This is one of three COE campgrounds on Mark Twain Lake. The sites have great spacing between them and each has a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern post. The sites are paved and most are long. The first and second loop have a few full hookup sites. The third loop offers electric only sites. While the sites are fairly level side to side, there are a few that have quite a bit of slope front to back. The campground is clean and well maintained. I was in site 69 and able to get most of the major networks over the air by pointing my antenna to the northeast. The only thing I didn’t like about the campground was all of the sites require you to back in on the passenger side. A heads up for those using Blue Totes, the dump station is by the registration office and is a rather long distance from the camping loops. There is also a marina close to the campground. My nightly rate reflects a 50% seniors discount.
ABC campground is a great choice for staying in the Branson area. The staff is friendly and they escort to your campsite. You can buy tickets to the Branson shows in their office and on some of the shows they offer a discount that is better than you can find elsewhere. WiFi at our site was strong and each site has basic cable TV service. The sites are gravel and may require some side to side leveling. Each site had a picnic table but there are no fire rings. Like all of the commercial parks in Branson the sites are close together but opening your awning is not a problem and there is plenty of room for rigs with opposing slideouts. Trash is picked up at your site every morning. The campground also has a coin-operated RV wash, a game room, a coin-op laundry, swimming pool, and Jacuzzi tub. The campground has a rally coordinator and the staff is very experienced at hosting rallies. The campground also has a very large air-conditioned pavilion for rallies. We recently attended a rally at ABC and the staff was outstanding. The campground will cater food and will even bring in professional entertainment for rally events. Our rally group booked the Hillbilly Party at the campground and it was great fun and as good if not better than some Branson shows.
This campground is overpriced for what it offers. The sites are pull-through combination sites. In other words you pull through and then someone can back into the site behind you. They do offer single pull through sites at a higher nightly rate. The park roads and sites are hard-packed dirt with some gravel mixed in. Fortunately it didn’t rain while we were there. Each site had a picnic table and fire ring but the sites are narrow so if your neighbor has a campfire it will be very close to your RV. Over-the-air television is weak and the park does not offer cable TV. The pay for use Wi-Fi is available through Tengo and was is next to useless. Highway noise from the nearby Interstate Hwy 44 was loud. I would hate to try sleeping in a hybrid or popup trailer with the amount noise. I felt the park’s pool was small considering it had an eight foot deep end. The small fishing lake was very nice and there was no state fishing license required and no fee to fish it. The showers and restrooms were very clean.
The two lane road to the park is very narrow. My real issue was with the road within the park. The road is uphill and in need of repair. A sign near the top where the road turns sharply warns you to maintain your speed because of the loose rock they call a road. Wi-Fi signal was weak and very slow. Sites are very close together and required some leveling. Restrooms and showers were clean but dated.
This is a clean and well kept campground. The campground road is blacktop and the RV sites are concrete and level. A majority of the campsites have both water and electric with 50 amp service. The dump station was very clean also. A real plus for this state park is that it has Wi-Fi available at each site which was nice because our cell phones couldn’t get a signal at the park. The spacing between the sites was OK. Each site has a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern post. All sites at the park at reservable through the state park’s website. The park has some nice hiking trails, and the Meramec River is a within walking distance. There is a small playground at the front of the campground that is in full sun. The bathrooms and shower houses were clean but looking a bit dated. The park sells ice and firewood. Rangers patrol the campground regularly. I highly recommend taking a tour of both the Onondaga Cave and the Cathedral Cave, both are located in the park. Be warned though, the Cathedral Cave tour requires you to hike ½ mile through the woods to get to it.
We spent a week at Elk Meadow RV park. I find this park difficult to rate. Compared to other campgrounds in the Estes Park area, Elk Meadow is probably the best of the bunch. We were in the “B” section which I considered to have the tightest sites in the park. The roads and sites within the park are a gravelly dirt and not maintained very well. Most sites will require some leveling. Some parts of the park really are overrun with ground squirrels and their burrows are everywhere. The Wi-Fi worked, but at times was slow. On the positive side, the swimming pool was very clean but the hot tub usually had a number of children in it. There was a beautiful mini-golf course, horse shoe pits, a bean bag toss, and a playground. The on-site laundry was large and clean. The bathrooms were dated, but clean. The cable TV offered a very large number of channels. There is also a small store on the property and the park staff was very friendly. The biggest plus for this park is that it is very close to the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. With better road and site maintenance and better terracing of the sites, this park would rate much higher. Our nightly rate reflects the weekly rate with the Good Sam discount.
