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This is a small campground right on the bay in Belfast. There are some sites looking over the Bay and we stayed on one for one night in the Fall. Beautiful views and you can walk out when the tide goes out. Sites have full hookups or just water and electric, but they are close together and not much shade but views are all worth it. There are a number of seasonals here and they said the new manager this year has been doing a great job upgrading the campground. There is a restaurant on the grounds and the food was very good. Restrooms and laundry room were clean. It is expensive - in the off season (fall) we paid $64.80 a night. Easy drive to Acadia National Park from here. We enjoyed our stay and the beautiful sunrise in the morning. The reviews have been very good for this park and that is why we tried it. Seasonals are very friendly and have great ideas on what to do. Check-in was friendly and quick. Nice place on a hill but worth the views!

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We have stayed here about twenty times over the last 30 years and written many reviews. There are two campgrounds in the Park - this one near Northeast Harbor and Seawall near Southwest Harbor. Acadia is now rated the #1 National Park and is one of our favorites. No hookups in the park but the bathrooms have been redone and are nice and clean. Private showers are outside the campgrounds for a fee. L.L.Bean runs free shuttles around the island from mid June through Columbus Day Weekend. The shuttle comes every 30 minutes and connects to other shuttles that take you to the Visitor Center, Bar Harbor, Northeast and Southwest Harbors. Two shuttles run the loop road and make stops at all the lookouts - Sand Beach, Thunderhole, Otter Point, Jordan Pond, Eagle Pond, and many other places. It is great. The last shuttles drops off at the campground near 9 PM. These shuttles also pick up at all the campgrounds, motels , and resorts on the island. We just spent a week there this fall and the weather was perfect and the lobster rolls were yummy. A great place to visit for ranger talks at night, hikes, walks, drives, sailing etc. In the fall, cruise ships come into Bar Harbor during the week and you can see these ships from town and on the Loop Road. Golden Age pass gets you onto the Loop Road for free and 50% off camping rates so per night it was $10 for us. This campground is closer to Bar Harbor than Seawall and it has a great walk down to the cliffs to sit and watch the waves. Blackwoods takes reservations and you need them because some sites RVs cannot fit in. You reserve a spot but not a specific site. Seawall campground now takes reservations for the first time this year and they redid the RV camping sites there about four or five years ago and they are great. The National Park Service is now building a campground in the other part of Acadia NP north of Ellsworth off the mainland - about 130 sites opening next summer. This section does not get many visitors and the roads are kind of narrow but it is beautiful over there and they will be running 30 minutes shuttles around there next year. Great place to camp especially in the fall!

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We have been to this state park many times over the years. In the fall after labor day it is first come for sites and the rates drop. There are over 100 sites here and about 45 of them have water and electricity. You can camp in the field looking at the bay or in the woods. Restrooms are clean and there are showers. Mt road to the top of Mt. Battie which overlooks the quaint town of Camden (one of the cutest towns in Maine). Hiking trails lead out from the campground and to the picnic area across the street. We paid close to $27 for an out of state in the off season for water and electric. They had Wi-Fi here as part of the cost. We always stop at the LL Bean parking lot in Freeport for our first and last night in Maine and if we come up the coast Camden State Park for our second night. On the way a stop at the Maine State Prison Store, Thomaston, ME is a must with all their outstanding woodworking. Looking for RV parking in Camden is difficult but the road across from the library has parking on the right large enough for RVs. Just a few more hours north is Acadia National Park.

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This is the only COE campground in southern New England located on a 200 acre lake (no swimming). You can bring your boat here. There are 11 sites with water and electric and 11 sites without. Three lean-to sites. Host families do a great job and since the campground is small all in a loop it is a great place to camp. Sites are shaded by trees, they sell firewood here, and there is a nice clean restroom with showers and laundry. Basketball courts and horseshoes near the entrance. A walk or drive down to the lake and there is an 18 hole disc golf course there no charge. Hiking trails from the campground lead around the lake and to the lake where one might find a sitting area for rest and enjoyment. The two host families did a great job checking us in and giving material and ideas for traveling around the area. One person always watches the gate and only lets those staying there drive around the loop. Visitor parking is outside the gate. The gate closes around 9 and does not open until 9 the next morning but you can park in the visitor parking and walk in - not a long walk. We have never camped here before but we will be back. The RV next to ours the couple was from the Midwest and they said it was their favorite campground of their trip - quiet, private, shaded etc. Using the Golden Age pass with electricity it cost $16.

