Date of Stay: May, 2015
Pay attention to the one entrance sign if you're coming from the interstate. It advises to take the second turn. If you're coming from the opposite direction you would have to know where the turn is otherwise you'll be past it by the time you recognize the turn. After entering, the roads quickly go from good to poor. If you stop at the little building on the left that appears to be the check-in location you are then greeted with a sign on the door that says "closed" and to check-in at the adjoining convenience store/bar. You'll have to walk about a block to get there as there is not a big rig friendly parking lot. Upon arriving at the store/bar I had to wait while the one employee finished her conversation on the phone and conducted convenience store business. Once I was attended to (with several people waiting behind me to check in) I had to go through the whole check-in routine with name rank and serial number even though I was preregistered online and I am a VK card VIP card holder and even though my reservation print out was staring them in the face on the counter in front of them. I could read it myself upside down! We were staying over a week so I asked if all the charges included all the discounts and I was assured it did. I had also reserved a concrete Premier pull-through. What I got was an unlevel, gravel "shared" pull-through. I was also supposed to get a $10 day on the weekend which I didn't get until I pointed out later that it wasn't deducted and was told it was because I was on a gravel pull-through and not one of their "premier" sites...I won't even go there.... The WiFi was totally non-functional. If you were "lucky" enough to get connected it didn't stay that way for long. It was useless. You are not provided with an escort to guide you to your site. You're on your own to figure it out. We had to stop a race cart driver (park employee) and ask him how to get to our site. He didn't volunteer to guide us either. He was apparently too busy.
Date of Stay: March, 2012
We spent a few days here. The lots are larger than what is normally found in the Rio Grande Valley. The park is generally clean in appearance, however, the roads, although “paved” are in terrible condition. There are large pot holes throughout the park and you have to pay particular attention or you’ll lose your rig in one of them! The only road in reasonable condition is the one that goes by the resident manager’s park home. The posted park speed limit is 10 mph but nobody pays any attention to it. The long time residents fly through the park like they were trying out for the Indy 500 and none stop for the stop signs. There are many people that walk daily for exercise of take their dogs on walks but that didn’t seem to slow the race car drivers down at all. The lots are on grass which means that any rain will cause the ground to become very soft, very quickly. We heard of situations in the park of people having to call a wrecker service to tow them out after any heavy rain! We spoke with some of the long term residents and many were very unhappy with the management because they were not responsive to the residents' complaints about things that needed to be fixed. Apparently the owners are far removed from the area and apparently are only interested in profit and only do the bare minimum to maintain the park and it shows it. The Wi-Fi was pretty much unusable. We never were able to connect even though the management insisted it was up and functional. Again, we asked some of the long term residents about the Wi-Fi and they indicated that was just another item that has been dysfunctional for a long time and all they ever hear are promises. The location of the park is excellent in that it’s reasonably close to Harlingen, Brownsville and South Padre Island. Local shopping, restaurants and groceries are available within 2.5 miles in the city of Los Fresnos. We found the local long term, winter Texans to be very friendly and helpful. It’s a shame that the management and owners are allowing this potentially wonderful park to deteriorate. With the roads and wifi in such deteriorating condition we would not stay here again.