The road to the campground in Hawn State Park is blacktop and at times, very steep. The campsites are concrete and level. Sites 1 through 9 are not big rig friendly. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and a post for a lantern. There is an amphitheater with weekend programs and a playground. 26 of the 45 sites offer 30 amp electric, the others are basic sites. There are an additional 5 sites that are for walk-in tent camping. Most of the sites are shady so if you want to use a satellite dish there are only a few that would be suitable. The campground is down in a valley so with the new digital TV stations we couldn’t get any television reception at all. We also couldn’t get a cell phone signal at the campground but driving to the top of the ridge where the dump station is located we could make cell phone calls. A few of the sites back up to the very small Pickle Creek which is great for kids to play in. There is no potable water at the dump station so you have to drive into the campground to fill your fresh water tank at one of the few water spigots spaced out amount the sites. The park has a small laundry and a pay phone available. The showers and bathrooms were clean. If you reserve a site online through the state’s website there is an charge of $8.50 per site in addition to the daily rate of $19 for electric sites.
Hinton RV Park is easily accessed from Interstate 55 and good for a basic overnight stop. The roads and the RV sites are gravel with a small green space between each site. An escort will guide you to your site. The park offers full hook ups, free Wi-Fi, and cable TV with a large selection of stations. Be sure to let the office know your desire for Wi-Fi. There is no shade in the park which should be great for satellite reception. The park had quite a few seasonal RV’ers but none look like permanent residents. The park doesn’t have a pool or a playground for kids. Trash barrels are spaced throughout the park so that you don’t have to walk far to throw away your trash. The restrooms and laundry were small but clean. Lamberts restaurant (home of the throwed rolls) is very close to the park for those with big appetites.
This is a fairly new RV park and because of this there are no shade trees yet. The restrooms and laundry were very clean. The roads are paved and the sites are concrete and level with a small patio. Most of the sites are back-in but they do have a few pull-thrus. The staff is friendly and very helpful. They have a pool, hot tub, free Wi-Fi, and while they do have cable TV they only offer 15 channels. The park’s brochure shows a playground but I didn’t see one. The park is easily accessed from I-55 at exit 287. The park is right next door to an RV dealership that has an extensive parts department. This park is just one exit (2 miles) from a nice mall, lots of restaurants, and a theater. The only drawback to this park is that it is on the flight path of Memphis International Airport which is the hub for FedEx. Most of the FedEx planes leave in the middle of the night.
This campground seems to be geared more toward the older crowd. There’s no swimming pool or hot tub, there’s no playground, no campfires, no tents allowed, and dogs must be walked outside the park. The park is clean, the restrooms were spotless, and the staff friendly. As others have mentioned, the highway is close by and elevated railroad tracks are right next to the campground with many trains passing by. Although the highway traffic couldn’t be heard, our sleep was interrupted by passing trains in the night. The roads are paved and the sites are concrete and wide with a picnic table at each site. The free Wi-Fi worked well but was slow. The park’s cable TV system offered a large selection of stations and there was a phone hookup next to the cable hookup. Most of the pull through sites are long but the backin sites are short requiring you to unhitch from all but the shortest trailers. I considered our rate of $50.00 to be way overpriced for what you get.
This is an excellent RV park. There is good spacing between most of the sites and the roads and sites are concrete and level. The park can handle big rigs without a problem. The bathrooms and showers were spotless. Wifi and cable are included in the cost of the site. Wifi was excellent but the picture quality of the cable TV was not the best. The owners and staff went out of their way to make our stay pleasant and enjoyable. It’s just 10 miles to Branson but the road is a two lane and very curvy road. In this price range, this is one of the nicest parks we’ve ever stayed at.
This is an excellent COE campground on Carlyle Lake, Illinois’ largest man-made lake. Sites 75 - 97 are full hookup. Many of the sites in the campground are long enough to fit a fifth wheel, truck, and a boat. The campground is close to the marina and a restaurant. The restrooms and shower houses are clean, but there wasn’t a hot air blower or towel dispenser in the restrooms. There are grocery stores and a WalMart close by in the town of Carlyle. We used our “America the Beautiful” pass and paid $12 for a full hookup site.
This park is a bargain. Paved roads, paved sites, wifi, and full hookups for $17 a night. The park is in the town of Farmington. The owner is very friendly and offers a lot of information on the area. There is gravel between the sites with a picnic table. The park is very clean. This is an excellent choice for an overnight stay in this area.
The roads are narrow as are the sites and very few could accommodate a fifth wheel and the tow vehicle. We were on the back row by the berm and wifi didn’t work at that location for us at all. Because of the narrow roads, back-in sites can be difficult to negotiate. Satellite users be warned, there are lots of mature shade trees with little open sky. All the sites were narrow but each had a small strip of grass. The Laundromat was closed and locked at 8:00 PM and you had to have your last load in by 6:30 PM, we found this to be inconvenient. No swimming pool. The location of the park is very convenient to Arches National Park and Moab. We will be staying at a different park the next time we visit the area.
