Full-Timers, member Escapees and GS Towing Ford Ranger. Winter in Texas, most travels are coming and going to and from Winter location in Hill Country of West Texas. I like the Plains States and the people there.
Date of Stay:
October, 2016 -
This is a brand-new park and possibly represents the parks we'll see in the future. The first thing you'll notice is no picnic tables, no fire pits or rings.
Believe me, the park looks great without them! There is lush green grass at every site. It is well mowed and very neat, unbroken by tables and fire rings. How often did you use either...when you traveled.
The majority of the park is long term employed, predominantly 5th wheels on back-in sites. The park holds 10-12 pull through sites for overnight travelers so they don't have unhook. The park is clean to almost prim, and all sites are well kept. The park rules on their brochure include a simply stated "Three strikes and you're out policy". The rules are followed. Everyone likes the owners and the results of the rules, so they don't need enforcement.
There is no Texas dust! The roads are double wide blacktop, the RV pads are level cement with blacktop aprons. The sites are very long. The site is half again as wide in the front. Once you are parked, this extra width will be your patio. The utilities are all part of a pagoda style pedestal and work well. Even the pedestal light works! There is lots of room around each site.
The cable is very good, sharp and clear. The Wi-fi works very well with a choice of three hot-spots.
There is a small, well maintained home style pool. Also a workout room with new equipment that actually works and is used. A game room with adult games e.g. air hockey, pool, etc. And, a laundry that is very big and clean. All three of these activity rooms pass one to the other and all are next to the office for ease of monitoring. There is also an Assembly Hall for family get togethers, potlucks and other activities.
The park is "L" shaped and a picnic shelter/pavilion is located at each end.
There are tables, grills and a big fire pit at each.
You'll see pictures on their website, it is a great park! We camped at Brazos Valley RV Park in a Motorhome.
This is "Aggie" Country!! Texas A & M is 22mi East in Bryan/College Station.
This park fills on football weekends. Not sure about other sports but I would check for weekend reservations.
On the other hand you have a large metro area, with lots of shopping and the interests that go along with a big university campus, a few miles away.
Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
A check of this page shows we stayed here when we left Texas in May 2016; we are back, passing through on our return to Texas for the Winter.
The Workampers who were experienced with this park tragically had to rush home to Louisiana where they lost their home to flooding.
A new crew of very nice people are here working very hard at catch-up.
This is a park cut into the piney woods of East Texas. The woods border the park and make landscaping and grounds maintenance very difficult.
The soil is sand mixed with many millennia of pine needles and coaxing grass is a chore and a knack. This is still a nice park, we like it, but it is not as sharp as it was.
There are a variety of sites. Be careful what you ask for, it can be expensive. All sites are gravel with well placed utilities. They are long enough to leave your tow attached. They are all level, packed gravel.
There is a huge rectangular rally site with full utilities and rally hall.
Some sites have cement patios with furniture, all have a picnic table and fire ring. There is also a dog pen that encloses trees; my dog thought it was great. Check-in at the office was easy and friendly; the camp store is very nice. The grounds are well lit at night.
The ubiquitous Kabins that we are familiar with are placed in the woods. A neat spot for a cabin stay. Much larger, self-contained Kabins, which are more like park models are scattered about the open RV sites.
There is also a pool and small children's playground. My wife and I found hiking trails in the woods.
Wi-Fi was very good, and cable was passable: ok on satellite channels but fuzzy for local stations
The bathrooms and showers are all sparking clean and very comfortable.
We used them. The laundry also looked up-to-date.
The park is very quiet and relaxing. We'll be ready to drive again tomorrow. We camped at Rusk KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
This park can be expensive, we have a KOA Card and applied some accumulated points. It is very big, shiny, and new. We stayed in the park two days. The roads and sites are all cement, sites are level and very long. All sites are the same. The FHU utilities are very convenient and well placed. Watch the water pressure! The Wi-Fi is excellent and cable is very clear with over 75 channels. There is very attractive landscaping, lots of lush green lawns and shrubs, but no mature trees. Summers must be real cookers. Each site has a pedestal mounted grill and patio with a table and umbrella and chairs. There is a very nice pool with pool lounges and accessories. Next to the pool is a play lot for children. There is also a twin dog park with separate gates. You can pick out the permanent residents by their outside clutter, but they were not unsightly.
