Kelsey Ledare

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We have spent a week here for three years in a row. Since last year, the kiddie pool has been upgraded with a new splash area / water feature which is a nice edition. As always, the bathhouses and showers were meticulously cleaned and nice. The pool stays very busy every afternoon, but you are still able to find an empty lounge chair which is consistently at problem at some of the neighboring campgrounds we tried out. We do miss the shaved ice counter that used to be located below the camp store. The food at the Oasis pool counter is cooked upon order and quite good for grill fare. Overall, this campground has a very nice, relaxed feel to it. Lots of kiddies on bikes and families walking dogs in the evening. Golf carts are limited to those with seasonal spaces so no pre-teens going crazy all evening and running little ones over. There isn't an abundance of parking (for vehicles or golf carts) so a bike is the best option for getting around. Our few improvements would be upgrading the website to allow online reservations and giving more of a guarantee as to location- maybe not a certain site, but a general area perhaps. The wifi is basically a joke and unusable except to download a Kindle book, but that is status quo at most campgrounds it seems and par for the course with the others in town. We'd be willing to pay an extra fee for wifi that actually connected with speeds that were usable for downloading. Our MiFi card served its purpose for attending to necessary work matters. Of the three large campgrounds in the Myrtle Beach area, this one offers the most relaxed atmosphere.

     

Camp Gulf

Destin, Florida

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We stayed in a cabin in early April. It was a small one bedroom unit- clean and tidy. It had a fully functional kitchen, stocked with all the necessary cooking essentials. Included a dishwasher which was very nice. One bathroom which was rather small but clean and fully usable. Bed linens were provided- the bed seemed to be a queen or full at least. There was a sleeping loft above the bedroom where the children slept. The wooden ladder was very steep and not suitable for very young children. No railing or protective barrier to prevent someone from falling off the edge so kids need to be old enough to be safe. There were some foam sleeping pads provided plus linens in the loft which made things nicer for the kids. There were no night stands or clothing storage options in the loft. An adult cannot fully stand up in the loft. It was hot at night- an oscillating fan would be good improvement. Opening the small windows up there greatly improved the conditions by allowing cross ventilation. The single bedroom was small and didn't have a dresser for storage but did have a nice bureau which accommodated hanging-up clothes. Not that you typically being many dress clothes to the beach. The outdoor pool closer to the ocean was open and quite nice, but the water was still very cold. The pool closer to the main road was still covered by an inflatable structure- it kept the water temp up but also trapped in the chloride and heat. Felt like a sauna in there. Kids liked it but massively unpleasant for audits. The kids enjoyed the smallish playground and liked to ride their bikes around the complex. It's definitely not the largest complex but backs right up to the ocean. The rec room seemed a little tired and dated. During the summer season, activities are offered for the children.

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Part of the park is wooded with shaded spots, part (the part closest to the ocean) open without any trees. Campsites are nice and level- very wide and spacious with plenty of room. The size of the sites was the biggest plus of the campground for us. However, some of the roadways were kind of narrow with trees right up against the blacktop that crowded the roadway. It definitely got a bit stressful when driving to the site. One of the roads even has a tree growing right in the middle of it, with limbs sticking out just waiting to shred your roof. There is nothing to warn you when you turned down that road. When you get to the point where you realize there is a tree in the road, you're committed, unless you want to back up about 50 yards. Campfires are permitted at the sites, but there are no rings or specific fire areas. Plus, the constant beach wind would make fires difficult. Only saw three campfires out of hundreds of sites. Plenty of water pressure at the sites. Unreliable WI-FI. It is sporadic throughout the park, but is very slow. They allow golf carts, which is nice instead of having to walk everywhere (and the park is very large, so there would be a lot of walking). The downside to that is that there are hundreds of golf carts running around everywhere. However, we never saw anyone do anything unsafe or out of control. There's just are a lot of them. They are building a new water park area with slides and a lazy river (opening around September 2013), but they aren't doing anything to the pool, which isn't that big and is kind of dated. The playground is nice and there are a fair number of activities for the kids. Overall, we enjoyed the park and would return, although it is not our favorite park in this area.

