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The rate is the average of the 6 nights we stayed. Weekends are higher than the weekday rates. This is a really nice large state park in a truly gorgeous area of the country! Several picnic areas, beach, lake and many nice trails. Dog friendly with bag stations around the park and several large grassy areas that we found to play catch in when nobody was around. Very quiet during the week, but it tends to get pretty busy on the weekend. With the exception of the new, full hookup sites in the B loop (sites 305-319), I really wouldn't call many of the sites big rig friendly - at least not many I'd be willing to park in. All of the new sites 305-319 are plenty long, with full hookups, but fairly close together and not real level. The best site is easily pull through site 305 being very long, mostly level with a nice large, private side yard. Backin site 314 was also very nice, level and has a private side yard. Our site, 319 was at the end of the loop, so no neighbors, but the road was there, so we had people driving by. On our site, the waste hookup was UPHILL from the site, which obviously doesn't work so well! You are close to the PA turnpike, so you do get road noise off of that, but it wasn't too bad. There are trees close to the road which could use some trimming to avoid hitting larger rigs. We had sattelite reception and good at&t hotspot coverage. We'll stay here again to enjoy this beautiful area.

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We didn't care for this park as much as many of the other reviewers. We stayed on the north side, but the south side looked similar. Sites are short, very close together with no shade and no privacy. Even having our rear end hanging over the back, our 43' RV just barley had enough room with no room for the Jeep, so we were forced to park that on the dirt. Limited grass and it was usually very windy all the time. No fire pits due to wind, but that is a plus for us. If you enjoy fishing or a dog friendly beach though, this place is decent. We wanted to visit a couple of other state parks in the area, but unlike most states, you have to pay admission to each one. $10 for out of state residents is ridiculous, so we skipped that. We didn't find the noise level from the nearby highway too bad, but the bathroom fan is loud! A nice little nature trail behind the marina, but the ticks are horrible. Fisherman fishing along the river use the park bathrooms and don't have a lot of respect for site boundaries. Plus side is full hookups and a nice, long dog friendly beach. Good at&t coverage and clear sky for sattelite.

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An expensive park with sites very close together and lots of road noise, but really, I don't think anybody comes here to enjoy the park. The main draw is the close proximity to Washington. A short 10-15 minute drive to the metro, then a 25 minute ride to get to the heart of DC and everything it has to offer! The park staff are seriously some of the friendliest and most helpful we've come across in our travels! Take advantage of their overview of public transportation when you arrive. One huge plus is that the park is SUPER dog friendly! Several bag/waste station spread around the park. The biggest thing we (and the border collies) appreciated was the huge open grassy area they could chase balls on. For sure we'll be back when in the area. Excellent AT&T coverage and clear sky for sattelite at our site.

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A really lovely Virginia state park full of history in a quiet out of the way area. An easy 45-60 minute drive to Williamsburg (with ferry), Norfolk, and Richmond so we used the park to explore those areas and more. The park is very nice, but limited on trails. Two loops, the A loop has smaller sites with more tree coverage and not recommended for big rigs. The newer B loop is reservation only and is very nice with full hookups and all sites are big rig friendly. The pull through sites toward the end are some of the longest we've ever seen! None of the sites are super level, but not a huge problem. No dog waste station or poop bags anywhere in the park, nor anywhere to let the dogs run. We had sattelite reception at our site and Verizon was mediocre. Use caution when using a GPS to drive here, it may want to take you down a weight restricted road with lots of low branches. Check the website and follow their directions.

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Nightly rate is before tax and fees. After adding those in, you're looking at $71/night for full hookup (30 amp only). I guess you are paying for the location on a decent beach because there is no way the camp ground is worth those prices. Narrow gravel sites with many being long enough for big rigs, but there are some trees overhanging sites and roads. Lots of traffic from cars and golf carts with many of the drivers not watching where they are going. Be aware when looking at a park map for making reservations that many of the host sites do not appear on the map. We thought we were getting a large side yard only to find out a campground host is about 10' away. Luckily the yard to the rear is large and shaded. The entire park is stupidly busy on weekends. Another ding is there is no dog bags or waste disposal anywhere in the park and only one location near the entrance for trash. One positive is the dog friendly beach (on leash only, but we walked to isolated areas and let our guys swim). First time visiting this area and have zero desire to return. Verizon is barely useable, many sites have clear sky view for satellite.

