CarrieBearie

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About CarrieBearie

My husband and I have been part to full-timing for the past five years. We travel with our two dogs and two cats. I like to tell people that it works great for us because I love to travel, but my husband hates it, so...I get to go everywhere, and he never leaves "home!" I love photography so enjoy exploring and taking pictures of all the beautiful places we get to see. We also meet some great people! Living in just one place all year round seems so boring in comparison!!

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This cg has just as good a view as everyone says! Beautiful!!! We didn't stay in one of the view sites (too expensive for a multiple night stay...), but we ended up in the farthest away site so ended up with a bit more space, privacy, and forest feel. We made use of the communal view area - everyone's there for sunsets. No satellite reception for most (all?) sites - too many trees! And couldn't get PBS on their cable or on air channels! So missed the finale to my series... Oh well, it was worth it! And as for the driveway - don't be freaked out by some of the other reviewers! It's really not that bad! Just follow their rule of not showing up before 2:30pm to check in (I also called right before we drove up, and we unhooked in a little pull-out area just before cg entrance on other side of road). Nice trails to hike around cg. Would be awesome to stay there in the fall!!

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Just wanted to review this park since it seems to have gotten some recent bad reviews, which wasn't our experience. I wouldn't say it's a destination park, but for an overnight or two, it's just fine. It's right next to the freeway so yes, there's noise, but it didn't bother us while we were out walking our pets, and wasn't a problem overnight since we had our windows closed and AC on. The only downsides were that we didn't have success connecting to their (Tengo) wifi, and I think the water pressure was low (but true about A LOT of cgs!!). The price did seem high for what you get... I know it's a KOA, but still...too high.

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We had stayed at one other RV park while in Dallas another time, and we didn't care for the CG or the location. Unfortunately, there are hardly any to choose from inside Dallas! This one was OK, better than the other one for us. Less traffic, a little more removed from the chaos of the city while still being close enough to access whatever you need. Pretty surroundings - grass fields, pretty plantation home in front, nice neighborhoods. But for the most part, the CG itself is nothing special. Esp. considering the price. Based on our travels, I would expect those sorts of accommodations to warrant maybe $25 - 30/nt. But I guess it's because it's the only real game in town...! The owner was very nice about letting me have mail send and she then delivered it to our site when I called. And they have a nice (air-conditioned!!!) laundry room. I have to warn about a few things though - I got more mosquito bites there in 2 days than I've had in the last 4 months of traveling!! It did help when I started walking our dogs along the dirt exit road instead of in the grassy field (where we were supposed to) - less mosquitoes, at least in the AMs. Also, advanced reservations are apparently required so don't just show up and hope - call ahead! Most campers seem to be living here, so they probably don't have many sites available for transients. And there's no one really on site, in an office. You need to call. You also need to be self-contained, as I don't think they have bathrooms/showers. And lastly...I will reiterate what one other reviewer mentioned: do NOT approach the CG from the west on Barnes Bridge Rd!!!!! On this side, there's a 15,000 lb-limit bridge, bad road, and low tree branches!! From the east, it's mostly fine (except some branches on exit). We would stay here again if we had to be in Dallas, but we would prefer to just not be in Dallas!

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We stayed here a few years ago and found it a decent place for a short stay, so we decided to use it again as an overnight on our way west. One change since we were here last is they have 50amp power now! There are five sites, and it looks like four of them are fully functional. Electric and water only - no sewer hook-up, and I don't think there's a dump station here. But they have a 3-day maximum so other than having to haul it all with you to the next place, it's not a problem. No shade at sites but nice with grass and picnic tables on concrete platforms. It is part of a city park, which is very nice with small lake and paved path around it. Evidently good for fishing! We would definitely stay here again if on the route. Easy entry from the 287, turning north onto Commerce, and straight into Fair Park (watch the dip in intersection). Turn right before you get to the building in front of you - the sites are all the way over on the right (look for the picnic tables, between ball park and the lake). The sites are fairly close together, but you are likely to be the only camper here, so no problem!

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We stayed here once before and were not planning to come back. We had ended up doing exactly what a recent reviewer warned about. Their address and "directions" will take you past their place, and you'll end up needing to unhook your toad and do a U-turn. Off to a bad start, as you might say. But there's really nowhere else to stay in this area! So we came back, at least forewarned about turning right onto Cataba this time! Once you get past the wrong directions, it's an OK place. Some traffic noise we will use our fan to cancel out. But I have to say that their claim to have cable is false! They only "have cable" if you have a cable box, etc. We were able to get satellite fine, but I wanted to get PBS for some special programs, and wouldn't you know it - no PBS on air channels!!! Overall, not a big deal. But they advertised cable - and essentially don't have it!

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This was a very nice CG, and we would definitely stay here again. The office folks were very friendly and welcoming. And although they are in the desert (dirt and gravel; no grass or trees), they have done a good job of laying out and maintaining their park. They have a fenced-in dog park. And the only time I could smell the horses at all was when I was standing right next to them! I enjoyed their presence. I found it to be pretty quiet at night and certainly had no worries about safety/security while there. If ever in the area again, I feel sure we'd stay there! Rate is my average of the two nights we were there (one night was $15 with Passport America discount, the other $24 with Good Sam).

