The approach along Pennsylvania/Middle Road is like a roller coaster, I would guess 15+% grades. As you are driving along Pennsylvania/Middle Road from IA-32, the house numbers are all high 4 digit and 5 digit numbers that do not seem to bear any relationship to Hoot Owl Hollow’s address of 1650 Middle Rd. The park is exactly 2 miles from IA 32, just past the second stop sign at Seippel Rd. There is no visible sign indicating the entrance to the park. As you come over the crest of a hill, you notice all of these RVs right in front on you and you are there. The park manager stays in the RV that is to your immediate right ( site #1) as you drive into the park. The roads are paved, but the sites are gravel and not all that level. Our site sloped down to the rear, so much so, that our leveling system could not level the rig, so I had to level the rig manually. Overnight, the legs settled into the mud, requiring the rig be leveled again the next morning. There was just insufficient gravel down on our site to cope with the water and it was more of a mud pit than anything. We carved some nice 5-6” deep ruts (in addition to the ones already there) and the tires on the rig ended up caked in mud. Many sites appeared to have the same problem of insufficient gravel to cope with the rain, but since these were seasonal sites, not really a problem. All the hookups are at the very rear of the pad, some 6’ past the end of the gravel. Ours were buried in a flower garden. I had to dig a path for the water and sewer hoses. So if coming here, make sure you have enough hoses/electric cable to reach well past the end of your rig. The park is in a meadow between two hills so there were no OTA TV signals, however AT&T and Verizon were just barely usable. The park only accepts cash or checks, no credit cards. Water pressure varied anywhere from 15 to 40 psi, depending on the time of day. The 50 amp electricity was good, we had both AC units running most of the afternoon and evening with no voltage problems. The park is 90% occupied by seasonal/weekend residents. I selected ‘No’ for ‘pull-through sites’ to change the previous setting: There is 1 site that is a true pull-through plus 2 back to back sites which if unoccupied, you can pull through, but 3 out of 70 does not justify a ‘Yes’ , especially as they are usually occupied. Not surprising, our promised pull-through was not available. I selected ‘No’ for ‘big rig friendly’ to change the previous setting: . Once off the main entrance road, the roads are very narrow. The only way we were able to maneuver into our site was by swinging back over 2 other empty sites, as the road was just too narrow and the sites not well angled to the road. If there are vehicles parked from neighboring sites, getting into most of these sights would be impossible.. A mile east of the park on Pennsylvania/Middle Rd, there is a parking area on the south side of the road, for a hike and bike trail that leads off to the south. There are many grocery options available within 3 miles of the park, back at IA32 and Dodge St. We will find somewhere else to stay if ever in this area again.
About 90% of the sites are occupied by seasonal or year-round residents. The sites for short term visitors are located on the south side of the park, next door to the shooting range that is just on the other side of the fence. During the week, the sound of gunfire started about 5 PM and lasted until after dark. As we were hitching up to leave on Saturday morning, it started up again at 9:15 AM. We cannot say what the rest of the weekend noise might be like. Regardless of what the office says, the noise is loud and intrusive. Aside from that the staff are very friendly and helpful. AT&T and Verizon signals were OK, however the Verizon data connection was pretty slow. The water pressure varied greatly, depending on the time of day, anywhere from 20 (very low) to 50 (good) PSI, but most of the time was on the low side. The Wi-Fi was better than most, which may have been because we were parked right next to the office and antenna. There was a notice posted on the swimming pool entrance for a $2 charge for campers, $3 for non-campers for use of the pool. Note on finding the park: Using Google maps to search the address ‘973 County Road 2250 E Secor, IL’ gives wrong location, off of IL 5, to the north of Hwy 24. In order to find the correct location, you need to search on the park name. The park is located on the county road, SOUTH of US-24. Bing maps however does find the right location when using the address. If you are too tired to cook, Monical’s Pizza, 4 miles back at the interstate, will deliver to the RV Park for a $3 fee. The main reason for the low rating is the noise from the shooting range. We will not stay here again.
This is a nice quiet park just on the outskirts of Bluffton. The roads and sites are gravel, reasonably level and many of the sites are nicely to very shaded. The sites are placed with lots of grassy space between. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The staff are very friendly and helpful. There are a couple of dog walks and a new fenced dog area will be ready for the 2015 season. The ATT and Verizon signals are very strong (5 bars), you can see the towers across the farm field. Even though the KOA flyer lists television stations, on our site, we could not pick up any channels due to the trees blocking signals. The park wifi is free, but slow and easily disconnects. There is NO cable TV at the park as some reviewers have indicated. The park workampers host a pancake breakfast every Sunday. Bluffton has all of the basics; groceries, hardware stores and restaurants. For big rigs, the directions on the park website are problematic. Do NOT follow the directions to use Wabash/Bond streets, but take IN 124 around town so as to approach the park on Lancaster St. from the west.
