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09/2014
rating [ 7/10 ]
We arrived on a very hot day and was glad to get a nice long pull through site with 50amp hookups so we could use both air conditioners. The owners were very nice and friendly and led us to our side via a golf cart. They checked back to make sure we were getting along okay and then came back to warn us of approaching storms. Very considerate. The sites in the transient area have no trees, barely any grass between sites and are very close together but they placed rigs every other site while we were there. I'm not sure you could open your awning if each site was full! The utilities worked fine and it was a nice stopover campground. It's an older quaint family campground with a lot of seasonal sites in the wooded area. It makes a good stopover campground while traveling. The rate reflects a Good Sam and/or AAA discount.
09/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
What a surprise to find such a nice city campground! There is a nice choice of back-in or pull-through sites but all are long enough for the largest rigs and a vehicle. Each site was paved with ample grassy area between each site. Picnic table provided at each site. We enjoyed riding our bikes on the trails through the wildflowers and trees. The park is very close to lots of shopping and restaurants but you feel like you're in a very isolated area in the campground as it's so quiet. Once in a while we'd hear a train in the distance but we enjoy that so it didn't bother us. We would definitely stay here again if in the area.
08/2014
rating [ 5/10 ]
We had to stay somewhere over the Labor Day holiday since we were traveling and this campground is where we made reservations in advance -- which is always suggested anywhere for Labor Day! The campground was packed as expected with lots of activity. People were having fun but quieted down after dark with no problems. The boats on the lake were very noisy and irritating with the constant roaring of the engines until well after dark. We were told there's no speed limit on the lake so they race all the time. The site we reserved had 50amp electric, but was one of the most unlevel sites we've ever had. There were a lot of muddy areas next to the narrow roads. Many sites would be a challenge to back into with larger rigs. Water faucets are few and far between in this campground! We went down to near the dump station to use the fresh water pump there to fill our tank. There appeared to be only one faucet per each of the four loops in the entire campground! It's an okay campground but not nearly as nice as one usually finds in a Corps Of Engineers facility.
08/2014
rating [ 10/10 ]
This was our second stay in this beautiful park in the last four years and it was just a nice as we remembered from the first time. This is a very nice campground. It is not an RV Resort though. You fill your fresh water tank at one of the many faucets available in each loop and dump your tanks at the dump station when you leave. The electric worked great and we enjoyed the huge grass site and the privacy afforded by the wonderful landscaping between each site. Our 35' Fifth Wheel and truck fit in our site easily. You can see the length of each site listed on the web site when you reserve a site so pay attention to that if you have a concern. We enjoyed multiple rides on the very nice bike trails and the quiet serenity of the campground. We will definitely return here.
03/2014
rating [ 9/10 ]
Nice Corps campground in a pretty location. Sites are long and well spaced. We had full hookups in our site (#18) and a great view of the lake. Price is with our senior pass. You just can't beat Corps of Engineers campgrounds for quality and value.
03/2014
rating [ 6/10 ]
We've stayed here three times and although it's a pretty campground, getting there is challenging. The road from Black Rock to Powhaten and then on to the park is narrow, winding and rough. The roads within the park are also fairly narrow. The sites are well spaced and most are long enough for almost any rig. The concrete pads are in rough condition and few of them are very level but each site has a fire ring, table and grill. Our surge protector system disconnected us a couple of times, first time in a long time, so their 50 amp service in the site (#81) we were in had a problem. The views from the sites in the E loop of the lake are great and I'm sure this is a nice place to be in the summer.
09/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is mostly a seasonal site campground. Many campers here with permanent decks, porches, etc. Large activity area for games. Fire pits and picnic tables. Off the road next to farm fields. Appears to be an older campground, but they've done some repaving work to the office area and it looks nice. We had a large but uneven site for the night. Water and 30amp electric only. It was a handy over night stop that was quiet.
09/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Not too far off Hwy 13 and easily found. Mostly seasonal sites here but we found an empty pull through with full hookups to use for one night. There was nobody in the office -- fill out an envelope and put your money in it in a box. The campground appears to be fairly well maintained. It was a handy stop.
09/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
The sites are all pull through but fairly tightly spaced and narrow. The concrete pads need resurfacing and the park needs some general maintenance but the price was right for full hookups and a safe place to stay right off the Interstate.
09/2013
rating [ 10/10 ]
Nice new campground with full hookups and a lot of very large pull through sites. The owner and the host were very friendly and helpful. We had a problem with a landing foot that needed welding and the host took care of it for us at no charge! The weld he did was better than the original! Nice bicycle trail right across the highway from the campground. Nearby shopping, etc. Great location for golf, fishing, or just relaxing! We highly recommend this campground!
