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The campground is a big one with lots of leased sites plus plenty of room for travelers, rallies, etc. Most all the sites are on grass and many are "rally field" types of sites with full hookups. Most of the sites are level. Generally, with campers scattered around the place feels roomy. Over this mid-June weekend, though, the place filled up and we had people at close quarters all around us. The campground has pretty decent WiFi that worked fine for us until the weekend when it was overloaded. Even the local Verizon cell tower was impacted and I had a usable but slower data stream. The shower rooms/bathrooms in our area were usable but very dated. The property has a swimming pond that got lots of use by the kids. A new pool is being built and will be in use by next year or even sooner. The campground has a nice mini-golf and driving range available for an extra charge. This is not only Amish country, but is also RV country. The Numar factory and other RV industry related businesses are just a few minutes away in nearby Nappanee. We liked Pla-Mor and would return for a future visit.

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This campground gets high marks from most everyone and that now includes us. The park has lots of shady water/electric sites near the St. Joseph River. The strip of land between the campground and the River boasts a large dog park and playground and the street is busy with joggers, bicyclists, and others who come to enjoy the area. The campground has a very nice and clean shower house and laundry room which has a dump station beside it. For those who are staying longer there's a "honey wagon service" for a reasonable $10. The sites are a mixed bag - some that will only accommodate smaller rigs. You may want to bring an extra water hose along because many of the sites share a water spigot which is equally unhandy to everyone. Having said that, we could have fit into most of the sites. The one we were given was one of three sites that backs in directly off the city street.

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The roads in this large campground are good and the sites are all paved. The campground has 161 sites. All have electric and water but only 18 of them are full hookup. Be sure to pay attention when making reservations if you want full hookups. The water hookups are shared between every other site and some of them are a long way from the campsite. I ended up getting out some hoses I haven't used in a while to reach our spigot. The road you turn on to get to the campground is at the bottom of a "trucks use lower gear" hill just before the Kentucky River Bridge. You will want to keep your speed down to make the turn onto Hwy 388 to get to the campground. Also, about half way down that same steep hill is the turn off for the Fort itself. You don't want that first turn, but rather, Hwy 388. While there is plenty of space between the individual campsites you might want to be aware that the back in sites aren't all deep enough for a larger RV. Also, if the campsite description says the slope is moderate or severe you can believe it. Some of the sites are pretty steep. Again, be sure to read the site description when making reservations.

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The setting of the park is scenic, in a pretty valley with tree covered ridges on either side. The campground itself is basically a gravel parking lot. Sites are very close to one another with one's neighbor's utilities in your front yard. The grounds are well kept, the rest rooms clean, and there's a nice activity center. The campground hosts a weekly gathering of local musicians who sing and play for a few hours each week. Anyone who plays an acoustical instrument is welcome to join in. Our monthly rate was quite good. The campground hosts traditional Escapees who travel in their RV's full time and also working people who had never heard of Escapees, but joined to get the discount rate as residents of this park. Most everyone is friendly or at least cordial. Because of price, location, and limited sites the park stays pretty busy. My Verizon signal was good. Our satellite TV is via Dish Network. There are plenty of over-the-air TV stations but the primary Dish channels are on the Dish "eastern arc." Honestly, a month was too long for us to be at this park. Had the campsites had a bit more elbow room we would have liked it better but it still would have been longer than we really wanted. I'd return here for a week or maybe two, but that's about it.

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We really like this campground. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and there are lots of walkers who enjoy stopping for a chat. The RV area is grassy on packed sand. We enjoyed the spacious site and a nice shady oak tree. In the past we have parked under oak trees in the fall and didn't enjoy the acorn bombardment on the camper. This being spring we mainly had to put up with leaves falling (the oaks don't shed leaves until new leaves come in and "push" them out). There are lots of activities in the park's activity center: everything from a music group to quilters to a chair "caning" group. Of course, there are plenty of eating opportunities as well.

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Gunter Hill Campground, near Montgomery, AL, is in a beautiful setting with really nice, paved and large sites. Some of the sites are the longest we have seen. May of them offer nice lake views. The only negatives are a poor Verizon signal, a neighboring race track that can be noisy at times, and getting a satellite signal from some sites is impossible. The positives far out weigh the negatives. This is a popular campground and reservations, especially on weekends, is a good idea. You want the Catoma loop if possible - it is newer and has full hookups.