This Park has had a few bad reviews, however we found the the staff to be welcoming and the park well maintained. Our site was a least 100 feet long with very tall trees which didn’t impede our slides or awnings. Our RV is 13 ½ feet high and the branches didn’t come down that low.The water pressure was good as was our Verizon signal, but ATT reception was very poor. There is an oil well pump, at the gate, partly obscured by a fence and also a couple of large tanks. There is a slight aroma sometimes as you walk past but it doesn't extend out to the sites. We didn’t use the restrooms, showers or laundry. It appears the park was carved out of a mature forest and there was a concerted effort to take down as few of the big trees as possible. As such, the roads are not perfectly straight and a bit of attention is needed when maneuvering, but even with our large rig, we had no problems. Around the corner, on Birch Run Rd., there is a farm stand with locally grown produce. The proximity to both Frankenmuth and the Birch Run Outlet Mall makes this an ideal location. We would stay here again.
This is a park nicely situated only one mile from the USA/Canada border crossing, right beside Hwy 69. It can be a bit noisy depending on where your site is. The park shares the same driveway as the Cracker Barrel. The signs are not very large so you need to pay attention. Township Park #1 is right across Water St. with swings and an awesome spiral slide. Decent park Wi-Fi, but slows down as park fills. There are good Verizon and AT&T signals and good water pressure. The sign posts that mark each site are sometimes removable, which can come in handy when entering and exiting a site. The washrooms are clean. Our site was close to the office, so the road was still fairly wide, providing a lot of swing room to back in to our site.
The rate reflects a monthly rate, tax included. The park has good water pressure. The water is very hard, but the water softener took care of that. There is lots of open space to walk and get your daily exercise. The park has a good sized pool and playgrounds. The pool is clean and well maintained. Our site was located at the far end of the park, far enough from Hwy 401 so as not to hear the noise, but sites at the front of the park are closer to the freeway with all the noise that goes with it. The far end of the park does border on Campbellville Rd, but in the evening, the traffic is minimal and the trees make a good sound barrier. Shopping and dining is readily available in Milton, only minutes away, every store you can imagine, and then some. Olde Downtown Milton is close by with many shops and restaurants The park also recycles, with bins located along with the trash bins. There is a store in the campground, carrying basic groceries, snacks and camping supplies. The washrooms are kept clean and in working order. Once the weather warmed up and we needed to run the AC units, we had problems with the breakers on the pedestal constantly popping. Shortly after reporting the problem, a maintenance worker came, replaced the breakers and we did not have any more problems. The first day we arrived, we had problems with electricity, getting a ‘low voltage' error (104 VAC) and the air conditioners would not work.. Unfortunately, it was a holiday weekend so there was nothing they could do about it. Luckily the next couple of days were cooler and there was no need for the AC. The. local utility came in days later and made some changes. The voltages went back up to where they were supposed to be (124 VAC). In the part of the RV park where we were located, all the sites are back in, but not angled, so are all tight approaches with not a lot of swing room. The parking area was level, but not so on either side. Because of the dips on the side and the narrowness of the approach, we dragged backing in until the wheels climbed back up the dip onto the site. The dumpsters need to be emptied more often or else they need to get another bin to handle the amount of garbage the park generates. There is a charge of $5 for guests to drive into the RV park. This was a real sore point. We had not seen friends and family for 2 years and if they were coming to visit, why should they pay to get past the gate when not using any of the pool or picnic facilities. The Wi-Fi is very slow when it works, which was only about 50% of the time. We have a roof antenna booster for Wi-Fi, so we got a strong signal, but even with that, many times the system was overloaded with no available IP addresses to connect to, or worse yet, their ISP was down. Even with a connection, it would drop in the middle of reading a news article. When it goes down, it would stay down for days. We will probably stay here again when we come back to southern Ontario.
Rate reflects a 15% Good Sam discount. This is a very small RV park nestled in the corn fields. It is located on a side road with little traffic, so noise is not a real problem, even though you are parked close to the road. There are only a few sites that can take a big rig. We had one of the back-in sites in the dead-end part of the park, and could only maneuver in as the sites across from us were empty, otherwise, there was not enough swing room to back in. The owner is very friendly and helpful. AT&T and Verizon signals were good. The water is nice and soft and has good pressure. Over the air TV reception pulls in the networks out of Springfield and that is about it. The only reason we would probably not stay here again is that it was difficult to take the dog for long walks, as the only place to walk was along the roadway, otherwise it was a nice place to stay.
This RV park was a bit of a disappointment. The water pressure was really low, to the point where you could only have one water faucet/appliance going at a time, especially when someone was in the shower.. The park drainage was also a problem. I realize that the rain in the area had been very heavy, but even 3 days after, grassy areas were a bog, with lots of standing water everywhere, including around our rig. Trees on the sites were not being trimmed back and presented a problem while entering our site. The sites are angled, which helps with entrance/exit. The park is far enough off the main highways, so that it is nice and quiet. We might stay here again if passing through the area in the autumn, but definitely not in the spring/rainy season.
This is one of the best RV parks we have ever visited in our 3 years on the road. Long, level concrete pads. Lots of grassy area between sites. And to make it even better, Lonnie Q’s BBQ is right next door. The Verizon and ATT signals were great, as was the cable TV, electric and water pressure. You don’t really hear the traffic on I70 as the trees bordering the park make an excellent sound barrier. There is a great play area for kids and a very large fenced area for the four legged children. It poured buckets of rain for almost 12 hours after we arrived. The park has such excellent drainage that there were no puddles on the roadways.
