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We have found our new base camp in Lancaster County, with the improvements we see here. We camped here at least five years ago, before the change of ownership, and the place was pretty sketchy, with lots of drainage problems. The new owners have done a splendid job of cleaning up, re-grading, installing lots of huge (2 cubic yard) industrial concrete blocks to create retaining walls that work. We pulled into the one pull-through site and found it was dead level (with one degree, as measured), with no need for adjustment. Probably 2/3 of the sites are seasonal campers, but all those sites are well-kept, and you don't see any tired old campers that need to be junked. Management of the place is very unobtrusive, but even when the office/lodge is closed, there always seems to be someone about the place, working on maintenance. It's easy to find and to get in and out of the place, and the location is about half a mile off route 272, the main drag through the Denver/Adamstown area. It appears there is one planned activity each Saturday and another on Sunday, and in between those the pool provides plenty of "kid" appeal. There are some sites near the pool, but from where we were, the noise from children at play could barely be heard, and there was not a lot of highway noise, despite the proximity to 272 and US 222, which carries a lot of traffic.

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This place suffers from what can best be described as "ex-KOA syndrome." A number of parks have given up KOA affiliation because of the franchise costs. This one, unfortunately, was acquired by someone who did not undo all the Kampground of America stuff, including the name of the private road on which it's located, and some of the interior signage. It's not helped by the fact that the current owners appear to be an Asian couple who barely speak English. Cell phone signals are just about nonexistent in this part of the Blue Ridge, and the same is true of broadcast TV. But there's no cable TV here, and the wi-fi server the park owners mentioned was not usable. Fair enough: you don't go camping to watch TV or fiddle on Facebook, but we were here during a week of horrible weather, coupled with the federal government shutdown, and some news from the outside world would have been welcome. But digging deeper, there are some real maintenance issues with this park, and some dubious claims made in their advertising. The "meeting room" or whatever you'd call it appears not to have been used in years. The mini-golf course is a wreck. I doubt that either the water slide or swimming pool are operational in-season, and the pool was yucky and only partially drained. We stayed here a week, and the roadside trash cans that were full when we arrived were twice as full when we left. "Mister" owner seemed to be very eager to check out each RV site, almost as soon as the campers had turned the corner around the office to leave, yet there was trash left sitting in some of the tent-camping sites for days. It sounds cynical, but it almost seemed as though the owner was checking the RV sites in the hope of finding that someone had left behind something valuable that he could, um acquire for himself. Grounds maintenance is a shambles. There's not nearly enough ground cover, whether vegetation or gravel, so we were up to our ankles in muck. Some discarded bits of the railroad ties that mark off the campsites were underfoot, and the spikes holding the existing ties were sticking out of the ground. I spent some time correcting the tripping hazards just in our campsite. None of the water standpipes has a back-flow preventer (anti-siphon device), which I believe is a violation of the state health code. And the openings for the sewer hookups are about an inch below ground level! When I opened our sewer cap, I had to wait for a few gallons of standing groundwater to flow INTO the pipe before I could attach the hose from my coach. All this is a real shame, because the underlying layout of the park is quite nice (although you do drive through a dairy farm to get to it.) This place could be rehabbed into a very nice RV park by someone willing to close sections of it and re-do all the site work, but I don't think this current owner is that person. He seemed to stay very busy, but it wasn't obvious that he was accomplishing anything. Someone shoot me if I ever stay here again!

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Do NOT stay here except off season, unless you have a high tolerance for noisy neighbors. Too many campers this week have been using liquid courage, and are inconsiderate with loud radios, loud cars, etc. Was assaulted & cursed by a guy who'd set up right next to the path to the bath house, with barking dogs & blaring radio. Been here all week and have been unable to enjoy the shore birds we like to watch, because of all the man-made noise. Early in the week it was tree and grass trimming crews. Now the place is filling up with noisy "cruiser" cars and the sort of inconsiderate people who own them. Also the Wi-Fi service is far worse than in previous years, so I can't even hide inside surfing the web. This stay has been unmitigated hell for me.

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A decent spot for an overnight stop, and it's quiet enough to make it inviting to stay for a few days. With no cable TV or wi-fi, we were a little lost after two weeks at a grand "RV resort" in SC. But road-weary as we were, the quiet of the place was very welcome. There is very little lighting in this park, at least in the "A" section where most overnighters stay. Those concerned about "security" may find this disconcerting, but we thought it was great to have it dark at night, instead of fighting bright street lights. Unpaved sites with pine needles were a welcome respite after ten days on a concrete pad. This park may just become our midway stop on the drive from Baltimore to Myrtle Beach.

