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01/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
We decided to come to Chimney Park after being in different parks for 4-5 yrs. What a wonderful change. It is so quiet here, no traffic noise, no sirens, and other noises of a busy area. Even though you are only 2 miles from the freeway and access to wonderful shopping it has the feel of country living. The concerns about being close to Mexico are totally unneccassry. As the Border Patrol is there 24/7 (due to the boat ramp) we never experienced any problems at all. They have some of th cleanest and nicest bathroom and showers, the pool is will maintained,the grounds are very pretty. Most residents stay for the winter, but people do stay for shorter periods. You don't have to leave the park to find things to do--dances, live entertainment, games of all kinds, meals including Sat. Breakfast that was especially good. The roads in the park are in tough shape, but that seems to be an ongoing problem in so many parks. We found that problem in just about every park we checked out. The atmosphere is friendly and everyone seems enjoy being there. The entire staff were very friendly and helpful. We will come back next year.
03/2011
rating [ 1/10 ]
This place is a dump! We could hardly get in the very small sites. We have a small MH with a toad, and didn't think we were going to be able to get out. Units here looked to be temporary, long term and were not pleasant to look at. Believe them to be transient workers or something worse. The price is outrageous for the quality, and all descriptions were certainly misleading and very much in error. If we hadn't been so tired, we would've left!
03/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
We were here later in the winter season, so many of the seasonal people had left or were in the process of heading home. This is such a friendly place, and everyone is so helpful. There are lots of activities, on-site laundry, heated pool with 2 hot tubs, computers, rec hall, shuffleboard. The one dance we attended was great fun! Our patio was smaller than the new very large ones. Work had started on the electrical service--heard it was 50 amp going in the older section. Sites were larger than most parks in the area, especially in the area off the street. There were a few pull throughs. Just before we left we heard that next year there would be an on-site manager and on-site activity director. Every one seemed to be really pleased about that from what we were told. Might just give this place a try for a longer stay.
12/2009
rating [ 6/10 ]
Getting to this park from the freeway took some doing, but we felt it was worth it. Tucked along a creek with deer strolling in the park in the evening, it was very relaxing after a long day on the road. The park appeared to be in the process of updating facilities and cabins. The manager was very friendly. It is very rustic. WiFi did not work for us, but we did get some TV stations. We just overnighted, but would stay here again.
12/2009
rating [ 2/10 ]
We overnighted here with the intention of staying a day or two, but after seeing the park, we opted to move on. It was rainy and muddy, so there was lots of mud tracked in the restrooms. They looked as though a complete cleaning had not been done in sometime. The ads we saw and Woodall's description greatly overstated the condition of this park. It is very junky and run down. Don't think we will be back.
03/2008
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a very large park, and appears to be fairly new. It is easy to access from I-35. The staff was very friendly and showed us to the site. We were only staying one night, so the narrowness of the sites was not a problem. Our RV refused to start the following morning, and we were unable to get a tow until late afternoon. The owner was very helpful is trying to find us a Ford dealer that would repair our rig. We had to leave our tow dolly there overnight, and upon our return they refused to accept any payment for their trouble, and the extra power we used. There were several seasonal units throughout the park. They have a nice pool, 2 laundry sites and 2 restrooms--even a small cafe right on site. We will stay again when traveling in the area.
09/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a huge campground. There are a limited number of full hookups and those are taken by permanent or seasonal rigs. The balance of the sites are much smaller and a bit tight for our taste. The whole area is very shaded which does offer protection from the high winds that blew while we were there. It easy to find your site and park, etc. The office-game room-store-social area are fairly new and very clean.this is the only place the WiFi was available. The staff was very nice. There was plenty of hot water in the showers although when the campground is busy or full, the one restroom building would be a very busy place. The campground itself if starting to look a little worn, with some minor TLC issues, like bent over electrical posts, leaking water connections, etc. The tourist places are about 2-3 miles from here, so you don't have noise or traffic to deal with. Not a lot to do in the campground itself, especially for adults. There is a pool and playground for the kids. There are planned activities during 'busy season'. We would stay again.