09/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
Pretty clean campground right on the shores of Lake Superior. We had site #10 which backed up to the lake which spectacular views. We had a 50 amp and water hookup, picnic table and large fire pit. The employees were very friendly and helpful. They have good security here. We had dinner one night in the casino/hotel and it was excellent! Only 3 miles from downtown Bayfield where the cruises to the Apostle Islands depart. Lots of nice shops and places to eat. Also a ferry to Madeline Island is available. The Apostle Island National Lakeshore Visitor's Center is downtown and interesting as is a maritime museum and a City of Bayfield Museum which is very well done. We would stay here again if in the area.
09/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This campground is right on the shore of Lake Superior, so what more could you want? We had a good 50amp electric hookup and water, a very large site which was grass and flat. We weren't on the water, but had a great view. The dump station was easy to get it and out and worked just fine. There is some highway noise, but it's not bad. This is a very handy location for taking the "Pictured Rocks" cruises and the "Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck Tours". There's also a ferry to Grand Island and an easy drive to views along the Pictured Rocks shoreline.
09/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed in the Lower Falls campground and had a nice big site which was grass and flat. We had a fire pit and a picnic table. A firewood vendor drives through the campground every day selling firewood. Lots to see and do here. Hiking trails, Upper and Lower Falls (Lower Falls are a short walk from the campground) and only 20 miles from Whitefish Point and the Shipwreck Museum which is highly recommended! The Upper Falls area has an excellent restaurant, "Brewery and Pub". Their beer was good. The food and service was excellent! We had minimal Verizon service, but by using a booster antenna it was okay. No television watching here, but star watching is excellent!
09/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a very pretty campground! Lots of trees and shade and a short easy walk to Lake Huron and a nice big swim beach. They also have two sand volleyball pits and one of the nicest playgrounds we've seen in a state park. No water hookups, so fill up your tank from the potable water faucets at the dump station. We were in site #7 and it was large and flat. The upper level of the campground seemed to be cramped and tight. Each site has a big fire pit, picnic table and a park bench. Great bicycle trail runs from Rogers City to the 40 Mile Lighthouse right outside the campground. Rogers City is only 2.5 miles away and has all kinds of shopping and a couple of nice places to eat. Their marina is very nice as is their city park which is next to the marina. This campground is due for an upgrade soon according to a brochure they gave us. They plan full hookups at some point. They warned us that we might lose power due to the old electrical system, but it worked fine over a busy Labor Day weekend. Granted it was cool so not many were using a/c. As a non-resident we bought a vehicle window sticker for $30.50 which we used for 13 nights at various MI state parks. Without the pass the rate is $8.50 per night for non-resident!
08/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a pretty area right on Lake Huron. The Tawas Lighthouse and gift shop is easy bicycle riding distance from the campground. Camp sites are large but there appears to be no rules for how you use your site. RVs are parked all over the place and in every direction, sometimes very close to the road making it difficult to navigate. Sites have 30amp electric only and the water faucets placed here and there in the campground are the kind you have to hold on and a hose cannot be connected to them. You must fill your water tank at the check in office where they do provide a white water hose which is nice. The dump station is large and dump hoses are provided. The Lake Huron swim beach in the park is really nice with a nice walkway across the sand and food and drink sold on site. There are miles of bicycle trails both in and right outside the park. Lots of nice shopping and restaurants very close to the park in downtown East Tawas.
08/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is basically a large parking lot. They've planted trees and some day they will be nice, but for now there is no shade. There are a few seasonal sites, but they are nicely maintained. They offer a lot of amenities here including one of the largest campground pools we've ever seen. They also have shuffleboard courts, horse shoes, playground equipment for kids, a rustic miniature golf course and a small lake. The laundry is excellent and reasonable. We have family near by so this is our 4th stay here, but for us one of the big draws is nearby Ionia. Very nice little city with a great bicycle trail along the Grand River by the Fairgrounds. Several really good restaurants and shops here, too.
08/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Rate paid reflects a week's stay which included a free night. We were here for a rally. Our site was okay, but not flat and we had a mud puddle next to our hookups. We were right next to one of their Wi-Fi antennas which apparently put us in a dead zone as we couldn't get their Wi-Fi (you only get 30 minutes per 24 hours!) to work and it killed our hotspot. The rally used a picnic pavilion and an enclosed building and both were very functional. Lots of nice dog walking areas. This is a handy location for visiting Shipshewana, Middlebury and Elkhart. There's an excellent bicycle trail, Pumpkin Vine Trail, that winds through Amish farms and goes all the way to Elkhart and the trail head is an easy mile or so ride from the campground.
