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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!

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Nice, but not as big a deal as advertised in our opinion (by both folks we talked to and reviews on this site). It is hard to get reservations because it's so popular (and partly because of a car show). Pros: good, fast Verizon, very cheap with senior discount, got satellite reception, Mather Lodge is nice, nice hiking if it's not too hot, and enjoyed the great views from the Petit Jean grave site lookout. Cons: very unlevel site, virtually no RV antenna reception, other campground areas looked rather undesirable (we stayed in the A loop, which was pretty nice). Also, be warned that because this has been such a dry year here there was no famous waterfall.

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We did enjoy our stay at this campground but felt that the place is over-rated and over-priced. I guess if you needed to use their bathrooms/event rooms/pavilion, then maybe the ratings/prices would be justified. They looked very nice. But we didn't need/use any of those. Based on the high ratings on this website, I picked a "waterfront" site. It wasn't really what I'd call waterfront. You couldn't really access the water from your site. You could see it and were much closer to it than the other sites, but they had a black mesh barrier between the sites and the water (rather ugly thing). The rate was actually $42 but they took the standard 10% off for Good Sam. This is a dry year for the area so grass was brown and crunchy underfoot for most of the park (maybe they should consider using sprinklers!? Almost all their plantings looked dead too). We found the people who worked outdoors there to be very friendly, but the people inside varied. The gal who helped me on check-in was not exactly the most friendly or smiley person I've run into. And they'd run out of their "brochures" so no campground map or info for us. It's in a good location - off the beaten path enough to be quiet and pretty but still close to freeway access/shopping/etc. And thank you to the previous reviewer who mentioned Garvan Woodland Gardens. It was very nice. The Anthony Chapel (outside of the area you have to pay for) was the best part!!! But you have to be sure they don't have it closed off due to weddings, etc. Overall, I'd give it a higher mark if all the other places we'd stayed at in OK and AR weren't as nice or nicer and HALF the price!!!

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While this cg is listed under Hodgen, it really is located on route 63, five miles east of Muse (as it says on their website). We picked it because I wanted something near the Talimena Scenic Byway, a drive we'd highly recommend. It reminded us of the Blue Ridge Pkwy in NC! This whole area is gorgeous! I'm hoping we can come back sometime in the fall. The cg itself was very nicely kept. Great laundry facility as previously noted. There are very nice-looking cabins along the outside perimeter, with the RVs parking in grassy areas in the center. No pool or playground, but a very pretty little cg. And everyone we met that was staying here, was really friendly. We would definitely stay here again.

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I gave this cg a high mark, but I guess I'd really give it two separate marks. You really should see this park: it was one of my husband's favorites on our whole trip! Thus, the 9. But the cg itself could use some updating! We camped in the Old Circle part and got one of the last remaining full hook-up sites. Unfortunately, it was a bit hard to get into, even though it was a pull-through. We had tree branches hitting the top of our 40' motorhome. This place is very popular, and we could only stay 3 nights mid-week before having to get out and make way for folks who had already reserved our space for the weekend. For smaller rigs, this place would be fine. But it's a bit tight for the bigger ones! (And the other cg area, across from the store, had very little privacy and looked like maneuvering/parking would be even harder for big RVs!) Besides the cave/rocks, one of our favorite parts of the park was the nature trail/fishing bridge/gazebo/boardwalk by Lake Carlton. Rate reflects $2 off for senior discount.