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Probably the closest state park to Portland (25 miles), there are two RV loops, a tent area, a hike-in area, cabins and a horse camp. I stayed here in January & February and only one loop is open during the off season. Though in the foothills of the Coastal Mountain Range, the climate is quite mild. Even during the winter months it only dropped below freezing twice. It also has two disk golf courses, but the main attraction is hiking. There are several trails within the park itself and it is at the midpoint of the 21-mile Banks-Vernonia Rails to Trails trail which is paved and has trailheads every few miles. It is a really great bike trail. There is no broadcast and television reception, even with a dish there are too many trees in many spots. No Internet either. At the visitor center is a small museum/store with some interesting exhibits. But only snacks.

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Conveniently located off I-90, I stayed here three nights en-route to the west coast. It was late in the season and fairly empty but campsites, all pull through, are fairly tight. I had to take a second time pulling through due to trees. The campground is of the older variety and facilities, especially the bathroom are clean but run down. The people are nice but the camp store offers very little. It is convenient to the Idaho panhandle sites and shopping. For me, it was a place to rest and a good one, but offers few family amenities. It had no picnic table and fire rings were available away from the actual site. The site offers no internet of cable television.

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This is the largest state park west of the Mississippi River according to park rangers. And the size is both an advantage and disadvantage. The advantage is there are many wonderful programs for both kids and adults. There is a great beach with a shipwreck, historical site, ocean viewing area of the Columbia River Mouth and more. At the military museum, there are tours on an old Army "duce-and-a-half" truck that is great. The park's Coffenbury Lake offers fishing, swimming and Kyaking (by registration with the rangers). It is within a few miles of shopping at Costco, Fred Meyer, and some fast food places. Nearby Astoria is also a great place to visit as is Ft. Clatsop, where Lewis & Clark wintered. The bad news -- it is crowded, especially in the summer. Entire loops are reserved for family reunions and church retreats. As a result, it is hard to keep up with maintaining the bathrooms and showers. Volunteers try hard and are friendly. Depending on the group you are near, it can be quite noisy.

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Located between two mountains, there is a short hike to a very beautiful Pacific Ocean Beach. Sites are paved, though prone to flooding in rains. There are two sections, each manned by friendly hosts. As a campground, it is excellent, but there is not much shopping in the area. Port Orford is expensive. Gas prices are 15 cents per gallon higher and the local food store is pricy. If you plan to stay long term, be sure to get supplies before arrival. There is no Internet, nor broadcast television reception. I could not get a signal on my Verizon cell phone. The only radio reception I got was from satellite radio. You are isolated. In case of emergencies, the hosts have landlines. While weather is usually very nice, you can encounter very rough Pacific Storms as they hit the coastline and get funneled into the surrounding mountains. I actually watched the winds flow in two directions. It is a quiet grounds that are great for perhaps a week. This is a great jumping off spot though. Go south to the California Border (about 50 miles south) and you will get any number of incredible Pacific Ocean views. Just over the California border is the famous Redwood Forest.

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Located just north of the 7-mile bridge. This is a lovely retreat from the tourist-intense culture of the Florida Keys. Campsites are level and roomy, though there aren't shade trees. The campgrounds are located on the Gulf Side and there is a great dock area for swimming and boating, as well as simply relaxing and watching the water. Waterside locations are slightly more expensive. I stayed here four days using it as a base camp while touring the Keys. The staff was very friendly, providing me information including the location of a great dog-friendly beach on the Atlantic side of the town. There is also a nice pet area. I snorkled on the beach in February, and the water was wonderfully warm. I saw fish and touched sponge, but you are warned to leave the local lobster colony alone. There is a $25 refundable fee if you have a dog. I drove off without remembering to get it back and found it in my mail when I arrived home. In summation, this is a great place to spend time in the Keys. It is in the middle of the Keys and is an economical alternative to other areas. While the state parks in the area are less expensive, it is nearly impossible to get sites.

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A fairly large park that is not very close to Portland (10 miles) but beautifully maintained. Most of the park has monthly campers, but even in the height of the summer season, I was able to get a pull through site. Excellent Internet. Pool seems rather small until you realize that this area of the county is not as hot as most places. Has a pretty little duck pond which is a great place for picnics. There is noise from nearby Interstate highway and railroad trains, which I was prepared for. However, both days I was here, we were underneath the approach for PDX, which was a surprise. Shopping, including a 24-hour Wal-Mart is minutes away without having to go on the Interstate and Multnomah Falls, one of the states great attractions, is only two exits away.

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Probably the best state park I have ever camped in. Sites are generally level and well spaced out. Volunteers are fantastic and the park is well taken care of. Along the Columbia River Gorge, there is a great view. The only negatives are that it is right next to Interstate 84 and trains pass through the area frequently (you will have this problem just about anywhere along the Columbia River).

