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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Angostura SRA, Hot Springs, South Dakota

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

We stayed at Cascade Campground, site 29 on the water, and it was lovely. Nicely maintained and shaded, with electric. We rode our bicycles 10 miles or so along the bike path, so we saw the other campgrounds at Angostura. They all seem to be very similar. We made the mistake of getting all the way to Cascade before learning the water was near the entrance of the park, so had to backtrack to fill up. Our site was mostly level with a nice view of the lake. The water level was VERY high, so there was no beach like you see if you look at Google satellite view. There was plenty of space between sites, and plenty of grassy space to set up our chairs next to the water. We had hoped to fish from the shore (park employees said that would not be a problem, with a permit, of course), but the trees and shrubs prohibited that activity. The bicycle trail is wonderful, recently paved, and gives cyclists excellent access to the shoreline and views. We saw a deer along the way relaxing in the shade of a tree. We arrived at the park on a hot Sunday afternoon, and the entire place was packed as locals flocked to the water to cool off. There are plenty of picnic areas and a few beaches for swimming. (Not right at Cascade campground, however.). Star gazing was excellent! The online reservation system doesn't address the State Park access fee, so we had to pay that for each day ($6/day). I would never ding a park on the actions of other guests (unless it was egregious and willfully ignored), so this comment is just a friendly camper-to-camper one: our neighbors were two families together in side-by-side sites. They stayed up very late with their campfire, chatting and laughing, kids playing and running around. They weren't especially loud or rambunctiousness, and it's nice to see people enjoy their camping experience, but while we had hoped to sleep with open windows and night air, we had to turn on the AC so the noise inside drowned out their laughter and conversation. We camped at Angostura SRA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, California

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $60.00
Overall Rating:

Sites are very close together, but if you reserve far enough in advance to get beachfront, you won't mind. There's shrubbery and small trees to add a tiny bit of privacy, unlike Bolsa Chica State Beach a few miles north that is just an asphalt parking lot. Also unlike Bolsa Chica, Doheny beachfront sites are truly right on the beach. Walk your folding chairs a few feet atop the sand berm, and you've got a million dollar sunset view. Sites have tables and fire rings, and are asphalt. There are no hookups, but I still think $60 is a good value because of the location. The beach is beautiful and Dana Point has so much to offer. Whale watching and fishing charters are available at the nearby marina. Loads of restaurants nearby, too. We will definitely return. We camped at Doheny State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
49 beachfront
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Reserve in advance and get a beachfront site. It makes a huge difference to be able to see and hear the ocean right from your site. If you go fishing or whale watching at the Dana Point Wharf, don't pay full price. 50% off coupons are easy to find.

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Beach, California

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:

Camping at the beach is wonderful. Bolsa Chica State Beach, not so much. Power and water hookups were nice, but it's just a big parking lot with a walking/biking trail separating it from the broad expanse of sand. The beach itself is so long (from the parking area to the waves), the campsites are a good walk from the ocean. There are many big campfire rings on the sand for use, but are FCFS. Camp hosts at many campgrounds sweep and prepare sites, and we always greatly appreciate hosts who do that! Our site at BCSB had bits of trash and cigarette butts. For the same price, go a few miles South to Doheny State Beach. Reserve far enough in advance, and you can get a site right on the sand there. Checkin at Bolsa Chica is 2:00 PM. We arrived at 1:15 PM and was told at the fee station that our site was empty, so it was no problem to go set up. When we arrived at the camping area, however, we were greeted by a barrier and a big "CHECK-IN 2:00 PM sign blocking the entrance. Camp host came out with a clipboard, verified we were on the list, then pointed out that checkin was at 2:00. I stared at him blankly for a moment, then asked if our reserved site was empty. He said that it was, and that he sometimes makes check-in exceptions of 1:30 PM, then looked at his watch (about 1:20, by this time), and begrudgingly said he would allow us in. I think that is a camp host taking his job just a little too seriously. We won't return to Bolsa Chica State Beach. Just far too expensive for what you get. We camped at Bolsa Chica State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

For an infinitely better beach camping experience, try Doheny State Beach in Dana Point.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground), Ajo, Arizona

