CAMPGROUNDS


ALABAMA

 

Corinth Campground, Bankhead National Forest, Double Springs AL

In Double Springs, AL, at the intersection of U.S. Rt. 278 and State Rts 195, 74, and 33, take Rt. 278 east 5 miles to Corinth Recreation Area sign. Turn right after sign onto County Rt. 57 and go 2.6 miles to campground.

877-444-6777

Dates Visited: May 9, 2012

# of Spaces: 40 + 8 tent sites

Site Cost inc tax/less disc: $25 (full hook-ups)

Notes:  The first year we camped (2012) I didn't keep records and only took a few picts. and notes of where we stayed, so don't really have a "rating" per se.  As I remember it, it was a nice park, as the picts shows. 

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Shady Acres Campground

2500 Old Military Rd, Mobile AL 36605

251-478-0013

Dates Visited: Dec 29, 2014, Feb 23, 2015

# of Spaces: 92

Site Cost inc tax/less disc: $23 (cash)

Notes:  This place lived up to it's name!  Lots of trees!  Sites were large gravel, ours was pretty level and long enough that we didn't have to unhook if we didn't want to.  The mgr/owner (?) was super friendly and walked us to a couple of sites to let us choose which we thought would work best for us.  He also helped us with restaurant suggestions when we asked.  Peaceful place without traffic noise.  Good WiFi and cable reception.  Nothing fancy, but nice and cozy.   

Rating: 7

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ARIZONA

Tucson/Lazydays KOA

5151 So country Club Rd, Tucson AZ 85706

Dates Visited: April 12, 2017

# of Spaces: 411

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $32.72 (mem)

Our Site # 1384

Notes:  This was a really beautiful campground.  Very level sites with all the amenities that you would want.  We only stayed one night because we had a tight schedule, but sure would have stayed longer if we could!

Rating: 10


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Lake Havasu RV Park / CRA

3829 London Bridge RD, Lake Havasu AZ 86404

Dates Visited: April 1-4, 2017

# of Spaces: 343

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $15 (member)

Site # 79

Notes:  For a membership campground, I was really disappointed.  Glad it was only $15!  First of all, it was only 30amps (if it was in the high 90's, and we need the air, that would have not been fun).  We lucked out and got a great spot with shade and a breeze, but this place is nothing more than a gravel lot with some trees.  The only thing going for it is that it's a lot closer into town.  Having been here before and seen all the "tourist stuff" town wasn't a big draw, so was glad we only booked 4 days.  Wouldn't come back here again.

Rating: 4+


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Happy Trails Resort

17200 W Bell Road, Surprise AZ 85374

Dates Visited: Dec 30-Mar 31, 2017

# of Spaces: 2200

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $600 + Elec

Lot # 1472

Notes: We rented directly from the owners "the Lindas"who live in San Jose most of the year.  We did everything via e mail and sent the checks through the mail.  It worked out fine.  Our electric bills averaged around $100 per month.  It's a basic site with a covered patio, but no "aminities" attached.  Close enough to our friends.  There is one closer and nicer, but it's for sale and I don't want to take the chance of it selling...This gets good antenna & WiFi reception. 

Rating: 7+

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Magic Circle RV Park

700 N Virginia Ave, Willcox AZ 85643

520-384-3212

Dates Visited: Mar 15, 2016

# of Spaces: 56

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30  (GS)

Notes: Good over-night spot, right off the I-10.   Easy pull-thru, level/all gravel with a (cute) covered table with full H/U & pretty good cable & WiFi reception.  Very little shade tho.  Place was practically empty, so very quiet.   Staff was very pleasant.

Rating: 5+


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Mountain View RV Park

99 West Vista Lane, Huachuca City, AZ 85616

520-456-2860

Dates Visited: Feb 2, 2012

# of Spaces: 100

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30 FHU (GS)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, this was a really nice place, and super close to Fort Huachuca, which is why we were there. 

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Page-Lake Powell Campground

849 Copermine Rd, Page AZ 86040

928-645-3374

Dates Visited: Apr 22, 2015

# of Spaces: 120

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $27.74 FHU (GS)

Notes: We were not expecting much, and we sure were not disappointed! Tight, small gravel spaces that were very crowded. I'm not sure if the hostess was rude or dense, but she certainly wasn't very friendly.  The place was booked solid, so I guess they don't really care!  We had hoped to stay two nights (only because we wanted to go see the surrounding area, NOT because of the campground) but no luck.  All the sites are back in.  We didn't use any of the "amenities".   Had we known Page campgrounds were so awful, we would have tried to stay in Kanab, looked a whole lot nicer, even if it was further out.

Rating: 4

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Pueblo El Mirage RV & Golf Resort

11201 North El Mirage Rd, El Mirage AZ 85335

623-583-0464

Dates Visited: Apr 19-30, 2013
Dates Visited: Feb 2-9, 2014
Dates Visited: Mar 31, 2014

# of Spaces: 412

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $55 (GS)
2014 - $59.61 (GS)
April 25-30, 2014 - qualified for PA @ $27.50

Notes: This is a beautiful, well maintained 55+ community park.  They cater to the “long-term” renters with many manufactured houses.  During the season, they have tons of activities, all day, every day; off season they still have some activities, but not as many.  One of the most friendly parks we’ve ever visited, but also one of the most expensive. We stayed here because it was close to where our friends live.

* 2014 Note:  After traveling around the country, I feel that this park is over-priced if you are not using all the amenities (which we do not).  Basically, you get a nice gravel lot with a cement side pad with a cement table and benches.  No shade or grass.  The TV & WiFi reception is good, but so are other places!  $50+ is very expensive for this.  This said, there really isn't anywhere else to stay around this area that is decent with those two things, so they pretty much have you... They do treat you nice tho (as they should for this price, huh?  My advise, try and enjoy all the amenities you can!  ;-)

Rating: 9

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Rincon Country West RV Resort

4555 S. Mission Rd, Tucson AZ 85746

800-782-7275

Dates Visited: April 23-24, 2014, Dec 16, 2014
Dates Visited: Mar 3, 2015

# of Spaces: 1139

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $33.31 (PA)
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35.55 (PA)
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $55.95 (GS)

Notes:  This is one of those "McMansion RV Parks" that has everything to entice the retirees to stay for months & travel briefly!  Us "over-nighters" get the out-skirts, but their out-skirts were still pretty darned nice, a mix of the typical "gravel areas"(that the others send you to) & nicer paved areas.  "Out there" tho, you get minimal TV stations and almost non-existent WiFi.  Still, a great place during the "off season" when the prices are reasonable and they let you use PA! (2014: We asked for a dinner suggestion and they sent us to a "local favorite" about 5 miles down the road, called "Tiny's".  What a GREAT place!  Very casual, but fantastic food and super service! Highly recommend it!)

2015:  We were sent to a totally different area this time - ugh.  They didn't have any record of our past visits either.  A gravel back in, stuck along a tight row of housing.  Not nearly as nice as the past, and of course, not the PA discount, ouch.  Poor cable reception too.  I think I would look for another place during high season.  

Rating: 9/6

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Westwind RV & Gold Resort

9797 E 32nd St, Yuma AZ 85365

928-342-2992

Dates Visited: Dec 16, 2014
Dates Visited: Mar 6-7, 2015

# of Spaces: 1075

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $27.10 (PA)

Notes:  This is another one of those "McMansion RV Parks" that has everything to entice the retirees to stay for months & travel briefly!  Us "over-nighters" get the out-skirts, which are all gravel and all back-in sites - no pull-thrus - so know this going in.  Other than that, it's not bad, and if you can get the Passport deal, you sure can't beat the price! It's the only park in Yuma that allows PA all year, which is sure nice!  They also have "something" going on every night, a BBQ, or a Fish Fry, etc.  Good cable, WiFi is only "free" the first night (as a trial) then you have to pay for it. 

Rating: 8

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Havasu Springs Resort

2581 Highway 95, Parker, AZ 85344

928-667-3361

Dates Visited: 2012, Feb 4-7, 2013

# of Spaces:767

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $12 (CRA rate $36 Guest rate)

Notes: * this is a membership park that allows guests.  It's a very large park with multi-levels.  Many seasonals with boats as it sits right alongside the lake.  Lots of sites are either along the lake or have a great view of it.  Many are pull-thru.  The down-sides are that the sites are really close together and the streets are narrow.  It's not really hard to drive your rig, but it sure makes for close company!  They have a restaurant on site, which I find nice to have (with great nightly specials and weekend entertainment).  It's about a 20 min. drive from both Parker or Lake Havasu, but one of the nicer campgrounds in the area.  It also has a golf course.  WiFi was slow and cell was almost non-existent because you are down in a canyon.  Local TV channels only unless you have Dish. 

Rating: 7


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Wahweap Campground & RV Park

100 Lakeshore Dr, Page AZ 86040

800-528-6154

Dates Visited: Oct 30, 2015

# of Spaces: 252

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $48.12 (+ Sr Golden NP Pass, this is a National Park)

Notes:  What a beautiful place!  We were sent to Loop F for "full hook-ups" and had a great view of the lake out our front window.  Each site comes with a table and nice fire-ring too. Spaces are large with lots of space in between.  I read reviews that Loop D is really nice too.  No cable and WiFi as well as phone ability really tough here (down in a canyon) but the views and the grounds are really worth it!) Sure would love to come back for a nice long stay.

Rating: 7


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ARKANSAS

 

Ozark RV Park

1022 Park Ave, Mountain View AR 72560

870-269-2542

Dates Visited: May 26-30, 2016

# of Spaces: 76

Site #: 15 

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $24.08 (GS)
Notes:  This places is right next door to the Ozark Folk Center, which is fun.  Music is everywhere...in the campground, next door, in the town square.  The owner, and other campers are super friendly and inclusive. Sights were close to each other, but it made it nice to meet your neighbors! Nice campground, great location too. 

Rating: 7

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Lake Fort Smith State Park

Shepherd Springs Road, Mountainburg  AR 72946

479-369-2469

Dates Visited: May 1-4, 2016

# of Spaces: 30

Site #: 15

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $26.46 (Sr)
Notes:  This place was just beautiful!  Large, level, gravel spaces with fire pits, tables, trees, grass and lots & lots of space between you and the next camper!  We were in what's called the Class AAA area, which is 50 amp with W/S.  That's all the pluses.  The down-sides are:  (but we knew this going in)  No WiFi/Cell Service at all in the park, you have to drive about 3 miles to get a decent service; no TV service either.  (lots of beautiful birds singing tho!) The lake isn't within view of the campsites either, that was to bad.  If we had been there longer, it would have been great to rent a boat and go out on it tho.  What was disappointing was how "unfriendly & unhelpful" the staff was tho.  For rangers, that was a surprise.  Also, our GPS really gave us the wrong directions, so follow their directions on the web!  Big difference!

Rating: 8

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Southgate RV Park

2331 South School Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701

479-442-2021

Dates Visited: May 5-7, 2016

# of Spaces: 50

Site #: 32

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $31.50 (GS)
Notes: This was a simple, no frills place to stay.   Large gravel lot surrounded by a big open grass field with trees.  Level long sites. Nothing on them, one right after the other.  Good reception, good laundry area.  Very nice lady at the desk.  Good location into town, etc.  Really the ONLY campground in Fayetteville, and we wanted this town as a base to go to the other towns. 

Rating: 7

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Hot Springs National Park KOA

838 McClendon Road, Hot Springs AR 71901

501-624-5912

Dates Visited: May 8-12, 2016

# of Spaces: 72

Site #: Row D-08 (pull-thru) 

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35 (member)
Notes: Nice park, good location, really close to everything!  Our pull-through had a big tree with nice shade and a table (no fires allowed) and each site was tiered so it gave you a nice space between each site.  Our cable didn't work, but we couldn't tell if it was us, or them.  ;-(  They had a pond with some unusual ducks as well.  They served breakfast during the weekends too.  We would have liked to stay an extra day, but our site was already booked, and if we were going to move to another site, might as well move on...super nice place, and so much to see and do here!

Rating: 9

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Downtown Riverside RV Park

50 Riverfront Drive, North Little Rock AR 72114

501-340-5312

Dates Visited: May 13-18, 2016

# of Spaces: 56

Site #: 29/27 (pull-thru)

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $24.42 (GS)
Notes: This was a simple, no frills place to stay.   Large gravel lot facing the Arkansas River.  There is a walk-thru gate that gets you right onto the Clinton Pedestrian Bridge and right across the river where you can walk into town, take the trolley, shop, eat, etc. Fun!  You can't get any closer than that!  Right off the main hwys, to get anywhere you want.  Traffic noise, but it's "white", never heard a siren, etc. so not that bad.  At night the bridge lights up with beautiful colored lights, really pretty to watch.  It's a great place to stay.  We had 1st wanted the KOA, but couldn't get in, glad we didn't!  Great free secured WiFi reception too (right by a tower!).  Sure can't beat the rate!  (Really saw "everything" in 3 days, but stayed 5 because of the expected rain and didn't want to drive in it.) Super nice staff.

Rating: 7

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Tom Sawyer's RV Park

1286 South 8th St, West Memphis AR

 72301

870-735-9770

Dates Visited: 2012, Sept 29-Oct 1, 2015

# of Spaces: 165

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40 (GS)
Notes:  We enjoy this campground in spite of it's drawbacks... It doesn't have cable, I'm not even sure if it has a laundry facility (never looked for one).  There is a constant background noise - I'm not sure if it's the distant freeway, or if it's the plant nearby (for me, it's like "white noise" after awhile, but for some, it may not be).  There also is a train that goes by a couple of times.  We just love the peacefulness of the view!  We have always been lucky enough to get a good site and enjoy sitting out and watching the barges go up and down the Mississippi.  This time (I can't remember if it was true last time) there was quite a breeze, but it felt good.  We sat out until after 6:30.  We got a concrete site, #90, right on the end and it was the best one because we faced the river, while the front row (91-100) are back-in's and don't face it.  You still can sit outside though, and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Rating: 8


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CALIFORNIA


Emerald Cove Resort (CRA)

2715 Parker Dam Rd, Earp, CA 92442

866-217-8111

Dates Visited: April 5-11, 2017

# of Spaces: 287

Our site # 208

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $15 (member)

Notes:  This is their "flagship" CRA campground with 800 sites. The "upsides" are that they save the river sites for members, which is nice, the breezes from the river is wonderful, as is the views.  The "downside" is that you are in a hole, which means no TV and WiFi for our Firestick.  Also only 30amp at the river's edge sites (but that didn't seem to hurt us with the air, etc).  Sites are a bit tight and not very level, but all in all, not so bad.  We were there during spring break, so a lot of kids, and during the weekend, a lot of boats, so pretty loud boat noises, but we didn't mind, after all, "it's the river"!  It was fun to watch.  They have a casual bar/cafe and do "specials", especially over the weekends that are pretty good.  Parker is only about 20 min. away too. 

Rating: 6

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Desert Pools RV Resort

70405 Dillon Rd, Desert Hot Springs CA 92241

760-251-6555


Dates Visited: Dec 14-29, 2016

# of Spaces: 287

Our site # 60

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $22.50

Notes: They usually only do 1 week of PA (with a 2nd week option based on availability at the time) but since it was Christmas they were kind enough to book us the two weeks ahead! Nice people...plus we found, like the other campground, the place was quite empty!  ;-)  This campground is smaller than Catalina Spa and much more level, but not as much trees & bushes.  They also don't have cable here, but we got good reception with our antenna.  They have 3 nice covered mineral hot tubs, which was nice too.  Otherwise, the two places are pretty much the same (just a couple of miles a part).  Clean and well maintained.  Jack liked this one better.

Rating: 5

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Catalina Spa & RV Resort

18-800 Corkill Rd, Desert Hot Springs CA 92241

760-329-4431

Dates Visited: Mar 10-24, 2013
Dates Visited: Dec 1-13, 2016

Our site # 276  

# of Spaces: 481

2013: Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $15 (RPI)
2016: Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $27.50 (PA) 50amp

Notes: * There is two-level pricing: “Lower” w/30 amp & more shade @ $15 or “Upper” w/ larger spaces but less shade & 50 amp @ $17. They have daily activities, with most at the Upper (family pool) area. Lower pool is Adult only. Both pools & Jacuzzi are mineral water fed and nice. Park is kept clean. Only down-side is little shade and pretty tight sites. We had site #60 with great shade but only 30 amp so limited air condition, but great location.
2016: We stayed here under PA for two weeks.  We learned that the campground had been sold and was under new management and was now undergoing renovations since we had been here.  They had suffered greatly from the previous drought and lost a lot of their junipers and was having to cut them down.  The saddest part was that many of the sites were very unlevel.  It was a good thing you (still) get to find your own site, because you really need to check out several in order to find one that is almost level.  I do like that there are bushes and some trees tho that separate the spaces - the birds and humming birds make nice company.  The place was almost 2/3 empty, which was quite a surprise this year.

Rating: 5


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Oceanside RV Park

1510 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside CA 92054

760-722-4404

Dates Visited: Nov 23-29, 2016

# of Spaces: 139

Our site # 106

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $67.71
Notes: We were lucky to find any place over the Thanksgiving holiday!  I had waited until the last min. (not thinking) and had called "everyone" and this place had a cancellation (yea!) so we got in, so I was grateful for anything!  That said...the spaces were tight, but were cement & level and came with a round table & bench set.  The price was high...but all that I expected.  The whole SD area has gotten this way, all up and down the whole county!  The cable reception was excellent and the so was the WiFi.  The Sprinter noise didn't really bother us, because it goes by quickly, even tho it's pretty often.  There are plenty of places to walk to eat, and you can't beat the weather!  The staff was wonderful. 

Rating: 5++


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Rice Hill RV Park

1120 John Long Rd, Oakland, OR 97462

541-849-2335

Dates Visited: Nov 20, 2016

# of Spaces: 43

Our site # 16

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $31 (GS)

Notes: What a nice place...easy on/off & quiet!  Nice tarmac spaces, with grass in between & a table & level.  Cable reception was a bit poor tho.  It was "closed" on Sundays, but they leave good, clear instructions outside with information for self registration and nice pull-thrus. 

Rating: 6

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Golden Rule RV Park

750 Hwy 101, Willits, CA 95490

800-446-9482

Dates Visited: Dec 7, 2013

Dates Visited: Sept 26-27, 2016

# of Spaces: 35

2016: Our site #26

2013: Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $32 (30 amp only) (GS)
2016:  Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $32 (GS)

Notes: 2013: This is a small RV Park, and would be really charming in the summer-fall.  It has a long down-hill driveway into the park, and being in Dec. it was a bit treacherous with the ice.  It's a pretty location, and I'm sure has a number of interesting sights to wander through, being that this is where Seabiscuit lived & died.  It was a late-night stop-over for us, so in & out.  Hostess was great!

Notes: 2016: Well, we had an opportunity to come back to this place...in the fall, after all!  What a difference, the place as full this time (and no snow on the ground).  Sure made a difference.  Sites are very tight.  It was cute that the wild turkeys came out to say hello tho! ;-)  The only reason to stay here is really to take the Skunk Train, which was fun.  The only other Campground is at the KOA, which is over twice the rate (and checking it out...not worth the double rate).  Poor WiFi/cell because you are in a hole, but good TV.

Rating: 6

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Cal-Expo RV Campground

600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815

916-263-3187

Dates Visited: Sept 22-25, 2016

# of Spaces: 45

Our site # 217

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40 (GS)
Notes: For a "big parking lot", it was pretty nice!  It actually had a few trees here and there, but it was pretty much what we expected...a parking lot, and that was ok.  Good over-the-air tv, WiFi/cell reception and close to Sacramento at a good rate.  That's all we needed.  ;-) 

Rating: 6

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Three Rivers Hideaway

43365 Sierra Drive. Three Rivers, CA 93271

559-561-4413 

Dates Visited: Sept 19-21, 2016

# of Spaces: 45

Our site # 25

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $44 (GS)

Notes: The campground itself was nothing to get excited about, gravel, back-in sites, all very close together...however, they have a private "beach" that was wonderful!  It's a small, crystal clear cool pond that you can swim/wade into that was super to sit around, or wade into.  It had trees all around, a sandy beach, a little brook, etc.  Truly an oasis.  No cell / WiFi service at all, so know that going there.  You are just outside Sequoia (about 15 min).

Rating: 6

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High Sierra RV & Mobile Park

40389 Hwy 41, Oakhurst Ca 93644

559-683-7662

Dates Visited: Sept 13-19, 2016

# of Spaces:   71

Our site # 36 & 40
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ 40.80 (GS)

Notes: Nice ladies.  We had to move from one spot to the next in order to stay the week, but was willing to do it in order to get this close to Yosemite.  After looking at the other campgrounds in the area, was sure glad we did!  ;-)  Even though the first site was a pull-thru, ended up liking the 2nd one better because it was a lot shadier and had a great breeze.  The temps ended up going into the 90's and boy that sure helped!  Place was "rustic", but had great cable and WiFi (ours) reception.  Close (as you could get) to Yosemite, Bass Lake, Scenic Byway, etc.  Of all the small towns around here, Oakhurst is the best for restaurants, groceries, etc.

