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This is basically a large grassy field in the middle of a residential area. There are no trees and no shade. No picnic tables. All sites are grass/dirt with the exception of the one next to the office. We called to book a late arrival and the person who took our call said that rain was in the forecast so she would put us there rather than in the grass to help us avoid mud. That was appreciated. You must ask for the bathroom and wifi code; they are not automatically provided. One hookup stanchion serves two sites. Wifi was strong. There is one clean toilet/shower for each sex with hand soap and paper towels and water-saving shower heads, a responsible feature in this drought-prone area. The women's bathroom was provided with paper bath mats, a nice touch. However, the toilet paper dispenser was empty. Watch out for dog poop from roaming neighborhood dogs. This is not the tourist season so we were one of two rigs on the property for the night. There are also several cabins for rent. Due to proximity to Caprock Canyon we expect this is a popular place for vacationers touring the area. We would stay here again. Nice folks and good value for a short visit.

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We have a Sprinter-based class B. We chose this park for its proximity to town. We were warmly greeted and led to our site by a friendly staff member. Our site was large and long and close enough to the office for a strong WiFi signal. There is a small indentation on each side of the interior roads for drainage, bordered by a curb which creates a bump as you go into and out of your site, so go slow. The bathrooms were dated but freshly painted and clean. Soap, paper towels and power outlets are provided. A real plus is the ventilation; it removed the humidity from then showers very well. Every staff member was gracious and accommodating. There are fenced dog play areas and a large open dog walk area. It's very pet friendly. The pool looked nice but we didn't use it.

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This small park encompasses a lot of amazing scenery and some spectacular hiking trails with interesting geological stuff. Each site has a wooden teepee-like shelter, lantern pole, grill, fire ring and picnic table. Staff is very helpful and friendly. This is a Dark Sky park and the stargazing must be amazing on a clear, moonless night. We had a full moon and some cloud cover, and we look forward to returning in the future to this gem of a park to see the Milky Way spread across the wide Texas night sky.

     

Abilene KOA

Abilene, Texas

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We have a Sprinter-based class B. We were in a large site, #4, next to the cabins with water and electric only. Most other sites were the typically narrow. Wi-Fi was present, but even though we were close to the office we could not maintain an adequate connection to even read email. The staff was pleasant. They were painting the pool in preparation for the busy season. Bathrooms were dated but fine and clean enough. There is no dump station at this park. We were told we could find an unoccupied site and dump there, a minor inconvenience.

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We love this park for its great hiking trails and lovely CCC buildings. From the top of the Great Hall you have a wonderful view of the lake. In the spring the wildflowers blanket large areas of the park. The lake is a popular fishing place. The campsites are spacious and the main shower building in Willow Point has four private shower rooms. The other building has two showers but they share an open dressing area. We had no Verizon cell service in this park.

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We were in site 88. It was paved and we easily got level without using blocks. The sites in this CCC park were roomy and quiet. The bathroom/shower building is a short walk away down the camp road but you can take a shortcut through the yurt area when it isn't occupied. There are two showers available each for men and women with a private dressing area. The grounds and facilities are well kept overall. We especially enjoyed the hiking trails. We had Verizon cell service throughout most of the park. You can fish in the lake if you get a code from the front office.

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This "park" is not like its website's glowing description. It is actually a sloping stone and gravel parking lot in front of a small, fenced in farm pond. There are a few permanent residents, the majority of whom appear to be transient workers. The individual spaces are roomy and none of them are level due to the generally sloping grade of the land and lack of any attempt at terracing to provide level individual spaces. We tried spaces 3 and 33 and both were off side-to-side by about 6 inches. The owner told us he had plenty of 2x4s to lend us. There is a busy highway nearby and road noise is obtrusive if you leave your windows open. The only grass is a small strip bordering the park and the area around the pond. You can fish for a $5 fee. The laundry/bath area has two individual toilet/shower rooms each for men and women. The wifi signal was non-existent in space 3 (furthest from the office) and very weak in 33 nearer the office. This is a very basic park, barely okay for an overnight at the Passport America rate.

