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08/2012
rating [ 2/10 ]
Grass and weeds were too high, muddy holes in some of the sites, gravel needed. Restrooms were horrible on the outside so I didn't go in. Full time residents were living in the most run down pickup campers (without the pickup). We did not have any issues while visiting, but. The power was out for 5 hours which was not their fault. This place is in serious need of some cleanup. I would not stay here again and that's the first time I've said that in a year.
07/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
Clean park. Nice trees and shady sites along a canal that runs through the park. Some smaller lakes. Office staff very nice as were the other campers and long term campers. Park is very clean and pretty scenery. Sterling State Park is close by and has a great beach area. Nice area around park to walk your dog. Good power, water, etc. We were here a week and were very happy. Wal-Mart, Kohls, Applebees, close by. We would definitely return. I wouldn't call it a destination park, but there many people who fished Lake Erie staying here.
07/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed in a newer section at a weekly rate which is slightly less than daily. We've been here before. Park is gated. Quiet at night, no drive through people. 3 very pretty lakes, each with a beach area. Clear water! Two practice holes for chipping golf balls, activities, rec hall. Good power even through a pretty powerful storm. Water pressure was a little weak, but worked fine. Road in was gravel and had some larger sized potholes. Roads in park gravel but sprayed with something so dust was low. Sites were big. People friendly. Lots and lots of open areas along woods to walk dogs. But the fleas were bad, probably due to the mild MI winter. Not the park's fault. We will stay here again.
04/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This park is spacious and the people are super friendly. All sites are built up a mountain and all have a stunning sunset view of the Dragoon Mountains. A swimming pool would make this place spectacular. The office personnel could not have been nicer. We've stayed in many parks and you get everything you pay for here. The price shown does not include the electric bill which was nominal. I would live in this park. It's wonderful. The town of Bensen is charming and has a small Super Walmart and a very nice Safeway with great produce, and ACE Hardware store. Again, you can sit out on your patio and everyone waves as they go by in the golf cart or car. It is very, very pet friendly. Make sure to visit Kartchner Caverns when you stay here.
04/2012
rating [ 2/10 ]
Do not bring a dog or a kid to this park no matter what they tell you on the phone. I called for a reservation and stated I had a small dog less than 3 lbs. Lady said that was fine. When we checked in, dogs are not allowed anywhere in the park. Only in your coach. Each street is marked with a "no dogs allowed" sign. You are not allowed to walk them down the street. You have to take them out the gate and walk them in the weeds and stickers with the snakes. Children are not allowed to go into the recreation hall for any social function, or the pool when they visit. Sites are too short for a 39 ft motor home. When I called for a reservation, I gave the size of our coach. When we attempted to back in, we had to push the back of the rig against a fence (that backed up to a major road) and the front door only opened a foot before it was stopped by a palm tree. Park is pretty to look at, but it is not worth the rules and regulations or the price. I would not stay here again.
03/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This park is just outside of town. It is close to a very new and nice HEB grocery store and a new Walmart. The sites are very close, but they are mostly under trees. Residents were nice. Pool was closed in March. There was a dog park but it was very small and heavily used. There were large grassy areas to walk your dog and they were kept very clean. This was a friendly, clean park and I would stay here again.
03/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
Very friendly lady checked us in. Park is a typical TX RV park, with gravel pull through and a tiny tree between the spots. No shade. It is just outside of Marathon and you can walk into town on a paved walking path if you want. Javelina's and deer roamed around in the morning. There seemed to be a little cafe, but it was not open while we were around. The Gage Hotel in town is a great place for a beer. I would stay here again.
03/2012
rating [ 3/10 ]
My rating is for the RV parking lot, not Big Bend Park. Rio Grande Village is a blacktop parking lot that gets extremely hot! The heat radiates up off the parking lot. There is no shade in the parking lot. The sewer hookup was a bit strange, just a tube in a concrete bowl. The power was good, the water was fine. Big Bend is beautiful so we were happy to put up with the poor RV parking lot. The rangers at the park were very unfriendly. I did not see ranger programs listed anywhere and was disappointed. You cannot get cell phone service so plan on using a pay phone. You can get Wi-Fi if you can stand the heat to sit at a picnic table at the office. There are no picnic tables for campers. Javelinas and coyotes walk right through the camp parking lot so watch your dogs! The views are spectacular. Wish the rangers had been nicer and had some programs like they have in other National Parks.