Rating:  7

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Visalia/Sequoia National Park KOA

7480 Ave 308, Visalia CA 93291

559-651-0544

Dates Visited: Sept 12, 2016

# of Spaces:  99

Our site # H53
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $23.12 (mem - pts used)

Notes: I thought this place was very over-priced for what one got.  I only came here to use my points ($25 off the member rate).  No shade, gravel strip with a bit of dried grass in between the sites.  Poor cable. They just started giving free, unlimited WiFi.  Place was practically empty and they still stuck us out in the sun.  Ugh.  Glad it was only one night.

Rating:  5

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Barstow/Calico KOA

35250 Outer Hwy 15, Yermo CA 92398

760-254-2311

Dates Visited: Jan 6-7, 2012 & Sept 5, 2016

# of Spaces: 66

Our site # 24

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $48.50 (member)
Notes: This was our 2nd time here (we didn't make notes in 2012).  It's really about the only place in Yermo.  Very over-priced, even for a KOA.  "Cute" with the train caboose, etc. but, really...lots of food choices (I guess because of the military base and truckers) but the staff and the 'desert' area, it's nothing but an over-night pull in with a high price attached. 

Rating:  5

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Mission Bay RV Resort San Diego

2727 DeAnza Rd, San Diego CA 92109

877-219-6900

Dates Visited: Jan 5-13, 2012
Jan 4-11 2013,
Mar 24-31, 2013
Dec 7-13 2014
April 3-14, 2015
Jan 9-24, 2016 ($63.93)
Sept 6-10, 2016 ($73.59)

# of Spaces: 260

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $51.30 (GS)
Week: $309.40

Notes: * special discount for a full week (20% or 10% GS). Nice place right on the bay with a direct path to the bay walk & bike. Security entrance at all times. No “activities” during off peak season.

Rating: 5

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Holiday RV Park

100 So Dolliver (Hwy 1), Pismo Beach CA 93449

805-773-1121

Dates Visited: Dec 15-22, 2015, site #411

# of Spaces: 195

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $297.12
(week)/50 amps

Notes: This was our 2nd choice as the "best"  one Pismo Coast Village, across the street, was booked.   What a huge difference!  This one is a jammed in, sided by side parking lot, while the one across the street is a luxurious resort with plenty of space between  (and even campfire rings!), and only a few $ difference!   Ugh.  I guess booking the 2nd week of the winter break we were lucky to even get in anywhere!  Oh well.  Cable is good, "untrusted WiFi" so we used our own.  Staff seems nice.  Big, clean laundry room! 


Rating:  5

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Sonoma County Fair RV Park

1500 Aston Ave, Santa Rosa CA 95404

707-293-8410

Dates Visited: Dec 15-22, 2015

# of Spaces: 48

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $36 (GS)/50 amps

Notes: This is a basic gravel lot with elec, water & sewer hook-ups (30 & 50 amps).  It's tucked way back in away from the roads & fairgrounds and is an okay place to stay for a few days (14 day limit) when you are in the area.  There is actually a number of things to see & do here (when the weather is nicer!) and you can't beat the price. 

Rating:  6

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Shoreline RV Park

900 Sunset Cir, Crescent City CA 95531

707-464-2473

Dates Visited: Dec 10-15, 2015

# of Spaces: 190

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $36.30(GS)

Notes:  We arrived in a horrific rain storm, and pretty much "hunkered down" for the stay.  There were only a very few of us in the campground.  The hosts were super nice people.  When the sun did come out, we walked the beach, which is just steps out the door (and had great driftwood combing!).  It's well kept, good views, good cable, nice size lots & our WiFi came in good (even in the storm).  This would even be a better stop in good weather!  ;-)

Rating:  7

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Rincon Parkway Campground

Old Pacific Coast Hwy, Ventura CA

805-654-3951

Dates Visited: Jan 8, 2016, site #58

# of Spaces: 127

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $28

Notes:  This is boondocking right at the ocean's edge!  It's right on PCHwy 1, and because it was "off season" we didn't have any trouble driving right into a spot...but I'm sure that at other times, boy, it would be difficult!  It's a self-service kiosk, cash, check or on line.  We built a little fire along the rocks and enjoyed the surf and the fantastic sunset!  Absolutely beautiful. 

Rating: 6

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Redding RV Park

11075 Campers Court, Redding CA 96003

530-241-0707

Dates Visited: Dec 5, 2014
Dates Visited: Nov 21, 2016

# of Spaces:110
Our site #: 19

2014-Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30(GS)
2016-Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $38.93 (GS)

Notes:  We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.
2016:  Nice long (70') tarmac sites with grass in between.  Sites are narrow, but that's fine, they were level, quiet & clean.  They are each higher/lower than the one next to it, so you get a since of extra space. Good cable & WiFi.  Super nice staff.  Easy on/off from Hwy 5.

Rating:  8

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Bakersfield RV Resort

5025 Wible Rd, Bakersfield, CA

661-833-9998

Dates Visited: Dec 6, 2014
Dates Visited: Nov 22, 2016

# of Spaces: 2215
Our site: 2016 - #95

2014: Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $39.60 2016: Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $44.10 (GS)


Notes:  Very nice "resort".  What a treat to have a full restaurant and separate bar on site as well at the end of a long day!  We were traveling on Hwy 5 and reluctant to veer off over to Hwy 99 to go to this park, but there was little choice on Hwy 5 and it had been a very long day and we were getting very tired.  Boy, were we glad we did.  It was only a 23 mile drive over, and well worth it!  A great pull-thru without having to un-hitch our toad, real easy in and out, good hook-ups, etc.  We will most definitely use this park again in this stretch of CA.

2016: (still a long drive from Redding to Bakersfield).  Having a restaurant on site helps, but with only 1 waitress & being busy, you wait a lot.  Also didn't remember the train noises from before either.  It's also a long 30 min. drive in from the hwy, then of course, back out again.  Not so sure it's worth it in the long run for a 1 night stay.  

Rating: 9++


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Casa Del Sol

2750 W Acacia, Hemet CA 92545

888-925-2516

Dates Visited: Feb 4-7, 2013 & May 1-16, 2014

# of Spaces: 490

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $36 (GS);
2014 - $275. per week + tx

Notes: * this is a mobile home park & rv spaces. It’s “ok” for a short stay. Sites are small. Older park. Ppl were really nice.  The indoor Jacuzzi is really nice, but the grounds, interior streets & sites have really suffered over the years.  Trees are large, so the shade is nice, but the place is old and tired.  We only stay here because it is close to where we have business in Hemet.

Rating: 4 

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Sands RV & Golf Resort

16400 Bubbling Wells Rd, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

800-772-7808

Dates Visited: Feb 8 - Mar 9, 2013

# of Spaces: 400

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $21.33 + electric ($85)

Notes:  *this is a special monthly rate.  Very nice place, really geared to the long-season rv traveler.  Mostly Canadian folks.  Many daily activities scheduled.  Only downside is the wind; we would have a couple of good days, then we would get cold wind blowing as much as 10-30 mph! ugh.  Beautifully maintained. 9 hole golf.

Rating: 5

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Indian Waters RV Resort

47202 Jackson Street, Indio CA 92201
 
760-342-8100

Dates Visited: Apr 1 - 9, 2013

# of Spaces: 264

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $16 (RPI)

Notes:  *they are also a public campground that offer AAA/AARP/FMCA discounts as well.  They have two sections. “upper section” with grass dividers and closer to the pools and clubhouse are a few dollars more.  “Lower section” which we stayed in has gravel dividers and are a little further from the activities.  All are 50 amp with cement pads (1 for the rv/1 for your vehicle). Favorite sites are #244, 245, 246.

Rating: 5

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Bayside RV Park

750 Hwy 101, Crescent City Harbor, CA 95531
   
800-446-9482

Dates Visited: Dec 6, 2013
Date Visited: Sept 30-Oct 2, 2016

# of Spaces: 110
Our Site # D36

2013: Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $33
2016: Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35

Notes: 2013: This is a simple, clean, plain park.  Every site paved, so was level with full hookups.  It was what we needed for the night.  Pretty views, and a cute little harbor next door.
Notes: 2016: It seems like this park has gone done hill a bit.  The staff was super, but the park itself lacked a lot.  Our "30 amp" wasn't really...it was probably more like "20 amp".  It didn't even handle the coffee maker, let alone the heater.  Ugh.  It wasn't just us either, as our neighbor said the same thing.  I wouldn't come back here again.

Rating: 4

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Santa Maria Pines Campground

2210 Preisker Lane, Santa Maria CA 93458

805-651-9993

Dates Visited: Jan 3, 2014

# of Spaces: 42

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $36 (GS)

Notes: This is a small RV Park, kind of charming tucked in around trees.  It was just a basic park, no "extras" of any kind, so pretty high for what you got, I thought, but, hey, it's California!

Rating: 5


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Maple Leaf RV Park

15200 Monterey Rd, Morgan Hill CA 95037

800-797-1818

Dates Visited: Dec 10 2013 - Jan 3, 2014

# of Spaces: 270

Site Rate: $291weekly / $45 daily

Notes: This was the most expensive campground we stayed at in all the US!  Morgan Hill is about 35-40 min from San Jose, but a quaint town in of itself with great little restaurants & shops.  The only other campground available anywhere near San Jose is even more expensive than this campground (but "prettier").  The sites are very close to each other; there are not really any amenities to speak of and the TV & WiFi reception was poor.  It was a clean park and the sites were level.  The staff was nice, but when we needed to leave a couple of days early due to a family emergency and asked if we could get a refund, they only offered to keep it as a credit on their computer for a future date.  (we don't plan to return).

Rating: 4

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Olive Avenue RV Resort

713 Olive Ave, Vista CA 92083


877-633-3557

Dates Visited: Jan 11-16, 2014

# of Spaces: 60

Site Rate: $36 (GS)

Notes: This is a new park (just a year old) and shows it.  The trees need to grow up for shade.  Most of the sites are long and very narrow so there is no space to sit outside at all.  The place is very clean & facilities are all new tho! Host is a delight. Nice place if you are just looking for a place to park and use as an over-night or location to go visit places from (not a "sit outside and BBQ & relax & social visit).  Pretty flowers - but not practical. Great for the rate.

Rating: 6


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Uvas Pines RV Park

13210 Uvas Rd, Morgan Hill CA 95037


408-779-3417

Dates Visited: Dec 27-31, 2015

# of Spaces: 40

Site Rate: $40.50 (GS)

Notes: We decided to try a different campground out in Morgan Hill this year.  Needing some work done on the rig, and a place to stay for a few day, and not "crazy" about Maple Leaf Park, we thought we would check this place out.  It is a bit more "country" and our space was sure a whole lot bigger (#17)!  No cable, but the WiFi signal was good.  It was quiet and the staff (Nancy) was a sweetheart.  The park-like setting would be a lot nicer in warmer weather, but in late Dec/early Jan it was pretty cold! 

Rating: 5+

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Vineyard RV Park

4985 Midway Rd, Vacaville CA

707-693-8797

Dates Visited: Nov 30, 2014

# of Spaces: 348

Site Rate: $46 (GS)

Notes: This is a pretty park, beautiful trees, nice wide gravel spaces with some grass between, a good paved in/out road, beautiful playground & park.  We didn't have to un-hitch, which is always nice.  Even though it's a really large campground it never had the feeling of a "parking lot" like so many do.

Rating:  9

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Woods Valley Kampground and RV Park

15236 Woods Valley Rd, Valley Center CA 92082

760-749-2905

Dates Visited: Mar 9-Apr 3, 2015

# of Spaces: 84

Site Rate: $605. (monthly rate)

Notes: This is a fairly rustic park. "Woodsy" to say the least.  We did see some large RV's, but all the roads are dirt and lots of trees to get around. Not all spaces have sewer - ours did (P1), but it really took some maneuvering to get ourselves in there ok.  Nice spot tho.  The front area had a large pond with loads of ducks, a couple of pens with small horses, a cow, and goats.  Friendly people.  No TV or WiFi reception. Nice pool and laundry tho.  "Pure camping"!

Rating: 5

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CANADA

Covered Wagon RV Park

234 West 5th Ave S Magrath, Alberta T0K 1J0, Canada

403-758-3572

Dates Visited: July 19, 2016

# of Spaces: 60

Site Rate: $ 39

Notes: We loved this campground!  What a lovely place and owners!  They had wonderful antique farm equipment all around the property and inside their large meeting/dining hall.  They also had a really nice reading/adult play room as well as a kids play room.  A wonderful hiking path where we saw a couple of doe with their fawns.  The gracious hostess chatted with us and has a great lending/exchange book and CD library there as well.  Wonderful RV spaces full of lush trees you feel your in the forest.  We were only there one night as we were anxious to get on to see our friends, but could easily stayed there a week just to enjoy the place!

Rating: 7

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Mountain Shadows Campground

606 Sparwood Drive Sparwood, British Columbia V0B 2G0, Canada

250-425-7815

Dates Visited: July 28, 2016

# of Spaces: 63

Our site #: 39

Site Rate: $ 31.50

Notes: We loved this campground!  What a lovely place and owners!  They even give you all the free firewood you want!  It was like camping in the national forest!  Each site was tucked in it's own little alcove, not like a  "campground" where you are all lined up.  Very cozy.  Very "camping" feeling!  It even had "watch out for bears" signs!  ;-)

Rating: 7

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Seaside Tent & Trailer Park

234 Main St, St. Martins, New Brunswick, Canada, E5R 1B8

(+001) 506-833-4413

Dates Visited: July 9, 2013

# of Spaces:?

Site Rate: $?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.

Rating: 

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Hidden Hilltop Family Campground

2600 Hwy 4, Glenholme, Nova Scotia, B0M 1G0

1-866-662-3391

Dates Visited: July, 2013

# of Spaces:?

Site Rate: $?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.

Rating: 

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Camper's City

138 Queensway Dr, Moncton, NB, E1G 2L2

506-384-7867

Dates Visited: July, 2012

# of Spaces: 204

Site Rate: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.

Rating: 

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The Great Canadian Barn Dance & Family Campground

45056 A-C Range Rd 295, Hill Spring, Alberta Canada

 403-626-3407

Dates Visited: July 19, 2013

# of Spaces: Hard to actually say, they had a mixture of RV sites, Cottages, B&B, etc.

Site Rate: $28-$38 RVs

Notes: The spaces were quite close to each other; also no sewer hook up, or WiFi.  But, a really cute campground with a nice layout and very friendly people.  A unique thing about this place was that you could add their "Dinner Show" to your evening (May-Oct)! We didn't, but it sounded like a lot of fun. They also hosted a number of special events throughout the year.  Sounds like a really fun place to add to a vacation.

Rating:  7

 
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COLORADO

Trinidad Lake State Park (Carpios Ridge)

32610 Hwy 12, Trinidad CO 81082

719-846-6951

Dates Visited: May 28-29, 2013

# of Spaces: 63  Sites were a mixture of size and shape, some pull-thru, some not.  It just depended on what type of space you needed.

Site Rate: $24. full hook-ups

Notes:  What a gem!  We lucked out and got their "handicap" space and boy what a beauty it was too.  The only difference was, really, was that the patio area was a bit larger.  The view, for most their sites, is right along the cliff over looking the lake.  Really pretty!  All state parks should be this well maintained and beautiful!  All roads, sites, public areas etc were top-notch clean and well maintained and separated with plenty of foliage.  I only wish we would have had more time to spend here!

Rating: 10

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 Foot of the Rockies RV Resort & Storage

53 Resort Point, Colorado Springs CO 80905

719-447-0670

Dates Visited: May 30, 2013

# of Spaces: 60?  Sites were a mixture of size and shape, all back in.  Many look like they were permanent, or at least long-term.

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $23. (PA)

Notes:  We chose this because we needed a stop in Colorado Springs.  We knew the Springs would be expensive, so we chose this for "easy on/easy off" and because they took the Passport Amer. rate (50% disc).  That was it's only saving grace.  It's basically a two-story (hill) dirt parking lot right off the main road into Colorado Springs.  People were really nice tho, and getting in & out was a breeze, so good for an "over-night" stay.

Rating: 5


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Grand Junction KOA

2819 Highway 50, Grand Junction, CO 81503

970-242--2527

Dates Visited: 2012, Oct 20-21, 2014

# of Spaces: 81 + camping cabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $38.23. (KOA)

Notes:   We enjoyed our two stays at this park. We had a pull-through site that was long enough to keep the toad hooked up.  The location is right off a main road close to a grocery store.  Even tho your close to the road, it was nice and quiet.  Pretty good TV reception, but WiFi was slow.  Park was very clean and lovely trees.  Nice stop in our route.

Rating: 5

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CONNECTICUT

Seaport RV Resort

45 Camp Ground Rd, Old Mystic CN 06372

888-886-2477

Dates Visited: 2012

# of Spaces: 130

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $47

Notes:  We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.


Rating:

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FLORIDA

Sunshine Travel RV Resort

9455 108th Ave, Vero Beach FL 32967

877-570-2267

Dates Visited: Mar 24, 2012

# of Spaces: 301

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $15(PA)

Notes:  We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.

Rating:

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Tallahassee RV Park

6504 Mahan Dr, Tallahassee, FL 32308

850-878-7641

Dates Visited: Mar 30, 2012

# of Spaces: 66

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30

Notes:  We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.

Rating:

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Cedar Key RV Resort

11980 SW Shiloh Rd, Cedar Key FL 32625

352-543-5097

Dates Visited: Mar 31, 2012

# of Spaces: 99

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35

Notes:  We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.

Rating:

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Milton Gulf Pines KOA

8700 Gulf Pines Drive, Milton, FL 32583

850-623-0808

Dates Visited: Mar, 2012

# of Spaces:127

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35 (member)

Notes:  We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.

Rating:

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Salt Springs Campground, Ocala National Forest

13851 Hwy 19N, Ft. McCoy  FL  32134

877-570-2267

Dates Visited: Mar 30, 2012

# of Spaces: 163

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $18 (senior)

Notes:  We loved this park!  It was really quiet when we were there, and we only had a couple of days to stay (wished we would have had more).  So different from any other place in FL, a little "oasis", we thought!

Rating: 8

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Fort Myers Beach RV Resort

16299 San Carlos Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33908

239-466-7171

Dates Visited: Mar 5, 2012

# of Spaces: 305

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40 (Enjoy/Encore)

Notes:  We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. 

Rating:

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Sherwood Forest RV Resort

5300 W. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy. Kissimmee, FL 34746

407-396-7431

Dates Visited: 2012 & Dec 14, 2014

# of Spaces: 512

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $15(RPI)

Notes:  We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  Place is convenient to Disney World and for us, having RPI, worth the narrow spaces. 

Rating: 5


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Fort Pickens Campground

From I-10, take I-110 S to Pensacola. Take U.S. Highway 98S/FL Highway 30 over Pensacola Bay to Gulf Breeze. Follow 98 through Gulf Breeze, turn right onto FL Highway 399 to Pensacola Beach.

850-934-2622

Dates Visited: Apr 2, 2012

# of Spaces: 180

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $13

Notes:  We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.

Rating:

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Big Oak RV Park

4024 N Monroe St, Tallahassee, FL 32303

850-562-4660

Dates Visited: Feb 22, 2015

# of Spaces: 143

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40 (GS)
30amp pull-thru (New Year's Eve/full rate)

Notes:  We couldn't get into our favorite RV Park - Tallahassee RV Park, they were full, but they suggested Big Oak at exit 199.  It was an easy park to get to off of the I 10.  An odd configuration, creating sites around a very large "old oak tree" right in the middle of the park (beautiful).  Lots of other lovely oaks as well, but not so much to worry about, to do so, sites are set every which way, pull thrus, back-ins, where ever they can.  It's a mish-mash of slabs, rock with paths going in circles here an there...odd, but it works.  No pool, etc. but good cable & WiFi reception.

Rating: 6

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Motor Inns Motel & RV Park

3601 W Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala FL 34475

352-629-6902

Dates Visited: Feb 21, 2015

# of Spaces: 100

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $25 (cash, GS)

Notes:  This is a basic "over-night" stay, and for $25, you can't beat it.  Easy in & out, pull-thru and we didn't even have to unhook.  Sites are on grass - just a big square, where they are "back-to-back".  WiFi was weak, but the cable was ok.  Right off the I 75, which made it nice as well.

Rating: 6

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Sunshine Holiday Park

2802 W Oakland Park Blvd, Ft Lauderdale FL 33311

954-731-1722

Dates Visited: Jan 1-4, 2015

# of Spaces: 100

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $

50amp pull-thru (RPl rate)

Notes:  I didn't think it could get any worse after we left Sherwood Forest, but I was wrong!  OMG, these spaces are so tight you almost touch each other's rig!  There are only inches in between each rig - no room for an awning, or table or any entertaining, or even a chair.  People (all Canadian from Ontario, so all speaking French) all sit out in the roadway, and the edge, so you have to inch your way through the street to drive to your site.  What a joke.  No cable, and of course WiFi is Tangonet.  In order to get into your site, you have to back in (in a pull thru) which means you pull your hoses, etc from under your rig.  Ridiculous...and RPI's are suppose to be "upscale"!  Ha!

Rating: 4

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Tallahassee / East KOA

346 KOA Rd, Monticello FL 32344

850-997-3890

Dates Visited: Dec 30, 2014

# of Spaces: 116 + camping cabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35.10 = 30amp pull-thru (member rate)

Notes:  Pretty basic for a KOA.  Dirt/Sand for all the roads AND for their sites as well.  Our pull through was barely long enough to contain us without un-hooking.  No WiFi or Cable TV (off-season so the pool wasn't cleaned).  It's also out of the way for restaurants if you are in the need.  Very nice office set up with goodies to greet you and the staff was super friendly tho!  Loved the trees and the ambiance.  

