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States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Mother Neff State Park, Moody, Texas

Date of Stay: February, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Although we camp hosted at Mother Neff, I simply have to share my experience of this park. People might overlook Mother Neff because it's small, at around 250 acres. But that would be a mistake. The juniper/cedar prairie-setting campground is one of the nicest we've seen anywhere. All sites are level, or very close to level. Sites 3 and 5 have shade from later afternoon sun and shaded picnic tables. Sites 14, 16 and 17 have some shaded areas from midday sun. Site 17 is a short walk to the beautiful bathhouse. Site 3 isn't far. But there are paths from all areas of the campground that lead to the bathhouse. All pull-through sites are suited for big rigs. Most afford good satellite view. Sites 9, 11, 13, and 20 have full sun. For those who enjoy hiking, take off down the Wash Pond Trail or Cave Trail and into another world. A spring fed stream feeds into the pond, which is crystal clear. The trees are much larger than those on the prairie. You'll hear and see dozens of different kinds of birds. In the early evening, you may see rabbits or deer grazing in open areas of the prairie. The park rangers and staff could not be nicer. They are proud of their park and work hard to ensure that it is well cared for. They truly want customers to have a great experience while visiting Mother Neff. There are occasional rocket tests at Space-X and artillary booms at nearby Fort Hood, but those occasional happenings don't really distract from the beauty, peace and tranquility of Mother Neff State Park. And one day, when the log jam in the Leon River is cleared out and the flooding ceases, the river bottom campground might be reopened and you will be able to experience yet another aspect of the beauty of Mother Neff. In the mean time, though, treat yourself to a camping experience at this little gem of a park. You won't regret it! We camped at Mother Neff State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Terrific homemade pies at the Coffee House Cafe in McGregor. Nearby Lake Belton has great Corps of Engineer Parks for a picnic. We highly recommend the Gin on Nolan Creek restaurant in Belton. Mesquite grilled fare is delish! Grocery stores: Brookshire Brothers in Moody, 6 miles away. McGregor, 10 miles away, is a larger Brookshire Bros. Our favorite is H-E-B in Gatesville, 20 miles away. Best meat selection and largest produce section.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Red Bay Downtown RV Park, Red Bay, Alabama

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Like everyone who goes to Red Bay, we were there for service on our Tiffin motorhome. It was our first time there. Quite an interesting experience.

First 2 nights we stayed at a different place in town, but it was such a junkyard that we moved to Downtown RV Park when a site came open. No comparison. Downtown was by far the better place. It's very small, so you get to know your neighbors if you're there for a while. It's basically a parking lot, but there is plenty of room for your coach and toad. The Wi-Fi worked best at the sites closest to the nearby house, which is a rental property owned by the same couple who own the RV park.

One of the best things about Downtown RV Park is that it is off the main street. Other parks are on the main street (a highway, really) that runs through town and carries all the traffic that is going to the Tiffin service center. Another plus is that its paved. Other parks are gravel and very dusty. The Tiffin park is huge, crazy busy, and very noisy.

We will definitely stay at Downtown RV Park when we return to Red Bay for service on our motorhome. We camped at Red Bay Downtown RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
7
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Stony Fork Campground, Wytheville, Virginia

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Although we normally don't like to stay in parks witout 50amp power, we made an exception here. (If there had been 50amp, I would have rated the park "Excellent.") Things we loved about Stony Fork: Peace and quiet, forest camping, good space between campsites, nice trails, close enough to town to be convenient and far enough to forget there's a town 8 miles away! Some of the sites would be challenging for levelling a big rig like ours (40' motorhome), but there were plenty of sites that could work for big rigs. The hosts on our end of the loop were friendly and kept the bath house they were responsible for very clean.

We barely had room to park our little subcompact car on our site, but it wouldn't be a problem at some of the other sites. We selected our site because of the privacy it afforded. We camped at Stony Fork Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
42
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We made the 40 min. drive over to the Blue Ridge Parkway and headed south a few miles on the parkway. We stopped at the Blue Ridge Music Center (MP213 on the Parkway) and thoroughly enjoyed a free concert of mountain music! The museum is an interesting, if brief, journey through the history of the region's unique music. Highly recommend a visit to this place ... especially when a concert is scheduled!