In the main Park Building is the office, and rv supply store, also an arcade, and tv lounge. It is all beautifully appointed. The laundry is here too. We used it, there are 5- washers and 10-dryers, and a big screen tv. Very nice.
The bathrooms are amazing! My wife stopped me from taking pictures.
They are opulent to a fault. I can't believe the hotel suites are better.
Needless to say they were cleaner than clean and very comfortable.
I think we'd come back just for the fun of it. We camped at Durant / Choctaw Casino KOA in a Motorhome.
This park is across the street from the Choctaw Casino/Hotel. The walk is not that bad. The casino/hotel is huge, everything over the top. They book well known entertainment into their Grand Theatre, but besides the very obvious casino and its cacophony of electronic music and lights, there is also a movie theater, bowling alley, arcade, and food court with many well known franchises. All this and a number of sit-down and order restaurants and lounges. It is the closest this family will get to Las Vegas.
Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
This is a travelers KOA. Our traveling practice is to stay two days when we stop. So, we have watched this campground fill and then empty. It is a very nice KOA, just not a destination. This is not a huge park, I would call for availability.
Check-in was easy and friendly with the owners in a really well stocked camp store. There were souvenirs, as well as lots of basic RV supplies. The grocery selection was the basics, but still fresh and attractive. I was able to buy milk which is always my litmus test of a good camp store.
The sites were very neat and clean with well placed utilities. There was a picnic table and shade at the sites, neighbors were close but not imposing.
Cable was 65 clear channels with no hassle. Wi-Fi bogged down sometimes but over all was good.
The roads and sites are gravel, but all around is lush grass. The trees and lawns are verdant and surround the children's playground and a clean and well maintained pool. There are lots of benches, tables and chairs in the green space. There is even a small catch 'n release pond just for kid's fun.
A "Nature Trail" has been cut into a bordering woods that offered extensive walks because it was cut as a labyrinth with paths going in every direction. "Weren't we just here?"
The laundry looked very nice, clean and well equipped.
The real "knockout" were the bathrooms. They are outstanding, or maybe that is astounding. They look brand new and are done in stone tiles and marble, with designer fixtures. The lighting, mirrors, and basin shine. It goes without saying that bathroom and showers were also meticulously clean. These are really pleasant and comfortable bathrooms.
We are headed West and doubled back twenty miles for this campground.
It was a worthwhile detour. We camped at Sallisaw / Fort Smith West KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
This park is often listed as Seneca. MO. It is West of there, a few hundred yards into Oklahoma and is part of the Eastern Shawnee Nation. The adjoining casino is the "Indigo Sky Casino".
This seems to be a very successful enterprise, it is jaw dropping beautiful with fountains and statuary and flower gardens. The grounds are neat and clean and always being maintained.
The hotel is very big and grand with Southwest themed decorations and much to see. There is a restaurant that features a different buffet every night. The food is good! Also a food court. There is an outdoor pool which you can use as an RV guest.
All that said the RV park has some shortcomings, but remember it is $15.00 a night. All sites are water and electric only and these utilities were conveniently placed and very good. Everything is back-in, even the dump station is back-in.
There is an office in the RV park but it is not always manned. Pick a spot and go up to the hotel to register. Very easy, very friendly.
There are 45 sites most, not all, are merely painted lines on an asphalt parking lot. All are numbered and well designed and each backs up to its utilities, but if you want grass on either side of your unit drive around and check for the few that have lawns designed around them. We did.
There are no fire rings or picnic tables at the sites, but there is a huge redwood picnic pavilion with tables and three stone fire places and grills.
The RV park is meticulously clean and groomed, a security vehicle with its green flashing light goes through about every 15mins. The flowers, other shrubbery and lawns are expertly done, but the trees are all young. Shade will be here in a few years. The bathrooms and showers were all clean and well monitored. There is no cable, but all major channels are available OTA.
Wi-Fi is at the Hotel but not in the park. This is a very good casino RV park. The restaurants were great; we never gambled. We camped at Whispering Woods RV Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
I'm surprised at the short reviews; there is a lot that can be said...with one caveat.
