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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Branbury State Park, Brandon, Vermont

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

The campground is divided into two parts. The part to the east, where I was, is at the base of a mountain and heavily wooded. The part across the highway, to the west, is in an open grassy field closer to the Lake Dunmore. All the sites on the west side will accommodate pretty much any type of camper. Many of the sites on the east side are best left to tents. The restrooms and showers were clean. Water is available at a few spigots located around the campground. There is no electricity at the sites. I did not see a dump. We camped at Branbury State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
24
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

There are trails up the mountain and into the adjacent national forest. The fall foliage was spectacular this year.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Columbine Campground USFS, Red River, New Mexico

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

Columbine USFS Campground is at the entrance to Columbine Canyon. The first 19 sites are reservable. The remaining 8 sites are first come-first served. In mid-July, on a weekday, a few sites were available so I was able to get in. I paid $9 with the Federal Senior Pass. The campsites close to the entrance, near the highway, are level but get the highway noise. The back-in sites further up the canyon are not too level but the babbling of the creek and the wind in the trees drowns out the highway noise. The pull-through sites are quite sloped and have a pretty tight radius. The sites are paved asphalt. There are pit toilets and water spigots scattered throughout the campground. There is no electricity and no dump. The concessionaire keeps everything clean and neat. Large pine, fir and spruce provide shade for most sites. At nearly 8,000 feet above sea level, the campground is cool even in mid-summer. While I was there, a couple of hummingbirds would come by every few hours to check me out. We camped at Columbine Campground USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
20
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

At the top of the campground, there is a popular trailhead leading up the canyon into the mountains in the Carson National Forest. The parking lot for the trailhead was usually full, even on a weekday in July. Half-day llama treks were conducted both days I was there. Questa is 5 miles west, where gas and groceries are available. Red River is 7 miles east, with a ski resort, condominiums, restaurants and tourist shops.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

North Rim Campground (NPS Campground), Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $9.00
Overall Rating:

I was there on opening day for the North Rim, May 15. The campground is in a stand of mature Ponderosa Pines. All the RV sites are pull-throughs, most with sufficient length for most any rig. A few of the sites are on the rim of Transept Canyon, which is a side canyon of a side canyon of the Grand Canyon. The campground is about half a mile from two rim trailheads (the Widforss Trail and the Uncle Jim Trail), a trail down into the canyon (the North Kaibab Trail) and a trail north out of the park the Arizona Trail). The campground is a bit over a mile from the Visitors Center and the North Rim Lodge. It's another half mile to Bright Angel Point. There are clean flush toilets, cold water sinks, a gas station, a general store (bread, milk, tee shirts), laundry and showers (6 quarters for 6 minutes). My car battery went dead and the emergency response crew had me charged back up within an hour. We camped at North Rim Campground (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
28
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Try to make your reservations months in advance because they go quickly. All sites are reservable. On opening day for the North Rim, all sites were reserved. Be sure to bring all the food you will eat because the General Store carries little more than snacks, bread and milk. It is a very, very long way to a grocery store.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Datil Well Campground (BLM), Datil, New Mexico

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $3.00
Overall Rating:

$2.50 with the Federal Senior Pass. No electricity, no sewer and no dump. About a quarter of a mile off the highway along a good gravel road. Many sites are not very level. Gravel pads all of good length including some that can accommodate the biggest rigs (although probably not too level). There are many vault toilets and water spigots. The toilets are exceptionally clean. Sites are among piñon pines. The air was crisp and clean in mid-May. There are a few short trails that start at the campground. I will definitely visit again on a trip out west. We camped at Datil Well Campground (BLM) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

The VLA Radio Telescope is about 15 miles to the east. It is interesting and worth a stop. There and antelope and elk in the immediate area.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Guadalupe River State Park (GRSP), Spring Branch, Texas

Date of Stay: May, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Live oak and cedar trees in the campground. Good spacing between sites with lots of foliage to provide privacy. It is about a half mile downhill to the river. Majestic bald cypress line the river banks. There is about a half mile of river for wading, swimming, fishing and boating. The river is free flowing and clear water. The river banks are a day use area and were occupied with a number of picnic groups. There is only one restroom per camping loop. Turkey Sink restroom has showers and is clean. The other campground is for tents and is being renovated in 2018. We camped at Guadalupe River State Park (GRSP) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Cimarron National Grassland, Elkhart, Kansas

Date of Stay: August, 2017 - $3.00
Overall Rating:

