Date of Stay: February, 2010
Wasted potential! This could be the premier RV park of the Raleigh area if only the owner would commit to what needs to be done to make it so. I stayed here for six months while working in the area. The park is clean with the exception of the manager's site which is the junkiest place in the park with two dead vehicles that never moved the entire time I was here. It's safe and conveniently located to all the shopping you'd want in Garner and Clayton. With just a couple modifications, 70-East could be the go-to place in Raleigh for the RV'ing clientele. This place has the potential to make a fortune since there are so very few proper campgrounds within 20 miles of Raleigh. The main thing that desperately needs to be done is building a real office at the front of the park. RV'ers have a certain paradigm where they expect to see a parking area and an office when they first pull into an RV park. Instead, what they get here, is a couple small signs saying the office is located on lot 117. I've had several campers knocking on my door asking where 117 was because many of these sites are not clearly and consistently numbered. There is no office. Lot 117 is the manager's trailer which is located on the far side of the park. Going there in a big rig would require either turning around on a grassy area (not a good idea if the ground is wet) or exiting the park to head back up 70 to U-turn at the light by the Shell station to get turned around to come back and try it again. Newcomers should just enter the park at the storage entrance, go up the hill, go down to the first intersection located halfway to the back and wait there for the manager to come and show them where to go. I enjoyed my stay here with the exception of the rates. Paying $450 a month for only full hook-ups is ridiculously high. In my mind, if all you're getting is full hook-ups and nothing else, then something in the $200-$300 range is more like it. Over $300 and I expect to at least have cable TV and free Wi-Fi. You can get cable TV at your site but you have to work directly with Time-Warner. 70-East offers Wi-Fi but you have to pay for it. Over $400 a month and now I'm expecting to see shower/laundry facilities. Over $500 a month and they better add a pool or be located in someplace like tourist Florida or California. The Triad area is nice but it doesn't justify $450 a month. If the owner would commit to being a real RV park, build a real office, add shower/laundry and recreation hall facilities, and finish converting the empty trailer sites to RV sites, he could draw all the RV traffic passing through on I-40 and make a fortune. People would actually want to come here as a destination rather than just as a place to stay while they go somewhere else. One last thing. If you are on the T-Mobile or Sprint networks, your cell reception is going to be terrible. I had to buy a cell booster to get my Blackberry to the point where I could carry on a decent conversation.
Date of Stay: July, 2009
This little gem of a campground is hidden away in the small town of artists called Moncure. I say hidden away only because UPS seems to have a heck of a time finding it even though there is a large, beautiful sign saying Jordan Dam RV Park right on Moncure School Rd. But I will get to that momentarily. I stayed here for 2 1/2 months while I worked in the area. First let me say that the owner, Jeff, and his father, Bobby, are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. The campground does not have an office so you will have to call Jeff to arrange for parking help when you arrive. If he cannot meet you upon your arrival, he will have his father, who lives in front of the campground, come to meet you and help you get set up. Trying to maneuver a large rig between all the trees takes some doing but if your follow their directions, they will get you in to your site no problem. Contrary to what the previous poster said, the sites are NOT all level. There is a definite slope to the campground but not to worry. They have plenty of 4X4 wooden beams that you can put under your jacks if they won't extend far enough. Also, there is only ONE pull through site and if you manage to get a big rig into it, you won't have room for your toad. I would guesstimate that anything longer than 34 feet probably won't fit into the pull-through site. There is no laundry facility for the campground (or in Moncure for that matter) and Jeff highly recommends you use the services of his sister-in-law who charges $1 per pound plus a $2-$4 pick-up and delivery charge. Your only other alternative is to drive 15 miles to Sanford or Pittsboro to use the laundry mat. If you have a washer/dryer in your rig, you are strongly discouraged from using it because the campground is on a septic system and it puts too much stress on the system. I consider the monthly rate of $325 for 50-amp to be just right for the size of the campground without the usual amenities (laundry/bathroom facilities). Supposedly there is now wi-fi but I didn't get the chance to check it out before I left. The campground is within a couple hundred feet of Hwy 1 and the road noise might be bothersome to some people during the day but the highway quiets down by late in the evening