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Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort, Charlotte, North Carolina

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $41.00
Overall Rating:      

We were looking for a campground close to Charlotte with full hookups and large sites, and Carowinds fit the bill perfectly. The sites were actually a little larger than I'd expected, with plenty of grass between sites and trees throughout the campground. It rained during most of our stay, and some sites were more flooded than others... in fact, the camping area of the site we were assigned was under a couple inches of water so they let us pick a different site which worked out better. The park is dog-friendly and we found plenty of places to walk ours. The campground has an RV section, tent section, and cabin section, all slightly separated from each other. It's a short drive to many stores and restaurants in the area. The free WiFi worked quite well for us, but being December the campground was mostly empty which likely contributed to the good performance. Verizon and AT&T also worked well. There was some noticeable highway noise all day long but it was not too bad. We'd stay here again when visiting Charlotte. We camped at Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Site Surface
Asphalt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

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Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

The campground is literally on the NC/SC border (the state border divides Carowinds in half). Gas in SC is around 30 cents cheaper per gallon, so it pays to figure out which direction to drive when exiting the campground to fill up!

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North Carolina State Fairgrounds Campground, Raleigh, North Carolina

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great RV Park to use as a "home base" while visiting Raleigh, mainly due to its location, price, and full hookups. However, there's nothing particularly interesting about the park itself: it's row after row of RV sites in a fenced-in grassy field. The sites are a bit close together, but with enough space that it's not claustrophobic. They don't take reservations, but you can call ahead to check availability. Once you arrive, you pick a site and call the ranger who will come by and collect payment via cash or check. The free WiFi didn't work for us, but the park was quite crowded while we were there due to a college football game at the stadium across the street. Verizon and AT&T worked well. The park is dog friendly. There are no picnic tables or fire rings, and while trash bins are located throughout the park, there is no recycling. We would stay here again if visiting Raleigh. We camped at North Carolina State Fairgrounds Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass

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Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Lake Fairfax Park, Reston, Virginia

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here 18 months ago and gave it a lower rating, likely because it was our first experience without water and sewer. Now that we're much more experienced (and know what we like), we're much happier with Lake Fairfax Park. Since there's no water and sewer, the bathrooms and showers are very important: they're new and are some of the best we've used... huge, private, and heated. The campground is very pretty, with good-sized sites (important to us) and mature trees interspersed throughout. It's not heavily wooded, so you will see your neighbors. The price sounds high for an electric-only campground, but it's appropriate for the region, and is half the price of the only commercial RV park in the area (where your awning almost touches your neighbor's rig). There are miles of hiking/biking trails in the woods, but watch out for ticks on you and your dogs (the campground is very dog-friendly). The skateboard park was very busy (but closed at dusk while we were there), so I suggest getting a campsite on the other side of the campground. One oddity at the dump station was that the potable water spigot was right next to the sewer dump, while the non-potable (for rinsing sewer hoses, etc.) was further away. I'm not a fan of seeing the potable spigot one foot away from the sewer at a dump station. Due to the excellent location in Northern Virginia, the large sites, and the new bath/shower house, we really enjoyed our stay, and will be back again. We camped at Lake Fairfax Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

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Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The DC Metrorail station is just a couple miles away, as is the Reston Town Center with lots to do.

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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $43.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a beautiful, large campground with large sites and lots of privacy. It's unusual to have full hookups at a county park, so that was a big plus. The RV pull-through sites in the full hookup area are along the side of the roads (I refer to them as "C-shaped" pull-throughs). This provides a lot of privacy and a large camping area which we love, but ours (#127) was very unlevel (sloped away from the road), and even though it's a pull-through we had to back out due to low branches in the front of the site. While the roads inside the campground are wide and paved, the very long residential roads (e.g. Bull Run Post Office Rd) you have to take to get there are narrow, winding, and uneven. Even though the campground is physically very close to I-66 and stores/restaurants, it takes a good 10+ minutes just to wind your way out of the campground and back to a main roads to get anywhere. The other big drawback for us was the park's outdoor shooting range, which was active every day (9am-8pm), especially on weekends (9am-5pm). Personally, we don't find the sound of nearby gunfire all day long to be a relaxing camping experience. Being a county park there were plenty of places to walk our dog, though we did find a couple of deer ticks after our walks (very common in Virginia). The campground and sites are heavily wooded, so in the summer you should have plenty of shade. In October it was a bit dark for our tastes. There aren't a lot of campground options in the DC suburbs, especially with full hookups, so while Bull Run is not our favorite in the area, we may return if needed (e.g. if we hit the 14 day limit at the other nearby county park). We camped at Bull Run Regional Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Number
127
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

