About Judy Birchland

Five year full timer who just bought a house in a small town due to shoulder season issues in Manitoba. We go south in winter to escape snow as I have severe snow mould allergy and terrible asthma in the cold.

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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Laramie KOA, Laramie, Wyoming

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for one week while my husband attended a conference at the local university. The KOA is perfectly located for a stay in Laramie. As KOA's go it is a midrange one. There is no pool but there is a very nice playground and the fenced dog park is big enough for my big dogs to cut loose and run. Showers were clean and had abundant hot, WIFI was recently upgraded and it was great. Cable had quite a few channels. We were there in winter which meant no running water at the sites and we had a discount due to that. Staff were pleasant and friendly. One big negative was that the staff work limited hours in winter and are not there on Sunday. It was not a problem for us but people coming in Saturday night were stuck for things like the bathroom code and WIFI. It is right near the interstate and a main trucking route so there was a lot of truck noise. We camped at Laramie KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
64
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

If you have sociable dogs, there is a really great off leash dog park a short drive away at the Optimist Park near Garfield Rd and Snowy Range Rd. We went twice a day during our stay.

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Happy Holiday Resort, Rapid City, South Dakota

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

Washrooms were clean, our site was a spacious pull through, the showers had abundant hot water, the WIFI was excellent, the cable was great. They refilled our propane tank while we were there and returned it to our site and helped us put it back. I suspect this campground would crazy busy summer and the spaces are not that big but we liked it so much we stayed two nights instead of the one we had planned. My only complaint is they have no specified fenced dog play area although you can walk your dog anywhere and they are dog friendly otherwise. We camped at Happy Holiday Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
55
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The road to Mount Rushmore on 16A/244 through Keystone is very steep and demanding grade both going up and down in several places. I would recommend that if you plan to go to Mt Rushmore either leave your trailer behind or use the 16/385/244 road further south through Hill City. We barely got up 16A/244 and a ranger said they often see rigs having to stop and get tows on the northern route in. We took the 244/385 out and had no trouble and it is all at a much more reasonable grade.

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Swenson's Valley View RV Park, Minot, North Dakota

Date of Stay: November, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We were traveling south and got held up due to very bad road conditions with ice and blowing snow. We found ourselves over 200 miles from our planned stop and it was late and we were exhausted. Minot ND is not a place you would expect to find a campground open year round but Swenson's is. This is because it has some permanent residents. We arrived after they were closed and the campground host telephone number was not answered. If we had looked more carefully we would have seen the sign for the campground host near the entrance. We had a nice site with electric hook up. We did not hook up to water or sewer and we could not get into the bathrooms because the were coded and we did not have the code. In the morning we walked around and the campground was neat, clean and well organized. We left before the office opened but contacted them by email to arrange payment. They were friendly and accommodating about payment. They said they normally charge $40/night but charged us $30 since we did not use services beyond electric and we were honest about contacting them. They said next time call ahead or email and they will make sure everything is plowed out and we have the bathroom code. I was pleasantly surprised by the entire stay and the nice friendly contact via email. We will stay again. We camped at Swenson's Valley View RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
75
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

In winter call or email ahead as no one is around after 6:00pm. The campground host site is near the entrance/exit to the campground.

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Camp Dakotah, Sisseton, South Dakota

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed two nights visiting family in the area. The owners were friendly and helpful. Our campsite was small but adequate. This is great overnight or a place to park if you are visiting the area as we were. It's a small, pretty and well kept little campground right off the I29, easy in and easy out. The WIFI was excellent. We camped at Camp Dakotah in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Crater of Diamonds State Park , Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice state park to stay in. There is a wonderful wheelchair accessible walk through the woods down tot he river that is exceptionally nice.The WIFI was so so. The closer you park to the bathrooms the better the signal. The roads are paved, wide and well laid out. Our site was spacious and paved and we liked it. People come here to try their hand at diamond prospecting so we did as well. We had a lot of fun. The gift shop was great and we were able to get several presents for our grandchildren. We didn't get any diamonds. We camped at Crater of Diamonds State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Near the road into the park on a roundabout are a bunch of shops that sell minerals/antiques/vintage at the roundabout. If you get a chance go wander around. We found several lovely treasures of all styles and quality.

