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Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

The Blanco Settlement, Blanco, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $35.00
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Rate is the daily rate without discounts, which they do offer for Good Sam. They also have weekly rates. Park is high priced for what it offers, it is bare bones; sites are FHU but fairly close. It is located in Blanco, which is very central to all Hill Country activities. Office staff was pleasant, they have a nice little gift and craft store. It does border a small river, fishing is probably OK. Off the main highway, this park would be quieter than the state park up the road. We did not actually stay here, but drove through and talked to staff about a possible stay. We later decided to stay outside the Hill Country "triangle" but felt this park deserved to be considered if you want to stay in the area. We camped at The Blanco Settlement in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Houston East RV Resort, Baytown, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2013 - $28.00
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Rate is based on $199 per week, stay 6 get one free. If you only stay a night or two here, you won’t be disappointed. Resort is a bit of a stretch, but it's fine for a stopover. We had high hopes when first arriving. Staff is friendly and present; park was clean. There are many longer term workers here, but most keep their areas fairly clean. Electric worked fine; water pressure is very low; we used our house pump for showers. There are a few older units in need of some TLC but nothing that causes you to cringe. There is a laundry, bath house, pool, propane, and nice little store. There is significant traffic noise from Interstate 10, nothing to be done for that, but while in our unit, it wasn’t that bad. Wifi is OK, worked well enough to check headlines and email. A major drawback, we felt, was the 2 large, skittish, almost feral dogs that roam around the park all day from a neighboring property. The staff claims there is no leash law in this county, and they can’t do anything about it. It makes trying to walk for exercise or enjoyment here rather difficult. We took to carrying mace with us when we did try. Although the park staff claims “they don’t bite”, there’s always a first time. Of course, as a result of these dogs, some people in the park assume its OK to let their dogs run without a leash as well…so the problem is compounded. Workers do not pay any attention to the speed limit at all; most had big diesel trucks and loud music playing as they enter and exit. This park has potential to be a great place to stay while visiting and touring in the Houston area; however, we probably wouldn’t stay again because of the dog issue. We camped at Houston East RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Pioneer River Resort, Bandera, Texas

Date of Stay: January, 2013 - $30.00
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You might want to visit this one before booking. Cancelling will cost you plenty. I cancelled, and it cost $100 out of a monthly rent of $220. Very surprised that this was a Good Sam park; assume they qualified on bathhouse, pool, etc. as it was more parking lot than campground; not even close to 'resort'. Sites in the lower area are so close together you cannot put out your awning; slides almost touch. If you want to sit out, you'll be sitting at your neighbor's wall. If you want to cookout, you'll probably have to go across the road to an open area. The upper area is not as bad, but still very close. Managers not overly friendly, but we didn't experience the out and out rudeness previously described. The park looked clean when we visited. As stated, we did cancel our reservation, and probably would not stay here again due to the closeness of the spaces. We camped at Pioneer River Resort in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, Saint Martinville, Louisiana

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $8.00
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Rate reflects America the Beautiful senior pass rate for a LA resident. This is a very pretty state park. Staff was very friendly; though the park is short handed with respect to personnel so there is not a lot of presence. Gates are locked at night so there was not a lot of traffic cruising through the park. As we have found to be common in southern Louisiana state parks, the “locals" tend to take over on the weekends and rules are not enforced which creates additional traffic with cars and boats. Also, the rules as to number of vehicles and people allowed at campsites are not well-enforced. Sites are fairly level, 30/50A electric, water, but no sites with sewer. Sites and park grounds are kept clean; trash was emptied regularly. Camp hosts were very friendly and visible. No Verizon service. Water pressure is OK, electric stays on.There is only one dump and it’s on the road out of the park, so at peak departure times the waits can be a little lengthy. Mosquitoes were terrible; you must spray with repellent in order to stay outside. There is a boat launch and numerous areas to fish from the docks and banks. Cypress tress and other hardwoods provide ample shade. Wi-Fi is provided and works very well; sometimes it slows a little during peak time. Laundry room was clean and operational. We would stay here again. We camped at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park in a Motorhome.