01/2012
rating [ 4/10 ]
This is an old park that has been taken over by a local builder. The manager was very friendly. The rate quoted is based on a 3 month rate. The sites are spacious. The tiny activity room was not heated or air conditioned. It could not hold many people and half the people who wanted to attend events could not get in. It borders a state park and daily admission is free to this park's residents. There were activities and there were many, many work campers to help with activities. The drawbacks of this park were 1. Getting a reservation. No one would answer the phone and no one would call back. 2. Border patrol were doing their job, but the constant low flying helicopters were disturbing. 3. Though fenced in, coyotes roamed inside the park at night and evidence of their droppings were everywhere. 4. Illegals knocked on one camper's door and asked for help in the middle of the night. 5. Even though this is a 55+ park, campers were very rude with noise late into the night. Parties, yelling, laughing, private bands playing in a volume that carried from one end of the park to the other and some work campers were at those parties so no use complaining. If you want a quiet atmosphere, this is not the place to go. If you want to feel that you are in a safe environment, McAllen/Mission area is not the place to go. AK47's were traded in the closest grocery store parking lot and Border Patrol were often on high speed chases through the area.
10/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is one of the most beautiful state parks I've stayed in. We were only going to stay a night, but ended up staying a week we loved it so much. Great restaurant right up the street. View of the lake were stunning. We didn't fish but they were catching them. We can't wait to stay here again. Friendly campers, with all the luxuries. The "cabins" were actually beautiful brick homes.
10/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
We have traveled all over the US. This is by far the best camping area we've been to. The sites are large sites, paved and level. Lovely lake, boat launch, fishing pier, championship golf course, trails and much more make this place number one in our campground experience. The park has "cabins" that are brick houses with screened in porches that over look the lake. There is a boat launch and lots of fishing. If you are going south in Mississippi on I-55 stop at exit 13.
09/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very nice campground. Pool was closed for the season, but it was new and the entire park was well cared for except the roads. The roads were very thin blacktop, huge potholes, washed out areas. We were able to get to a nice site, but the entire blacktop would wave and move as we drove over it. The managers were very nice. Power was excellent as was water and sewer. This is a new campground and I am sure they will fix the roads. Close to tour of the Toyota factory and to Lexington for tourist attractions. Excellent Chinese buffet. The best I've ever seen.
10/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
Sites in pine woods. We had a great view of the TN River. Friendly campers. Easy access. Lots of space between sites. Dump facilities easy to access. Gravel boat launches for fishermen. This is a great "campfire" place. Biking is pretty good. Fishing and biking is all there is to do. You can tour Shiloh Battlefield and play golf at Pickwick State Park. The smell from the pulp factory was obnoxious, but did not seem to bother my husband.
09/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is our second time staying here in our 39 footer. Safe and secure park. Mostly gravel here in the desert. Good water and power. Bought Mexican food up at the check in/gas station and it was good. No playground or activities for kids. Do not take you dog to the dog exercise area. There are wicked thorns/burrs that have such long sharp needles that they actually went through the bottom of my crocks (sandals)!! My poor dogs had them stuck in each foot. It was terrible trying to pull them out. We like everything else about the park though. We would stay here again. There are some tall bushes, but I couldn't really say there was shade.
09/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
We camped here in a 40 footer. Very nice men run the park. Drove us to our site first and then we paid to check in. Nice procedure that doesn't keep you sitting in the middle of the driveway. Sites were gravel and clean. No playground or activities for kids within the park. Good water pressure and good electricity. Make sure you see the railroad museum and the Calico ghost town. If you like fossils, etc., see the Early Man site. We stayed two nights but would stay longer the next time. There is also the Deep Space Radio Communication center and sometimes there are tours of Fort Irwin. Great town and great park.
