Date of Stay: May, 2008
This is a remote, idyllic farm setting on a working cattle ranch 5 miles east of the mouth of the Russian River. Some sites are right on the river and several sites are secluded. Very nice park: older, but they are modernizing and building new super sites for large rigs. CATV works well, Wi-Fi is excellent. No cell service, but Verizon is putting in a tower which was supposed to be operational 4/30/08. They have plenty of space for the kids to play. They are installing a bocce ball court, horse shoes, and are upgrading the bath houses. They have a well stocked general store and propane on premise. There is a gorgeous duck pond and the kids can feed the ducks! If you like fishing, swimming, kayaking, biking, or hiking this is the perfect place. Motorcycles are not allowed in the campground, but call to see if you can make arrangements. Located just 69 miles north of San Fran, 5 miles from Jenner, and 35 miles from Santa Rosa, this is a nice, quiet place where you can truly get away from it all. You'll also find top notch restaurants, bistros, wineries, historical sites, summer concerts and festivals, something for everyone. I recommend this little gem tucked away on the river. Be sure to make reservations as they book solid during the summer months.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
This is a good place for a lay over. I wouldn't stay here long term. The sites need to be cleaned and better maintained. There was trash in my site when I arrived and the weeds needed to be trimmed. It's very dusty here, the campground needs some TLC as it's a bit run down and trashy. Lots of diesel pick up truck engines start early in the morning and run for 15 minutes or more before finally leaving for work! It seems this park is primarily for local immigrant workers and their families. I didn't do laundry here and I didn't use the bathrooms. I stayed a couple of days to visit The Hearst Castle and to do sight seeing along the coast in San Simeon. Paso Robles is a nice little town. All the newly built shopping areas are located on the south end of town about 10 - 15 min. drive away from this campground which is located on the outskirts of the north end. Although the receptionist was very nice and friendly, I probably won't stay here again.
Date of Stay: April, 2008
This is a big gravel parking lot with full hook ups. Considering it's location, it's relatively quiet and safe. There is no shade, but I got perfect cell reception and the WiFi reception was excellent. The laundry was very small just two washers and two dryers. Not enough for the size of the park. I was up at 5:00 am to do my laundry! I didn't use the bathrooms, so I can't comment on them. It is right across the street from the fairgrounds and the stench of animal manure and urine is really bad at night and in the early morning. The location is close to downtown and very close to Hwy 12 which easy access to Hwy 101. This is a perfect spot to layover for a day or two, but not for a long term stay. The camp hosts are incredibly helpful and friendly!
Date of Stay: March, 2008
Rose Valley RV Park (just one stop light away from Wally-Mart) is great! I was going to stay downtown, but I'm glad I ended up here. Situated about a mile outside Silver City, Rose Valley is off the highway so it's very quiet. The park is large: 44 quietly secluded acres and looks just like a rustic old-timey western cowboy town circa 1800's, but with modern amenities. This park is gorgeous...very new and well planned. There isn't much shade as most of the trees are young and not fully grown, but there are a couple of shaded sites. When designing the park, it's evident the owners went out of their way to preserve the natural vegetation and beauty of the land. Roads and sites are loose gravel. All pull-through sites are long, wide and spacious, though all are not level...not surprising considering the park is located in the middle of the mountains. Back-in sites are a bit smaller yet are still spacious. Each campsite has a privacy barrier which is made from sheets of tin attached to large upright rough-hewn posts and logs which make for a nice front yard and wind break. WiFi here is free and once connected, it works perfectly! There is no CATV. Amenities include: fitness room, laundry, and group facilities. Rates here are a bit more expensive than other RV parks in the area, but in this case you get what you pay for! I plunked down $180.00 for a week's stay in a pull through site. I'm seriously thinking of upgrading and staying for the month for $300.00. There's too much to see and do...no way I can fit it all into a week's visit!
Date of Stay: March, 2008
Deming, NM is a quaint little (tiny) town where Little Vineyard RV Park is located on Business I-10. This park was busy (in and outs) and a bit noisy, but nice. All sites here are loose gravel, not much shade, but I did manage to find a site with a tree affording me shade in late afternoon. The laundry facilities are nice and clean and inexpensive, only $1.00 per load to wash and dry. They advertise free WiFi, but I was only able to connect one time. It didn't work 99% of the time. CATV worked perfectly! Staff was very friendly. Rates are reasonable. Using my Good Sam discount I paid $22.25 for one night.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
I think the best thing about this former KOA campground is they have a full service cafe (Roadrunner Cafe) serving breakfast and dinner at great prices. Menu prices top out at $8.95. I had the catfish dinner and portions were generous. Their convenience store stocked all of the necessities including beer and wine! The park is quiet and it was easy to get in and out of my pull through space. All sites are gravel, not much shade, but well kept. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The only negatives I can comment on is placement of the the sewer hookup which is located far away (to the rear of the sites) from the electric/water hookups. You'll need an extra long hose to reach or you can do what I did...hit the dump station on your way out. Also, they claim to have free WiFi, but while I was there I could never get connected. There is no CATV. Amenities include: pool, playground, horseshoe pit, basketball court, outdoor BBQ pit/patio and laundry facility. Rates are reasonable. Using my Good Sam discount I paid $24.30 for one night.
