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Rock Creek National Forest campground is located in Cherokee National Forest in Northeast TN. Roads inside the campground while paved are fairly narrow. We had no trouble navigating the roads with our truck and 31' toy hauler trailer. Sites are gravel and many are large and deep. The larger sites can easily hold the largest RVs. The old growth trees and thick understory provide privacy for the sites. One loop, C has 50 amp electrical service while loops A and B have 30 amp service. This is a beautiful area and it is usually 10 degrees cooler than surrounding areas. Fees are $20 or $15 with a golden age pass. If you tent camp, there are 5 walk in tent sites with pea gravel pads at the top of loop C. The swimming area is unique. It is a large rounded cement pond with creek water glowing through it. Numerous hiking trails nearby. No reservations here and it is a very popular park. I recommend you arrive mid week to improve your chances to get a site.

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The campgrounds is an older established park that has many seasonal campers. The seasonal sites have some units with a lot of junk outsides and many RVs have seen better days. The shorter stay sites are in a lower area near the creek. These sites are a mix of pea gravel, dirt, and grass. These sites are narrow with hookups behind. Most units needed sewer hose extensions to reach the outlet. The pool area is very nice and there is a nice playground for younger children. I thought the campground is not a good value since it is pretty worn and basic.

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We attended the Forest River Owner's Group (FROG) rally. The group maximizes all available spots with 800 RVs in attendance. This year we were located in the grove which is directly behind the permanent campsites. There is frequent noise from the very active train tracks adjacent to the property. The bathrooms and grounds are kept well maintained. Great location for a rally! Downtown Goshen is very nice with interesting shops. Tough to rate campsites since we were in a temporary location.

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This municipal park is located approximately 1.5 miles east of I-75 which makes it a convenient spot to use as an overnight stop when traveling. The park features eight 60-70 foot long pull through sites which are very level. These sites are great if you don't want to unhook your toad or trailer. Sites are open with very little understory so no privacy. The bath house is modern and very clean. Dump station is easy to use on the way out of the park. There is a small swimming lake, open late May through mid-August for a additional fee. This is a well run park and had little use mid-week in August.

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The campground has a good variety of sites which can accommodate most RVs. There are limited 50 amp sites. Loop A has no hookups and has smaller sites which works well for tents and pop up trailers. Sites are well spaced but have limited privacy. Paved sites with gravel sitting areas featuring fire rings. The campground is favored by horse riding campers since there is a stable in the park. Hookups worked well through the low electric poles made it difficult to use surge protectors. Big South Fork has excellent hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails. It is a beautiful area and there are companies that offer horse rentals and river trips. Bring all needed supplies as it is a 20 mile ride for groceries.

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We recommend this campground to either visit the Kansas City area or as a good place for a one night stop as you drive through the area. There is a good assortment of sites with various hook up options. Sites are well spaced, gravel, but many required leveling. Camp hosts very friendly and offered suggestions on places to visit. Grounds kept clean and well maintained. Campground has security gate to reduce non-campers from driving through the area.

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Nice campground located about 15 minutes off I 80. The campground is well designed with level spacious sites suitable for any size rig. There is a good mix of sites in the shade and open for satellite use. The camping fee was $20 and a $5 vehicle fee. Good location to explore Lincoln. The campground has both first come sites as well as reservable sites. Bath houses would benefit from a deep cleaning. For a Sunday evening in late September it was 40% full.

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Located right off I-15 between Helena and Butte makes this a convenient overnight stop. The campground has two parts. There are nicely shaded level back in sites near the creek. If you want pull thru sites with no shade, those are available in the front of the campground. The manager is very friendly and accommodating. While sites are close together, the park was only 20% full when we stayed there. We spent two nights and attended the Wednesday night pot luck dinner which was enjoyable. Many of the campers are here to take advantage of the health mine. This is an interesting concept! Hookups are good but the sewer is located way in the back of the site so you may need a sewer extension. Pretty location, nice people, and reasonable rates make this place a winner!