This is a nice park, but built on a hill. Each site has a level concrete pad, but has a steep driveway up to the pad and another steep driveway down. Depending on the size of the rig, you will end up parking your tow vehicle or toad on a slope. Other than that, the wifi, Verizon, ATT and cable services were all good. While we were there, the park was full and it was 91℉ outside. We were getting low voltage errors on the power management system, so the air conditioners repeatedly shut down. The maintenance man said there was nothing he could do about it as the demand on their electrical system was so high. There is a pool, unfortunately is was out of service for repairs while we were there. The park is nestled into a corner created by the intersection of two busy highways, but the noise soon becomes background. One of the negatives is that for their seasonal residents, they don’t enforce parking rules about parking on the street, so sometimes you have to squeak your rig past parked trucks to get your rig onto your pad. There is lots of room to walk dogs and also a large dog run at east end of park. There are also walking trails across street at a health and wellness campus for those who want to put on a couple of miles.
This is an older park that is in need of some serious infrastructure TLC. The roads are gravel, but the edges and turns in the road are rutted and when it rains, it's like driving in a mud bath. I spent an hour scraping the stone-encrusted mud off of my tires. There are 3 types of sites: seasonal residents located in a shaded area at the front of the park; long gravel transient sites in front of the Self Storage building that have grass in between the sites and are fairly level; at the south end of the park, sites on a large mound of gravel, raised up several feet, where your wheels and front legs sit on opposite sides of the hill and leveling can be a challenge. There is no grass between the sites, and sites are opposing so you are facing the doorway of your next door neighbor. Almost all of these sites are occupied by working families, so work trucks abound, sometimes making navigation tricky. There are lots of children running about so you need to drive carefully and slowly during the day. Weekends are like ‘party central’. On the plus side, the water pressure, cable TV, and Verizon signals were great. The park is very close to several of the main attractions in Abilene; the Eisenhower Museum, Greyhound Hall of Fame, Old Abilene Town. There is a small swimming pool, the water is bright and clear, but there were some leaves sitting on the bottom. On the negative side, the ‘big rig’ access should be taken with a grain of salt, as the roads are narrow and winding. The exit route is like following a snake trail (or you can cheat and exit via site #15 and the main entrance). A double tracked main rail line runs through town. At the road crossings the train horns are loud, long, and at all hours of the day and night.
This was our first time staying at this park, recommended to us by friend with the same size rig. The park is located a short distance from I-20, but the traffic noise was barely noticeable. The park has easy access to pull-throughs as sites angled for easy entrance and exit. The sites are level, graveled and long with a good amount of grass between adjacent sites. The staff were very friendly, providing driving instructions for local grocery shopping. The park is very pet friendly with lots of doggie rest stops and a descent sized dog run (but not really big enough for a greyhound to get up to any speed). We stayed here for 2 nights on our way northbound from San Antonio, taking US 281 all the way, bypassing the DFW nightmare. The over-the-air TV reception was lousy to none, however the phone and data signals for both Verizon and AT&T were good. I cannot comment of the park Wi-Fi, as we did not use it. There is a short walking trail to a fishing hole that is suffering from the Texas drought, but it was a nice walk for the dog. On the down side, there are no shade trees. We will definitely be staying here again. The rate reflects the Good Same discount. For tall rigs, make note of a 13' 11" underpass and a 14' 1" bridge 4 miles north on US281.
This park has some good points and bad points. South Fork is located just east of Wolf Creek Pass, a nice place to stop and rest. There is no over the air TV reception. There is good water pressure and electric. The Wi-Fi was mediocre, sometimes descent speed and other times just plain slow. All the spots were well shaded. The RV park is a few miles east of ‘downtown’ South Fork along US 160. With the park being 'down' from the highway, there is no traffic noise. The park has some nice quiet riverside sites, where you can sit and watch the Rio Grande flow south to Mexico. There is a rarely used railway line that runs along the highway, that makes for a nice dog walk. About 100 yards down the line, there are railway cars parked, but it makes for a nice walk outside of the park. The road leading in the other direction leads to a small number of streets with homes, that is also a nice walk.
The rate reflects the daily rate of $32.95 less 10% Good Sam discount plus 10% lodge tax . There was no weekly rate. The RV park is situated behind the casino. You need to study a satellite view to determine the best way to make it to the park entrance. We turned in at the travel center (south of the casino) onto Mike Wash Rd and then turned the next right onto Morning Star Ln which then takes you straight into the RV Park. This route avoids the narrow intersections / turns when coming in from the north side of the casino. The route to the entrance to the RV park is not well marked. The roads and sites are all packed gravel. The roads are a good width and all sites are angled to provide an easy entry/exit. Each site has a concrete pad and picnic table. When you park, bear in mind that the picnic table is bolted to the concrete and does not move. The utilities are all good. Water pressure is excellent. The cable TV has some 80 channels including HBO and Starz. My one complaint about the park is the Wi-Fi. Even with a roof booster antenna, the signal strength was pathetic. The poor connection signal and slow speed made for a very frustrating week of poor internet. I have had faster dialup connections. I could not see any WI-Fi antennas on the park office building or anywhere around the park, so I have a feeling the signal was actually coming from the casino/hotel building across the way. The Verizon signal, even though 4g, had erratic connections and multiple disconnects due to poor signal strength. The casino is just across the parking lot and has a restaurant. We were disappointed with the quality of the food and did not feel it was worth the money. There is also a well stocked travel center (cheapest diesel around) just south of the casino parking lot.
