I believe "you get what you pay for". This park was somewhat endearing with a lot of quirks. The trains did not bother me so much, but the highway traffic did. Everything, but the trash bin was very old. The sites are level, but our water hook up was broken, so we had to stretch our hose to the one beside us. We enjoyed that we had plenty of room, but the other two or three what seemed to be resident trailers were a bit unkempt, and scary for my taste. It is just a big open grassy field with a picnic shelter and basketball court in the middle. The staff were helpful and pleasant enough. The bathroom and showers leave lots to be desired. If they had been cleaner, I would have been fairly comfortable here. I would only return for a very short visit. Asheville is a fun city with lots to see and do.
It would have been perfect and we would have wanted to stay longer had it not been for a loud, inconsiderate family with two toddlers 10 ft away. The manager was apologetic, but unable to change the situation. They are also expanding, so there was quite a bit of machinery/construction noise. This however, is not the fault of location. It's just that we look for peace, quiet, and relaxation (what a concept?) when we camp. It is difficult to enjoy sitting by the fire with screaming kids in the background. Other than this: the shower was spectacular, the grounds superbly maintained, and Asheville is an incredible place to visit with outdoor activities, plenty of culture, good food, and art. I would come back again, but under some different conditions. I am new at this and my expectations were/are just a bit different than reality. You just can't please all the people all the time.
It is what it is. OK for one night and a means to an end. If you like being on top of your neighbor, and she/he is French Canadian, this is the place for you. If you enjoy sitting around in groups, singing Kum ba yah (in French accompanied by accordion), this is your little peace of heaven. Positives: laundry facilities, dog friendly, great staff, twice daily trash collection, and a wonderful restaurant across the street. Cautions: mentioned above, internet only at the community center, hearing everyone's conversations (although not understanding the language. Good or bad depending.) And the fuzzy cable reception. Don't get me wrong, I like the French flair in proportion, but am weary in being a stranger in my native country, in half the parks we visited in Florida. What's up with that? I've also learned, I am a camper as opposed to an RVer. Big difference!
We are leaving this heaven tomorrow and are sad. We came for two days to visit a friend and stayed for sixteen. To stay for a week is less expensive than a daily rate. It is a large friendly community (1300+) of mixed RVs, modular home models, stucco houses, and includes a small marina, but is fairly quiet, and very well maintained. Full time security made us feel very safe. Many folks live here for several months or all year. We enjoyed a space on the water with views of incredible sunsets and fishing pelicans. We started our mornings with a long walk on the beach with our dog collecting sea shells. There are lots of planned activities for the social set: classes, hobby groups, swimming pools, a recreation center, mini golf, a restaurant, and much more. If I have to mention anything negative: it feels a bit congested, there is a fee for the use of internet, and there are no public laundry facilities available. The second week we were here was school spring break. We did have to dodge some golf carts driven by teenagers, dance with kids on skateboards, and share the showers with little whiners, but if I have to suffer these, I wouldn''t want to do it anywhere else on earth. We will leave chunks of our hearts here in Jensen Beach.
There is only a few positive things I can say about this place. The manager was very helpful staying after his shift was over, to park us. It is also a gateway to the Everglades and Keys. Other than these, it was one of the worst weeks of my life, and a living hell. We were edged up 10' from a major noisy road. I was a stranger in a French Canadian community that seemed over-powered by rudeness and arrogance. The motorcycle rule (not to ride them in or out) was not enforced. The restroom cleanliness was mediocre at best. There was trash lining the streets. I did, however find the multitudes of feral cats running around endearing.
We were greeted in the business office by a barking blind dog and five rescue cats. Although, I applaud this effort, I'm not sure all would be comfortable with it. After a ten minute wait a friendly. helpful human led us to our site, and helped us back in (we are beginners). A neighbor then assisted us with getting situated. We then went to find the community bathroom in which we occasionally take showers and were appalled. I went in feeling dirty and left feeling worse. It was filthy, looks as though it is never cleaned, or maintained. If I had wanted to swim, I would have had to deal with a handful of kids. I found this odd in a park that advertises for adults over 55 (in which I seek). One of two dryers was not working and we were just a bit intimidated by a few confederate flags displayed by some of the residents. We won't be back, or recommend it to others, yet we enjoyed some things in the area: especially the dog beach not too far away. We left earlier then we had intended on our next leg to our journey. Happy Trails!