An excellent alternative to Memphis campgrounds. Don't know how I missed it in my first 8 visits to Memphis. The $32 GS rate is for a gravel site on the river. If you're on a budget, you can get a site "in the woods", gravel sites with trees. for $25, and take a short walk to a bench on the river. All sites are full hook up. The office staff is very nice and most helpful. The river and its traffic can occupy your day. Even with the river at such a low level. Wonderful dog walking. When you make reservations, as for directions. I have two different brand GPSs, they did not agree and neither showed the best route. Most RVs should not use 8th street, there's a low ground clearance rail crossing. I will always use this campground in the future.
This park is large. The big rig area is far from the office. The park road to/from that area is one lane. Two motor homes meeting face to face? One is going to have to back up. I asked at the office how they avoid that problem. No answer. The area needs a lot of work. It may be new and in progress, but it looks like it was thrown together at the last minute. When you call for a nightly rate, make sure to ask if there are any add-ons. There was a hefty extra "holiday fee" of $16 when I was here. In addition to national holidays, they make up their own. For instance, all weekends in October are Halloween holidays. Otherwise it is the lowest price park in the area. Also, the location is excellent. It's a short drive to town and a shorter drive to the Park Visitor's center. Wi-Fi is not really available in the big rig area. The antenna is there, but the coverage is not. I was told to go to the activities center for Wi-Fi. We would stay here again. Follow your bliss.
The poorest entry/exit roads I have encountered. The interior roads were not much better. The park is not well maintained. You can get an idea of the overall quality of the park when you walk into the office. We will not stay here again. Follow your bliss, but you won't find it here.
I had stayed here previously during a major storm two years ago that destroyed parts of Alabama. The owners were very conscientious about getting guest into their storm shelter. A big plus. I had planned one night on this trip and stayed four. The owners are so nice and helpful, the environment so nice, the bathrooms/showers so clean, the grounds so well kept, that other than personal time constraints, there is no reason to leave. I had a tire problem. The owners called The Tireman for me. Problem solved. They have a 300 yard golf driving range! Amazing. Many acres of rolling grass hills. The spaces are level and roomy. You will totally enjoy your stay. We will definitely stay here again. Follow your bliss.
This park was a pleasant surprise. It is very well kept and beautiful. I can't remember better bathroom facilities. The managers are wonderful and a real asset to the park. The spaces are level. The in and out was easy with my 42' MH. No better place to walk your dog. I look forward to my next visit. Follow your bliss.
This is a very nice campground, family owned and well maintained. The man who checked me in couldn't have been more efficient and friendly. The big painted map outside the office must have been done before the park was updated. It is not accurate as to elec/water/sewer. For those with kids, tweens, and teens, there is beach volley ball, tennis court, basketball court, a nice pool, a very well equipped kids play ground, mini golf, and for adults two treadmills and two elliptical trainers. I was parked in 206 and the Wi-Fi was excellent. There's lots of grass, trees, paved main roads and very good gravel roads. The location is close to two drug stores, a very large super market, the National RV/MH Museum, and a Cummins Coach Care facility. I look forward to staying here again.
The phone message said "check in with the bartender." I'm thinking this isn't good. Well I did, and it was fine. It also introduced me to the restaurant, in common with the bar. I had my choice of two sites. The campground is small so I walked the whole thing, thinking of how I would maneuver my 42' MH. I eliminated one site due to a very tight turn. The second was a pull through, entering from the south. I didn't want to do that either, so I turned around and backed in. If you have a 45' rig I suggest you ask for site 5, and back in as I did. This is a charming park. The river and the bluff overlooking it, are the prime ingredient. It's a place where you can sit for an afternoon and read, contemplate, or talk. The restaurant/bar are a big favorite with the locals. Always a good sign. Try the buffalo burger. The Wi-Fi is good. Sprint is not available. They will let you use the land line at the bar with your phone card. I enjoy my stay and added another day. When you leave if you're heading east, the U-turn to the on ramp is tight, lift the tag if you have one. I will definitely stay here again, and plan a longer stay.
