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Mixed feelings about this park. Great place for families with children because of the activities offered. Yes, the water park is a separate fee but at a reduced price-you can purchase for a day or $14/person for your entire stay. If you go to accompany family and NOT participate, you pay full price. And be prepared to sit in the hot sun unless you want to pay additional $35 for a covered area. My husband and I met son and family for three nights, who were going to tent camp and reserved a space two spaces over from our site. When they arrived, they were told that the people who had their space decided to stay another night, so instead of honoring our son's reservation, Jellystone moved them to a different site far from where we were staying. Cons: Our site, 54, was very shaded but not level; had to use about three leveling pads on one side. No grill but there was a fire ring. The cable did not work but we were able to get several channels through antenna (but cable is part of what you pay for, right?). WIFI was very weak. Some of the paved roads have potholes; the grounds looked unkempt, i.e., mowing and weed-eating, trash. There was recent flooding and the "creek" that runs through one area still had debris piled up in some spots although that may have been a "timing" issue. The Air Zone where the bouncy inflatables are located is in the full sun, two for the older kids were not inflated and they needed a good washing. The tables in the Bear's Den could be cleaned more often. And if you stay over a weekend be prepared for a LOT of noise and activity because this park is full of kids having a good time. Pros: great family and kid-oriented park with LOTS of activities to keep the kids happy. We had fun playing candy bar bingo, watching karaoke, movie's in the evenings, swimming and a visit to the water park. Lots of shaded RV sites.

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This is probably one of the nicest RV parks where my husband and I have stayed; we extended our stay from two to three days because we were so impressed with the park and the Lake Powell Resort facilities. My husband has a national park pass so we did not have to pay an entrance fee to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. The RV park is run by Aramark. Office staff at the park are cordial. Facility very clean. Sites are within different loops, which gives a little more privacy, not as much traffic and isn't the typical "parking lot" type of set-up. Our site was in an upper loop and a large pull-through; lots of space and nice views. We did notice that the back-ins are really wide...so wide you could park your vehicle and trailer side by side. Used the laundry while there and it is huge with lots of washers and dryers, and was very clean. Lots to do nearby. For once a park that deserves its high rating! It is a little pricey but we think well worth it. Do watch your small pets as there are coyotes in the area.

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Stayed here four nights while visiting the Grand Canyon. All sites are pull-through and fairly level. Fair amount of space between sites with a grill and picnic table. Our site did not have a cable TV hook up; with an antenna, we were able to get one station. Phone service was spotty throughout the entire Grand Canyon park. My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at this park. It is nothing fancy but it is so convenient to everything the Grand Canyon NP has to offer. Just a short walk to the shuttle service and paved walking paths. Mule deer and a single bull elk wandered through the park eating acorns. Lots of services within the park to take advantage of. Would definitely stay here again.

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Stayed here one night while passing through the area. Easy enough to find and easy access. Staff friendly. Basically a gravel parking lot with what appeared to be several permanent trailers, although those sites seemed to be neat enough. Some trees. Long grassy pet park for dogs. Good WIFI. For cable TV access, we were given a converter and a remote, which we could not get to work but for one night, local TV was okay for us. The biggest negative for us wanting to keep our truck hooked up to our trailer since only staying one night--the hookups were toward the "front" of the pull-through site, so we had to unhitch the truck. Okay for one night, but don't know if we would stay again except that other parks in this and the Farmington area did not get great reviews on this site.

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One-night stay while passing through Lubbock. Friendly staff; very reasonably priced at $25 if you pay cash. Easy access. Nothing fancy but it is a neat, clean park. Pull-through sites long enough to keep our truck hooked up to our trailer. Paved interior roads. No cable but for one night, local stations were good for us. Several long term residents. Quiet. WIFI worked well for us. Would stay here again overnight.

