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04/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a perfectly fine campground in a breath-takingly beautiful area. Although we were in a MH, I noticed they have the nicest tent-camping set-up I’ve ever seen. They have an indoor pool, laundry, and small store full of fishing supplies. Sites are level and adequately wide, although not huge. Utilities worked fine, as did our air card and mobile phones. The teenagers at check-in could use a little customer service training. They weren’t rude, but were not particularly helpful or well-informed when we had questions about our site or the park. Rate reflects Good Sam discount.
05/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
We’ve parked at several combination or transitional Mobile Home/RV Parks and have had good experiences, but this one felt like a low-end trailer park. Loud muscle cars and pickup trucks driving too fast, late parties, and people short-cutting across our site between our RV and our toad! A surprise after reading the phrase “sensible rules rigidly enforced” on their web site. The site and road layout is one of the worst we’ve seen for RV’s. Obviously designed by people with NO RV experience EVER. I don’t even know how to describe the obstacles I had to back around to get into our site, but I can assure you, it was worse than any cones my RV Driving School instructor ever set up. We were in a brand new, level, concrete site with patio, but the water hookup was on the wrong side! There is a laundry on site, but we went out the door faster than we went in. One good thing, when I looked on their web site I was concerned that their bizarre castle gate front entrance might be a problem for our unusually tall RV, but it’s huge and we had plenty of clearance.
05/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
Adequate for an overnight stop, maybe two. It is right on Route 60, with the train tracks just across the road, but surprisingly, train and highway noise really wasn’t bad. Utilities were fine, and the sites were level, but this park is not much to look at. The lady in the office is very nice, but when I asked why the sign out front said something other than Turner Motel & RV Park, she laughed and said they’ve only owned the place four years and hadn't gotten around to taking down the old sign yet. Like the town, the RV park could use a facelift and a little TLC. Mountainair could be a fabulous little art/antique destination town. It has the bones of a Madrid, NM or Bisbee, AZ, but the economy has taken its toll and most of the gorgeous little storefronts are closed. If you go, don’t miss breakfast at the Alpine Alley or some of the fascinating ruins in the area. Rate shown is PPA, but if we’d had to pay full price, we would have dropped our score a point or two.
04/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
We loved this park! They have level, long, wide, pull-through sites with good water and power, and several small but gorgeous, lush grassy areas – we saw nine big bunnies nibbling in the playground area just after sunset. A clean laundry room adjoins a super-comfortable lounge area with a huge sofa, coffee table, chairs, and big TV. What a great change from hot, cramped laundry rooms with hard plastic chairs! There is also a Foosball table and board games. There is an on-site store, and the nicest folks run the place, but the park is 20 miles from Winslow and nearly 40 miles from Flagstaff. Get food and any supplies you might need before you get here! The Meteor Crater site is just down the road and is a fascinating place, far more interesting than I expected, frankly. If making the trek across I-40 again, we will absolutely stop here again. Rate is CC USA.
04/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
A must for Route 66 travelers, this RV park has some interesting roadside history and fun antiques, including several antique RVs they rent on-site, although I don’t think they’ll let you leave with them. The park has a rural feel, but is only about 10 miles to Old Town Albuquerque. Relatively not congested Historic 66. It’s right next to Camping World and right off of I-10. On a still night, you might have some road noise, but all we heard was the wind blowing. The whole place is gravel, but it’s round gravel, so if you put your jacks down without fairly large pads underneath, the rocks shift. Although the sites are not excessively unlevel, we had a heck of a time fine-tuning our jacks. They have a nice mix of shaded and satellite-friendly sites, a small on-site laundry, a pool table, a souvenir shop. Overall, a good park at a good price when using PPA, but a little high at full price.
