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: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

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: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

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

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

Mission Tejas State Park, Weches, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Price consists of $15 nightly camp fee plus $3 day-use fee per person if you do not have the Texas State Park pass (which costs $70/year). This is a really sweet little park, part of Texas' historical park system, which is a big draw. Set in a tall pinewood forest, all spots have excellent shade. The campground is tiny, very secluded, and off the beaten track (in fact, it is a challenge to get a phone signal in the campground. (Public wi-fi is available up the hill at the office, though). The high mark given for the campground is with the caveat in mind that only a few spots are suitable for larger rigs (we travel in a 25 foot motor home with no towed vehicle). Also, take care driving around the campground loop as the asphalt is broken up along the edge in many parts and on some of the sites, making the road even narrower.

Hopefully the Texas State Park system will put some money into updating the campground/facilities to go with the new visitor center that is opening here soon. We camped at Mission Tejas State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
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
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Commemorative mission built by the Civilian Conservation Corps is right in the campground area, as is access to several trails, once of which connects to the historic Camino del Real. Closer to the entrance/office is the Rice family home, an original log home of 1830s vintage.

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

Brazos Bend State Park, Needville, Texas

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Price (for 30 amp) is $20 for E/W plus $7 per night without TX state park pass. Incredibly beautiful park and campground, especially considering they just reopened after suffering extensive damage from Harvey in August/September. Wide roads, including in campground loops, with very spacious sites, make this park big-rig friendly and very maneuverable. Sites 100-141 (Burr Oak) have 50 amp service. 200-234 (Red Buckeye) are 30-amp. Sites paved, mostly level. Picnic tables on cement patios. Mix of sun/shade. Great park for walking, including a number of trails. Restrooms are updated and very clean. Laundry room in RR building. Very good Verizon and over-the-air TV signals. We camped at Brazos Bend State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
233
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Don't come here expecting to take a swim or a boat ride. Alligators are too plentiful! I didn't go in, but there is a nice looking nature center, as well as an observatory, on site.

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

Lake Corpus Christi State Park, Mathis, Texas

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

Price is $20 for E/W plus $5 per night without TX state park pass. The only thing that brought the overall score down was the state of the restrooms. I am usually not too picky, figuring that maybe the next day or the next week someone will do a better job cleaning. In this case, though, they were absolutely awful. Filthy. Moldy. Cold. Automatic lights that would go out while you were in there. Okay, enough with the bad. Other than the restrooms, this is a gorgeous park on a beautiful lake. Nice fishing dock. Great walking through the park and a couple of trails. One loop is E/W (Opossum Bend) and the other is full H/U (Javelina). Both of the RV loops contain all pull-through sites, but be sure to ask when you check in which direction you should approach your site so that the utilities are on the correct side. There are also separate sections for tents (no hookups) and cabins. Roads are paved. Sites are mix of gravel/pavement. Campground loops are only wide enough for one-way traffic. The full H/U section seems to have larger sites that might be more easy to level on, but the E/W section isn't too bad. Mix of sun/shade, but larger and taller rigs should be careful of low hanging tree branches over many of the sites. Good Verizon and over-the-air TV signals. We camped at Lake Corpus Christi State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

There is a beautiful CCC-built pavilion built on the overlook just past the cabins. Worth the walk.

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit), Three Rivers, Texas

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

Price is $22 for E/W plus $5 per night without TX state park pass. Roads and sites all paved and level. Good space between most sites. Most sites sunny, some with shade. Picnic tables under shelters. Pretty lake. We camped at Choke Canyon State Park (Calliham Unit) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
108
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
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
Sunny Open

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

San Angelo State Park, San Angelo, Texas

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

Price is $20 for E/W plus $4 per night without TX state park pass. Very roomy sites, two-way paved roads through campground loops, plenty of room to maneuver and very spacious sites so probably fairly big-rig friendly. Picnic tables on patios under shelters. Grills. Fire Pits. Mostly level. Mostly sunny with some spotty shade. Most sites have view of lake. Verizon signal good. Several over-the-air TV channels available. We camped at San Angelo State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
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, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

Monahans Sandhills State Park, Monahans, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Price is $15 for E/W plus $4 per night if you do not have the TX state park pass. Very small park (only 24 sites) in gorgeous setting--sand dunes and desert type surroundings. Very convenient to I-20 (exit 86) but encourage you to take a good morning walk even if you are only using this as a one-night stopover. Campground is far enough from the interstate that highway noise is negligible. Park road and site spots paved (but be careful not to accidentally go off into the sand on the side as it is very soft). Mostly level. About 10 sites are pull-through and no trees to worry about overhead clearance, so probably suitable for many larger rigs. Most sites have covered shelters over the picnic tables. Grills. No fire rings. Verizon signal good. Some over-the-air TV available. We camped at Monahans Sandhills State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

For a nominal fee you can rent a sand sled from the park office and spend time flying down the dunes. Even if you don't choose to go sand-sleighing, this is a beautiful park in a magical setting, especially in the early morning hours.

Review Count: 51
States Visited: 15
Helpful Reviews: 12

Abilene State Park, Tuscola, Texas

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

Price includes $15 for E/W site in Pecan Grove (suitable for smaller rigs) plus $5 daily visit fee. Larger sites in Oak Grove and Brushy Trail go for $18/night plus the daily fee. Be careful of low branches if you have a tall rig. Most sites are pretty level and very spacious, with lots of vegetation between for privacy (except in the Wagon Circle loop, which is very open). Most of the picnic tables are on cement patios. Restrooms are dated but clean. Good over-the-air TV and Verizon signals. We camped at Abilene State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

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

Park is about 25 miles south of I-20 and Abilene. The lake is a short drive from the campground.

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