Talk about a lovely campground. While I typically choose EW sites, the full service sites are far superior to the EW sites, the latter apparently being the original sites at this campground. If you like privacy, request one of the sites along the perimeter. Each site comes with a picnic table, fire pit and free firewood. While the washrooms are older, they are very clean and offer free hot showers. There are laundry facilities ($) and recycling. Cell phone coverage is spotty, at best, but there is a pay phone by the office.
Talk about a campground that has nothing - this is it. No water or electric sites, not even a dump station on site. There is no phone service with any carrier. The closest place to get cell phone reception is 20 km away at the Discovery Centre. The campground does have a kitchen shelter that supposedly has WiFi, but during my 4 day stay I never met anyone who could connect. There are 2 electric outlets in the kitchen shelter but they are powered by a generator that is turned on only from 8:30 pm to 11pm. Have you ever tried washing dishes in a sink with faucets that require you to hold them open constantly or take a shower where you have to push it on every 3 to 5 seconds ? - just more fun experiences that await you at this campground. And do not even think about camping here if your RV is over 28 feet long, except in site #44, which can accommodate somewhat larger rigs. While sites are generally quite private they have very narrow entries. There are no trails within the campground and nothing is within walking distance of the campground. Unlike most national parks where there are advantages to camping within the park, there are no such advantages here - the closest trails are 10 to 15 km away, with the Discovery Centre being 20 km away. Typically I love camping in Canada's national parks; but this is the worst national park campground I have ever stayed in. If you want to spend time exploring the southern part of Gros Morne, my suggestion would be that you commute from Rocky Harbour or stay at The Water's Edge campground in Shoal Brook or one of the two campgrounds in Lomond, which are located on rte 431. BTW the Trout River Pond tour boat is no longer operating.
This campground is best suited for tents and small RV's. There is cell phone coverage throughout the park. There is a dump station but black tank flushes are not possible because there is no fitting at the end of the hose - good planning Parks Canada. The rate quoted is with the $8 discount per day with the annual Parks Canada Discovery pass.
This campground is about equidistant from Wiltondale and the charming town of Woody Point. It is an unserviced Parks Canada campground with 30 sites including 3 waterfront tent sites. All sites have a picnic table and firepit. Weak cell phone coverage is available. The dump station (with black tank flush hose) and filling of fresh water tank are at the entrance to the campground, which is 4 km away from the sites. However, most sites have a grey tank disposal, so if you are staying for a long period you do not have to make the 8km return trek to the dump station. There are two covered shelters with washrooms, dish washing sinks, and wood stoves. They even provide dish soap and a dish rack. Only one of the shelters has electric lights (which turn off at 11pm due to being powered by a generator), hot water, and free hot showers. There are non-threaded water spigots throughout the campground. Wood ($) is available. Sites are available only on a first-come basis, but seldom is this campground full. And even if it is, ask about setting up in the circle - you will not be disappointed! There is a boat launch. CC are accepted. There is self-registration if no attendant is present. The lovely Stanleyville trail begins in the campground and two other trails are close by. The rate shown is with an annual Parks Canada Discovery pass which gives an $8 discount per night. The closest grocery store is in Deer Lake, so shop accordingly for fresh meat and produce.
While the resort is no more, this is a most beautiful RV Park. Situated along the 14 km Portland Creek River, this is one of the nicest campground that we have stayed at during our 4 weeks in Newfoundland Labrador. There are 29 level serviced sites (EWS, 30 amp), half are pull-through, each separated by a row of trees giving nice privacy ($25). The trees are so high that I could not get reception on my roof-mounted satellite dish! There are also several unserviced sites but they look as if they have not been occupied in some time ($15). There also are 4 fully equipped two-bedroom cabins. There are clean washrooms with free hot showers and laundry facilities (wash & dry = $1.75 ea), but no recycling. The feel here is more of a provincial park that a private campground. There is a boat launch, a wharf, and a small beach where we spent one late August afternoon lying out in the sun. Firewood, ice, and fresh baked bread are available at the office. There is no WiFi, but cell phone service as well as a payphone are available. The nearest grocery store is in Cow Head, about 33 km south.