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We have never camped here before but our neighbors go for a week every summer and love it. It is near I-95 and the Patriots stadium. This place is huge, with a variety of camping options - full hookups, water and electric only, cable and tenting. It is expensive: we had just a W/E site for $66 a night. They have a store and will help with tours into Boston and the surrounding area. There were pools, hot tubs, adult only swim, children activities, adults activities, pet area, disc golf, recreation room, snack bar, softball field, ATV track etc. There is a daily activities sheet with all the activities. It is always crowded here so make reservations and don't come early; they won't let you check in. We stayed two nights and had a great time even though we prefer national and state parks more.

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Thursday, Friday – June 28-29 Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland. This is one of our favorite places to stay, just a dune away from the ocean. There are two loops near the ocean, plus tent sites in the sand and more loops on the Bayside of the park. We have never camped here in June when the flies come out. The Bayside Loops are not the place to be when they do. The Oceanside Loops have a nice breeze which controls them, but they are still there. This is just a beautiful park with wild horses that come into your site and on the beaches. Hiking, biking and windsurfing on the Bayside. We saw more horses than we do in April or May, because they are trying to get away from the flies by escaping to the main road, Oceanside Loops and the beach. It is a beautiful long beach with a public beach to the north of it and one to the south, but the section in front of the camping loop never really gets crowded. There are no hookups, but there is water, cold showers and clean pit toilets in each loop. We had a thunderstorm around ten last night for about an hour, so some of the tenters left this morning. Tenters need extra long stakes to stay here. It’s a great place to camp and it cost us $10 a night with a pass. Reservations can be made online on the recreation.gov website. Beautiful place and the wild horses just add to the whole atmosphere. Another park is just to the north of this park, so don’t confuse the two!

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Sunday, June 23 – Poplar Point Campground, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, Apex, NC. This recreational area is just 30 miles southwest of Raleigh on Route 64. There are day use areas with beaches, three big camping areas – Parker’s Creek, Poplar Point and Crosswinds Campground, hike in camping, group tent camping, and group RV camping. They even have some sites for camping with horses. We stayed at Poplar Point which has 579 sites for RV and tent camping and now 363 of the sites have water and electric hookups. There is a picnic table, grill and lantern holder at each site. There are many loops here B-J with or without electricity. We stayed here four years ago and we stayed in the F loop which was nice. This time we stayed in the C loop a reservation only loop and we had a great site C15 overlooking and on the water, but most of the sites in the C loop are not right on the water. We were at the bottom of the hill so hiked to get to the bathhouse which on a Sunday afternoon when we arrived. Not that clean, but that is to be expected. This lake is very popular with locals for boating and camping especially on weekends. Check out is 3pm and check in is 4pm, so arriving before 2 the bathhouses had been well used. Our site had a little beach which the previous campers left plastic bottles, soda cans and plastic bags all over it. We did clean it up, but refused to pick up all the cigarette butts. Another problem we had this time is that no one can leave the campground until 8 am in the morning. We wanted to head out around 6 am to drive through Raleigh before the morning traffic and to the NC shore. The last time we were here some of our neighbors left early to go to work, but this time the rangers said it was not possible. We have been camping for five months from RI to CA and this is the first campground where we could not leave. They stated that this is the policy of NC state parks, so it looks like we won’t be staying at anymore if we need to travel early. So because of this policy I rated this campground lower then I have before or would have on this trip. It costs us $19 with a reservation fee and a senior discount of $6. It is really a nice area to camp, but you just can’t get out!

