Date of Stay: September, 2016
With an experience at another national campground where we barely got the last site mid afternoon still in our minds, we arrived late morning to secure a spot. It was after Labor Day but these parks are very popular. The ranger at the Visitor Center in Munising gave us directions and said in Summer, folks are lined up in the morning for sites and they are full often by 9am. It was 10am. We drove directly here to be sure. The roads are wide and open for easy driving by any size rig. There are sites along the Lake, the most popular for sure. Most of those are reservable and most of those sites were already reserved. A second loop away from the water had lots of open spots. We found a site near the end of the water loop that was deep, pretty wide, part in the shade and mostly level for our 25' motorhome to easily back into and be well off the road. We left a tarp lashed to the lantern pole along with our registration sheet to prove the site was taken before we left for the day. National Park campgrounds require something be left on the site to hold your registration if you leave or you could return to someone else in your site. The roads are wide, tree limbs cut back from the road and are an easy drive for even the largest rigs. In this Park, we found no rules that said generators couldn't be used so we assume they can. This park is totally dry camping with only a toilet or two as amenities. There are fees to take on fresh water as well as a dumping fee which was surprising until I found a third party management company appears to manage the facilities for the Park Service. Even so, with so much to see and do in the Munising area, I clearly see why this inexpensive National campground is so popular.
Date of Stay: September, 2016
This facility is in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore of Michigan's UP. One mile off H58 sits this tiny gem. Watch for the one sign on the road for the turnoff or you could miss it. The road off H58 is only one mile long but it's a pretty bumpy, hard packed dirt road that jostled us pretty well. While there is a host on site in the campground, there is no ranger station. You self register here. You find an open spot then complete a form with payment inside that is dropped into a receptacle, cash or check accepted. One portion is pinned to your site post to show the site is taken. If you spend more than one night and leave for day trips, leave something in the campsite proving it is occupied, like a screen house, chairs, tarps, etc. The registration slip on the post is not enough by itself to hold your site and you could return to someone else on your site. We arrived on a Monday in early September at about 3:30p, thinking we'd have no trouble finding a place. Wrong. We got the last open site. We found a way to park up on top of a hill and still be level, but it was a squeeze. Their website says they are so popular, you should arrive mid morning to find a site and I now believe them. There is a beautiful though rocky and windy beach to walk and enjoy and the campground sits high above that in a sandy, woodsy forest. Our site was quite near the staircase down to the beach and it's a good idea to use the stairs. People run down the tall, sandy dunes but that is causing terrible erosion to the dunes which are falling away. We set our chairs out at the edge of the woods on the top of the dunes and waited for the sun to set. Cameras and tripods in hand, we captured a beautiful sunset to remember our night here. This is also a very active bear area. We didn't see any but there are metal food boxes scattered about for those in tents to stash their food. You do need to be bear aware here. This was a great find.
Date of Stay: September, 2016
This is a family owned gem we found along Hwy 17, easy access to enter and leave. It sits on the North shore of Lake Huron and has a pristine beach with outdoor shower and beautiful access to this lake. We grabbed photos of the last of that night's sunset which was stunning. We were given a drive-through site that was quite easy to enter though not level front to back. We used three boards to raise the front to level and it was simple enough. We had water and 30 amp electric. Behind us was a very nice shower house, 3 showers with changing sections. No bench but three hooks to hang things and good sized showers. Beside that was the laundry building, C$.75 per load. Very clean and there was a book exchange table. This is a lovely spot and there is a ton of seasonal campers here, many with pretty elaborate add-ons to their rigs. Very kind folks here, both owners and seasonals, and very reasonable rates. While you can hear traffic on Hwy 17 when outside, traffic is light and we heard nothing from inside the RV. Along with the rv sites there are 6 cabins that can be rented, four of which are directly on the beach. I'm sure these are very popular in the Summer. The dump station was easily accessed and well designed. The sewer opening is in great condition and is well below ground level allowing good flow. There is a long hose to help clean out but, oddly, it had a pipe threaded end, not a hose threaded end, so we had to carefully hold it in place. Yes, one wiggle of a hand and one of us did get a shower. Signs to entrance are few and the entrance pops up quickly. Make sure to spend time on the beach here. We couldn't find a website other than a Facebook page so finding this place online wasn't easy but we sure are glad to have found it. Great overnight stop.
