Having read all the other reviews for Furnace Creek Ranch, it appears that no one has reviewed the "no hookup" area which seems to be pretty new. It is located behind the gas station, between the golf course and the park visitors center. It is a large parking lot (where else does one ever camp in Death Valley?) in a rough triangle shape with campsites marked off all along the perimeter with the large center area clear except for a fire pit. I agree with the other reviewers that the other RV area is the pits--crowded and messy, but we loved the new dry camping area a lot. The price was great, the sites were a breeze to back into and very long, the internet was fast and reliable (better than 90% of RV parks we've visited; amazing for Death Valley!), there is shade (also absent everywhere else in DV that I have seen) if you get one of the sites along the West line of trees, you have use of the pool, showers, shuffleboard, etc. if you want. All-in-all it is a great bargain if you can do without hookups. It was never full the four days we camped here.
I know it would have been helpful for me to understand the situation at Stovepipe Wells before I got there, so I will start with that. There is a motel/cabins with bar, restaurant, gift shop and pool on the south side of Highway 190. On the other side is a general store and gas station, NPS campground (which is a big parking lot with marked spaces and curbs surrounded by desert and fabulous views of the mountains). Between the store and the NPS parking lot is a smaller parking lot with 14 long pull-through spaces side-by-side close together. All this is in the middle of Death Valley with the nearest outpost about 25 miles away at Furnace Creek. We really liked staying here and think it is one of the bargains of Death Valley. For $16 (using the US senior discount card) you get full hookups, access to the very nice pool, and fabulous views front and back. In the NPS campground, you get basically the same views, probably more space (it was never more than 40% full the whole week we were there), generator noise, no pool (unless you pay for a pass) and no hook ups for a bit less cost. Staying in this area is much quieter and darker than at Furnace Creek and closer to some very nice and less-visited sites (sand dunes, Mosaic Canyon, Aguerreberry Point, the Eureka mine, Titus Canyon, Marble Canyon and others. We stayed at both places and each has its merits, but if you want to experience more of the quiet and solitude of Death Valley, Stovepipe Wells is a great place to do it.
This is an older park which is just a little shabby, but if you can get one of the ocean front sites. The views are spectacular. Many of the sites are so wide you can park your rig sideways or at an angle to the ocean. The sites are literally right on the edge of the bluff with a 180 degree ocean view right outside your door! This campground gets busy on weekends in the winter with families and groups of surfers, but it was not very noisy and never felt very congested because of the size of the sites and the openness on the ocean side. I imagine it is full all summer long. The sound of the ocean drowned out traffic and generator noise pretty well. I would return here in a heartbeat, but only on the ocean side. If I were on the other side of the road, I would rate it about a 6.
This campground has two areas, the full hookup area (where the sites are quite close together with little privacy or space) and the no hookup area (which has more room between sites and is closer to the ocean). We really liked being able to walk on the coast path to the pier (about a mile). If I were to stay here again, I would probably opt to take a site in the lower section without hookups; especially, if I could get one of the sites right on the bluff overlooking the ocean. All-in-all a very decent place if you want to be on the OC coast.
As a campground, Crystal Cove is not particularly beautiful. There are distant ocean views from just about all sites, but the landscaping is poorly-planned and kind of ugly. We had a 12-foot bush right in front of where a center-entrance front door would be, luckily we have a rear entrance. Some sites have a huge bush right at the back of the pad, blocking the ocean view. On the positive side, the beach is just a 10-minute walk away and it is spectacular. You can walk for miles, look at tide pools, watch the surfers, and get lost. The nearby towns of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach are great for shopping and eating. My rating is a combination of a "10" for location and a "5" for the campground itself.
In my opinion, this is the best campground in JTNP for a medium to large RV. We stayed here and at Cottonwood and we also drove through Jumbo Rocks. Black Rock and Ryan. Our 32' fifth wheel barely fit into a site at Cottonwood, but it was nice, if isolated. I don't think we could have fit into more than a couple sites at Jumbo Rocks and none at Ryan. Black Rock is just ugly. Belle is small, but about 7 of the 18 sites could accommodate a large RV. Our site was pull-through (a 40' trailer could have fit in it) and right next to a beautiful rock formation about 50 feet high. The views are stupendous of the desert all around (unlike Jumbo Rocks where the rocks are cool but there are no views due to the uneven terrain). It is quiet and there is nice space between sites unlike Jumbo Rocks. Belle is also pretty convenient to many good hiking trails and features of the park. We have been camping nearly full-time for three years and Belle was one of the top 2-3 campgrounds we have ever experienced. Get here early in the week to have any chance of getting a site, especially for a big rig.