This private campground has both full service and E/W sites. The full service sites are located in two open areas where the RV's are lined up in rows on a gravel surface. The E/W section is much nicer, though only a limited number can accommodate big rigs. All have gravel surfaces for parking your rig (though most units use at least some leveling blocks), with a grassy section that includes a picnic table and fire pit. The best part is that all E/W sites are separated from each other by trees, providing seclusion and privacy from your neighbors. Depending on the E/W site you choose, satellite may be available. No cable or antenna TV is available. Even with a WiFi extender, internet here is slow and unreliable. Washrooms are clean and have free hot water showers. Ice and wood are available ($) and there are on-site laundry facilities. Recycling is of refundable products only. Diesel and propane by the pound, as well as a Home Hardware, are available down the road from the campground on the way to Rte 430. Rocky Harbour has a bank, several restaurants, a fish market, but no grocery stores, only convenience stores. The price quoted is with a 10% GS discount. The 8/10 rating is for the E/W sites, not the E/W/S sites.
If you are in Labrador to visit Red Bay and beyond, this may be a place to consider. This small RV park has 4 full service but very narrow waterfront RV sites ($24 + tx). When we were there the water was not potable. There are washrooms and laundry as well as a convenience store and gas (with diesel) on site. However, there is no access to the washrooms overnight as they are located inside the convenience store which closes in the evening. Additionally, there is a $5 fee for using the shower.
Most interior sites are best suited for tents, pop-ups and class B & C RVs. Sites 16, 17, and 19-21 can accommodate rigs up to 35 feet, are a pull-through semi circle, and are waterfront. All sites are unserviced but there are washroom facilities with hot showers and a dump station. No cell phone or Wi-Fi.
Talk about an RV park that looks like a parking lot - this is it. The 14 full service sites appear occupied primarily by workers with a few tourists thrown in for good measure. Sites for overnighters are not level. There are clean washrooms with free hot showers and laundry facilities on site, a restaurant attached to the Inn, and Wi-Fi is available inside the Inn. No recycling is available. Next door is a Robins (that sells partridgeberry muffins), a small convenience store, and a gas station that sells diesel. There is a beautiful sandy beach in L'Anse au Claire, but mid-August in Labrador is not the warmest time to be lying out on a beach. The nearby town of Blanc-Sablon in Québec, has two proper grocery stores. This is the closest RV park to the Newfoundland-Labrador ferry and approximately 80 km from the Red Bay National Historic Site of Canada, which just last year was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Given the road conditions, if you are here to visit Red Bay, I would suggest staying here and doing day trips. Between the ferry and NLI, there are a few pull-offs which, if you are here for only a couple of days and can boondock, you may wish to consider. Also, the Provincial Park in Pinware (unserviced sites but with washrooms & dump station) has some waterside sites that can accommodate rigs up to about 40 ft. In Red Bay the Harbour View RV Park has 4 very narrow full-service waterfront sites.
This is a fenced in parking lot with electric hookups for RVs. Water is not available at your site, rather you need to fill up your fresh water tank when entering the compound. Inquire if the water is potable. A dump station, laundromat, hot showers, gas bar, and convenience store are on site. Across the road is a restaurant and Inn. Likely the only people who would make use of this place are those who don't want to take their RV when they go to Labrador for a few days, or those who are catching an 8am ferry.
This campground caters primarily to seasonal RVers, where the sites are spacious and private. The section for overnighters is simply an open field with 2 rows of RVs lined up facing each other, on very unlevel sites. There is no cell phone coverage by any carrier so it is necessary to drive closer to St Anthony, specifically at least to the Municipal dump 6 km away, to get a signal. There is a pay phone outside the office. Wi-Fi is ridiculous - we have 4 devices (2 laptops, a tablet, and a phone) and only one device could connect and then at only 1 bar when in the same room as the router. I am so fed up with campgrounds that advertise having Wi-Fi when the service they provide is not adequate to even check emails. During our stay, the electricity cut out frequently. No TV stations are available via antenna, but satellite reception works. On weekends they have a chip truck that sells fried fast foods. Their convenience store only stocks bottled water and beer. Washrooms are clean with free hot water and there is a laundry (wash & dry = $2 each). No recycling is available. If you are in this area to visit L'Anse au Meadows and see the icebergs as we were, your camping options are limited. I did not view the private RV park in Quipon, which is closer to L'Anse au Meadows, so cannot comment. Pistolet Bay Provincial Park has only unserviced sites. The town of St Anthony, 10 km from the campground, has 2 grocery stores, gas & diesel, several restaurants, and a couple of hardware stores.
