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There have been some recent changes here. Rates have increased to $28/night and a $1/head pet fee is been added but it remains the lowest cost beach camping available in Southern California. As others have reported this is a one-of-a-kind experience. RVs are parallel parked on the shoulder of a highway that was a primary route along the coast until it was replaced by a larger and more modern freeway. The highway is still in use and there is an adjacent rail line that carries heavy freight and passenger trains but much of the noise they create is drowned out by sounds of the waves breaking just steps away. Access to the dog-friendly beach is good at the south half but difficult north because the parking sites are atop a high seawall of boulders. Sites are 45’ long. There are no amenities other than informal fire pits among the rocks at most sites. No fires are permitted on the sand but I confirmed with a Ranger that they are OK in the rocks. We have camped here many times over the past 15 years and have never had a bad experience. We will definitely go there again.

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This small rustic campground is a decent spot for an over-night stop or a base for exploring the Redwoods, with long pull-through spaces providing a lot of shade for relief from the sometimes high summer temperatures. It is immediately adjacent to the highway with easy in and out. It gets some road noise but traffic is light during the night. We were not disturbed by it. Trees block satellite TV but we were able to get it from one of the sites closest to the highway using a portable dish and a long cable. Verizon MiFi worked but was slow. We will stay there again.

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This is a very nice park located about one mile south of Seaside. Most of the sites are in a large grassy area, some with shade. Most are back-ins but there are some pull-throughs that can accommodate long rigs. Our site was level and the others appear to be also. There is a large tent and dry-camp area with no trees. The grounds are well-maintained and clean. It is quiet, especially in the sites on the side farthest from the highway. We will stay there again.

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The Sou’Wester Resort is a historic lodge and vintage RV park on the Long Beach Peninsula about 15 miles North of the Columbia River. The history of the property dates back to 1892 when the first vacation cabins were built. It is now a collection of rustic cabins, vintage travel trailers and RV sites. The location is a block off the highway and quiet. RV sites are on and around a grass area surrounded by mature trees, and have full hookups. Sites vary in size, the larger ones being approximately 50 feet long and 20 feet wide. All are back-ins but some can be configured as pull-throughs when the park is not full. Most sites do not have fire pits or tables but there a large community recreation building and fire ring. There is no cable TV but most sites have satellite TV access. There is free Wi-Fi, but it is slow to the point of being almost unusable at times. Our Verizon MiFi worked but was also slow. The beach is less than a mile down a paved road, and there are two good restaurants within easy walking distance. A small fleet of loaner bicycles is available. We enjoyed our stay and will go back.

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This is a very pleasant RV park; clean, well maintained and quiet with friendly managers. Pets are welcome. The WiFi is free and fast. A little bonus is the seasonal Farmer's Market held on a field next door on Sunday, featuring local produce and home made goodies. The park would rate a 10 except for the fact that there are no views. You would not know that you were on the coast other than for the sound of the fog horn, but it is just a short drive or hike to scenic views of the harbor and the Pacific Ocean.

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This is a small property with a rental cabins at the front and RV pads at the rear. It is quiet and clean. Some RV pads can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet but all are back-ins and access is difficult because of the narrow driveway and trees. In 2012 the park ownership changed and the name was changed to Safe Haven.

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We have stayed at this park several times in past years but it has been through a lot of changes, none for the better. The small lake that used to be at the back is gone, as is the water park. Although clean it looks like nothing has been done to improve it. What is left is a crowded shabby-looking place with a lot of long-term residents. We will not come here again.

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A old park with a lot of older trailers and long-term residents, but it was quiet and we felt secure. The sites are along interior roads that runs perpendicular to the shoreline. There are no lake views. Some sites are under large trees that provide welcome shade in the summer but may block satellite TV signals. There is no cable TV. Our Verizon MiFi and cellular phone worked good.