08/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
We were given a site that felt like we were in the middle of a gravel parking lot, but the utilities worked fine. We did have a nice view of the swimming lake. Other areas of the campground have nice grass sites and trees. The office staff were pleasant and efficient. NOTE: This park is listed both in Anderson and Chesterfield, IN. It's actually just inside Chesterfield.
08/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a pretty campground. We had reservations for the one night we stayed but considering how empty it was we didn't need them. We had a nice pull through site close enough to a water faucet to fill our tank from our site. Lots of nice trees and grass. Our site was long and level. We would stay here again.
08/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
Our site was concrete and flat. The dump station is large and easy to use. The big down side are no water hookups for each site. There are water faucets scattered through the campground though. We had 50amp electric that worked fine. Bicycle riding within the campground and on the bicycle trail is easy. There's a large swimming pool that's no longer in use.
03/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a typical COE campground in that it's very well laid out and maintained. The sites are nicely spaced for plenty of privacy and ease of parking. Most sites are extremely long and will handle the largest RV. The bathhouse has one washer and one dryer that worked well and were only $1.00 per load. We enjoyed the one hiking trail and seeing the barges on the river. There are a lot of fishermen here. The downside to this campground is the location. The surrounding area appears to be very rundown with very little to offer in the way of grocery shopping, etc. We would stay here again on a brief stopover while traveling.
03/2013
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was our second visit to this park. We made sure to reserve a site on the Grand Lagoon in Lagoon Campground so we could enjoy the gorgeous views and great bird watching out our back windows or sitting in our chairs next to the water. This campground is rustic so if you're into resorts, you won't like it. The sites are mostly sand. Some Lagoon sites (#72 - 98) have some landscaping in between so you have some privacy while others (#16 - 38) have none or almost none. The sites in the Pine Grove campground area are very tight and with a recent ground cover burn, have very little landscaping between sites. There are several hiking trails and it's a great place to ride bikes. There's a place to easily launch a kayak or canoe in the campground to the east of site #72 a few feet. There's also a boat ramp at the east end of the campground. The Gulf is less than a mile from the campground with several boardwalks, pavilions and a pier. There is a camp store in the park with souvenirs, etc. and two stores at the beach. There are plenty of good seafood restaurants near the state park along with all kinds of shopping.
02/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was our second two week stay here and we anticipate coming back every year. The campground is very isolated, but that's part of the appeal. It's a 4 mile drive to the campground from the gate. There are 9 miles of state park beach to explore and almost as much bay side shores as well. This is a very popular campground so unless you only want one or two nights at most, reservations are strongly suggested. The sites are spacious and well separated. The Gulf side sites are larger than the Bay side so are better suited for larger rigs, although there are a few sites on the bay side that can accommodate a large rig. There are several ADA sites which are all concrete and the two bathhouses are well situated. Come prepared with plenty of provisions and your laundry caught up! There are two tiny grocery stores on the island at this time (one is for sale) but they are very limited and quite expensive. The next closest grocery shopping is Apalachicola, which is about 9 miles away. There are no decent laundry facilities in the area. None in Apalachicola and the one in Eastpoint is so dirty that even if over half their machines hadn't been out of order, I wouldn't have washed rugs in the remaining ones! There are a few restaurants on the island and a few gift shops. The Lighthouse and museum are interesting. Our only complaint during our stay was the lack of information or notification of a tornado warning while we were there. Our smart phones alerted us but the rangers and hosts did nothing to make sure campers were aware of the danger. There should be better training of hosts and information included in camping literature for what to do. Considering there were 100 mph winds clocked on the bridge and the bridge was closed during the passing storm, it would have been good to know exactly the safest course of action.
02/2013
rating [ 9/10 ]
We enjoyed a very pleasant 2 week stay here in site #94, which is right next to the trail to the Springs in Hickory Loop. Yes, the campground is rather rustic. Yes, the roads are a bit bumpy in the loop, but the ambiance and beauty of the campground is worth it! This is NOT a resort and if that's what you're looking for, pass on this park. There are plenty of sites large enough for a big rig in Hickory loop and a couple of sites in Magnolia loop; although, it would be a challenge to navigate the tight road through Magnolia with a large rig. Hickory is also tight but very doable if you're careful. If you want a lot of beautiful hiking trails, a gorgeous spring where you can swim year round, an opportunity to see dozens of cave divers come and go from the "Catfish Hotel" cave area, then you'll like it. We enjoyed daily walks to the end of the almost mile long boardwalk to the Suwannee River to see the manatees and vultures sitting in the trees. We saw a "Limpkin", a rarely sighted Florida bird here several times. We had deer visit near our campsite almost daily and we saw several large gopher tortoise holes while out hiking the many trails. The park is a very quick and easy 6 miles to Chiefland where they have plenty of shopping and services available, including a wonderful large produce stand very near the road from the park. We have devices with both ATT and Verizon and with a Wilson antenna were able to stay connected via cell phone and Internet while here. The service does come and go, though. Manatee Springs will definitely be on our list of places to revisit.
