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The price listed includes a 50% Senior Pass discount. Tompkins is a beautiful campground located along Cowanesque Lake with fairly large sites that are nicely separated from the neighboring sites. Some areas have trees and bushes separating the sites for privacy, while others are in more open areas. The water, 20/30/50 amp electric, and sewer connections were well located on our back-in site (site #3) requiring a minimum of hoses and cord. Water pressure and voltage were both well within acceptable ranges. The sites have a paved RV driveway and a packed gravel area for the picnic table and fire pit. The boat launch and swimming areas are well laid out, and easily accessible. There's a 4 mile long maintained hiking trail with some good views of the lake and benches for resting along the way. The only downside we found that keeps this location from getting a 10 rating is the poor to non-existent cell signal for all carriers. That's not the campground's fault of course, but something to be aware of. We would definitely camp here again.

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We stayed on the beach loop with a wonderful ocean view out our coach windows over the sand dunes. We parked backwards on our site to get the best view. As others have said, the road into the campground is badly pot-holed, and the water supply is virtually undrinkable due to the salinity. We had a good supply in our tank, so it was not a problem for us. The primary advantage of the park is the ocean front location of course, and the proximity to the beach town right outside the park gate makes grocery runs to the Bi-Lo and meals out at one of several nearby restaurants an easy 10 minute trip at most. You can walk for miles on the beach, but be aware of the high tide times. We did not use the bathroom or shower facilities, but the building does look somewhat dated and in need of maintenance. The campground hosts were very pleasant and helpful. Verizon voice and data was strong and solid, and the Charleston TV stations were within reach of our antenna. We also had a clear view for our Dish satellite service.

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The sites at this park are all sand with little separation between neighboring sites. The campground roads are badly rutted with many potholes, as well as being quite narrow. Backing a large Class A into some sites can be a real challenge. The available 30 amp power is generally good, although we did see a few dips down to 107 volts at times. The water pressure was good. Verizon cell voice and data service is weak, and would have been unusable without our onboard amplifier and external antenna. Free WiFi is available at the nearby concession stand. The springs area is very nice with a long boardwalk out to a fishing pier. Many birds and other wildlife can be seen in the park, with deer roaming freely and unfortunately becoming used to visitor food handouts despite rules prohibiting doing so. We stayed in the Magnolia 2 loop, and the Magnolia 1 loop is currently being rebuilt with upgraded facilities and reportedly, paved roads. If they continue the upgrade program with the other loops, this could be a fine park. As is, it reminded us of our tent camping days at other state parks in the 50's. We are not likely to return.

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Rate includes taxes. This is our first time at this state park, and we are very impressed! We are in the newer Palmetto Ridge campground, with 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups at each site. The two older campgrounds in the park are electric and water only. The sites here on the ridge are spacious and separated by bushes and trees. Each site is paved with raked gravel, except for two ADA sites at each bath house that are paved with blacktop. There's a fire ring and a raised grill at each site, along with a picnic table. The park is very quiet at night, and during the day the volunteer hosts are constantly taking care of cleaning the bath houses, raking vacant sites when a guest leaves, and other maintenance chores. Verizon cell service is marginal but useable, and the closest local TV stations are about 40 miles away. Every Wednesday morning there's a coffee hour at a pavilion near the campground, where we can meet and greet our neighbors. The same pavilion hosts a "Florida Tales" story telling session Wednesday evenings. Other parts of the park offer hiking trails, a tram tour, air boat lake tour, guided walking tours, and other attractions. Our two week stay here has been fantastic, and we very much look forward to coming back again.

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The rate shown is based on a one month stay at the member rate, and does not include electric. Everyone from the front desk staff to the maintenance folks have been as nice as could be. The park is well maintained, with the maintenance folks regularly filling in low spots on the roads and sites as needed. Escapees are overall a friendly group, and the long term residents and temporary guests here are no exception. Our level tree shaded site is right next to a run off pond where we can sit on the concrete patio under our awning and watch the sandhill crane that visits the pond daily. Our portable satellite dish works fine here as well as our Verizon cell phones and data service. We will definitely be back again.

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We stayed in a section best suited to overnight stays. The pull-throughs are easy to get into and out of, and the hook ups are well placed. The crushed sea shell and gravel paving tracked into our coach despite wiping our feet often. The office staff is friendly and helpful, but the nearby train whistles are quite loud, especially during the night. Verizon voice and data service is very good. A low cost ($3.50) breakfast is available in the activity building on Saturday mornings. There are a lot of permanent and seasonal folks, and everyone was friendly.

