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08/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Elwha Dam is a very nice, quiet campground with lovely grounds. Although many of the sites lack privacy, ours (#8) is adjacent to a playground and so we only have one neighbor. The campground has free WiFi (not bad quality), 24 hour laundry, and attractive landscaping. The owners live on property in a house attached to the office/store, and are very friendly and give good advice about the area. The only reason I give 8 rather than 10 is that there is only one shower in each restroom, they charge 25 cents for each 3 minutes of hot water and don't provide liquid soap in the restrooms. Please folks, just charge a few bucks extra and give us hot water and a way to wash our hands after we use the john. But aside from those minor quibbles, it's a good value, a nice place to stay (even in peak season) and I'm very glad we moved over here and away from the RV shantytown at Log Cabin "Resort". We would stay here again.
07/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
We had a great experience here, and really liked this place. I didn't even dock it a point for charging for Wi-Fi, as the signal was fast and strong. We stayed three nights. Although Bothell is a 40 min drive from downtown Seattle (don't let the web maps fool you) this is a very nice base to see the town, and is a lovely park to stay in, with good restaurants and grocery stores close by. The kids loved the ducks, and the staff is excellent. There's a book "lending library" (leave a book, take a book), well stocked, and a hiking path. Most sites back up to the lovely pond. The sites across the pond from the road (where we were) were very quiet at night. The management was excellent and helpful, and each site was shaded by bushes from its (near) neighbor. Highly recommended: we'd stay here again. BTW, we found this place because we pulled into the KOA south of Seattle at Kent and were appalled--glad we drove a bit farther and ended up here.
07/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
The "cleanup crusade" mentioned by another review must have worked, because this park was spotlessly clean. We stayed up near the front entrance where the managers are, and most of those spots seemed to be short-timers like us. This park is not in beautiful nature, but it's a good base of operations for seeing Portland (though the traffic at rush hour is horrid both ways--avoid peak hours) and the various falls along the Columbia River. The park reminded us of a brand new tract home subdivision--which is much nicer than reminding you of a trailer park. The pool was nice, and the noise from the street wasn't bad (though I'd suggest asking for a site away from the street, as it's busy). We'd stay here again assuming we couldn't find a park that had high ratings AND natural beauty. The Wi-Fi isn't free, FYI.
07/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very clean park as noted before, with nice shade and decent (not great) spacing between the sites. The showers were great and offered unusual privacy. Could have had a party in there. Don't be put off by the smell of cows as you get closer to the place if you're driving north on 101: Pleasant Valley really is pleasant and is away from the dairy farms. This was a quiet place to stay en route to or from the sights in Tillamook (i.e. the surprisingly entertaining Tillamook cheese factory and the excellent Air Museum). The park is not a destination in itself, but is a good, quiet place.
07/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
Surprisingly nice place just outside the sand dunes, and about a minute south of Sand Dunes Frontier (which is a great place to go if you don't have your own equipment). The couple who run the place are extremely friendly and helpful, and keep it very clean and neat, with good landscaping, even though the park is not inherently pretty. The people staying there were very nice as well, and despite the folks in the back (by the dunes) all having ATVs--this is one of the few parks that has direct access to the dunes--people all followed the rules regarding ATV use and noise, and the park was quiet in the evening. We all enjoyed climbing the safe path to the dunes in the evening and playing in the sand after our afternoon at Sand Dunes Frontier. We'd stay here again rather than try other places. I docked them one point for not providing paper towels or dryers and soap in the bathrooms (hey, charge an extra buck and provide some soap and a hand drier for the toilets!).
07/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
Not sure why the prior review gave a 5 when the review was so positive, but I'm giving this KOA a 9. We loved this place, and stayed an extra night because the kids were having such a nice time. Very family-friendly and an absolutely beautiful spot, with each site screened from its neighbor. They've got a little truck "train" for the kids and an ice cream "social" at night, with pancake breakfasts in the morning (ice cream and pancakes are a nominal fee). It's family owned and operated. This is a KOA medal winner, and we could see why. It's one of the two best we've seen (along with Mt. Lassen), and I highly recommend staying here if you have young kids. The only reason it gets a 9 rather than a 10 is that the Wi-Fi was intermittent and very slow.
07/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a decent place to stay in the farmland near the Rogue River. Not exciting, but as the sun goes down the pool is good and the surrounding farmland and hills are peaceful. It's quiet though the occasional truck goes rumbling by. We didn't see much of the tiny town of Gold Hill, but this area is close to many fun activities in the surrounding towns of the area--this part of Oregon is definitely worth a visit. This would not be our first choice in places to stay (though those were full!) but it's not a bad spot, and it was clean.