12/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
The campground is nicely laid out in three loops but you have to drive up and down a very steep hill to the lake loop. We had a site right on the water which was nice for duck and bird watching. The trash dumpsters are a long way from all campsites, and the people manning the check-in office were not very friendly but they got the job done. Just don't bother them with questions! Basically, this is a typical nice COE campground that is well maintained and used a lot. Reservations might be a good idea here during the summer months as it was almost full in December. This campground is definitely in Georgia but the closest shopping is Chattahoochee, FL, about 4 miles away.
01/2013
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a nice state park located about 6 miles from Clermont and 20 miles from Disneyworld. We had reserved a full hookup site several months in advance and it all worked well. We had no problems using the sewer hookup, unlike a previous reviewer. The interior roads were wide and easy to negotiate. The only negative issue we had was our site had a deep curve which made it a challenge to get a 35' fifth wheel situated. We saw several other sites with this curve and wondered about the thinking of the designer! Each bathhouse has one washer and dryer which worked well and were reasonably priced at $1.00 a load. There are miles of roads to bicycle on within the park since it's three miles from the entry gate to the campground plus other side roads in the park. There are also a lot of walking/hiking trails around the campground loops and the three lakes. The walking trails are wide and nicely maintained. There are a lot of "wild" orange, tangerine and lemon trees in the area so a walk can be "sweet". Bird watching here is nice. We saw several osprey, eagles, and a variety of song birds. We would definitely return here for another stay.
12/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
We spent a month at Rock Crusher and enjoyed our stay. The park is very much like some state parks in that there is little landscaping around the sites unless campers are doing it themselves but the sites are nicely spaced with some privacy in-between -- better than any other private park we've ever used. Trash dumpsters are few and far between and sometimes get overly full before being picked up. They really could use more laundry facilities for the size of the park. We found it easier and more convenient to use a laundromat about 4 miles away. The office and the people staying here are very friendly! We met a lot of very nice folks who offered all kinds of information on the area as most of them have been returning to Rock Crusher for months at a time for many years. There are organized kayaking trips, bicycle outings, bingo in the club house, a variety of craft groups, poker, golf, water aerobics in the pool, and regular social potlucks and lunches/dinners. The Crystal River area offers a lot to see and do, especially if you also visit Homosassa and Inverness. We might return here when we get to the point when we no longer enjoy moving from state park to state park during our 4 months as snow birds. Rock Crusher has an excellent reputation and we weren't disappointed.
12/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was our second time to stay here. The full hookups worked well as did the 50 amp electric, which came in handy when we ran the fireplace with the furnace both nights in our low 20s temps. This park is large, clean, and well laid out. We had rangers drive through our loop a couple of times each day, so it felt secure. We've only been here in winter while traveling to Florida but each time we've said we should come back when it's warm as it appears to be a great park with a lot to do and see.
08/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This was our third stay at this campground in 3 years. It's way off the beaten path and a bit of a challenge to get to on narrow, winding roads but the campground itself is nice. There are several loops: one with water and electric (30amps) and one with just electric (50amps) and another without water or electric. This is a large campground and the loops and sites are nicely spaced out and most sites are long enough for large rigs. There are a few pull-throughs but most are back in sites. There are some partially shady sites but most are full sun. They don't take reservations as it's a first come, first served campground. There are now hosts in the campground who are doing a good job of taking care of the campground. They were friendly and helpful. For those concerned, we had good cell service (Verizon and AT&T) and excellent TV reception from a lot of Kansas City stations. This campground is about 10 miles North of Liberty, MO which has anything you would need in the way of shopping, restaurants, etc. We will probably stay here again!
08/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a pleasant city campground right on the river. We asked for and got a nice long pull through with full hookups so we didn't have to unhook our truck for a one night stopover. Our site was level and we had plenty of room. The space between sites is a little close but we didn't have anyone on either side of us so it wasn't a problem. Even though the campground was fairly full it was quiet. The people in the office were super nice and friendly. It appears that that they're working on maintaining and adding to the campground. We would stay here again if in the area.
