SeaTeacher

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Longtime camper and backpacker, but now RVer for 3 years.

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This is a nice campground, with several full utility sites in the southwest loop. The privacy of each site was less than I had hoped for. There are a lot of shore pines and dune shrubs growing around the sites, but also many sites totally or partially open to neighboring sites. If you camp here, choose your site carefully if privacy is a priority for you. The utilities are fine. My only problem was with the strange sewer pipe that rises above ground level then turns 90 degrees. I don't know who every thought that design was conducive to proper waste disposal. The taste of water in Washington beach communities can sometimes be rather foul due to sulfur compounds in well water. However, big surprise - the water tasted okay at Ocean City State Park. Not great - but okay. Disappointing was access to the bathroom building. The trails leading to the central bathroom run right through the middle of several campsites. So, you can expect to see people walking right by your rig to access the bathrooms. Luckily, most of the sites around me had self-contained RVs, so few people were using the public bathrooms. Still, two people walked within 5 feet of my rig while we were eating or sitting by the campfire. I never like that, but there really wasn't an alternative route without going far out of their way. The access trails to the dunes and beach are very easy. It takes 5-10 minutes to walk out to the open beach. The beach is broad and wasn't very crowded. Cars can drive on the beach in the area around the park, so be careful - especially with your little ones and dogs. There is no playground in the park, but kids often ride bikes on the rough park roads. There are a few large open grassy spaces suitable for ballgames. My fellow campers were polite and quiet. The campground was silent by 10pm. Nearby, the city of Ocean Shores has a grocery, gasoline, propane and a few decent restaurants and shops.

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Penrose Point is a beautiful state park with no hookups. Water spigots are available, and the dump station has potable water. The campground is heavily forested, which grants significant privacy for most campsites. Some of the turns are quite tight and branches can be low, so really big rigs may have a tough time navigating to their site. But, my 25' trailer and 20' truck were fine. The sites are moderately level. Bring some blocks. You will need them. Verizon service was good. Due to the many tall trees, satellite TV service is nearly impossible, and broadcast TV is limited to a few local religious channels. But don't spend your time watching TV! Get out and see the beauty of nature in the Pacific NW. There is no playground for the little ones, but a big grassy day use area is available with a smooth gravel beach which is very shallow and perfect for wading. This is an ideal park for kayaking. The hiking trails are extensive and lovely. This park is fairly remote, yet only 2 hours from downtown Seattle, 0nly 1 hour from Tacoma. A big grocery and several small restaurants are located about 20-25 minutes north of the park. The sites are gravel and dirt, with lots of moss mixed in. Campfire rings and picnic tables are at each site. Though I didn't see every campsite, I recommend avoiding site 50 - the trail to the bathrooms literally goes through the site. I camped in site 16 - a moderately sized pull-through. I was at Penrose on Labor Day weekend. My fellow campers were okay. On one side, two families were loud talkers, but generally fine. On the other side, two families that were quiet and hardly noticeable other than the occasional soft notes of strumming on guitar strings. Pretty typical for a state park on a holiday weekend. Kids on bikes were everywhere. Lots of dogs too. I would happily return to Penrose Point.

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We stayed for three nights at Denny Creek. This was our second time at the campground. It's a beautiful place. The sites are widely spaced, and unlike most National Forest Service campsites, some of them have electricity. The campground is just 50 minutes from downtown Seattle, which makes it a very popular place. I've found my fellow campers there to be very quiet - but maybe that isn't because of the campers. Perhaps it's because of the background hum of the freeway noise that drowns them out. It's constant, but varies in intensity. Sometimes it's a whisper, and then the whisper turns into a roar as a semi driver roars overhead using his compression brakes. The freeway is elevated 100 feet above, while the campground is at the bottom of the valley. There are no RV utilities other than a few sites with 30amp service. There isn't even a sewer dump station. For that you can go to Lake Easton State park about 20 miles east, or Lake Sammamish State Park about 35 miles west. Verizon cell service is okay, but there is no broadcast TV reception. Good luck finding satellite TV, given the dense and shady forest you're unlikely to connect. Still, for some reason I like this campground. The hikes that start at the campground (Franklin Falls & Denny Creek Slide) are really terrific - and very popular for a good reason. They are easy to moderate difficulty and very beautiful. For a quick 2-3 night getaway close to the city, Denny Creek does okay as long as you can ignore the I-90 traffic noise. Despite the drought, the NFS was still allowing campfires in the fire pits. They didn't overreact like the state parks. I like Denny Creek - I don't love it, but I like it.