04/2011
rating [ 5/10 ]
As of this park, I have used rvparkreviews.com to help me select 114 different campgrounds across the country. This is the first time I’ve ever felt like I was steered wrong. Yes, the owners at Santa Fe Skies are nice. Yes, the location is atop a hill outside Santa Fe giving you relatively nice views. But $38/night for an un-level, ant-infested, weed-overrun, gravel and powdery dirt site with no patio, cable, pool, hot tub, trash pick-up, or dog run is too high, even for a tourist town. And that’s with a 10% discount! This obviously used to be a nicer park than it is now, because there are gorgeous flowering plants hiding among the weeds. But the entire place needs grading, re-graveling, weeding, and exterminating. On the plus side, the office is lovely. The laundry is nice. The water tasted good and power and sewer worked fine. The location is about 20 minutes from the downtown square and is at the north end of the Turquoise Trail – a great day trip. I also have to give them kudos for installing a solar array. However, on their web site, they call themselves Santa Fe’s Big Rig park, implying others in the area are not able to accommodate larger rigs. Not so. We visited several other parks in the area and found plenty of sites that would easily take rigs larger than our 40’ MH and toad. We will stay elsewhere in Santa Fe next time.
04/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great park! The park has very level, gravel sites with full or partial hook-ups. Pull-through sites are angled for easy entry and exit and are face-to face, so you don’t open your door to your neighbor’s sewer, but they are long enough that you each have your own yard area, including well-maintained picnic tables. Plenty of room for slides and awnings (if the wind ever stops blowing). Nicest gift shop I’ve ever seen at an RV park – in a town known for its Native American gift shops. There is a small, but clean and secure dog run. The park has two laundry rooms. The one at the back is a bit tight for comfort and has no place to fold clothes other than on top of the washers, but the one at the front is great. The only reason to give this park a 9 rather than a 10 is its proximity to the Gallup airport. Over three days, we only heard five or six flights take off, and only one of those was at night, but they were pretty loud. It will not prevent us from staying there again, however. Rate shown is Escapees discount for W/E only, plus local tax. Although we are not active duty military, we chose this park specifically because of their policy that active duty military personnel stay free. I wish more parks would do this for our service men and women and their families. Two monthly workers checked in right before me, looking a little scruffy and driving older rigs, but being very polite. The owner made no bones about his expectations of guests and their pets. The two young men might have been surprised to know that he gave us, a retired couple in a spiffy 40’ motorhome, exactly the same speech. We appreciate parks with clear rules and high expectations but who don’t discriminate against those with older rigs.
04/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Just off Historic Route 66, this park has long, narrow, level, gravel pull-throughs with sewer access every few feet. Water and power was good. They have cable TV, WiFi, a bathhouse, and laundry, although we used none of them. Verizon worked fine. Our only complaint is the designated dog-walking area is really dark and not as well-policed as it should be. Not a destination park, but a for a couple nights, this is a good location to visit the Petrified Forest National Park and see Holbrook’s iconic roadside architecture, including the restored Wigwam motel. Don’t miss Mesa Italiana, a fabulous Italian restaurant, about a mile northeast.