08/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
We loved the location and setting of this campground. It really does feel like camping used to be in the early 1970s. Unfortunately, it's still sized and laid out for a park of that vintage! Most sites, while private and fairly spacious, are not large enough for very many larger rigs. Our 5th wheel is only 35' and it was a challenge negotiating the tight corners and our site, which was a very unlevel pull-through. Our site while long enough had a definite curve in the middle which made setting up and leveling a challenge with three slides and trees all around! We had some electrical issues at our site. Our surge protector kept tripping us off due to low voltage. When we found another electric connection box hidden in the shrubs, we switched to it and it worked a little better. The owners were friendly and they did provide daily trash pickup at each site. The laundry room was not fancy but the 4 washers and two large driers worked well for a reasonable price. The big bonus of this campground is the convenience to Glacier National Park: you're literally minutes away. The BBQ cafe in the campground was nice. We enjoyed a good rib dinner there. There's a taco/burrito stand across the highway which was excellent! We also used the Great Northern Rafting company right across the highway from the campground to take a wonderful whitewater rafting trip. Smaller rigs will find this campground a great deal!
08/2012
rating [ 5/10 ]
This RV park is basically a gravel field with hookups. Our site was level and we had plenty of room to remain hooked up to the truck. This appears to mostly be a permanent resident park for workers in the area. The nearby Country Kitchen restaurant was handy and there's a truck stop about a block away. The location of the park is right off I-94 so there's quite a bit of road noise, but it's a handy location for just an overnight stop. The check in at the Day's Inn hotel was friendly and quick.
08/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a very small RV park next to a small motel. The campsites were long enough to stay hooked to the truck and we had full hookups that worked great. They said they had just put in brand new 50amp electric and all the hookups look new. We selected our own site and it backed up to some cottonwood trees and even though the train went by on a very regular basis all night, it wasn't a huge problem. There is a bathhouse with one large private bathroom and shower but we used our own facilities. The owner was pleasant. Check in was very quick and easy.
08/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
When we called to check availability, we learned that they were full and only the overflow area was available. That was fine with us as we just needed a spot for the night. Turns out we actually had way more space and breathing room in the overflow than we would have had in the campground! We had water and 50amp service so we were happy. The price seemed a little high for only water and electric and in a field, but it is a KOA and not unexpected. The owner was friendly and provided an escort to our site on checkin. We didn't enter or check out the rest of the campground but from what we could see, it appears to be a typical KOA.
08/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a typical KOA with sites crammed so tight there's barely breathing room. Access roads between sites are barely adequant also. All that was available for one night when we called was a 30amp, water site and that was fine. We should have specified we wanted a farily level site also because the one we got was on the side of a hill! We had to use every leveling board we had with us and our auto leveler to even get close. Then our steps were so high that even with an additional step we carry, it was still a very steep climb into the trailer. I felt like we were going to roll down the hill at any time and that's not a comfortable feeling! The staff was very friendly and helpful. We had to have a tree trimmed so we could get our trailer out without doing damage to either our rig or the tree and they quickly took care of it. The store is lovely with a variety of very nice quality items. The laundry room was large with several machines. The dog run was large and clean with pickup bags provided. The entire campground sits on the side of a hill and the views of mountains and Flathead Lake are spectacular! We might stay here again IF we were given a much more level site!
08/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a nice, large campground with quite a few amenities. The store is well stocked. There's game room plus horseshoes, basketball, etc. and a playground for kids. It's a 300 yard walk to the Hot Springs Lodge with swimming pool next door. We requested a 50 amp site and were given a very long site in the "big rig" area. It was fine except for the fact that it was very unlevel and rough. There's a huge area where well behaved dogs are allowed to run off leash and our pooch loved the opportunity! Too bad they apparently haven't had rain in a long time as the whole place was very dry and dusty. I'm sure with a little rain it will green up nicely! The WiFi worked really well and was fast! The office staff was very friendly. We would return here if ever in this area again.
08/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a nice little state park on the side of a hill, surrounded by views of the mountains and right next to the lake. We made reservations but when we arrived we found the campground more than half empty, which surprised us. We did have very smokey air for one day due to the fires in the area so that may be why. Our site (#41) was very level, with a picnic table and a fire pit. The sites are small gravel and the "grass" area is mostly weeds and little piles of dirt. The only trees are new little 3ft. plantings they're trying to grow so no shade for a few years to come. The wind blows almost constantly, at times almost gale force due to the location between two valleys. We kayaked on the lake and enjoyed it although the water is very silty. This is a popular spot for fishermen! Two unique features here are #1: a firewood machine! Put your money in and get a box of firewood! #2: the trash dumpster is a compactor which runs on a generator. The hosts run it a couple of times a day. The dumpster is closed 8pm - 8am and locked to prevent animals from getting in it. We would stay here again if in the area.
