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Good: convenient location and good bathrooms Bad: no water or sewer hookups at site, but available near exit. This is very nice state park conveniently close to I-35 but no freeway noise. Campground roads are asphalt, some pads are asphalt and others are gravel. Sites are mostly flat and mostly level, with a mixture of pull-throughs and back-ins. Electric only, but fresh water and a dump station behind the showerhouse. Bathrooms and showers were very nice. Slightly wavy tile floor was not slippery but also not uncomfortable. Showers had individual dressing areas with multiple hooks, a large bench and large shelf, and there was a small shelf in the shower for shampoo and soap. Scattered trees for shade. Verizon was 3 bars, 4G. Would camp here again.

     

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Indiana Dunes State Park

Chesterton, Indiana

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This is one of the nicest and most popular Indiana State Parks, with a variety of hikes and things to do in the adjoining Indiana Dunes National Seashore. The 140 sites are all grouped together, with only about 25 on the perimeter. At the rest you'll have another camper or a road behind you. Roads and pads are asphalt and sites are even and level. Sites are electric only, with central fresh water and a dump station. Sites are open, and with enough scattered trees to provide some shade but no real privacy. Central bathroom and showers are modern, clean and slightly heated. There are also two pit toilets, at the far ends of the camping area. Fees include a $5 registration fee on line, sales tax, and a one-time $9 per vehicle entrance fee collected at the gate. We paid a total $78 for two nights. A one-night stay would cost about $46. Verizon service was good: 2bars, 4G. Would stay here again.

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Good: Inexpensive, well-shaded Bad: electric only at the sites, and power posts are one per two sites. This campground seems targeted to serve boaters, hunters and fishers. General condition was good but not stellar. The campground is heavily forested, and generally quiet except for the powerboats on the nearby lake. Camp roads are asphalt and sites are gravel, generally flat and even, with electric but no water or sewer. Because power posts serve two adjacent sites, you'll need extension cords to connect if you're on the wrong side of the power post. (On our loop the power posts were on the correct (left) side for backing into the even-numbered sites.) 54 reservable RV sites, 61 first come, first served, and another 4 cabins/shelters. Mid-week in May, there was no problem getting a site without a reservation. Verizon service was good.

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Great location and price for visiting Niagara Falls. We paid $70 for a 30amp site for two nights, with the Passport America discount. Not a "destination park" with a lot of activities, but great if you're looking for a place to stay while touring the area. Campground is located behind a small motel. Sites are laid out in a semi-circle, with a central grassy area and a pavilion. Heavily forested around the perimeter for a park-like feel, and a scattering of trees in the center area to provide shade. Asphalt roads with gravel pads. The pads are narrow, but level and even. Staff was friendly and courteous. Bathrooms are old, but well maintained and very clean. One washer and dryer in each bathroom (men and women), which means doing one load at a time, or your spouse has to do laundry, too. Central dump station instead of individual hookups. Water at the sites. We were at the back of the campground, and experienced some freeway noise from the nearby interstate. Would stay here again on my next visit to Niagara Falls.

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Good: Sites nicely spaced; bathrooms clean; great Verizon coverage Bad: some noise from powerboats on the lake Overall reasonably well maintained. Would be a good destination for fishers and boaters, but also worked for us for a two-night base station to visit Cuyahoga N.P. Nice Bathrooms: modern fixtures, separate showers, mostly clean. Downsides were lack of heating, low water pressure, mold on shower curtain. Several washer/dryer pairs in each bathroom. Asphalt roads and pads. Sites reasonably separated, but some pads are visibly sloped, and most pads looked very narrow. We paid $26 + $8 res fee for electrical only (no water or sewer at site). Full hookups cost $35. Many sites are open and no trees, but others are among moderately wooded areas. Sites 4-10 close to kids play area and very open - ok for parents who want to stay at the site but still keep and eye on the kids. Sites 21, 35 and 51-69 seem most private. Verizon very good: 3bars, 4G

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One of the better state parks. Good: nice pads and clean bathrooms Bad: The Missouri on-line reservation system has a two-night minimum. Convenient place if on your way into or out of St. Louis - about 30 minutes SE of town center. This is a clean, well-groomed and well-maintained park. Sites are well-spaced, and configured along a single road with trees along the outside and grass in the middle, so you don't have people behind you. There are also plenty of trees scattered through the campsites to provide shade. Asphalt roads and cement pads, very even and level. 75 reservable sites along three separate roads, of which 50 are electrical. No water or sewer at the individual sites, which can be inconvenient for long stays. Very quiet and peaceful. Verizon was 4G, 3 bars. One bathroom on our loop. Very clean and well-maintained. No heater or AC that I could tell. The bathroom was at the entry, so if you are at the end of the loop, a bit of a walk, which could be annoying in rain or summer heat. Our loop was about 50% occupied, mid-week in May. No laundry. Price averaged in at $25 for two nights -- $21 per night plus $8.50 reservation fee. We were at site 19, and I would definitely stay here again.