This is a lovely large provincial campground which will be even nicer in 2015 with 45 more sites being converted to E/W sites. Sites are generally large and with a reasonable amount of privacy. There are two clean washrooms with flush toilets, and free hot showers. Laundry and dish washing facilities are available. There are vault toilets and potable water faucets throughout the campground. While this campground offers full recycling, the garbage and recycling stations are few and far between. There is a boat launch and 2 beach areas; one is located in the day use area and the second is for campers only. Kayaking along the Mira River is wonderful. Unfortunately neither canoe nor kayak rentals are available. Firewood and ice are available ($) and there is free WiFi outside the registration office. Book as early as possible, especially on weekends, as this campground is frequented by locals.
This is a small campground with 40 sites, including 3 yurts. The 9 water-electric sites are open and spacious. The non-serviced sites are located hillside and are quite picturesque and more private, but more suited for tents, pop-ups, and smaller class B & C RVs. The washrooms are very clean and there are free hot showers with laundry facilities ($3 cold water wash, $2 for 40 min dryer). There are 3 short uphill trails within the park. In this park is the resting place of the only totem pole in Nova Scotia - a gift from BC. There are gas stations, a co-op, Home Hardware, and a few restaurants nearby, with the picturesque town of Baddeck a 30 min drive.
Caribou-Munroes is a lovely provincial park campground situated on a stretch of beautiful sandy beach on the Northumberland Shore - I think the beach is about 3 km long. All sites are unserviced; i.e., no water or electric, and generator hours are 10am to 8pm. There is a single dump station with a hose for doing a black tank flush. Loop A is open and has the best views of the water. The other loops are wooded or partially wooded. Most, if not all, sites have fire pits. Wood and ice are available ($). The washrooms are very clean and there are free hot showers but no laundry facilities. There is free Wi-Fi available in a covered area with electric outlets next to the office. The campground is easily accessible from the PEI ferry and the town of Pictou, complete with a Sobeys, Home Hardware, and Tims, etc. There is a gas station with diesel a few km from the park entrance. If you like relaxing on one of the nicest beaches in Nova Scotia, this is the park for you.
If the thought of camping directly on the ocean, this campground is for you. All sites are literally feet from the Atlantic ocean. The picture on their website accurately depicts the campground. The washrooms are shared with an on-site restaurant and nearby in Advocate Harbour is a small grocery store and gas station (including diesel). This campground makes an excellent base for exploring Cape Chignecto Provincial Park, as there is no RV camping at the latter. It is also possible to do day trips to the UNESCO World Heritage site at Joggins.
Most of the paved entry road is in need of re-surfacing, though the gravel roads throughout the campground are in good condition. Firewood and ice are available ($) and there is free Wi-fi at the check-in kiosk. Cell phone coverage is excellent throughout the campground. The campground is located 10 km from the Porters Lake Shopping centre where there are gas stations (including diesel), bank, hardware, grocery store, liquor outlet, etc. Since hurricane Juan, this has become an open campground, though fast growing spruce trees generally provide decent privacy between sites. The 10 EW sites in Loop C resemble a parking lot. The rest of the sites are more typical of what you would expect to find in a provincial park. With the exception of the 10 EW sites (one of which is permanently occupied by the campground host), the rest of the sites are unserviced. Generator hours are from 10am to 8pm. There are clean washrooms with sinks, electricity, and free hot showers in each loop, as well as several potable water faucets and vault toilets in each loop, but no dishwashing station. This campground only recycles refundables. There are no hiking trails within the campground, though it is about a 7 km walk through the loops of the campground and the picnic park. There is a boat launch, and canoe and kayak opportunities are numerous, though rentals are not available.
This desert campground is about 5 miles outside of Carlsbad, on the way to the UNESCO designated Carlsbad Caverns, which are only 22 miles away. There is a heated indoor pool that has not been open since fall of 2011, laundry ($1.25 wash, $1 dry), decent Wi-Fi, free cable TV (60 channels), but recycling is not available. Nearby, propane is available by the gallon. At $38 for a 30 amp EWS (electricity, water and sewer) back-in site (with Good Sam discount), this campground is overpriced. However, it is convenient to the Caverns and Carlsbad. There are other RV Parks nearby, but I do not know their rates. AAA White City RV park is much closer to the Caverns but 25 miles from the amenities of Carlsbad.
