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Level sites, 6 spotless individual shower/toilet rooms, rec room, laundry and small activities room make this a popular place for rallies and groups. Lighted stanchions and perimeter lighting allows walking after dark. There is a koi pond and another pond with a small deck and seating near a waterfall. Well maintained, which is expected for the premium price. About a one mile walk to downtown--do-able if you don't mind walking on the streets mist of the way.

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This was our second visit in two years. The park is clean, well run, with friendly staff and many snowbirds. Close proximity to attractions make this an ideal place to stay. This visit there were a tremendous number of ravenous mosquitoes that made any outside pursuits impossible unless the sun was out and there was a breeze. not the campground's fault-heavy rains all over Texas created this issue everywhere.

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We always stay here when in the area, the last time about a year ago. Over the years we have noticed some scrimping on maintenance to roads and facilities. This has continued. The shower heads in the bathhouse nearest our site were broken. One sprayed water in a too-wide pattern and the other shot out a stream like a garden hose. Neither could be adjusted, and curtains were not adequate to prevent significant water puddling on the floor outside the shower stall, creating a slipping hazard. This has apparently been an ongoing problem, since the wood trim around the door has begun to swell and rot. Since our last visit they have started to charge $5 per night for Internet access. They told us that they always meant to apply a surcharge but because their system was unreliable they had waived the fee. They said they had fixed things and the signal was strong everywhere so they were now applying the fee. Because we were repeat customers the office waived the fee for us this time when we pointed out that their brochure listed wifi as an amenity and their website only lists the $5 charge under the Trade Days Rates category. We were in site 98. The wifi signal was not consistently strong; we often lost the signal entirely and had to log on again and again. Staying here is not inexpensive, and Internet access should be included in the price of a night's stay, or at least be honestly disclosed. This is still a nice campground, and probably the best option in the area, so they obviously feel they can afford to lower their standards and charge a premium for what they offer, especially since they probably get most of their revenue on Trade Day weekends when there are few other places for the crowds to stay.

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Camping here was a truly unique experience. There are only 6 RV/Tent sites available, and they are adjacent to the area housing the big cats. The closest site is just a few feet away from the tiger cages. As campers, we had late afternoon and early morning access to the sanctuary area for self-guided tours. The staff was amazingly informative as we watched them feeding the bears and preparing for the day's public tours. The restrooms and showers were clean, but located on the other side of the sanctuary welcome center, a ways away from the campsitea. After the staff went home we walked the grounds, watched a lovely sunset, enjoyed a glass of wine and finally fell asleep listening to the occasional roar of a lion or the chuffing of a nearby tiger. We felt as if we were in a jungle somewhere. This was a memorable experience that we would love to repeat one day.

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This is a lovely park, with well-spaced paved sites. Bathhouses Could have been cleaner, to be expected for a busy state park, but it wasn't that crowded while we were there. There were a few kids and some loose dogs, in violation of the rules. Nice shady sites, lots of room. We enjoyed our stay and would return.

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The drought has severely impacted the water level in the lake, and the boat launches are unusable. However, the campgrounds were well-maintained and the facilities were clean and in good repair. Sites were paved and level enough for us, and midweek in the fall there were few other campers, making this a very nice experience. We saw lots of wildlife, and enjoyed walking through the park. Staff was great and we enjoyed the peace and quiet.

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This is also called the Blowing Springs RV Park. This park is operated by the Bella Vista Village POA. Members and their guests and Good Sam members are welcomed. The sites are paved, level and clean, somewhat narrow, but adequate to accommodate slides. No open fires are permitted. The bathroom, showers and laundry were very clean. Wifi was okay at our site. The full-hookup sites have shared water stanchions. At the end of the access road is a lovely park with multi-use trails, picnic tables and bathrooms. Kids could ride bikes, but there are no playground facilities here. We stayed here for two days while visiting Crystal Bridges and Bentonville, and its location made exploring the area easy. At the entrance to the park are a grocery, medical clinic, veterinarian and other stores, which is very convenient. We would definnitely stay here again when in the area.

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This is a rustic park bordered by the Ouachita National Forest. The sites are grass, and required two blocks to get level--not too bad. There was only one picnic table for all sites, which was an inconvenience. During the night we experienced power issues; when measured with our multimeter we discovered intermittent voltage so we turned off the power for the rest of the night. It seemed fine in the morning. Some sites have fire rings while others had none. The single men's and women's bathhouse showers are old but clean enough. There are two showers and a toilet in the laundry area that were more modern and also clean. This park seems to be a headquarters for folks using the ATV, mountain bike and hiking trails in the Ouachita forest, and its location is ideal for that. Our stay was peaceful, quiet and pleasant. The owner was nice and helpful. We'd return.