so getting sleep is not a problem. There is a garden that campers are allowed to use if you like fresh vegetables and the boat storage facilities are top notch. My only complaint about this campground is that getting your mail can be an adventure. Since there is no office, if you want mail delivery, you must pay for a post office box at the tiny Moncure post office. They charge $40 for 3 months minimum but will refund your money for any unused time. Package delivery by UPS and FedEX is chancy at best. Depends on which driver is out that day. You are allowed to use Bobby's address but even then they still have trouble finding Moncure School Road itself even though it ends right by the Citgo station in the middle of town. Jeff is looking into getting mailboxes installed for each campsite and this will eliminate much of the mail delivery problem. I definitely enjoyed my stay here and only left because my commute was getting too long. You have to be careful what you complain about because if it can be fixed, it will be instantly done. I mentioned that I didn't want to put my patio mat out because of the sharp gravel rocks and (POOF!) a pad magically appeared to put under my patio mat. I watched a new arrival set up and the man mentioned that he thought some tree limbs might prevent him opening his awning and (POOF!) the tree limbs were gone within minutes. A couple days before I left, UPS delivered one of my packages to the convenience store down my Hwy. 1, they tracked me down at the campground and called Jeff who went down there to fetch it for me while I was at work. (THANK-YOU!!!) Out of the four (yes FOUR) campgrounds in the Moncure area, this one should be your first choice. Dickens is only OK if you like staying in an open field, Cotton is OK if you don't mind being squeezed in beside trailers, and then there's the other one that I don't even know the name of over by the lake. If you go to any of these other three first, you're nuts.
Date of Stay: May, 2009
I had intended on staying here for several months but ended up having to leave to go stay with my mom for a couple weeks after she had surgery. Initially when I arrived, I stayed on their overflow spot for a couple of days until the site they had for me became available. I had site 40A and it took a bit of doing to back into it, but they expertly guided me back and I made the back on the first try. Then the fun began. The sites are gravel and the one I was in had a bit of a soft spot in that my rear jacks pushed everything down into the dirt. They did not leave me hanging, but brought out several huge blocks to put under my jacks to keep me from sinking into the soft dirt. The RV park is immaculate with lots of shade available and it's very quiet at night. As far as phone and internet, I have T-Mobile and my phone worked even though it usually only had 1-2 bars on it. I have my own internet (Internet-in-Motion) which is on the Sprint PCS network and my connection was tenuous at best. The park's Wi-Fi connection was a little more reliable than mine but still really slow. My only complaint were the ticks. OMG! In the 19 days I was there I pulled 18 ticks off my dogs and a dozen off me. One time I stood outside for less than 3 minutes and had two crawling up my pants so they waste no time getting on you. However, this is not particular just to this RV park as I understand that ticks are a problem everywhere in this area of North Carolina. Other from that, I definitely enjoyed my stay and would definitely return should I find myself working in this area again.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
I stayed here for a little over two months while I worked in the area so the rate reflects the monthly rate of $480. I considered this a tad expensive since there is no cable and no 50 amp electric, and that is the only reason why I gave it a 9 instead of a 10. On the plus side, the daily rate is very reasonable. I believe it was $18 which is $6 better than Northgate RV Park off of I-65. (Northgate's monthly rate is $330 and you get 50 amp service) Other from the price, I really enjoyed my stay. The office staff go out of their way to help you and the campground is frequently checked by Rocket Center security. Most of the sites are spacious and shady, however, some of the back-in sites are really short and if you come in on the weekend (when the office is closed) be sure to first scout the sites listed as available to make sure you can fit if you have a big rig. The pull-through sites have plenty of room. I stayed in site 22 and it was an extremely tight fit with my 40' rig. As you back in, there is a large tree on your right side that can catch your mirror if you are not careful and another tree on your right rear that can be a challenge if you don't angle your rig in just right. I didn't see any other sites with trees as close as this one. Having said that, site 22 is a great site if you like watching all the Space Camp kids launching their rockets. It can either be very entertaining or very annoying depending on your sensibilities. I quite enjoyed it but the sound of the rockets going up made one of my dogs very nervous. After a while he got used to it. I will definitely stay here again if I come back to the Huntsville area.