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Our pull-thru site was spacious and easy to access with good utility access. The park is well maintained and the work campers are constantly picking up any litter, branches, pine cones, etc. The park WiFi is good, if not overly speedy, and the cable service is very good with about 33 channels. Verizon voice and data services are strong, but satellite service does require finding a hole through the many trees to get a good signal. The park offers a free pancake and waffle breakfast daily, and also has pizza and BBQ cooked onsite available for delivery to your site at reasonable prices. There is some road noise from nearby I-95, but we don't find it overly intrusive. We will be stopping here again for a few days break in our travels.

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Jolly Acres is a regular stop for us a couple of times a year. This is a smaller park, but the sites are good sized, with easy access to the gravel pull-thru sites. The hook ups are well placed, and Verizon voice and data services work well. OTA TV stations are limited, but most sites are satellite accessible. The free WiFi is satellite based, and quite slow with long latency as expected. We really enjoy coming here, and the peace and quiet are quite relaxing. Even the occasional train noise is distant enough to not be a bother. We will definitely be back again.

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Fort Chiswell is one of our regular planned stops anytime we're in the area traveling on I-81 or I-77. The park is less than a mile from I-81, but just over ridge that blocks the traffic noise. The rural setting is very peaceful, with cows in the surrounding pastures. The lower dog walk area is spacious and has a bridge that crosses a small creek to another large area. Very pleasant! The park WiFi works well, as does the park cable system. Most sites have a good satellite view, and Verizon cell voice and data service are both strong. The sites are reasonably level, either gravel or concrete pads, and the utilities are well placed. We fully expect to return here many times.

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This year-round park is a regular overnite stop for us on our January post holiday trek south. We have never been disappointed here, and the staff is friendly and helpful. One oddity though, is that Passport America is not accepted during the off-season, contrary to most PA parks that use it to attract business in slower periods. Our site was easily long enough for our 34' Class A and toad, and reasonably sized. The park WiFi was quite good, although more users may slow it down some. Verizon cell voice and data service were both strong. All sites have a good satellite view, since there are few mature trees. The gravel access roads are fairly wide, and site access is good for both motorhomes and towables. The park is located right next I-81, and traffic noise is noticeable, even with the windows closed. I would rate the park a notch higher if not for that. We will be returning though, as the park is a well located overnite stop for us.

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This year-round park is a regular overnite stop for us on our January post holiday trek south. The facilities are well maintained, and the staff in the combined office, general store, and deli are friendly and helpful. The sites are fairly large and well laid out, with the utilities well placed. Verizon cell voice and date service is strong. Many sites are surrounded by tall trees, making satellite use difficult unless you request one of the sites with a clear view as we do. The park cable service is good though, with the usual compliment of channels. We fully expect we'll return to this park again and again.

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The rate reflects both off-season and Good Sam discounts. This park has been significantly improved since being taken over by Sun Resorts, but it still has a ways to go to be first rate. The roads are much better with compacted gravel, but they can very dusty in dry weather. The sites are fairly large and level, with the electric and water hookups well placed. There are no sewer hookups, but a no-charge pump out service is available. The free cable TV and free TengonetInternet Wi-Fi services both worked quite well, as did out Verizon voice and data services. There are some trees throughout the park, but not enough to interfere with satellite reception on most sites. The bathrooms were immaculate despite the park being quite full. With a little more investment and work, this park could easily be a '10'.

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The entry road to this park could use some maintenance, but it is passable within the posted speed limits. The park itself is quite nice, with a variety of hiking trails, ball fields, swimming, etc. The electric-only campsites where we were, were spacious and easy to back in to since they were laid out at a 45 degree angle to the road. Verizon voice and 4G data reception was okay at about 3 bars, and satellite reception from the Dish Network eastern arc was good with a portable antenna that allowed proper pointing past the trees. Our roof dish did not work here. There were lots of kids around, but everyone we encountered was polite and friendly. We will stay here again when time permits.

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PPA rate shown. The park is convenient to I-81 yet quiet, with only an occasional loud truck noticed. The sites are level gravel with no shade, but easy to get in and out of with big rigs. The office staff was friendly and the hookups are well located. Verizon voice and 4G data worked well here. This was pleasant midway stop on our trip south, and we will return.

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Rate reflects our KOA card discount. We stayed overnight on our way south to Florida in January, with temps in the teens and snow on the ground, so I can't really speak to the overall appearance or condition of the sites. Our pull-thru site was level though, with easy in and out access. We were escorted to our site by one of the friendly staff. The hook ups were well placed, and we had a concrete patio that would have been more appreciated in warmer weather. The camp store is well stocked with RV supplies and food items, and the snack bar offers a nice selection of sandwiches, burgers, fried chicken, etc, all at very reasonable prices. Our Verizon data and voice service was solid, so we did not use the campground WiFi. We will definitely stop here again, hopefully in better weather.