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City owned campground in a city with Frank Lloyd Wright buildings to tour. Access roads in park are paved, sites are gravel & level. No reservations, but if you call the host they will tell you what they have open. While there not 100% full. Some sites sunny, some shaded. This is in a park surrounded by a quiet, nice, residential neighborhood. It is adjacent to a huge aquatics center with multiple pools. It has multiple playgrounds, bike & walking paths, and is on a river. Whole place is clean and neat. One review said it was hard to navigate to, but that is not accurate. Take exit 190 (Calif. Ave) N off Rt 18/ US 27, go N 3 miles, turn W on 12th Street, drive to RR tracks and slow down and take L onto Kentucky Ave. Drive on Ky Ave S for 4.5 blocks to First Christian Church on Right and turn R on Birch. Entrance on Left. You avoid traffic and trees via this route. Kid and pet friendly. This is a real gem. Hosts are wonderful.

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Directions are good. Get off I-80 at Exit 81. There is a Loves truck stop there so you can fill up, then come out and go north 1.5 miles and take a left. Park is on the left. Access is tight. Only about a dozen pull thru sites and some of those are only good for smaller rigs. Most of the sites are for pull in or back in. Really only 2 good pull thru sites for larger rigs. Lots of beautiful tent sites. Beautiful grounds. Good size off leash dog park. Friendly and helpful staff. Would stay here again.

     

Benton KOA

Benton, Illinois

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Directions were good. Access good. Interior roads and sites are all gravel. Despite lots of rain the park drained well. This is an older KOA and sites are a little tight. Limited number of pull thru sites so call ahead. Great places to walk the dogs across the street and around the owner's pond. Nicest folks run this place.

     

Bunk House

Red Bay, Alabama

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This used to be McKinneys RV but is now an RV conversion business and campground. The RV sites are along the east side of the business. The whole place is now rough gravel. Sites are all background but level. Staff is friendly. Water service is good as is sewer. The electric service is "iffy". First time we stayed here we were on the southern end of the line and had some voltage drops. Same this time to the point where the ACs kept tripping. If you come you need to get a site next to the power house, a metal shed near the north end of the line. Call for reservations and then recall the morning of arrival. The business has been cleaned up a lot with old wrecked RVs gone and the warehouse better arranged. Still work to do but making headway. If its hot and you need reliable electric, try another place.

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Called for reservation. Owner is normally not in the office but will take a reservation and post it to a board by the door. Nice guy. Family owned campground. Find your site, and pay at the box by the door. Interior roads asphalt and gravel. Sites gravel and level. Electric and water good. Never got cable to work. Lots of places to walk your dog in the adjoining property. Directions are good; just get off I-40 at Exit 84 and head north, past truck stop, and the park is on the right side. In and out is easy. Best place on I-40 between Oklahoma and Little Rock.

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This is beginning to be a campground dedicated to permanent guests. Last two rows are taken up by permanent 'campers'. There are only about 6 to 8 sites that appear available for overnight campers. Roads and sites are dirt. Utilities were fine as was cable TV. No off leash dog run, but lots of areas to walk the dogs. Not much noise from the nearby truck stop. Never saw the manager. Just found a site, put payment in an envelope, and deposited it in the box at the office. Some areas, like the fence/flower box in front of the office need maintenance. Some neglected work needs to be addressed. Otherwise a good spot to stay overnight in an area with few options.

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This was our 6th visit to Bella Terra, and it was just a beautiful as before. Despite a week of rain, there was no flooding or water issues. The pump ran, drained the lake down a bit, and the rain refilled it. Good management. The holiday festivities included a Christmas party, lunch and a NY eve bash. Lots of activities if you want to participate. Looks like the resort is almost complete. Just a few lots remain undeveloped. While this place is beautiful, the staff makes it a 10. They are caring and responsive. Renters are treated just like owners. Great place.

