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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis, Illinois

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

Stayed at Fort Massac SP on our way to Nashville from St. Louis. We arrived well after dark around 11PM on a Friday. Missed the turn into the campground because the sign was far off to the left outside of your headlight view in the dark. The site #'s themselves are also very hard to see, and also because the reservation card put up by the host completely covers the # on the post! My co-pilot had to get out with a flashlight and direct me to the site. Once there, it was plenty nice. Level site, clean, quiet. The next morning the host checked in on us to make sure we were who we said we are, and he was very helpful with info about coming back the following Monday for the eclipse. We bugged out early on Sat so never got to explore the park at all, but it seems really neat and we hope to go back soon and experience it all. We camped at Fort Massac State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
23
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

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

Going into town to see the Superman statue is mandatory.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

St Francois State Park, Bonne Terre, Missouri

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

Hit the weather jackpot again this season and stayed at St. Francois SP on another unseasonably cool weekend in Missouri. We'd booked weeks earlier luckily, as the park was filled to capacity. All the sites in our loop were pull-through and seemed reasonably level. Ours was sort of bowl-shaped, so it was just a matter of getting into the right position to be level. Unlike our stay at another state park, campers here seemed to be honoring the dog rules, and not hooking up to the public spigots. (or maybe the very professional hosts were just enforcing the rules properly here). Despite the crowds, dogs, and kids the campground was pretty quiet and orderly. the sites to either side of us were reserved, but empty until our 2nd night, when 2 families who seemed to be together pulled in with huge trailers. After that, we had various people trotting back and forth through our camp site. kind of a peeve of mine. but we were inside most of the time so I didn't fuss. Unfortunately the weekend turned rainy and we were unable to try any of the hiking trails in the park. We camped at St Francois 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
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: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Graham Cave State Park, Montgomery City, Missouri

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

It'd been about 15 years since I last camped at this park. I'd always stayed in the "basic" loop since the VW Westfalia didn't have hookups, but this time we camped in the RV / Electric site loop area up the hill. It was horrendously hot that weekend (105F) and there were only 2 other RV's in the loop, and a couple of poor souls tent camping in the Basic area. The park was clean, quiet, and no host was seen all weekend. I didn't use, but investigated the bathroom and showers. They were in pretty run-down shape but usable. There's also coin-op washer & dryer available. I also noticed that many of the electric sites are pretty severely off-bubble. We had one of the more flatter sites and still had to use several blocks to level out. Some of them looked so bad that you might have a hard time getting level even with jacks. The park has a boat launch and the cave is NOT open for tours. Not a lot of attractions at this park. I suppose it's just a cheaper alternative to the 2 RV parks closer to the highway on the same exit. We camped at Graham Cave State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Good park for staying near Harmann MO during Octoberfest season

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Meramec State Park, Sullivan, Missouri

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

Stayed at Meramec State Park on an unseasonably cool weekend in late June. Luckily we had reserved our site weeks in advance, as all the camping loops were completely full this weekend. Our site was a back-in, electric only spot. It was presumably paved but was covered in several inches of hard caked mud from the campgrounds seasonal flooding every year. Due to a malfunctioning city-water check valve, we lost all our water and had to pull out and fill up at the park. This was a problem because 1) all the spigots through the "electric only" loop were taken up by other campers illegally connecting up to them for their cheap trailers for the weekend, and 2) once we found a water supply (at the dump station about 1/4 mile away) we discovered that this park's potable water smells like the rotten egg sulphur so badly it's as if it's tapped from Satan's own butthole. Our rig reeked of it for the weekend, and still seemed tainted even after flushing the tank 2x after getting home. Many other campers seemed unimpressed with the parks "2 dog limit" rule and also enjoyed leaving them tied up outside their camp units at all hours. We were never able to get a usable connection to the park's WiFi and there was no AT&T cell service in the camping loop areas. The campground host / staff seemed to enjoy country music playing loudly in any vehicles or camp sites, however they were very much against the loud um, "urban" music coming from the car of a minority family there to enjoy the park & cave tour and were on them *instantly* They then proceeded to also ask them several questions about why they were there, if they were registered campers, etc. I wish I were making that up. Welcome to Missouri. We camped at Meramec State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt, 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

Campground Details

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

There's a cave tour but we did not partake, and the hiking trails we DID try were completely deserted despite the capacity crowds. If you're into canoeing, tubing, floating, etc this is the park for you.

