Old Towne Cotton Gin RV Park is adjacent ( within 500 yards ) to Texas highway 287 and the road and train noise is very evident. The sites are spacious, level, gravel with grass between, the water pressure was worth a pressure reducer and they have a good wi-fi signal. Sites have a nice picnic table , no fire ring, and their bathrooms were spacious and clean. On the down side, the closest stores or fast food restaurants are eight+ miles away from the campground so come with a stocked pantry or plan some additional traveling. The park is well maintained but we heard that it is for sale. In spite of or because of the above, we would spend a night here again if traveling through this part of Texas.
Capulin RV Park is a small ( about 15 sites ) immediately off of Hwy 87. It’s a family owned park and they honored our Passport membership $14.50. The sites are gravel, levelm and gave us a view of the Capulin volcano ( long extinct ). We had strong water pressure and no trees to obstruct our roof top satellite dish. Their WiFi was weak or non existent ( we were a distance from the office ) but not a problem for our one nite stay. We would stay here again if passing through this very small town.
It was our misfortune to arrive at the campground during an unusual monsoon type rain. After paying our fee ( no discounts offered and only check or cash accepted ) we headed toward our site. We attempted to pull into the site per the directions at the office and we could see that the hook-ups for our rig would ALL be on the wrong side. We then looped around to come in from the other direction and while attempting to avoid one of the park homesteaders trucks ( 50% or better are homesteaders ) that stuck out into the driveway, we became stuck in the grass. Fortunately the park owner has a towing company and at no charge, we were pulled out. I think that the check in guy/ tow truck driver learned something about the park layout ( ie. that rigs need to park in alternating directions ). The sites are almost level, gravel but VERY soft when wet. There are lots of trains/train whistles to be heard throughout the nite and day. Based on the many kids bikes laying around the various sites, I’d guess that the park caters to a high number of local workers. They weren’t obvious during our stay because it rained both days and nights but the sites are so close together we could hear doors slamming and conversations. I think that I calculated that the park is 4/10ths of a mile from the Eisenhower home and museum and the Greyhound Museum. The museum offers adequate parking and charges $10.00 per person to see everything. My Garmin had the park on the left side of South Buckeye after leaving the interstate but fortunately my wife’s Google phone map listed it on the right ( correct ) side. They offer Tengo net but it’s so weak/limited that it’s not worth fooling with. The sites are too close to each other at our site. Our Verizon cell and mi-fi connected with 4 bars. The water pressure is listed at 75 lbs. and a pressure reducer is highly recommended. The park is just fine for us for a two nite visit to the museum and to visit the Russell Stover Factory down the road but this one visit/experience is more than enough. We did have a great meal at Joe Snuffy’s on first street and would recommend this eatery.
Our fee reflects a Passport America rate. Lakeview RV is everything that their web site says it is. It is a five tiered layout and most sites ( all crushed gravel ) offer a view of Boone Lake/South Holston River. It appears that many of the campers are long-termers and why not, it is one of the better campgrounds (arguably the best) within a 25 mile radius. Might be a good campground for a rally group but confirm ( and re-confirm ) your reservations. Ours were not logged in apparently with our first reservation call. We just sold our Tennessee home of 30 years and needed a convenient 2 day layover before we pushed on so Lakeview was perfect. However, don’t plan on a quiet relaxing stay during their race/special weeks. Six night & seven days during the Bristol Race can cost as much as $590 for a 35x50 full hookup site with Wi-Fi and cable TV, and the area becomes one large traffic jam. The road out front was busy during a regular weekend and during a race – it gets crazy busy. There appears to be a large swap meet right across from the campground. Their Wi-Fi can be everything from excellent to just so-so. There are lots of nearby restaurants & shopping and even RV dealers – everything you’d expect from a “big city” area. Their bathrooms are individual rooms and would inadequate in number if the sites were not all full hookup and the campers weren’t all mostly self-contained camper units. Their dog walk area is across the street, beside the river and at the lowest level. I did note that no attention was paid to their fire pits (needed cleaning out) and their site tables are old and kinda small. We would use this facility again if in the area.
The Ocala Sun RV Resort was a three day stop over for us while we finalized our future home plans. The hosts were very friendly as were all of the long term residents of the park. As for the sites, because we were transients, we were crammed into a FHU grassy/sandy site. Their restrooms/showers were individual, spacious and clean. What was missing was a picnic table at our site and the water pressure was very low. They do daily trash pick up in front of your rig and they do offer a one size fits all dog park which we didn’t use very much due to large dogs in the park as we came by. We were close to their club house and therefore we had a good WiFi signal. The resort swimming pool was as far away as their dog park from our site. The place was full as their winter rates are quite reasonable. Immediately outside the park ( within a 6 mile radius ) we found some fast food restaurants, supermarkets, golf courses, and a golf shoe/equipment outlet. Ocala Sun is about 30 miles from The Villages and there is a Camping World within easy driving distance. It was far enough from the interstate so it was quiet and we would consider this park in the future. Our rate included tax for 3 nights with our Good Sam discount.
Lake Tobesofkee, Claystone Campground was a very pleasant one night stop over enroute to our home. We were give a spacious FHU pull thru site (#45) that gave us an unobstructed view of the lake. By nightfall, most all of the sites were full so this is obviously a popular place. In the morning we were greeted with geese and wild turkey around our site. There is a nice but challenging Frisbee golf course beside some of the campground. Our Verizon cell worked well and shopping or eateries are within 4 miles of the front gate. If you are not self contained, the restrooms showers are not conveniently located. This was not a problem as we are fully self-contained. We will visit this campground in the future.
Raccoon Creek (MacDill AFB family campground): advantages include relatively low monthly campsite rate that includes W/E/S, close to the commissary/bx, close to golfing and the beach. Security and once in the camp reservation system you can stay for up to 6 months. These advantages are offset by serious weak points that prevent it from being the top rated military campground that it should be. The first one is a lazy, don’t care office staff with a take it or leave it attitude that campers often talk about. If this was a private campground without the base to lessen some of their operating expenses and their stay 6 months policy, they’d go out of business. They rely on volunteers to do the work that incentivized paid camp workers should be doing. Their office doesn’t open until 10:00AM (every campground that we have worked at opened their office doors NLT 0800). Free WiFi is not available throughout the campground. Their activities are centered around making money for the MWR rather than providing services to the campers (propane at $5.10 per gallon and at the in-town CampingWorld @ $3.25 per gal). Base or camp personnel only come around to spruce up the campground when they hear that the base commander might be coming around to inspect. They actually expect the campers to drive over to the office area to borrow the camp mower and keep the grass around their sites neat and mowed. If a space becomes available due to a departure, it might be 1-2 days before someone in W/E or no services overflow section hears that there is a full hookup space they can move into. Their idea of publicizing a campground event (ie., yard sale, park picnic, crafts show ) is a one time mention in their monthly newspaper. We experienced several power outages this season and more than a few power surges, the kind that fry your TV, microwave etc. If you want internet, you subscribe to Brighthouse (extra monthly charge ) for your internet needs as the Mi-Fi card will work but only intermittently. Their mail distribution system is totally unreliable and if you let them handle your incoming packages, you do so at your peril. They frequently misplace or lose the parcels including letters and medications.
The park is located just inside the Ocala National Forest. It didn’t show up on our GPS but I’m told was formerly called Colby Woods, Silver Springs, FL. The address 2771 NE 102nd Ave., Silver Springs, FL 34488 took us to the main gate of this 55+ community. Our site Lat/Long 29.21604/81.98084 will also get you there. The lots are paved, spacious, and mostly pull through. Some looked like they were in need of some upkeep. There is an excellent little restaurant ( River’s Edge ) that serves breakfast and lunch adjacent to the entrance. We stayed for two days on the PA rate. They sell deeded lots at what appears to be a fair price. In the morning many of the residents were out walking, biking, running etc. It is dog friendly and offers a mediocre Wi-Fi throughout the park. We ended up relying on our Verizon Mi-Fi for our internet needs. Morning walkers told us the park has trail heads that lead to hiking trails into the national forest and to the Ocklawaha River for kayaking. They have a golf group that plays the local courses during the week. There appears to be at least 10 golf courses and 16 grocery stores within 10 miles of the park. A few sites offer old, tired picnic tables and no site offered a fire pit. They offer a monthly RV site rate of $445.00 + tax + electric per month. We were here to look at the Del Webb and On Top of the World Communities – 20 miles away. We would consider this resort for a future long term stay if in the area.
Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park is a sprawling complex that includes a marina, RV & Tent sites and a couple of restaurants. The Lake side sites ( on Lake Blackshear ) are 50 Amp with water and the inland sites are 30 Amp plus water. We couldn’t find any sewers although our site had what appeared to have been a sewer connection in the past. Yes, when there is warm weather the gnats are present and annoying. One does have to look out for fire/biting ants. They have showers ( 2 male, 2 female per camping areas ( 3 areas & probably not adequate when they fill up )). The waterside sites are all back in and are level gravel and somewhat challenging to get into. They offer no wi-fi but our Verizon mi-fi worked just fine. It’s first come first serve and if you have a satellite dish, open sites are at a premium. The nearby golf course is excellent, challenging and after 2PM a bargain. Veterans price w/ cart $16.20 and three dollars extra for the senior rate. Reservations are now made directly with the park 229-276-2371, no longer through Reserve America – and book early. They do require a car pass and so the CG fee per night plus car pass was approximately 25.00 per day.. I’d play this course and use this campground again. A WalMart super store in Cordele is approximately 12 miles away and there are many small very interesting local stores ( Little Farmer’s Market, Leslie, GA and Striplings General Store at the park entrance) in the general area.
Pelican Roost RV Park on the Naval Station at Mayport, ( part of greater Jacksonville and Military Only ) FL is a very popular facility during the winter months. They have 59 sites ( 17 overlooking the St. John’s River/ the shipping channel ), free wireless, washers, ice and use of an oven. If looking to stay there, just call the reservations number and do it early. All sites appear to be 30/50 Amp FHU sites. If using a GPS plug in the zip code ( 32228 ) or Lat/Long 30.3772 / 81.410325. The Commissary and BX is off base. The Coast Guard Station offers ( breakfast & lunch ) as does the golf course. The above mentioned waterfront sites can be reserved for an additional $2.00. Worth it you enjoy looking at the ships coming and going. A note on the go Wi-Fi – it requires you give your credit card number but so far we haven’t been charged anything. Our Verizon cell and MiFi worked well here. You can only stay here for a max of 29 days. When the tide is in, many people fish at the rock jetties in front of the park. It is generally a very windy facility to the point that I didn’t use their golf course this time. We actually experienced two days of gale force gusts. The dog walk area is spacious and along the front of the park. The hosts/manager does everything in their power to ensure your stay is enjoyable. We come here every few years and will continue to do so.
This park was disappointing for us for several reasons. First, it is down a very narrow winding two lane road and over some steep and angled railroad tracks. On one turn, we launched our coffee pot from it’s location and broke it. The turn in, if you enter from one direction, is very sharp (125+ degrees). Distance wise, it’s only a few hundred yards below I-75 and one does hear the interstate. Once in the campground, we were assigned the only available site we were told that would handle our 40 ft rig and it was the handicapped site. It was under the trees (all sites are under the trees) so our rooftop satellite wouldn't lock on. Our bow-tie antenna, with built in booster, pulled in about 8 channels. Most were junk i.e. religious, QVC, infomercials etc. ) and not worth watching. The on site free cable was inoperable so we missed a World Series game. The lake was down due to flood control so no boating or swimming. Only one restroom was working and it was a hike from our site. It does offer 10 rental cabins, 10 tent sites and 12 W/E only RV sites. The CG shows an unsecured Wi-Fi at our site but we could never connect. Our Verizon Mi-Fi allowed us to get the internet. It’s a bit of a drive to the nearest small town of Cartersville and the closest grocery chain was 6 miles away. All in all, this is one facility that we will avoid in the future, even if it means paying a bit more somewhere else.
The Seven Points COE campground in the woods along J. Percy Priest Lake was a disappointing COE park. Upon entering, the attendant couldn’t be bothered to come out of the shack to check our reservation sheet. Poor service. Our site ( and it appeared every other site ) was under the trees so our rooftop satellite dish wouldn’t lock on. We had to use our bowtie antenna to get any TV stations and most weren’t worth watching. As for our site, it was narrow and it took the better part of an hour to position ourselves so that our right front wheel was only 2 inches off the ground versus 7. Even with that, our hookups ( water and electric only ) were on the wrong side and we had to put a 30 amp extension cord on our 50amp cord to reach the power box. Oh yeah, the power inputs ( both 30 and 50 ) were solidly plugged by mud daubers and that took a few minutes to render them useable. The site was clean but the power box was a mess. There was a nice growth of poison ivy on the ground and growing into the trees immediately adjacent to our coach. Common sense suggests getting rid of that “stuff”. Eating and shopping are about 3 miles away ( as the crow flies ) so come stocked up if you don’t want to be going in and out of this campground. We have been to much better COE parks and in spite of the Golden Age/Senior discount fee, we are eliminating this COE park from our list of “return to” parks.
Eagle Crest RV campground and golf course was most unusual . You find the RV park by driving through a residential area and into the golf course parking lot. The RV ( 18 ) sites are down the hill and past/behind the gold cart storage building. The park is a tall grass field with some small patios and offers FHU. It was basically deserted ( one other coach ) when we arrived. There are no trees for shade, no tables, no wi-fi, no fire pits and no showers so you better be self contained. It offers highway noise throughout the night. They say they have a host, but he lives on the golf course – not at the campground. He was good to come down and introduce himself and offer assistance. We came here to take advantage of the golf special, but upon arriving, we learned of a tournament, and our promised two rounds of golf might not be possible. I think that the golf professional knew that when he took our call, but he still said come on to the campground. The course wanders through a residential neighborhood and looks fine. I didn’t get to play it because of the tournament. Our below rating covers only the campground. The overall rating might have been higher if I could have gotten on the course. We’re pretty sure we would not consider this facility for a future stop.
The Camp Robinson famcamp has an old and new section. We stayed in the new. We found no shower/rest room, laundry or Wi-Fi in either campground so you MUST be self contained. If traveling with pets bring pick up bags and good luck finding a dumpster in the campground. The new section has 50 Amp FHU sites but as we have a rooftop satellite dish we had a few motorhome adjustments on the too short cement slab to find an opening in the overhead trees to get a signal. We also needed a very long sewer hose. Our GPS using the website coordinates took us directly to the main gate. The billeting office coordinates are 34.82231 and 92.28464. The base itself has a very small BX with a pizza shop. Really nothing more. The campground overlooks a lake from the hill and has no lighting for nighttime dog walking (bring a flashlight). It appears to have homesteaders in many sites. The price to stay is pretty spectacular if you can put up with the above deficiencies. Their 9 hole golf course is a bargain at $8.00.
