About aowcarol

Full-time RV'er traveling with dog and blog since mid-2014. Have a 25-foot motorhome with no toad.

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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Virginia

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

Sites range from primitive on up to full hook-up. My $35/ni price was for electric/30 amp. Potable water available at nice, large dump station across from office. Roads (asphalt) and grounds kept in good condition. Sites gravel and/or dirt, with some needing more effort to level in than others. Most sites have at least some shade and many are deeply shaded. Size of sites varies widely, but there are many that will accommodate large rigs, including lots of pull-through sites--not necessarily easy to find close to the DC metropolitan area. Two shower houses, both fairly clean, and both with laundry facilities. Verizon signal good. Over-the-air TV antenna should have brought in lots of channels this close to "civilization," but for some reason I had lots of interference and barely got a few channels. We camped at Bull Run Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
136
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Huge park that has a waterpark walking distance from campground, a nice playground next to the campground office, lots of area for bike riding, disc golf, and a couple of walking trails. One woodland trail is 17 miles long and goes through the Bull Run/Occoquan watershed. If possible, time your out-of-campground excursions far from morning and evening rush hours, since this park is surrounded by high-density D.C suburbs (Manassas and Centreville).

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Burke Lake Park, Fairfax Station, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Dry camping only with dump station near camp store and fresh water spigots at restrooms. Probably a great campground for tent camping but sites for RVs are very limited. The few that are level or long enough for an RV may or may not be available when you arrive, since you can't reserve specific sites ahead of time. Roads and sites are gravel/rock/dirt. Recent rains and poor drainage left some roads very pitted and with gullies running through them. Other than that, if you want to dry camp, have a small RV, and can grab an acceptable site (park literature says #'s C1,3,4,5,8 and B1,8,9 are good for up to 30' RVs) then this is really a beautiful place. Very heavily shaded. Near beautiful little lake. Nice walking trails. Lots of activities for kids in general park area (train, carousel, ice cream shop, putt-putt and disc golf). Verizon signal strong. Over-the-air TV antenna brought in plenty of channels. We camped at Burke Lake Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Poor Conditions
Tips for other Campers:

Price reflects charge for Sun-Thur. Couple dollars more on weekends/holidays.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Chestnut Ridge Park, Bruceton Mills, West Virginia

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

Hard to rate for RVs. Would be a 2 or 3 if you are large (Class A or towing a long trailer)--don't try it unless you are very comfortable driving on small roads. 1.5 mile narrow road to park with no shoulder is a nail biter even in a smaller RV. Sites in Loop E are all angled backwards with no place to turn around to orient your rig correctly to back into your site. Loop D has a few sites that are more big-rig friendly and easier to access. But Loop D has no shower house or flush toilets (there is an outhouse near loop D entrance). From perspective of smaller RVs who are looking for a reasonably priced campground (E/W $24/night if stay more than one night, otherwise $28) in gorgeous wooded setting and convenient to I-68, this is a beautiful park. Was able to get into site in E loop with 25 foot motorhome (which is where the one shower house is located) by using empty site across from me to turn around. It would have been a lot more challenging otherwise. Sites are well shaded. Over-the-air TV antenna picked up plenty of Pittsburg stations. Verizon signal no good, but office has public wifi that is decent. Hopefully they work on their campground roads soon. They were dirt and stone/rock and very bumpy, with deep pits and gullies from heavy rains. Also, be aware that the dump station is down past Camp Loop E - not on the way in or out for either of the RV loops, but closer to E. We camped at Chestnut Ridge Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E-66
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tips for other Campers:

Summer concerts on lawn behind office every Saturday night add to local flavor and character of the park.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Delaware State Park, Delaware, Ohio

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $28.00
Overall Rating:

Love the layout of this campground--four loops, each with bathhouse (and laundry) in center (with fresh water spigot outside), and five spokes coming off the center for campsites, each ending in a loop so that it is easy to drive around (with fresh water spigot in center of each of those loops). The layout allows for most sites to be very spacious and many with decent privacy from neighbors. Camp loop roads and sites asphalt. Mostly level. Easy to navigate. Sites range from full sun to full shade and everything in between. Grounds are very well kept. Verizon on slow side. Picked up good over-the-air TV signal (got all the major networks). We camped at Delaware State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
60
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Price reflects Sun/weeknight rate. Add $1 for weekend/holiday nights. There is a Walmart, as well as many other stores and restaurants, in Delaware, less than 10 miles south of the park. Columbus is just 20 miles south.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Parker Dam State Park, Weedville, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: August, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Definitely a campground where it is smart to check out the site you want before you commit. Camp loop roads and sites are asphalt, and most sites are fairly level, though some will require more effort. Size and spaciousness of sites varies quite a bit. Some are in full sun and some have good sun-shade mix. There are a handful of full hook-up sites; the rest are electric only. Grounds are very well kept. Verizon service extremely slow and over-the-air TV antenna only picked up PBS. We camped at Parker Dam State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Very convenient to I-80. Pretty little lake. Swim beach easy drive or bike ride from campground. Nice trails, including to area devastated by 1985 tornado. Value not great, though, because of PA state park pricing system, where they charge you extra for: weekends/holidays, non-resident status, pets (pet loop is $2-3 more per night), having a 2nd car on site, plus the $6 transaction fee whether you reserve ahead of time or as a walk-in).