Located 12 miles from Roswell. Do not listen to the shortcut directions from the campground host unless you want to waste an hour driving through backroads: trust your GPS. If you are here for the sole purpose of visiting Roswell, stay at one of the campgrounds on the outskirts of Roswell. The park roads are in poor condition and the drive to Roswell takes >30 minutes. Half of the sites can be reserved on-line. Six sites have EWS (electricity, water and sewer), 25 have EW (electricity and water), and three are unserviced. While the campground fee is only $14 (EW), this does not include the $10.60 reservation fee. Sites are level and a decent size, and offer a fair degree of privacy from your neighbors. If you come here to experience the park, I suspect that you will have an enjoyable time, however, we were here only for an overnight and found it inconvenient for visiting Roswell.
RV’s are packed in like sardines into a tin. All sites are pull-through, 30 & 50 amp, EW (electricity and water) or EWS (electricity, water and sewer), extremely slow Wi-Fi, free cable TV, only a picnic table at the site, level gravel sites, clean washrooms & showers, laundry ($1.5 wash, $0.75 dry). Propane ($), heated outdoor pool (seasonal), convenient to I-40, but with no traffic noise. If coming from the east, consider taking exit 26 and experience the mother road (Route 66) for a few miles as you drive through Gallup. The camp store has a good selection of Route 66 memorabilia.
Easy access off I-40 at Exit 286. Across the road from a McDonalds and a Mexican restaurant. The small town of Holbrook (on historic Rte 66) is 2 miles away and has a Safeway grocery store. This is an open campground with EWS (electricity, water, sewer) sites that are level and on a gravel surface. The $27.50 fee is for 30A with Good Sam discount. If you are in Holbrook to visit the Petrified Forest National Park. I would suggest using the south entrance to the park along Hwy 180 and exiting at the north entrance on I-40 so as to experience the effects of the afternoon sun in the painted desert. The campground gives free coupons for a piece of petrified wood from a local retailer.
All sites are pull through and on a fairly level gravel surface, and have electricity (30 & 50 amp), water, sewer, picnic table, BBQ grill, but no wood fires are permitted. Full recycling is available. The name Trailer Village is appropriate as this is a typical privately owned campground with RV’s lined up side by side in rows. If you can boondock, consider staying at the Mather Campground, a very beautiful federally operated campground with no utilities, ¼ mile from Trailer Village. Laundry and showers are not available at Trailer Village but campers can use those located at Mather campground. At the nearby Market Plaza, there is a bank, and a grocery store with a surprisingly good selection food including fresh vegetables, fruit, and meats. If you want the convenience of full hookups situated in the center of this beautiful UNESCO world heritage site, this is the campground for you.
This is a National Park operated campground and has no hookups. It is a beautiful park with paved sites and about half are pull-through. All sites have a combo BBQ-fire ring and picnic table. If you can boondock, consider staying here. Generator hours are from 8-10 am and 6-8pm. There is a laundry, $1.75 wash and $1 for dry (8am-4pm), and showers (8am-6pm). Obviously these hours are for the benefit of the government employees who supervise these facilities and are not intended to meet the needs of campers), dump station and potable water. At the nearby Market Plaza, there is a bank, and a grocery store with a surprisingly good selection food including fresh vegetables, fruit, and meats. Diesel is available at Tusayan and Desert View at inflated prices. There is a convenient free shuttles that operates throughout most of the park, however, not to the far east end of the park. Full recycling is available. The $18 campsite fee does not include the $10 reservation fee.
This is a sandy desert campground, west of Albuquerque off I-40 and about 10 miles from I-25. It is convenient to the National Petroglyph Monument, which has literally hundreds of petroglyphs. It is next-door to Camping World, but it is not close to restaurants or other amenities. There is a small selection of Route 66 memorabilia for sale at the office. We did not use the showers, but the laundry room was adequate. The free Wi-Fi is painstakingly slow, propane is available ($), there is a pool (closed in the winter), a TV and billiards room, but recycling is not available. At $25 (with Good Sam discount), it is a decent choice if you plan to visit Albuquerque.