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Review Count: 8
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Sam Houston Jones State Park, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Date of Stay: November, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The park itself is nice, with access to the river for kayaking and nice picnic areas. However, the campground loop where we were was a very different story. We were there over Thanksgiving and every site was taken. The site just to our right was so close that their campfire ring was about 5 feet from our living room slide. Their trailer was uncomfortably close to our RV. We could easily hear their TV. There was a really bad bump in the RV pad at our site that made parking and leveling a challenge, to say the least. The men's bathroom was being redone, so a weird arrangement had everyone using the women's side of the bathhouse: Men on even hours and women on odd hours. We didn't dare use it for fear that somebody of the other gender would come in by mistake or "on purpose by mistake." Laundry facility was dirty, with trash overflowing from the large trash can. It was never emptied during our 4 day stay. Only one washer and one dryer worked. Our takeaway for this park: 1) Many of the campsites are much too close together - they simply crammed too many sites into the loop, 2) campground is run down and not kept up, 3) No hosts. We will not return, even for an overnight. We camped at Sam Houston Jones State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
C1058
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park), Cherokee, North Carolina

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

Rather than stay in the nearby national park campground, which has no utility hookups and is crowded, we opted to stay at Happy Holiday RV Village, which is only a few miles from the national park entrance. It was a great place to stay to visit the area! It had some of the most spacious sites of any commercial RV park we've ever visited. They honored our Passport America rate the entire 2 & 1/2 weeks we stayed. Best deal in the area, by far, in our opinion.

Park is bordered by 2 creeks and has a large fishing pond on the property. Bathhouse nearest us was a bit outdated, but was neat and perfectly clean. We camped at Happy Holiday RV Village (formerly Happy Holiday RV Park) in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
519
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Granny' restaurant is just down the road and is a very popular, inexpensive buffet style place. They serve pretty good turkey and dressing every Thursday. Don't know about menu on other days. We enjoyed the Museum of the Cherokee People very much. You can easily visit Great Smoky Mountain National Park on day trips from Happy Holiday RV Village. Also, Blue Ridge Parkway is nearby. Ashville is an easy day trip. We enjoyed the river arts district there.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Wheel Inn Campground, Leslie, Michigan

Date of Stay: July, 2016 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

We chose this park because it was the closest one to family and friends we were visiting. On first approach, you think this park will be really nice. Flowers are planted at the entrance and the long drive from the road back to the campground is flanked by beautiful lawn. However, as you get closer you start to see run down, permanent rv sites - junk lying around - and overflowing dumpsters. They only have 2 dumpsters for the entire park; they need 4. There are some decrepit looking RVs in the park, but that's not really the problem. People live in what they can afford to live in. (There are a LOT of permanent residents here.) The problem is that park management apparently has NO rules whatsoever about junking up sites. Or they don't enforce any rules they do have. And don't even bother to go in the "bath house." one toilet and one shower stall. Very run down and not clean when we looked in. No 50 amp sites. Water pressure was decent. Some sites have picnic tables, some don't. Some sites have more gravel or grass on the site pads than others.

It's a real shame the park has been allowed to become so filled with unkempt sites, because the setting is quite nice: rural, lots of trees, huge expanses of grassy areas that are well kept. (Someone was mowing almost every day.) And we met some nice folks there. But, with so many junked up sites, we won't be back ... even at the low price of $100 for a week stay. (It's $25 a night for stays less than a week.)

I rated the value "satisfactory" because of the low rate for a week stay; but the adage "You get what you pay for" applies here. I rated "cleanliness" as bad because of the large number of unkempt sites and the poor restroom facility. We camped at Wheel Inn Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

This is rural Michigan. Lovely farms all around. The little town of Leslie is 4 miles away and has a drug store, grocry store, hardware store, pizza place, and more.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Golden Spike RV Park, Brigham City, Utah

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We had a week to "kill" on our way from Moab, UT to Bear Lake. We chose this place randomly. As others have pointed out, its a small park with very narrow roads and sites that are extremely close together. (With our 4 slides out, we barely had room to walk around the picnic table.) Normally, we can't handle sites that close together. For some reason, however, at this park we didn't mind it so much. Maybe because the park was extremely clean, with beautiful flower beds and absolutely the best Wi-Fi service we've ever had at an RV Park. We camped at Golden Spike RV Park in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We very much enjoyed the Box Elder Museum in town. Its a natural history museum with excellent displays of minerals and details about the mining history of the area, as well as fossils.

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 2

Canyon Motel & RV Park, Williams, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2016 - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

Williams was our base for exploring the area, including a day trip to the Grand Canyon. The owners and staff at this park couldn't have been nicer. While pads are gravel and many sites don't have shade, we had plenty of space and FHU. There aren't real picnic tables, but rather what look to be large electrical trunk-wire spools at each site. They are not at all practical for use as picnic tables as they are too tall. Their only practical use would be for setting stuff in. If you want to eat outdoors at your campsite, you'll need to have your own portable table.There are other places to stay in Williams, but we found this park to be the best deal, by far. We will definitely stay here again if we return to the area. We camped at Canyon Motel & RV Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

We do NOT recommend the Chinese restaurant near the Interstate. We DO recommend Grand Canyon Brewery. We took the Grand Canyon Railway's excursion to the canyon, which was pricey. The GCRC has shuttle buses, but you pay extra to ride them. With your train ticket price, shuttle ticket price and tips for everyone, you're going to be out over a couple hundred bucks for two adults ... and that's if you purchase tickets for one of the lower price train cars.)

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