This is a USFS campground in extreme southwestern Kansas. The price is half off due to the America the Beautiful Senior Pass. The campground is about 4 miles east of Highway 27, down a dusty gravel road used by oilfield service trucks. It is located in the center of the Cimarron National Recreation Area in the bottomland of the Cimarron River. The campground is shaded by a few big cottonwood trees. The campground is served by two water spigots and a two vault toilets. There are no hookups nor a dump. All sites are back-in. There is no privacy between sites. The internal road is dirt and the parking areas are a combination of dirt and gravel. Judging by the potholes in the road, it does not appear as if the campground has received much maintenance recently. The Forest Service lists the usage of this campground as "light" but the August weekend I was there the adjacent picnic area was very active with many ORVers - some of whom liked to drive around and kick up the dust in the campground. During my stay, the campground itself had only one other occupied site besides mine. I would stay here again but, if possible, try to avoid a weekend in the summer. We camped at Cimarron National Grassland in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The campground is at the entrance to an ORV area with many trails. It is a pleasant quarter mile walk to the Cimarron River when the ORVers aren't around. The nearby Point of Rocks was a landmark on the Santa Fe Trail. The adjacent picnic area has fishing ponds. The bird watching was surprisingly good.

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Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Piney Point COE, Texarkana, Texas

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

The campground is in a beautiful stand of tall pine trees on the shore of Wright Patman reservoir. There is water and electric but no sewer. There is a dump. There are flush toilets and showers. Most of the pull through sites were damaged in a flood earlier this year. Most of the back-in sites are in excellent condition with level asphalt driveways, gravel pads for tents and concrete picnic tables. The sites are spread out a bit, but there is no understory, so little visual privacy. The lady at the gate said that the pull through should repaired in time for Memorial Day, two weeks from now. The campground was only about a quarter full on a weekday in mid-May. I would definitely stay here again, if in the area. We camped at Piney Point COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
12
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Jubilee College State Park, Brimfield, Illinois

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

There are not many good places to camp in the Peoria area, but Jubilee College State Park is one of them. The campsites are in grassy fields that are kept mowed. Some sites back onto dense woods but most sites offer no shade. There are three loops, each of which has a couple of paved handicap sites, a hydrant and a clean outhouse. Aside from the handicap spots, the sites are gravel that is quickly reverting to grass. All sites are back-ins. There is a single bathhouse with flush toilets and showers. It is old but clean. If you don't make a reservation through ReserveAmerica, you must hunt up the campground host to pay the fee. On a Monday in early May, I was the only camper in my loop. I will stay here again, if in the area. We camped at Jubilee College State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Piney Campground, Land Between the Lakes, Dover, Tennessee

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

This is not a typical US Nat'l Forest campground. There are electrical hookups, sewer hookups, flush toilets, showers, paved roads, a small store, a playground for each camping loop and an archery range. Quite a few people get around the campground in golf carts. The campground is on the east bank of Kentucky Lake at the southern end of the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. In early May, during the week, the campground was less than half full. I had a small pull-through site that backed onto a small bay off the lake. The campground is open under the tall trees, so there is no visual privacy. The restrooms and showers were clean. We camped at Piney Campground, Land Between the Lakes in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Chestnut Site 13
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Visit Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Dover, Tennessee. See the buffalo herd about 15 miles north in the National Recreation Area. Stop by the Visitor Center and Planetarium about 30 miles north in the National Recreation Area, in Kentucky.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Natchez Trace Parkway -- Rocky Springs (NPS Campground), Rocky Springs, Mississippi

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

The Rocky Springs campground, operated by the National Park Service, is on the Natchez Trace Parkway about halfway between Natchez & Jackson. The maintenance of the campground does not match the excellent maintenance of the Parkway itself. The campground is free, first come first served only, no reservations The internal campground road & pads at sites are badly deteriorated asphalt. There are two restroom buildings with one permanently closed. There is no attendant nor a campground host. There is no water except at the restroom sink, no dump, no electric. There are flush toilets. Neither AT&T nor Verizon cellphone service was available. At the end of April, on a weekend, the campground was no more than a third full, so it was very private. The campground is heavily wooded. There are both back-in and pull-through sites. Some pull-throughs could accommodate two big rigs plus two toads. Two pull-throughs were closed due to construction Bad weather brought down many tree limbs and trees in the general area, but the campground saw little more than some wind and rain. A Park Service ranger came by briefly on the Sunday afternoon to check that campers were ok. There were branches and trees down on the Parkway road immediately after the storm. By the next day they were all cleaned up and the road surface was swept clean. We camped at Natchez Trace Parkway -- Rocky Springs (NPS Campground) in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Hurricane River - Lower Campground - Picture Rock National Seashore, Grand Marais, Michigan

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $7.00
Overall Rating:

$7/night with a federal Senior Pass. All sites have plenty of shade. Water is available from a single spigot at the entrance to the campground. Vault toilets. No hookups. No showers. No reservations. First come, first served. No cellphone service. In mid-September, in mid-week, the campground filled up by the early evening. 50 yards from the beach on Lake Superior. The sound of the surf is evident throughout the campground. Most sites are large and level, although a few are not. There is good privacy with well spaced sites and some understory to block the view between sites. Grand Marais is about 12 miles east for gas, food and ice. Munising is a larger town and is about 38 miles west. There are signs warning of bears but there is only one bear box at the entrance to the campground. I would definitely stay here again. We camped at Hurricane River - Lower Campground - Picture Rock National Seashore in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

There are plenty of hiking trails of whatever length you want. The trail to the Au Sable lighthouse starts at the campground. This is a 1.5 mile level, easy trail through the woods but within sight and sound of the beach. About halfway there are the remains of an old shipwreck on the beach.

