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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

TVA Cherokee Dam Campground, Jefferson City, Tennessee

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

TVA facilities are top notch, and this campground is excellent. Located on beautiful Cherokee Lake right at the dam. Good for campfires and hanging out, nice shaded sites. Cool swimming beach (lake), picnic areas & pavilions, level mile-long bike riding path to the dam, walking paths, lots of wildlife.

While the RV sites are back-in and pea-graveled, they are large / level, and some are waterfront. Correctly located standard water and electric hookups (20,30, 50 amp), no sewer but well laid-out dump station away from other campsites + it doesn't block any entrance / exit roads cause it's on it's own separated loop. The ADA sites (really huge concrete pads) are among the best we've ever seen - and they are near the bathhouse, which is nice & clean with good water pressure, and it has a drinking fountain outside too.

TVA is a federal agency, so Golden Age and Golden Access passes are honored for 50% off the base camping rate, hence our listed $16 a night rate. NO reservations here yet -first come / first serve as of 2015- + no long term stays (strict limit of 21 days). And this TVA campground is seasonal, closes in November and usually opens in March, so check website for dates. TVA campgrounds are now being run by a private vendor so reservations may possibly be available in the future.

That means camp hosts on-site all the time. They are great - very friendly people you can count on. We absolutely love staying here and will go back every time when in the area. We camped at TVA Cherokee Dam Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5 ADA
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

There is an attached (and free) boat ramp for lake use and some campers tie their boats up near their waterfront sites. There is another free boat ramp (for river use) below the dam not more than a mile away. This is a great place for either lake or river fishermen, and it has a large overflow parking lot for trailers.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Edgar Evins State Park, Silver Point, Tennessee

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Pretty park. VERY unique sites, ours was built on a thick |wooden| platform (supported by huge steel beams and concrete columns) sticking out over a bluff above the lake; super-strong, held our 38' motorhome. Properly placed hookups, our site actually had water spigot on both sides. Limited car parking at site. Spaces are size-limited, most no more than 28' but our site (#39) was long enough for at least a 40'. Check reservation site closely and choose the correct one. Clean bathhouse, nice views of lake, partial shade, playground, boat ramp, open year round, park wifi, good cell signal on ATT and Verizon. Great state park ranger / law enforcement patrol (saw them around 24/7, thanks guys!). We would def stay here again.

Caution = place is HILLY. Very steep driving in/out of campground, unhook toad at the office if not before. We camped at Edgar Evins State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Long Branch COE, Lancaster, Tennessee

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

Nice wide entrance with friendly work-camper staff. Standard rate is $20.00 - we got half price with our Federal Access Pass. Waterfront sites are higher ($25, I think). RIGHT at the base of Center Hill Dam sits this very nice campground directly on the bank of the Caney Fork River - cold water, cool breezes, trout fishing! There is a great set of concrete stairs that goes down to the river you can fish from, and a creek with a small walking bridge runs through the grounds behind the bathhouse. This walkway connects the 'group' camping area to the bathhouse. The group area is a nice tight circle of about a dozen RV campsites that can be used / reserved for group events. It has a large pavilion 'meeting room' with a large, covered (chimmey'd) fire pit right in the center. A group of disabled vets were there the weekend we were.

Has wide and long shady sites (back-in) with properly located 20/30/50 amp hookups and water (no sewer). But there's also a lantern pole, picnic table, fire ring, grill, AND another table with a roof over it for various uses. Nice modern bathhouse and showers. Spotty cell service (low on AT&T, fair on Verizon). Great place! We camped at Long Branch COE in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Henry Horton State Park, Chapel Hill, Tennessee

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Very wooded, nice and cool. Sites somewhat hilly, we stayed in #39 - very level. Nice asphalt pads. Henry Horton State Park has a pool, tennis courts, much activity here and very friendly people. Lots of families, bike-riders, and campfires, but also very quiet and peaceful. Easy online reservations, no contact necessary. Your reservation will be a ticket with your name / dates placed on your campsite post, a great system.

Discounts for seniors (62+), disability, active military, and state employees. All = 25% in-season, 50% off-season. We camped at Henry Horton State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Pickwick Dam TVA Campground, Savannah, Tennessee

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

Multiple stays here now over 10 years (traveling full-timers).

Upgrades completed to last loop (C?) including the bathhouse. Large ADA-compliant concrete pads & walkways to bathrooms, nice. Removed many trees in this section now so there is not nearly the shade there was - trees / shade remains in the other sections that have not been 'upgraded'.

Loop C remodeled showe rhouse is nice, but they lowered the water pressure to nearly nothing, and it sucked! Luckily the 'older' bath houses (there are two) have strong pressure, good even with the shower valves you have to push to stay running.

As always, TVA sites are a good value - even with the recent turnover of management to a private vendor. We paid $16 a night with our Federal Access Pass. A great place to stay. We camped at Pickwick Dam TVA Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
B
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tips for other Campers:

Do not miss Hagy's Catfish Hotel for a meal, wonderful. Also 'The Outpost' cafe right up the road from Pickwick - a cool place that has 'a purpose' other than just being a restaurant.