This is a large park that is clean and neat. It is being maintained constantly. Check-in was easy at a very nice store/gift shop/ office. They actually had a lot of products in stock, both food and camping supplies as well as souvenirs and gift items. We were able to buy milk!!
The grounds are manicured with a lot of flowering shrubs and plenty of shade trees. There is a large covered picnic pavilion with a big, big fire pit and lots of tables and grills. There is a pool that is clean and looked very inviting, though we didn't try it. Also a children's playground that looked new. Nearby was a very nice wooden gazebo for just relaxing out of the sun and enjoying the flowers. Each site has a picnic table and the front row sites each have a chimenea, but open fire pit fires are not allowed.
There is also a rally room and one of the nicest "Rec" rooms I have encountered with real exercise equipment, book and dvd exchange, and tables and chairs for just getting together.
The bathrooms are clean and well appointed, the showers were hot, though I believe the shower enclosures needed some scrubbing...probably hard water. Basins, mirrors and counter tops were all squeaky clean.
The "Heads-Up" for this campground: as mentioned over and over, the roads are narrow,and the sites are tight, making for very shallow turns. Get the walkie-talkies you use for back-ins and send your navigator out to help you pull into your site. Even the old pros who have pulled into thousands of campsites, should send someone out to watch. Large RV combinations definitely need extra help. Someone from the office will also help.
The park enforces overflow parking, the roads are as clear as possible, just not wide and decorative shrubs and boulders edge the site entrance and exit.
Drive careful and enjoy this wonderful oasis off the road. Relax! We camped at Cottonwoods RV Park in a Motorhome.
This is THE rv park for the University of Missouri. Be sure to check Mizzou Football and other activities. Reservations would be a must if you are passing through when things are going on.
Date of Stay:
September, 2016 -
This is a very nice old park. Good service with good facilities, clean and neat, all very well maintained. Check-in was easy with helpful owners who live in homes adjoining the park.
Gravel roads and pads. The spaces are close, but not impossible. Hookup was well placed and easy.
Lot of old growth trees, lots of shade with additional plantings and landscaping. There is spacious grass for walking, but area between spaces is pretty much all gravel with a hint of grass.
There is no cable. Turn your antenna like everyone else and you'll get adequate OTA channels. Wi-Fi was good in our spot, #5, near the office.
Laundry is very reasonable, but only 2 of each .
Bathrooms are dated but sparkling clean and comfortable...even decorated.
Walking trails have been cut into the woods. It is a real walk in the woods as the trails are a little rough, but interesting.
All this said, I now must add that a reservation is recommended. This park is almost all filled with long term employed. The trailers are neat with some long-term clutter like large furniture pieces and big freezers outside.
Everyone appears to be working, it is quiet and controlled. Trailers as family homes seems to be a sign of our times.
This is a relaxing stop from hours of driving. It is not a resort. It is a safe, secure and quiet spot along the way. We'll be back. We camped at Hickory Haven Campground in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
August, 2016 -
If there was nothing else its location would make it worthwhile.
This park features two small lakes, about a mile and a half around the two. Small boats are OK, fishing is catch and release. There is a big sandy beach on one lake with a buoy roped swim area. Also paddle-boats.
The owners have resisted putting camp sites around the lakes, most would have, the walks around the lakes are clear and improved and very pretty, with picnic tables, and flowers.
All the RV areas are level gravel with easy hookup to very convenient pedestals. All sites are back-in, end-to-end, but because the sites alternate, like a checker board, everyone has there own area. Each site has some shade, a picnic table, and fire ring.
The lack of grass at the individual sites is more than covered by the acres of beautiful green lawns. Always mowed and ready for a barefoot walk, because everyone picks up after their dog. The park is too beautiful not to!
The flowers and shrubbery are very professional. All of this is kept clean, neat, and groomed every day.
There is no cable because Rockford and Chicago are very near. The Wi-Fi is by TengoInternet and free. Wi-Fi can slow down if the park is busy.
The bathrooms and showers are all-in-one style and very clean and comfortable.
