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Mark Twain Cave Campground, Hannibal, Missouri

Date of Stay: July, 2009 - $32.00
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Although the campground was quiet, spots relatively level with nice spacing and lots of trees, the office staff was curt. In addition, they have a AAA approved sign but do not allow the AAA discount nor the Good Sam discount. Result? Fairly pricey for what you get. We camped at Mark Twain Cave Campground in a Motorhome.

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Duck Haven Campground, Fort Madison, Iowa

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $14.00
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The road to this facility is about one mile of gravel. While it is fairly well maintained there are still some rough spots, but it is certainly passable. This is a very well designed and very well kept facility. The host lives on site and is very gracious and pleasant. The sites are well spaced and roomy. There are no concrete pads, all of the sites are grass but its good grass that didn't seem muddy. The center section spaces have no trees. Electrical boxes and faucets are in very good condition. What their website doesn't show is a small lake/large pond with 7-8 spaces that backup to the water giving a pristine view of nature. We could give this facility a ten except for two points: quite a few insects and proximity to train tracks (about 1/4 mile away). We counted 5 or 6 trains during the night. While the noise didn't bother us terribly (my wife and I both like the sound of trains) those who are light sleepers may find it challenging to get a good night's sleep. One good thing is there were no full-timers and the campground was fairly empty. For us the benefits outweighed the train noise but it bears mentioning. We camped at Duck Haven Campground in a Motorhome.

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Hussemans, Dubuque, Iowa

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $15.00
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This facility looks to be built on someone's spare pastureland or perhaps a large front yard. The road leading to the campground is a bit rough though it is asphalt. Once you enter the campground the road is gravel and a bit dodgy in places. It was difficult to see the spaces after dark. The space we chose was a large, level, concrete pad which easily accommodated our 31' Class C; however, it was situated so that it was difficult to turnaround in order to back into the space. The surrounding terrain was sloped and made it difficult to maneuver. About 30% of the facility was full of full-timers though most looked to be fairly high end. The shower and bathroom facilities were what you might find at an old church camp from the 50's. The plumbing was exposed and though it was fairly clean it was cramped and had a very old feel to it. There is a nice picnic area next to the restroom facilities and it appears that this campground is very tent friendly. All that being said, the fact that this campground is quite a ways from town meant that it was very, very dark and very quiet which we loved. We heard coyotes off in the distance which was also kind of neat. All in all a pleasant experience even with the challenges of navigating inside the campground. We camped at Hussemans in a Motorhome.

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Spring Lake Campground, Burlington, Iowa

Date of Stay: June, 2009 - $15.00
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When you approach the entrance to this campground you see a laser cut log archway with the name and you think "Wow... that's neat!" But once you pass beneath the archway you can almost hear the Deliverance banjo music and feel the bad-canoe-trip shivers up your spine. This "campground" is probably 50-60% full of old, disgusting, ramshackle campers packed into the spaces like so many tenement sardines. When I asked the campground host if there were spaces available, to his credit he attempted to squeeze me in, but the spot he suggested was next to the restroom building and there would have been no way for me to accommodate my 31' Class C. This place had such an eery, creepy feel to it we just turned around and left. Were I able to give this place a zero, I definitely would. Its surroundings give it a tremendous amount of potential, but the full-timers living there make it completely untenable for anyone looking for a comfortable, relaxing place to stay. WE DID NOT STAY. We camped at Spring Lake Campground in a Motorhome.

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