MichelleKry

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About MichelleKry

Been fulltiming in my RV with my husband, dogs and cat since 2013.

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Price includes $7/car load day fee and $24 camping fee. Being early in the season and midweek, we scored a lake front spot in the Lake Hasty campground (with electricity). It was very spacious, fairly level with a picnic table under a roof. We just barely fit width-wise with our opposing slideouts and the picnic table roof. No water or sewer at the sites. There is a dump station (no potable water at the dump station). There are water spigots about and a dish washing sink in the comfort station. The comfort station also has three sets of washing machines/driers for $1 ea. These were open the entire time of our stay. The bathroom part of the comfort station opened in the middle of our stay, that is where the change machines are. They didn't work well (either bring quarters or lots of small bills). My one attempt at a shower ($0.50/3 minutes, $0.25/minute thereafter) wasn't hot enough for me. There is a fair amount of hiking (around the lake, one-way through the park, and across the dam). I loved the view of water and the pelicans, but there were things that were off putting that prevented me from loving the place. I guess to throw it into a general category would be the other campers: campers two spaces over on both sides with loud music (during the day but still...OMG I am turning into my mother!), one with their dogs off leash, lots of trash on the trails and especially at the fishing spots, Sunday night people left their trash bags on the ground at the overflowing dumpster, Monday morning the ranger is cleaning up the mess after the animals got in it, during the week someone didn't get their fish carcass in the dumpster and again the animals got at it.

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What the others said about this campground is still true almost a year later, same sweet old man, same price, gravel, sites close together, quiet, convenient. Laundry facilities ($1 per wash and dry, 2 sets) and bathroom facilities are in good condition. Some loose dogs, but not a single issue with my dogs. It is about 1/2 mile walk down the access road to the Cadillac Ranch.

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Price does not include the $2/pp per day fee. Loved the teepees over the picnic tables. Each site also has grill and fire pit. Everyone was back in and it was open on the sides which didn't matter to us since no one was parked right beside us. Could imagine it feeling crowded if our neighbor spots were full. All the 'furnishings' were out back; may want to find a site with bushes to isolate you from your neighbors. International Dark Sky certification is reason enough to travel out of the way for this park. Sitting out at night, we heard lots of animal critters; so much so that we had to put the dogs back inside since they were a bit freaked. The hiking was spectacular. Very clean and quiet park. Only 2 Verizon bars.

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Price reflects $24 camping (30 amp) + $7 for one person day-use fee. (Get the parks pass to save on day use fees and a couple of coupons for camping.) The layout of this park is very strange. You must drive over the spillway (running water on the road) to get to the campgrounds. Several camping loops: tent, 50amp, 30amp and equestrian. No sewer at the sites, but there is a dump station. We arrived after 4:30pm, instructions say to pay in the morning thus didn't have the problem of picking and then not fitting as lots of spots will be tight for larger rigs. Once in the site, it is very spacious with fire ring, grill, and picnic table on concrete slab. RV is parked on asphalt, but the ground was sand. No TV channels and no Sprint signal, 2 Verizon bars. Bits of trash all over. Water is opaque brown. Good wildlife viewing. It was quiet. Walking the lake side trail, lots of trash, uneven due to walking on it while wet, and then ended in water much sooner than illustrated on map. More about the layout issues... Only the northern most equestrian camp loop has the trail head for their trails. It is quite a hike from any other camping loop. Didn't matter to us, since the trails were closed! To get to the trail head for the Trailway (former railroad tracks, 20 miles total), it is 2.6 miles one way from our 30amp loop through the spillway. We could only go east on the Trailway; the westward direction was closed! I didn't take points off for closed trails, but would be nice if they were more accessible from your site than having to load up the car and drive to a trail head.

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Price reflects monthly rate. Having stayed monthly at another RV park in close proximity, I would come back here in a heartbeat. Yeah, the place is a bit rough around the edges, but it was much more serene. Management and the workers live here, so there isn't going to be any shenanigans going on. There is no road noise; you may hear the neighboring cows and coyotes. The fact that others are put off by the looks made it better for us; we found that we had lots of empty space to breath around us. For the monthly rate, you get FHU included. We only got 2 channels on TV (CW and MUNDO) and hardly any radio channels. Good Verizon signal.