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Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Lake Bruin State Park, Saint Joseph, Louisiana

Date of Stay: October, 2012 - $8.00
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Rate reflects America the Beautiful senior pass for LA resident. This is a small but very pretty state park. Staff was very friendly, though personnel is short so not a lot of presence. Gates are locked at night, there was not a lot of traffic through the park. The spaces on the water are a little closer together, but the ones in the “back” area are very spacious. Sites are level, 30/50A electric, water, but no sewer sites. Sites and park grounds are kept clean, trash cans emptied regularly. Water pressure is good, no problem with electric. If they had sewer, it could have earned a 10. Park was quiet while we were here. There is a lake, boat launch and numerous areas to fish from the docks and banks. Cypress tress and other hardwoods provide ample shade. Wi-fi is provided and works very well. There is a playground, swim beach and water park. Laundry room was clean and operational. The only deterrent to us was the number of loose dogs we saw running around, we think as much from surrounding neighborhood as other campers. We will definitely stay here again. We camped at Lake Bruin State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Chemin-A-Haut State Park, Bastrop, Louisiana

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $8.00
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Rate reflects America the Beautiful Senior Pass for Louisiana resident. Beautiful state park, clean, well maintained. Friendly staff. Campsites were mostly level; quiet park. There are planned activities. Fishing areas, boat launch and group areas. Landry facilities were clean and operational, $0.75 wash/$0.75 dry, quite reasonable to us. Bathrooms were clean. They have a separate area for people camping with horses. Several walking and horse trails. Camp hosts and staff were friendly and helpful about the park. Only deterrent for us was a guest who allowed his dog to run without a leash; we had to chase dog out of our campsite. Would stay here again when in the area. We camped at Chemin-A-Haut State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Harrison Village Campground & RV Park, Harrison, Arkansas

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $27.00
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Rate is with Good Sam discount, including tax. Full hookups with 30 & 50 amp power, extended cable TV, and free Wi-Fi included with price. Nice campground, roads and pads are gravel; campground is build on a slight incline but pads are level. Park is clean; probably not a destination in itself, but certainly fine to tour area. Owner runs it and it shows. Very friendly on check-in; escort to site. If there are long term units here you can’t pick them out of the group. Wi-Fi is very fast and works consistently. No problems with electricity. Nice little store offering basic RV necessities and fun souvenirs. They have a fairly large pool. Sites have shade, but are open enough that satellite should be no problem. Laundry room is nice, newer machines, and very clean but we felt a bit expensive at $1.75/wash and $1.50/dry. Didn't use the bathhouse but if the rest of grounds are any indication, they are clean. Park is quiet, did not hear any trains over our 2 day stay, however the park is just off the main US highway and property borders another town road on one side so there is a little traffic noise, but we didn’t find it bothersome at all. Easy in and out from road, big wide driveway. We would not hesitate to stay here again when in the area. We camped at Harrison Village Campground & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Missouri State Fair Campground, Sedalia, Missouri

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $25.00
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We stayed here for an RV Rally function. Electric hookup was fine; only 30A available, but it worked without issue, water pressure is good. Hookups are such that it is "close quarter" parking, but no issue for slides or even having a rug and a few chairs out. Fairground staff did a good job at keeping trash picked up and cans emptied. There is a couple of bathhouses on the camping area, but we didn’t use them. It is grass parking, fairly level with a little effort. It’s not a campground or resort; it’s a place to park while attending events at the fairgrounds or in nearby Sedalia. Facilities at the fairground were clean. We camped at Missouri State Fair Campground in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Countryside Adult and Senior RV Park, Sedalia, Missouri

Date of Stay: September, 2012 - $24.00
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This is a small park; owners are on site, very pleasant and helpful on check-in. No discounts were offered for the rates, but the sites are level and full hook up. The sites are quite close together and the entire park is gravel. Wi-Fi is provided, but it was weak and spotty. Water pressure is fine; we had no problems with our 50A electric. Most sites are back-ins, but there are a few pull-throughs. They do offer a laundry and a bath-house; we didn’t use them so are unable to attest to their cleanliness. The grounds were kept spotless. Sites do offer a picnic table. This is an RV “park”, this is not a destination resort. It’s fine for staying in the Sedalia area if you want to tour the area or if you have business at the State Fair Grounds and aren’t camping there. Our Verizon phones and Wi-Fi card worked well here. Even though it’s right off the main highway, it’s back aways from the road, so noise is not an issue. Turning right into the park is a little tight but no issue if you plan for it. We camped at Countryside Adult and Senior RV Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Mark Twain Cave Campground, Hannibal, Missouri

