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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Fortuna De Oro RV Park (55+), Yuma, Arizona

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

We live nearby, but we got a coupon for 3 free nights at Quartzsite last winter, so we decided to try the park. The individual RV sites are nothing special. Flat, gravel, with a sidewalk and a small tree on the patio side. Not even a picnic table. Sewer is where it should be. Water and electric are way back at the back. The amenities, though, are quite nice. Multiple pools, sports complex with tennis and pickleball, craft and game rooms, live music in the afternoons. The pools and sports facilities appeared to be mostly new and in good shape. The sites had a few more weeds than I would have liked. My dog kept picking up stickers. In the area we were in, over half the sites were empty, but that wasn't the case everywhere. For someone that wants to spend time at a resort, this seemed to be worth considering. We camped at Fortuna De Oro RV Park (55+) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Top notch. Catalina State Park is in a beautiful location north of Tucson, close enough to Tucson to go into town, but far enough to be in nature. Many of the sites face wild country and have great views of the desert and mountains. Sites are spacious and level. Sites had grills, but didn't have fire pits. Everything is clean and well maintained. Showers and restrooms are nice. Quiet. Good hiking and biking inside the park. We camped at Catalina State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
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:

Hiking, biking, horseback riding inside the park.

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Lost Alaskan RV Park, Alpine, Texas

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

Alpine, Texas is the jumping off point for all of the attractions in West Texas. Lost Alaskan is a pretty decent private park. Sites are spacious by private park standards, long, flat, and the hookups worked. The sewer is a 3" connection, so you really need the adapter. You can't just throw the end of the hose into the hole.There was a bit of grass and a few trees between the sites. The picnic tables were concrete and brick, small, and a long way from the coach. People didn't use them much. Everything was clean and well maintained. We didn't use the showers or restrooms, but the laundry facilities were excellent. Clean, and the machines were new. AT&T and Verizon reception was fine. The cable TV had Fox News, but not CNN. It's that kind of location. Hike to the top of the hill and leave a note in the notebook in the desk. Marfa is 1/2 hour away. Go look at some art. Big Bend National Park is 2 hours away. We camped at Lost Alaskan RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

McKinney Falls State Park, Austin, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

McKinney Falls State Park is on the outskirts of Austin. Compared to most "urban" campgrounds, it rocks. The state park is nice. It's on the outskirts of Austin. A few hiking trails, a couple of swimming holes. The campground is mostly older. Sites tend to be small. Some are level, some aren't. You don't get assigned a site until you get there. The first site we were assigned was a lovely site. Level and spacious. But it was next to a family group that had 6 adults and 15-20 preschool age kids. Seriously, they had four cars parked in the site, and a lot of their toys and stuff had already migrated into what was supposed to be our site. We didn't want any of that, so we went back to the registration and got another site. The second site was a pull through, but it was small, and really meant for tent camping. We were able to get our small motorhome level on it, but it was challenging. The picnic table and rest of our site was 30 feet away, and we ended up not using it. For the price (including $6 per person per day park entry fee), it was fine, but we weren't overly impressed. Both Verizon and AT&T were fine. We camped at McKinney Falls State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
67
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Buckhorn Creek COE, Jefferson, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

Buckhorn Creek is a COE campground on Lake 'O The Pines. Our GPS didn't want to find it. We ended up using the GPS to get to Jefferson, then following the directions on our reservation confirmation to get the rest of the way. Our campsite was on the lakefront and had a fantastic view. Most people were there for the fishing, and had brought boats. The sites were large, and had great lake views. Not all the sites were long enough to park both an RV and a boat, so a number of the sites were packed with vehicles everywhere, including people across from us who had what looked to be a large white catering tent set up on their site. The catering tent had bright lights on all night. This was actually the most annoying thing there. Other than the fishing, there really wasn't a lot to do there. Being a COE campground, there wasn't any wifi. The cell service was marginal. We could do email and texting, but couldn't stream video. We camped at Buckhorn Creek COE in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

A very pretty lake, but there wasn't really much to do here, except fishing.