04/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park is perfect for Route 66 devotees, horse lovers, cave explorers, and those who like serious solitude. It’s old, kitchy, fun, a little run-down, and even has several concrete dinosaurs. The 800-acre property includes a motel, a gas station (no diesel), and a gift shop out by the old highway. Less than a mile off the road, they have a restaurant, a truly unique horseback riding experience, and an authentic Historic Route 66 roadside attraction – the Grand Canyon Caverns. This place is located on the longest uninterrupted stretch of Historic 66, about a hundred miles between Ash Fork and Kingman. The RV park is, frankly, a little pricey for the amenities, but we came here to support a bit of nostalgia that was virtually abandoned when I-40 bypassed it in the 70s. Although paved to the entrance of the RV park, the park itself is dirt. The bathhouse was out of order while we were there, but they gave us passes to shower in one of the motel rooms if we needed to. We declined and showered in our rig. Water and power were good. Sites do not have sewer, but there is a dump station. Our Verizon Mifi worked fine, but Verizon phone service was iffy. Our friends had no cell service at all from their provider. We arrived after a heavy rain and the jacks on our 28,400-pound MH sank deep into the dirt. Our friends had arrived during the storm and their Dodge 3500 and 5th wheel got completely stuck. The roads and sites were rutted and un-level, presumably from all the rain. With all of that, we would normally give this park a much lower score, but because of it, we met some of the nicest and most interesting folks we’ve ever known. One, the cowboy poet (ask him about his books), and his assistant worked tirelessly to help us get level, having earlier pulled our friends out of the mud and helped them set up. If you go, spend some time with the poet and his horses and take a ride through this gorgeous countryside. This is by far, the quietest campground we’ve ever been to, nearly a mile off the road and many miles from trains, airports, and interstates. We were there around the full moon, but I can only imagine how many stars you could see on a dark night. If you want spiffy amenities, go elsewhere, but if you want great memories and a perfect base for cruising the heart of Route 66, this is the place. Bring groceries. The closest civilization is 12 miles west at the Reservation in Peach Springs (one restaurant) or 26 miles east in the small town of Seligman (a few restaurants, convenience stores, diesel, and limited groceries).
04/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Wow! What a find! Forget all the seedy motels with makeshift RV hook-ups you’ve seen elsewhere, this place is very nice! It has a combination of back-in and pull-through sites with mostly level gravel, full hook-ups. They have at least one site that allowed us not to unhook our 40’ MH and toad, although it was snug. The shorter sites are plenty wide to unhook and pull vehicles in side-by-side. The park is located behind a truck stop, but we heard nothing from the trucks because the motel is between them and the RV park, and it’s downhill a bit. We also heard no interstate traffic because of the hill. The truck stop offers pizza, subs, Mexican food, fuel, and convenience store stuff within walking distance, although on a cool, windy night, we chose to unhook anyway and drive there for dinner. There is a classic 50’s style diner in the RV park that is open daily for breakfast and lunch and for dinner on Friday nights. It has indoor and outdoor seating. The motel, gameroom, and restaurant, all have really cool murals. In the center of the property is a large, beautifully-landscaped picnic area with a gazebo and several picnic tables. They also have an on-site laundry with machines big enough to wash a bedspread and on-site propane. The rate shown is the PPA rate, but even at the full rate, it’s a bargain for what you get. If you want 50 amp, it is $4 extra. This great little park is a perfect base for exploring Jerome, Prescott, Montezuma’s Castle, and Sedona, without having to take the RV up narrow, twisty mountain roads, many of which have legal length restrictions. The very nice manager told us the owners had done a great deal of work over the past few years to get this park to its current state. It shows! He even told us about Arcosanti, a fascinating art and architecture community only a couple miles from the park and allowed us to check out a little late so we could visit. We stumbled on this park because we were tired and saw the sign at the exit ramp, but we will make a point to stay here next time through.
01/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Regular rate is $44 – awfully pricey for east Austin, but Passport America at $22 for five nights and AARP at $30 makes a brief stay reasonable. The park has all the amenities: gorgeous pool, hot tub, patio area, small store, book exchange, 2 laundries, large 3-section dog park, paved roads, some concrete pull-throughs, some back-in gravel sites, pedestal hook-ups, cable and wifi included in the rate (although the Wi-Fi is Tengo), well-lit at night. Although this is a beautiful park and would rate a 10 if not for the location, next time we’re in Austin, we’ll likely stay south or west of downtown rather than east.