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This place is so big that it's overwhelming. We were there ten days, and I was still getting lost now and again driving from our site (#2014, near the ocean) to the gate. Mostly concrete pads, but they are not necessarily level from end to end. I'm sure this is necessary to provide drainage. The sites are long enough to accommodate the largest, most over-the-top bus type motorhomes out there, but not especially wide. The concrete pads are perhaps 16 feet wide, and a four-foot strip of grass containing the power and sewer hookup separates you from the next site. We didn't find it attractive to sit at "our" picnic table, since it was almost under the slide room of the rig next door. The people are pleasant enough, but this place is too much "resort" for our tastes. Next trip to MB, we will stay at Myrtle Beach State Park. We haven't been to MB for a few years, and it was nice to see that the city has apparently cracked-down on fireworks on the beach.

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We have generally made this park our first overnight stop on a trip south from Baltimore. As we've been off the road for more than two years, it was quite a shock to see it this time through. According to the man in the office, the property is in foreclosure, in the hands of the bank. He told us he is employed by the bank, in an effort to revive the place sufficiently to make it sale-able as an RV park. This is good news because there are so few choices in this part of the state. As previous reviews from this season have mentioned, the place has gone downhill from its peak days as a KOA. We ate at the restaurant on the property on at least one prior trip. It has long been closed, and even the owner's residence on site is vacant. However the people managing the place are friendly enough and seem to understand what they are doing. On Halloween night 2011 there were perhaps a total of five occupied sites, and the pool was still operating and appeared to have been maintained. The only caveat with the park is that the sites in the sections between the office and road all appear to be 50 Amp hookups with no 30 amp outlet. There is a 20 amp receptacle on each power stanchion and we were able to use that, with an adapter. We will continue to use this place as an overnight stop as long as it's operating. I've stayed at far worse parks that are NOT in receivership, and been treated worse. Supper was available at a Denny's eight miles down the interstate. I'd recommend that people continue to overnight here, in the hope the place will be brought back to life. Otherwise the property is sure to be redeveloped into something else, and one more east coast campground will have been irretrievably lost. As RV campers, we all bear some responsibility for keeping our choices alive.

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A "ten," except for the unpaved interior roads. Your camping fee gives you the use of the pool and spa in the hotel associated with the RV park. Wi-Fi at the hotel was usable; it was not available at the campsites. On the other hand, the staff could not have been more accommodating. We put in here unexpectedly after a hitch failure while crossing the Missouri River. The camp people helped us find the town welding expert to do the repairs, and were willing to sign for a package containing replacement parts. Lovely river side scene. Caveat: on weekends, the place fills up with people using ATVs and personal watercraft.

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The kid at the front desk did not bother telling us that the water-and-electric site he assigned us is just barely big enough for our 32 foot TT with slide room. Thanks to our slide, the folks next door cannot use their campfire ring (it's nearly under our trailer), and on the passenger side, you will slam straight into the picnic shelter if you aren't careful exiting the trailer. The same kid also neglected to say they were charging an extra $2 for our dog; that the site did not have cable TV; and in spite of my asking for two nights' stay, he wrote up only one. With dozens of competing campgrounds in the Rapid City/Rushmore area, KOA should be offering better service.

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Fairly outdated park with only a swimming pool for the kiddies. For our purposes--a layover while visiting the Badlands National Park--it was fine. The Wi-Fi signal at the trailer was consistent, although there were some problems SENDING (not receiving) email via Verizon.net. Wall Drug is a huge waste of time and money, and believe it or not, the best eating in town is probably the Dairy Queen. The National park, on the other hand, was superb.

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A lot of dust, a lot of noisy kids, a lot of noisy ATVs. If you're not careful, you can trip over the doorstops for the shower/restrooms, because they are mounted right in the middle of the sidewalk. Pretty expensive for an overnight stay. Next time through Sioux Falls, we will stay elsewhere. If you have kids who are into that whole Yogi thing, it's probably heaven.

