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We stayed here for a week and had a wonderful time. Vogel is one of Georgia's oldest state parks, but it has been meticulously maintained and the old growth forests are one of the nicest things about the park. The park itself is beautiful with lots of things to do. We enjoyed the easy access to some of the best hiking trails in Georgia. We also took the opportunity to visit several of the waterfalls in the area. The campground is a good one; the sites are spacious and level with ample shade throughout. The campground hosts were very nice. There are no sewer hook-ups, nor was there any Wi-Fi, but I think this is pretty much the norm for Georgia State Parks. Our Verizon cell phone coverage was excellent however. There was a crew of power company workers here with heavy equipment laying new underground power cabling throughout the campground (this created some "noise pollution", but it looked like they were almost done). If you're planning on coming in September 2011, you may want to ask if the power company crews are gone when you call to make reservations. Overall I'm giving this park four and a half stars. The only reason I'm docking it a half a star is because of the construction. This is a great park and well worth the price.

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We travel quite a bit with our camper, and I'll have to say that St. George Island is one of the best kept secrets we've found. There are miles and miles of gorgeous beaches and very few people (think of it as the opposite of Panama City Beach). St. George Island State Park occupies the entire western end of the island. It is very secluded; the ideal place to "get away" if that is what you're looking for. The campground is spacious, with lots of pine trees and smaller bushes and shrubs separating the campsites. We found the staff to be helpful and pleasant. The only real negative that we have has to do with the facilities. One of the two bathrooms is closed for renovation. There was no work underway during our eight days there; I have a feeling that the project has fallen victim to state budget cuts. Since there are no sewer connections available, you're left with having to transfer your grey and black water to the dump station using your transfer tank. No big deal if you're only staying a couple of days, but if you're there for over a week as we were, it makes for more work than you'd like to do on your vacation. Just as a heads-up to would-be campers: we use Verizon, and the coverage was only one bar at the campground. Good enough for a phone call and to check your email (if you stand in the right spot). We didn't find this to be a problem, but I know that some people require a good connection while on vacation. Overall, I'm giving this campground 8 stars. It would be 9 stars if both restrooms were open, and 10 stars if they had sewer hookups.

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This is a working gold mine that has a small campground on the property. We didn't take advantage of any of the gold mining activities, but it looked like fun. We needed a place to stay that was convenient to Albemarle and Concord, and we didn't want to stay at the parking-lot-they-call-campground at the speedway. The campsites are all shaded and relatively level with new gravel. The power, water, sewer, and Wi-Fi all worked and the staff was friendly. There is no cable TV (or even a broadcast TV signal), but our cell phone service worked, which was a nice surprise. The bathrooms and showers can only accommodate one person at a time, and they charge $2 for use of the shower. There is one washer and dryer which is also pay-type. At $25, this campground is a good value, if you have a reason to be this far off the beaten path.

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This is a very nice resort. We took the advice of another reviewer and stayed in the older campground which was shady. The Wi-Fi worked well. The washer and dryer were free. There is a new pavilion with a fantastic pool/hot tub area. The only negatives is that as of August 2009 the resort is still undergoing some construction. It will be very nice when they are done. Also keep in mind that Gordonsville is quite a bit off the beaten path. Montpelier is fairly close, but it's a 30 minute drive to Charlottesville, an an hour to the Shenandoah Valley. Overall, this is a great place.

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This campground is very convenient to Colonial Williamsburg, and a reasonable drive to Jamestown, Yorktown, and Busch Gardens. Hourly shuttles are available to all the attractions. This is a small, older campground and shows a little wear, but the staff is professional and courteous. Our only complaint was the noise. Our site backed up against a fairly busy road, and this campground is adjacent to the railroad. We might stay here again; it depends on whether or not we could find another campground without this drawback.

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The main thing that this campground has going for it is that it is on the Carowinds property. It's definitely not worth $60. Even the $40 off-peak rate is too high for what you get.The grounds are not particularly well-maintained and the campsites are not level. We suffered an ant infestation which we carried with us for the rest of the trip. I realize that there aren't many choices in the Charlotte area, but I would not recommend this one. There is a KOA in nearby Fort Mill SC.