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This is one seriously beautiful Georgia state park! Besides being very convenient to the amazing old city of Savannah, this park is a destination in itself. Full hookupsites 26-41 in area 2 are all big rig friendly, but avoid 42-51 as they are not level or on the small side. If you don't need sewer, the sites in area 1 are large to huge with more privacy and most are big rig friendly. Very dog friendly park with bags/waste stations throughout the park and about 7 miles of gorgeous walking trails that allow dogs. We did have sattelite reception on our site (36), but I suspect that's unusual due to tree coverage. Verizon was decent.

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We have mixed feelings on this park. Some nicely spacious and very long sites mixed in with some closer smaller sites. You select a site when you arrive, so hopefully you get one of the better ones. Some very nice dog friendly walking trails in the park. The down side is that it is very dusty and our site was next to a golf cart trail (unknown to us when we arrived) that kicked up even more dust. Also, behind our large site was a pumping station or water treatment plant that would give off some very strong black tank odors at times. Two loops in the park and if you have a big rig, side 1-38 is friendlier than the other loop, but there are several sites on that side which can handle large RVs. Useable Verizon coverage, but no sattelite reception due to tree cover. Decent enough place, but we have no desire to return.

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From looking at aerial views, the campground looked pretty barren, but after arriving, we were very pleasantly surprised! Few large trees, but lots of shrubs and smaller trees and bushes. The crew here is still working on adding additional/replacing dead trees. Sites are very large and flat, but most have limited privacy if that's important to you. Lots of off road bike trails and a few miles of paved walking/biking trails. The campground is near the highway, but unless you're right next to it, the noise didn't detract from a very peaceful campground. A huge bonus (to us, and our dogs!) was a very dog friendly off leash 2.5 stretch of gorgeous beach only about 5 miles away. Lots to do in the area and less than an hour from Palm Beach. We already have two seperate two week reservations for next winter. This is now one of our favorite Florida state parks (so far). Open sky for satellite reception and very good Verizon.

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We got lucky with a last minute reservation as we were trying to escape the mosquitoes at Collier-Seminole. Very happy we did as we really enjoyed this huge county park. Most sites are long term parking and are tough to get into, but water sites have a two week limit. The campground is a mix of different size sites with varying widths. Some are pretty close together, others have decent sized yards, so check the map when making reservations. Our site, 119 was an end site so no close neighbors on either side, but rear site was close. Bonus was that it's directly across from the dog park, and not so much of a bonus, directly across from the dump station. Good news, it was rarely used since most sites have full hookups. We were as close to the airfield as one could get, but the air traffic didn't bother us and we actually enjoyed watching the small planes take off and land. The really nice thing about the park was the miles of paved walking/biking trails. Lots of green space once you get outside the campground in a lovely area.

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We really wanted to like this State Park, especially since we read it was recently redone. Unfortunately, it was a major letdown. Sure, the new comfort station was nice (although whomever designed the sidewalk and entrance needs to be fired), but the campground was very crowded with some super tight sites. We saw a few that you couldn't even put an awning out without hitting your neighbor. We saw zero appeal to the park except for an easy drive to Marco Island. To add insult to injury, the mosquitos were horrific!! We couldn't be outside without covering our entire bodies with clothing and/or mosquitoe spray, and they still bit us! We lasted 5 days of our 14 day reservations before bugging out (pun intended). We were ready to leave after the first day, but had trouble finding openings anywhere else. No way we'll be back. Verizon was mediocre, some sites had clear sky view for satellite reception.

