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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia, South Carolina

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

Sesquicentennial seems like a real gem for day-use locals -- a beautiful lake with kayaks & paddleboats; a very nice playground & splash pad; quiet even in the midst of a city. So why the low rating? Unfortunately the campground doesn't match that same standard. Probably half the sites are unsuitable for RV -- or even tent -- use. The others are wildly unlevel, washed out, too small, obstructed by vegetation & roots, etc. The campground is the narrowest I've ever tried to navigate; trees right on top of the road. Our first site was unusable; fortunately the campground had plenty of vacancy, and we were able to find another that worked better. If you know the campground, and can pick yourself a good spot, then it's quite nice. If you aren't so lucky, you might not have much of a viable camping trip at all. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
70
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Endless Caverns Resort, New Market, Virginia

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $70.00
Overall Rating:

Endless Caverns resort is a mixed bag. The RV sites themselves are wonderful -- all gravel, stone fire rings, nice landscaping that provides some separation between the admittedly close sites. Unfortunately, the rest of the resort doesn't quite measure up. The bathrooms are few, far, and could be tended to a bit better. The roads are also gravel, on the side of a mountain, and wash out with a rain -- which they repair with a tractor after each. The pool is decent, but overall the amenities are not impressive for a "resort". If you have a big rig, and you're completely self-sufficient, it's a fine place to stop. If you rely on the facilities, there might be better options. We camped at Endless Caverns Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E51
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground), Gatlinburg, Tennessee

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

National Parks have a different vibe than most campgrounds; much more primitive. We saw many more tents & pop-ups than "real" RVs. Maybe because of that, it's really peaceful & spacious here. We stayed in a generator-allowed loop, and I felt bad every time I fired ours up. I strongly recommend looking for a site along the river; they're particularly scenic & insulated from any noise in the campground. Oddly, as others have noted, the campground was marked as full, even as quite a number of spots were available. That's a shame, because it's particularly suitable for summertime visits. This campground has a reputation among the locals as "10 degrees cooler" than the others, due to the river, shade, and elevation. It was certainly more tolerable than Gatlinburg, and the area less busy than Cades Cove. Less buggy than expected. We did hear a lot of stories about bears coming into the campground, but we didn't see or hear of any activity during our stay. Only major downside was that the bathrooms were pretty dirty through much of the stay. Overall, the lack of any hookups is certainly a different experience, but yet we managed to make it work even in summer, and had a quite enjoyable time. It would be even better in the fall. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
K010
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

If you get tired of the wilderness, Gatlinburg & Pigeon Forge provide a completely different tourist-focused experience. Something to see as well!

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Asheville West KOA, Candler, North Carolina

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $56.00
Overall Rating:

This was a pretty nice campground for a KOA! It's relatively small, but clearly the owners put a lot of effort into maintaining the facilities. Beautiful area; good location for jumping off to Asheville or Great Smoky Mountains Nat'l Park. Best WiFi I've ever had in a campground! The only downside is the traffic noise -- literally 100 yards from I-40 at the nearest point. Still, we were there two nights on the way to elsewhere, and I wish we had stayed longer. Would certainly return again. We camped at Asheville West KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
F-9
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Grayton Beach State Park, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

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

We very much enjoyed our stay at Grayton Beach. The campground's two loops have very different character. The old loop (1-36) is small, shady, and on dirt; it would be tight for bigger rigs. The newer loop (37-58) is much more open with spacious sites and full hook-ups, as well as gravel/concrete base, but hardly any shade. They are closing down the old loop temporarily for some sort of refurbishment in Sep 2018, so maybe some of that will change then. The difference in proximity to the beach is negligible, so don't stay in the old loop thinking you're closer. It's a walkable distance from either (0.75 mile), but easiest to drive. And what a beach it is!

Panhandle Gulf beaches are among the finest in the world, and this one is no exception. Pristine powdery sand, and inside the state park not crowded at all. Wonderful, and absolutely the best reason to come here. Actually, it's pretty much the only reason to come here, because there is little else. We hail from elsewhere in Florida, and I don't know if I'd make the long drive again when there are fine beaches closer to us, but if you're anywhere else in the South, it's a fantastic beach destination. We camped at Grayton Beach State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
048
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

The "30A" corridor outside the park is primarily a long sequence of ritzy planned beach communities. Lots of restaurants & quirky shopping, all at upscale prices. At least it's not all Chick-Fil-A's and Bob Evans!