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This campground is operated by Camping World in Chattanooga. Interestingly enough, the store is in Georgia while the campground and service department is across the parking lot and in Tennessee! I don't think anyone would consider this campground to be a destination campground. The sites are quite narrow and the campground has a generally tired feeling about it. And it is urban camping: a motel parking lot was across the tall chain link fence by our rig. The restrooms were clean but the pool wasn't open yet for the summer. People come to the campground to await getting service done on their RVs and to take advantage of the low price during a visit to the tourist town that is Chattanooga. We saw one happy camper moving from their old RV into a new one that had been parked facing them in the neighboring campsite. I saw elsewhere that if you renew your Good Sam membership at the store (which is where you register) that camping fees were waved. I asked, and we got the same deal - not just for one night, but for both nights of our stay. Our Verizon signal was very good and I had a clear view of the sky for satellite reception (although cable TV was available at each site). We arrived in late afternoon and all the 50 amp sites were taken. The second day many of them were open into the evening. If you are visiting Chattanooga, don't mind a crowded campground, and are okay with taking your chances on getting a spot, you might want to keep this place in mind.

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It's a 15 minute or so drive south of the interstate at Ocean Springs, MS to this nice campground. The sites are water/electric only with good roads and paved sites. We received a friendly welcome and, when we needed to change sites, the ranger helped us out, putting us in a more suitable site. Several of the sites on the parameter (but not all) on the main loop have a considerable slope front to rear. It was highly unlikely that we would have gotten the 5th wheel level in our original site, even with the landing gear as short as possible. We were allowed to move to a more suitable spot. The campground, itself, is clean and pretty and the park beyond the campground boasts a beautiful Welcome Center and lots of nicely developed hiking trails. We had some issues with biting gnats (no-see-ums) which are a bit of a nuisance. All in all, we think this is a good stop along I10 especially if you are good with water/electric only and can avoid the problem sites.

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We really enjoyed this campground. The route in from I10 includes a few rough roads and several turns, so you want to check out the directions to the campground. As others have said there are five 10 acre lakes. There's a paved road around one of the lakes and alongside of another with back in campsites all along the way. In this campground just about everyone has a lake-front site! The road around the lake is mostly good, but has several rough sections where the big rigs have broken up the pavement. That's the only real negative I can think of. The lady who checked us in was very welcoming and accommodating. Our site was paved and mostly level. We had fairly good WiFi and full hookups. The discount is only early in the week.

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We always like Corps of Engineers campgrounds and Twin Dikes Park on Sam Rayburn Reservoir near Jasper, TX is no exception. This is a great campground. There are a variety of spacious well-laid-out campsites ranging from full hookups with screened shelters (even running water in the sink) down to nice tent sites nearer the lake. The full hookup loop has 30 amp electric while the water/electric sites have 50 amp service. The park is clean with wide paved roads and paved campsites. This is a first rate campground in a pretty setting. I was able to get two of my three Dish satellites for TV and our Verizon 4G signal was very good. This is a popular campground that stays busy, especially on weekends so reservations are highly recommended. The next time we come this way we'll plan on a longer stay.

     

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Natchez State Park

Natchez, Mississippi

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There are two campgrounds at Natchez, MS State Park (plus a primitive camping area and a cabin area). We stayed in the newer Campground B a couple of years ago and liked it very much. Our stay this time was in the older Campground A, we like it too. Campground A has the only full hookup sites in the park and there are only six of them. The full hookup sites are all back in but between two one way roads in and out of the campground. The sites are level, reasonably spaced and concrete slabs. The other sites in Campground A are water/electric only. Some look like they would be okay for bigger rigs, but there are others that would be a tighter fit. Getting to Campground A is an experience all in itself. To get to this state park one turns off of Highway 61 onto State Park Road. You will wind your way down a pot-hole filled road. In a few minutes you come to a sign instructing you to turn left off of State Park Road if you want to go to Campground B and the main offices. Otherwise, you continue down State Park Road to the entrance to Campground A. The rough road only gets worse as you come, but it's only a mile or so to the campground entrance. The back in, full hookup sites are right there. I managed to get most of my satellite TV channels but it was a challenge. Had it not been fall with the tree leaves thinning out, I doubt I would have had any success at all. My Verizon 4G was a fairly good 2 bars. Now that I've stayed in both campgrounds at Natchez State Park I think I'd go for Campground B for shorter (no sewer hookup) stays and Campground A for longer stays, and that only if I could get a full hookup site.