We stayed at Cottonwood Springs for 4 nights before moving North to Belle. This campground was isolated and quiet, but it had water and a dump station. The trail to Cottonwood Springs is closed and it is quite far from other sights of the park, so there is not much to do here. It is a terrific place to relax and wander around the desert. Our 32' fifth wheel barely fit in one of the back-in spaces (we had to park our truck by the restrooms) but this was a better option than the "pull-through" sites, which were just too narrow to put out our slides safely. If you want a choice of sites, you need to arrive between Sunday and Thursday during the peak season.
This is a really hard park to rate because so many things are great about it, but it has one big problem. First the good: great location near Palm Springs downtown, very helpful and friendly management, nice facilities, a decent amount of activities, friendly people. The challenge is, as the last reviewer stated, the sites are short and narrow (made worse by the hedges between all sites) and we felt as though we were camped in a deep well. I was parked as close to the electric post as my slides would let me and I could almost reach out from my front door and touch the hedge on the other side. Backing in was VERY challenging for our 32' fiver. Since the sites are so small, there is nowhere to park except in the street along with everyone else. After two months of this we felt like we had really had enough. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of options close to Palm Springs, but if we come back to the area next year, we will likely swallow hard and pay the price to stay at another park.
This is a beautiful desert park just minutes away from the conveniences of town. The sites are large and flat -- very easy to back into. The desert scenery is spectacular and there is a variety of hiking and ranger-led activities (photography, dog walks, birding, etc.). We wouldn't knock a point off for no sewer, because that is clearly stated before reserving -- it's a regional park. We met people who stay quite long in the winter because their policy just requires moving to a new site every two weeks (kinda dumb, I know). I could see staying here for a long stretch because we don't care about a pool or shuffleboard or such. Verizon 4g and cell was strong and every kind of store was just 3 miles away. The only minor negative was the nearby shooting range, which we could only hear while hiking, not in camp, and this might be a positive amenity for some.
Everything others have mentioned about this wonderful park is true. We loved the privacy and quiet, and convenient location near Silver City. We debated staying at another RV park to be within walking distance from town, but it would not have made much difference as they are not so close that we wouldn't have driven most of the time anyway. I would also add that the office staff was great to deal with in making our reservations and even delivered some mail to our trailer when the office was closed. Great park and a very good value too!
We didn't plan to stay in Lubbock but got stranded here because of a storm and ended up staying 5 nights. This park, while not a destination resort, was a very nice place to stay. The roads were paved and wide, the sites were not too close together and the concrete pads were pretty dead level on our site. The location is very convenient to everything and though there is some freeway noise, we didn't find it too bad. The office staff was helpful and the rate was a very good value.
I was a bit nervous camping here based on some previous reviews but we wanted to be close to Carlsbad Caverns NP. We were pleasantly surprised overall. The sites were plenty roomy, most sites are pull through, the road is very wide, the utilities were good and the location, right at the entrance to the park, was ideal. There was nothing wrong with this park and I felt the rate (reflecting Good Sam) was a fair value.
We stayed one night while passing through and this was just about the only campground open in this part of PA in late October. The loop road was narrow which made backing in a bit challenging, but the site was OK. From what we could tell, it seemed like a beautiful park with a nice beach on the lake and the campground was in a very wooded area. Not a lot of privacy, but great for a multi-site group. We were in the pet area, which was about 1/4 of the campground. Our rate reflects the senior discount with the non-PA resident uplift.
We stayed one night during the fall so we didn't get to use any facilities other than the laundry (which was close and well maintained). The sites are roomy with nice pull-throughs. It seemed expensive to me (that's why I give it an 8, not a 10), but I think that is the going rate this close to NYC.
