About TheBreeze

Grew up on the east coast, went to college, did some electrical engineering, got married, became a left-coaster, raised a son, led some computer engineering until it off-shored, retired and now exploring.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground), Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the nicest NP campgrounds we have stayed in. Fully-treed, level sites, no utilities at sites and no Verizon service accessible from the campground, distributed faucets and bathrooms with cold water only and flush toilets. There is a dump station. Park rangers make twice-daily drive-throughs. Firewood must be certified heat-treated in Great Smoky Mountain NP and is for sale at the stables (which offer horseback rides in the NP). Section F is RVs-only but we enjoyed site 32, at the end of D section, and had no neighbors. Good day-hike (and overnight backpacking) options from the trailhead next to this site. Generators 8am-8pm only. We camped at Smokemont Campground (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
D32
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cherokee is touristy but has the closest usable Verizon cellular service (5-10 minutes from campground). There is a large Harrah'scasino and hotel comples in Cherokee now. The 30-minute drive to the Deep Creek area is worth it for waterfall viewing. Ditto Clingmans Dome for the mountain-top views.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Rutledge Lake RV Park, Fletcher, North Carolina

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed 3 nights while visiting friends in Asheville area. Campground is a little off the beaten track but not difficult to find. Sites are a little close but better than a KOA. Site 60 (our site) is set as end-to-end back-ins but is managed as a single pull-through. Everything was well-kept and maintenance staff passed frequently. We were escorted to our site. One oddity - visitors are said to be charged $3 per day to enter the gated entrance, but our two visitors were admitted without charge. We camped at Rutledge Lake RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
60
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

As others have commented, Biltmore Estates are the big attraction. The house was interesting but grounds were more enjoyable. There is a local arboretum, just off I26, which has lovely hiking trails.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Greensboro KOA, Greensboro, North Carolina

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

Overnighted here on route from Outer Banks to Asheville. Good park for that purpose. We had a pull through with all utilities and didn't disconnect from our tow vehicle. The sites are treed but not wide, barely room to open slides, no room to sit at the picnic table that was there -- it just got in the way trying to walk around the trailer. Our site was not level side-to side or front to back. I40 is a stone's throw away from all sites and the trucks are loud... plan on keeping your RV closed up at night to reduce noise. Staff is friendly and accommodating. We camped at Greensboro KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
87
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Frisco Woods Campground, Frisco, North Carolina

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $65.00
Overall Rating:      

RV, tent and cabins on the Pamlico Sound side of Hwy 12. Midway between Buxton and Hatteras Village. We stayed 4 days longer than planned, waiting out hurricane Irma. Try to stay directly on the Sound, as mosquitos were pretty bad in the trees of sites closer to the front of the campground. This is a quiet campground (when we were there just after Labor Day) with good water, electric, sewer and cable TV. Rate is high for what you get, but no different than other nearby campgrounds. We camped at Frisco Woods Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C20
Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Quarterdeck Restaurant is good. Their hushpuppies were the best, and seafood was of course fresh. Buxton Seafood had good, fresh shrimp, but if you are up towards Manteo, the Wanchese Industrial Seafood area has the best - right on the docks. Orange Blossom Bakery in Buxton is excellent. Get an "Apple Ugly" to-go. Good with coffee! Shelly Island is the newest attraction to see, but you need a $50 beach-driving pass and a 4x4 to get there.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

First Landing State Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

Large campground at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The State Park extends far across the highway and includes miles of multi-purpose trails popular with joggers and cyclists. Some sites are small and near - almost surrounded by - swampy standing water; others are on higher ground and surrounded by mature low trees. Pick a site close to the beach to avoid the swamps if you can. The sites labelled "site specific" are those that van be specifically reserved. Others are reserved by category. Our site 143 was fairly private and a short walk to beach access boardwalk. If you have a big or tall rig, use the outermost perimeter campground roads for ingress/egress, as the interior roads have low-hanging trees. No sites have sewer but there is a dual-station sanitary dump in the front of the campground. Showers had plenty of hot water, but are basic paint-peeling concrete - about what you'd expect for a beach campground. We camped at First Landing State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
142
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The beach fronts the Chesapeake Bay, not ocean. Safe for small children as the waves are small. Explore the rest of the park across Shore Drive. There is a fine multi-use trail that goes to the Atlantic Ocean, from which you can bike-ride to the beach boardwalk. Also some canoeing/kayaking. If you stay in the eastern-most part of the campground you will be treated to patriotic loudspeaker music every morning at 8am.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Staunton / Walnut Hills KOA, Staunton, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $49.00
Overall Rating:      

