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Army Rec Center is a small complex of motel like apartments, duplex type cabins and closely packed RV sites. The sites are FHU, cement and in some cases almost level. There is a swimming pool, kids water play area, and a fishing pier. A favorite activity seems to be watching the sunset from the rocky coast along the park edge or fishing. Downtown Destin, with it’s tourist trap restaurants, store fronts and kiosks is about 1 ½ mile drive/walk. If you have a rooftop satellite dish on your RV, be sure and ask for a site clear of trees. There is cable TV in the sites and apartments. A pressure reducer is not needed for RV's. Patrons make reservations a year in advance to be able to come here. Eglin AFB golf course is located off base and is about a 25 minutes drive from this recreation facility. It is also less expensive than the closer civilian courses. Traffic, especially on weekends, is really slow and backed up coming into Destin so don’t be in a hurry. They advertise freeWiFi from hot spots but it is mediocre at best.

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FHU sites with spacious cement slabs. We took one of the few open sites not under the numerous live oak trees which allowed us to use our rooftop satellite. They do have cable TV hook up lines. There is no WiFi unless you want to pay extra ($4.00/day and $14/week). Our cell phone hot spot worked but very poorly. The campground is close to the back gate, Blue Angel Parkway, open weekdays 5AM – 9PM; weekends 8AM – 6PM. Close by the flight line is a NEX fuel stop that pumps diesel (not bio-diesel ) plus regular gas. You can walk to the white sand beach or the Naval Aviation Museum (very impressive) from the campground. In addition to the BX and commissary there is a Subway, Panda Express, and pizza/calzone shop near the schools barracks. There is also the Old Navy Yard Eatery beside the library with daily specials at a reasonable price. The AC Read golf course (3 – 9 hole segments) and the 18 hole Par 60 course (The Oaks) is available to walk or ride. All are in playable shape. If you reserve early enough you can stay for three months but you then have to leave for a couple of weeks. They only take reservations on M-F. Call the camp host on Sat-Sun. There are plenty of chances to hear/see planes overhead as this is an active naval air station. There is poor signage for the turn into the campground. Their larger BX/Commissary is located off base. We would certainly use this campground when in the Florida panhandle area.

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Ameristar RV park is an easy in easy out campground ( all pull-throughs ) about 1/8th of a mile from the same name casino. The campground has a small pool, good Wi-Fi, dog walk areas, a few pass key baths/showers, a picnic table at each site. The sites are cement, only somewhat level (some people had difficulty leveling) with a very few 50 amp connections – the majority being 30 amp. Make your reservation early if you must have a 50 amp. There is an on call shuttle to/from the casino. We ate at Bella’s restaurant in the Ameristar Casino and the prices were reasonable and the food good. We used our two night stay to visit the Vicksburg National Military Park and see the battle sites, the cemetery, the ironclad USS Cairo and see where this significant Civil War event took place. We didn’t see everything even with 5 hours of sightseeing and roaming the grounds. While not fancy, we would recommend this campground for a one or two night stopover.

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Shady Creek appears to be a fulltimers park with an occasional vacancy that allows highway travelers to come in for a night or two. Call early for an available site. The park itself is about ½ a mile off of an incredibly busy Hwy 380 so highway noise is not a problem. They accept Good Sam so the nightly rate was reasonable. Sites are all back-in with ping pong ball size white stones and parking for a towed vehicle. They have almost two pages of their park rules and regulations. Internet is offered but it is very poor and allowed us to connect for about 5 minutes during our stay. For our Internet needs, including posting this review, we were required to use our Verizon phone hotspot. This park will probably not make the list of my favorite RV parks.

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Paul Johnson State Park campground offers level, FHU, cement RV sites that overlook very picturesque Geiger Lake. We are a self-contained unit so we don’t know about available park showers/restrooms. Entry to the campsite area is over a spillway that could be a problem if there were to be heavy rains/flooding in the area. The park office is on the right about ½ mile past the very obvious spillway. The main entry gate was not manned and we were told to drive into the park for the park office. The closest large grocery store is approximately 12 miles from the park and golf is 7 miles away. Site reservations can be made on line or by calling the park phone. Our park rate is based on the fact that this reviewer is over 65. During the summer season we would think this place is very popular and crowded so reserve early. They use trustees from a local prison/jail to maintain the park. We would use this campground again.

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Fernbrook Park ( the name on their brochure ) is a well manicured, easy in/out, cement slab site facility with both pull throughs and back in sites. They offer Passport America rates but not on their premium sites and those were the only sites available when we made our reservation so we paid the full price less the Good Sam / FMCA discount. The park is two miles off I-20 so noise is not a problem but it is not a destination park. They do have a small pool, a Frisbee golf “target”, and a horseshoe pit. Restaurants, shopping, golf etc. require leaving the park in a car. Their WiFi was adequate but not strong, water pressure was good (pressure reducer recommended) and they do offer cable TV. We would use it again but only for an overnite stop.

