About NYDutch

I'm a retired systems administrator/analyst and a life long camper/RV'er and tinkerer that has rebuilt/restored cars and RV's as a hobby. My bride of 50+ years and I enjoy traveling in our motorhome year round.

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We stayed here for a week while visiting a friend in nearby Asheville. We had one of the full hookup sites on the Lake Side Loop, and really enjoyed the peace and quiet here. A few other sites were partly visible from our large, deep back-in site, and the foliage provided quite a bit of privacy. The Verizon cell service was very weak in this loop, but our MaxAmp RV booster amplifier gave us a solid voice and data signal inside our motorhome with good speeds. Most sites in this loop have little to no satellite access, but we were on site #38 where we had a clear view of the Dish eastern arc satellites by placing our portable dish near the road. The Dish western arc and DirecTV satellites would have been challenging to receive here. We didn't try to receive the OTA stations since we had them on satellite. The utilities are well placed, and our site was paved with blacktop for the driving lane, with small gravel in the picnic table and fire ring area. The campground hosts tour the loop regularly, and the sites are checked and cleaned when a guest departs. The private bathrooms and showers are checked and cleaned regularly as well. All in all, we were very pleased with our stay here, and would very much like to return the next time we're in the area.

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Ft Chiswell is a frequent stop for us as we travel up and down I-81 and I-77. It's very convenient to both, and is located just a short distance over a ridge that blocks most highway noises. The park is well maintained with well placed utilities, and there are pull-thru sites that will accommodate nearly any sized RV. The free WiFi is strong with moderate speeds, although it can bog down some when the park is near full. Our Verizon and T-Mobile signals were strong with good data speeds. The free cable service is good as well, and most sites are satellite friendly. We will be returning here.

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We have stayed at Shendoah Valley several times now while passing through Virginia on our way south. Each time we've been impressed with the cleanliness of the park and the care the staff puts into it. Our pull-thru site was more than long enough for our 34' coach and toad, and the utilities were well placed for an easy hook up. There are very few trees, so satellite reception was clear. Our Verizon signal was strong with good data speeds, but our T-Mobile signal was quite a bit weaker and slower. The park WiFi was fairly good, and didn't seem to bog down much as the park filled up. There is some road noise from nearby I-81, but we found tolerable for sleeping. There is a small snack bar in the store with a very limited menu, but the BBQ pulled pork sandwiches were tasty, as were the curly fries. We will definitely be stopping here our next time through.

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Check-in for our overnight stay was pleasant and quick, and we were able to order dinner from the on-site deli at the same time, for delivery to our site later. We were escorted to a level, gravel pull-thru site that was quite long and wide enough to not feel crowded in. The utilities are well located, with multiple sewer inlets for flexibility in connecting. Our satellite dish worked very well here. This is a KOA "Journey" park that caters to overnighters, and there are only a few long term sites, most occupied by work campers. The park is relatively quiet, with just occasional truck noise from the nearby I-81 exit. The campground WiFi service was strong with moderate data speeds, and our Verizon cell signal was also strong with good data speeds. We could only get a T-Mobile 2G signal here though. We will be returning the next time we pass through the area.

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We were given a site on top of the hill for our overnight stay with a great view out our front window overlooking several ponds on the property and the Susquehanna River valley. Our gravel site required extending our front jacks almost to the point of raising the wheels off the ground, but was otherwise well laid out with easily accessible utilities. The free WiFi was adequate, but sometimes a bit erratic likely due to overloading. Our Verizon and T-Mobile signals were strong with good data speeds. Our site was quite open, making satellite reception easy. The campground owners are both very pleasant and check-in was simple and quick. We will stay here again when we're in the area.