Arco is in the middle of nowhere and the RV park is on the edge of town, away from the busy highway traffic. It is a good stopover when going between Boise and Twin Falls/Yellowstone. The water pressure is very good, although the water is hard. Electricity and cable are also good (lots of channels). The sites and roads are level gravel, with easy entry/exit. Some of the trees need trimming as they have started to intrude into the roadways. Arco is equidistant between two major sightseeing opportunities: The ‘Craters of the Moon National Preserve’ and the ‘EBR I Atomic Museum and National Historic site’ at INL. Just down the road from the park (within walking distance if you want to work up an appetite) is Pickle’s Place that serves excellent ‘home made’ food.
Most everything about park is first rate; wide, paved roads with angled approaches to level, gravel sites. Each site has a concrete sitting area and picnic table. Water pressure is excellent, and the electricity is good, as is the cable TV. My only complaint is about the internet. They attempt to ration it with coupons that give you 2 hours of access every 12 hours, but it is a system that does not work as it does not distribute the load on the system. RVers who pay the premium rate get or buy upgraded internet service, get 24 hour access, but run into the same load problems on the system as everyone else. Be prepared for lots of aggravation with internet access. You get some malarkey from the management about being in a remote location, but that doesn’t fly, with all of the hotels and motels in the area that provide internet to their patrons and businesses that depend on the internet to operate. They just don’t want to spend the money to upgrade their service. For the price you pay, it should be better. The one great advantage to this park is the close proximity to downtown and the park entrance. You are well within walking or bicycling distance of the town center for a tourist sojourn of shopping and sightseeing. For hiking and dog walks, there are a number of trails that lead into the national forest (not part of Yellowstone) that borders the southern edge of the RV park. You will get the occasional bear warning for hiking in the wilderness areas, and you just need to use common sense. The national forest that borders the town and the park is ‘wilderness’, not civilization. We rated this park a 7, but it would have been higher if not for all the problems with the park WiFi.
The rate is based on the weekly rate. This is a great park, wide paved roads with packed, level gravel sites. Each site has a concrete patio outside your door with a picnic table. There are 2 sewer outlets (middle and rear) so that you are never far from a connection. Water and electric are located at the rear of site. You are escorted to your site and guided in for optimal positioning. The office and park staff are very friendly and helpful. Just outside the park, is a bicycle and walking path that goes along the road. You can walk/ride it down to a city park. There are also hiking trails that lead up through the hills. The park has a small enclosed dog area, but we preferred the long walks on the bike path. The park is located on the very outskirts of Boise, but very close to grocery shopping and some excellent restaurants. A 10 minute drive gets you to a large mall for extra shopping. 15 minutes in the other direction gets you to a Campers World.
This is a really nice RV park. Some nice shaded sites. You can’t see the RV park from the street and the entrance roadway is hidden between 2 industrial buildings, so you have to pay attention. The actual RV entrance is set back from the street about 50 yards. The sites were level compacted gravel. They take great care of their grassy areas, watering the tent areas each day (when unoccupied of course) and RV sites between tenant departure and arrivals. The Wifi was free, a good signal, but a bit slow at times. The water pressure was good as was the electricity. The area is quite rocky (large lava boulders) so sometimes the sewer outlet was not close to the parking site. Over the air TV reception was spotty, for us at least, probably due to the very bushy tree right beside the rig and TV antenna, but then the shade was really appreciated. The one aggravating point was the lawn maintenance person who spent the day darting about, moving sprinklers, on a very noisy gas ATV. A lot of RVers only stopped here overnight, but they were missing a nice destination. There were a couple of good restaurants within walking distance and the cheapest diesel in town just down the street from the park. We stayed here a week and would visit again.
This is an old mobile home park. I am not sure if it is trying to transition to an RV park, or just taking in RVers to make some extra money. On the plus side, the park takes Passport America, so it is cheap. The streets are wide , well lit paved roads, good water pressure (but hard) , electricity, and sewer. The sites are level. There is good over the air TV reception. On the negative side, it is very run down. There is no wi-fi to speak of, the range is limited to the park office. The sites are either a concrete pad, parallel concrete tracks or compacted gravel. The speed bumps are high and numerous. With an external roof antenna, the Verizon 4G signal is OK, but barely adequate. We will never stay here again. It is a dismal place, and we just did not feel comfortable.