Cape Camping and RV Park is a very clean park. The roads are paved and the sites are gravel but level. The office store was meager but they did offer VHS and DVD rentals. The park has one of the most comprehensive game rooms I’ve seen, so if you have kids bring lots of quarters. The pool was clear and warm and the RV park has a very nice mini-golf course. There is also a 2 acre fishing pond (no license required). They have free WiFi and free cable TV with more channels than you normally find at many other campgrounds. There are no shade trees at the sites and the sites are somewhat narrow. I measured the width of the green space between the sites at 10 feet with an additional width of 12 feet for the pad. Easy access from I-55 and the park is located just over a mile from the interstate so highway noise was not an issue.
The Perryville KOA is easily accessed from I-55. The campground is clean and the bathrooms were spotless. The owners are friendly and helpful. The campground offers a very nice playground, a beautiful pool with a sun deck, a small fishing lake, two pavilions, fire rings at each site, and a mini-golf course. The free Wi-Fi worked well from our site and the campground store was well stocked. This park offers lot of shade from the mature Oak trees so you might want to call ahead if you need a site for your satellite connection. The roads are gravel as are the sites and might require some leveling. There is a short trail (50 yds.) connecting the campground to the conservation lake, and from there a 4 mile trail around the lake.
This is a very family oriented campground. During the summer months they have planned activities for the kids on weekends and the playground includes a bounce house. The park also has a small fishing pond , a mini-golf course, a small arcade, and a small swimming pool. This is a very good campground for RVers with children. The roads and sites are gravel and a host will guide you to your site. Each site had a picnic table and fire ring. I considered the side to side spacing just barely adequate and probably wouldn’t be happy if someone had a campfire that close to my rig. There are lots of mature trees that provide shade and the trees are trimmed to a height to accommodate tall rigs. Many of the sites are back ins and during crowded times the RV’s are parked back to back. During less crowded times the sites are used as pull-throughs. Highway noise from the nearby Interstate highway was very noticeable at night. The bathrooms near the office/store were very clean and while the bathrooms near the pool were clean, the fixtures were showing rust and the walls could use a fresh coat of paint. The laundromat was dingy and could use some paint too. The staff was friendly, courteous, and helpful. We paid $32 a night which I thought was very pricey considering it didn’t include cable TV and you had to pay for WiFi.
Some of the sites offer 50 amp service. Water is available at the few water spigots located throughout the campground. The dump station is double sided but with only one sewer dump and the potable water spigot wasn’t working the weekend we were there. The roads in the campground are paved but the sites are gravel and some require leveling. The campsites are nicely spaced and the campground has plenty of grass area and lots of shade trees. There is a separate campground for tent camping but there were more tents in the RV area than the tent campground. Sites 2-30 are reservable and the remainder are first come first served. There are two camping cabins in the campground that can be reserved too. The bathrooms and showers were clean but in need of paint. There is a nice playground for children and a picnic area also. The campground hosts were friendly and helpful. Not far from the campground is the beautiful state park lodge and restaurant. There is also a paved bike path that runs from the park to Alton, IL. For the gamblers there is a casino and OTB parlor in Alton, IL located about 20 miles from the park. This park isn’t far from the St. Louis, MO area so the campground is usually filled on weekends.
Cottonwoods RV park is centrally located in MO in the city of Columbia. It’s just three miles north of Interstate 70 with easy access from U.S. highway 63. The RV park roads are paved but all of the sites are gravel. Most of the sites are pull-thru and the back-in sites, located on the last row, are usually used for seasonal campers. The longest and best pull-thrus are on the front row and are held for big rigs. The front row sites have better side to side spacing than the other sites and these big rig sites are the only ones with the chimaneas. The average site width for most of the other sites is twenty-two feet. If you have a three foot wide slide-out then you only have eleven feet left to divide on either side of your rig. Each site has a picnic table but no fire ring. The laundry, restrooms, and showers are very clean and well kept. They have a nice pool, playground, a dog walk area, and even have horseshoe pits. They also offer free wifi but it is among the slowest I’ve seen. The staff is helpful but not overly friendly. This campground is next to the fairgrounds and I’ve never stayed at the park when an event was in progress at the fairgrounds so I can’t comment about the noise. It’s quiet and good for an overnight stop.
As close as this campground is to Interstate 55, I was surprised that the highway noise was minimal. Very easy access off and on the interstate. There are a lot of mature trees in the park and the roads are gravel and narrow. The sites were close together. The bathrooms were clean. The staff was friendly and helpful. It’s is conveniently located to Memphis just a few miles from the Arkansas/Tennessee border. The free WiFi worked well. It’s a good campground for an overnight stop.
A clean campground but there’s no shade, the trees are still very short. The roads and sites are gravel and many of the sites have a slope front to back. The laundry, showers, and restrooms were very clean. There is a small playground but no swimming pool. The sites lack picnic tables and fire rings. The casino is not close. The campground is OK for an overnight stop.