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We opted for the sunny spot to make use of our solar. She mentioned it was near the road. I was OK with that but much later in the conversation it became clear we were in the more expensive area (not by much, so I didn't change my mind). The spots on the road are very spacious, but the road noise is one of the worst I have tried to sleep next to. It is a busy road with lots of 18-wheelers going 70 mph which is the speed limit! Lots of social activities (remember, if you are not 5 minutes early, you are late) and features (lending library, breakfast, movies, dancing lessons, computer group, etc). The grounds are meticulous. I was given conflicting information about converting from monthly to weekly; it is not yet resolved, but I am giving them credit for doing what was originally stated. Office help could not explain what one of the social events was nor provide a recommendation on where to walk dogs. I know many are volunteers, but it would be nice to hear "I don't know, but will ask around, come back in a bit." type of response. Outside of the Escapees' area, walking and biking in the hood is mostly impossible due to loose dogs (again, no points off, just letting you know).

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We were pleasantly surprised to be assigned an end spot with a tree and, like all others, grass and picnic table. Good location for exploring the area. Were never told that we could use the hotel pool (just found out now reading other reviews). Baffling why someone would need a calendar and a calculator in addition to the computer system to check us in and settle up. Did not get an itemized bill the first time. We were told the nightly rates (week and weekend), but then the total was much more. Come to find out their taxes add up to 15%. After renewing for a few more nights, we got an itemized receipt that was wrong, but the amount we paid was correct since it was based on the calculator action (vice what was entered on the computer). The person checking us in could not tell us if breakfast was available at any of the restaurants at the casino during the week. When asked if there was a place to walk dogs, we were told that people go up the hill towards the road, but she didn't know what was up there or where they went. There is miles and miles of a paved bike path in both directions. If you take the path west, you can walk across the Texas St bridge to take you to Shreveport; crossing the bridge is not for the faint of heart. Best place to walk the dogs on site (not on other sites) was along with a bunch of trash. You can hear the trains during the day and night, but we have heard worse. Traffic noise not an issue. Note, that you can boondock for free in the lot to the left as you approach the RV Park building. We also had poor service regarding the casino.

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Truck problems forced us to visit this RV Park. It is located in a portion of Fort Chaffee military base that was sold/gifted to the city of Fort Smith. The town is a ghost town except for a few workers here or there. The park has lots of very nice RVs; figure most are long term visitors working in the area. Only two spots were available. Price is reflects 50amp FHU, cable (only worked one of two days) and internet. Spacing was acceptable. Spot was the most unlevel spot we've encountered in 2 yrs of traveling full time and was used as someone's ash tray. Connections are at the back of the spot.

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We are not THAT picky, but when we pulled in, if we were not having truck issues, we would have left. There are a couple of rows of RVs and a couple for mobile homes. We were able to navigate our 35 ft around looking for the office, but it was tight. Most of the RVs and mobile homes were old and unkempt. That didn't bother us as much as how much trash there was about the place from cans to mattresses. We parked in a section in the front of the park (30amp FHU). We had to stay a few days to get our truck fixed, by then we realized it was safe. The neighbors were quiet, but it is on a busy road. It is a good location for exploring Fayetteville and Bentonville; we ended up staying a month to see everything. I felt it was pricey for what you get, but there are not that many options in the area.

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Very clean and quiet park, but a bit rundown. Our water spigot was broken, but was promptly repaired. They were not surprised it had broken again. Spacious site complete with fire pit, grill and picnic table. Nice trail surrounds park. Ancient Indian village remains and museum on property. Very convenient to Graceland and downtown Memphis. That would have been the end of my review, but we decided to stay one more day due to rain and possible thunderstorms (rather stay put than drive). The next morning while taking the dogs on a loop around the campground and packing up, the whole campground reeked of sewerage. Since there are no sewer hookups at the sites, this did not make sense; the dump station was quite a distance away. I mentioned the smell to the camp host and was informed that after it rains the waste water treatment plant next door puts out this odor. I had to take a few points off for the smell.