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Very popular campground located near some of the best hiking in the park. No reservations accepted so arrive early in the day to try and obtain a site as someone is leaving. The 12 mile road into this area of the park is paved but in bad conditions. Five sections have been washed out. It is passable but you need to slow down. There are approximately 25 sites that will take trailers up to 32' or RVs up to 38'. Almost all of the sites are pull through but the short radius makes many difficult to place a towable RV. Beautiful setting as you are surrounded by mountains and lakes. Water is available at the dump station. Bring all needed supplies since it is over 50 miles to a grocery store or laundry in Browning, MT. No cell phone service - AT&T is only available in Browning, Version available at St. Marys. There are pay showers ($2.50 for 8 minutes) available at the Swiftwater Motor Lodge. Limited groceries, supplies, and food available at the Lodge. Two restaurants nearby but expensive. Hiking in the area is wonderful with much wildlife to see. We viewed mountain goats, big horn sheep, and a bull moose while hiking. This campground with no hookups in a remote area is not for everyone but is beautiful!

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Custer State Park is a wonderful park with wild game, beautiful hiking trails, and great motorcycling roads. Game Lodge campground is in a convenient location on the east side of the park. The campground has a variety of sites, some full sun, mostly partly shaded and a few in full shade. We were in site 32 in full shade with our 31' Toy Hauler. One prime site is #28 which is mostly shaded and along the small creek. For larger RV's I recommend sites 4, 6, and 20. Tenters would enjoy sites 30 31, 37, 41, and 43 which adjoin the creek. There is one pull thru #40. Restrooms and showers were clean and nice to use. Evening programs in the barn in the campground are enjoyable. There is so much to do in the area that we weren't able to do it all in 6 days.

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Traveling from I-90 you will have to pass through the Badlands National Park and pay the fee. We found this to be a typical KOA campground. The benefit of KOAs is you pretty much know what you are going to get in facilities and site selection. Our full hook up site was under several trees and shade is welcome here in the summer. Site and entry roads were gravel and in good shape. Most sites were level pull throughs. The grounds and facilities were in good condition, through the bathrooms were dated. Our picnic table was in poor condition with peeling paint. The pool was very nice. Value for the money was fair, even though we normally don't pay this much for a campsite. Sewer hookup was above ground level which makes it difficult to utilize.

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This is a campground the locals hope you don't discover! Situated on a small lake in the SE corner of South Dakota the campground is shaded by tall cottonwood trees. Roads and camp pads are gravel and cleaned after each visit. Premium lakeside sites are beautiful and filled most nights. Restrooms are modern and clean. Recommend reservations for weekends.

     

F.W. Kent Park

Tiffin, Iowa

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Very nice county park with well spaced sites. It is hilly terrain so many of the sites require leveling. Flatter sites available at the bottom of the hills. Good selection of pull thru and back in sites. Located about 12 miles from the Amana Colonies and close to Iowa City. Having wi-fi with excellent speed was a nice surprise! Beach was closed due to poor water quality while we where here. First come, first serve but we called the ranger to check on availability on the way there.

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Our second visit to this park during the last three years. One of the best features of this park is its consistency. The park was excellent during our last visit and nothing has changed. Excellent location, beautiful white sand beaches, nicely separated sites, and the cleanest bathrooms. The hosts always rake the pea gravel on your site before you arrive and ensure it is clean. Reservations are needed but if you need a one night stay call since we notice sites are available even when the campground full site is posted. One of our favorite state campgrounds in the South!

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Very large campground that is run very efficiently. Nice size sites with concrete pads and sitting areas. Sites are nicely spaced but little privacy since there is no underbrush and limited trees. Full hookups all work well but the park is having ongoing issues with their Wi-Fi. Wonderful location with excellent bike paths. Beautiful swimming pool, tennis courts, and several lakes to kayak or canoe. Be aware that starting in November the park is starting to fill with snowbirds who stay for the winter.