01/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
I struggled with the score on this one. For this price for a one or two night stop for self-contained units, Southern Oaks is easily a 10, but to legitimately compare it as an RV park, I’m in line with others who have rated it a 7. Although this is a large mobile home park, the RV sites are clean, level, long, concrete pull-throughs with perfectly-functioning utilities. The gentleman who escorted us to our site waited to be sure everything was in order and offered to help hook up, although I declined. The charming on-site manager is retired military and runs a tight operation. Some of the mobile homes have seen better days, but we both felt safe here, even walking the dog at night. They are adding more RV sites as older mobile homes are phased out. Great Verizon reception. Relatively easy on and off I-10 and easy maneuvering within the park. There is a mall at that exit and plenty of restaurants and fuel stops, although diesel was significantly less expensive a mile or so south of the interstate. Only complaint: double speed bumps near the entrance that are spaced perfectly to jar everything in the MH, even at a crawl, then bounce the toad a couple more times.
01/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Self-contained units only – no bathhouse. Office is only open 1-5 weekdays, and check out time is 10:00, but the owner answered the phone when we called in the morning to extend our stay. Neat, level, clearly-marked back-in sites with easy hook-ups, large concrete patios, and thick grass between sites. Water pressure is a little low. Sandy soil drains exceptionally well in the rain. There is some construction on-site as the slow conversion continues from mobile home park to RV park. Strong Wi-Fi signal showed on our computer, although we didn’t use it, so I can’t address speed or reliability. Strong Verizon signal. This park is military-friendly (including discounted rates with a military id), which earns it an extra star in my book, and having soldiers in the park certainly makes me feel safe at night. The location is fabulous for exploring Augusta – a surprisingly cool town – don’t miss the canal cruise. A left on the road in front of the park takes you straight into downtown, and two rights takes you to I-20. Although our GPS guided us correctly through the I-20 to I-520/Bobby Jones Expressway route from South Carolina, the owner mentioned that some GPS’s have trouble with that route and suggested Exit 194/Belair Rd, whether arriving from the east or west on I-20.
12/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Positives: Excellent monthly price (shown) or Passport America for shorter stays. Good location to explore interesting towns of Sanford, Pittsboro, and Apex or to go to Raleigh area. Large, clean laundry facility and bathhouse with a small book exchange. Long pull-through sites. Very strong water pressure (bring your regulator) and good quality county water. Spigots are unusually close to the ground, but that prevented the pipes from freezing when the temperature dropped to 10 degrees. Strong Wi-Fi, good Verizon reception. Very pleasant park owner, and an excellent RV mechanic nearby, We would return to this park specifically to have Mr. Smith work on our RV again. He had done some extensive repairs for us several years ago on an old Class C and we were eager to have him do some work on our Class A. Park negatives: A bit remote and not particularly attractive. Lots of long-term residents don’t pick up after their dogs. Thin gravel over red clay makes it muddy in the rain and snow, especially on the roads to the dumpster and bathhouse.
11/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
The “standard rate” is $42.80 w/ tax. We paid half that for a Tuesday using PPA, but the Wednesday and Thursday of Thanksgiving week were both considered holidays. We felt that was way overpriced. Sites are relatively narrow with thin gravel, sand, and scraggly grass. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and W/S/E, but no cable. The Wi-Fi is included in the price, but you must sign back in every few minutes. Pet friendly? Hmmm. When you check in, the rules include a lengthy section on your liability as a pet owner and how your pet is allowed only in certain areas, but the there is no indication on the attached map of where those areas might be. Big rig access? Again, hmmm. I wouldn't recommend more than 40'. The park layout is odd with tight turns, numerous areas of small trees and dense undergrowth, and a Frisbee golf course winding around it all. The narrow gravel entrance road through the middle of the property has a ditch on the right and short wooden posts on the left. If you happen to drive up when someone else is checking in, there is no way to get around them to get back to your site. You just sit and wait. At night, the southern-most end of the park is extremely dark. There is only one light on top of a tower at the north side of the park. The pool, bathhouse, and clubhouse are all very nice, but next time we’re in the area, we’ll likely spend less money and go back to the large, well-lit, concrete sites at the Hollywood casino or to the beachfront sites at the Silver Slipper.