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We came for a fun family weekend. We had a great evening Friday night with the hay ride, marshmallow roast and other various kid activities. Unfortunately, it rained the majority of the weekend which limited our activities the rest of the time. We did attend tie-dye shirt session and a dance party on Saturday night which our kids really enjoyed. The majority of the activities were geared for children 3-10 years old. The pool was nice as was the water slide. The playground was certainly adequate with a large sandbox nearby. The roads were difficult to maneuver with difficult turns for a larger rig like ours (40 ft) even though we had a "big rig" site. These sites are also on a small hill which is a moderate distance from the playground and all the activities. We ended up driving to activities because it was too hard for young children to ride their bikes on the gravel roads up that hill. Overall, a nice park with very friendly staff and great kiddie activities.

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We stayed here for a 5-day weekend- it is a nice wooded campground in the middle of a large state park. It has a rustic feel with lots of leaves and trees vs a polished, manicured campground. It was quiet with lots of shade. Each site had a large sized fire ring. The sites were gravel and reasonably level. We had a full hook-up site - there is only 30 Amp power - but that did not prove any difficulty since it was fall and not excessively hot. There are frequent bathhouses, though we did not really use. There was a playground nearby for children which got a lot of use. The Wi-Fi was out of order (and seems to permanently be that way) but we got strong enough Verizon cell signal to make do. We saw lots of rangers patrolling the entire park (always very friendly), and the front gate was always staffed- we had no safety concerns. Overall, this a very nice campground- very typical of a COE or national park campground. We'd definitely stay here again.

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We camped here for the first time in our 40 ft 5th wheel with two small children for a week. We found it to be a nice, clean and quiet campground. Despite this being a large campground with hundreds of sites, we did not feel cramped or over-populated with people. All the fellow campers we encountered were well-mannered and considerate. People seemed to maintain their sites well and kept things clean. Staff was frequently seen picking up trash or cleaning. The restrooms and bathhouses were fabulously clean. This was perfect for showering after a morning at the beach and minimizing the sand brought into our camper. Our site was level and easy to set up. All sites include cable TV (with a good channel selection) and Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi signal was rather weak at our site during peak times, but we were on the outer edge of the campground, away from the office. The lack of golf carts (other than those for annual leases) was great for families like ours with small children who wish to ride their bikes. There are both indoor and outdoor pools (plus kiddie pool) and a lazy river which our whole family enjoyed. All were very clean and well-maintained. The laundry facility had plenty of washers and driers, though still took only coins. The store onsite seemed to stock a good variety of camping essentials and grocery items. Overall, we found this a wonderful, family-focused campground and certainly plan to return.

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Overall, this is a nice quiet campground. Few amenities (average pool with nice wadding area for children, older playground equipment, very small store) but nice place to stay if you are in the area. Convenient to Fort Benning: about 20 minutes. As others have mentioned, a train does pass near campground twice daily, but not an issue in our area. Gravel roads with good concrete patio pad. Site was fairly level and pull-through. Good Wi-Fi signal. Restaurants and shopping nearby in town of Columbus. We'd stay here again if we were in the area, but would not seek out as a vacation destination.

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We spent a long weekend here in our 1st visit in our 40 ft 5th wheel. It was a busy weekend because of the fall leaves, but there were 4 or 5 employees working hard to keep the check-in process smooth. We had a full hook-up pull through site with a very level concrete pad. Almost all sites looked to be very level with a good amount of space between them. There was a fire ring at each site with a built-in cooking grate. It was a kid friendly park with a nice playground, bouncing pillow, 2 pools (1 indoor with jacuzzi, 1 outdoor with water slide), and nice quiet interior roads that were very popular for bike riding. There was a small burger grill right near the main office which made a great hot breakfast. Only negative small the Wi-fi- which while a very reasonable $1/day, it was so slow as to be intolerable. Our cell phones worked fine on an extended network, but some carriers might have poor signal strength in this location. Overall, we enjoyed this campground very much and will likely return.

     

Swan Creek

Tanner, Alabama

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We stayed here as part of longer trip. We found a large pull-through space with full hook-ups. There was very little shade. This area of Alabama suffered a tornado about two months ago. You could tell the campground had sustained heavy damage and was working on repairs/construction. The office space was pleasant. The washer/dryer area and Wi-Fi station were destroyed. This is a small campground, mostly a mobile home park, with less than 10 spaces for overnight RVs. Definitely call for reservations before you stop. I think this a nice place for an overnight, but the current lack of amenities really limit how long you'd want to stay. If these are important, we'd recommend calling first to check on the status of repairs.