08/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a large and very crowded RV park. They really pack the rigs in tight and use every available spot, no matter the challenge to the Rver! The site we were given had the hookups on the wrong side for our site and shared by the next site. We couldn't even use the sewer hookup as it ended up being under the rig and too far to reach. We had to carefully position our rig so that one slide just missed the electrical box and placed our door step right over the water hookup, which had the neighbors hose attached to it also. We had maybe an inch to spare one way or the other for it to work! We placed a portable step over the water connection or it really would have been tricky to get in and out of our trailer! Worse hookup situation we've seen in many years! The office staff was very friendly. They have a gift store, etc. We took advantage of the morning breakfast by an independant vendor in the park and it was excellent and priced very reasonably. We might stay here again but we would have to have a different site!
08/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
The owner of this park is great! He was very friendly and helpful. He sent us to a great place to eat and provided literature for some of the areas we planned to visit. The park is okay. It's very clean and immaculately maintained as are the restrooms and laundry. The sites are extremely close together. It would be so much nicer if they had just allowed just an extra foot or two between sites. The full hookups worked fine and getting into and out of the sites and park was very easy.
07/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a small campground in a very urban area but the sites are fairly decent size and provide full hookups. We had 50amp electricity. We lucked out and got the site right next to the laundry room, so we had a nice green grass lawn right out our door. It was an easy pull through site. The price reflects an additional $2. per night for cable but it was digital and had a lot of stations available. We really enjoyed the park, walking and bike trails next door to the campground! The owner was friendly and helpful and we would definitely stay here again. It's a 26 mile easy drive from the campground to Mount Rushmore.
07/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a unique campground. There appear to be a few permanent rigs here but they are away from the rest of the sites. The sites are laid out in a very strange pattern and our site was challenging to get in but we managed. Our site only had water/electric, but it was fine for a couple of nights. Thank goodness for 50amp service as it was very hot while we were here. Lots of noisy activity on the river but not at night so it wasn't a problem. We had a nice view of the river and we enjoyed walking around the park. The owner was not very friendly but he seemed to be doing all the work so maybe that was why! We might stay here again if ever in this area.
07/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a typical KOA. Sites were close together but fairly level. Full hookups worked fine. There are a lot of things here for kids and the pool looked clean and well kept. The dog run was okay, but dog owners really need to pick up after their dogs! They served a pancake breakfast on the morning we were there for $3. It would have been a good deal if the pancakes had been cooked all the way through! The staff was friendly and helpful. This place served the purpose of a place to stay for one night and if needed we'd stay here again for one night.
07/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
We used this pretty little park for a one night stopover on a trip west. The owner was very friendly and helpful. We were given a pull through that was right off the road. It wasn't very level but we managed to make it work. The hookups all worked just fine and it was very quiet at night. There are a lot of permanent folks here but they were friendly and the park is very clean and neat. They seem to have a great little community there! We would stay here again.
06/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a very pretty COE campground right on the Arkansas River. We reserved a site that backed up to the river with 50amp service and we had great views of the river traffic. The sites are nicely spaced with plenty of room between sites. There are many large trees and most sites have shade at least part of the day. There are several campground loops and some are behind a large marina which limits the views of the river. Other sites are tucked into the woods with almost full shade. Something for everyone! We enjoyed an early morning kayak paddle on the river and the boat launch in the campground was handy and easy to use. This is a popular fishing area. We will return to this park!
06/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
This was our second year here for a family camping weekend. We were in DeRoche campground which has a lot of water sites which were great for the grandkids. We had 5 sites on the water and they had a ball. The sites are not too level but offer big concrete tables, grills, fire pits (which we couldn't use due to a burn ban in effect) and small pedestal concrete tables next to the grills which was handy. Most sites were shaded at least part of the day which was nice in the extreme heat. The park provides trash pickup at your individual site trash can every day. The down side to this campground is that the sites are close together with no landscape separation and some of the local campers don't understand the 10mph rule on the campground road.
03/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
The owners of this park are very nice and friendly. We enjoyed visiting with them. The park is small but very neat and clean. The sites are gravel surrounded by grass and trees. The hookups all worked great as did the Wi-Fi. They have a community fire pit area with wood supplied, a small catch and release fishing pond, and a walking trail. They also have a huge library for campers to use and a honor system washer and dryer. This park is way off the beaten path via a couple of narrow highways but it's very quiet and peaceful. Only 8 miles south of the city of West Plains.
02/2012
rating [ 8/10 ]
We spent two weeks in this campground and thoroughly enjoyed it! It's in a very isolated spot but that's part of the attraction. The campground is surrounded by big pine trees and is on the far East point of the island. Great bird watching here! Miles of beach area to explore and plenty of easy access points with parking lots and picnic shelters. We kayaked in Apalachicola Bay and did some oystering there. The launch are is large and very easy. Great place to ride bikes. We very much enjoyed presentations about seashells and a program on the eco system of the bay while we were in the park. The staff and hosts were all very friendly and helpful. Very limited shopping and restaurants available on the island but there are some! No laundry facilities on the island. We look forward to returning to the island again.