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There is only one reason this park got 9/10 points with me - the sites are very close. The strip of grass is (at most) 3 feet. However, the facilities are beautiful. There is a concrete patio for each site. They have a lovely new (though small) pool. It's quiet. Most of the sites are taken by long term customers, but everything is neat and tidy. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. It's just a 10 minutes drive to downtown Boise. The Wi-Fi worked well - especially later at night. The big toy for kids (known as a "jungle gym" to old folks) was really a minimal set up, but my daughter still enjoyed it. She really loved the pool. I would happily stay here again.

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This is a nice park, and very large. It's geared toward families, with a large play area including pool, hot tub, big toy, and basketball court. The laundry facilities are big, very clean and well ventilated. There isn't a lot of space between sites, but there is grass and a tree as well as a picnic table at each site. Best of all, the campground is only 2 miles from downtown and Temple Square. A light rail stop is across the street and freeway access is a breeze. Some have expressed concern about the surrounding neighborhood, but I think they are too sensitive. Yeah, it's a Latino and industrial neighborhood. Get over it. The nearby supermarket was big and clean. The streets and rail station felt safe to me. Here's my big complaint. This campground was toward the end of a three week 3,300 mile road trip. This is the ONLY campground out of 10 where multiple people blatantly walked through my campsite - 5 TIMES by my count, often within 1-2 feet of my rig while the door was open and the awning extended. Even once while I was sitting outside, a guy walked through pretending to ignore me. All I could say to him was, "Seriously?" I've never experienced anything like that many intrusions on my campsite. There is something about the clientele at this campground. I don't understand. The staff didn't seem lax - in fact they were friendly and always puttering about. Perhaps because it's a big RV park, the customers are just lazy and don't care about their neighbor's privacy. Also, many trains pass nearby during the night. You will hear them if your windows are open. They blow their horns often at 3am.

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This is one of the best campgrounds I have ever stayed in. Loops A & B have electricity, which is all I need. Filled the water tank when we arrived and dumped the waste at the dump site as we left. All sorts of deer/elk roam through the sites. Rabbits and lizards too. Lots of trees and you can wade in the sandy bottomed Virgin river when it's hot. The staff was very friendly and present. There is a reasonable amount of shade and spacing in the campground. Though the sites are somewhat close, there are trees and bushes that divide most sites and make things seem more private and shaded. Our fellow campers were very quiet and respectful. On a clear and moonless night, the stars are wonderful. The adjacent town of Springdale is quaint. But, if you want some wine when you enjoy the stars with your honey, you have to go to the state liquor store, which is hidden in a gift shop in town. I guess this is Utah, after all! Strange they do sell beer in the grocery stores, but not wine.

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Full hookups including cable TV in a national park and just $36? This is rare. It's not the most beautiful rv park, but the spaces aren't too close. Our site wasn't level, in fact it was inclined and leaned 2 inches to the left, but we just got out the blocks. I wish they would dump the cable TV and improve the cell service. I don't watch TV, but I do like to be in contact with the house sitter! Cell service was very spotty everywhere we went. Text messages worked better than voice calls. Forget data unless you have a booster and a lot of patience. Yet, the campground is very close to the rim of the canyon, within walking distance of the visitor center and a very good (though expensive) market. The shuttle bus service is good, but very crowded during the peak season. I would happily stay in this campground again.

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No hookups in this state park. I filled my water tank as we arrived and then dumped them after two days as I left. The sites are widely spaced. We had a pull-through site with a small tree that gave us some shade on the west. There are LOTS of families, which means many kids on bikes and scooters. But, by 10pm, all was quiet. No playground for the little ones, but the beach is fantastic. This is a very popular state park so peak season reservations must be made at least 5-6 months in advance. I would happily return.