Rating: 7

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Treasure Coast RV Resort

2550 Crossroads Pkwy, Ft Pierce, Fl 34945

772-468-2099

Dates Visited: Jan 16-28, 2015

# of Spaces: 147

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $334.50 per week / then $69.69 per day on a daily basis

Notes: This place is beautiful!  It probably is one of the finest places we've ever stayed at. Plenty of space in between sites, grass, a beautiful pond that some had remote controlled boats that they sailed on it.  The clubhouse always had fresh popcorn going along with several activities during the week.  Friendly people (staff and visitors). The place is kept immaculate.  The TV & WiFi worked great.  The only downside was the price, ouch.  But, as some (cute) signs say "Paradise ain't cheap".  ;-)

Rating: 10


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GEORGIA


Scenic Mountain RV Park & Campground

2686 Irwinton Rd, Milledgeville, GA 31061

478-454-1013

Dates Visited: May 2012

# of Spaces: 77

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.

Rating:

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Beaver Run RV Park

22321 Excelsior Church Rd, Metter GA 30439

912-362-4737

Dates Visited: May 2012

# of Spaces: 62

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.

Rating:

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Savannah South KOA

4915 US 17 South, Richmond Hill GA 31324

912-756-3396

Dates Visited: May 2012

# of Spaces: 125

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40 (member)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.

Rating:
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Stone Mountain Park Campground

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain GA 30083

800-401-2407

Dates Visited: May 2012

# of Spaces: 431

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35

Notes: We loved this campground!  We didn't realize it when we first camped there, but what a wonderful surprise it was to discover Stone Mountain!  Such a beautiful place and wonderful evening program they do as well.  Well worth a few days stay! 

Rating: 7

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Savannah Oaks RV Resort

805 Fort Argyle Rd, Savannah GA 31419

912-748-4000

Dates Visited: May 2012

# of Spaces: 109

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.

Rating: 



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IDAHO


Travel America Plaza
Two Miles South of Longbridge of Sandpoint ID


208-263-6522

Dates Visited: July 29 & Aug13, 2016

# of Spaces: 76

Our site #: Row H-2 / F-1

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $24.38 (GS)

Notes: First off, you need to know that you pull in just a little and check in at the Conco Gas Station.  It's usually very busy, and only one person knows how to operate the RV Park, so be patient.  You don't want to pull in to far, because you need to make a sharp left turn to go into the RV Park!  Then, once you are in the park, all is okay.  ;-)   It's not a GREAT park, it's a pretty good one, especially for the money!  Shade, easy in & out, decent pull-thrus for the most part (that #1 spot was hard to get into).  Great for an "over-night" stay! 

Rating: 6

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Cowboy RV

845 Barton Rd, Pocatello ID 83204

208-232-4587

Dates Visited: Oct, 2012

# of Spaces: 84

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $37 (GS)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.

Rating:

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Coeur d'Alene RV Park

2652 East Mullan Ave, Post Falls ID 83854

208-773-3527

Dates Visited: Oct, 2012

# of Spaces: 191

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30 (GS)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.

Rating:
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Boise Meridian KOA

184 W. Pennwood St, Meridian ID 83642

866-988-7003

Dates Visited: Sept 9 - Sept 11, 2013

# of Spaces: 224 + camping cabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $37.90
pull-thru (member rate)

Notes: Very clean modern park; has all the amenities one could ask for.  Good WiFi; friendly people.  What we look for and expect in a KOA.

Rating: 10

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Mountain View RV Park

2040 Airport Way, Boise ID 83705

208-345-4141

Dates Visited: Nov 3, 2015

# of Spaces: 63

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $33.48 pull-thru (GS)

Notes: Basic, clean, no frills park.  No cable, but nice for an over-night stay.  Easy, level site, long pull-thru, so didn't have to unhook. Nice staff. 

Rating: 6

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Jerry's State Court Cafe

6767 W. Fairview Ave, Boise ID 83704

 
208-376-6767

Dates Visited: Sept 11, 2013

# of Spaces: 2

Site Rate: $0 Harvest Host Member

Notes Harvest Host is a yearly membership that allows the members to boondock over night at various establishments - wineries, farms, museums, and cafe's.  This was our first experience with HH, and it was fun!  We parked at the end of their large parking lot, easy pull in.  Then we had dinner, and actually breakfast too - the food, service and establishment was great!  Easy and quiet.  This particular place didn't offer any "view" or opportunity to visit with the owners, so lowered the rate because of that.  Would stop there again!

Rating: 7

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Oregon Trail Campground

2733 Kimberly Rd (Hwy 30), Twin Falls, ID 83301

800-733-0853

Dates Visited: Oct 23-24, 2014

# of Spaces: 76

Site Rate (no disc of any kind): $35

Notes: Easy to find, good TV reception with lots of stations.  Good, secure WiFi.  Very nice owners. That said, pretty rough campground, dirt/rock, open sites with a table & hook-ups.  Sites are short and close together.  No "glamour" here, that's for sure!  Sure glad the weather was good, because it would have been a real mess if it had been raining! 
 
Rating: 5

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Village of Trees RV Resort

At Travel Stop 216 On the Snake River

Interstate 84, Exit 216, Declo ID 83323

800-777-9121

Dates Visited: Oct 4-5, 2013

# of Spaces: 289 RV, Tents & Cabins

Site Rate: $31 (AAA Discount)

Notes: All sites are pull thrus, lots of trees.  They say "river view", that's kind of a stretch, but it's a short walk to it, and it's a nice one.  Saw a couple fishing and caught some nice big ones too!  The name runs true tho, lots of beautiful trees! 
Good WiFi but Cable was really fuzzy.  Loved that they had a small snack bar & would even deliver to your rig if you wanted!  They had it all: gas, propane, grocery, grill...you didn't need to leave! ;-)  Nice people too. They decorated for Halloween too!

Rating: 8

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Viking Lake State Park

2652 East Mullan Ave, Post Falls ID 83854

712-829-2235

Dates Visited: Oct 12, 2012

# of Spaces: 120

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $15

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.

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ILLINOIS

Rock Island/Quad Cities KOA at Camelot

2311 78th Ave W, Rock Island IL 61201

309-787-0665

Dates Visited: June 9-16, 2016

# of Spaces: 120

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $270 (1 free night for a week's stay) + $45 for the 8th day

Notes: Wonderful park, lovely sites with a big pond, cement pads with fire pits, table and grass between sites.  The pool seemed small for the number of guests that they seem to have, but it sure was popular!  They have a nice snack bar with pizza, ice cream and other treats, which is nice too.  Everything (laundry, etc) is kept real clean.  Never could get on to their WiFi. Cable was OK, not great. Location etc. worked well for us. 

Rating: 9

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Double J Campground & RV Park

9683 Palm Rd, Springfield (Chatham) IL 62629

217-482-9998

Dates Visited: June 5-9, 2016

# of Spaces: 125

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40 (GS)

Notes:  We loved this place!  Saw it from the freeway as we were driving into town (heading to the Illinois State Fair Campgrounds, as we thought it would be closer).  Beautiful place! Long pull-thru, gravel, level sites. Ours had nice shade trees, near the "corn fields" (cool view!), fire pits, nice cable, clean place, wonderful staff.  Only added 10 minutes to our travel into town.  So worth it!!  The only down side was the bugs (not their fault)  loved sitting outside in the evening with the cool breezes, but so did the bugs...

Rating: 9

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Red Hills State Park

3571 Ranger Lane, Sumner IL 62466

618-936-2469

Dates Visited: Sept 29, 2012

# of Spaces: 104

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $20

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.

Rating: 

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INDIANA

Louisville Metro KOA

900 Marriott Dr, Clarksville IN 47129

812-282-4474

Dates Visited: Sept 27, 2012

# of Spaces:  80?

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ 40?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.

Rating:


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Lake Haven Retreat

1951 W Edgewood Ave, Indianapolis IN 46217

317-783-5267

Dates Visited: July 16-17, 2014

# of Spaces: 110 FHU

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30. 53  (GS)

Notes: Very nice staff. Place was full and she moved reservations around to accommodate us for two nights.  The layout of the campground is really interesting, and I couldn't quite figure it out, but really pretty.  Seems there are some sites on one side of the pond, and others on "our side".  We had an end site that was real "roomy" while other sites were two to a site, but even with that, not to bad.  The sites themselves were (large) gravel with big swaths of grass in between each site, trees all along, but not interfering.  Good TV & WiFi reception.  About 30-40 min. drive to the Speedway, which is what we came for.

Rating:  7

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IOWA



Oakwood RV Park

5419-240th St, Clear Lake, Iowa 50428 
 
641-357-4019

Dates Visited: June 21, 2016

Our site: # 

# of Spaces: 80

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30. Cash only

Notes:  Basic long gravel pull-thrus.  Nothing fancy.  Kind of out in the middle of "no where", but was a place to stay for the night and we didn't have to un-hook!  Nice lady, nice shady site, level. 

Rating: 6


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Fieldstone RV Park

110 202nd St, Arnolds Park IO

712-332-7631

Dates Visited: June 22-23, 2016

Our site: # 22

# of Spaces: 106

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40

Notes:  Basic long gravel pull-thrus.  Nothing fancy.  Turned our that "Arnolds Park" is quite the pretty area!  5 beautiful lakes around here!  We drove around a bit and really enjoyed the views and a nice restaurant.  Can see why this is a popular summer boating place.  Seems like almost everyone has a boat ;-)  They don't care about the "camping" part, they are here to go out on one of the beautiful lakes!  Can't blame them!  Nice people, clean park, level sites.  (Nothing to get excited about).

Rating: 6


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Big Woods Lake Campground 

1501 East St, Cedar Falls, Iowa


319-433-7275

Dates Visited: June 17-21, 2016 (Father's Day weekend)

Our site: #5

# of Spaces: 55

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30. 

Notes:  Nice level sites, spread out with grass between. FHU, firepits & table.  Not much shade trees, but some nice grasses and bushes, etc. A train came through once a day, so some noise there, otherwise, quiet.  Pretty lake next to it too.  Camp host/did everything on line ahead of time.  Nice county park, clean.  Glad to have gotten in on short notice! 

Rating: 7


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712-829-2235

Dates Visited: Oct 12, 2012

Our site: #5

# of Spaces: 117

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $  ?

Notes: I didn't take any notes the first year out, but I took a lot of pictures of this campground and I remember that I thought it sure was pretty here!  Of course it was autumn and the trees had started turning...it was beautiful and the campground was pretty empty.  Reading the other "reviews" I guess the sites were pretty "unlevel", but I don't remember that, just that it was just so beautiful here. 

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Amana Colonies RV Park

3890 C St., Amana IA 52203

Dates Visited: Sept 6-9, 2014

# of Spaces: 462

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $36.38  (GS)

Notes:  This place is HUGE!  It's really set up for rallies, but of course handles us "single" folks just fine.  It's an all grass field (with a few trees) with hook-ups, that's pretty much it.  Very long gravel sites, one right after the other, and when needed, two to a site.  Not much else there.  Right around the corner from the Colonies, and that's what's there to see.  Cedar Rapids is not to far a drive and a nice drive in...but you can see just about everything there in a day as well.  Three days (total) here is plenty. 

Rating:  5


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KANSAS

Air Capital RV Park

609 E 47th St South, Wichita KS 67216

316-201-1250

Dates Visited: Sept 13-21, 2014

# of Spaces: 90 all FHU

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $39.60 (GS)

Notes: This is what I call a "basic park" - no pool, playground or "toys", so not a place for kids, and probably not a place in the high heat (no trees).  It's all cement with grass in-between each site.  All the sites are large and easy to get in & out of, even the back-ins.  Clean and efficient.  Full cable TV, laundry & storm shelter.  WiFi is free, but very slow most of the time.  Great location, even has a couple of "quick-bite" places to walk to, and a grocery store across the street.  Street noise is at a minimum, so that's nice too (except for the occasional train).  I'd come back in a heart beat!

Rating: 7

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Wakeeney KOA

25027 S Interstate, WaKeeney KS 67672

785-743-5612

Dates Visited: June 1, 2015

# of Spaces: 54+

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $34.65 (Member)

Notes: Nice over-night, easy in and out campground.  We wanted a place that we didn't have to un-hook for the night and this was perfect.  Nice long gravel pull-throughs (all of them) and right off of the interstate.  A little camp store, that has an "ice-cream social in the evening and a pancake breakfast in the morning".  Super nice folks too.  Quiet place, perfect for the evening stop.  Good WiFi and cable.

Rating: 8

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KENTUCKY


Kentucky Horse Park Campground

4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington KY 40511

859-259-4257

Dates Visited: Sept 23, 2012

# of Spaces: 260

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. We enjoyed this park and it's closeness to the horse park and to Lexington. 

Rating: 

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John James Audubon State Park

3100 US Hwy 41 N Henderson, KY 42419

270-826-5939

Dates Visited: July 7/15/2014

# of Spaces: 87 Standard Elec

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $22.50  (Senior)

Notes: Beautiful park, and so under used!  At least during the week.  According to the staff, it fills up on the weekends, but when we were there on a Tuesday, in the middle of the summer, there were about 5 other campers!  Sites are large, each with a table and fire pit, lots of trees (of course) plenty of walking trails, birds to listen to, etc.  A place you really want to stay awhile at, unfortunately, we couldn't.  We did take some time and visited the museum next door (DO take the time to do that, it's so worth it!)  Really incredible.  It was a lucky find, not knowing ahead of time that Audubon was from Henderson and left an wonderful legacy here.  This is a "state park" which means no TV, etc. so, sit back and enjoy nature!

Rating:  9

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LOUISIANA

River View RV Park & Resort

100 River View Parkway, Vidalia LA 71373

318-336-1400

Dates Visited: April 16, 2012

# of Spaces: 193

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $20 (PA)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. As I try to remember, this was a really nice place.

Rating: 

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Baton Rouge KOA

7628 Vincent Rd, Denham Springs LA 70726

225-664-7281

Dates Visited: April 9, 2014
Dates Visited: Dec 28, 2014
Dates Visited: Feb 24, 2015

# of Spaces: 128 plus Kabins/Tents

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $48.17 (Member)

Notes: Large place with lots of places for kids (& pets) that I think (once again) in the right season this place would really be pretty.  Lots of trees, cement & gravel sites, big rig spaces, good cable & WiFi & Cell coverage.  Easy to get to restaurants & downtown Baton Rouge. 

Rating:  6

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Poche's Fish-N-Camp RV Park

1080 Sawmill Hwy, Breaux Bridge LA 70517

337-332-0326

Dates Visited: Feb 25, 2012

# of Spaces: 95

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. This place was a hoot.  People were really friendly too.  What was the best, was that just down a ways in Scott LA they have a Cajun jam session that's incredible! 

Rating: 6

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French Quarter RV Park

565 Crozat St, New Orleans LA70112

504-586-3000

Dates Visited: April 8-14 2012
Dates Visited: April 10-13, 2014

# of Spaces: 52

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $139 for the FQ Music Fest

Notes: This is a top notch RV Park set up for easy access to the French Quarter.  It has a 10' brick security wall plus 24 hr security + concierge service.  The "grounds" are full pavers with grass partitions.  A few sites have gazebos.  You do get freeway noise because you are right next to it, so there is no getting around that, but you can't get any closer to the "Quarter" without being "in" it!  It's just far enough away to not hear their noise, and close enough away to walk to.  Our suggestion?  Walk in, take a Pedi-Cab back home (after a long day walking around, your feet deserve the break!).  At about $1 a block, it's well worth the comfort! (You can even have the front desk call for one to take you in as well!)  Their rates adjust according to the season and festivals.  Well worth the extra $$ for the convenience of the location and security!  Clean, well maintained, great staff, good amenities (except don't be fooled about the WiFi, it never let's you on - use your own).  We've been here twice in two years, and will always come back!

Rating:  8

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Lafayette KOA

537 Apollo Rd, Scott LA 70583

337-235-2739

Dates Visited: April 9, 2014

# of Spaces: 248 plus Kabins/Kottages

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $46.86 (Member)

Notes: Super nice folks, made a space for us even tho the website said they were full.  Plus, when we got there, we saw that there were two "Boudin & Cracklins" places to eat within walking distance (we didn't want to unhook) and asked them which was the best.  Without hesitation, we got "good advise" on "Billy's" and why!  Having never tried Boudin, and wanting to, it was great to have "insider's advise and tips!"  Billy's was great, they even gave us samples to try before buying!  Spaces were gravel with cement patios and lots of shade trees.  Nice pond with ducks that Jack couldn't resist feeding and they sure loved him for it! Pretty place and gave us a nice sunset to boot!  TV & WiFi  OK.

Rating:  6

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Tall Pines RV Park

6510 West 70th St, Shreveport LA 71129

318-687-1010

Dates Visited: April 8, 2014

# of Spaces: 105

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $38.68 (GS)

Notes: Nice place with lots of trees.   Sites are grass with a cement patio with tables & chairs.  The park was what we've come to expect in these parts, especially during this rainy season.  All of them are pretty close together, green, gravel, potholes on the interior roads, lots of trees, so lots of maintenance needed - but I bet in another month or two it's beautiful!  Bigger rigs may have some challenges, but they might also have other spots for them too. Good TV & WiFi reception.  Easy in & out from the freeway.

Rating:  6

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MAINE

Palmyra Camping Resort

147 Lang Hill Rd, Palmyra, ME 04965

207-938-5677

Dates Visited: Aug 4, 2012

# of Spaces: 75

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. As I try to remember, we liked this place.

Rating: 

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Moorings Oceanfront RV Resort

191 Searsport Avenue, Belfast ME 04915

207-338-6860

Dates Visited: July 20, 2012

# of Spaces: 44

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. As I try to remember, we liked this place.

Rating: 


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Keenes Lake Family Campground

70 Keenes Lake Rd, Calais, ME 04619

207-454-2022

Dates Visited: Aug 4, 2012

# of Spaces: 151

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. Even tho this was a "basic park, we liked it.  They were really nice folks here!  When we crossed the boarder over to Canada for a week+, they "baby-sat" my plants for me until we came back for them.  They said that they often kept people's "belongings" for them when they went to Canada! 

Rating: 5


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MASSACHUSETTS


Canoe River Campground

137 Mill Street, Mansfield, MA 02048

508-339-6462
Dates Visited: July, 2012

# of Spaces: 300

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. As I try to remember, we liked this place.

Rating: 

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Rusnik Family Campground

115 Lafayette Rd, Salisbury MA 01952

978) 462-9551

Dates Visited: July, 2012

# of Spaces: 300

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. As I try to remember, we liked this place.

Rating: 

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MICHIGAN

Brimley State Park

9200 West 6 Mile Road, Brimley MI 49715

906-248-3423

# of Spaces: 237

Dates Visited: July 29-30, 2014

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $23
Plus: Park Admission - We purchased the Annual Pass since we knew we would be staying at several State Parks in Michigan=$31

Notes: "State Parks" all have several things in common - trees, usually narrow roads, close sites and lots of families with children.  That said, we like them because they are "natural" and feel like "real camping".  The smell of everyone burning wood in the fire pits, pine trees, children playing, birds singing, people laughing, it's all just so much more relaxed than at a "formal campground".  The "down-side" is that you don't have TV, WiFi, and here, not even water or sewer hook-ups, but we enjoyed our stay, and you can't beat the nightly rate!  

Brimley was a sweet little park, very green, along side Whitefish Bay.  Very picturesque and quite.  Many of the Rangers (we found) have you "pick your own site" then come back and tell them, rather than they pick for you.  The park's aren't, for the most part, to full, especially during the week days, so you have quite a selection, which is a good thing, because with so many trees, it's better for you to do the choosing! 

Rating:  5

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Clementz Northcountry Campground and Cabins

13209 State Hwy M123, Newberry MI 49868

906-293-8562

Dates Visited: Aug 1-3, 2014

# of Spaces:  55

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $27

Notes: The spaces are side by side, facing front to back, then a large space in between the next site with a picnic table and fire ring.  The person next to you is really close, while the next site is quite far!  Odd.  Other than that, the park is nice.  Quiet, wooded, grassy, pull-thrus, much like most of all the campgrounds we've found in Michigan

Rating:  5

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Country Village RV Park

1200 Country Ln, Ishpeming MI 49849

906-486-0300

Dates Visited: Aug 3-7, 2014

# of Spaces: 106

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $37.80 (GS)

Notes: They will "double discount" - taking PA for one night & GS on the other nights (unusual).  Nice folks.  They also try and spread folks out, not parking guests next to each other when then don't have to, which makes it nice.  Large open field, and like all of Michigan, level grass sites with gravel roads.  Very unusual entrance, in that it's behind a "mall" of sorts, a little confusing, so throws you off at first, but it's quiet back here and convenient to gas and stores.  They had TV for the first two days, but lost it due to Cable changes, so don't know if they will again.  Good WiFi tho.

