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Catalina State Park

Tucson, Arizona

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I would echo the most previous reviewer. This is a very well run state park and it's obviously very popular with local day users who begin coming in to the trailhead early in the day. The sites are nicely laid out, level, and paved under the RV. Most sites are back in, but there are also pull-throughs. The restrooms were immaculate and the showers were private. In loop A, reservations can be made for W&E or dry camping. If the latter, the park puts a lock on the electrical panel to prevent use. About the only drawback for this park to serve as a staging point for visits to Tucson attractions, it's 14 miles to Tucson on very tedious Route 77, with stoplights every third of a mile or so that always seem to turn red as drivers approach them. That is not the park's fault, of course, and the park is a welcome oasis in the chaotic suburbs of Oro Valley out on the highway. For the week we were her in mid-February, the park was full each day of the week. We enjoyed our weeklong stay and would likely stay here again when in the area, but will make sure to reserve early if in the "high" season of December - March.

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We have stopped here a few times on our way further south in Texas and the more we stay, the better it seems. It is an outstanding state park. If you will be staying at more than one state park for more than a night at each one, the $70 annual pass provides a 50% discount on the second night at each park (the pass includes four of these discounts) and waives the daily use fee, which at this park is $7 per person per day. The pass pays you back in no time at all. The sites are on an asphalt pad that is 20 feet wide and about 60 feet deep, so you can easily park two vehicles on the asphalt. Sites are at least 100 feet apart in open woods and fields. The staff is very competent, nice, easy to deal with, and there are a number of volunteer hosts and other workers at the park. Our Verizon card worked well, and we got plenty of over-the-air TV stations. The park routinely fills up on nice weekends since it's so close to Houston. We will continue to stop at this park when traveling in the area.

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This popular campground was full over the long Martin Luther King, Jr., weekend, and there was a 25 minute line to get into the park through the single entrance gate. There are 5 camping loops, and most (possibly all) have water and electric service. Sites are fairly close together, with sites on the outside of the loop a little more spacious. Location of campground is outstanding for nature or history lovers. The trails and beaches and the fort give a variety of things to do without leaving the park. There were plenty of over-the-air TV stations and our Verizon network worked well. The fee shown reflects a 50% senior pass discount. A dump station is provided in Loop A and likely other loops. We enjoy this park and will stay again when traveling in the area.

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This is the third time we've stayed at this lovely little campground, and it did not disappoint this time. We again stayed right on the water in site 11. Long rigs will probably not be able to navigate into and out of this site due to the steepness of the access and exit. Our 30 foot rig did just fine. Nearly all sites are back in. Wi-Fi was excellent as was over-the-air TV and Verizon phone service. The circuit breaker box is in need of some screws as the cover nearly fell off and in removing power, I could see inside the box. Daily rate shown includes fee and tax. The nearest gas/snack station is about 5 miles away. We didn't see the host this time, so missed the Great Dane. We like the peace and quiet of this location and it's a great stopping off point when headed south and west.

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This campground is off Quebec Route 132, down a steep grade to the shore of the St. Lawrence, part way between Quebec City and Trois Riviere, where years ago a brick factory stood. Sites are either directly on the water, or very near it. Rate shown (US dollars) was for 3 "services" (i.e., FHU), one row back from the river, and does not include the usual 15% sales tax. Most sites are pull-through. Many seasonals, but all sites are spectacularly well-maintained and clean; you could not ask for better. Campground wi-fi was excellent. TV reception was good, but we couldn't understand enough of the French. Each site has a fire ring and a picnic table. The campground is gated and staffed from morning to evening; there is a mandatory $20 CDN refundable deposit on a gate clicker. Staff spoke enough English to facilitate transactions. Owner appears to live on site. This is the second time we've stayed here for a couple of nights while cruising in Quebec. We'd stay again as the park is excellent.

