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Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Turkey Creek RV Village - Escapees Rainbow Park, Hollister, Missouri

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Rate reflects Escapee member discount. This small Escapee park was not our favorite but worked OK for an overnight while traveling through and the rate is certainly right. The ladies that checked us in were very nice. Our gravel site was short and fairly sloped so that we had to use leveling blocks. We had to park our tow car across the street. The sites, although adequate, are fairly close together. The whole situation felt cramped. There is no WiFi. We were able to get satellite as we did not have any close trees. Our Verizon data and voice signal were good. We camped at Turkey Creek RV Village - Escapees Rainbow Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Maumelle COE, Little Rock, Arkansas

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

The rate reflects a 50% senior pass discount. This campground worked very well for us while visiting Little Rock. It gave us a quiet place with shade for returning to every evening. The sites are well spaced so that you have some breathing room. We did not use the facilities but the park itself was clean and well-kept. It is heavily treed, but using our portable dish and 100 feet of cable, we were able to find a hole for satellite. Verizon was adequate for data and voice. We would return if in the area again. We camped at Maumelle COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F11
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Clear Spring COE, Texarkana, Texas

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

The rate reflects a 50% Senior Pass discount. We have stayed at this park before and have always chosen sites with some view of the lake. This time we opted for a shaded site with full hookups about as far from the lake as possible and we liked it much better. It was much darker, calmer, and quieter and the full hookups were nice. If only it had 50 amp rather than 30. This is a very busy park, particularly on the weekends. Fortunately, the park has clamped down so that locals cannot come out and stay for extended periods. The park attendants are very nice and helpful but there really is no one around to enforce any rules such as not parking on the grass and limiting the number of folks in a site. We were able to find a hole in the trees for satellite with our portable dish. Back away from the lake where we were, we had very weak Verizon. To make calls we had to go down toward the lake to get a good signal. This is our go-to campground when visiting this area. We camped at Clear Spring COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E16
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Jefferson Ice Express and RV Park, Jefferson, Texas

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This "RV Park" is actually 10 hook-ups next to an ice vending plant. Other than the hook-ups there are no amenities, such as restrooms or showers. It is on a very busy corner with truck traffic and there is lots of day-time traffic for folks coming to buy ice. There is also a very active train track not far away. For check-in there is a number posted that you call and the friendly owner comes out and takes your payment. There are a couple of sites with a little shade; otherwise, it is sunny. When we camped there was only one other RV that looked fairly long-term. If all spaces were occupied, they would be very close together. Also, if all spaces were occupied, it would be back-in only. Although it was challenging, we were able to get satellite for TV with a portable dish. Verizon data signal was strong. The rate if very high for what you get and there are no discounts. The only redeeming factor is that it is very close to everything in Jefferson. We would not stay again. We camped at Jefferson Ice Express and RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Service
Clean Showers
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Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Diamond Don RV Park (formerly Cypress Bayou RV Park & Teepees), Jefferson, Texas

