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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.

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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.

     

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Four Mile Creek State Park

Youngstown, New York

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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.

     

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Top-A-Rise Campground

Falconer, New York

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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First of all, this is an enormous campground with hundreds of sites for RVs and tents. It's right on the Mississippi River and its adjacent marshes. On weekdays it was half empty, but it was packed during the weekend with local campers towing boats and jetskis. Many of the RVs there look like they are permanent or seasonal residents, but in general they were tidy. None of the sites have sewer, but they have a mix of 30 and 50-amp electric, and some with water. There are a few bath houses, but the two at the south end of the park are new, large, and clean (25 cents for four minutes of shower), while the north one can best be described as "rustic". It's a 1.4 mile round-trip walk from our site to the south bath house, so we ended up driving for our showers, a first for us. The park is very dog friendly, and we never ran out of places to walk our active dog. We also found plenty of places where he could go for a quick swim in the river. Verizon and AT&T worked very well in the campground, but AT&T in general was spotty in La Crosse, going from 4 bars LTE to "no signal" just a half mile from the campground. The camp hosts we met were very friendly and helpful. One word of warning: the roads in La Crosse are some of the worst we've ever encountered. The 10 mile drive on WI-35 to get to the campground shook our motorhome mercilessly. In general, it's a nice family-friendly campground. If we return to La Crosse someday we'd consider staying here again.

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We only stayed for a few nights while passing through the area. The campground is clean and the host was friendly, but there's not much to differentiate it from many other RV Parks we've been to. There are two sections, the old "deluxe" section with paved road and some treed sites, and the new "standard" section with gravel road and no trees. Having not been there before to see the difference, we paid extra for a deluxe site but there was nothing "deluxe" about it. Fairly narrow, no trees, and the small grassy lot we did have was steeply sloped so it was not really usable. We felt that the "standard" (and less expensive) sites were larger than our "deluxe" site. The WiFi worked pretty well most of the time, but we did have problems occasionally. AT&T and Verizon both worked fine. The park is very dog friendly, with plenty of room to walk dogs inside the park, as well as nearby neighborhoods for extended walks. There's a large grassy field in the back of the park with a small pond... we walked our dogs there once but we ended up with lots of mosquito bites so we didn't return to that area. It's only a few miles to town, making shopping and other errands simple. We'd stay here again if passing through town, but it's not someplace we'd likely choose for an extended stay.

     

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Autumn Woods RV Park

Rochester, Minnesota

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We only stayed for a few nights while passing through the area. The campground is clean and the host was friendly, but there's not much to differentiate it from many other RV Parks we've been to. There are two sections, the old "deluxe" section with paved road and some treed sites, and the new "standard" section with gravel road and no trees. Having not been there before to see the difference, we paid extra for a deluxe site but there was nothing "deluxe" about it. Fairly narrow, no trees, and the small grassy lot we did have was steeply sloped so it was not really usable. We felt that the "standard" (and less expensive) sites were larger than our "deluxe" site. The WiFi worked pretty well most of the time, but we did have problems occasionally. AT&T and Verizon both worked fine. The park is very dog friendly, with plenty of room to walk dogs inside the park, as well as nearby neighborhoods for extended walks. There's a large grassy field in the back of the park with a small pond... we walked our dogs there once but we ended up with lots of mosquito bites so we didn't return to that area. It's only a few miles to town, making shopping and other errands simple. We'd stay here again if passing through town, but it's not someplace we'd likely choose for an extended stay.

