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post Jul 6 2013, 03:45 PM
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I enjoyed your best reviews thread so much I decided to join in with a related but different thread.
What was your best ever camping experience and why???

Mine was Custer State Park, SD last year. I have never seen a park as nice as Custer. Even making reservations was easy. Their web site has a picture of each campsite. If you are like me and don't back so good you can eliminate sites with obstacles such as trees or large boulders.
Check in was breeze. Our site was long, shaded and private. The staff was numerous, visible and helpful. Then there were the extras you normally don't expect like being delayed en route to the visitors center by a herd of bison; the doe with twin fawns who grazed near our camp site; and the not very wild burros who begged for handouts along the Wild Life Trail. There were several man made amenities not usually found at state parks such as a store and several historical lodges/cabins. And it gets better. What can top Mount Rushmore as a nearby attraction? However, the Badlands, Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD and Deadwood, SD were certainly close runner ups. We were so busy visiting these attractions we only had time to hike one trail in the park. On that hike we saw several deer and a flock of wild turkeys. We have to go back again just to hike the park trails. The entire park and the little town of Custer were magical places.
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post Jul 29 2013, 06:37 AM
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This is a tough thing to figure out. Right now, I have to go with 4 camping trips, NOT listed in order;

Lake George Evergreen Escape Campground, Lake George, New York. Large, expensive campground with LOTS for a family to do, and you can explore the Lake George area. When our kids were young (pre-teen) we just had a great time there, both times we went.

Fort Wilderness, Disney World, Florida. Yea, kind of a gimme, but this is a spectacularly run campground, attached to the best (I think) family resort in the world. Best to pay in advance, and not look at the bills...

Blackwoods Campground, Acadia, Maine. No hookups, and difficult for a large camper to get into. But... Acadia is a beautiful place to hike, while also allowing you (if necessary, or you just want to) to drive to most of the beautiful spots in the area. Don't underestimate Acadia! Trails look very short and easy on the map, but it is mostly hills / climbing type hiking. Also, one of our trips here we stayed with another family and had a great time, including a fantastic seafood boil dinner at our campsite.

River Bend Campground in Oneco, Connecticut. Doesn't have the best facilities, only one medium size pool, dirt roads, sites aren't all that big... BUT, we ALWAYS have the best time here! Well run campground with great, polite management. Seems like all the campers are in a good mood. Tons of dogs all over the campground, but everyone seems to pickup after their dogs and keeps them under control. This campground just seems to have great "atmosphere".

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