The rate includes taxes, which are quite steep, close to 10%. Although pets are allowed, this RV park is the most pet un-friendly we have ever encountered. There is a full page of pet rules. The only places where pets are allowed is either on your site or walking to the one pet walk area. All grass is off limits, so you are forced to walk or carry your dog on the gravel roadway to a 20’ x 20’ piece of grass in the corner of the park. They call it a ‘dog walk’, but with the park bench and bushes, there is not much space to actually walk. As to the park, there are some tight turns getting to the pull through sites, but nothing that some careful navigation can’t handle. The sites are gravel and sand, well compacted. The entrance to the pull through sites is angled which makes getting in and out much easier. The driver’s side of the site is lined with 8 x 8 beams with a setback for the sewer connection which is at ground level and about ⅔’s of the way to the rear of the site. The pull through sites are crosswise on a slight hill, so each site is a lower than the next with a light left to right tilt to each site. The sites also slope from front to back (which helps the flow in the sewer pipe). With the multiple aspects to the slope of the pull through sites, leveling can be a challenge. The back in sites are built the same, crosswise on a slight hill. There is a row of tall trees separating the pull through from the back in sites, providing the back-in sites with lovely afternoon shade. Each site has a concrete pad with a picnic table. The back-in and tent sites are set back from the highway, but the pull through sites have their rear windows facing the highway. The traffic is fairly light, so not at all intrusive. Water pressure is descent at 40-50 psi, but the water is fairly hard. The electricity is good and considering the current heat wave, a blessing as the A/C units kicked in about 11am and ran until sundown or later. The park Wi-fi is free, good signal strength and bandwidth, which is a blessing, as the Verizon coverage is just a notch above non-existent. If you are coming to Manila from I-80, towing a big rig or large Class A with a toad, do not take US191. There are a number of wicked steep sections of road. Use the directions given on the KOA website. Always consult the Mountain Directory West before traveling in this area as there are numerous 10% grades with tight switchbacks. We used this park as a base of operations for exploring Flaming Gorge National Recreational Area and surrounding areas to avoid pulling our rig up and down the worst of the grades. Previous reviewers have mentioned about the lack of grocery shopping. With a year round population of just over 300, the ‘Flaming Gorge Market & Mercantile True Value’ is just what you would expect for a small town. A combined grocery, hardware, ice cream and gift shop all rolled into one. You still need to come well stocked, but if you do run out of any staples, they will probably have it. The Flaming Gorge Cafe (Brownie’s) is right on the corner of Hwy’s 43 & 44. Good food at a reasonable price. I had the fried chicken and it wasn’t the pre-cooked frozen variety, but made fresh every day, juicy and very tasty with a nice light breading. For a small town restaurant, the food was very well made and very good.
The daily reflects the rate for an entire month. This is a wonderful campground situated in the middle of a pine and aspen forest. The pine trees are old and very tall, providing lots of shade with no low hanging branches. The down side to this is that satellite reception can be a challenge. When making a reservation, let them know if you have a dish and what kind (roof mount or tripod), and they will try to place you accordingly. One of the nice things about the park is the wildlife. During our morning walks with the dogs, you very often come across grazing deer. Unfortunately for us, there is no fenced in dog area to let the dogs run, but then there is a great bike/hike trail just outside the park entrance that runs along the road in both directions, and even goes all the way back to downtown, so everybody gets some exercise. The water pressure and electricity are excellent, but you have to pay extra if you want to run your air conditioning. Considering that most days were in the 70s and nights in the 40s, it is not a big deal. Over the air TV reception is also an issue; it is not that it is bad, it is just non existent. There are no repeaters in Woodland Park for Colorado Springs stations. The washrooms/showers are kept clean. There is also a full recycling container for paper, metal, plastic and glass. On the down side, the internet is slow (I’ve seen faster dial up), but this is ‘supposedly’ dependent on where in the park you are located (so they say). It is also hard to make the initial connection. Although an open system, the maximum number of allowed users is larger than the available pool. I suspect that the mortar and brick neighbors are taking advantage of the open system and also most RV’s have at least 2 smartphones and/or computers. On the bright side, the Verizon 4G reception is very good (we have an external antenna on the roof) so we used the air card most of the time. Another negative, if you are parked in the lower back section, there are houses that border the back of the RV park. They have dogs that bark a lot, at everything, howl late at night and early in the morning. It is annoying. We were here for a month and all in all, we would definitely stay here again. The rating would have been a 10 if it had not been for the internet.
This RV park is another case of ‘an overnighter’, a park that empties by 9am and fills up at 5pm, as people drive along I-80 going somewhere else. Rawlins does not seem to be a ‘destination’. The town is on the high plains, so it has the same wind issues as Cheyenne, constant, high and gusty winds. The utilities provided are all great, good water pressure, electricity, excellent internet (signal and bandwidth) and cable TV (lots of channels). Access off I-80 is close and the noise from the highway is barely noticeable. When we checked-in, the manager never smiled and just told us not to park on the grass, which we couldn’t find any at the sites. Any other time that we stopped by the office to ask about restaurants or the town, the office was closed until 3pm. What greenery that was planted in the RV park, between the sites and the dog walks is all but dead and gone. The dog walking areas are either overgrown with prickly weeds or bare rocky soil. The neighboring city park and apartment block have nice green lawns and the grass at the back of the office is well watered, so it must have been a conscious decision by the park management to let the other grassy areas deteriorate . On the other hand, it’s not the park manager’s fault if people don’t clean up after their dogs as the dog run had a lot of old dried up droppings. It is sad that some RVers can be so inconsiderate by not picking up after their pets, walking their dogs right through your site or letting their dogs bark at 4:30 in the morning. We only looked in at the pool once, and it is either being dug out or being filled in with soil. The hot tub was sitting there but not functioning. There is a good grocery store in town, City Market. There is also a Tractor Supply opening soon . We spent a couple of days walking around downtown Rawlins, north of the railroad yards, which bisect the town. The RV park is situated beside one of the roads that has an underpass. It is single lane and you can get really claustrophobic driving through it. There are a series of murals painted on the sides of buildings or inside them, that make for a nice walking tour of the town. You can download a brochure of the murals that shows a map and locations. In one corner of the park, there are a number of rigs that appear to be long term or seasonal residents, but they seem to be expanding into the longer pull through sites.