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

James River State Park, Gladstone, Virginia

Date of Stay: June, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Hidden jewel, not close to any major interstates. Road leading to park entrance is not very wide, so take care. Worth it once you get there, though. Just about the cleanest park I've ever stayed in. Red Oak campground for the RV's has spacious sites, some pull-throughs, and good shade. Nice laundry room in restroom building. Lots of trails and in-season activities, including boat and tube rentals down by the river (which is a short drive from the RV campground). Verizon signal on the weak side but do-able. Got a few local OTA TV stations. We camped at James River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Red Oak
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
Tips for other Campers:

If you are counting on renting kayaks or tubes at the park's riverfront livery, be sure to call ahead to check on river conditions. They are only permitted to rent and to assist in transporting people from take-off and landing points if the river flow is below a certain number of gallons/second.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Claytor Lake State Park, Dublin, Virginia

Date of Stay: April, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful park and lake with boat ramp and rentals in-season. Campground is uphill from the lake and has four loops. Only Loop D has W/E hookups. Many sites are pull-through and most are pretty level. Some more spacious than others. Right now half the sites are reservable site-specific and the other half are first-come first-served. Loop B can accommodate RVs for dry camping but wouldn't attempt taking a larger RV into Loops A or C. Too bad Loop B doesn't have utilities as it is very shady and pretty. Verizon signal good enough and got several local stations through OTA antenna. Rangers patrol often. Staff very helpful. We camped at Claytor Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D Loop
Site Surface
Gravel
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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Walmart in Dublin just 10 miles away.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Harrison Bay State Park, Harrison, Tennessee

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

HUGE difference between camping loops and individual sites, so take care what you pick. I have a 25' motorhome with no toad, so loop B was OK for me, although sites are much more close together than I like. If I were much bigger or had a vehicle, as well, options for suitable sites in B loop would have been much more limited. As many previous reviews note, turns are tight, the loop road is poorly marked, and leveling challenges range from moderate to nightmare, depending on your site and what you are driving. From what I could see walking around, Loop C is a little better than B. Loop A is much better for larger rigs (also a great loop if you have kids since it has a huge field in the middle, a playground, and the pool is an easy walk away). Loop D is primitive for tent camping only but was closed for construction when I was there. Bathroom dated but clean. Over-the-air TV signal and Verizon both came in good. We camped at Harrison Bay State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B45
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, Mccalla, Alabama

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $21.00
Overall Rating:

Hard park to rate. The historical part is spectacular. The park itself and the tree cover is beautiful. Lovely streams flow through the park and between camping loops. Many other reviews go into good detail on park activities and the historical aspect so I won't repeat. The downside for me was the campground part. I can't imagine camping here on a busy weekend and in a full park. Many of the back-in sites in the third loop have absolutely no buffer between sites. No room for fire rings. Picnic tables are small and sometimes oddly placed. Longer RVs will be challenged to find a spot, especially for their tow vehicle or toad, too, unless they luck into a pull-through site. Campground loop road pitted in spots, so drive nice and slow. First-come, first-served, so arrive early if you can. Over-the-air TV signal good; Verizon signal slow.

Only a few miles from I-20 south of Birmingham, but very windy 2-lane road to get there. Even longer windy road if you take the exit off of the B'ham beltway. It's doable, but take it slow. We camped at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
EW site in 3rd loop
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Roosevelt State Park, Morton, Mississippi

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful, quiet park under mature trees on big lake. Stayed in old campground. Sites fine for my size rig (25 feet), but some might be a challenge for long rigs to get level. Didn't visit newer campground but suspect that would be better for larger rigs. Most sites have lake view. Nice space between sites. Sites paved, tables on cement slab though quite a few are on the utility side or behind the RV. Over-the-air TV signal good; Verizon signal strong. Careful of roadside and site edges, though, as there are many spots with no shoulder and a sharp drop of several inches. Another odd feature mentioned in an older review and still the case: there are no dumpsters or garbage cans around. Trash is picked up in the morning and afternoon, but I was not comfortable leaving a bag out with food residue even for a short time as it takes no time for a hungry critter to get into it. We camped at Roosevelt State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
Yes