The sunsets are awesome where the Hurricane River runs into Lake Superior.

Be sure to take a tour boat from Munising to see the cliffs, waterfalls and arches from Lake Superior.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Sallisaw / Fort Smith West KOA, Sallisaw, Oklahoma

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

A reliable place to stop when you're on your way to somewhere else. I stayed only one night and did not investigate the local area. I registered on the internet, so check-in was quick, efficient and professional. All the facilities were clean and neat. Less costly than many KOAs. I had water and electric but didn't use the sewer. Most sites are pull-through, with back-ins along the perimeter and a couple of tent sites. The pull-through sites will accommodate the biggest rigs. Plenty of shade. Clean restrooms and showers. No privacy from the neighbors. Convenient to Interstate 40. Dusty with a chemical smell when the farmer next door is tilling his field. I will stay here again, when in the area. We camped at Sallisaw / Fort Smith West KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Beard's Bluff COE, Ashdown, Arkansas

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $7.00
Overall Rating:

I made reservations online. When I arrived to check in the lady at the gate had me set up in a flash. There were only two other parties in the campground in late September, on a week day. The campground is adjacent to the dam, over which the highways runs. During the day the trucks can be loud, but it quieted down at night, so it was not a problem for sleeping. The door to the restrooms/showers did not close all the way, so there were many bugs in the sinks and the toilets. When the door is fixed, I'm sure that the situation will be much better. We camped at Beard's Bluff COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Petes Lake Campground, Hiawatha National Forest USFS, Munising, Michigan

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

$10/night for a lakeside site with the federal Senior Pass. Sites away from the lake are $18/night ($9/night with a federal Senior Pass). Reservations are available no less than three days in advance for about of the half the sites, so don't try to reserve the day ahead. The campground host let me know that a lakeside reservation had cancelled that morning, so I could have that site. Sweet!! My site had sunny lakeside benches and a sandy lake bottom ideal for wading. Parking on my site had a pretty steep slope up and then down. Fortunately, my rig is short and I could park on the crest of the hill and be level. Most other sites appeared to be reasonably level. There are some gravel sites and some paved sites, also two walk-in sites. Most sites are long enough for even the biggest rigs. Vault toilets. There are are water spigots scattered around the campground. No hookups. There is a dumpster. No cellphone service. The area flora was a mature a forest of fir, beech and maple. Most sites are very shady. The sites are well spaced for privacy. The campground is about 10 miles south of Munising for gas, food and ice. Half the campground was closed after Labor Day. The other half closes at the end of September. I was here about a week before they closed for the season - just a week, or so, too early for good leaf peeping. The campground was mostly empty. I'm pretty sure I heard a Sandhill Crane one morning. We camped at Petes Lake Campground, Hiawatha National Forest USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Number
6a
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

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

There is a boat ramp, fishing pier, picnic area and a swimming beach (no life guard). There are a couple trails in the area for hiking. The Bruno Trail, a 10 mile loop, goes past a number of pretty lakes. It had been a wet summer, so the mushrooms and other fungi were out in abundance. There were fisherman on Petes Lake every day I was there.

Review Count: 33
States Visited: 18
Helpful Reviews: 9

Aune-Osborn Campground, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

The best thing going for this campground is that it is right on the banks of the Saint Mary's River about two miles downstream from the Soo Locks. The big freighters go by no more than 100 yards away. The locks are busy so you'll probably see several freighters in a day. People with sites not on the river bank walk down to the bank when the freighters go by. Even though I did not have a reservation, check-in was professional, easy and quick. The restrooms and showers are very clean. I probably had the best site in the campground, Number 9, in the corner, right on the river. My site had water and electric. I don't know if they have sewer hookups. The campground was pretty much full, even in mid-September. The downside of this campground is that the drainage is very poor with large persistent, puddles almost everywhere. Some sites have gravel but many are mostly grass - and quite muddy after a rain. There is no shade and no privacy between the closely spaced sites. Having now seen the Soo Locks, I would stay here only for a single night, if passing through the area. We camped at Aune-Osborn Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp

Campground Details

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

Visit the Soo Locks and watch the big freighters go through. Take a tour boat and go through the locks yourself.

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