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This is a very pretty park with lots of walking trails, right on the bay, and obviously in the season has lots of water activities on offer. We stayed here for a week using this campground as a base to visit Washington DC. The park is about 15 minutes drive from the metro railway station which made it nice and easy to get into the city. It is obvious that a lot of the sites are permanently booked out by people living in the area as the park really filled up on the weekend. This resulted in us being allocated a site (number 52) which is probably the worst and most difficult to get into. All the sites are back in but this one was up a rather steep incline and was the most uneven site we have ever had in our entire 18 months of RVing. We had to use every leveling block and plank of timber we owned. In addition to that the sewer hookup was higher than the outlet on our 5th wheel, so every time we needed to dump it was a two person job having to lift the sewer pipe up to get it to drain. When we checked out we used the dump station at the front gate - thankfully there was a good hose fitting and the sewer outlet was on a downward angle. We also had to fill our on board fresh water tank and use that as the water pressure was so low it trickled out of the tap. The staff were friendly and helpful but we wouldn't stay here again unless we were able to secure a better site.

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This is a great little hidden gem - off the beaten track but certainly worth a visit. We were warmly greeted by the owner who, once we explained why two Aussie travelers ended up outside the normal touristy areas, provided us with information about what was to see in the area - certainly enough to keep us busy for our 4-day stay. The office and covered common area had lots of memorabilia that the owner has collected over the years. We sat there on several occasions talking to him about the history of the area. The park backs onto a trout-filled stream - we were lucky enough to talk to a local fisherman who gave us four freshly caught trout. There are also walking trails along the rivers edge where you will find some quite unique tree carvings done by John. The Wi-Fi was fantastic, all services worked well and our site level - what more could we have wanted - a wonderful host and a beautifully maintained park.

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Nice enough park, spaces a little tight with a lot of snow birders and permanent residents. Staff very friendly, facilities good - great library adjoining the laundry - air conditioned and nice place to sit and wait for a machine or dryer - it was prime real estate the day I went to do my laundry. Word of warning - the dryers are very hot - would suggest putting them on medium heat. The park is sort of in the middle of nowhere - there is a Winn Dixie and Dollar General about 10 minutes down the road one way and St James City the other which has a couple of bars and restaurants, all within riding distance. The park is nowhere near the beach but they do have a bus tour to the beach once a week.

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Staff when checking in were delightful however there was no one around or willing to show us to our site... No biggy but they do advertise this service. Park is mainly comprised of permanent mobile homes - seems to be a nice community but no one stopped to say hello. The trolley stop to the beach and Times Square is directly opposite the front gate- 75 cents and you are at a most beautiful beach. Make sure you go down to the pier to watch the sunset! The sites are all grass and ours wasn't level, water hook up was a shared point off to the side of our site - glad we have a long hose! Road ways are extremely narrow - backing our 40 foot 5th wheeler was a bit of a challenge and would have been more so if someone had been in the site next door. Overall a pleasant enough stay but would probably look elsewhere next time.

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This park is basic, but the sites are level and all the hook ups work well. It is all gravel, but right on the river bank with beautiful views of the colour changing lights on the bridge and the city. The wifi is good - a great place for an overnighter and possibly more. Oh, and the park is secure - they close the gates at 5.30 pm - obviously giving you a code to get back in if you head out.... For the price (we used Passport America ) it is a great place to stay.

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We stayed for 4 nights and would definitely recommend this park. We lucked out and were there for the start of their Christmas Dancing Lights show. As guests of the park you get to drive through this spectacular for free - it was absolutely amazing - so good in fact that we drove through twice. Even if you don't stay at Jellystone go and pay the entrance fee and do the tour. The park had the best wifi we have ever had at a park, the site we had, even though it didn't have sewer hook up, was very level with plenty of space for our 40 foot 5th wheeler. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. The only issue we had was that the dump station was closed however we just pulled up to a vacant site and dumped there...

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This would have to be the best park in the area. It is right on the shores of Lake Michigan - even if it is over 4 lanes of traffic. The traffic noise is minimal and we we had no trouble crossing it to go for a walk down Mariners Way. A beautiful walk! The campground is part of a motel complex, sites are a little close but still big enough for our 40 foot 5th wheeler with 4 slide outs. Laundry facilities are small but clean - you need to get the key from the front desk of the motel - $1 a wash, $1 a dry -what a bargain. Campground guests have full use of the motel facilities which include an indoor heated pool, bar and also a putt putt golf course. We had booked elsewhere initially but based on reviews etc we decided to come to this park. Good decision!!!