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The incredible view of the Rocky Mountains from this campground is more than worth the stay here. It is very convenient as it is adjacent to Interstate 90. The pool is excellent and there is a nice playground for the children. You have highway and train noise, but closing the windows and door pretty much eliminates it. Stayed here two nights and slept soundly. The staff is excellent and friendly, but they are mostly students and I saw no sign of management while I was here. They are very adamant about check-in, check out times and you will probably need reservations as this is a very popular park. Arrived for a Thursday - Friday stay, and was unable to get the weekend. The location is convenient. It is in a rural area but Bozeman is only a few miles away. There is a Wal-Mart right off the highway as well as other services and shopping. The only real issue I had about the park are that the sites are fairly close. While you can move coaches in and out fairly easily, neighbors' sewage dumps tend to be uncomfortably close, the reason for the 9 instead of 10 rating. The RV park is about 60 miles from the entrance to Yellowstone via the Gardiner, MT entrance, but Old Faithful is about 50 miles further. The speed limit is 35-45 throughout the park. On your way here, you will pass through a wonderful National Forest too. Plan on making a full-day trip.

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Camped here on the promotional $29 for 2 nights/3 days. Asked for and got a third night at no extra charge. To get this rate, you need to listen to a membership sales pitch. For a park that is trying to be big-time, there are a number of disappointments. I was given a pull-through site without any shade trees and high winds on the hillside made using a canopy impossible. It was 100+° during my mid-July stay. My site was impossible to level and I discovered my neighbors sewage line was two steps from my picnic table. Not having cable TV was a bummer, though I had no trouble getting local broadcast stations. Camp store was grossly overpriced and it is about 15 miles to Rapid City. It is a good idea to stock up before arrival. The place is large, with long walks to amenities such as the pool and pavilion. If you are interested, cabin and tent camping is available. WiFi is OK but can become weak at times. Cell service is excellent. About the best thing about this park is it's location. It is ten minutes from Mt. Rushmore and close to Custer State Park and Black Hills National Forest. There are also any number of local attractions nearby including a petting zoo, bear theme park, farm petting zoo, and more so kids can be kept happy. But it just isn't what it it is trying to be. Certainly a decent place to camp and certainly not one I would care to visit without the discount rate.

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This is a good park with wonderful managers. But it has some issues. It has two areas and the overnight/short stay area is superb, but the long stay area, especially the pull-through row, is cramped. If you are a full-time RVer and use Alternative Resources as your mail forwarding company, you can get a discount. But the P.A. discount is limited to off season. Be sure to make a reservation as they do not have much drive-in spots available. Wi-Fi tends to be sporadic. I stayed here in intense heat and a drought for a month and it became quite dusty. There was a weekend when power was erratic, but the problem was resolved on the first weekday after. You are close to food, shopping and many local attractions, the best of which is Falls Park, which has a light-laser show during the summer season. In summary, it is, for its location, as good as it can be, especially with a super staff.

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Stopped here to do business with my mail forwarding service. This is the only place I can say isn't worth staying at, even with P.A. discounts. It advertises a pool: empty. It advertises cable: only one site had it and it didn't work. The office is nearly always closed, especially on weekends. Most of the people who live here are in the motel rooms and they are not the kind of people one would want for neighbors. You have to back into all sites, and they are very cramped. Some of the 30 amp connections are broken, replaced with 15 amp extension cords. Traffic from roads and airport is awful. About the only recommendation I can make is to go to the other campground, a couple of blocks away.

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I have stayed in this campground six times over the past few years. The park is convenient to area highways, though the noise can be trying at night. The location is convenient for shopping, with a Wal-Mart and other stores and restaurants across the road and a 7-11 gas station at the corner which has low gas prices. While professionally run, the staff is somewhat cold. The store is the best I've seen but prices are rather high. I've had a few run-ins with the staff over minor rules. They charge for Wi-Fi and the signal is erratic. This is a convenient overnight stop but staff petty nonsense can be a problem.

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An excellent state park which offers a number of different rates to RVers depending on if you want rustic or full hookup. There is an excellent lake to swim in, but a major attraction is Boulder field, where a glacier melted leaving miles of boulders. It's great for a weekend.

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Spent the summer season (May 1-Oct 15) of 2011 and the month of May in 2012 here. Main area consists of seasonal tenants who come here for many years and have permanent porches, gardens, etc. at their sites. Annual rate of $2,150 includes winter storage. I was unable to get a good seasonal site this year as the park is filled. It is a wonderful family park with weekend activities, especially on holiday weekends and a great Halloween "trail of terror" put on by the seasonal campers at the end of the season. They have a great rally field for overnight and short stay campers. In 2012, there were some staffing changes though the excellent manager remains the same and they were still shaking down in May. Prices at the camp store are great. There is a great hiking trail up along a huge rock that gives you a great view of three states. Wi-Fi is available only at the office complex, but there are plenty of tables to work at in the rec room. My only complaint is that it is kind of expensive to have your black water pumped.

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Stayed here on the opening weekend and the rest of the week. Camp was spotless and well run. They had a "welcome" breakfast attended by a number of people who keep their rigs there on a permanent basis. But there are many campsites and plenty of room for short-timers. They have a nice pond for canoeing and swimming and an arrangement with the next-door golf course. The area is quite convenient to the historical area of Plymouth, which also offers incredible whale watching trips. Day trips to Cape Cod are also easy and Boston is about an hour away. It is far less expensive than camping on the Cape. One thing you should be aware of is that the Cape doesn't really open up until Mid-May and some attractions were closed anyway. Had an incident where people rode horses through the site as they didn't know it was open for the season. They left what horses leave and when I complained, the mess was cleaned up immediately. If I am in the area again, I will stay definitely there.