About MissouriBird

Retired Social Studies teacher. Husband retired from a lifetime on the road driving big trucks. Love history, scenery and road trips. Have been to 49 states, most of Canada and Europe. Enjoy all kinds of places--but our two road trips to Alaska are at the top of the list.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Cedar Bluff State Park - Bluffton Area, Ellis, Kansas

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice state park with extremely large sites scattered along the prairie hills surrounding the lake. Beautiful sunset views across the prairie hills. Peaceful. Good place for kids to run and play without bothering neighbors. We camped at Cedar Bluff State Park - Bluffton Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
Wagon Ruts 9
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Great place for quiet, peaceful stay and/or for kids to have the room to just be kids. Ride bikes, play ball, enjoy nature. No electronics necessary!

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Gunsmoke RV Park, Dodge City, Kansas

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

We were given a warm welcome to the park including good restaurant recommendations. We appreciated the obvious Christian environment. Sites were clean, level, and quiet. We camped at Gunsmoke RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
73--near back
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Visited Historic Front Street and Boot Hill. Very disappointing==as numerous shops were closed and all "entertainment" events had been shut down the end of Aug. Yet--we were still charged reg. entrance fee! The city fathers of Dodge City need to come up with some new tourist attractions--as most people no longer remember Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty and the existing attractions are really showing their age.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Canning Creek COE, Council Grove, Kansas

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Another great COE campground. Had a pull through site on which we had a great view of the lake out of our back living room window. Had a covered table and work area, fire ring and water/elec hookups. Did require some leveling. We camped at Canning Creek COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Park is just a few miles from Council Grove, home to several Santa Fe Trail historic sites and home to the Hayes House--one of the oldest restaurants west of the Mississippi river. However, our Friday evening meal there certainly did not live up to the long standing reputation of the Hays House.Don't miss driving about 15 mi. south to visit the Cottonwood Falls Ranch and Tall Grass Prairie area. Beautiful old stone barn and house open for tours, along with many trails through the authentic tall grass prairie. The town of Cottonwood Falls, just a few miles south is also a great place to visit.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Lake of the Ozarks State Park, Kaiser, Missouri

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

We returned to this great MO state park for a 4 day stay in mid-June. Found the park to be very clean and busier than ever. Reservations are a must if you want electric. Or a site near the lake. Nice long, near level sites with plenty of room to relax under the many shade trees. No sites with water and sewer. Very clean and well kept shower rooms and bathrooms. Nice playgrounds. Great family spot. We camped at Lake of the Ozarks State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
159 ADA
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
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:

Lots of stores and shopping in Osage Beach, about 15 mi. from park. However it is an extremely busy tourist area. Best to have all of your food and camping needs on hand when you enter the park.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Amana Colonies RV Park, Amana, Iowa

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

Good overnight stop or place to stay if spending several days visiting the Amana Colonies. Clean. Level. Friendly service. Needs shade trees. There are small trees on site, but it will be several years before it provides real shade. We camped at Amana Colonies RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Convenient to Main Amana and all nearby Amana villages. Was disappointed to see decline of the Amana villages. Many shops closed. Restaurants nearly empty. Certainly not what I remember from numerous visits to the area 30-35 years ago.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Park is large, very hilly and heavily shaded. Park needed to be mowed. Obviously, doesn't seem to be very well cared for until Fair Time. Very hard to find a level spot. Some sites have sewer, as well as water and elec. Sites are not well marked. We stayed here while attending the National Antique Truck Association show. Price was higher for this event than is charged during the normal camping season. If you are simply looking for an overnight spot--probably would not recommend this site. But, if you are attending an event on the fairgrounds, it is convenient to be nearby. We camped at Iowa State Fairgrounds 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
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Hickory Hill Campground, Secor, Illinois

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Large RV Park, nearly filled with full-timers, many of whom have made significant additions to their sites. Clean grounds. Heavily wooded. Helpful, friendly staff. That said, BEWARE as a short term visitor, you will likely be placed on the east side of the RV park, just across the border with an actively used, busy shooting range with lots and lots of noise until nearly pitch dark. If you have a dog who hates noise, or are looking for a peaceful evening of enjoying nature--FORGET ABOUT IT! Such a shame to have noisy gun lovers destroy what would otherwise be a very nice RV Park. We camped at Hickory Hill Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Ask to be placed on West side of RV Park--as far away from gunnery range as possible. DO NOT stay on east side of park unless you are desperate for a spot.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Toledo East / Stony Ridge KOA, Perrysburg, Ohio

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $34.00
Overall Rating:      

Not quite up to normal KOA expectations. Sites were gravel and many needed a new application of gravel. Entire park was level--interior roads pocked with mud holes. Perhaps later in the summer, when rainy season subsides, would be a more pleasant environment. Staff were friendly an helpful. Park about half-full. Satisfactory for an overnight stay. Sites big enough that we didn't have to un-hook. We camped at Toledo East / Stony Ridge KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

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

Campground Details

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

Fully satisfactory for an overnight stop. Just a few miles from the Ohio Turnpike.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

AA Royal Motel & Campground, North Tonawanda, New York

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $48.00
Overall Rating:      

