We enjoyed the park's views, backroad bicycling, birdlife, botanical richness, and breezes. Site was spacious, hookups good, although park rules were prohibiting use of onsite sewers, yet charging for sewer because we reserved a sewered site. (We had to directly contact the State of Arkansas park director in Little Rock for a refund, and the director was unaware the sewer system was not operational in the park, caused by a Barbie Doll in one of the lines.). Food at the lodge was really good. The swimming pool is off limits to campers, so a cool hose spray was the only way to cool off in the hot summer afternoons. That was disappointing. Make sure you have plenty of fuel before leaving Paris or Havana, it's a long way to walk to town. One concern was venomous snakes. We saw timber rattlesnakes, and copperheads were said to be common. We were careful on trails. Yellow jackets found every available water droplet from our AC unit, somewhat a nuisance. Overall, we thought the park was nice, but it caters to the lodge tenants, not the RVers, and that was a turn off for us. We would not return in the summer, but might consider a visit in cooler months.
We camp here once every few years, and it is still a great, clean campground. Water and electric worked fine. Sites spacious, fairly level to level. Trails are extensive and abundant. Excellent bicycling roads. Camp hosts friendly. Cannot beat the price. C-Spire phone service was one or two bars with back and forth 1x/3G service. Stargazing very good, easy to see the Milky Way, and galaxies looked bright in my telescope. Unlike a few years ago, the place has been discovered by residents of Pensacola, Fort Walton/Destin, Panama City, Montgomery, and Dothan, and is a packed weekend getaway. With no reservations available and a first come/serve campsite system, arriving early on Friday may be a must, or you might be dry camping in the A Loop, which would not be that bad in nice weather, and it would only be $6.00. About 70% of all campers left by noon on Sunday morning, causing a camper-jam at the only dump station. As an earlier reviewer noted, law enforcement does come through. An irritating part of this particular outing was people playing radios full blast while U of Alabama and Auburn U were playing football. The volume could have been a bit lower. Another nuisance is a handful of motorcyclists revving their motors for the sake of revving. More unnecessary noise. Nevertheless, the Great Horned Owls ruled the night. We will come again, but may take a weekday or two off to avoid the weekend crowds.
This rustic public park is located about four or so country miles off of US 49. Well marked on US 49, smaller signs lead to the park. Roads are narrow and some turns can be sharp, thus my questionable review on big rig access. However, there is little traffic, and there were 5ths in the park. We arrived late, set up in the dark. Morning light revealed an open lawn pine tree setting near a lake. Apparently, all sites are FHU. Utilities were fine. PVC sewer connects come out of the ground at a 30 degree angle, making the connect with the hose at risk of causing a spill. Site pads were chopped up by a ditch witch when electrical was upgraded, leaving unpaved trenches across the pad. Not all sites were level by any means, some had steep dropoffs to the picnic table. Primitive dump station was a PVC pipe, a screw on cap, and a potable hose connect about 20 feet away with no hose, all on bare ground. Never saw that before. Bath house doors propped open all night with the lights on, which attracted a large number of mid-summer insects, thus the unclean bathroom rating. Small, insignificant swing set for kids. An off road bicycle trail is available. CSpire phone was 4 bar 3G. DTV scanning picked up 40 channels. Manager was met at the entry gate in the morning, friendly fellow. Only 5 campers in the park, including us. Appears to be primarily a weekend local fishing spot. Overall, a very rustic feel with some significant site upgrades needed to the pavement and leveling. The high ratings by previous reviewers drew us to the park, but I can rank this CG barely average with a 4 compared to other high scoring locations. This is no 8-10. When in the area again, we would opt for someplace else, probably over to Bassfield.
Easy to find and well marked from downtown Murfreesboro. I must admit, in 35 years of driving, I never saw a road swing left around a courthouse in the town square, causing drivers to turn left across traffic. Be careful on the town square. Now, the park. Beautiful park, catering to and charging tourists to the max. Fee very high for camping for the area, but the sites were newly remodeled and in perfect condition. Numerous walk-in tent sites looked nice. DTV was limited to three PBS channels, and they were inconsistently received by our batwing. CSpire phone service was 3 bar 3G at all times. Bathhouse spotless, brand new. Good bicycling, but nothing of great distance. Kids had a nice playground and appeared to have a blast. Numerous hiking trails. Diamond hunting fee is $7 for the day. Truly a gimmick. Needle in a hay barn odds. You'd have better odds on slot machines, but the rock hound in you will be satisfied. Pool was $6, but was only opened from Noon to 6pm. What is it about Arkansas State Parks and swimming pool rules? Visitor center was top notch, and designed to make money. Nice park, but once you've been, experienced rock hounds know of better locations to collect at road cuts. Also, there is virtually nothing to do in Murfreesboro other than a nice putt putt golf, it is not a tourist town when compared to other mining places like Dahlonega, Georgia. We won't visit again.
We pulled off of US 49 and followed the signs to this campground. It was fully occupied by what looks to be long-term permanent RVers. Not a site available on a Thursday night for travelers. There were two loops. The first loop was a graveled circular driveway, numerous potholes, multiple autos/trucks in front of many RVs, all back-in sites. The second part of the CG was about 500 feet further, with numerous hookups lined along a ball park paved parking lot, again with many long-term camping signs. Park itself was pretty, and obviously is a recreational center of activity for the community. But the RV park appears to be government supplied residential RV sites for locals. We would not return again.
This small campground in Tombigbee National Forest is located about three miles south of Ackerman. Setting is by an impounded lake in a treed lawn with lots of sun and shade in the hills. Old CCC designed park. Quiet, dark at night. Well marked and easy to locate off highway. Sites are located at the end of the recreation area roadways. We reserved through Recreation.gov since our arrival was on July 4. We had to pay a $9 online reservation fee in addition to camping fees. Who'd a thunk it, but there were a number of sites open for first come/serve, which would have saved the $9 fee. Nevertheless, we enjoyed our stay. Sites are gravel contained in rail ties, so everything is level. In the A Loop, many sites are waterfront, while all sites on the B Loop were water view from several hundred feet. Utilities worked fine. DTV included all five major networks. CSpire phone service was 5 bar 3G. Excellent bicycling opportunities. Great 3 mile trail around Choctaw Lake, numerous off road bicycling trails amounting to about 25 miles. Children's playground looked fun. Kids were happy here. Fishing, fresh water beach. Bald Eagle hangs out around the dam. Dump station cleaning hose could have had more pressure. Virtually any camper would engage in conversation. Camp host funny, friendly, perhaps insane, full of stories. Excessive barking by tied up pets was annoying, host should have asked that the dog be put inside. Little to do in Ackerman, so we went to Starkville (home of Mississippi State... Go Dawgs!). Best Mexican restaurant on Earth next door to Chilis. Shrimp enchiladas incredible. WalMart has a MSU sportsgear shop, I cleaned house there. We would camp here again without hesitation.
This COE campground is actually about five miles east of Redfield, not really close to Pine Bluff, about halfway up to Little Rock along I-540. The campground is linear along the main channel of the Arkansas River, as well as having a loop area not on the water. Check-in inefficient, slow, had to find attendant (that alone took 20 minutes). Posted instructions for registration were vague. Shade and open sites available, with numerous waterfront sites. Sites are level, with both paved and concrete pads. Our concrete pad had long remnant parking barrier rebars hammered over to within one inch of the concrete pad, creating two serious tripping hazards. Space between sites were both huge and snug, according to where you were. Picnic tables were under shelters. No swimming or wading, but boat launching is available. Beautiful view of the water. Children's playground nice. Speed bumps were sometimes small, other times ridiculously massive. Hookups included water & electric, with each box lit at night, nice touch. Dump station at exit, well designed. CSpire phone service 2 bars voice, one trillionth G data. When the sun goes down, get inside... it's mosquito time! House flies also common. Quiet and dark at night. Good for an overnight stay or if you are into boating or fishing.