We were delighted to find this park open in mid-October when nothing else in this part of Maine was. We were the only campers the night we were there. It is a small, simple campground under large trees. Our site did not have a sewer hook up. I think the sites would be close together if it were full. The "desert" itself is an interesting place and fun to walk around. Not sure if I would like it during the high season when they are giving guided tours and lots of people coming and going.
This is one of the strangest parks we have camped in, but for us it was perfect. We go to Nashville to go out to the music venues and not to hang around the RV park. We have stayed in nicer places (Seven Points, Cedar Creek, and Nashville Country) but none were as convenient to our haunts downtown and the Station Inn and Bluebird Cafe. It was two miles to lower Broadway and less than a mile to 3rd and Lindsley and Douglas Corner. We were almost by ourselves the whole time, maybe five other RVs at the most. It is basically one strip of the parking area around the fairgrounds, about 100 yards from the motor speedway track and a similar distance to the agricultural buildings of the fair. The sites are up on a little hill and you can actually watch the cars race if you pick the end space (we did). It is very quiet and we felt safe here because the sites are so visible to the streets below. To be sure it is primitive and not beautiful, but it has full hook ups, a great location and quiet. We had to cover our bedroom vent because the street light was right above us and very bright. Next trip to Nashville we wouldn't consider staying anywhere else!
Very large campground with every site on the lake. Many of the sites had a steeply sloping dropoff to the site and it was a bit challenging to level our fifth wheel. The sites are private and the views are gorgeous. We only stayed the one night and it rained so we couldn't tour the park but it seemed like a great state park.
Rate reflects Golden Age Pass. Very nice National Forest campground. We were right on the lake with a very long, paved, level campsite. The campground host was very helpful. Really close to the Natchez Trace. The showers were individual lockable rooms, very private but kind of dirty with leaves and bugs etc. Not a big deal.
This is a very nice park with large spaces, lots of pull-throughs and great views of the pond and lake. The owners were very nice and helpful, lending us a CD tour of the Vicksburg battlefield and making restaurant recommendations. We only stayed two nights and were out sightseeing most of the time, but we would come back if we wanted some peace and quiet. Pretty convenient to Vicksburg (20-minute drive) and to the Natchez Trace.
We stayed here for 10 days during the Crawfish Festival and after. This is the closest and most convenient rv park to the festival and central Breaux Bridge. We loved the area and enjoyed our stay at this park very much. There were a few negatives. It was very noisy due to the proximity of the freeway, but the higher-numbered sites >40 would be much better and more private as well. There were some drainage issues after a heavy rain. On the positive side, the family that manages it was as nice as could be. They provided free shuttle service to the festival and even provided a home-cooked barbeque all during the festival--we felt like we were invited to their family party! The laundry and bath house were new and immaculate--probably the nicest showers I've seen in any RV park. We'd definitely stay here again.
I have to correct some of the poor reviews this park has gotten earlier. We have been camping for 11 of the past 15 months and have stayed in a lot of RV parks east of the Mississippi, and this park is one of the nicest we've stayed in. The sites are long and wide, mostly pull-throughs, with level concrete pads and large lawn areas. Most have some view of the Mississippi River and the park is very quiet. There is a wonderful paved walking path along the river and Natchez is a five minute drive over the river. Rough neighborhood? Ridiculous, the closest neighborhood is quite a ways away and it isn't Beverly Hills, but it didn't appear unsafe to drive through to me! Dusty roads? The roads are gravel, but not as dusty as many we've seen. Wi-Fi doesn't work? Well, this was true, but we've long ago given up counting on RV park Wi-Fi to work, as they seldom do. We didn't use the showers or laundry facilities so I can't comment, but the office and all the grounds are lovely and clean. Don't hesitate to come and stay here.
This is a beautiful but primitive park with the most wonderful beaches anywhere. Loop A is walking distance from the gulf side beach ( just barely) but the other loops are too far to carry stuff on foot, but a very short drive. There are showers and restrooms at the beach. One campground restroom was closed completely, and all the rest were really worn out and not very comfortable to use; you may be a long walk from a bathroom depending on your site. Some sites are very roomy, some are tighter. We saw many osprey, some armadillos, and heron. It is a long slow drive to any stores or places to eat, and the road can close due to flooding. But worth it all for the beaches and interesting fort, and a great value particularly with the senior discount.