     

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Markham Park

Sunrise, Florida

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We have mixed opinions about this county park. Overall, the entire very large park is pretty nice with lots of green space, a large dog park ($25/year), some walking paths, model airplane and boat areas, a gun range, and an outdoor exercise area. Plenty to do! The down side is the campground itself is rundown with a mixed weed/sand surface. Our site on arrival was littered with broken plastic utensils, cigarette butts, and garbage in the fire pit. Very little maintenance seems to be done, and the trash dumpsters seemed to be missing about 1/2 the time. The sites are mostly pretty close together, but depending on the site, you may be lucky enough to have a decent to large rear area. We got lucky in site B6. Although it had the typical small side yard, the rear was huge with nice shade overlooking the canal. The entire park gets very busy on the weekends, and you literally risk your life if you attempt to walk along the road on the weekend. The 15mph "strictly enforced" speed limit, isn't. Between speeding cars and bicycles, you're best to stay away from the road on the weekend. There is constant noise from the highway and gun range, but we got used to it after a couple of weeks. The jet skis on the weekends and evenings were very annoying though. Lots of long term residents are spread throughout the park. I won't say we'll never stay here again, but we'll look for alternatives first.

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We actually enjoyed our stay here more than we expected. Most of the sites are owner occupied with some really lovely landscaping, although almost all the sites are pretty close together. Friendly staff and owners, and a very dog friendly park. The official rule is two dogs per site, but they made an exception for our 4 border collies, so if you do have more than two, call and check. Really nice fenced dog park and run area with waste stations around the park. The 'S' sites where we stayed mostly have water and electric only, but the much larger grassy sites made up for it. Another big plus of the S sites is that they are further from the road and much quieter. If you don't need sewer, I highly recommend S section over the others. Very good Verizon coverage and we had open skies for satellite reception. A couple of minor dings...lots of golf cart traffic on the narrow road and you are close to a small regional airport. Not a lot of air traffic, but Wednesday mornings are helicopter lessons so a few hours of low flying helicopters over the park. Close to town and shopping, we'll be back if we're in the area again.

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A decent FL state park. We really didn't enjoy the campground itself since there was no privacy, lots of smoky fires at all times of the day and night, and a surprising amount of traffic. But, the overall park is gorgeous with several miles of very nice dog friendly trails. We skipped the glass bottom boat tour since it seemed expensive, but we did do a kayak tour with Brian and it was amazing! If you have a kayak or SUP, this park is a must stop. Amazing history, and even more amazing wildlife. A few sites have full hookups, but most do not so book early if you want them. Our site (14) was FHU and plenty long, but wasn't very level. Very good Verizon coverage and we got lucky in that we had a clear sky view for sattelite, but I wouldn't count on that in most sites due to tree coverage.

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A really nice smaller Florida state park with lots of privacy between sites. Sitting in most of the sites, you'd think you were the only ones there. The center pull through sites were huge and easy in and out. Our pull through (52) was plenty long, but had a sharp angle to it, so getting in without scraping the nearby bushes was a bit tough. A few back in sites were a bit short, but mostly very big rig friendly. Pretty quite park and even though it is close to a highway, the road noise wasn't noticeable. Lovely, long beach which unfortunately was not dog friendly, but boardwalks and nature trail are. Great Verizon coverage and open sky for sattelite.

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At almost 500 sites, this state park is HUGE! The nice thing is, the camp ground is almost 2.5 miles long and is divided into several sections, so it really doesn't feel that big. Well, unless you walk on the main road, then there is a lot of traffic. You really need to check aerial and camp ground maps when making reservations since there is not a lot of consistency between them. Some are very long, some short, some have very close neighbors, others have decent spacing. We spent a lot of time walking/riding through the park and sites 14-37 on the lake and sites 469-496 on the canal were our favorites. 447-468 are also decently long pull throughs, nearer to the great bike paths, but further to the beach. The new blacktop paths and boardwalks are awesome!! If you ride a bike, this park has wonderful trails and connects with additional trails. A beautiful location and we will be back. One ding on the park...no dog waste stations! Hopefully, they will add some. One major ding on the area - Zero dog friendly beaches. Decent Verizon coverage and our site had open sky for sattelite reception.