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Saturday, June 22 – Pisgah National Forest, Lake Powhatan Recreation Area, Asheville, NC. This campground is located on the west side of Asheville off of route 191 and near the entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are five loops in the park and this time we stayed in the Big John Loop. It was shaded and we did have electricity, but only one of two sites have electric in this loop. Bent Creek Loop across from our loop has about four sites with electric. Hardtimes Loop – no electric and the loop closer to the lake, but you still have a long walk to get to it was the Lakeside Loop. Right now most of Lakeside Loop have water and sewers and hopefully by 2014 all the sites in this loop will be full hookups. The Lakeside Loop has some huge sites for big RV’s. It cost us with electricity $25, but if you have a pass take 50% off and if you reserve add a reservation fee of $9. You can reserve some of the sites in this park and the others first come except this is a very popular park. This park is beautiful and there is so much to see and do in Ashville and the Blue Ridge Parkway. One can bike, hike and swim in Lake Powhatan. Check in was quick and the host was informative about what to see and do in the area. Bath houses were clean and the showers were great! We were headed east and have stayed here before, so it was just a one night stopover for us, but a nice stop on a beautiful day in June.

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Friday, June 21 – Douglas Reservoir – Douglas Dam Headwater Campground, Sevierville, TN This is a TVA self-service campground. Sixty five campsites and 61 with water and electric hookups. We checked in on a Friday afternoon. First, we had gone down the road to another TVA campground Douglas Dam Tailwater Campground but there was nothing available. Some sites at these TVA campgrounds almost looked like permanents. So we headed back up the road and checked this one out. When we crossed the highway we could see the campground just below the dam and it looked like it was full. We decided to drive down and check it out and we found a small site that we could have fit in but a large RV was at the dump station and had just left a nice site right on the river with hookups. So we stayed the night with a nice view of the dam and downstream. We were lucky to get a spot. It is a self check in campground so we had to fill out the form and put cash in the envelope to put in the box. With a Golden Age pass, the $22 per site was 50% off to make it $11. Nice stop, but we were in driving range of interstate 40, Pigeon Forge and Smokey Mts National Park that the traffic on the highways was busy so I don’t know if we would ever stop again. This is a tourist area and very crowded. The campground was full but it was very enjoyable and peaceful. The restrooms had heated showers and flush toilets. There was a dump station, picnic tables, boat ramp, walking trail, wildlife viewing area, bird watching and a swimming beach (I don’t know about swimming in the river because we found a lot of trash and dead fish in it right in front of our site).

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Thursday, June 20 – Deer Run RV Resort, Crossville, TN This was a one night stopover as we were heading back east on our way home. It is a Passport America park good for Sunday – Thursday nights. We called when we were about an hour away, and the woman on the phone was very friendly and informative. Told me the cost with the pass at $17.80 for full hookups, Wi-Fi and cable but must be paid in cash for one night. When we arrived and checked in, she had everything ready to go and was just as informative and friendly. The check in was at the office, store and deli and the entrance is gated. Nice drive in but there is a big section of permanent sites and then sites for overnights or longer on this side of the lake. Driving around the lake there is another area for overnighters and tenters. There are three bathhouses, a pool, beach, cabins, pavilion, basketball courts, tennis courts, horseshoes, shuffleboard, boat launch area (non motor) and a chapel. A very nice place to stay for one night or longer. You can walk around the lake and we did have a thunderstorm when we were there and our site drained quickly. Good stop and I am sure that if we are traveling on interstate 40 again, we will stop for another overnight.

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Tuesday, June 18 – Graceland RV Park and Campground, Memphis, TN This campground is right next to Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley on Elvis Presley Blvd. It is easy to get to, but you turn on Lonely Lane the street before the turn for general parking into Graceland. It cost us $35 with tax for a water and electric site on gravel with Wi-Fi, pool, bike and walking trails, dog run, cabins, camping store, full hookups, and for a fee - shuttles to Beale Street. There is even a restaurant that will pick you up and return at your site in a pink limo after four for free. Actually, the price was not bad considering that if you park at Graceland there is a $15 fee for parking RV’s and $10 for cars, so the site really cost us $20. Easy to walk to Heartbreak Hotel and Graceland about five minutes and visiting Graceland one should plan on spending at least four hours or more, but it can be done in about two. The lady who checked us in was very informative and made sure we knew about shuttles, where to eat and what discounts we were eligible for at Graceland. This was a one night stop for us and we were able to do it because we arrived at the campground around 10 in the morning. It was great to spend a day with “The King”.