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Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Lady Luck Casino, Caruthersville, Missouri

Date of Stay: January, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Large concrete pads, no shade. Easy in / out, security. At a casino on the Mississippi River, a great, clean, cheap place to stay even if you don't gamble (we don't). We camped at Lady Luck Casino in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

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Campsite

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

At Lady Luck Casino on the Mississippi River, just 6 miles from the Tennessee state line. Close enough to visit Reelfoot Lake.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Oak Hollow Family Campground, High Point, North Carolina

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a well-kept municipal park operated by the City of High Point. We liked it - nice quiet place on a real pretty lake, golf course next door, many tennis courts, marina and boat launch ramps, picnic areas near lake, good for walking and running too. Bathrooms were older but clean and usable. Washer and dryer at bathhouse too. Problems were lots of sloped sites, bring boards and blocks. Sewer connect at some spots was 6" high; a few long hanging trees limbs in my spot too. Good solid electric power and city water, cable TV was nice, about 75-80 channels. Tent spots looked outstanding - on wooden decks raised off of the ground. Near shopping (about 2 miles from Walmart and other shops) and lots of restaurants nearby too. We would return, although it would be nice if they had better rates (weekly, discounts, etc). We camped at Oak Hollow Family Campground in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Smith Mountain Lake State Park, Huddleston, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Very nice state park, beautiful white sand swimming beach, nice looking rental cabins. Good place to come with a boat (launch ramp in the park). You'll see LOTS of deer and wildlife here. Huge RV campsites, some are long pull-thrus, our 36' fit into a back-in just fine. Very steady power supply with great voltage and good clean water. There are no sewer hookups but there is a decent dump station with water for hose rinse. Our Verizon equipment (cell and personal wifi/mifi) worked great, but AT&T was spotty at best. TV brought in about 20 digital channels over-the-air antenna, good reception. Sat. TV dish will not work in most sites - lots of trees. Cons for this state park: fees, fees, fees. Campsite fees are average (approx $30 for W/E hookup), but separate fees for the swimming area, the boat launch, and a 'parking fee' for visitors (really an entrance fee, paid per car). If you don't mind the fees, it's a great place to visit. We camped at Smith Mountain Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Bedford, VA Visitor's Center Campground, Bedford, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

The Bedford VA Visitors Center is located at the same place as the National D-Day Memorial (www.dday.org) - the Memorial is on a hilltop directly behind the visitor's center. The visitor's center was kind enough to install 3 RV hook-ups (w/e/sewer) in their side parking lot. Very good spots other than they are slightly sloped. Good water pressure, great power stability, and Wi-Fi from the center is included. At only $25 a night - great! While they do advertise only one night, ask - you may be able to stay longer if there's no events happening. There's also an elementary school across from the RV spots with a walking track! We camped at Bedford, VA Visitor's Center Campground in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Parkview MHP & RV Park, Appomattox, Virginia

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

First off, don't let the name fool you: this is a real campground! The RV section IS NOT within the trailer park, but they are run by the same office. Even though this is a bare-bones, no amenities park, (not even bathrooms! Self-contained units only.) it is clean and easy to use. We didn't need a swimming pool, playgrounds, etc! That simplicity makes it cheaper than others in the area, we found it a nice place to stay for a few days. The place is well marked, easy to find, very easy entrance with paved roads through-out. Large pull-through sites with correctly located hook-ups. Good water pressure and power. Easy sat. TV reception: open field, no trees. Every site has it's own LARGE trash container on wheels. No problems. It is sort of next door and in front of the mobile home park, and alongside the highway, but we were not bothered at all by either one. Great location just down the road from Appomattox National Park. We camped at Parkview MHP & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Small Country Campground, Louisa, Virginia

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Price reflects PA which makes it about $25 a night, not a bad deal for the area. Decent place, easy to find from all directions thanks to their excellent signage. Not too far off I-64, even for just an over-nighter. We would stay again. Stayed there twice this year, two weeks the first time (in early June) and a week in August. We came to really like the place. The facilities are decent, some sites are sloped but manageable. The 'super-sites' are perfectly leveled sites and have newer hookups (including a satellite TV dish you can get into) but they are in complete sun all day long. During our first stay we found it to be much too hot up there in 100+ degree weather, so we moved down into the trees. The shaded site we were in also had a cable-TV hookup. It's really their own DirecTV dish, but they will give you a box if you need it. Or use your own and hook to their dish: it's already set up, etc. We had ZERO problems with the staff, in fact they went out of their way to help us with a couple of things. The only real problem we had during our stays were with losing our Dish-TV signal due to lightning hitting the dish, and they came out and fixed it as quick as they could. We camped at Small Country Campground in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Virginia

