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While the staff, on the phone and in person, were very pleasant and helpful, here's a park where not much money has been spent on beautification and upkeep over the years. They must be racking in the dough however, with almost a full house when we were there. We were told that some spaces have a small "lawn" area in front of it, really just dirt and dry grass, but they sure cram the rigs in. You won't have much privacy. We went with the idea of maybe staying a few days, but left the first morning. Also, very noisy with the freeway next door and I wore ear plugs for this one. Very level sites, but why shouldn't they be, looks like you are in a former farm field or something. We didn't use the restrooms and the trash bins were across the street from the park. The town was easily accessed about 3 miles down the road, and I'm told the State Park is about 10 miles the other way. We didn't camp at the State park because we had heard about the very steep road down to the campsites there. Not sure exactly what we paid but believe it to be $29. Don't hold us to it. Canyon is the town where the Southern Transcon railroad line runs through, one of the busiest railroads in the nation with almost 100 trains a day, however, this park is on the other end of town and you won't find the trains and whistles to be that much of a factor.

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A nice surprise about 15 miles North of the town of Ft. Sumner. Travelling along the high desert plateau, you have no idea this beautiful lake is down in the valley. The lake was brim full when we stopped there and leaves changing color with just a few RVs there over the weekend. They do shut down the more convenient Eastern campground on Oct. 1st, requiring you to cross the dam and go to the Pecos Campground. They have 30 amp and water and a convenient dump station to use when leaving. The information board is confusing when it gives the rates. It says extra vehicles are $10 and then it says there is a $225 fine for not paying the correct amount, so we paid for our tow car, only to learn the next day, the tow car is free, but No Refunds are given, so be advised. Nice and quiet except one couple who just didn't get it about peace and quiet, and had to have music playing from their small camper up until about 7 pm. (get headsets or play it softer please) The music was heard by all sites in the camp. One other point we had never experienced. There were lots of wasps around the camp but they didn't seem to bother you. When we left, we started seeing wasps coming into our rig. No matter how quickly we got them, there were more. This lasted for many days, and even back in the Phoenix area, we were still getting wasps coming out. Apparently, they build nests VERY fast! We were only there 2 days at the campground. A very enjoyable place, however, in the quieter times of the year, and brilliant stars outside.

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About 7 miles South of I-40, and requires going up and then down one mountain. The road up is very gentle, the road down is steep and will require lower gears and going slowly around the numerous curves. Lightly vegetated sites with pinyon pines, not many sites are completely level. Take the upper electric loop if you want a 30 amp plug in (no water or sewer). Good cell service and very quiet. The ranger staff was very helpful and let us drive in to pick our site, and then pay for it later. Sites near the lake, which was drawn down a huge amount, are only primitive. The lake wasn't that attractive with the big bathroom ring around it, but I'm sure it's nice when filled up. You are at over 7,000 feet here and will notice the thin air. We've learned at some New Mexico parks that your tow car is free, but on the information boards, it says "$10 for extra car." We had paid the $10 at a park this summer, by mistake, but they will not make a refund, only give you a credit on your next night camping.

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About the only thing missing from this Lake McClellan recreation area.....was the lake. It looks like it's been dried up for many years and filled with grass and plants. Convenient to I-40 with a two lane road about 5 miles from the freeway. We had read that the signage is non existent, and that's true. As you come down the hill, you'll go across a small bridge in front of the dam. Do not take the first entrance you see on the left, but take the second entrance. Neither had a sign. Gravel and sandy. It's paved all the way to the campground. Campground is As you pull in, you will see the campground host's area on the left, an information board on the right. And the main campground is back behind you on the left. There was a nice collection of level sites in the trees with water and power. One site we saw leaked quite a bit of water on the ground out of the faucet. Minimal cellphone service is down in the vally here so you won't be going online very much. Very quiet and peaceful at night, despite several rigs that pulled in the camp next to us around 10:30 pm, but they tried to be quiet. Not a particular stunning beautiful place but ok, and convenient. Camp host was nowhere to be found when we pulled in, but later comes over to answer any questions, and I'm sure, make sure you paid. Half-price to Golden Age and other Federal passes.

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Hidden secret in the metropolitan area North of Oklahoma City. There are two parks on this lake, and someone at the park staff said that if they were camping, they would use the Nothern part first, which I believe is off of 15th ave. The Freeway offramp, on old route 66, is tricky to find. Exit too soon and you will have 20 minutes through a round about road construction to find your way back, so plot your course carefully. Beautifully wooded sites with large pull throughs, and some that have a lake view. You will experience large AWAC Air Force Planes coming over the park on their way to land at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City but the air traffic stopped about 10:30 in the evening. They seemed to be pretty low. At the electric sites, the water was extremely far away and I noticed some of the campers had very long hoses in which to connect up, so be advised. Very peaceful for being so close to a major city and we would camp here again. We did not have sewer hookups but a nice dump station was available on the way out. Some sites not level but ours was great with lots of elbow room.

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A first-class RV park, especially for large rigs. Staff was very helpful in pointing out points of interests near Carthage. They even gave us their morning paper when we couldn't find one. Easy access into town, one exit away. Very clean and well maintained with level shaded sites. One of the managers pointed out where Red Oak II is, one of Missouri's most secret attractions, for some reason. It's not on a lot of maps but if you are in the area, you must see this incredible tourist attraction, with free admission. An artist has assembled historic homes from the area and lined them up on a street you drive through. It's like the Twilight Zone.... What a delight. Thanks for telling us, Coachlight RV!

