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Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Spring Hill Mobile Home Park, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here last summer and were happy to stay again for an entire month this year. The monthly rate ($375) was a great bargain in the expensive Chapel Hill area, and it was easy to get to almost all the attractions in the triangle. This RV park was quite lovely too—each campsite was large and private. We really felt like we were in the middle of the country. Before you try to find this place, you should know that there is absolutely no signage for the park from Old Greensboro Road. So if you want to stay, your best bet is to call in advance and get directions. It would help if the park had a bathhouse, clubhouse, laundromat, walking paths, or something to do, and the small playground just wasn’t that entertaining for my children. I also found myself wishing for a picnic table at our site, since we don’t carry one ourselves. Still, the sheer beauty and privacy made up for these shortcomings, and, thank goodness, the Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill were nearby. The park had no cell phone coverage for AT&T, but our Verizon Aircard worked great. We camped at Spring Hill Mobile Home Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Sesquicentennial State Park, Columbia, South Carolina

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

RV park reviews doesn’t indicate that this place is big rig friendly, but our 20-foot truck with 38-foot trailer had no problems, and we saw some bigger rigs too. The park was well-labeled with good signage; we had no trouble finding it. The roads to the campground were wide and paved, but the campground roads were narrower and gravel. We didn’t have any significant problems getting around on the roads, but a few turns were a little tight. Our parking space was reasonably level and sandy. Each spot had a fire ring, picnic table, and lots of shade. The nearest bathhouse didn’t have hot water, but we were able to walk to another one to take a shower. The water tasted okay, so we filled our tank. We enjoyed bike riding on the roads and trails. The park also had a lovely setting with a nice lake. We liked the Junior Ranger program: the prizes were better than most parks, and the playground was great. We camped at Sesquicentennial State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Oak Plantation Campground, Charleston, South Carolina

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a spacious (long and wide) pull-through site. The roads were paved and roomy with tons of speed bumps; I guess they must be extra serious about their speed limit. All the sites were grass and mostly level: we needed a board on one side. The campground had gorgeous landscaping with plenty of space between sites and mature trees. Our campsite was near the clean bathhouse and had a picnic table. We had no trouble finding the park, and it was easy to access it from the road. The location was very convenient compared to other parks in the area; it was 25 minutes to the Fort Sumter ferry. The park Wi-Fi seemed to be fine, but we used our Verizon Aircard instead, and it worked great. The playground was pretty minimal, but the kids seemed to enjoy it. Our price did not include sewer and was with the Good Sam discount. We camped at Oak Plantation Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Wandering Oaks RV Resort, Ocala, Florida

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Our spot was easy to pull through and adequate for an overnight stay. We were basically parked on grass and sand, and although we had no problems, I would not have liked to park here in wet weather. The overnighting section was crowded, but the long-term sites were much nicer. The park had lots of mature trees; the bathrooms were immaculate; and we really liked the clubhouse. We did not use the Wi-Fi, but our Verizon Aircard worked great. This is the Passport America rate. We camped at Wandering Oaks RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Long Pine Key Campground (NPS Campground), Everglades National Park, Florida

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Talk about getting away from it all! Everglades National Park has no hook-ups, no cell phone coverage, no highway noise, and no bright lights! If you need a break from city life, this is a great place to go, and the Everglades are pretty amazing. I should warn you though that the signage for the park and campground is minimal. We arrived in the dark and stopped at the Ernest Coe Visitor’s Center to get our bearings. Although we were sure we had found the Everglades National Park, we couldn’t find a sign that indicated where we were or the name of the building. We did continue down the road and eventually found our campsite, but a few signs and a map with a “You Are Here” dot sure would have helped. Our RV space turned out to be a little short, and the rangers were upset when we parked our truck on the grass. Again, this problem probably occurred because we arrived at night, and the spaces are varying lengths. We probably just needed a longer slot, but it was hard to read the campground map and find a good space in the dark. We also used this campground as a base to explore the Keys. Unfortunately, it was a long drive to Key Largo (about an hour), but this park was much cheaper than any of the competing parks that had open spaces. Most every place we called was booked up for the season and were at least three times the price. We camped at Long Pine Key Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Manatee Hammock Campground, Titusville, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a great time in this beautiful, shady park, BUT it did have one serious problem. Our section of the campground had terrible drainage, and we ended up camped in a huge mud puddle. Our neighbor’s site was even worse. I would have had some sympathy for her, except she kept insinuating that we were somehow responsible for her flooding. She had been traveling and had just returned to find her site a mucky mess. We stayed only three days, but I hope the park staff found some way to placate her after we left. On the positive side, this campground was extremely close to the Space Center, and its view of the lagoon was charming. The place had a lot of friendly kids, a lovely pool, a good road for bikes, but not much playground. We did our laundry here, and it was somewhat expensive ($1.50/washer, $1.50/dryer) but not busy. Oddly enough, the Laundromat was outside: the room had a roof but no doors, just an open wall. The park charged $2 extra per child, but we got a 25% discount for our overall stay because we paid in advance. Our Verizon Aircard worked great. We camped at Manatee Hammock Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

