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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

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.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

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: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

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.

Value
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

Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

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.

Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

Goose Island Campground, Stoddard, Wisconsin

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $27.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Goose Island Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

Autumn Woods RV Park, Rochester, Minnesota

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Autumn Woods RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

Big Sioux Recreation Area, Brandon, South Dakota

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

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. We camped at Big Sioux Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

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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
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

Badlands / White River KOA, Interior, South Dakota

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

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. We camped at Badlands / White River KOA 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
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

There's not much in the way of shopping nearby, so it's best to hit the grocery store before arriving if you need to buy more than just the basics.

Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

Custer's Gulch RV Park, Custer, South Dakota

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

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. We camped at Custer's Gulch RV Park 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
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

Deer Park Campground, Buffalo, Wyoming

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

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. We camped at Deer Park Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

Rock Canyon RV Park, Livingston, Montana

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Rock Canyon is a very small, basic park that might otherwise rate a little lower if it weren't for the wonderful owners. As others have mentioned, the owners are the most friendly, helpful, and attentive we've come across at any RV park, and really make your stay enjoyable. They're always our and about maintaining the park, greeting guests, petting our dogs, and when we had an Amazon delivery they brought it right to our RV. The park itself has around 20 sites, including a couple tent sites and no-hookup sites in a grassy field. The sites are about average in size, not exactly spacious but plenty of room to open slides and awnings, with a grassy area between each site. Our water pressure was surprisingly low at times, especially in the morning, but electric (and sewer) were fine. We had strong WiFi signal, and much of the time we had decent speeds, but we were disconnected fairly often and had to reconnect, and in the evenings it often slowed to a crawl or was unusable. Without a booster, there is no AT&T signal, and only a very weak 1-2 bars of Verizon signal which meant our hotspot was extremely slow also. With our cell booster, we got 1-2 bars of AT&T, enough to make phone calls but not use data, and 3-4 bars of Verizon, which made our hotspot performance fairly quick. Although the park is small, it has a couple grassy fields where we walked our dogs each day, and easy access to the Yellowstone river where the dogs loved going for a swim each afternoon to cool off. We did end up with some mosquito bites, and had some flies and moths make their way into the RV, so bug spray may be a good idea. We really enjoyed our stay and would gladly return. We camped at Rock Canyon RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

We had very high winds come in suddenly at times, so it's wise to keep awnings closed or tied down if unattended.

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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

St. Mary / East Glacier KOA, St Mary, Montana

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $59.00
Overall Rating:

This was a pretty nice KOA with plenty of amenities for all kinds of campers (pool, hot tub, games, BBQ, pancake breakfasts, etc.). The sites are all big enough that you don't need to worry about being able to open slide-outs or awnings, but you're still quite close to your neighbor. It's a very large campground and they do use all the space available so it feels pretty crowded when full. The campground is on a hill so even though our RV pad was level, our camping site sloped steeply down as soon as we stepped out of the motor home (making for a very high "last step" when getting out). We had one of the premium back-in sites with extra room for a tent (which we didn't use). This site was nice because it backed up to a large green field making short dog walks very convenient, But it was right across from the campground entrance and office. This is a Large campground where people stay for only a few days at a time, so each morning we witnessed dozens of RVs leaving and each evening we witnessed dozens checking in, which can get noisy. Being a large campground, there are plenty of places to walk dogs, including a trail down to the lake where they can go for a swim. The WiFi worked reasonably well most of the time, and Verizon worked fine, but there's no AT&T service at all. We camped at St. Mary / East Glacier KOA in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The KOA makes pizzas and will deliver right to your RV, however we were both very disappointed in the pizza and would not recommend.

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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

North American RV Park & Yurt Village, Coram, Montana

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

This park worked well for us as a base to explore Glacier Park. There's nothing fancy about it, but the sites are decently sized (no shrubs or trees, just wide open grass and gravel) and the staff was very friendly. The WiFi never worked at all during our 5 day stay, but we had good Verizon coverage and weak AT&T coverage. There was a fenced dog area but it was so small it looked more like a dog jail (seriously: it was 12' x 18' with a 6' high chain link fence and a huge tree in the middle taking up much of the space), however there are plenty of places to walk dogs on leash in the park and a gas pipeline nearby for longer walks. In short, it's a basic but perfectly functional place to visit the national park from. We would stay here again if visiting Glacier again in the future. We camped at North American RV Park & Yurt Village in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

Alderwood RV Express, Mead, Washington

Date of Stay: July, 2015 - $58.00
Overall Rating:

