Travel RN living the gypsy life with my 2 dogs while working contracts all over the US
Date of Stay: November, 2014
I stayed at Blazing Star for 6 months while working in the area. Restrooms are beautiful, with good water pressure. Hot water duration could be better (excellent at 3am). Wi-Fi is better than most parks but useless in the rain and only mediocre for streaming video. Free cable via satellite is good. Heated pool is sparkling clean. The management are dog lovers and your pet is welcome. Fenced dog park divided for large/small is very nice, but not good for enthusiastic fetch/Frisbee due to rocks tearing dogs feet. There is even a cement dog wading pool/dog wash area. Most campers/residents diligently pick up after their pets and some even do more than their share to ensure that the area is pleasant for everyone. Laundry area has approx. 16 washers and 16 dryers all in good working order and cost 1.50 (nice!) I got good AT&T cell phone reception. Walmart, Walgreens, HEB(grocery), Planet Fitness and fast food all close-by. Now for a few negatives.... The rock lined roads and the angle of the sites, while obviously not impossible, make maneuvering and set-up a lot more difficult than necessary. Many of the residents are self-appointed hall monitors who enjoy over enforcing rules and threatening to report to the office. If barking dogs bother you, stay away from the 800 row (backs up to residential back yards) The management have tickets for rule violations that are left on your door for things like parking off the asphalt or setting your trash outside before you have a chance to walk it to the dumpster (guilty) Repeat violators can be asked to leave without refund. Over-all, my experience at Blazing Star was a good one. I would stay here again.
Date of Stay: September, 2014
Stayed here 2 months while working in the area. Staff were very friendly. Most sites reasonably level. Restrooms clean and odor free but quite old. Internet not too bad parked under the antenna, but limited to 2 gigs/day. Free cable. Lots of grassy area for dog walking. Right across the busy 4 lane from lake access. The campground is bordered by fields where soybeans are grown. They harvest in September and the dust is awful. There are also some of the biggest most bloodthirsty mosquitos I have ever seen. Not the campgrounds fault but still an issue for us. 2 washers and 2 dryers that do not all work equally. About normal mix of long term, short-term, overnighters and storage. Neighbors not super social. No planned activities or cook-outs by staff. It suited my needs very well while I worked in the area. Rate figured at 435/month.
Date of Stay: July, 2014
I stayed here 2 months while working in LR. Spacious, shaded sites; friendly, helpful hosts; clean, odor-free restrooms. Burns Park offers trails, geocaching, dog park, and "funland" for kids. There are soccer, golf, baseball, and tennis complexes. There are boat ramps and fishing docks. All this in the middle of the city, but you'd never know it when you are in the park. The price is the most reasonable I have encountered. It is exactly as described. For that, I rate it a 9/10 I wish there was cable, internet, and showers that were NOT on a 20 second push button timer. But over all its a super place to stay!
Date of Stay: May, 2014
I stayed here 3 months while working in Durham. I am guessing that about 75% of these sites are full of RVs that don't ever go anywhere. The manager is helpful and patrols the park endlessly. I felt very safe here. Besides the sites that have "permanent residents" the shorter term sites seem to cater to patients of Duke who come from all over the country for medical care. There are no showers. Sites are NOT level. Washers and dryers are ineffective. Electric is included. Cable and Internet are available through Time Warner Cable (ugh). This is really not much more than a trailer park. This place serves if you have things to do in Durham... It is NOT "fun camping" and certainly not an RV "resort". The rate is figured at 420/month divided by 30 days.