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

I always look at campgrounds in Google satellite view, but sat view does not do this park justice. It looks like a huge flat parking lot, but it is somewhat hilly, and there are enough Ocotillo, Saguaro, and Organ Pipe Cactus to provide at least some privacy and make each site unique and interesting. The tent sites are gravel, but all RV sites are pull-through flat concrete. Each has a table and grill, but no fire rings/pits, since ground fires are not allowed. The outermost row is for tents only, then 3 no-generator rows. If avoiding the 4-6 PM generator noise is important, ask for the farthest row from generators. (Sound carries here, so generators can be very annoying, especially when one just wants to sit quietly and watch the sunset.) The surrounding mountains and hills are beautiful, especially when illuminated by the setting sun. The east side of the park has great views of the valley and mountains behind, so the perimeter sites (east end of each row) are popular. The perimeter sites on the west end will have unobstructed sunset views, but the clear desert sky at sunset isn't as impressive as the eastern mountains reflecting the setting sunlight, so we prefer the east end. This place is a star gazers paradise, but the bathroom lights are pretty bright, so keep that in mind when selecting a site. The campground is only five miles from the Mexican border, and while there are posted signs warning of smugglers and illegal immigrants, the rangers we talked to said there is never a problem for campers, and the strong Border Patrol presence keeps things in check. The staff here are very friendly and helpful. Verizon signal is strong. Provision before heading down, as there is nothing nearby! We camped at Twin Peaks Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
112
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

If you don't read the Park literature, you'll wonder why some people leave their vehicle hoods open at night. Nocturnal Desert Pack Rats can do tremendous damage to engine components. They want dark, enclosed spaces to nest, so an open hood discourages them.

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground), Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Excellent campground with strong pros and cons. The newly installed full hookups are awesome. Nice compact hookup pad right next to the parking space, with water, sewer, and power that is clean, easy, and functional. Full hookups for $15 (with NP senior pass) is reason enough for high rating, but the campground itself is very lovely. Nicely shaded, easy access, and many sites right on Gulpha Creek. The automated pay system is like an ATM, and couldn't be easier. Key in the site number you want, answer whether you're eligible for the Sr. discount, put in the number of nights, swipe credit card, and you're done. Machine spits out the tag/receipt to hang on the site post.

As is usually the case, all sites are not equal. With the exception of only a couple, the creekside sites are so close to one another, the picnic table is practically wedged between your RV and the one next to you. We were very lucky to get site 30, which had a lot of space and greenery on both sides, so we did have a fair amount of privacy. However, site 30 also has a street light, so our star gazing was rudely impacted. The creek is nice, and the grassy site made it a great place to sit in our lawn chairs by the water. All sites have pedestal grills, but not all have fire pits. We were committed to site 30 before realizing there was no fire pit (which is usually important to us), but snagging a site by the creek with so much space to either side outweighed the absence of a pit.

The sites on the loops farthest from the creek are much more spacious, but the AR-7 Spur road runs right alongside the easternmost loop. The noise from passing cars is bad enough, but the big rig Jake Brakes are awful, and a lot of trucks use this road. If you've never heard Jake Brakes, it sounds like a 50 caliber machine gun. Not so conducive to peaceful mountain camping. We camped at Gulpha Gorge Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
30
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The hiking trails in the park are plentiful, and very well marked and maintained. The 1.6 mile Dead Chief Trail takes you right to the Visitor Center, which should not be missed! It is essentially a free four-story museum. Go to The Arlington Hotel and take the elevator to the 4th Floor (ignore the sign that says, "Registered Guests Only Beyond This Point" and look for the Al Capone Suite. Have a drink at the Ohio Club (former speakeasy). Pass on the overpriced thermal baths.

