About Danno

We are retired full time RVers. I was in the USAF for 30 years & we decided to travel before choosing a place to live. We had a 40 ft toy hauler (5er) for 2 years & now have a 35 ft 5er. My ratings basis: Lot of space between units, easy in/out, well placed utils that work, long level sites, amenities commensurate with price, no frustrations/harassment, family friendly, no trashy permanents, no rogue tree branches, & wide paved interior roads (e.g. no dust). Happy trails!

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I liked this park, but there are 32 seriously bad sites out of the 100 available. Sites are asphalt & well spread apart with paved interior roads. Most back-ins have a good angle with the road to make for an easy in/out. There's a gorgeous lake here for water sports plus plenty of room for kids to ride bikes & play. Sites have a fire pit & picnic table. There's no wifi and satellite access is unlikely due to trees. We picked up ABC & NBC on antenna. Verizon had a strong signal. There's one nice bathhouse and a couple of small out-buildings with toilet only. Some sites are 50A electric only while some are full hook up. You can see that info on their recreation.gov web page when selecting a site. There is a dump and several water spigots in the electric only sections. Pedestals are deep in the back of each site. Now for the caveats. Some sites are so wildly unlevel that I felt compelled to tally what I saw. Generally level sites: 7, 8, 9, 11, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 37, 38, 42, 45, 46, 60, 62, 68, 69, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 78, 80, 87, 92, & 96. Front to Back down-sloping sites: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 30, 34, 36, 40, 44, 49, 50, 58, 67, 70, 79, 82, 83, 85, 93, 94, 95, 97, 98, 99, 100. Front to back up-sloping site: 41 Two pull-thrus (51 & 59) are okay in the middle but sloped up at both ends. I wouldn't take any of the following sites in a moderate sized fifth wheel or larger. A small travel trailer or pop-up might be okay or maybe you have mountain goat in your blood. Side to side sloping sites: 47, 64, 88, & 90. Both sloping down and side to side sloping sites: 22, 35, 43, 52, 53, 54, 61, 63, 66, & 75. These last few are laughable & unusable as they are better suited as ski jumps or skate board ramps: 1, 12, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 39, 48, 55, 56, 57, 65, 77, 81, 84, 86, & 91.

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The park has an older section up front with a few young trees, paved roads, & paved sites spaced a tight 12' apart. This section is only suitable for smaller RVs as sites were only 35-40' long. Satellite reception would depend on your site but they also have suitable cable TV too. The newer section of the park is at the back. They have gravel roads and widely spaced, ~75' long paved sites with no trees. The shorter sites in the old section are cheaper, $32 before discount, & the price goes up to $40 for the longest sites. I only sporadically received the park wifi signal. Verizon had 3 bars with good data signal. Another reviewer thought the turns to get into the park were tight, but I found them very wide and easy to make. Sites only have a picnic table. There is a small pool & nice rec room with a few table games & laundry.

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I liked this campground. Waco doesn't have a lot to choose from so this park fills a need. We had a level gravel back-in that was about 65' long with perhaps 30' between sites. Back ins are angled for easy in/out from the paved interior road. About half of their pull throughs are side-by-side which might put you pretty close to your neighbor depending on where RVs sit on the 70' shared pull through. You pick your site online which I like, but you pay the full balance when you reserve. The office was staffed during peak travel hours and signs tell you what to do if the office isn't staffed. There are few amenities -- no fire pits, no tables, grills, playground, fenced pet area, or cable TV. Park wifi didn't reach our site. But you do get to walk around the working sheep farm as others mentioned and I loved the quiet dark nights. Laundry worked fine for us. Another reviewer mentioned the very short 21,000# load zoned bridge on Greig Dr between I-35 & the park. All but the heaviest RVs will be well under that weight on any single axle or axle group. Verizon had a strong signal & most sites would be good for satellite. We'll visit again.

     

Midway Park COE

Waco, Texas

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This is our 4th visit to this nice COE park. The park was in good shape when we arrived but after several inches of rain this past week, the boat ramp is now flooded and some sites in low areas under the trees are a boggy mess. The Corps was very busy cleaning up so I'm sure the park will be up to speed again shortly. There's nothing they can do when the lake rises so fast. This was spring break for Waco kids and every site was full despite the rain. Book your site online at recreation.gov. Nothing much has changed from my previous reviews.

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We've wintered over here for a few years now. Rate reflects a monthly rate of about $565+elec. This year, they repaved the major avenues fixing most of the potholes. But otherwise, I don't see much change. The park is overrun with long term campers, some of which have been in place for literally years. The north end is more roomy & level, but almost all of those sites are permanent. The manager told me they are going back to a trailer park format with some sites for RVs. I'd say they are already there with RVs that never move. If you can get in and get a site you like, then this is a fine RV park. Their reservation system is pretty messed up. They mostly find you a spot when you show up because they have little idea of when sites will open. And be prepared to wash often as bird poop can cover your rig in a flash. Avoid driving on Arbrook between the campground and Bowen Road due to narrow lanes & tree branches.

     

Midway Park COE

Waco, Texas

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No big changes since my March 2015 review. However, the park seems to be in disrepair perhaps due to recent heavy rains. The boat ramp is closed and the paved road is crumbling in places. Grass & weeds were 2 foot high. I'm guessing the Army Corps has its hands full and just hasn't gotten to this park to clean up. Hopefully they will have the park back up to speed soon.

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Excellent RV park! Sites are generously spaced & level gravel. Many are big rig suitable. Interior roads are packed dirt/gravel and wide enough to make sites easy in/out. Cable TV worked well although many sites are satellite friendly too. Amenities include river side sites (rafting is popular in summer I hear), nice laundry, gated entry, pool, and W/E overflow sites for late arrivals. Horrible cell service: ATT worked for voice calls but got no data signal & Verizon couldn't connect for data either. Thankfully, the park wifi worked pretty well. Very friendly staff.