Keystone Lake State Park is located on the shore of the Arkansas River. All sites are back in and our park section (Green Section ) was FHU/30/50 amp. They do offer W/E sites, There is a boat launch ramp close by and the sites have a nice size grass yard with picnic table. Some sites had a fire pit – ours didn’t. Their restaurant closes for the season after Labor Day. The check in point has a small camp store but restaurants/stores are with 10 easy miles of the campground. Our Verizon Mi-Fi worked well – there is no park wireless. We got the senior discount for our stay. The park was full on this weekend. We could not make internet/phone reservations but fortunately we arrived early and landed a good site beside the park pavilion. The park could use some speed bumps to slow the joy riding drivers down. We would stay here again if in the area.
McConnell AFB Famcamp (it doesn’t even have a name ) was a disappointment as far as military campgrounds go. On the plus side, the FHU rate is good, the location, once you find it, is beside a no license required, catch and release fish pond and adjacent to what looks to have been the former base golf course. The camp coordinates are: 37.62247, -97.25131. This is where the plus ends. Getting to the actual base is through some busy city streets. Once at the main gate the barriers are challenging for a RV with a tow vehicle. Once at the registration building we were given some confusing directions ( poor map ) to the Famcamp and to make it worse, there was no signs to assist us. This is why we mentioned the above coordinates. Basically, head towards the water tower and keep it on your right side. When we checked in we told them we’d be here for one night and they ran our credit card. I don’t understand why if was necessary to return to the check in point the next day to get my credit card receipt. If traveling with dogs, they do ask for a current vaccination card. If you want to use the campground laundry you must go to the outdoor recreation office that is a different building and sign out a key for the laundry. The laundry room door was the only mention of a tick problem in the area and not at the initial check in. The 9 sites at the camp face an open field rather than out towards the much more picturesque lake and the actual sites had dirty fire rings, grass that was above my knees in height and no WiFi access. Fortunately, our Verizon MiFi was a strong 4G. We should have been told about the extremely high water pressure and need for a pressure reducer plus the tick problem. This didn’t happen at the check in point. As previously reported in a write up 5 months earlier, the sewer hookup in every site would require the camper to dump “uphill” creating an unsanitary situation. For the above reasons if we were in the Wichita area, we would most certainly choose another campground even if it meant paying a higher fee.
Clear Creek (City of Golden, CO) campground is a very popular campground so call (we were told to call at 8AM) on the day you would like to arrive to see if they have a space for you. Don’t just show up. We walked into Golden and had dinner at the Old Capital Grill (15 min easy walk), but there are other eateries and shops available in downtown Golden. The campground is somewhat crowded, hard gravel and level so our automatic levelers didn’t need support plates. As the Denver-Boulder area had just suffered devastating rains, the park had been emptied and we were one of the first to call/return so we got a nice river site for our two day stay. As they don’t take reservations except for the day of your intended arrival, call ahead and be prepared to learn they’re full. Your summer stay is limited to a max of two weeks. They have a strong Wi-Fi. On the downside one camper along the creek had the back of his rig sprayed with graffiti. Nothing like that happened during our stay. Not all sites are rooftop satellite friendly, but there are enough local TV and radio stations to get with a standard crank up antenna. The staff is city employees – not camp workers and they do a nice job. We would return to this campground if in the area.
Devils Tower KOA is another over priced, dusty campground located out in the middle of no where. The only plus is that it is located within yards to the entrance to Devils Tower National Park and from almost everywhere in the campground you can get an unobstructed view of the monument. We were given a 5% discount on our bill ( saved 1.50 ) because their restaurant was not operating. Plan on bringing your own chow as the closest real anything ( dining / shopping ) is 25+ miles away. Their gravel sites and entry/exit ways kept us bathed in dust because nobody observes the posted speed limit. We couldn’t get on their wireless and our Verizon Mi-fi and cell were on extended network. The bathrooms were old and so so. If you have pets, we were told that they have a black tick problem and at night the mosquitoes made themselves available and felt. If there was no Devils Tower at the time we parked here, this park would probably just go out of business. We used it as a one night stop enroute to the FMCA rally and we'd look for another park if in this remote area.
R&R Campground is a strictly a one-nighter park located within an easy 9-iron to Interstate 90 so you will hear the highway. It is immediately behind the Super 8 Motel. They may be a Passport America park but it was the most expensive PA park we have ever been in. They charge an extra $4.00 if you want 50 amp. They appear to have mostly dirt or gravel sites and because of the recent rains we had to use support plates under our levelers. Their free Wi-Fi wouldn’t work at our site. We didn’t try their cable as we have a satellite dish but we had to pull forward to the far front of our site to clear their overhanging tree branches and then couldn't connect to their sewer. Their office staff was friendly and helpful but the park was just a mediocre affair with too few showers/restrooms for their size.
Base Camp is the name of the Offutt AFB Famcamp. It is located off base and technically it is in Bellevue, Nebraska, but this is a “burb” of greater Omaha. It offers wide FHU sites, dog walking areas, fishing (license required), nearby golf (Willow Lakes Golf Course has 18 holes off base; Warrior 9 on base is gone), a limited menu snack bar (8AM-6PM), bike rentals, laundry (2 washers-one broken- and 2 dryers), a fair to good Wi-Fi and a friendly on site host couple plus a helpful office staff. Our site was a level, cement pad with nice picnic table. They do have lots of charcoal grills throughout the campground as this is a base recreation area. The only downside is getting here. If you program your GPS to find the junction of E. Mission Ave(Hwy 370) and Harlan Lewis Rd (Harlan Lewis may also be called Hancock Road) you’re close. Just follow Hancock or Harlan Lewis Rd through a 25MPH residential area to Lake Dr. (on your left ), cross the railroad tracks and you’ve arrived. Our site was at the 41.11441N and 95.87910W, and this may be helpful if your GPS responds to Long/Lat inputs. In any case, don’t go on the main base with your rig as every security guard we talked with had no idea where Base Camp was located. This is a nice facility and we would definitely use it again if in the area. They do have some pull through sites but more back in sites. It is military/DOD only.
We did a one nighter at Scott Famcamp about three years ago and the place hasn't changed one bit, ie. no improvements (no WI-FI, roads in/out narrow and dated ). Our Verizon Mi-Fi did pull in a strong 4G signal. I'm amazed they could run our credit card as they had our name wrong on the site post. Their information packet was barely legible- very old ink cartridge. Their one dumpster was not convenient to the sites and the bath/shower facilities would not be adequate if the place were full. The camping fee is too high - even for a military W/E only campground. Two night prior we paid 10.00 at a Corps of Engineer park in TN for a spacious W/E site. The only plus is that they are "reasonable" when compared to the next closest campground - the E. St. Louis Casino campground. To reach the campground via GPS, plug in their golf course and drive past the club house ( Cardinal Creek GC ) and look for the signs. When we entered Scott Lake Rd both of our Garmin' emitted a high pitched noise and flashed up a 1 MPH red square on the screen. The CG speed limit is a posted 15 MPH. Very strange. They do have a nice BX/Commissary, but their golf course looked crowded and only mediocre. The campground is a distance from Mainside, so we were blasted with reveille in the morning. We won't write off this facility for the future, but only if we can't find something more modern and less out of the way. I doubt this place will ever win Military CG of the Year much less even be considered for this honor.
Victory RV Park & Campground is a little “gem”. It has 39 gravel sites ( some pull through sites ) , is located out in the spacious Paducah countryside, offers free wi-fi, a small fishing pond, laundry, two shower rooms, a fenced dog park, covered pavilion with grill, propane for sale and has camper friendly owners. Our GPS ( Leave I-24 at Exit 11 ) took us directly to the campground ( 4 miles ) in about four turns. They have a dirt race track that “operates” on Friday nights and a second Raceway that is about a quarter mile away that runs on an unpredictable schedule. Both were not operating when we visited but we were told that the noise is not overbearing. They do have high ( 65 lbs) water pressure but they clearly advertise this fact. For the long term renters they do have a bit of a distance to cover to find a store or restaurant but for out one night stay, this was not a concern for us. We were escorted to our level site by the owner and as a Passport America park, we will be back.
I was not going to re-review Long Branch ( COE ) campground but changed my mind when I came within 4 inches of tearing up the passenger side if our motorhome when attempting to exit this campground with our auto hooked up and in tow. Our attempted exit was so precarious that we blocked the exit and entrance to the campground until we had disconnected the auto and then carefully backed up. This is apparently not a new issue as the camp host came out and make a comment to the effect that he’d like to take a chain saw to this section of low lying fence. That said, be careful entering and exiting this COE park and hopefully whoever is in charge of this campground will seriously look into this issue. Other than that, the sites are spacious – water and electric only with a dump site near the host site. They have a nice kids playground and the Caney Fork river at the foot of the dam offers trout fishing. Our site #11 did not allow us to connect with our rooftop satellite dish – a fact that was lost on the host. We had a very weak cell phone connection. Other than that it is a good park with a price break for seniors. Our inexpensive camping fee could have run in the thousands of dollars to repair the rig had we scraped this fence.
Magnolia RV park was a pleasant surprise. The on site owners greeted us upon our arrival and escorted us to our level, gravel site. They do have some long term campers but they had plenty of space for us. They offer a pool ( when it’s warmer ), fire pit, picnic table and a fenced dog park. Their bathroom/showers were good and they are upgrading them. They have a small store and they offer Passport America rates Sunday through Thurs so we missed the reduced rate. They are an easy access from I-26 but the highway noise was not a problem. They do offer free Tengonet on the 3G level. Our MiFi worked at 4G speed. The only down side is their distance from a grocery or an eatery and their noisy ATV riding “redneck” neighbors but for an overnight stop, it is just right and we’ll be back
This was our first visit to this facility and contrary to all the other “wow” write ups, this “resort” was just a so-so place. Granted, we were here on spring break week so there were lots of kids and yappy dogs but from the moment we pulled into the narrow entrance, the place seemed crowded and the sites were close by each other. Some of the sites that one can rent (only 25% of the owners allow their lots to be rented when they’re not using it ) are well appointed (pavers, outdoor furniture, grill, lighting etc.) but they all seem somewhat challenging to get into. They appear to allow everything from a large Class A motorhomes to small Class C rigs but not 5th Wheels. This may be because it might be too hard to back into some of these narrow sites. To get to this resort one either goes through Hilton Head or you pay a $3.25 toll (MH & towed car ) to reach AND depart the resort. To reach the somewhat reasonably priced golf courses (less than 80.00 per round) or restaurants, you are paying a $1.25 toll in both directions. The resort area abounds in pricey restaurants, golf courses and the resort has an outdoor pool and 4 tennis courts, shuffleboard, basketball, laundry area ($1.25 per load) and enclosed recreation room . They have a posted 5 MPH speed limit but it was never observed. Ditto for picking up after your dogs.Their dog park is inconveniently located outside the park entry gates The "I don't have to pick up after my dog" attitude reflects badly on some of the clientele that they attract. Of the 401 lots in this park, 75 were for sale while we were visiting. Makes you wonder! They have good cable TV and wireless, but the nightly fee is pricey with lots of add on fees. Daily base rate of $55.00 plus $5.00 daily recreation fee plus daily $5.00 utility fee. With all these extra charges we will find another campground for the future.
Lake Louisa is a very popular but somewhat remote Florida State Park. It is about 3 miles off of Hwy 27 and another 7 -9 miles from restaurants and shopping. The sites are gravel, the pull thru sites are curved, and so if you have a 40 foot rig it takes some maneuvering to park it between the shoulders. Our Mi-Fi card didn’t get a strong signal but our cell phones did work. The park attracts hikers, kayaking, bird watchers, plus people wanting to fish and just relax. If those activities don’t suit your fancy, well you best look for another park. Their showers are solar powered so if you’re there on a rainy spell you might be taking cold showers. The location of the dumpsters was such that whatever loop you were assigned, you’d have a bit of a walk to utilize them. Bring your own dog pick up bags as they have no “dog stations”. They do have fire rings, the loop host sells wood, and each site has a picnic table. Reservations are a must and our fee was based on a Florida resident price. We’d were there for a get-together with friends over a weekend and would consider it again if passing through the area.
Mill Creek CG in Paxico, KS is a new stop for us. It is few hundred yards distance from I-70 so car/truck noise is a small concern. The sites are gravel, spacious; plenty of room to run the dogs or in my case hit practice golf balls. They have a nice strong, free wireless and we even had some shade trees. The owner/host was very pleasant. Paxico is a blink town – you blink and you missed it. The closest good restaurant ( as recommended by the owner ) and grocery was about 8 miles away from our site so come with your refrigerator fully stocked or plan on driving. Our satellite dish worked fine and our weather radio picked up a NOAA weather radio station ( Kansas does get tornadoes, the park has a storm cellar and we heard distant storm rumblings while we were on site ).Their bath facility ( 3 showers, two toilet stalls were more than adequate but their laundry – 1 washer and 2 dryers was old and had seen better days.They do have a nice kids playground. Our price reflected a Good Sam discount. The possible bad news is that the rear of our rig was less than 100 yards from the train track which at times ran every 50 minutes with horn blaring and from the start to finish of every train took slightly over one minute to pass our site. Every passing train was a rig shaker. If you’re a light sleeper, this will not be a place you can enjoy. If there were no trains to deal with I would give this park a 9 but because of the trains and the associated noise I give them a 6.
High Plains Camping is not a destination park, although the owners have plans to upgrade this stopover/one-nighter (a term found in almost all previous reviews) The campground is an easy off/on from I-70 but therein lies one of the big problems – constant car and truck (engine brake) noise the entire time we were here. Our stay sounded like we were camping in the I-70 median. The sites are gravel, they offer a number of 10% discounts (Good Sam, WIT, military, teacher etc.) and the sites are within easy walking distance of a nice restaurant - Colonial Steakhouse – but even with their discount their one night fee seems excessive for what they offer. A truck stop is directly across from the campground entrance. High Plains offers free Wi-Fi (we couldn’t connect at our site), 25 cable TV stations (we didn’t use as we have a satellite TV) and 5 local TV antenna stations. FM and NOAA radio stations are available in the area. They also have an on-site laundry and swimming pool and plans for a on-site Pub but smoking is prohibited anywhere on the camp grounds except inside your rig (fire hazard danger maybe?). There was a steady wind so don’t plan on deploying your awnings.. The water, power and sewer connections are more to the front of the rig ( strange location ) rather than to the back or middle as in most parks so we had to pull almost into the exit road to utilize the connections. Our departure was somewhat crazy as a camper had been allowed to set up on the exit road thereby rendering what appeared to be an exit impossible. The owners are relatively new and very nice with plans to improve this park including new higher power panels on a proper pedestal. They also say they are open year round (really, in the Kansas winter?). If one isn’t bothered by the above observations then this park will meet your needs.
