Who knew Stephen Foster wrote the state songs for Florida and Kentucky and the Compton Races? I hadn't until we stayed at this campground / Culture Center. There is a Clarion that plays Stephen Foster Music at 10, 12, 2 and 4 during the day which is a nicer then expected bonus to the stay. It's loud enough to be heard clearly in the campground but not loud enough you can't continue a conversation while it's playing. The sites were very private, good size, with lots of room for a 34 foot fifth wheel and a 22 foot truck. Enough privacy that you didn't really notice your neighbors sitting out around their campfires, as you sat out next to yours. There was a lot of rain when we were here, but the sites are sand and gravel with good drainage so it wasn't a worry at all. The river was flooding so we couldn't go on the hike next to it. We will be back here in years to come as we travel down away from the weather in winter.
A bit pricey for a state campground and they're not completely done with the renovations yet. That said, we are talking about a full hookup campground in central Florida with very large sites. Lots of families on the weekends so expect kids running around. It is a beautiful, clean park which once the trees grow in a bit will be a shining jewel in the state park system.
Periwinkle Park was a pleasant surprise: I was expecting it to be so much the RV parking lot or worse, a trailer park. And yes, the sites were fairly close to each other and yes there are mobile homes here. But the RV portion is off to one side and the sites are large enough not to be right on top of each other. The Gulf of Mexico is a nice walk to get too and to stroll with your honey along the surf line. The bath house was good, the laundry was an eye opener. The typical washer and dryer but for those things one would prefer to dry on a line, there were lines out behind the laundry, fenced in from the dust of the park. The other thing that was interesting was the birds. It appears someone who has a bird show keeps their stars out at the park for the winter. You can see them as you go for a walk around the park. All in all, we'd stay here again. The price while high, does reflect the nature of the location.
This location could not be beat: we were right at the end of Seven Mile Bridge on Marathon and could go north or south along the Keys to different attractions. The rate was good at $52 a night for the area, but was only that low because of the show special at the Hershey RV show. When you look at the site map and look at sites that appear to be next to the water, look again and make sure there are not trees to the rear of the site. We didn't do that and found that the "trees" to the rear of the site were Mangrove trees completely blocking the view of the bay. So yes we were backed up right up to the water / trees. No we couldn't see anything but the trees. Overall though, in spite of the wind and the cold, (The worst winter in memory we were told over and over), it was a good trip.
While this park has everything you can think of, everything is a pain in the biscuits. Swimming Pool, Hot Tub, and the Bathhouse are on one side of the park close to the first three rows but far from the bulk of the sites. All the amenities are here, but so is the price tag at $46 a day. Then there are the negatives. Starting with the sites. Very small sites, all pull-throughs but narrow enough that they send you out with a guide to get you parked. We don't like to run the fiver all the way to the end of the site, but to get the slide outs out we had to be pretty forward in the site. About three feet from the end of the site. Leaving not enough room to park behind the unit. Normally if I park that close to the front I just park in back. At this park, I couldn't do that without four feet of truck sticking out in the road. Canting the truck to minimize the chance of being hit left me on the grass (a no-no the managment informed me). There is no other place to park the truck.
The campground has just this season completed renovating the last of the camping loops. The sites were very large in the loop we were in (loop A),the only loop not right on the The other two loops have sites that are a bit closer together but not horrid. There is a swimming lagoon as well as boat rental. The sites are large and well set up. Even with kids running around the park sprawls enough that your not running over each other. This is why I loved camping as a kid places like this. As with all things some sites were more level than others and while the bath houses were new and shiny the showers were metered and I had to keep hitting the button to get a hot shower.
If you own a Hitchhiker or want to buy one and have to go to the factory you cannot beat this park. The sites are easy to get into as they're fairly short but double wide so we have the truck parked next to the trailer. There is a large park so you can walk your dog but be careful as there are two busy streets. The price is good and if you need to be in Chanute proper the location is great.
We were just there for the 2009 AQS Quilt Show and it was fantastic. A sight right on the Ohio river for $105 for the week. There was a fishing dock right there next to our site. I watched them pulling a pretty steady pace of catfish out of the river. Great Blue Heron's feeding just 20 feet from our fire ring. Go enjoy this park as the price is great and it's old fashioned camping. If you want a swimming pool and someone to babysit your kids, maybe a different park would be better for you. Mallo