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We really enjoyed our stay here. Even though the sites are electric only (50 amp), the showers were very modern and clean so we used them daily. The sites are huge with lots of space between each site and lots of grass. The sites are almost all in the shade which was also a plus considering it was hot in July. Those with satellite dishes may have problems. There's a very large grassy field in the center of the main loop, a long walk/bike path through the park, and a Frisbee Golf course. Even though the park is along the Big Sioux River, there's no easy access to the river as it's down a steep embankment. We love places where our dogs can get wet to cool off, but we were rarely able to take advantage of that here. The nearby town of Brandon has most things you could need, but if not it's only a little further to Sioux Falls which has everything else. We had strong AT&T and Verizon signal throughout the park. We wanted to stay longer, but the campground was sold out every weekend so we could only stay during weekdays when it was half empty. The large campsites, peaceful surroundings, and large clean showers were the big draws for us. If they had water at each site we'd rate it even higher. There's fresh water at the dump station near the entrance, and at two or three spigots around the park. We'd definitely return.

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The campground itself is quite nice but has a few drawbacks worth mentioning. On the good side, it's large, with a mix of full hookup sites, partial hookup, cabins, and tent sites. It's just a few miles from the entrance to Badlands National Park. Most of the sites have plenty of shade trees which are a huge benefit considering how hot it gets here. One big plus for us was the large fenced-in dog area, one of the largest we've seen, which also has a dog washing station. Being a large campground we found plenty of grassy places to walk our dogs. There's a swimming pool which looked like it got a lot of use (we didn't use it), and other amenities like pancake breakfasts, evening BBQs, etc. On the bad side, we thought our full hookup pull-through site was a little small for a $50/night rate in rural South Dakota. The sites in our area were so short that many visitors' tow vehicles were sticking out into the very narrow lanes between the sites--when it was time for us to leave we couldn't get out and had to drive through the empty site across from us to get to the next lane. The other big downside for us was there was no usable Verizon or AT&T signal. With our booster we got a very weak signal but data (3G only) was still extremely slow. The campground WiFi worked occasionally but was usually unusably slow in the evening. To sum up, there are other campgrounds closer to Badlands (less expensive and with cell signal) but the big thing the KOA has going for it is mature shade trees and amenities like the pool and dog park.

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We loved the fact that the sites here are very large and grassy, similar in size to what we usually find at county/state parks, not commercial RV parks. The campground is quite large, offering full-hookup sites for the biggest rigs, cabins, tents, and a boondocking area. The campground is not fancy, i.e. there's no pool, the road is gravel, etc., but we thought that was fine since we loved our large grassy site. We didn't have any complaints about the dirt road to get into the park. The WiFi worked pretty well (not fast) during the day, but was often barely usable in the evening. Our site was near the top of the hill, far from the highway, and we had no AT&T service and very weak Verizon. Closer to the entrance/office, both AT&T and Verizon worked. We hooked up our booster and were then able to use both at our site. We found enough places to walk our dogs in the campground, and some campers hiked up the big hill behind the campground. As others have mentioned, there are a couple lakes but they are overgrown and the water looks greenish. There was quite a bit of wind every day, so we rarely got to open our awning. We were able to get some mail and packages shipped to us at the campground too which was convenient. The location is great, being right in the middle of many local attractions in all directions. Being set back pretty far from the highway, the campground was very quiet which we appreciated. We saw several other campgrounds in the area that were right along the road and will get more noise. We'd stay here again.

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This is a Good Sam park, however the rate on their web site "already includes a 10% discount" so having a Good Sam card doesn't get you a price any different from other guests. We only stayed overnight to break up a very long drive, but we were pretty impressed by what we saw. Our site was at the end of a row so it was pretty large, other sites were more average in size. Our site was unlevel, requiring some wood blocks under our front wheels. Utilities all worked fine, we had good AT&T signal, and the WiFi performance was one of the best we've encountered anywhere... always functioning and always fast, even in the evening when most campground WiFi slows to a crawl. Kudos to Deer Park for getting this right! There's a nice walking loop trail through a field and some woods, maybe 1/3 mile long, and plenty of other grassy places to walk dogs. There's a small creek through the park but it was low flow and overgrown with algae so not suitable for getting the dogs wet. We didn't have a chance to use the pool or other amenities but the entire park looked clean and well maintained. The area was nice and quiet despite being less than a mile from the interstate. We would definitely return, hopefully for a longer stay next time.