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Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Hillsborough River State Park, Thonotosassa, Florida

Date of Stay: January, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

Entering this heavily wooded state park feels like you've gone back in time. The park itself is quite large, and after entering it takes a while to get to the campground. The park and campground roads are narrow heavily wooded and we brushed quite a few low branches with our motorhome. Inside the campground there are some tight turns that were tough but doable in our 42' motorhome. The single dump station was also a tight squeeze for us with several sharp turns. I'm sure this is all simply because the park is older and RVs have been getting bigger. Our site #10 was one where you pull off to the right side of the road. The site was sloped steeply down away from the road though so we needed lots of blocks under our passenger side tires. The nice thing was that we had no other RVs visible from our camping area, while most of the sites in the campground were packed close together with no privacy. The park is a bit far from "civilization", so if that's what you're going for, it's perfect. If you want to go visit restaurants, stores, etc., it's a decent drive. Showers were dated but functional... though sometimes the water never got hot. Our Verizon worked quite well, but AT&T had one bar, was usable but very slow, and a couple calls got dropped. There are plenty of trails for walking our dog, but since one of the two bridges across the river is closed due to damage, all our walks were "out and back" style, as we couldn't do a loop. We loved the natural feel of the park, but not sure if we'll return given the challenges getting through in a big rig and being so far from town. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Waters Edge RV Resort (55+ park), Punta Gorda, Florida

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

We just stayed one night, but found the RV resort to be nice. Most of the park is filled with owned sites that are a mix of park models/trailers and RVs, but there's room for short-term visitors like us too. The permanent sites are generally nicely kept up with landscaping, decorations, etc. The north area of the park was very crowded/cramped, with narrow roads, small sites, and lots of golf carts driving around. Our grass site in the "S" section (east side) was much nicer, and even though it had no sewer, we greatly preferred that location (except for having to drive through the north section to get there) as it felt much more spacious. Since our site was grass, when we put down own motorhome's leveling jacks, they sunk right into the ground instead of lifting us. Fortunately we had some wood blocks we could put under them for support. Strangely, the 50 amp pedestal was at the extreme front of the back-in site, while the water hookup was 40' back into the site. Although the site was 60+ feet long, we had to park our rig right up against the road for our power cord to reach the pedestal. Staff was extremely friendly and accommodating, a pleasure to work with. Dogs aren't supposed to be walked on any site but your own, however there's a very large grassy area on the east end of the park that's fine for walks, and a surprisingly large fenced dog park. Cell service was good, and although it's near the airport, we didn't notice much noise. We'd stay here again for a longer stay when visiting family in the area. We camped at Waters Edge RV Resort (55+ park) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
S
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a very nice state park campground. We stayed in the full hookup Pine Grove loop. The sites were a little close together compared to most other state parks we've stayed at, but we never felt crowded, and it's certainly much better spacing than most commercial RV Parks. There are no mature trees, so there's little privacy within the campground. Because of the way the loops are curved, there are some sites (all are back-ins) with extremely long pads (100'), and others that are very short and close to the road. We found some good places to walk the dog near the campground, and there are more trails at the other end of the park, 4 miles away. Cell service was good, and it was a short drive to stores and restaurants in either Jupiter (south) or Hobe Sound (north). If you're staying a while, mail and packages can be received at the campground office. Given the low price for full hookups, this is a great value and someplace we'll look at returning to in the future. We camped at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

There is a gate at the entrance. If arriving late, call ahead for the gate code.

Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Jacksonville North / St. Marys KOA, Kingsland, Georgia

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

We only stayed overnight so our review is brief. This KOA has a very rustic feel, which we like. There are LOTS of trees, which breaks up the row-after-row of RV feel quite a bit, and the sites are a bit more spacious than normal for a KOA. However, the roads are poor condition, and sites are a mix of overgrown gravel and broken-up concrete. Roads were tight to navigate in a few places (following our escort golf cart we had to make a near U-turn to get into our row). There were a fair number of permanent/long-term residents. We had a little interstate noise but it wasn't bad. There was a nice-sized dog park that we used, and other amenities (pool, playground, etc.) that we didn't use. Wifi is provided by Tengo so we didn't even try, but our Verizon/AT&T worked fine. The price seems a bit high, but that seems to be the case in this location. We'll stay here again for an overnight. We camped at Jacksonville North / St. Marys KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Lumberton/I-95 KOA Campground, Lumberton, North Carolina

Date of Stay: December, 2017 - $39.00
Overall Rating:      