Of the three Mississippi State Parks I have camped in, this one was the best designed and cleanest. Sites were concrete and level. W & E worked just fine. Dump station well designed. Two loops, the A and the B, are separated by about a mile. The A Loop had relatively short sites and is at the perimeter of the park across from some less-than-stellar homes. The B Loop is embedded in the park. Bathrooms and showers were clean. Waterfront is questionable. When the trees are leafed out, it is a challenge to see the lake. We were told to avoid trails due to ticks. There is no playground, and we saw no children on the July 4 weekend. DTV was limited to NBC and PBS. CSpire phone service was two bars and 1 byte per light year. Getting to the park will challenge you, and your GPS. Use US 61 north of the exit from the Natchez Trace Parkway. Avoid Tate Road or State Park Road from US 84/98. If you have to go to the office on a first come/serve registration, the turnabout at the office will be tight in a large 5th or motor home. Getting out of the park, there are no signs directing drivers to US 61, confusing because the forest all looks alike. We would camp in this park again if in the area.
A small private campground providing stable services for equestrian activities and bicycling along the 46 mile long Longleaf Trace Rail Trail. Owner is quite friendly and knowledgeable about the area and Longleaf Trace. Campground consists of five sites dedicated to RVing, and four sites for tents. Each of the five RV sites is FHU. Utilities worked fine. RV sites are grassy and tent sites are gravel. We had to use one set of levelers on the utility side of the camper. Access is snug in sites 3-5 due to small back-in turning radii. I believe a large trailer, fifth wheeler, and motor home could maneuver only into site 1 or site 2. Owner said he rarely gets more than three RVs at a time. Quiet. About two blocks off of MS 52. There are some friendly horses there, but if you are a kid and not bicycling with parents on the Trace, there is really nothing to do. There was a healthy population of non-biting black ants. A scout had found its way in by the next afternoon. Check-out time was whenever, in other words, enjoy life. Cash only. CSpire phone service was 5 bars and 3G. DTV had all five networks and independents, excellent over the air signals. CATV connect was on the water post, but it had no signal. No Wi-Fi, so we used our phones. For bicycling, the Longleaf Trace is one of the nicest trails in the South. We rode from Bassfield to Prentiss and back in July! Lots of water stops on the Trace. We would definitely return to this campground to serve as a base camp for riding the remainder of the Trace.
"Remote" is the word I would use to describe Isaac Creek Campground. Literally at the end of the road. If you want to be away from it all, this is a great place to be. Pack well, it's about 15 miles back to Monroeville, and at least 8 to the nearest country store and fuel. CG check-in was fast and efficient, hosts were friendly. They had our Recreation.gov reservations ready and waiting, it didn't take more that a minute to register. Our site was on the Alabama River, albeit about a 150 foot walk over to the edge of a boulder-lined embankment overlooking the river/navigational channel. Electric and water worked quite well, no voltage issues. Pad and picnic/sitting area was clean. Nice mix of sun and shade. Bathouses were clean and well maintained, although the mirrors left something to be desired in terms of reflective quality. Laundry in each bathouse. Cell service through CSpire was 3 bar with 1G service, AT&T service was 2 bar, both steady. Good DTV service was from Pensacola/Mobile, and included ABC, CBS, and PBS, a few independents, and including continual weather on Ch. 5.2. Campsites 1-6 and 56-60 are gravel surfaces. All others are concrete pad with a fine gravel tent pad/picnic/sitting area. Sites 9-31 are on Isaac Creek, a muddy but picturesque backwater popular for fishing. Sites 32-42 are on the Alabama River. Sites 42-55 are interior sites. Sites 36-42 are first come/serve non-reservable. Bicycling was fantastic, with miles of roads and several miles of off-road riding along levees and trails. Cypress swamps were beautiful. We scared an alligator, and it scared us, so cool! Birdwatching was outstanding, over 65 species. Great Egrets everywhere. Botanical biodiversity incredible. There is a factory outlet for Lee/Wrangler/Vanity Fair with true outlet prices on irregular garments. A warning for driving: About 2 miles east of the dam is a small cluster of houses, a yello snake road warning sign, and a sharp curve right and downhill. Very dangerous if going to fast, especially for an RV. Be careful when leaving. We found the campground to be used mostly for fishing, but some people were there simply to relax. We would camp here again after several years, but would not want to go too often because of the limited amount of activities available in the surrounding area.
Campground is located in a pleasant, quiet, open field and rural area just north of Elkmont, Alabama, on Veto Road just south of the Tennessee line. Do not confuse Elkmont, AL with nearby Elkton, TN in your GPS. GPS device located the entrance perfectly; don't be too concerned about the distance off of I-65, it was easy to find. Look for the blue caboose. Campsites were about 75% pullthrough and 25% back-in. About six RVs seemed to be long-term residents or seasonals, but no one was around them. Not a whole lot of shade, but many trees have been planted for the future; prepare for a lot of sun in the meantime. There is a picnic table at each site with a night light on top of each electrical box, nice touch. Great for star gazing. Picnic pavilion was screened. Nothing for children to do in the park itself, thus my checkoff as "don't know" on being family friendly, but there are no restrictions about kids being in the park, either. W/S/E available at all sites. Electric voltage was perfect. Water pressure could have been a bit higher when using a 40 psi regulator. Gravel/grass sites may have a slight downhill angle, but are easily corrected for leveling. Bath house was a private single commode combined with a curtained shower and bench, unfinished concrete floor, cobwebs on the light fixtures, a bit rustic. We used our onboard system for bathing since sewer hookup was available. Excellent and fast wi-fi system. AT&T cellular service was at three bars. Registration was all business, but the owners could have saved their unsolicited political criticisms for those they knew, not with road weary strangers and paying customers. Bicycle rail trail, which runs for 10.2 miles from Athens through Elkmont to Veto at the Tennessee line was an easy and pleasant ride. Trail can be picked up at campground gate at MM 8.0 to 8.5. Be sure to mention Good Sam or other discount methods. Seemed everything was recognized. Not the greatest campground on earth, just above the mediocre. We would consider camping here again if a single overnight stay were warranted along I-65 in this region.
A beautiful, funky surprise of a campground, secluded between a residential neighborhood and self storage units, and a steep hill behind the campground. GPS is 40.45240 and 78.41200. You take I-99 (what genius numbered this interstate?) at Exit 31 and go one mile south of the interchange on Plank Road in Altoona. When you get to Convention Center Road, turn right (which is west on a GPS), go between the self store building and (get this) a car AND dog wash, bear right and up the gravel drive, and look for the rail crossing sign on a fence. You've arrived. Campground has a railroad theme. No campsite is perfectly level, but you can get your RV leveled on the gravel/grassy pads. Water and electric worked fine. Five bar AT&T service. Bathrooms indescribably clean. Great showers. Dump station a bit higher than your RV, so I had to manually elevate the hose in order to get gravity to activate. Owners were friendly and cheerful, check-in efficient. Fantastic wi-fi service. Picnic pavilion was available. Not the place to bring kids, nothing for children to do. Ask owners about rail history around Altoona; they are knowledgeable about local history spots. We would intentionally route through this area again to camp here overnight, even if I-99 is misnumbered! By the way, I-99 is in much better condition than I-81.
Located about six miles north of I-64 and marked well from the interstate and local roads. The state park itself is simply beautiful and worth the visit. The campground, well, was a campground with some level and some not-so-level sites. Some spaces were pretty close to one another, while others were spacious. A number of sites had a steep drop off next to the camper pad. 30 Amp extension cord and extension hoses are mandatory at most sites. Some sites are paved, most are graveled. Only selected sites have sewer. There is no wi-fi in the campground. Some roadway areas had asphalt missing and were course graveled. Bathrooms were overused and not cleaned with adequate frequency. There was only one male shower stall in the outer loop, and it was grimy. Check-in procedures were friendly and efficient. Excellent AT&T phone coverage. Neighbor to my camper attempted to preach the Book of Revelation to me, starting off by asking me if I would wear a white robe one day. Strange. Next morning, a child almost ran over me on a bicycle. Perhaps it was because I was not wearing the white robe. The parent hardly said a word to the child. Nevertheless, we would come again.
Consists primarily of summer seasonal and weekend visitors. Owner quite friendly, professional in front office. A bit difficult to find along local roadways. Signs to campground are limited. Campground is situated along meandering backwaters of a river, generating mosquitoes. Riverside sites are occupied by seasonal campers and are well shaded. The inside loop is sunny and grassy. Sites are fairly snug. All roads are unpaved gravel, with some mild potholes here and there. AT&T service was two bars at best. Electric and water hookups worked fine. We could not get any Wi-Fi reception at our campsite. Huge grassy area for play and games. A significant number of kids. Bathrooms were overused, hot, and steamy... Inadequate to handle the number of users. Compared to other campgrounds we have stayed at around the US and Canada, this one would simply rate as "average". Nothing bad, but nothing that special, either.