Buckley Air National Guard Base famcamp (retired/active duty military only) is located at the end of Steamboat Road. To get on the base you MUST go through the commercial gate. (Intersection of E. Mississippi and S. Aspen or coordinates 39.69654N and 104.76995W.) This campground offers FHU sites (30 & 50 Amp) with moderately level cement slabs (some pull through, some back in), picnic table and, an in-ground charcoal grill. The process is you go to the CG, find a site and then go to the RV office. In Aurora’s hot summertime you best have a strong A/C unit as there is NO shade at any site we viewed. They claim to have planted trees, but some unnamed thief removed them. They have 2 showers and 2 toilet stalls per M/W restroom, no WiFi but free laundry (2 washers/2 dryers, very inadequate for a campground this size) and no organized campground events. We are here through the weekend due to a problem with our RV engine. The previous reviewers were pretty much right on. The RV office is not at the park but is located at 538 S. Aspen Way (Bldg 1022). They have a surprisingly nice commissary, BX (well stocked and fairly large) plus gas station, but no diesel. Our Verion 4G air card worked well and there are TV antenna stations available. A nice, paved, long bike/walking trail beside the campground offers the chance to walk the dogs or stretch your legs. They have a camp host but their site is unmarked, they never came around to identify themselves, nor do they appear to check the sites. For the price we would consider this park in the future, but NOT during Denver’s hot summer or cold winter days.
Elk Creek Campground has been a destination camp for us but probably not for everyone. During the week, when it might be somewhat empty and quiet, there are moose to be seen wandering the campground. Grand Lake Golf Course, a real gem, is 1.25 miles up the road and offers superb golfing, an excellent afternoon rate and a nice restaurant for breakfast and lunch. Tennis courts are close to the golf course. Of course, there is an abundance of fishing in the area, hiking and Rocky Mountain National park with free admittance with a Golden Age/Senior Pass. The national park offers the chance to see elk, moose and other native wildlife. Grand Lake is pretty much a laid back town with several interesting shops and eateries. The campground has new owners as of 1 August. It offers cabins ( bring your own sheet/blankets or sleeping bags ), tent sites, nice showers, free wi-fi at the office and gravel (not always level – what do you expect, it is the mountains) RV sites. All RV sites are back in. Not all sites are FHU and 50 amp but it is usually 10+ degrees cooler in Grand Lake than Denver so the place fills up on weekends. And here is where one is exposed to the downside of this campground. Most of the weekend campers that come here follow the laid out rules ( 10PM quiet time, 5 MPH campground speed limit, not overloading sites w/people/vehicles, pick up after your leashed pets etc. ) but there has always been a special % that come here with the attitude that these rules don’t apply to them and we can do what we please because we paid for our site. This season, camp and county rules included a total campfire, firecracker and outdoor smoking ban ( was lifted in mid August ) within Grand County but these “special” campers were observed ignoring these rules creating a potential life-threatening fire hazard. The new owners live on site and we hope that they will correct these violations by showing these few inconsiderates the campground exit and telling them to find another destination for the future.Some additional speed dips are needed also. That said, come during the week if you want to have any chance of seeing wildlife in the campground. One can get a weak PBS station but no NOAA radio stations. Granby is 17 miles away and offers a City Market ( Kroeger /King Sooper connection ) grocery store with gas/diesel at discounted prices using their discount card. Their office store is becoming better stocked, the campground is improving because of the new owners and we plan on returning next season.
Dakota Ridge in Golden, CO may be the nicest campground in the immediate Denver area but it is also the most expensive. It is not a destination park. That said, you get what you pay for. The paved site we occupied for four days was on the side of a hill but it presented no leveling challenge and the in park wi-fi was quite good in our rig. The check-in process was smooth and we were escorted to our site by a camp worker. Camping World is about a mile away from the campground. The electrical (50 amp) service was good along with the just right water pressure. They offer a good dog walk area along with “doggie bags” and scoops. On weekends there is music ( if you can call it that ) on a too loud scale from a nearby bar but during the week things are quiet. They offer a small pool that would be nice to have on their 100 degree days. They offer AAA and Good Sam discounts and we would consider this park in the future.
Goodland KOA is one of the few KOA’s that we regularly use as an overnight stop. While not a destination park (Goodland is a working town with no points of interest) the owners are incredibly pleasant and do everything in their power to ensure that your stay with them will make you want to return. We have spent three separate nights in this park. This campground offers level gravel sites, a pool and a quiet setting. The owners make and serve a dinner of Polish food (pierogi or stuffed cabbage rolls w/mashed potatoes are their choices) and a breakfast (pancakes and bacon/sausages). These owners live on site and they operate and maintain their park without any assistance and it’s easy to see why they are recognized as a KOA gem. Their Wi-Fi is somewhat on the slow/weak side but our Verizon Mi-Fi and cell phone worked just fine. If in the area we would be happy to spend a night at this facility.
Four Seasons RV Acres on the eastern side of Abeline (Exit 281) was a great little find. The park offers pull-through sites, Wi-Fi, free cable, swimming pool, small fishing pond, good pet walk area, fuel ( a little more pricey than other gas stations), a pizza service in their office area/camp store and not much noise from I-70. With our discounts ( they offer several ) we paid 25.20. The sites were gravel and our levelers didn’t require supports under the pads, the water pressure was about 50 lbs and the electric was within specs. There appear to be quite a few full time residents in the park but they tended to just mind their own business. Our Verizon cell worked fine and we were just a few miles from the Russell Stover candy factory ( stop in if you like chocolate ). Would consider this campground for future overnight stops.
We called Owl’ Nest RV Park a week prior to our arrival and were told that Passport America rates would be available if they were not full (no reservations for Passport members). When we arrived, we had to drive into the park on a very narrow entrance and once at the office we saw the “Sorry we’re full” sign. No thought to putting it our front. Getting back out of this place was a real challenge. All the campers were pretty much backed into very tight spots and appear to be homesteaders. I seriously doubt that had they had a vacancy our 40’ MH would not have fit anywhere. We have seen more spacious burger joint turn a rounds. They are close to the interstate (noise) and offer nothing for kids or pets. We went 13 miles west (towards Abilene) down I-70 and got a park with a pull through, wireless, free cable, swimming pool, good pet walk area and further away from interstate noise with our discounts (they offer several) we paid 25.20; $3.00 less than at the Owl’s Nest. We would not even consider this place for the future.
This is our second stay at Cottonwoods RV Park and everything seems exactly as we left it two years ago : the check in was smooth, the hostess friendly, the sites well maintained, the water pressure a little on the low side, the pool clean and open, the laundry room and bathroom clean, propane for sale ( $3.10 per gallon ) and a moderately well stocked camp store. This one night stay was quieter than our previous visit because the first visit was during tornado season and our weather radio kept telling us of nearby twisters. Not much fun even though they do have a tornado shelter. The sites are gravel, power is good ($2.00 extra for 50 amp) and a small table and a chiminea was at each site for those that can’t go camping without a fire to look at. They offer Wi-Fi (it is a weak signal and we were close to the office) with the nightly fee. The campground is about 1 mile from the interstate (not much noise) and that is where you find the closest shopping, dining etc. We’d stay here again but be aware that they have some of the “nastiest” speed bumps we’ve ever encountered.
We have stayed at Fern Lake at least three times but this is our first review of this campground. It is close to the interstate, there is grass enough to walk pets, there is a Huddle House within walking distance and they do offer only a Good Sam discount. Two gas/diesel stations are adjacent to the above mentioned restaurant. The bath facility is adequate but needs some updating. We came without reservations and by early evening the place was full so this place is popular. From our perspective, the place is fine but only for a one night stop.
Long Branch COE Campground was one of the most difficult destinations to find because the Tennessee DOT signs on I-40 ( west ) directed to use an exit not initially recommended by our GPS. We ended up miles west of the best campground exit and this put us on SR 141 - a tight windy road nightmare of a road. . If you read this review, take exit 268/ Cordell Hull Dam and ignore the DOT signs. The very cordial/helpful camp host said these signs are long overdue for removal and it’s a 5 miletrip from I-40 to the CG. Once at the campground we found everything to our liking. The on the river sites are $24( $12 w/ Golden Age ) and the inland sites are $12/10. The sites are level gravel with grass between. Not every site offers 50 amp so if you need it make a reservation. Below the Cordell Hull Dam there is fishing for trout on the Caney Fork River. Browns, Rainbow and Brook Trout with a limit of one per day if they are over 24 inches. The bathhouse was more than adequate and spotless. In addition to fishing and boating on the river ( or the lake above the dam ) there is a playground for the kids. If there is a down side, the campground is not close to restaurants or shopping unless you consider a 10 mile drive to be close. If you can be self contained for a week and like peaceful country living, then you’ll enjoy this place. We would come here again for a 3-4 day stay, but not for a one night stopover.
Willis Creek RV Park is an off the beaten path campground that is still developing and fine for an overnight stop. From town on the Airport Road it is just past the Willis Creek retirement home. One can hear the interstate in the distance but it’s not a bother. While they are a Passport Park that rate is not honored on the weekend. We did get a Good Sam discount. The sites are gravel, level and it appears that only about ½ offer a picnic table. Their Wi-Fi modem is in the office but doesn’t reach out very far so we relied on our Verizon MiFi card. We never did see any trash cans/bins so like everyone else that was getting on the road, we left the bagged trash at our site. The owners are very friendly and it’s about 4 miles to Ft. Payne and shopping/restaurants. We came in for a one night stay and we’d use it again.
Lake Osprey RV Resort is a nice, small, laid-back facility complete with large clubhouse, pool/hot tub, exercise room and friendly campers. Their staff goes out of the way to ensure you are accommodated / entertained during your stay. While they are a little way off the beaten path (Elberta, AL is a very small, quiet town ) they offer free beer, wine, coffee in the clubhouse, free washer/dryer use (you sign up for time slots), very strong Wi-Fi and the newer section has cable. The new section also has spacious grass lawns between sites and a very nice (Soldiers Creek) 18 hole golf course within walking distance. If you plug Soldier’s Creek Golf Course into your GPS it will take you directly to the park. The golf course offers a special (33.00) with cart for campground guests. We played it 2x and had a great time. As stated, the nearby town of Elberta is small but Foley / Gulf Shores Alabama and Pensacola, Florida with their restaurants / white sand beaches and more golf courses are within easy driving distance. A large outlet mall is within 10 miles of the park. For some fun dining, there’s a Lambert’s (home of the throwing rolls in Foley. We spent a week here on a 7 day special ( $200.00) and an additional nite at $40.00. We would definitely come back again.
Not a destination park, Southern Oaks Mobile Home Community is just as it’s name implies – it’s a park that has mostly homesteaders but obviously they do take in travelers. It’s close to the interstate, easy in and out on paved roads and we were escorted to a nice, level blacktop pull through site. They do have Wi-Fi but because the area was being blasted with thunderstorms it would be in but mostly out of service. We relied on our Verizon MiFi. The park is close by the Gulfport Biloxi International Airport but because of the storms we never heard any planes either landing or taking off. Walmart and other convenience stores plus restaurants are within easy driving distance. We were escorted to our site and with their Passport Rate we would definitely stay here again as a one niter. Our fee reflects the Passport America rate.
Frog City RV Park is located at exit 92 and behind the Super 8 Motel and adjacent to the Lucky Deuces Casino in Duson, LA. There are signs aplenty directing campers to the campground, so getting to the entrance is not a problem. The host couple is very friendly and we were escorted to our site and given Wi-Fi, bathhouse, etc. codes. Sites are not overly spacious but they are adequate ( we didn’t have to connect our towed vehicle ) and all pull-through gravel and reasonably level. They also offer 64 cable channels but as we have a rooftop satellite dish we did not need them. They offer individual bath/toilet facilities along with a laundry room. We were only in this park for one night so no picnic table but with the Passport America rate, we would definitely stay here again.
San Luis Pass County Park ( N29.07998, W095.13170 ) is found on the west side of the bridge to Galveston, TX. We mention this because following our GPS to the park street address we missed the signs indicating the park location turnoff. The park itself is right on Galveston Bay and all the level, cement FHU sites look to provide you with some view of the bay. Their sites are tight with grass strips between each camper. We arrived right after spring break and before a huge storm so the park was about half full and pretty quiet. Fishing, birding, walking the beach and just chilling are the only close by activities. They do have a camp host to render any assistance you may require. Restaurants, golf courses and grocery stores are at least 10 miles from the campground so come well stocked before you plan a weekend or more at this park and note the office is closed on Mondays so get reservations and gate/bathhouse codes ahead of your arrival. Also be aware that they charge an extra 3% if you pay with a credit card – something that we were not told when we made our reservations so our nightly fee reflects this “not cool” add on. The park Wi-Fi worked well for us and our Verizon cell and MiFi also performed as expected. Many “locals” book this park for lengthy stays – especially in the spring and fall when they say the flounder, red fish etc. are biting. Since we’re not into fishing we would not use this park if we were passing through this area.
