BEWARE. This is a great campground, as we have said in the past, and as others have said. Everything is true and accurate. BUT if you stay here there is one park HAZARD that you need to be aware of. On one of the campsite access roads a deep drainage ditch crosses the road at about a 45 degree angle and at even the slowest speed crossing this ditch in our motorhome threw open every cabinet door and sent our kitchen china crashing to the floor into 1000 pieces. We recommended this campground to a friend about 2 days behind us, and he had the same exact problem. This was our third stay at Fernwood, and we never got any caution from anyone about it. When you check in they normally guide you to your site and in doing so avoid the road with the ditch. Our problem occurred when we left the next morning. They need to do one of two things. The best solution would be to replace the ditch with an underground drainage pipe. In lieu of that, there should be huge red and yellow signs of caution. We told the campground hosts but do not know whether they told the owner or not. It's a great campground. Stay here, but do so knowing the danger. The $19 rate was the PA rate for the best spot in the place: Site 81.
Smithfield KOA was a good place for us to spend a month near the Grand-kids. While it is little dated, as it seems most KOA's are, there were 2 or 3 staff members working around the campground all the time so it is generally clean and kept up pretty well. The staff is friendly and helpful and the rate quoted is the result of our monthly stay. The negatives that kept us from rating it higher are that they have ceased enforcing the rules that make an RV Park outstanding. While the last post referred to the long term area of the park where most of the long term have permanent campsites, the problem is the longer term campers in the main part of the park. There were at least 8 to 10 sites where the clutter around their campers was really junky. Many units had carpets on the lawn areas killing the grass and while they had signs that said don't drive on the grass, they don't enforce it. The showers was one area where the maintenance man hasn't been in a while.
Pull through a little short for 39 ft + toad. Everything satisfactory except the park is next to a Gray Lines Tour Bus storage facility and they were moving the buses around all night long with the back up warnings blaring each time. It was worse than being next to a railroad.
As said by others not a KOA anymore - probably lost their KOA franchise because of the condition of the park. New owner - a lot of construction junk everywhere - primarily a park for workers in the area who partied until midnight on Sat night - very close to I-35 so noisy - the $33 price included the Good Sam disc but not Wi-Fi - that was another $5 a day - will not stay here again - while here we looked at the COE parks nearby and Cedar Ridge is excellent - we will stay there next time.
Really nice RV park located 2 miles N of I-20/I-59, so very quiet. Very nice staff, level concrete pads. As nice as it can be without resort features. This was the day off between travel days, so we stayed two nights and played golf at Ponca Creek on NAS Meridian. A nice course with flight demos all day from the Navy T-45's overhead. Jet noise: the sound of freedom.
Clean restrooms - great buffet in the Casino BUT trains - trains - trains switching in the rail yard 1/4 mile away from 3:30AM until 6. And the park is so well lit at might that the birds are confused and sing all night long. Tough to sleep.
We arrived at about 3PM on the Saturday before the Super Bowl, and in the process of setting up and one of my house batteries exploded. The owners went right to work helping me find a solution to my problem. An hour later I was at Deep South RV about 5 miles away who was closed but one of the owners called in a technician. An hour after that I was back on the road to Paynes. I can't say enough about southern hospitality and these two businesses. Payne's is an excellent stop for the night going down I-10. I'll be back!
Another good 1 night stop, had long pull throughs. Rules, Rules, Rules. All RV parks have rules, we need them, but Lake City had so many they had to attach an addendum to the printed rule sheet. Fair price for a park close to the interstate.
Nice folks at an older park. Had clean restrooms and showers. Located close to I-20. Seemed like a predominance of construction types in residence with early AM departures and late night returns. Was too expensive for what you get, the same price as the nicest "RV Resorts."
Pristine. The only reason I did not give it a 10 is there is just a chance there may be a campground slightly better than this one. Concrete and manicured St. Augustine is all you can see. We will be back several times in the next 3 weeks in our travels and for golf in Texarkana. We are looking forward to it.
A very good park for our overnight stay traveling I-40 to East TN. It is immediately on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi where the passage of a barge going upstream gives you a long time to contemplate the fact that there are bigger things in life than anything troubling you. What a relaxing place to spend twilight. However, beware of the "Mosquito Crossing" sign at Registration. Since this is flood plain showing evidence of floods gone by, the Manager's caution to hit the repellent or stay inside is advice worth following.