11/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Do not approach this RV park from I-49. If you’re coming from the west, drive a few extra miles and come in from the Breaux Bridge exit off I-10! Both routes are well marked with large signs at every turn, but the roads from I-49 are wretched: they are narrow, intensely bumpy, lined with low-hanging trees, and have little or no shoulder. From I-10, the only obstacle is one narrow bridge over Bayou Teche, but it’s short enough you can see on-coming traffic before crossing. The park has three pull-through sites, two concrete, and one gravel. All other sites are back-ins, with the concrete pad sites only at the very back of the park. The pool, playground, office, dumpster, and laundry/bath house are at the very front of the park. It’s quite a hike from the back to the front, especially if you need to take a bag of garbage or a doggy bag to the dumpster. Because we have a dog to walk each night, we chose a well-lit site, but some areas of this huge park can be pretty dark. The $22 per night rate is the 7-night average of 5 nights at PPA rate, 2 nights at Good Sam rate, plus the cost of one week of wifi. The Wi-Fi works fairly well, but not great. Hook-ups are at the very back of the sites, so we had to have all 20' of our sewer hose. The sunrises and sunsets over the large ponds, as well as the egrets and great blue herons, and the cool little town of Breaux Bridge make this park worth returning to.
11/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
We’re pretty stingy with 10’s, but for us, Whispering Meadow really is the perfect RV park. If I were building an RV Park from scratch, I would absolutely copy their design and emulate their customer service. The sites are long, level, wide, concrete pull-throughs with patios, picnic tables, and thick grass between sites. They did something I haven’t seen at other parks: they put a 4’x4’ area of pea-gravel inside landscape timbers at the base of the hook-ups, so any spilled water or rainwater doesn’t collect and turn to mud while you’re hooking an unhooking. We spent a week there, and even with a couple of rainy days, I never had to sweep or vacuum the inside. Most places, you constantly fight grass, leaves, sand or mud on your shoes, regardless of weather. The Wi-Fi worked fine and was included in the very reasonable by-the-week price. You have to sign back in every 24 hours, but it continues to be free. I think an earlier reviewer may not have read the sign-in page carefully. The free Wi-Fi is not high-speed, but you have the option of paying for high-speed access. For checking e-mail, reading the news, and searching local restaurant reviews, we found it to be plenty fast. The on-site laundry room is clean, reasonably priced, air conditioned, and has a place to hang your clothes. The machines are efficient and relatively quick. They have a book exchange, on-site propane, and daily garbage pick-up. The owners live there, and they are the nicest folks! From the moment I made the phone reservation with Bob until the time we pulled out, we were impressed with their friendliness and great customer service. Just one example: while we were outside washing the RV (yes, they let you wash your vehicles), Bob rode up in his golf cart to chat a moment. After a few minutes he saw a young woman walking our direction carrying a large laundry basket. He quickly excused himself from our conversation and zipped around to where she was. “Jump in! That’s too heavy, let me give you a ride.” He’s the type of person who looks for every opportunity to make your day better. We will return and will tell others about this great park.
10/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
One of our favorite casino RV parks. Large check-in parking lot, beautiful clubhouse, full hookups, free cable and Wi-Fi, on-site trash pick up, clean bathhouses, free shuttle to casino, and paved, level sites. We came not for the casino, but for the fresh boudin at Redlich’s City Cash store in Basile, just 15 miles east of Kinder. Great rate unless you include the amount you leave inside the casino.
10/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This park is close to perfect. We stumbled on it because of a foul up at a park an hour south. We stayed – and will make a point to route our next trip through here – because it’s such a great place. Full hook-ups, completely level concrete sites, partial shade (although our rooftop satellite still worked fine), beautifully maintained grounds, security, picnic tables, on-site laundry, and absolutely some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. History buffs will love the museum, historic buildings, and fascinating tales of Grand Gulf, including its role in the Civil War. Dog owners will love the pet-friendly policies and miles of walking areas. River buffs will love strolling down to the banks of the Mississippi to watch the boats and the wildlife. The only reason not to give it a ten is the lack of Wi-Fi and extremely weak cell phone coverage. The last 5 miles or so, after turning off Hwy 61, are a bit winding. Just take it slow and you'll be fine. It’s worth the effort. The $17 rate is the over-60 discount. It is normally $20. What a deal!