Llano Grande RV Resort is a 55+ destination park but it has it some plus & minus points worth addressing. On the plus side: the sites in the north end/new part of the park are concrete, level, spacious and easily accommodated our towed vehicle and motorhome. The full hookups included cable TV and a VERY weak, frustratingly unreliable, intermittent but free Wi-Fi signal. Their at-site cable provided in park viewing of the pools, activity center, laundry facility and tennis courts to name just a few sites from our TV in the rig. This allowed the viewer to determine if there were available courts, if washer/dryers were open for use or if the pools/hot tubs were too crowded. It is close to Progresso Nuevo, a nearby, safe, friendly, Mexican border town with optical, pharmaceutical, dental, dining and shopping services. The people here are genuinely friendly and the locals appreciate the Winter Texans. If you are a pet owner, their dog park is the best we have seen in six years of RVing and would only be better if they provided the dog pick up bags and a dog water fountain. On the negative side the sites do not provide a picnic table or fire ring. Most of our entire stay (four months) was extremely wet and windy and the wind here is a serious constant. It blows from 10 to 40 mph on any given day and on the few days it isn’t blowing you deal with mosquitoes and no-seeums. This makes for a sometimes frustrating day on their not even close to being a championship (their words) golf course. They will rationalize the condition of the course by saying that it was underwater last year but this doesn’t mitigate so-so/ragged condition of the fairways, the very uneven, seldom mowed/rolled greens, uneven tees, the fivesomes that routinely play the course, their league play that draws numbers from a hat to determine winners, their long grass mounds vice maintained sand traps that only trap/hide the ball and slow down play and their take it or leave attitude. Many veteran golfers/campers in Llano Grande buy a punch card and then go play other courses in the valley rather than lock themselves into this course. In the activities department, they only run events in their hall that generate a cash flow for the park rather than run events for the good will and enjoyment of the residents/campers. If you are a coffee/water drinker plan on buying bottled water. They sell it at .25 per gallon ( reasonable ) as the water from the provided water lines is incredibly hard, tastes very bad and will seriously water spot your vehicles if sprayed/blown on and left in place from the water sprinklers adjacent to every RV site. Allergies are an un-discussed/reported problem in this area. We developed almost cold/flu like symptoms (medically diagnosed bronchitis) once we had been here for about 3 weeks and they only went away once we departed the valley. Other campers in this and other park reported similar stories but they claim that allergy shots or meds will lessen the symptoms. We suspect it is the dust and sprayed fertilizers/insecticides from overhead crop duster aircraft that occasionally overfly the park that worsen these breathing problems. If you like Mexican or cowboy music you’ll find two acceptable American radio stations. If not, make sure your Sirius radio subscription is current. Renting a golf cart to get around saves wear and tear on your towed vehicle. We paid $650.00 for four month use of an electric cart. Mercedes has a large outlet mall facility and between McAllen and Harlingen you should find every type of store and restaurant you could want. 4G Verizon cell service is in the valley but is spotty and sometimes our 3G MiFi would not work either . Our daily park rate is based on the $2400.00 for four months, PAID UP FRONT plus the monthly electric charge (.15/kilowatt hour) which is higher than many out of park rates . If we could have been given a prorated refund for our unused days we would have hit the road. Based on the above we most probably would not return to the Rio Grande Valley and this park.
Pendaries RV Resort is a nice little get-away / retirement resort. The closest “large” town, Las Vegas, is about twenty miles away, so come with your pantry and refrigerator well stocked, unless you want to be riding the roads to shop. That said we were able to stay three days on the Passport America rate, and three on their regular rate and so the shown rate is the average of the six days. If you are a golfer, you might be disappointed with the Pendaries Golf Course. The fairways look fantastic from a distance but they are thin and bare dirt in too many sections. They were caused by a summertime water shortage. It is not worth the $50.00 we paid for their weekend rate, but if these comments don’t concern you, it is picturesque. As for the campground, Pendaries is gravel sites under the lodge-pole pines with a fair Wi-Fi connection. Their water pressure is 100 PSI so a pressure reducer is a must. They have a clubhouse, good “bath/shower” house, bear and deer frequent the grounds, they offer a daily 9:00AM trash pick-up at your site and even in late September there were lots of homeowners still in the resort. The Rociada Post Office is a one minute drive out the front gate and the Schwan’s truck shows up every two weeks during the season. In site #25 we were able to connect our roof top satellite for TV ( Sirius XM radio is the only radio signal available) and the resort itself is one great dog walk area-leashed of course. Because of its remoteness you will find few “local” restaurants but we did enjoy Teresa’s Tamales about 17 miles away in Cleveland, NM. The park residents host events (penny bingo, ice cream social, pot lucks, etc.) and Las Vegas, New Mexico is available should you need more dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities. If we knew the golf course was in better shape, we would consider returning, because at 7500 feet above sea level one does escape the summertime heat and humidity. At the end of their season they offered some really great rates so be sure and ask.
Shields Campground and RV Park on NAS Corpus Christi offers nice big patios, full hookups, and lots of wind w/some salt spray. Their “gas” station does sell diesel fuel, and they have a BX and commissary. Their free wi-fi ranged from “so-so” to non-existent– but our Verizon air card worked when the campground wi-fi was “bogged down”. They offer free laundry, but both the showers and laundry were some distance from our side of the campground, so they were not convenient and not enough to serve a park of this size. Dog owners have lots of areas ( on leash ) to walk your dogs, but these areas have an abundance of cockleburs. The Texas black tailed jackrabbits are plentiful at our site and somewhat entertaining. Like so many other military campgrounds and because they now have to pay for a park host ( IRS interference ) so they can then tax the host’s earned park income, there is no host and no real in park scheduled activities. On the plus side their golf course walking rate range from 10.00 – 14.50 for 18 holes. It is a wide open course and greens reseeding was going on while we were there in Nov so the greens were slow. If using a GPS to enter the base we plugged in 100 NAS Drive and it took us to the main, 24 hr gate. We’re not sure if we’d go out of our way to return to this park. We were here for a week before heading southwest to our Rio Grande Valley winter camp.
Located on the Bandera Highway, Triple “T” RV Resort is a well laid out and spacious RV park. This new park offer almost level sites, a good free wireless connection, swimming pool, hot tub, exercise room, picnic table and a coded entry gate. If you get to the park after hours and don't know the code, you will NOT gain entrance. Because of its proximity to the highway and the speed at which the cars travel this section of highway, one does hear automobile noises. It is a Passport Park so we were offered two nights at the PA rate and two at a regular rate so the reported rate reflects the average of the four nights and any tax. The park is located about 7 miles from the edge of downtown Kerrville so it isn’t convenient to downtown. We travel with two little dogs and the cockleburs were worse here than any western park we have visited. We were constantly pulling and cutting the burrs from their feet and whiskers. So they are a qualified "pet friendly" campground (?) The park has bath facilities and rooms to rent, but both are a bit of a walk from the main RV area, so not convenient. The German community of Fredericksburg is about 20 miles away and we enjoyed the Wildflower Seed Farm (the largest in the US), the Old German Bakery and the Restaurant on Main Street provided some really great eats and pastries. If in the area, we would definitely visit these places, but not so sure about booking the park.
Dream Catcher ( an Escapee park ) was not where the GPS said it was located. If using your GPS plug in Holiday Inn or Motel 6 or find Exit 85 off of I-10. Dream Catcher is directly beside the Holiday Inn. As for the park, they meter the electricity at 11.6 per kWh or a flat $3.00 per night if you come in before 3PM or $2.00 after 3PM. The park hosts were quite helpful. and the sites are in the open ( no trees to block our rooftop satellite dish ) with hard gravel so we didn’t need to put our leveling plates down. There are restaurants aplenty in Deming and the Holiday Inn next to the park does have a restaurant which we opted not to use. Our price reflects the Escapee cost plus tax and $3.00 electric. Their wi-fi is Tengonet – something that we prefer not to use for both it’s price and poor connectivity. They do have good bath facilities and 4 washers and 6 dryers at 1.00 per cycle in the laundry. Highway & train noise was non existent. If in the area, we would use this as strictly a one night stopover. One night people get pull-through sites if they are not all taken.
This park (at Junction Texas 17 and I-10 @ exit 212) is a roomy, FHU, pull through park on gravel sites. They do offer diesel but at .30 per gallon higher than down the road stations. We didn’t fill up here. As a Passport Park (the $10.00 cash fee reflects the PA rate) they’re just fine for a night. Our Verizon Mi-FI worked fine as did our cell and satellite dish (Direct) but their restaurant appears to be out of order/gone. They don’t have cable TV and we saw no playground, but kids would be welcome. There’s really nothing here. A typical west Texas town. Being totally self contained (food/shower) is the only way to be comfortable at this facility.
Agave-Gutch Famcamp on Davis-Monthan AFB is adjacent to the Wilmot Gate (open M-Fl, 0530-1830 and closed S/S and holidays) and the “boneyard” (old plane storage). We came in the Craycroft gate as it is always open. The famcamp sites are gravel, some with shade trees, and offers free Wi-Fi and patio with picnic table and low water pressure (so low our ice maker wouldn’t work). We camped in early October so there were no real famcamp activities. They do have a dog wash ($5.00 for 10 minutes) and an off leash and fenced dog area but we found the grassy perimeter w/ provided “doggy bags” ideal for our two travel companions (fewer goatheads to “bite” them than other western AZ/NM military parks.) They have an adequate laundry (approx 8 washers & dryers) at the famcamp so could be crowded during full season and a free ice machine behind the laundry. All the usual base amenities are in place including a nice golf course (senior walk rate $13.00: goes up on 1 Nov to 15.00 to walk). Retirees have a “league” that plays M,T & Th and once the famcamp gets organized we’re told there is a camper golf league on Wednesday. If you need RV maintenance, we had great service at Cameron’s Reliable (520-490-7632). The park offers a 6 month section but you must pay the entire amount $3300.00, up front to camp here. Not sure if there’s a rebate even if you have a real emergency and must leave. It is a typical USAF famcamp: no reservations taken and first come first serve. So if in the area and if we could get in, we’d stay here again.
Cedar Cove RV Park is just on the outskirts of Elephant Butte, New Mexico. It offers flat, gravel, pull through sites, nice bath facilities and conveniently located dumpsters. They also have a book exchange/library and free loaner DVDs. It doesn’t provide site picnic tables or on site fire pits and contrary to its advertisement, it doesn’t offer free wi-fi unless you consider $5.00 per day for Tengointernet a free service. They will be changing their web site to reflect a wi-fi charge. It has a large microwave tower in the center of the park so it is easily located. Our Verizon cell and mi-fi worked well; 101.1FM was the only worthwhile radio station we could find, and we could not pull in any NOAA radio stations to get the local weather, so Elephant Butte is kind of remote. One of New Mexico’s 10 best golf courses with restaurant ( Sierra del Sol at the Turtle Mountain Resort ) is located within 4 miles of this campground. After 1PM they offer 18 holes of golf with a cart for 35.00, so if you’re a golfer, don’t miss it. The golf course is new and doesn’t show up on the GPS, but it’s definitely worth locating and playing. Truth or Consequences (the natives refer to it as “TorC” ) is just down the road and because of it’s size it offers more dining opportunities than Elephant Butte. If camping here, the New Mexico ghost towns of Cucillo and Chloride ( search Winston, NM on your GPS to find these towns) offer some interesting history/viewing and of course downtown “TorC” has public hot tubs to try for a variety of fees. There are lots of camping opportunities in this area, and the Elephant Butte Reservoir, New Mexico’s largest lake, is the area’s big attraction. If we returned to the area we might try the state park to be on the water or Elephant Butte Lake Resort which is nearing completion. One related aside, if you travel from Elephant Butte to Silver City via Hillsboro, be aware that there are 2 bridges just west of Hillsboro that are only 12’6” high – too low for many motor homes to pass under. We found that out just in time to avoid them by going through Deming.
The Kirtland AFB Famcamp is at least as good as many military famcamps but is not one of the best that we have visited. The sites are either blacktop or pea gravel, are moderately level and spacious ( new section only) and comes with a picnic table and FHU ( 30/50 amp ). They do NOT offer on site cable, modem hook ups or wi-fi. Our Verizon cell worked just fine but our my-fi card seemed to get interference from nearby Air Force electronic emissions. We experienced a similar wi-fi problem when we stayed at MacDill AFB Famcamp. The campground shower/bath house and laundry is small and very much substandard compared to many other military sites we have evaluated. The golf course is about two miles from the campground and is very reasonably priced. The PX and Commissary are well stocked. There are lots of things to do and see in this area but like all of the USAF campgrounds no reservations are accepted and it’s first come/first served. We observed that they do NOT uniformly enforce their two week rule in this park. Their office is closed on weekends and they post a list of open sites with available dates. We entered the base via the Eubank gate and it is very narrow and only open M-F from 6AM to 6PM. Use the Wyoming gate if entering/leaving any days/hours outside the above days/times. There is a small dog park but it’s not convenient ( distance wise ) if in the newer section as we were. The “goat heads” are plentiful and a real aggravation to pets when walking them outside the dog park area. We’d return and use the famcamp if in the area but I’d pay a couple of dollars more for improved campground amenities.
Cedar Rail RV Park is located at the top of Raton Pass. (Commercial Exit 460 off of I-25.) When we reached the exit, the blue campground signs enabled us to locate the CG as the fog at the top was very thick. On a clear day look for the large red metal building as this is the registration office. We were pleased to receive their military discount but they certainly offer other “specials.” The CG is a two tiered property and we were on the top tier which afforded us a great view of Raton Pass the following day. Their bath house is excellent as is their Wi-Fi. They did suggest that we keep our dogs leashed and close as they have seen bears in the area. Their water pressure was about 40 pounds, so no pressure reducer was required but we always use one. We would use this as a stop-over park if we were passing through the area. The entire park is gravel sites.
Peregrine Pines is everything that the previous reviewers said it was - great. Yes they seem to have lots of trains with loud horns after nightfall in the back section but that is nothing that the campground can do anything about. Their wi-fi was intermittent but their restrooms are excellent and they even provide soap in dispensers in the showers. Not all sites are satellite friendly but they swapped us into a site (#77) that allowed our roof top dish to work at 100%. Thank you camp staff. I played/walked two rounds of golf on the Eisenhower Silver course ( the Blue course was tied up with the Colorado PGA tournament finals ) and was totally impressed with the course condition and its surrounding scenery. For you seniors, the fast food place beside the commissary gives free coffee. Note that on football weekends the campground gets full so reservations are a must. We’d be delighted to camp here whenever we’re in the Colorado Springs area.
Prospect RV Park is located off of a very busy ( 44th Ave ) in Wheat Ridge and is a very old and popular park for the locals. For this evaluator, it didn’t give us the impression of camping but rather of being in a very tight, dusty gravel parking lot surrounded on all sides by homesteaders/long term campers. They do have good electric, their water pressure is high ( pressure reducer strongly recommended ), there were no bothersome highway or train noises, contrary to a previous reviewers comment, and they have the unique feature of one of the best large, individually assigned shower/bathrooms facility assessable with a personal key that we have ever encountered in 7 years of RVing. There were no discern able in park activities as everyone here seems to get up and go off to work in the AM, return in the PM and close their doors to repeat the process the next day. They are adjacent to the city owned Prospect Lake and park and you can to exercise a pet or yourself with a walk or a bike ride about the lake. On the down side, our site was very narrow, we never could fully extend our awnings and we had to run both our power and water connections under the rig. We chose this campground because of its relative proximity to our extended family and it definitely met our needs. In our opinion, it is the best of the moderately priced Denver area campgrounds and based on their high occupancy rate, reservations and a reconfirming phone call is strongly recommended. If in the area, we would use this campground again.
