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Fulltimers living in a 43' RV with 4 Border Collies.

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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Riana Abiquiu Lake COE, Abiquiu, New Mexico

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

A really lovely, quite campground with some incredible views. We stayed in the water/Electric area and while most all the sites were big rig friendly, most are not super level although we got pretty close. I'd recommend the back in sites over the pull through which are basically a wide spot in the road. Some of the sites are closer to each other than we'd like. We picked a site which had a close neighbor on the drivers side, but no neighbors on the passenger side so we had some privacy. Site 1, if you can book it, looked to be the best in the area. No neighbors on either side and an incredible view of the reservoir and mountains. My only complaint was that the water pressure was the worse we have encountered over the last three years. Not necessarily a bad thing though since there are no sewer hookups. Friendly staff, a gorgeous area of New Mexico with lots of outdoor things to do in the area. No access to the lake from the campground, but we were able to take the dogs swimming near the boat landing/day use area behind day use area 4. Sharp rocks though, so watch the feet. Surprisingly good AT&T hotspot coverage and clear sky for satellite reception. We camped at Riana Abiquiu Lake COE in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

The earth ship community in Taos is very cool, but call ahead to make tour reservations so you can visit several houses. The views from the top of Cerro Pedernal are incredible and worth the effort.

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Boyd Lake State Park, Loveland, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:      

All sites are short pull thoughs, electric only and very close to neighbors. For a quick overnight stay, it was fine, but I wouldn't want to spend any length of time here. Really nice walking/biking trails around the park and into surrounding communities. We camped at Boyd Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Cottonwood 126
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Not Convenient

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

St. Vrain State Park, Longmont, Colorado

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the newer, full hookup section, so this review is specific to that area. First the good. Very nice large sites with nice spacing between them. The way the campground is organized in large loops mean you aren't looking out toward close neighbors and have some really nice views from your patio area. Long, very wide, and flat concrete pads which also include concrete around the electric pedestal and water/sewer hookups (no mud!). Really decent price for full hookups. Any of the sites in the full hookup section are very big rig friendly. You can't go wrong with any, but when selecting your site online, try to find one further from the highway and off the main gravel campground road. Also, during warmer months, take into account orientation so you get afternoon shade from your rig. The bad...close to busy highway so you get consistent, pretty loud highway noise. The roads in the newer section are all very, very dusty gravel so there is a lot of dust kicked up any time anyone drives through. No shade other from your rig or site shelter. A few more dings...the dumpster and recycling can were always full. No dog waste stations anywhere in park. Nice short walking paths around the ponds. We camped at St. Vrain State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
85
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Keyhole State Park, Moorcroft, Wyoming

Date of Stay: July, 2017 - $23.00
Overall Rating:      

First, the dump station is right outside the park entrance, so we dumped and disconnected the jeep while dumping. Then, when we get to the check in station, about 50 yards away from the dump station, they wanted us to pay for an extra vehicle since it wasn't towed in!!

Several campgrounds in the park, but we stayed in the Tatanka loop, so this review is specific to that loop. Hilly campground, but while the gravel pads had some degree of levelness to them, there wasn't a lot of level areas anywhere. Depending on your location and wind direction, you may get to "enjoy" the stench from the pit toilets.

Very crowded on the weekends and most people seem to come for the water access as there were a lot of boats on the reservoir. Don't wash your rv before arriving. The roads are all gravel and very dusty so when cars go by, they kick up a lot of dust which coats everything!

About the only positive thing I can say is that the park is fairly close to Devils Tower which is awesome. Oh, and the long concrete walking path is very nice. It also is pretty quiet at night once the noisy neighbors turn in.

A few sites in the Tatanka loop are big rig friendly and offer water and 50 amp electric. We had open sky on our site (11) for satellite reception, but I suspect most sites are too tree covered. Useable AT&T for internet and decent Verizon coverage.

If your main motivation for visiting the area is Devils Tower, I'd suggest a private park closer to the monument. If you enjoy water sports, don't mind the dust and smell, you may enjoy it here. We camped at Keyhole State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
T11
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Obviously, Devils Tower is a must visit, and spend some time off the main blacktop trail around the base. Take a random drive through the Bear Lodge Mountain range (mostly narrow gravel roads) for some spectacular vistas.