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First the positives: This park is located on a beautiful creek (Cedar Creek). All the tent campsites are arranged along the creek, and from what I could tell they all looked very nice. The campground offers shuttle service upstream for canoes, and they allow tubing along the campground. Now the negatives (and there are many). There are a lot of homesteaders, and it gives the entire park a trailer-park feel. Unless you happen to get a site alongside the tent sites (along the creek), there is no shade, no landscaping... just a big gravel parking lot. The sites were very unlevel. They provide 50-amp service only; we had to buy a $25 adapter to use a 30 amp connection (although they did offer to let us return it when we left). The shower house is near the office and is not near the campsites. Wi-Fi does not work at the sites unless you have a external antenna with amplifier. They didn't mention that they don't provide shuttle service for tubes (only canoes), so our entire visit was a waste. This campground has a lot of potential. My suggestions to the owners are to 1) move all the homesteaders to one end of the park and plant hedges to separate them from the campers, 2) level the campsites, 3) build a least one shower house near the campsites, 4) do some landscaping (trees, grassy islands, etc.) 5) put a Wi-Fi repeater at the new shower house that you build, 6) change your ridiculous policy about tubing, 7) provide 30-amp connections at the sites. I would not stay here again unless I heard that they had made at least some of these improvements.

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First the positives: This park is beautifully landscaped and meticulously kept. The staff are very friendly, and all the services worked as expected (actually I have come to expect WiFi not to work... but it worked flawlessly here). The heated pool was a big plus since were visiting in February. Now the negatives: The park is a mile from the beach, and it's not an easy mile to walk or ride bikes. If you want to go to the beach, you will need to drive there. For this reason (and the fact that we were there off-season), I felt that the $60/night fee was a bit steep (plus WiFi must be purchased separately). Campers with children should know that this RV Park attracts more of an older crowd. Mainly empty-nesters and not very many children (not any while we were there). The other campers were extremely nice, and we were never made uncomfortable because we brought kids however. I would probably stay here again. We'll be coming back to Panama City in a couple of months, and we've already decided to stay at St. Andrews Park which is right on the beach.

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We were only here for one night, but it seemed like a nice campground. The staff was very nice, and the store was very well stocked with RV gear (the best I've seen actually). We would stay here again.

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We stayed here as an overnight stopover. All of the services worked as advertised. It was no problem getting in and out.

     

Abilene KOA

Abilene, Texas

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I agree with the other reviews. This is a fairly typical KOA. It is convenient to I-20, and would be good for an overnight stopover.

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This was a good park, but there are a couple of drawbacks. There is no shade at this park (I realize that this is southern New Mexico, but a little shade would be nice). If you're planning on staying here on your visit to Carlsbad Caverns, you need to be aware that this campground is over an hours' drive from there. I would not stay here if my only reason for coming was to visit the caverns. There are other RV Parks that may not be as nice but are much closer. The WiFi connection was also very poor (actually, it didn't work at all).

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This is a great RV Park. Clean, spacious, and all of the services work as advertized. We would stay here again.

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This is actually a nice park, with lots of shade, and is inside the park and adjacent to the Thunderbird Lodge and Canyon Tours. As noted by other reviewers, this campground offers no hook-ups, which is the biggest problem. The bathrooms were clean, but there are no showers. We didn't have any problem with mosquitoes, but the ants were terrible (make sure you bring a bag of ant killer granules to spread over your campsite). It's fine for an overnight stay, but you really need at least a power hook-up to stay any longer.

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This is a nice park in a nice location. When we were there in August 2008, several of the campsites were being renovated (creating a bit of a mess), but I would expect this to have been finished within a couple of weeks of our stay. A much bigger issue is all the road construction in Sedona. This was a major inconvenience, however it was no fault of this campground. I would give this park a 9/10. Hopefully all the construction will be finished soon.