Date of Stay: April, 2009
We camped here for 8 nights while my mother recovered from recent cancer treatment. I picked this campground because I was looking for someplace quiet, shady, and that had that "old Florida" feel because this trip was my mother's first time in the state of Florida. This campground met all of those requirements and then some. The staff gave us site 75 which had a magnificent view of Lake Rousseau which all three of us enjoyed (me, my mom, and my sister who flew down from Delaware). There are HUGE live oak trees with masses of Spanish moss hanging from the branches that adds to the picturesque nature of the campground. We didn't fish but enjoyed watching the fishermen launch their boats at the boat launch not more than a hundred feet away from our site. We all three enjoyed our stay and hated to leave. The only thing I could find to complain about would be the design of the sites on our side of the loop. It would have been great to pull into the spot rather than back in so as to take better advantage of the lake view while sitting outside. But that is such a minor thing. Also, while we were there, Mother Nature decided to make life interesting with HOARDS of midges which are harmless flying insects that resemble mosquitoes. They covered everything and were more of an annoyance than anything else but if you're going to camp in Florida you had better get used to the bugs. I also liked the fact that the campground allows campers to wash their rigs on their site. I wish every campground would do the same to prevent the mildewy roofs and walls of the long-term campers I've seen in other parks that really detract from the surroundings. There is a local man who will come to your site and wash your rig for you at a reasonable price. Check with the office for his number.
Date of Stay: January, 2009
I stayed here a month and everything the previous posters said is true. Dotty still greets all visitors. There are still many sheep, cows, horses, and goats in the pastures surrounding the campground. The owner is as nice as can be. It was very cold while I stayed here and my water only froze up once because I was away for a couple days. It froze at my water pump as I didn't have a hose connected to the outside pipe. The sites are gravel but I went ahead and put pads under my jacks anyway thinking that would be enough. However, within a couple days, the weight of my motor home pushed the back jacks into the ground about six inches. Then the ground froze and I didn't feel like messing with it so I just left it alone. Well, a couple weeks later I needed to refill my LP tank (and Wes has the cheapest LP prices around). It took me about 20 minutes of chipping at the frozen ground with a claw hammer to get my jack pad out of the ground. So if you arrive after a rain, be sure to take into account the softness of the ground and use something a little more substantial under your jacks. My jack pads were the 8-inch square pads with the handles that you get from Camping World. They had no problem sinking into the ground but it was a good thing I used them anyway otherwise I might not have gotten the jacks up at all. Other from that, my stay there was nice and peaceful.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
Like the previous posters said, this is an old campground. It is situated next to a lovely lake. Campers can walk around the lake in about 20 minutes and the owners keep the lakeside mowed and free of weeks and over growth. There is a bit of history associated with the campground in that back in the 60's there was a beach next to the swimming area. The swimming area had a concrete bottom and steps leading down into the lake water and it probably was quite nice back in it's day. Time has changed and the swimming area is no longer used due to insurance reasons. The sandy beach has disappeared and pine trees now grow in that area. The bath house still stands next to the old beach area and that is where the shower/laundry facilities are. I don't have a problem with the age of the building but I think it would behoove the owners to try to build a new facility closer to the front of the campground. The campground is definitely shady which would probably feel great during the hot summer months. In the fall, nature does her thing and there are leaves and pine needles all over. The owners keep the roads clear of the debris but the constant drone of the leaf blowers (sometimes at 7 in the morning!) can be quite a nuisance. I appreciate their effort on maintaining a nice appearance but I detest leaf blowers in general and so my irritation with them may not be shared by others. I am here for several months working in the area through the winter. The monthly rate in my opinion is just a tad steep considering the age of the facilities but it includes electric so I can't complain too loudly.