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We returned to this campground again this year, to ride the Petit Train du Nord trail...and to enjoy the poutine in Riviere Rouge. This campground is nearly completely occupied by seasonals, with only a few sites for transient visitors like us. The campground is very well operated and managed and the fact that most sites are seasonals was not an issue at all. Our particular site, same as last year, was a challenge to get level enough for comfort. We arranged for another site (mistaken in which site number it was), but it didn't look any better, level-wise, so we stayed where we were. Rate shown is converted to US dollars. Other campers were very friendly and communicative. Over a late season weekend, most of the seasonal sites were occupied, and they nearly all left on Sunday to return another weekend. The campground is on the shore of the Riviere Rouge and some sites are right on the water. We used our Verizon card while at the campground and didn't purchase the wi-fi service. We didn't even bother to try for over-the-air TV reception, and wouldn't have understood the French. We'd stay again when visiting this part of Quebec.

     

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Camping Transit

Levis, Quebec

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This is just about a perfect campground, except for one thing: the A-20 Transcanada highway is immediately next to the campground and the noise from hundreds of trucks is quite noticeable, even inside a well insulated, closed RV. The sites are exceptionally clean and well maintained, about half seasonals, those furthest from the A-20. The other half are equally clean and well kept, and appear to be for transients. Manager moved us a little further from the A-20. Sites are reasonably spaced, on grass. It appeared that all the transient sites were pull-through, some with "3 services" and others with "2 services." Wi-fi was extra, about $2 a day for up to 2 devices. The campground manager was exceptionally helpful and drove us to our site. The campground wi-fi worked extremely well and I was able to download about 6GB of data for computer and GPS updates. The rate shown is in US dollars for Passport America members at the beginning and end of the season. Shuttle service is provided a couple of times a day to and from the Levis-Quebec City ferry. This is an exceptional campground, marred only by the road noise from the A-20. We'd definitely stay again in the future.

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I stayed here two midweek nights to hike some trails on the 100th birthday of the NPS (August 25). The campground was not full, but reservation tags on the site posts implied that the campground would be full over the weekend. The campground was very orderly and quiet. I had brought a small generator but, not hearing any other generators, went without. Site was shallow and dropped down sharply but I was able to level the trailer by lowering the tongue substantially. I saw no big rigs and think many sites wouldn't be large enough. Wildlife abounds here; saw 4 bears up close in 2 days, and too many nearby deer in the campground to count. There are no hookups, no wi-fi, and my Verizon phone had no service. Single dump station for the entire campground. The fee shown reflects the 50% discount for the federal senior pass. I'd stay here again when in the area.

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I forgot that this is a Passport America campground, so the rate shown was twice what it might have been. When checking in, the helpful manager/owner didn't mention the possible discount. The RV portion of the campground was a ring of about a dozen sites with full hookups. About half of the sites were seasonal. Each site was made of old asphalt that only extended to the dimensions of an RV; at my site, the area for hookups was dirt which turned to mud after a daily rain storm. The small store/nail salon had a few items for sale, but more was available in Old Fort, about 3 miles from the campground, located up a "holler." There was zero over-the-air TV reception, no cable service, and poor Verizon cell phone reception, but the campground wi-fi worked very well. The tightness of the steep surrounding hills meant that a satellite TV system might not work, either. This was the second time staying at this campground, and we'd likely stay again in the future as there are not many choices in the area.

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This is a compact linear RV park, on the French Broad River, with sites on both sides of a central recreation path and road. An interstate highway is immediately above the campground with much traffic. For a 2 night stay, this campground worked well for me. While sites were very close together, each one was back-in on a concrete pad and most had full hookups. The rate shown was for Passport America, available most days. There was little shade. The advice to check in at the RV repair shop didn't work as it was closed up and we checked in with the helpful person at the campground. There was a cable connection that we didn't use. There were no picnic tables or fire rings at sites. We saw a wi-fi signal but didn't learn if it was for customers. The campground is 5 miles from downtown Asheville. A popular recreation path/trail runs through the middle of the park. If in the area again, we'd likely stay here.

