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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Virginia

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

This county park in Northern Virginia right off of Route 66 is a great place to stay near Washington DC. It's a good size with many spots, picnic tables, and few short hiking trails. Everyone was friendly and the park is in good shape. The men's bathroom was clean but the women's bathroom had some drainage problems (a giant puddle). As others have said, there is a shooting range nearby that you can hear in the distance. It's not too bad, and we actually went to it. For $35, we took a class on how to use a shotgun and got to fire about 20 rounds at clay skeets. There were no programs in early May, but they do have special weekend events all summer long. The pool looks great for kids, but it doesn't open until Memorial Day weekend. We camped at Bull Run Regional Park in a Cabin.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $99.00
Overall Rating:      

The first thing you notice here is that the RV sites are very close to the beach. But we enjoyed the hiking trails here more. They are on the south side of the park and include the "Bald Cyprus Nature Trail". That goes thorough lagoons filled with Bald Cypress and Spanish Moss. We joined a ranger led trail on it and it was excellent. We got a chance to scoop out out water and look for animals which was fun. The visitor center is entertaining as well, and there are some short foot bridges out to the beach. There are a few good restaurants very close by, and Virginia Beach is a short drive away. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Cabin.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Pala Casino RV Resort, Pala, California

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

I heard good things about this place, so I was willing to pay a little bit more to come here. Service was very good upon check-in but it went downhill after that. Our site was a nice big level concrete pad, but there was a large lip at the entrance which was a little tough to get over. Don't know why they built some spots like that. The park was very clean and well laid out. We walked over to the casino which was extremely smoky. They only had one small area for non-smoking gambling. We wanted to eat at the big buffet place called "Choices", but there were literally 100 people in line waiting to get in too. So we skipped that and ate at the Asian noodles place which was not very good. We were supposed to get a discount with our card but they didn't give us one. My gambling card that they gave me at the resort did not work on any slot machines, and my wife's only worked half the time. Later, we called the free shuttle to take us back to our site, but they never answered the phone after trying four times. So we walked back thru the parking garage. Finally, we did hear some traffic all night long from the highway next door. In summary, if you like to smoke, gamble, and eat bad food, this is the place for you. Otherwise, I'd look elsewhere. We camped at Pala Casino RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Site Details

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Site Surface
Concrete
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
Sunny Open

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Ramona Oaks RV Resort (formerly Ramona Canyon RV Resort), Ramona, California

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $54.00
Overall Rating:      

This park has a lot of potential and apparently used to be kind of rundown. It's been renamed and they are doing a good job improving it. This could easily be a 5 star resort with some more TLC. There's a lot of nice trees in the park and our site was no exception. It was a gravel site that was somewhat level. Some of the amenities include a shuffleboard court miniature golf course dog run basketball court and a clubhouse that actually has some board games books in a pool table in it. There's a short hiking trail that we didn't use. We didn't go in the pool or use the playground but it's nice to have them. Her only complaint is that it's right next to route 78 and we did hear some cars on it - at least on our side of the park. We camped at Ramona Oaks RV Resort (formerly Ramona Canyon RV Resort) in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

San Elijo State Beach, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $58.00
Overall Rating:      

We were able to get one of the spots directly overlooking the ocean. There is a chain link fence protecting you from falling over the edge of the dunes. You can walk down the nearby steps and stroll on the beach. My only complaint is that the roads are very narrow, and even our 27 foot RV could not avoid going over a curb when we entered the park. Lots of families with young kids here, and plenty of dog walkers too. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the park. There is a small store and a mini-restaurant with great outside seating. They allow fires in the fire pits and the site was very wide, which was nice. We camped at San Elijo State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
051
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Borrego Palm Canyon Campground, Borrego Springs, California

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

We didn't need to check in when we arrived, but the camp host was very friendly and helpful when we needed firewood. This is a well maintained gem in the Anza Borrego State Park. It's close to the town of Borrego Springs but you wouldn't know it. Amazing views of the mountains and desert make you think you're out in the wilderness. There are a few hiking trails that start right at the edge of the park. We went on a half a mile trail to the top of a small mountain overlooking the park, and a 3 mile hike to an oasis. Both are highly recommended. We even saw some Long Horn Sheep resting. The park visitor center is a very short drive away or you can take a .6 mile trail there. It's well designed and they have some great picnic sites there. As you can see in the photo, the sunrises are incredible. The starry nights are also great for star gazing. One of our favorite parks. We camped at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park - Borrego Palm Canyon Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
06
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

The town of Borrego Springs is worth walking through.

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice small park inside of the Cumberland State Forest. The spots are small and the 35 foot limit includes any tow vehicles. The spots we had were not too level, but OK. Electric and Water but no Sewer.

Everything was clean and well maintained. The rangers were nice and the roads are good.

The trails are great for walking around the park. They go all the way around the lake and then some.

There is a swimming "beach" on the lake that we did not use, and an archery range that we did not use too. We camped at Bear Creek Lake State Park in a Tent.

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Clean Restrooms
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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19-20
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

Pohick Bay Regional Park, Lorton, Virginia

Date of Stay: June, 2016 - $132.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great park just outside of the capital beltway. Lots to do in this park: Mini Golf, Frisbee Golf, rent paddleboards or kayaks, hike and swim in a pool.

The sites are under trees and even thought it was 85 degrees out, it did not feel that hot. They also have great cabins that we stayed in.

The bathrooms were clean and the laundry room (2 washers & 2 dryers) was clean too.

Everyone was friendly, and the roads are well maintained. No complaints at all. We camped at Pohick Bay Regional Park in a Cabin.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 3

McKinney Falls State Park, Austin, Texas

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

First off, the park is clean and beautiful. It's perfectly located near Austin and we enjoyed our stay. There were a few issues that prevented me from giving it a "10".

1) The park rate is $20, but each non-Texas resident who doesn't have a park pass pays an extra $6 per stay. That adds up.

2) The visitor center was closed for repairs.

3) The entrance store was being worked on, so most of that was closed too. We couldn't even buy a fire starter there.

4) Part of the park was flooded out and we were not able to see some things we wanted to see.

5) Our site was not very level at all. Many were, but not ours.

Oh, +1 for the nice programs they have. We liked the full moon hike we did. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
81
Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Austin and easy to drive to.

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