This park is one of those gems that if you are fortunate you will stumble into maybe once in three years. I had driven 280 miles through Montana and ND to get to Fargo for a three day sit for maintenance. That didn't work out. So I continued east on I-94 to the first campground in the book. I planned and overnighter. It is so nice, I stayed 4 days. I would like to have stayed longer. It's easy off easy on from I-94, exit 77, a few hundred yards north. Though it’s convenient to the interstate, there is no noise problem. As I write I'm sitting in the drivers seat, looking at two lakes, a meadow, and acres of green corn. I'm surrounded by grass and trees. The WiFi is great. Sprint cell service is great. The couple who own/manage this park is great. He’s a former combat Marine, she is meticulous in keeping the place looking perfect. If you like to find a perfect place to relax, read, whatever is your bliss, this is it. For kids, there are acres of mowed grass to run, play baseball, football, etc. There is a play ground structure with 10-12 stations, that will keep younger children occupied for hours. It’s a great place to chip golf balls or give your dog and yourself a nice walk. If you are close and it’s time to stop, give this place a try. You will enjoy it. There is another RV campground about 9 miles south of I-94 off of the same exit. I happened to drive by, so I took a tour. It’s probably 80-90% seasonal and permanent campers. I wouldn’t call it big rig friendly. I wouldn’t be comfortable taking my 42’ motor home there. In fact, though the campground was full, I saw only one motor home.
I almost passed on this park because of previous reviews. I am so glad that I didn't. The location is good. A short drive to Portland Downtown and the "interesting things" to see. It is true that arriving in Portland during rush hour is a problem, and rush hour begins at 2:30. All traffic is eventually routed onto a limited number of bridges, which will cause delays. However, prior to 4:00, the delay isn't long. Jensen's is a pleasing park. Lots of grass, three pools, a reasonable gym, and nice people to welcome you. Very nice place for dog walking. I do not notice a noise problem. I was there for two nights, Friday and Saturday. Train whistles can be heard, starting about 9:30PM. The last was at 11:30 PM on Friday and there were very few prior to that. I didn't notice any road noise at all during my entire stay. There are long term RVers. However, there are none of the problems we associate with that description. This park is well managed, well maintained, and a great place to stay, long term or just overnight. My motorhome is 42'. I tow a car, and had no problem maneuvering within the park. I would have rated this park a 10, but for the poor Wi-Fi. I will definitely make a reservation at this park for my next trip to Portland.
I made a reservation at this park for five days. I stayed for eight. For the last two I dry camped since I didn't have reservations for those days, and the park was full. There are limitless spots for dry camping. Just pick an open space and park. I chose a space on the lake shore. This is a smaller park, and trees are plentiful. It just smells good, like a pine forest. Lots of room and privacy at each spot. The owner and the manager are most accommodating. At the back of the park you will find a path along the Yakama River. One is tempted to wade in. It's crystal clear, and moves fast, but I'm sure it's quite cold. There were a few people fly fishing from the bank. The store at this park surpasses any park store I have encountered. It's more like a small dedicated RV store. Cle Elum brings memories of 1940s-1950s mid-America. Here are some points of interest that deserve your time. For excellent Wi-Fi visit Stella's. It's a small restaurant, opened for only three weeks when I was there. If you are health conscious, this is for you. All vegetables are local. All meat is unprocessed. The ice cream alone is worth a visit. There is buffalo chili on tap. It is so tasty. When you leave the park for town, at the first traffic light turn left. Thirty yards prior to the next light, Stella's is on the right, a few yards back off the street. There is bicycle shop next door. Next is the Cle Elum Bakery. Famous in the area. Turn right at the first traffic light after leaving the park. Go 4 tenths of a mile. The bakery is on the left, on a corner. You will be amazed at the selection of goodies. The third POI is across the street, Owens Meats. Think 1940's neighborhood butcher shop. If you are a meat eater, well, it's the realization of a dream. Lastly there is Beaus. I had dinner there the night before I left. Nice variety on the menu. If you like beer, try the Roslyn local brew. From the light, turn right. It's about three blocks on the SW corner. Enjoy.