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This park is self-service; no owner or management is on site or available and there is no contact information for them. Wifi is good near the buildings. The sites are fairly level gravel with full hookups. The grassy areas are full of goat head stickers, making walking with sandals on or with a pet uncomfortable and possibly dangerous. Small trees were planted near each site but most have died of neglect. There is no shade. The train tracks run behind the park, and trains run at various times during the night. Although there are no whistles, the engine and track noise could disturb a light sleeper with the windows closed. Bring earplugs just in case. There is a common room with a washer and dryer for use on the honor system with a suggested donation of $3. There are a refrigerator, sink and stove for camper use. The toilet/shower building has two toilet stalls and one separate shower/dressing area. The park is kind of cute and quirky with a neon sign and buildings geared toward the Marfa minimalist ambiance. However, minimalist design isn't the same as minimalist upkeep. We stayed for four nights. The washer and dryer were filthy the entire time. The sink, stove and refrigerator were too. The concrete floor in the women's bathroom wasn't swept while we were there, and looked like it had been a long time since the sink and toilet bowls were cleaned. The same poop stain that was in the toilet on the day we arrived was still there the day we left along with the wads of hair on the floor. Unfortunately, this is the best of the options for camping in Marfa, so positive changes are not likely from the absentee owners. Next time we'll eschew the convenience of being close to Marfa and opt for a better park in Alpine.

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This is a very nice park. There seems to be some confusion in previous reviews about the sites; we walked through the entire park and each site was either concrete or asphalt. Most have an adjacent brick or paved pad for chairs or a table. Many sites are rented by seasonal and full-time residents, but all are clean, neat and free of clutter and junk. The free Tengonet Wi-Fi signal was strong and consistent. The showers, laundry and restrooms were spotless. There is a nice lake with picnic tables and boats available. Pet poop bags are provided. Since we were arriving after 6, we called ahead for a site. When we arrived, all the info we needed was on a clipboard near the door. In the morning we stopped in the office to pay. We appreciated the free morning coffee and danish provided by the park, and the very helpful and friendly staff. There was some traffic noise from the nearby road, but it was not bothersome. The is a park we will return to.

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This is a good spot for an overnight stay. We were greeted by the friendly camp host and promptly checked in. Sites have concrete pads. We saw several pads that were broken and unlevel, but most looked okay. There are no tables or fire rings on the grass between the sites. Sites are just wide enough for large rigs. There seem to be many permanent residents here, but we neither saw nor heard them, and as we walked around we noticed all sites were clean and neat. The bathrooms and showers were clean. The Wi-Fi signal at our site was strong and reliable. This is the PPA rate.

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We arrived on a Halloween-themed evening, so there were lots of kids and campfires, dogs, ATV's, and noise. Kids were driving ATV's and golf carts through the park and between the sites. There were a couple of loose dogs, too. Kids were still roaming the park at 11 PM with no adult nearby. There is a wristband policy, but we weren't given one. It is a bit troubling not to have more security with so many young kids around. Based on our visit, I doubt if any of their stated rules are enforced. No cable here. Just a TV in a musty-smelling room that only had Spanish-language sports channels. Our water hookup had a clogged back flow preventer, so we had to remove it In order to get any water pressure. Bathrooms were okay considering the number of kids in and out. This would be a good place for a family, since there's lots for kids to do. We were allowed to pick our own site, and found one with a great WiFi signal. The staff was friendly and helpful. It was okay for us as an overnight stop at the Passport America rate.

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This is a small park owned and funded by the county. For only $12 we didn't know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised, however. When we called ahead we were told the office closed at 5, but we could just drive in and pick a spot and the on-site host would meet us. Our site was level, sandy and shaded, with water, electric and sewer. It rained overnight and we had no puddles or mud. The host and her husband were friendly and welcoming. The showers are in a building by the park entrance, and although we didn't use them they looked clean. There is a nice playground and "fossil dig" for kids, a climbing wall and a nature center, and a large pavilion for picnickers. The park is on a nice river that we were told is good for fishing. Maximum stay is 30 days. This place is a gem, great for an overnight, but good for a longer stay, too.

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It had been raining all day when we pulled in. Our water/electric site was sand and gravel, with no standing water, and very level. We were surrounded by trees, and at this time of year didn't have any close neighbors, although the sites in our area (site 7) were close together. The bathrooms were old and worn, but clean. However, the only ventilation was an open window. This was a good place to stop for the night, but not a place we would stay longer.

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As Class B campers, this campground gave us everything we hope to find: clean showers and bathrooms, laundry, well-drained, level, roomy sites, and pleasant, professional staff. We were only there one night, but would definitely consider a longer stay. This KOA far exceeds the standards for most others we have visited. One nice thing is that the showers are in individual, private rooms separate from the restroom containing toilets and lavatories, and there are several bathhouses, which is helpful.