Clean, well-maintained campground and super-friendly owners (husband and wife), who clearly have made a commitment to keeping up the grounds and facilities. Internet was down when we stayed, but that was a cable company issue, not theirs. The campground is relatively small with no views to speak of, but it was quiet (half full the Monday after Labor Day). The property seems to have been an apple orchard at one time. Lots of fallen fruit and probably, on a warm day, lots of drunken wasps, yellowjackets and other sting-y bugs. Bathrooms are rustic: unheated, vault toilets, and clean but dated shower stalls. We planned to stay two nights but decided to move on after one.
We had a beautiful back in spot (#14) on the Connecticut River side of the campground and the sound of the water served as a great background for sleeping. Campsites are spacious and plenty wide enough apart from each other. The campground was only about 25% occupied (including half a dozen long-termers) but even at capacity at the peak of summer you would not feel jumbled together. Rest rooms are clean, dated, and small (two sinks, two showers). Cable and Wi-Fi worked well. The campground is well situated for RVers who are exploring the White Mountains or traveling to or from Canada. Glad we stayed here, and we would return.
Campground is in the forest immediately adjacent to the Kangamagus Highway. Most if not all are back-in only and the "driveways" are pretty narrow. Campground itself was quite spacious however, with a picnic table and fire grate as the amenities. Couldn't enjoy these due to the clouds of mosquitos on a warm, rainy day. No showers or flush toilets, just a couple of outhouses (which we didn't use) and potable water spigots on the loop road in the camp. For these "higher end" amenities, RVers on the Kangamagus need to stay at the Jigger Johnson Campground ten minutes down the road. All in all, we got our twenty dollars worth for a night's dry camping amid the tall pines. Doubt that we'll be back.
Made an online reservation that was waiting for us (space was pre-assigned) on arrival. Park seemed to be on winter hours - Office only open for an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. The park is fairly convenient to the I78 and 81 interstates but far enough away so no highway noise. The way in from the west takes you through a new home development that was wide open farmland a year or or two ago. Too bad watching the countryside being eaten up. There are no grocery stores within miles, so you'll want to bring in all necessary supplies. Frequent travelers who like to raise a glass at the end of the day will want to know that Pennsylvania does not allow the sale of beer, wine, or spirits in grocery stores. Got to go to a state ABC store. Overall the park was quiet, rest rooms no more than adequate, and the Wi-Fi spotty and slow. Doubt we will return.
This was a great stop for an overnight stay on I-10 in central Louisiana. We called ahead to inquire about a spot but did not reserve with a credit card. Nevertheless, when we pulled in at 6 PM the park host had our paperwork filled out and assigned us a spot close to the restrooms, which we prefer. There were no more than half dozen open spots at this park, which was mostly occupied by long termers and workers (something about a pipeline project in the area). The Wi-Fi was super-fast and reliable and the shower/bathrooms were individual rooms, toasty warm on a cool day and spotlessly clean. The park has an excellent dog walking area. We learned that the new managers (husband and wife) have been at the park for only two weeks and have plans to make a number of improvements to what we felt was already a pretty nice stop. $36 with the Good Sam discount. We would return if in the area.
This was a challenging park to evaluate. Made online reservations for two nights. In the end this cost $28 per night: $20 for the car for two nights, and $4 per occupant (2 in our case) per night. Rangers at the park office were efficient and helpful. The area is great for hiking and mountain biking for the technical rider. Skyline Drive is the place to be for sunsets and stargazing on clear nights. It's open until 10pm nightly. Javalenas and Mule Deer abound. A herd of Javalinas meandered about the park, quite willing to share it with humans. Park staff was working on the main camp restroom propane tank while we were there, so no heat or hot water for our two day stay. Restrooms are small (two showers, two sinks) and basic. McDonald Observatory is 11 miles up the road. Their evening star program was wonderful. The town of Fort Davis is 3 miles down the road and worth a stop. We would return.