07/2006
rating [ 9/10 ]
Awesome KOA--one of the "Presidents Medal" winners. Nice pool, great managers, clean everything, good store, etc. Lovely place to stay when visiting Mount Lassen--though the national park campgrounds at the entrance to Mount Lassen looks excellent as well. This KOA has nice separation and landscaping between many but not all of the sites, so you don't feel horribly crowded--though we had a large motorhome just next to us. I took off one point for cramped quarters and lack of WiFi, but this is a great place, and we recommend it without any doubt. Great place to stay when visiting Mount Lassen--which is also a great place to visit. The peak has 30 feet of snow in July, when the surrounding areas are 100 degrees!
06/2006
rating [ 7/10 ]
We got stuck on highway twists and turns on 36 en route to Redding as the sun set, and ended up in the sleepy town of Hayfork. Though there were practically no people around, we found some folks at the local saloon who pointed us to the fairgrounds. On the right side (don't go left!) lives the park caretaker, who showed us to a new concrete slab site surrounded by the fairgrounds and cow pastures. The area was clean, and the few others there were quiet. There's no road noise (hardly any roads!), no people noise (hardly any people!), and quiet cows. The one restroom that was open was clean and had decent showers. The place appears to be a county seat, and looks like the fair would be fun. There's a decent Mexican restaurant in town. Fine place to stop for sleep; not much else going for the area, though. I give higher marks simply for the peace and quiet of the place. It's not pretty, but we slept very well there.
07/2006
rating [ 10/10 ]
We loved this place--came here on the recommendation of cousins who'd been coming here for years. It's been around for over 50 years, but is very well cared for and well updated. The campground is beautiful, and very fun for kids. Nice swimming pool, lots of kid-friendly activities, movies at night, etc. Great "resort" type place for family vacations, and many kid-friendly activities to do in the area. For us, the highlight was the 300 yard hike down a steep path to the Eel River, where we swam for hours. Absolutely beautiful--bring goggles to see the fish! We will definitely be back here, hopefully with a larger group. The only minor negative was dust, though the lack of ugly concrete offset that.
07/2006
rating [ 8/10 ]
Samuel P. Taylor is a really beautiful state park, close to San Francisco and to Point Reyes National Seashore. There's no electricity, but the facilities are clean and the sites are well spaced and located in a beautiful redwood forest. There's a dump station up at the front. We stayed there while visiting Point Reyes, and although there are private RV parks nearby with better amenities, we haven't seen ones that are attractive--S.P. Taylor State Park is beautiful. There are about 35 RV-capable sites, and many more tent sites.
07/2006
rating [ 3/10 ]
All the folks at Antlers are friendly. And that’s a good thing, because you'll be packed in like sardines. In the summer it's like a tent city, and hotter than Baghdad. In order to back in our 19 foot travel trailer we had to move our picnic table, our neighbor's chairs, and their truck. Took 25 minutes. Despite the 104 degree heat, at night one of our several neighbors lit a fire in their fire ring. It was so close to our camper we felt the heat. The lake is nice but not fantastic. If you want fantastic, go to Mount Lassen, a few hours away. If you want the experience of sleeping in a refugee camp, this is the place for you. I give the place a 3 rather than a 1 because the pool was cool, the lake was swimmable, and the people were friendly. I didn't check out the WiFi, but you had to walk next door to the marina to use it, we were told. Bathrooms and showers were okay--old and run down, but not dirty.
07/2006
rating [ 1/10 ]
The owner and his extended family live on property at Streeters. They're all nice folks and seem to mean well, but the place reeks of squalor. It's in a nice setting near a lake, and they recently put in a boat dock and one small KOA-style cabin, but the rest of the RV "resort" looks like a third world country: dogs roaming, trash on the ground, old bits of broken machinery and parts of furniture. The owner had his young teen sons (who live on property in a separate beat up camper) clean up our site, hauling away broken bricks, a pile of rocks, etc. But they left pieces of old cars, furniture, etc. Truly a lousy place, and the bathrooms looked like they needed cleaning 30 years ago and nobody got around to it. I feel bad slamming it so badly because the folks there seemed nice--that is, until nightfall, when the partying started and went on until 1 AM. We stayed there because all of the places that were rated were full. Let this be a warning to you. There were plenty of nicer-looking places that weren't full, and weren't rated here, closer to Mount St. Helens.
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