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This is a nice overnight stop in tiny Fort Stockton. Cash gets you a 10% discount and you get a level gravel spot with few amenities. Park wifi worked well. They have a single stall bathroom, a small pool, and a grassy dog park. Dust is a constant issue when the wind blows as everything in the park is gravel. I made a reservation two days earlier, which they lost, but they had spots available. Both ATT & Verizon have strong signals. All sites are satellite friendly. Some sites are very close together but most of those are occupied by long term workers.

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I try not to criticize a park based on things they can't control. But this park merits an exception. This is the loudest RV park we've ever stayed in, and we're full-timers. Traffic noise is a 10 on a 10 scale non stop from 5:45 AM until 9 PM. If you stay here, definitely get a site away from the freeway. Don't expect to sleep in! And the sad thing is the clerk said she was putting me on the quiet side of the park. We were next to the freeway! I tried to run my AC on blower only to drown out the noise but power went out twice in 2 days from over frequency. Not sure what's causing that but I stopped running my AC to protect my unit. There are a lot of long term campers here, and they mostly occupy the sites furthest from the freeway of course. Wifi only works in the family room. Most sites are good for satellite. Verizon and AT&T have strong signals. We won't be back.

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This is a great RV park for those eligible to use it! 70' long, level gravel sites are nicely spaced and easy in/out. Long term sites & a few around the edges are easy back-ins while the rest are pull thru. Utilities worked fine. We arrived at the end of Oct and the park was less than half full. A week later in early Nov, we saw a lot of incoming RVs but they still had plenty of short & long term sites available. Park wifi was useless. There's no cable TV either but most sites are satellite friendly. ATT had a very strong signal while Verizon was weak at barely 1-2 bars. They give you a nice welcome package for first time visitors. Watch for burrs if you walk your dog in the sparse green areas.

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Recent reviews are spot on. There is a laundry in Camper Services perhaps a mile away. The grocery store in the market is well stocked & pricey as you would expect. Verizon has a strong signal while ATT barely gets one bar. We were able to send & receive calls on ATT most of the time but service would drop out at random. Cable TV worked well & most sites will have satellite access too. Great access to the bike trails from the village too.

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This is a great RV park! All sites & interior roads are paved and adequately spaced. I had a back-in & used Passport America to get a great deal. Back-ins are easy with the wide road & pull thrus are available for $5 more. All sites are big rig suitable & pretty close to level. Wifi worked great for me on my laptop's external antenna (a must if you camp a lot). Cable TV signal was strong. Sites are good for satellite TV too. The only negative was trains rumbling by but they seldom passed late at night & they were fun to watch in the daytime. The park requires pads under jacks & I could see where campers had punched depressions in the asphalt by not using them. Both ATT & Verizon had 3 bar average signals.

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You can picture this KOA as a 3 acre gravel lot with some small trees, picnic tables, and pedestals. There's no definition to the sites or the roads. They advertise as big rig friendly saying you can stay hooked up to your toad. But if you do, your toad will be blocking passage behind you. Our site was one of those supposed big sites and it was barely 35' long by my measure. I'd say the longest sites without blocking the "road" behind you were about 50' long. I watched some big rigs come in and stubbornly park with their toad attached. No one could get by behind them without swerving tightly back and forth between rigs. They really need to define the interior roads to prevent chaos when the park is full. Besides this issue, rigs are parked awning close, which I hate. Free WiFi is TengoInternet and it barely works. AT&T had a 4G signal and Verizon was 3G without an external antenna, 4G with an antenna. Most sites are good for satellite. Some sites have cable TV. They did have a grassy dog park and grassy tent areas (with big signs saying don't walk your dog here). A handful of long term folks here have trashy yards. I didn't see a better option in tiny Holbrook so briefly stay here to visit the national park and move on.

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Very nice RV park just a mile or so off of I-40. The park is paved with easy in/out long level gravel sites spaced about 15' apart. Our site on the back row was about 70' long. Most sites are full sun. They charge $2 extra for 50A and $2 extra for cable TV. Expect some daytime noise from low flying aircraft since the airport is next door. Train noise was minimal. Park wifi worked mid-day but slowed to a crawl when campers were on at night. Both ATT & Verizon had strong signals. One travel warning: if you go to Walmart with your RV first, the I-40 side road (Maloney Ave) is the shortest path to the RV park and that takes you through a very rough 13'2" underpass. Instead, get back on I-40 & take exit 16 back to the park.

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It depends on what you are looking for. If you desire quiet & beautiful landscapes on a small high desert lake, this is the place for you. Both ATT & Verizon worked well & you'll get satellite TV if you have it. We also got strong OTA network channels. Pick your loop from their website carefully. Buffalo Grove has all paved sites with covered tables, 50A & water, but it stayed full during the Balloon Fiesta. The other loops either have gravel sites with electric & shared water (Juniper) or no hookups (Elk Run & Ringtail). The shared water in Juniper might be in reach of your RV or it might not depending on your site. Generally, those on the inner loop can hook to water while those on the outside would have to cross the road with a very long hose. Some sites are not very level but it looked like folks were getting level with the aid of blocks. Site 57 was indeed a great (& level) site but many others were good too. Only Buffalo Grove has a modern bathroom & shower. Others have pit toilets. No ground fires allowed. It's a long haul (30 miles or more) to either Santa Fe or Albuquerque and the town of Cochiti doesn't offer much. There is a reasonable Philips 66 gas station on the interstate 12 miles away with all types of fuel.