Date of Stay: February, 2008
Pros: Close to Sea World and they run a shuttle, 30 min. drive to downtown San Antonio. Rates are reasonable. They accept AAA, Good Sam, and Passport America (restrictions apply). Management was starting to clean the place up a bit while we were there, trimming trees, planting flowers, etc. Staff was friendly and helpful. Cons: Spaces are very tight and for larger rigs over 34 ft. w/toad this can be a problem. There is a great deal of noise from emergency sirens, diesel trucks early in the morning, and dogs bark constantly. CATV is fuzzy at some sites. WiFi works most of the time, but can be unreliable. There is a drought going on in South TX (fire ban in effect), the grounds and shrubs are suffering as a result. There was no hot water in the "satellite" bath houses. There was hot water in the main bath house by the pool. A few of the washing machines didn't work well and one dryer was not working. Feral cats are loose in the park grounds and unfortunately guests feed them, so they hang around. Stray dogs from surrounding neighborhoods can also be an issue.
Date of Stay: September, 2007
This "regional" park is tucked away off of I-66 about 25 miles west of Washington, DC. If you are planning a trip to DC, traffic on I-66 can be a nightmare. It's best to plan sightseeing between morning and evening rush hours and take the Metro train in from Vienna Metro stop. The park is close to Bull "Run" which is part of the Potomac River watershed and is in the foothills of the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains which makes for beautiful landscapes. If visiting in April, be sure to take a walk down the Bluebell Trail. Bull Run Park is host to soccer tournaments in the summer months and is very crowded during long holiday weekends Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. The pool opens Memorial Day Weekend and is really a small mini water park. It's a great place to take the kids! The park hosts a unique and splendid drive through Christmas light show which opens Thanksgiving weekend. Picnic pavilions can be rented on a first come basis. There are a couple of very nice hiking trails, one of which connects to a larger trail extending 20+ miles. The park is well kept and very clean. It's only 2 miles from the historic Bull Run Battlefield. Shopping and restaurants are located just 10 minutes away in Centreville and Manassas. The bath houses have been recently renovated and are very nice! Several sites have been super-sized to accommodate large motor homes and 5th wheels. There is only electric at each site, so you'll have to fill your water tanks when you arrive and dump everything when you leave. On busy weekends the two drive through dump stations get backed up with outgoing traffic. All sites are shaded, but not paved. Sites are very wooded and very beautiful. There are also camping cabins available to rent. Note: The laundry facilities are not the best. Many of the washing machines are dirty and some are a bit rusted. Tent campers leave dirt and leaves behind in the washers and dryers when they wash their gear. After it rains, the laundry rooms and bath houses can be quite muddy! Also, the mosquitoes are very bad in the summer and into early fall if the weather is still warm! Autumn is a wonderful time to camp here if you enjoy the fall colors. The leaves are vibrant hues of yellow and orange! Overall, this is a nice place to stay over night if you're just passing through or if you'd like to stay for a few days to see DC and the surrounding Northern VA countryside.
Date of Stay: August, 2007
Camping here was very enjoyable! Even though there is no electric or sewer, we had a great time here. The park was an Army base during WW2 and there are many historical sites to tour including barracks, bunkers, and towers overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The beaches are amazing! Lots of sand, and if you have a surf fishing permit, you can drive your 4-wheel drive vehicle onto the beach. There is a three mile paved bike trail, a hawk watch area, a nature center, picnic areas, and a public boardwalk with public restrooms and changing lounges so you can slip out of your wet bathing suit and into dry clothes after a day on the beach. There is also a fishing pier and bait shop, group youth camping and primitive camping. The public campground is kept very clean and is well patrolled by park rangers. Some sites are tight, but for the most part are well spaced. Most sites are well shaded, a few sites are in direct sunlight. Motor homes, trailers and pop-ups are not allowed off the pavement and are pull through parallel-parking only. Only tents are allowed to set up off pavement. You'll be camping in dunes converted to campsites under sand pines and the experience is rustic and natural. There is a ferry to Cape May, NJ located just outside the park entrance and the quaint little fishing village of Lewes (pronounced Lewis) is chocked full of quaint bistros, unique shops and sight-seeing opportunities. Grocery stores are only 10 minutes from the park. This is a gorgeous and relaxing place to escape to! Highly recommended!
Date of Stay: January, 2007
If you want to camp here in the winter, you'd better make reservations! It's a bit far from everything, but this is a very beautiful place to camp. The park, on State Road 64 about 8 miles east of Interstate 75, offers camping, picnicking, boating, a fishing dock, nature trails, horse trails, canoeing and kayaking. There is a swimming beach, but DO NOT swim there. We saw many alligators in the lake, especially at sundown! SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK! Campsites are clean, spacious, and easy to get in and out of. Camp hosts are nice and helpful. As stated in previous review, nice hiking! The fishing here is also great if you have a small boat. If you want to hit the beach, it takes about an hour in traffic to get to Coquina Beach and Bradenton Beach west on Hwy. 64. Tampa is about 45 minutes away north on I-75. There is only one bad thing about this park. Desoto Speedway across the highway. It is very loud when there are races!