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Little Talbot State Park, Jacksonville, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Little Talbot Island is more of a tent campground than for RVs. Many sites are too small for any camper, and while there are a handful big enough to squeeze in a 25-30' rig, they don't leave much room outside for enjoyment. It's tight. They are generally secluded & shady, though, which is nice. Beyond the sites, it's in a beautiful wild region. If you're lucky enough to have one of the few sites with a view of the water (15 & 16 are the only RV sites that qualify IMO), you have a spectacular vista... which is unfortunately a bit spoiled by the road noise nearby. That's worst down at the end by sites 1-2, but you can hear it across the campground. Wilderness amenities (beach, kayaking, fishing, etc.) are plentiful, but most require a drive to elsewhere in the park or one of the "sister" parks in the Talbot Island area. Finally, no-see-ums were a bit of a scourge at times. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves, but this park is not in the same league as Fort Clinch, just up the road. We camped at Little Talbot State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
016
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Beautiful views from site 016, but not level.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Okeechobee, Florida

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

You really need to enjoy nature at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve, because that's all there is to do here. Extremely quiet, peaceful, and isolated. We saw deer, gators, feral pigs, a thousand different bird species, and more. Heard coyotes at night - uncomfortably closely while stargazing away from camp in the early morning! Took the buggy tour, with an excellent tour guide, not to be missed if you're here that time of year... and I would recommend considering carefully when you do come. The prairie is to a great extent seasonal wetlands, and in the summer/fall many trails would be underwater; I imagine the bugs would be quite something then too. The stargazing can be hit-and-miss, as we found; the full moon is beautiful but it blots out the sky pretty thoroughly. You don't just walk in and see the Milky Way anytime, despite the dark sky designation. Beyond the nature spotting & stargazing, activities- even in the vicinity outside the park - are sparse. We had fun with the family, but at times couldn't shake the feeling that we were disturbing everyone else from their tranquility with our noisy three kids. All in all, it's a beautiful place, as are most Florida state parks, but it'll probably be a little while down the road until we return. We camped at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
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
No

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $97.00
Overall Rating:

Disney's Fort Wilderness is exactly what you would expect from Disney. The campground is pretty, spit-shine clean, and safe. The amenities and activities are excellent, particularly for families with children. Conversely, it's pretty expensive -- especially if you also go to the theme parks! -- and "Disney-fied", which is to say all very carefully plotted out in a conference room somewhere in Lake Buena Vista. That's not necessarily a bad thing, so long as it's in line with your expectations. For us, we had a great time during our visit. We did go to Magic Kingdom one night for the Christmas event, but for the most part we stayed at the campground to enjoy the facilities there. There is quite a bit to do; some of it at a substantial additional cost. One could use the Fort solely as a launching pad to focus on the theme parks, but even as a nearly-standalone family-friendly resort park, it stands out as quite a good one. I ding them a point because the restrictions on campfires at the sites are rather strict, and that's a pretty fundamental part of camping for me, but it's certainly not enough to keep me from planning a return visit. I'm sure we'll have many more to come. We camped at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1920
Site Surface
Concrete, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

If you have an RV of any size, go for a Premium site reservation. Full hookup & "Preferred" can be rather difficult to squeeze into.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Fort Clinch State Park, Fernandina Beach, Florida

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

Beautiful state park in a great location. Beautiful drive through Spanish moss-encrusted oaks; plenty of nature to be had. We frequently saw deer while driving in and out of the park. The beach is beautiful and uncrowded. The fort makes for an interesting few hours. I wish we had brought our bikes; there are many roads and trails to use. Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach are a great destination -- lots of things to do outside the park. If you're considering it, just go. You won't regret it. We camped at Fort Clinch State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
036
Site Surface
Dirt
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
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area, Flagler Beach, Florida

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

We had an absolutely wonderful weekend at Gamble Rogers park. The beach loop is right off the beach; you can hear the surf from your site. If you have an RV with a window in front/back, a few of them (sites 15-21 or so?) even offer an overlook of the ocean. The beach itself is beautiful -- fairly soft sand, with few shells/rocks/seaweed. Sites on the beach loop are clean, pretty level, and not too close; a bit of vegetation between each site provides a bit of privacy. Bathrooms/showers also in fine condition. Campground host was very friendly. This was probably my favorite campground so far, and we will likely be making an annual visit -- so long as I can get the reservations! We camped at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
006
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

Flagler Beach and Ormond Beach are nice little beach towns, near to the north and south of the park. A few little restaurants & ice cream shops each, but not a big "beach town" vibe for either. Pleasant and relaxed.