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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Sioux City North KOA, North Sioux City, South Dakota

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the few campground open year round in the north this is a standard KOA with a better than usual store. We seem to always end up back here going north or south from Canada. WIFI is excellent. staff are wonderful. They have specials to encourage people to return. You can buy propane and the laundry is clean and big. Some permanent residents but it's neat and clean. A better than average KOA. Office closes at 6:00pm promptly. This KOA is in town at the edge of north Sioux City and right off the interstate so traffic and city noise is a problem. We camped at Sioux City North KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
G39
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Topeka / Capital City KOA, Topeka, Kansas

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $38.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here two days during a period of foul weather, severe storms nearby, high winds and rain all day. This KOA has a big red barn with a basement severe storm shelter which is why we picked it. There is a row of permanent residents but those campers are well kept and seemed to consist of young families with school age children. It felt very park like and safe. The office is only open 3:00 to 8:00 pm but the fellow was there was nice and helpful. WIFI was excellent although it would stop and restart every couple of hours. Campground layout was pleasing and well thought out. There was no mud in spite of all the rain we had due to nice grass and gravel/sand on our sites. There is a very nice children's park and fishing ponds. Our site was fine but a bit short. It is set in a place between two interstates so there was some traffic noise but not too bad. A nicer than average KOA. We will stop again, especially if we need a place to sit out storms. We camped at Topeka / Capital City KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

They have three stocked ponds you can fish in. We didn't because of the rain and storms.

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Cherokee Landing State Park, Park Hill, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

This state park is on a high peninsula sticking out into the lake. The park has a few shade trees but it is more exposed than not. We arrived in on a day that hit 92F and we baked. The wind was high and our trailer rocked and rolled with the blasts. There were wild fires south and west of us and the smoke was very thick so we didn't go out much. Overall it is a rather standard state park with spaces somewhat closer than I would like. There are some sites with sewer, and since we wanted to do laundry we took one, but they are immediately adjacent to the dump site which meant stink and a lot of traffic. One thing we did really enjoy was there was a spring eruption of migrating birds so we got to see a huge variety of birds in large flocks including northern flickers, woodpeckers, jays, chickadees, juncos, starlings, blackbirds, nuthatches and several other species. We stopped here to be close to the Cherokee Heritage Centre which is 15 miles away. We thoroughly enjoyed the Heritage Centre and the coincidence of the spring migration but otherwise there was nothing special or noteworthy about the park. Regarding service basically there is none. This is a "self serve" park. You arrive and there is no one there, no information at the gate and no directions on what to do. You find a site you like without a "reserved sign" on it and then you park. There are no additional services like firewood. Eventually the very nice and well informed ranger will find you so you can pay him. The ranger knew every local site and had lots of tips. We camped at Cherokee Landing State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The Cherokee Heritage Centre which is 15 miles away and has ample parking and is well worth a stop. Allow 2-3 hours for a leisurely look and the tour of the old village and 1800s town. $8.50 ($7.50 for seniors) and well worth it. The nearby "only antebellum house in OK" is free.

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Cherryvale COE Park, Cherryvale, Kansas

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the nicest Army Corp of Engineers campground we have been to, this park is lovely and has lots to do for families side from fishing. It is obvious the local community has adopted this park and made it much better. We were in Cherryvale which is the only one open year round. Like all Corp sites, the campsites are widely spaced and long. Unlike most corp sites, about half have sewer outlets. In addition, there is that frisbee golf game with the chain "holes" you shoot for, an Audubon bird lovers meeting spot, two really nice playgrounds, a basketball court, group sites for day visits and camping sites, horse trails, and multiple boat launches. There are several sections of campsites on both sides of the lake. Our campsite was treed by old oaks and was high up on a ridge overlooked the lake. On the down side, there was no grass and the ground was hard packed dirt. The drive was paved and there was a paved patio with cement picnic table. At the end of the drive and between the patio they used large white gravel full of white caked dust that got wet and then hardened into ruts but that was our only complaint. The folks at the office don't keep regular hours but when we told them our 30amp was not working they had the maintenance guy there within 20 minutes to fix it. We camped at Cherryvale COE Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Do the walkway around the lake edge. It is really lovely!

