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Date of Stay:
October, 2018 -
I was drawn to this place by the photos posted of green grass. Caveat: there is NO GREEN GRASS! It's being replaced by cheaper-to-maintain but depressing to look at gravel that's a slip hazard for seniors and made me feel sorry for the kids and dogs. And the view of the beautiful mountains? Now blocked by huge ugly structures to hold solar panels. Not surprisingly, it's not a "resort" either. I expect an RV resort to be a destination stop, with entertainment, a restaurant or two, special features, maybe a casino. Here you get no cable TV (hookup is there, but they're no longer offering it) and wi-fi that doesn't work (I ended up tethering to my phone that was getting one bar of Verizon). There are no picnic tables or fire rings at the sites and no place to walk the dog but a dirt strip around the perimeter. Having said that it's probably fine for an overnight stop if you just need to do your laundry and shower. The staff in the office are pleasant. The pull-through sites are close to level and there is just enough room between sites to feel a little privacy. The restroom/showers are modern and spotless. There is a store with a few things you might need. There is a very nice pool and spa, although there are no umbrella tables and so no relief from the sun poolside. But whether it's the solar panel structures, the gravel, or the lack of picnic tables, the campground has a sterile, off-putting vibe. People tend to cocoon inside their rigs instead of socialize. I would have blamed it on the World Series, but it was like a ghost town at all hours. We arrived on a Friday and left on Sunday and I saw one person at the pool and two at the spa the whole weekend. Not a fun place. We camped at The Californian RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.
No restaurants or activities close by. You will need to drive 3-4 miles into Acton.
Date of Stay:
July, 2018 -
First off, ignore the Old Kettle Falls Road address. Our GPS took us 6 miles out of the way trying to find the park that way. It doesn't help that the small blue and yellow sign on Rt. 20 is easy to miss either. My Iphone had it at 16330 N. Highway 21, Republic, WA and went right to it. Turn off of Rt. 20 onto Hwy 21 at the red and white Cenex Station. The park is just a short distance on the right. The campground is small, new, and upscale with restrooms and showers similar to a nice hotel. All of the spaces are long pull-throughs that can accommodate even very large rigs. Full hook-ups. Lush green grass separates the sites. Easy in and out. Laundry on site. Everything is spotless. There's also a picnic area and fire pit tucked away under the pines. Easy check in by a very friendly campground host who provided maps of nearby towns and lakes, showing restaurants and points of interest. Check out the fossil fields and ghost town in the area. Most of the RV sites have trees that have been recently planted so there is not yet much shade from summer heat. Site 6, however, sits north under a huge willow tree. If shade is an issue, try to get this one. Republic is an old and quaint mining town with a supermarket and a handful of shops and restaurants. Note that in this area people work hard and go to bed early so if you want to dine out plan accordingly. We camped at Gold Mountain RV Park in a Travel Trailer.
Date of Stay:
October, 2017 -
This is a lovely suburban park about 5 miles from the Springfield, Virginia, metro station that takes you into Washington, DC. We tent camped with a group in an overflow camping area on a weekend in late October. The park was pretty full, but thinned out Sunday night. Very clean and modern restrooms and laundry facilities. Cabins available to rent. Playground for the kids. Also a water park that is open during the summer season. Well-stocked camp store on site. Easy hiking trails, including one that takes you about half a mile to Gunston Hall, home of George Mason, one of the Founding Fathers whose Virginia Declaration of Rights served as a basis for the Bill of Rights. RV spaces have full hook-ups or electricity only, are heavily shaded, have easy access even for big rigs, and provide enough room for privacy and quiet. Dump station on site. Picnic tables in overflow tent camping were pretty worn so a tablecloth is recommended. Beautiful area, but because of its proximity to the suburbs you won't see a lot of wildlife. Also, being only about 3 miles from a busy highway you could occasionally hear sirens at night. Still, a great option when visiting the Nation's Capital. We camped at Pohick Bay Regional Park in a Tent.