The entire RV park is all gravel, which is really a good thing, because if there was any soil, it would be blown away by the constant high winds of the high plains. The campground is on a dead end street so a good place for long dog walks or bike rides. There are lots of rabbits in the area, so you need to keep your dogs on a tight leash or have bungee arms. The staff is very friendly. The sites are long and wide, wide enough for us to park our tow vehicle beside the 5th wheel and still have room to spare. The electricity and water pressure are good, but the cable TV leaves something to be desired in terms of variety of stations. The internet is good, strong signal strength and descent bandwidth. There is a lot to see in Cheyenne, especially if you come during Frontier Days in July. We spent an afternoon going through the Depot Plaza, a renovated Union Pacific train depot that now houses a visitor’s center and museum of the building of the UP transcontinental railway westward from Cheyenne. Would stay here again.
The rate reflects the Good Sam discount. This is a good overnight stop for travelers on I-70. We were there for 3 nights and would watch everybody pull out in the morning and the place fill up at night. The ‘high plains’ are windy and can blow up at any time. They warn you about putting awnings out. On the plus side, pizza and wings are available from the campground office and they will deliver to your site. After a long day driving, it is an easy meal to prepare, just put out the plates. Gas and diesel are available at the truck stop across the street, and steaks at the restaurant next door. The sites are gravel, level, wide and long, with grass between. We were able to park our 41’ 5th and 20ft tow vehicle in our site. There is, however, absolutely no shade. On the negative side, there are some serious potholes in the entrance way off the highway. The owner tried to tell me that the water supply was excellent as it gushed out of the pipe, but water volume out of a spigot does not translate into water pressure. I had to bypass my filters and water softener. Even with that, the pressure gauge read 30psi, which is too low, barely adequate to take a shower. You definitely cannot run two faucets at the same time, and don’t flush when your significant other is in the shower. If you have pets or like to walk barefoot, you have to watch out for thorny weeds and burrs when walking, as they will get into paws and feet and your fingers as well when you try to remove them. The park wifi was very inconsistent, both for trying to connect and connection speeds. I have seen faster dial-up. Luckily, the Verizon Air Card offered a good connection with descent speed.
In the middle of the park are 30 pull throughs and 6 back-in for short term parking. The rest are all back-in’s located around the perimeter of the park, set up for seasonal or full time residents(with electric meters). All of the sites around the perimeter have lots of shade trees. The sites in the middle have nuisance decorative trees and shrubs. All the roadways and pads are pea gravel that just loves to get stuck in your tire treads. Water pressure at the site was nominal at 40 psi. Each site has a concrete pad with a picnic table, but the problem is that the space between the concrete pads is narrow, making positioning of your rig a real challenge. Beside the electrical pedestal was a large Cable box that sat 24” into the site, reducing the available maneuvering space from 11’ to 9’, not much allowance for a 8 ½’ wide rig. All the other sites did not have this problem so avoid site #91 if you can unless you have the ‘turn thing’ down pat. The spacing of the decorative trees and shrubs caused problems with trying to position our 4 slides. The sewage opening is actually in the concrete patio of your next door neighbor, sitting it about 8” above the ground. By the time you screw in your connecting elbow, the opening at good 12-14” above the ground. No matter how hard you try, crap does not flow uphill. In our site, the tree on left side of site overhung the parking spot and as we attempted to pull in, we were pushing branches out of the way. I eventually backed out and went around again and went over to the right as much as I could. I asked the staff to trim back the tree as it overshadowed the site, but they refused. The WiFi was free, but pathetic. The connection was slow and unreliable and disconnected frequently. We will not stay there again.
The rate reflected the Friday/Saturday Passport cost. The owner of the park stayed 1/2 hour late waiting for our arrival (Ft. Worth rush hour traffic). Nice long gravel sites. Water faucet mounted in below ground level box that had cut-out so that it was easy to hook up. Nice soft water, unusual for Texas, good pressure. The park has plenty of open areas, also a small herd of Alpacas. The animals have a herding dog with them who checks you out to see if you mean any harm to his charges. Once that’s established he’s very friendly. We will stay here again.
The price reflects a rally rate that is much lower than the usual $42 a night. There is a separate ‘adults only’ section with 20 sites with it’s own pool, restrooms, showers and laundry. There are another 111 sites in the rest of the park with a second pool, restrooms, showers and laundry. The park itself is very well maintained with long, spacious concrete pads. The water pressure and electricity were all good with an easily accessible mid-pad sewer connection. The roads are all paved, nice and wide for maneuvering a big rig. Sites are angled to facilitate easy backing in or pulling through. Although the WiFi was free, frequently it was painfully slow or very often would disconnect altogether. Normally that wouldn’t have been so bad, except the Verizon service was almost non existent, so we were forced to use the park WiFi and suffer with it. DSL is available for a price, but I refuse to pay a park for better internet service, as that just reinforces their business logic of providing poor free service to entice you to pay for it. There is a nice enclosed dog run which our two greyhounds appreciated, and were able to run and chase each other to their hearts content. You can schedule an RV wash or propane delivery at your site and their is daily garbage pickup at your site. To tell the truth though, if it had not been for the rally rate, we would not have considered staying here as it is far to pricey.