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We spent one night here as part of a longer trip out West. We were very impressed with the scenery and river front view. It was a gorgeous place! We had electric and water only, but there was a dump station near the front. None of the spaces were pull-through and some were a little hard to fit a big rig into, but the COE website lists the size of each site if you book online. There were bike trails and several playgrounds: it was ideal for families and pets. The rangers made several patrols during the evening so we felt very safe. Overall, we would give this campground a high recommendation for a scenic, back-to-nature COE place, especially great for families.

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We stayed here as part of a trip out west. We selected this campground for its proximity off I-40. It was pretty easy to access from the road and reasonably quiet given the interstate's proximity. We had a full hook-up, pull-through site. It wasn't level, but easy to correct. It was gravel with a small concrete pad and picnic table. The cable TV had a very good selection of channels, and Wi-Fi was excellent! While there weren't really any other amenities (such as pool, fenced dog walk or playground), overall we found this campground very satisfactory for an overnight stay and would us it again for that purpose.

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We stayed here overnight as part of a trip out west. We were escorted to a full hook-up, pull-through site that easily accommodated our 38' rig. The sites had a large nice concrete pad with additional pad for picnic table (which was one of the nice commercial, coated metal ones). There were small trees at each site and decent size grass patch. There was free Wi-Fi but it restricted the mb you could use/download. There was a very nice playground with fenced dog park nearby. The pool was a decent size, although the attached spa was closed. The laundry and bathroom facilities were spotlessly clean. The small gift/ souvenir store attached to the office had a good selection if NM merchandise. Overall, we were very impressed with this park and would stay here again: either overnight or for a few days.

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We spent a couple nights here as part of trip out west. We had a private site near the back of the campground that accommodated our 36 ft 5th wheel. All the sites are basically dirt with some stones. There are a few small trees but none that offer shade- it is a very natural campground, typical of the Santa Fe area. We had full hook-ups, though the water pressure was rather low. The cable signal was very strong, although the channel selection was rather odd and limited. The Wi-Fi signal worked well around the office, playground and pool but did not at our site. The amenities included a pool, playground, small theater that showed a nightly movie, enclosed small dog walk and hiking trail (we did not try the trail). We did use the laundry room which was completely functional. There is a small gift/souvenir shop as part of the main office with minimal grocery and RV supply items. The campground provided a nice, detailed map of Santa Fe with restaurant suggestions. Overall, we found the dirt roads and dust a negative (which may be the case at all area campgrounds) but would stay there again.

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We stayed here overnight for first time as part of a trip out West. We arrived on a Sunday so the office was closed, but all our paperwork was nicely labeled and ready for us. We had a large pull-through site which easily accommodated our 38 ft rig with a separate parking spot for the tow vehicle. We had a full hook-up site with a nice large concrete patio and picnic table. The rest of the site was dirt and gravel with just a small patch of grass. The whole area was very dusty but this may just be the nature of Amarillo. The cable TV signal was pretty good, just not a ton of channels. The Wi-Fi was kind of spotty, which may have been due to strong winds. There was a nice playground area, tennis courts, basketball court and horseshoe pits near the entrance. There were also two fenced dog runs with gravel and dirt. The central area of the campground features a small fishing pond with grass and small boardwalk area. It was nice to walk around in the evening when it finally cooled down. Our biggest disappointment was the swimming pool. It was indoor (fine) but surrounded by moldy, water-logged outdoor carpet. The whole pool area smelled terrible! There were two, what-appeared-to-be electronic, barbecue smokers inside the pool area that were full of grease and smelled horrendous as well. The whole pool experience was nasty! Within the same building, the showers and laundry area were very clean and well-kept. Not sure what happened with the pool, but it needs serious attention. Overall, the campground wasn't bad for an overnight stay, but we wouldn't want to spend days vacationing here.

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We stayed here for our 1st visit as an overnight stay, part of a longer trip out West. We were very pleased pull-thru site that easily accommodated our 38 ft rig (all sites appeared to be pull-thru actually). All sites were full concrete pad with full hook-ups (including double sewer) and all roads were paved. The sites were spacious with considerable effort to maintain trees for shade. There was a sparkling clean pool, kiddie water fountain, hot tub and playground right off the main office. There was also a very large covered area with grills available for large groups or families. We used the commercial dryers for bathing suits & towels without difficulty. The very few cons of this park were: no picnic tables at each site, no enclosed dog park or designated dog walk area and no visible street signs. Overall, this was an excellent park which we'd highly recommend.