Wow! What a fantastic state park. There are two campgrounds (upper & lower) with not one bad site between them. The upper campground is more forested. Sites 78-80 are particularly enjoyable because they're a bit more private and back into the forest. The lower campground is on the beach side of Fort Worden and site 38 is the best because it's as close to the ocean as it gets. If you're in a big rig, you'll be able to see the ocean and hear the waves. Also, Port Townsend is a wonderful town. There's so much to do here that you have to decide what not to do! We've been here for several nights and will definitely return. If you're thinking about coming here (with or without kids--furry and human), you should. It's one of the best state parks there is.
This is not an RV park, it's a gravel parking lot behind the Sol Duc Hot Springs cabins. It looks like they installed some electrical posts in a parking lot and decided to market it as an RV park. The other people there were also disappointed and a few even moved into the national forest campground not even a 1/4 mile down the road, which was $14/night and had lovely sites in old growth forest. If we were back in the area, we'd boondock at the public campground and never go back to Sol Duc Hot Springs. It's kind of sad because they could have made it much nicer than it is. I would not recommend this RV park to anyone.
This state park was okay, but not the best. We ended up spending most of our time outside the park. There's a great maritime museum in Astoria with the best fish & chips stand right across the street. But the park itself wasn't as well maintained as I expected for an award winning park. The bathrooms were a bit rank and the sites were a bit too forested. Perhaps when it's not raining and it's warmer, it's a more enjoyable place. But I won't be going back. I'll find another spot to camp when in the area again.
Wow! What a beautiful state park. It's hard to put into words just how gorgeous the setting is. The sites are well spaced and surrounded by old growth forest and vegetation. There are plenty of things for kids (the young and old ones) to do, including nature walking, hiking, biking, flying kites and walking along the beach. We went into town one day and picked up fresh bread and produce at the farmers market, which was downright scrumptious. You simply can't go wrong spending time here. We will definitely go back when in the area and will try to get a site along the forest.
This was the perfect base camp for exploring the redwoods and the northern California coast (and apparently for fishing, too, as it's located next to the Klamath River and there were several boats in the park). The restrooms and showers were always clean. My impression was that whomever is responsible for this park really cares about it. Someone was always tending to the lawns, flowers, laundry room, trash area, etc. We stayed for several nights and will definitely return again when in the area.
This park is good for families and group gatherings, as it is very kid-friendly and many large groups were setup across multiple sites and/or cabins. There were too few bathrooms given the number of people and they were only cleaned once a day. I don't plan on returning since there are other choices in the area and I prefer a more adult-friendly setting and cleaner facilities.
The sites at Carpinteria State Beach are very close together. There were a few near the visitor center that had more room and were fairly big. The sites along the coast (sites 200+, I think) had great views and were on a cliff just above the water. If you don't mind listening to the pounding surf all night, these sites are wonderful. I might return if we could get an ocean view site. Otherwise, the sites were just too cramped for my taste.
If you can't find anywhere else to stay and don't want to keep driving, it'd be a safe place to spend the night. However, if you have another option, I say take it. Half the sites were "blacked out" on their map which meant we had a much smaller selection of sites than advertised. From the looks of things, I assume they're blacked out because they're inoperable. The water connections on all the sites had duct tape around them, so we didn't use the water. The restrooms smelled like sewer. They appeared to be clean, but the smell concerned us enough to not want to be in there. There seemed to be several permanent residents who had some "classic" rigs (not that there's anything wrong with that) which seemed to be in disrepair. We were bothered by the truck noise from the truck stop next door, because they're coming and going all night long. I would not stay here again if I could help it.
This park was adequate for our travel needs. We needed a night's sleep near I-10 at a reasonable price and that's what we got. I wouldn't consider this a destination park. The sites were all pull-thru with good power and water. It was a bit crowded, and the park is fenced all the way around which may help with security and block highway noise; but it takes away from the aesthetic value. I would only stay here again on a commute across country.
Topsail certainly set the bar! I had no idea a public park could be so beautiful and well maintained without charging an arm and a leg. Apparently we were fortunate to get reservations with only a month's notice. Our site #20 was small and near the alligator pond (they say he's friendly) and travel trailers fit in the small sites. When we walked through the park, I was amazed at how spacious the sites in the 100's. It was like walking in a suburban neighborhood! The biggest RV is easily accommodated and welcomed. I also loved being able to walk less than a mile to the beautiful white sand beach. If you can get reservations, you are guaranteed an amazing experience. Everything about it is top notch (including the price).
The park was very well maintained and the perfect place to "get away" yet still be near grocery stores and shopping. We stayed in site #3 which had partial shade and was just far enough into the loop to be away from the dumpster yet not too far in to be affected by family noise coming from the larger sites. The staff was professional and very friendly. The walk to the springs was fun, and the kids loved swimming in the springs.