During nine years of RVing I have stayed at over 175 campgrounds. I stopped counting at that point. Some are remembered for being awful, more for being excellent, and a few for being outstanding. Bakersfield RV Resort is in the last group. And just to confirm the identity of the campground, it is on Wible Ave. There is another in the area with a similar name. The rate is $39 minus 10% for GS. It is not now nor has it ever been $55. The resort is convenient to the Hwy 99, about six minutes and two turns away. I planned an overnight stay. I was so impressed and so comfortable with everything, I stayed for six days. The sites are long and wide. Each has a concrete patio and a lawn! I'm not kidding. The grass is lush. There is something about sitting on thick green grass that is totally relaxing.. Each lawn has a tree, most have two trees. It's a perfect setting for reading or just kicking back. The park is 5 years old and continuously maintained. The architecture is southwestern in flavor and very pleasant on the eyes. The desk staff is very accommodating and couldn’t be more friendly. The resort location is close to any service you will need. Camping World is about 1/4 mile away. Big malls are within minutes. For those inclined, churches, gyms are close by. I enjoy country music. Those of us of a certain age, will enjoy the Buck Owens museum, The Crystal Palace, about 5 miles north on 99. The resort pool, spa, and gym, are an added plus. The store is well stocked with those basic items you may need right now. The major surprise for me is the restaurant. On-site RV park restaurants are often just basic. The Crest Bar and Grill, is a stand alone restaurant, very popular with the locals. Always a good indicator of quality. Each time I ate there I was pleasantly surprised. The first evening I ordered a Garden Pita and tomato bisque. The latter was the best I have ever enjoyed. The pita was like no other I have ever had. It was a great meal! Not just the snack I had expected. Their chef has a great imagination. You will be given a coupon when checking in for a free brownie sundae when you order a meal. I tried that. As a retired airline pilot, I have eaten in restaurants all over the country and much of the world. In LA, SFO, NY. Atlanta, Seattle, etc., that brownie sundae would be priced at $15+. The price at the Crest, $3.95. It's plenty large enough for two people. And that's the small one. The Resort is also pet friendly. No "Keep the Dogs Off Grass" signs. Bag dispensing/disposal stations are provided through out the resort. Traveling through Bakersfield? Make it a point to stop at this resort. I will always do so. As another full timer told me, "This is a hard park to leave."
Some of my review will refer to comments in the previous review. I found that review to be overly negative in content and tone. I discovered this resort fours ago. I have been coming back every year for an in and out 3-4 month stay. I have been here in all kinds of weather. There was a rain storm last week. Yes, the ground gets wet, but the drainage is excellent. The laundry room has five washers and five dryer, with wheeled baskets and long tables for sorting and folding. The bathrooms are kept clean and fresh. The Wi-Fi is very good with multiple antennas. Especially at $10 a month. Park security is good. The gate is closed at 8 pm and the entry has a coded keyboard. Both the Long Beach and Harbor police patrol. In four years I have not heard of a theft. If you like you can lock you bike on a rack in the office. In the center of the park is a large grass area. If that's your thing, take your chair or just sit on the grass and relax. This is a well manicured resort. After each departure the site is raked. The grounds are beautiful. If you are parked on the south side, you look out at a marine preserve. There is a nice little public park just outside the gate where you can walk and exercise your dog. A beautiful walk along the river takes you to multiple restaurants. The Queen Mary is just across the water. Want to go to Catalina? The Catalina Express dock is next door. I have never encountered a nicer office staff. If you need a particular retail service, and if they don't know of one, they will search the internet to find one for you. They accept your mail and shipments from Amazon or any other source. The resort is in downtown Long Beach. Many activities are available. If you're into gyms, a 24 Hour Fitness is a 8 minute walk. Anytime Fitness is a short drive. The abundance of bike paths extend for miles. If inclined, you can bike to downtown LA, Marine Del Ray, Venice Beach, or just bike on the beach for miles. The paths are well marked and maps are available. If you like to bike hills, take your bike to Palos Verdes. I lived there for years, the best biking I have encountered. Palos Verdes is the location of the Trump Golf Course. Yes, that Trump. From the RV resort, it's about a 20 minute drive and right on the ocean. I cannot imagine a more beautiful golfing experience. The club house is exactly what one would expect at a Trump facility, including three restaurants, a cliff side bar, and views beyond description. All things considered, this is a great RV resort. Worthy of the title Resort.