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Pros: Park is nicely kept and decorated, with cute casitas sprinkled around. The price was right (even without discounts). And the facilities look to be nice (including laundry room - esp. impressed by the dedicated washer/dryer for pet items!). And a nice dog park area. However, we probably would not choose to stay here again for the following reasons. At least in the short-term sites, the spaces are not well-designed. You back your rig up on gravel, in between a concrete patio pad and the hook-ups. Well, there's not enough room to maneuver and just barely enough room to have your slides out and not hit the electric hook-up pedestal!!!! It was a real pain to get situated! And overall, the place is more set-up for long-term, seasonal folks than those just passing through. There is also a slightly snooty feel to the place, which is not our style at all!

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This is a qualified "8" rating. I gave it such a high mark simply because it was a pretty cg, and we would stay there again because of that. It was also pretty quiet, a good location, and had an OK (and cheap) laundry. But as other reviewers have stated, it is not a very well kept-up cg, and things look run down overall. As with Hannibal in general - looks run down and poor, kind of sad. Our rate was based on their "stay 3 nights, get the fourth one free" deal (and includes taxes).

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Only discounts given are for military (which we don't qualify for). Good: owners were accommodating with us, the laundry was good and reasonably priced, we liked the location (close but not too close to all the city stuff - still had a small town feel nearby). Bad: very aggressive speed bump right near entrance, early morning noisy yard work some days, and some owners don't pick up after their dogs in the dog area in the back. Worst: a lot of loud trains at night.

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Price reflects weekly rate. CG was basic and mostly OK with nice view of mountains. But we didn't find the owners to be particularly friendly or welcoming, the sites are all pretty close to the road so not too quiet (better at night, of course), and our water hook-up was located at the neighboring site and on the wrong side, requiring that we run our hose under our rig and use our secondary hose (which had been used for grey water before so made us a little nervous, had to drink bottled water for that stay, etc.). This park is further north than most (other than Arrowhead, which really didn't get Verizon signal so was out for us) but still in a good location for most activities in BV. Our Verizon signal was good here. River access is so-so. The AR River runs right behind it, and there are paths down, but they are fairly steep. And since I forgot to mention restaurants in my other 2 BV reviews, I'll say something here. Quincy's has a great deal for filet Mignon and prime rib - very good! K's Dairy Delite is always super crowded (right on main drag), but the food is just so-so, and it takes forever to get your food!! We would NOT go there again! Asian Palate was OK - kind of pricey for Asian that's a little under par (too bland). Jan's was good for a good price.

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A nice enough park, with pretty little plantings scattered around and conveniently located to town. But it was very expensive (compared to two other places we stayed at in BV, one of which at least was much nicer in our opinion), very crowded, only has one 50 amp hookup available for two sites (so if you get there after your very close neighbor, you only get 30 amp), and there's no really good place to walk your dog.

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Rate reflects weekly rate. I LOVED this place. It's nothing fancy but felt like a nice little neighborhood - very friendly, community feel to it. Most of the folks staying here are very friendly. Most also staying for whole season so reservations can be hard to come by. Great little laundry room, very reasonably priced. Each site has more space than most parks provide. Hope to return someday! And would definitely recommend them - but please don't take our spot!

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Can't remember the exact price now, but I think for two nights it was somewhere between $90 and 100. Other than our site being very unlevel, the campground was OK, except that the driveway lanes were way too narrow. When we mentioned our difficulty getting in to the owner, he got really mad and told us he would refund our money and that we should leave. It was hot, we were already settled in, and my husband was too tired - otherwise, I would've been out of there in a heartbeat, no matter how hard it would've been to find another place on a Friday night! The owner is the reason for the "1" rating and why we would NEVER even consider staying at this campground again and cannot recommend it to anyone else!!

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Not an exciting or fancy place or campground, and a bit too high-priced for what it was, but it was OK for an overnight stop. If you like Chinese food at all, try the Kings Chinese Buffet (I think that was what it was called) - it's only a mile or two from the campground and has incredible variety with surprisingly good food!

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We lucked out and were able to get one of the nicer spots in the back - there are only four of them. They are more level and have a lot more open space around them, just as other reviewers have mentioned. When the park is fairly empty, it looks like an OK place, but when they are full, you can see that the rigs are jammed in together with almost no space between them at all. And there is no shade. It does have a good location and is a good rate, so I'm giving it a 6 instead of the 5 my husband would have. I don't think I'd visit this area on a weekend - way too crowded. But we did enjoy the Ozark Mtn HoeDown a lot, and the food at the Catfish Cabin was to die for! And a visit to the Turpentine Wildlife Creek Refuge was well worth it and highly recommended - if you go, say Hi to BamBam the very entertaining young grizzly bear for us!