The Famcamp at Warren AFB could be one of the military’s finest but it slightly better than mediocre. They have a great office complex, shower, laundry area and pet walk area and the on base location is kind of remote but that’s where the good news ends. The gravel road entrance to the park was so much of a washboard that it actually caused one of our ceiling light covers to vibrate loose. Because of tax laws the person in charge claimed they can’t afford to have a camp host so when we arrived there was nobody to tell us about the campground, the base, to inform us of the restroom codes or that the Wi-Fi would only work while sitting at the office. When we finally found where we thought we could pay, we were asked if we had just arrived. We informed them that we had already spent one night. No real oversight here. We were told we could not pay at this office and we had to wait for someone to show up at the campground and pay them. One other camper described their organization as a real free for all. The park itself needs a good mowing and trimming, something that a host couple could/would accomplish but no couple so it looked ragged. We did hear trains in the night but that occurs with western campgrounds so no big deal. The camp itself is close to the BX/Commissary and the golf course and the golf course is in wonderful shape. For some strange reason the campground might go to electric only starting on 1 September and we heard that the golf course closes on or about 1 October. Both of these decisions make no sense as there will still be a couple of good camping and golfing months remaining here in Cheyenne. The rumor is that on 6 Sept all the sites will be upgraded to 30/50 amp. That will certainly be an improvement. Perhaps putting a camper in charge of the campground rather than a bean counter would make this Famcamp a much more profitable and better appreciated facility. If in this area we would use the Famcamp again because of its proximity to the golf and the BX/Commissary and not necessarily for the campground services.
Not exactly sure what we expected when we read all the previous reviews of this park. Sleeping Bear is on the outer edge of Lander and the turn into the campground was a very hard right turn off highway 287. The owners acknowledge this turn in issue. The park is gravel, appears to have mostly pull through sites and overlooks the highway and the business area of Lander. This location made it easy to find many restaurants. Their shower/bathrooms are large and very accommodating. The Verizon cell signal and their free Wi-Fi was quite adequate. The owners are, as previous reviewers have said, to be very friendly and accommodating but they have a dog mess problem. We observed no less than 4 dogs running loose in the park including the owners in the one night we spent in their campground. Even with the Good Sam or Escapee discount, their rate seemed a bit on the high side and for only this reason, we would probably check out another campground if in the area.
The sites are gravel, level, spacious and pull-through with a grassy area and picnic table at each site. They charge you $5.00 ( refundable ) to rent a bath house key and $1.00 per day to use their just so-so wireless connection . We switched back to our Verizon mi-fi device and cell which worked very well. Campers that stay for a month or more get the off highway sites but I suspect that they, like us, are subject to the truck noise on the highway. They don’t tell you but a water pressure reducer is in order as their pressure is very high. On the plus side they allow the washing of your rig and tow vehicle and appreciate if you water the grass between sites. It is an out in the open park and wind gusts, at least on the day we arrived, were extremely high so we ended taking in our awnings on many days. The closest eatery was 7 miles away and the closest grocery was 12 miles away in West Yellowstone so come prepared unless you want to travel to get your “eats”. There is an excellent Mexican restaurant located in a white school bus on Canyon street in West Yellowstone. Don’t let the looks of the bus fool you. The food is terrific, authentic and reasonably priced. There is a nice nine hole golf course about 6.5 miles from the park ( by the above mentioned Sawtell Road ) and on Wednesdays the men golfers can play 9 holes for 12.00 on this wide open course. For 6 more dollars you can play 18 and the course is very walkable. Valley View is the most inexpensive campground adjacent to Yellowstone National Park and with Passport America ( they offer a week PA rate ) we would certainly use it again if in the area.
Teton Mountain View Lodge and RV Park is a very nice park if you are looking for very reasonable nightly rates somewhat close to Teton National Park. We were able to stay at the Passport Rate and we were 50 miles away from the Moose entrance to the park. Our site afforded us a wonderful view of the western side of Grand Teton and adjoining peaks and was close to the shower house/laundry. Our free wireless signal was strong. The FHU sites are gravel, pull through and we had room enough to put out our slides and awnings. No truck, train or other annoying noises were heard at night so the park was perfect for sleeping. The park also has a large motel complex affiliated with the RV park. The perimeter of the park provided a good area to walk our dogs and campers are allowed free use of the hot tub, large covered gazebo, volleyball court and adjacent fire pit with free wood. For people traveling with horses, they have a coral on the grounds. The park also provided a free web site access that made it possible to pull up a 50% off greens fee coupon at Targee Village GC. That translated out to 18 great holes of golf with a cart on a challenging course for under $20.00. We would definitely stay here again if in the area.
Fairmont RV Park is not located exactly where our GPS said it would be found. It is located about 100 yards from the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort and the city address is Fairmont or Anaconda. If you use a GPS the coordinates are 46.04233N or 112.80668W. The park offers free Wi-Fi, full hookups with 50 Amps, nice showers / bathroom facilities and level pull through sites. The office has a well stocked camp store. For the golfers, the Fairmont resort “next door” offers a nice 18 hole golf course with wide fairways and park guests get a 15% discount at the GC which cost 38.75 for 18 with a cart. The resort also offers dining and pool/water slide facilities that are available to the campground guests. Most sites in the park are open (no shade) and the park is quiet without train or traffic noises. We were able to enjoy a nightly “attitude adjustment” session with our fellow campers without any extraneous noises or dust as reported by the previous reviewer. They also have one gasoline and one diesel pump on the campgrounds. They do not offer cable but our satellite dish and Verizon cell/MiFi worked very well. For those without satellite TV, the park lists 4 digital cable channels. If in the area we would be happy to stay here again. They offer a Good Sam discount.
North American RV Park and Yurt Village is a family owned park. We initially had to be persistent with multiple calls to their reservation line before we connected in April with a real person and made a reservation. We are happy that we followed through as this is a nice, quite ( except for the nearby nightly, noisy trains and their whistles ) park in Coram. They have nice gravel, fairly level pull through sites with full hook ups and picnic table. They also offer nice shower/toilet/laundry facilities but self contained rigs are probably preferred as they have only two male and two female showers. Cable is not available but their sites and our roof top satellite dish connected without a problem. The park's Wi-Fi is excellent, and it’s about 5 miles from West Glacier, MT, and the western entrance to Glacier National Park and Glacierview Golf Club. We used the park as a launch point for our drive to the mountain community of Polebridge, MT, and of course the drive on the Road to the Sun through Glacier National Park. They also have a good dog walk area, and the rate is based on paying for 6 nights and the 7th night is free.
Havre RV Park/Emporium Food and Fuel Store is a difficult place to rate for its strange layout. First of all it is not well marked, doesn’t show up on a GPS and is a quick turn into from a very busy street. It is just past the junction of Hwy 2 & 15th Ave on our Microsoft Streets and Trips and immediately before the Best Western heading west on Rt. 2. They really shoehorn the campers into their assigned sites, and in our case, we shared a picnic table with our neighbor located on the other side of the center median from our location. Our water and electric hookups necessitated taking our water hose and power cable and running it under the rig because of the pedestal and water bib location. The sewer was on the correct side but located in the roadway. They offer wi-fi, but you have to walk to the casino to get it, and I’m not sure it’s free. Our Verizon cell gave us 3 bars, and our Mi-Fi worked well. Never did look for the showers, etc. but guess they have them. We couldn’t put up our roof top satellite dish because of the overhanging trees, nor did we put out our drivers side slide because of the narrowness of the roadway, and we felt that some entering/departing camper would hit it. Yes, the huge rail yard is within 100 yards of the rig, but it and the highway noise were not that much of a problem. Their dog walk area is non-existent or through a neighbors site hence the not pet friendly comment. Their nightly rate, in spite of a small Good Sam discount, was too high for what they offer. We were ready to move on after one night and the nearby Walmart parking lot would be a much better value, and no, we would not return to this park.
Fort Peck Project Downstream Campground & Kiwanis Park is best found by GPS searching Ft Peck Dam, the Fort Peck Interpretive Center/Power House or coordinates 48.00889N / 106.42889W. It is a remote, quiet, picturesque campground with only a limited number of sites providing 50 Amps. All sites are without water or sewer but water stations are available throughout the campground along with toilet facilities. Surprisingly our Verizon cell signal was strong since we were on extended network after leaving North Dakota. If you camp here, come with all your toys and provisions (the host couple is here for the great fishing: his words) as grocery stores are 10 – 15 miles away. It is a nice campground, especially during the weekends, with bike/walking trails through the various campground loops. Reservations are a must or you risk being turned away. We camped here on the Senior/Golden Age Pass rate and would camp here again.
Prairie Acres RV park is located 1 mile west of downtown Williston just past mile marker 17 on Hwy 2 and just before it junctions with Hwy 85. It is only about 100 yards from a very busy/ all night long noisy highway and does not offer showers/restrooms or laundry facilities. It does offer grassy, level full hook up pull through sites and a fair, free Wi-Fi connection. We used it as a base to visit the Northern Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park (60 miles away) and Fort Union (24 miles away). We also used it as a stop over prior to pushing on into Montana. The owners are accommodating and they are willing to rent to travelers but not to those travelers/workers looking to homestead in the park. The boom town atmosphere seems to have artificially inflated prices: especially gas and diesel. We would stop here for a one night stay as their park and sites are easy in and out but with immediate access to Hwy 2 and plenty of travelers looking for nightly reservations calling ahead for a reservation is a MUST if you don’t want to be turned away. It is a family friendly park but there are NO playground or activities other than just camping.
Lewis and Clark RV Park is the Hazen, ND city campground. It is a very nice, well run, quiet park that is situated within walking distance of a nice supermarket (Krause’s), an ALCO (a version of a Big Lots store) and Hazen Meats (they make their own sausage and package their own meats). When driving west through Hazen on Rt. 200, look for the ALCO as the park is located a block behind this store (Junction of 12th St & Main St). The park offers excellent shower/restrooms, gravel but level FHU pull through sites with a picnic table and a strong, free Wi-Fi. TV/radio reception is non-existent unless you have a satellite dish but Verizon service is 4 bars strong – much better than we had in Fargo. For the golfer, Hazen GC is a well maintained 9 hole course ($15.00 for 9 and $22 for 18 all day play) – carts are $14 or $20 respectively. It is not a destination park but it is within an easy drive for things to do/see in the area. The nearby town of Washburn offers the Lewis & Clark Interpretive center and Ft. Mandan (where the L&C party wintered over while conducting their explorations for President Jeffeson) and the Garrison Dam that created the 3rd largest reservoir (Lake Sakakawea) in the US. The CG offers a nice area to walk dogs, a one night Passport America discount (10.00) and we enjoyed the park so much that we extended two extra days. Yes we would be happy to return to this park while in the area.
Lindenwood Park, a city park of Fargo, ND, is something of a disaster. If you are coming to this park, be prepared to be routed through some residential areas to finally reach their poorly marked main entrance. Even a local who was returning to the park to fill up with water and use the dump site commented on the convoluted and difficult way into the park. Once we arrived we were given a site that was so narrow that we had concerns about hitting our neighbors awning with our slide. Forget using the awning. It is a W/E park only, the grass looks like it was last cut a month ago and our fire pit had ashes spread around our MH doorway. Yes, they have problems with flooding and all of the on the Red River CG sites ( B & C ) are closed. Bring lots of mosquito repellent as the little critters are plentiful and hungry. They do not offer Wi-Fi claiming that the trees would block the signal. Hmmmm? None of the campers appeared to be using their satellite dishes in the “A” section and our roof mounted dish wouldn’t cut through the trees so we’re one of these no satellite TV campers. There were sites across from our site that would have allowed our dish to work but the attendant just couldn’t figure out or couldn’t be bothered to change the sites on the computer for us even though a switch should have been an easy thing. There is a huge amount of highway noise and at times I confused the rumble of the interstate trucks with claps of thunder. They have no laundry facility and their showers are just so-so. In our opinion, this campground is grossly over priced, ( they offer no refunds ) is extremely noisy and for what they offered / charged us we would not return.
Prairie View RV is a first rate park that will be fully appreciated by those who enjoy a park with access to a small smoke free casino that adjoins their main casino or to spacious, level, paved sites with full hook ups. If you are one of those campers then this park, with it’s paved, large, level sites will be a 10+. It is very popular on weekends so book early. If you want planned park activities ( they have a strong free Wi-Fi, basketball court, horseshoes, kids playground and dog walk area ) they are a probably a 9 as they don’t have cable TV yet and no in park events . There’s fun a 9 hole golf course close by and campers get a discount. We have stayed here for 4 days and if in the area, would definitely come back. They do have a laundry facility. One caution, if you come into the park on Hwy 67, beware of some the serious pot holes and road damage.
Stokes-Thomas City Park, the city campground of Watertown, SD, is located on the edge of Lake Kampeska. When we arrived we found half the sites to be flooded and ours became flooded the next day due to an evening of heavy rains. Our Garmin did not take us to the park entrance and so if coming in on Rt 20, do NOT turn into the Airport Rd. but rather continue down 20 and you will see park entrance signs. Contrary to the previous reviewer, they have only water and electric ( 50A ) with a dump site that was missing its cover. We were in site #3 , a pull through, and had large Ash trees around us but our satellite dish found an opening for a HD signal. They have no Wi-Fi, but our Verizon air card and cell worked fine. Their bath house with 2 showers offered only cold showers and they have no laundry facilities. On Tuesday the town orchestra performed at the park band shell and the concert was first rate. This activity goes on throughout the summer on Tuesdays and on other evenings throughout the week so bring outdoor chairs and don’t miss them. The town residents are able to reserve a site in the campground by placing a tent on the site vice their actual camper and they do this often. We arrived on Tuesday and most sites were vacated from the weekend activities so arrive early during the early part of the week if you want to find a spot. The municipal golf course ( 27 holes ) is within 3 miles and they charge 25.00 for 18 to walk and another $15 for a cart for 18 or $8 for 9 holes. As flooding seems to be a reoccurring problem we might search out another camping spot as we could see lots of mosquito larva about to emerge in the water around our site and no city effort to kill off or control these annoying insects.