The price reflects having a Texas State Park Pass. You really need to read the website description of the park RV facilities very carefully as you look at the map of the park and put the two together to get a better picture of the facilities. There are two RV camping/parking areas with several other water only tent camping sites: Jacales Camping area is water and electricity only (20/30/50) with a combination of tent and RV sites and a separate dump station. It is a combination parking lot for the tent campers and a parking space for boondockers. Don’t expect spacious accommodations. It is right beside the city run swimming pool (open June through August). The Karankawa Camping area is RV sites with full hookups (30/50 amps), but only 20 sites, so be sure to make reservations. We have a 41’ fifth wheel and had no problems fitting into the sites. The only advice would be to keep to the right as you pull up to the office to register, as you will need to make an immediate sharp left turn into the Karankawa Camp site. The trees are well trimmed for tall rigs. There are a number of nature trails for walks, which were very good for walking the dogs. The only downside to our April visit, was the caterpillar infestation; after 4 days, our roof and truck were covered in black pellets of caterpillar poo! At times it was falling so hard, it sounded like rain. Easy to sweep off when dry, but miserable to get rid of when it rains and becomes a mushy mess. We were fascinated about the history of the area, the Goliad Massacre, the first Texas Declaration of Independence in Goliad, Zaragoza’s birthplace and the Fannin Memorial. There are many historic sites to visit close to the park.
This is a small RV park very close to I-70. The park seemed old as the roads were old broken asphalt that needed repair. We had only planned to stay 1 night, which is just as well. Half of the park has no sewer connections and the only site left for us was in the non-sewer half. The entire park is situated on the side of a slope. Our site was so out of level that even our self leveling system could not cope, however that is why I carry a carpenters level for just these circumstances. In manual mode, the rear jacks were completely extended and the fronts barely showing in order that the rig was level from front to back. Leveling side to side was not as bad, but the back sloped more than the front. The water pressure was good and internet service was excellent. The sites were nice and long so that our truck fit in once un-coupled. Hitching up was a bit of a challenge with the truck trying to roll back into the rig. The only way to release the chocks was to drive forward. The staff are very friendly and helpful. For a one night stop, its viable but I would not want to stay here for any length of time to visit local attractions. Had we had a level site with a sewer connection, we probably would have rated the park higher. The rate reflects the Good Sam discount.
This is a well kept RV park in a great wooded area, close to I-71, but with all the forest and the distance that the park is from the highway, you couldn’t hear a thing. The roads and sites are all well graveled, the sites are fairly level and very wide giving you lots of room for sitting out. All sites have a picnic table and fire ring. We have a long 5th wheel, 41+ft and we fit into the site with room to spare for the truck to park behind the rig. A joy not having to fight to squeeze a 20ft truck with a shoe horn. Water pressure was excellent, and a good thing too that I had just bought a replacement pressure regulator. Although the Wi-Fi is free, where we were parked just down the road from the office, even with a signal booster with an antenna on the roof, the signal was too low for a connection. The owners make no apologies for the poor service. The RV park has a little pond that is stocked with fish, but with the low water levels this year, not sure how well the fish were doing. The pond has a nice wooded/grassy area on one side for walking. It is also a nice walk along the entrance way to Wilmington Road and then along the road. On one walk, we got a fleeting glance of a deer jumping across the entrance road (the dogs wanted to take chase). The park is close to a number of interesting sites, Caesar Creek State Park and Pioneer Village, Fort Ancient State Park, Camp Kern Ozone Zipline tree canopy tours. If in the area again, we will definitely stay here again.
This is a nice little park, with paved roads and nicely graveled sites. A couple of miles south on Ohio 37 from I-74 exit 4. If you make reservations, make sure to ask if your site is to the right (west) or left (east) of the office. As you come into the RV park, there is really no ‘check-in parking’ and you have to immediately go either left or right; and never the twain shall meet. If given a choice, choose a site in the east section as it is further from the highway and not as noisy. Good water pressure and electrical. The free Wi-Fi is excellent, a good signal and excellent bandwidth. The sites are nice and long, fitting both a 41ft rig plus 20ft tow vehicle. The little lake makes for a nice grassy/wooded area for a walk.