We stayed here for about four months this year and plan to come back next year as well. Overall it is a great place to spend the winter in Florida we would rate it very highly. Negatives: They claim to have WiFi but it is not usable. The landscaping is sparse--sketchy grass, stickers that get in dogs' feet, very few trees. Spaces are of various sizes and pretty close together. Parking is tight during Jan-Mar. The office help acts like you are disrupting their day whenever you ask a question or have an issue. Positives: This is the friendliest and most active RV park we have ever stayed at. There are so many things to do every day and people are so friendly. There are "happy hours" every day at 4 at sites all over the park and anyone is welcome to drop in. It is like a big neighborhood in Leave-it-to Beaver land or a college dorm for the over 55 set. Dinner dances, bike trips, cards and games of all kinds, tons of people at the pool and everyone is outdoors walking and chatting all day. It is generally quiet at night. The Bonita Springs area is a delightful place to spend time--great beaches, great restaurants, and night life. Interesting natural areas nearby, cultural events in Naples and Ft. Myers, and the best weather anywhere in the country in the winter. We highly recommend and hope to see you there next year!
We stayed here for 4 weeks in October/November and liked it quite a bit. Pros: very helpful and friendly staff, well-stocked RV supply store, good location, spotless bath/shower rooms, nice trees, decent size sites. Con: traffic noise was loud and constant, but we didn't really hear it inside (but if it were warmer out and we spent time outside, it would have been annoying). Unlike other reviewers, I didn't find the park hard to navigate or run down or crowded. We also liked the neighborhood and found a few decent coffee shops nearby, including one that had a bluegrass jam on Friday nights. It is a bit longer ride to downtown than the other major parks in Nashville, but not bad. Overall, we enjoyed our stay here and would come back.
This is a very nice park, very "woodsy" with nice views of the lake from many sites. There are mostly seasonal units, a lot of hills and sharp curves. We liked the isolation while being walking distance from the activities of Wiers Beach. A few spaces have sewer, but most don't. This would be a great place for families with kids during the summer, very quiet and peaceful after Labor Day.
We loved Seven Points, even though we couldn't get one of the better campsites. This is the closest public campground to downtown Nashville (20 minute drive) and like other COE parks is well maintained and clean. The setting is beautiful and the sites are very private. Some of the waterfront sites are spectacular. One of the best campgrounds we've experienced. The rate we paid reflects the senior access discount.
As others have written, Cherry Hill Park is very convenient to Washington DC, has fairly nice amenities (pool, cafe, dog area, etc.) and is a bit on the expensive side. Like most commercial parks, the sites were somewhat small and there is not a lot of privacy. Our site is all gravel with a picnic table. Since the park is only about 1/2 full, we were able to pick a site with a screen of bushes on our picture window side, but most of the sites would be looking right at a neighbor. The wifi is pretty strong but the connection drops frequently. The store has a good selection of RV supplies, which is handy. Overall this isn't our favorite type of campground, but they do a good job for the niche they fill.
We really loved Gulf State Park. The park has suffered a lot of damage from Hurricane Ivan and a forest fire last year, but it is still beautiful and has a lot to offer. We had a site on the north side facing the fire site, but it was very beautiful and green and the views of the sunset were spectacular. People were very friendly, the bike paths were amazing, the area is filled with great restaurants and the beaches were nice. Unlike the Florida state parks, there is no stay limit during the off season (before April 1) so there are a lot of snowbirds who stay all winter. We will definitely go back.
This is a permanent resident park with a few open sites that they rent out for shorter stays. We stayed here one night and it was pretty convenient to Birmingham, quiet and reasonable. Don't expect any interaction with neighbors or social life.
This campground is more like a park than a campground. It is set among beautiful large trees and there is not much low vegetation so even many of the non-waterfront sites have a view of the lake. Sites are pretty close together but the "pinwheel" design makes many of the sites feel very private and separate. Well maintained like other COE campgrounds. Downtown Nashville was about a 30 minute drive away, so not as close as Seven Points campground. Rate we paid was with the senior access pass.