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The campsites at this nice CoE campground are terraced along the lake and most of the sites are on, or at least have nice views of, the lake. The campground is on a finger of land, so driving to it means traveling down some country roads. The roads are okay, but are rather narrow and hilly. The sites are mainly water with 50 amp electric although there are some that were obviously designed for tents and smaller campers. Parking in most every site includes backing up a sometimes steep entry ramp. Once you get to the top of the paved ramp the sites, themselves, are level gravel. Several of the site ramps are long enough and steep enough that I wouldn't want to back my 5th wheel up them for fear that the back bumper of the camper would scrape the paved surface of the ramp. When you make camping reservations online you can see photos of the individual campsites. You might want to pay attention to the photos to get an idea of just what it would take to back into the sites. I had no problem getting satellite TV and my Verizon 4G as weak but usable. The campground is well cared for and the scenery is great. We'd be happy to have a longer stay here in the future.

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While there are sites on the north side of the one campground road, the sites on the river side are by far the most popular. The Ohio River is right outside your rear window (or if you pull a motor home in nose first, it's right outside your front window). The campsites, themselves, are way too close together putting your neighbors on either side just a few steps away. If there's any redeeming point about the spacing it's that each site is at a pretty hard angle making your "front" yard also your neighbor's "back" yard. If everyone just uses their front yard there's enough room for you to use the picnic table and set out some lawn chairs to watch the river. However, if your neighbor in a motorhome happens to want to pull in nose first that scheme is messed up and you end up with the front door of their RV matching up with the front door of yours - creating a shared front yard. On the other hand, the utility hookups actually support this approach because the water/electric hookups are on every other site. If you get an even numbered site they are on the normal, driver's side of the rig (when backing in). Otherwise, you either pull in nose first or you have to pass the hose/electric under the camper. There are no sewer hookups in the campground, but there is a dump station. The campground has for-pay WiFi. We didn't use it as our Verizon signal was a strong 4G. Also satellite TV was easy to get - after all you are basically aiming it out over the river and there are no trees in play. The bathrooms are old and worn but reasonably clean and in working condition. Because of the public nature of the campground (right along a city street) you pay a $5 deposit to get a bathroom key. The number of sites is limited so, if you are coming during the busy time of the year I strongly suggest you call ahead for reservations - especially if you want a riverside spot.

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This campground has a big area of permanent/leased sites, a KOA only campground, and a couple of sections that are shared by seasonal campers and transient users. I think the preferred Thousand Trails area is Phase 4 with paved roads, level gravel sites, and 50 amp/full hookup sites. Several of them are pull through. The roads in Phase 2 aren't as good and not all sites have sewer hookups. The sewer hookups Phase 2 does have are interesting. There are "mini septic tanks" between every other site. Apparently, they work fine and allow RVs to be connected and used in a normal way. The property features a large pool, playground, mini-golf, and other recreational facilities. We had good Verizon 4G and no problems getting satellite TV. We've visited several Thousand Trails preserves through the past few years and we'd rank this one as one of the nicer ones.

     

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Ottawa Metro Park

Lima, Ohio

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This is a nice campground located just a few minutes off of I75 in Lima, Ohio. The roads and the spacious, level campsites are paved. There are both back in and pull-through sites. The trees in the campground are smaller, so they don't offer much shade but, as a result of their size, getting satellite TV is no problem. Some sites offer 50 amp electric but the majority are 30 amp. All sites are water/electric and there is a dump station in the campground. The restroom/shower building is modern and clean. During our stay the price was $25 a night with an over-60 senior discount price of $20. There are some terrific, paved walking trails and a swimming beach in the park. The only negative I saw about the campground is that it's all first-come/first-served with no reservations possible. For RVers out on the road this arraignment doesn't work very well. We arrived the weekend after Labor Day and had no problem getting a site. If you plan on coming to this park during busier times, you might want to try arriving on a weeknight; or at least you will want to have a backup campground in mind. My Verizon 4G signal was a usable 2 bars. This place is a real winner, especially if you don't mind taking a chance on getting a site when traveling during busy times of the year.