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

I usually don't drive through and leave a review, but I wanted to give an updated, alternative review for this park. The park is about 1.5 miles outside of Jefferson. When we arrived and headed down the road leading to the camping area, the first thing we noted were several warning signs, some about not stealing as there are hidden cameras. The other signs were various warnings about Off Road Vehicles and disclaimers. All of the signs made us think that theft might be a problem. There is no staff at the park. You are supposed to deposit your money in a box. We saw only one other person in our 15 minutes or so and am not sure what he was doing - he did not appear to be camping. There were only about 4 camping units, with all but one looking either in storage or abandoned. We would not have been comfortable camping there and certainly would not have left our RV there alone. Perhaps the park has a different feel when there are special events in Jefferson, but it did not have an acceptable feel for us, so we moved on. We camped at Diamond Don RV Park (formerly Cypress Bayou RV Park & Teepees) in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Sea Rim State Park, Sabine Pass, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this park. However, our experience was, perhaps, a bit unique. It was very cold, and often rainy, so we had no issue with mosquitoes. It was also very quiet as it was during the week and almost everyone was huddled inside much of the time. The lady ranger that checked us in was very pleasant. The sites are fairly well spaced but with any vegetation for visual separation. They are adequate size and level sites. The pull-through sites 9 - 13 are definitely the superior sites with great, if somewhat distant, views of the Gulf. The toilets are vault, but that was not a problem for us as we are fully self-contained and rarely use park facilities. Yes, the dump station is a ways down the main road, but again not a problem as we simply stopped by on the way out. Much to our surprise, as this is a long ways from major cities, we had good Verizon voice and data. DirecTV satellite was not an issue since there is no tall vegetation. It was nice and dark at night, which we love. We would certainly stay here again. We camped at Sea Rim State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Stock up before you arrive, as it is a long ways to a grocery store. Since we are not fisher people, walking on the beach and birding were our main activities. There is also a very nice boardwalk trail.

Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Village Creek State Park, Lumberton, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This was a very quiet park during our New Year's visit. There were only 6 or so other campers. Except for the camping area, the park was still closed because of hurricane damage, probably contributing to the quiet and calm. The gate was locked at 8:00 in the evening, so no drive-throughs - nice. The sites are fairly well spaced with some vegetation, which contributed to the visual separation. Some sites have significant slope, so would likely require some leveling blocks. The sites are nice and long. Our site had 30 amps that was a bit weak. If we had too much electrical pull, it went down below 103 volts and our power management system would cut power. It was not a big problem, we just had to use care, but it might be an issue if the park were fuller with everyone using power. We did not pick up the park WiFi, but Verizon data was very strong. We were able to find the DirecTV satellite with our portable dish; some sites would be very difficult because of the tree cover. It was not a big issue for us, since it was cold and we were tightly shut up, but there is a paper mill somewhere around that we could smell at times - not a pleasant smell. It was nice and dark at night, except for a very bright light at the dump station. We did not use the bathroom facilities, but checked them out and they looked to be in good shape. We would stay at this park again if in the area, but would not consider it a destination park. We camped at Village Creek State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Since most of the State Park was closed, we did not get to try any of the trails. Big Thicket National Preserve is about 30 minutes away with some wonderful hiking trails. There is a Wal-Mart about 10 minutes from the park. Beaumont is about 30 minutes away with full shopping and restaurants.

Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Palmetto Island State Park, Abbeville, Louisiana

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

What a lovely park! The sites are well spaced and have vegetation between for visual separation. Everything was very clean. The bathrooms were spotless and kept that way by amazing, vigilant volunteer camp hosts. There are free laundry facilities that were also spotless thanks to the volunteers. When we were there it was very calm and quiet. However, fair warning, according to the staff, on many weekends the park turns into party central with the local folks. It can be late nights with lots of noise. According to the staff, the sites on the cul-de-sac around 66 are the biggest party sites. We were there on Christmas weekend and it was almost empty. There are roadways and trails for biking. Also, the roads just outside the park are calm enough to be good for biking. Do be wary for loose-roaming dogs. The birding is great if you are into that. There is park WiFi that sometimes worked, very slowly, so don't depend on it. We were able to get DirecTV satellite with our portable dish strategically placed, some sites would have more of a problem. We had very good Verizon voice and data. We started out on site 67 but moved to site 66 since a big family with music came in next to site 67. We would definitely stay here again, but would avoid weekends. We camped at Palmetto Island State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
67 66
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Abbeville, with grocery stores, is about 30 minutes away, so you might want to come well stocked.

Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Lake End Park Campground, Morgan City, Louisiana

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

What a strange place! We arrived without reservations, traveling through on Highway 90. The campground was only a couple of miles off of 90, on Highway LA70, so easy to get to. When you get to the sign on the highway that says the entrance is in one mile, it is actually less than half a mile away. As you turn in, you pass a trashed-out entrance booth. The office where you check in, is actually to your right. The lady there was nice enough and gave us a choice of about five sites right behind the office. We looked at those to find that the nicer sites are along the lake. When we asked, she told us there were some available, but only until the weekend. Interesting, since we told her we only wanted to stay for one night. We finally got a site on a spit, right on the lake. We decided to pull in forward, since it would give us views out the front window and the utilities, at the front of the site, would actually be in a better location. When we went back up to pay, we were told that it was forbidden to pull in forward! Really? We asked for an explanation, and were basically told that was the rule, so we backed in with no view! Our site had a lot of trash and around 100 or so cigarettes butts scattered around. There were signs saying campers only but many locals drove through very fast. One young man in a park cart spent about an hour talking with his buddy, possibly the reason there was a lot of trash around. It is noisy from Highway 70. It smelled from the lake. Having said all of this, it was an OK place for an overnight stop. This will be our one and only visit to this park. We camped at Lake End Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
85
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle, Louisiana

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:

Keep in mind that it is a long ways out there. Also, keep in mind that there are some very slow speed limits and the little towns make a lot of revenue by strictly enforcing those limits. Finally, to get to the island, you will cross a bridge with a toll. For our motorhome towing a car, the toll was $9.25. (Free returning.) If you keep that in mind, it is actually a very pleasant and interesting drive down. The campground is comprised of three rows of pull-through sites in a row, a pleasant setting but not spectacular. Since there is no vegetation, there is no visual separation for privacy. None of the sites have actual views of the gulf. No trees, so getting DirecTV satellite is easy. Verizon data and voice signal were very strong. Our interaction with staff/volunteers was 50/50, some really nice, helpful and some not very interested. We camped at Grand Isle State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
40
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a well-stocked grocery/general store about a mile from the park that will have all of your basic supplies. There is a short hiking trail in the park and beach to walk.

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Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego, Louisiana

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We really enjoyed this campground. It makes a perfect base for visiting New Orleans and environs. Do make note of the directions to the park on the park web site. We blindly followed Google Maps and ended up at a locked gate. If arriving during the day, you will want to enter off of Business US90/Westbank Expressway. If arriving after hours, there is an alternative entrance and I would check with the park ahead of time. When arriving, they want you to pull into the right lane and wait for them to open the gate, then pull up to the right and walk into the office. The lady that checked us in could use a short course in customer service, but she got the job done. They do give you a handout with a lot of helpful information -- a very nice touch. The sites are pleasant and very well-spaced. It is nice and quiet and dark at night, which we loved. It is an urban park, so there is the background of road noise, but tolerable. There also seems to be some raceway close by, but we only heard that infrequently. Most of the time we were gone out exploring. The dump station was fully operational during our visit, despite some earlier reviews. There seem to be a number of feral cats in the park that need some control. There are a few short, boardwalk trails and some nice areas for biking in the park. The few trees are short, so we had no problem getting DirecTV satellite. We had strong Verizon data and voice. There is a park WiFi but, as is almost always the case, it was very, very slow to nonexistent. We really enjoyed our stay at this park and will stay again. They also have cabins for rent that it would make it convenient to have non-RV friends stay to visit New Orleans. We camped at Bayou Segnette State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

It is less than a 30 minute drive to the French Quarter. A fun alternative is to drive about 20 minutes to the Algiers Ferry and take it across to near the French Quarter. It will cost you $5 to park for the day and $2 per person for the ferry (no change given). There is a great bike trail on both sides of the Mississippi river.

Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville, Louisiana

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

As others have noted, there are two camping areas, the "old campground" and the "new campground" and have noted a preference for one over the other. We were in the old campground but in exploring both, they are very similar and the actual site is more important than the area. There are not any terrible sites that we noted. We had an outside loop, rather than interior, and we felt that was better. If staying again, we would go for one of the outside pull-through sites in the new campground. The sites are long and level with enough tree cover to provide shade without making it dark. We had good, strong 50 amp service. There is a dump station in each camping area. We did not have any problem getting DirecTV satellite with our portable dish. Verizon signal had good, strong data. There is WiFi that sort of worked, sometimes, slowly. We found the park to be very clean and noted folks out picking up trash on several occasions. We would certainly stay at this park again. We camped at Fontainebleau State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
108
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are a few hiking trails in the park. For bicycling there is the wonderful 30 mile long Tammany Trace paved bike path. There are several grocery stores and all services very close to the park.

Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Tickfaw State Park, Springfield, Louisiana

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

You are not going to just happen onto this park - not a lot around. There are some pretty small roads getting to the park, but manageable. It is a very pleasant, quiet park. Even on Thanksgiving weekend, it seemed very calm with only the sound of kids playing. The sites are long and level with strong 50 amp hookups and water. The campground is well tended and manicured. We were able to get DirecTV satellite by using our portable dish and placing it near the road. Verizon signal was strong for both voice and data. Sites are well spaced. We would stay here again if wanting a quiet, calm few days. It is not a good choice if you want to view the sites around New Orleans and environs. There was supposed to be park WiFi and it showed up as a channel but would not get internet. They informed us that the internet had been down since sometime the year before when there was a bad flood in the Park. We would visit this park again if in need of some quiet down days. We camped at Tickfaw State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
7
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are about 3 miles or so of hiking trails in the park, about half on board walks. It is also pleasant biking on the park roads. There is not a lot around the park. Come with the supplies that you will need for your stay. We actually left a few days earlier than we had planned because we ran out of things to do.

Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Natchez State Park, Natchez, Mississippi

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

We found it a bit confusing getting to this campground. Be aware that that are two separate camping areas labeled as Campground A or 1 and Campground B or 2. How you enter will depend on which campground that you are in. We were in B and entered (off of the Natchez Trace Parkway) via State Park Road, then Wickcliff Road to the park entrance, you then have a couple of miles to travel on very winding roads to the campground entrance. All of the roads were in OK shape. You do pass some rather trashed-out structures on the roads to the Park, but the park itself was nice enough. We stayed at the park to visit Natchez which worked OK, but it is about 30 minutes into town. Our site was nice and level. We were able to get satellite for DirecTV by using our portable dish, but it took some work finding the signal. Verizon voice and data were usable. When we arrived, there was a tag on our site with our name and reservation information. We never saw any park personnel during our six-day stay. It was quiet and dark at night, which worked well for us. We camped at Natchez State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B25
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are many things to do in Natchez. Visit the in town Visitor Center for information.

Review Count: 344
States Visited: 40
Helpful Reviews: 94

Bayou D'Arbonne Camping, West Monroe, Louisiana

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is about five miles north of Interstate 20 in a residential area of West Monroe. We used it as a base for visiting friends in Monroe, which necessitated considerable driving. This is primarily a working-persons campground with mostly long-term residents. It seems as if they keep three sites open for transients. If you elect to stay, you will want to call ahead as if you just pull into the campground there is no office. There is a manager on site, but he is located far in the back without any indication that he is the manager. We called ahead to make reservations; we were instructed to call back about an hour before arrival, then again after we had arrived. This produced the manager for check-in. This is your very basic campground - nothing fancy. We did not use the restrooms, so cannot comment there. We had planned to use the laundry, but you had to call the owner to come down so that you could pay him and unlock the doors. We chose to do laundry in town. Everyone we encountered was pleasant, but our neighbor started his truck at four in the morning and let it idle for an hour before departure. No WiFi. Our Verizon voice and data were strong and we were able to get the satellite for DirecTV. This campground served our purposes, but we would work to find a different campground if visiting the area. We camped at Bayou D'Arbonne Camping in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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