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Mark Twain Cave Campground, Hannibal, Missouri

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

As others have stated, this is an older park with gravel / partially paved roads, and lots of big mature trees. The middle pull-through spots are in a more open setting, and VERY close together, though our site had a generous buffer that others lacked. Also most of the sites were not quite level to varying degrees. We only needed a few blocks, but I noted a couple larger rigs with the auto-levelers or jacks, that had a wheel completely off the ground to get level. All hookups were satisfactory and worked well. If we were staying again I would probably try to get a site around the outside where there was more cover, and more space between spots. But our Class C is only 21' so no problems fitting in. What sets this location off though are the attractions nearby. Mark Twain Cave of course, but there's also a winery and a small Cafe run by HyVee (a supermarket chain) with very good sandwiches / munchies. Across the road is mini golf and other kitschy attractions, as well as river views. We were there the weekend of the "Brew Skies" music / beer / VW festival and even with those crowds the campground was quiet and orderly. Couldn't even hear the music from our spot. We camped at Mark Twain Cave Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
E7
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Mark Twain Cave is on the pricey side for what it is, but worth it at least once! Get the massive pork loin sandwich at the cafe...trust me!

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Mississippi Palisades State Park, Savanna, Illinois

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

"Average" for a State Park camping experience, in my opinion. We reserved ahead through the Reserve America app, host was friendly and had our info ready to go when we arrived. She offered firewood, and asked about water before sending us on to our site. Navigation in the park was a little tricky but we made it with only 1 wrong turn. The camping loop itself was pretty typical for a state park in the Mo/Il region. back-in spots with electric only, lots of big trees and a decent amount of breathing room between spaces. If you have rooftop solar you probably won't get much use of it here. Had to drag the heavy the picnic table out of the parking spot before backing in, and clean up trash left behind by the previous occupants. It was a holiday weekend and very full, with lots of large camper units and children running around. The evening and night however was very peaceful, with a few sites hosting groups of people outside showing movies projected on large screens. We never used the public toilet/showers so cannot comment on that. Leaving in the AM we chose the dump station inside the park and didn't have a wait. As we passed the entrance station however, there were several rigs waiting in line and one nearly blocking the exit for everyone else. Luckily our 21' Class C was small enough to navigate the other roads in the park and we were able to drive up to the overlooks and trails over the river valley. I wouldn't want to try the roads in a larger rig though, due to some low-hanging branches and the twisty steep descent to the South Entrance. We camped at Mississippi Palisades State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
90
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tips for other Campers:

Head for the interior dump station if it's been a busy weekend. Don't try to drive up the road to the overlooks in a big A or 5th Wheel / long trailer!

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Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 2

Madison KOA, De Forest, Wisconsin

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

We stayed here on our very 1st night camping in an RV.. that we had just purchased hours earlier. This was a calculated move on my part, as I figured a KOA would have the most "old retired guys" floating around, eager to show this youngster how I was doing everything wrong. *grin* We were not disappointed! Despite it being a busy, and totally full holiday weekend, the very helpful staff sent someone out who walked me through all the steps and hookups of our new rig, with lots of experienced advice thrown in. Exactly what I'd hoped for! The KOA itself is of the "rack'em & stack'em" variety, with simple rows of big-rig oriented spots stacked side by side with a strip of grass between them. You won't be enjoying any views or privacy here. It was however very clean and quiet. The row along the side of the grounds for tent camping was right by the 24-hour floodlit public storage facility. I'm sure the tenters were delighted. The grounds also offered a very plain but clean "dog play" area. Not fancy but got the job done. We enjoyed the "Cheese Chalet" right outside the entrance (this is Wisconsin after all) and the wife was happy for the fast food across the street just in case our 1st time cooking in the RV went horribly wrong. (it did not). We only stayed one night and headed out to a state park for the rest of the weekend, which is more our style. Location was very convenient to Madison and the Dells. We camped at Madison KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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

Campground Details

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

The Cheese Chalet next door is worth a stop. Giant cow for a photo-op, and a giant pink elephant for another on the other side of the highway.

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