Driving east on I-10 in West Texas there aren't a lot of options once you leave El Paso, and we found those unappealing. We had enough daylight left to push on to Van Horn, and were surprised and pleased with what we found at the Van Horn KOA. Hosts were pleasant and accommodating. They serve a decent dinner on site with beer and a local wine (St. Genevieve) on offer. WI-FI signal was consistently strong (and free, as was the cable TV). Restrooms were dated but clean. Fenced pet area was a welcome addition. We wound up spending an extra night to wait out some severe weather that passed through towards the east. In all, we were not disappointed with this KOA. and would stay here again as an overnight option for the I-10 drive.
We spent three days at this park in late March a year ago and had good impressions, enough to book a two week stay on this trip to the southwest. Office staff was extremely helpful and informative at check-in, but we made a rookie mistake by not checking out the site we were given before we paid. The park seemed to be full to capacity with many full time and long termers. First site we were given was three spots up from one of the rec halls, where a "jam session" was going on. We asked for a site farther away from this social hub and were assigned a site where the water and electric outlets were too far for us to connect. The site abutted a couple of permanent trailer homes which were about ten feet away. A dog at one of the trailers barked the entire time we were at that site. Finally we were offered a third site "close to the desert" (which this park abuts). This was another claustrophobia-inducing site and we went back to cancel our reservation. Too bad. Nice folks run the place, but it seems to be a combination of the relatively attractive rate ($22) and the bad economy that has attracted lots of work /campers and full time residents. We would not return to this park.
Agree with the many previous reviewers who extravagantly praised this park. Wide, deep sites, water and electric but no wi-fi or TV. The mountain views and hiking trails are superb. The park website lists "mountain biking" as one of the activities, but there are no dedicated bike trails (you share with hikers and equestrians), and the trails are for technical riders only, not recreational riders. The bathrooms were the cleanest we have ever come across. They are kept in tip top conditions throughout the day by park volunteers. The bathrooms shine to the point of putting many decent hotel bathrooms to shame. Campers catch the spirit and are diligent about cleaning up the sinks after use. A large shopping center is located directly across Oracle Highway outside the park entrance. Shopping is convenient but not so close that it intrudes on the peace and quiet. We spent five days here, and they flew by quickly. We would definitely come back.
This was an okay stop 8 miles west of downtown on I-40. Camping World is next door. Good news is Camping World is next door. Bad news is you have to walk around a security fence through scrub land along the highway to get there. That, or drive. Other bad news is that the CW complex has obliterated which at one time must've been a fabulous view of the Sangre de Cristo mountains/Sandia Peak to the east. Progress? We got a 20% Good Sam discount and their "winter rate" of $24. Neat display of vintage camper/trailers from the fifties. Restrooms were clean and well-heated. Sites were wide, sand/gravel. If the wind was blowing hard, this would be a tough place to spend time.
Headed west on I-40 through central Oklahoma, we weren't enthusiastic about the campground options in and around Oklahoma City, which either directly abutted the highway (noise, congestion) or were otherwise unappealing. So we pushed on west into 30 mile an hour headwinds until, at sunset, we came across Elk City KOA. Recommended for an overnighter if you don't want to push on the extra couple of hours to Amarillo headed west. Consistently strong wi-fi signal. Bathrooms were clean and well-heated, much appreciated the morning after a strong cold front came through. Small fenced pet area. Hosts were friendly and efficient at check-in. We would stay here again if passing through the area.
Park is 75 yards south of Interstate 40, 1 mile from the nearest exit but only 75 yards from the highway, so convenience and traffic noise - you get them both here. Spacious pad sites. Small fenced dog run. Bathrooms well heated and clean. Good hot water flow from the showers, but for some reason cold water only in the sinks. No paper towels (a personal bugaboo if you'd like to clean up your sink area after using). Biggest issue we had was the "free wi-fi." What good is free wi-fi if it's down from check-in to check-out? Office manager acknowledged it was down - no reason given. But for it to stay down for 12 hours was completely unacceptable. We would only stay here again if passing through the area and nothing else was available.
