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!

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Blackwater River State Park , Holt, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Blackwater River State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Campsite
     
Site Number
14 magnolia loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

There is a water sports outfitter just a mile or two from the park entrance. You can rent a canoe and arrange for a shuttle service to pick it and you up at the end of your drift/paddle after delivering you to an appropriate launch site.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Travelers Rest / N. Greenville KOA , Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Travelers Rest / N. Greenville KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Site Details

Site Number
36
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Saint Andrews State Park, Panama City Beach, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $28.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Saint Andrews State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Site Number
132
Site Surface
Sand
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

University Station RV Resort, Auburn, Alabama

Date of Stay: March, 2016 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at University Station RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

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Campsite
     
Site Number
413
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

R Shaefer Heard COE, West Point, Georgia

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $12.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at R Shaefer Heard COE in a Travel Trailer.

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Campsite
     
Site Number
50
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
No Others In Sight, Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tips for other Campers:

Drive across the dam if you've never done that before.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Tugaloo State Park, Lavonia, Georgia

Date of Stay: February, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Tugaloo State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

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

Avoid SR 84 approaching park as it has a very narrow unpaved section. There's a convenience store very close to park entrance. They have two gas pumps that are very easy to drive a trailer through.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Little Cedar Creek Campgrounds and Cabins, Ridgeway, South Carolina

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

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. We camped at Little Cedar Creek Campgrounds and Cabins in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Gulfview RV Resort (Encore), Punta Gorda, Florida

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

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. We camped at Gulfview RV Resort (Encore) in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
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Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
108
Site Surface
Grass
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Greystone RV Park, Pinnacle, North Carolina

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

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. We camped at Greystone RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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Clean Restrooms
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Campsite
     
Site Number
5
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Be sure to take at least a few minutes to visit Pilot Knob State Park just down the road. You can drive to parking lot at top, then walk or hike on sidewalks and trails ranging from short, quick and easy to longer and more strenuous. Truly something for everybody, including a modest visitor center.

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Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch (formerly Flagg Ranch Resort), Moran, Wyoming

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Headwaters Lodge & Cabins at Flagg Ranch (formerly Flagg Ranch Resort) in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park, West Yellowstone, Montana

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

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) We camped at Yellowstone Grizzly RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 4

Portal RV Resort and Campground, Moab, Utah

Date of Stay: June, 2014 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Portal RV Resort and Campground in a Travel Trailer.

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