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Nice waterfront park along the Mississippi. The roads are gravel with most of the sites paved and level. Only 9 cable channels but we usually don't have time to watch much TV when we are only stopping for the night. The bathrooms have shower, toilet, and sink all in one room.

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The sites are small and close together but not a problem for us since our motorhome is only 25 feet long with no slideouts. This is our third time here and all have been good experiences. The park is busy most of the year but there was still space with no reservations. Check in was quick but the staff person didn't seem to like her job. What a shame since she is in customer service. We got more channels over the air than with their cable. The two shuttle services to downtown is wonderful and very reliable. $10 roundtrip per person is a bargain.

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There are a total of 32 sites in this National Park Service free campground. The sites are large and there is plenty of space between sites. For October, the campground filled up by mid afternoon.

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This is a free campground run by the National Park Service. If you like nature, you will love it here as it is a park-like setting. The sites are oddly arranged but numbered. It took one drive through to figure the layout out. We got 10 TV channels over the air. There were some big black bugs but we arrived late and didn't want to sit outside anyway. There are a total of 18 sites.

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Escorted to site, which was nice. Easy and friendly check-in; the staff is wonderful. Lots of construction in the area as the city is growing very fast. Sites are concrete pads with a brick patio. Some full-timers here but their sites are well maintained. The fixtures and floor in the bathroom was clean but the stall walls need a good wipe down. There is also a strong chemical smell. WIFI is not free, which is ridiculous in this day and age. We did not get it because we didn't know how well it would work. We used the bus to get downtown, which is 16 miles away.

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Roads are paved; sites are gravel but level. Lots of permanent residents with doghouses, dogs tied outside, and junk around their units. Overnight campers are in a separate area. There are no shade trees but this wasn't an issue for us because of the time of year. WIFI doesn't work for long. My husband said the men's room was awful. Everything is old and dilapidated. Some serious potholes to maneuver around. The office lady was the only plus - she was very nice. As an overnight stay this is OK but I would not stay more than one night.

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Like others have said, don't judge a book by its cover. I was a little skeptical when I saw the sites. It looks like a gravel parking lot but the sites were fairly level. There is not much space between units and one unit opens to the one next to them. Our neighbors were very nice and we enjoyed talking with them. It is right on the edge of town and we walked to restaurants, stores, and the museums. Again, the bathhouse and laundry doesn't look like much but they were clean. I didn't use them but I try to check them out anyway. The WIFI worked great for us and there is a grill at each site (a nice touch). We did self check-in and then tracked down the owner/manager, who was very nice.

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Roads and sites were gravel but fairly level. The owner was very nice and suggested a different route when we left in the morning due to heavy trucks chewing up the road. There are quite a few permanent residents with dogs and dog houses but they were no problem. There is road noise during the day but it gets quiet at night. Be prepared for the manure smell - you are in the country.

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We stayed here for two nights so we could ride the steam engine from Antonito to Chama, NM. The sites and roads are gravel but the sites are level. We had good internet but NO phone service or TV in this area. We needed to call home due to an emergency and the owners were very nice in allowing us to use their business phone.

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This is a very nice campground with many permanent cabins. The sites are privately owned and rented out by owners through the management company. The fee split seems to be 60% to owners and 40% to the management company. That may account for the high price, plus there may not be any other campgrounds nearby. We were next to the last spot on our row and it is a hike to get back to the office or out to the street to catch the free bus to Frisco and Breckenridge. Lots of dogs, so lots of barking! Owners were present but when one dog sees another, they bark. We received one key to get into the clubhouse to use laundry facilities, pool, and bathrooms. My husband couldn't believe there was only one toilet in the men's bathroom for a campground this size. The whole clubhouse reeks of chlorine, which was nauseating as I waited for our laundry to be finished. The trash and recycling bins were almost impossible to find as they were hidden so well. One would think with a campground this size and the fees they charge, they would pick up the trash. The WIFI was spotty - don't count on using it.

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The bathhouse is old and dated but it has a fresh coat of paint and was clean. The WIFI was very good but there were not many campers in the park when we were there for 2 nights. 24 TV channels.

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We pulled in on a Saturday night without reservations as did another camper. It was just an overnight stay for us as we were heading west. The park was full but there were two no-shows. The camp hosts/staff called the two individuals and they released their site. This is a very nice park with lots of space that seems to be a favorite spot for locals.

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The rate stated is for Passport America. This is a great park convenient to Historic Colonial Williamsburg. The shuttle service is the area transit bus, which we used for the four days we were here. The sites are not large but were sufficient. The WIFI worked great. Manager was super at check-in and always friendly. We needed to leave a night early due to a family emergency and he issued a refund for that night with no problem. Like others have said, there are train tracks very close to camping but they never woke us at night so it was not an issue. We would definitely stay here again.

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The price noted is the monthly rate. This is not an overnight-stay campground: only 6-month seasonal or year round. It is an adult only campground, although children are allowed for short visits. We first found this park in 2008; advertised as seasonal only, which greatly appealed to us. We started staying here part time from May-October 2009 and would rate the park a 9 for that year. The following year (2010) gets a rating of 8. Our final year here (2011) was not as enjoyable as there was a lot of tension in the air and new unwritten rules. This year’s rating is 2. As soon as we showed up in May, we could see the signs that the park was moving away from being an RV park and moving towards full-time trailer park living. Needless to say, we were not happy about that, and as it turns out, other campers are quite concerned as well. Several decisions made by management this summer reinforce the direction of the “RV Park” moving to a “trailer park” environment. For example, campers are now allowed to have permanent building sheds, remove portions of the fencing along the street, and erect canopies to extend their living space. Some of the sites resembled a tent city with all the add-ons going on in their site. The sites are VERY close to each other; one open awning almost extends to the next unit. Generally, this is not an issue, but there are some owners who insist on leaving their dogs alone in the unit to bark and yap the entire time they are away. As others have said, the noise from the street is very heavy during the day; however, traffic noise really calms down around sunset. The town of Maggie Valley is no longer attractive to families as most venues geared toward them have closed (many before the economy went south). With people living so close together comes a lot of DRAMA. From almost every site you can see and sometimes hear what is going on in the rest of the campground. The park manager adds to a lot of the drama. Enough said. The bathrooms are very clean as are the common areas in the clubhouse. My low rating of 2 for 2011 in no way reflects uncleanliness. This year, the park owner seemed detached from his investment even though he lives on the premises. A couple times this summer, we practically had to beg to have the grass mowed. Outside maintenance around the park has dramatically changed from our first year here. The park is in the heart of the town and within walking distance to several restaurants and shops; this is a big plus. Concrete patios are available at some sites because current or previous owners purchased them. We bought ours the first year here and it was well worth it. The park puts on a July 4 cookout; it is not only a good way to get to know your neighbors, but the food is fantastic. Another feast not to be missed is the annual fish fry. The park buys the fish and one of the campers spends all day cooking the fish and hushpuppies. Everyone else brings a dish. If you're looking for a seasonal spot with lots of activities, this is not the place, as it is a small park. We didn't need scheduled activities but some people may want that. In good conscience, I could not recommend this campground to a friend, but you make up your own mind.

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Arrived after dark and after office hours so we found a site on our own - #11. The site was not level but we managed OK. Had we been able to arrive in daylight, we would have seen that some sites have concrete pads. Very friendly manager with knowledge of surrounding area. The bathhouses seemed very new so they were very modern (tiled floors) and clean. Cable TV service was good as was cell phone service even though this is a remote campground. Definitely plan to come back when we visit Mt. Airy, NC again. Price reflects KOA discount.