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown, Kentucky

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This was our first experience with a KY State Park, and we weren't too thrilled. As previously mentioned, the layout of the entire campground is awkward and disorganized. We were glad to have arrived in the off season, as there were many sites to choose from. However, there were really only a few that would work out for our 24' RV, and they were all on the main road through the campground. It took us a while to position the RV so our hose and electric could reach the pedestal and faucet, and that was by backing all the way onto the dirt/grass well beyond the asphalt. Some of the more private woodsy sites (on the smaller loops) would be great for tents, but there are only 2 bathhouses for the entire campground, so tent campers may have a very long walk. Our second biggest complaint was the streetlights. Yes, streetlights. They made our experience like sitting in our yard at night in a neighborhood. We prefer the camping experience to be campfires, moonlight, and stars, NOT streetlights. Pros: decent price for a site with power and water, (but this positive is almost a wash since the hookups are so sporadic and barely accessible), tables were on raised wooden "patios", nice hiking/nature trails, good bathhouses and laundry facility (the dryers were free, but they took more than 90 minutes to dry). Cons: streetlights!, extremely uneven sites, confusing layout of the entire campground (odd angled turns and loops), no campground site map at checkin, and did I mention the &!@*# streetlights?! We camped at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
70
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Sherando Lake Recreation Area, Lyndhurst, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Great campground! Level gravel sites, well spaced, and an incredible value. We stayed in B loop, which had electric (for an additional $5/night), but no water. Big fire pits with swing grills and even hanging arm for pots or kettle. Each site has a bear-proof food storage locker, which seems to have successfully deterred bears from bothering to come around. Camp hosts rake each site after departure, so new arriving campers are welcomed to a very neat, evenly raked gravel site. A loop is more hilly and woodsy, but mostly tents and the smallest of RVs. C loop is reservation only, and is the most wide open and treeless. B loop FCFS. Absolutely no Verizon signal. Park rangers make very frequent "compliance runs", so don't even think about breaking any rules. (They are extremely friendly and helpful, however.) The "alcohol prohibited" signs were not notices, but were posted as "warnings". Very strict and intimidating for those of us who enjoy a cold beer after a hike or glass of wine with dinner. (But that is a statewide park rule, not just here). We will definitely return to this lovely campground. We camped at Sherando Lake Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B4
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Serious hikers should find good trail maps before arriving. The park trail maps are terrible and inaccurate.

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Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Tuckahoe State Park, Queen Anne, Maryland

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Nicely wooded campground, with large well-spaced sites for privacy. We stayed in the electric loop in early October with no one on either side. Without reservations, self-checkin was a little confusing (and I don't know how much of the year they do it this way). They post a list at the entrance with names, site numbers, and dates reserved, and we had to take note of available sites (since it wasn't very full, I actually wrote down the site numbers of the taken/reserved), then drive through and pick the one we liked. Payment is made (cash or check) with an envelope slipped into a locked payment box. Honor wood available for $4 from a shed. (We didn't have one dollar bills, so we slipped in a five.) Our drive took us across the Annapolis Bay bridge, which is an experience in itself. The majority of the drive after that is through farmland, so it was interesting to suddenly reach a huge patch of dense forest. Overall, this was a very decent place for us in our RV. We didn't see/use the bath houses, so my high rating does not take that into account. We camped at Tuckahoe State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Louise F Cosca Regional Park, Clinton, Maryland

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

The campground only has about 25 sites, and they vary greatly from large pull-throughs to walk-ins, some much more level than others. Few were taken when we arrived, so we had many to choose from, but I wouldn't have been very happy getting stuck with one of the less level sites. The sites are not very consistently laid out, so tables and fire pits may or may not be close to one another or near/aligned with an RV. Each site has its own trash can that was emptied each morning of our stay. The loop is narrow and winding, and while we certainly had no problem in our 24', we were amazed to see a couple of very large rigs. (The terrain slopes sharply from the pavement in some areas, so a tire on the shoulder could be problematic.) The park office was a challenge to find, as it is across the street in the main Regional Park grounds, which are absolutely fabulous, by the way. (The park itself gets 5 stars!) We got the senior rate of $13, which for both power and water is amazing! The campground is pretty much surrounded by suburbia, so expect to occasionally hear sirens, helicopters, airplanes, etc. There really isn't anything super special about the place - it's a campground in the woods - but for $13/night, it's fantastic. We will definitely stay here again if we pass through the area. We camped at Louise F Cosca Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
16
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

The nearby town of Waldorf (15 minutes away) has every type of store imaginable. Costco, Target, Walmart, Lowes, Kohl's, Home Depot, grocery, movie theaters, etc. Traffic can get heavy in the area during rush hour, however.

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