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This park is a gem. Right on the banks of the Missouri River - sites are level with plenty of space between each site. All hook ups worked well. Check-in was great, staff were very friendly and helpful providing us with information of where to go and who to see in the area. The campground is part of a resort which we had full access to. We had dinner and a few drinks there. The bar staff were fantastic; restaurant staff not as personable, but the food was good. Weekends seem to be a busy time for the campground as lots of people book in to attend weddings etc. at the resort so you may need to book a spot early.

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This campground is only open during the Sturgis Bike Rally. It is a little way out of Sturgis itself, but the free Da Bus service makes for an easy and fun way to get into town and the other popular bars along the way. The sites are huge at 50 foot wide - plenty of room for your rig and trailer! All hook ups worked well. The Eye Candy Saloon had nightly entertainment - great bands - and the beer prices were very reasonable. Great little gift store on site and food available all day. We would definitely recommend staying here - a great spot away from all the hustle and bustle.

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We were only going to stay here for a few nights but felt so welcome and relaxed that we extended. The park is under new management as of May 2013, and the young couple and their family are working very hard to upgrade and beautify the facilities. The sites are all grass, and ours was plenty big enough to fit our 40 foot 5 th wheeler with 4 slides. All hookups worked well. The park is in a little valley just off Highway 385, and there was a little noise, but what else could we expect the week before the Sturgis Bike Rally. Having said that, it was nice and quiet at night. The location is perfectly situated between all the hot spots in the area - ie Deadwood, Lead, Sturgis, Mt Rushmore, etc. There is a great little general store on site which sells all the essentials and some nice little souvenirs. There are plenty of level, fully grassed tent sites and every site has a wooden picnic table and fire ring. (You can purchase fire wood from the store). We would definitely recommend staying here.

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We stayed here for 4 nights. Site was level and all hookups worked well. Sites are a little close but still wide enough for our 40 foot 5th wheeler and 4 slides. The park is just off the highway, easy in and out and surprisingly very little road noise. We purchased our tickets for the Cody rodeo from the office, and the KOA bus picked us up outside the office - cost was $4 per person - return travel. The laundry facilities were great and the cheapest we have found in over 8 months of travel. Great location.

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We only stayed here overnight as we had to get our 5th wheeler brakes fixed. Our site was very uneven and had big wheel ruts down the side. The name certainly doesn't fit the park - there are very few trees but there is a big Yogi Bear statue at the entrance of the camp ground. They also have tractor rides every afternoon. Great for the kids.

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Check in was easy - owners very friendly and helpful even lending us a CD audio tour for the Little Big Horn Battlefield. The park has some nice grassy sites and they have an ice cream night on each night. The owner obviously likes her cats; there were a number of them wandering around the campground and also in the office. Our site was surprisingly level and all services worked well. The park is centrally located, not that there is much to do in the little town of Hardin. We only stayed 1 night.

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From initial check in to the nightly camp fire gatherings this park is the best. The sites are wide and level a d all with a nice patch of greenery to step out on. The owners are very friendly and gave us a lot of information on good eating places and hikes in the area. The little gift store has a great selection of goodies and the ice cream bar is very popular. The park is just off the highway but the traffic noise did not bother us. There is a games room complete with games and a pool table. Laundry facilities are clean at a reasonable cost. The park is located on the Yellowstone River, we didn't have a river front site but we could still see the water. Great spot, great hosts!

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This is a Thousand Trails park, and when we called to book in got the selling pitch to join Thousand Trails. We declined because it doesn't suit our needs but if all their parks are of this standard I would be quite disappointed. We arrived just after check in time and had to push the call box button to get someone to come over to check us in. We were then given a map of the campground and told to find a spot and then let them know which one we had chosen. Our trailer is 37 feet long and some of the road ways were pretty tight getting through the park on our search for a site. We were also told not to choose a site with an orange bucket over the water tap and to check that all the hookups worked before we unhitched. Really? We found a site, checked that everything worked and then set up camp. We hadn't been there for more than an hour before our power went off. We called the office. Four hours later nothing had been done. We spoke to some of the other campers who told us that the previous camper in our site had the same problem. In the end we located the circuit box for ours and the adjoining three sites who also had no power and reset the switch. The issue is that they have four 30 amp sites running off a 90 amp supply. (We were told this by the maintenance man the following day when the same thing happened). The roadways and sites are all dirt and even with the 5 MPH speed limit we were covered in dust every time someone drove past. Even the Thousand Trails members in the park were complaining. Our Verizon Wi-Fi worked well. They do have free Wi-Fi but you have to trek all the way up to the lodge to use it. Laundry is expensive at $2 a wash. There is no television service even with a satellite dish--too many trees. That didn't bother us but is worth noting. The park is about 18 miles outside of Leavenworth.