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Old Towne Cotton Gin RV Park is adjacent ( within 500 yards ) to Texas highway 287 and the road and train noise is very evident. The sites are spacious, level, gravel with grass between, the water pressure was worth a pressure reducer and they have a good wi-fi signal. Sites have a nice picnic table , no fire ring, and their bathrooms were spacious and clean. On the down side, the closest stores or fast food restaurants are eight+ miles away from the campground so come with a stocked pantry or plan some additional traveling. The park is well maintained but we heard that it is for sale. In spite of or because of the above, we would spend a night here again if traveling through this part of Texas.

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Capulin RV Park is a small ( about 15 sites ) immediately off of Hwy 87. It’s a family owned park and they honored our Passport membership $14.50. The sites are gravel, levelm and gave us a view of the Capulin volcano ( long extinct ). We had strong water pressure and no trees to obstruct our roof top satellite dish. Their WiFi was weak or non existent ( we were a distance from the office ) but not a problem for our one nite stay. We would stay here again if passing through this very small town.

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It was our misfortune to arrive at the campground during an unusual monsoon type rain. After paying our fee ( no discounts offered and only check or cash accepted ) we headed toward our site. We attempted to pull into the site per the directions at the office and we could see that the hook-ups for our rig would ALL be on the wrong side. We then looped around to come in from the other direction and while attempting to avoid one of the park homesteaders trucks ( 50% or better are homesteaders ) that stuck out into the driveway, we became stuck in the grass. Fortunately the park owner has a towing company and at no charge, we were pulled out. I think that the check in guy/ tow truck driver learned something about the park layout ( ie. that rigs need to park in alternating directions ). The sites are almost level, gravel but VERY soft when wet. There are lots of trains/train whistles to be heard throughout the nite and day. Based on the many kids bikes laying around the various sites, I’d guess that the park caters to a high number of local workers. They weren’t obvious during our stay because it rained both days and nights but the sites are so close together we could hear doors slamming and conversations. I think that I calculated that the park is 4/10ths of a mile from the Eisenhower home and museum and the Greyhound Museum. The museum offers adequate parking and charges $10.00 per person to see everything. My Garmin had the park on the left side of South Buckeye after leaving the interstate but fortunately my wife’s Google phone map listed it on the right ( correct ) side. They offer Tengo net but it’s so weak/limited that it’s not worth fooling with. The sites are too close to each other at our site. Our Verizon cell and mi-fi connected with 4 bars. The water pressure is listed at 75 lbs. and a pressure reducer is highly recommended. The park is just fine for us for a two nite visit to the museum and to visit the Russell Stover Factory down the road but this one visit/experience is more than enough. We did have a great meal at Joe Snuffy’s on first street and would recommend this eatery.

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Our fee reflects a Passport America rate. Lakeview RV is everything that their web site says it is. It is a five tiered layout and most sites ( all crushed gravel ) offer a view of Boone Lake/South Holston River. It appears that many of the campers are long-termers and why not, it is one of the better campgrounds (arguably the best) within a 25 mile radius. Might be a good campground for a rally group but confirm ( and re-confirm ) your reservations. Ours were not logged in apparently with our first reservation call. We just sold our Tennessee home of 30 years and needed a convenient 2 day layover before we pushed on so Lakeview was perfect. However, don’t plan on a quiet relaxing stay during their race/special weeks. Six night & seven days during the Bristol Race can cost as much as $590 for a 35x50 full hookup site with Wi-Fi and cable TV, and the area becomes one large traffic jam. The road out front was busy during a regular weekend and during a race – it gets crazy busy. There appears to be a large swap meet right across from the campground. Their Wi-Fi can be everything from excellent to just so-so. There are lots of nearby restaurants & shopping and even RV dealers – everything you’d expect from a “big city” area. Their bathrooms are individual rooms and would inadequate in number if the sites were not all full hookup and the campers weren’t all mostly self-contained camper units. Their dog walk area is across the street, beside the river and at the lowest level. I did note that no attention was paid to their fire pits (needed cleaning out) and their site tables are old and kinda small. We would use this facility again if in the area.

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The Ocala Sun RV Resort was a three day stop over for us while we finalized our future home plans. The hosts were very friendly as were all of the long term residents of the park. As for the sites, because we were transients, we were crammed into a FHU grassy/sandy site. Their restrooms/showers were individual, spacious and clean. What was missing was a picnic table at our site and the water pressure was very low. They do daily trash pick up in front of your rig and they do offer a one size fits all dog park which we didn’t use very much due to large dogs in the park as we came by. We were close to their club house and therefore we had a good WiFi signal. The resort swimming pool was as far away as their dog park from our site. The place was full as their winter rates are quite reasonable. Immediately outside the park ( within a 6 mile radius ) we found some fast food restaurants, supermarkets, golf courses, and a golf shoe/equipment outlet. Ocala Sun is about 30 miles from The Villages and there is a Camping World within easy driving distance. It was far enough from the interstate so it was quiet and we would consider this park in the future. Our rate included tax for 3 nights with our Good Sam discount.