03/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
What's not to like about Topsail?! We love it! The staff is very friendly and helpful. The grounds are landscaped and maintained beautifully. Plenty of biking trails both in the park and on Hwy 30A. You can ride all the way to Grayton Beach on a separate paved bike path if you're so inclined. The road to the beach is a nice 3/4 of a mile and bicycle carts (and bicycles) are available to rent from the campground store. There's also a tram that runs hourly all day back and forth to the beach. Plenty of room on the 3.2 miles of state park beach even during spring break. As for the Wi-Fi complaint of a previous reviewer -- yes, have to be in the Wi-Fi "hot spot" area near the campground store but it's super fast and efficient. Considering this is a state park, the fact that Wi-Fi is even available is unusual! The swimming pool is small but clean. There are shuffleboard courts with equipment to use and rules posted. The laundry room is very nice with 8 top load washers, 1 commercial large load machine, 8 large dryers and a large folding table. Lots of hiking trails here too. Nearby shopping and restaurants are handy.
02/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was our second trip to Henderson and we stayed for two weeks. As always this is a great campground. Sites are large and private and the two loops are small enough for all sites to be fairly close to a bathhouse. Brand new washers and dryers were installed the first day we were there and they worked very well. As usual the boardwalk to the beach and the beach area was wonderful! We noticed a little more highway noise this time but we were here two months later than last time and in time for spring break which does increase traffic considerably. Very handy to restaurants and shopping.
02/2012
rating [ 7/10 ]
We spent a week in the Gulf Breeze campground in site #55, which backed up to one of the bath houses. Our site was concrete which was better than the loose sand that most sites were, but it was covered with berries from the palm trees which are easily tracked in if you're not very careful. The sites are packed very close together with very little privacy. We had the advantage of a walkway to the bath house on one side but we had to listen to a full day of weed whackers and small brush hogs while they cleared out some of the overgrowth in that area. We were an easy walking distance from the beach which was great, and we could hear the surf from our site. We drove through Shady Pines campground and didn't find it any smaller or tighter to navigate than Gulf Breeze. Both campgrounds have varying sizes of sites with limited space for larger rigs so make sure you check the web site or call before selecting a site. Both campgrounds have narrow, winding roads with trees close to the road. There was one washer and dryer in the bath house behind our site and loads were $2.00 each to wash and dry! They worked fine but were covered in rust. The closest shopping is in Port St. Joe which is 25 miles one way. Our week here was okay but due to the private park feel with small sites and no privacy, I doubt we'll return.
02/2012
rating [ 6/10 ]
Ochlockonee (pronounced O-Clock-Nee) River campground must be one of the older state parks, designed for much smaller rigs than most people have now. The entry roads are very narrow, winding, and closely lined with trees. Campsites are very closely spaced and are quite small. There are very few large enough to hold rigs larger than 25 feet and some sites are so small and with very low overhanging limbs that nothing but a tent would fit. The largest sites seemed to be #6 - #9 and #26 & #28. We were in site #7 in our 35ft. rig, but getting it in there was very challenging due to the narrow entry roads and trees. Site #11 is listed on their web site as being a pull through long enough for a 40ft rig but that's vastly overstated! The site is a curb spot on the road and shouldn't hold anything longer than about 25 feet. Since the sites are so small, space to park vehicles is limited, and they end up sticking out in the road. Be sure you stock up with supplies before spending any extended length of time here as the closest good shopping is in Crawfordville, about 25 miles north of the park. The Rangers and the hosts were friendly, but the black flies and little biting bugs were extremely rude and biting! Bring bug spray!
01/2012
rating [ 10/10 ]
We spent two weeks here and really enjoyed it. The park is well laid out and the sites are spacious and mostly private. The new landscaping from when the campground was re-done in 2009 has grown in nicely. The old section (A) of campground up by the office was not particularly nice looking and would not be our choice for a spot but the lower loops are great. The sites around the back side of Loops B & C are probably the best sites - #6 to #21 - as they back up to the woods. It was wonderful having full hookups in a state park! There are launch ramps for kayaks and canoes near the office and wheeled dolly's are available for use. Campers have free access to both the Head springs and the tubing area. Dunnellon is an interesting town to visit with shopping and restaurants and is within about 10 miles from the campground. This park is on our return to list!
01/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a pretty campground with large sites that are nicely spaced out so there is plenty of privacy. The location on the Silver River is ideal for kayaking and canoeing. We kayaked from the park launch ramp to the springs and saw several alligators, birds of all kinds and monkeys! Yes, monkeys in the trees along the river. The campground is close enough to Ocala for supplies, etc. without it feeling like you're in an urban area. We would return here for another visit!