Rating:  5

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The Extraordinary Berry

3901 Riverside Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 59034

269-470-4647 (Chuck)

Dates Visited: July 18, 2014

# of Spaces:  

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ 0 (Harvest Host Member)

Notes:  Belonging to "Harvest Host" means that you "Boondock" at local wineries, farms, museums, even some restaurants, etc. that they have signed up that can handle from 1-4 or so rigs, in the hopes that you will purchase their products, or at the very least pass along information to others that you meet along the way.  It's a wonderful way to meet interesting folks and learn new things, and that's what we did at Extraordinary Berry.  Coco & Chuck were delightful hosts that were fun to visit with and had a small but bountiful berry farm that I took full advantage of!  You could "U Pick" and/or purchase already picked baskets of three varieties raspberries, as well as purchase blueberries, cherries, peaches, tomatoes, plums, honey and jam.  Their blackberries hadn't produced yet, so no luck there.  Their farm was "off the beaten path a bit, but people seem to find it without a problem because cars came and went all the time!  Coco loved our idea of "full-time travel", but wasn't having any luck (so far) talking Chuck into retiring (again), but she's not giving up!  Nice place, and a lovely stop if you like a peaceful boondock...

Rating:   5

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Lakeside Camp Park

13677 White Creek Ave, Cedar Springs MI 49319

231- 843-2423

Dates Visited: July 19-21, 2014

# of Spaces:  140

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $28.35 (GS)

Notes: Interesting...first, I have to share, that we had to get used to the idea that in Michigan, campgrounds, for the most part, have you park on the grass.  That's different than we've found in most states!  That said, they also seem to all have a "mixture" of sites that have "electric & water only" and then "FHU".  That's ok with us most of the time, so no big deal, just "beware" here - also, not uncommon, we've found, is "electric only" or "electric & sewer only".  Like I said, "interesting".  Here, we were only able to get "electric & water", but without reservations, and on the weekend, I was happy to get that!  They have a lovely pond, and cute place.  Very friendly, helpful staff and good WiFi.  That said, awful traffic noise.  It doesn't bother me, as I use ear plugs, but really bothered my husband, and he usually sleeps through almost anything, so I know it had to be bad!  It is, after all, right on Hwy 31, so, guess that explains it, so keep that in mind!  Really fun for kids & fishing tho!

Rating:  5

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Interlochen State Park

4167 M-137, Interlochen MI 49643

231-276-9511

# of Spaces: 490

Dates Visited: July 23-24, 2014

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $21
Plus: Park Admission - We purchased the Annual Pass since we knew we would be staying at several State Parks in Michigan=$31

Notes: "State Parks" all have several things in common - trees, usually narrow roads, close sites and lots of families with children.  That said, we like them because they are "natural" and feel like "real camping".  The smell of everyone burning wood in the fire pits, pine trees, children playing, birds singing, people laughing, it's all just so much more relaxed than at a "formal campground".  The "down-side" is that you don't have TV, WiFi, and here, not even water or sewer hook-ups, but we enjoyed our stay, and you can't beat the nightly rate!  

This park is unique in that it is next to renowned Interlochen National Music Camp (c1928) that offer free concerts that you can walk right across the street to!  From time to time they even bring in big name celebrities to preform that you can buy tickets for at very low prices.  Pretty cool.  It's a beautiful park with a lovely river running along side that a lot of the folks were enjoying floating down when were were there. 

Rating:  6

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Lake Fanny Hooe Resort & Campground

505 Second St, Copper Harbor MI 49918

906-289-4451

# of Spaces: 64

Dates Visited: Aug 8-9, 2014

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30

Notes:  This was an odd little campground in that the connections were placed way at the front of the sites.  We had to park nose-in instead of backing in and then bring out electrical cords under the coach in order to reach the unit.  That put us side-by-side the other coach, making us quite close to them - leaving lots of space on the other side.  That, plus the site itself was really lumpy so we had to be very careful how we walked or we would trip as the grass covered the dips.  The plus side was that it forced us to meet our neighbors which were very friendly and we had great evening fires with them!  The lake is lovely to look at and Copper Harbor is enjoyable itself.  There was a bike race in town, so the state park was full, and we were lucky to get this place!  All in all, it was a fine stay.  We were told to expect no cell service, so no surprises there.  We didn't expect to get our WiFi, so that was a nice surprise when we got that! It helped to have low expectations ;-) Very nice people tho and a beautiful drive there!  Well worth the trip in!

Rating: 5

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Ludington State Park

8800 Michigan 116, Ludington, MI 49431

231- 843-2423

# of Spaces: 373

Dates Visited: July 22, 2014

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $27  
Plus: Park Admission - We purchased the Annual Pass since we knew we would be staying at several State Parks in Michigan=$31

Notes: "State Parks" all have several things in common - trees, usually narrow roads, close sites and lots of families with children.  That said, we like them because they are "natural" and feel like "real camping".  The smell of everyone burning wood in the fire pits, pine trees, children playing, birds singing, people laughing, it's all just so much more relaxed than at a "formal campground".  The "down-side" is that you don't have TV, WiFi, and here, not even water or sewer hook-ups, but we enjoyed our stay, and you can't beat the nightly rate!  This park is along Lake Michigan, so you have that, the beach, the walk to the lighthouse (a long one!) the dunes, the river (looked like fun tubing!) to go along with all the "general trail walks" found in state parks.  Very pretty!

Rating:  6


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Mackinaw Mill Creek Camping & Lakefront Cabin Rentals

9730 US Hwy 23, Mackinaw City, MI 49701

231-436-5584

# of Spaces: 600

Dates Visited: July 25-28, 2014

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $34.95

Notes:  This is a huge park!  For one thing, you can't get lost finding the place, there are huge signs leading you in, for miles ahead of time!  Then, once you pull in, you have a large "reception office" with about 6 windows to check people in and map you to your location.  Easy to follow signs lead you to your site.  These people have it all figured out.  We lucked out and got a site nearest to the water view, which was nice.  Again, it's Michigan, so parking on grass, but plenty of space.  Expect lots of children, everywhere, on bikes!  Really nice place tho and super convenient to everything is why we chose it.  The "water strip" is so nice to walk along and they have benches and fire rings to use if you want.  We set up our own chairs the first night with a glass of wine and just watched the freighters go by.  Unfortunately most the week was pretty cold and rainy to do much outside, but a really lovely park!  FHU, but no TV 

Rating:  6


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MINNESOTA

Buffalo River State Park

565 155th St, So, Glyndon MN 56547

218-498-2124

Dates Visited: June 29-30, 2016

# of Spaces: 44

Site #: 0E

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $31 (+$8.50 state fee)
Notes: This was as close as we could get to Fargo ND, which is really where we really wanted to visit!  It was "basic", in that it had electric only, so we made sure we had plenty of water and had dumped the night before.  As with most "state parks", it was tranquil, lots of trees and "nature"...which we like.  Had a nice "beachy" swimming hole with life guards for the kids, which was cool.  The sites were all back-in and just fit us and the toad (but had parking near if you needed for your toad).  Nice enough for a few days.  No WiFi reception at all tho..

Rating:  5+ 

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Oakwoods Trails RV

23614 890th Ave., Austin MN 55912

507-437-6165

Dates Visited: Aug 26-27, 2014

# of Spaces: 21 plus tent spaces

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35

Notes: This is a little gem. It's actually a working corn & soy farm (about 800+ acres) that Brian & Jan Sorenson have carved a lovely camping oasis out in a corner of their property under big beautiful oak trees that overlook their farm.  Each site is large and fully separate from the another.  We stayed in #3, which was right on the edge, so we could see the sunset each night over the soy fields...so beautiful.  One night we eve heard the distant mooing of a neighbor's cows as they were heading into feed (no smell, just the sounds).  We only stayed the two days because we already had reservations, but if we hadn't we would have stayed on, it was so peaceful.  No "amenities" like a pool, or tv, etc. just peace and beauty.  We loved it!

Rating:  6
 

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St. Paul East RV Park

568 Settlers Ridge Parkway, Woodbury
 MN 55129

651-436-6436

Dates Visited: Aug 28-31, 2014

# of Spaces: 92 plus tents & cabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $50.35 (GS)

Notes: Very nice family friendly staff.  I first contacted them a week out for a Labor Day reservation & had been turned down (one of many campgrounds in the area).  A few days later they called me and said they had a cancellation & if I still wanted a site, one was now available, I took it!
The sites are VERY tight, one right up next to each other, as close as possible, row after row, all gravel with trees for shade and separation.  They say WiFi & TV, but not really.  The WiFi, you would have to be sitting at or around the office and the TV is with a good antenna & probably the same, and not worth the trouble...all this for $50!  If we hadn't been strapped for the holiday, we wouldn't have stayed here for the price.  On the plus side...a WalMart was just down the street! 

Rating: 4

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Town & Country RV Park and Campground

12630 Boone Ave., Savage MN 55378

952-445-1756

Dates Visited: Sept 1-5, 2014

# of Spaces: 80

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $42.54 (GS)

Notes: Very nice friendly staff.  This was a recommendation from someone else we met who used to work here and learned that we were coming this way.  Small park, nothing fancy, great WiFi & secure too!  Good enough TV reception on a few stations.  Nice and close to the Mall of America (which is why we came) and the "Twin Cities", so makes a great base.  Sites are a little small, but not to bad, easy in & out. 

Rating: 5

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MISSISSIPPI



Cajun RV Park

1860 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, MS 39531

228-388-5590
Dates Visited: April, 2012

# of Spaces: 125

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $? (GS)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.

Rating: 

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MISSOURI


St Louis RV Park

900 North Jefferson, St Louis MO 63106

314-241-3330
Dates Visited: June 1-4, 2016

# of Spaces: 100

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $44.01 (comp military disc)

Our site: # 22

Notes: Super nice people here!  Couldn't be more helpful (even extended a military discount because my Dad had been in the military!) changed a reservation around so we could stay an extra day, etc.  The location is the winning thing about this place too, otherwise, it's just a big gravel parking lot with a pool.  We weren't there for the amenities, we were there to see the city.  (and there was so much to see!)

Rating: 6 (no cable, week WiFi, etc)


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Table Rock State Park 2

5272 State Highway 165, Branson, MO

417-334-4704
Dates Visited: April, 2012

# of Spaces: 163

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $20

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. We loved this place!  Close to Branson without all the hustle & bustle.  Quiet, "woodsie", really beautiful, and a whole lot less expensive than the campgrounds "in town"!

Rating: 8


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Meramec State Park Campgrounds

800 S Highway 185, Sullivan, MO 63080

573-468-6072
Dates Visited: April, 2012

# of Spaces: 206

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ 20?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. We loved this place!  As I remember it, we really liked this campground. 

Rating: 

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Kansas City East KOA

303 NE 3rd St, Oak Grove MO 64075

816-690-6660

Dates Visited: 2012, and June 2-3, 2015

# of Spaces: 92 plus Kabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40.50 (Member rate)

Notes: When we visited here in 2012, it made a great location to visit the Trueman Library, as well as to go back into Kansas City and see the city's tourist sites.  This trip was just an over-night stay.  Either way, a great easy-on/easy off the I-70 freeway.  Nice big shade trees, long pull-thrus, if not a little "un-level".  Good WiFi and Cable.  Freeway noise pretty high, but nice folks.  Looks like nice play area if you have kids too.  

Rating: 8

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MONTANA

Yogi Bear's Jellystone RV Park

9900 Jellystone Ave, Missoula MT 59808

406-543-9400

Dates Visited: Aug 17-21, 2016 

# of Spaces: 75

Our site # 36

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $46.15 (GS) 
 
Notes:  Nice long pull-thru, but you still had to unhook because the sewer was way back while the elect was way up front along with the cable (which we couldn't reach).  Made for very l o n g stretching of connections.  then parking your toads in front.  Saw that everyone else had the same problems.  For a "Jellystone", it was nice and quiet tho, which was a lovely surprise.  It was a pretty tame one, only big attraction, other than the pool, I saw was the miniture golf (but they may have had other stuff in a building, I didn't look).  Young adults tended to walk through your site a lot, which I find at this type of park  ;-(  .  But, otherwise, ok & good WiFi.

Rating:  6

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Spruce Park ON THE RIVER

1985 MT Hwy 35, Kalispell, MT 59901

406-752-6321

Dates Visited: Aug 14-16, 2016 

# of Spaces: 70 

Our site # 43 

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $43.28 (GS) 
Notes: Nice place along the river (even tho it was low at this time of the year).  We got as close as we could with a pull-thru, the back-in's come right up to the river's edge, but they are also shorter sites.  We saw several people floating, fishing & rafting by on the river that looked fun and if we were staying longer, we might have opted to do that too!  Really nice area to relax and enjoy, which is what we did.  TV & WiFi worked well here too.

Rating:  6

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Mountain Acres Campground

103 Rocklyn Ave, Lewistown MT 59457

406-538-7591

Dates Visited: July 12, 2016 

# of Spaces: 76

Our site # 32

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $31.03


Notes:  This was just an over-night stay.  I didn't even take any pictures (this is from their website).  Quick in/out. 

Rating:  5

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Lincoln Road RV Park

850 Lincoln Rd W, Helena MT 59602

406-458-3725

Dates Visited: July 14-20, 2016

# of Spaces: 77

Our site # E 5 and 32

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $27.68 & 38.52 (GS)

Notes: We could only get "electric only" for the first couple of days - which turned out to be in their "over-flow" area.  We hadn't been told it was that, and very, tight, so much so your slide-outs almost touched your neighbors.  Then, as reserved we were able to move over to the "nicer, FHU area" where you have a bit more space with grass, but it's still tight.  Much longer pull-thrus, level, clean, with lots of nice trees.  Quiet park, even tho you are right off the Hwy, which is nice.  A nice restaurant is just down the street too.  Good WiFi (not secure) and good clean restrooms and laundry. 

Rating:  6

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Conestoga Campground

815 8th Ave White Sulphur Springs, MT

59645

406-547-3890

Dates Visited: July 13, 2016

# of Spaces: 41

Our site #19

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $37.45 (PA-but I don't think she used it??)

Notes: We were going to stay 2 nights, but when we saw the town, all torn up, and ugly, we cancelled one night and just stayed that night.  However, the campground itself was really nice, and so were the hosts.  They had an ice cream social that night and gave a great talk about the area which made me wish we hadn't been so hasty!  People were all really friendly too.  It's out in the middle of "nowhere" at the end of town and when the construction is all done, it might be a fun stop.

Rating:  6?


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Evergreen Campground

 4850 72nd Ave West, Havre MT 59501

406-265-8228

Dates Visited: July 10-11, 2016

# of Spaces: 32

Our site # 13 

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $33.30 (GS)
Notes: I chose this campground because the one in town was close to the train station so would get the noise all day/night; also the reviews said the sites were short and narrow.  This one is out of town a bit, but much more quiet.  The hostess was super nice and very "laid back" as the weather was quite awful (raining quite a bit) and left a note on the door (Sunday) for us to go ahead and park and check in later.  Called and said to check in "between the rain"  ;-)  They have movie rentals for $1, which is nice and good WiFi (secured).  Place was pretty empty with just a few of us.  She said a lot of people stay here and just drive into Glacier if we were headed that way.  Told her not this time, headed to Helena to meet up with friends.  Went into town to see the " Underground City" tho, interesting.  Good WalMart close by too. 

Rating:  6

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Cottonwood Campground and Inn & Suites

 54250 US Hwy 2, Glasgow MT 59230

406-228-8213

Dates Visited: July 9, 2016

# of Spaces: 22

Our site #19

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $43.87 (AAA)

Notes: I was actually surprised at how nice this small campground was!  I chose it for the convenience and was happy to find that the sites were so long and easy to pull-thru without having to unhook.  The restaurant was a nice addition for the night and the prices were pretty low too!  All in all a great experience for an over-night stop.

Rating:  6


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Hardin KOA

RR 1, Hardin MT 59034

800-562-1634

Dates Visited: July 3-4, 2013

# of Spaces: 48 plus Kabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $41.30 (Member rate)

Notes: Not what I would call a "normal high-end KOA".  Gravel roads & sites, level though, ours had a nice swing along with a table, fire ring and BBQ, so that was a plus.  Small pool area and amenities.  Clean, nice showers. Good WiFi & Cable TV.  Some shade trees and a lovely barley field to look out onto, but nothing really special.  I thought for the holiday they would be doing something (at least for the kids) but no, nothing.  The local Rainbow Girls came in each night as a fundraiser and sold ice cream sundaes, but that was really just the KOA allowing them to do so.  This was a stopping place for us en route to Missoula.

Rating:  6

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Spring Creek Campground & Trout Ranch

257 Main Boulder Rd, Big Timber MT 59011
 (Highway 298 S)

406-932-4387

Dates Visited: July 6-8, 2013

# of Spaces: 11full hook-ups, 41 water & electric19 of these are right along the river) and 4 cabins (they have tent sites too).

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $37. water & electric on the river

Notes: This is a gem.  First off, the people are super friendly, starting with the phone call (great directions, and you need them-GPS is wrong!) plus a warm welcome when you arrive and chatty while you are there.  The place has two large ponds that children & parents fish at, plus a beautiful fast moving river that just soothes you.  Lots of trees (not interfering with driving or parking!), level (gravel) sites, clean well maintained. We had a nose-in site on the river with a great bench & fire ring right there to really sit back and enjoy the view and the birds. Wonderful!  Downside if you need: no pool, or sewer at your site.

Rating:  9


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San-Suz-Ed RV Park Campground and Bed & Breakfast

Located 2.5 miles west of West Glacier, Montana, on U.S. Hwy. #2,  between mile markers 150 -151

800-630-2623

Dates Visited: July 20-23, 2013

# of Spaces:  38 RV sites (30 tent sites) and a large group campsite. They have paved roads and some paved spaces. Most of the sites are in the forested areas and quite nice.  They were pretty booked, but "fit us in" out in the field.  We had a back-in between trees.  It looked tight at first, but wasn't really and quite private with a great view!

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40.52 water/elec

Notes: As I stated above, super nice forested place with a great feeling of privacy.  Only talked with them on the phone and she was great at finding us a spot, taking the time to work things around so we could stay.  It was a great base for Glacier National Park, easy to get to everything.  We visited friends at another RV Park; theirs was a piece of grass with a nice table in a long line of other RVs.  We liked ours a whole lot better. 

Rating:  8

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KOA Missoula MT

3450 Tina Ave, Missoula MT 59808

406-549-0881

Dates Visited: Nov 2, 2012
Dates Visited: July 23, 2013
Dates Visited: Oct 9 & Oct 14, 2013

# of Spaces:  274 RV sites + tent sites & "Kabins". 

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $47.95 (Member rate) Full Hook-up w/Cable

Notes: We've stayed here a number of times over the years, as we have friends in Missoula.  The down-side: GPS leads you through the back way, which puts you into the park in the wrong direction which becomes frustrating and problematic; it's also a bit expensive if you are not into using all the "extras".  The up-side: it's in the heart of Missoula, the staff is great, the park is beautifully kept with lots of trees for shade, nice grass in between and extra parking spaces, good WiFi and cable - a dependable park.

Rating:  8

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Square Dance Center and Campground

9955 Lolo Creek Road (Hwy 12), Lolo, MT 5984

406-273-0141

Dates Visited: July 24-29, 2013

# of Spaces:  68

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $27.60 full hook-up

Notes: This was a gem of a place; we liked it much better than the KOA that we usually stay at in Missoula.  It's at the southern end of Missoula, so actually worked out better for us.  The staff is super friendly and accommodating, the sites are nestled among the pine trees so lots of shade and privacy.  We barely had to level the rig.  Good WiFi reception, and super quiet surroundings (unlike the KOA).  We loved it here and will use it now every time we visit our friends in Missoula.  I forgot to take pictures, but here are some from their site.

Rating:  9

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Benton RV Park & Campground

2410 Choteau St,  Ft Benton, MT 59442

406-622-5015

Dates Visited: July 30-Aug 6, 2013

# of Spaces:  28 Full hook-ups + 3 Cabins

Site Rate: $17.12 (RPI/PA rate)

Notes: Small place, but super nice people.  WiFi good.  We had the best spot in the place!  Most of the spots were very close to each other, side by side.  Ours was across from everyone and long with a nice big piece of grass with a shade tree and table.  Sweet!  It was "harvesting time" so most of the spots were workers brought in to clear the fields.  Great place kick back and take it easy. Cute little town too, with a lot of history.  Only 20 min. from Great Falls. No ".  No amenities (pool, etc) is why only a 7 rating.

Rating:  7

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Butte KOA


1601 Kaw Ave, Butte MT 59701

406-782-8080

Dates Visited: Aug 7-9, 2013

# of Spaces:  110 + Cabins & Tent Area

Site Rate: $43.50 (Member rate)

Notes: Pretty typical KOA.  Nice, clean, well managed.  Nice addition of a "Chicken Shack" attached to the Office/Store where you can get good fresh fried chicken and the fixings up to 10pm.  Wonderful staff that really worked at getting us an extension by maneuvering other reservations around so we could stay.  Not all campground folks will work that hard and will just say "can't do it".  Great location into town as well.  Odd site set up tho, elec box is shared by two, so those two sites are close together, but the ones on your other side are spaced nicely apart with grass & table.  Upscale sites have patio with lounge chairs & more shading.  All sites and roads are gravel, but level.  Nice laundry and pool. WiFi is good, but slow. No cable tv.