Date of Stay: October, 2011
As long as you don't need to rest or get any sleep and you have a propensity for being a race car driver, this is the place for you! Although the speed limit is posted as 5 mph, the average speed is closer to 30 mph and this includes the park personnel as well. In fact, they are the biggest violators! The traffic from the permanent residents is constant. Their vehicles are loud and they have no concept of speed limits. Trying to sleep in late the next morning (we stayed several days - unbeknownst of the noise) they decided it would be nice to mow the grass under our bedroom window early in the morning. Scratch the sleep-in idea. I can see why this is named the I-35 RV Park. The main road inside the park has more traffic on it from the local residents than the transient traffic on the nearby I-35 road! This park is not for the RVers that like to rest and relax. You would do better at one of the rest areas on I-35! Needless to say, we will not be back.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
As most have said, the sites are well manicured with thick grass and well placed shrubbery. The pads are concrete and level and the hookups are neat and well placed - HOWEVER, the entire park was apparently designed to accommodate single rigs with no towed trailers or vehicles. Although the owner keeps his large motor coach (40+ feet) on site he apparently never planned on having motor homes with towed vehicles in his park. The sites' access streets are way too narrow to facilitate pulling into without driving off pavement, on to the grass. It can be done but it is not for the faint of heart. With a towed vehicle and a rig over 40 feet it will just fit into the site end to end. The access roads need to be about twice as wide. It's a shame the park was not designed with big rigs in mind. If the park had originally been designed to accommodate big rigs it would, without a doubt, be the premier park in the area. Unfortunately they have fallen short because of poor street width design resulting in difficult and tight access. We would stay here again but only because the other sites in the area are far worse. If possible, we would try to plan our trips to bypass the Brunswick, GA area entirely simply because of overall poor sites in general. This would be an ideal overnight stay for small rigs or rigs with no towed vehicle.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
We pulled in here for a few days on our trek to Disney World. The weather was kind of iffy so stayed here until it cleared up. The park advertises and tells you on the phone that they can take big rigs with no problem. We are 42' and pulling a toad and we barely fit into the space end to end. As another poster noted, the park is located almost in line with the Jacksonville Intl runway 7/25 approach/departure path and it sometimes sounds as though the planes are going to pass through your living room. The park apparently does not enforce any of its rules. Some of the "residents" drive through the narrow roads in their toads like it was the Indianapolis Speedway: unbelievable, the worst ones are the oldsters. I guess they feel as though they should hurry up before they croak. The other issue was the barking dogs. They absolutely do not enforce their "dog rules." Owners allow their dogs to bark whenever and as long as they please and since the park made no effort to enforce any of their rules I can only assume it's this way all the time. Very annoying. Overall, the park is good for a day or two but definitely not an extended stay park. This is a Passport America park and $21 is about right. I would be quite upset to pay $42/night for a stay at this park.
Date of Stay: April, 2011
This was a diamond in the rough. An absolutely lovely park. Management met us at the entrance to guide us into our long pull-through. Our living room slide faced the lake with a beautiful view. Plenty of room between RV's and the female half of the locally managed park made sure all was well before leaving. While sitting on the very large, wooden deck alongside the lake and enjoying the view and wildlife, the owner/manager joined us and filled us in on all the local things to see and places to eat. This is a Passport America park which makes it an absolutely wonderful deal. When we return to this area we will certainly stay here again - only longer!
Date of Stay: March, 2011
Although they advertise "80'", concrete slabs part of the 80 feet is down hill and unless you have levelers that extend 4 feet you don't want to believe it for some sites. We had a "pull through" but had to disconnect because the turn to get into the site was too tight and we couldn't pull far enough forward without the front end going down hill. The long time residents of the park felt they didn't need to abide by the "7.5 mph" speed limit that was posted throughout the park nor did they slow down much for the speed bumps. I'm sure the local shock absorber companies do a land slide business in this area. They were easily doing 30 mph down our "street"! There were many people out walking their dogs and the cars flew by them like they had no business being out in the park. Unbelievable. This park is good for a few days stay but we wouldn't stay here for an extended period. It would probably be safer to camp out in the median on the interstate.
Date of Stay: March, 2011
Easy in, easy out. It features large, pull-through, concrete sites. The park has a large lake and the owners have almost completed the rock filled path all the way around it. It's a very pleasant walk and you can see all the turtles with their little heads popping up watching you as you go by. The azaleas were in full bloom and they were absolutely beautiful. This is a Passport America park which makes it a great value! This was a very nice place to spend several days. We would stay here again.
Date of Stay: March, 2011
As another poster commented: don't turn too soon into the "other" RV park. You probably won't like it. We originally checked in for two nights but extended one day because of weather. The park is family owned and managed and the owner is a former Navy SeaBee Chief and runs a tight organization. John Q and company are really nice people and we enjoyed our stay. They appear to be doing a lot of updating and our site was a long, pull-through, concrete pad and was easy in and easy out. This is a Passport America park and the $20 rate was perfect. We would definitely stay here again.