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $25.00
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The rate reflects their special, stay 3 get 1 free. This is a campground, it is kept rustic and simple by design, gravel roads and pads, but if you obey the speed limit, the road is not a problem. There are FHU (W/S/30/50A) sites, internet was very fast and stable, no issues with electric at all, and water pressure is very good. Each site has a wooden picnic table and fire ring. Campground is very quiet, even when pretty full, on weekends. We were there at the end of the season, so it was light usage. This is a complex; there is more than just a campground. There are 2 caves with guided tours, a camp store, a gift shop, a small snack deli; also a rock store, a candle store where candles are made on site. They have the Cave Hollow West Winery, which in addition to some very fine Missouri wines, offer a great little gifts any wine aficionado would enjoy. In scoring, we took the entire complex under review. The staff is wonderful; very friendly, outgoing, helpful and genuinely pleased to have you stay there. If we rated it strictly as a campground, it would get a 7, but as a complex it deserves a 9. So why the 8? They have a little improvement to do, sites need to be cleaned between campers, its been mentioned before there were trash in the fire rings, we had a ton of cigarette butts in ours, but no trash in our camp per se; also, they could tend to the grounds a little bit more, some areas needed trimming. The rest of the complex is kept spotless. Hannibal was very nice, good restaurants, fun shops and friendly people. Riverboat cruise is enjoyable; people throughout the town were very friendly. We would definitely stay here again when in the area. We camped at Mark Twain Cave Campground in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Redman Creek Campground COE, Wappapello, Missouri

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $10.00
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Rate reflects our America The Beautiful senior pass rate. Very nice COE park, website map is a bit deceiving, because it’s a state highway that runs thru the park separating the 2 different camping areas. We thought we were getting a quiet secluded spot in area 1 and it turned out to be right near the main highway. However, the traffic noise did not deter our enjoyment. Park is kept clean; the visitor’s center for the dam is very nice and hosted by a wonderful volunteer who is very knowledgeable and helpful. Park was quiet during our visit, even over the weekend; however there is no speed limit and vehicles move very quickly thru the park, this could be a deterrent to those with young children. Most dogs on a leash, none running loose out of their own camps. Water pressure is high; a couple of power spikes late in the evening, but for the most part, electric stayed on; we got a strong Verizon signal for phone and Wi-Fi. Lots of wildlife and birds, saw deer, hummingbirds, and some free range chickens. Several camp volunteers in the park, all were helpful. Lots of areas for fishing/boating and picnicking When you visit, be sure to make a trip to the Eagle Nest Winery. It’s a quaint, charming home vineyard, with great food, wine and friendly service. We would definitely stay here again. We camped at Redman Creek Campground COE in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Village Creek State Park, Wynne, Arkansas

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $28.00
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This is a huge park, beautiful setting with 2 lakes nearby. A bit pricey for a state park, even with full hook up sites, but water pressure is quite low, no issues with the electric. Campsites are both pull through and back in’s. The pull through’s are gently curved and our 37 foot and toad had easy in and out, with ample space. Campsites are generous in size and spacing, a combination of pea gravel and concrete, lots of shade. Some of the picnic tables could use some work, but most looked fine. Ours worked because there was just the 2 of us even though both ends of the table curved up. There is a small swim beach, as well as a rental shop that has boats with trolling motors, paddle boats and kayaks. Plenty of places to fish. There are several trails for varying levels of comfort and skills. Park Staff is very friendly. Nice gift shop, small grocery store and welcome center. Park was kept clean, didn’t see much in the way of park enforcement, which caused a point off. They are not closing the gates at night, so there are some “cruisers” that drive through the park after dark on the weekends. Other point taken for not enforcing rules and limits. Noticed a couple of “long term” people staying here; dogs running free, not on leashes. Even though they have a 2 week limit, one person had renewed while we were here and their ticket was for a month out. If you visit here be sure to take a drive 10 miles down the road to Parkin and visit the Parkin Archeological State Park. It’s worth the drive and they will escort you around the park explaining the mound and the lifestyle of the native people who lived there. There is a one room historical school house on the property and a small old graveyard. The state staff was friendly and knowledgeable, its great place to visit. We camped at Village Creek State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Atlanta State Park, Atlanta, Texas