Rating:  8

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Tamaracks Resort


3481 Highway 83 North, Seeley Lake MT

800-477-7216

Dates Visited: Oct 10-14, 2013

# of Spaces:  14 RV & Tent + 17 Cottages

Site Rate: $35 Water & Elect only

Notes: This is a lovely place, tucked into the woods, right at the lake's edge.  They have a dock with Canoes, Rowboats & Kayaks to use.  Nice tables and fire pits at each campsite and bar-b-ques at each cottage.  Staff is so friendly and helpful.  They keep a stack of movies to let you barrow and a nice little store.  They also offer free wood. Good WiFi. We were here in the fall, and it was to cold to really enjoy the lake, but it sure would be a nice place in the summer!  I hope we can come back again.  Only down side is there is no sewer, so you have to be prepared for that (there is one not to far down the road tho).

Rating: 8

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NEBRASKA


West Omaha/ NE LINCOLN KOA

14601 Highway 6, Gretna, NE 68028

402-332-3010
Dates Visited: Oct 19, 2012

# of Spaces: 90

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, we liked this place.

Rating: 


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Holiday RV Park

601 Halligan Dr North Platte, NE 69101

308-534-2265
Dates Visited: Oct 20, 2012

# of Spaces: 100

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, we liked this place.

Rating: 


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NEVADA

Chism's Trailer Park

1300 West Second Street, Reno NV 89503

775-322-2281

Dates Visited: May 21-28, 2014

# of Spaces: 35

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $192 (week rate)

Notes: This is a small trailer park that has spots for RVs.  The great thing about it is the location (and price!). It's just a couple miles from town, close to two grocery stores, a gas station and the freeway.  It's $100+ cheaper than any other RV place and so much closer to get to everything.  The downside is that it's spaces are small, so if you are any larger than we are (35') you wouldn't fit.  No TV or WiFi (even tho they say they do).  It's really just a place to "park" your rig while you go sight-seeing, which is what we wanted.  Lots of shade trees, so it kept it cool for us too.  The location & the price was right, and the people friendly - it worked for us. 

Rating: 5

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Duck Creek RV Park

6635 Boulder Hwy, Las Vegas NV 89122  

702-454-7090

Dates Visited: April 15, 2015

# of Spaces: 207

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $22.50 (PA pull-thru)

Notes: This is a good "one night stay" place, right off the freeway.  Interior roads are a tight turn into the spaces, and the spaces are right up next to each other, so it's not much more than a large parking lot, but for the price, and a place to sleep, it works just fine.  The "pull-thrus" are really two back-ins that you use.  They charge extra for pets ($3). Super nice staff and they have a nice little general store.  We didn't try to hook up to the cable or WiFi - to tired and it was very windy that night, so can't say how it all would have worked. 

Rating: 5

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Valley View RV Park

6000 E Idaho St, Elko NV 8980

775-753-9200

Dates Visited: May 28, 2014

# of Spaces: 75

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $15.12 (PA rate)

Notes: I had read mixed reviews on this place, but decided to give it a try.  It was only for 1 night anyway.  It's a small place, nothing special, but not a bad little place!  Couldn't believe the price!  Sure beat boon-docking!  Had some nice trees and the sites were level and paved.  People were nice.  Our site was a pull-thru, but we still had to un-hitch to fit.  Still, all in all, an ok place!

Rating: 5
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NEW HAMPSHIRE


Beaver Hollow Campground

700 White Mtn. Hwy (Route 16), Ossipee NH 03864


603-539-4800
Dates Visited: Oct 19, 2012

# of Spaces: 139

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, we liked this place.

Rating: 


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NEW MEXICO

 

Hacienda RV Resort

740 Stern Dr, Las Cruces, NM 88005

575-528-5800

Dates Visited: Apr 13-16, 2017

# of Spaces: 113

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $44.82 (GS)

Notes: This is the best campground by far that we have found anywhere around Las Cruces!  We usually just "pass thru" this town and stay one night at the KOA, but this time we had wanted to visit the small town of Old Mesilla so stayed close to it and booked several nights.  Was so lucky to have found this campground.  It doesn't have a pool, etc, but we don't use that stuff anyway.  The sites front to back, very level, good TV & WiFi, fantastic staff, super clean place.  Couldn't ask for a nicer park for a few days! Little pricey for the area, but all and all, great. 

Rating: 9


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Albuquerque North/Bernalillo KOA

555 South Hill Rd, Bernalillo NM 87004

505-867-5227

Dates Visited: Apr 27-May 3, 2015
Again: Oct 13-28, 2015

# of Spaces: 100

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $248.13. (week rate)
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $41.35 (Mem)

Notes: What a lovely park!  Each site is super level and lined out with green wood and a small strip of astro-turf and a couple of shade trees (even in this desert!) and a nice picnic table.  Cable and a secure WiFi is quite good as well.  They have murals painted everywhere, all around the pet park and children's play area.  They have really made every effort to make this quite the oasis.  Even the office has a little bit of everything. They serve breakfast Thur-Sun as well.  Bernalillo is a nice distance out from Albuquerque, giving you all that you need to visit it and other areas without the high prices of the "local" campgrounds in town.  It does have train noises several times a week, but other than that,  you couldn't ask for a better campground I don't think.

Rating: 8



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Homestead RV Park

11 Road 6432, Kirtland NM 87417

505-598-9181

Dates Visited: April 23-26, 2015
Dates Visited: Oct 29, 2015

# of Spaces: 65
(stayed in #23)

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $29.05 (GS)
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $29.04 (GS)

Notes: This is a fairly new, plain, gravel, no frills campground that has the nicest owner/host we've ever met!  Mark couldn't have been more appreciative of our business, going out of his way to welcome us, giving us suggestions of places to see, helping us with a great mechanic when we needed one, just a super nice guy.  The place is super clean, best cable and WiFi reception we've come across in a long time too!  It's just that it's out in the middle of "nowhere" without any trees, etc.  Pretty dusty, and at this time of the year we got a little hail, rain and a smidge of sun!  It was a good stopping spot between Lake Powell and Albuquerque.  (great spot to visit Aztec Ruins too)

2015:  Mark was putting in new W&Dryers.  Still just and nice as can be!  ;-)

Rating: 5+

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Las Cruces KOA

814 Weinrich Rd, Las Cruces NM 88007

575-526-6555

Dates Visited: Feb 15, 2012
Dates Visited: Apr 1, 2014,
Dates Visited: Dec 18, 2014
Dates Visited: Feb 28-Mar 3, 2015
Dates Visited: Mar 16, 2016

# of Spaces: 99

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $46.28 (KOA
 VIP)
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40.54 (KOA VIP) - Winter rate, I guess! & a pull-thru!
Site Cost incl tax/less: $40.54

Notes: There is not much in Las Cruces to see, nor many choices, and this is the best of the lot.  The views are nice and the sites are decent; albeit close, but easy to get into.  We had a pull-in (vs a back-in).  All gravel, not much in the way of shade etc. which isn't important on April 1st, but might be later in the year!  They have an interesting mixture of sites tho - some "fancy" with a gazebo & BBQ, some pull-thrus, some back-in, some larger than others, some with great views, others not so much, guess it's the luck of the draw (and the price?).  Nice folks tho. Free coffee and danish in the morning (should be for the price, I think!).  OK cable reception & WiFi.

2015: Staff has gotten gruff and inept a bit, unfortunately.  Winter rate was the same.  Ice was on the ground, but the sunset was still beautiful! "Danish & coffee" only on Sundays now.

2016: Anne was super nice, so as staff changes, personalities do too! ;-)  Place was booked full, we got one of the last few spots!  Good to know...

Rating: 6



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Rio Chama RV Park

182 N State Hwy 17, Chama NM 87520

575-756-2303

Dates Visited: May 22-24, 2015

# of Spaces: 92

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $27

Notes:  This was  a great little little campground - perfect for what we were here for - taking the Cumbres - Toltec Scenic Train!  It's only a couple of blocks from the station.  It has a couple of old tracks and rail cars on property and the train itself goes right past the campground, fun!  You can park along side the Chama River if you want (would be nice in the summer - to cold for us at the end of May tho!) or a nice pull thru among the trees.  Super nice folks.  Lots of birds everywhere!  No "amenities", just the "basics" here. 

Rating: 6

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Desert Rose at Four Corners

1900  East Blanco Blvd, Bloomfield NM 87413

505-632-8339

Dates Visited: June 5, 2014

# of Spaces: 85

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $37.31 (GS)

Notes: This is a charming campground.  Small, but they are really putting a lot into it.  The owners even cooked a nice Mexican chicken & beef dinner for only $6 pp that night, which made cooking ridiculous.  They are fairly new owners and are in the midst of upgrading everything, including putting in additional WiFi in the near future.  Lots of beautiful roses too!  It was a gem in the middle of nowhere!

Rating: 6

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Raton KOA

1330 South 2nd St, Raton, NM 87740

575-445--3488

Dates Visited: Apr 1, 2014

# of Spaces: 46

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $32.40 (KOA 30 Amp)

Notes:  Not much to look at. The road in and the sites are gravel and dirt. Each site has a picnic table, a bar-b-q and a small amount of dead grass/weeds. The park is totally dirt & the only grass is along the perimeter fence.The park is ok if you need something overnight but at $35.00 for 50 amp it's overpriced since the amenities are VERY minimal. They have free WiFi which is nice if you can actually pick up a decent signal.

Rating: 5
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Coachlight Inn & RV Park

301 S Motel Blvd, Las Cruces  NM 88007

575-526-3301

Dates Visited: Apr 30, 2013

# of Spaces: 33

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $18.50 (PA)

Notes: This is a one-night stop-over type of place. Park is right off of the I 10, easy in/out with level sites and easy pull-thru & hook-ups. Clean, well maintained, with friendly staff. Had a small cafe next door with “ok” food to get by with. No cable, but a secure wi-fi.

Rating: 6

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NEW YORK


Unadilla/Oneonta KOA

242 Union Church Rd, Franklin, NY 13775

607-369-9030
Dates Visited: Aug14-26, 2012

# of Spaces: 35

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  This was where we booked two weeks with the grandkids.  We booked an RV space for us and a Kabin for the Nate & the kids.  Small campground with  a fishing creek, playground, a nice swimming pool and woods to walk in, but not much else.  We had nice warm fires each night, swam in the pool, played in the park and had a good time.  There was a miniature golf park down the road for an outing.  Quiet "woodsie" park.  No fish were caught tho.  Kabin was pretty small and very basic, beds, table and outside benches. 

Rating: 6


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Niagara Woodland Campground

3435 New Rd., Ransomville NY 14131

716-791-3101
Dates Visited: Aug 31, 2012

# of Spaces: 150

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. As I remember it, it was convenient to get to the falls area.

Rating: 


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Watkins Glen KOA

1710 State Route 414, Watkins Glen, NY 14891

607-535-7404
Dates Visited: Aug 29, 2012

# of Spaces: 306

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. This place was beautiful!  It had every kind of amenity a person (big or small) could ask for!  It is also just around the corner from the breath-taking Watkins Glen Gorge and Corning Museum of Glass.  Only down-side is the price.  So, so pretty tho...

Rating: 8


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New York City North / Newburgh KOA

119 Freetown Hwy, Plattekill, NY 12568

845-564-2836

Dates Visited: June 26, 2012

# of Spaces: 166

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.

Rating: 

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Arrowhead Marina & RV Park

2 Van Buren Lane, Glenville NY 12302

518-382-8966

Dates Visited: Sept 1, 2015

# of Spaces: 64

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30.60 (GS) Cash only

Notes:  Nice little park with a pretty lake and shade trees.  Great for an 'over-night stay'.  Train ran through several times during the afternoon, but I never heard it at night.  Long, pretty level site without having to un-hook.  Great cable service, good WiFi & cell service.  We just got the 30 amp/ W/E since we were just staying the night.  #47

Rating: 8

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Mayfair Campground

3250 Old State Route 49, Blossvale NY 13308

315-245-3870

Dates Visited: Aug5-10, 2015

# of Spaces: 100

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $44.

Notes: We really liked this campground.  It's in the shape of a horseshoe with the "U" being water.  They have trees, grass and flowers all over.  The "inner area" of the horseshoe has less trees/more sun; and she gave us a choice of which one we wanted - we chose the "outer area" with the more trees on the edge of the water - and loved it.  Jack got a couple of mosquito bites and I got one, but we sat out every day/evening along that edge, so not so bad!  We had wonderful campfires and listened to the birds and watched the fish & turtle swimming and the chipmunk scurry about.  Owner takes a lot of pride and very nice to talk to.  No cable (small town and they are trying to get it in) and weak WiFi, but so peaceful!  Cute little town and nice lake.

Rating: 7


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 Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park @ Crystal Lake

111 E Turtle Lake Rd, Garrattsville NY 13342

800-231-1907

Dates Visited: Aug 11-26

# of Spaces: 180

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $49

Notes: We only chose this place because we were visiting our 5 grandchildren and my son who all live close by, and it was suggested that it would be a good location and great "entertainment" for them (ages 5-14).  They had been before and "liked it", so I thought "okay, sounds good".  Oh my, what a disaster.  Yes, I guess the kids liked it, but that's about all the "good" I can say about it!  Here's the bad: The sites are lumpy, bumpy, so unlevel that they are very difficult to get level (with many boards), plus most have the hook-ups way up front (who ever heard of that?) which also made for very difficult parking a back-in site! Some of the sites are in complete shade all of the time (ours) and some in total sun all of the time (my son's); unless you 'know' the park, it's the luck of the draw! Then, there's the traffic - seems that the adults don't like to walk anywhere! Golf carts, vans, trucks, cars, zoom, up, down, in, out, back and forth all day and night to & from all the locations of the park making it hard to actually walk to them!  The pool and the slip n' slide (only free things) were not heated, and with the temp's not getting above the mid 70's, the kids could only last so long before they turned blue.  I gave them "free reign" on the peddle boats & cars, but they only wanted to do it for so long, so much for the "entertainment".  Weekends were better, as they have more "organized activities" going on, but not so much during the week - even tho it was still "summer" hours.  The park pretty quiet during the week, so the kids stayed pretty much with us, not having anyone else to pal up with.  This would not be a place I would choose to come back to.  Even the staff was bored, paying very little attention to the kids.  Oh, and the worse part?  Absolutely NO: WIFI, TV, CELL SERVICE, ETC!! you are in a big hole there, having to drive at least 10 miles to even get a decent cell service!   ;-(

Rating: 2

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Sned-Acres Family Campground

6590 S Cayuga Lake Rd, Ovid NY 14521

607-869-9787

Dates Visited: Aug 3-5, 2015

# of Spaces: 75

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $17.75. (PA rate)

Notes: Quiet park, small town. Basic W/E/S, pool, WiFi, only 1 W/D (but clean), has DVD rentals. Only has 4 spots with 50 amps, we got one.  They are right in the heart of the "wine country" so it's popular around here, as well as weekends are tough because Watkins Glen isn't far and racing is done on then (as well as the lakes are popular I guess.  Found it very difficult to get reservations over the weekend anywhere around here.  I was surprised they offered Passport Amer! Nice people. 

Rating: 7


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Sunflower Acres Family Campground

1488 Sunflower Blvd, Addison NY 14801

607-523-7756

Dates Visited: July 31-Aug 3, 2015

# of Spaces: 88

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30

Notes:  W/E only, lots of trees & shade. We had a "pull thru", but it took some work to get in and some leveling, but it was ok.  They had a huge "children's activity" weekend going on (fundraiser) so lots of activities and the place was full!  We were out all day, so didn't really get involved, but everyone seemed to have fun.  Women who run the place seem nice and community involved.  Spaces are kind of close, but ok.  Nothing to write home about...

Rating: 6


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NORTH CAROLINA


Honey Bear Campground

229 Honey Bear Campground Road, Boone, NC 28607

828-963-4586

Dates Visited: June 1, 2012

# of Spaces: 82

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.
As I try to remember, we liked this place.

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Asheville West KOA

309 Wiggins Rd, Candler, NC 28715

828-665-7015

Dates Visited: May 31, 2012

# of Spaces: 74

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.
As I try to remember, we liked this place.

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Foothills Family Campground

1661 Hogan Rd, Forest City, NC 28043

828-245-4064
Dates Visited: May 27, 2012

# of Spaces: 80

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $25?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.
We loved this place!  Very family oriented, but "inclusive" of everyone!  Our site was right by a pond that had lots of frogs, and boy, did they serenade us, it was wonderful!  The campground was very "woodsie", which we love.  It was over the Memorial Weekend and they had all kinds of fun activities (I even won bingo!).  Owners were very involved and very fun and friendly people. 

Rating: 8

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NORTH DAKOTA

 

Red Trail Campground

Red Trail St. Medora, ND 58645  

800-621-4317

Dates Visited: July 5-8, 2016

# of Spaces:113

Our site #89

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35.30 (incl cable & GS disc)

Notes:  Very convenient campground!  Right next to TRNP and to town.  Almost all back in sights (we liked ours the best as it was on the end with nice shade trees and out of the traffic).  Staff was nice, and "parked" you - really needed it as some sites were tricky, but they knew what they were doing!  Lots of people coming and going all the time, busy place because of the National Park.  Could have used 5 days instead of just the 4.

Rating: 6


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Hillcrest Acres Campground

5700 E Main Ave, Bismark ND, 58501

701-220-4960

 Dates Visited: July 1-4, 2016

# of Spaces: 56

Our site #47
 
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $33

Notes:  We were lucky to have found a place over the holiday (I almost forgot about it being a holiday until a week out!) and only got 30 amps.  Unfortunately what we didn't know was that it was right next door to a fireworks sales tent and every night they set off fireworks until well after 2AM!  On the 4th, several places did, and at least we could see some of them. Bismark was a strange city with very uncommunicative people including the staff here at the campground.  The hostess here was the most unfriendly person I've ever met in all the years we've camped. 

Rating: 5


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OKLAHOMA

Rockwell RV Park

720 S Rockwell, Oklahoma City OK 73128

888-684-3251

Dates Visited: Sept 22-30, 2014

# of Spaces: 126

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35 (GS)

Notes: This is a mixture of just about everything.  There are areas with trees, and areas without.  Sites that have tables, some without.  Some sites that are wider than others, some sites that have wide cement roads in between, others with narrow gravel.  The TV stations the same, the main ones CBS, NBC & ABC came in fuzzy, while the rest were clear as can be (at least for us at our site).  The laundry facility was clean and nice, but half of the machines were not working.  Where we were (halfway into the park, you really couldn't hear much traffic noise, but closer to the entrance might be different.  We never checked out the pool (indoors) and I only saw a couple of people walking from it.  WiFi wasn't to bad most of the time.  There is so much to see and do in Oklahoma City, there never was any reason to stay in the campground.  Town is easy to get to from here and anywhere from 10 to 20 min depending on where you are going.  Unless you are here during the fair, you could probably request a specific area (full sun/shade/near or far from the entrance, etc).

Rating: 6

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OREGON


Pheasant Ridge RV Resort

8275 SW Elligsen RD, Wilsonville OR 97070

503-682-7829

Dates Visited: Oct. 11-14, 2016

# of Spaces: 133

Our site #: 114

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $42.

Notes:  Pretty nice place, with grass & trees between each sites.  Sites are concrete and pretty level.  The sewer/elec hook-up could be located a bit better so your car can be parked a bit better.  Saw most cars parked sideways and barely fit within the sites.  The sites are very narrow with the rigs just barely fitting within them.  No tables, etc.  It had an indoor pool etc. but never went to it...not as "friendly" as Seven Feathers.  Good reception for our own WiFi, Cable etc.  30 min. to Portland, not bad. 

Rating: 8+

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Seven Feathers RV Resort

325 Quintioosa Blvd (I-5 Exit 99), Canyonville OR 97417

541-839-3599

Dates Visited: Sept 3-6, 2016

# of Spaces:  191

Our site #: 51

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $38.70

Notes: What an incredible place!  All the reviews and recommendations were right, this place is perfect.  Beautiful spacious sites with a little side table with trees, grass everywhere.  Hookups that are set up for both motorhomes and trailers.  An indoor pool and jacuzzi.  A door to door shuttle service to a very nice casino that includes not only a buffet but a nice restaurant and separate bar with live music.  The cable service could have been a smidge better, but that's it...but hey, we're in the mountains!  This place can't be beat!  The only other places I've been to like this want twice the price! 

Rating: 10

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Premier RV Resorts

33022 Van Duyn Road, Eugene, OR 97408

541-686-3152

Dates Visited: Dec 9, 2015

# of Spaces: 151

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $51

Notes: We only stayed one night, passing through.  Thought it was over-priced for what it was-a big parking lot with grass and a half table with nice hook-ups. 

Rating: 6

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Cannon Beach RV Resort

340 Elk Creek Rd, Cannon Beach OR 97110

503-436-2231

Dates Visited: Dec 5-9, 2015

# of Spaces: 100

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35.31 (GS)

Notes: Nice park, nice people, it would have been even better in better weather!  "Winter" is not the best time to visit this area (although the price is right, and you can sure get in easier!).  ;-)  Your not within walking distance from the beach (like the pictures make it seem) but no RV park is, the the town is cute/woodsie & would be cool in the summer. Town is much smaller than Seaside (FYI).

Rating: 7

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Phoenix RV Park

4130 Silverton Rd NE, Salem, OR 97305

503-581-2497

Dates Visited: Dec, 2012

# of Spaces: 107

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.


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Klamath Falls KOA

3435 Shasta Way, Klamath Falls, OR 97603

541-884-4644

Dates Visited: Dec, 2012

# of Spaces: 70

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.


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Medford/Gold Hill KOA

12297 Blackwell Rd Gold Hill, Oregon 97502

541-855-7710

Dates Visited: Dec, 2012

# of Spaces: 60

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.