The laundry seems pricey but note that the machines are front-loading commercial washers and dryers; fill them to the limits indicated. They do a good job.
The owners have their home here at the park. It is a lovely home and all the park and campers spread out before them. We are camping on their front yard.
The owners are very proud of the park and work hard every day to keep their home clean and neat. To this end,there are rules. These rules ensure a clean, safe, and secure campground. All rules are printed on the welcoming brochure and there are none that I have not seen at other parks.
This is like an oasis, with all the large, old trees surrounding the property you wouldn't know a city was nearby. We camped at Sycamore RV Resort in a Motorhome.
Sycamore is the very picturesque County Seat with a grand old courthouse.
There is a large "Historic District" and an active downtown shopping district. Take a walk down Somonauk St. and see some of the restored, jaw dropping Victorian homes.
Right next door is DeKalb. Three times the size and the home of Northern Illinois University. A much different flavor!
Be sure to check NIU.edu for activities e.g. free concerts on campus.
Date of Stay:
June, 2016 -
Have been coming here for years when the kids were small, before full-timing. This park is a top camping draw for families from The City and fills almost every Summer weekend, during the week not even a tenth filled.
This park features a big fishing and paddle sports lake, no motors over 10hp. Buy a license! DNR Police are active here.
The day-use and camping sections are separate and distinct. There is a restaurant at the day-use side and a great camp store with fishing and camping supplies as well as food and ice cream treats on the camping side.
There are boat rentals at each location.
There are 150 camp sites, FCFS and ReserveAmerica. They are all back-in, electric only, level is debatable. The park works hard to keep the woods at bay and is constantly pushing it back, but the sites are still very woodsy, many are in twilight all day. The State Park has a booster club and many supporters. See this web site, not Illinois DNR, for lots of info about the lake and park, as well as pictures of the camping sites and lots of fish pics:
This is a camping park mostly tent camping, pop-ups, and travel trailers. Motorized RV are probably truck campers and small rv's. Check the photos in the above noted web site. Large Class A's and 5th wheels would have a chore getting in. There is a fire ring and picnic table at every site and there is plenty of grass around before giving way to the woods.
There are good hiking trails, including a formidable one around the lake.
Families and children play all day and never stop exploring the woods. This is not a quiet place...it is not supposed to be.
Besides the usual outhouses there is a single shower and bathroom building which, though cleaned daily, is severely taxed when the park is full. It is rather Spartan, at best.
Four host couples, scattered about the park keep things running smoothly without spoiling the fun. We camped at Shabbona Lake State Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
May, 2016 -
This is a plain and simple, utilitarian, just off the interstate RV Park. Which is just what they say they are. The park is very neat and trim. Gravel roads and sites, very easy full hook ups. We used our short water hose and only one length of sewer hose. The sites are level front to back, but ours leaned a little, not enough to get the boards out. The sites are long enough to leave your tow attached. No fire rings, but each site has a picnic table.
There is adequate space between the rv's. The permanent and long-term tenants are in the rear. Saw no derelict trailers or junk.
The small office has some rv supplies that might come in handy, but there is no camp store. The cable is very good with 30 stations, and wi-fi is excellent with four "hot spots" to choose from.
There are no amenities here. The attraction is location, location, location.
It is directly off I-55 and one half mile from I-57. We hear no road noise!
A single men's and women's bathroom are off the laundry room. They are very basic and appear to be cleaned daily. They can really only accommodate one user at a time, yet the outside door doesn't lock, so I guess you have to say, "I'm in here" when someone comes in. The walls are painted cement block and the floors concrete. I have shower shoes that I rarely use. I'm sure the bathrooms are clean but I'll use my shoes.
The day we arrived they were putting new mulch around their shade trees.
It looked nice and there were flowers blooming all about. This is a clean and orderly park.
Here is a comfortable night off the road. It is not a resort. It's a night's sleep before you start driving again. We liked it, we'll be back.
2012, 32' CLASS "A", on Ford F-53, Towing Ford Ranger. We camped at Hinton RV Park in a Motorhome.
OK, you're in Sikeston and so is "Lambert's Cafe" "Home of the Throwed Rolls". In fact it is about one half mile East of this RV Park on the same road. So what are you waiting for? You might as well go and see what all the fuss is about.
