We had a great stay at Wales West Campground. Slightly off the beaten path near Fairhope, Alabama. This campground is great for kids and adults alike who love trains. The steam engine was running the weekend we were here. The rides are free to campers. They also have a diesel engine and some smaller model trains. The sites are gravel but level. Nice pull through sites. Services were great. WiFi worked perfectly. Has a heated indoor swimming pool. This campground is very quiet. Staff is very friendly. While we were at the campground they were unloading the 1/8 inch scale train and they let my four year old son drive it (with some assistance). They also gave him his very own pair of engineer gloves. This was probably the best day of his little, four year old life. We would camp here again.
We camped here over fourth of July weekend in a motor home. We have a 41 foot RV with slides. Overall, the park is fairly nice. It's small, 30 sites total all back in. They have electric and water only, no sewer. There is a dump station on the way out. The downfall to this park is the entrance gate is extremely narrow and I was definitely nervous getting into the park. The road from the gate to the park is about 1.5 miles and all gravel. It's the biggest mess. We had our bikes on a rack on the back and they were completely white with dust. Even the trees and bushes had a layer of white dust on them. We had an issue with a dumpster right next to our campsite that smelled terrible. However, we called the park and they actually had it moved for us. So, I was impressed with the service. The campground is on a small lake. There is no playground equipment within walking distance. Overall, a primitive campground. We would not likely stay here again but mainly because of the gravel road issue.
We had to have an executive spot due to our length. These spots are more expensive, but are in the front of the park near Hwy 98. Its quite a hike to the "beach" area and sound. We were disappointed that our executive spot was right next to the garbage dump. The beach area has nice white sand but the water is down a set of stairs. There is an approx an 8 foot sea wall there. The water is the sound and has quite a bit of debris. It is not ideal for swimming. The pool was nice. There is nice playground equipment but it sandwiched right on side of the main road and in the full sun. The equipment is that heavy duty plastic but it was too hot to get on throughout most of the day. We had a pull through spot however the exit was too narrow for us to actually use and it was a sand road. There was one area that we would have to had squeezed our coach through a tree and some big bushes. We opted instead to just back up to get out. We would probably try another campground in the area next time.
We stayed one night in Hannah Park. This was a lovely RV park. We had a nice pull through site. The area is densely treed which makes for a very nice spot. We were unable to use the satellite for this reason but that is ok with me. The trees were wonderful. This park has beach access with a moderate walk. There are nice playgrounds for the kids. The country store left a little to be desired. Not much in there. There is an ice cream store. The bathrooms were ok. The floors were slightly muddy. We would definitely camp here again. Its such a beautiful park.
We actually did not stay in this park and I will explain why. I called for a reservation for our 41" motorhome. They informed us that they had one pull through site available and that they were holding it for us. We called again around 8 pm because we were running late and they said no problem just check in with the guard when you arrive. We arrived around 10pm and the guard gave us a map to the sight. However, he drew the route incorrectly which put us on the wrong street for the pull through. The streets were very narrow and we had to back down the street to go the right direction. We then headed to our spot however it was occupied! No pull through sites were open. We went back to the front and the guard said there were two back in sites still available that we could use instead however it turned out that those two spots were completely full of cars. There were no spots available to park. We ultimately left and spent the night in the Bass Pro Shop parking lot. The streets were very narrow and there were a lot of permanent trailers with crazy brickwork that jutted too close to the street. We would not attempt to stay here again.
Overall, a nice campground. There are limited amounts of trees but Katrina is responsible for that. The sites are very level. The bathrooms/showers were clean. Lots of hot water. We did not use the pool. The casinos are close by but you do need a car to get around. The only problem what we had was that they left a note on our door while were gone stating that we had not paid enough for all the people that were staying with us. We had paid for 4 and actually had six. However, we told them when we checked in that we had six people and assumed that they would have charged us the right amount. They apologized and ultimately did not charge us the extra amount which we would have gladly paid had they not been ugly about it. But is was kind of rude to leave a note on our door stating we still owed more money. I would camp here again.