Date of Stay: September, 2016
We made a last minute decision to overnight somewhere in Ontario in what was supposed to only be a drive through to get to Michigan. We chose Parry Sound and this KOA, given its good reviews. Although ours was a quick one night, we very much liked the campground. The bathrooms and showers were extremely clean with very nice tile work and even music piped in. The showers each had a changing area as well as a soap dispenser on the wall. The one thing to watch for is the step in to the building which is a raised threshold that immediately drops again. You can trip if not careful. The pool looked a nice size for play, but maybe not for laps. Kids' play area looked like well maintained fun as did the small mini golf area. Even canine friends had a small fenced area to romp in. Our site was an easy back in, very level gravel. The only thing we had a smidge of difficulty with was the placement of the site numbers, on posts at the back of the site, not along the road. Since we arrived at dusk, that was a little hard to read but then, we also didn't need to try to negotiate around sign posts at the road edge in the oncoming dark either. Since the office was closed with no one to guide us, the map guided us to the right spot just fine. Much of the campground appears treed and shaded. We tried to find over the air digital stations but only located one and it had a telethon. So we pulled out our "Northern Exposure" season one dvds and laughed for an hour. The camp store isn't huge but is well supplied. Yes, there were train whistles in the night but since I use ear plugs, I heard nothing. My spouse heard them but was not bothered by them. So pack ear plugs if such sounds in the night bother you. We had no issues at all with the dump station, an easy drive in/out near the entrance. Overall, this is a fine stop for the area, very close to both Highway 400 and the town of Parry Sound. If we ever return to this beautiful part of the world, we'll surely stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2016
We arrived late afternoon on a Sunday in Sept after spending time at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum about 15 miles away. We'd read about the Lower Falls campgrounds of Portage and Hemlock that provide electric, no water but with a dump station, and hoped we'd get a site. Not to worry. While Portage was nearly full, being nearer to the Lower Falls and more popular, Hemlock had plenty of open spots. On arrival, since we were out of state, we paid $31 for a state park passport which allowed us also to camp since we hoped to find other state camping spots within the next week. Normal overnight is $23. We parked in Hemlock #155 with 30 amp service. We're only 25 feet so backing in to this shorter site right across from the showers and toilets was easy and ideal. We haven't seen electric provided in a state park before so this was a luxury. The toilets were very clean and well kept. The showers have curtains with a separate changing area from the shower. The sites have large fire rings and well maintained picnic tables. While the sites are somewhat close, they were plenty big enough for slide outs and privacy. The campground is wooded and shady. No over the air TV to be had, of course. No wi-fi but we had some Verizon strength. The rangers are kind and very helpful. There aren't any printed rules provided on check in with quiet hours information and such but we assumed typical quiet hours and rules pertained. The pads are level gravel and grass and the roads are paved. This is really quite a pleasant place, quiet and worth the stopover, if there is space open. I'm sure this is a popular Summer destination in this area.
Date of Stay: July, 2016
This is a very beautiful place, views of valleys, open sky, the lake, just stunning. We had full 30 amp hookup but had to be out on an open, unshaded hill to get it. Even though leveling boards were needed and we were parked out in the sun, the cool night air here let us sleep without a/c, even in July. No playground or pool and the lake was a little dark and scary for swimming for our little ones. Many other kids fished the lake and rode bikes. This is a quiet and beautiful place.We used it as our base while sightseeing and attending a family reunion and it was fine. Pay attention to the directions on their website to turn 1 mile from I88 or you will find yourself making an extreme, uphill right turn at the other end of the road. We bottomed out there and we don't have a long overhang. Bathrooms are rustic and clean.There are 3 horseshoe pits and wide open spaces, room for all. Nice folks.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
It was hard for me to believe this is a state park. The attention to detail and cleanliness is superb while also preserving the beautiful woodsy environment. We were so pleasantly surprised by the quality of the sites and grounds. The campground is very quiet. Each site on the Magnolia loop has a fence around it which provides a sizeable parking site and a side area for fire ring and table. Our site was deep and easily accommodated our trailer and truck with an easy back in entry. We had plenty of room for our slideout, our awning and a separate screen room covering the table area. The Magnolia loop accommodates bigger rigs nicely while the Dogwood loop has smaller sized sites better for tents, pop-ups and small rigs. The public part of the park offers swimming and play areas and the Magnolia loop has a nice play area as well. Roads and sites are hard packed sand, relatively level, with water and electric. By the look of this place, it is hard to guess it was established in the 1930s and is one of the older parks in the state. The very clean showers (3) are large with separate dressing area and heat lamps above. We definitely would return.