10/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
If I needed to spend more than one night in the Birmingham area, I would look elsewhere, but I expect we will return to this campground because for our purposes, is an excellent one-night park. It is almost exactly halfway between two escapees parks. It is convenient, safe, level, and relatively close to restaurants, grocery stores, and fuel stations. Little pedestals on raised concrete islands provide full hook-ups and cable. Although as others have stated, it is an un-staffed parking lot, I was pleased to find well-groomed grassy islands to walk the dog. Our 40-footer fit into the space with a few feet to spare, but there is no room left for the toad, and if there is auxiliary parking, I didn’t notice it. Wi-Fi works in some parts of the park, but not others, so if that is important to you, check before you select a site. Water pressure is very strong. Bring your regulator!
09/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Wow! What a great campground and great campground owner! Variety of sites – wooded or clear, pull-throughs and back-ins – all appeared level and all had plenty of room between sites. The whole place is spotless, and they have the cleanest laundry room we’ve ever seen, although a couple of washers were out of order. When we made the reservations, we mentioned needing Wi-Fi and they put us right up near the office, so reception was great. The pool was clean and pretty. The playground and horseshoe pits were well-maintained. The owners also went to the effort of putting up blue and white “Campground” signs with arrows at the difficult intersections between the interstate and the campground. Rate shown is an average of 3 nights at full price and 3 nights with CC USA discount.
09/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
For $25 per night, you get power, water, sewer, decent Wi-Fi (until somebody sets up beside you with their own and kills the fairground's signal), and the comfort of constantly-patrolling security officers who are incredibly nice. You also get choking dust, un-level sites, absolutely no room to put your awning out when there is an event going on, and no rules about leashing or picking up after dogs. If being in Raleigh is a necessity, as it often is for us, the NC State Fairgrounds is the best option in the area, but that’s not saying much. All 50-amp sites are extremely un-level. We spent one night teetering on stacks of leveling blocks at the “tanker lot” on the corner of Hillsboro and Youth Center Road. The next morning, we moved down to the Hunt Horse Complex where we had our pick of sites, but none of them were remotely level either. This place is run by the NC Department of Agriculture! Surely they have a spare tractor they could use to grade these sites! We’ll be back, but only because the only other full hookup choice in Raleigh, behind the Winnebago dealership, is even more un-level and feels really unsafe.
09/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a fine campground run by nice folks. We were here for 10 days including the Labor Day weekend. While we were here, they hosted a benefit concert for a local soldier severely wounded by an IED. For that, they have our sincere appreciation. On the specifics of the campground, we will begin with the cons. The nearest grocery store or laundry is eight miles away. In dry weather, the gravel roads get dusty. It’s a bit pricey for the area, and they are closed to temporary sites in the winter. Water pressure and WiFi reception are both erratic. Tip: flush the water line for a few seconds before hooking it into your rig. Pros: Gorgeous area. Easy access, both to the park and in the park. The grounds are exceptionally well-maintained, including a trash can at each site which they empty regularly and replace the liner for you! Big-rig sites are treeless (which gives you great satellite reception, but afternoon sun does come directly in your windshield). These sites have good, thick gravel, and are 40’ wide with grass on the hook-up side and a large gravel patio area with a picnic table on the door side. Many of the sites for smaller rigs have beautiful old shade trees. In summary, this is a great campground for short-term campers, especially those with kids who like a pool, a large open field, great bicycling, and a very nice miniature golf course. But as full-timing adults, we plan to try a different campground with amenities more suited to us when we are back in the area in a few weeks.