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States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Philadelphia South KOA (formerly Timberlane Campground), Clarksboro, New Jersey

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here mainly as a base to visit Philadelphia, and it was a pretty fast and easy drive into the city. Our only complaint is that some of the sites, and ours in particular, are extremely narrow. Our neighbor's open awning was literally a few inches from our window. Our pull-through was very long, but the sewer hookup was at the back corner of the site so we couldn't pull up very far into the site. There are a fair number of full-time/seasonal RVs there but their sites were tidy. The campground was dog-friendly, and we regularly walked the entire campground including through their large field and around the fishing pond. Since the campground was small we tried to walk our dog in a nearby housing development but they had a big "no dog walking" sign at the entrance. AT&T and Verizon worked well. The campground offers pay-to-use WiFi through a 3rd party company, or you can go to the campground office to use the office WiFi for free (we didn't try either). Given the proximity to Philly, we were OK with the narrowness of the sites, but if it wasn't the "closest campground to Philly", the site size likely would have cost an extra point. We camped at Philadelphia South KOA (formerly Timberlane Campground) in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Turkey Swamp Park, Freehold, New Jersey

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

This is the most densely forested campground we've stayed in yet. This meant quite a bit of privacy between most sites, but also meant it was challenging driving our 37' motorhome through the campground. The road weaves back and forth the entire way (not straight) with trees and branches very close to the road. We managed it but I can't picture trying it in a much bigger rig. Our camping area was very large, with a picnic table and fire ring. There's a trash can and recycle can at every site which was nice. Our site was mostly hard packed sand (not gravel), so we were constantly tracking it into the rig. We needed 75' of hose to reach the water spigot at our site, but still it was nice having water available, as many county/state parks don't have it at sites. It was a very short drive to Six Flags (our reason for visiting) which was convenient. Being a county park there were lots of trails (and a lake) for walking our dog. The campground was practically deserted during the week but was completely full during the weekend with local campers. There was quite a bit of noise and campfire smoke when the campground was full, but it didn't bother us. Verizon and AT&T both worked great. It rained a lot one day, and some sites looked a bit flooded, but ours was fine. The price seems a little high for a county park, but everything in this area is expensive, so this is on par or even a little cheaper. We'd return here in the future. We camped at Turkey Swamp Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
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Site Number
B2
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Sunsetview Farm Camping Area, Monson, Massachusetts

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is for a weekly stay. This is a fairly large campground which looks like it has lots of activities during the summer for the many seasonal visitors (playground, pond, pavilion, etc.) We were there just before they closed for the season so it was fairly empty (lots of trailers, few people). The campground is located pretty far from most interesting areas, but for us it as a nice and fairly convenient place to stay while visiting Six Flags and The Big E. There's a pretty nice supermarket in town just a couple miles away. Most of the campground is heavily wooded with steep hills that would be challenging for any RV, but the central areas for short-term visitors camp were fairly open and level. Our pull-through site (end of the row) was very nice and larger-than-average, but others looked more average. The WiFi didn't work for us, but AT&T and Verizon worked fine even though we had a weak signal (2 bars) for each. There were plenty of places to walk our dog inside the campground, including a large grassy field near the entrance. The staff we interacted with were friendly and helpful. We'd very likely stay here again if returning to the Springfield area in the future. We camped at Sunsetview Farm Camping Area in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

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Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Arrowhead Marina & RV Park, Schenectady, New York

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is for a weekly stay. This was a very nice campground, mostly wooded with a rustic feel. The full hook-up section we were in was arranged as a circle with the RVs facing outward from the center like spokes. This gave us a pretty good-sized camping area where you're not looking directly at your neighbor's rig. Hookups were oddly placed, with our sewer connection located under the tail of the rig, and water and power were behind us on the passenger side, requiring our full power cord and an extra hose. Everything worked great once hooked up. The river is scenic and we watched boats going by all day long (some quietly, some loudly). The train and its whistle are ever-present, close enough that you always notice it, but far enough that it isn't too annoying. The WiFi never worked for us, but Verizon and AT&T did. Staff/owners were friendly and helpful. There were plenty of places to walk our dog inside the campground and down nearby Pump House Road. We'd return if visiting the area again. We camped at Arrowhead Marina & RV Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Clute Park Campground (W W Clute Memorial Park), Watkins Glen, New York

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $47.00
Overall Rating:      

