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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Sycamore Grove Campground, Red Bluff, California

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Great little campground, easy off / on from I-5. Nice spots. About 1/2 have power and water. Others are dry camping. Clean, well maintained. We camped at Sycamore Grove Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

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

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Redwood Acres Fairgrounds, Eureka, California

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $18.00
Overall Rating:      

Having read other reviews- there were no surprises about the facility. A bunch of back-in sites along the access road to the race track pit area. Camp host was very good. When truck transmission went out, they worked with us until it was repaired. We were there for opening night at the car races, so it was noisy as expected. They promised races would be done by 11 pm and they were. A great base for exploring the redwoods and upper CA coast. We will be back. We camped at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Visit the town of Ferndale a few miles south of Eureka.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

American RV Resort-Medford, Talent, Oregon

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a permanent resident park with just a couple spots available for a one night stop while traveling through the area. A place to spend the night cheap, nothing more. That said, we were pleased with our stay. Due to a truck problem we had to stay two nights. Manager was very understanding and worked with us on the rate. Lot of maintenance work under way, mowing, fixing up laundry and restrooms. This park is just a couple hundred feet from I-5, so a lot of highway noise should surprise no one. We would stop here again for an overnight. We camped at American RV Resort-Medford in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Fourth Cliff Recreation Area (Military FamCamp), Marshfield, Massachusetts

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

As mentioned above - the location and view are incredible. Especially for the price.

Staff is focused on dealing with large day-use visitor population. Campground is not their specialty.

We were assigned a spot on the upper section. The spot was great for our longish TT, but the closed portions of the loop road made it a challenge to get the rig turned at a hard 90 degree angle to get into the spot. We had to have someone move the closure barriers before we could get into the spot.

(Loop road for campground is closed due to erosion causing cliff bulkhead to collapse).

It is a nice campground in an incredible location, but like many military CGs, suffers from lack of maintenance and priority compared to other MWR activities. We camped at Fourth Cliff Recreation Area (Military FamCamp) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

East Fork COE, Wylie, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

We lived four miles from this park before going full-time. Always stop here for our doctor visits, and to see kids/ grandkids.

Very spacious, on flat area which doesn't drain well after heavy rains. Be careful - many sites are depressed and flood. Won't damage your rig, but you will get your feet wet.

After spring 2015 floods, day use area is closed.

As one of the four highest priced COE parks in Texas, falls short on my value scale. Previous project to rebuild restrooms and add sewer hookups - which was stopped several years ago - might be restarted in 2016 according to park hosts, local COE office. I'll wait and see.

As mentioned above - park roads are horrible and getting worse. COE had millions of dollars of flood damage in Texas in 2015. I don't see how they will get to projects like fixing huge pot-holes soon.

Road from TX-78 to park is also getting worse. Collin County and City of Wylie each have short stretches of the road and neither is planning to fix their part. Heavy truck traffic for nearby water plant and KSC RR facility doing more damage daily. We camped at East Fork COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Northeast of Dallas with all it's attractions.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Magnolia RV Park LLC, Magnolia, Arkansas

Date of Stay: December, 2015 - $15.00
Overall Rating:      

Raised in the local area. In town for an extended stay due to a family illness. Quite impressed by the quality of the RV park. Several folks spending the winter, but also local college students.

Owners dedicated to making the park a value. They don't live in the area, so day to day management is by a park host.

Small rec area with very clean showers, washers and dryers. Local cable is free with site fee.

Not really on a major route, but will be our stop for future visits to family. We camped at Magnolia RV Park LLC in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
22
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Midway RV Park (Military FamCamp), Mid-South Naval Support Activity, Tennessee

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $21.00
Overall Rating:      

One of the best of 18 military base campgrounds we've visited this year.

Very easy in/ out of the base via the south gate. Great sites, level and plenty of room to get into the site. Easy walk to the commissary.

New washers and dryers.

No CG rec room/ area.

Typical military base services. Friendly staff at all locations.

We will be back to spend a week or more for an extended visit to Memphis. We camped at Midway RV Park (Military FamCamp) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Memphis Zoo - get discounted tickets at ITT - excellent mid-sized zoo

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Loretta Lynn's Family Campground, Hurricane Mills, Tennessee

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park for a destination, but an excellent value for early in the week overnight stop.

Clean, good facilities. Don't know what it would be like during a crowded season. Facilities might be stressed.

Will always stop here when traveling on I-40.

Very easy drive a few miles from I-40 to the park. We camped at Loretta Lynn's Family Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Stage Coach Hill FHU
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

American RV Park & Sales, Corsicana, Texas

Date of Stay: November, 2015 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

We visit this park two or three times each year. An older park which is mainly focused on workers staying on the back part of the property.

An excellent overnight stop, but not what I would call a destination park.

New management team.

During Nov 2015 stay - Park has been impacted by flooding in the area. Several local residents whose homes were flooded were living in the park in their RVs. The area COE campgrounds were all closed due to flooding, and several park spots were occupied by 'winter Texans' who had planned to winter over in the COE parks.

Hopefully things those folks will be able to go home or their planned destinations soon. We camped at American RV Park & Sales in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

Collin Street Bakery has the best fruit cake in the world!!!

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Gerald Freeman COE campground, Sutton, West Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

This was another two night stop as we traveled from our summer volunteer position in Connecticut back home to Texas.

Long drive down a windy state highway. No problems, but take it slow.

Excellent site in main CG loop - #106. Very helpful staff. CG was flooded in spring 2015, yet in excellent shape in October for our visit.

As mentioned - remote with no cell coverage.

Sutton Lake at the CG looks more like a river. CG is very near the upper limit of the lake.

Despite 17 mile drive in, and out from interstate, a great overnight stop, and likely a great destination for fishermen. We camped at Gerald Freeman COE campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
106
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Seven Points Campground , Hesston, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

There are really six different campgrounds in this large recreation area, each with their own restrooms/ showers and 'flavor'. (Point, Valley and Bay CG were closed during our visit.)

We stayed near the water in Senoia Camp with 30A power because we wanted the water view.

Excellent sized sites, most with plenty of room for our three slide-outs.

No water hookups at any sites in the CG. But we were able to put two hoses together and refill our fresh water tank without having to move the trailer.

Absolute no cell service - ATT or Verizon. No local TV. We were able to hit a hole in the trees and get Dish.

Great hiking trails all around the rec area. Nice looking swim beach - which we didn't use in October in low-40s temps. We camped at Seven Points Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Senoia 184
Site Surface
Gravel
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Ives Run COE, Tioga, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $16.00
Overall Rating:      

Very nice COE park. Had a 50A/W site. FHU sites are farther back from the waterfront.

Restrooms clean with newish COE layouts. Nice showers. Plenty of hot water.

Park was moderately busy for mid-October. Hosts were helpful. Strongly recommend advance reservations. Required for arriving after normal business hours.

Campground is open with trees. Sites are moderately close to each other, but sufficient distance for privacy.

Not much in the immediate area except the lake. Supplies are a drive into Mansfield or Corning, NY.

We will be back. Great place for a relaxing weekend or week.

Note - we were there in October, in the middle of the summer with the CG full, it might be a different experience. We camped at Ives Run COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Concrete
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

Corning Glass Museum is just a short drive away.

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Carr Point Recreation Area (Military FamCamp), Middletown, Rhode Island

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Location, Location, Location.

As an RV park, it is strictly a place to put the rig while exploring Newport and the area.

Spacious back-in sites. Clean grounds. Nothing else. 30 Amp power and water only. No dump station.

Must have a reservation.

Staff at main base rec center very helpful.

We will stay here again - mainly due to location and price. We camped at Carr Point Recreation Area (Military FamCamp) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Surface
Gravel

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Chisos Basin Campground (NPS Campground), Big Bend National Park, Texas

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $14.00
Overall Rating:      

Rate is full rate for dry camping. Senior Pass is $7 per night. Excellent tent campground. Fair campground for small pop-ups, travel trailers and motorhomes. Pull-through sites are really just parking along wide spot in road. Road side slides may not work. Small rigs only. Though some up to 30' will fit a few spots - they won't be level. No real level RV parking anywhere in campground. There are no showers available at any NPS campground in Big Bend NP. Only pay showers at Rio Grande Village. The scenery, and cooler weather in summer, makes Chisos Basin worth a visit. We camped at Chisos Basin Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

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Review Count: 16
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 1

Riverside RV Park, Ruidoso, New Mexico

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $36.00
Overall Rating:      

No restrooms or showers. Does have a small laundry facility. About 1/2 of the sites have 50 amp. Temporary camp host very helpful in getting into tight spot and setup in the rain. As other noted - next to a very busy road. Rate seems a bit high for only a tight parking spot with a picnic table very close to next rig. It is really just a place to park the rig while out visiting the area. Cable TV fair, too many trees for satellite dish. Wi-Fi very good. Verizon MiFi signal strong. AT&T 4G seems bogged down throughout Ruidoso area - slow and times out often. We camped at Riverside RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

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