Date of Stay: March, 2016
We stayed here for a week while visiting family in Fairfield Glade. This is a beautiful park and very convenient to everything including I-40. The owner/manager is very friendly and meticulous guy who has provided double porch swings at all lake sites, as well as new BBQs, freshly painted tables and chairs and fire pits. There is a nice club house (we didn't go inside), horseshoe pit and catch and release fishing at the lovely pond. Fountain in the pond, mature trees and nice landscaping make this well maintained park an A+ in our opinion. Lot spacing was spacious with some shade. Site surface is a concrete pad with gravel, grass and features a fire ring, picnic table and patio.
Date of Stay: February, 2016
We really love this park except for a few things that could be improved upon. This is our second stay here and we have already booked for next winter. This park has very friendly staff and every amenity you can think of. The convention center is very large and holds bingo twice a week. The 9-hole golf course could use a sprinkler system and some additional tlc but it's a great little course and perfect for beginners like me. We love the separate pools; one for adults and one for families. They have shuffleboard, bocce, ping pong, pool, darts, tennis, pickle ball, pétanque and our favorite, water volleyball. There are card clubs, craft clubs, mah-Jong, exercise classes, dancing, RC sailing, you name it. You cannot get bored here. And fishing is only minutes away. Half an hour to the casino and an hour to the outlet mall. There are restaurants close by and the onsite lunch box has great food at a reasonable price. There's a nice dog park and run area with cleanup bags throughout the park. Golf is very reasonable and they have carts available to rent. We only have a few comments on improvements. The roads in the RV section really, need attention. They are crumbling in places. The entire area floods with any real rain and the low numbered sites back up to an RV repair shop that is a bit unsightly and often noisy. And lastly the sites in this area are very tight; difficult to even get into with no broad apron on the street so you're turning in the mud and not deep or wide enough. Our truck stuck out into the road a bit, like many others and our awning practically touched our neighbor's slide, while our rear window had a closeup view of the repair shop's fence. You'd think they'd do a section at a time addressing all these issues; planting trees along the fence, raising the grade, paving the roads and widening the apron, during the quiet season. Otherwise we love it here and already booked next year in a more spacious site overlooking the brook and the golf course.
Date of Stay: January, 2016
This was our third stay at Sunshine Key and you simply can't beat the location; its own island, close to shopping and restaurants, only 5 minutes to Bahia Honda State Park and only 45 minutes to Key West. The staff is generally very nice and professional. The downside is the park itself. It is truly in need of maintenance. The pool is the best part of the resort. The side roads are partially covered with rock, not pebbles so difficult for walking and riding. Some spots have been filled in on sites and roads in an attempt to prevent extreme flooding, but to no avail. The buildings are in need of attention in general and could use updating, paint and basic tlc. The dock also needs repair and the swimming/fishing pier recently rebuilt is not the best carpentry job I've ever seen. The swimming steps have been removed so the entire area has been taken over by fishermen. The north beach is often covered with a very smelly seaweed, so the whole area is unpleasant. They have added security cameras and the place has improved over 5 years ago but still needs work. They offer a fair amount of activities and the sites are sufficient for 40' RVs with slides. We will go back if the prices haven't gone up too much and hope for more improvements.
Date of Stay: December, 2015
We love it here. It's convenient to family for us as well as outlet shopping, beaches and the airport. They have made major improvements since our stay here last year. All the sites have been completed with sod and shell/gravel. Each has a large cement pad and picnic table. The sites are easily accessible and spacious. Unfortunately there is no cable TV but you can get local stations through your aerial antenna or you can rent a satellite box if your stay is longer than a month. There is no lake, fishing, kayaking or mini golf. They cater to pet lovers, which we like and their pool is excellent. They've added two shower houses, a bunch of lounge chairs at the pool area and a new fenced area for small dogs. There is a cafe on site and a lovely gift shop with local artists displayed. They also seem to have incorporated activities with sign-up sheets for a variety. Tonight was a movie showing on the open green but they have basketball, pickle ball, horseshoes and more. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the price is very reasonable especially for the area. Hope it stays that way! We were here for 3 weeks and would come back again.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
We weren't too happy with this campground. First it was difficult to locate as there's no street sign and no camping sign as you get further off the main roads. Then roads to the campground and entry into the grounds are tough for a large motorhome like ours, with low limbs and rough roads. The signage leaves a lot to be desired too. We watched everyone do the same thing we did - trying to figure out where to pull over to register and there's a nasty turn as you enter the grounds, so large RV's have only one way to go. Then we're told to pick out our own site so we had to unhook and drive the car around looking for a decent site that had full hook-up. The map wasn't very good and the sites weren't marked with full hook-up or not! We finally settled for a site near the main entrance despite concerns over the noise level. But many of the sites were barely big enough for a large tent let alone any RV. Even the sites big enough for an RV are very narrow and short. There seems to be a lot a permanent residents here, which is never a good thing. The Saturday after we arrived, a company was brought in to hold a wrestling match and there was an announcer and yelling and it was a bit much! We were also given a notice about thefts being a problem in the area which is not too comforting, the lake was closed due to goose infestation and the pool was closed. So, overall not a good experience but our membership in Encore at least got us a rate of $23/night so we don't feel so bad.
Date of Stay: August, 2011
We enjoyed our stay at Saco River. The campground could use a little spiffing up, but overall the sites are large, relatively level, and nicely maintained. The sites were dirt, not even gravel and it poured twice while we were there so the motorhome and tires were covered with mud splatters. The sites could have a little landscaping, but they were clean. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. The river was great and the kayak rentals were $20/pp for 2-6 hours, so not too bad. The campground is located within North Conway where there are some great little shops, an outlet mall, easy access to Mt. Washington (crazy!) and a wonderful old-time railroad you can ride on. We recommend this site for anyone looking for a laid-back relaxing, outdoor place..
Date of Stay: January, 2011
This is a terrific casual park! The pool is spectacular (recently redone) of good size, heated and has plenty of tables, chairs and umbrellas. The fishing is definitely a major draw here. Although we didn't fish while here, we did taste some of the catch and it was wonderful! The sites are all gravel but the location to Marathon (15 min) and Key West (40 min) are a plus. The staff is friendly for the most part as are the guests. There is a cafe on site, which we didn't eat at, but the smells were very tempting. This is our second year here and we will continue to come back. Our fantastic rate is based on an Encore membership.
Date of Stay: July, 2010
So sad! This could be a great campground! Nice water access and easy on/off to the highway, but terribly neglected and run down. Everything the prior reviews say is true. The train is incredibly close and does wake you at 2 or 3 in the morning, even if you like trains. And the collection of derelict campers is pathetic. A little paint, general maintenance, electric stability (yes, we had problems with the electric too: and with 2 dogs in the summer, not something we were happy about), and improved amenities this campground has some potential.