While en route to Iowa from Wisconsin we stopped in Rochester, MN at the Autumn Woods RV Park. Very nice park, full hookups, grass between adjoining sites, and very accommodating owners. They have a good laundry area, nice showers and proximity to a couple of golf courses and plenty of restaurants. Oak Summit is a public course that is privately owned and it offers a senior special that is fantastic: $10.00 before 11AM M-Th if you walk and $15.00 more for a cart for 18 holes. Course ( fairways, tees, greens ) in wonderful shape and we’d go back again and again if in the area for that price. While in Rochester we dined at a Dutch restaurant: Pannekoeken ( 1201 S. Broadway) and Noodles & Company ( 4607 Maine Ave SE ) and both were inexpensive ( under 17.00 for two adults ) and provides excellent quality and we’d go back to either. Autumn Woods has above average free Wi-Fi and loans out ladders or portable fire pits upon request. They are close to CR-16 and we could hear cars passing but only if we had our windows open but it was never a problem. The park offers a $3.00 shuttle service per person per day to/from the Mayo clinic. This attracts lots of people with business at the clinic and it is an invaluable service. Their older, paved section has cable TV – the newer gravel section is pretty much in the open but no cable and good for those with satellite dishes. They have a nice dog walk and if you are looking for a well run, quiet park with the amenities you would expect at a somewhat pricey campground then Autumn Woods is for you. We would return to stay here.
Chetek River campground is very popular, especially on weekends, and presents one of the most difficult entrances (and this is also their exit) and inside the park drive to your site that we have ever encountered. Get a little fast or not pay attention and you will very easily damage your rig. Check in time is 3PM because they allow campers a 2PM checkout. That’s strange, but this CG is mainly seasonal rigs. We asked for and received an on the river site and we were close to our neighbors on both sides but we were able to put out our slides & awnings on both sides. Leveling was a huge challenge and we ended up with both front wheels off the ground. All hook ups seem to be 30 amp with average water pressure and no sewer. Our Verizon cell gave us 3 bars but our NOAA weather radio just barely received a signal. The latter was of some concern as serious storms were predicted for the area. They offer the Passport America rate during the week. Otherwise, the rate is $32.00 per night and in our opinion, this CG is not worth that rate. This place is popular with families with kids so there were lots of kids but not a problem. Our roof mounted satellite dish locked on from our site but for most sites, forget the satellite dish. (many trees). Their free wi-fi was just so-so from but did work. The river is shallow and slow moving so there were plenty of mosquitoes after sunset. . This is an add-on park: $5.00/day for the jumping pillow, $3 for mini golf, $4/5 for pedal kart per ½ hr, $7.50 for tube trip on river, $.25 for 4 min shower, $2.00 per day if you use you use A/C: you get the picture. Downtown Chetek offers a couple of eateries and bars. We enjoyed a nice meal at Bob’s Grill and the Northlake Drive-In sells homemade root beer that is best enjoyed in a frosted glass. That said, we’ll be ready to move on after two days and would not return to this park.
Kreher RV Park is the city campground of Ashland,WI. Having recently stayed at another city campground, we have a good basis to compare the two parks. Both parks had nice adjoining beaches, fire pits, picnic tables but here the similarities end. This park has shower facilities that are only open from 6-9 both AM and PM, has no Wi-Fi, the sites are gravel and only somewhat level as opposed to paved in the other park. If you are here for a month, then you probably got a 50 amp hook up. Otherwise, plan on 30 amps. They have no site sewers but do have a dump station and their $30.00 per night ( $10.00 increase from the 2010 rate ) was $5.00 more than the other city park and in our estimation is OVERPRICED for what they give you. Kreher’s dump station is not level but is on both sides and so you need to check it out to maximize the emptying of your tanks. Campers staying in Kreher for a month at a time get to make reservations. The rest operate on a first come, first served basis for available sites, so arrive early to have a chance at a site. Our Verizon cell worked as did our Mi-Fi but the latter was kind of slow. We ended going to the in town McDonalds and posted our blog photos from their site while enjoying coffee. Lastly, their address is 310 Prentice Avenue. We tell you this because this information is not available on any internet sites we came across and nobody seems concerned enough to make this correction/addition to their internet listings. Their sites are spacious with grass around the gravel and viewing the 12 huge building murals and a visit to the Benoit Cheese shop, (23920 County Hwy F ) in Ashland is a great way to see the area and entertain yourself. If coming to the park as a drive in camper, get off the road early to have a chance at getting a site. One last comment, we had our 30 power pedestal cause a problem. The host and maintenance foreman for the park was there to remedy (replace parts) within 15 minutes. That kind of response is a huge plus in every camper's opinion including us. Well done and thanks.
Houghton City Park CG is a very popular campground located on a slight bluff overlooking Portage Lake. It is a FHU facility but doesn’t allow tents and you should be a self contained RV (no toilet/shower facilities). There is an adjacent beach and kids park/ slide should you travel with youngsters. The bathrooms adjacent to the park are filthy and should probably be avoided although they are NOT part of the campground. The park offers a great Wi-Fi (we were able to easily update our blog and photos) and there is shopping (grocery & Wal-Mart) within a mile of the CG plus picnic table and overhead cabana, bench, charcoal grill and fire pit. They also sell wood for your fire pit. The sites slope back towards the lake and therefore we needed boards to completely level our 40’ rig. They start taking reservations on 1 May and that is when you should call, especially for holiday weekends. Portage Lake GC, the Michigan Tech GC, is the only 18 hole course in the area (6295 yds from the pro tees) and they do offer a discount for Tech grads and for military. Otherwise, 18 will cost something around 38.00 but it’s a well cared for course. Copper Harbor is an easy drive from the campground and be sure and try some of the pasty restaurants while in this part of Michigan. One dumpster supports the park and for some it’s a 5 minute walk to reach it. No trash cans, no laundry, shower or restroom facilities in the park and some roadside noise from the highway located above the sites but we’d definitely stay here again if we were passing through the area.
This Munising city campground overlooks Lake Superior and Grand Island. The sites are gravel with grass between and includes good Wi-Fi, fire pits, views, dog walking areas and picnic tables. It is one mile past the Holiday Inn Express on M28 outside of Munising heading west toward Marquette. The Holiday Inn Express showed up as a destination on our Garmin GPS: the campground doesn’t. We encountered some bad (40 mph winds and rain) weather the night before our scheduled departure and the park manager allowed us to extend another day rather than push through this “stuff” on the highway. This enabled us to enjoy the Pictured Rocks boat tour and a round of golf at the Pictured Rocks golf course. This is not a destination park (no in park activities) but Munising offers a few restaurants such as Muldoon’s: a roadside Pasty shop that was voted #1 in the UP and the Golden Heart (Chinese) in town plus the boat tours and golf. Our Verizon cell was very strong and if the park could afford it, cable TV connections might be helpful. We have a roof top satellite dish and our site allowed us a HD connection. Some sites might not work for someone with our setup. The campground, especially on weekends, is quite popular so call ahead or risk being told we’re full. We would definitely return if in this area.
Woodland Park is the city park of Grand Marais. Located on a bluff (3 separate stairways lead down to the beach) overlooking Lake Superior, it is a no reservation park. They advertise 102 sites with W/E (all seemed to be both 30 and 50 amp) and cable TV. Unless you have a satellite dish, their cable is a must. They also offer free Wi-Fi but we were only able to lock on one brief moment in a 3 night stay and then it failed. Thankfully our Verizon cell and Mi-Fi worked just fine. Sites vary in size/length, are grassy, a little uneven (leveling boards a must) and come with a picnic table and fire ring and most offer some shade. You are close to your neighbor but we were still able to put out our awnings. Campers pull in/back in a helter-skelter fashion so you may share a “lawn” with your neighbor depending upon how you and they entered the site. The narrow roads in the park are unmarked direction wise so it gets pretty chaotic when rigs are searching for an available site. Suggest they put some direction arrows. We arrived on a rainy day (in fact the UP was in a 5 day rain period) so there were enough sites (even overlooking the bluff for $1.00 more than inland sites) available in spite of an advertised deep water weekend fishing tourney (lake trout & salmon). The town is pretty small but we enjoyed a generous evening meal at a reasonable price at the local Lake Superior Brewing Company. It appears all the locals and campers visit the place. Fishing, sitting by the fire, listening to the very close by church carillon that plays songs and chimes on the hour and collecting smooth stones from the beach seems to be the activities of choice. We spent a day and drove up to the Shipwreck Museum and the Whitefish Point Lighthouse from the campground. Diesel and gas prices, while not great, were still cheaper than at Mackinaw City. (Diesel $3.85). We’ll head in the direction of the Painted Rocks Light house at the eastern end of the national lakeshore while we’re here. As an aside, the access road to the lighthouse was closed and we didn’t feel like we wanted a mile plus hike to see it, so we visited the Sable Falls instead. We’re self contained but the CG has 4 pay (.50/ shower of undetermined length ) showers and clearly not enough for the number of people who will weekend here. It’s 25 miles off the beaten path to get here but on a good paved road and we’d recommend it to someone who has never been here before. Their harbor is very picturesque.
Aune-Osborne Campground is the city park of Sault Ste. Marie. It is on the US side of the St. Mary’s (Ste. Marie) River and one can easily watch the 1000 foot iron ore freighters heading to and from the Soo Locks. Their sites are gravel with grassy lawns between sites. Only 5 of their 99 sites are 50 amp, the rest are 30. We requested a water view site and told them we had a motorhome. The site they assigned, as is the case in just about every waterfront site, was a back in only. (That won’t work for a motor home unless you can look through your rear of the rig closet.) Fortunately they were very accommodating when we asked to move. Gave us site #8 which offered both side and front window views of the river plus a nice front lawn. Sites come with a fire pit and W/E but a dump station in lieu of site sewers. Not a problem. It rained the entire time we were here but we entertained ourselves with visits to the locks, the Point Iroquois light station and local restaurants. Surprisingly fuel (diesel) was less than at Mackinaw City (our last mainland stop). Park has good Wi-Fi signal and our Verizon cell and Mi-Fi also showed 4 bars. Showers here are individual stalls, spacious and first rate. As an aside we were departing just as their “Engineer Week” was starting up. This includes a once a year walk free through the locks, over the international bridge (w/passport in hand), a pancake barge, fireworks (it’s the Canadian version of the 4th of July) so we arrived a few days too early. Such is life. In Sept we understand the salmon (Kings, Chinooks and Steelheads) run and the fishing is superb. Again we’re early but not a problem so this information is included for our camping friends who might want to ensure their timing is better then ours.
Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground didn’t show up on our Garmin GPS but it showed up on our Microsoft Streets and Trips. It is a sprawling complex that allows all kinds of camping from in the woods (tents) to on the beach (trailers and motor homes). We opted for the beach site with a view of the Mackinaw Bridge. The view of the bridge sites are only 30 amp (maybe that’s the case throughout the campground) but ours does have water and sewer. Our 40’ MH once backed in allowed plenty of room for our toad. We weren’t too impressed with our check in as the directions to our site caused us to wander all over the place and we had to turn around to back into the site. Our neighbors reported the same problem. Recommend they escort campers to their site for the first time. Once set up, things were fine but the sites are a bit narrow. We couldn’t put out our main awning and there’s an extra fee for Wi-Fi. Our Verizon air card and cell phone worked well as did our rooftop satellite dish. For a campground of this magnitude they need to place quite a few more dumpsters for trash throughout the park. Hauling your garbage to the front entrance (usually a 3-5 minute bike ride or get into the car) doesn’t get it for us. They also do not have a Laundromat on site due to waste water restrictions. On the plus side, they offer 18 holes of golfing (white tees 6313 yds, blue 6807 ) for $10.00 including a cart AFTER 2PM. Very adequate and challenging course. Extra pax (the wife doesn’t golf, but likes to drive the cart ) is $5.00. Before 2PM is 15.00 per golfer. Can’t beat that. The course is 6.5 miles from the Campground. We used the Trailsend Kennel (231-436-7334) to board our two dogs while we went to Mackinaw Island. Cost $30.00 for both dogs in the same dog run. The trip to the island is a must if you have never been here. It’s a little over 7 miles across the water from our campsite. Bikes can be carried over on the ferry, dogs too. As this was our first time we opted for the carriage rides, hotel tour: the whole deal. Made for a fun day away from the camp. There is plenty of space to walk the dogs and having bikes in the campground is a plus. We would camp here again.
Magnus Park is a real gem. We were on the second row with a FHU (30 amp: they only have one 50 amp site), and we had a nice view of the water. Sites are grass but we needed boards to level. We were a 30 second walk to the shoreline. Bathrooms and showers were very nice and there were good areas to walk the dogs. We hiked 30 minutes into the downtown area and had lunch at a very good Thai Restaurant but there lots of other eateries. We were parked below the hospital and the hospital A/C was of no consequence-noise wise. Same with the sewer plant at the end of the park. No sewerage odor AT ALL. The park is right on the 26 miles bike path that leads to Charlevoix. Really neat. One suggestion is place a few extra trash cans around the campground and keep a supply of 2x6 boards to help unprepared campers level their rigs. At the suggestion of our camping kin folk, we drove to The Side Door Saloon ( head towards the KOA on Rt 31North ) and ordered 3 Olive Burgers. At 1/3lb per burger, one apiece would have been sufficient. The park manager and his staff does a great job and they have people returning for over 20 years for lengthy stays so book early if you want a site here. Yes, we would definitely return.
NW Michigan Fairgrounds CG became our private campground as there was only one other camper in this 132 site park during our stay. We opted for this CG because of the $20.00 per night price. Other commercial CG’s in this area are much more pricey. Sites are gravel and reasonably level. They offer 50/30 & 20 amp at the sites but water is only located about every 6-7 sites and you cannot stay plugged into the water source so you should arrive with full tanks. This is why we checked NO to water hookups. Same with sewers: they only have a dump station. They also have a very strange adapter device that you get from the office/host in order to tap into the water to fill your RV tanks. There are faucets at the spigots that we used to fill gallon jugs for coffee in the morning. There is No Wi-Fi and the restrooms (other than two porta potties) and showers were a brisk 5-7 minute walk from the actual camp sites, so are NOT convenient. They do have tables, but at the time we were here, none had been placed and the grass had not been cut (the camp hosts had not arrived). There are fire pits but we didn’t see wood for sale. They open on 15 May and we were here on 10 June and enjoyed the sightseeing (wineries, lighthouses and Sleeping Bear Dunes National seashore). The Forty-Five North Vineyard and Winery in Lake Leelanau, MI was the ONLY one that didn’t charge $5.00 for their wine tasting. We also found a fellow selling UP style pastries on 8th & Munson that we’d highly recommend for some good eating. Yes, we’d come back to the fairgrounds again if we were to be in Traverse City.