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This park is in a beautiful setting on the South bank of the Klamuth River. There are several other parks along the river to choose from. We chose this one for the view, which is unobstructed from the premium sites. As others have pointed out the sites are close together but we were willing to accept that. The staff was polite and helpful. Wi-Fi is available for an extra charge but we used our Verizon Air Card which worked acceptably well. There is a beautiful beach at the mouth of the river just a couple of miles away and a casino up on the highway if that is your preferred form of entertainment. We paid the rack rate including a $5 premium site charge because we are not discount club members. It was a bit spend y but we plan to stay again.

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This is a gem of a desert campground. We just spent our first night but it will definitely not be the last. We were greeted by a very pleasant couple that signed us in and then escorted us to the site. The escort service was not a bid for a tip - the man left without even a hint of that. The sites are enormous - the largest I have ever seen anywhere - about 115 feet deep and 40 feet wide. The park was not full so they were leaving a vacant space between rigs, making it seem even more spacious. The sites are smooth and level, and each has a nice table. The ground cover is gravel. There are very few trees but this is the desert. The park has no street lights and that is a plus for us. We can sleep without light coming in and when we go out we can see the stars. It is also quiet. We heard no highway or train noise at night. We enjoyed our stay and will be back.

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We liked this park. It is small but nicely laid out with good spacing between sites. The interior road and the sites are paved with asphalt. Each site has a tile-roofed shelter with a concrete pad and table. Everything including the heated restrooms and showers looks modern and clean. The park's attractions consist of a very large warm-spring-fed pool and a reconstructed marsh that attracts a lot of birds. We would stay here again.

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This is a nice quiet place in a wooded rural setting a few miles South of Rockport. It is simple and rustic. Access is off of Hwy 35 Bypass just past an abandoned weigh station. The interior roads are gravel / crushed rock. It is thickly wooded with scrub oak but we had no problems with overhanging branches. Sites are well spaced. Most have concrete pads with a table but they are surrounded by bare clay soil that looks as if it might be sticky when wet. Some older sites are on a small rain-fed lake that fills in the winter and dries in the summer. Newer sites are at the back of the property farther from the highway. We had one of those and heard no traffic noise at night. There is no cable TV. Wi-Fi is available and our Verizon wide-band service worked good. The owners are very nice and helpful. We will stay there again.

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This is a nice place to stop for a while but you will have a hard time finding it if you are looking for "Nueces County Park", which is the park name this listing was under at the time of writing. The name has been changed to I. B. Magee and all of the directional signs reflect that. It is located on the beach just outside Port Aransas. Drive all the way into town and watch for the sign. Interior roads are rough gravel. The improved sites, separated from the beach by sand dunes, offer water and 30-amp electric hookups. Most are on a mix of gravel and sand. Ours was smooth and level. Sites are large and fairly well spaced but the layout is random so that varies. Beach sites with no hookups are available, and there is a dump station. Payment by cash is preferred. There is a surcharge if you use checks or plastic.

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This is an ownership park that caters to Winter Texans. It is eight or ten years old but still under development and expansion. Site owners have the option of renting. Temporary guests are assigned spaces from the rental pool. The grounds are very attractive, especially in the older sections that have mature landscaping. There are several ponds that provide water views to some sites. Sites are generous in size and spacing. It is separated from the beach by sand dunes and has an elevated boardwalk for access. The park deserves a rating of 10 for all features other than cost. I was prepared to pay a charge similar to other recent guests, but we were charged more, for a site that had no view or other special attributes other than being in the older part with better landscaping. I would not have accepted it but for the fact we were tired from driving in a winter storm.

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This is a beautiful park in the foothills above Mesa. The sites are spacious and widely separated. The natural vegetation is abundant and provides good privacy. Some sites have views of the city that are exceptional at night. Sites are level, well maintained and clean. Although it looks and feels remote it is only a few miles to urban shopping area. We have absolutely no complaints and are looking forward to camping here again.