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For directions, follow those on the web site and they will get you there. Interior roads are gravel. Pull thru center pads are cement. Utilities worked good as did cable. No interior lighting so its dark at night. There is a fair size fence dog run with a high fence right behind the office. Appears to be a nursing home next door, and you can walk dogs behind its back fence. Staff was not there when we arrived, but we called and he was there is 2 minutes; and gave us good advice on how to get back to highway. There is no pool, playground, store, etc. This is a bare bones park, but okay for an overnight.

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Take Exit 591 off I20, and go 2 miles South. You will see a house with "Marys Place" on the left, and the RV park is just after it. It is NOT the RV park just off the exit. This place is a gem. Interior roads are asphalt and in great shape. Pads are level, long, and cement. Each has a picnic table. There are some long term residents, but the sites are all very neat. There is a fenced dog run, which is pretty small; but there are acres of cut pastures at the back of the park where you can walk your dogs. Rest rooms and showers are tiled and very clean, as is the laundry. Staff is friendly and very helpful. In the back of the park are two out buildings that have beautiful garden patio areas that are set up for weddings, but you can use them to sit and have your coffee if there is no event ongoing. We will be repeat customers here.

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Directions poor. Interior roads very narrow, with large trees, and big speed bumps. Dog park a joke; small & dirty. Lots of road noise. Sites very narrow. Premium site got us a short site with cement pad and a rusty table & chairs, and a tiny rotted picnic table that looks like it was used by Lee & Grant. Really a poor park and poor value.

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1st the good: it is located right off I-65 and the cable connection was new. That is it. The bad: Park was very, very crowded. Many rigs could not put out an awning. Can't believe how they jammed RVs in. Interior roads were old pavement and very narrow. Huge speed bumps. Muddy off the road. Dog walk was about 50' long and 4' wide along edge of creek. Off leash area was designed for chickens. Found employees filling propane while smoking! And you could smell propane everywhere. No place to unhook nor hookup. Getting out of park is difficult. Got a run down motel on one side, I-65 on one side, and 31W on another other. Traffic noise is awful. Had a premium site since had a "patio" made of fence boards. One of the worst parks we have been in over the past 7 years of traveling. And this was another name and just got a KOA franchise. Awful.

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If following KOA directions, do not turn at first sign; keep going and look to side road after quarter mile. Look for big sign. Otherwise you will go over old wooden bridge. Interior roads are a potholed mess. Pads dirt & gravel. Grass needs cutting. Pool green. Got to drive all way thru park on awful roads to check in. Whole place is old and neglected. Don't know how they meet KOA franchise standards.

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Entry is gated. Roads are all paved with cement pads. Upper loop nearest pool & snack bar are seasonals. Lower loop primarily transients. 4 or 5 cabins. Huge well equipped club house that is really an expensive lodge. Beautiful pool with full service real snackbar. Beautiful grass everywhere. Large fenced dog run at top of the hill. Staff efficient but not particularly helpful. Golf carts for rent.

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Paved interior roads and pads. Very nice landscaping. Staff was helpful. Secure and gated. There is an off leash dog area, that meets KOA's "worthless" standard. It is a fenced pea gravel area filled with olympic hurdles no dog uses. There is a flat septic field area that would be perfect, but it is unsued. There are plenty of places to walk your dogs but they are in camping spaces. Compared to other decent RV parks in the area, this is a bargain. Note that the highway 31 that fronts the parks if really busy with highspeed traffic. Also, if using GPS use N 45.23.87 W 84.53.64. The street address seems to bring you 2 miles down the road if coming in from the North.

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This KOA is on the main road and only 7 minutes to the Star ferry to Mackinac Island. Roads are gravel and when it rained they got messy. Sites are dirt and gravel. Some shade, but when make reservations just tell them you want a site for your satellite. This park is much larger than it appears on arrival. Many secluded tent sites and 30 amp sites behind the bathhouse. Lots of places to walk the dog, but no off leash area. Staff helpful. Utilites were good, but placement was odd. Water and sewer hookups were everywhere. (Our sewer was by front DS, and water was by rear PS- so bring extensions.) Little road noise. Lots of campfires at night so there is some smoke. If coming back here we would stay here again. Location for the island ferries is great.