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Pendleton KOA

1375 SE 3rd St., Pendleton, OR 97801

541-276-1041

Dates Visited: Nov 6, 2012

# of Spaces: 125

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try to remember, we liked this place.


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Jackson Wellsprings

2253 Hwy 99 North, Ashland OR 97520

541-482-3776
 
Dates Visited: Nov 6, 2012

# of Spaces: 5


Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $20
Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  Boy, were we taken in!  Their website is beautiful, and NOTHING like the campground!  After camping in cold, wet Oregon for weeks, we were ready for their "spa", so when I saw their website, I thought, "oh how wonderful, let's go!", Called and booked us right in.  Well, by the time we got there, it was to late in the day, and we were to tired to turn and go elsewhere...Oh my...what a place!  It's not that it's a "hippie-commune" that bothered us, but that it was super run-down and that even the electric, when it went out, wasn't even covered (it was raining, of course) and everything around us was dumpy (except for the wonderful hot springs).  The hot springs is in a nice building (no roof tho) and the night we were there was "ladies night", so only I got to enjoy.  Definitely brought you back to the "60's". 

Rating: 3

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Mt. View RV

2845 Hughes Lane, Baker City OR 97814

541-523-4824

Dates Visited: Oct 25, 2014

# of Spaces: 144 according to the map (RV review says only 72, so not sure how many are available for overnights vs long-term)

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $33.05 (GS)

Notes: Nice! Park has a rustic western theme with a great little general store, museum, and laundry facilities. Friendly, and the pride in ownership shows. Level sites with what seemed to be reclaimed asphalt, with picnic tables and green grass. Nice long sites for big rigs with toads. Easy in/easy out.  Quiet except we did hear a train once or twice, but no problem.  Free Cable TV came in fine.  You had to pay extra for their WiFi (we used ours and it came in fine). 

Rating: 7

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Big Spruce RV Park

4850 Netarts Hwy. W, Tillamook OR 97141

503-842-7443

Dates Visited: Dec 3, 2013

# of Spaces: 22

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $13 (PA)

Notes: This is a very small "stop-over" park, easy in & out.  We weren't going to stay more than the one night, but there was so much to see in Tillamook, we stayed two.  The staff is great to work with and helpful with info and directions to places. 

Rating: 5


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River Life Resort

23650 Peoria Rd, Harrisburg, OR 97446

541-995-9995

Dates Visited: Nov 29, 2014

# of Spaces: 95

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $28 (GS)

Notes: This is a beautiful place!  It is currently under construction, building a big church (so am not sure how it will be used in the future) so it's a little awkward getting into, but never the less, and great park and wonderful location right along the river.  It's about 20 miles off of the I 5, so not super "convenient" but make for a really quiet, country setting.  It sure would be beautiful in warmer weather and a great vacation spot.  Had pretty good TV reception, but it wouldn't let us on WiFi even tho there were less than a hand full in the park.

Rating: 9

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Glenyan RV Park & Campground

5310 Hwy 66, Ashland, OR 97520

877-453-6926

Dates Visited: Nov 30, 2014

# of Spaces: 60

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $30.91

Notes: This is a lovely wooded park that would be so very nice in warmer weather.  We parked right next to a creek (site 38) that I would have loved to have been able to sit outside and enjoyed listening to it rush by (and maybe even hear some frogs singing?) but alas at 38 degrees, way to cold this time of the year!  We never saw any staff, they handled everything via the internet and left our "packet" for us attached to the "night board".  I was able to reach someone by phone to change our back-in assigned site to a pull-thru one we found (I had requested one on line) without any problem.  At this time of the year, places are pretty empty.  Cable didn't work (maybe wet from so much rain).  I didn't try their WiFi since we had our own. 

Rating: 9

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Umatilla Marina & RV Park

1710 Quincy, Umatilla OR 97882

541-922-3939

Dates Visited: Nov 4, 2015

# of Spaces: 36

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $31.00

Notes: This is a sweet little park that over looks a small marina and the Columbia River.  You can watch tug boats go by.  The office hours were 7-3 and Bob was super kind to "hold" the spot for us, saying he would just collect the payment in the morning if we didn't make it by 3, giving me all the info for the WiFi, etc. over the phone.  No cable, or sewer (dump station), but a clean, level, quiet easy pull thru site with a nice view of the river & marina.  Didn't need to unhook.  Sweet place.  Had a fire ring if it hadn't been sold cold, it would have been nice to sit outside!  ;-) 

Rating: 7

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PENNSYLVANIA

Pioneer Park Campground

273 Trent Rd, Somerset PA 15501

814-445-6348

Dates Visited: June 21, 2012
Dates Visited: Sep 10, 2012
Dates Visited: July 19-29, 2015
# of Spaces: 392

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $43.35 (weekly rate)

Notes:  We love this park, but let me "for-warn" you - come on a week day!  Seems that this is a major summer vacation stay for the locals!  What they seem to do is park their 5th wheels here from June thru Labor Day/Oct. then just come and use them over the weekends!  From Mon-Thur it's as quiet as can be, your practically the only one around... then slowly starting on Thur people start showing up, and by Fri night, almost every space around here is jam packed (even the empty ones, all the tent spaces, everything, and this place is jumping!  Wow!  Kids, fires, people visiting people, it's a hoot!  We couldn't get over the change! It's not loud, just lively.  Then come Sunday afternoon, and people start slowly packing up again, and by Monday, dead again.  Amazing.  The area over by the pool, are "full-timers" who are here all the time, but across the ponds, are the "rest of us".  The place is lovely.  Good WiFi (secure), good cable, close to town and forests, just a great place to be.  Only a half hour, maybe 40 min. to Pittsburgh.

Rating: 10

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Forest Ridge

3566 Loleta Rd, Marienville PA 16239

814-927-8340
Dates Visited: Nov, 2012

# of Spaces: 100

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.


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Evergreen Lake

2375 Benders Dr, Bath PA 18014

610-837-6401
Dates Visited: July 12, 2012

# of Spaces: 256

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on. As I try to remember it, we liked it.

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Mountain Pines RV Resort

1662 Indian Creek Valley Rd, Champion PA 15622


724-455-7411
Dates Visited: July, 2012

# of Spaces: 730

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.

Rating:

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 Scotrun Campground

Route 611, Scotrun PA 18355

570-629-0620

Dates Visited: Sept 2,2015

# of Spaces:120

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $

Notes:  This was a quick one night stop for us, so it was fine for that.  For a "Thousand Trails" Park, I have to say, I was unimpressed tho, pretty rustic, to say the least.  Very "woodsy".  Didn't really bother to get out and take pictures, etc. just settled in and left early the next morning. 

Rating: 5


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Western Village RV Park

200 Greenview Dr, Carlisle, PA 17015

717-243-1179

Dates Visited: June 28, 2012
Dates Visited: Sept 3-10, 2015

# of Spaces: 254

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $290.50 (weekly rate)
Notes:  This was the 2nd or 3rd time we have been to this park because it's fairly close to Jack's sister's.  It's been a couple of years since we have been here, and I don't remember being so disappointed in it before, but I sure was this time!  I made our reservations several months ahead, knowing it was over the holiday. I had no problem getting a site, but they sure couldn't have given us a worse one!  For a couple that was going to be there 8 days, vs just over the holiday weekend, you'd think they would have given us a nicer site, but no, they gave us one that had absolutely no shade at all, very unlevel, and furthest out (#249) a back in, without cable, even tho it's advertised they have cable.  We asked to move, but of course because of the holiday, no way.  Once the holiday was over, the place was practically empty.  I was not a bit happy.  Will not come back here.  There is another campground closer to Camphill, more expensive, but I'm guessing it's worth it now. ( I was so angry I forgot to even take pictures)

Rating: 2

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SOUTH CAROLINA

Oak Plantation Campground

3540 Savannah Hwy, Charleston (Johns Island) SC 29455

843-766-5936

Dates Visited: May 19, 2012

# of Spaces: 241

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ 35? (GS)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try and remember it, we liked this place and found it very convenient to Charleston. 

Rating: 6
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SOUTH DAKOTA



Codington County Memorial RV Park

1200 North Lake Dr, Waterown SD 57201

605-882-6290

Dates Visited: June 27-28, 2016

# of Spaces: 95

Site #: 103

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $24. full hook-up/ 50 amp (+$5 booking fee)

Notes: Nice long pull-thru with a view of Lake Kampeska.  The FHU sites were up/down so that you faced each other, which makes for "friendly neighbors" - which we had!  The area that had the FHUs didn't have any shade trees around the sites themselves (the sites that didn't have the FHUs, did), but just steps away from our site was the lake, full of trees where we dragged our chairs...ahhh, nice.  Fire ring was pretty far away from the rig site, which was odd.  Very level sites, and quiet. 

Rating:  7

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Mitchell KOA

41255 Hwy 38, Mitchell SD 57301

605-996-1131

Dates Visited: June 24-26, 2016

# of Spaces: 100

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $33.39 full hook-up/ 30 amp (member rate)

Notes: Nice long pull-thru with big shade trees, good and level.  Fire pits & picnic tables.  Swimming pool, nice laundry room.  Place was full on Fri & Sat, but sure emptied out early on Sun!  Nice and quiet here, no noise at all.  Good secure WiFi.  No cable, and never even tried the antenna for the TV.  Nice cool breeze, sure needed it for the 90+ degree weather.  ;-) 

Rating:  7

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Spearfish City Campground

404 S Canyon St, Spearfish City SD 57783
 
 605-642-1340

Dates Visited: June 30-July 1, 2013

# of Spaces: 56 full hook-ups, 4 premium and 150 tent sites.

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $32.55 full hook-up

Notes: This is a gem, right in the center of town!  Lush, green, trees, a creek running through it (tent & premium sites) that you can hear running.  Really a sweet place that a fellow camper had told us about or we would never have known about it!  We would have stayed longer except we were lucky to slip in there for the two days before the holiday.  

Rating:  7

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Hart Ranch

23756 Arena Drive, Rapid City SD 57702

800-605-4278

Dates Visited: June 25-28, 2013

# of Spaces:414 (plus 71 cabins)

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $15.50 (RPI Member rate)

Notes: This is a beautiful private membership camping resort and shows it. It has all the amenities, even a gas station (They have a "promotion rate of 3 nights/4 days for $39.95" if you don't mind listening to their sales pitch).  Because of the size, I think, they are a bit out of the town, so it's about a 20 drive to get anywhere.

Rating:  8/9

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Cedar Pass Campground & RV Park (Badlands National Park)

20681 SD Highway 240, Interior, SD 57750

 877-386-4383

Dates Visited: June 29-30, 2013

# of Spaces: 96, (water & elec only) which are a mixture of tent & rv.  When you go on their site to check availability it takes you to their site map.  You then click onto the available spots and it tells you if they are rv or tent.

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $29.54

Notes: This is a basic two-loop campground.  Pretty much just wide roads that you parked along side of. Each came with a partial covered table (from the wind/sun). Some with electrical outlets (hence the rv hookup) and some without.  There were restrooms of course (I didn't go in, so can't attest to the cleanliness, etc).  They had a ranger talk in the evening that was kind of fun (geared towards the children, but that's what it's really about anyway).  Views are dynamite because you are right there, in amongst everything. 

Rating: 7
 

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Heartland RV Park & Campground

24743 Hwy 79, Hermosa, SD 57744

605-255-5460
Dates Visited: Oct 21, 2012

# of Spaces: 216

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ 20? (PA)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  

Rating:


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  TENNESSEE


Best Holiday Trav-L-Park of Chattanooga

Mack Smith Road
At I-75 East Ridge Exit

800-693-2877 (706-891-9766)

Dates Visited: June 17-26, 2015

# of Spaces: 170

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $36.90 (GS)

Notes:  This was a wonderful park.  Clean, well maintained, quiet.  Good cable and a lot of WiFi stations to hook into.  Long sites, close to each other, but that's the way almost all campgrounds are these days (so you get to know your neighbors!)  Everything is within 15 min away.  The one thing we found odd (in Chattanooga) was the lack of a grocery store! There is one down the street from here, but all around Chattanooga, not so much!  WalMart, Costco, Sams, etc. but not grocery stores.  Odd.  Lots and lots to see and do here.  Give yourself a full week, and this is a good place use as a base camp.  (They sell discounted 3-4-1 tickets here!)

Rating: 9
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Nashville North KOA

1200 Louisville Hwy, Goodlettsville, TN 37072

615-859-0348

Dates Visited: June 30-July 14, 2014 & Sept 25-28, 2015

# of Spaces: 105

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35.11 (weekly rate)
2015: $37.86 (member rate/ 30 amp full hook-up)

Notes:  Super nice folks.  The campground is outside of Nashville by a good 40 min. but the price is worth it (by half the price!) and we wanted to see so many "other" places besides just Nashville (Bowling Green KY, Lynchburg TN, etc) that it was a great base camp.  They have a cookout with entertainment every Thurs. night for $9 pp (can't beat that!).  The only thing that got me was the mosquitoes, and that's not their fault!  Good TV & WiFi.  They sell tickets for Grayline Tours and when we booked The Opry, we got right in the center!  They also have a shuttle service (small fee) if needed.  Nice place.

2015: When we were here last year, we were parked along the perimeter and didn't notice how close the rest of the sites were. This year we are parked in the middle.  We had someone park so close to us that with their slide-out & ours out, you could open the windows and pass the salt!  Now, that's to close!  This was suppose to be an "up-graded" site too.  ;-So, unless you get a site along the edge, or the 8 large ones (#39-46) up at the front, your squeezed in.  I think the 50amp sites might have more space (we could only get 30 amp, but I wouldn't swear to it.  I just wouldn't have thought it would be this crowded at this time of the year (vs over the holiday!).  Wow!

Rating: 8/7

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Ripplin Waters

1930 Winfield Dunn Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37876

865-453-4169

Dates Visited: June 27-July 8, 2015

# of Spaces: 155

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $31.50 (GS)

Notes:  This is the perfect location between Knoxville, Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg - if you don't have kids and want to stay out of the "craziness" of Pigeon Forge.  It's a nice quiet campground that only has a pool (besides the WiFi/Cable & full hook-ups) as amenities.  It's not a fancy campground like some of the ones in Pigeon Forge, but it also doesn't charge the $50-$60 prices either.  They bring in gospel singers on Sat. night and have Sun. services too, but didn't do anything "special" over the 4th of July holiday.  Spaces are large, with grass and gravel.  They make a point of spreading campers out too.  Lots of trees.  Previous comments from reviews talked about the turn you have to make getting out of the park, but we didn't have a problem, and it was over the high holiday traffic time. 

Rating: 8

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 TEXAS

Hidden Valley RV 

341 Bolner Ln Del Rio, Texas 78840

830-775-0045
 
Dates Visited: April 21, 2017

# of Spaces: 48

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35.

Site # 8

Notes: This was a not as good as it "appeared" to be.  ;-(  First, the road into the campground (Bolner) is horrible for an RV - trees and electrical wires that hang down really low that catch on or scratch your coach that you are swerving like mad trying to avoid and hoping like crazy that you don't snag one on your air conditioner!  It's also a crazy little neighborhood to navigate in and out of.  Then, the park is "cute", but small and not level, so a pain to unhook and back into, especially for just an over-nighter.  PA doesn't tell you that it's a "two-night minimum" to get the discount, so paid the full price - which we might as well have gone to another campground then... Wouldn't return here, this is their picture, looks nicer than it is. 

Rating: 4


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Rio Grande Village Motor Court

Big Bend National Park, TX 79834


432-477-2293

Dates Visited: April 18-20, 2017

# of Spaces: 25

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $36.

Site # 22
Notes:  This is nothing more than one long parking lot with 12 spaces on each side, all back-in with grass & trees behind them.  You are given just enough room for your RV & tow.  A picnic table is on the grass behind you.  13-25 get the afternoon sun, and wow, was it hot!  We had our air on all day and night and it couldn't keep up.  The awning only helped a tiny, but since the sun faced us, it wasn't much help - if you come here, try and get a site 1-12, as you will face away and your awning will give you some shade at least!  3 days was plenty for us to see and do all we needed, and with the heat, that was enough.  Glad we came tho.  The store is stocked well enough.  Believe them when they say "no cell service" - only at Ranger Stations!  ;-)  Also, give yourself at least 30-45 min to get anywhere, as every place is far from each other.  BIG place, but nice. 

Rating: 5


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Desert Willow RV Park & Campground

404 E Broadway Blvd (Bus IH-10), Van Horn TX, 79855

432-283-2225

Dates Visited: April 17, 2017

# of Spaces: 25
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $14.50 (PA)

Site # 11

Notes:  This is just an over-night stop. Friendly quick and easy check in. This is just a gravel area that is  level but it is neat and clean and has full hookups and very good WiFi.  

Rating: 6

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Shady Creek R Park & Storage

1893 FM 1385 , Aubrey TX 76227

972-347-5384

Dates Visited: April 14-15, 2016

# of Spaces: 206

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40.50 (GS)

Site # 138

Notes: This is a really nice park!  It's large, and already expanding as we saw they were building even more sites.  They have several "types" to choose from (standard, delux and premium) We had a standard, and it was plenty long enough to park our truck in front of the RV full-on with room to spare.  There was plenty of space between us and the next RV as well.  Each site was on large gravel, with grass inbetween.  No tables, etc. But, who cares?  Beautiful pool area with a large fireplace with large chairs to relax around.  We were only there two nights, but I could see how someone would enjoy staying here awhile. No cable, but good WiFi.

Rating: 9

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Bayou Shores RV Resort & Ray's Marina

6310 Heards Lane, Galveston Island TX 77551

409-744-2837

Dates Visited: April 7-13, 2016

# of Spaces: 84

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $32.85 (weekly)

Site #C11

Notes We lucked out and got a "view site" which really helped. All sites are back-in, and are close, which is no surprise in a beach town. I thought I read that they had a restaurant on site, so was disappointed when we arrived to see that it was closed, as were the two across the street. The lady at the desk was determined to be a bit of a sour-puss as she read her "rules" to me, no matter how hard I tried to cheer her up, but I don't let things like that bother me! The view was great, the sun was shining most of the time, and the location works really well to get to town! No Cable, their WiFi almost never worked, but we weren't here for that.
Rating: 6 (for location & view)

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The Palms RV Park

2135 W Wheeler, Aransas Pass, TX 78336

361-758-4000

Dates Visited: Mar 31-Apr 5

# of Spaces:  168

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $210. (Weekly rate/Platinum Site)

Site # 108

Notes: This is really a nice place, that we were lucky to get into.  I think the only reason we did get in, was because the "regulars" were starting to leave.  Their "season" seems to start ending in March and is really over by May, so spots start to open up here and there then, otherwise, "good luck"!  The minute we arrived, we were greeted warmly by several of the regulars and invited to join in the nightly "happy hour", which we did and met a hand full of them.  That's when we found out that pretty much the whole park is full through the winter and has been since it was built a few years ago.  All the spaces are cement, long with grass in between.  We got a "Platinum" which is an extra wide that allows space for your car to park next to the rig with plenty of space left over for the table, etc.  Most sites are back-in/back to back, but it's friendly and fun.  They have a nice clubhouse that they use for bingo, cards, happy hour etc. A nice pool & hot tub, etc.  It's the best RV park around, no question about it!  Only down-side is really bad WiFi reception - the whole area around there, not just the park. 

Rating:  9

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Royal Palms RV Park

7901 E Ben White Blvd, Austin TX 78741

512-385-2211
Dates Visited: Mar 18-25, 2016

# of Spaces:  30

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $52 (weekly rate/w rodeo in town)

Notes: This is really a "mobile home park" with some sites for RVs; but that said, it's well maintained, clean, quiet (except for the traffic & airplane noise) and nice people.  The sites themselves were long and gravel, but really unlevel.  They have a cement "patio", but nothing is on it, and a parking spot.  Lots of trees, which is nice.  The only thing really going for it, is the location to town, in my opinion.  They charged us "extra" because the rodeo is in town, but other than a couple of banners, NOTHING about it was mentioned, advertised, promoted, etc!  So, thought that was kind of a rip off.   We booked a week because it was cheaper and because we thought we would need it to see everything...5 days would have been enough, actually.

Rating: 5

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Texarkana KOA

500 St Michael Dr, Texarkana TX 75503

903-792-5521

Dates Visited: Oct 1, 2015

# of Spaces: 38

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $37.95 (member)

Notes:  Good for an "overnight stay" is all.  Site wasn't very level, but it was nice and long so we didn't have to un-hook, which was nice.  Right off the freeway (actually, right next to it, so very loud too).  "Cable" was a box you had to hook up to your TV from the back, which we couldn't, and WiFi was Tango, so we used our MiFi, so we were pretty much "on our own" here.  Good thing it was just an "over-nighter"! 

Rating:  5

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Highland Oaks RV Park

905 E Wallisville Rd, Highlands, TX 77562

877-429-1529

Dates Visited: Feb 25, 2015

# of Spaces: 83

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40

Notes:  This park is only a year old, still being enlarged in the back.  Basic, really built for the "oil workers".  Basic long gravel rows with hook-ups, nothing more.  Ok for an over-night stay, back-in only, no amenities, clean & level.  Nice staff.

