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Showers were about the worst we've ever seen in a KOA. None of the three in the men's room worked at all. One of three in the women's bathroom, and it was filthy from overuse. We couldn't wait to get out of there and wouldn't return.

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Loved everything about this park. We were assigned a site two over from the water, and the sunset the night we stayed there was spectacular. Nice beach for walking, but no dogs allowed on the sand. The spanish moss and old oaks on the 3 mile drive in from the park entrance really set the stage for our pleasant stay. No cable or internet, but peace, sunshine, and even a dolphin sighting. No wonder this park has been rated Florida's best park two times.

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This was an acceptable overnight stop on I-75 southbound to the Jacksonville FL area. It was decent in all respects - efficient reception, escorted to our site, clean bathrooms - the typical KOA deal we are used to. Being so close to the interstate, you make the devil's bargain: peace and quiet off in the boondocks, or convenient on and off the interstate with the accompanying highway noise: you make the call.

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First rate park in all areas. A few miles from I-95 but minimal highway noise. All sites include WIFI, water, electric and sewer. Cheerful, efficient reception. Spaces are wide and shaded, and the bath houses were clean and spacious. There are wide, flat walking trails that lead into the old oaks draped with spanish moss. The park is a 20 minute drive to Jekyll Island, a first rate destination for cycling. Thanks to other reviewers for touting this park. Great find!

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Clean, well-maintained campground and super-friendly owners (husband and wife), who clearly have made a commitment to keeping up the grounds and facilities. Internet was down when we stayed, but that was a cable company issue, not theirs. The campground is relatively small with no views to speak of, but it was quiet (half full the Monday after Labor Day). The property seems to have been an apple orchard at one time. Lots of fallen fruit and probably, on a warm day, lots of drunken wasps, yellowjackets and other sting-y bugs. Bathrooms are rustic: unheated, vault toilets, and clean but dated shower stalls. We planned to stay two nights but decided to move on after one.

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Campground is in the forest immediately adjacent to the Kangamagus Highway. Most if not all are back-in only and the "driveways" are pretty narrow. Campground itself was quite spacious however, with a picnic table and fire grate as the amenities. Couldn't enjoy these due to the clouds of mosquitos on a warm, rainy day. No showers or flush toilets, just a couple of outhouses (which we didn't use) and potable water spigots on the loop road in the camp. For these "higher end" amenities, RVers on the Kangamagus need to stay at the Jigger Johnson Campground ten minutes down the road. All in all, we got our twenty dollars worth for a night's dry camping amid the tall pines. Doubt that we'll be back.

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We had a beautiful back in spot (#14) on the Connecticut River side of the campground and the sound of the water served as a great background for sleeping. Campsites are spacious and plenty wide enough apart from each other. The campground was only about 25% occupied (including half a dozen long-termers) but even at capacity at the peak of summer you would not feel jumbled together. Rest rooms are clean, dated, and small (two sinks, two showers). Cable and Wi-Fi worked well. The campground is well situated for RVers who are exploring the White Mountains or traveling to or from Canada. Glad we stayed here, and we would return.

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Made an online reservation that was waiting for us (space was pre-assigned) on arrival. Park seemed to be on winter hours - Office only open for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. The park is fairly convenient to the I78 and 81 interstates but far enough away so no highway noise. The way in from the west takes you through a new home development that was wide open farmland a year or or two ago. Too bad watching the countryside being eaten up. There are no grocery stores within miles, so you'll want to bring in all necessary supplies. Frequent travelers who like to raise a glass at the end of the day will want to know that Pennsylvania does not allow the sale of beer, wine, or spirits in grocery stores. Got to go to a state ABC store. Overall the park was quiet, rest rooms no more than adequate, and the Wi-Fi spotty and slow. Doubt we will return.

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This was a great stop for an overnight stay on I-10 in central Louisiana. We called ahead to inquire about a spot but did not reserve with a credit card. Nevertheless, when we pulled in at 6 PM the park host had our paperwork filled out and assigned us a spot close to the restrooms, which we prefer. There were no more than half dozen open spots at this park, which was mostly occupied by long termers and workers (something about a pipeline project in the area). The Wi-Fi was super-fast and reliable and the shower/bathrooms were individual rooms, toasty warm on a cool day and spotlessly clean. The park has an excellent dog walking area. We learned that the new managers (husband and wife) have been at the park for only two weeks and have plans to make a number of improvements to what we felt was already a pretty nice stop. $36 with the Good Sam discount. We would return if in the area.

