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: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Sioux City North KOA, North Sioux City, South Dakota

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

This is one of the last KOAs open on a trip north and so has become a regular stop for us. We arrived on a Friday evening and paid for one night. Due to a winter weather advisory we went and paid for a second night the next morning. We arrived in pouring rain. The place was wet due to the rain but being largely gravel the wet was shallow and there was very little mud. They have a nice doggy park next to the pool that is big enough that even our big dog could actually run. We really appreciated that. Utilities were properly located so that it was easy to hook up and the site was nicely level. Staff were super friendly and helpful. For a KOA the sites were on the large side. It was easy to reach right off the interstate. We got a sit right behind the main building so we did not hear as much traffic noise as we have on previous stops here. it is a little higher than some KOAs but they have a frequent visitor card so you can get a free night after three stays and a weekend for free after five days. We will be going back that way on our next trip south so we will use our free weekend then. They had a nice looking kiddie park and activity area that makes me think this would be a great stop for families with kids. We camped at Sioux City North KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
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:

This is a great place to stay if you need to be in Sioux City for anything. It is open year round so very convenient if you are coming or going from Canada.

Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Topeka / Capital City KOA, Topeka, Kansas

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $44.00
Overall Rating:

This KOA is rather typical in that the sites are close and the and space just long enough for our travel trailer and tow vehicle. A special nice touch is that this KOA is exceptionally well landscaped with two big ponds, lots of walking space and hey have done some upgrades and improvement since out last visit. This is a place we will stop again. Since it is Kansas, it is important to note this campground has a spacious storm shelter under the big distinctive red barn. We camped at Topeka / Capital City KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
27
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
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
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is a lot of construction going on in the area so we had to rely on the yellow KOA signs to get there rather than our GPS once we were close. The detour is well marked but the signs are small and you have to look for them.

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Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Cherryvale COE Park, Cherryvale, Kansas

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed two nights. This is a typical Army Corp of Engineer campground with locals who have gone to great lengths to enhance. Half the campsites are full service with sewer. There is a brand new children's playground and a frisbee golf course. The local Audobon society has put a pavilion and information centre for bird watching. We arrived during the spring eruption and the place was packed with birds. The rare red headed woodpecker was of particular note. There is a very nice walk along the lake. We camped at Cherryvale COE Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
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

Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Cobb Ridge Campground USFS, Chadwick, Missouri

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $8.00
Overall Rating:

This is a nice spacious National Forest campground and we enjoyed our stay. However be warned this is a off road vehicle spot so expect the near constant noise of dirt bikes and quads especially early morning. There is no sewer dump in this campground so you have to plan on leaving with full tanks. The ranger on duty and the campground hosts were wonderful. The many roads and trails are available for hikers in theory but with the heavy traffic of ORBs it really isn't safe. By weekday the place was near empty so the whole noise issue can be avoided by avoiding weekends. We camped at Cobb Ridge Campground USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Dirt
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
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Dam - Quarry COE, Mountain Home, Arkansas

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

We originally planned to stay for two nights but we liked it so much we stayed for three. Our campsite was up on a ridge overlooking the river as it comes out from the dam. It is a lovely shallow river with white water and sand and pebble island. The birds were migrating north and they were everywhere especially herons and blue birds. This river seems to be a prime trout fly fishing spot because just about everyone else was there to fish. It was also very family oriented with lots of kids and a nice playground. Half the campground was closed to camping while we were there and several sites did not have the water on but there is a spot to fill your rig near the washroom. About half the campsites are reserve and half are first come first serve. Our campsite was spacious and lovely. There is a boat launch and picnic area. The campground hosts were friendly and helpful and the bathrooms were clean. There is a large day visitor/picnic section and so daytime were very busy with children at the playground. We were not able to get any TV on our antennae nor did we get a cell phone signal and our satellite radio had trouble acquiring a signal. Up above the dam on a very steep winding road it a nice boat launch are for the accessing the lake and another big playground. We camped at Dam - Quarry COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass
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

Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Be sure to go visit the Norfolk Fish hatchery right across the highway. It has a great visitor centre and is interesting. There is also a special area for mobility impaired fly fishers to access Dry Run Creek with easy generous ramps and deck like overlooks for wheel chairs.

Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Reelfoot Lake State Park, South Campground, Tiptonville, Tennessee

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

It could have been a disaster but great staff rescued the situation. The campground was half flooded when we arrived. The level of the lake was very high and there was a fierce wind that had shoved even more water in with high waves splashing a foot up the barriers on the lakeside. There was a sign on the entrance saying that the area was closed. We went to the interpretive centre and the nice lady there made a telephone call and alerted staff at the campground to our arrival. We went back and the lady on duty there offered us the choice of the two available campsites not under water and still hooked up. We stayed two nights as planned and had a lovely time. We saw many many birds. The historical information was fascinating. We went back to the interpretive centre for the full look the next day and it was great. I especially liked the live snake display where I could actually see all the venomous and nonvenomous snakes in the area. They also have some big outdoor pens where eagles, hawks and owls are rehabilitated. We took the 0.25 walk on the boardwalk through the lake edge and enjoyed. This is a fascinating place that we really enjoyed visiting. We would come again. The nearby BlueBank Inn has guest Wifi we could access from the campground. Bonus! We camped at Reelfoot Lake State Park, South Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
39
Site Surface
Asphalt
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
No

Campground Details

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

There is a store right across from the interpretive centre that does propane refills for a reasonable charge. The nearby town of Tipptonville has lots of services. We went into town to pick up a piece of lumber for a quick repair and got good and cheerful service with no charge for two cuts.

Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Montgomery Bell State Park, Burns, Tennessee

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Older very pretty campground and we loved it. We had a beautiful and spacious site looking onto a beautiful creek and we slept to the sounds of water rushing over rocks. The campground was very busy with about half the campground full and all the sites with sewer so I recommend reservations. Most of the campers were locals and many had big dogs. We love big dogs so it was not a problem for us. The two handicapped camp sites were exceptionally nice and wide. We camped at Montgomery Bell State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
95
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

Nearby White Bluff has two hardware stores that offer RV supplies and propane refills.

Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, Georgia

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Harrowing drive up on a very steep road. We came up from Ellijay and made three stops to let the transmission cool. The campground itself is really nice with mostly drive through sites. It is feels clean and yet very wild. We had a tiny stream running by our campsite. The ranger warned us they had been having bear issues. There is a very nice little sand beach on the lake which is really just a wide part in the river. A concession and mini golf were closed. I think ti gets busy in summer with day users because there is a coded gate before you can get into the campground. They have some kind of cable over air set up so the television was surprisingly good over our antennae. The pull throughs were a bit annoying because they were tight u shaped and some had deep slopes in and out. This mean that to get our rig into the level area we were left with our truck at an angle. The trip to the old fort wall and the walk is well worth the effort. The views are spectacular. The roads in the park itself and down to the campground are steep and full of twists and turns but not as bad as the roads to the park. Our site was not so bad but the folks next door had a really struggle to unhitch due to the slope. The back in sites did not have that problem. We life wild places so we really enjoyed our stay. We camped at Fort Mountain State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
15
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
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
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The roads in are very steep and extremely demanding. The trip in from Eliijay is longer at 18 miles but does not have quite as much steep stuff and is pretty with little farms and homes. The trip from Chatsworth is even steeper but is only 8 miles. Not for underpowered vehicles or bad brakes! When they say 25 mph on the curves they really mean it.

Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Tallulah Gorge State Park Campground, Tallulah Falls, Georgia

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

This is a state park to camp in when accessing the exceptionally lovely Tallulah Gorge. You can easily walk from the campground to the gorge (about .25 of a mile) and do all the trails. There is a south rim and north rim trail each taking about an hour to do with many overlooks that let you see spectacular gorge, falls and rapids. Dogs can come along on those trails. There is also a suspension bridge over the gorge that lets you get closer to one set of waterfalls. That is many steps down and back up again and pets are not allowed. There is a nice interpretive centre. It is possible to go to the gorge floor and to rappel and rock climb but you must get a permit and access depends on weather. There is easy access across the highway to a beach and a nice paved road to bike on the lake beyond the dam and above the gorge. We found the park staff and the campground host to be exceptionally nice and helpful. I would recommend making a reservation before arrival. That way you can drive in and park your trailer and be spared trying to drive the trailer around to the park office which is very long and narrow and twisty turns road about four miles from the campground. There are two types of campsites, red said to be for 24 foot and less rigs and green for 50ft long rigs. You can't reserve a specific site. They are first come first serve by arrival. About half the 24 foot sites are actually big enough to take longer rigs and are a mix of back in and pull through. Some of the sites are very small with a steep walk in or out, basically only good for a tent. The few 50foot sites are long and level but they are narrow and all in close rows and not so nice. There is a nice playground and open green space near the 50ft sites. As noted by others, there is one exceptionally tight hair pin turn but we were able to navigate it with our 30 foot trailer and pickup. There were no steep hills or difficulties on the roads into or around the park. We camped at Tallulah Gorge State Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There is no store or amenities within walking distance.

Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Charlotte / Fort Mill KOA, Fort Mill, South Carolina

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $48.00
Overall Rating:

KOA with the usual amenities that the city grew up around. Campground is separated from the rather run down messy long term campers but the road into the campground is really busy and there was no where to walk our large dog except to go around and around the campground. The dog park for small dogs only. They had two larger areas marked for dogs but they were not fenced and therefore couldn't be used to exercising. The park is undergoing renovations so the dump was not working and some areas were fenced off and unavailable. The laundry facilities and such were immaculate. Staff were very nice and professional. Handy to Charlotte but not much to recommend it for camping fun. We camped at Charlotte / Fort Mill KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
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:

There is a Publix right next door in easy walking distance.

Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Little River Park, Milledgeville, Georgia

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

We have been to this campground several times before because we have friends in the area. This trip was disappointing. Our spot was in the C row right across the parking lot from a bar/restaurant and the evening was marred by drunks and rowdiness from the parking lot. The other things that has changed is Milledgeville has built up around and the charming rural feeling we enjoyed in the past is gone. The security is much tighter now with codes required for bathroom, shower and laundry and they have installed cameras everywhere. Otherwise our space was nice with a large open grassy area, the lot of reasonably level. We will be back because we have friends here but the campground has lost its original charm for us. We camped at Little River Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
C1
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Try to get a site not near the restaurant parking lot unless you like rowdy drunks.

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Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

General Coffee State Park, Nicholls, Georgia

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed only one night. I wish we could have stayed longer and had time to explore all the features of the park. It has a lot of historical buildings and many trails. We only had time to do the trail where the tortoises can be found. We didn't see any but it was the wrong time of day. The campground is an unusual state park in that all the campsites are pull throughs. Most are quite spacious. Also you cannot reserve a specific site. You make a reservation to stay at the park and then individual sites are first come first served. We enjoyed our stay and will try to get back again to finish seeing everything. We camped at General Coffee State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Plan to unhitch and go see the historical village four and half miles from the campground near the entrance if you can. We missed it and I'm sorry we did.

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Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

St Joseph Peninsula State Park, Port Saint Joe, Florida

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

If you want miles of white sand beaches to walk on without seeing hardly a soul and wild rolling Gulf coast surf, this is the place for you. It is a long narrow peninsula with miles and miles of beach. Another nice feature is there are elevated boardwalks to the beach and between the campsites behind dunes. The campsites are packed white sand. This park is a well loved and oft visited one so reservations are in order. We got lucky and got the last possible site available for two nights without a reservation. The roads are narrow and the campsites are a bit tricky to get in and out of. Some are nicely spaced and private but ours was right on top of our neighbours and our slide out was almost touching the next site's tents. We had rolling surf to serenade us at night along with three owls hooting to each other which was so pleasant. We saw snowy egrets, great blue herons and many other birds. And of course we took long long walks on the beach. We camped at St Joseph Peninsula State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
33
Site Surface
Sand
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
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

This place is all about white sand beaches and quiet. Make a reservation!

Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Big Lagoon State Park, Pensacola, Florida

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

We stayed here for two nights. I was expecting to see surf but the park is literally in a big lagoon behind a key so no surf. It's a short drive to the gulf shores national preserves over a big bridge you can see from the campground. The beaches are kind of pathetic for the area, being just thin strips of sand on marshland. There were alligator signs everywhere so I don't think I would have done much swimming anyway. Even so we had a really nice stay in this park. The trails are a rare treat, over dunes, and there were little informational signs everywhere so we learned the names of trees and plants. I find staff at state parks are usually stuffy and bureaucratic but everyone here was exceptional nice and friendly. Our site was a spacious back in. Everything was clean and well maintained. This would be a really great place to stay with anyone who loves military jets because we were treated to an almost constant airshow all day long including several flybys with the pilots doing really close flying formations and stunts. We also saw big military helicopters. Not so great if you aren't into the sound of freedom though. Traffic from the nearby bridge to Gulf Island beaches was a bit much even at night. We would stay again. We camped at Big Lagoon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
8
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Take the two miles hike to the east beach and go up the tower. Lovely walk. We saw so many birds!

Review Count: 98
States Visited: 29
Helpful Reviews: 21

Big Biloxi Campground, Saucier, Mississippi

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

This was our third stay at Big Buloxi and not anywhere near or as pleasant. The area south of the campground has undergone a huge surge in development. There were many new businesses of all kinds right up to the turnoff for the campsite (which is on a very old rusty sign mostly hidden behind a bush). This visit there were on site campground hosts present keeping an eye on things. Last two trips we didn't see any hosts. There were a lot more campers this time with the place more than half full. The place didn't really 'feel' as nice as before. There were quite a few families who looked like they were just this side of homeless in real old wrecks of rigs with tarp tents and awnings and even though there is a 14 day maximum stay rule, their campsites looked like they had been set up a lot longer than that. We saw people washing their rigs, hanging their laundry, and just lounging about with a lot more noise and swearing and cigarette butt tossing going on. The campground hosts were patrolling frequently. There were some dogs running around loose as well. Maybe it was just a bad bunch of campers during this stay but we didn't feel secure or comfortable as we have in the past. Not sure if we will would stay again. We camped at Big Biloxi Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
28
Site Surface
Gravel, Sand
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
No

Campground Details

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

Gulf Port has just exploded in growth on the north side of the interstate. There were lots of big box shopping places on the trip from the interstate to Saucier.

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