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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Lake Kissimmee State Park, Lake Wales, Florida

Date of Stay: September, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Very good, level camp sites, new limestone/shell surface. Good privacy and shade at most sites. Power was steady. Experienced no surges/loss. Dump Station on exit road. Since the hurricane, they did a great job of clean-up. The park is in good shape. Trails are good (6.7, 6, 2.8 and 1/4 mile). Biking is good. Good equestrian trails and camping. The staff are friendly and helpful. Campground bath houses are clean and maintained, as is the day park facility. Spacious day visitor area/playground. Good marina & small camp store. Saw plenty of deer and birds. This is a great day or overnight park. We camped at Lake Kissimmee State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
35
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go to the observation tower on a clear night. Good stargazing. Good hiking trails. If open visit the Cow Camp. Bring your boat/kayak/canoe. Good marina. Lake Kissimmee is huge and good fishing. Bring supplies. Small camp store, necessities only.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Falling Waters State Park, Chipley, Florida

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice, relaxing, small park. Well maintained park. Facilities are good. Most of the "hiking" is on boardwalks or concrete paths. Some optional short dirt trail hiking..easy. Biking is a workout. Hills. Nice well kept lake, beach and playground area. Mostly shaded sites. We camped at Falling Waters State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss the falls. Best in morning. Second is the sinkhole trail. Very interesting landscape. Chipley, a small town about 2 miles away is interesting. Plenty of shops.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park), Ocala, Florida

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent park. Friendly and helpful staff (rangers, hosts, volunteers). Well laid out, paved loops, newish very clean bathhouse, plenty of shade and side privacy. Of the 59 sites, all have 50 amp, 13 have sewer, about half are pull-through. Didn't have bug issues, but a good possibility on the trails. The trails are good. Swamp, field and hammock environment. Ocala about 3 miles away. We camped at Silver Springs State Park (formerly Silver River State Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
42
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the cracker village and museum. The Swamp and River Trails are the most interesting of the 7 trails, although all provide good, interesting hiking. Drive 2.8 miles up Hwy 35 to the spring head for an interesting day in this beautiful park now managed by the state park system. Glass bottom boat rides, kayak/canoe rentals, hiking, picnicking, and just relaxing enjoyment. They have concessions there.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Ochlockonee River State Park, Sopchoppy, Florida

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $9.00
Overall Rating:      

Road into the park is still quite rough in spots. Followed the ranger in so saw where to travel the road and not. Staff is friendly. Campsites are dirt, and most are shaded and level. The bathhouse is a bit dated, but clean. Hiking is easy and interesting. There is a large day area with pavilions, picnic tables, marina and boat ramp, and swimming. Watch for gators. You are in Florida. We saw the white squirrels, but not the deer. Some utilities are on the "wrong" side, so careful selecting a site if it matters. We camped at Ochlockonee River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hike the trails searching for the white squirrel and deer.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park, Niceville, Florida

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park. Large, level, dirt/sand sites with corral fencing around each and shrubbery and space for privacy. All sites are shaded, 50/30/20 amp. Eight face the bayou. There are no pull-throughs. Friendly staff, family friendly park with 3 good hiking/biking trails, paved roads for biking, large day use area with exercise station trail. Facilities are very clean, updated and air-conditioned. Short drive to Niceville for supplies, etc. A lot to see in the area. Will return for a longer stay. We camped at Fred Gannon Rocky Bayou State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hike the three trails. If you have a vehicle and are here a while visit the Navy and Air Force museums not to far away and day visit some of the beach parks in the area. Visit Henderson Beach State Park for the day using your park pass.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Tickfaw State Park, Springfield, Louisiana

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice park. Friendly staff. Level, paved sites with wood deck, partial to full shade, most have good space/privacy. No pull-throughs, but lengthy sites. Plenty of paved roads for biking, lot of interesting boardwalk and sand hiking trails, excellent interactive nature center, fishing pond/dock, clean updated facilities, pavilions and shelters for camper and day use. Very clean, well maintained park and facilities. Good OTA tv, cell phone reception. The park also has tent camping, a large group camp building and cabins. Will return for longer stay. Highly recommend. We camped at Tickfaw State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Enjoy the great nature center (interactive and video) and hiking trails (boardwalk and sand). The roads are good for biking.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Ajax Country Livin' RV Park at I-49, Marthaville, Louisiana

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

A smallish mom & pop rv park that is great for our overnight need. Would be good for a couple of days. The owner/operators are nice folks. Little or no shade, fairly level gravel/grass sites, FHU, some 50 amp sites, some 30. We got to choose our site once there. Have to look close for their entrance. Small sign. When you see the saw mill and a small restaurant start looking for the driveway across the road. There is a small trail and a catch/release pond. A few benches/tables by the water. The saw mill and highway do not create any big deal noise. Got a couple of OTA tv stations and the wi-fi and cell phone was good. Would not hesitate to come back or recommend. We camped at Ajax Country Livin' RV Park at I-49 in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Eat at the little restaurant/vegetable stand across the street (Mim's). Excellent catfish and sides. Vegetables home grown and fresh.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Martin Dies JR. State Park, Jasper, Texas

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Beautiful park and campgrounds. A lot of roads to bike on and 3 long trails to hike. Sites are shaded, some on Gum Slough, and the reservoir. The park is well maintained . The bath house in our loop (Hen House Ridge) was pretty bad. Other than that a nice park. We camped at Martin Dies JR. State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Lot of road way to bike slight elevation changes, but manageable. Trails to hike. Boating and fishing in the slough is good. Only downside is the bath house. We would come back, though. Can't beat the price/value.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Baton Rouge KOA, Denham Springs, Louisiana

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $55.00
Overall Rating:      

Spent one night here. Very friendly staff. Clean, well maintained park and facilities. Well laid out park squeezed between a school and a church with what appears to be 2 levels of sites: concrete and gravel sites and all gravel sites. Both good. Family park with pool, pavilion, work out area, pet area, miniature golf and store. Shopping nearby. We camped at Baton Rouge KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Baton Rouge to see the sights.