Date of Stay: April, 2016
While this may not be a destination Campground to many, it is a clean, well run and easily accessible place on a cute Lake and quite nice for our stopover. I95 is only 6/10s of a mile but not once were we disturbed by highway noise. The office is in a charming shrimp boat sitting on land with a tiny store in it. If you need parts or goods, you'll have to leave to find them. Brunswick is about 20 miles south and has every imaginable store or restaurant. Closer is Darien for the same. You need to arrive by 6pm when the office closes or make arrangements for late arrival. The campground is gated for security. The bathroom also has a code to get in. We were escorted to our pull through site. This is an older Campground and, as yet, cannot accommodate a really long RV so make sure your rig will fit. We pull a 31' travel trailer and had no trouble, though our truck had to be unhooked as it stuck out into the roadway a bit. Our truck and trailer total length is about 55 feet, to give you an idea. The roadways and sites are sand and pretty level. The place does have some seasonals but they were quiet and respectful folks. The only problem we saw was a car parked into the outbound roadway just opposite a large tree that made for a very narrow and tricky departure. We have decided this is the best stopover for us in future North-South trips for its ease of access, friendly and helpful folks and respectable price. We paid a good Sam rate.
Date of Stay: November, 2015
This is the only campground anywhere near Georgetown, SC. On entering, the dirt road was rutted and washed out, very difficult to drive. We arrived after dark in the pouring rain but there was not one light on, not one sign for the office, bathrooms or showers. We called the phone and were told the owners were in town, not there, and we should walk around with a flashlight and find a site that was not flooded. As for signing in, they said they'd catch up to us in the morning. There was a terrible smell in the air and, the next day, we learned the campground is downwind of a huge paper mill. If there was a bathhouse/showers, we never found it. At the end of the campground road was the marina. The emphasis here is definitely on those who will put up with the campground in order to use the marina and fish. There are no amenities for campers, no tables, no shade. The hookups are so close to the ground that it is almost impossible to make sewer, electric or water connections. We chose our site well since the next morning all sites around us were flooded and the water had not yet reached our door. This place is very flat and on the Sampit River, prone to flooding and they claimed they'd just spent lots to have their road repaired from recent floods. In the morning, we called the owner again to try to pay her. The lady told us they were still not in the campground to help us check out and pay. She told us to put our $36 in cash in an envelope and put it in the mailbox. We tried to at least leave a check so we'd have some proof we'd paid but she wouldn't accept it. I still don't know if they accept credit cards as we never did find the office or the owner. We did as told but not before writing a note and taking a photo of it and the actual cash as proof that we did pay her. Locals told us this campground is not in a good part of Georgetown. Avoid this place entirely unless you are coming just for the fishing.
Date of Stay: August, 2015
The entry top the campground off of PA100 is well marked but use great caution. It is at the bottom of a steep hill. Likewise be careful when entering PA100 on departur cats come around the corner fast. This is a lovely wooded campground of cabins and sites along a small stream. Very clean bathrooms though showers under the office are smaller than the 2 in the outside building. Two play grounds, minigolf, banana trikes for rent, nice pool, super staff and owners who really care for the place and their guests. Well stocked camp store, nice arcade area, laundry, some seasonals. Very popular weekend so phone ahead if you can. We arrived a day early and they found a comfortable temporary spot for us to overnight despite being fully booked. This is the first time we've stayed in the campground the whole time rather than going out to putto nd things do and we've camped 40+ years. Very nice for families, couples, groups, singles. The only negative is the narrow sites and having to share the space between with your neighbors.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
This is a family friendly campground run by very nice folks who take good care of it. The office has a camp store and a nice deck with umbrellaed tables and chairs near the pool which is well kept. There is security to control entry via a card key system that opens the gate to enter. The front open meadow seems to house those who stay only a few nights, like us, along with some seasonals along the outside. The larger back area houses more campers in a wooded area. The waste system is septic tank with leach fields. Sites have 2 waste outlets per site - one for black water and the other for grey. The shower/bathroom nearest the meadow has 4 toilets and 4 showers per gender. The map shows a second shower/toilet building in the back section. Showers are coin driven (25 cents) which is understandable to conserve water as they are also on wells here. Showers and toilets were extremely clean. Shower stalls are narrow but deep, each with a small inset alcove with a bench and hooks. Right next to the bathhouse is a small rec hall with a pool table, one arcade type game, an area with puzzles and the like and a few other things. Next is a large, flat playground with a gravel base. Across from that is a volleyball court and a basketball hoop. There is a pavilion near the pool as well where functions are conducted. What we saw was a well laid out, clean and friendly place in the middle of the hills of MA and worthy of a return visit.