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The other reviews have good descriptions of getting to the registration office, so check them out before getting there. Our site (187) had a great view of the Seaway and the entrance to the Eisenhower Lock. The view was so good that we pulled in with our motorhome, instead of backing in, to take advantage of the view through our front window. We saw several large ships pass by each day we were there. Our site was very long and quite wide, with plenty of vegetation to provide privacy. The restrooms were reasonably clean, although both the men's and women's showers had some mold on the grout that was unsightly. My wife and I chose instead to use the family bathroom facility that was mold free for showering to save on water and grey tank capacity in our motorhome. The bath facility was only about 150 feet across the street from our site, as was a water spigot for those needing a refill. The Verizon cell reception was excellent, with very good speeds from our Jetpack hotspot. There are a few local OTA TV stations available, with most broadcasting from nearby Canada, plus two from Watertown on the US side of the Seaway. Satellite reception from our site was excellent using our portable dish. There are numerous restaurants in nearby Massena, along with the usual big box stores, Walmart, etc.

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Our site was in the "Hilltop" section, and we had one of the few sites with individual water service. Our 50 amp electric was solid and reliable. The park is very clean and well maintained, with workers regularly visiting the restrooms and restocking as needed. Our site was reasonably large, and could easily accommodate the largest RV's. Some may find the steep road grade leading to this section challenging though. The tree cover at our site made satellite dish aiming difficult, but we were able to "see" the Dish eastern arc satellites ok. Verizon cell service was weak, but our on board cell amplifier/repeater handled it well. OTA TV is limited, but we did find a fairly strong signal from a Utica station that carries NBC on their primary channel, and CBS on a secondary channel. Gilbert Lake is somewhat of a secret, and the park was very lightly occupied while we were there during the week. I expect it does get busier on the weekends. All in all, this is a nice park to visit to just relax, and a number of attractions are nearby, such as the Baseball Hall of Fame in nearby Cooperstown. We will return here fairly often since our granddaughter and great granddaughter live nearby.

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Pinewood is a great place to stay while day tripping to the various attractions in the area, including whale watching visiting the Plimoth Plantation (yes, that's the correct spelling), etc. The campground is clean and well kept, with the maintenance staff continually on the move as they clean vacated sites, mow, and clean the restrooms. There is a nice swimming beach on the adjacent small lake, and fishing is allowed nearby. The sites a packed sand, and our full hookup pull-thru site was very level and spacious. The many tall pine trees made satellite reception a challenge, but doable. The power, cable, water, and sewer connections were centrally located, and easy to reach. There were numerous children playing during the day, but the campground was very quiet at night. There is a gun range and municipal airport nearby with occasional noises from both, but only during the day. Pine pollen and tree caterpillars were abundant while we were there, but both are just seasonal and beyond the control of the management of course. The Verizon cell signal was on the weak side but usable, and with our Maximum Signal amplifier turned on, data speeds were very good. The campground WiFi service is free for the first hour, but fairly slow especially in the evenings. We really enjoyed our stay here, and will return again in the future.

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The beach loop at Edisto offers a great view of the ocean from some sites, especially the ones right along the beach. The view out our front window was fantastic, and the beach access was only about 100' from our site. The winds are fairly constant, so keep that in mind when deploying awnings, etc. The sites are sand and sparse grass, typical of seashore most sites. The park work campers are constantly attending to sites as they become empty, cleaning out fire pits and raking the sand. The hookups are conveniently located, although hooking up to the water may not be a good idea. The water is fairly salty, although the town does treat it to make sure it's safe. There's a good water supply point nearby in town, where you can draw up to 5 gallons per day, or make sure you bring a good supply with you. The 30 amp electric at 120 volts was very stable. Our Verizon voice and data service was strong, and our open site made getting a satellite signal easy. The OTA TV signals from Charleston were also quite strong. We very much plan a return visit here in the future.

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There are enough attractions at this park to keep anyone busy for at least a few days. The carillon tower tolls the hours and periodically plays selections of Stephen Fosters music. It is quiet at night though. The museum is not large, but it is interesting, and on some days they have live music with local performers playing period instruments. There is also a crafts and gift shop, and a crafts village where artisans work on their specialties. The hiking trails are extensive and interesting, including a section of the "Florida Trail" that parallels the Suwanee River. Our pull-thru campsite was spacious and separated from other sites by foliage, although other sites could still be seen. The hookups were well placed, and the tree cover was sparse enough that we had no problem getting a satellite signal with our portable dish. Verizon voice and data cell service was moderately strong and worked well. We plan to return again next winter.