03/2007
rating [ 6/10 ]
I agree with the previous reviewer about the unkempt condition of the Riverside campground. We never saw the camp hosts at all during our 3 days. We enjoyed the size of sites and all the trees. Upon leaving we dumped at the upper campground, our hosts were working up there in the office. I mentioned to the ranger about the condition of the sites and restrooms. He expressed his appreciation for telling him. We love NM state parks and will mostly likely come here again.
03/2007
rating [ 2/10 ]
This is the desert and most places have at least some landscaping--this place is pea size gravel and blacktop. And pets owners have a long list of rules that you must sign to bring your pet into the park. The clerk was nice enough, and the flags and USA signs were a bit much. The spaces are very close--no breathing space at all. The price was one of the highest we paid & we were given a discount. The wifi did not work at all. The 'dog area' was so smelly our very small 2 dogs wouldn't even go in--so we waited until after dark and took them on a long walk along the blacktop and some dirt beyond tent area. And yes they used that area to relieve themselves and we cleaned up after them. One person drove their dog to the dog area, let the large dog run free to do its business then called it back to the vehicle then drove off. We agree that the owners should not allow pets if they continue (which we're sure they will) their attitude. We were also turned off by all the "friendly" signs everywhere. We will not stay here again.
03/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
If visiting Big Bend Park, this is the place to stay. It is several miles from the park entrance, but the atmosphere of this place makes the trip seem a minor flaw. The restful fire in the courtyard keeps the chill night air at bay, and the lighted fountain is very pleasant, there are also gardens to enjoy. The breakfast cafe, with another covered outdoor dining area, is very quaint with a basic breakfast menu. Yes it is gravel. but the sites are wide, everything is very clean, wifi is great and the staff were delightful. We enjoyed all the RVers and motel guests where everyone gathered around the large fireplace and relaxed in the rocking chairs and benches. Yes, the trains were frequent, but we didn't even hear them the second night. We would definitely stay here again.
02/2007
rating [ 3/10 ]
This seems to be a popular place to stay--why we don't know. It is a dusty, very tightly packed and worn RV park. They are doing improvements, but it's highly over priced no matter. Our slide was so close to the travel trailer next to us we could barely get to the hook ups! No room for steps, awnings or chairs. The dog run was filthy. Tons of kids in and around the pool and game room! The owner was a really nice guy and the workers were very friendly. The 'premium sites' were only slightly bigger than the rest. The only grass we saw was in the small dog run and around some very long term residents. We will never stay here again.
02/2007
rating [ 7/10 ]
This small park has several long term residents that have been there for years. It is not junky around the sites and looks well maintained. The sites are pretty tight and has 3 pull throughs. There nothing to do in the park itself, but lots to see and do in the area. Wifi was super! Cable TV is extra, but since our antenna got wrecked they let us hook up for free. We will mostly likely stay again because of family close by.
02/2005
rating [ 6/10 ]
This pretty much a bare bones park. The hosts were extremely nice and very helpful. The bathroom were very clean and so were the laundry facilities. There is a club house, but is was being use by a church while we were there. There were several long term occupants, mostly workers in the area. It's ok for a base to see the sights & visiting the area and for overnight.
09/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
We spent one night here and were rather disappointed. We had checked the reviews on this place so thought we would get more for our money! Well, that did not happen. We paid for the full hook ups (they are the only park in the area with full hookups). Their so called 'lake view sites' are an additional $8 per night! Maybe 3-4 sites. And there isn't much of a view at that. The spaces are ok, level and offer some privacy in some. The office does not open until after 9 am and closed promptly at 6 pm. We told that very sternly up on our arrival (we arrived a little before 9 am) You are not allowed to put out a mat of any sort and should you have visitors, they have to pay $3 each!!!! The restroom were very cool! The toilet areas are exposed to the wind and cold with only a metal roof. The showers do have outside doors and were very clean, but cost $1 for 5 min. & .25 per each additional minute. The owner was less than friendly and stern about the rules ("Make sure your Read and obey all the rules"). I really think this place is over priced. It is over a mile from Bayfield and there is nothing much to do here.
03/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
The is a great state Park on Rend Lake! But there was water everywhere as two storms had just come thru the area. More rustic than most State Park now, as they had no water or sewer hookups, but the beauty of this park far out weighs that as far as we were concerned. Lots of trails for biking, hiking, horse back riding, etc. Sites were large and level especially the lakefront ones. There was grass every where with fire rings and tables. We will stay again for sure!