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Tilly's American Travelers RV Resort, Oronoco, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

After staying in several of the Rochester area parks, we were pleasantly surprised with Tilly's. A new low daily rate of $35 (flat fee), with cheaper rates available for week and month long stays. Sites were mostly decently wide, especially in the back row furthest from the road, and especially if you get one of sites on a corner. They also no longer charge for shower use, although the showers could use a good cleaning. There is road noise from hwy 52, but not as bad as other rv parks in the area, and it does quiet down at night. Another plus for us is the park is on the north side of Rochester, so closer to the twin cities, but you are further from downtown Rochester and I don't believe there is a shuttle service. No fire rings (another plus for us), and very few picnic tables may bother some. The back in sites looked to have larger side yards than the pull through sites, but it varies by location. Big rig friendly, but that may change as the trees get larger. Very dog friendly with a large unfenced dog exercise area that we let our guys run on. For a full hookup park in the Rochester vicinity, we don't think you could do better and this will be our "go to" location when visiting the area. Good Verizon, at&t, and clear sky for satellite reception. We camped at Tilly's American Travelers RV Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Back row 6
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Chester Woods Park, Eyota, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $31.00
Overall Rating:      

See my previous review for additional details. We stayed two weeks during this visit and mostly really enjoyed it. While not a lot of dog friendly trails, there are a few (nicely marked) with bag and waste stations. The grass trail through the meadow and along the tree line is loaded with ticks, so avoid that one. Very peaceful and quiet during the week with a very friendly crew. The weekends however, are horrible. Crowded, screaming kids, noisy neighbors, and smoky fires made it less than pleasant. There is some noise from the highway and an occasional train, but it didn't bother us. We won't hesitate to stay here again during the week, but will be looking for alternatives for the weekend. A $5/day pass is required for visitors, but campers pay $5 for their entire stay. If this park had full hookups and they trimmed the trees along the road, it would easily rate an 8 or 9. We camped at Chester Woods Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
2 and 8
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

East Harbor State Park, Lakeside-Marblehead, Ohio

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:      

A very large, decent Ohio state park on the shore of Lake Erie. Unfortunately, it really didn't do much for us as sites are close together, there are limited trails, and while the entire campground is now open to dogs, I certainly wouldn't call it a dog friendly park. We had one of the few full hookup sites, which was nice (I understand they are new in the last 2-3 years), but be sure and make reservations if you want full hookups. The vast majority of sites are also not suitable for big rigs so choose your site carefully (all full hookup sites are big rig friendly). We'd stay again if passing through the area, but we certainly wouldn't go out of our way to visit. Decent, but not great AT&T signal and open sky for satellite reception. We camped at East Harbor State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
A172
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Shawnee State Park, Schellsburg, Pennsylvania

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Shawnee State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
319
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

The flight 93 memorial is a must visit! Great displays and coverage of that horrific day. "Gravity hill" is lame, but by all means take a random drive in the mountains, this area is incredibly beautiful. The Johnstown flood memorial is interesting if nearby and Johnstown itself is a cute little town. Ride the inclined plane!

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Delaware Seashore State Park, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $42.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Delaware Seashore State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
44
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Assateague Island national seashore with the wild horses is a cool visit.

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Maryland

Date of Stay: May, 2017 - $63.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Cherry Hill Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
1303
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Cherry hill park offers a guided night tour on Thur and Sunday for $50/person. We took it and were disappointed. The guide was just ok, but the biggest problem was the number of people. Trying to get the 48-50 people organized and moving quickly proved to be impossible which resulted in fewer stops and a lot more standing around waiting for people than we expected. A nighttime visit is recommended, but go by yourselves, or maybe a local, small group walking tour.

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Chippokes Plantation State Park, Surry, Virginia

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Chippokes Plantation State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
Loop B Site 05
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $61.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Huntington Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
98
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Brookgreen gardens is amazing and the cool thing is the pass is good for seven consecutive days so no need to rush and see everything. Lovely grounds, but no dogs allowed.

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $45.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Skidaway Island State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Too many things to list, but you can easily spend 3-4 days exploring beautiful Savannah.

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Crooked River State Park, Saint Marys, Georgia

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $32.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Crooked River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
14
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 74
States Visited: 28
Helpful Reviews: 35

Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Hobe Sound, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2017 - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

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. We camped at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
     
Clean Restrooms
Service
     
Clean Showers
Cleanliness
     

Site Details

Campsite
     
Site Number
PG03
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient