About aowcarol

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

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Douthat State Park, Clifton Forge, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed at Beaver Dam Equestrian campground about a mile past the campground store. All sites there are 30amp W/E. Most were pretty level and fairly spacious. Very nice and quiet, especially since there is no chance to get any OTA TV channels or Verizon signal for phone/computer. Camp store and office have wifi access, at least. The lake is close to half a mile away (either by walking to Lakeside camp loop, which has no hookups but is the only camp loop right on the lake, or by walking to the boat ramp). You have to walk on the road, which doesn't have much of a shoulder in spots. Like other VA state parks, the downside is the price. Add in the transaction fee (even for walk-ins), non-residency fee, and taxes, and you are paying around $40 for E/W. We camped at Douthat State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Beaver Dam
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
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Douthat is famous for about 40 miles or so of hiking trails. I believe bikes are allowed on a lot of them. Beaver Dam equestrian campground is a very nice feature for horse-campers. Whispering Pines is probably your best bet if you have a larger rig and want 50amp electric. It is several miles away from the main park, though.

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, Virginia

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park and very nice campground. Stayed at Camp Burson, which is more accessible for bigger RVs. Nearby hiking trails include one around the lake and another (across rt.16) that climbs a ridge. Camp Burson is just downstream from the dam. Sites are level and most are quite spacious. There are about 10 pull-through sites. Campground staff and hosts are very welcoming and helpful.

Creekside campground is up in the main part of the park, but is definitely not big-rig friendly. The road to it is narrow and contains a hair-raising hairpin curve. The biggest downside to the park is not the park's fault. It is a problem with Virginia state parks. They charge a transaction fee on top of the normal nightly fee, even for walk-ins. They charge non-residents an extra $4.00/night. And they have something called "site-specific" sites, which cost an extra $3.00 per night if you pick one (the non-site-specific sites are first-come, first-serve). That adds up to $40 or more for one night of E/W hookup (you can add another $4 for sewer). We camped at Hungry Mother State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Camp Burson
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, 50 Amp

Campground Details

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

The park offers a variety of organized activities on weekends, including nature walks, informational talks, canoe/kayak tours, etc. The trails are for walking and/or biking and are kept in really good shape. The lakeside trail from Camp Burson to the swimming beach in the main park is a little over a mile long, but mostly level (except for by the dam's spillway). Great place to come with kids.

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Limestone, Tennessee

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Located on the Nolichuckey River, this is one of the few campgrounds in the area that offers full hook-up (and many pull through sites) in their 50-amp area. Those sites are fairly close together, though, and some are fairly inclined to the rear. No fire rings in that section because things are a bit tight. The 30-amp section (E/W) does have fire rings and there's a bit more space between most of the sites. This section is better suited to shorter RVs. The $26 rate noted above is for a 30-amp site and includes tax. Verizon signal good and, depending where you park, you can get a few over-the-air TV stations. This is a beautiful park to walk through and enjoy the river and the area's rich local history. Walking distance from the campground is a Visitor Center dedicated to Davy Crockett and his times and a little further down is a really cool Pioneer Village. There are also a couple of wooded trails, one of which boasts a beautiful view from a high ridge of the Nolichuckey River. During peak summer weeks, there is a large swimming pool within walking distance from the campground (campers get a discount). We camped at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
55
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

Campground Details

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

Rather than following GPS directions (unless it has changed), follow the sign for the park from 11E/321. Like the GPS route, it takes you through several miles of small country roads, but they aren't quite as small and tight as the GPS route.

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Douglas Dam Headwater - TVA, Sevierville, Tennessee

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Lovely location overlooking large lake. Small swimming and day-use area, as well as a huge boat ramp and parking lot. Many sites have a lake view and some border the water (those cost an extra $2.00). All sites are E/W, have gravel pads, and some have concrete patios under picnic table and fire ring. Most sites will need some degree of leveling and some are very small, so if possible explore your choices before you select one. Over-the-air TV and Verizon signals are both good. We camped at Douglas Dam Headwater - TVA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The dump station is set up backwards, which must make crowded dump-days a nightmare. You enter from the direction of entering the park, not leaving, and there is not a lot of room for long lines of rigs to maneuver through the area. If possible, dump at a non-busy time. Like CoE parks, TVA parks have a free online reservation system. If you do not have a reservation, though, the camp hosts are very helpful and will assist.