St. John's RV Park, St Augustine, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

St. John’s had overnight and short-term RV spots that were very nice for the money (Passport America rate). Our pull-through space was paved and level: It was a breeze to get in and set up and then pull out at the end of our two-day stay. The park was near most things to do in St. Augustine—the Spanish Quarter, Fort Matanzas and Castillo San Marcos, for example. The exceptionally clean bathrooms smelled cheerfully of bleach. The gazebo and lake were attractive, but the majority of the campground was full of long-term campers with dubious-looking rigs. In addition, about half of the campground area was storage for RVs, boats and trailers. This campground was attached to an active flea market, although the two were not very close together. We visited the flea market, and it was large and interesting. I would stay here again. We camped at St. John's RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Lake City RV Resort (formerly Oaks "N" Pines), Lake City, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This was a great place to overnight. Our gravel-and-grass parking spot was flat as a pancake, like most of Florida. The campground owners were friendly and escorted us to our spot. The park has beautiful trees and shade, although the overnight spots are not under the trees. With its little pond and pleasant landscaping, this would have been a charming place to stay longer. It also has a very nice clubhouse. Our rate was Passport America. We camped at Lake City RV Resort (formerly Oaks "N" Pines) in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Meaher State Park, Spanish Fort, Alabama

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

Located on Mobile Bay, this park has gorgeous views. We parked about 20 feet from the water, and the sunset was spectacular. My children also really enjoyed playing near the water. The paved roads were large and well maintained, so driving was easy. Our parking pad was paved, level, and long (probably 65 feet). We have a long rig, and we didn’t have to unhitch to park overnight. Backing in was a tad snug but not difficult. The RV slot also had nice utilities, solid and well-designed. The park was full of many long-term residents, so you probably want to reserve a space in advance. On a weekday in March, they were nearly sold out. Although the park was very full, the spaces were roomy, and the place didn’t feel crowded. We did our laundry here, and the laundry room was very nice, inexpensive ($1/washer, $1/dryer), and not very busy. Our Verizon Aircard worked fine. We camped at Meaher State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Bayou Segnette State Park, Westwego, Louisiana

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

We loved being close to New Orleans yet far from the city’s craziness. The sites here are beautiful and roomy. You don’t have sewer, but the dump station is great. We took the ferry into New Orleans, which was fun and convenient. One caution: the drive to the ferry is kind of far (20-30 minutes), and you have to pay to park. Once you’re at the ferry station, the boat takes about 15 minutes to cross the Mississippi. We did find it kind of creepy going back on the ferry at night. I wouldn’t have wanted to do it alone, although I did see several women by themselves. The park gave us a nice information sheet about local attractions, but some of the information is out of date, so CHECK before you go! Mardi Gras World, for example, has a new location, so the directions on the handout are wrong. The Louisiana Swamp Boat tours are also over half an hour away. We had very few complaints about the park itself though. The bathhouse was nice and very clean. The park also has a laundry room that’s free, but it only has washers. I guess you’re supposed to hang your laundry out to dry (if that’s allowed). I was glad that our Verizon Aircard worked, because the park Wi-Fi was slow as Christmas. Now, I love having a park with good, tight security. Don’t get me wrong. But, the lock they use to close their gate at night has little tiny numbers. It was really difficult for someone over 40 to read in the dark (the street light nearby cast a shadow on the lock, so that actually made the numbers harder to read). I sure wish I’d had a flashlight with me. When I relocked it, I did it upside down by accident and couldn’t figure out how to unlock it again easily. I pity the poor unlucky ranger who had to deal with it after me. The place was close to full when we checked in, so I would recommend reservations. We camped at Bayou Segnette State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

