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Bay View RV Resort, Rockport, Texas

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

Bay View is a large, older, park in the Coastal Bend of Texas with a host of amenities and winter activities. Extended stay rates currently run from $300-$400/month. The park is located between Aransas Bay and Copano Bay close to fishing and salt water activities. Some people say the best oysters in the world come out of this water fresh to the table. Gravel roads lead to spacious RV sites set in a park-like setting with coastal oak trees and room to roam. One of our favorite walks is along the waters of Aransas Bay. Beautiful! The park boasts a friendly staff, two swimming pools (one heated for year-'round use and an Olympic-size summer pool), hot tub, pickleball court, two clubhouses, shuffleboard, and horseshoes. Many of the winter activities are held in the large Family Club House which offers kitchen services, big screen TV, three pool tables, a small workout room and ping pong table. Large motel rooms and a park model rental are also available. In the five winters we have been here we have seen steady improvement in the facilities and infrastructure. The clubhouses and three of the four bathhouses have be refurbished and the forth is beginning a remodel as I write this. Both pools and hot tub have been redone. Recently a high-speed internet Wi-Fi system was installed in the Family Club House for guest use (no Wi-Fi currently available at RV sites). Several years ago AT&T built a cell tower just north of the park offering excellent cell phone coverage to park guests. We continue to enjoy our winters at Bay View with good friends and good times. We camped at Bay View RV Resort in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 514-Village
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
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
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This area of Texas offers coastal activities, including world class birding with many species regularly visiting Bay View, without the crowding of Florida. Rockport is a modest-sized, active, historic, community with a beautiful beach area, museums, churches and shopping. Port Aransas at the north end of Padre Island is 20 miles away and offers direct access to the Gulf.

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Pipestem Resort State Park, Pipestem, West Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

What a beautiful park! It covers 4,050 acres through the beautiful Bluestone River Gorge. The park got its name from a common, local, shrub: pipestem also known as narrowleaf meadowsweet, historically used for making pipe stems. There are 2 lodges in the park, one has a large conference center, and the other is only accessible by an aerial tramway to the bottom of the gorge. In addition to an RV park, there are 26 fully equipped wood cabins, and an area set aside strictly for tent camping. There's not only a par-3 golf course, there's also a championship golf course on the property. Several restaurants are onsite at both lodges; horse stables, a nature center, hiking paths, cross country ski trails, and other recreational activities are available. The nature center, featuring displays of native plants and animals, also includes the Harris Homestead, a reconstructed 1900s period historic house museum and meat house. An amphitheater is also available for concerts, storytelling, and local theater productions. As you can see, there's never a shortage of things to do here! A weekly schedule of events is posted so anyone in the park has an opportunity to take part in any of them. Many sites are shaded (some more than others). Our site (#29) was open but close to trees and adequate for our 32' fifth-wheel trailer. It was an angled back-in site with ample room for the back in maneuver. The campground restroom facilities were adequate and clean (we did not use showers). During our short 3-nught stay here we took advantage of some hiking trails, a motorcycle ride through some beautiful country and the "Wings of Wonder" presentation at the McKeever Lodge and Conference Center. Although our stay was short we made the most of what this clean, well-managed, park has to offer. We camped at Pipestem Resort State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
29
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Explore, explore, explore! This is a beautiful part of West Virginia. Don't miss "Wings of Wonder" if offered. It is a wonderful presentation of birds of prey.

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