I have stayed here four times previously, and will stay again any time I am near. It's big rig very friendly. The $15 fee is for Escapees members, non-members $27.50 to $31. There are two areas to park. One is open with large trees for shade but with good satellite reception available. The other area offers a good tree canopy. Great place to walk you and your dogs. This park offers a nice laundry facility, a large activities center offering full cable TV, and a huge library of VHS/DVD movies and categorized books. There is a group lunch on Tuesdays and breakfast on Sundays. The Thanksgiving dinner was amazing. The spaces are larger than normal, level, with full hook ups. The Wi-Fi is good. Something else is available you will find at no other park: the Smart Weigh system. Every wonder about the weight of your stuff? Are your tires, axles, or coach over loaded? Smart Weigh is a precision process, offering "need to know" information. Much better than truck stop weighing. Take advantage of it. It's the best RV thing I have done for myself, except for buying my motor home. The fee is $45. It will be the best $45 you will spend on RVing.
In my opinion, not big rig friendly. My rig is 42'. Turn radii to small. 50 amp sites are few, and most have to close or low hanging limbs. Some sites not level, my rigs airbag leveling couldn't handle it. First time that's happened. People are very nice and helpful. Great place for walking dogs. Lots of open space. Very convenient to interstate.
I prefer trees, quiet, waterfront, enjoyable running, biking, and dog walking. I have stayed in many COE campgrounds. For my tastes they are the best. I planned on 2-3 days at Twiltley, I stayed 2 weeks. I pulled into the site, vs. backing in. Great lake view, 15 yards form the shore, surrounded by trees, quiet broken only by the occasional passing motor boat. The walking etc., was so relaxing and safe. The lack of electronic perks is actually a blessing. No internet, no TV (unless you have satellite) but NPR is available on radio. Nine miles north of Meridian. All things considered, I am comfortable with my 10 rating for this park.
A previous reviewer complained about too much emphasis on children's activities. Hey, look at the name of the park! The people are at the upper end of the friendly scale. I had a bag of trash in my hand while walking my dogs to the dumpster, and one of the employees came out of the office and took the bag for me. Never had that happen before. The park is spacious, maneuvering is easy (even at 42'), great for walking dogs, and running. They have satellite not cable. Some sites are equipped for receiving, if your site isn't they provide a box for $3 a day. It was a nice stay, I would stay there again.
I have stayed in many COE campgrounds. So far all have been 10s. Always clean, well maintained, on water, it's a matter of taste. I like trees, water front, space, quiet, nice safe places to bike, walk, and run. At COE parks I don't expect Wi-Fi, cable, planned activities, or other things you get at a KOA for instance. That said, these campgrounds are great for families and kids and offer truly quality time. All things considered, that's why I am comfortable with the 10 rating..
This park will be two years old in August. Three years ago the land was a big, flat rock. It is astonishing what the couple who own it have built in less than two years. It is convenient to the interstate. It sits on a hill with great views, has a grass pet play area, and spacious sites. The couple are the nicest folks you will meet on the road. I will definitely stay there again.
This park is very conversant to the Interstate. The gentleman who check me in as well at the lady on the phone were very nice. The sites are large, all are dirt, no trees. It's an OK place for an overnight stay, but there are probably nicer parks in the area for longer stays.
This is the nicest RV park in my eight years on the road. An earlier reviewer complained about the Interstate noise. He must have the ears of a bat, it's hardly noticeable during the day and not at all inside the motorhome. The folks I dealt with at the desk were friendly and helpful. For me the most interesting attraction in the area is the Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War. I wasn't exception much, but was I surprised. Two days and I was only halfway through. I read everything. It's in Fredricksburg, a 30 minute drive. If your diet is not prone to burgers and fries, I hearty suggest the Peach Tree restaurant. It is a nice quiet setting, has a excellent menu, the food is fresh and thoughtfully prepared, the best quiche ever and the serving is the largest ever. It's on South Adams two blocks off of Main Street on the right side. I ate there both days I toured the museum.
Excellent park, even considering the lack of upscale facilities. Spacious sites, picture perfect grass, city park feet away, river walk, benches by the river, easy access from the interstate. I will definitely stay here again.