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It's easy to see why this park is rated #1 among state parks. Facilities were very good and the gorge and waterfalls are great. Friendly staff, well-maintained facilities, nice trails. Our bathroom in the 700 loop was modern, well-maintained and very clean. Also slightly heated. RV sites are well separated, lots of trees, and have electrical (ours only 30 amp). Minor downside was that water spigots were scattered around the campground, not at each site, so occasionally an RV would block the camp road while filling up with fresh water. Three dump stations on the exit road from the campground - might be a little crowded during rush periods. Verizon signal was barely evident at 2 bars - enough for phone calls but not for fast internet. Gravel sites and asphalt roads. More than half the sites in our loop looked like they were on a slight slope or uneven, and would require some leveling blocks. 743 was swampy due to recent heavy rain. Total cost for two nights averaged in at $40 -- $35 per night plus $9 reserve america fee. Would definitely stay here again, in dryer weather, to do more hiking.

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Good: strong Verizon signal Bad: freeway noise; old bathrooms About 1/3 with permanent trailers occupied by seasonal residents. Rear of campground adjoins I-86, so some freeway noise but not intolerable. Sites in rear are on a large grassy area - not specifically marked but easy to figure out. Tile on bathroom floor and showers, and bathrooms are generally clean, but old and worn. Two showers were missing handles. Itemized charges for cable TV, sewer hookup, electric hookup Verizon signal 3 bars, 4G. Hokey miniature golf course - plywood on the ground

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Good: very close to Watkins Glen, well-stocked store Bad: bathroom old and very worn, frayed around the edges, exposed pipes Typical of many private campgrounds in the region: many permanent trailers occupied seasonally. This campground caters to families with amenities designed for families, including a hokey miniature golf course - plywood on the ground. Verizon weak but OK (2 bars, 4G) Most sites are in an open, grassy area, but some are near trees and might have shade in the summer. Our site had water, but only a 30-amp connection. Store very well-stocked with RV parts

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Very friendly owner - came out in heavy rain to direct us into a spot A few sites are in an open, grassy area in the front, near the barn. Many more sites further back in the trees. We didn't use amenities and were well satisfied with a one-night stay near the barn. All three power options, water and sewer hookup available.

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Bad: pricey, freeway noise, coin-operated showers, allowed us in before season officially started Good: strong cell signal Owner is building a lot of new sites designed for longer rigs -- gravel sites and dirt roads. Current sites are a mixture of grassy sites and gravel sites. Allowed us to park and use electrical before season opened officially Adjacent to US 7, could hear traffic very clearly. Strong Verizon (4 bars, 4G) Coin-operated hot water for showers Many permanent trailers occupied seasonally

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New owners this season. Service level very high - they stay open until 8:30 for late check-ins, and were open in late April, while many other NH campgrounds don't open until May, sometimes late May. Very friendly. Sites are separated and the campground is lightly wooded, enough to give a sense of privacy without feeling closed in. Roads are hard-packed gravel. Sites are dirt and might be muddy in wet weather. Bathrooms are rustic but very clean and well-maintained.

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Good: quiet and remote. Bad: Priced high for the overall quality. Quiet, remote park. Asphalt roads, gravel sites. Roads not terribly broad, but maneuverable. Fair number of big rigs Bathrooms clean, but old, cheap and worn. Cement floors, exposed pipes.

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Recently became KOA, so they have an upgraded store and were almost finished remodeling the bathrooms. New tile floors, new shower fixtures, very clean. OK pricing for the location. Easy access to Philadelphia. Sites are very close together and open. Parking lot style, but with some grass and a few trees. Easy access to Philadelphia using PATCO (train) from New Jersey. Be sure to call PATCO first - they will tell you which station is best, and notify the local police so that you don't get ticketed or towed. We were told to park at Lindenhurst, and there was plenty of room at the far end, and no objection to taking up four parking stalls. Entry to the lot was a little narrow, but doable

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Good: Excellent location convenient to New York City. Nice check-in package. Bad: Pricey, basically a parking lot. A place to sleep and do laundry while visiting NYC. We stayed 7 nights in a Class C motorhome. The location is the best thing about this, with three convenient ways into NYC: PATH train (cheapest at 2.75 and about 5-6 blocks away), Liberty Landing Ferry (only goes to WTC area, costs 7.00, but closer than PATH) and NY Waterway Ferry (closest, but doesn't run on weekends). The check-in package includes information on transportation, including PATH and Subway, plus lists and descriptions of "must see" and "rainy day" recommendations. We bought Metro cards which can be used on PATH and Subway both, and just refilled as needed. The "park" is a modified parking lot - paved roads and gravel sites. Sites have clearly markers and three-inch concrete strips as boundary lines between sites. Each site has electrical and water, but sewer is at a dump station. Roads looked swept but the sites generally had a scattering of small trash items (cigarette butts, etc.). All RV sites were long enough for a Class A and a short tow vehicle. Power distribution lines are underground, but power to each row is overhead -- high enough to clear the RV but low enough to make you nervous. Make sure your antenna is down Connections for 20, 30, 50. Construction nearby and the streets are being upgraded. In a few more years the neighborhood will look more like an upgraded waterfront than a run-down dock. Bathrooms and showers are tolerable, but not the greatest. Floors are tile with evidence of wear, mostly around the edges. Floors always seemed a little dirty, but clearly they are at least hosed down once a day. No cable but over-air TV reception was great. Strong Verizon signal. Park WiFi was terrible.