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Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site, Mt Vernon, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Located approximately five miles west of the town of John Day on US-26 / US-395 this gem of a park offers a lush oasis in the barren high desert country. The shaded sites are huge, with many offering at least 100’ of spacing from your neighbors. Road noise is not a problem due to the thick shield of vegetation separating the campground from the highway. Not surprisingly, no over the air TV is available, and because of the tree cover, obtaining a satellite signal might be difficult from many of the sites. However, a 4-bar Verizon signal is present here. I highly recommend this first come, first served facility. We camped at Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Crook County RV Park, Prineville, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

I highly recommend this publicly-operated park. It has a manager who considers it to be “her park” and oversees it and its occupants with a great deal of caring. The facility is well maintained with workers constantly present. The sites are narrow but of sufficient length for large rigs. It can be somewhat noisy due to a heavily used adjacent city street. Traffic on this road decreases markedly after 9:00 PM. Redmond and Bend are ½ hour away making this a great spot to base while exploring Oregon’s high desert region. The park offers very basic cable consisting of the major networks. The Wi-Fi service is very good. It wasn’t working when I arrived due to an antenna problem, but the manager saw that it was fixed in short order. We camped at Crook County RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Mulkey RV Park (Closed), McMinnville, Oregon

Date of Stay: August, 2013 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

I used this park as a base to explore Willamette Valley. It’s located well away from the busy Highway 18, and is occupied by mainly permanent or long-term residents. The owners do not appear to encourage short term stays. On many nights a “Park Full” sign was posted although there were open sites. There is no cable or over the air TV reception in the park. Since the Verizon signal was quite weak, I opted to use the pay for use Wi-Fi service offered. While the service was very good, I encountered problems with the provider over a double-billing issue. It required a complaint to the Better Business Bureau plus a dispute of the duplicate charge to my credit card carrier to obtain a refund. I’d suggest that you avoid using this service if you stay at the park. We camped at Mulkey RV Park (Closed) in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Tingley Lake Estates RV Park, Klamath Falls, Oregon

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $19.00
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This small park, with most of its sites occupied by permanent residents, is located in an agricultural area adjacent to a sizeable pond. It’s very quiet, but expect a high population of insects. Only a few sites have a sewer connection. Instead, the owner pumps directly from your unit to a portable tank once a week. The resident owners are very friendly and always willing to assist visitors, a factor that overcomes many of the shortcomings of the park. There is an excellent selection of cable channels, and a dedicated wash area for vehicles. Brushes and hoses are supplied here in the event that you don’t have them. I didn’t use Wi-Fi due to a strong Verizon signal available here. I’d suggest calling in advance to determine site availability as there are very few available. We camped at Tingley Lake Estates RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Sparks Marina RV Park, Sparks, Nevada

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $23.00
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I spent seven weeks at this park, so the rate paid reflects an extended stay. I found that the park offered a secure location in which to leave my motorhome while I spent several weeks traveling for an annual physical and personal business. Previous reviews have indicated problems with pull-through site parking. The back-in sites which are around the periphery are so small that campers need to park their tow (or towed) vehicle in the roadway. This further aggravates the problem of tow vehicles or trailers extending from the pull-through sites into the roads. That said, I’m very pleased with the park. Its’ facilities are clean, the staff pleasant and its location is convenient to shopping, recreation and downtown Reno. We camped at Sparks Marina RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Mt Lassen / Shingletown KOA, Shingletown, California

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This park is staffed by a group of friendly people. After registering, I was guided to my assigned site. The park is nicely shaded and has an interesting layout. Rather than row after row there are large sites at odd angles which gives a feeling of openness. One drawback with the scattered layout is that people tend to walk or drive through sites The cable selection is basic basic. The fact that several of the major networks dropped out of service during my stay led to my lowering the rating given. The Wi-Fi service is offered on a pay basis through Tengo. Considering the rate that the park charges, one would expect decent Wi-Fi at no cost. I used my Verizon broadband. There was only 1 bar of signal, but I survived. The cell service here was even worse. Many of my calls were dropped at some point in the conversation. We camped at Mt Lassen / Shingletown KOA in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Golden Pine RV Park, June Lake, California

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

I spent several nights at this park using it as a base to explore Mammoth and Mono Lakes plus the eastern portion of Yosemite. The park is located in a hollow below Highway 158. Be prepared to negotiate a short, but narrow and steep entry road when arriving and departing. As has been mentioned in previous reviews, the campground host made my visit to what is a nice, but ordinary park, a memorable event. He’s friendly and very knowledgeable about the area. We camped at Golden Pine RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Boulder Creek RV Resort, Lone Pine, California

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $36.00
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This well cared for park has gravel sites accessed by paved roadways. In a landscape that is pretty much devoid of large vegetation, the campground is contains numerous trees which are very helpful in shading your rig from the sun. The cable TV offered is very basic with only 12 channels available. Free Wi-Fi is provided. It occasionally provides good access speeds but often dropped off to a crawl. I eventually switched to Verizon due to the erratic performance. I found the water to be quite dirty with even my 1 micron filter passing some very fine sediment. The campground serves as a good base to explore the Alabama Hills, Sierra Nevada and Mt. Whitney and could be used as a base for visits to Death Valley, although that would be a long drive. We camped at Boulder Creek RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Barstow / Calico KOA, Yermo, California