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This is a new park, officially open for about 5 weeks, according to one of the owners. They are not a Good Sam participating park but agreed to extend the 10% discount to us as Good Sam members. There are a few large trees, but most of the fairly level crushed asphalt/stone sites have small, recently planted trees that will eventually provide shade. The wifi was strong in our site (6). There are picnic tables at each site and a communal fire pit and a nice picnic pavilion, both with chairs. We weren't given a park map. There is one bathroom/shower facility at the front office. It appeared clean at first glance, probably because it is new, since a closer look found hair in the sinks and showers along with people's shampoo bottles and bars of soap, dirty floors and shower mats, and the trash wasn't emptied between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. The shower/bathrooms are very close to and easily accessible from a busy public road--the facility is not gated--and the bathroom entry doors are open 24/7. Each roomy site has a lighted pedestal but other than that, the park was dark enough and quiet enough for a good night's sleep. Highway noise was minimal. The park is close to TAMU and College Station amenities. The price seems average for the area, and the location was great for us. We'd stay here again. We camped here in a Type B Sprinter camper van.

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The park office signage requests registration at the store/office, which was locked. There was a woman inside on the telephone but she didn't answer the door. Another camper told us to go to the train depot to register, so we did. A site can be reserved in advance but individual sites are first come-first served. The sites are paved pull throughs compromised of turnouts off the narrow access road. Some are very bumpy and unlevel. Others are okay. The bathrooms in the RV campsite loop were disgusting. On a Friday afternoon around 2 pm this is what we saw: Men's bathroom was dirty. The two shower stalls share a common dressing area. Only one stall had a shower curtain. The Women's room had a similar layout but both showers did have curtains. The showers were full of dead and soggy bugs. The toilet seats were old and discolored, spotted with dirt and missing the original finish. Dead bugs were on every flat surface including the sinks. There were soap and paper towels. The other shower room by the pavilion was unusable: no electricity. How this facility achieved a 7.5 Good Sam rating is a mystery to me. As far as the rest of the park, the various buildings and amenities were dirty, broken down and borderline dangerous. The railroad is the obvious beneficiary of the money saved through neglecting everything else. There is a nice lake for fishing and some woods for a short hike. No reason for us to ever come back here. This was a poor value for the cost.

     

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Lost Alaskan RV Park

Alpine, Texas

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We had a level gravel site with an adjacent tree. Sites are roomy compared to most. Helpful staff guided us to our site. Bathrooms were clean. We had winterized our class B van in anticipation of the below-freezing weather forecast so we used their facilities. The bathrooms were clean and warm and well-ventilated despite the mid-twenty degree outdoor temperature. Shower floors are tiled and sloped well for good drainage. We visit Alpine regularly and going forward we will stay here.

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Nice place for the area in the cooler months. Gravel lot, a few sites with trees for some shade, but most sites on the open. Many sites share hookup pedestals, making them very close together. Restrooms were clean, but had showerheads extending from ceiling pipes. We have stayed in other parks in the area and this one is the best so far.

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Level concrete pads bordered by small stone areas and well-tended grass. We had several days of heavy rain prior to and during our stay, but the sites were so well-graded and maintained that there was no mud anywhere we walked or drove in the park. The first site (6018) we were assigned had a voltage problem at the pedestal so we were moved to another site that was fine. Trash is picked up each morning. Staff was pleasant and facilities were clean. Some sites have patios. There was a home cooked breakfast on Saturday for a nominal charge. Each shower had a seat. Our only quibble on behalf of those using the showers is that the attachment for the handheld shower head was broken on two of three showers, so it was only possible to use these as handheld showers and not fixed-spray heads since you can't adjust the head to stand under the spray. Overall a very nice place.

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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.