As others have mentioned, location is the main draw for this RV Park. It is an easy walk to Walmart or into town, and across the street is a small park right on the lake. We walked our dog there daily and he loved to get wet at the little beach. The RV park itself we found to be rather cramped and unattractive. It's basically rows of RVs on a grassy field with not much spacing between them (though we have definitely seen smaller sites elsewhere). They have lines spray painted on the grass and you need to park within those lines. Unfortunately for us, staying within the lines meant the front/side of our motorhome was smushed into the tree on our site. We had someone trim a few branches so we could open our door, but we couldn't open our awning at all. Our fire ring was all the way at the front of the site, right next to the road, which was strange. Most of the sites are occupied by semi-permanent trailers and fifth wheels (and a few mobile homes) that appear to get intermittent use (e.g. weekend visits). The WiFi worked decently during the day, and we had strong Verizon and AT&T for evenings and weekends. Given the high price ($55 daily or $47 weekly) we found that the "near town" location didn't make up for the averageness of the campsites/campground. If you really want to be walking distance from town and don't mind somewhat cramped sites, this may be a good option. We camped at Clute Park Campground (W W Clute Memorial Park) in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

The pizza place a few blocks away (Jerlando's) was excellent (be sure to get some garlic knots too), and the Chinese take-out (Lucky Star) in town was also good.

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Four Mile Creek State Park, Youngstown, New York

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $29.00
Overall Rating:      

We made a reservation for five nights just to do some sight seeing in the area, but we liked the park so much we added another five nights. The sites are fairly large, and the grounds are beautiful. Since our site was close to a water spigot, we were able to refill our water tank halfway through our stay without having to move the coach. Check their map when reserving to see where the water spigots are. We had 50 amp service which was nice since it was very hot the first few days of our visit. The showers were modern, clean, and a short walk from our site so we used them every day. It was also a short walk to the shore of Lake Ontario where our dog went for a swim every day, and on clear days we could see the Toronto skyline across the lake. When we checked in, our 50 amp outlet wasn't working, but the 30 amp was. We reported it to the office and in five minutes someone came out, tested it, and replaced the 50 amp breaker and all was well. Great service! We were from out of state so our fee was $29 per night but we thought that was reasonable. We had weak Verizon signal but no AT&T throughout the park. With our cell booster set up we had strong Verizon LTE and medium AT&T 4G (good enough for phone calls, but data was slow). The park filled up during the weekends but was mostly empty on weekdays. Overall we found our stay to be relaxing, peaceful, and quiet, and we almost stayed even longer. We camped at Four Mile Creek State Park in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
53
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

In addition to Niagara Falls, be sure to check out Fort Niagara.

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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Top-A-Rise Campground, Falconer, New York

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We ended up here over Labor Day weekend because we couldn't find another campground with availability along our route to Niagara Falls due to the holiday. However, we were pleasantly surprised with the campground. As others have mentioned, it is a fairly basic campground, not a "resort", but the new owners are very friendly and helpful, and are working to improve the campground. It's located in a remote but scenic area about 8 miles off the interstate, and is completely surrounded by a public golf course (we almost never saw golfers though). Most of it is wooded, though our site was in a clear area near the large and frequently-used playground. It is mostly occupied by seasonal or full-time families, however they were some of the friendliest residents we've come across in our travels (often if a campground is mostly permanent residents they ignore short-term visitors like us) and all the sites were clean and tidy. Everyone had a smile and wave as we walked our dog through the campground. They only have 30 amp power, and our site had a grey water disposal (first time we've come across that) so we only had to use their dump station on the way out for our black tank. The price was good for what we got (it was about 50%-60% of what other campgrounds were charging during the holiday weekend), and during weekdays with Passport America it would be even cheaper. No WiFi, but our AT&T and Verizon worked fine. Objectively, the campground alone is probably a "7" but due to how welcomed we felt we really enjoyed our stay, and the price was great, so it earns an "8" instead. We'd gladly return if passing through the area again in the future. We camped at Top-A-Rise Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
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Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

If driving a big rig, be sure to call and ask for directions. There are some narrow hilly roads nearby and the GPS will take you on them by default.