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This park is right on the river so that you can enjoy watching the barges as they head north or south. The costs depends on what type of site you have river, cement, tent, full hookups, w & e etc. Our cost on a gravel 30 amp site on the river with full hookups was $32 with a Good Sam discount. It was a nice campground and they have a lot of sites that will fit a huge RV and car. The bathhouse is small and the laundry only has two machines for washing and drying but it was free. Check in was fast and informative and the young girl gave us some coupons for attractions in the Memphis Area. Follow the directions from their website using the new truck bypass route off of interstate 40 and 55. Very easy that way. The camper next to us came in off 270 and said the neighborhood was not the best and he was glad that he did not break down. We were there for just an overnight but enjoyed our stay and would return if we are in the area again. It was in the mid 90’s when we came in and did not need air conditioning because of the shade in our site and the breeze off the Mississippi River.

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Sunday, June 16 – Maumelle COE Campground, Little Rock, AR This is a huge COE campground with five loops A-F. The A and B loops have some sites right on the Arkansas River some with 50 amps and 30 amps. It is located on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System so it is great for boating and fishing. We had a site in the B loop but in the sun and away from the water. The bathhouse was a good distance away so we didn’t use it. Sites were clean with water and electricity, picnic table and fire pits. There is a courtesy dock, hot showers, a boat ramp and playground. We were only here for a one night stopover. It costs us with a pass $12.

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This campground is located at 305 Gorge Road not downtown where the National Park Visitor Center is. There are 39 sites in the park, some of them with full hookups but no showers. There used to be showers here but they were taken out because of abuse from outsiders, and full hookups were put in. It is a pretty campground on the creek where one can cool off. There are modern bath houses and water is available for registered campers. All the sites are back in and there is a size limit posted where you register by machine but the camper next to us put his 35 foot RV in a 25 foot slot including his car which was placed on the grass. It costs $10 a site and $24 for a site with full hookups but with a pass it is half that. The hostess was very helpful and informative. There is a trail about a mile and a half to bathhouse row in town but to drive in it takes about fifteen minutes. There is no parking in town for an RV at the National Park Visitor Center so ask the host for ideas where to park. We parked across from the National Park Administrative Building and on weekends there is no fee, but I asked a police woman and she said there was no parking for RVs at all in town. She was cold and not helpful at all. Needless to say, we waited a few minutes until the visitor center opened up and they said where we were was fine –there are four RV, Bus Tour slots right next to the old visitor center that you can park at. There is a little conflict with the park and the locals because nowhere are there signs that parking is free on weekends so some people were paying. This was a two night stopover for us on a weekend. The hostess told us that it doesn’t always fill up but if you want full hookups and arrive late you might have to pull in to some of the sites that are not level. Good stop. We enjoyed the historic section of Hot Springs and had a nice walking tour by a park ranger explaining Bathhouse Row and how the park became a National Park.

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Thursday, June 13 - Aux Arc, Ozark Lake, COE, Ozark, AR This is an Army Corp of Engineer campground on Ozark Lake right near the town of Ozark, AR. There are 60 sites open all year with electric some with 50amp and water hookups. There is a dump station, showers and restrooms. Most of the sites sit right on the shoreline and every site has a view. Sites are shady situated in the tall trees. The Ozark Lake goes 36 miles along the Arkansas River. Along the shoreline one can find steep bluffs, tree lined banks, open farmlands and level fields. You can visit the lock and dam one mile southeast. This campground is right near the Arkansas Wine Trail along 186 and 64 and the town of Altus which is the Wine Capitol of Arkansas. Nice area and an easy drive to Hot Springs down the Moonshine Scenic Byway route 7. There are six COE managed camping areas on Ozark Lake. Nice overnight at this campground. Cost was $9 with pass.