Kentucky Horse Park, in our opinion, is an over rated, over priced campground that has not kept up with the more modern campgrounds. The check in people failed to give out the camp wi-fi passwords ( guess because they would then have to hit us up for $9.50 for seven days and because the one we dealt with had an I don't care attitude ), the sites are without sewer connections, the fire pits were filthy ( butts, bottle caps, ashes etc.) , the table at our site was broken and covered with bird droppings and there was NO WARNINGS about the very high water pressure at the sites. We learned this from our fellow campers AFTER they had blown out their water lines in their trailers. Their sites need some tree/branch trimming. We brushed against branches coming into the park. On the plus side there are park events aplenty and it’s too bad that they don’t take care of the little things that would earn them a higher rating. Our 40 foot motorhome barely fit into the assigned site length-wise. One can get a discount to enter and tour the Kentucky Horse Park which is adjacent to the campground. A shuttle or free parking pass is given with purchase of a park entry. Suggest you call to see if you must go to this facility as they frequently have activities and this closes or fills up the campground. Fear not though because there are other campgrounds in the general area that offer sites that equal or exceed our campsite. Our Verizon air card and phone worked well with some interference from the Horse Park not free wi-fi. Yes we would probably visit those “other” campgrounds rather than return to Kentucky Horse Park Campground.
Gave rating 9 instead of 10 because no sewer at sites and no visible laundry facility. Otherwise this park is a gem. Paved sites with grass, clean showers, and fire pits with free wood. Picnic tables were like new at all sites. There is a beach close by for a fee, but we didn't use it as we were only here for one night. Good Verizon wireless & phone signal. Easy in and out. No large highway advertisement so guess we're doing the advertising. You bet we would come and camp here again. We're not crazy about the first come first served policy, but when we were here there were PLENTY of open sites.
Our review of this park was a difficult one to write because the manager was extremely friendly. Her family owns the place but honestly this is only a hobby park. It was not well marked on the east ( exit 117 off of I-75N and turn right ) side of Raccoon Valley Road. Their park sign is almost non existent. Once in the park the gravel sites were only moderately level ( we needed boards to level). From our count there appeared to be only three 50 amp sites: the others were 30’s. They have one washer, one dryer and two complete restrooms, one of which is handicapped accessible, and one shade tree site but it’s not level. No Wi-Fi but our Verizon air card worked well. No trash cans so we put our full bags in the laundry area. We found, per the managers recommendation, a really good restaurant called Aubrey’s at Exit 112 on Conner Road. On the plus side, this campground was quite unlike the noisy campground on the other side of Exit 117 ( quarry trucks ). This is good as a stopover park but not much more unless some corrections are made such as Wi-Fi, re-level the sites, more 50 amp hookups and trashcans. Having said that, in our estimation it’s almost on a par with the very few surrounding campgrounds and this is in large part due to the very accommodating hostess. Our return to this park would depend on seeing what, if any, of the above suggested improvements get made.
Bulow Plantation is an Encore Park. We were told no less than 4 times by different people how bad the entrance into the park (narrow/very sharp turn) was. They were not exaggerating. It’s bad. We paid for a premium site (FHU/50A ) and got a cement slab patio and dirt parking under very dirty live oak trees. This eliminated our satellite. One other RV'er with us paid twenty dollars less than we did and got the same type site. So much for Encore “deals”. They have cable but of course they entertain you by allowing you to go find out what number corresponds with what cable channel. How hard is it to make copies of the Bright house channel listings and include it in a welcome packet? And now the check in process – an envelope with our name on a bulletin board with a site number on a poor (black & white copy) park map and then you go find your site. This is on a Sunday now. No sheet with park info (location of in park areas, shower room entrance & entry code, calendar of park or surrounding area activities) and a closed office. As experienced camp workers this is just unsay. We learned via the rumor mill that they had a water problem and that water would be turned off for a day and that once it was turned on you should boil the water until notification that the water was safe to drink. A park employee/camp worker should have, at a minimum, put a notice on every campers door. Three days after the initial water turn off we received official paper notification (our first ) that the water was safe to drink. Whoever is running this park is NOT tuned into how a park should be operated. Park water pressure is poor. The park dumpsters are few and far between – no daily trash pick up, no Wi-Fi at the sites and our Verizon Mi-Fi and cell (and a neighbors T-mobile) inspire of a somewhat low signal would barely work. Guess that’s a function of the parks distance from things. With Encore parks you pay a $3.00 daily fee but apparently all their facilities (their exercise room) aren’t open in this park. Guess the $3.00 is just a cash grab. If you are a golfer (Dec - Apr) you will pay dearly for the chance to chase the little white ball and if you are an out of state resident they add extra bucks to your fee. Best course we found was Grand Reserve in Bunnell, FL. On the plus side the park has a new pool and a new men and woman’s shower/restroom that is kept clean by a very conscious cleaning woman/staff. We came in here on an Encore special (190.00 + tax +$3.00/night for the week) but I can’t say that for even the price that our traveling companion paid that we’d consider coming back as the park is 6+ miles away from restaurants and shopping, has more than a few “homesteaders” and has no real activities going on.
Torrey Oaks is an active: shuffle board, pool, 18-hole golf w/I walking distance at approx 22.00/round w/cart, pickle ball and nightly/daily activities for the residents, 55+ resort. Their main goal is to sell you a lot but if they have open spaces, outsiders can come in and make reservations. Park roads all paved. The town of Wauchula, FL is closeby with a Wal-Mart, a hardware store and a couple of nice, reasonably priced restaurants that we would go back to (Paul’s and the Bread Board). But that’s about all this town offers. Wauchula is mostly a bump in the road. Bowling Green isn't even a bump. They do offer free TengoNet service but some of our neighbors claimed they could never log on. We logged on but our Verizon MiFi worked very well. The park was quiet at night. On the down side there was construction going on (upgrading the sold sites), the water pressure was awful and they just couldn’t see the wisdom of having even an inexpensive wooden picnic table at the rental sites so this accounts for the less than perfect score. They do offer a daily e-mail from the activities couple, that we learned about by accident. So their check in process needs a little work. There are lots of sites with overhanging live oak branches (stops a satellite signal) so be sure to tell them if you need a clear shot to the skies. We did, but our “to the site escort“ still attempted to put us under the trees. We would return as the special weekly price was not ($150.00+tax ) out of line.
We continue to return to South Bay Campground because the place is well run, the park manager is one of the best we have ever encountered, the sites are spacious, paved, level and easy to back in/out of and there is enough to do in the park itself. The Marathon station is within a mile of the park and has the best diesel prices of those few stations in the area. In the past we were always assigned to the back of the park away from the highway. This time not so lucky and we “paid” for it. Apparently they were harvesting sugar cane somewhere behind the campground and the big heavy trucks, jake brakes and all, rumbled loudly up and down Hwy 27 all night long. I actually thought a couple of runaway rigs were going to run into our rig but then I knew they’d have to jump the canal which was located directly behind our slot. We’d camp here again but we accept a 30 amp slot far away from the highway rather than a 50 amp “up front.”
This is our first evaluation as a MH owner - we were previously 5th wheeler owners. The site at Lazy Days CG ( they're dropping Rally Park CG name ) and we make the following observations: site for our 40' was just barely adequate length wise and the Wi-Fi was not good. We went back to using our Verizon Air card. The morning paper was a nice feature as were the morning and noon meals although if you're a big eater you'll go hungry. The employees were all GREAT and very accommodating and there to assist. Place has a Cracker Barrel restaurant and Flying J on premises but don't expect any break fuel wise on the Flying-J - as their fuel prices are crazy high. Other than that, we'd come back as it's convenient to Camping World and Tampa.
Park is fine for an overnight. Our fee was for a 30Amp FHU site that had trees that brushed against our slides when extended. Mostly homesteaders in this old park with very tired, never maintained rigs that haven't seen hwy pavement in sometime. It's close to downtown Berea, a college town and there are plenty of restaurants to visit. Our Verizon air card and cell worked well but they do offer ( fee ) WiFi. There was a good area to walk our two small dogs in the park perimeter. It's close (1/4 mile) to I-75 and diesel and no hwy noise. Good for an overnight, hardly a destination park. Not sure they accept credit cards as we paid in cash.
We needed an overnight for our 40' 5th wheel and they accommodated us. As a Passport America park the price was just right. Our 7 rating was based on no site sewer, only 3 pull throughs and only 30Amp. Otherwise we found it just fine and we'd return. Downtown Bowling Green is bustling plus Wal-Mart and Home Depot are only about 3 miles away. What else do you need?
This is a high end and high priced park. The survey asked if cable TV and internet is available, and the answer is yes if you want to pay extra for it. There is free internet if you want to drive up to the office area. For what one pays for a space, both internet and cable TV should be included. Sites are spacious but because it's Arizona, the place is very dusty. No picnic tables are provided at the sites and the golf course is tight and not that well maintained. One always can count on hearing jet noise overhead as Luke AFB (a training base), is really close by. So if quiet is your thing, this place is not the resort to visit. They seem to have problems with theft in the park, and have a private security company providing night patrols along with the El Mirage police. There are other camping areas that can offer as much for a lower price, we will probably try them next time.
This is a tired, poorly run campground with mostly homesteaders. We confirmed our arrival with the owner two weeks before our arrival and when we pulled in, we were a complete surprise to the host. Not cool. Sites are very, very tight and not level . The facilities are ancient but they appeared to be clean. While close to the highway we were not bothered by highway noise but one is about 8 miles from any fast food/restaurant/grocery store. The best thing about this CG is the very pleasant and helpful host and of course a nice PPA price for a FHU. Unhappily, all of the above considered, we would not plan on staying here again except in an absolute emergency and even then because of their sloppy reservation system you might not find an available space.
The previous reviewers were right on the money. This is a place to camp for a few days if you enjoy nature, quiet and really spacious pull through sites. If you enjoy golf, The Resort at Village Creek is about a half a mile from the main park entrance. The course is a killer and the many hazards plus some significant water damage to greens and fairways make it just tough and challenging. PGA Pro Kevin Patterson has his work cut out to bring it up to pristine standards but it is worth playing. As for the park, our Verizon Air card allowed us to post this write up ( barely ) and one should plan on coming with enough food as the town of Wynne ( best guess 10 miles away ) is pretty quite. We found one restaurant still in business after four searches with our GPS. This place probably is overbooked in the fall and summer so I'd suggest reservations. FHU sites are at the top of the hill and the W/E only sites are at a lower level. Lots of areas to hike or bike. With a 62 and over 25% discount, this place is a keeper and we'd return.
Strictly an overnight stop. Shower rooms while clean, were really dated/old. Laundry room was only a bit better. Sites are gravel and they offer a picnic table. Love's ( Exit 41 ) is right beside the park and includes a Subway. An Italian diner is across the street but was closed the day we camped. Free Wi-Fi is available. Host was very friendly. Road noise was not a problem. We'd use it again as a stop over.
Previous reviewer right on the money with the review. Good overnight stop, no restrooms or laundry. Sites are either dirt or gravel but no road noise. We had a Passport rate and the owners are most accommodating. Nice area to run/walk our 2 dogs. We'd stop here again.
Park has a Winslow address but guess that because one can't find Meteor City or Rimmy Jims ( two small locations along I-40 ). It is very conveniently located off of Exit 233 and is a nice overnight stop. Sites are wide, open and their Wi-Fi worked well at our site. Be prepared for lots of wind. They do have two nice fenced pet areas, a fuel stop at their entrance (high prices but easy access) and a fast food section (The Hole Enchilada) in their office. They had not received their food order so nothing worth purchasing while we were there. They do Passport America for water and electric only and honor Good Sam. No highway noise but maybe that was because of the high, steady winds. I-40 is about 1/4 mile away. We would definitely use this as an overnight stop.
A three night stay at the GC Trailer Village – full hook up – allowed us to see the entire South Rim of the canyon utilizing the excellent free bus system. The actual camp sites are spacious enough ( we’re a 41 foot 5thwheel with a second chase vehicle ) but we did require all three of our leveling boards and we could have used one more. They have wild pigs in the campground and the rumor was that one tusk er attacked a dog. There are deer aplenty in the campground and park and we were able to get some nice pictures of mountain sheep. We didn’t do any hiking but carry clothing that will cover any weather situation. It was raining the day we arrived and the night time temps were in the low 30’s in October. There is a market in the Trading Post area that will allow you to purchase basic food supplies and souvenirs. There are also several restaurants and gift shops. Golden Age / Senior Pass is accepted only at the gate – everything else is a no discount deal. Our Verizon Air card worked well as did our phone ( two bars ) and the rumor is that there is Wi-Fi near the Trading Post but we didn't confirm. We enjoyed the visit and would return.
We were surprised to see that this park is affiliated with KOA. This apparently does not make the park ( CRA ) member too happy. As Coast to Coast members we can stay for 10.00 per night for a max of 2 weeks. A week is enough. They do have a newer section across the road that people praise but C2C members won't get assigned there. Not sure why? Pool is small but adequate. People were friendly, Wi-Fi only available in the clubhouse. They have a grass area at the entrance that could be used as a dog walk but isn't. Instead you can walk the pets in a scrub area out a barbed wire fence behind the park. It's w/i 10 miles of London Bridge and shops but that's a 1/2 day viewing. Lots of snowbirds with golf and boating aplenty. Also lots of very warm days in Oct.
Rate we paid was for Passport America: good for two nights only. Sites just barely accommodated our 40'rig. VERY narrow as this an older park. Sites are gravel with small cement "patio." Park is on Colorado River, has Wi-Fi at office and club house. Club house was not open but it's on the river which is wide/deep enough for lots of boating. Parker, AZ is the only real city close to Big River, CA and it's about 7 miles away across the river. We did an excursion over to Joshua Tree Nat. Park (130 miles away) and was a generally dull outing except to say we saw 29 Palms, CA. Their signs suggest they have a problem with rattlesnakes and scorpions. The managers were exceptionally friendly and the campground was clean but there isn't enough going on in this facility to bring us back.