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States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Cedar Point Resorts / Lighthouse Point Campground, Sandusky, Ohio

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $80.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground is nicely landscaped and maintained, with a swimming pool, shuffleboard, and a few other amenities (we didn't use any of them). Sites are a little close together but we've seen far worse. It's extremely convenient being able to walk back to the RV at lunch time to walk our dog (or to have a cost-effective homemade lunch). Between that, the savings on park admission, and not having to pay for parking, the price isn't quite as outrageous as it seems at first glance. For us, the 1-hour early entry into the park was a huge draw... we were able to ride the three most popular rides (twice for two of them) before the floodgates opened to the public at 10am. On the downside, our back-in site was very unlevel, requiring three boards under our front wheels (and boards under our jacks) to keep our leveling jacks from lifting the wheels into the air. The entire campground was infested with spiders, mosquitos, and other flying insects. We couldn't go outside without repellant, and every time we opened the door a few bugs immediately got into the RV. We would definitely stay here again, mainly for the convenience (walk the dog at lunch) and early entry to the park. We camped at Cedar Point Resorts / Lighthouse Point Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

When checking in, they tell you about the shuttle that periodically takes you from the campground to the Cedar Point park entrance. However, it's a relatively short walk from anywhere in the campground to the "Resort Entrance" to Cedar Point, so we walked instead of waiting around for the shuttle.

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States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Spaulding Lake Campground, Niles, Michigan

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

Our biggest surprise with this private campground was the large amount of land they have surrounding the campsites. Most campgrounds put RVs on almost the whole property, with maybe a small plot of land reserved for a playground or dog run. Spaulding Lake had huge grassy fields, a small forest with trails winding through it, a swimming lake and a fishing lake, and a pretty creek flowing all around the campground. The entire place is surrounded by tall, thick trees, providing great privacy (the campground is in a residential neighborhood). We found plenty of places to walk our dog, and he went for a few swims in the creek, but there's no enclosed off-leash dog area. As others have mentioned, half the sites are in a wooded section with shade and mature trees, the rest (including ours) are in a mostly open grassy field. Our site was grass instead of gravel, but we had no problems, even with two full days of rain. Site size was above average, utilities worked well, and even the WiFi worked well most of the time. Verizon and AT&T both had strong signal. The owner was very friendly and helpful, and we appreciated being able to receive mail and packages while staying here. This was a great place for us to stay while visiting Elkhart and surrounding areas. We would return here. We camped at Spaulding Lake Campground in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

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Campsite
     
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tips for other Campers:

There's a BBQ restaurant about 1/4 mile from the campground. We got take-out once and it was quite good (but a bit pricey).

Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Hollywood Casino Hotel & RV Resort, Joliet, Illinois

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

We were pleasantly surprised by this RV Park. The campground was attractive with grass and trees, the sites were larger than expected, and there were several large grassy fields which were great for dog walks. Our back-in site just barely fit our 37' motorhome (all wheels on the concrete) with our car parked sideways in front. Anything longer should probably go for a pull-through, else your back wheels will be on the grass instead of concrete. We used this as a base to visit Chicago, since there are very few campgrounds anywhere near the city. The campground was eerily quiet--even though it was half full of RVs, we rarely saw or heard other people. Maybe they were all at the casino? Our AT&T and Verizon both worked well. We'd stay here again if we needed to stay in this area. We camped at Hollywood Casino Hotel & RV Resort in a Motorhome.

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Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 156
States Visited: 36
Helpful Reviews: 81

Richard Bong State Recreation Area, Kansasville, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $19.00
Overall Rating:      

We had to pay an additional $30 for a Wisconsin park entry pass. We stayed in the Sunrise Campground on the east side of the park, in the 200 loop. We were impressed by the size, spacing, and privacy of the sites here, which is the main driver for our high (8) rating. Most sites have a thick stand of trees and shrubs between them for nearly complete privacy, yet have plenty of grassy area left over for camping. There were a couple areas along the road where scraping against low-hanging branches was unavoidable. We also had to back up our 37' motorhome all the way to the wood blocks at the end of our site in order to fit our car in front. We did spot a few sites that should support longer RVs. In almost all cases the camping area was behind the site rather than next to it---picture a lollipop where the stick is where you park your RV. Usually we don't prefer this arrangement, but it worked out well for us here. Our site #223 was close enough to one of the water spigots that we were able to refill our fresh tank halfway through our stay using three hoses (75'). The spigots inside the campground aren't threaded so a water bandit or other adapter is needed. The campground host (Randy) was very friendly and helpful. The showers were pretty old, run-down, full of bugs, and the water was lukewarm at best. After our first shower we decided to just take navy showers inside the RV for the rest of our stay. There are miles of trails in the park, though we ended up turning around early due to mosquitos during our attempt at walking the trail. AT&T and Verizon both worked well. We would stay here again. We camped at Richard Bong State Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Visit the nearby Six Flags Amusement Park if you like roller coasters.

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