Well run family RV campground. Check-in was professional, friendly, and efficient. Owner gave us a preview tour in a golf cart and allowed us to make our own site selection. Mostly summer seasonals in park. All were quite friendly. Swimming pool small and shallow (only 1 meter deep) but clean and fun, with spacious deck to sit on. The bathroom and shower facilities were the cleanest we have ever seen in five years of camping. Toilet and lavatories are separate from completely private shower rooms. Large laundry, dish washing and reading room. Huge pavilion loaded with picnic tables, great for gatherings. Campsites are okay with space between campers, and consist of gravel. Lots of well mowed lawn, along with numerous shade trees. Electric service excellent. Outstanding Wi-Fi service, free. Picnic table and fire ring at each site. Interior roads are unpaved and during our stay, dusty. View of Lake Champlain very limited, "beach" is nothing to write home about. Good birdwatching. Recreation fields had horseshoes, volleyball, and tetherball, equipment provided. Ice cream in office, along with limited supplies. Great base of operations away from the hustle of Lake Placid and Burlington if you want a quiet campground. We would most assuredly stay here again.
A quite nice RV campground in a rural setting adjacent to Autoroute 20 southeast of Levis. Not a lot of shade. All hookups worked perfect, voltage was excellent. Literally dozens of pull through level sites on grass and some gravel. Pool looked great. Had a dining hall and nice group hall. A fair number of summer residents near the front, but all seasonal sites were well maintained. The further back you are, the closer you are to AR 20, but we ran our AC so road noise did not bother us. Restrooms and showers absolutely spotless, with elevator pop French music piped in. Be sure to ask for Good Sam discount at check in. Check in was efficient, professional. Host spoke broken but effective English. Although it has nothing to do with the campground itself, an earlier comment by a reviewer below steered us to the Levis/Quebec ferry. We attempted this in the evening. The neighborhood near the ferry terminal is not the best, and we skipped it for fear of returning after dark. There were confusing parking fees, time stamps, and we never actually identified where to pay for the ride. If the locals want tourist money, it was a lousy way to do business. Nevertheless, Camping Transit is a good place to stop as far as RVing is concerned.
Located on the First Nation Innu reservation on the southwest side of Les Escoumins. A very difficult campground to rate. Pros: Friendly staff, and many staff members speak English fairly well. Registration was efficient and professional. Facilities for use (pool, bike and hiking trails, laundry, bathrooms, overlook tower for whale watching, convenience store, gasoline station, landscaping) were outstanding in resort condo areas. Sewer hookup was in great position, although a bit high. Whale watching was excellent from nearby rocks; why pay for the tour boats? Belugas, dolphins, and minke whale were right up against the shoreline. Tidal pools in rocks, along with passing freighters on the Fleuve St. Laurent were fascinating. Firewood (bois) was brought around on a cart by a very friendly man. Cons: The campsites are not level, with many roots or simply uneven ground or paving. Electrical dropped to 109 volts with only the microwave running. No breaker box on the electrical. Water had a slight brownish tinge. No landscaping in campground (but elegant in all other parts of the resort). Garbage cans every 10 meters were tacky. Sites were fairly close, but not enough to cause any slideout problems. There was brief road noise along Rue Reserve when the ferry arrives or departs, but otherwise quiet. Internet was not available in campground, only at the laundry at the condos about 1 km away; you must drive there and have the password from the registration desk to access. Gate into campground is manually operated via key. You must open and close yourself. In rainy weather, it could be a pain. If rating were the entire resort, it would be a 9 or 10, but the quality of the campground (it seemed like a stepchild to the resort) lowers the rating to a 7, almost a 6. We expected a more elegant campground for the price and website promos. We would opt to stay somewhere on the coast on the next visit.
Outstanding Corps camping area off the beaten path. Tight turn over a narrow but sturdy bridge required. Campsites mostly grassy, some gravel. Limited numvber of electric/ water sites. Reserve early. Quiet at night. Birdlife unbelievable. AT&T service limited to two bars near the south bathmhouse. West River Bicycle Trail enters the area in two places. Playgrounds, basketball, and... beach volleyball... really? Great water flavor. Bathrooms, showers spotless. Friendly staff. If you want peace and quiet away from it all, this is the place. We would camp here again in a heartbeat.
This park is located on the edge of Wilkes-Barre in the hills just above the city. Follow local signs, not your GPS. Local residents use the park as a quick getaway for the weekend, so it is not the friendliest park if you are simply an overnighter. There are relatively few sites with electric hookups (none with water, be sure to fill your tank), and the dry sites were almost empty while the electric sites were full. Bath houses were cleaned, but heavily used. Regardless, by 10 PM, people were quiet and we got a good night of sleep. Staff at check-in was quick, efficient, and friendly. Noise from the highway to the south of the park could be heard. Frequent patrols by park personnel. The bath house fan made a loud electrical hum that was bothersome. A previous reviewer said some sites were "stone" covered... this means graveled. Some sites were not graveled, and instead were muddy. Length of sites varied greatly. Some could hold big rigs, while others could barely fit a pop-up. Select carefully online when reserving. We had to use one inch of levelers laterally, no big deal there. Bicycling was fun around the lake, but steep on spots. AT&T service was five bars. There is no view of the lake from campsites. Abundant bird life. We would opt to camp elsewhere if we were to return to the area.
Vast campground with a variety of graveled waterfront and forested sites. Sites are mostly level, we used one block to level laterally. Huge depth for big rigs, although there is some steepness backing into many sites. Retaining walls common. Hookups for electric and water worked fine. Two dump stations for the campground. Recycling bins present. At least two children's play areas. Plenty of overflow parking for vehicles and boat trailers. Camp host welcoming and friendly. Some sites are so forested as to create satellite link problems. Picnic table, fire ring, and lantern posts at each site, and the sites are spacious. Great roadways for bicycling. Bathrooms and showers spotless with almost too hot water. Quiet at night, but noisy by the water by day (boats and wave runners). Lake Hartwell was down about 10 to 15 feet, creating a rocky clayey shoreline. Birdwatching opportunities abound. Some animals nearly tame. Some of the locals told us that the place can become hard to get into during summer months without prior reservations, but we found dozens of sites empty on our weekday visit. Easy to find about nine miles off of I-85 from Exit 14. Our GPS took us right to the entrance. We would camp here again!
Followed our GPS route and found the campground easily. Avoid the GPS planned route between Hayneville and US 80 (collapsing road shoulders jostled the camper) if coming in from points south from I-65. The earlier comment about the very poor neighborhood before entering the campground is a bit overstated. The Montgomery Speedway is, indeed, next door, but there were no races during our stay. Check-in was very efficient, hosts were friendly. We stayed in the Antioch Loop. The sites are fine gravel, with many back in sites very deep, and there were a few pull throughs. Some litter and grill cleanout efforts needed at the sites. Many sites are not level, especially laterally, but not uncorrectable. A few sites in the middle of the loop had some erosion issues. Some sites are far apart, while others are close to one another. Picnic tables, grill, and fire ring at each site. Waterfront means overlooking a flat, muddy backwater with a 15 foot dropoff clay bluff. Not that pretty. A few bugs, but it is June. Bathrooms were tiled, air conditioned, and very, very clean. Shower stalls each had new privacy curtains. Roadways could use new paving. Nice children's play area. No public source of Wi-Fi nearby. AT&T service picked up about one mile east on Old Selma Road. HDTV was superb, picking up at least 15 channel over the air, including all major networks and a nice all weather channel with regional radar. Camp hosts said the other loop would be reopening in mid June and would now have concrete pads with full hookups. If returning to the area, we would opt for the Prairie Creek COE campground about thirty miles west, where we stayed last year with outstanding views of the whole Alabama River, so we would not come here again.
