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We stayed at Frog Hollow in January on our way south. This is a good campground for an overnight stop with easy access from I-55. There was quite a bit of highway noise but that was expected with the park being so close to the highway. We were assigned a pull-through site that was grass and gravel but was level side to side. The office staff was friendly and guided us to our site. This is a no frills park but met our needs for an overnight stop.

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The RV park is in an excellent location for visiting the Pigeon Forge area. There is no pool or playground in the park. The cable TV and Wi-Fi worked well. Many of the sites, but not all, have a concrete pad. The restrooms were clean and the staff was friendly.

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We had a full hookup site in the front of the park and the Wi-Fi worked very well for us. The campground's roads and sites are gravel and the site was level. Each site had a picnic table but no fire rings. Spacing between the sites is a bit narrow but we had no trouble with our opposing slideouts or opening our awning. The park doesn’t offer cable TV but the over-the-air channels worked well. This park is a good choice for an overnight stay.

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Wakonda State Park is located in Northeast MO next to U.S. Hwy 61 offering easy off, easy on access. The park has two campgrounds, Boulder Lake campground and Wakonda Lake campground and all sites have a fire ring and picnic table. The campsites on Boulder Lake are heavily treed, close together, electric only, and many require some leveling front to back. The Wakonda Lake campground has been upgraded to 9 full hookup campsites offering 50 amp service. The campsites are spacious and all 9 sites back up to the lake and have easy access to the lake. Both campgrounds have a clean shower house and a playground for children. The rate we paid was for a full hookup site. Electric only sites are $23 per night and basic sites are $13 per night.

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This park is in a good location for visiting Gulf Shores. Each RV site has a concrete pad and a picnic table. In the past year the sites that had cracked and broken pads have been replaced with new cement pads. The front portion of the park has shade trees while the back portion is open. The showers, restrooms, and laundromat were always clean. The park has a very nice pool and a small playground for kids. There is a county maintained walking/bike trail that passes right in front of the park. Each site has cable TV but it seems to fluctuate between a perfect picture and a snowy picture. The park's wifi is spotty at best. The staff was very friendly. Our nightly rate reflects the Good Sam discount.

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Many of the campsites at Onondaga SP have both water and 50 amp electric hookups. There is also a section of basic sites without hookups for tent campers. Both of the caves at this park are worth visiting. The park roads are blacktop and the campsites are concrete and WiFi is available at the campsites. Each site has a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern post. There is a playground and the Meramec River is close to the campground. This is an excellent campground for the family.

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This park is filled with day workers and seasonals/permanents. There weren’t very many RV sites available for RVers looking for an overnight stop. The roads and sites are gravel and the sites were very unlevel front to back. The majority of the sites were pull-throughs. Drive in, pick a site and get set up, and then go back to the office to pay. The spacing between the sites was decent. There were no picnic tables or fire rings. This is a basic RV park and OK for an overnight stop as long as you can deal with the front to back slope of the sites. We were in the back of the park and couldn’t get their Wi-Fi to work for us. Our nightly rate of $24 was the Good Sam rate.

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This is a very nice RV park and very clean. The roads and sites are concrete and the sites are level. The park has a beautiful lake and there is a sidewalk around a large part of it. Restrooms were very clean. The back-in sites were angled to the road making it easy to back in. The staff was friendly, helpful, and they guide you to your site. The park has a daily trash pick at your site. There is a nice children’s playground and also a game room near the pool area. I would definitely use this park again.

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This is one of three COE campgrounds on Mark Twain Lake. The sites have great spacing between them and each has a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern post. The sites are paved and most are long. The first and second loop have a few full hookup sites. The third loop offers electric only sites. While the sites are fairly level side to side, there are a few that have quite a bit of slope front to back. The campground is clean and well maintained. I was in site 69 and able to get most of the major networks over the air by pointing my antenna to the northeast. The only thing I didn’t like about the campground was all of the sites require you to back in on the passenger side. A heads up for those using Blue Totes, the dump station is by the registration office and is a rather long distance from the camping loops. There is also a marina close to the campground. My nightly rate reflects a 50% seniors discount.