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Big level concrete pads, grass strips and no trees. This RV park is very well located within walking distance of central Napa. The Wi-Fi service was decent. The service friendly and diligent. All utilities were good - especially sewer. There are two sewer access caps for each site, one toward front center and one near back center, so it's easy to attach for the one that works best for your rig. The other patrons were very quiet and respectful. There were a couple families like mine, but mostly the park served retired folks with very large rigs. The park was even able to add one more day to my stay during this peak period. I was grateful and would happily stay there again. In fact, I suspect I'll return within the next 6 months.

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Well, staying in the Mojave in late June is never ideal. It was 109 F. Thankfully, we have AC and the shore power was stable. The campground was about half full. The pool was showing its age, but so cool and relaxing on such a hot day. The sites are close together, but divided by shrubbery in the center of the park. All sites are gravel, and summer winds blow a lot of dust around. Then a passing shower leaves your rig caked in a thin layer of mud. None of this is under the control of the KOA owners, but it's good to know what you will face when traveling through the desert during summer. They filled our propane tank just prior to departure and the rate was reasonable.

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Yes, the neighborhood ain't so great, but this is just about the best place to be if you want to be along Avenue of the Giants and have hookups. The folks that own and manage this park are clearly trying to improve it. They were friendly. Generally, the place was quiet and family friendly. We LOVED swimming in the Eel river and my 3 yo daughter loved the playground. Our site was kind of a gravel and dirt combination with some dry grass (water is at a premium in California). Utilities were fine (water & elec). We used the sewer dump when leaving. There was a little more space in our area than in the area with sewer, but also less shade around our site. I was happy with the park and would return.

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It doesn't get much better than this for a county park. Clean, well maintained, a lot of space between camping sites. They even have good WiFi and cable TV. It's a great place to stay. Our neighbors were quiet and friendly, too.

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This is an outstanding campground. There are no utilities in the campsites, but there is potable water and a RV dump station. The camp is located on the north end of the beautiful Hood Canal. During clear weather, the rocky beach has a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains. The campsites vary from private to very private. Our site was totally private and deep in the lush dappled sunlight of cedar and fir trees. There are two good playgrounds for kids. Many sites are small and somewhat uneven, but they work for small and moderate RVs. Pull-through sites would fit all but the largest bus type RVs. We were there on Memorial Day weekend, and the campground was full. Fellow campers were generally quiet, and all noise was done by 10 PM. I would happily return.

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I love Port Townsend, and Fort Worden is the best RV campground in the area - but it ain't cheap! You choose a class of campsite, and then they assign you a space. I asked for a "preferred" beach pull-through site with full hookups, and I got exactly what I wanted. I reserved 6 weeks ahead. Every site was booked while we were there. The sites are very open, yet widely spaced. The beach is across park road. There is an excellent marine science center nearby (check for operating hours). The hiking trails are terrific. There's a lot to see. We received an E-mail with our space assignment. We parked immediately upon arrival at about 5pm. We checked in at the office during a walk the next morning. No problems. This is a Washington State Park, but is run by a non-profit public development authority. We found no playground for my daughter, but the beach and marine science center kept us plenty busy along with shopping and eating in Port Townsend. There was cell service in the campground too. I will happily return in the next few months.

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This is a beautiful park. It rained during our visit, but that didn't dull the beauty of the beach, the bluffs, the trails, and the light houses. We had a full hookup site. All utilities were good. The sites were well spaced with good privacy. There was a trail from our site (#8) directly to the beach. Our site was very level. Two camping loops were open, and about 1/2 the spaces were full even on a rainy March weekend. There is no cell service in the RV & yurt campsites, though you can get decent reception in the center of the park near the office. Best parts of the park are the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, the lighthouse trails and the beach. We had a blast, and even enjoyed a couple trips into Long Beach, a charming small beach town just about 5 miles away. Park staff was friendly and kind, but also left us alone. I didn't use the showers (50 cents for 3 min) but the building was obviously very new and was very clean. The showers are private rooms. Our fellow campers were quiet but friendly - lots of dogs! (including ours). I would love to come back, especially on a sunny day.