Full-time nomads in our Airstream. Home base is central Florida. Enjoying life on the road.
Date of Stay:
January, 2018 -
Reserved two out-of-season nights at the campground; we were one of two campers in the entire campground. It was a beautiful spot overlooking Upper Caney Lake (site 16). Unfortunately, there was no water pressure anywhere in the campground when we arrived and throughout the night and into the following day. A water main serving the park fractured and was under repair. It would have been nice if there was a sign at the park entrance or the camp host came down to let us know about the problem before we got deep into the park. After calling the ranger station and learning about the problem, we were told that the repair would be completed by the end of the day and water would be back on...it wasn't. The bathrooms are spartan (typical for some state and national park campgrounds. The showers were simple and showed a lot of wear and tear. Hard to argue about the cost of a night's stay but, were very disappointed about the lack of water and having to take the initiative to find out what the problem was. The park staff could have been much more proactive. I would return again to the park in the future. Note: Google Maps takes a crazy route through Minden to get to the park. There are two campgrounds...Beaver Dam Campground and Upper Caney Lake Campground. Beaver Dam Campground is closed in the winter. Google can find Beaver Dam but not Upper Caney Lake. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.
Google Maps takes you through narrow residential streets in the town of Minden on the way to the park entrance. Plan your route ahead of time using Google Maps only as a guide. There is no entrance booth that is staffed; everything is self-serve.
Date of Stay:
January, 2018 -
This is a very basic campground/RV park. There are concrete back-in and pull-through sites that are angled for easy in and out. All sites have full hook-us, including 37 cable channels for your TV. There is a constant background of traffic noise from the adjacent US highway (59). Most of the tenants appear to be here long-term, mostl likely oil industry workers. The restrooms, showers and laundry areas were clean, modern and orderly. If you come in when the office is closed, they leave a set of envelopes with the open spaces in a box near the door and you can pick your own spot, then settle up with the office is open. We camped at Carthage RV Campground in a Travel Trailer.
Call ahead to make sure there is an open spot regardless of season because of the number of workers staying in the campground.
Date of Stay:
November, 2017 -
The campground recently changed owners and is now called the Luna Sands Resort. The campground is now owned by Travel Resorts of America. Campgrounds are increasingly changing their names to "resorts" in hopes of attracting a more upscale and higher paying clientele. Luna Sands is a great example of this trend. The campground appears to have been a KOA at one time (the KOA logo is still on the bottom of the pool), then became the Clark Family Campground, and is now Luna Sands Resort. There is nothing resort-like about this campground. We've stayed in RV resorts that are more closely aligned with the resort description...paved roads, paved or hard-packed gravel sites that are level, well-maintained buildings and grounds, evidence of recent and continuous improvements and infrastructure investments. Luna Sands is none of these. It's an old campground that hasn't seen much investment in the infrastructure or grounds in quite some time. There are fallen trees from Hurricane Irma that have not been cleaned up. There are derelict trailers and motor homes sitting on sites in the seasonal/permanent tenant areas. The bottom of the pool is dirty, showing footprints where people have previously walked. The roads and sites are mostly sand, not gravel. The concrete patios are old and crumbling. The roads are narrow with trees very close to the shoulders. There is quite a bit of road noise and aircraft noise that is noticeable during the day...things quieted down at night. The campground is very dark at night, requiring a lot of concentration when driving on the roads after dark. $50/night for a FHU site is pricey considering the state of the place...$25-30 would be a more reasonable price. The nearby state parks offer more value for the price if you can get a site (they were full when we booked our reservation). We camped at Luna Sands Resort (formerly Clark Family Campground) in a Travel Trailer.
Beware of the Travel Resorts of America salesperson pushing memberships costing $8,000 - $15,000 in their RV "resort" network.