The nicest KOA at which we have stayed. Was sad that we were only over-nighting. This is a large and spread-out campground with sites in front, in back near and on a pond, and up the hill in woods. Spotless grounds with lots of open grass near the pond. Far enough off I81 to eliminate highway noise. Hwy 340 is actually a good cut-off if you are going I81 to I64 or vice-versa. Their cable is recently-expanded and includes such staples as CNN and Fox News. We camped at Staunton / Walnut Hills KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
68
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Nearby town Stuarts Draft looked like it had reasonable shopping and dining opportunities although we passed through it without stopping.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Ashland / Huntington West KOA, Argillite, Kentucky

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

One of the nicer KOAs at which we have stayed. Sites are close to level and spaced about standard for a KOA - e.g. a closer than you'd like but with room for slide-outs and a picnic table in between each site. Varied sites here... pull throughs and back-ins in several separate areas including a "lower" area that is through the woods and down a dirt road in back. We stayed in a pull-through close to the office and wifi was OK, and near the laundry room which we used. Nice pool (no hot tub), playground, putt-putt (needed sweeping). We camped at Ashland / Huntington West KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

There is a nice pond at the lower site area down the hill in back, but the sites look closer-pitched down there.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Cave Country RV Campground, Cave City, Kentucky

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

Convenient on/off the interstate and 10 minutes from Mammoth Caves NP. Mostly-level gravel pull-throughs with grass in between sites. Friendly check-in staff with escort to your site. Daily morning garbage pick-up. The sites are kept clean and neat. Trees to the southwest may block your satellite reception but cable has a good channel selection. Utilities work fine and are the normal place on each site. We stayed two nights to allow visiting the caves, which are a worthwhile tour. Plenty of other kid-themed activities in the area. We camped at Cave Country RV Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Bucky Bee's BBQ was just OK... There is a long hiking/biking trail with gravel surface through the NP which would be ideal for a bike ride.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Sundermeier RV Park, Saint Charles, Missouri

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $53.00
Overall Rating:      

Selected this park based on it having slightly better reviews than other St Louis parks, and its location in St Charles instead of near downtown St Louis. Sites has FHU, no cable, 2 sewer ports per site (middle and rear). Check-in was a little grumpy but OK. Never saw any management after that, over 3 days. Site and park are well-kept. Sites are a little close but we've seen worse. This park is directly beneath the final approach flight path for St Louis airport and loud passenger jets fly over every 2-3 minutes from about 7am to 11pm. And there is a trail trestle adjacent to the park with hourly trains (but no whistles). Plan on keeping your RV closed with the A/C on, to hold down noise. Out the rear of the park, is Katy trail, a nice walk or bike ride to Oldtown St Charles with shopping and dining options. We camped at Sundermeier RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Gateway Arch in St Louis has construction underway with the visitor's center closed. Tickets to ride the 60's-era tram to the top are described on their website as for-sale only in the "Old Courthouse" a couple of blocks west of the Arch but we also found ticket kiosks open under the arch. Crowded on a Saturday and an underwhelming experience for me, personally. For BBQ, SugarFire in St Charles is *excellent*!

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Worlds of Fun Village, Kansas City, Missouri

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed one night while driving to St Louis. Very clean park. Pull-through sites are long, but not especially wide. All utilities including cable. Main negative was that several tractor-trailer sales and service shops are across the highway, which is a significant hill. So plenty of engine-braking and gear grinding all night long. Staff was friendly and even called to confirm our arrival time. Each site has its own trash can. We camped at Worlds of Fun Village in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
46
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Adjacent (walking distance) to Worlds Of Fun and Oceans of Fun amusement parks, which are closed during the week (school had started).

A short drive to downtown Kansas City. If you are looking for KC BBQ, Q39 in midtown Kansas City is excellent, though crowded and a little noisy. About a 25 minute drive from the campground. Definitely plan ahead for a reservation.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Windmill State Recreation Area, Gibbon, Nebraska

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

Stayed here for 2 nights starting the day of the total solar eclipse. Arrived late in the day and found fewer than expected people, and most of those left the next morning. Sites are HUGE, with well-tended grass and mature trees scattered around several large ponds. Mix of tent and RV sites, many with electric; some are FCFS and others can be reserved on Nebraska's ReserveAmerica portal. Although there are no water or sewer hook-ups, there are quite a few communal water spigots (with threaded mouths) and a dump station on premises. Only negative at that I80 is adjacent to the park and creates enough road noise to be noticeable day and night. We camped at Windmill State Recreation Area in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
45
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is the Platte River Valley. Across I80 from the campground, is an Audubon center and Rowe Sanctuary Visitor's Center - a worthwhile visit if you are a bird lover/watcher. During Spring and Fall this area is alive with sandhill and whooping cranes. Stuhr Museum and Gardens is a pleasant half-day walk-around, about 25 miles further east from the campground north of I80.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Badlands / White River KOA, Interior, South Dakota