It is pretty neat, the food is good, but the show is even better. They really do throw the rolls to you; even across the room.
This is one of those restaurants that always has a line. Go early for dinner, but go anyway.
Date of Stay:
May, 2016 -
This park steps off the pages of a 1980 AAA Travel Guide. An old RV Park that is little worn on the edges but very comfortable and welcoming.
NOTE!! You must be self-contained, no bathrooms or showers.
The sites are close but not restrictive. There are two electrical boxes on each pedestal so the paired rv's are close, but there is a lot of space between each pair. There is a picnic table at each site.
We were able to leave our towed p/u truck attached. The sites are two strips of concrete with gravel and grass and mature trees all around.
Looking around we see lots of neighbors who live here, but, although there are the obvious signs of permanent residents, there are no derelict trailers.
Many rv units are showing some age but flower gardens, bird feeders, and lawn furniture abound. Everyone seems to have a happy banner flying.
Not a lot of amenities but the furnished wi-fi is outstanding. No cable but OTA antenna tv will get you the major broadcasters.
The owners are the nicest people. They run a very clean and neat rv park and are on-site to keep it that way. The lot count on the Park's header is a bit askew. We took a walk-about and accounted for about 50 sites.
This is a very nice little corner in Arkansas and a good overnight stop on our travels. We would come back.
2012, 32' CLASS "A", on Ford F-53, Towing Ford Ranger. We camped at Whitney Lane RV Park in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
May, 2016 -
We were here two years ago at ribbon cutting and thought the park would become a real jewel as it grew. Well, two years later, it is just as we left it.
No better, probably no worse. I was surprised.
No amenities have been added beyond what was there two years ago. No pool, or playground, no dog park, walking trails, or camp store. Only select sites had picnic tables and no fire rings. The emphasis seems to have shifted to permanent or long-term residents, without a need to attract the traveler off the road. The nights we were there we counted three pull throughs and two back-ins available. The rest were all permanent residents or long-term employed. The morning exodus to work and the evening return makes the roads very busy.
All that said, the park is very clean and neat with the usual disregard for printed rules by long-term renters (dog pens not allowed). The staff is busy, everything is well maintained. There is a large pond in the center of the park, with attractive landscaping. The roads and sites are a rounded river-gravel, some pull throughs, all are FHU. Hook up was easy.
Wi-Fi and cable come with the site and both were very good.
There is a single Main Building with all services. This is where you check in, also laundry, bathrooms, showers, and TV lounge with table and chairs. What is odd is that all of this is accessed from the inside, no doors on the outside. It is not really awkward just odd, as you head for the shower you pass the lady in the office and the folks watching tv or doing laundry.
The two unisex showers also include a full bathroom and are amazing.
As big as a luxury hotel and as sparkling clean as home. Very nice!
This park is pricey for what you get so they try to find discounts and will ask about, GS, SKP's, and FMCA.
This a fine park for overnight, well lit and secure, but I would surely call for a reservation.
2012, 32' CLASS "A", on Ford F-53, Towing Ford Ranger. We camped at Magnolia RV Park LLC in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
May, 2016 -
This is unlike any KOA we've been to, except everything is yellow and begins with a "K". It is off the beaten path, not near a highway. You won't see advertising signage, use your GPS, we did and it worked.
The park is unbelievably quiet no games, no jumping pillows, no hayrides, or nightly movies, and no traffic noise.
The campground is literally cut into a piney woods, the Loblolly pines have been cleared from the RV sites, they are notoriously unstable. The grounds have been replanted with shade trees. This heavy pine forest totally surrounds the park. It is deep and dark. If we hadn't heard owls at night, we would have heard nothing. There are building lights and each electrical pedestal has a welcome light atop.
The sites are very big and spacious. We never unhooked our tow.
Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. The deluxe sites have a poured patio and table and chairs. There is lots of grass on all sides.
There are a lot of Kabins. There are four Log style Kabins that have been cut deep into the woods. I have never seen such a cool setting for these ubiquitous Kabins. There is also tenting in the woods.
Larger cedar sided Kabins with porches and decks are set among the RV sites. They resemble KOA styles but look a lot like Park-Models.