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Cedar Lake, Talihina, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

Sometimes you pull into a campsite and your heart sings and your spirit lifts and you think "This is why I do this!" That's how I felt coming to Cedar Lake. Cedar Lake is a small lake with a color like a glacial lake, pale blue/green and gorgeous. It is fed by two creeks. There are three major sections for camping. The east side has many lovely unserviced campsites. There is a section of serviced campsites including some with sewer on the south side on one of the two creeks. There is a third group of sites above that on the west side of the lake that have water and electric. The upper area overlooks a lovely brown sand beach suitable for swimming. Half the sites, including all the sites adjacent to the beach, are reservable. Half are first, come first serve. Everything about this campsite was perfectly suited to my tastes. Big, spacious, private, paved drive, fire pit, barbecue, picnic table, and two places to hang things. We started with a lower level campsite with sewer in order to get our laundry done. We moved to a west side campsite high over the lake on the ridge where we could see both sunrise and sunset the next day. There is a three mile hike around the lake that is a delight. There are numerous other longer hikes. The west campground is adjacent to an equestrian camp so we got to see horses coming and going. Two caveats. The lower campsite with sewer is in a flash flood zone. Part of why we moved up the hill was because the forecast was for thunderstorms. Also signs say the lake can be contaminated with toxic blue green algae in hot weather. During our stay, it was just heavenly. Abundant wildlife, birds, turtles, beavers, and deer and blissful long paddles around the perimeter of the tiny sheltered lake, hikes on pathways with blooming wildflowers and the sound of creeks. During the weekend it got a bit noisy and busy so go weekdays if you have a choice. We camped at Cedar Lake in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
26
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We stayed a full week and we went into nearby Heavener to seek out Wifi three times. The Choctaw Travel Centre/Casino on the highway in the north of Heavener has great free WIFI and a really good little deli with cheap homemade style food.

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Beaver's Bend Resort Park, Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Exceptionally nice state park. When you arrive at the main office, you can either go up the hill to the spillway area or continue down the river to the lower campsites. Going up, there are many unserviced campsites in three sections, half can take a larger rig and some are right on the water for $14. There are 15 non reservable campsites with water and electric. The upper area has paddle boats & canoes for rent, tackle shop, boat launch, easy lake access, miniature train, stables and a lodge. The lower section ends at the old dam that is like a waterfall and very pretty. The lower area has a good restaurant (We loved the fried pie!), nature centre, a museum of forestry, a gift shop and three camping sections Buckthorn, is reservable, Acorn and Cypress are not. Acorn and Buckthorn are all spacious and on the water for $27. There are also five sites specifically designed to accommodate the handicapped above Acorn. Cypress is non reservable, away from he water and has many very narrow turns and all back in sites, When we were there, it was wet and muddy on either side of the narrow roads. We did not get stuck but we saw other longer rigs that did sink right to the jacks because they could not make the tight turns without going off the roads and into the muck. The sites are close together and set at haphazard angles so you don't have much privacy. Our site was, like most, short and we had to unhitch to fit in. $24 but we got $2 off as nonresident seniors. The area below the dam has lots of tempting rocks to climb on and it looks perfect for wading. It isn't. There are sirens that go off to announce water level changes at the dam and they are big changes. A man comes around selling snow cones for $2-3 and they are the best snow cones I have ever had so try one. We might go again if we can get a reservation first and it isn't spring break. The campsite was completely full during our visit. We camped at Beaver's Bend Resort Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C10
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches, Obstacles, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

While 249a loops around and on the map it appears possible to access the park from either north or south, a flood took out the road from the north near the spillway so you can only come in on the south entrance. Too bad because the south road has lots of steep up and down hills. We enjoyed our dinner at the little restaurant and the fried pie was to die for. The gift shop was also very good with a neat selection.

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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Big Coon Creek (COE), Gillham, Arkansas

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

Gilliam Lake is a smallish lake built by the Army Corp of Engineers. It has three campground sites. Two are above the dam. Little Coon Creek is simply 10 sites, all back in, on both sides of the road down to the lake just before a large boat ramp. It has modern washrooms and showers. Big Coon Creek is on the next lake inlet and also above the dam. It has 31 sites, all back in. It was mostly full when we were there. It is a fisherman's dream with room for a big rig, a big boat trailer, and a truck. All the sites are paved and have a barbecue and fire pit. The washrooms are new and clean. There are also showers with abundant hot water. There is a nice sandy beach and four playground structures including one in the water at the beach. Gillham Lake itself is infamous for rising many feet in under 24 hours in heavy rain. The locals told us you have to watch the weather and be ready to clear out fast if it rains heavily. We saw evidence that is is the case in the form of high water lines and deposited logs on the shores. One women told us about pulling her rig out in pouring rain and high water and barely making it just last year. (The third campsites is Cassatot Reefs and it is on the Cassatot river below the dam and does not flood.) The roads into both Coon campgrounds are each about 3-4 miles of very deep drops and very steep hills that required I use 4 wheel drive and low gear to climb. These roads were really narrow and curvy in a few places. Not for driving by the faint hearted, an overloaded rig or one with poor brakes! Both Big Coon and Little Coon are served by a single dump site at the park entrance so you have to haul your full tanks up the hills to dump so keep that in mind. We camped at Big Coon Creek (COE) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We tried canoeing the lake but there were so many really large and very high powered and fast boats that we constantly fought wakes. This is a great fishing spot but not so great for canoeing. It is a very busy campground loved by locals so make reservations.