The only developed campground in Conecuh National Forest, and it's a gem. Located near mile marker 8.5 off of AL 137 north of the Florida state line and Wing, AL. A Loop is no hookups, with water spigots and tent pads. If you want to dry camp in a small RV, you could do so for $6 per night, or $3 with a federal inter agency senior pass. The C and D loops have 40 and 25 Water and electric sites for $12 per night, or $8 with a senior pass. C and D Loop sites easily handle large RVs, back in only. Some sites are fully concrete, many others are fine gravel. There are waterfront sites and wooded sites. Wooded sites are quite private, while those on Open Pond or near it on the loops are more in the open. Space between sites is always ample. A and C loop bath houses are older, while the D loop bath house is newer and has private showers. Kept very clean. No sewer hookups, and one dump station. There are many hiking trails and bicycling the grounds is excellent. Bird watching opportunities are outstanding. Many people fish in Open Pond and other nearby sinkholes. No children's playground, so many parents bring bicycles for them. Two camp hosts on the C and D loops. Campground is dark at night and star gazing opportunities abound. AT&T service was spotty, but accessible. Only about 20% occupied. First come, first serve. If you need quiet and wind in the pine trees to unwind and relax, this is the place! We will be back.
Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore (GINS) Fort Pickens Area about 8 miles west of Pensacola Beach. Pretty campground in a barrier island / sand dune / scrub oak setting. Gulfside beaches are second to none (white, clean sand), no oil or tarballs present. Bayside beaches are also lovely. There are two major campground loops... Loop A, and Loops B,C,D, and E. Loop A is exclusive to itself, while the other loops are interconnected. Loop A is more forested with scrub oaks and a few pines, while Loops B,C,D and E are more open. Adequate space between sites, but no vegetative barrier for privacy. Bathrooms were clean, but showers had missing tiles and grout, and a mildew problem. Simply put, and in concert with a previous review, the bathouses are dated and need to be replaced. Two dump stations available. Campground store is open, limited supplies and prices higher. Good gravel bicycling trail to Fort Pickens. Fishing pier available. Good birdwatching, especially for Osprey. U.S. Navy's Blue Angels performed practice runs one morning from nearby NAS Pensacola. Saw one Cottonmouth Water Moccasin coiled behind our neighbor's camper. There is an $8 USD fee to enter this part of GINS in addition to campground fees, but these can be reduced or eliminated with the purchase of a GINS annual pass for $25 if you frequent the area, or with a senior interagency card, which will get you in free and reduce the campground fee by 50%. We have camped here before and will again.
Rate shown reflects Good Sam discount. Yes, it's clean, and the roadways are in good condition. Nice landscaping. Space between campers is adequate for a commercial campground. Bath houses spotless and maintained/inspected frequently. The pull through sites are level and concrete, while the level back-in sites are composed of a rather large angular gravel that makes for a firm foundation, but is otherwise uncomfortable for barefoot walking. Sites have nice picnic tables. Sewer connect spouts were a bit high, so gravity feed had to be engineered with stones. DTV reception poor, AT&T service acceptable, especially outside the camper. The CG does NOT offer full-blown cable TV, but instead a limited genre of local channels, with ESPN and FoxNews spattered in in a rebroadcast on what appears to be their own cable system. Wi-Fi was pitiful in terms of speed and often simply froze. Don't waste your time hoping it will work. It won't. The pool and hot tub pool were great! Playground and basketball court were used often by families and children. Coming out of the campground, you are on a hill and curve, and the speed limit is 55 MPH on US 321, so you need to be mindful of it when pulling out of the CG. Smoky Bear is located 4.5 miles west of Cosby, and probably about 12 to 15 east from Gatlinburg proper and the trolley lot at Gatlinburg City Hall. Nearby country food stores are expensive, so be sure to bring food from larger communities and stores. Gasoline in Cosby was VERY inexpensive, however. Overall, a good experience at this CG, and we would camp here again.
Wow. I look at the previous ratings and can tell some reviewers are letting the emotions get ahead of reality. Yes, Cades Cove is simply beautiful, the animals (bear, fox, owls, turkey, deer, etc.) are abundant and fascinating to observe. Everyone should visit this place at least once in their lives. But it's time to review the campground, and it was pitiful. The good news is that the bathrooms were clean, and there are three dump stations to accommodate traffic. Picnic tables were new. However, the roadways in the CG are in poor condition with potholes, disintegration, etc. Speeding on the outer loop of the non-generator area back to the group campsite is a serious problem. We easily estimated people driving 40 MPH at times, with children and pedestrians everwhere. Never saw a ranger patrol the area over two days. Park was far more concerned about confiscating ice chests from campsites (bear safety) than about high speed travel. Campsite was hemmed in by artificial concrete "logs", making it feel stuffy. Asphalt simply "ended" while backing into our site in an irregular, broken maze and off into gravel and crumbly asphalt we parked. Site was not level in any direction. No showers, (and with no hookups and lots of tenters, well, I'll let you imagine). Being Cades Cove, and being summer (the place was packed with people), one would expect evening campfire programs every night. There was only one, and it rained that night. Very disappointing. We were especially disappointed with Cades Cove when we visited Cosby CG at the other end of the park and compared it to Cades Cove CG. Cosby was totally renovated with perfect campsites. Enjoy the Cove, the horseback riding, hiking, and biking. But be prepared for a campground in need of modernization and speed enforcement. We would not camp here again.
Located on US 58 just east of Cumberland Gap, Tennessee (the CG is actually in Virginia, barely). The "B" and "C" loops are the only loops to have an electric hookup and are newly paved. Tank up with good potable water at the dump station area before occupying a site. Spigots for containers were located near bath houses. All sites are first-come, first-serve. Unfortunately for travelers, the locals will go and set up tents, screens, chairs, etc. at the "B" and "C" sites and leave them several days in advance of the weekend, greatly reducing the number of sites of improved sites for tourists. All other sites in the campground are gravel and have no improvements. Although our site was level, most sites were not and leveling blocks are virtually mandatory. Some sites were low and seemed to have water running at them in rainy weather. This is some highway noise from US 58, but not rising to the level of nuisance. bath houses were clean, but the showers were invaded by a great biodiversity of insects. Rangers and campground hosts were very friendly and helpful. There are numerous hiking and mountain bike trails in and around the campground. Beautiful state-of-the-art amphitheatre, but no programs scheduled (in summer???). DTV reception was fair to good, primarily Knoxville. AT&T phone service was good. The park makes a big-to-do over bears. The visitor center in Middlesboro, KY is simply outstanding, one of the best in the NPS for a smaller park. The town of Cumberland Gap, TN has some quaint shops, restaurant, and trails. The Abraham Lincoln Museum in Harrogate, TN is static and needs to be modernized.
Previous reviews are accurate. Some added notes would be: a.) Women's shower had broken clasps to hold the shower head, so it was hold your own nozzle or have the water spray all over the floor. This leads to the "7" rating. Lack of maintenance in a critical area. b.) Park is rather small, and shaped like a horseshoe, placing it against neighborhoods. There is no wilderness feel. c.) A local main roadway actually runs through the park, and there are no security features in the campground, so there were a few local "cruisers." d.) There was an active schedule of activities for adults and youth, including hikes to nearby state natural areas and waterfalls, and there were evening programs on some days. Overall, a good experience and a great base location for exploring Crossville and environs.
Let's start with the positives first. All hookups were fine, sites were all paved. Access system is primarily first come/first served, although there is a substantial part of the B Loops that are reservation only (and they let you know it). Hiking trails are excellent. Scenery magnificent. Great scoops of ice cream at the snack bar. Shady and lots of animals to see in the campground and park. For negatives, there were many low hanging branches that could rip a roof or awning. Trees caused us to back off our paved site in order to move the awning out. Our site was on a slope both forward/backward and sideways, and leveling blocks had to be used (mandatory). Our door ended up in dirt, which turned to mud after thunderstorms. Site was essentially raked of leaves and was rock and mud. Yukky. Litter and plant debris all over the campsite, I literally picked up trash all over the site and park. The B-Loop reserved area had more "elegant" campsites that consisted of gravel around the picnic tables, while the others had only natural soils/mud/rocks. Young college girls at check-in counter have the personality of a brick post. DTV reception was limited only to PBS. AT&T phone service was iffy at best, worked better east of the park near the Bledsoe Phone Co-Op building on Hwy 30 E. Wi-Fi was available only in the parking lot of the hotel 2 miles away. Main pool was closed on Mondays and Tuesdays (why in summer???). Although we did have fun in the park, I am not sure we would specifically camp here again because of the mud and unlevel campsites.