Date of Stay: October, 2008
This is a small RV park located right next to I-55. The owners are very nice and the park is immaculate. There were several long-term people there but still plenty of sites available for short-term campers. Our site was close to the front and was EXTREMELY narrow. Our street side slide covered the sewer hookup which was on a small berm. We had to make the hookup before extending the slide and then flatten the hose a bit while extending the slide so the bottom of the storage compartment wouldn't knock off the sewer hose (it was that close). Our neighbor's picnic table was less than two feet from the slide. On the other side, we were unable to extend our awning because it would hit the slide of the 5th-wheel parked in front of us. In retrospect, we should have requested a site toward the back of the park as these were wider and roomier. Also, the interstate noise was a constant drone and I was never able to tune it out. It was probably not quite as bad toward the back of the park but I definitely did get tired of listening to semi trucks roaring past all night long. We paid the monthly rate but ended up leaving after two weeks due to a death in the family. The owners were gracious and promptly refunded the difference in the rates before we left. I gave the park a 6 rating only because of the interstate noise. If it weren't for that, I'd have rated it higher.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
Part of the Coralville Lake Project, this campground is huge with many loops and a shower facility for each one. Most of the sites are shady but several loops down by the lake are sunny for those who have satellite. The grounds are immaculate and for the two weeks I was there in September I enjoyed the scenery and gorgeous weather while walking my dogs. Every day we would explore a different loop on our walks. Most of the motor homes stayed on the sites numbered in the 300s as these had full hook-ups. The rest are water and electric only. There is a boat launch, a nice swimming area with a beach, a fish cleaning station, and several playground areas. I would stay in this beautiful park again if I ever find myself working in the area.
Date of Stay: September, 2008
This is a beautiful state park, very quiet, neat and clean. I stayed here in September, and the weather was sunny with temps in the mid-70's every day. What a wonderful respite from the blazing heat of Texas which I'd endured for the past five months. I enjoyed every single day of the gorgeous weather. Most of the sites do not have sewer hookup but the one I had was right next to a shower facility and it DID have a sewer hookup. I suspected that it might have been a handicapped site, but did not see any signs to verify that this was the case. I was only allowed to stay there a maximum of two weeks but the office person there told me that I could switch from one loop to another and stay for another two weeks so keep that in mind if you want to stay longer than two weeks in the park. I had already made reservations to move down to Sugar Bottom which was closer to my work and so did not take her up on the offer.
Date of Stay: August, 2008
We stayed here in August and the temperature hovered around the 100 degree mark all month. One week it was over 100 degrees every day. There is very little shade here so our air conditioner ran 24/7, and it was till over 80 degrees in our rig. The park owners were very friendly and they put us along the fence where we had the most chance of shade in the late afternoon. They have added about six new sites along the fence line at the rear of the park and these are the ones to get if you want any shade. The other shady sites are already used by permanent residents. While we were there, the owners were putting the finishing touches on a new pond. Not sure if they are going to stock it with fish or if it's just for looks. They have also added a new above ground pool that looked very inviting after a blistering hot day, however, by the time I got home from work, I was too tired to use it. Beware of fire ants. While my husband was outside rearranging our sewer hookups he didn't notice he was standing on an ant hill (the tall grass had hidden it) and by the time he felt the first sting his feet were covered in ants. He suffered 42 ant bites and his feet were swollen for several days. Other from that our stay was nice enough. The monthly rate was $275 plus metered electric. When I left, our electric bill was $207 from running the air conditioner but the heat would have been unbearable without it.