Rating:  5

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Top of the Hill RV Resort

12 Green Cedar Rd, Boerne, TX 78006

830-537-3666

Dates Visited: Feb 26, 2015

# of Spaces: 109

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35 (GS)

Notes:  3 Levels with the top level kept for the short term stays - nice long pull-thrus.  Flat, with great views, trees and patios with tables.  No cable (ad said so) but they did have a really nice rec room with a large comfy couch and large TV that is open 24 hours that you are welcome to use (which we did).  Easy on/off of the I 10.

Rating:  6

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Monahans/Quanah Safety Rest Area

Hwy 287, Texas

Dates Visited: Dec 20, 2014

# of Spaces: 50?

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ 0
Notes:  Texas Safety Rest Areas that they allow truckers, RVs, Cars etc to park overnight at.  They have nice large buildings that have clean restrooms, lots of vending machines with hot & cold beverages, snacks, etc. and storm shelters.  During the peeks season they even have security guards on duty.  Off season they have security cameras and the lots are well lit.  These places are kept clean and well maintained.  Truckers are polite and I've never seen anyone abuse the privilege.  In the middle of "nowhere", it's a great place to stay.

Rating:  6


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Ole Towne Cotton Gin RV Park

230 Market St, Goodlett (Quanah) TX 79252

940-674-2477

Dates Visited: Oct 14, 2014

# of Spaces:  40

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $31.50 (GS)

Notes:  This was a gem, especially for a halfway place between the Dallas/Ft Worth area and Amarillo.  Long, level good gravel sites with strong secure WiFi and cable TV.  Their back-in sites were grass with trees for shade.  Real cute building that had the Cotton Gin history that must be used as a social hall for events with a nice patio in the back and a small pool.  Clean quiet place, only heard a little freeway noise, not bad for being so close to the exit.  Great find!

Rating:  6

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Destiny Dallas RV Resort

7100 South I-35 E, Denton TX 76210

888-238-1532

Dates Visited: June 8-10, 2014;
Dec 21-28,2014

# of Spaces:  172

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $34.90 (GS);
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $209 (week rate)

Notes:  This was a one of the best parks we found in the Dallas area.  Our son lives in Plano and trying to find a park near him has been a challenge, so this was a great find!  The only thing they could add to make it "perfect" would be cable!  They even have an RV wash on site.  Other than that, I would have rated it a 9! (I forgot to take my own pictures, so these are theirs) - *12/14: 2nd time here our spot was very sloped, so had to use boards to level it; also found the freeway noise quite loud, so it matters where you park. 

Rating:  7

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Wichita Falls RV Park

2944 Seymour Highway, Wichita Falls, TX 76301

940-723-1532

Dates Visited: June 7, 2014

# of Spaces: 135

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $34(GS)

Notes: Basic, long gravel narrow sites.  This time of the year, the grass between is pretty yellow & dry, so park not looking all that "pretty".  Good WiFi & laundry facility too.  Expected bad weather, so the staff placed us by the office for (my comfort) safety, which I thought was nice.  Close to town.  OK for an over night stay. "Cute" place tho with the additions of colorful fire hydrants and a pond with a bridge, etc.  It's an older park, but it shows pride of trying.

Rating: 6

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San Antonio/Alamo KOA

602 Gembler Rd, San Antonio TX 78219

210-224-9296

Dates Visited: April 17-20, 2014
Dates Visited: April 22-25, 2017

# of Spaces: 300+ Kabins

2014: Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $42.30
 (Member)
2017: $47.95

Site: #W 4

Notes: Wow, this park had it all!  Pizza (delivered to your site if you wanted), a Chuckwagon open Wed-Sun for Breakfast & Lunch, brand new pool (no Jacuzzi), big playground for the kids, all kinds of bikes to rent, horseshoes, bike & hike trails, you wouldn't have to leave the place if you didn't want to!  Lots of shade trees without causing driving or parking problems.  Sites were gravel & grass with brick patios with tables & BBQ grills.  Good WiFi but only OK TV.  Big clean laundry area too.  It was an easy in & out from I 10 and about a 20 min. drive from downtown San Antonio.  Quiet, peaceful, really nice!

Rating: 9

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Turtle Bayou RV Park

25128 I-10 East, Exit 811, Wallisville, TX 77597

409-389-2468

Dates Visited: April 17, 2014

# of Spaces: Approx 40 (hard to tell)

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $18.54 (PA)

Notes: This is an odd little gem.  When you first come in (which has an "east side entrance only, so if your coming west you have to make a u-turn) it doesn't look all that great...but, once you park and take a walk, which we did, wow!  It curves around a lake that's a real dream.  I'd say it's really made for 5th wheels & trailers more than RVs, but it's still a sweet place for even an overnight like we needed.  It has few "amenities" (except good WiFi) no TV or cell phone coverage, playgrounds, etc. and it's dirt & grass, but the scenery is special and the access to the freeway is great.  I wouldn't recommend it for a "big & fancy" rigs who need a lot, but fit the bill for us, and I sure loved the price! New owners have great plans and attitudes to go with it!

Rating:  6


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  Mesquite Oasis RV Park

7601 W 42nd, Odessa TX 79764

432-381-2707

Dates Visited: April 2, 2014

# of Spaces: 99  &  ALL FULL

Site Rate: $

Notes:  Well...seems this area - Odessa/Midland is "oil country" - and is FULL-UP!  Not a place to be had.  Not a campground site, not a motel/hotel, bed, "nothing"!  When we pulled in around 5pm, thinking, "hey, it's April, no problem, right?" HA! Were we in for a surprise!  Not having driven through this part of Texas before, we had no idea what we were in for!  This super sweet couple set us straight, right quick!  They explained how, since 2008 (yikes!) this area has grown from around 100,000 to 600,000 workers, with no infrastructure to house them all.  Phew!  Great for business, but hard on everyone.  They (Mary & Patrick Lewis) try and keep a couple of sites open for "over-nighters", but it's hard to do.  They are the only ones who do, too.  They tried to locate a place for us, 100 miles down the road (the closest) but when we asked about a "Walmart", they said if we didn't need hookups, heck we could park at their "gym" around by the pond!  So they directed us to the pond, gave us the keypad access to the showers, TV Room, laundry, and their phone # in case we needed them and didn't charge us a dime.  We ended up with the best site!  A beautiful pond with a fountain & ducks and  no one around us!  Pure "Southern hospitality"!


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Fort Stockton RV Park

3604 Koa Road, Exit 264 Warnock Road,
 I 10, Ft. Stockton TX 79735

432-395-2494

Dates Visited: April 21, 2014
Dates Visited: Feb 27, 2015 

# of Spaces: 118

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $28 (20% disc "for my patience"- they do honor GS tho)
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $29.70 (GS)

Notes:  Sweet lady & very busy!  This is a dry, hot area of Texas with not much around.  We had stayed at Parkview RV Park when we passed through here two years ago and was underwhelmed, so decided to give this place a try.  Much nicer.  It has a "cafe" set up inside the office that serves dinner for $8, which is a nice treat since it's so hot, you really don't feel like cooking yourself.  There's a pool, and shade trees but not much else.  No TV, and she shares that the WiFi can be weak (we used our own).  It's clean, the spaces are long and easy in and out from the freeway.  A good over-night spot.

2015:  Cafe still great, prices went up about $1.  Such nice people there!  Love this place. It was icy and freezing, so many of us were so glad they were "feeding us", both with their friendliness and their great food!

Rating:  7

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Escapees Tri-Park RV Park

3100 Moore St, Pecos TX 79772

432-447-2137

Dates Visited: May 1, 2013

# of Spaces: 23

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $24

Notes:  This is another one-night stop-over type of place.  Park is off of the I 20, gravel & dirt with level sites. Pull-thrus are a bit tight, but not to bad. Staff is friendly, even when the   book said they were a Good Sam, but they weren’t & wouldn’t honor it, but at $24, it wasn’t a big deal (& they are the ONLY park in Pecos!).

Rating: 5

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Abilene KOA

4851 W Stamford St, Abilene TX 79603

325-672-3681

Dates Visited: May 2, 2013
Again: April 3, 2014
Again: Oct 11, 2015

# of Spaces: 89

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $42.99 (member rate)
2014: $42.99
2015: $37.79

Notes:  Nice clean, simple park, nothing fancy, but up to the KOA standards.  Gravel roads and sites with grass & trees in-between.  Office has a small store for basics, which is always nice.  Staff is always friendly and escorts you to your site (pull-thru).  An odd loop around the I 20, but no big deal.  *Had a couple nearby restaurants that will deliver to your rig (didn't try them, but sounded good!)  Poor tv reception tho

Rating: 8

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Spring Creek Village MHP & RV

4000 Central Expressway, Plano TX 75074

972-423-2912

Dates Visited: May 3-17, 2013

# of Spaces: Not really sure because it's mostly mobile homes (seems to have a few back rows with about 8 or so sites each, so I would guess about 30 sites for RVs)

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $20.35 (special weekly rate)

Notes:  This is really a mobile home park that have "extra" spaces for RVs.  At first look, it seems unsafe, run down, and you want to drive right out!  However, it is the ONLY place in Plano to stay.  Our son lives there, so we didn't have to much choice unless we wanted an hour drive to visit each day (same with the other RVs there).  We ended up being there for two weeks and it really wasn't bad.  The laundry room was clean and well maintained and the other "campers" were quiet and friendly.  Plenty of shade trees and the spaces were large for an easy in & out.  It's right on the frontage road along side the main freeway, so noisy tho. 

Rating: 4

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Eisenhower State Park - Dois D'Arc Ridge Camping Area

50 Park Road 20, Denison TX 75020-4878

903-465-1956

Dates Visited: May 17 - 20, 2013

# of Spaces: 49

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $23 (SEW) + $5 (entrance fee pp * if you plan on using more state parks in TX, you can get a yearly pass for $70)

Notes: Beautiful park!  Had great shade trees all over the sites.  Our site was plenty big enough for our rig, our toad, our son's truck and his tent.  Each site came with a very nice big picnic table and campfire ring (bring your own wood, they don't have any and don't allow you  to forage).  Peaceful.  A small doe even visited us the first morning.  The RV sites are not in view of the lake (tent sites are tho), but there are trails nearby that you can walk to Lake Texoma.  Bring your own boat (fishing, etc) or rent. Don't know how much the kayaks rented for, but the pontoon boats were around $400 - out of our league!  After a few days, the winds really picked up and a ranger came by to "warn" us of pending bad weather.  OK had been hit with tornadoes and we might be getting some hard winds, rain, hail and maybe even a tornado.  We tucked the kids into the rig for the night (nothing happened) & they left the next day.  The following day, we saw that the "extreme" weather was indeed coming our way, so we packed it up and headed to Wichita Falls.  Other than that - a great place to camp!

Rating: 9

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Coyote Ranch Resort

14145 US Hwy 287 N, Wichita Falls TX 76310

940-767-6700

Dates Visited: May 21 - 22, 2013

# of Spaces: 123

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $36 (GS / pull thru)

Notes: Very nice park.  Only two drawbacks, which I knew coming in, very few shade trees (we were lucky and got one) and train noise).  Nice big, level cement sites with picnic tables & grass.  Newer elec. posts.  Cable didn't work (was told it was "limited").  During the "season" I bet this place is hopping with all kinds of activities.  Hope so, anyway, 'cause there sure isn't anything to do or see in Wichita Falls!!

Rating: 9

*2014 - They have changed their name to Yogi Bear's Camp Resort!  To hard to find (on the other side of the freeway), so we skipped it and went to Wichita Falls RV Park this year.

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Amarillo Texas Travel Information Center

I 40 Exit 76 (south side)

Dates Visited: May 23, 2013

# of Spaces: ?  They have a large car & pull-thru RV spaces and separate truck spaces

Site Rate: Free

Notes:  They have a large Tourist information center with friendly staff who welcome you to stay as long as you want.  They have comfy chairs in the lobby and are open until 5pm off-season and 6pm during the summer.  They have security that comes on when they leave and stays in the parking lot to watch over you.  They have large, clean bathrooms that are "tornado protected" that are open 24 hrs.  They also have free WiFi 24 hrs.  This place is a treasure.  It's listed in several publications and in the Rand McNally GPS.  *We thought it would be packed when we arrived around 3pm due to the pending storm, but we were the only ones (until the "Severe Storm Interception Team" arrived and stayed for awhile! We were glad to see them go ;-)

Rating:  7
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Amarillo KOA

1100 Folsom Rd, Amarillo TX 79108

 800-KOA-3431

Dates Visited: May 24-27, 2013
Again:  June 6, 2014
Again: Oct 15, 2014
Again: Oct 12, 2015

# of Spaces: 98  Half are pull-thrus

Site Rate: $37.50 (Member) 2013
Site Rate: $40.20-50amp (Member) 2014
Site Rate: $37.50-30amp (Member) 2014
Site Rate: $40.20-50amp (Member) 2015

Notes:  They are a fairly new campground, run by a really nice family.  Very friendly and helpful.  Clean, well kept.  The campground itself is pretty basic with gravel sites, one right after another, side by side.  Grass surround with a picnic table (no fire rings).  Young trees, and it's Amarillo, so windy - but it did put on a spectacular sunset for us!  Easy in and out.
2014 - Once again, we faced "tornado warning weather"!  This place has a siren and shelter, which is nice.  They haven't upgraded the park much, but the staff is still nice!  Forgot to mention that it's "off the beaten path" a bit, and the train seems to come by more often than I remembered!  This is not the best time of the year for camping around here, I don't think!
2015 - Here in Oct - For once the weather wasn't so bad!  Just windy!  The "72oz Steak" place will come and get you & bring you back again, which is a nice thing to keep in mind too...

Rating:  6

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Cedar Hill State Park

1570 W Spine Rd, Cedar Hill TX 75104

972-291-3900

Dates Visited: April 5-7, 2013

4 Camping areas:
# of Spaces: 353  with 20/30/50 amps for tents & RVs

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $25 (plus Park Pass if you don't have a Texas State Park Pass* good for 1 yr)

Notes:  Nice BIG park with a large lake!  They have it all, fishing, boating, swimming, hiking trails, bike trails, playground, showers, even a concession.  Nice wooded areas separate each site.  Best site #262 in Hog Wallow (we didn't see any of the other areas) for our size - great view of the lake and as close as you can get to it with a rig (tents get a lot closer).  Bluebonnets were in bloom and had pretty sunsets.  Really quiet here too.  That's what's great about  State Park. Each comes with a covered table and fire ring. Nothing "fancy", but level and easy in & out.  Hardest part was making the reservation - their website kept kicking me out, but doing it on the phone was a piece of cake!  You just have to do it during "normal work hours"...

Rating:  6


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Parkview RV & Mobile Home Park

735 S. Highway 285 Lot 1,
Fort Stockton, TX 79735

432-336-7733
Dates Visited: Feb, 2012

# of Spaces: 86

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ 20? (PA)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  

Rating:
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Holiday Trav-L-Park

11490 Hwy 90 West, Del Rio TX 78840

830-775-7275
Dates Visited: Feb16, 2012

# of Spaces: 269

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ 20? (PA)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  

Rating:
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Hidden Valley RV Park

5706 Coleman Way, Von Ormy TX 78073

210-623-6737

Dates Visited: Feb18-19, 2012

# of Spaces: 24

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ 20? (PA)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  

Rating:
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Bay View RV Resort

 5451 Hwy 35 North, Rockport TX 78382


Notes: We didn't take notes our first year
361-400-6000
Dates Visited: Feb18-19, 2012

# of Spaces: 400

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $15? (RPI)
out, so don't have much to go on.  

Rating:
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Hidden Lake RV Resort

6860 S Major Dr, Beaumont TX 77705

409-840-9691
Dates Visited: Feb 23, 2012

# of Spaces: 70

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $20? PA)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  

Rating:



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UTAH


Bryce Canyon Pines RC & Tent Campgrounds

Highway 12, Mile Marker 10, Bryce UT 84764

435-892-7923

Dates Visited: Sept 22 - Sept 25, 2013

# of Spaces: 26 + Tent sites

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $32

Notes: This is a sweet place and very handy to Bryce Canyon NP.  Lots of trees & level sites.  Free WiFi (no tv).

Rating:  7

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Century RV Park & Campground

1399 West 2100 South, Ogden UT 84401

801-731-3800

Dates Visited: Sept 12 - Sept 18, 2013
Dates Visited: Nov 02, 2015

# of Spaces: 139

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $36.39
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $34.30

Notes: Most of the spaces were a side-by-side style (two to a gravel spot, one pull-in & one back in) so it made for a pretty tight space (on one side) but that said, it was a great park.  Sites are gravel with grass in between and level.  All the regular amenities and good WiFi and Cable TV.  It's about 35 miles from SLC.

Rating:  7

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Lakeside RV Campground

4000 West Center St, Provo UT 84601

801-373-5267

Dates Visited: Oct 28, 2012
Dates Visited: May 29-June 1, 2014

# of Spaces: 138

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $31

Notes: Nice green park, will all the amenities and plenty of great shade trees which was important in the early summer heat!  Nice level sites with a picnic table and plenty of space between sites.  Nice since of humor on the road signs too!  Cute place all & all.  Very easy in & out. 

Rating:  7

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St George RV Resort

5800 North Highway 91, Hurricane UT 84737

435-879-2212

Dates Visited: Sept 18 - Sept 22, 2013

# of Spaces: 123 + Cabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $26.89 (RPI Member rate)

Notes: This is a brand new (to) KOA park and is having a number of upgrades going on (adding mini-golf, dressing up the pool, etc).  Nice people. Cable TV good; WiFi extra (Tengo).

Rating:  7

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Spanish Trail RV Park

2980 S Hwy 191, Moab, Utah 84532

800-787-2751

Dates Visited:  June 2-4, 2014

# of Spaces: 60

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $23.14 (PA cash only)

Notes: Loved this place!  Great big trees (which was needed at 90 degree heat), one of the few campgrounds there that has them!  Each site has hard packed gravel & dirt with a side strip of cement along with grass and a bench table.  Plenty of space between sites too, which is rare these days!  The campground is about 2 miles out of town, which is nice so your close, but not to noisy and about 20 min. from Arches.  No pool, but the only ones who have one are about twice or more the price.  Good TV & WiFi service.  Some spaces might be tight for real big rigs.

Rating:  8
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Springville /Provo KOA

1550 North 1750 West, Springville UT 84663

801-491-0700

Dates Visited: Oct 22, 2014

# of Spaces: 218+ Cabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $44.44 (Member)

Notes: Great location & pretty park with the autumn leaves in color and grass strip between each site.  Sites are level and asphalt with a table & fire ring.  Very clean & well kept. TV stations were minimal and a bit fuzzy, WiFi poor.   Thought price a bit high, considering, even for a KOA.  

Rating:  5+

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Wonderland RV Park

44 South Highway 12, Torrey UT 84775

435-425-3665

Dates Visited: Sept 25 - Sept 28, 2013

# of Spaces: 25

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $35.28 (AAA Discount rate)

Notes: Nice, easy entrance & back in site.  Level, gravel & grass along with fruit trees!  Close to Capitol Reef NP.  Good free WiFi, cable tv was pretty fuzzy.

Rating:  7




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VIRGINIA

Skyline Ranch Resort

 751 Mountain Rd, Front Royal VA 22630

540-635-4169
Dates Visited: June 16, 2012

# of Spaces: 92

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $15? (RPI)

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  

Rating:
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Charlottesville KOA

3825 Red Hill Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
434-296-9881
Dates Visited: June 13, 2012

# of Spaces: 78

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  

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Natural Bridge/Lexington KOA

214 Killdeer Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578

540-291-2770
Dates Visited: June 13, 2012

# of Spaces: 109

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  

Rating:
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Fries New River Trail RV Park

26 Dalton Rd, Fries VA 24330

276-233-1178
Dates Visited: June 3, 2012

# of Spaces:14

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  As I try and remember it, we liked it here. 

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American Heritage RV Park

146 Maxton Lane, Williamsburg VA 23188

Dates Visited: Sept 18-23, 2015

# of Spaces: 105

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $47.81(GS) 50amp

Notes:  Really nice campground!  All the interior roads are tarmac and the sites are cement with grass alongside with a table.  I also liked the layout.  It's not the "typical parking lot style" like so many are, it was more scattered this way and that, which gave you a better since of space & view.  Lots of shade trees too.  Their WiFi was secured and I got good reception.  The cable was a bit fuzzy for the major channels, but that may have been us (?).  Super nice people too.  No complaints here.

Rating:  9

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Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Campground

854 National Park Rd, Ewing VA 24248

Dates Visited: July 9-15, 2015

# of Spaces: 41 Hook-up sites (20, 30, 50 amp)

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $10 senior w/Golden Pass, or $20 w/o

Notes: No reservations - It's a first come, first serve!  Payment is cash or check in an envelope, so be prepared!  Many of the sites are large enough to accommodate an RV or trailer of up to 50 feet. Most sites require backing, site C4 is a pull through site. Loop B & C are all elec. hook-up sites and all are cement pads with table & fire pits.  Trees offer shade, but no threat that I could see to our RVs. Many sites seemed sloped, so some leveling would be required.  Coming in on a Sun-Thur you will find the place almost empty, but the weekends get pretty full (but not even all the way).  The place is beautiful!  Lots of trees, trails, a beautiful amphitheater, clean bathrooms & showers, really nice staff.  Your close to towns as well as the Cumberland Gap Visitor Center and Park.  We thought we would stay a couple of days and ended up staying a week!  They brought in a great bluegrass band on Sat. night that was a wonderful treat too!  No, you can't get "cable", and there is no free WiFi, but the peace and quiet and beauty is more than worth the trade-off!  We read, and watched our movies!  So nice!