We came to this campground based on review on RVParkReviews.com, and because it was convenient to the "Miracle Worker" play in Tuscumbia. For all the great ratings prior to this one, we expected more from it. We left with a so-so attitude for this campground. The sites are not necessarily side-by-side, but they were compact. The sites by the water (a stagnant green/brown slough, not the Tennessee River) were steep-sided, and there was little level ground for chairs. Many sites had no shade (on the western end of the campground). Camp host was all business. Picnic tables were needing repair. There is a park roadway cruised by the public between the campground at the Tennessee River. Restrooms were okay, and I would not shower in the bathouse (a bleaching was needed). AT&T phone service was excellent. DTV service was poor, at best, with only PBS and an independent being received. Florence Police swept through the park after 10 PM to clear all who may still be in the park, except for the campers. Overall, it was a trailer park experience without the long-termers. We would not camp here again.
Excellent national forest campground (with full hookups), wow! Campsites nearly perfect, all paved. May need to back uphill or down, but there is a level area at the end of each pad. Hookups worked fine. AT&T phone service very strong. Birmingham DTV reception good to excellent. Yellowhammer Loop has sites at greater separation from one another than Firefly, and there are two bathhouses in Yellowhammer to Firefly's one. Yellowhammer is more wooded. Bicycling on park roads is great, hiking trails are wonderful. We did pick up a few ticks. Swimming beach in Lake Smith is pea gravel, nice for cooling off. Excellent birdwatching in area, including several species of owls in the night. Rate reflects Recreation.gov service fee of $9. We saw a lot of empty sites, however, and wished we had simply drove in and claimed a spot, saving the credit card fee at Recreation.gov. Regardless, we would camp here again.
Well maintained campground. Well west of Lowndesboro, much closer to Whitehall on the map, and adjacent to the Danneley Dam. Follow the signs off CR 40 west of the Corps of Engineers office near Whitehall on US 80. Landscape manicured. Entrance was like driving into some Southern plantation. There are two camping loops. One loop has leveled gravel sites, the other leveled concrete sites. The first loop (east side) is along a backwater of the Alabama River, while the upper loop borders both the backwater and the main river channel (on the west). Sites were large and spacious, each with picnic table and lantern hanger. Each site is well separated from the next, although we saw a few sites that looked as though they were close together to accommodate families. Hookups worked perfectly. Hosts were efficient at the gate, and the gate kept out non-registered visitors. Located within about six miles of the new Civil Rights Interpretive Center operated by the National Park Service (worth the visit) at nearby Whitehall. We would camp here again.
Some of the statements below reflect the pitiful condition of the campground following Hurricane Ivan and the park closure from 2005-2009, and the bad news from the oil spill of 2010. Here's the story: The campground is fully functional, all visitor facilities are open, and the beach is simply beautiful. The "A" Loop is a stand-alone loop, and is closest to the Gulf of Mexico via very nice boardwalk trail. Loops B, C, D, and E are combined. In all loops, there are a variety of site sizes. The "B" and "D" loops are primarily for small van campers and tenters, while all other loops have sites that will accommodate all mid-sized RV's. Some sites may have problems with big rigs. All wheels (cars and RV's) must stay on asphalt, and the park enforces this rule. No grass parking. If you cannot fit the vehicle, to overflow it goes. The sites are more open than in the past due to Hurricane Ivan, but all stumps are removed, there are no safety hazards. There are still some shade sites, but most sites are more sun than shade. Space between sites is adequate. All power boxes are new with 50, 30, and 20 amp setup. Water pressure was great, quality good. Entire campground has been resurfaced with asphalt, including all campsites. Small store sells supplies at inflated prices, no propane or gasoline available. Numerous trails and bicycle routes. B-E Loops also has boardwalk to the beach. Dump station water valve worked fine. First come first serve from November 1 through February 28. Use Reserve America between March 1 and October 31. Entry fee to park is $8 or use Interagency Pass or Golden Age (additional to campground fee). Between the hiking, biking, fishing, beaching, fort exploring, and relaxing, we had a great time and will be back.
This state park campground is located in a pine scrub environment. Sites are a bit small because of vegetation, but the vegetation also provides tremendous privacy between well spaced sites. Wildlife was abundant, and the trails were good for hiking. The perimeter road is good for bicycling and moonlit walks, too. Park is gated at night and a pass code is needed. Be sure to get it before you go if you plan on a late arrival after sundown. Great Horned Owl whoo'd all night long. Bathrooms and showers were spotless. Two downers: A. Jet noise from NAS Pensacola was annoying during the day; B. Unpaved sites kept us sweeping sand out of the camper often, even when we brushed our feet. These two factors cause a bit lower rating. Part of the Florida experience. We would camp here again.
This park is located off of I-20 at the next interchange west of where US 80 and I-20 merge. For one overnight stop, it's okay. What is sad here is that the campground is well designed, with level gravel pads lined by concrete walkways. Hookups are perfect. Office is nice. In otherwords, great infrastructure. The sad news is that grass is overgrown on the walkways and in the gravel, most sites are "permanent" residents, and I never saw the like of dog poo in my life. We could only walk on the roadway or overgrown sidewalks to avoid it. Yuk! Close to I-20, so road noise would be a problem if we had not used the AC. The only bathroom and shower were disgusting. Toilet probably had not been cleaned in over a week, and the shower was nearly as bad. Owner was friendly, but obviously not keeping the CG maintained. Time on the mower, string trimmer, and bathroom sponge were needed. We would not camp here again.
This is dry camping, so no showers are available. I am rating an 8 based on this being a national park campground, not on hookup availability. A well designed dump station is at the entrance, along with a fresh water tank fill station. Water spigots, some threaded, some not, are located throughout the campground. The entire campground has been denuded of trees due to the pine beetle and the associated blue fungus. Sad to see how barren it is. However, the tree removal tradeoff is the great views of the nearby Never Summer Mountains. There are some pull through sites, but many are back in. Lots of tenters. Sites are well spaced apart, fire rings and tables at every site. Wildlife very abundant, including 12 elk in the campground, a moose, mule deer, and apparently every now and then a black bear will go through. Be careful of getting near moose, they are aggressive in this park. Walks to the Colorado River abound with animals and wildflowers. Rainy during our three day stay. I would suggest not leaving awnings open while hiking or driving to Alpine Visitor Center due to winds. Bring a coat. In July, morning temps were in the upper 30s every day. Tenters frequent the bathrooms. If you are in a camper, plan to use your own because by day's end, the bathrooms are beginning to show use. No cell phone coverage here, must drive to Grand Lake Village for phone coverage. Internet available at Grand Lake Village library for free. Evening program on the only night we went was boring, but the amphitheater is state-of-the-art. We would camp here again.
First, let's get to the identification of campgrounds issue. Silver Dollar campground, along with Molly Brown, Baby Doe, Father Dyer, the Printer Boy Group Campsite, and Mayqueen are ALL part of San Isabel National Forest's campgrounds at the Turquoise Lake Recreation Area west of Leadville. They are all managed by Rocky Mountain Recreation Company, which is a concessionaire of the National Forest. With the exception of Mayqueen campground, which is at the west end of Turquoise Lake, all other campgrounds, including Silver Dollar, are located on the east side of the lake. There are two dump stations. One is at the entrance to Molly Brown, the other at the entrance to Printer Boy Group campground. There is an additional $10 fee to use the dump station. Fresh water tanks can be loaded there. Tank up before going to the CG of your choice. All of these campground's, including Silver Dollar, are dry camping. Each site is back in, and some are pull in. This means if you want reserve or choose the wrong site, you will need to back in to your site at a 120 degree angle, and negotiate trees! Sites are unpaved, dusty in dry weather, and a bit muddy in wet, but firm on ground (you will not get stuck). We had no problems with leveling, but some sites could. Each site is spacious, and room between sites is extensive. Silver Dollar is completely forested, no water front views here, and likewise no wind problems. Wildlife was abundant, especially Gray Jays. On weekends, this and the other Turquoise Lake campgrounds are reserved well in advance on Reserve America.com, so plan ahead. Morning temperatures are crisp, even in July. Expect temps in the 40s. Mosquitoes were somewhat of a problem at times, but nothing unbearable. We would camp here again.
