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: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

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: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

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: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

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: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

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: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

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: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

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.

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

Daingerfield State Park, Daingerfield, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Price is for full hook-up (all RV sites are FHU) at $20 plus $4 daily visit fee. Camped up hill from lake (very pretty spring-fed lake) in Mountain View area. Sites there are best suited for smaller rigs since many are quite short and not real level. The road is also quite narrow. It's the best loop for OTA TV signals, though, because of elevation. Verizon signal was also decent. Might pay off to scope out which site you want before picking, especially if you will be there for more than a night or two. Quite a few had the picnic tables/fire-rings on the same side as the utilities rather than on the RV house-door side. Restrooms in this loop were modern and very clean. There are more full hookup sites in the Dogwood loop which is on the lake, and about ten pull-through sites in the Big Pine area (those are premium sites and cost $5.00 more). We camped at Daingerfield State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
40
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
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline, Louisiana

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

Price is for standard E/W site, $22 plus $6 one-time transaction fee. The lake itself was drawn down during this visit. Looks like it must be quite beautiful when full. Lots of nice places and trails for walking. The campground road is paved. Sites are fairly spacious and mostly level. Some are very long and there are about six pull-throughs. Many have wooden platforms for the picnic tables. Lots of shade throughout. Verizon and over-the-air TV signals good. Laundry available in comfort station. We camped at Lake Bistineau State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
27
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 interested in fishing or boating, be sure to call the park first to check on the level and condition of the lake.

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

Lake Bruin State Park, Saint Joseph, Louisiana

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

Price is for one night E/W $20 fee plus $6 transaction fee (the $6 is only charged one time, not nightly). Beautiful little campground on banks of Lake Bruin, an oxbow lake formed when the Mississippi River changed its course further east. Excellent, friendly service. Verizon and over-the-air TV signals good. Laundry room in comfort station. Restrooms updated and immaculate. Paved road and sites, most pretty level and fairly spacious. Sun/shade mix. We camped at Lake Bruin State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
24
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
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Park is fairly remote, 28 miles south of I-20, but is worth the trip. It is very quiet and peaceful.

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

Clarkco State Park, Quitman, Mississippi

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Great price for full hook-up (all sites are FHU). Beautiful park on a lovely lake. Many sites right on the lake ($3 premium for those). Road and sites are paved, mostly level. Spaciousness varies widely. The campground loop roads are one-way and fairly narrow so some sites might be tricky to back into with a larger rig. Verizon signal slow. Picked up several over-the-air TV signals. Laundry machines in bathhouse for just $1.00. Public use area has nice swim beach, boating and fishing areas, disc golf, and a big playground that includes a water-play feature. We camped at Clarkco State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
27
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
Some Shade
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Review Count: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

John Tanner State Park, Carrollton, Georgia

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

Really sweet little county park. In summer they have a great swimming beach, putt-putt golf, boat rentals, etc. Paved path circles two small lakes with dam in middle. Grounds are beautifully kept up. Campground sites mostly level, fairly spacious, and very shady. Verizon signal good. Over-the-air TV only able to pick up PBS. Laundry on site for just 75 cents, though it took two tries to get things thoroughly dried. If you are 25 feet or less, you are restricted to certain sites, though, and many are tricky to access (90 degree turns with trees on corner, e.g.). If you are 26 feet or more, there are a few pull-throughs to pick from and the back-ins aren't so tight. After paying for your site, you are allowed to pick whichever one you like, as long as it matches your stated length (over or under 25 feet). Now for the "really strange" category: The ladies room stalls were so tiny that I had to leave the door open in order to sit down and get up again. The shower stall was also extraordinarily cramped and I had to leave the door open in order to have enough elbow room to dry off and dress. Never seen anything like it. At least it was clean, though! We camped at John Tanner State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
3
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:

About 10 miles from I-85 near Georgia-Alabama border.

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

Lake Hartwell State Park, Fair Play, South Carolina

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

Fee includes $2 transaction fee. Road and sites all paved, but old and in spots kind of rough. Some sites need a fair amount of leveling so be prepared. Big variance in size and spaciousness of sites so, if possible, scope them out before choosing. Most sites are beautifully shaded. Verizon signal good. If on a site that has decent elevation, you can pick up a few over-the-air TV signals. Restrooms dated but clean. Park is very handy to I-85 and they keep a portion of it open year-round. We camped at Lake Hartwell State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
107
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

Kings Mountain State Park, Blacksburg, South Carolina

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

Fee is for E/W and includes $2.00 transaction fee. Gravel road through park and gravel/dirt sites might make this park a bit dicey in periods of heavy rain. Many sites require a fair amount of leveling, so try to pick your site before paying. Lots of good shade. Good over-the-air TV signals. Verizon OK but on the slow side. Restroom dated but clean. This is a nice park if you are looking for rustic, secluded, and reasonably priced. We camped at Kings Mountain State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
28
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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

Kerr Lake SRA - Satterwhite Point/J. C. Cooper Campground, Henderson, North Carolina

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

Fee reflects $20 for weekday, off season for E/W plus $3 transaction fee. On the good side, this campground is on a pretty lake. Lots of good shade. Sites are gravel, most fairly level. Nice walks through the campground. Very handy to I-85, and open year-round. However, there is only one shower/bathhouse for the entire campground (over 100 sites), including a number of tent sites that would have no choice but to use the facilities. I don't normally mark down a campground for bathhouses that aren't particularly clean because you never know who is cleaning it that week and maybe the next week it will be spotless. This one, though, was filthy, with mold on the shower walls. General grounds upkeep left a lot to be desired, too. The leaves were so thick I could only identify the campground road by the lack of trees and the sites by their post markers. Perhaps the campground is kept up better during the season. I sure do hope so! Meanwhile, at least it is a handy place to stop if traveling along I-85 near the VA-NC border. We camped at Kerr Lake SRA - Satterwhite Point/J. C. Cooper Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
JC Cooper camp area
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
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions

Review Count: 42
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 10

Westmoreland State Park, Montross, Virginia

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

Fee is for one night, non-VA-resident, plus $5 transaction fee. The only reason the park is marked down is because of the price. Otherwise, it is a beautiful park located on bluffs overlooking the lower Potomac River. Sites were mostly level, fairly spacious (including a number of pull-throughs in Loop A), and covered by beautiful shade trees. Loop A road is paved, sites gravel. Loop B road and sites are gravel/dirt. Single washer/dryer available in Loop A comfort station (not sure if there is also one in B). Restrooms dated, but clean. Quite a few over-the-air TV stations available. Verizon signal strong. Beautiful walks through campground, along the bluffs, and on trails. Pool open in summer season. Boat ramp. We camped at Westmoreland State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop A
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
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The park is near George Washington's birthplace. It is also not far from the 301 bridge that connects VA and MD over the Potomac.

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