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Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Lake Murray State Park / Elephant Rock, Ardmore, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Huge park with lots of campgrounds. Easy for a stranger to get lost. I didn't see a bad site. All are large and level. I came in a back entrance. Camp host was off duty and gate station was unattended. Finally found somebody to check me in at the office by the main gate. We camped at Lake Murray State Park / Elephant Rock in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Site 64
Site Surface
Concrete, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Sequoyah State Park & Lodge (formerly Western Hills Guest Ranch), Wagoner, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

I stayed in Choctaw. Concrete pads. Mostly pull thru. Decent 4G Verizon signal. Easy Dish setup from most sites. Some on the West end might be a problem. Utilities were fairly new and worked well. Water pressure was on the low side but adequate. Lots of hiking alternatives. I found the park signage a little confusing while first looking for my campsite but I got there eventually. We camped at Sequoyah State Park & Lodge (formerly Western Hills Guest Ranch) in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7 Choctaw
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Santa Fe Park, Chanute, Kansas

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

I've reviewed this park before. There have been two significant changes since then. The backin sites on the west side of the park now have 20/30/50A power also. The old golf course is now a recreation area with a walking trail, frisbee golf course, playground and dog park. They also have something I've never heard of called "foot golf". We camped at Santa Fe Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Echo Bluff State Park, Eminence, Missouri

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

The park is just over a year old but it looks like it opened yesterday. A little shade would be nice but they've planted lots of trees so that will change. Wild (not very) horses wander freely throughout the park. I keep wondering who cleans up after them but somebody must because I see no evidence of their presence. Zero cellular service but unusually good wifi as state parks go. Some of the sites on the edges of the campground might have a problem with satellite service due to adjacent high ground but the central sites shouldn't. Not much nearby shopping wise, so stock up before you get here. Park store has the basics.

It seemed like I'd gone too far and missed it coming South from Salem. Don't worry. The entrance is very well marked. You won't get past without seeing it. We camped at Echo Bluff State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Timbuktu 30
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve, Atmore, Alabama

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

This a regular snowbird stop for me. One of my favorite places. They're replacing the old doublewide office with a true show place built from local lumber. Rumor has it other improvements are in the works. A new bathhouse/laundry was mentioned but I didn't hear a time table. The horse stalls lost their roof in a storm so they will be getting an upgraded too. This place is downright serene this time of year. I understand it's full of families and kids during the summer when all the water activities are available. We camped at Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

If you are into such things the tribal casino is only a few miles away. Actually, its way more than just a casino. Several restaurants, bowling, kids game room, health club and more. Pensacola Naval Air Station is not far. They train right overhead. Free air show daily.

ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Buccaneer State Park, Waveland, Mississippi

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

One of my all time favorite parks. I spend a month or two here each winter. Thanks to Katrina all the facilities are only a few years old.

Beach is a moderate walk or short drive away. Plenty of shopping and dining opportunities nearby. It's worth the short drive to Bay St Louis just to explore the shops and restaurants.

RR tracks along the north side of the park. Kind of noisy at times along that side. Much less so in the southern most loop. None in the w/e beach sites. We camped at Buccaneer State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
93
Site Surface
Concrete, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Ignore your GPS and follow the web page directions down Lakeshore and along Beach. There are some very bad RR crossings along other routes. RVs have been seriously damaged crossing them.

ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Quintana Beach County Park, Quintana, Texas

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Price based on monthly rate. I've been here several times including one bad experience, and low rating, due to mosquitos. It's been better each visit since then. They've done a lot of work in the last year. Most of the deck around the office and picnic area had been replaced. New nature center is almost complete. Lots of new roofs, siding and general upkeep to buildings around the park. It looks like they are making a real effort to fix the place up. There's still more to do though. We camped at Quintana Beach County Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Spoonbill 55
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

South Shore Park on Lake Bastrop, Bastrop, Texas

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice, level wooded site. Great access to shopping and dining without being in the midst of them. Satellite will be difficult or impossible on most sites. I got Dish with a rooftop antenna in site 20 but it took some maneuvering. I found I had the last of the 14 day reservations at an LCRA park. The stay limit at all is now 10 days. For that reason alone I probably won't be back. We camped at South Shore Park on Lake Bastrop in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The intersection of route 21 and the road to the park is treacherous with poor visibility and fast moving cross traffic.

ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Arrowhead State Park, Canadian, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

I stayed in the Turkey Flat campground. Its was renovated a few years ago and is still in very good shape. One thing I found bit confusing was their numbering scheme. Sites with the same amenities are consecutively numbered, i.e.: 10 & 11 both have full hookups. Consecutive does not, however, mean adjacent. 10 & 11 are at opposite ends of the campground.

I don't want to be too critical of the office staff. They are friendly and try to be helpful but they seem to be a little confused about their reservation system. I've been here twice and there were questions about my reservation both times. Things were quickly straightened out but it would be a good idea to bring your receipt if you reserved and paid ahead of your arrival.

Satellite should work fine on most, but not all, sites in Turkey Flat. Other areas are more heavily wooded. We camped at Arrowhead State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Turkey Flat 11
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Santa Fe Park, Chanute, Kansas

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground itself is a parking lot. However, the adjacent municipal park is very nice with fishing, hiking, dog park, several baseball/softball diamonds and frisbee golf. The sites on the west side are 30A but much longer than the 50A sites on the east side. Most people are here for the nearby RV service facility.

First 2 nights are free. We camped at Santa Fe Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Iola RV Park and Storeage, Iola, Kansas

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Decent but basic campground. No reason to travel just to visit this place but if you're in the area and need a place to stay, this would do nicely. Site was reasonably sized and level. Utilities were conveniently located and worked fine. We camped at Iola RV Park and Storeage in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Old fashioned butcher shop called Bollings a few blocks east. I always save some room in my freezer for a few steaks when I'm in the area. They have buffalo too if you're feeling adventurous.

ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Bennett Spring State Park, Lebanon, Missouri

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

Full hookup campground has level, paved, reasonably sized sites. Within a few yards of the trout stream that seems to be the main attraction. I'm not a fisherman but this is still a great place to visit. They have several campgrounds including the whole range of amenities from none to full hookups with wifi. The wifi isn't great but it's better than most campgrounds. We camped at Bennett Spring State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
148
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer (plenty of space) for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Don't let your GPS lead you north of route 64 alt. Coming from Lebanon you want to make a left turn from 64 onto 64 alt. The park entrance north of 64 alt takes you across a bridge you probably don't want to cross in an RV.

ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Prophetstown State Park, West Lafayette, Indiana

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

Lots of large, level sites to choose from. My dog and I stop here for the trails. There are many miles of trails both grass and paved. All are well marked and maintained. Plenty to explore along the way too. We camped at Prophetstown State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
152
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my 5th wheel and truck (I didn't have to disconnect
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Quintana Beach County Park, Quintana, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $13.00
Overall Rating:      

I gave this campground a rather negative review a couple years ago after a truly horrible experience with mosquitos. I planned on never returning but due to circumstances beyond my control I did and that was fortunate. They have really stepped up their mosquito control efforts. Regular spraying from both the air and ground have had a noticeable positive effect. After a rainy day they are still around but not in nearly the numbers of my previous visit and entirely manageable with a little "Off". We camped at Quintana Beach County Park in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
ljr

Review Count: 45
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 2

Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve, Atmore, Alabama

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

This place is well off the beaten path and not well known outside of the area though it is only 9 miles from I-65. With a few exceptions the sites are huge, level and wooded. They have tent, water/electric and water/electric/sewer sites and laundry facilities. There is an area for horse campers with stalls and miles of trails. There is also a large creek and a lake. During the summer there is swimming, tubing and zip lining in and over the creek. I got a useable Verizon signal (voice and 4G). A satellite dish will work on many, but not all, sites. The price I gave is based on the monthly, off-season rate. You can find the full rate schedule on the web site. If you are looking for shuffleboard and bingo this is not your place. If you want hiking, fishing and a general escape to nature you couldn't do better. This is only the second place I have ever rated a 10. I wasn't sure of the first one. I am this time. The facility is operated by the Poarch Band of the Creek Indian Nation. These natives are very friendly and great hosts. I will be back for a month or more every winter for the foreseeable future. We camped at Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve in a Fifth Wheel.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
38
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Shopping is about 12 miles away in Atmore. There is a small Walmart, a couple of nice supermarkets, a great hardware store and several restaurants.

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