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States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Alley Spring Campground NPS, Eminence, Missouri

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

This is a very busy NPS campground on summer weekends along the Jack's Fork river. Reservations may be needed and electric hookups are in the 600 loop only and this is the loop I will review, all other loops are first come-first served. The various loops are not marked on the main road, only for 2 of them. The sites are just a little closer than I'd like, and they are very short - I had to put the rear stabilizers of our 26' TT off the pad so I could disconnect/connect the tow vehicle without blocking the loop. Once unhooked there is room to park alongside the RV. There were several 30+ foot RVs, so they can be made to fit. Most sites are in full sun, the lower numbered sites get some afternoon shade. Water is available at the dump station, or could be had a various spigots in each loop. The area suffered a major flood the past spring and it wiped out the shower house and damaged all the rest rooms. There are 2 to 5 porta-potties in front of the closed restrooms. The shower house was replaced last month with a unitized concrete building (it went up and was operational in less than a week), maybe 8 individual showers and 2 restrooms. It doesn't have the charm of the old shower house, but it is adequate. The lights on the outside are extremely bright, hopefully the NPS will tone those down some. Barely a week old, it was totally trashed on a Sunday evening after the weekend crowd had left, but the work crew spent most of the next day getting it back in shape. I suspect locals using the swimming hole toward the end of the road made the mess as that area also had a lot of trash strewn about. We camped at Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Alley Spring Campground NPS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
624
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Rent a canoe and take a float trip - or better yet, a sit-on-top kayak. Check out Alley mill and spring. Eminence is 6 miles away and has fuel and basic necessities and 4 or 5 restaurants

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Sutton Bluffs Recreation Area, Centerville, Missouri

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:

This is a NFS campground on the Black River operated by concessionaire. The campground is about 7 miles off the highway via a blacktop county road, the last mile or so it gets winding and pretty narrow, so don't drive fast on that stretch. My Senior pass garnered a $6 discount off the $20 rate. Water is available in front of the shower house, which could mean having to drive twice around the loop before settling down, unless you have a long hose or have a site next to the one of the 5 spigots scattered throughout the park. There is NO dump station so plan accordingly. Most of the electric sites are up on the high ground, few of those are level - I needed 3 inches of blocks under the drivers side wheels of our 26' TT and had to lower the jack a lot to get it level. The pads are wide enough so you can park alongside your RV; in fact you will probably have to, only a few were very long. The shower and restroom were adequate. If you don't mind spending a little more, there are 2 double sites with electricity at $30 a night closer to the river, although I didn't find any easy access to the river anywhere in the campground; the best access was from a small parking area 1/4 mile away across the bridge, though people with disabilities may find it a difficult walk to the river even from there. There were only 2 other sites occupied during our 3-weekday stay, we never saw a ranger nor any sign of the concessionaire, I just put our money envelope in the can. We had no ATT cell service . We camped at Sutton Bluffs Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
25
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Supposed to be popular with off-roaders, with access to several OHV trails from the campground, but some of the trails were closed during 2017 due to flooding, washouts etc.

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Oak Point Campground, Lake Glendale Recreation Area, Shawnee Natl. For, Glendale, Illinois

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

A nice NFS campground with clean restroom/showers, operated by a concessionaire. As the previous poster noted, the rate was more than expected with the Senior Pass - $16, that's $6 off the usual $22 a night rate. Our site has a large gravel pad (80 feet long) with a large table and a rusted fire pit. Most other pads are also pretty large and had new fire pits. 20 and 30 amp service, voltage was always between 122 and 124 volts, the EMS never showed any errors. ATT cell service was non-existent and had to drive several miles for a signal. Several campers were there for the long haul, judging by their piles of firewood, and I never saw anyone at 4 of those. A three mile trail encircles the lake, and there's a beach on the other side of the lake, open in summer and gated off to vehicles the rest of the year. Canoe and rowboat rental from concessionaire. Roads are a bit confusing, as many drivers went the wrong way on the loops. We camped at Oak Point Campground, Lake Glendale Recreation Area, Shawnee Natl. For in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Good hiking at nearby Bell Smith Springs (which has camping also but no water or electric hookups), Millstone Bluff, Jackson Falls, and Burden Falls which is right next to a blacktop road. Really a good base to visit the Shawnee Forest from.

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Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Cranfield Campground, Mountain Home, Arkansas

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

$10.00 with Senior Access pass. The sites are a little closer together than I expected, maybe 30 feet apart, a mix of long and short pads. Electricity was always between 122 and 124 volts, never an error on my EMS. The roads must be confusing, as I saw many drivers going the wrong way on the one way roads. There are two flush toilets for those camping down by the lake, those up on the hill will need to use the ones at the shower house, which needs a good cleaning. A nice view of the lake from any site. During our 5 night stay, the fire pits of the neighboring empty sites were never cleaned, and ours was full of ashes when we arrived. We chose a walk-up site and this park doesn't place tags on the site's post; in fact there is no post to put one on. They put an orange safety cone in the driveway indicating that it is reserved for an unknown length on an unknown date, so if you might want that site, you should probably drive back to the gate house to check if it's okay to use. I saw 2 sites that stayed empty during our stay, though they had the cones all 5 days we were there. We camped at Cranfield Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
13
Site Surface
Asphalt, 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
No

Campground Details

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

Shopping and plenty of restaurants 10 minutes away in Mountain Home.

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

North Sandusky Campground COE, Sesser, Illinois

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

Nicely spaced mostly shady sites, asphalt pads, it seems the concrete picnic table is on the dirt at most sites. Some full hookup sites, most are electric only, so you must fill water at CG dump station, though spigots are located throughout the grounds. Sites are mostly level, but some waterfront ones may have a bit of a grade - saw several trailers with many blocks under the rear end and the tongue nearly on the asphalt. Electricity was always 124- 126 V. The maintenance contractor is a good one; fire pits are cleaned and the grounds are mowed often. The restrooms and shower house are some of the cleanest I've seen, the shower house has epoxy floors, although shower pressure isn't all that great. The boat launch and picnic area are close by. We camped at North Sandusky Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Hickory
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

South Sandusky Campground COE, Benton, Illinois

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

We used to stay in the Pine Tree loop for some peace and quiet, but since full hook ups were installed last year, it has become quite popular. Now we try a another loop, and grab one of the shorter sites for our 21' TT. Sites are decently spaced and fairly level side to side, but some do slope quite a bit down (or is it up?) hill. Pads are asphalt with a good-sized gravel tent pad. Hookups are placed just about perfectly. Power was a constant 124 V. Reservations are almost a necessity if you want one of the few waterfront sites. Bathrooms and showers are cleaned daily I believe. The wide concrete walking trail is several miles long, and I usually see a few deer and a flock or two of turkeys on my morning jog. Restaurants and shopping are 10 minutes away either in Benton or Sesser, and you might want to stop at the visitors center a couple miles away. We camped at South Sandusky Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Red Bud 152
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

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