Date of Stay: July, 2012 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed a week here. Nice area for a campground (CG): beautiful open spaces, lots of trees and shade, lots of wildlife, plus a waterpark to boot. BUT we noticed several problems in this park: Hookups for water, sewer, and electric are at times not only far apart, at many spots they are on opposite sides of the site. DO NOT come here {for full hookups} without extension cords suitable for RV electric, plus extra water and sewer hoses. We had a site with electric only, no problems. A very few sites are nearly impossible to level, others 'just' require wood blocks and leveling jacks. Kind of strange because the open areas around the CG are very flat. Saw several MH's with front wheels completely off the ground. Satellite dish very, very questionable, at least 90% of the sites will get zero signal, and no cable TV here, if that's important to you. Over the air TV gets a few channels, but a lot of those are full of static and prone to whiteouts. Spotty cell signal and bring your own Wi-Fi! Our Verizon phone pretty good, Verizon MiFi wireless setup was very marginal (even with outside antenna) which is unusual. AT&T phone was mostly zero signal here. Bathhouses while clean, have nearly zero water pressure. That's not an exaggeration. Low and slow, frustrating. Don't mind showers at a CG if the water pressure is up. Here it is as low as I've ever seen anytime, anywhere, in any CG. Now, to address some good things! Super nice staff, they really know the campground layout and their business. Listen to them, they know what they're talking about. Gov't type park so the sites ARE HUGE, at least 30' wide! The wildlife were many and wonderful. Waterpark very popular with busloads of kids so it must be great. Bull Run is only a little more than 20 miles from DC. And even with no discounts, it is less than half the price of the $60 a night "cherry cg." You can easily drive to catch a metro train if you wish, or go directly to DC via I-66 to the I-495 beltway. Freeways all the way in to the National Mall. That's why, even with all the problems, WE WOULD STAY HERE AGAIN. We camped at Bull Run Regional Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Stoney Creek Resort, Greenville, Virginia

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Our rate is for Passport America, regular rate $44. Don't think I would pay that anytime. Experience similar to others. I agree, "RESORT" is a vague term sometimes used VERY loosely. Tends to imply high-end, luxury, etc., and that is not the case here. Road in is pretty rough, but it is a county road, and of course, the county / government doesn't care a thing about a tax-paying campground business trying to make it. Stoney Creek "resort" is on a very pretty (but small) lake and there are lots of playgrounds, pool, kiddie-golf, and other activities for kids. Lots of kids on bikes here! So obviously it's a great place for families. We did see long term campers, all pretty neat spots, and we've no problem with that. The lake-front spaces were all full while we were here, don't know it they are long-term or not. Only real problem we had was our first site wasn't level and was too tight for awning due to trees. (Not a bad thing!) So the office girl (really, really, sweet), let us move to an adjoining site. After that we had no problems. They are making improvements here: some new water spigots and new electrical boxes. They were also building a new bathhouse. Pretty nice place, if you have kids. Check their schedule for special events though. This coming weekend there is a motorcycle rally here. We're fine with that (former Harley riders ourselves) and will love it, but you, the wife and kids maybe not so much! We camped at Stoney Creek Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Lakeview RV Park, Bluff City, Tennessee

Date of Stay: June, 2012 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

1st - rate shown is the Passport America rate (actually it was $17.50 a night, FHU). Great deal, good for 5 nights at Lakeview. Pros: Nice location, easy in/out off major 4-lane state highway. Very nice restrooms (actually they are individual, private rooms) and a sparkling clean pool. Good steady power and cable tv with about 70 channels, wifi, and sewer hookups. Sat. dish will work from any site. Pet friendly. Has a small restaurant that serves breakfast on weekends. Close to the awesome Bristol Raceway (NASCAR site). Access to river/lake with a boat ramp and private docks. GREAT hosts and owners. [Dang, what's left?] Cons: No paved roads, gravel but level sites. No shaded sites, no trees. OK - I can live with that. 1st class operation & less than 3 minutes to the world's greatest BBQ at Ridgewood restaurant!!! We camped at Lakeview RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 3

Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park, Limestone, Tennessee

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

In Greene County, TN which is so beautiful - it's like stepping back in time to a rural but thriving farming community. The drive from the town of Greeneville to the campground is lovely, lots of pretty farms and great mountain views. This campground is nice, situated on a big bend in the Nolichucky River. $25 price is full-hookup (W/E/S) and includes all taxes. Easy check-in, but no reservations accepted - first come, first serve. Very quiet with the exception of holidays when it's full. Pet friendly, bike friendly, not dish-tv friendly, but very cool with lots of shade right on the river (big trees and lots of them!). We watched a beaver swimming and feeding in the river on our first night here. Improvements have been made in recent years. Full-hookups available, new electic boxes, good water supply. Drive-thru spots may be considered short by some, but our 36' rig and Jeep toad fit fine. Decent roads in/out. Park has a huge swimming pool and lots of picnic areas near the river. One thing lacking is bike and hiking trails, there could be more of them. Great CG hosts (one wonderful couple is from San Diego CA and they work here every year). This campground is about 25 miles off of I-81 at Exit 23 in East Tennessee. It's about 50 miles from the Smokies area. There is a 14-day limit on stays as there is with a lot of TN State Parks. We camped at Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park in a Motorhome.

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