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This is a free National Park Service campground. Reservations are not accepted and sites fill up in mid-afternoon, so plan accordingly. Deeply wooded campground with pretty good spacing between sites. Many are pull thrus, and we had no trouble fitting into a back-in site. North of Merriweather the Natchez Trace Parkway is under construction. There's a 20 mile detour on some narrow back country roads that I'd rather not repeat. We heard this detour has been up for a couple of years already, so there's no telling when construction will be completed. We'd like to return to Merriweather campground, it was a pleasant place to overnight, but I'll be finding another route here to avoid that nasty detour.

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Tishomingo is a big state park with historic sites, group meeting areas, and picnic spots. The campground is centered around a small lake and nearly every site has a lake view. Very spacious sites in a wooded setting. Quiet and dark in the evenings. Located right on the Natchez Trace Parkway. We were surprised at the low camping fee and how big the park is. Their main feature is the Swinging Bridge at the very back of the park and it's worth the drive, but take your tow vehicle there because the interior roads are a bit winding and narrow and parking at the bridge is in a dirt lot. This is a great overnight spot if you're traveling the Natchez Trace.

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Wow - what a great place! We weren't expecting much out of a county park, but McFarland was wonderful. It would qualify as a state park anywhere else. Right on the Tennessee River with acres of open fields and shady picnic spots. A marina, restaurant, and visitor center are on the property. FHU were available under mature pine trees with deep shade. Other sites were out in the open with full sun. The river looks too fast and deep for swimming, but it's a fabulous view. Historic downtown is only a few blocks away on the bluffs with lots of restaurant choices and lively in the evenings. Campground is off Route 20 from the Natchez Trace Parkway. In April 2017 the main bridge from Florence to Mussel Shoals (Rt 43) was closed to RVs due to construction. The detours confused us, and turned out not to be nessesary - McFarland Park is right before the bridge heading east on Rt 20, so no need to detour. Quiet and safe to walk around at night, campground is gated at dark. They didn't have a working credit card machine the week we were there, so you might want to come prepared with cash.

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Very good camping in Tupelo, just off the Natchez Trace Parkway. Clean and tidy property. Most sites are on terraced hills and fairly close together, but there's plenty of room to set up your awning & patio. Trees & landscaping are between sites and give the property a pleasing appearance. Quiet at night and there's a good dog walk area along a wooded trail. Historic downtown is only a couple of miles away, but be prepared for Tupelo's permanent traffic problem - main roads are always congested. Enterprise car rental is nearly within walking distance. Oddly this campground doesn't accept credit cards - bring cash!

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There are other camping choices on Music Valley Drive (near Grand Ole Opry) but Nashville KOA is consistently the best. It's a big place with two loops of campsites - the right side has premium pull thru sites with patios, the left side has many spacious sites (back in and pull thru) with good shade. Property is always clean and well maintained. Cute rental cabins are located throughout. A fenced dog area is available, although it's a bit small. We travel thru Nashville frequently and always overnight here, many times without advance reservations and they've always had room for us. Sites on the left side loop are the farthest from any road noise, you'll have a quiet night's sleep.

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We spent a week at Topsail during the off season. There are several state parks in the area and Topsail is the largest by far. In addition to a couple of hundred RV sites, the park is also a 1600 acre nature preserve with pristine dunes along three miles of oceanfront on the Gulf of Mexico. The beach is about a mile away from the campground. It's an easy walk or bicycle ride if you're not lugging chairs and coolers. Or you can catch a free tram ride down to the beach, which runs every half hour during peak season but only every two hours during winter. Unfortunately there's not any vehicle parking at the beach, so you're stuck walking or waiting for the tram. But once you've made it to the shore you're rewarded with the famous sugar white sands of the Emerald Coast. Topsail also features several fresh water lakes where fishing is reported to be excellent. But it's an arduous 3 mile hike to reach the lakes (no cars allowed) so we didn't get our lines wet this trip. The RV sites were spacious and private, with full hookups including sewer. Most sites are concrete pads, a few are thick gravel, all are level and have deep shade. Cable TV is available but runs on a Qam signal - you must have a TV capable of receiving Qam, which ours were not. There's a big camp store which rents bicycles, paddleboards, and kayaks. A small swimming pool is near the entrance, and there's several walking paths that pass by lovely little ponds. One pond has an alligator warning! No fire pits provided, but you're invited to bring your own fire ring or purchase one ($60) at the camp store. The park is gated at night and a passcode is given when you arrive. Very safe, quiet, and lovely to walk around in the evenings. We really enjoyed our week at Topsail and plan to return next year!

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This property is a State Resort Park because it has a lodge with hotel rooms, a restaurant, golf course, and cabin rentals. Kentucky classifies its resort parks by these amenities, not by how well appointed the campground is. Knowing this distinction in advance will keep you from being disappointed. General Butler offers a campground that is quite serviceable. Nothing too fancy, just decent place to park. We were here during Thanksgiving and family members stayed in the lodge while we were at the campground. For this type of get-away General Butler was perfect, and we spent 3 comfortable nights here.

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Our return visit to Cummins Ferry did not disappoint. This is a well maintained facility with super-friendly owners on site. We visited in the off-season, and found a few dozen long term campers settled in for the winter. All were friendly and kept their sites neat and tidy. Most sites offer full hook-ups. The center pull thru sites are a bit more spacious than those on the side. The campground is located at the bottom of the palisade cliffs, right against the Kentucky River. Yeah, it's a steep downhill to get here, but nothing you can't handle. Zero Verizon cell service in camp, but did get a dozen over the air TV stations. A small camp store has basic provisions. This is a secured property with key card entry, and I felt quite safe here.