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

Sites in this park are susceptible to road noise from I-15, which is within 500 feet of the campground. Some locations at the back of the park have shrubbery that might diminish the sound. Be sure to ask for placement away from the highway. The free Wi-Fi had decent speed when it worked, but it often dropped off to a no response condition. I switched to my Verizon broadband (2-bar signal) in order to get some work accomplished. The cable TV is a joke. There’s a decent selection of channels, but the picture quality is terrible. It’s fuzzy, and has the appearance of over-the-air television of the 1970’s. I used the antenna on my motorhome and found that the picture quality was far superior to the “cable” offering. We camped at Barstow / Calico KOA in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Escondido RV Resort, Escondido, California

Date of Stay: May, 2013 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

This very nice, but costly, park is located next to the Escondido Freeway (I-15), but as has been mentioned in previous reviews, highway noise is not a problem in the upper section of the park. If you plan to stay longer than 2 weeks, it’s less expensive to pay monthly rate which works out to $33 per day. The daily rate is $59 and there is no weekly rate. However, if you do select a monthly stay, be prepared to sign a 16-page legal document of “Rules and Regulations”. The supplied cable TV offers an excellent selection of channels. The staff is continually working on grounds and the beauty of the surroundings is a result of their labors. The laundry is clean, with new machines. Not surprisingly, they’re more expensive those in other parks and there are too few for the number of sites here. There are no dumpsters. Garbage pickup is from trash barrels located conveniently throughout the park. The barrels are emptied twice a day. A really nice place to spend time, but expect to pay for it. We camped at Escondido RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Adirondack Gateway Campground and Lodge, Cold Brook, New York

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

This campground is located in the fields and new-growth woods of a former farm. Several pull-through sites have been added recently, but have several problems. First, they are located in an open area that could become very hot in the summer sun. In addition, they are situated adjacent to the only entry road to the rest of the campground where about half of the sites are occupied by seasonal campers. So expect plenty of traffic past your site if you select one of these. It appears that not a great deal of thought went into the design and placement of these sites. The rate shown includes a 10% FMCA discount and is for 30-amp power. 50-amp is $3 per night additional. There is very spotty Verizon cell service, but I was to obtain a good Verizon broadband connection. There are a few over-the-air TV channels available, but satellite reception should be very good. Not a great stop, but okay for an overnight stay. We camped at Adirondack Gateway Campground and Lodge in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Blue Knob State Park, Pavia, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

This state park encompasses a 6,128 acre wilderness with 12 miles of hiking trails. The campground is located at an elevation of 2,400 feet, so expect temperatures to be several degrees cooler than at lower elevations in the area. The sites on the interior of the loop are different than I’ve experienced at other campgrounds. While the pads are gravel, there is no obvious driveway leading to them. With some trepidation, I backed into my site across the grass. Fortunately, even on a rainy spring day, there was no rutting caused by my motorhome which weighs over 30,000 pounds. 50-amp power service is available, but there is no water at each site. Rather, there are a few stanchions scattered about from which a pail of water can be drawn, but not connected to with a hose. Make sure your water tank is full before arriving here – its capacity will determine your length of stay. We camped at Blue Knob State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Douthat State Park, Clifton Forge, Virginia

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

This brand-new campground (Whispering Pines ) is located alongside a small stream. The sites are large and well spaced. Within a few minutes after arriving at my site, I was visited by the campground host, who asked if he could be of any assistance. As I was preparing to depart the gentleman again stopped by to wish me a safe trip. I hope that he continues this process. It’s really a nice touch. Note that the park office is 4 miles north of the campground on VA-629. If you have made a reservation, your vehicle and site materials will be waiting at a board in the campground. If not, or if you have a pet, you must stop at the office and then drive back to the campground. Possibly because of campground’s newness there is no site map posted or included with the registration materials. I had to do some searching before I located the dump station and dumpster. I experienced a very weak Verizon broadband signal and not surprisingly, there was no over-the-air TV reception. Although new, I feel the park is somewhat overpriced when the on-line reservation fee ($5) and taxes are added in. Otherwise, I would have rated it as a 10. We camped at Douthat State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

McDowell Nature Preserve, Charlotte, North Carolina

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Located in a 1,100 acre county park this campground offers privacy in a heavily wooded setting, yet is close to a shopping area and downtown Charlotte. Most of the paved pull-through sites are quite large and well spaced. The campground is very popular on weekends, so if you plan to stay during the warm weather months, a reservation is suggested. Be careful to note the route to your site (posted at the entry kiosk) as the roads can be confusing. The preserve offers extensive hiking trails, fishing and boat ramps. I was able to obtain a good Verizon broadband signal and a several over-the-air TV stations. Satellite owners may have a difficult time obtaining a clear view of the sky due to the tree cover. We camped at McDowell Nature Preserve in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 117
States Visited: 34
Helpful Reviews: 9

Magnolia Springs State Park, Millen, Georgia

Date of Stay: May, 2012 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground at this state park is located in a very quiet, secluded location at the back the property. All sites are large and well-spaced. Note that there are only a limited number of 50-amp sites, which are made available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the remote location there is no over-the-air TV reception and I was unable to make a connection to Verizon’s broadband network, although I did obtain a good voice signal. The rate shown includes a $5 vehicle pass. If you’re planning on staying at other Georgia State Parks, it would be worth investigating the purchase of a seasonal pass to avoid paying the $5 fee at each park. We camped at Magnolia Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

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