05/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
Pros: Nightly spaces surround a lovely pond with a concrete walkway leading to beautiful boardwalks into the salt marsh. The permanent spaces are well-kept. The cable offers lots of channels, and although Wi-Fi from site 5 was iffy, once we found the right spot inside our rig, we had pretty quick access once we were online. The park feels quite remote, but is only minutes from the great restaurants, galleries, and historic areas of Manteo and the beaches and shopping of Nags Head. Charming park hostess. Cons: Sites 1 through about 7 or 8 are right by the highway, so there is a lot of noise from trucks driving to and from the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park. We could not walk from our car to our rig without getting nasty little sand spurs. They stuck in our dog’s feet so bad we carried her from our door to the gravel roads after the first few outings. There was goose dropping everywhere! That’s beyond the control of the park, but they could have at least made some effort to sweep or hose off the walkways and boardwalks. Although the view of the pond through our front windshield would have been gorgeous, as suggested by the park host, it would have required running everything under our motorhome and still likely would not have reached, so we backed in. Finally, the pool was still closed on May 22. At the peak-season rate of $60 a night, especially since they stop accepting CampClub discount cards on May 1, I expect all the amenities to be available.
12/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Easy to get in and out. Level grass sites that drained amazingly well in heavy rain. Everything (cable, wifi, and full hook-ups) worked well and the lady at the front desk was very nice. We only stayed one night, but would have been happy to stay longer. We will return next time we’re in Statesboro. We did not use or even look at the laundry, restroom, shower, or pool facilities, so our rating of 9 does not reflect any opinion on those aspects.
01/2008
rating [ 2/10 ]
The most mis-named campground I’ve ever seen, Camper’s Paradise is a former KOA, but the only way you can tell is by the shape of the outside of the building. Inside, the office floor is bare concrete and was partially under water when I was there. At least one large dog and three cats roamed around the dimly lit structure as I checked in, and the whole place ABSOLUTELY REEKED of cat urine. Water, power, and sewer was serviceable, and the grass pull-through sites were relatively level, but the grounds are dismal and poorly maintained. There are huge potholes everywhere in the park. The pool appears to have been abandoned for at least one full season, possibly more, as has the playground. Campground choices are exceptionally limited in central South Carolina. Although we love Manning, we will re-route our next trip to avoid staying at this campground again.
01/2008
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is an extremely large park populated primarily by retirees in “annual on sites,” “monthly metered sites,” or mobile homes. The remaining 150 or so RV sites vary tremendously in size and quality. Most sites in the Sunset Circle area are grass with concrete patios and are adequate, but the Ranch View section has extremely narrow sites and not a blade of grass. Long-termers accurately refer to it as “the sand box”. (We would not have stayed if we’d been placed there.) If you play shuffleboard, you’ll be in heaven here. Laundry was clean and large. Cable was good, but required an adapter to connect. The Wi-Fi was excruciatingly slow. For the quality of the campground and the amenities, I felt it was over-priced, and I felt absolutely gouged by the pet policy. They insisted our beagle mix was a “large dog.” Anything over 12 pounds, by their definition, and charged an extra $1 per day (it’s fifty cents a day for “small dogs”). For what? A charge for cable or Wi-Fi makes sense, but they don’t provide any service for my extra pet charge. To add insult, this park had more un-scooped dog waste than any other we’ve seen. Also, they advertise Good Sam, but they do not honor it, nor do they discount for weekly reservations.