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Our wide back-in site was partially shaded, although not as level as would have liked. Boards were needed under our front jacks before we could level the coach. The FHU hook ups are conveniently located midway at the side of the site. The park is well maintained by the work campers and hosts. Finding a clear satellite view for our portable dish was a bit of a challenge, but doable. Our Verizon cell voice and data services worked well, and OTA TV stations were fairly strong. As others have noted, the Rainbow River head-springs are about 7 road miles away, but your park car pass also gets you in that entrance at no additional charge. There's a nature trail for walking, although it's not as nicely laid out as some of the other FL state parks, with no signage to indicate what the various foliage consists of, or what animals might be in the area. There is a bear warning sign and small bird display at the trail head though. We would return here when in the area, although we would hope for a more level site next time.

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The rate we paid reflects the monthly rate plus the $1/day we paid for metered electric. Our requested full hookup 30 amp site drive in site was level and nicely shaded. It was located adjacent to a partially full rain water retention pond that was frequented regularly by sandhill cranes and other water birds as we sat out on our concrete patio enjoying the view. The pasture behind us had both a herd of beef cattle and flocks of wild turkeys wandering about at various times. The park has many scheduled activities, and a number of restaurants and stores, including a Super Walmart, are only 5 miles away in Bushnell. As expected the other Escapee RV Club members and park workers are quite friendly, and the offered "Escapee hug" at check-in is something we always look forward to when visiting this and other Escapee parks. The satellite view from our site was limited by the trees, easily done with our portable dish. Verizon cell service was quite strong, with a tower within view of the park, so our phones and hotspot worked very well for us here. The park work campers do a good job of keeping the park clean and in good repair, but some of the facilities do show their age. A number of the sites also show their mobile home origins in the odd patio layouts shared utility stanchions. All in all, we very much like this park, and we made our reservations for next winter before leaving.

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Midway is a small, but very clean and neat park. The hosts and work campers do a great job of keeping everything in good order. Despite the heavy rains prior to and during our stay, our site was well drained once the rain stopped. The sites are electric only, but water and a dump station are conveniently located near the front of the park. The restrooms are cleaned regularly, and are in excellent condition. There are no showers though. A resident gator and some babies live in the center pond, and more can be seen across US41 in the adjacent canal. Fish and birds are also abundant, as well as some turtles. The nearby visitors center is well worth a visit, to see even more gators and related exhibits. There is some road noise from the nearby highway, but it's not overly intrusive. We will most certainly be visiting here again.

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We have a large back-in site with no nearby neighbors. We really enjoy the quiet atmosphere, and the walking trails are great for exercise. The "horse loop" is sparsely occupied, but there are a couple of beautiful horses stabled in the nearby barn. The last time we were here, that were quite few more horses to admire. The check staff was friendly and helpful, and the work campers are regularly in attendance checking and cleaning sites as soon as guests leave. Our site is quite open, making satellite aiming very easy, and our Verizon cell service is quite good here. The OTA TV signals from Tampa are also very strong. The sites are water and electric only, but the dump station is very convenient with easy access. We will definitely be coming here again!

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We stayed here for 4 nights to catch up on shopping before continuing on our way to Florida. The park is just a mile north of the Florida state line. All sites except the tent sites are pull-thru, and most have a picnic table and fire ring. The angled sites make them seem larger than they actually are, so you don't feel crowded in. The staff is very friendly, the guide to our site was helpful without being overbearing about guiding us in. The free pancake or waffle breakfast is a nice treat, and served every day. They have a cute little barrel "train" pulled by a golf cart, that they use to give smaller children rides throughout the park. The dog park is fairly large, and kept stocked with poop bags, as are a couple of other locations. The free WiFi is quite good considering how full the park was during our stay. Our site gave us a good satellite view, and the park cable system has a pretty extensive channel selection. Verizon cell service was quite good here. We will most certainly be returning here!