Conveniently located to I-25 on BL-25 just south of the city's visitor center in a commercial shopping/restaurant district. Staff is exceptionally friendly. Park is almost entirely gravel (exception: tent, play, and dog walk areas where there is grass). We were placed on the northwest corner of the park near an intersection (hog wire fence separates the park from the outside world). Teens drove up and down the road outside the park with boom speakers on so loud our camper actually trembled. Hookups were fine. We had to use the dump station, which was placed in a way where you had to loop around through other campsites to situate the camper for the drop. Poor planning. If we came to Raton again, we would choose another location for a better-than-a-camp-lot experience.
This park may be the closest thing going to Fort Wilderness at Walt Disney World, except there is no theme park. Sites, hookups, bathrooms: everything was spotless. It was almost too perfect. But, alas, there are problems. The park is extremely popular, and the Colorado State Park reservation system is about the nuttiest, most tourist discouraging system invented. You cannot reserve less than three nights ahead. There is a $10 fee to reserve. (And, there is a $6 fee if you cancel.) Anything else, you must do walk in. But, you can only walk in if: A.) You pay the state park fee; B.) You go to the office and see if a site is available; C.) If you are lucky, you can reserve for as long as that site if not reserved. But, if you have to change sites, you will not be able to reserve online OR reserve at the park until the day on the calendar of change has arrived. I needed an attorney and a flow chart to figure it all out. Bottom line: reserve ahead of time, or take your chances. By the way, the wildlife at this park is outstanding. Bears do show up, but don't let that discourage you. The bird life was incredible. We would return here again.
We camped here on a July weekend and the place was packed with people. There are some long-term summer residents, but overall it was FULL of families just having a good weekend of it. People were quite friendly. However, the sites are relatively small, roads are rutted by stormwater here and there, the sewer connects are far away from where they need to be. Power and water supply were fine. Overall, this is a rustic campground that needs a major overhaul in terms of infrastructure. The staff was more than friendly. There have been bear problems near the dumpsters, but we never saw any bears. Entry drive is a hairpin turn, but that did not seem to stop any big rigs. Sites were sometimes level, sometimes not. Could be a challenge if you don't have blocks. We would not camp here again, however.
Our rate reflects a Good Sam discount with full hook ups. There are eight sites with concrete pads, primarily out in the open (virtually no shade). It is within about 1000 feet of a railway, but the line was not busy at all. What can I say: it is a place to camp for the night. Owner was quite friendly and helpful. Virtually nothing to do at campground or in town. We would camp here again if we were in the area.
Roads to the park are a bit bumpy, but certainly passable. Just be careful on the bridges. Our impression was not overly great. Cons: The fresh water connect was near the passenger door of the truck, not the water inlet of the camper. We had to load our fresh water holding tank to have running water. The bathrooms (albeit it was late Sunday afternoon and evening after a long day of recreation by others at the lake), were filled with insects. They had not been cleaned in at least 36 hours. Pool was closed due to electrical problems. All sites were level. The lake is truly beautiful. Staff was quite helpful and friendly upon arrival and departure. We would probably not camp here again and would opt for someplace else next time when in the area.
This park is located about one mile south of downtown Hinton. It is marked on the road by a blue advisory sign, and then a huge wooden sign at the entrance. Once past the office, the road descends rapidly, with one very tight hairpin curve, and a second not so bad. Our 19 ft travel trailer and pickup had no problem, but I could envision a large Class A having a turning radius issue on the hairpin. Descent is about 100 feet down into the canyon. Once down, it's beautiful! Campsites are spread apart all down the canyon floor. We chose the first ones you come to. Further back are tent sites, some more concrete padded level sites, and grassy/paved pull-throughs. There is a pay bath house, and a free bath house. We chose neither due to insects. Camp host was friendly, and we spoke to office staff for directions, and they were helpful, too. The birding was absolutely spectacular! Mississippi Kites are nesting everywhere, with adults feeding on dragonflies on the wing and delivering to big white chicks in nests in the tops of cottonwoods. Now, the bad news. In the evening, a lot of teens drive in and out of the park, going to the back. Duration of stay was not long. We were suspicious that drug deals were going on in the back of the campground. No proof, and no one bothered us or anyone else, but it appeared as though it was pickup or delivery. Park rangers are present, but some sheriff's deputies need to patrol and make sure that is not happening. Also, people exceed the 15 MPH limit frequently. We would camp here again.
Owned by the Alabama/West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church. Located near MM 8.5 north of the AL/FL line on SR 137, just north of Wing. Pros: Extremely quiet (although during camp events, that might change). Restrooms and showers very clean. Bicycling along camp roads easy, fun. Beautiful swimming pool, bathhouse. Lake canoeing and paddle boats. Sand beach across lake in Conecuh National Forest. Internet available in lobby. Staff extremely friendly. Food service during camp events (fee). Sites grassy to leafy. Cons: Sites nearest the gymnasium have sewer, those opposite do not. Sewer holes, dump station in need of major upgrade. Pine cones everywhere. Some sites would be difficult to negotiate with trailer or big rig due to narrows and trees. Cell phone coverage spotty at best, better out near the highway. We would camp here again.
In a beautiful valley, owned by the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. Pros - Quiet. Nice paved and non-paved walking trails. Internet available in registration lobby about 1/4 mile away. Convenient if attending an activity at the camp. Nice playground. Cons - Distant to town, bring supplies. Bathrooms and showers connected with a large picnic pavilion used by summer youth campers, could create conflicts during day. Bathrooms in need of a major modernization effort. Tiny biting insects were very bad during the evening and morning hours. Apparently the entire camp is undergoing major financial strain and is in need of donations (according to website). We would not camp here again in June due to the insect problem, but might return in cooler months.
Dry camping only here, but worth every bit if you are seeking a quick outing into the back country.
Pros - Absolutely quiet at night. Everyone turned off their generators. Climate was perfect. Good bicycle riding on the roads, although the speed bumps were a bit of a nuisance. Great hiking trails in the area along many streams and up to waterfalls. Horseback riding offered and the birdlife is phenomenal! Cute historical church located at the entrance. Dump station and drinking water fill stations were very modern and clean.
Cons - No electricity. Also, people tend to walk across campsites as there are no designated walkways to restroom or creeks. Trails can be rugged in areas, so wear boots for the more distant hikes. There are black bears, so food precautions must be taken.
That said, we had no problems with bears during our stay. We did encounter one on a trail, and several other reported bears in pairs near the waterfalls. We would definitely camp here again.
Pros: All sites (except tent sites) have full electric, water and sewer hookup. A combination of wooded and open field sites are available. Some roads are paved, some are gravel. Convenient to the Lake Junaluska United Methodist facilities,to Waynesville, Maggie Valley, I-40, and the Great Smoky Mountain Expressway. Not too far to Great Smoky Mountain National Park Cataloochee area or Cherokee. Excellent free WiFi connection and cell phone service. Security patrols several times per day. Cons: US 19 highway traffic noise present 24/7, except in back of campground. WiFi internet not available in back of campground. Hookups are sometimes oddly configured to the campsite, causing long reaches. Much of the campground has been pieced together over the years, and the arrangement of some campsites for backing in is simply crazy, especially in the wooded areas. Most sites are level, but some may have a few issues. The 100 numbered sites are in the open right by the highway within 60 feet... not much of a camping feeling there if you are on vacation. One very modern bath house, but the other bathouses are outdated, albeit very, very clean and well maintained. A peculiar $5 deposit is collected for guests who do not register, but it was returned at the end of our stay. Could not figure that one out, and the explanation was vague. This campground could have earned a 7 or 8 on the rating scale, but I am giving it a 6 because of the highway noise, and a bit of rust in the water here and there. We would camp here again if attending events at Lake Junaluska, but not as a vacation spot when in the general area.