08/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Pet friendly (??) Yes, but we were lectured on the phone about barking dogs for several minutes by the owners before the wife was allowed to make a reservation. When we arrived to check in we heard a second lecture before we were allowed to pay and drive back. But: after that it was a nice park, clean, had a nice area to take your dog in the back of the park. Sites had plenty of room. Good electricity and water pressure too. Nice town with shops to see and nearby sites to visit. I would certainly stay here again. I really liked this park. There were some long term residents, but we never heard them or saw them. A very quiet place.
09/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
Use the lower level for big rigs, (we are a 40 footer.) Our GPS was not accurate on location. Go north of Oakhurst approximately 3.5 miles from center of town. Watch for the sign for road 222. Going north toward Yosemite it will be on your right. Up a steep drive and down a steep drive to the lower level area. No restrooms, no amenities, just a gravel parking lot. But the people are super nice, there is the Elks club for food and drinks. The town of Oakhurst is very nice and the drive to Yosemite is scenic. It is close to the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias. Not many people stay here so we were all alone on the lower level for 3 nights. Very peaceful. Our $25 rate was for non Elks members.
09/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
There are not many options going south on 5 toward Yosemite. This park was close to a Pilot. Office lady was very nice. Pool looked clean. Several pull through sites. Several long term residents, some needing cleanup around sites, shade, etc. But, all in all it was great electric, good water, and nice and quiet. I would stay here again for a one night visit.
08/2010
rating [ 2/10 ]
Bring your dog mace to this park. Dogs running free all over the place. Dog owners look the other way as there dog aggressively confronts you and your dog. Also, kids screaming as loud as they can and totally unsupervised. Office staff is great on phone. Don't be mislead. There is absolutely no supervision and it is a free for all every night. The laundry/game room has not been cleaned for months. They are not dirty, they are filthy. There is 22 psi of water pressure. That came directly from the office. I've never camped with such weak water pressure. We had to fill our tank (a 3-4 hour process) and use our pump to get any water. The dust is incredible. Cannot see past the end of your vehicle when someone drives by. It's between Packwood and Randle and a long drive to Mt. Ranier or Mt. St Helens.
08/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
Entire park is made up of two large gravel circles. Your door/awning faces the traffic side of the circle. No real place to sit out in the evening. Ok for a late night pull over to sleep and move on. Guy who manages is bossy and not so pleasant.
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Beautiful spot. Full hookups or you can be off in a secluded area with lots of trees with water and electric. Sites were huge in some areas of the park. Pool was very nice with all kinds of gadgets for kids. Awesome skate park. People were super friendly. This would be a great place to stay for a few days with kids. Great setting for walking your dog too.
08/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Great spot. Big sites, paved pads, concrete patios, shade trees, grass mowed short, super friendly staff, Make sure you take the time to see the interpretative center. New and very nice. Also, sign up for the tour of the power plant. Very educational in many ways. The dam is an accomplishment and has quite a history behind it too. Plan on two nights. If you fish, you will love this place. Not many stores so get food before you come.
08/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
We stayed here for three nights in a 39 ft motor home with full hookup 50 amp service. We were in the "back" lot which is all dirt and larger pieces of rock. No shade. Very muddy when it rained. The rest of the camp was nice. Music by office each evening. Close to town and T.Roosevelt N.P. Train was loud, but you get used to it. No dog walk area in RV park but could walk them in grass along the sidewalks. I liked the park in spite of the drawbacks.
03/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
A nice park, however overpriced. Appears mostly for fishing.
02/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Very clean park. Golfer's will love it as it is surrounded by a nice 18-hole golf course. New showers, restrooms, rec hall, billiards building, pickleball courts, shuffleboard, horseshoes, biking. People were friendly. Nice, safe area with grocery shopping nearby.
03/2010
rating [ 2/10 ]
This campground is not well supervised. Cable TV was terrible, fuzzy and cut off frequently. There are many resident "campers" with plastic tented areas, junk sitting all around, tents not allowed but "resident" had several. Sites were full of leaves and sticks. Full time residents allow dogs to roam free and attack guest camper dogs. There are no facilities to speak of. Nothing for children, not even a swing. I will not stay here again and above all do not walk your dog here! If there is a problem after closing: you are on your own.
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