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In the year since I stayed at this campground, the county has added free wi-fi that worked well, after my Verizon phone couldn't find a signal. Nearly all sites were backin, spacious and needed some leveling. The rate shown was likely a senior rate. The entire campground is in dense woods. The roads through the campground are paved, but the sites are gravel. It appeared that all sites had 30 and 50 amp service along with a water spigot. The park was busy over the weekend, but by Sunday afternoon, nearly everyone left. The 3:00 pm checkout time is good for weekenders. The restrooms were clean and the showers were free and private. The campground is in the much larger Dan Nicholas Park with many shelters and activities galore on the 10 acres fishing lake. It's about 7 miles into Salisbury from the campground. We would definitely stay again if in the area.

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I found this park to be just about perfect, and the only drawback was the very close-by I-91 which generated a constant but not excessive hum of noise. The hosts were outstandingly nice and helpful. I was led to my grassy site by a host who changed my site to one with nice shade and no neighbor on one side. The rate shown is $12.50 Passport America rate for a W/E site, valid on Sunday through Wednesday on a once-a-month basis. The park is quiet and all the staff is friendly. I could not tell if any of the rigs were seasonal, but did not see too many people during my 3 day mid-week stay. There was zero over-the-air TV reception, but free park wi-fi worked well. Verizon phone worked well. Although it looks like the easiest way to get to the park off I-91, people arriving must not use River Road if your rig is over 11-0 feet as the narrow overpass blocks the road. Best to call the office and ask how to get there. I enjoyed my stay and am looking forward to staying again in the near future.

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This Corps of Engineers park is on Okatibbee Lake, a flood control reservoir. Like many other COE campgrounds, this one is very well maintained and everything is clean and welcoming. Sites are spacious, mostly shaded, and consist of fine gravel held in place by wooden berms. The extent of the fine gravel is such that virtually the whole site is included. The rate shown reflects a 50% discount for the federal senior pass. Premium sites right on the water are a couple of dollars more. During our mid-week stay, there was only one other camper in our loop. No wi-fi, but our Verizon card worked perfectly and over-the-air TV did as well. We'd stay here again, especially given the excellent value and pretty scenery.

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We returned to this campground so we could ride our trikes on the Longleaf Trace. Not much has changed since our last visit, except that the pleasant and helpful owner and his son are now raising goats, so campers can expect to see plenty of goats, horses, miniature horses, and a braying donkey. Unless one is animal-phobic, they are a lot of fun; bring old bread for treats. The beagles have moved down the road. The sites are tight and a couple of them were damp after the recent rains. We have not seen another camper when we were there, and odds are you would be the only one when visiting. FHU included in rate shown. Some of the cable TV wires have pulled out of their jacks, so there was no cable but OTA reception was good. Good cell and data coverage. Any time we're in the area and want to ride the trace, we'll stay here.

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After spending a few days here last winter, we stayed two weeks on this trip. Our site this time was in the "old" campground, where the sites are more spacious than in the "new" campground. All sites in the park are paved; others have reported some deterioration of the pavement. There is a mix of back-in and pull-through sites, although most of the pull-through sites have too tight a radius, making for constrained use. Also, there are some issues with the location of the electrical tower at those sites. There is a fair amount of standing water this time, including immediately off the paved part of some of the lots. Also, the grass on a few sites is completely torn up (feral pigs?) and essentially unusable. The "new" comfort stations are nicely laid out and the free showers were a pleasure to use. The fee shown is the daily rate, and does not include the $6 "transaction fee" the state charges users so they can then pay to camp, even walk-ups. At least the fee is only charged once per visit, not daily. We had to clean the cigarette butts out of the charcoal grill and felt that the park people should have done that. We couldn't get the free Wi-Fi to work at all but our Verizon card worked very well, as did over-the-air TV. The 8.75% sales tax on virtually everything, including groceries, in the county was a downer. Regardless, we like the area during Mardi Gras and would stay here again another time.