The office is clean and neat with lots of camping stuff for sale.
Bathrooms and showers are sparkling and cleaned daily. They are new and very well equipped. There is also an enclosed dog area. A very nice looking pool and a small equipped playground for family fun.
The managers here are very nice. Even bought us milk when they went to the store. This has been a very welcome respite after seven hours of driving. We stayed two days to just relax. KOA doesn't use the word, but this park could be a KOA Retreat. We camped at Rusk KOA in a Motorhome.
Date of Stay:
March, 2016 -
This is our Winter home, so the reader can assume some bias, but also some experience after a couple of years. This is a very nice park in a special little town. My wife and I are one of about four families that are seasonal, then there are also eight rv's belonging to local workers. The rest of the park turns over almost every night. There are no permanent residents.
All units are currently licensed and roadworthy, no skirting, no decks.
The park is very well managed and closely watched, maintenance is a constant. There are resident managers as well as two couples that are work campers. The bathrooms are cleaned every day as is the pool. There is a minimal playground for kids, and, of course, the river borders the park.
In review I noticed a complaint about the river "Not being there". This is the Edwards Plateau in West Texas all the rivers are like that. I can tell you that today it is here and quite pretty. There was also a complaint about "deer poop". Out here that is like complaining about sand at the beach. Deer hunting is an industry here. Deer are feed by automatic feeders on every ranch all year long. Around here deer poop is good. Also "Junction is a dry little town with nothing happening". Junction is a town of 2,200pop and 16 churches, by my count. They like it dry, so do we.
Everyone with large DP's or 5th Wheels should make a reservation. All campsites are not uniform. There will probably always be space for a truck-camper but large units should call.
There is lots of green space and every site is roomy. The sites are set randomly which gives the illusion of even more space. All large sites have a pergola and lawn furniture. All sites have a picnic table, fire ring and grill. The park is gated and key pad controlled, if you don't have a reservation and the park is full there is an overflow section with water and power.
Be warned the park fills almost every night!
2012, 32' CLASS "A", on Ford F-53, Towing Ford Ranger. We camped at Junction/North Llano River RV Park in a Motorhome.
This is a great jumping off place for the "Hill Country". Fredericksburg, Kerrville, Comfort, Mason, and Menard are all easy day trips of about an hour. Junction is a town worth checking out. The people are infectiously welcoming.
Be sure to try barbecue at LUM'S, only the best in Texas. Also Mexican-American food (not too hot) at LA FAMILIA. Excellent!
Date of Stay:
October, 2015 -
A lot of reviews here, and I'm going to buck them all. This is not a great rv park, possibly not even a good rv park. This is a prime example of explosive expansion to meet demands of the oil and gas industry in this area. This is a former KOA. You can see the original park where there are mature trees and grass. There have been two expansions to the East. These expansions are all gravel and barely look completed, yet are occupied. This is all like Disney's "Sorcerer's Apprentice" just too much to control. I think the effects of the growth is beyond management.
There are feral cats around the buildings and dumpsters. I like cats, but this is not fair to them. When we first arrived and took our dog to the dog play yard a workamper told us what dogs to watch out for and leave if we saw them coming. The roads in the old section are barely blacktop and full of holes. It rained while we were here. Too much grading has filled swales and the park no longer drains. Finding a dry walkway became a maze.
I have never seen so many Confederate Battle Flags flying in such a concentration. This is not our National Flag. This is a statement beyond free speech, I am offended and uneasy, and feel I have given tacit approval by my presence. Not the case!
While on a walk with my wife a dog unsupervised in a yard took out after us. Thank God he was chained. When he hit the end of the chain it flipped him over. This dog looked very much like an extremely dangerous Canary Island dog that I thought was barred from importation into the US. We'll be speaking to management.
Yes, the sites are adequate and the cable tv and internet are very good.
Travelers are put in the old KOA sections and have trees, picnic table and some grass. There are bathrooms on the grounds as well as at the office and they looked clean and very well maintained. The laundry was clean and reasonable. Everyone says the restaurant is great.
Still not enough reason to come back. We camped at Fort Stockton RV Park in a Motorhome.