This is a very old KOA, but the owners appear to be making some infrastructure and cosmetic improvements: new swing sets, sand boxes, gravel on roads, treating/sealing picnic tables. The grounds and washrooms are well tended and kept neat/clean. Trees at sites are kept trimmed. The campground is located up against the north side of Hwy 401, 6 lanes of constant traffic noise 24x7. (Goggle Maps sometimes shows it south of the hwy.) From exit #312, you proceed north 1 mile, west 1 mile and then south 1 mile to get to the campsite. The route is well marked. There is no real dog walking area. There is a trail that leads through the woods, but no room for dogs to pass-by without causing a commotion. Since the park is at the end of a dead end road, we simply ended up taking long walks down the road. The pool is nice and clean, tested every 2 hours. In the summer, the solar heated water is nice. The well water is extremely hard, but our water softener took care of that. The Wi-Fi can be really irritating, regularly taking you back to the KOA web logon screen or simply disconnecting. We had a strong signal where we were parked, but it was very, very slow, almost to the point of non-existence. Very often your connection would just drop either in the middle of loading a page or between pages, making it difficult to do anything that required multi screen navigation while logged on to a web site, such as online banking or blogs. When it was working, 23 speed tests over a 4 week period measured the download speed at 0.2517 mbps and the upload speed at 0.167 mbps. Sites are a mix of gravel/grass and can be a challenge to get your rig level. The park has 2 sections: West Section. Has back to back sites that can be used as a single site for extra long rigs. This section only has 2, 50 amp back in sites and the rest are 30 amp full service or 15 amp no sewer sites, but the pool is located in this section. East Section (where we parked). This is the only part of the park with 50 amp service in pull throughs. This section is mostly long term residents or permanent weekenders. The sites are a bit cramped in terms of length but the width is good, you don’t have to worry about your awnings hitting your next door neighbor’s slides and there is room to park a tow vehicle. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Many of the tables were very weathered and in poor condition. The sewer outlets are particularly high, most are located within the 4x4 border around the water/electrical posts that makes laying sewer hose problematic as the hose has to snake up’n’over the wood beams and then up an additional 3-4” to the pipe opening. TV over the air reception in the East section is pretty bad, as that section is lower down the hill and surrounded by trees. We could only received a couple of channels all with weak signals. There are some nice shops in Campbellville (just south of the 401 at exit #312) for quick shopping or lunch, and everything else you can imagine in Milton, 5-7 miles east on the hwy. We stayed solely to visit family as it was the only park we could find that could handle our 41 footer, that was close to our family, that wasn’t a resort park that would have charged our family and friends to visit. The rate reflects the monthly rate (GST not included). All this being said, the managers and staff are very friendly and helpful.
If you have children, this is the perfect campground for you. The activities at the Sawmill City Amusement park will keep your kids busy and exhausted by the end of the day. On Weekends, the place is packed, so reservations well ahead are a must. You really need to keep to the 5 MPH speed limit as there are a multitude of kids speeding along on bicycles and they spring up from every which way, and turn right in front of you. If anyone in the family has breathing problems, care should be taken as it seems on weekends, almost every site has a campfire going and if there is no substantial breeze, the smoke hangs in the air. During the week, this was not an issue. From a more mundane perspective, the sites are nice and wide and fairly level. the water pressure can be an issue (32 psi on the weekend, 40 during the week when the park was 80% empty). We were passing through Port Huron on our way to Ontario and unfortunately our schedule brought us here on a weekend, so we did not get the best site for our rig. The site was not long enough to park our 41’ rig plus tow vehicle. When we made reservation, they assured us that site would be long enough to park both. The Wi-Fi Internet is free and a good strong signal, but very slow (37 kbps) and unreliable. The campground is close to I-69 for easy on/off. We plan on staying here again on our southbound trip arriving on a weekday and leaving before the weekend.
This is a very pleasant campground. The pull through sites are very long. There are two sets of hookups so that two smaller campers could use the site. The campground is run by a very friendly couple who make you feel welcome. It is right off US 54 but the traffic noise isn’t a problem. Good dog walking area. We would stay here again.
We stayed here for 3 nights. The website instructions for coming from I-435 uses Truman Rd, (Hwy 12), which has some low clearances of 12’ 9” on the route. The instructions for access from I-70 take you through a downtown like area, which although tedious with stop signs every block, gets you there without any low obstructions or difficult turns. I would recommend always approaching from I-70. The sites are almost all back-ins, but the roadway is very wide giving you an easy approach and set-up to back in. The sites are 45’ long concrete pads, which are nice, but it was a slight problem with our 41’ 5th wheel, having to park our tow vehicle across the front of the rig on the roadway. The staff are very helpful. Our site had a bad electrical breaker on the 50 amp circuit which they fixed right away. The RV park is right beside a city sports park with baseball and soccer fields, which make for a nice walking area. The website lists a dog run, but it is really nothing but a large dog pen, with no room for anything other than a miniature dog to exercise. There is an excellent HyVee grocery store a few miles south on Noland Rd, just south of I-70. The internet is unreliable; major problems connecting and no guarantee of staying connected. When you are connected, it is pitifully slow. For the 3 days of our stay, it worked a couple of hours. There are several train tracks running through town,with trains blowing their horns with great abandon, although none of the tracks are close by. The rate reflects the Escapee Discounted rate.
We had reservations for 2 nights, but upon our arrival, could not fit into any of the spaces that were available. The sites were either too short or too close together (to the point where our slides would have extended into the next site). One of the sites had very low hanging branches that would have damaged the rig. When we made the reservations, we were very explicit about the size of our rig, slides and truck(crew cab with a long bed). We have a 41ft 5th wheel and this campground is by no means ‘big rig friendly’. The roads are narrow and overgrown with trees with low hanging branches. In the end, we gave up and went to another campground down the road. I will say that the office staff was very understanding and refunded our deposit without any argument.
We originally stayed here because we were attending a rally, but we stayed on for an extra week. The park has wide paved roads and sites. It's clean and very well kept. The pool was being cleaned as we arrived here and was available two days later. We had a problem with the cable TV service and it corrected within minutes. Plenty of dog walking areas. The weekly rate was $228.00. We will stay here again.
RV park very clean and well kept. They have propane on site. Paved roads and sites. Great walking trails. This location suited us for an overnight stop but would try to find a more reasonable park next time.