About Mark Ford

Retired and travel RV full time. Most times spent in state parks, I plan to try some boon docking soon.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Mathis, Texas

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Lovely park to RV camp in. Full hook ups or electric / water for a few dollars less. All sites are pull through and that probably is a plus for some people. The restrooms are small and that could be a problem on the weekends as the park is heavy used by day visitors and tent campers then. They have a nice fishing pier and non motorized water craft rentals. We camped at Lake Corpus Christi State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Nice country setting with a small town nearby for grocery shopping, not much more. But only about an hour north of Corpus Christi and there is a lot to do there.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Large, very pretty state park. Nice hilly terrain, lots of trees and a great view of the lake. Relaxing place for just a stop over or a vacation. About twenty miles out of town so come with plenty of fuel and what you plan to eat. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The signs in the park are small and hard to find and the map they give you is sort of confusing. Drive slow and pay attention so you don't miss your section or your site.

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Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis, Illinois

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

I wish that I had more time to stay at this park. They have a small onsite museum here and the original 1700's fort has been rebuilt. Lots of history to explore. The park is drop dead gorgeous. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Old fort and small museum to explore. Town is close for shopping and only a few miles back across the river to Paducah, Kentucky. Lots to see and do there. But you might not want to leave the park it is so nice.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Lake Shelby Campground, Shelbyville, Kentucky

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice county park just a few miles from town. I was in the area to visit an old friend so the location was perfect. Facilities are older, but not run down, it looks like they do their best to keep the place up. The campground is small with a limited amount of camping pads. I got the impression that it is mostly used by locals for weekend camping. We camped at Lake Shelby Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Not big enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Claudia Sanders House restaurant is there. The Colonel built it for his wife right after he got KFC going well. Out of this world good food and very reasonably priced. Plus only a 15 minute drive in to Louisville to see all sorts of things.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Vanderburgh 4-H Center, Evansville, Indiana

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This park is old and run down and has a lot of long term construction workers staying here. The sites are gravel, un-level and right on top of each other. They have cable TV on the power pedestal, but you have to go to the office and rent a converter box. They have Wi-Fi but the signal is so weak that it won't do anything but hook up and unhook constantly. I never did get on line and had to use my minutes on my hotspot. Sewer pipe is sticking way too high out of the ground, hard to use with a small travel trailer that is low to the ground. The only reason I gave the park four stars is because of the location. If you need to be in Evansville, it is close to town. The lady in the office was nice and helpful. We camped at Vanderburgh 4-H Center in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

There is a casino downtown, many places to eat. Not much to do at the 4H Center unless there is something going on at the time. They were full when I was there preparing for a demolition derby.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Crowley's Ridge State Park, Paragould, Arkansas

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

This is a beautiful Arkansas State Park that does not have many RV sites, 18, and fewer tent sites. However it has many walking trails, some with bridges. Not a lot to see or do in the area, but if you want peace and quiet in the woods, this is the place to be. The Arkansas Parks and Wildlife site leads you to believe there is WI-FI in the park, there is NOT. They do offer it in the rental cabins only. I took a three day break from the road, and this was a great place to get some rest. We camped at Crowley's Ridge State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

There is a small gas station / store / restaurant about three miles away that serves breakfast and lunch only. The only attraction here is camping and hiking. There is a larger town about 15 miles away that has more to offer in shopping and eating out.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Fair Park RV Park, Hope, Arkansas

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

This is a county park that has the fairgrounds arena and coliseum here. There is also baseball fields and basketball courts. Lots of people milling about and the park is not secured at night, I didn't like that. The price is fantastic, $15.00 for a site with water and electricity. The park consists of an open field with water/electric pedestals scattered around. The power in the pedestals has one each of a 30 and 50 amp plug in. So two units that need 50 amp can't park next to each other. To shower or use the restrooms you have to walk to the office about 100 yards away. They give you a key to the door if you want to use the facilities after they go home at five. Not a lot for me to do at the park, but peaceful here and plenty to do/see in the area. We camped at Fair Park RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Hope is a nice little town. There are several very good restaurants in the area. All types of food, one with home-style cooking. There is a museum nearby and lots about Bill Clinton being born here.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Cedar Hill State Park, Cedar Hill, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Anything over 25 feet has few spaces to stay in other than the spaces with sewer and they are $5.00 more per day. My 20 foot trailer barely fit in my site and the parking for the truck is side by side. The park is old and run down and not maintained very well. It does fill most weekends as the location is just minuets from Fort Worth, Dallas, Grand Prairie, Arlington and everything in the Metroplex. The location is the only reason I ever stay here! We camped at Cedar Hill State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
312
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Plenty to do nearby, Wal-Mart and other shopping only 2.5 miles away.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Fairfield Lake State Park, Fairfield, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

This state park is about 120 miles north of Houston and 90 miles south of Dallas, 10 miles off of IH-45. A really nice state park with lots of pull through big rig sites, but no 50 amp, 30 amp only so bring an adapter. Local town is 13 miles away, a few cafes, local grocery is expensive, but has great steaks. Verizon cell service is 3G and spotty. Hotspot wouldn't work. We camped at Fairfield Lake State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
91
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Fishing is free no liscense required as long as you fish from the bank or the fishing pier within the park. Nice walking trails. Not much in the way of local attractions, there is a tiny one room museum in Fairfield.

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Padre Balli Park, Corpus Christi, Texas

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

This is an older park that has the spaces very close together. The value is very good for the location on Padre Island very close to the beach. All there is between you and the beach is the sand dunes, about a hundred yards. This is a county park and the county is in the process of building a new addition to the park with the sites much further apart. However, their plan for the new section is double the price of what you pay now. The staff tells me that the county intends to keep the old section open at a lesser price. We camped at Padre Balli Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site D-1
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

There is a restaurant on the pier adjacent to the park. A short drive to Corpus Christi has many attractions. The USS Lexington, a WW2 Aircraft Carrier, a wonder Aquarium, great down town entrainment district. Too much to list.

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