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This was a challenging park to evaluate. Made online reservations for two nights. In the end this cost $28 per night: $20 for the car for two nights, and $4 per occupant (2 in our case) per night. Rangers at the park office were efficient and helpful. The area is great for hiking and mountain biking for the technical rider. Skyline Drive is the place to be for sunsets and stargazing on clear nights. It's open until 10pm nightly. Javalenas and Mule Deer abound. A herd of Javalinas meandered about the park, quite willing to share it with humans. Park staff was working on the main camp restroom propane tank while we were there, so no heat or hot water for our two day stay. Restrooms are small (two showers, two sinks) and basic. McDonald Observatory is 11 miles up the road. Their evening star program was wonderful. The town of Fort Davis is 3 miles down the road and worth a stop. We would return.

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Driving east on I-10 in West Texas there aren't a lot of options once you leave El Paso, and we found those unappealing. We had enough daylight left to push on to Van Horn, and were surprised and pleased with what we found at the Van Horn KOA. Hosts were pleasant and accommodating. They serve a decent dinner on site with beer and a local wine (St. Genevieve) on offer. WI-FI signal was consistently strong (and free, as was the cable TV). Restrooms were dated but clean. Fenced pet area was a welcome addition. We wound up spending an extra night to wait out some severe weather that passed through towards the east. In all, we were not disappointed with this KOA. and would stay here again as an overnight option for the I-10 drive.

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We spent three days at this park in late March a year ago and had good impressions, enough to book a two week stay on this trip to the southwest. Office staff was extremely helpful and informative at check-in, but we made a rookie mistake by not checking out the site we were given before we paid. The park seemed to be full to capacity with many full time and long termers. First site we were given was three spots up from one of the rec halls, where a "jam session" was going on. We asked for a site farther away from this social hub and were assigned a site where the water and electric outlets were too far for us to connect. The site abutted a couple of permanent trailer homes which were about ten feet away. A dog at one of the trailers barked the entire time we were at that site. Finally we were offered a third site "close to the desert" (which this park abuts). This was another claustrophobia-inducing site and we went back to cancel our reservation. Too bad. Nice folks run the place, but it seems to be a combination of the relatively attractive rate ($22) and the bad economy that has attracted lots of work /campers and full time residents. We would not return to this park.

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Agree with the many previous reviewers who extravagantly praised this park. Wide, deep sites, water and electric but no wi-fi or TV. The mountain views and hiking trails are superb. The park website lists "mountain biking" as one of the activities, but there are no dedicated bike trails (you share with hikers and equestrians), and the trails are for technical riders only, not recreational riders. The bathrooms were the cleanest we have ever come across. They are kept in tip top conditions throughout the day by park volunteers. The bathrooms shine to the point of putting many decent hotel bathrooms to shame. Campers catch the spirit and are diligent about cleaning up the sinks after use. A large shopping center is located directly across Oracle Highway outside the park entrance. Shopping is convenient but not so close that it intrudes on the peace and quiet. We spent five days here, and they flew by quickly. We would definitely come back.

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This was an okay stop 8 miles west of downtown on I-40. Camping World is next door. Good news is Camping World is next door. Bad news is you have to walk around a security fence through scrub land along the highway to get there. That, or drive. Other bad news is that the CW complex has obliterated which at one time must've been a fabulous view of the Sangre de Cristo mountains/Sandia Peak to the east. Progress? We got a 20% Good Sam discount and their "winter rate" of $24. Neat display of vintage camper/trailers from the fifties. Restrooms were clean and well-heated. Sites were wide, sand/gravel. If the wind was blowing hard, this would be a tough place to spend time.

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Headed west on I-40 through central Oklahoma, we weren't enthusiastic about the campground options in and around Oklahoma City, which either directly abutted the highway (noise, congestion) or were otherwise unappealing. So we pushed on west into 30 mile an hour headwinds until, at sunset, we came across Elk City KOA. Recommended for an overnighter if you don't want to push on the extra couple of hours to Amarillo headed west. Consistently strong wi-fi signal. Bathrooms were clean and well-heated, much appreciated the morning after a strong cold front came through. Small fenced pet area. Hosts were friendly and efficient at check-in. We would stay here again if passing through the area.