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ABC campground is a great choice for staying in the Branson area. The staff is friendly and they escort to your campsite. You can buy tickets to the Branson shows in their office and on some of the shows they offer a discount that is better than you can find elsewhere. WiFi at our site was strong and each site has basic cable TV service. The sites are gravel and may require some side to side leveling. Each site had a picnic table but there are no fire rings. Like all of the commercial parks in Branson the sites are close together but opening your awning is not a problem and there is plenty of room for rigs with opposing slideouts. Trash is picked up at your site every morning. The campground also has a coin-operated RV wash, a game room, a coin-op laundry, swimming pool, and Jacuzzi tub. The campground has a rally coordinator and the staff is very experienced at hosting rallies. The campground also has a very large air-conditioned pavilion for rallies. We recently attended a rally at ABC and the staff was outstanding. The campground will cater food and will even bring in professional entertainment for rally events. Our rally group booked the Hillbilly Party at the campground and it was great fun and as good if not better than some Branson shows.

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This campground is overpriced for what it offers. The sites are pull-through combination sites. In other words you pull through and then someone can back into the site behind you. They do offer single pull through sites at a higher nightly rate. The park roads and sites are hard-packed dirt with some gravel mixed in. Fortunately it didn’t rain while we were there. Each site had a picnic table and fire ring but the sites are narrow so if your neighbor has a campfire it will be very close to your RV. Over-the-air television is weak and the park does not offer cable TV. The pay for use Wi-Fi is available through Tengo and was is next to useless. Highway noise from the nearby Interstate Hwy 44 was loud. I would hate to try sleeping in a hybrid or popup trailer with the amount noise. I felt the park’s pool was small considering it had an eight foot deep end. The small fishing lake was very nice and there was no state fishing license required and no fee to fish it. The showers and restrooms were very clean.

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The two lane road to the park is very narrow. My real issue was with the road within the park. The road is uphill and in need of repair. A sign near the top where the road turns sharply warns you to maintain your speed because of the loose rock they call a road. Wi-Fi signal was weak and very slow. Sites are very close together and required some leveling. Restrooms and showers were clean but dated.

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This is a clean and well kept campground. The campground road is blacktop and the RV sites are concrete and level. A majority of the campsites have both water and electric with 50 amp service. The dump station was very clean also. A real plus for this state park is that it has Wi-Fi available at each site which was nice because our cell phones couldn’t get a signal at the park. The spacing between the sites was OK. Each site has a fire ring, picnic table, and lantern post. All sites at the park at reservable through the state park’s website. The park has some nice hiking trails, and the Meramec River is a within walking distance. There is a small playground at the front of the campground that is in full sun. The bathrooms and shower houses were clean but looking a bit dated. The park sells ice and firewood. Rangers patrol the campground regularly. I highly recommend taking a tour of both the Onondaga Cave and the Cathedral Cave, both are located in the park. Be warned though, the Cathedral Cave tour requires you to hike ½ mile through the woods to get to it.

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We spent a week at Elk Meadow RV park. I find this park difficult to rate. Compared to other campgrounds in the Estes Park area, Elk Meadow is probably the best of the bunch. We were in the “B” section which I considered to have the tightest sites in the park. The roads and sites within the park are a gravelly dirt and not maintained very well. Most sites will require some leveling. Some parts of the park really are overrun with ground squirrels and their burrows are everywhere. The Wi-Fi worked, but at times was slow. On the positive side, the swimming pool was very clean but the hot tub usually had a number of children in it. There was a beautiful mini-golf course, horse shoe pits, a bean bag toss, and a playground. The on-site laundry was large and clean. The bathrooms were dated, but clean. The cable TV offered a very large number of channels. There is also a small store on the property and the park staff was very friendly. The biggest plus for this park is that it is very close to the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. With better road and site maintenance and better terracing of the sites, this park would rate much higher. Our nightly rate reflects the weekly rate with the Good Sam discount.

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The road to the campground in Hawn State Park is blacktop and at times, very steep. The campsites are concrete and level. Sites 1 through 9 are not big rig friendly. Each site has a picnic table, fire ring, and a post for a lantern. There is an amphitheater with weekend programs and a playground. 26 of the 45 sites offer 30 amp electric, the others are basic sites. There are an additional 5 sites that are for walk-in tent camping. Most of the sites are shady so if you want to use a satellite dish there are only a few that would be suitable. The campground is down in a valley so with the new digital TV stations we couldn’t get any television reception at all. We also couldn’t get a cell phone signal at the campground but driving to the top of the ridge where the dump station is located we could make cell phone calls. A few of the sites back up to the very small Pickle Creek which is great for kids to play in. There is no potable water at the dump station so you have to drive into the campground to fill your fresh water tank at one of the few water spigots spaced out amount the sites. The park has a small laundry and a pay phone available. The showers and bathrooms were clean. If you reserve a site online through the state’s website there is an charge of $8.50 per site in addition to the daily rate of $19 for electric sites.