About KodiakHouse

Visited 43 states by RV plus 5 Canadian provinces. Favorite states are Utah, Montana and Florida. Nova Scotia is fun too. Prefer roads other than Interstates. Favorite road: highway 24 from Torrey, UT to Hanksville, UT. Of course highway 95 through Dirty Devil and across the Colorado River can't be beat! Favorite campground: Cheyenne Mountain State Park, CO. Close second is Myakka River State Park, FL, tied with Custer State Park, SD. Love my F-150 ecoboost super crew. It's a gentle beast!

User Map


Photos

Reviews

Date of Stay:

Blackwater River State Park is about 10 miles from the nearest I-10 exit and it is that far away from a full-up supermarket as well (Winn-Dixie in Holt, FL). But don't let that deter you from visiting this hidden gem. 30 full hookup sites (water/50 amp electric/sewer) are arranged in two loops, one of which has a spacious playground in the center instead of RV sites. Access roads are well paved and wide enough for the motorhomes of today. The sites themselves are level, spacious and designed with very generous buffer areas of natural vegetation between them. Surface is crushed rock which the campground host meticulously grooms for each new arrival. Cell phone service was a reliable 4G (not LTE) with a download speed of about 2.4 mhz, both AT&T and Verizon. No cable TV but good over-the-air digital channels from the major broadcast networks when the wind is calm. Breezy weather gets the tall trees swaying to and fro, disrupting the digital signals. I have no experience myself with satellite tv but I did note several campers going nuts trying to get a clear view of the southern sky. One that I talked to finally gave up while another fellow could get one satellite only. No laundry. Ice may be purchased about a mile outside the park gate. White sandy beach on the river is just a 3 or 4 minute walk from the campsites. No highway noise, no train noise, no loud parties but several times a day pairs of noisy helicopters from a nearby training facility pass overhead. The river usually flows at about 2 or 3 mph making it ideal for tubing, canoeing and kayaking as well as swimming from one of the many pure white sand bars.

Date of Stay:

Too expensive at $50. For that price, bathrooms should have been nicer (they were clean, in good repair, but dated with a campground look). And the premium pull-through site should have been level. Also had trouble with subterranean water hookup with very short hose bib that make connection difficult. WIFI was "working" but would not assign IP address to my phone. Digital OTA abc, cbs, fox, nbc, pbs reception was great so didn't bother with cable but channel selection on CATV looked good on the campground flyer. Pretty little campground between Greenville, SC and Asheville, NC. Friendly and competent staff.

Date of Stay:

Site spacing varies considerably with some very close but others with more buffer space between. Site #132 was level gravel/sand with water and electric service but no sewer. Pretty waterfront with expansive view of Grand Lagoon from the bridge to the inlet. Digital OTA tv reception was good for the major commercial networks. AT&T and Verizon 4G LTE service was dependable. A short bicycle ride gave us a choice of several beaches with differing wind exposures (but it would have been a long walk to the beach). Some nice nature trails, abundant wildlife, a well-stocked camp store and very clean showers make St Andrews a real treat, especially for the price. Many restaurants within a mile or two of park entrance. Camping World about 10 miles away.

Date of Stay:

Long, level back-in site with full hookups (50 amp). Rate paid was cash to avoid a surcharge for credit cards. Blazing AT&T and Verizon 4G LTE speeds, major networks digital OTA (abc, cbs, fox, nbc, pbs plus cats & dogs). Park is used primarily for Auburn Tigers tailgating in the fall, bluegrass festivals in the summer. Nearly deserted in march but fully operational. Convenience store with gas pumps and breakfast/lunch menu on site. Try for site at back of park to get away from train whistle noise. Convenient to I-85.

Date of Stay:

Rate is for $12 for one night with Golden Age Passport. But recreation.gov website requires 2 nights for a reservation, so effective discounted rate for a one-night transit stop was $24. Annoying, but still a very good buy compared to many of the alternatives. Interior roads were wide and well maintained as were the sites that we observed. Our site (#50) as easy to negotiate drive-thru with 50-amp and water service, both easy to access. AT&T and Verizon 4G LTE service ran about 5 mhz down/.1 mhz up. Sent several texts with pictures attached with no problem. Service stations and shops in West Point, about 5 miles from this quiet campground.

Date of Stay:

As previously noted, interior roads are very narrow with tight radius turns and are badly broken up by huge tree roots. Potholes and crumbling pavement abounds. But it is a wonderfully quiet park with good AT&T cell phone coverage and a wonderful lakefront setting. Many of the sites are waterfront and the rate I paid was for a waterfront pull-thru site. No traffic noise, no trains, no nearby airports, factories or other sources of noise. Trees might give some sat tv owners fits as they are plentiful and tall. Large motor home or fifth wheel would have trouble with some roads. Some sites have very limited maneuvering room. Park staff was friendly and helpful and restrooms were very clean.

Date of Stay:

Easy access, just a mile or two from I-77. Just a 5 or 6 sites for transients with remainder occupied full-time. Friendly staff accepts cash only, no credit cards. No CATV but water, electric and sewer service worked well. Convenient for an overnight stop while you're in transit, not much to do out there in the woods. No stores at cg or nearby. Call ahead for availability.

Date of Stay:

Rate was off-season with military retiree discount. Regular rate in-season might affect "value" rating I suspect. Densely configured park but it works well. Most sites are pull-through picnic table. Many full-time park models with substantial improvements/additions, all well maintained by retiree-owners. FHU sites with CATV. Strong AT&T and Verizon cell service. Shopping for all needs and tastes withing half an hour, with Walmart & grocery stores less than 5 minutes away. Wonderful rec center back by the kayak launch on Alligator Creek with most extensive take-one, leave-one library I've ever seen, plus fitness equipment, pool tables, etc. BTW, it's called Alligator Creek for a good reason so be careful. Many tourist attractions close by catering to all interests from shell collecting to fishing, golf, and many other sports and intellectual pursuits. There's even a good pistol and rifle range at Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area, five minutes away. You almost can't go wrong here and the staff will be most helpful in every way. Good commercial campground.

Date of Stay:

Easy access from US-52. Wide entrance in spacious interior. All 10 sites are concrete pull-throughs with water, 30/50-amp electric and sewer service plus a table and fire ring. No CATV and spotty WiFi. Excellent Verizon and AT&T cell coverage and a few digital OTA TV channels. Owners are super friendly and helpful and "went the extra mile" for us several times during our extended stay. Quiet and clean park with nice fishing pond for entertainment and a state park just a mile away for hiking & rock climbing.

Date of Stay:

Wonderful location, helpful staff, full & working utilities. Sites just a mite close together but the dirt and dust really ruined our stay here. All campground driveways are dry dust and you can count on a nearly continuous coating from the other campers driving around the park. Too bad, could have been a wonderful place, right on the Snake River, a short walk from camp sites.

Date of Stay:

Widely spaced sites on super-wide paved driveways. Drive-through and back-in a piece of cake. Emerald green grass dominates park. Bathrooms cleaner than mom's, free coffee in the morning, all services available. Super efficient check-in (5 lanes to park, don't have to figure out where to abandon the rig), friendly, helpful, seem glad to have you visit for awhile. By far the BEST commercial campground I've EVER visited.(I've crossed continent three times)

Date of Stay:

Well laid out commercial campground with concrete islands between sites. Electric, sewer, water, cable worked well. Campground and facilities super clean. Staff helpful and efficient. Great location, easy access, wide driveways. Stayed in the campground, not the resort.