This is one of the nicer parks I have used. It isn't fancy. It is in a beautiful setting, 10 acres of mowed grass, plus trees and a creek. It is quiet. I am a light sleeper, the occasional train did not disturb me at all. Although it is only four tenths of a mile off of Interstate 80, there is no highway noise. The WiFI is excellent as are the restrooms and showers. This is a family operated park and they take great pride in keeping it pleasant. I stopped here for the night, but it is so pleasant I decided to stay for a few days. If you grew up in the country, you will feel at home. City folks looking for calm will say, ahhhh. It is the best park, in my experience, for sitting outside and reading or just relaxing.
It's a place to stop, but it needs work. The sites are ragged. Some long term residents use tarps, plywood, and hay bales to insulate the bottom of their rigs. Not a pretty sight. The owners, in town but off site, need to spend some money. The nicest thing I can say is that the people who check you in are exceptionally nice and helpful. They deserve a better park.
The only reason I didn't rate it a 10 was the lack of Wi-Fi, Cable, and the most jarring speed bumps you will ever encounter. But, hey, it's on the beach. The speed bumps are really stop bumps, narrow and high. The severity just isn't appropriate for an RV park. At 10MPH it could damage items in the RV. I didn't find the airplane noise to be a problem at all. The only other minus is the sewage treatment plant 50 yards to the east. Normally the wind is from the west, so the odor blows over LAX. However, with Santa Ana winds from the east or light and variable winds it can be suffocating. Before you open windows or turn on a vent fan, stick your nose out the door and check for odors. All things considered, I would definitelly stay there again.
This is a nice forest camping experience. Yes there are other campsites near by but not too close. The sites are on the small side not because they are side by side, but because they were cleared with as little damage to the native vegetation as possible. I have never driven a 40’ MH or pulled a long 5th wheel, but I think it would be a challenge on some of the interior roads. Many trees along the interior roads show scars from encounters with RVs. Guess who always wins. There are some sites that look big-rig friendly. The ranger who checks you in will know if your rig will fit. There are no hook ups. If you want to shower, use the one you brought with you or there are a pay showers near the entrance. Bring lots of quarters and rinse off fast. There are rest rooms in the camping areas. Take advantage of as many Ranger walks and talks as you can. These folks are very knowledgeable on the Parks geology, vegetation, and history. You will come away with knew knowledge and a much enhanced canyon experience. This is a great place to bike. The roads are bike friendly, there are bike paths, and you can bike to any vantage point depending on your own endurance. Bikes are not allowed on the rim trail. At first thought this was a bummer. However, the rim trail was meant for walking, looking, and contemplation. I realized that doing the latter two on a bike could place you at the bottom of the canyon much faster than a hike. There is a large supermarket within walking distance. The Nat. Park provides a shuttle service to many areas that you will want to visit. Only service dogs are allowed on the shuttle. For those who can’t bear the thought of not having full hook ups, there is another campground in the park a short distance from Mather, Grand Canyon Trailer Village which has those full hook ups. It is not run by the National Park Service. I didn’t bike through it this trip, but a couple of years ago I did. It isn’t some place I’d want to stay with Mather so close by. How can I put this, you have seen parks like this many times. If you have children with you, or you are on a romantic getaway, Mather Campground’s environment will provide a more memorable experience for both situations, even though a romantic getaway with children must be an oxymoron. I will visit the Grand Canyon in the future. I will always enjoy staying at Mather.
This park is under new ownership. The owners live in a house at the front of the property. Already there are new facilities being built and more land being bought to expand the park. There are some permanent, older trailers which you may find unattractive. I enjoyed my stay here. It is convenient, just off I-70 exit 49. I must emphasize that the park is quiet. If you pass through Higginsville from the north, buy gas in town as it is much less expensive than the stations at the Interstate, as of October of 2009.