Conveniently located just 7 miles off I-10. This is a small park but made a lovely overnight respite after a 7 hour drive from New Mexico. Sites have electricity (30&50 amp), and water. Some are pull-through, and some have cable TV. There is a pool and dump station, but no laundry. As is so often the case with state park Wi-Fi, it was exasperatingly slow. In addition to the $14 campsite fee, there is a $7 per person park access fee.
Located behind Heartbreak Hotel and across the street from Graceland, you could not be closer to Graceland unless you were the ghost of Elvis. If you are in Memphis for the Elvis experience, this is THE place to be. In addition to the convenience of Graceland, there is a free hourly Sun Studio shuttle that departs from the hotel and takes you to Sun Studios (duh) and to the Smithsonian Rock & Soul Museum; the latter being a couple of blocks from the famous Beale Street. The campground offers all pull-through sites, EWS (electricity, water, sewer), a small pool (seasonal), propane ($), free slow Wi-Fi, and recycling of tin and glass only. As is typical of privately operated RV parks, sites are narrow and require the truck hauling a 5th wheel to park diagonally in front of your RV. That being said the sites are level, have grass and a picnic table, but no BBQ or fire pit. Elvis music can be heard emanating from most RV’s: so you are amongst friends.
It is a slow 14 mile drive off I-20 as you ascend to the park, which is situated atop the highest mountain in Alabama. Free Wi-Fi that according to the campground host, is difficult to connect to when raining or windy. It was neither the day we were here, but there was still no Wi-Fi. All sites are gravel and have electricity (30&50 amp), water and sewer. Bathhouses are not just rustic, they were not clean. There is no laundry and recycling is not available. There is a lake for fishing and swimming. Unfortunately this was just an overnight stopover for us, and while this review has pointed out some of the negatives, I suspect that it would be enjoyable to spend a number of days at this state park.
There is only one lane for all vehicles (registered and non-registered) to enter the park, so be prepared for ridiculously long wait times to enter the park. And at the campground registration building, with only one staff handling both reservations and the concessions, expect long waits to register as well. There is free Wi-Fi however, as with most state parks, it is exasperatingly slow and only works near the office. This is a large campground with about 350 sites, which generally are quite close together. Sites have electric and water, 54 have sewer and there are 7 pull-through sites. Most sites are shaded. There are a few short walking trails and fishing is available on the pier (permit = $5/day). The beach is truly wonderful (the nicest beach, north of Florida, that I have been to) and only a short walk from the campground. However, during the time that we were here, the campground was filled with screaming kids, dogs that bark loudly anytime someone walked past their site, adults and children who drive their bikes through your site, and campers who do not pick up after their dogs. I have never encountered a more ignorant group of redneck campers than those at Myrtle Beach.
This campground is basically a parking lot situated next to a marina with water and electric hookups. At $80 a night it would be considered outrageously overpriced anywhere else. It is an easy 7 block walk to the Path train which whisks you to 33St and Broadway in NYC, so the campground couldn’t be more convenient. The area is semi-residential and I felt safe walking from the train back to the campground at 1130pm after a Broadway play. There is a dump station and all sites have electricity and water, but no picnic table, BBQ or fire pit. When making a reservation make sure that you indicate the total length of your vehicles. Otherwise, if they do not fit on your assigned site, you may be assessed an additional $20/day parking fee. And don’t forget to check out as you are leaving, otherwise your CC will be charged an additional $40. Wi-Fi is available at $5 per day but only reaches sites close to the office. No recycling is available. My rating of 4 is an average of 10 for location and 2 for campground appeal, amenities, etc.
Mostly open campground conveniently located less than 2 miles off I-95, with seasonal pool & restaurant, propane ($), free cable TV and fast Wi-Fi, clean washrooms, showers, and laundry ($1.5 & 1.25). Sites are a good length, but as this is a private campground, they tend to be narrow with RV’s lined up side-by-side-by-side. Each site has picnic table and fire pit.
Lovely medium sized state park with 72 sites, including 2 yurts and 4 horse camp sites. Five sites have electricity, with the remainder being primitive (no electric, water, sewer) and mostly open, though there are trees throughout the campground. Within the park is the largest freshwater pond in Delaware (boat rentals available), and several hiking and biking trails. (See the Nov 3, 2009 review by daisyferret1) for an in depth description of the park. Generator hours: 7am-10pm. Recycling is available.
