The majority of the regular sites are grass and gravel and many of those are very close together. Many of the sites, even in the preferred area where we were, are too short for very long fifth wheels and tow vehicles to park head to toe. We, as well as our neighbors, had to park our tow vehicles perpendicular to our RV's and we could barely get them off the roads that traverse between the rows of campers. This was our fifth choice on a list of already filled campgrounds in the area and if we could get into any of the others in the future, we would probably not return.
01/2005
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a nice resort-type campground that is right on the grounds of a huge casino and is an excellent place to stay if you're interested in gambling. Staff are friendly and helpful. Water connections are recessed in a pit that is supposed to provide drainage. Our connection was almost under water because out "pit" wasn't draining properly. Staff were quick to respond to clean it out. Roads and sites are concrete and there is a concrete patio area with a pinic table. Although the sites are comfortably wide, the pads are fairly narrow. It's hard to position your RV so that your able to step out the front door onto the concrete rather than into the grass/mud. In addition, there are small concrete pathways leading from the pad to the patio, but you have to walk on the grass to get to the path, especially if you have slides. It's a small thing, but it would be better if the pads were just a little wider! There are some sites with plenty of trees and some that are more in the open. Most are back-ins, but there are a few pull-throughs. Only problem with the pull-throughs is that there is no space between the pull through area and the roadway so, if you connect on the inside, you're positioned so that you have to step out of your RV onto the road. Again, a small thing, just poor planning!
12/2004
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a pleasantly maintained Corps of Engineers park. Staff is friendly. Interior roads are paved. Pads are concrete and fairly level. Patio areas are gravel, there are picnic tables and a place for campfires. There are some trees that could provide some shade, but I wouldn't describe it as wooded and much of the area is open. Most of the sites are back-ins, but there are two pull-throughs and many border the river which was very dark and murky during our stay. We did notice lots of "microscopic" ants in the RV after we left and we were infested with dozens and dozens of ladybugs. Some say they are good luck, but we didn't need that much good luck! Never had a problem with either of these insects before. One of the nicer parks in the area.
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