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

The Narrows COE, Glasgow, Kentucky

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Sites on loop A are pretty large but are quite close to one another. Loop B sites are also close together and some are not very big. B also has more sites that would be a challenge to level. All site pads are gravel and have a very nice picnic table/fire ring area. All sites are E/W, but bring extra hose if you plan to use the water, since the water station for each site is shared with neighboring site(s) and could be pretty far from your intake location. Over the air TV signal good (at least in loop A which is higher elevation). Verizon very slow. When I was there, the grass was very long. Small swimming beach downhill from Loop A. Large marina and boat ramp easy walk from campground. We camped at The Narrows COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A 22
Site Surface
Gravel
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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Canal COE, Grand Rivers, Kentucky

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Gorgeous location on Lake Barkley in the Land Between the Lakes in western Kentucky. Some lovely areas for walking/biking. Over-the-air TV got a few channels and Verizon signal was good. Laundry machines in a couple of the bathhouses. Campground staff/hosts were awesome. We camped at Canal COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
14 Primitive Loop
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

Campground Details

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

If possible, check your site options out before choosing. The primitive loop is only suitable for small motorhomes or trailers and some of the sites are only good for tents. The other loops look pretty good for larger RV's but things like leveling, spaciousness, and sun/shade vary. Prices set according to amenities ($18 for E/W in primitive loop to $30 for E/W waterfront sites and $34 for full hookups).

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Montauk State Park, Salem, Missouri

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

It's campgrounds like this that make picking a rating so hard. If you want a remote, peaceful location--although weekends are probably pretty busy--with awesome fishing but fairly basic campground amenities, you would give this top rating. Unfortunately I like to have access to a touch of civilization, including a Verizon signal and at least a couple of TV channels, if possible, neither of which existed. The saving grace was that campground wifi was strong so my email worked. Beyond all that, this is an incredibly beautiful area. The $21/night price is for 30 amp electric and very reasonable. 50 amp electric is just $2 more. Most sites have a mix of sun/shade. The camping pads are asphalt, but many are covered by silt/sand. When it rains, drainage is problematic in many spots. In fact you probably want to avoid the area in times of heavy rain as it is subject to flash flooding. Most sites are fairly level and spacious, roomy enough for larger rigs. There are laundry machines in the two main bathhouses.The lodge dining room is very nice and the one meal I had there was wonderful. Camp store sells fishing licenses, equipment, and other goodies. We camped at Montauk State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
404 Loop 4
Site Surface
Asphalt, Sand
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Fish fish fish and walk walk walk. Pristine, spring-fed waters. They also have many cabins and rooms in the lodge for non-campers.

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Dam West Recreation Area COE, Carlyle, Illinois

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful campground on huge lake. Many sites right on or across road from lake. Great value at $18/night for electric. There are a handful of full hookup sites also. Most sites pretty level and fairly to very spacious. Most are asphalt, some gravel. Most have some shade, although some along lake-front are pretty sunny. Two-way road through campground easy to navigate. Over-the-air TV and Verizon signals strong. Laundry machines in main bathhouse. We camped at Dam West Recreation Area COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
43
Site Surface
Gravel
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

Campground Details

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

Great campground if you enjoy walking/biking. Beautiful day-use area with swimming beach nearby and beyond that is the dam.

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Kickapoo State Recreation Area, Oakwood, Illinois

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The good: This is a very relaxing, heavily forested campground with most sites fairly spacious (and pretty level). Verizon signal was good and we pulled in several OTA TV signals. Best sites for antenna or satellite TV reception would be 1-16 since they aren't surrounded as much by trees, although most still have partial shade. Sites 1-41 are non-reservable, first-come-first-serve electric. Most sites are 30 amp electric only, although there are a few 50 amp sites available. Camp Host was very accommodating, letting us go in, pick our site, and pay later since it wasn't busy. The not-so-good: Only negatives are that the shower houses (there are two) are very old. Even when clean, it is hard to tell. And, at least at the time of my visit, there was a fair amount of trash on the ground surrounding some of the dumpsters. We camped at Kickapoo State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
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:

This is a very convenient, economical stopover if traveling on I-74 in eastern Illinois/western Indiana. Careful about GPS and other "driving instructors" steering you in through 150. I found the fastest way in was from exit 206 and then heading north on Newtown Rd. to Glenburn Creek Rd., etc.

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Harrison Lake State Park, Fayette, Ohio

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Gorgeous park with lake and day-use areas (including swimming beach) easy walking distance from campground. Playground equipment is scattered throughout. A non-fenced pet beach is located down the hill from the dump station. There is only one shower house (with laundry), but restrooms with flush toilets are located throughout the camping loops. This is probably one of the cleanest state parks I've seen. As soon as a site was vacated, staff/camp hosts were there cleaning up. The grounds were beautifully mowed and well kept. The only downside of note that I saw was that some of the sights had a fairly challenging incline--bring your levelers! Verizon signal good; OTA TV signals weak, but pulled in a couple of stations. We camped at Harrison Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
93
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, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The South Campground (entrance on County Road M) only has vault toilets. To get to the North Campground shower house, you have to walk/bike over the dam and through the beach/day use picnic area (at least half a mile). On the bright side, your hair will be dry by the time you get back. Or you can drive (entrance for North Campground is on County Road 27).