By The River RV Park & Campground, Kerrville, Texas

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

When I called this park to make a reservation, I was astonished by the hospitality of the man who answered the phone. Not only was he happy to take my reservation, but he also immediately invited us to a barbecue at the park. Unfortunately, we were only staying overnight, so we never got to taste the delicious-sounding Texas barbecue. The park has a beautiful location by the river. We only stayed overnight, but this would be a lovely place for a longer stay. The river had a lot of wildlife, and my children had fun playing near it and spotting animals. Our RV slot was a level dirt and grass pad, a little closer to my neighbors than I like. Our spot was a little muddy, and the roads inside the park were either gravel or partially paved and fairly maneuverable. $24 is the Passport America rate (half price). We camped at By The River RV Park & Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Carlsbad RV Park and Campground, Carlsbad, New Mexico

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a fairly nice campground for a short stay while going to Carlsbad Caverns. The roads and RV pads are all dirt and gravel with a few small trees. The spaces are a little tight but mostly level. We washed our clothes at the inexpensive Laundromat. All the machines worked, but the Laundromat and nearby game room were both pretty rundown looking. On the plus side, about once a week, the owners prepare delicious barbecue for a potluck dinner. The showers were very clean, although a little peculiar. The shower controls were against the far wall of the shower, but the shower head had been extended with PVC pipe, so that it was mounted close to the curtain and it sprayed away from the entrance. We were a little confused by the arrangement at first, but it ensured that the floor didn’t get sopping while you showered. The playground and indoor pool also looked nice, but we didn’t use either one. Our Verizon Aircard worked fine. It surprised me that a campground with the name “Carlsbad” would actually be located so far from the caverns (half hour drive at least), but the construction traffic wasn’t bad, and we made it to our cave tour on time. White City’s campground is much closer to the caverns, and the park looked comparable when we were there. Still, the reviews for White City aren’t very positive. We stayed two nights at the Passport America price ($19) and two with the 15% SKP discount ($31). We camped at Carlsbad RV Park and Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Dream Catcher RV Park - Escapees Rainbow Park, Deming, New Mexico

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a nice place to overnight. Our spot was level and pleasant with minimal landscaping, but what do you expect in the Chihuahua desert? The park had one of the largest swap libraries we’ve seen in all our travels. The clubhouse was excellent, with lots of activities, and the bathrooms and showers were meticulously clean. The staff members here were very nice, but some of the long-term folks sure were picky. One resident scolded my daughter when she started doing a puzzle on a table in the clubhouse (which was mostly unoccupied at the time), because she wasn’t using the correct “puzzle table.” Of course, none of the tables were labeled, and the “puzzle table” turned out to be full. We paid the SKP rate of $12.50/night. Electricity is separate, so I added our electrical costs to the overall price per night. We camped at Dream Catcher RV Park - Escapees Rainbow Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Little Black Creek Water Park, Lumberton, Mississippi

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

If you want to get away from it all, this is the place to go! Our spot next to the lake was gorgeous, and the stargazing was outstanding. But, there was no Wi-Fi, no AirCard signal, and only sporadic cell phone coverage. The roads inside the park were quite rough, and the dirt road that led to our campsite really looked more like a shortcut through the trees than a road. But, once we got to our lakefront site, it was spacious and lovely with a beautiful deck. One of the boards on the deck was loose and the sewer wouldn’t drain, but the maintenance staff fixed both problems immediately. We couldn’t find the restrooms or showers, although other campers claim to have seen them. We camped at Little Black Creek Water Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 7

Acadiana Park Campground, Lafayette, Louisiana

Date of Stay: March, 2010 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

What a bargain! This campground may be the best deal for what you get that we’ve seen in our travels of North America (from Alaska to the tip of Mexico). The park has large shady spaces with paved level pads off a paved trail. The road is a little rough, but all the potholes have been patched. The campground is full of lots of beautiful trees, and in the words of my nine-year-old, “a big wonderful playground with lots of cool things to do.” They also have a nice-looking Frisbee golf course. We didn’t use the showers, but we peeked in on our way out and found them nice and warm. Unfortunately, the bathrooms had prison-style toilets that we found a little yucky. The only way to the park is down a residential side street with a sign that says “No trucks over two axles.” We weren’t sure that we weren’t risking a ticket just driving to the campground. The park has no Wi-Fi, but we were able to get a nice strong cell signal for our Verizon AirCard. We camped at Acadiana Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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