Park is quite basic but all one really needs for an overnight visit to Niagara Falls. Very convenient to the falls. Helpful park attendant. We were given a site at the back of the park which was relatively quiet regarding street noise. RV Park is behind a motel that appears to be rather dated and run down. Park appeared to be busier than motel and provided basic services for two adults. No playground, pool or other entertainment for children. We camped at AA Royal Motel & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

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

On a very busy road leading to Niagara Falls. Lots of nearby restaurants, stores, service stations. Can be a bit difficult to pull out of the driveway, across two busy lanes of traffic, to go towards Buffalo. Easy access to the Falls--about a 15 min. drive.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Beacon Hill Campground (Ages16+), Intercourse, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent park-albeit a bit expensive. Immaculate, landscaped grounds, level sites that can be a bit of a challenge to get into with larger rigs. We stayed on a beautiful site at the top of the park. Great views of nearby Amish farms and lots of large shade trees. Extremely peaceful and relaxing. Made a perfect base for two days of exploring the nearby countryside. We camped at Beacon Hill Campground (Ages16+) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel
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
Yes

Campground Details

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

Highly recommend eating at the New Holland Family Diner. Great food (all you can eat ribs on Mondays) and plentiful salad bar for far less than the better known nearby Amish Buffet style restaurants. Also, don't miss a trip to Lapp Dairy Farm their homemade ice cream. Kids will enjoy seeing their calves and watching the milking process in a dairy barn that is immaculate.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Gettysburg Campground, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

Very good, large RV Park conveniently located to Gettysburg Battlefield and Visitor's Center. Lots of shade. Flat. Large enough for most RV's with adequate space between sites. Management team led us to our site and assisted in set up. Our site was near a small stream rolling along side the campground. Very peaceful and pretty, considering we were in a very large park. We camped at Gettysburg Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow 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
Tips for other Campers:

RV Park is on SW side of downtown Gettysburg. Streets in and through Gettysburg are very busy, crowded and somewhat difficult to navigate with an RV. Seek directions that avoids the downtown area if possible. Park is well located for exploring the battlefield and the Eisenhower Farm. Allow at least 2/3 of a day and go to Eisenhower Farm if at all possible. Quite interesting. National Park service provides a shuttle bus from Visitor's Center to the farm, for a small fee.

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Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Barkcamp State Park, Belmont, Ohio

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed at this lovely State Park for an overnight stay on a Saturday night. Most campers appeared to be there for the weekend. Beautiful state park with large shade trees, slightly rolling hills, a small lake, a great camp store and equine facilities as well. We could certainly understand why it seemed to be popular with families. Many sites required some leveling blocks and were rather narrow blacktop surfaces but long enough to handle the majority of RV's and tow vehicles. Plenty of green space between each site. We did not have to unhook which was a bonus for a quick overnight stay. We will certainly return when in the area. We camped at Barkcamp State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Wheeling, WV for dining, shopping, etc. in a historic river town on the banks of the Ohio River. A great camping experience in a beautiful state park.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Tom and Carol's RV Park, Cerro Gordo, Illinois

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

When we called to check on availability for a Friday evening overnight stay, we were immediately offered a site in the local fairgrounds since all sites at the campground were full. Not only were we provided a site with water and elec. but the owner also offered to meet us in town and guide us to the fairgrounds and helped us get hooked up. Great service by a friendly owner. We had the entire fairgrounds to ourselves. Plenty of grass for our dog to enjoy. Quiet. Peaceful. Safe, small town site. Good access to water and elec. Just a few miles from the Interstate. All for only $10. What more could one ask for in an overnight stop? We camped at Tom and Carol's RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Fairgrounds
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Middlebrook, Missouri

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Johnson's Shut Ins State Park is one of the nicest State Parks we have ever stayed in--certainly a jewel of the Missouri State Park System. All sites are fully paved, most are full hookup sites. Each one has a large picnic table, patio area and lamp stand--along with high quality water, electric and sewer hook-ups. Families enjoy playing in nature's water slide in the park, a tumbling, clear water stream flowing among huge granite boulders. There are also numerous trails for hiking and a separate camping area for horse riders and their animals. This is a great place to relax and enjoy all that mother nature has to offer in the Missouri Ozarks. We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Full hookups
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Drive to near-by Tom Sauk mountain, the tallest in Missouri and take a hike through nearby Elephant Rocks State park.

Review Count: 29
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 4

King's Holly Haven RV Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Holly Haven is a large, well-located RV park if you are spending time in Pigeon Forge. It is on the Pigeon Forge Trolley Line and just about two miles from the LaConte Center. Sites are very narrow, rather short, mostly back-in, and larger units may have difficulty in getting into many of the sites. There are numerous long-term or seasonal residents--but all units are well kept, neat and clean. Mountain stream along the Premium sites was not attractive--stagnant water and far from what I would describe as a mountain stream. The trees along side the stream offered valuable shade but the stream-side location offered no great view. We camped at King's Holly Haven RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Stream side Premium
Site Surface
Concrete
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, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Great location, quiet and a good value for a site in a large tourist area.

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