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Findley State Park, Wellington, Ohio

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Most of the sites were not very long and some had a fair incline, so larger rigs probably should take care to scope things out before selecting site. Lots of tall trees provide good mix of shade/sun. One shower house with flush toilets (and laundry) for over 250 sites; several vault toilets scattered through camping loops. Verizon and OTA TV signals good. We camped at Findley State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
220
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

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

Two-way road throughout park and camping loops so fairly easy to navigate. Careful of ditches, though, when pulling into some of the sites.

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Mosquito Lake State Park, Cortland, Ohio

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Very pretty, well-maintained campground with most sites in forested area. A handful (mostly in camping area 1) have lakeside views. A few sites at the start of each camping area are in the sun. The only thing preventing a score of 10 was that for more than 230 sites total, they have just one shower house with flush toilets (and a couple of laundry machines). There are vault toilets in the camping loops (which I could smell when walking by some of them). Easy drive or bike ride (or a long walk) to the marina and, a bit beyond that, the dog park/beach (which looks really nice). Good Verizon and OTA TV signals. Two-way road throughout park and camping loops so very easy to navigate. Most sites are roomy enough for larger rigs. We camped at Mosquito Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
128
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Walmart 5 miles away

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Bald Eagle State Park, Howard, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful part of PA and nice park for boating, fishing, swimming, etc. Campground not right on the lake, but nice trails or easy drive will get you there. Staff member kindly showed me a good place for a.m. walk to see where they have a resident eagle pair raising their eaglet and giving it fishing lessons. Not much shade in the campground since trees aren't tall, but give them a few years and that will improve. Grounds kept very clean and trim, with all sites paved and nice gravel area for fire ring and picnic table. Most sites pretty level, some will take a little more effort to get there. Campground loops (one for pets, one for no pets) are on a slope, and if you stay at the higher elevation (the sites with the higher numbers of each loop are higher up), you can pick up 6-8 OTA TV signals. Verizon signal good. Only downside is the price, but that goes for all PA state parks (29.50 weekday for non-resident, pet loop, electric only plus additional $4 for weekend nights, then add a $5 transaction fee at check in brought my single Sunday night stay up to nearly $35.00). We camped at Bald Eagle State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
90
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Promised Land State Park, Greentown, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful, large state park with large public use area for swimming, boat rentals, etc. Five different campground loops are very spread out and very different from each other. My loop, Northwoods, allowed pets and was very shady with good space between sites. Some were very un-level, though. Larger trailers and motorhomes need to get one of the pull-through sites or call the office for advice on getting a site big enough rather than rely solely on Reserve America info, some of which is wrong. Only negatives were the price (29.50 was for Electric only, non-resident, pet loop, on a weekday... add $4 for weekend nights), and the grass in the campground loop was not kept cut well at all (be sure to bring tick repellant). We camped at Promised Land State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
450
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Dutch's Market in Greentown is about 8 miles away and is a nice, complete grocery store. Otherwise there is a small grocery store in the little village of Promised Land in the center of the park (on 390), but prices are very high. If coming from I-84, the easiest way in is the exit for 390 south (don't let your GPS take you through Greentown).

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 7

Ben Franklin RV Park, York, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Small, family owned RV park on western outskirts of York. As is typical of an older RV park, the sites are close together and it borders a busy road (I-30). I ranked it on the high side, though, because of convenience, outstanding service, clean facilities, and recent improvements. I have been coming here for three years and the owners know me when I call and do their best to accommodate my requested site. They live on an adjacent property so are available if needed. I see improvements and new touches every time I visit. They recently finished a large club house that has a patio and other nice outside seating, including some swinging seats and benches in the shady, grassy area across the driveway. There is a large, rocky water feature next to the patio and a beautiful view beyond of Pennsylvania farmland and hills. They often host RV clubs and other groups in the park and I imagine the new clubhouse will be a big draw once more groups discover it. Two large, handicapped-accessible, single-use bathrooms are kept immaculate. There is an on-site laundry room. Most sites are gravel and pretty level. Plenty of over-the-air TV channels. Verizon signal strong. A discount is given for a one-week stay by giving the 7th night free, bringing the cost down to $30/night. We camped at Ben Franklin RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
299
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

There is a fair amount to do in this neck of the woods. Gettysburg is less than 30 miles to the west; the Harley Davidson factory (they give tours) less than 10 miles to the east; Lancaster another 30 miles further east. Walmart (a personal weakness of mine) is less than 5 miles away.

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