03/2006
rating [ 4/10 ]
This was the noisiest campground we have stayed in! Only 28 sites were available due to winter season, so the place was packed. Sites in that area were close together--neighbors could watch everything you did and some did just that! We love kids, but the ones at this place were rude, noisy and totally left on their own. Using flashlights they played tag and lights were shined right in the RVs! Bikes were being ridden right thru our sites. We saw this the whole time were were there. (of course that is not the parks fault--just the parents). Yelling and screaming late into the night and later several cars or trucks left the lights on shining right in the RVs. The closed area was very pretty with bigger sites. Looked like there was storm damage as several large trees were tipped over and being cut up. If it wasn't for the rude campers this would have gotten a better rating, but the camp host sure did not enforce any of the common sense rules! We would check it out before ever staying here again.
03/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Park located just north of Greenville and is located on the side of a mountain. Looks like there lots of do here and some of building were being redone. The sites are general large and many have tent pads. Most sites were level with several pull thrus available. All the parking areas were paved. The road into the park was winding and some the sites were difficult to get in, so larger rigs may have a problem. The restrooms and all the campground was very clean and well maintained. We would stay here again.
03/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is an older State Park with water and electric hookups. Some of the sites were not too level, but were quite spacious. Restrooms were older but very clean and well maintained. It is off the beaten trail and way back in the woods, so it a little hard to find. We enjoyed the trip into the park, and the ranger we talked with was very friendly and answered our questions about the area, etc. There were only 2 other campers in the park, but it was not the busy season. If you looking for a rustic quiet setting this is the place!
03/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
We loved this park and wanted to stay longer, but the Park is pretty much booked ahead all the time according to the workers. We were on the river side, where the canopy of trees was so pretty. Each site is marked with a railing fence and lots of undergrowth which we really liked for the privacy. Of course, that be a problem later in warmer weather due to bugs! The sites were very large with lots of room. The river is so pretty with lots of room for walks and shelling. There is a swimming area and a fishing pier. Several people were fishing, but not with much luck. The restrooms were very clean even if they are older, and the laundry area was clean, too. The only problem we found was the powdery sand that really made your feet dirty and was easy to track in the RV. We are diffinetely coming back!
03/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park was pretty full when we arrived for an overnight stay. Most of the sites are on the waterfront with electric and water and were not too closely packed. You could pull in at different angles to allow more privacy. There is a swimming 'pond' but of course that was closed and a playground area. The campground was very quiet and clean for as full as it was. You would never know that you are in a very busy area in Florida. We would stay here again.
02/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
Park is very close to Tampa and very busy just about all year. I would suggest trying to get reservations. We lucked out for one site for one night. The sites are quite tight close together. There were tons of kids on bike, skateboards, etc and going and coming in the restrooms area. We later found that it was 'vacation week'. The laundry facility was very clean and reasonably priced. Restrooms were older but clean. This is fine for a night or two, but too busy for us. We would stay here again!
02/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is very pretty park although it was very busy while we were there (a Bass Tournament). Sites all seems quite level and large with many pull thrus. It was rather busy, but was quite in the evening. The roads were all paved and great for walks. Looked like there were hiking & biking trail all around the area, and of course fishing and swimming. We would like to return here.
02/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
We enjoyed this park very much and would have liked to stay longer. There seems to lots to do and see and you do get that 'camping' experience. The bathrooms were spotless and warm as could be. The showers had plenty of hot water for a tired traveler. Only thing we think might be a problem was the curvy, narrow road to the Park. The price was great with friendly staff
02/2006
rating [ 3/10 ]
This campground is just off the freeway and next to a Best Western Motel and a small truck stop. There are no services others than the pool and laundry facilities at the motel that are available (pool was closed). Area was clean and grass everywhere. The noise from the freeway and trains could be bothersome, but for 1 night it was ok and the price was right!
06/2004
rating [ 9/10 ]
This a very huge park with loops that intersect each other, so if you are walking it is very easy to get lost! Elk wander throughout the grounds, so you do have to careful especially when walking a pet. The grounds are beautiful and the sites spacious. It was very quiet even with most of the sites filled. It was cool and rainy when we were there and only spent one night as we were on our way to Alaska, but we definitely would stay again. We camped in a Motorhome in 2004.
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