This campground has over 90 E/W/S RV sites plus tent camping on a desert gravel lot. There is a pool (only open in summer), laundry ($1.25 & 1.50), adult game room, free slow Wi-Fi (with a ½ page list of “do not do” rules), 12 free cable channels (coax cables on sale at office), no open fires permitted. The campground hosts are most pleasant and helpful. In a binder they have compiled a list of menus from many of the restaurants in town (the guacamole at Casitas is divine!). It is an easy 2 hour drive from Alpine to Big Bend National Park. Consider stocking up on food and especially diesel, as the latter is grossly overpriced in the Big Bend area.
This is the first Carefree resort that we have stayed at because any of the others that we viewed (in Florida), looked terrible. This is a lovely clean RV park with 165 E/W/S sites. As with most privately owned campgrounds, the sites are lined up in rows, however sites are a decent width, giving you some semblance of privacy. There is a heated pool, laundry, free cable TV and free slow Wi-Fi. The campground is located a 5-minute drive from a large HEB grocery and is on the #42 bus line which takes you to the Riverwalk and nearby Alamo. Good Sam member.
All RV sites are pull-through, no internet, showers in the full hook-up loop but no showers in the E/W loop, 1 dump station, tent camping. Sites are not necessarily level even though they all have concrete slabs. All sites have a picnic table (most covered) and ground level BBQ/fire pit combo. Interior roads are paved and in excellent condition. $16/N for E/W, $20/N for E/W/S, plus $4/day/person park access fee. As the campground surrounds a lake, fishing (no license), biking, swimming and canoe/kayaking (no rentals) are possible. In the village of Mathis (5 miles) there is a small HEB grocery store as well as gas stations that sell diesel; Corpus Christi is a 45 min drive.
The sites are generally large, however, the narrow 12 ft wide paved driveways (most of which are elevated), can make backing-in tow ables difficult. All sites have both a BBQ and fire pit. RV sites have water and electric (20, 30 & 50 amp). In my opinion, the nicest sites are those with elevated wood decks (3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 13, 15, 17, 20, 23, 24, 29, 33, 34, 39, 41, 42, 47, 48, 54, 58, 64, 81, 94) in addition to a picnic table that is attached to a concrete slab. The campground offers free internet, free laundry, and clean washrooms, however, there is no recycling for plastic, tin or glass. There is only one dump station so lines can be long. There is a wave pool ($) and free swimming pool. Other than the roads through the campground and park, there are no designated bike trails and only 3 very short (<.5 miles) walking trails. There is a small pond that is not suitable for swimming because of alligators. There are daily ranger led activities. The campground is next door to a fish market and close to major grocery stores, fast food outlets, and a 20 minute drive from the free Algiers ferry to the French Quarter in New Orleans. Guests are provided a handout of directions to nearby points of interest, however some of the directions are inaccurate. The address for the Algiers ferry is 100 not 1 Morgan St, the post office is 6 not 4 traffic lights from the campground, and the closest Wal-Mart is not on LaPalco Blvd but on Manhattan Blvd.
An open campground with E/W/S sites situated in a semi circle. There is a lovely large clubhouse. Wi-Fi is available at sites closest to the clubhouse. At $45 a night it is overpriced, but it is close to downtown Savannah which is only an 8 minute drive.
All sites have E/W/S, a BBQ grill and picnic table. Sites are extremely narrow (average width = 16 feet) and not very deep. Laundry (wash and dry = $1.50 each), free Wi-Fi at the rear of concession store. There is a small beach, canoe and kayak rentals are available and there is an on-site dive shop and snorkeling tours are available. This is a small park so the biking and walking opportunities are limited.
Mostly shaded E/W sites. Waterfront sites are well worth the extra few dollars. Because of low hanging branches, some of the back-in sites are difficult to maneuver. There are no fire pits, but large wash basins can be rented for $3/day from the camp store. Very slow internet at the office, laundry ($1 wash, $0.75 dry). Extensive cycling and walking trails, kayak and canoe rentals available, fishing, swimming at North and South beach. Camping fee includes admission to the park, which for non-campers is $5 per day as of Jan 1st 2012.
This campground has mostly pull-through sites on a gravel surface. It offers free cable (bring your own coax cable), laundry (wash & dry $1.25 each), and very poor Wi-Fi. Sites have E/W/S but do not have picnic table, BBQ, or fire pit. The campground appears geared for longer-term workers and permanent residents as opposed to overnight vacationers.