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This is a great spot for snowbirding. Five minutes from downtown Mobile, half an hour to Dauphin Island, convenient to Biloxi and Pensacola. The owner is very welcoming, and like his park, free of all pretensions. It's inexpensive, well-kept, and whatever problem you may encounter, it can be taken care of with ease. Some have given this park poor ratings because they think it is in a "sketchy" part of town, or because it lacks planned activities and child-friendly amenities. If that's what you are seeking, the place is definitely NOT for you. If, however, you are seeking a place that is affordable, where you are trusted implicitly by the owners to behave responsibly, and that's convenient to a lot of things to do and places to see, you will like it.

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Hoofer's is the most non-hospitable RV campground we have encountered in 30 years of road travel. We phoned ahead to make sure the place was open for business. The phone was answered, "Gospel Barn." I asked if this was the correct number for the RV park and was told yes. The person on the phone volunteered no information, and sounded as though she was annoyed at having been interrupted. It was easy enough to find the place, but there was absolutely nobody around to greet us, do registration, whatever. At the gate, we found a stack of registration forms that had been left out in the weather, with instructions to fill one out and put it in an ordinary tin mailbox, along with our payment. Never mind that we prefer to use credit cards, and we certainly were not going to leave a check under the circumstances. The sites, such as they are, are laid out in rows in a big open area. Since the roads were gravel, becoming overgrown, there was no way to know if any of them were pull-throughs. Because we were tired, we made camp in spite of our misgivings. We watched half a dozen others come in the gate and go through the same confusing process we did. A few truckloads of workers showed up, but it appeared they were a painting crew, just using one of the sheds on the place for storage. I have never spent the night on a Wal-mart parking lot, but I am certain I'd get a better welcome there. Bible verses posted here and there on banners were actually offensive in the context of this we-don't-give-a-damn management. I suppose you could call it salvation by post-It notes, but the place showed no evidence of anyone caring about anything other than the money they expected to collect on the occasion of their gospel or bluegrass concerts. I will drive out of my way to avoid this place in the future.

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Nothing says "welcome" like being asked to read and sign a lengthy list of rules as you are registering. There are an even dozen rules pertaining to pets alone. As retired adults, we think we know how to behave with common sense and courtesy, and it's more than a little condescending to be reminded of so many details. You pay your money, yet you feel like you're on probation. The place is clean enough, and certainly a better overnight stop than some of the genuinely iffy places nearby in Perry, FL where we've stayed. We are not overly impressed with Florida anyway; we consider it a way station between Georgia and Alabama. We chose the place because it offered free wi-fi service. As it happens, the wi-fi is a bit iffy. I am able to access the net and receive email, but cannot send email, except by web mail. Next trip through these parts, we'll choose another spot. You may like it, if you are obssessed with rules.

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A good value, at least in the off season. The park is not crowded, and sites are wider than some we've seen recently. Nice lake, with back-in sites next to it, a fairly large "overnight" area with pull thru sites, and a long-term section. Contrary to other reports I have read, the place is well kept. Tarmac roads, and the sites themselves are either graveled or sandy. (If you want to camp on concrete or macadam, there's a Wal-Mart a mile up I-75.) The wi-fi connection advertised here exists, but it's iffy, as previously reported. No problems retrieving email, but some web sites just appear to be inaccessible. Cable TV in this site did not provide a very good signal, either. The management is pleasant and low-key. I've been able to exercise my dog off-lead, playing fetch with him, without anyone going ballistic. Those who are extra picky will be bothered by the fact that sewer inlets are often next to the picnic tables, and relatively near the water supply standpipe. We wouldn't let anything as minor as that spoil our stay here. About 30 minutes' drive to Macon, and well worth it to see the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.

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Whispering Pines was in the process of a change of ownership last time we were there, about five years ago. The new owners have done well by the place, adding a row of pull-through sites near the entrance: a great convenience both to overnighters and long-term guests in the remainder of the park. The host family is a pleasant bunch, and such rules as are posted are loosely enforced. The posted rule on dogs bans dogs weighing more than 30 pounds. Our three (springer, pointer, standard poodle) weigh between 35 and 60 pounds, but I was not challenged about them. I was able to exercise the pointer by playing fetch with him in an open area of the park, with no objections. (He is off-lead when we do this, but controlled by an electronic collar.) The laundry is clean, but expensive, especially since washers are small capacity types. The park has free wi-fi, but it is accessible only in the vicinity of the office. The host told me they had to cut back the system's range because too many neighbors outside the camp were piggybacking on it, slowing it down. Since the weather was fairly pleasant during our stay, I did not mind sitting on a bench while checking email. I would have been equally welcome to set up in the office or laundry.