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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Lake Griffin State Park, Fruitland Park, Florida

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

We stayed at Lake Griffin for one night, and we enjoyed it. It's not a large campground, and the sites are very inconsistent. Some sites have plenty of room for a trailer & TV; others are only big enough for a tent. Some are level; others not at all. Some are paved, some have 50-amp, some have sewer, some are pull-thru, some (actually most) are secluded... but in all cases, others not. It's a real mix-and-match; make sure you are picking a site that suits your needs. Generally, the campground slopes away from US 441, towards sites 20-25. I think the sites were a bit more level on the high side; our site 22 was pretty low, sloped, and subject to run-off from rain storms. In terms of amenities, they're limited -- but it's a state park, not a resort. It does have a nice back-to-nature feel despite the proximity to Leesburg and The Villages. Short little nature trail. We didn't have the time to rent a kayak, but that would have been fun; we saw an alligator down by the dock. Lots of fishing, if that is your thing. Playground is nice. The bathrooms & showers were clean. I wouldn't plan on coming here for a week, but for a quick little getaway or stop, you could do a lot worse. We camped at Lake Griffin State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Dirt, Sand
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
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Sun-N-Fun RV Resort, Sarasota, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $81.00
Overall Rating:

First & foremost, Sun-n-Fun is more of an active-adult community than a campground. They boast 1600 sites, but at least 1000 of these are permanent "vacation homes". There are still several hundred actual camp sites; in winter, at least, they are filled by snowbirds with gigantic class A & fifth-wheel rigs. I walked most of the resort, and saw *one* pop-up trailer. They do pack them in here pretty tight; don't expect to have a lot of room to run around your campsite. The resort is pretty nice -- clean and well-maintained -- with substantial amenities, but primarily focused on an older population. They make pains to point out it's an "all-ages" resort, and certainly there are things to do with kids (pool, mini golf), but you can't help but notice that you are surrounded at all times by seniors. Your experience at Sun-n-Fun will be shaped by your expectations and life situation. If you're a retiree who likes meeting people at RV parks, or a snowbird looking for a place with lots of things to do, this place is nirvana -- I can't imagine a better one. If camping for you is more about getting back to nature or taking family trips with kids, you may be better off elsewhere. We camped at Sun-N-Fun RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $39.00
Overall Rating:

Very pretty park. Campsites are spaced out a bit, but of varied size -- some are huge; some rather small. Also, you don't reserve specific sites in advance; you choose of the open ones when you arrive. Latecomers beware. Most are NOT full hookup, (i.e., with sewer) so make sure to reserve that type when booking if you so desire. Amenities are very nature-oriented -- trails and a nature center; a few playgrounds. Camp store is very limited, so come equipped. Savannah isn't too far (30 min), and worth a day trip if you've never been. You are further from the beach (45 min) than you would think. Overall, it's a great back-to-nature trip, and a good launching point for a visit to Savannah. Having been here now, I'm not sure we will make a point of coming back again, but if you've never been it's quite a nice little destination. We camped at Skidaway Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
62
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than 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

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Jetty Park Campground, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $46.00
Overall Rating:

Loved this campground! The location is fantastic; we have come to this beach for years but never stayed here before. What a treat! We came a few weeks after they reopened after Hurricane Matthew, and I suspect it's probably better than ever. The playground is brand new; they were still fixing the fishing pier. Short walk to the best beach on the East coast, IMO, and a few nice trails through the park as well. Great views of cruise ships coming and going through the port. We just missed a rocket launch during our stay; it would be a GREAT location for that.

As for the campground itself, the spaces are adequately sized, but you are definitely conscious of your neighbors. Many towards the beach are shaded, but not all. Our particular spot was a bit of a high-traffic area right next to the bathrooms, which wasn't ideal but not that much of a problem for us. The bathrooms & showers are probably the cleanest I've ever seen.

We will certainly be back in the future! We camped at Jetty Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
229
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
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
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bring your own portable fire pit -- like many Florida state/county parks on the beach, fires are only allowed in contained units that you bring.

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 8

Manatee Hammock Campground, Titusville, Florida

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

No complaints about our stay here. The location is very pretty, right on the Indian River, with a fishing dock and nice open green area to enjoy. (No beach if you are looking for that.) The sites were quiet, clean and reasonably spacious, the store was stocked, the staff were pleasant to deal with. We also spent an afternoon in the pool, which was fine as well. There aren't a ton of amenities beyond the pool, but that's really nitpicking; it's a great quiet little place with a good location. We will certainly return again sometime. We camped at Manatee Hammock Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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