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Two Rivers Campground, Nashville, Tennessee

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $59.00
Overall Rating:

Two Rivers RV Park is just off the freeway, in between an RV dealership and a Camping World, in a row of other RV parks, about 1 1/2 miles from the Grand Ole Opry ($7 by Lyft), and ten miles from downtown. The park is clean and the people friendly. Sites are level gravel, and have a concrete pad for the picnic table. As private parks go, site spacing wasn’t terrible. The hookups were all very close together. Sewer hookup was within six inches of the fresh water. The water was heavily chlorinated, and I think this is the park that destroyed our water filters. Cell service was fine. I didn’t try the WiFi. We camped at Two Rivers Campground in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Tom Sawyer's Mississippi River Park, West Memphis, Arkansas

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $49.00
Overall Rating:

Tom Sawyer’s is on the Arkansas side of the Mississippi River, across from Memphis. It’s on the river side of the levee, and apparently floods with regularity. The current Google satellite view of the park shows it completely flooded, and our next door neighbor had had a reservation canceled earlier in the year. It’s about a 15-20 minute drive to the tourist attractions in Memphis. Your GPS will send you the wrong way at one point. If you’re looking up instead of at your GPS when the GPS tells you to make an obviously wrong right turn, you’ll notice a large sign for the park on the left. The park is kind of funky, probably as a result of the regular flooding. Water pipes stick out of the ground at funny angles, and the buildings are all on stilts. Some sites have concrete pads, and some are gravel. Site spacing is fairly close, but nearly every site has a good view of the river. All are mostly level, but may have some issues when it rains. Our site completely flooded, and we had to pull our fresh water hose and power cord out of a lake that formed in the pit our sewer connection was in. We ended up playing safe and sanitizing our fresh water system at the next campground. The campground WiFi barely works, but cell service is fine. We camped at Tom Sawyer's Mississippi River Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Graceland is a 25 minute drive, and has plenty of RV parking. The National Museum of Civil Rights is in downtown Memphis, about 15 minutes away. We were able to park our coach on the street right next to the museum.

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Lake Catherine State Park, Hot Springs, Arkansas

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

Lake Catherine State Park is a very pretty state park on a reservoir in the Hot Springs area. This is the prettiest park we’ve stayed at in our current trip. Our site was right on the lake in the B loop, which is the older loop. Our site had 30 amp and water, but the water was on the wrong side, and we needed almost exactly 50 feet of hose to get to it. All of the water hookups in the B loop were the same. The C loop is newer, has larger pads, sewer hookups, and hookups are more conventionally arranged. In our small class C, we preferred the B loop because we had a beautiful lakefront site all to ourselves. Even on a weekday in November, the C loop was full. We felt like we were camping by a beautiful lake by ourselves. The site was paved and basically level. While we were there there was a sizable rainstorm, which is the story of our lives on this trip. A couple of sites were completely flooded, but most of the campground survived pretty well. AT&T was excellent. Verizon was passable. We camped at Lake Catherine State Park in a Motorhome.

Site Details

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

Campground Details

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

There are a few hikes right from the campground. Hot Springs National Park is 25 minutes away, and is well worth going to, especially if you like hot springs.

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Mama Gertie's Hideaway Campground, Swannanoa, North Carolina

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Well maintained and clean. Sites were level. Showers and restrooms were impeccable. Built on the side of a mountain. You will always be walking up a hill. Site spacing is pretty tight, but the hillside construction kind of mitigates the “look at the side of your neighbor’s coach’s vibe. We camped at Mama Gertie's Hideaway Campground in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Fire Ring
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground), Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a beautiful place. It’s also a much loved place, arguably a bit too loved. Traffic was terrible. Cars and trucks were all over the place. This huge campground, however, was nowhere near full. Which is good, because if all 200 sites were in use, the campground would have been as overloved as the rest of the park. Site spacing was spacious. Everything but everything was covered with a thick coat of fallen leaves, so such that it was even hard to find the road at times. Restrooms were funky. Old, overused, and not clean. No showers. No hookups, no water. Generator hours 8 am to 8 pm. Nearest dump station six miles away. Nearest cell service was six miles away at the visitor center. We camped at Elkmont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Site Details

Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

The Little Campground, Banner Elk, North Carolina

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

The Little Campground is...little. There are 4 sites, in a space that a KOA would pack a dozen or more into. The 4 sites are spacious and level. The sites would be a bit small for big rigs. Two of the four are next to a creek, but all of the sites are good. All sites have full hookups, a concrete pad with a picnic table, a fire ring, and satellite TV connection. The host supplied the wood. Wifi was 30 Mbps, and worked perfectly. Inexpensive laundry machines. There's no shower or restrooms. You need to bring your own. The owner was super friendly and helpful, even brought us laundry change when we asked. When we were there, we were the only ones there, so we had the entire place to ourselves. The campground is a few miles away from town. There's nothing much to do within walking distance, but it's close to Banner Elk and the Blue Ridge Parkway, so there's plenty to do in the area. We would happily come here again. We camped at The Little Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Banner Elk. Blue Ridge Parkway. Lots to do.

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Stone Mountain State Park, Roaring Gap, North Carolina

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

When we checked in, the guy checking us in told us that this was the best campground in all of North Carolina. It may have been a bit of hyperbole, but it is a very, very good campground. Sites in the B loop have electric and water, level asphalt parking pads, level gravel tent pads (that have been raked), and are very spacious. All of the B loop sites either back onto a forest or a creek. While we were there in late October, they were having hot water problems because of an early frost. Our site had a water leak, probably because of the same early frost. AT&T didn't work at all, and Verizon was hit and miss. We didn't have any OTA TV reception, but our satellite radio worked. Our site (59) was in full shade from the mountain for almost the entire day. We didn't get sun until about 5 pm. Earlier in the season, it would have more sun. We picked the campground because of its proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway, but the state park is a destination on its own. We camped at Stone Mountain State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
59
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Fantastic hiking. Hike the Stone Mountain loop. There's also rock climbing if you're into that.

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Cave Mountain Lake Family Camp USFS, Natural Bridge Station, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

The campground is beautiful. Dry camping in a backwoods setting. Sites are spacious and level. Showers are hot and have plenty of pressure. Everything was spotless. The camp host was a hoot. The campground is a long way from anything, and there was a stretch of road on the way that felt like we were driving through a scene from Deliverance. But once we got there, it was really, really nice. A creek runs through the camp, and there's a lake. We would like to have stayed longer. There's no cell reception, no TV reception, no wifi, probably too many trees for satellite TV. Our satellite radio did work. We camped at Cave Mountain Lake Family Camp USFS in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Charlottesville KOA, Charlottesville, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We got reservations and paid a deposit for this place months beforehand. When Hurricane Florence closed the Blue Ridge Parkway and there were all sorts of tales of woe because the Charlottesville KOA was keeping everyone's deposits, I was a bit concerned. But a month later, when we got to Charlottesville, everything was open, and we stayed here. Sites are gravel, level, and tightly packed. Pretty much every usable space has a parking pad on it. There's a small playground and pool, and a bouncy pad that got a lot of use during the weekend. After the weekend crowd left, there wasn't a single kid, so bouncing was off the menu. Cable TV had about 10 channels, but worked. Wifi worked when there weren't many people in the campground, not so much when there was any competition. The campground is about 15 minutes away from Charlottesville, and about 15 minutes (in a different direction) from Monticello, which was well worth the stop. Anyway, everything was fine, but it was overpriced for how tightly packed everything was. We camped at Charlottesville KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tips for other Campers:

Monticello is 15 minutes away. Well worth it.

Review Count: 65
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 14

Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground), Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

This is a large campground in Shenandoah National Park. Everything is dry camping. The campground is large, and when we were there in October, every site was filled. On the weekend, there were lots of people in every site. Sites were quite large and we were in a site near the edge of the campground, so we were kind of isolated from the hubbub of a large, crowded campground. There are showers (unusual for a NPS campground), probably because the Appalachian Trail goes practically through the campground, laundry, and a small camp store. There is a larger store and a restaurant a mile away, down by Skyline Drive. There's a dump station near the entrance that we didn't try. Cell service was marginal, but better than most other places along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hiking in the area is excellent. We camped at Big Meadows Campground (NPS Campground) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A104
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Go hiking.

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