Chose this state park based on others' reviews and was not disappointed. Registered on-line at ReserveAmerica and chose site 8 in the older of the two campgrounds. Older section has more shade and sites are somewhat secluded by trees and vegetation. The electricity in the older section is limited to 30amp service, so big rigs are assigned to the newer section which has 50amp service, sewer hookups, large concrete or gravel pads, and much less shade. The weather was cool (high 50s) during our stay, so we somewhat regretted not picking a site in the newer area with full afternoon sunshine. We preferred to use the restrooms/showers in the big rig area. Park rangers at the gate were extremely helpful and polite. The "no dogs on the beach" policy is prominently emphasized. ("No dogs" policy applies on all the nearby town beaches; only exceptions are for residents, who have to have a dog-on-the-beach permit.) Beach was wide, flat, hard-packed sand, clean, and empty of people. No surprise considering the cool weather. But beautiful sunsets every evening. Beach is a 1/3 mile easy walk from the campsites. Dogs that won't walk in the asphalt road to the beach will pick up burrs in their footpads. Not nice. There's a bike path that runs along Route 30A outside the park entrance, eight miles east and 8 miles west. Give the county and towns lots of credit for creating the bike path, which is designed more for easy meandering than for hard core racers. We would visit this park again.
A very nice state park on a tidal river inlet about 10 miles' drive from I-95. Peaceful, no traffic noise. Park was perhaps 20% occupied when we arrived on a Sunday afternoon. Park has a playground and a boat ramp. Kayakers/canoers will love this place. We would stay here again when traveling in the area.
Cheerful and helpful park staff at the front entrance made an excellent first impression. Sites are spaced far enough apart and there are many shade trees and plant growth to give the impression of seclusion. Sites are kept meticulously neat - sand was raked prior to our arrival. Restrooms were clean and unheated. Beach is within walking distance of the closest RV site cluster (Coquina). Snack bar and sundries shop at the beach was open ("Island Joe's"). No dogs allowed on the beach. Beach was exceptionally clean, wide and hard-packed. Just a handful of people at the beach when we were there on a sunny 60 degree weekday. We would definitely stay here again, but probably would avoid the high summer season and crowds.
We reserved an overnight stay here based on previous reviews. Arrived at 4 PM and found the office closed (never did get to meet Jim or Mary). Instructions on the door directed us to choose one of six or eight level, gravel pull-through sites available on the north side of the campground. A sizable number of permanent-looking rigs occupied what shaded spots there were. The park is about a mile north of I-90 on a very busy four lane road, with numerous modular homes and double-wides close by. It's pretty obvious that in a few years this park is going to be completely overtaken by commercial and residential development. The set up met our needs on this trip, nothing more than an overnight stop while passing through, but we would not consider it for a multi-day destination.
This park converted to a KOA on April 1 of this year, as reflected in the I-80 highway signage. We stayed here on a Sunday night while passing through. No reservation, and just a handful of other rigs in the park. Manager was friendly and helpful, pointing out the one mile "nature trail" on the property for a walk with our dogs (no fenced pet area). Trail was a nice way to stretch the human and animal legs at the end of a long day's drive. Unfortunately, tick season had already started and we had to do a thorough policing of the the fur before letting the hounds back into the RV. Not the park's fault, obviously. Just be aware if you have dogs. I don't suppose it's fair to criticize the new management about the state of the facilities since they just took over and need time to upgrade, but the bathrooms were pretty dated and neither well-lighted nor well-heated. The other criticism is something KOA won't be able to do anything about: the park's location, which is a chip-shot from I-80. We were so tired we didn't notice all that much, but that traffic, especially the trucks, absolutely ROARED all night long. We would stay here again only as a last resort.
This park is just north of I-90, across the Little Big Horn River from the Custer Battlefield. It is a working ranch with an RV park, opened in 2002, we were told. The owners obviously have taken a keen interest in making travelers aware of their existence as the closest park to the Battlefield, through travel guide advertising, and big, clear road signs, etc. When we stayed on a Friday in mid-April, they had just turned on the water and seemed very happy to see us. There was one other camper in the park (a tenter), otherwise we had the place to ourselves. Restrooms were spotless and spacious and the site we were given was level. You can take the short hike up a hill on the park property and view the entire length of the LBH battlefield, from Last Stand Hill on the left to the Reno-Benteen battle on the far right. It's quite a sight, especially at sunset. You also get that BIG Montana sky if the weather cooperates. Traffic noise from I-90, about 1/2 mile away, was inconsequential due to the extremely light volume. Doubt we will ever be back that way, but if so we would stay here again.