Campground Details

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

Nice place for kids during busy season (sports fields, pool, etc). Very convenient to I-20.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Lincoln Parish Park, Ruston, Louisiana

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Great little park on pretty lake. All 33 sites FHU, first-come first-served. Caution: Many of the sites that are lakeside are very close together side-to-side and some will only accommodate smaller RVs. The park is upgrading the sites, though, building them up and out so they are more spacious. The ones on the inside of the loop are definitely roomier (pull-throughs 7, 10, 15, 24 and back-ins 22, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33). I was in site 33 which was higher in elevation than most and was able to pull in a few over-the-air TV channels. Verizon signal was OK. Walmart nearby. Very handy to I-20. We camped at Lincoln Parish Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
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
Yes

Campground Details

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

Paved walkway circles the lake (a little more than a mile long). Mountain bike trails. Nice swim beach. This would be a great place to bring kids.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Clear Spring COE, Texarkana, Texas

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

Price is for FHU, 30 amp, in D loop. Gorgeous campground under mature tree cover on large lake (park has swim beach, boat ramp, etc.). Most sites level, paved with gravel and concrete pads for picnic tables. Was there after period of very heavy rain and half the campground was closed due to high water. D and E loops were open. Spacious sites, suitable for larger RVs. Over-the-air TV reception good; Verizon signal so-so. Restrooms dated but nice and very clean. We camped at Clear Spring COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D-3
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Be sure to come in from FM 2148 entrance. If you follow your GPS (or, like me, plan your route using google maps) you could be brought in from the north side (off 67) and end up (like me) encountering a severe RR track grade that would have scraped my underbelly and having to back up a ways down a small country road to find a place to turn around. Not fun. Worse, it happened twice!

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Lake Hawkins RV Park, Hawkins, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Terrific county-run park on lovely lake. Sites are all pretty level, fairly spacious, and big-rig friendly. They are asphalt with a concrete pad at the end. Tables are on concrete pads. Most sites have good shade, a few are located more in the sunshine, so be sure to check on that if that is important to you. Campground road easy to navigate. Good OTA TV signal. Verizon signal just OK, but I was at the bottom of a hill so it may be better at higher sites. In any case, I was able to get decent internet using my phone as a hotspot rather than the jetpack, so all was good. My one suggestion is that they put some $$ into updating the restrooms. We camped at Lake Hawkins RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
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, 50 Amp

Campground Details

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

Very family-friendly campground with large field in center with playground. The swim beach looks really nice. Boat ramp available. Really nice atmosphere and very friendly, helpful staff.

Review Count: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Ratcliff Lake, Kennard, Texas

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

Love this park and hated to downgrade the overall rating due to dirty restrooms, but they were too bad to ignore (mold/mildew on walls needs serious attention). Other than that, this is a beautiful campground in a lovely setting. It is a national park and not part of the TX state park system, so they don't charge that extra daily fee: just the flat $20/night (thank you!). Most sites are long enough to accommodate larger rigs. The roads are easy to navigate. The sites (mostly level) are spaced very widely apart, giving most of them wonderful privacy. Good shade throughout. Tables on cement slabs.

The park advertises the RV loop (Dogwood) has electric hookup with water spigots available in spots, but I noticed some of the spots do have water hookup on their site. Most of those appeared to be the reservable sites. A handful of sites are non-reservable and available first-come, first-served. Verizon signal good. Pulled in all three major networks with OTA TV antenna. We camped at Ratcliff Lake in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, 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: 58
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 14

Huntsville State Park, Huntsville, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Price reflects $20 nightly camp fee plus $5 day use fee per person per day (waived if you have $70 annual TX state park pass). Large campground, very pretty. Good road. Paved sites with tables on concrete pads. Most of the sites are on the water or have a view of the water. Sites 1-25 are full hook-up pull-through sites; 26-59 are E/W back-in sites. Many sites will take large rigs. Most sites are fairly level, but be sure to have blocks with you because some are quite sloped. Lots of shade. Over-the-air TV channels limited (CBS and CW is all I could pick up). Verizon signal good.

The one thing I had to mark the campground down for was the extremely unclean condition of the showers in the bathhouse serving sites 1-59 (mold and mildew build-up). We camped at Huntsville State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

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