First the bad: As others have mentioned, the biggest problem with this park is the very narrow and tight sites, and the trees and shrubs at each site make it worse. We only have slides on one side of our motorhome (driver's side), and it's a good thing. If we had opposing slides we wouldn't have been able to open them (we couldn't open our awning at all because of the large tree on our camping side). We use a ramp for our large elderly dog and there wasn't even enough room to place the ramp at our entrance door. We reserved a 50' site for our 36' motorhome and CR-V, but we were later told that we wouldn't fit because there's no room to spare and cars can't be parked horizontally in front of the coach, so we had to upgrade to a 60' site which is their most expensive site. Something else new to us: they use "demand-based pricing" which means there are no fixed rates, the rates change based on how many sites are left, so when we later upgraded to the premium 60' site we had to pay even more since the 60' site had gone up in price since our initial reservation. On the good side, the park is attractive, landscaped, and well maintained, despite the ongoing construction. There's a pretty large fenced dog area and a grassy field to walk on leash. There's a dog walking path behind some of the back-in sites but it's overgrown and is a dead-end. It's very close to town and every store you could need (Costco, Walmart, Home Depot, etc.). Good AT&T and Verizon signal. There's some highway noise but it's not bad at all. We won't stay here again simply because the sites are much too small even for our average-sized motorhome. We camped at Alderwood RV Express in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Premium pull-through
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

Tolt-MacDonald Park & Campground, Carnation, Washington

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is a fantastic campground, and is one of our favorites so far. The RV part of the campground is 16 sites, all crescent pull-throughs along the outside edge of a giant loop with a huge grass field in the middle. This means we had other RVs about 30 feet behind us and in front of us, but none on either side of us. The camping side of each site has a grass area with picnic table and fire ring but a heavily wooded border, so we had nearly complete privacy during our stay. It's a short walk down to the Tolt river where our dogs went swimming every day among various families staying at the campground or using the river for day use. The sites along the west side (the river) have good shade in the late afternoon and the most privacy. To sum up, it's a beautiful nature setting with huge sites, lots of grass and trees, very dog friendly, and has an accessible river with beach to top it all off. The park was sold out for the weekend but there were always sites available during weekdays. We made a reservation for a week (discounted weekly rate shown above, no extra taxes/fees), which is the maximum time you can stay in one site. Sites have 50 amp and water, but no sewer. There is a $9 commercial dump station (cash only via honor system envelopes) at the park exit. One downside is that there is only one shower per gender at the bathhouse, so we often had to wait quite a while for showers. Also, they clean the bathrooms once a day. With all the campers, that meant the showers got dirty quickly. We had very strong AT&T signal, our Verizon worked but was a little weak. Also be sure to note that the park gates are locked at 10 PM during the summer. We had to cut short an evening out with friends to ensure we made it back in time. Not only would we stay here again, we're looking forward to it! We camped at Tolt-MacDonald Park & Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

If arriving/departing via NE Tolt Hill Road like we did, be aware that it has a two mile 9% upgrade and two mile 9% downgrade with many sharp curves. We managed it fine in our motorhome, but you'll want to take it very slowly on the descent.

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Review Count: 174
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 90

Elwha Dam RV Park, Port Angeles, Washington

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $38.00
Overall Rating:

Rate above is for a week. As others have noted, the new owners (as of May 2015) are wonderful and excited about their park. The campground has two sections, the old section (close to the office) is wooded with mostly back-in sites, and has a number of full-time residents (relatively tidy/clean) in the spaces around the perimeter. The new section is all pull-throughs for big rigs along a hill with no trees. We were in the last site of the new section. This site's camping-side grass area was much smaller than the other pull-throughs (i.e. fairly close to our neighbor), but being the last site meant our curb-side had a nice unobstructed view of the field where the owners' horses grazed every day. Some of the campground's sites were a little close together, but none were right on top of each other, so we were satisfied with the spacing, even for our smallish site. The pond, field, playground and other features gave the park a nice rustic feel. The loop trail and dam trail were great for walking our active dog. The WiFi was unusably slow most of the time, but our Verizon jetpack had excellent signal. Our AT&T phones worked but had a weak signal and slow data speeds. During the day there was some noise from trucks on the nearby highway but at night it was silent. Fire rings are available from the office. We'd definitely stay here again if in the area. We camped at Elwha Dam RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

The campground is just a few miles from the entrance to Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge area. If you go, try to wait for a clear day! It was hazy and humid when we went so the views were not as clear.

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