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This is one of Branson's most expensive RV parks and we tried calling others less expensive but they were booked up. However, after staying here, we love the location right off the strip, but very private in a wooded area, and would stay there again. Staff was very helpful in obtaining tickets to the shows, and the sites very level, despite the hilly terrain. One problem we have with older KOA parks is that the spaces are very narrow and you sacrifice privacy with all the extended slides. However, this park is converting some of the spaces to patio sites which are a little wider, but more $$$$. We got a standard site for our Motorhome and got lucky that no rig pulled in next to us with slides, so we had some breathing room for our 5 day stay. They did furnish pancake breakfasts in the morning but we didn't try that, but it looked like a lot did. Getting back out on the main road going to the Branson strip can be a little tricky when the traffic backs up solid on the main connector road. Like so many other parks, the WiFi at night was so ridiculously slow, that I used my Verizon usb to connect much faster. They also warn people with SMART TVs not to use them as it takes up much of their capacity. I did try and connect the Smart TV and it wouldn't access the WiFi. I'm told many parks now jam them. I think for the high dollars we sometimes pay at these parks, they should spend the money to increase the bandwidth so we can enjoy our trip.

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Nicely run park on the Mississippi River. The best spots are the ones closest to the water where you can see the barges up close. Occasional train whistles in the distance. There aren't a lot of stores nearby but a Walmart about 4 or 5 miles away. When we were there, the Wi-Fi had broken down and didn't work for several days. We did appreciate the free laundry they offer in the park and trash pickup in front of your rig. Once in a while, on Saturday nights, we have experienced auto racing at some park to the north, which was extremely loud but didn't hear it on this visit. Lots of heavy duty road construction on the freeways into Memphis and the roads are narrowed and extremely bumpy. The park has very level sites.

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Pipestem is one of the Great State parks in the country. The staff was very friendly and helpful in letting us drive around and choose the site we wanted. We did notice that many of the sites are not real level so if that matters, you need to be more selective. We were able to get local channels on our antenna and using a dish is a little trickier because of the trees. The best sites are the curved pull-throughs on the last road to the south. Going to Hinton right now was a problem due to extensive roadwork and blasting going on at Bluefield down the hill. They had a special going on during the month we were there, half-price on the sites. We appreciated them telling us about it because it saved a lot of money, and they didn't have to.

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We stayed here ten years ago and thought it was expensive, but couldn't believe the $ 75/night rate they ask for now. They are involved in construction of a large portion of the older sites, and availability is very tight, so we were forced to stay at their patio sites which are at least $75 a night. They ARE very nice sites, although you can hear the freeway noise nearby. Be sure to call and ask if the ongoing construction is done before arriving. This is a super convenient site for the Grand Ole Opry but you will pay a lot for location. WiFi worked intermittently. We did like the nice outside patio with furniture, however.

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The new lover's leap area of the campground is among the nicest you will ever see. Just a delight. Huge level sites with plenty of open space, laundry available in the clean rest rooms. The older RV campground has more uneven sites. After you check in, you must go up a very steep hill with a turn up a steeper hill. We disconnect our tow car both going up and coming down. You are camped on top of the Natural Tunnel, which is an amazing sight to see. After the busy summer season, the chairlift to the bottom only runs on weekends. we heard train whistles but they were pretty distant and didn't keep us awake. Ten years ago, there were many more trains, but now, since the coal business has dropped off, there are just a couple of trains a day. A nearby town will even deliver pizza to the campsite, which was fun.

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A very large campground along the Kentucky River. We were allowed to drive around and select our own site. They have huge influxes of people into the park for special activities, and during the Halloween season, they have lights at night and other displays that can draw thousands of people. Big rig friendly with many level sites to choose from. Cell service good and we were able to get our satellite dish to get a signal, as we were not parked in the trees. Downside is that the park is adjacent to a very noisy road with trucks using braking coming down the hills. there is also a huge cement plant adjacent to the park, that starts up early and goes all day. It was shut down at night during our visit.

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We found this park suitable for a quick overnight stay. Very few facilities and not real attractive, but for a big rig, easy to pull through sites. Freeway noise very close. There is a market you can walk to from the property. Very level sites. Turning into the park can be very difficult, after coming off the freeway. You need to immediately get over to the left to turn right after the Motel 6. During rush hour, traffic is backed up in front of your turn and you have to hope somebody will let you turn through.

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One of the great hidden gems of State Parks. Whenever we go through Oklahoma, we try and stay here. Beautiful sites in a hidden canyon with easy freeway access. The one problem big rigs have is the very, very steep curved hill that drops down into the park. We always disconnect our tow going down and coming out. The ranger said when leaving to have someone drive the tow car up to the top and block the road coming down so you don't meet another vehicle. It's that steep. We have a 40 foot motorhome and this is pushing the limits of what can get down there, but it's worth it. We were able to get a signal with our satellite dish and there is cell service.

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Very nice park without many of the extra amenities we wouldn't be using anyway, but quite often end up paying for at other parks. As a pilot and train buff, I enjoyed watching the skydiver's land through the weekend. The park is on a beautiful section of the Ohio River with a path and steps down to the banks of the water, on the other side of the grass strip, and some close up barge traffic you can watch. Very little air traffic, only from the sky diver's aircraft. We also liked the fact that there is a CSX rail line bordering the park with occasional trains through the day. Curiously, the engines seldom sound their horn here for the crossing. There aren't picnic tables at the site, but again, it's a good, quiet and safe place to park. There are very large shopping malls several miles away that have everything you need. We came in for one night and stayed almost a week. And enjoyed antique shopping in Huntington. They say a helicopter pilot once came in to stay for a night and ended up staying 7 months. Very pleasant experience.