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Stayed overnight while passing through the area. When making reservations, person taking info was professional and very efficient. I was asked what brand and year travel trailer we had, so this gave us the impression that this was an outstanding facility. Easy to find, good signage and attractive from the street. Very accessible to IH40. I can not comment on the facilities available as we did not use them. There was a large, fenced, green grassy playground area for kids. The pond area was undergoing some maintenance/renovations and sidewalks were being put in around that same area. TV cable and good WIFI service. Now, the cons...once driving past the office, the park and sites were really unimpressive...basically a gravel parking lot with short fencing between sites. Each site was wide and long enough for us to keep our truck hooked up to our trailer. Each site had a concrete pad for the picnic table. Other than that, there was a tiny patch of grass and one shrub. Don't know how Trailer Life gave this park such a high rating for visual appearance. Nice trailers/motor-homes here, some appeared to be semi-permanent. But did we see anyone other than construction workers outside? NO. Why? The stench in the air. Per the Internet, it was from nearby Hereford, Texas, where there are large cattle lots. To my husband and I, the smell was more like a rendering plant, which is really nasty. I know the park cannot help the smell in the area. Maybe the wind was blowing from the "wrong" direction. However, I think with the cons of this park, it would be a huge advantage to the park if they would spiff up their sites. Okay for one night, but we will not be staying here again, especially for $35/night, with a Good Sam discount.

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Husband and I stayed here several years ago; this was an overnight stay while passing through the state. This park appears even nicer than before with the appearance of the sites improved with river rocks, an assigned dog area and an addition of sites for big rigs. Overall, a really nice park; HOWEVER, we just happened to stay during the balloon festival, during which time, the park increased their rates! I was even told that when I called ahead to make the reservation. That is why the rate charged us was $65. This park has everything we need, is well-kept, quiet, good WIFI. It is still one of the nicest parks where we have stayed. Would definitely stay here in the future.

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Husband and I stayed here in November. Nice park with most spaces pull-through. Streets and sites all concrete. Site was level and husband said the hookups were first class. Space between sites was okay; grassy and some sites had landscaping. There was a cute putt-putt golf course on-site that is open to the public. Very family friendly, but this time of year, there were mainly adults in the park. Some "winter Texans." On Saturday night they had an outdoor movie screen where they played a children's movie, that I thought was a unique idea, but it was loud, so I would not want a site in that area. Because of the time of year, we did not use the pools, club house, etc., so I cannot comment on them. Construction was underway on a new spa. It was a nice park a short drive from the busyness of Galveston and close to beach access. We would stay here again.

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Husband and I stayed here late October, early November. This is a large park that appears to have many "snowbirds" stay in the winter; however, there were still some nice sites to choose from. Yes, there are speed bumps but they did not bother us and are a good deterrent for speeding. The grounds were well maintained, as were the buildings on site. What impressed us was the space between each site and the sites behind each site were offset to give a roomier feel. Our back-in site was very deep, which gave us ample room to park our tow truck. The pads were concrete with an extension on the side for the picnic table. Three bathhouses with laundry facilities which were neat and clean. We did not use the clubhouse, hot tub or pools. The park upgraded their TV cable and although the numbering system was a little confusing, it worked great. The Wi-Fi was good, although in the evening it seemed a little slow. Overall, a great stay. We hope to be back in the future.

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Husband and I stayed here for three nights in October. As others stated, the layout of the sites is very odd, particularly in the "A" section; however, I'm assuming it is because of the area's topography. We did stay in section A, and yes, the sites are at the edge of the road, but we got used to it and the trees were beautiful in this section. We also appreciated the fact that this being a state park there are full hookups, unlike our state parks in Texas. The streets appeared to be recently re-topped--not sure but they were in great shape and our site was level. I could see where a larger motor home would have to be familiar with the sites but there were several in section A. No TV cable but we received several area stations using our antenna. The WIFI was not great, but we were under the trees and there were rain showers in the area for a day or so. Our Verizon MIFI worked great though. Don't know if we'll ever be back to the area but it was a pretty park at a great nightly rate and a reasonable drive into Birmingham via 65.