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

An older rural KOA, but well-kept given it's location. Sites are partially to fully shaded and spacing is acceptable but not generous. Our pull-through site had sewer connection at back of site and water/electric at middle of site, which necessitated using a sewer hose extension. Water must be very hard here, or their softener needs backflushing, as the water had a distinct salty taste. No cable or OTA TV available. WIFI was slower at night but almost always usable - still, plan your web browsing for some time other than 6-10pm. Staff was very friendly. There are a large number of no-utility sites at rear of the park. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Site Number
16
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The very small town of Interior - 4 miles away, on the way to Badlands NP - has one grocery store with limited items for sale, and one station with gas and diesel. And the Wagon Wheel bar which is friendly and offers hamburgers and pizza (didn't try them though...). There is a cafe/gift shop which is good for lunch and OK for dinner.

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Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Broken Arrow Campground, Custer, South Dakota

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

Predominantly horse trailers and horse people but there are a few trailers and Class-A motor homes there. Sites are reasonably well-spaced - we had a full hookup pull-through site that was 2 degrees non-level side-to-side. Campground maintenance is active daily and we had no problems with trash pick-up and overall cleanliness. They have a feral cat problem so keep your dog leashed, especially at night. Central location for Wind Caves NP, Rushmore NM and Custer State Park. We camped at Broken Arrow Campground in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Coming from the south, Google Maps will direct you to turn off Hwy 385 on Sidney Park Rd, which is dirt-gravel for 4 miles to the park. Its a good-quality dirt road, but if you are averse to that, take 385 into Custer, drive through Custer and take Sidney Park Road a few miles to the park from the opposite direction, which is paved. Sage Creek Grille is a good dinner choice, in Custer.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Great Sand Dunes Oasis RV Park, Mosca, Colorado

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

Great location for visiting Great Sand Dunes NP if you need hookups. Otherwise, this is a place to avoid. Sites are in a row in front of the bathrooms, and are narrow enough that picnic table and fire pit need to be moved in front of your RV to be usable. Roads are rough rock, sites are bare dirt. Our reserved site had a blocked sewer connection, which wasn't evident until attempting to dump the full black-water tank that we arrived with, causing effluent to spill over the site. Waited a half hour for the manager to appear, and explain that "gosh our snake broke 3 days ago and we can't fix it so move to another site". Our stay was discounted 50% however. Water pressure is very low... taking a shower was a challenge. There is no management or maintenance presence monitoring the sites... our site neighbors (two pick-ups, a trailer, pavilion and tent) arrived at 6:30am and were noisy setting up camp. Then left half-eaten dinner all over their site overnight. I saw several vehicles enter unoccupied sites during morning hours, to fill their water tanks then leave. There are some acceptable RV parks in Alamosa and although they are a 40-minute drive from the GSD NP, I would recommend them over this place. We camped at Great Sand Dunes Oasis RV Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8 then 14
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my 5th wheel (had to disconnect)
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Alamosa has a nice farmers market on Saturdays. Just east of town, the Alamosa National Wildlife Refuge is a great stop for birders - the extensive wetlands in San Luis Valley were a surprise to us. I cannot recommend the on-site restaurant at the RV park, but there are no other nearby choices if you want to eat out.

Review Count: 22
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

South Rim (NPS Campground), Black Canyon Gunnison Nat'l Park, Colorado

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Site was a pull-off shoulder on the B loop but wide enough to keep slideouts off the road. Excellent NP campground, quiet, forested with low oaks and many deer wandering through or even just laying in the grass in the campsites. Bathrooms are pit toilets, water is a single communal spigot near the loop entrance, good 50A electrical hookup. No WIFI or Verizon cell service in the campground. Long uphill pull to get to the park, but worthwhile if visiting the park multiple days. We camped at South Rim (NPS Campground) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
B18
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Deer can be aggressive and there are special dog rules during the summer... see park website. If you are fit and enjoy a challenge, get a wilderness permit for a scramble down to the Gunnison river from the south rim. Else drive down a steep but good road to East Portal for river access. Montrose is 25 minutes from the park and is a large town will all the usual big box and franchise stores. Camp Robber is a good American restaurant, with killer nachos.

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