Pros: Quiet. Forested. Water and electric worked fine. Convenient to I-95, grocery stores, restaurants, and Washington DC. Staff helpful via phone and in person. Fairly adequate spacing between sites. Cons: Is there a level site in this campground? Probably not. You will need blocks to accomplish the mission. Internet system was simply terrible in the back loop. When available, the DSL would sometime be down and very slow. We had to select three times before we found an adequate site in F loop. The connects to water and/or electric sometimes made me wonder if I was attempting to plug into a socket in Richmond! Very poorly planning in the back loop. Ants rule! Any wood on the ground was quickly infested. To get to DC, we accessed the Metro at Exit 169-A. It worked great for us every day. Traffic is always heavy on I-95. We would return to this campground again, but may try other campgrounds, too.
Pros: Easy to find south of Charlottesville. Convenient to Monticello. Clean restrooms and showers (a bit of mildew buildup on a curtain). Pretty easy to maneuver when parking and setting up. Forested and shaded. Cons: A bit pricey for the area, but okay. Site was not truly level and that could be worked on a bit. Oddly, electric, water and sewer connects were so poorly arranged that we had to stretch every inch out of our sewer and hose to reach. Could not pull forward or we would have been in the driveways. Staff all business. Zero AT&T cell phone coverage. TV was quite adequate. As others have commented, there is a wicked curve on the highway when exiting the campground on the highway. Very dangerous and local drivers are on the move in this area. We would camp here again.
Yikes! We were placed in the "A" Loop at the top of this campground. Site 46 was a nightmare. We had to pull hard and fast up into the campsite, and we like to have never been able to back in to hitch back up. This was due to the steep slope and loose gravel. Pros: Pretty. Sites generally level. Water and electric reliable. AT&T cell phone coverage available. Cons: Loop driveways really, really tight. A big rig could not do this campground. There are no showers in A or B loops, so you must drive downhill and hope for adequate parking. Speeding on the main road was a problem. Lots of visits by the Patrick County Sheriff's office. Hmmm. The dump station had two ports, but only one camper could enter at a time, defeating the purpose of dual lanes. Be sure to bring your supplies... it is a long way to the nearest store! I would say this is a very popular site for locals to camp at. For out-of-town visitors, there is little to do except fishing and boating. We would not return due to our lousy site and boring nature of the area.
Located at US 58 and Railroad Avenue in downtown Damascus. Pros: All hookups work great. Situated on Laurel Creek with good view (not accessible due to elevation of campground above creek and large boulders). Sound of rapids is peaceful and relaxing. Sites are almost level, fine gravel. Portable deck provided (keeps camper very clean). Electric very reliable. Hookups at right location. Convenient in town to link up with numerous bicycle shops for transport to the Virginia Creeper Rail-Trail. Owner and wife very friendly and welcoming, treated us like we were family. Cons: Directly next to US 58 (although the highway is really not that busy and noise was not really a concern during our visit). Back-in sites could be tricky for the unskilled. Sites perhaps a bit narrow, but pullouts seemed to have no conflicts. Reservations probably necessary due to the very small number of sites (only 6). No recreation at the campground itself (not the best campground if you have kids or teens), but with the Virginia Creeper Trail only 3 blocks away, there is plenty to do in the mountains if you bike or hike. We would definitely camp here again when in the area.
Located in Conecuh National Forest, Open Pond is at mile marker 9 on SR 137, or about seven miles north of the town of Wing. It is well south and west of Andalusia. Pluses: Extremely well maintained and clean. Bathhouses are spotless. Good separation between sites. Most sites are leveled with gravel (in the "C" and "D" loops only). Several are concrete for disability access. A number of sites are water front and many more are water view, some are in the woodlands and very private. Picnic tables and lantern hangars at each site. Bicycling in the campground is exceptional. Quiet. Easy access from SR 137. Dump station at front of campground is new. Wildlife abundant. Electric motors only in the lake. Minuses: A small store is nearby with limited hours (about 2 miles away), but it closes early. Make sure you bring your supplies. NOTE: The "A" loop is primitive camping, and the "B" loop is for scout groups. We will be camping here again.
This campground is about 40 miles north of Pensacola off of U.S. 29. Take CR 4 westbound and go about 2 miles. Entrance is on the left next to the flagpole. Pluses: Nice view of lake. Quiet at night (and in the day), no highway noise in back of campground. Rest rooms reasonably clean, not perfect. Boat launch nearby. Only electric motors and hand paddling allowed. A nice environment for a canoe or kayak, as well as a bass boat. There is a small children playground. Minuses: Very little to do other than fish, paddle, or look at the lake. Nearby town of Century has little in the way of tourism or attraction. There is a prison across the lake (not visible), but the inmates could be heard at basketball break. Hope the razor wire holds tonight. Surprisingly, a few long-term people have taken up residence in a county-owned park. Policies for long-term stays are full of loopholes which allow this. Overall: A nice place for a brief getaway or if traveling through.
This is a tight-packed campground in terms of space. BUT, the staff is outstanding, great little store, the place is kept quite clean, and there is some shade. I mention waterfront sites... those are for tents only on the Shoshone River behind the campground (down in the valley). We walked to downtown Cody and the Buffalo Bill Museums. A trolley is available, too, and comes into the campground. There are four driveway entrances to the CG. The main entry at the office can back up into the main street in the afternoon check-in rush, so be careful when entering at the main gate! We would camp here again.
Way off the beaten path, but worth the drive. If you want quiet and country, this is the place! Owners are outstanding, helpful, and unobtrusive. Campground is absolutely perfect in terms of landscaping and size. Three big pull-throughs are located near the front, and back-ins are to the rear. All sites are gravel and leveled. A small recreation room and small laundry room has a book exchange. Mens and womens bathrooms/showers are private. Dump station available. One person at a time in each. Pool kept perfectly clean. Small fishing pond for catfish. Small hiking trail. Nearest gasoline is about 8 miles out, so make sure you have enough. We plan on returning and exploring the area. A bit of a round-trip drive to Branson, so I'd think you'd need to plan local activities in to this site, and not plan on commuting to Branson.
Although right next to I-70, we found the campsite noise level not too bad. We were in the back. Trees are young and growing, so shade is limited. Sites have plenty of space length-wise and in-between. WiFi worked just fine, no fee. Everything was clean, mowed, and nice. Staff was very bubbly and friendly. Sites are gravel and level. Utilities were just fine. Pool looked great. Evacuation area is in the women's bathroom, not underground, not posted on campground flyer. Perhaps a bit unnerving in really bad weather. Pancakes and sausage served up on weekends (fee). Not much in the area to see, but a nice overnight stop.
Going southbound toward Rifle the highway number sign is missing for this Colorado state road. Look for the signs to the correctional facility. Northbound, the signs were up. Upon entry to this park, you will be bombarded with a sign that requires a daily fee and a campground fee. With no one around, that left a big question: Do we have to pay the daily fee to find out if there are any sites available? Fortunately, a park "ranger" drove up and cleared that up. When you add the daily and CG fee, it was $24. Now, the CG. NICE! Beautiful concrete pads that were level. Electric and water were perfect. Covered picnic tables at every site. Dumpsite brand new. Lakeview and mountain view, right down the canyon over the dam. Bathrooms very clean. Fee for showers. Many people fishing and boating. Group pavillion great for family reunions, events. Road to the east was gorgeous. We will definitely be back!
Very confusing. There are two Buckboard campgrounds. One appears to be operated by Ashley National Forest. It is the first one on the right. We drove through it and there appeared to be no hookups. We called the phone number in our directory, and they said to come by the store. A completely different concession operation is run from the store. It is full hookup and behind that location. Staff was, well, all business and out to make money. We were led to our campsite, and the host was friendly. Showers were, if I recall, $4, or $3 with your own towel. (I wonder if they charge for brushing my teeth, with a discount for using my own toothpaste?) Sites were gravel, but leveled. Appeared to be many people there for the summer. Adjacent to the marina. Desert setting. Many rabbits. We would not camp here again because it really had nothing to do.
This CG in Grand Teton NP is operated by a concessionaire. The staff is friendly and helpful about area sights and things to do. It is a large campground with one dump station and one potable water station, so plan ahead before setting up. Bicycles are an excellent way of moving about in the CG because of the level terrain. The sites are small, and to make matters worse, they are poorly kept. Gravel at the sites needs to be swept away. There is a wild rose that was allowed to grow right up to the edge of the pavement. A bit of mowing would be nice. Oddly placed wood pole barricades created great tripping points. Bathrooms were clean, but sometimes far away. Birdlife was abundant, and we observed a cow moose with twins grazing in the group area, a real treat on our bike ride. Views of the Tetons are somewhat obstructed by a butte. This place is VERY quiet and dark at night, and the star gazing is outstanding. We would definitely camp here again, and perhaps try to sell the concession company a lawnmower and string trimmer! Ha.