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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Meaher State Park, Spanish Fort, Alabama

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Stayed one night on trip west and stayed again on return. Very neat clean park east of Mobile. Quiet park, despite a little low level traffic noise from US 98 and distant I-10. Most sites are shaded. Lower number sites are pretty much full sun. Sites are asphalt and level. Full hookups. Vehicle washing is permitted. Bathhouse is like new. Very clean. Friendly staff. The park is well laid out. There is a neat boardwalk trail out into Ducker Bay and short trails in a wooded area. Fishing is available from a dock or boat. There is a small beach, but we saw gators, so maybe not a good thing. Two cabins and tent area. Close to Mobile and a great USS Alabama park with a submarine and an aircraft museum. We camped at Meaher State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Go out on the fishing dock to watch the sunset. Beautiful. Walk the boardwalk trail and hike the wooded trails. A must see is the USS Alabama display area about 5 miles west on 98. Take at least the deck tour. 2 others available. Also, tour the USS Drum submarine and the aircraft museum. Good places to eat seafood close to the park. Shopping mall about 2 miles east. Enjoy this park.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Coe Landing, Tallahassee, Florida

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $27.00
Overall Rating:      

Stay one night or more this small park is great. Very quiet, relaxing, & clean. Sites are level, gravel & I'd say smallish for large Class A. We have a B. Perfect. Some overlook the river, most are full shade, rest are partly shade. Friendly staff. Facilities are dated, but kept clean. Fishing and boating available. Did I say quiet and relaxing? We camped at Coe Landing in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Suggest having your supplies/food when you come. Convenience stores are at least 5 miles back toward Tallahassee. Enjoy the quiet and the river. Fish from docks or enjoy boating. About 9 miles to the west edge of Tallahassee.

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Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Okeechobee, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

Level, wide, sand/shell sites. Friendly, informative staff. Clean facilities and park. Quiet, quiet park, with miles of hiking/biking trails. Trails are mostly in the open prairie (wet and dry prairies) and a couple in a hammock. Good wildlife viewing: deer, caracara and turkies in campground. Birds, gators, wild pigs along trails and in sloughs. If you like night skies with no light polution this is the place to be. Florida's first Dark Sky park. There are 3 camping areas: family (standard site setup), equestrian (corral), astronomy (no trees). Excellent park, well maintained. We've been here several times in various months. Like late October, early November best. We camped at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5 family loop
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

No close-by stores; bring supplies. Swamp buggy guided tour on weekends Nov-Mar a must. Make reservations in advance. Wander out of campground to view night sky without light pollution. Awesome.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Manatee Springs State Park, Chiefland, Florida

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park. Staff and rangers friendly and helpful. Facilities clean and up to date. Plenty of hiking/biking trails. Great boardwalk along the spring to the river and around spring head. Sand/gravel loop roads could use some smoothing out. Good day visit facilities (playground, pavilions, picnic benches, grills) and a good concession with wi-fi. Canoe/kayak rentals, river tour available. Cell phone spotty. All sights look pretty level. Ours was perfect. We camped at Manatee Springs State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cell coverage spotty, wi-fi available at the concession building, small convenience store at the main gate. Otherwise, only 6 miles to town. Be prepared to see lot of deer. Walked through our site early morning, late evening. Hike or bike the trails. Interesting sights, good map at ranger station.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Collier-Seminole State Park, Naples, Florida

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $11.00
Overall Rating:      

Renovations were recently completed to this park and it is nice. Paved loop roads, new and well kept bath houses. 50/30/30 electric. The sites are gravel and level. Some are close together and some not so. There are a few with privacy shrubs in between and all are shady to partially shady. Great staff! Maintenance and cleaning on going for your pleasure. There is a .9 mile nature trail into the marsh, a 3.5 bike/hike trail through the marsh and hammock and a 6.5 mile hike trail through a wet cypress swamp. There is also a boat ramp, playground and a couple of interesting historical things to see. Plenty to see and do or just rest and relax. The park was really quiet, despite being close to SR92. Little traffic. There is a tent specific loop and group camping area. There are ample paved roads to bike/walk, or do the bike trail. We camped at Collier-Seminole State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
73
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Hike the short nature trail into a hammock and the marsh, try kayaking in the marsh. Visit the old dredge. There is a field near the loops to star gaze. The marsh has plenty of birds to observe from a lookout on the nature trail or at the boat ramp/playground area. Naples is not far if you need supplies/entertainment, or there is a "convenience" store just down the road. About 3 miles east is Ten Thousand Islands Nat'l Wildlife Refuge. Worth a visit.

Review Count: 59
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 14

Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, Okeechobee, Florida

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

Quiet, quiet quiet. Big park, 54000 acres, small shaded campground. Star-gazing and birding paradise. Over 100 miles of hiking/biking trails. Great staff. Clean facilities. There are two campgrounds: family and equestrian. The sites are shaded with level, packed dirt sites. Room between. 50 amp only in equestrian loop. 30 amp in family loop. Birds and deer wandered through the campground. Well into the prairie there is a group campsite. We camped at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
5 family loop
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady, Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We took the swamp buggy ride into the prairie. Excellent guide. Take the swamp buggy ride into the prairie if you are there on a weekend between November and March. A must do. There's a small store about 7 miles from the cg, but better to bring your own provisions to start with. Be prepared for an awesome dark sky experience. 10 astronomy stations set up for star-gazers (water and elect.)

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