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Price reflects monthly rate. Staff was friendly. Site was long, but barely enough room for our truck. Sites were close together, but enough room for a picnic table. Multiple social events weekly. They have multiple short trails in the back in the woods. Points off for allowing confederate flag flying on an RV.

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Rate reflects monthly rate for full hookup at front part of park, then add electricity. It is very tight, a bit hard to get into, and very unlevel. The utilities are at the back of the site, bring plenty of length. Very expensive, you are paying for the location. Laundry is the cheapest I've seen at $1 wash and $.25 for 10 minutes in an antique dryer that has to be the hottest on the planet, 2 quarters will cook your 2 washes in 20 minutes. Staff is friendly and are always working to keep the place neat. They had a warm welcome for our dogs, too. They added fire pits while we were there; they are in the communal yard. There is no way I'd want fires at the sites; the RVs are way too close. Each site has a picnic bench. Regarding the neighborhood... Beautiful but dangerous walk (no sidewalks) to Second Beach. Safer walk through the neighborhood to First Beach, still no sidewalks, but less traffic. Peaceful park practically next door with a 1/2 mile loop and a windmill that is great for walking dogs. P.S. The For Sale sign out front is for a mobile home on the property per the real estate agent who I happen to know.

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Rate reflects non-MA resident, electric only site. Since there was no water or sewer at any of the sites, we used their showers; they were fairly clean, hot water, and some even drained. Spotless and new? No, but adequate. We eventually got our 38' with opposing slide-outs in there and level. Some tree branches were touching the back and top. We were too close to the fire pit to have a fire. If you are big, be picky on which site you choose. Neighbors were far apart. Lots of folks gathering damp wood from the park for their campfires which resulted in lots of smoke in the air at night and sometimes during the day. GPS took us to a non-entrance to the park. Make sure you approach from the north west of the park on Union street; use the address on the web site (doh!). Hiking and biking trails were plentiful and well marked. Note, there is no swimming; the major body of water is a reservoir.

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I kept asking if our 35' fifth wheel would fit; the man avoided answering. I would have really liked it if he told us that the campground was RIGHT before the 13' 6" bridge. We were at a standstill staring at the bridge when we noticed the campground sign. We managed to fit, but it was not easy. The campground road is uneven, dirt/gravel, narrow with low branches and wires strung at a nail biting 13' 6". The three riverfront sites that we had to choose from were not delineated; it took us a while to figure out what was a spot. There were water spigots here and there. There were more wires strung across the 'sites' that were definitely lower than 13'; they were attached to boxes and outlets nailed to trees providing 15 amp electricity. We backed into the only one we could maneuver into as far back without hitting the wires. Luckily we did not stick out into road, but leveling was the most difficult we have ever had to do. Even just walking around was tricky. We ran an extension cord about 50' to get our electricity and about 30' water hose to get water. Full hookups means that you can flag a guy down to pump out your tanks. In general the place was unkempt and littered. Being on the river was nice and peaceful (except for the train that is about as close as the river). They provided a fire ring and picnic bench; it was way too buggy for us. There were lots of birds; we got a great view of a woodpecker who landed on our window.

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Other reviews are pretty accurate. GPS indicated it was further down the road; I saw the office sign, but it was too late. We managed a turn around in the neighborhood which I would not recommend. Be prepared to turn into the office at the bottom of the highway off ramp. The manager and his dog (loose) were in the office for our check in. He isn't the most friendly, but we got through it. The office is a stinky mess. I would have loved to put on my rubber gloves and give the place a deep clean, but alas I was here to see Asheville. We were on our own to figure out that you can request a box for the cable, the location of the trash bins (behind white picket fence), that wifi is password protected and that you need a code to use the bathrooms. The highway noise is very loud. We were not lucky enough to get a river front spot. Awesome to have the trail running right through the RV park. I had no problems with electricity (I did not measure), but did see the water pressure fluctuate quite a lot. I saw some trash, but the next time I looked it was gone. So someone is doing some basic maintenance. (Note to fellow campers, if you can't find the trash bins, don't leave your trash behind in the site in a plastic bag; that is plane old rude.) I would return for the proximity to Asheville and for the walking/biking trail.