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Cossatot Reefs COE, Gillham, Arkansas

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

Gilliam Lake is a smallish dammed lake built by the Army Corp of Engineers. It has three campground sites. This 30 site campground is the largest of the three campsites because it is strung along the river just past the spillway with most of the sites overlooking the river. It is a pleasant and pretty stretch with long cement walkways by a park-like setting on the river bank with benches and swings. The campsites are set high above the flood plain on a ridge. There are three sets of pretty little rapids between deep pools. These campsites are smaller and older and do not have room for a separate boat and trailer in addition to a rig. There is a canoe launch and the current runs swiftly. These campsites are also mostly not paved but are packed gravel. Washrooms and showers are older style flush toilets. The dam was built to protect downstream houses and so of the three, this campground below the dam is the least likely to flood. The road into the campground is about a mile and has two very steep hills. The dumpsite is at the entrance so be ready to haul your wastewater up those hills when you leave. We camped at Cossatot Reefs COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area, Minden, Louisiana

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $8.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a National Forest campground. You enter Minden and then turn just before the main street stores and then take a long winding road through rural areas before arriving at the site. Much of the drive from Minden is through a very poor unkempt neighbourhood which was discouraging. Closer to the Park, poverty gives way to newer suburban development and hobby farms. The campground is not well marked. We saw one sign in the town of Minden and then nothing until we reached the National Forest so use your map or GPS to find your way in. We expect big lots and space between sites in this type of campground but this one is exceptionally so. Our paved site was so large that with our pick up and trailer still hitched (56') we would have room for another entire truck in front of our rig. In addition to the very large wide drive there was a huge pad of fine gravel with an oversized picnic table. This campground could take the biggest rig I have seen. Each site had its own set of garbage cans. Half the sites are reserve and half are first come first served. The place was about one quarter full on the early spring weekday we arrived. We had a nice selection of sites. Firewood was not provided so if you must have a fire, be sure to stop in and buy some from the many places on the way in who are selling. The campground host was friendly and welcoming and proudly boasted about how this campsite won some sort of well deserved award for their super clean bathrooms. This campground is a good 20 miles from any store and you will not pass any stores after you get off the interstate unless you detour through Minden so stock up before you go in. We camped at Beaver Dam Campground / Caney Lakes Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The campground is above the upper dam. If you want to see the big alligators, walk from the campground to the boat dock, cross the foot bridge, take the path to the dyke. Walk on dyke to the end. On sunny days the gators like to sun themselves there. For fishing, a local old timer proudly showed off pictures of a 9 pound 23 inch bass he caught at the base of the upper dam's spillway the day before.

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Review Count: 73
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Mississippi Petrified Forest Campground, Flora, Mississippi

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

We pulled in on a whim because we are fossil fans. The Petrified Forest is privately owned and has an attached campsite with room for eleven rigs. They charge a modest $22/night. The full service campsites are neat, clean, well maintained. A maintenance worker came by for morning clean up and check on things. An employee came by in the afternoon to check that all was well. The road are narrow and the turns on the one big loop are little on the tighter side but not impossible for our rig and there were no trees and hazards near the road. The roads themselves were surface washed out in a few spots but there was also a lot of fresh gravel as if being on a hillside it is constant struggle to keep the roads from washing out. The setting is overall beautiful trees and shady. Some campsites are close together, most are widely spaced. There are both pull throughs and back ins. There are some longer term residents but the owners limit those to 6 months and I presume they are employees because their rigs were all neat and newer. There was a long list of rules but none onerous for a short term stay. We were originally sent to #7 but the very nice lady checking us in said we could change to #8 if we wanted to. This was a good thing because #8 was not long enough for our rig to find a level spot without unhitching. #8 was just long enough that we could be both level and stay hitched. There was no wifi available. Overall a very good value and we were pleased with our stay. I wouldn't go out of my way to stay here again, but it was well worth stopping and seeing once. We camped at Mississippi Petrified Forest Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The trail through the petrified forest is well laid out and a pleasant walk of 45 minutes with a written guide to the sights. It is available for a discounted fee of $5 if you are camping there. If you like fossils and minerals they have one of the best selections that I have seen in one place in their museum and gift shop.

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