We only stayed overnight while traveling, but the campground was nice. Roads were easy to navigate, 60' paved pull-through site was just long enough for our motorhome and tow car (without disconnecting), decently wide and very level. Owner escorted us to our site. AT&T and Verizon worked, and the campground WiFi worked pretty well too (campground was half empty, which may have helped). There were a few trees here and there, but in general it was wide open. We had some noise from the interstate but it wasn't bad at all, and we were in one of the sites closest to the road. We'll stay here again when traveling through the area. We camped at Lumberton/I-95 KOA Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Fort Chiswell RV Park, Max Meadows, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

Like many visitors, we just stayed overnight. Since it's a pretty big park and caters to overnight stops, and it was mid-October, we almost didn't make a reservation but it's a good thing we did! The park was full by early evening. The section of pull-throughs we were in had very tight sites, fine for overnight but not much more than that. Another section had sites that looked almost twice as wide. Our site also had a steep incline at the beginning, then a level concrete pad for our motorhome, then uphill again at the the end. There's a nice grassy field for walking dogs. Both Verizon and AT&T worked well. We'd definitely stay again for an overnight stop, or maybe a longer visit in one of the wider sites. We camped at Fort Chiswell RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Tiffin Motorhomes Service Area (For Service Customers Only), Red Bay, Alabama

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:      

Since this is just a big parking lot with hookups for Tiffin owners to stay at during service, there isn't a lot to say. Sites are close together and not necessarily level (we had to reposition a couple times to avoid an "excess slope" warning from our jacks. Our site was paved, not gravel, which was nice. The area around the service center is big and open enough for reasonably long dog walks. Our stay was free since we were there for warranty repairs... otherwise it's $20. AT&T was slow, but Verizon worked OK. We couldn't get the campground WiFi to work. We'd stay again for service/repairs. We camped at Tiffin Motorhomes Service Area (For Service Customers Only) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Manchester KOA, Manchester, Tennessee

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed overnight and found the KOA to be a good campground. The $49 rate (after KOA discount and tax) for the cheapest gravel site seemed a bit high though. There were also larger concrete sites, and even a site with a fenced dog area. They have a lot of amenities which we didn't use (pool, outdoor movie screen, kids play equipment, etc.). The fenced dog park was small and packed full of agility ramps, tunnels, and obstacles, so we only spent two minutes there and opted to walk our dog down the dead-end road instead, which was fine. Our site was level and was a pretty decent size for a KOA, which often have really tight sites and pack people in. Site utilities worked fine, and even the free WiFi worked quite well (always a pleasant surprise). Our AT&T and Verizon hotspots both had good signal but both were a bit on the slow side. The main downside (apart from the price) is the noise from the interstate. As far as KOAs go, this one is pretty nice. We'd return for an overnight if it's along our path, but given the price, we likely will look around if we were to stay for a longer period. We camped at Manchester KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Lake Murphysboro State Park, Murphysboro, Illinois

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

We stayed here for a few nights for the 2017 total eclipse, as this park was right in the center of the path. There are two entrances to the park... be sure to use the west one, labeled "Lake Access Road". For a state park, the sites are pretty small and close together, but certainly bigger than most commercial RV parks. There's no campground office, so we just checked in with the friendly camp host at the first site; no maps or other info are provided. The campground and roads are heavily wooded (very little sun) but we had no issues with branches hitting the motorhome. Sites are electric only, with some 50A and some 30A. Our site had 50A electric and worked great even though the park was 100% full and it was 90+ degrees out. The back-in sites along the lake are mostly for shorter rigs, though a few will fit bigger rigs. The pull-throughs in the center (like ours, site 32) were longer. Our 37' motorhome and tow car just fit, and our site was level. A 45' motorhome would fit if you parked your tow car in the overflow parking lot. There are two water spigots in the campground, but the one we were sent to by the camp host on our way in required about 50' of hose to reach. We filled our tank and then moved on to our site. The other spigot is right at the campground exit, so would have required doing another loop. There are no sewer connections, but the dump station on the way out was decent, though on a steep up hill slope. There are two pairs of vault toilets in the campground. There are showers a mile away at the park concession area, but we took a look and decided to take navy showers in the RV instead, since the showers were old, not very clean, and had no temperature control (push button and go). The park is dog friendly and the campground area is pretty good for dog walks, and our dog went for a short swim in the lake. Lots of fishing going on too. Verizon and AT&T both worked well. We'd stay here again for a few days if we need to return to the area. We camped at Lake Murphysboro State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
32
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

There's a Walmart a few miles away on the other side of Murphysboro town.

Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Tom Sawyer's Mississippi River Park, West Memphis, Arkansas

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for two weeks and found this to be one of the nicer private campgrounds we've stayed at. Sites were a decent size, there were several giant open fields and even some "trails" mowed through grassy or wooded areas, great for longer dog walks. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful, from the office to the lawnmowers. We were able to receive both UPS/Fedex packages and US mail at the campground, which was very convenient. There was a fair bit of ambient noise throughout our stay, from frequent train horns, to river barge engines, to some loud background hum from a nearby factory. None were loud enough to bother us while inside. Speaking of inside, that's where we were during most of our stay, since it was August with hot and humid weather and tons of flying insects. The campground WiFi was unusably slow most of the time. Our Verizon and AT&T hotspots each had two signal bars and had OK speeds, but were not fast. Our booster didn't help. We'd be happy to stay here again, but hopefully not in hot and humid August next time! We camped at Tom Sawyer's Mississippi River Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

William's BBQ a mile or two away and has a fantastic chopped pork sandwich!

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Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Red Bay Downtown RV Park, Red Bay, Alabama

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $17.00
Overall Rating:      

This was our first time staying in Red Bay, and this RV Park was recommended to us. We took a quick drive through the other parks in town and will certainly be staying here again when we return to Red Bay in a month.

Compared to "normal" RV parks throughout the country, this one would rank pretty low, but compared to all others in Red Bay it's great! It's a concrete parking lot (better than the others which are gravel), but a couple sites are quite un-level, side-to-side. Site spacing is OK for a parking lot style park, and hookups are behind the sites. Free WiFi was a pleasant surprise, and being able to use the fenced yard of the adjacent house as a dog park was nice. It's two blocks from the Tiffin plant, an easy walk.

The only downsides for us were: 1) lots of ants around the utility hookups, and 2) lots of noise, which is pretty inescapable in Red Bay. We camped at Red Bay Downtown RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Beware of the constant smell of dog food from the Sunshine Mills plant in town. Yuck!

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Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Ivy's Cove RV Retreat, Russellville, Arkansas

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We only stayed here overnight, so the review will be brief. The campground is a mile or so off the interstate in a residential area, so it's reasonably quiet. It's very pretty with lots of trees and grass. Sites are a little close together for our liking but that's not unusual. Check-in was quick and friendly. Verizon was very slow, AT&T was decent, and the free campground WiFi actually was pretty fast (exactly 3 Mbps). There's no dog area, but we walked ours through the campground and one of the nearby streets. We would return here again for a few nights. We camped at Ivy's Cove RV Retreat in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

Wellington KOA, Wellington, Kansas

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

This KOA appears to be almost entirely used by overnighters. We stayed for a few nights in the middle of a 4-day drive to rest and resupply. The campground has a slightly old/worn feel, but not necessarily in a bad way. The area is wooded and attractive, and is only a mile from the interstate. While there's limited highway noise, there is some train noise in the distance, but it's not too bad. The gravel sites were average size for a KOA, but with a nice grass lawn, picnic table and fire pit. The fenced dog park, also average size, was handy, and we found a short grassy "trail" behind the park to walk on leash. The free WiFi was too slow to be usable, even when the park was mostly empty during the day. AT&T only had 1 bar of 4G and was very slow even with our booster. Verizon had 5 bars and was pretty fast. Staff was friendly and helpful at finding us a different site when we found that the one we were originally assigned had low branches that we knew our motorhome would be too tall for. We'd return here for another overnight or two in the future. We camped at Wellington KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

WaKeeney KOA, WaKeeney, Kansas

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

This KOA appears to be almost entirely used by overnighters, which is also how we use it. That said, it's pretty nice for a KOA, which we usually find to be a little overcrowded and expensive. The sites were a little more spacious than usual, the fenced dog park, while not very large, was attractive and grassy. There was a large field behind the park which was great for leashed dog walks. The KOA was just off the interstate so it was convenient, yet the highway noise wasn't bad at all. The free WiFi worked, but was not particularly speedy. Both our AT&T and Verizon worked well. We'd definitely return here for another overnight (or two) in the future. We camped at WaKeeney KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 161
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 83

St. Vrain State Park, Longmont, Colorado

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

This may not be the most attractive state park around, but it does have a lot going for it. Full hookups for $30, very large, spacious sites, plenty of places to walk with trails around most of the many small lakes, excellent Verizon and AT&T coverage, and a reasonable drive to Longmont and Boulder. Sites are completely level concrete, with a covered gravel picnic area. When outside we can hear the interstate but it's far enough to not be loud or bothersome. The full-hookup section is mostly wide open with few, if any, trees, and is all dirt roads so our car was a mess, and when walking our dog outside we had to deal with lots of dust when other cars drove by. The electric-only section of the campground has paved roads, many mature trees, and is much prettier. We had to deal with some mosquitoes but it wasn't bad compared to some other spots we've camped recently. We'll return in the future to spend more time exploring the Boulder area. We camped at St. Vrain State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
86
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

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