01/2008
rating [ 8/10 ]
What a lovely park staffed by lovely people. If you’re looking for serenity, this is the place. The 1500’ boardwalk to the river is mesmerizing, and the park is so far away from the lights and sounds of civilization, the star-gazing is the best I’ve seen since Yellowstone. The fence, gate, and remote location make this the safest-feeling park in the area. This is not a park for children (or adults for that matter) who can’t entertain themselves. The cable TV only has 6 channels and most sites are not close enough to the office to pick up the wifi signal. But if you take the pleasant stroll up to the office, you find the wifi works very well, and the office cat may even keep you company. The clubhouse is nice. The laundry is small, but functional. The restrooms are completely without frills, but are clean. Sites vary in size. The Old Town area offers little to do, but twenty minutes away, there’s a great little restaurant (inside a quilt shop) in Trenton. Cedar Key is an hour or so away, but well worth the drive for anyone interested in local art, and state parks and recreation areas highlight the natural beauty of the area.
10/2007
rating [ 9/10 ]
Excellent campground! Level concrete sites, nice folks, fabulous desert landscaping, all utilities worked perfectly, beautiful adults-only spa separate from the pool, and they even have storm shelters for the frightening Amarillo weather (we had a hail storm that killed a vent, flattened the air conditioner intake, and put holes in the sewer hose that looked like a shotgun blast, but Dickey Stout RV repaired the damage on short notice). The rating of 9 rather than 10 is because the wifi was excruciatingly slow, and they were short-staffed, so the restrooms weren't cleaned as often as I would have liked and the clubhouse was open only intermittantly. Would stay there again if in the area. Note this place seems to go by two names: RVXpress and Oasis.
10/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
These are really nice folks and they have the potential of having an exceptional park, but they are so focused on building/expanding/improving, that they are not maintaining what they already have. There were dead plants everywhere (grass, trees, potted plants), although it had obviously been gorgeous when planted, especially the overgrown water feature and the sitting area with fountain. The showers and restrooms were beautiful, but in a 3-day stay, one of the two men's rooms never had toilet paper; in the other, the shower did not work. Ladies' rooms were operational, certainly not filthy, but not particularly clean, and the lingering smell of stale cigarette smoke was everywhere. When told a woman had fallen because there was a hidden hole in the grassy area behind the restrooms and laundry, it was not filled, marked, or acknowledged 36 hours later. Perhaps our experience was the exception, rather than the rule, because the owners were focused on completing an expansion of the on-site convenience store. For that reason, I would stay here again, giving them another shot. The on-site restaurant, Pop's Grill, was very good, especially the Margarita's. All utilities were functional and sites were quite wide. Most had grills, picnic tables, and gazebos. When weighing the good and the not so good, we think a rating of 7 is generous, because it has the potential of being a 10. We hope these nice folks get there.
07/2007
rating [ 8/10 ]
If internet access is important to you, this is probably not a good campground for you. Wifi is only available sometimes and only at one particular place in the pavilion. Unfortunately, that's also where there is a pool table, a juke box, and several video games that never stop making noise. The restroom stalls have really low ceilings, but otherwise, this is a perfectly nice place, especially if you have kids. We stayed 4 nights.
07/2007
rating [ 6/10 ]
This campground is perfectly adequate and easily accessible if you're having work done at Tom Johnson, but I found the owner rude. When he found out we'd stayed at a competitor's campground nearby, he started bad-mouthing them terribly. The restrooms were OK, but not great. There was poison oak all around our campsite. We spent one night and won't be back; we'll drive a few extra miles up the mountain.
07/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
What a great place! We liked it so much we added an extra night to our stay. The owner is an absolute hoot! He's a local and will help you learn about the area if you're interested. He really takes pride in his park, and he's done an excellent job with the grounds. The landscaping flows beautifully into the adjoining town green way. It's a lovely stroll beside the river. We will stay here again.
07/2007
rating [ 10/10 ]
This campground is beautiful, peaceful, and pristine. Well worth the extra few miles beyond the RV repair place in Marion. The owners support the local community. They told us about the monthly Saturday Breakfast fund-raiser at Carson's Chapel. Amazing food! We followed the advice on their website and unhitched our towed vehicle in town. After scoping out the twisty route up to the campground, we had no problem with a 31' Class C. If we hadn't scouted it first, we would have been a lot more intimidated.
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