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Lake Tobesofkee, Claystone Campground was a very pleasant one night stop over enroute to our home. We were give a spacious FHU pull thru site (#45) that gave us an unobstructed view of the lake. By nightfall, most all of the sites were full so this is obviously a popular place. In the morning we were greeted with geese and wild turkey around our site. There is a nice but challenging Frisbee golf course beside some of the campground. Our Verizon cell worked well and shopping or eateries are within 4 miles of the front gate. If you are not self contained, the restrooms showers are not conveniently located. This was not a problem as we are fully self-contained. We will visit this campground in the future.

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Raccoon Creek (MacDill AFB family campground): advantages include relatively low monthly campsite rate that includes W/E/S, close to the commissary/bx, close to golfing and the beach. Security and once in the camp reservation system you can stay for up to 6 months. These advantages are offset by serious weak points that prevent it from being the top rated military campground that it should be. The first one is a lazy, don’t care office staff with a take it or leave it attitude that campers often talk about. If this was a private campground without the base to lessen some of their operating expenses and their stay 6 months policy, they’d go out of business. They rely on volunteers to do the work that incentivized paid camp workers should be doing. Their office doesn’t open until 10:00AM (every campground that we have worked at opened their office doors NLT 0800). Free WiFi is not available throughout the campground. Their activities are centered around making money for the MWR rather than providing services to the campers (propane at $5.10 per gallon and at the in-town CampingWorld @ $3.25 per gal). Base or camp personnel only come around to spruce up the campground when they hear that the base commander might be coming around to inspect. They actually expect the campers to drive over to the office area to borrow the camp mower and keep the grass around their sites neat and mowed. If a space becomes available due to a departure, it might be 1-2 days before someone in W/E or no services overflow section hears that there is a full hookup space they can move into. Their idea of publicizing a campground event (ie., yard sale, park picnic, crafts show ) is a one time mention in their monthly newspaper. We experienced several power outages this season and more than a few power surges, the kind that fry your TV, microwave etc. If you want internet, you subscribe to Brighthouse (extra monthly charge ) for your internet needs as the Mi-Fi card will work but only intermittently. Their mail distribution system is totally unreliable and if you let them handle your incoming packages, you do so at your peril. They frequently misplace or lose the parcels including letters and medications.

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The park is located just inside the Ocala National Forest. It didn’t show up on our GPS but I’m told was formerly called Colby Woods, Silver Springs, FL. The address 2771 NE 102nd Ave., Silver Springs, FL 34488 took us to the main gate of this 55+ community. Our site Lat/Long 29.21604/81.98084 will also get you there. The lots are paved, spacious, and mostly pull through. Some looked like they were in need of some upkeep. There is an excellent little restaurant ( River’s Edge ) that serves breakfast and lunch adjacent to the entrance. We stayed for two days on the PA rate. They sell deeded lots at what appears to be a fair price. In the morning many of the residents were out walking, biking, running etc. It is dog friendly and offers a mediocre Wi-Fi throughout the park. We ended up relying on our Verizon Mi-Fi for our internet needs. Morning walkers told us the park has trail heads that lead to hiking trails into the national forest and to the Ocklawaha River for kayaking. They have a golf group that plays the local courses during the week. There appears to be at least 10 golf courses and 16 grocery stores within 10 miles of the park. A few sites offer old, tired picnic tables and no site offered a fire pit. They offer a monthly RV site rate of $445.00 + tax + electric per month. We were here to look at the Del Webb and On Top of the World Communities – 20 miles away. We would consider this resort for a future long term stay if in the area.

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Pelican Roost RV Park on the Naval Station at Mayport, ( part of greater Jacksonville and Military Only ) FL is a very popular facility during the winter months. They have 59 sites ( 17 overlooking the St. John’s River/ the shipping channel ), free wireless, washers, ice and use of an oven. If looking to stay there, just call the reservations number and do it early. All sites appear to be 30/50 Amp FHU sites. If using a GPS plug in the zip code ( 32228 ) or Lat/Long 30.3772 / 81.410325. The Commissary and BX is off base. The Coast Guard Station offers ( breakfast & lunch ) as does the golf course. The above mentioned waterfront sites can be reserved for an additional $2.00. Worth it you enjoy looking at the ships coming and going. A note on the go Wi-Fi – it requires you give your credit card number but so far we haven’t been charged anything. Our Verizon cell and MiFi worked well here. You can only stay here for a max of 29 days. When the tide is in, many people fish at the rock jetties in front of the park. It is generally a very windy facility to the point that I didn’t use their golf course this time. We actually experienced two days of gale force gusts. The dog walk area is spacious and along the front of the park. The hosts/manager does everything in their power to ensure your stay is enjoyable. We come here every few years and will continue to do so.