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $16.00
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Very pretty state park, friendly staff and camp hosts. We stayed in “Knights Bluff” section; it was very quiet. Full hook up pull through sites, some more curved than others, but we had no problem with our 37’ and tow. Texas is now letting you fish free from the banks of their parks. Beautiful lake around this park, great sunsets, and good fishing. The park was clean and obviously trimmed and cared for, but still “wild” enough to satisfy. Walking trails were nice, didn’t notice any litter. Our Verizon phone and Wi-Fi card were both very temperamental here, work one minute, not the next. Park does not have Wi-Fi. The only other detractor was that fact that this park does not have a gate, its open all night long. There is no “live in” staff here, only local police presence. There is a bit of traffic driving through at night on the weekends. We were not disturbed, but didn’t feel a secure as one normally does in a state park. There are plenty of deer, raccoon, squirrel and other animals. We would definitely stay here again and recommend it for a quiet restful experience. We camped at Atlanta State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Northshore RV Resort & Marina, Onalaska, Texas

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $31.00
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Rate is the weekly rate for a "deluxe" site. We so wanted to give this park a higher rating, the potential is certainly there. Pros: It sits right on Lake Livingston, beautiful view, has a sandy beach, nice shade umbrella’s, chairs, they rent kayaks, there is swimming and a boat launch. Plenty of room to fish from the shore. The swimming pool is beautiful and clean. The park is kept clean and free of liter. We did not use the showers or laundry room but Wi-Fi worked good. There are several small cabins on the property, very attractive. There are tiered rates depending on your view and access to the water. The rates are on the upper end for the area but not out of line. The sites are concrete, all full hook up, but not very level. They slant to the front and most people have resorted to using blocks or lifters of some type. We used our front drive up blocks and had no problem. The people working the office the day we checked in were nice, but “just filling in.” We had a couple of electrical issues, they were addressed and the maintenance man ended up changing our 50A breaker at the box. The cons: when we arrived, our neighbor was plugged into our box, but we were told it was ok, as they were dual 100A boxes. However, after our power kept shutting off, we requested his be moved back to his own site, maintenance did do it and our problems abated for several days until the breaker had to be changed. Cons: no management presence in the park. We saw maintenance workers, but not anyone enforcing or inspecting. There are several longer term workers staying in the park, but they were mostly clean and quiet. On weekends, there are many boats and extra vehicles, rules for extra parking are not enforced, so the roads get a little tight. The dog leash was not enforced and several times we chose not to go outside due to a large dog near us that ran free every time he was out. The owners did not “scoop” and at times the smell in our camp was unbearable in the heat. We mentioned it to management, and they said they would address it, but nothing was ever done during our stay. We probably would not stay here again because of the dog issue. If the loose dogs and smell would not bother you, then it's a great park. We camped at Northshore RV Resort & Marina in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 176
States Visited: 21
Helpful Reviews: 34

Bustertown RV Park, Livingston, Texas

Date of Stay: August, 2012 - $30.00
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This is a new RV park started by a popular local restaurant. All dirt roads, very dusty. It's a bare bones park. There is no playground, bathhouse, pool, or any real grass (as of yet, not sure of future plans). There is a dirt berm, on a hill with a hard turn making it a little difficult getting in for a big rig. The spaces are narrow and close together. There is a building for an office but it's not manned by anyone, you go to the restaurant to check in. There is a bar attached to the restaurant that probably has the potential to get very noisy at night as they offer live music. There are numerous full time campers and workers staying in the park. The reservation process is still a little shaky, someone was parked in the spot they assigned us, the restaurant manager seemed confused about it, he offered to find us another space, but we chose not to stay at that point and left for another park. We camped at Bustertown RV Park in a Motorhome.

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