Loop A is over-crowded with sites being very close together and generally not very deep. It appears that the most popular communal activity is watching, and sometimes assisting, new arrivals attempting to back their rigs into these ridiculously small sites. The RV sites in loop B are slightly less crammed together, however, both loops are more typical of what you would find in a private campground rather than in a state park. The campground offers free slow Wi-Fi, free laundry in loop B, and hot showers in both loops. As evidenced by the number of RV’s using leveling blocks and ramps, many sites are in serious need of resurfacing. Also, drainage from many sites is a major issue. If it rains overnight, do not be surprised if you wake in the morning to find your site completely submerged. Road surfaces in the park are excellent, however, the roads in the campground are in poor condition. Sites are $24 through Reserve America, which includes their $6 processing fee. There are five short easy hiking trails (< 1.5 miles) and one 4-mile trail. Fishing, kayaking/canoeing are possible in the park on the Calcasieu River. This is a lovely state park, however, the campground is the worst that I have stayed at in my 3 months of traveling through the Southern United States.
The campground is located 32 miles east of Baton Rouge off I-12. It has newly paved driveways for all of its 30 large RV sites. However, the driveways are elevated and only 10 feet wide, making it difficult for backing in 5th wheels and trailers. All sites have an elevated wood deck, BBQ, fire ring, and lantern post. The RV sites have water and electric (20, 30, 50 amp). There are also 20 tent sites with water only. There is a laundry ($1 wash, $1 dry), free internet, and showers, but no recycling. There is a water park for children, several bike and hiking trails, a fishing pond, and canoeing opportunities (rentals available) along the Tickfaw River.
This is a simple campground with a large number of long-term RV’s. It is close to 1-10 and a short distance from Mobile. Basically I would rate it as being adequate for an overnight en route to elsewhere. Pull-through sites are long and narrow. They offer free cable, newly installed free Wi-Fi (not yet throughout the campground), water, electric, sewer, propane ($), pool.
There are 30 back-in sites, generally a decent width but not especially deep. All sites have EWS, a fire ring and clothesline. There is no internet, no cable, and laundry is $1 wash, $0.75 dry. There are several easy walking trails, plus a 12 mile trail for the more adventurous. Canoeing is possible along the famous Suwannee River. Non-ranger staff are most pleasant and helpful. There are no ranger-led activities.
Generally the 60 EW sites are large and secluded. All have fire pits. Beware of the squirrels. They chewed holes in my 2 new freshwater hoses. The rangers are aware of the problem, but apparently do not wish to resolve it. Placing a bowl of water next to the hose, as the rangers suggest, does not satisfy the squirrels thirst for water. There is no internet, cable, or laundry. While the park extends along three miles of Lake Manatee, swimming is not advised because of alligators. There is a boat launch and fishing dock, canoe and kayak rentals are available. The walking trails are rather boring. There is only one ranger led activity; a weekly evening owl walk. Unfortunately there there is a noisy racetrack a few miles up the road, so you may wish to inquire about race dates. Two miles down the road is the O’Brien Family farm where you can purchase fresh produce. As well the farm has a strawberry u-pick. No bending necessary as the berries are hydroponically grown. Despite some of the drawbacks, we thoroughly enjoyed our two week stay, especially nightly campfires and walks around the campground.
As of 2012 there are 41 pull-through sites with 50 amp electricity, however, electric sites are available only on a first come basis. So, you need to reserve a non-electric site ($16) and hope that an electric site is available upon arrival. Electric sites are an additional $14 per day. No sites have water or sewer. Reservations can be made at www.recreation.gov. Most of the washrooms do not have hot water showers and none have hot water sinks for shaving. There is no internet or laundry, and apparently only AT&T and Verizon cell phones and air cards work. The park and campground rangers are most friendly and helpful but the campground host needs a personality makeover. While many have complained about the bugs, we found them to be a problem only at dusk during our two week stay in late December and early January. The hiking, biking, canoeing/kayaking and fishing opportunities are endless. There are numerous daily ranger led activities both at Flamingo and the Coe visitor center. Try to avoid parking your car where vultures congregate as apparently they like to chew on rubber. The two hour drive from Flamingo to Shark Valley is a must, as is the guided trolley ride through Shark Valley. On your way to Flamingo, stop at Robert Island for all your fresh produce needs. They also have an excellent key lime pie.