We stayed here on our way to the Seattle area based on prior reviews. The location could not be more convenient for RV'ers making the Columbia River crossing; it is less than a half mile to the I-84 bridge. Check-in was quick, friendly and, after hours is based on the honor system. When we stayed here on a Monday evening, there were a total of five motorhomes in the park. No cable TV, but when you're sitting in a beautiful park with a beverage at your elbow and the sun setting over the river, you tend not to care that much. Restrooms were well-worn but clean. We would definitely stay here again.
An ok park if you're passing through on I-15. Cedar City and the KOA are well north of the entrance to Zion NP, about an hour, but is only about 15 minutes north of the entrance to Kolob Canyons NP. Bryce Canyon is 60 hard miles away to the east through the Dixie National Forest. When we checked in we were assigned a spot that required a large shoehorn to get our 20 foot camper van into, at the far end of a mostly deserted park, with the nearest bathrooms closed for the winter. Only the bathrooms at the front office were open. After complaining, we were moved to a suitable spot closer to the front. Front desk was friendly and accommodating. Bathrooms were clean and kept warm overnight. The laundromat has a KOA sign on the back of it, inside the campground, but it's a public wash and dry. If we come this way again we'll look for something much closer to Zion/St. George.
Easy to find if you're coming up State Rt 95 from the Laughlin/Bullhead City area. We heeded the AM radio traffic alerts about road construction in the vicinity of Hoover Dam (they're building a bypass road/bridge to route traffic from going over the dam). One hour delay on US Rt 93 N when you get near the dam, AND all vehicles were being subjected to a search. I guess this will no longer be the case whenever the bypass is finished. The RV park is paved, the lots are level, and the bathrooms were clean. A $5 security deposit required for the bathroom key. Clean laundry with plenty of machines. We were staying just one night and were the exception. Any avid cyclist should know about Bootleg Canyon, a biking/hiking trail that starts just behind the RV park, out the "pet gate" and left. Ask at the front desk and ride your bike up the Canyon if you've got the time. We would stay here again if passing through.
Another great COE park find, thanks to earlier reviewers. Waterfront on a big lake. Park was about 50 percent full on a weeknight. A tame herd of deer and jackrabbits to stimulate the dogs, and peace and quiet for us. About 10 miles west of San Marcos over rolling hills/country roads, but worth it if you're not staying in Fredericksburg or Kerrville and want the quiet. Recommended.
Anyone driving over the Delaware Memorial Bridge at the foot of the NJ Turnpike will appreciate the approach to this campground in Westlake LA: oil refineries to the horizon and nothing but fast food restaurants on the 3 mile drive from I-10 to the campgrounds. Called ahead at midday and was told there were plenty of spots; no need for a reservation. Got there at 4pm and was put into overflow: a full sun spot of gravel. Owner seemed to take pity and five minutes later said there'd been a cancellation and we could have one of the slab spots. Park is right next to a mobile home village and across the street from a Little League complex. Have stayed at enough parks to know the difference between operators who operate with a customer first attitude and those who don't. This is the latter. Don't bother with this campground if you can avoid it.
Reception at the front gate was quick and efficient. Had a lakefront spot that was clean and level. Weather could have been better (30's and misty rain), and this campground is definitely off the beaten path, but during the week it was a real find: a quiet night.
We spent three weeknights at this park the last week of February when the weather was unseasonably brisk. Check-in at the park gate was quick and efficient, and we were assigned a spot in the Shady Pines Campground. The big rigs get assigned the Gulf Breeze Campground. We agree with the previous positive comments written about this campground: the long, wide, and beautiful beach, relative remoteness of the park, very quiet after sundown. Only drawbacks for us were the fact that pets are not allowed on the park beach; you have to leave the park and drive a couple of miles to let them romp on the sand. Second drawback, which was a big one given the unseasonable cold, was that the bath houses are not heated. Otherwise, a fine stay and we would certainly return in warmer weather.