This park is great. The staff provides you with a wealth of info on check in. The sites are spacious and shaded. This is a 55 and over park. However, if you are pushing 55 from a ways away, you can probably get a site. A reservation is a good idea. If they ask if you are 55, say yes. The forward area of the park is for travelers. There is a separate section in the back for permanent residents. You may walk your pet throughout the park, and there is a fenced half acre in the far back of the park where your pet can run off leash. Watch out for cacti. I did not use the facilities, but I would bet that they are excellent. The city bus stops right outside the park. If you visit the Town Plaza, it’s art galleries, museums, and churches, take the bus, do not drive. Down town parking is limited and traffic is heavy. I did both. The bus is no stress, on time, and comfortable. For fellow health enthusiasts, there is a Trader Joes and a Whole Foods on the bus route. Less than two miles from the park is a community health club/gym. The daily fee is $5, seniors $3. You have never seen swimming facilities like these. If you go there from the park, from Rodeo Street turn left onto Richards and follow this horseshoe street to the center. Rodeo has no left turn into the center. There is another RV park in the immediate area. I did a drive through. It made me very happy that I stayed at Trailer Ranch. For the Park itself and for it’s access to public transportation, it is the "go to", stay at place.
I have stayed at this park three times: 2004, 2005, and 2009. The park provides spacious sites and is convenient to town. There is a wooded tent area which is great for quiet contemplation or reading, and much cooler than the rest of the area in the summer. Pets are not allowed in the tent area. There is plenty of room for pet walking otherwise. The park is up for sale. The current owners have been there for 9 years. It will be interesting to see what new owners do with it. Right now, there is major construction on the main highway: 50, through town and the driving surface is rough and narrow. If you want to stay at Gunsmoke and are coming from the east, take the 50 bypass and turn right when you reach Highway 50. If that's confusing, look at a map.
Taos Valley RV Park and Campground: not to be confused with Taos RV Park. Taos Valley RV Park is the best park in the area, by far. The gentleman who welcomed me is friendly and as informative as you would like him to be. I arrived well after the office was closed. Their night check-in procedure is excellent. There is a map of sights that you can choose from. If a sight is not marked as available, it is reserved even though it may be empty. I stayed at site 31 on the front row. Those are full hookups and paved. The other sites are level gravel. The park is nicely landscaped which lends great eye appeal and for me makes it special. The bathrooms are excellent as is the laundry. However, the laundry washers are front loaders which I believe do not rinse adequately. The parks location is convenient to shopping, churches, and attractions. The large Tru-Value Hardware store, pricey, is a two minute walk. I’m not making this up: across the highway is the Guadulajara Grill and Truck Wash. When I visit Taos again, this is the only place I would stay, (the park not the Truck wash). I think the Taos town/plaza area is over rated unless you are a western art and jewelry fan. The Pueblo was a disappointment. The entrance fee is $10 and another $5 for each camera or camcorder. If you want a better Pueblo experience go to Acoma, about 50 west of Albuquerque off of I-40. There is a nice campground there. But that is for my next review.
This Park is well designed and well maintained. The personnel are friendly and informative. All sights are paved, with Wi-Fi. The location is convenient to St. Louis. There is a bike/running trail behind the park that is scenic and goes for miles, a very nice bike ride. The town of St. Joseph is interesting with many restaurants and things to see. If I find myself in the St. Louis area again I will definitely stay at this park. It is in the "Best Parks in America" group which may account for it's high $$$. I would have rated it higher if there were trees. But that is a personal preference.
Spring Lake Resort. I loved this park. There are several large ponds. I and my dogs watched geese land and take off. I was amazed there were no mid-air collisions. The dogs were entranced. The office staff at this park is excellent. I stayed at site 16, under trees and close to the office. We all know that Kansas is subject to tornadoes, which seem to zero in on RV and trailer parks. This park provides two storm shelters, easily hurried to, and one welcomes your pets. This is the largest park I have seen, except of Silent Valley Club near Banning, CA. I will definitely stay at this park again if I am in that area.
Indian Creek Recreation Area For those who frequent Corps of Engineer campgrounds, you know how nice they are. Indian Creek meet all of the accepted standards. The areas and sites are well maintained. The facilities are excellent. The registration personnel are friendly and informative. This facility is excellent for those who like a lake environment, quiet, and beautiful views. Although the quiet is lacking from Friday afternoon until Sunday evening. I was in spot 32 and had that area to myself during the week. The campground and the access road are great for leisure or hard bicycle riding. I wish I had such a campground to stay at on all of my stops.