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My husband and I stayed here for three nights in October. I have mixed feelings about this park, weighing more to the positive. This park sits on a beautiful piece of real estate--surrounded on two sides by water, the Coosa River and Lake Black Creek. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. There were a couple of current construction projects to improve the park--a new pool and a new very long dock with at least 20 boat slips. The office area was nice and beautifully landscaped. I used the laundry facilities, which were neat and clean. There were five washers and I think five or six dryers, all of which were working. Unfortunately, there were a couple of negatives about the park...the roads were badly in need of repair. The sites are not paved, but pretty level. Because the park was not full, the manager allowed us to use an adjacent space for our tow truck, which we appreciated because we are not sure where we would have parked it otherwise. There were several, what appeared to be, long-term trailers that were not occupied--maybe used for weekends--some could have used some tidying up of "stuff" around the trailers. Also, the spaces were extremely close together. Luckily for us, there were lots of available spaces so we did not have anyone right next to us. Cable worked well as did the WIFI. Highway noise from I-759, but not horrible. With some additional improvements, this could be a gem of a park.

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Stayed here one night while passing through the area. First, husband and I were pleasantly surprised that this state park offered some sewer hookups, which was a great plus. Pretty little lake; since we were just staying one night--a Thursday night--we were able to get a "premium site" by the lake. Very nice site with a lot of deep space to the water. Paved semi-circle pull-through, table, fire ring, etc. with beautiful view and access to the water because the lake was a little low. Cons: Sites in need of some mowing/trimming. Some sites in desperate need of repaving--mostly the sites in area 3, which we noticed while taking a walk. Also, several large trees had to be cut down (due to the drought?), which the park staff was in the process of doing. But still a lot of tress remaining. Did make for lots of firewood available to buy. The host that was monitoring the area was not friendly. Such a shame the state of Texas doesn't allocate more money to the upkeep of its beautiful parks.

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VERY large park that is open only from April 1--November 1. We were told that the WI-FI had been improved; it was very fast. Phone service worked great and cable was provided. Some sites were shaded and some had no shade, especially some of the pull-through sites for bigger RVs. Lots of amenities, especially for families with children: fishing pond, nice playground, miniature golf, swimming pool, basketball court, volleyball net, and grassy baseball field to name a few. We stayed close to Halloween and the park staff had a costume contest for the kids. On the flip-side, if you prefer a less active environment and/or if you have a dog that goes nuts when kids on bikes zip by during a walk, this may not be the place for you. Some children were supervised, some not. Our space was space 40, a back-in, and it was not very deep so we had to angle our truck sideways in front of our trailer. Sites were such that trailers are lined up fairly close together with no landscaping in between; sorta like a huge gravel parking lot. Sites were not paved but interior roads were. The park is surrounded by hills, which is pretty, and has a stream running through on one side. I think the views from the fish pond side were better than where we were parked. There is a street that runs through the park that gives access to private homes. Restrooms were clean, and so was the laundry room. The laundry room had several units of washers/dryers all in working order at the time we used them. It was a short drive into nearby communities. Friendly staff.

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Stayed one night while passing through the area. This was late October and the staff working at that time were extremely nice and helpful. We parked in the area that provided both 30 and 50 amp electric service. Very shaded. Good paved interior roads and sites, although some turns were a little tight. Long sites--we were able to keep our double cab truck hooked up to our 28' trailer. Did need to use leveling blocks. Appears to be a very large park with lots to offer if staying a few days--hiking trails, tennis courts, softball field, disc golf course, and seasonal horse back riding, to name a few.

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Stayed one night while traveling through the state. Great COE park-friendly staff, well-maintained, great interior roads, nice space between sites, lots of trees/shade and some sewer hook-ups. The $11 rate reflects a National Park/Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass discount. Nice. We were assigned space 51, a waterfront site on the Tombigbee River. Got to view tug boats pushing barges up and down the river. There were tug boats running throughout the night; this did not bother us; I have a light case of insomnia, so I just happened to hear them. They are actually pretty cool at night because they are well lit. Also had friendly neighbors.