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Audubon State Park has a lot to offer: camping, cabins, lake, golf course, and the museum. The campground, however, shows wear. It's a small campground, crammed next to a busy highway at the park's entrance. Many sites were deeply shaded and had paved pads, but the pads weren't very wide and some are quite short. Companion vehicle parking is available with some sites on a separate paved pad. Not sure that detail is noted on the reservation form, so it might be best to call. One bath house present and a small, one-hole dump station. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon, departed late Monday morning and never saw a host to check us in. There might have been camp wifi, but we didn't have the code. We paid for our night via the after hours drop box. Parking at the museum is limited, but it's a short walk from the campground. Interior roads are quite narrow, so it'd be best to drive a tow around the park. We used this campground as an overnight stop because we had a favorable impression when we stayed at the cabins 10 years ago. Now I'm not so sure I'd return again with an RV due to the cramped and noisy conditions and overall wear of the property.

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Surprising amenities for a fairground camping spot. Super friendly folks at check-in, very helpful with selecting a site and local information. Good security and well lit at night. We were here after the state fair closed and the campground was mostly empty. Choice of asphalt, gravel, or grass sites. Lincoln's Tomb is within walking distance (if you don't mind a long walk), and you're only about 10 blocks from historic downtown. Immediate vicinity is a quiet residential area. Great location and a good value with over 55 discount.

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We really enjoyed this campground. On site were the excellent cave tour, great performance by a skilled Twain impersonator, and winery with tasting room. I'd say they are working hard to improve this property because we found the wifi to be lightening fast, all tree limbs trimmed out of the way, and the sites were tidy. There were some potholes in the gravel roads, but those were being filled the day we left. We stayed here 3 nights and would recommend this campground. Very close to downtown and easy to reach from the highway.

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Wonderful! The Corps of Engineers does everything right at Dam West. Clean, well maintained, and spacious sites. Very easy to get to with great signage. Sites are super long with ample space and mature trees. We used Dam West as an overnight stop and would return here for a true vacation.

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Axtel is another splendid CoE property. Well-maintained, clean, quiet, and comfortable. A huge sandy beach is located near the entrance. The campground winds around a cove in two directions and many sites have a view of the water. The A loop has the tightest turns and the least attractive sites, including a loud buzzing water treatment plant and road noise directly behind. Best sites are in Areas B-E with plenty of shade, and large gravel pads. Many sites in these sections have direct access to the water where you can beach your boat, fish, or jump in for a swim. Several Buddy sites are also available for camping with friends. Area G (numbered 121-137 sites) are located on a hill without access to the lake, but most have good views and deep shade. Areas I and H are only open on holiday weekends. Both are along the tail waters instead of the main lake. Area I is located high on the cliffs, while Area H is down near the water. We were here on a busy summer weekend and the CG was quiet at night. Two hosts are on property and the CoE rangers patrol regularly. Really nice lake destination and we will be sure to stay here again.

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Loretta Lynn's Ranch would be a great destination if all the advertised activities were actually offered. The campground is lovely, hilly and deeply shaded. It's about 2 miles down a steep hill from the campground to Western Town where the attractions are, not a comfortable walking distance in the summer heat. We didn't bring a tow vehicle and were counting on the advertised golf cart rentals to get around, but there are no carts. So we had to unplug our RV and drive down each day. A large camp store is on site, but it was not open Monday-Wednesday. The store hours are not posted so I don't know if that was normal or if the clerk just didn't show up for work. Campsites are open reservations, drive in and pick your spot. That's usually not an issue, except that when we vacated each morning to drive to Western Town we had to leave behind a pile of chairs to save our campsite. Hurricane Creek winds through the property and we were looking forward to a tube or canoe float, as advertised. But like the golf cart rental, none of these things were available. Making matters worse, the large inviting pool was padlocked shut during the week, although we saw swimmers when we pulled in Sunday night. While the campground was neat and tidy, the bath house was not so nice. Graffiti-filled walls, shabby showers, and broken air conditioning. The game room was a collection of out-of-order arcade machines. Even the two soda machines outside weren't working. We did enjoy the live music every night at the campground, and that gave us something to do in the evening as there are no over-the-air TV channels here. The Ranch's big signature event, amateur motor cross racing, is scheduled for early August. Maybe all the staff were busy prepping for that instead of taking care of the campground. Despite the disappointments, we had a good time at Loretta Lynn's Ranch and I'd consider returning when all the amenities are up and running.

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If you are comfortable camping overnight at a Wal-Mart parking lot, you'll have no problem here. It's a giant truck and bus lot right next to McCormick Convention Center and has gated security. For downtown Chicago access, this place can't be beat. For a pleasurable camping experience, this is not it. I gave it an Average rating because it's a trade-off between location and amenities. There are no services at all, trucks come and go regularly, and you're squeezed between tractor trailers. However, you can take up multiple spaces to put your slides out. There was a small enclave of half a dozen RVs when we arrived, and we parked along with them - safety in numbers! There's a few grassy margins to walk your dog, but I didn't feel comfortable to wander too far from the fenced area at night. Lock the doors, close the curtains, and you'll be fine. We stayed here 2 nights without any issues, and had a great time touring downtown.