Date of Stay: July, 2008
This park was very close to my work which is why I stayed there. The rate is based on the monthly rate of $430 for the site that I had. They have several different rates for their various sites. Most of the sites are in the sun and if you want shade you will have to scrounge a site from around the perimeter of the park. I say scrounge because most of the shady sites are occupied by long term residents. The lowest rates are for bare-bones sites that look like they were created out of a former parking lot. Even so, all the sites are well taken care of and the staff is very friendly. I thought the rates were on the expensive side compared to several of the other parks in the San Antonio area. One thing that is kind of nice is we were able to get the grand tour of San Antonio. You make reservations at the office and a shuttle bus will come and pick you up at the park, take you to tour S.A., and then bring you back at the end of the day. It was great not having to drive back after a long day of walking and seeing the sights.
Date of Stay: May, 2008
We stayed in Texas 281 RV Park for two months while I had work in the area. There are other reviews here that describe the park and all its amenities and they are all very accurate. For the most part, we found the campground personnel extremely friendly. The only complaint we had was that in our opinion the managers seemed to kowtow to a certain few permanent residents as far as the complaint department goes. Apparently there are one or two people there who take it upon themselves to complain whenever they hear a dog barking. After two complaints, you receive a note from the office that there has been a complaint and that there are consequences. Now, I am in full agreement about their dog barking policy. There is nothing more annoying than a constantly barking dog. But these dog nazis take it to such an extreme to the point where people jump to shush their dogs whenever they make a peep. The short-stay campers probably will not run into this problem but if you plan to stay there any length of time and you have pets, keep this in mind.
Date of Stay: March, 2008
Mermaid Cove is a small park way off the beaten path at the upper end of Canyon Lake, which means it is extremely quiet and peaceful. The sites are relatively level and they give you a grill to use if you don't already have one. The campground hosts are extremely friendly and helpful. They do have a very liberal pet policy (meaning that there isn't one) but for the most part campers do the right thing. Pets are not required to be on a leash unless they become a nuisance or are aggressive. We stayed here for 3 weeks but reluctantly had to move to an RV park closer to Bulverde as my commute to work made it more cost effective to change parks.
Date of Stay: January, 2008
This was my second time staying here because the price was right. The place has not changed much from the older reviews. My first time there in August 2007, the lady at the entrance was very friendly. When I asked her for a map of the park to find my site she laughed and said to just go in, stay to the right and find a place where ever I want. This was a bit disconcerting because at that time I was a solo camper and I hate going into a place where I don't know exactly where I'm going. Fortunately it was daylight so I slowly drove around -- slowly because the dirt road was horrible. HUGE dips and holes that fill with a foot of water when it rains. Make sure all your stuff is tied down as you are tossed left and right as you drive. I finally found a spot, got my rig all leveled up which took about 20 minutes since I was by myself and when I went to plug in for my electric, I discovered there were no fuses and so no power. $%@*!! So I buttoned everything up and moved two spots over to a site with electric. After another 20 minutes of leveling I get power hooked up and ten spend another 20 minutes looking for the sewer pipe. These are hidden in the ground and it's like looking for an acorn in the tall grass as it appeared they hadn't mowed in weeks. I ended up calling the office for someone to come out and show me where the sewer hookup was. The dude was very nice so no complaints there. After that I settled in and spent an uneventful week. My second time there was in January and by this time I'd traded my Class C for a 40-foot Class A. Getting it into the entrance was a tight squeeze. Roads the same. No improvement there. Managed to find a site with 50-amp and power was fairly steady. The permanent party people there are definitely an eyesore and they have laid claim to all the shady sites. There are rigs in there older than me and junk all over the place. If I thought getting in was tight, getting out was an adventure but we made it. I give this place a 5 because of all the junky, old rigs there and the terrible roads. But if you need to stay somewhere cheap, this is the place.