Rating:  8

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Meadows of Dan Campground

82 Jeb Stuart Highway
at the Junction of the Blue Ridge Pkwy & US 58 west
Meadows of Dan VA


276-952-2292

Dates Visited: June 8, 2012
Dates Visited: Sept 24, 2015

# of Spaces: 26

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $32

Notes: Our GPS really led us astray on this one, and took us all round the place, and without a "good" address, it was a tough drive, to say the least...then, when we got there, at about 5:15, the office was closed and it was raining.  The office is at the bottom, then you drive up a steep hill to reach their small campground that is pretty much a flattened hill with gravel sites laid out.  There was only one other RV there, so we just pulled into a site and settled in for the night.  It was still raining really hard the next morning, and I had already pre-paid, so we just packed up and left early.  I left a phone msg for the owners, but they never called back.  Wasn't impressed and don't think we'll return if we can help it. 

Rating:  4

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Prince William Forest RV Campground

16058 Dumfries Rd, Dumfries VA 22025

888-737-5730

Dates Visited: Sept 11-16, 2015

# of Spaces: 74 Hook-up sites (20, 30, 50 amp) We had #F12 Full Hook-up /50amp

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $46.80 (GS)

Notes:  We really liked this place - in spite of the fact that it didn't have cable, and that it was a good 20 min.+ from the nearest Metro!  Our site was level, shaded, peaceful, and the staff, when we did see her, was super nice.  I just wish we could have stayed longer - but they were already booked!  Nice place.  I did notice other site had some rough spots that could make for some leveling problems, so it might depend on where you got assigned, I guess.  Oh, and the WiFi pole was right next to us, so reception was great!!  ;-) 

Rating:  8


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VERMONT


Greenwood Lodge & Campsites

246 Bennington VT 05201

802-442-2547
Dates Visited: Aug, 2012

# of Spaces: 40

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  

Rating:

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Running Bear Camping Area, Mt Ascutney State Park

1826 Back Mountain Road
Windsor, VT 05089

802-674-6417

Dates Visited: Aug, 2012

# of Spaces: 39

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $18?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  

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Limehurst Lake Campground

4104 VT Rte 14, Williamstown VT 05679

Dates Visited: Aug 27-30, 2015

# of Spaces: 73

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $37.80 (GS) + $5 A/C per day

Notes: Williamstown is just outside of Barre, which is about 20 or so min. from Waterbury or Montpelier and about 40 min from Burlington - all places with tons to see and do!  It's also the cheapest place to stay, and super nice!  The sites were the most level we've run across in ages, nice space between, great cable, WiFi, cell service, peaceful, nice shade, well kept up...and the people, both the 'regulars' and the owners, couldn't have been nicer!  We had car trouble, and "neighbors" gave us a ride, Rick, the owner, got a hold of a great mechanic that came right out and for us.  Just super great people.  Rick also was great at telling us about covered bridges, etc. We'd come back in a heart beat. 

Rating: 10

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WASHINGTON


Riverbend RV Park
19961 Hwy 20, Twisp WA 98856 
509-997-3500
Dates Visited: 11-12, 2016 
# of Spaces:  75 
Our site #: 33 
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $34.68 (GS) 

Notes:  We liked this place.  Nice shade trees, nice long level sites, good view of the river, grass in between the sites.  Fun little town to browse in, nice people, lovely place.  Very relaxing.  Enjoyed our stay. 

Rating:  6

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Pier Four

3400 Sage Rd, Moses Lake WA 98837

509-765-6319

Dates Visited: July 30-31, 2016

# of Spaces:  179

Our site #: 104

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40.

Notes:  Very nice campground with tarmac sites & streets.  Small grass in between without much tree shade, but you usually don't need it in Washington.  Site was level and long enough for us and our toad.  They have a little cafe on site that we had breakfast at that was nice and the staff was really friendly.  Nice way to meet folks too.  Very clean and well maintained. 

Rating:  6

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Yakima River RV Park

791 Ringer Loop Road, Ellensburg WA 98926

509-925-4734

Dates Visited: Aug 9, 2016

# of Spaces:  36

Our site #: 24

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $17.50 (PA)

Notes:  We were only here one night and it wasn't very full, so lucked out with a pull-thru and no campers on either side.  Seemed like a nice campground and very friendly people.  We even got our PA discount so pretty wonderful for under $20 for a night's stay! 

Rating:  6

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Burlington KOA

6397 North Green RD, Burlington WA 98233

360-724-5511

Dates Visited: Aug 10, 2016

# of Spaces:  103

Our site #: 25

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $49.69 (member)

Notes:  A typical KOA, lots for the kids, nice long pull-thru, level with lots of shade trees.  Nice clean park, thought it a bit pricey, but I guess the area gets that.  Good WiFi & Cable. 

Rating:  6

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Ellensburg KOA

32 South Thorp Hwy, Ellensburg WA 98926

509-925-9319

Dates Visited: Nov 5, 2015

# of Spaces: 80 + Kamping Kabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $33.66 member rate)

Notes: We only stayed one night, but it was a nice quiet campground with a long pull-through so we didn't have to un-hook.  Cable & WiFi were good.  Site was level.  Space was narrow, but otherwise all was good.

Rating:  6

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Tri-Mountain RV Park

109 S. 65th Ave Building C, Ridgefield WA 98642

360-887-8983

Dates Visited: Dec 1-4, 2015

# of Spaces: 81

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40.33 (no disc)

Notes: Quiet, easy access off the freeway.  Long, very narrow spaces, but all tarmac, so nice and level.  No cable, but they do have a secure WiFi that's not bad.  A pizza, Subway & wine/bistro pub is right outside the lot and a country cafe is just down the street, so that's nice if you don't feel like cooking.  Mgr. is super sweet and we never even heard or saw the other residents, but it rained most the time we were here (visiting family).  Thought the price a bit high for what you got, but the whole area seems to be that way. 

Rating:  6

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Ponderosa Falls RV Resort

7520 South Thomas Mallen Rd, Cheney, WA 99004

800-494-7275

Dates Visited: Aug 10-Aug 20, 2013

# of Spaces: 168 + bungalows and camping cabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $28 (RPI Membership) & $34 (public)

Notes: Most of the spaces were tucked into the woods, which was really nice.  The spaces were really close to each other, but the "naturalness" made up for it.  Lots of play areas for the kids.  Staff was really nice.  When we told them we were going to leave the rig unattended for a few days while we drove up to Tacoma to visit family, they put us in the space across from them (hosts) and watched it for us.  Had pretty good tv & WiFi reception, even with the trees!

Rating:  7

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Willow Bay Resort

6607 Highway 291, Nine Mile Falls, WA 99026


509-276-2350

Dates Visited: Aug 21 - 24, 2013

# of Spaces: 100 electric & water only

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $10 (RPI Membership)

Notes: This was a lovely place!  Our space was right in front of Long Lake, maybe 50' from the water's edge.  The whole area was grass & trees.  Nice space between sites too.  It was "bare bones" (no pool, games etc) but just a great place to hang out and relax.  Could have stayed there longer if it hadn't been booked. 

Rating: 8

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Crescent Bar Resort

9252 Crescent Bar Rd NW, Quincy WA 98848

 
509-787-4349

Dates Visited: Aug 25 - 30, 2013

# of Spaces: 116 but a number of them are "privately owned" (50% of the water view sites are)

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $10 (RPI Membership)

Notes: This was another nice campground that we lucked out on and got a site that faced the water (#59).  It was up on a bluff, so you didn't walk out to it, but the view was still great!  The campground sits along side the Columbia River so most of the people there are boaters and come often and for many years (that's why the spaces are purchased).  One thing we were warned about, and experienced was sudden and fierce winds!  It's not a place to put your awning out unless you are prepared to bring it in at a moment's notice.  Rain and wind come up quickly, and actually end fairly quickly as well.  Campsites were an ok size and only needed a little leveling.  Gravel & grass with nice shade trees in between.  Campground is a mixture of tents, 50 amps & 30 amps.  We had a 50 amp and was glad of it as needed the AC.  All sites are back in.  Had all the "normal" rec stuff, pool, indoor ping pong, pool table, small library, etc.

Rating:  8

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Soap Lake RV Resort, LLC

22818 Hwy 17N, Soap Lake WA 98851

 
509-246-0413

Dates Visited: Aug 30-Sept 6, 2013

# of Spaces: 128 Mixed: tents, back-in & pull-thru, W&E & Full Hook-up + Dump Station

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $10 (RPI Membership)

Notes: This was an interesting experience.  The campground is configured in rows, the 2 closest to the lake are for tents & small RVs boondocking.  The next few rows are pull-thru & the last couple are back-ins.  Every row has nice big shade trees and the spaces are good with little leveling.  Being Labor Day weekend, the place was almost full - with Russian families!  Lots of kids of all ages, with everyone speaking Russian.  They kept to their groups, no really friendly to us (I think we were the only non-Russians).  Some used the lake and it's "mud" experience, but most used the pool & volleyball etc.  By Monday afternoon, the place looked practically vacant!  I tried the lake, thought it was way to gooey and the rocks on the bottom hurt my feet, so I only went in ankle deep.  The pool and Jacuzzi looked great but we never used them.  The laundry facilities were just "ok", not the best, not the worst we've seen.  The staff is great and super friendly.  WiFi is good, cell service tho is not.  Best I got was 2 bars and had to walk around to get that & still got cut in & out.  No tv.

Rating: 7

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99 RV Park

1913 Leichner RD, Vancouver WA 98686

360-573-0351

Dates Visited: Nov 30- Dec 3, 2013

# of Spaces: 87

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $15( PA)

Notes: This was a what I call a nice "parking-lot" RV Park.  Level, clean, paved spaces.  Easy to get to, in & out, etc.  It works for us while we are in Vancouver, as we use this as a base only while we visit friends and Portland - close to both.  

Rating: 7


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Columbia Sun RV Resort

103907 Wiser Parkway, Kennewick, WA 99338

855-833-3886

Dates Visited: Oct 26-28, 2014

# of Spaces: 145

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $23.96 ( PA) & 43.13 (GS)

Notes:  This is truly a 'resort' - lush, large spaces with wide areas between you and the next person.  Each site is level with large river rock separated with beautiful, thick soft grass with a a nice picnic table that converts to sitting benches.  The power boxes are brand new, state of the art.  This place is top notch and they charge for it.  A beautiful place to stay.  They take PA for two days mid-week, so that was nice.  It was pouring rain, so we stayed here rather than down the road where it was a 'dirt camp' (why get stuck in the muck?) might as well be cozy, we thought!  Place was pretty empty this time of the year, but the staff was super friendly and helpful.  Secure WiFi and good TV reception.  

Rating: 9+



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Lakeside RV Park

12321 Hwy 99 South, Everett WA 98204

425-347-2970

Dates Visited: 10/29-31/2014

# of Spaces: 155

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $34.91

Notes:  This park has the closest sites we've ever stayed at!  Wow, you could just about reach out and touch your neighbor.  We had an end site, so were one of the lucky ones.  It also has a pretty steep hill going into/out of the park.  There is nothing "special" about this place, but  parking lot to stay in town as far as I'm concerned.  We were here visiting friends and seeing the Boeing plant, or we wouldn't have stayed.  None of the other "campgrounds" offered any better tho, so slim pickings here.  This is probably the best of what's around, for what it's worth. 

Rating: 4+


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WEST VIRGINIA


Huntington/Fox Fire KOA

290 Fox Fire Rd, Milton, WV 25541

304-743-5622

Dates Visited: Sept, 2012

# of Spaces: 117

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes:   We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  

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Flatwoods KOA

350 Days Drive, Sutton WV 26601

304-765-5055

Dates Visited: 7-15-19, 2015

# of Spaces: 50 +  camping cabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $42.94 (KOA Membership)
Notes:  Very few & far apart campgrounds in WV!  Even the ones we found could not either accommodate a rig as large as ours (35') or were full (for the summer) - so we didn't have much choice!  Hence, the high rates here - for not much in return, in my opinion!  First off:  Poor service.  Even when we called ahead, they never bothered to tell you that you would need to check into the HOTEL and to stop there FIRST before heading DOWN into the campground!  As you pass the hotel and just about to drive down a steep hill, through the gateway, there is a small sign that says "check in at the hotel first".  Yikes, almost to late to turn!  Luckily we had just enough space to do so!  Then, we get checked in, and they quickly give us the site map and "send us on our way".  Not rude, but not typical KOA style either.  Oh well.  Off we go, and go, and go.  The best part of the campground, was the road leading to the site, actually.  Once there, the site was long enough (thank goodness) because leveling it took quite some doing, and even after several boards and backing up and down, we never got it quite right, but "good enough" for the few days we were going to be there.
No WiFi, no cable, no trees to speak of, the weather was ok, so that wasn't a problem.  We really didn't have anyone around us much of the time we were there, a couple of one-nighters, but that's all.  Pretty quiet up on the ridge.  It's three levels, with the families on the lowest level it seems.  The pools are at the hotel, which I think is pretty inconvenient, but we didn't use them, so it didn't matter - but we would have had to drive to get to it, if we had wanted to.  If we travel this way again, I would work it out to drive further and find some place further down the state.  Only "plus" for me was that it had a "Fiesta" outlet store across the street!  ;-)

Rating:  5

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WISCONSIN


Kewaunee Village RV Park

333 Terraqua Drive, Kewaunee, WI 54216

800-274-9684

Dates Visited: Aug 11-19, 2014

# of Spaces: 74 + camping cabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $39.40 (GS)

Notes: This was our first time in Wisconsin, and out of the 8 days here, it rained 6!  We stayed this long because we were waiting on a UPS package.  While here, we visited Door County & Green Bay.  It was a bit of a drive, but we needed a "base camp" for the delivery, so this was it!  Staff was great, place was practically empty most of the time.  If it hadn't been raining, it really would have been nice.  Because of that, even when it wasn't there were little nats or what-have-you flitting around, so it didn't make for a pleasant time sitting outside (at least for us, although others were).  They had a nice pool, mini-golf area & game room for the kids.  The town itself is small, but had one nice restaurant and a fun Tug Boat to tour, but other than that, you needed to drive to see.  Easy in & out though, and big enough sites.  Nothing special, but not bad either.  Wouldn't have stayed here more than a couple of days if we hadn't needed to tho.

Rating:  5

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Pettibone Resort

333 Part Plaza Dr., La Crosse, WI 54601

800-738-8426

Dates Visited: Aug 23-25, 2014

# of Spaces: 140 + tent areas

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $37.03 (GS)

Notes: This was a strange campground with a lot of inconsistencies. It had great, easy to back into site along the river, but weird, hard to pull into "pull-thru" sites in the middle, it had a bar, but it was also attached to the check in, so that you had to compete with it/on the phone as well as in person, as well as that same person pushed the button to let you in the gate, so had to "see you" as you entered (all the while attending bar).  All that said, the place had lovely views all around the river.  As one person noted, "it could be made into a 5-star place with a little work!"  My biggest advise, don't get a pull-thru!

Rating: 5


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Wisconsin Riverside Resort

S13220 Shifflet Rd, Spring Green WI 53588

608-588-2826

Dates Visited: Aug 20-22, 2014

# of Spaces: 204 + camping cabins

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $40.98

Notes: This is a large multi-purpose facility right along the Wisconsin River.  It has a nice Grille, so if you don't feel like cooking you can have a light meal and/or a drink overlooking the river, you can rent tubes & they will shuttle you up river so you can float back down, they have a fun pool that even has a cool "frog slide" for the kids, nice pull thru sites, etc.  Again, with the rain in Wisconsin!  So, we didn't do any of the fun stuff!  However, they are only about a half hour away from The House on the Rock which is really worth the trip, rain or shine!  We also drove out to Mazomanie to The Old Feed Mill for dinner, fantastic!

Rating: 6


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 WYOMING



Phillips RV Park

225 Bear River Dr, Evanston WY 82930

307-789-3805

Dates Visited:  Sept 2,2016

Our site #11

# of Spaces: 59

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $32 (cash)

Notes: What a lovely tree filled campground.  Easy in & out.  Family owned and sweet people.  Offered an additional disc for cash (over AAA/or GS).  We were only there 1 night, but would be a nice stay even for a longer visit.

Rating: 7


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Ponderosa Campground

1815 8th St, Cody WY 82414

307-587-9203

Dates Visited:  Aug 23-27, 2016

Our site #98

# of Spaces: 137

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $43.20 (GS)

Notes: This was a great campground location!  It had a wonderful store and offered a little "program" a couple nights a week on the history of the various "characters" of Cody.  The Trolley stopped here, you could buy various tickets from here.  The hook-ups were located a bit far in the back (for trailers?) so our cable didn't reach, but we didn't really mind). Nice people, nice park!

Rating: 8


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Colter Bay Village RV Park, Grand Teton National Park

Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park, WY

800-628-9988

Dates Visited: June 3-8, 2013 & Aug 27-31, 2016

2013: Our site # A17
2017: Our site # A23

# of Spaces: 112  Sites, all pull-thrus & full hook-ups

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $52.92. (Golden Age Pass)
Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $60.48 - 2017
Notes:  Sites were "natural"- which means, lots of trees, nice shade, nice surroundings, dirt areas - which were not level.  So much so, that you will probably use all of your leveling blocks, boards, or what have you to do so!  Everyone had to.  But in all honesty, it was the only negative thing about the place.  Yes, the sites were a bit close together, but hey, this is a national park trying to accommodate as many people as it can.  They do a pretty good job at angling the sites so that you can have as much privacy as possible without making you feel like a parking lot.  You do get to meet your neighbors, and that's park of the fun of being there.  Great location.  FYI: Be prepared - there is (almost, very, very rare) NO cell or Internet capabilities anywhere in either the Tetons or Yellowstone!

2017: We found that coming in late summer, things were very different in the park.  Plus side - less people (even tho it was a holiday weekend coming up, but that may have been because of the fires in Yellowstone).  Lots of sunshine, lovely warm days and cool nights.  Downside - almost no greenery, flowers, animals, waterfalls, etc.  Not very pretty actually.  We were glad we had seen it before when it was truly "pretty".  I wouldn't come here again in the late summer!  Save it for late spring/early summer!  ;-)

Rating: 8


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Terry Bison Ranch

51-125 Service Rd East, Cheyanne WY 82007

307-634-4171

Dates Visited:  Oct 24, 2012

# of Spaces: 86

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $ ?

Notes: We didn't take notes our first year out, so don't have much to go on.  However, I do remember that we liked it and had a lot of fun watching the bison!

Rating: 6


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Fishing Bridge RV Park Area

Yellowstone National Park WY

866-439-7375

Dates Visited: June 9-13, 2013

# of Spaces: Several hundred?  Pull-thru, sever "loops". "Hard-sided" only.

Site Rate: $45. + tax

Notes:  This park was very different from the Grand Tetons.  Far more like a very large parking lot with A tree between each site, and you were packed in just as close as you are in parking lots!  Sites were mostly gravel and fairly level.  The only "natural trees" were the islands of them between the loops.  The roads were heavily potholed and bumped and in need of maintenance.  Staff was "mechanical".  FYI: Be prepared - there is (almost, very, very rare) NO cell or Internet capabilities anywhere in either the Tetons or Yellowstone (we found one in Mary Bay)!

Rating: 4

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Cody KOA

5561 Greybull Hwy, Cody WY 82414

800-562-8507

Dates Visited: June 14-15, 2013

# of Spaces: 257

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $49.09 (Member rate)

Notes:  We were lucky to get into this park because of the big rally in Gillette, but they were great at working us in and wiggled us into a water & elec only.  It worked just fine.  Nice campground and really nice people. Cute little store too.  Free WiFi. Free pancake breakfast every morning & then you could purchase (for very little) coffee, sausage, etc to go with.  Nice.  We asked about the drive from there to Buffalo WY, since there was two ways to go and was given some great advise from the owners, which really saved our brakes and nerves!

Rating: 7

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Deer Park Campground

146 US Hwy 16 E, Buffalo WY 82834

307-684-5722

Dates Visited: June 16, 2013

# of Spaces: 107

Site Rate: $36. + tax

Notes:  Nice friendly stop over.  They had an ice cream social that night.  Full hook-ups, pull-through, WiFi, Cable TV, etc. Spaces were level, grass & gravel - but really, really close to each other. 

Rating:  7

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Buffalo KOA

87 Hwy 16 East, Buffalo WY 82834

800-562-1902

Dates Visited: June17, 2013

# of Spaces: 58

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $36.39 (Member rate)

Notes:  Newer KOA, friendly, but small and still have some "growing" to do.  Good for an over-night stay with all the hook-ups, etc.

Rating:  7


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Devils Tower KOA

60 Hwy 110, Devils Tower WY 82714

800-KOA-5785

Dates Visited: June 23-24, 2013

# of Spaces: 71 (plus 40 acres of tent camping)

Site Cost incl tax/less disc: $50.30 (Member rate)

Notes:  Great place.  Literally just outside the entrance to the park.  They have it all...friendly people, nice sites, great view, big gift shop, a place to eat, a post office, fun playground, and they show the movie (Close Encounters of the Third Kind)!  Pretty cool.  The National Park has a campground as well, inside, but I believe it's boondocking (but not positive).

Rating:  8/9

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