Date of Stay: June, 2015
Approaching the campground there are many signs related to how we would need to behave to treat the locals well. Odd. No one in the office. We found our reserved site with no signs to help, then had to move to another site when mgr told us that wasn't ours now. Odd again but we settled. Lots are flat and wide. Pool is big and clean, playground old but maintained. Bathrooms, showers kept very clean. But boys from the community harass campers, run screaming through campground and purposely lock shower doors and then pound on occupied showers. They pounded so hard on my husband's door while he was showering that the door opened. These unruly children are a known issue, we learned when we reported this. We suffered from their actions yet we were supposed to be quiet for the sake of the locals. We will not return to be harassed again and cannot recommend this place as a result of these children which is really too bad.
Date of Stay: March, 2015
We stayed here 9 nights. Spaces are rather level though close together. There is a cement pad next to the camper space but no picnic table. There were low hanging wires on two sides of our site. The owner helped us get into the site. We never got a map and, frankly, I have no idea what number it was. There was no gate or security and not anything to put in our vehicle to show we belonged there. But, we were located in a quiet neighborhood and never felt unsafe. The park was full, many of the sites taken by construction workers who are working on some large construction sites in the area. It was generally quiet although a train ran nearby multiple times of the day or night. This campground is very near I-10 and really is a convenient location to get to just about anywhere in Mobile Bay or beyond. Since we would leave after breakfast to explore every day and return at dinner time, it was a great base for our needs. There was one common toilet with a bathtub shower, always clean, for the whole campground but most folks used their own RVs. There was a nice and clean laundry set up, kept immaculate. The grounds were rather open and sparse although once the leaves appear on all the trees, it probably is quite nice. As for those trees, we had to thread our way out between trees when we left. Our price was a cash, Good Sam's rate.
Date of Stay: August, 2014
First, your GPS may try to send you to the Deer Creek RV Resort next door. There is no affiliation between that and Cool Breeze so look for the signs to make sure you go to the right place. The folks are very friendly and low-key. The owner wasn’t there when we arrived and we were told we’d cross paths with him during the week and we could settle up then, which we did 3 days into our stay. For those camping with children, there is nothing here at all for the youngsters. My rating reflects gravel roads, no fire pits, few outdoor tables and little to no shade. There is, however, a very large community-sized fire pit in front of the office. Other than that, this campground is a quiet, beautifully maintained wide open field and a great place to use as a base while exploring on the Blue Ridge Parkway or following the Virginia Music Trail. It is about 5 miles from the BR Music Center and an easy drive to Galax and Floyd, both popular music centers in the area, as well as Mount Airy and various wineries. The air is cool and breezy, hence the name. We only used our air conditioner once while camping in August, and that was to handle the humidity from an overnight rain. The bathhouse is ‘eat off the floor’ clean and kept immaculate, in good repair and well stocked. The laundry sparkles as well. Laundry is $1 per load paid into a box on the honor system. One person who is seasonal said the washers and dryers were too slow. While I didn’t use them, at a cost of $1 a load and the ability to sit and read in a nice, clean, air-conditioned room while waiting, I thought it was great. I understand that those on the road all the time might disagree. The roads are all gravel and in good shape. The sites are wide, level gravel pads with plenty of room between sites. There are no picnic tables although many sites had large wood tables that could be used to eat outdoors as long as you have chairs. The owner and one camper put in a nice garden and campers are invited to help themselves to its produce, which is a very unique and nice touch. The grounds are kept well mowed. There is no cable. We got 9 channels over the air. There is Wi-Fi which has a booster to improve its signal but it diminished after additional campers arrived. Same for the phone service. You might have to walk up closer to the office to get the best reception for a call. Or, you could just unplug for the week and enjoy the peace and quiet! We will definitely return to Cool Breeze.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
This is a fantastic facility, almost a destination itself, though it is about 25 minutes from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and Zoombezi Bay Waterpark. This is a very family friendly campground with paved roads on which to ride bikes or scooters, pedal cars to rent, a pool with a lifeguard and a shady and imaginative playground area. At the same time, it is a quiet place, mostly flat, well-manicured and sparkling clean. The trees seem to absorb noise and it is a joy to be outside. There is good space at each site and plenty of room to park 2 vehicles along with the camper. Our site was gravel and very level. The picnic table was round with 4 benches that swiveled out for ease of entry, a very interesting and appreciated feature, and sitting on a nice concrete pad. Normally, we would avoid a park like this, designed to accommodate children so well, since we are two adults. But this park made for a very pleasant stay for us and we definitely will return, if in the area again.