As a military campground this is one of the best. Gravel sites with cement patio. Ours was a pull through and we're a 41 foot 5th wheel, and we had plenty of parking. If they have a swimming pool it is away from the campground and on the base mainside. They could use some "events" within the camp such as pizza night or pot lucks. Guess they figure those staying here will hit the shows or casinos. (We hit the casino buffets - great ). They offer reasonable laundry charges (.75) and they have a nice fenced dog run with grass and clean up bags and tools. The Sunrise Vista golf course ( 27 holes )has wide fairways and is reasonably priced ( cheap for Vegas ). Good wi-fi connection in our rig. Very nice/helpful office staff. Make your reservations early if you plan on being here during the winter season. We'd stay here again.
Initial impression of this park is that it's just good for a one night stay, but the owner and hosts work hard to ensure your stay is pleasant. Our first night was in overflow ( we came in early ) and there are lots of cockleburrs to annoy the dogs. We we moved up to a pull through site and the burrs mostly disappeared. Strong recommendation: make sure you have a reservation, or plan on being turned away. All these area parks are very popular at this time of year. This park doesn't appear to be as noisy as other parks as they're off the highway and well hidden. It's near the Moab Golf Course ( $29.00 to walk and play, $42.00 to ride ). They do need speed bumps to slow down some of the people that don't understand the posted 5MPH. They serve free coffee in the AM and ours was a Passport America price. It's about 4 miles from downtown Moab: very convenient. We would stay here again if passing through the area as we had a nice pull-through for our 41-footer with real grass ( free of burrs ) and patio table.
OK, admittedly the park was officially open on 1 May and we pulled in on 2 May but our stay in this park lasted 10 minutes compared to about an hours worth of driving once we left the interstate. Reason, their directions are not correct (even as confirmed over the phone) and their address we learned doesn't show up on either of our 2 GPS units because it's a street address they made up. Getting to the park was over some really bad, pot hole filled roads out in the middle of nowhere. Sure they say they had recently had heavy rains but their roads in the park were dangerously rutted. The pull through site we were offered was just barely large enough for us and it would have been difficult to level our rig. The park gives the impression of being a permanent resident trailer park with mostly old and unsightly rigs. The park is selling lots/sites and the owners are supposed to maintain their lots but it appears they don't. The grass in those areas with grass was at least a foot high. The amenities they offer appear to be non functioning or non existent and a trip into town would be a long difficult drive. They offer no Wi-Fi and if they offered to pay our fee, we would not consider staying there. The signage to the park is only apparent when you get to the final turn off. Sorry to be so negative but this is one of the worst, most rundown parks we have ever visited - note we didn't stay for the night and just kissed off the non-refundable Coast to Coast fee.
Comments by the previous evaluator are valid, but we rate this CG a bit higher. We found this place after spending 10 disappointing minutes in another Odessa CG and we are happy they had no room for our 41 footer. They have a nice WiFI, good gift shop with an amazing selection of Oceola Cheeses ( you can sample them ) and a very helpful staff. We ate at the Countryside Family Rest ( 1/4 miles east of the CG on the feeder road ) and purchased one of their homemade strawberry rhubarb pies ). Nice meal and impressive and hefty pie. Road noise was not a factor although we are close to I-70. It's an easy in and out ( Exit 37 )on I-70. Our roof top satellite dish locked on within minutes from our site. We'd stay here again.
Stayed here for a week on a Camping World special deal (Lucky Seven). The staff here was exceptional, helpful, friendly and a real park asset. The park is about 1/4 park models and 3/4 snowbirds. The large club house is always busy (good library inside) and the two pools are always available. The larger pool w/ associated hot tub has a great view of the lake. Wal-Mart is 3 minutes from the park along with various dining opportunities. There are lots of planned events. Again, they should offer a free Wi-Fi site or sites throughout the park as part of the park fee. I-75 is close and some sites get a real earful but park can't fix this. It's well maintained park and sites were roomy. We'd return.
Read the January 09 review as it is right on the mark. We add that we were here on a special Encore promo to meet with family and were given a 30 amp only site. The power box was really low to the ground and the sewer connection ( we needed 40 feet of hose ) was the strangest we have ever encountered. The sewer and power says that this is an old park with mostly park models. The trash was a lengthy walk from our site and not centrally located and they don't offer a morning trash pick up. We we under the trees and therefore our satellite dish on top wouldn't pick up. The sites are typical Encore - very narrow & tight. The exit route out of the park is very narrow and a driving challenge. The special rate because of our memberships made this an OK park but their normal rate would keep us out of this park. They should upgrade their wi-fi and just make it free as part of the fee. The park is 20-30 minutes from the beaches but for these and the other kids activities (except pool/volley ball/ping pong) one has to get in your vehicle and leave the park. You're a distance from shopping/dining. The back part of the park is on the Myakka River but while I watched nobody caught anything except branches and debris. We would stay here if we needed to visit family again, especially for the price. Every park resident and the staff was outgoing and friendly and that's a big plus.
We camped here on a special weekly rate obtained through Camping World. We mentioned this rate to some of the regular campers and they became quite upset as they were paying 900/month plus their electricity. Their site wasn't much better than our site. The park has a 3.00 per day park fee. Not sure what this is for except to generate revenue. The park wants all spaces filled and will do anything to reach that goal. General observation of the park is that it's all about money for the park - not service to the campers. Their sites are really crowded and not well maintained. We had no problem with people cutting through our space as our rig and tow vehicle covered all of the space provided. The park is half park models with a few permanent trashy trailers They have one set of dumpsters and it's a bit of a hike to reach them. Ditto for the dog walk area - a 10 minute walk from our site and we were in the middle of the park. Maneuvering to our site was like skiing a down hill ski run - verrrrrrry narrow roads and this coupled with camper vehicles parked everywhere made for a very slow go to our site. They have a nice pool area,horse shoe pits, lots of shuffleboard courts, 2 tennis, 14 washers & 14 driers ( 1.25 for a wash, 1.00 for a dry ) and a large rec area. They have planned activities but you best be there well in advance to get your name on a sign up sheet otherwise the event will fill up. The office staff was friendly and helpful but the general concensus by the campers is that the manager isn't much of a hands on, get out and see what's happening so the park will continue to be just a tired old park that is now run by Encore. The night we arrived it looked like their public restrooms/showers had never been cleaned. We did not stay the full week and we would probably never return.
This is a Passport America park and as such offers great value. This is our second time here and the owners couldn't be nicer. For us it is a good, safe and not much of an out of the way stop while we're heading south. The park offers a nice place to really exercise our dogs and St George offers a couple of acceptable restaurants. While not a destination park for us we will continue to use this place as an "en-route" to our destination stopping off place. We recommend it to others.
Nice park under pine trees which translated to our satellite/internet dish not working. Our daily price would have been much higher except we came in with a large group and stayed a week. By staying in the CG you avoid the car driving and the boat/bus rides are great but there is always a wait for them. Sites are narrow but not too close together provided you can safely back in. Our loop (1700) is narrow and will test your backing skills. As previous stated their internet prices are too high - bring an "air card" and save the internet fee. Meals throughout the park also high (carry food/drinks into the park - especially if you have a family). Ignore this if you don't mind high prices. They charge 5.00 daily for pets and do provide scented waste bags but that's still too high - especially since we and everyone else picked up after their pets. The water was drinkable but the water pressure was pretty low. Their cable TV was mostly things to see/do at Disney and a couple of news channels. We really missed having our satellite dish. Other than that, it's a unique park and everyone should visit it at least once - with your little kids or grandkids. That's who it is really designed to please. We visit every 25 years so guess we'll be back in 2033 but probably not before as there are too many other good parks out there that need to be "checked out:.
Take Hwy 60 Southwest from Conway and you'll find Toad Suck, the town, and the COE park. It's right on the bank of the Arkansas River just beyond the bridge. Nice quite park and like most COE parks, one of the best deals available - $10 with the Golden Age/Sr. Citizen card. Has dump station and small country store with lots of things close by. Lots of open space to run the dog or just walk about. Our satellite dish worked fine and the sites were easy to level our 41 foot rig. There is a play ground for kids. We'd come back.
Hard to see how the 2007 reviewer found the sites short and unlevel. We had no problem with setting up and leveling our 41 foot 5th wheel. They do require cash or check payment both at the restaurant and campground but offer an ATM inside the restaurant. We have stayed here 3 different times and have enjoyed the quite and the food at the restaurant. They have no showers (toilets yes) but all sites are 30 or 50 amp with water and sewers. Toilets are for the use of the people who fish their lakes for catfish. Wi-Fi is available but with a charge. Verizon aircard works in this area. They have Tennessee Walking Horses near the grounds. Yes, we will stay here again.
A nice park with excellent camp workers. The work staff are friendly and helpful and worth whatever they are being paid. Camp serves a nice breakfast from 8 -10 ( Waffles, pastries, cereal, juice, coffee, bagels/english muffins ), very nice. Pool & hot tub clean and sites are easy to get in and out of. Has a nice dog walk but watch our for the goatheads/cockle burs in your dogs feet - most annoying. Only downer was that while we were there we heard of some tire valves being cut and a trailer hitch that was actually stolen. Not good and maybe for a park this size a night roving security might be helpful. I-40 road noise is bearable. If you visit, the RT 66 casino offers a nice buffet M-W (10.00 for two with a players card ). We'd stay here again.
A perfectly adequate older campground run as a mom & pop facility. Open spaces, grass sites with a nice area for dogs to run. If coming from the west, get off at exit 157 and drive the frontage road. It'll take you right beside the CG entrance. Nice camp store and highway noise was minimal. Sites are in the open for satellite reception. We'd stop here again.
This is a unique RV park that prefers to cater to adults although they do not forbid young people/kids. We initially thought this would be a boring park but there's plenty to do (drive to 2-3 golf courses with in 20 miles, good river fishing, sightseeing in the town and area. We were there to catch some great fall colors. Only downer, if it's a downer, is that they have a nice enclosed facility that could be used as a dining/meeting hall but I think they're only open for caravans. This park would be a fantastic caravan/rally park. For long termer's if you want to pay for June, July & August, they give you September for free. They close on 30 Sept. We paid 28.00/night for 6 nights and got the 7th free (172.00 including tax).
Not a bad park if you want to visit Garden of the Gods, USAFA, Pike's Peak etc. and hit the many local restaurants. Yes the park has road noise and the water pressure is very low but acceptable. We were on the upper level and had no problem fitting into a back in site even with our 41 foot length. Being escorted to the site would have been helpful as their road signs are not very visible. As Coast to Coast members, the price was wonderful and we'd stay there again. We did find the pool, hot tub closed for the winter but we were comfortable during our week at the park.
First we arrived at the park after an all day rain and the entry road and serious lack of CG signs ( they said that "someone" stole them ) made it a trip through mud-ville. It is away from grocery stores,(civilization ) the sites were soggy and water logged and we only were offered 30 amp and water and a view of nothing. The owners/staff tried to be accommodating but there is no way our 40' 5thwheel could fit/enjoy the space they offered us. The campers that were there appeared to be long term "homesteaders". The only reason we considered it was because it was a Passport America park but it's not worth even the PA price. If you try and find the park with a GPS, forget it. The GPS recognizes Old Wire Road by a different name. We would not return and in fact only stayed long enough to turn around and leave. They have a long way to go before they meet even minimum cg standards.
Nice CG, level sites around small ponds. No great restaurants/attractions close by. Rest rooms adequate and clean and had washers(2) and dryers (2) in the one we saw. Think they have two RR houses. We found some nice bike riding around Lake Okeechobee on the levee. We only used the park as a one night stop over but found it to be quite comfortable and well maintained. They do have "honey wagon" service but one one night stay included sewer hook up. They have two shuffle board courts, cable TV, a lighted walking track around the campground and a recreation room. We'd come back or use it as a stop over as the price was great.
This place is pretty much known only to the locals but it's a nice park that offers laundry,kayak/canoe rentals, picnic tables/fire pits, children's playground, volleyball area, fishing and birding. Close to the Indian River, the ocean, UDT/SEAL museum and a nice restaurant in Jenson Beach called Conchy Joe's Seafood. Only downer is their check in. We pulled in at 4:59 ( hit some traffic ) and we were lucky to get the male attendant to stay long enough to at least tell us our reservation site. For people who show up after he closes you might be caught between a rock and a hard place. When you do check in, you need to have $20.00 in cash to "buy/rent" the magnetic gate controller. That was never mentioned in our phone call(s) while making our reservations. Other campers had similar experiences with the check in process - no attempt to provide real service. Other than that, a great CG with nice sites, reasonable prices, good facilities and grounds keepers that take pride in their facility. We would be happy to return for an extended stay.
Used Passport rate which can be used Sun-Thur. Nice quiet park, with good place to walk the dogs. They offer wireless internet, but for a charge. Park is good for overnight stop & close enough to Charleston for a day trip. We will stay there again.
Nice quiet park but badly in need of a Wi-Fi hotspot. The rangers strongly requested that in the comment sheet we indicate the need for the hotspot. Had to drive 8 miles into town as there is only one site that allowed a Hughesnet dish to get to the southern skies. They have cable TV, but it's awful. We ended up using the Winegard crank-up antenna. Bathrooms were spotless, staff was superb and they now have new ( but very narrow ) blacktop roads throughout the campgrounds, so maneuver slowly as you search for your ( you choose ) campsite. All are under the trees. Nice restaurant ( Carey Hilliards ) for good reasonable food. Tybee Island was small and undergoing lots of road repairs when we drove through it. We would come back. Our price was with a senior discount.
We stayed her for 10 days in a 40' 5th wheel. Finding a level site that we fit in was difficult. Thankfully it was "off" season (they don't accept reservations - TOO BAD) and one was available. The hilltop sites were closed but were more open - they only offer water and electric and you have to make the trip down to the dump site which could be a pain. Pool was huge (but closed) but you are 1.6 miles from the Cumberland Mtn Bear Trace (Nicholas designed) golf course and it is spectacular. TN state retirees get a break at the CG and GC. Don't miss the park's restaurant. It's wonderful and reasonable and open every night. Be sure and bring a bike to ride around the park. We'd go back but probably "scope" out the sites to ensure we could fit into some space.
The Aug 06 reviewer must have been paid by the camp to write the review. The restaurant was basically non existent, they overcharged when it was open but that's Durango The food was marginal. It looked like quite a few sites were not level but the management says, what do you expect, it's the mountains. They discouraged fishing in the river and the if you reserved a river site well in advance, you might not get it. The office manager was not very friendly-in fact quite often just rude. It's a potentially wonderful park but it needs some managerial changes and some serious TLC - that's tender loving care. We'll not be back.