We were reserved for two nights and switched out to one. Staff was friendly at the gate. The site was very open (no trees), and small! I had to drive around the loop twice to position the camper into the pull-through slot, and we were still very close to the road. Left side pull throughs are everywhere. After being in the forest at Madison Junction, the openness of this CG made it look more like a trailer park. Bathrooms were clean. Water spigots were very, very limited in location, unlike Madison. Bear warnings were posted everywhere, and the nearby bicycle trail was closed due to bear activity (that was a reason we went there). Deer were plentiful. We would choose another CG next time in Yellowstone, one with more trees.
We stayed at Madison and Bridge Bay, and this was the best of the two. Sites are in open lodgepole pine woodlands and shady. Pullthroughs are, indeed, tight. I agree with a previous reviewer that pullthroughs on the left make no sense. I rarely saw NPS law enforcement drive through, a bit of concern with that many people around, but we had no problems. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Bathrooms were kept quite clean. There are no showers. There are two dump stations at the campground entrance, along with two fresh water tank fill-up valves (separated). Fill up before going in. There are many fresh water spigots in the campground, but none have threads for a hose. Plan ahead as you register before setting up for a few days. The animals do run free, and if you walk over to the confluence of the Gibbon and Firehole Rivers, you WILL see bison. Trout fishing was very popular. Temperatures very cool at night, delightful in the day. A bit of traffic noise from the West Yellowstone highway, but nothing offensive. We would definitely come again.
If you are going to stay here, charge the battery, fill the water tank, empty the gray and black water tanks prior to arrival, turn on the gas 'fridge, and get ready to live with what you got. There are no showers (was told local private campgrounds fight the NPS on installing them). But, if you can take it, the rewards are awesome. Bison are fenced out of the campground, but can roam very close to the entrance. Deer, birds plentiful. Coyotes howling. The ultimate in quiet and peace. Dark at night, great for star viewing. Nighttime ranger shows were quite good. Sites are tight, even for our 18 ft trailer. Water is available, but the faucets have no threads, so we had to fill our tank by hand holding the hose against its washer. Bathrooms were immaculate. Free fire wood for campers. No dump station made us watch our water use closely. Road was good for bicycling. Not for the camper who needs electric devices and entertainment. We would definitely camp here again for a few days at a time.
Pluses: Convenient to Scott's Bluff National Monument, downtown Gering, Five Rocks Amphitheatre. Beautiful play field, each site paved and level with concrete, picnic tables, spacious. Although Five Rocks Road is adjacent, very little highway noise (Neb. 71 has been rerouted as a freeway to the east of town). Bathrooms fairly clean, most of the time. Campground hosts are wonderful and helpful. Laundry nice and clean. Minuses: OH NO, semi-permanents... in a City Park!? Why? Skirts, cords, very large propane tanks, all the signs of long-term stays. Why would the City of Gering allow this in such a nice park? One semi-perm ran his diesel truck 30 minutes, unoccupied, just to warm up the cab, at 5:30 AM. Same also decided to change his car's oil and dump it in the dumpster. Wi-Fi was sporadic at best. Had to go to town to even complete e-mails. The previous comment about sites 1-11 being the best is because of CATV hookup. You'll pay $3 more per night, too. Sites #12 and up are just as good, and for less. A Good Sam Discount is offered, but you need to ask.
Pluses: Site was clean, bathrooms were nice, water, electric and sewer reliable. Staff friendly. Pool was quite clean and used by many, especially kids. There was little noise at night. Minuses: A number of folks appear to live here (trailer skirts, semi-permanent means of sewer piping, etc.). Gravel roadways created dust. Jacuzzi was tared (probably due to the dust), but was clearly operational. Mens bathroom and showers had saloon doors, which diminished the privacy (and very close to the office). Perhaps not a 3 as the previous reviewer provided, but no higher than a 5. Overpriced.
This is a park that has multiple personality disorder. Is it in an urban environment? Yes, yet it was quite quiet. Is it an RV park? It's an RV park that, if those weren't RV's, could be a mobile home park (a number of semi-permanent residents). Is it an RV dealership? Yes, but that does not seem to disrupt customer service for campers. Were the bathrooms large? No, but they were immaculate and incredibly private (almost like a home bathroom complete with walk-in shower, pedestal sink, etc). Was it mowed and neat? Yes, yet some concrete pads needed to be back-hoed and reconstructed. One site had a lot of mud. Was there really any recreation? No, its for an overnight stay if you are just visiting. Would we stay here again? Depends on what time we arrived in the St. Joseph area. This is one of the toughest parks I have written about. Nice, but oddly different. A bit pricey for the area.
Located on "Q" Street north of 6th Street in the northwest part of the city, next to the municipal recreation complex (soccer and baseball). Pluses: Isolated, quiet, utilities worked fine, dump station free and in excellent condition. Minuses: Aside from one swing through by the city police, you are alone. Train tracks are within about 200 yards. The restrooms are a L-O-N-G walk away on the other side of the rec complex and are not in the campground. There is only one stall per gender and no showers. The restrooms were locked upon morning visit, so I would say self contained is an absolute necessity. Ball games were not disruptive. If bad weather comes up (and it did during our stay... at 4AM!!!), there is really no place to go except out of the campground and into any place opened at that hour (we went to the police department). TV reception was poor. Probably good for an overnight visit (as we did, purpose: to visit the Lewis and Clark facility in Nebraska City and to ride the Steamboat Rail Trail). We would not likely camp here again due to the isolation at night.
Pluses: level, gravel sites with mostly paved roadways. Restrooms are reasonably clean along with the showers. There is self-check in after hours. There are a few permanent residents, but nothing messy or unkempt. Nearby roadway is a good route for bicycling (small amount of traffic). There is little noise from US 71 (distant background, about 1/2 mile away). Park attendant warned us of heavy winds from storms inbound to the area and to roll up our awning (greatly appreciated). Virtually all sites are pull-throughs. Owners appear to be expanding to the north. Minuses: Wi-Fi worked, but the internet link did not. Park operator said they were working on this problem. Disappointing since they advertise Wi-Fi as part of the promotion of the park. This left us stranded on communications when we thought all would work just fine. Ugh. Although not the park's problem, we had difficulty finding our way back on to US 71 northbound. A sign is needed to direct people back to the highway. It was a bit confusing. We would camp here again.
Positives: well organized and managed. Hosts and employees are "at-your-service". Your are escorted to site with assistance on back-in. Bathrooms and showers are immaculate. Saturday and Sunday morning breakfasts are offered for a nominal fee. Ice cream social is also offered for a fee. The park is family oriented with kids playing in many areas. Sites are level and gravel. There are picnic tables at all sites. Minuses: The price was very high (we paid $34). Sites are a bit close together, but reasonable for awnings. There is a $3 charge for 24 hours of internet, and for only one computer (again, pricey). US 70B is very close in the lower (front) area of the campground and could be a noise factor for some, but was not for us. Kids on small pond dam and the downhill gradient of vehicles passing over it are a potential accident waiting to happen, and there was no lighting in that area. We would camp here again, regardless of the rate.
Pluses: spacious, all sites paved and clean. Sites are level on hillsides near a lake. Bathrooms and showers were clean. Roadways in the park made for great bicycling. Sites were shaded to semi-shaded. Back side of the campground (called "The Straightaway") is newer. It is quiet at night. Background highway noise from trucks on US Highway is too distant to be of concern. Minuses: a boil water notice was posted, but check in attendant did not advise us of it. We had to read it for ourselves long after we had drunk the water. There are many, many semi-permanent dwellers in this state park. A resident in the park told us that there was a six month limit, and to get around it, all one had to do was leave for a few hours, and the six month clock restarted. We found that odd for a state park. There was a lot of "semi-permanent" evidence around many of the RVs, lowering the overall feel of a public park. Overall, a nice park, but the state should examine the "length of stay" policy. We'd stay again, but would go to the back of the park, not the front two loops.