01/2012
rating [ 9/10 ]
We've spent a delightful ten days in this campground. The staff is friendly and helpful. The sites are large and you have your choice of very private or more open. Lots of things to do and see here including a not to be missed Stephen Foster Museum. We enjoyed the last night of the Christmas Light Festival and the Stephen Foster Day activities. Plenty of walking trails and bicycling roads, including an easy ride into White Springs from the park. Very limited shopping in White Springs, most needs require a trip to Lake City, 14 miles south. There's a very nice laundromat in White Springs very close to the park though the bathhouses have a couple of washers and dryers each. Easy access from Interstate 10 and 75 but the sign to the park does not indicate that the campground is located there. Just turn in where it says Stephen Foster Cultural Center Park and the ranger there will direct you to the campground after you check in. There's ample RV parking at the gate. We would return here, especially for the Light Festival!
12/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a small but fairly nice campground. It is an older park and needs some work on some of the interior roads but the main two miles of road into the campground and part of the interior has been repaved and is in excellent condition now. Most of the sites are just sand and are narrow compared to most FL state parks but we were able to easily set up our 35' rig and open the three slides. We just had to carefully position it in relation to the trees to do so. The 50amp electric service worked great. We had a few local TV stations but pickings were slim. It wasn't a problem as we don't RV to watch TV. We enjoyed kayaking on the river using the easy access boat ramp in the park. We rode our bicycles on the new paved road but there is no where else to ride. The hosts and ranger were all very friendly and helpful.
12/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is a beautiful campground in the pine trees! We had no trouble getting around the campground or finding a site for our 35' rig and saw several much larger rigs in the campground: fifth wheels, travel trailers and motorhomes. The roads are single lane in some areas but not a big issue. The road into the campground was fine: no issues with it being rough so perhaps it's been paved since the previous reviewer posted his complaint. The sites are large and well spaced for privacy. Each site has a large area next to the rig pad with picnic table, fire pit and two lantern poles. The D loop is the one that can easily handle larger rigs but it is the least private loop. We didn't find that a problem as the sites are so widely spaced out and large that you don't feel cramped plus we backed up to the pond which is a very pretty view! You cannot make reservations here as it's first come, first serve. It's also self pay but a ranger and a host check each campsite. We will definitely put this campground on our list to return to and stay longer!
12/2011
rating [ 3/10 ]
We checked in and paid. We drove through the two open loops twice and walked most of the campground trying to find a site that our 35' fifth wheel would fit without luck. Not only are the sites short but are very unlevel and rough, broken asphalt. The electric hookups look very old. We decided our best course of action was to leave and move on. They refunded our money and we drove on. This campground was built in the 1950s and appears to have had very little if any improvements since. Perhaps if you have a smaller rig, it would work for you. It's in a very pretty area but needs some work.
12/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
Pretty campground surrounded by water. We were here for Christmas weekend and were surprised at how many campers were here. Nice clean sites with concrete pads, gravel areas with big metal picnic tables, grills with handy wood tables next to them and fire pits at each site. We chose the loop at the far end right next to the river (site#53) where we watched barges move up and down the river. Highly recommend.
12/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
Very nice campground not too far from Grenada. When we were here the campground was close to empty so it was very quiet. Campground hosts are friendly and helpful. Our site, #27, was huge and sitting by itself. Sites are concrete with gravel area for picnic tables, grills, and fire pits. Each site has its own trash can and daily pickup was provided. We stayed four nights and will definitely come back if in the area again. Highly recommend!
12/2011
rating [ 5/10 ]
This park works as an overnight stop. It's right next to a very busy highway and is extremely noisy between 5am and midnight. The owner is friendly and helpful but this is a very old park with mostly permanent residents and reflects that in appearance. If you're tired, it's after dark and choices are limited (and they are in this area) then it works fine.
10/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
The rate reflects our senior discount. Very pretty campground that is better suited to smaller rigs. We had to select from only three available sites for our 35' rig and we could only fit in one due to our length and three slides. The site, #5, was very sloped and we had to unhook our truck for just overnight to get our rig even close to level. We saw very few level sites in the entire campground. It's a very popular place and was almost full even though it was well after Labor Day. Reservations would probably be very helpful. The campground is located about 14 miles off the main highway but as is typical of most COE campgrounds it was worth the drive.
09/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is mostly a seasonal membership campground but they do welcome overnight and short term campers. The owner was very friendly and very helpful! He put us in a lovely site, #15, backing up to the pretty little lake on the property and the full hookups all worked great. This must be a very popular place since it was nearly full but it was very quiet at night. We would return here again if passing through this area.
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Rate quoted include a weekly coupon discount we used. This was a return visit here for us as it's the closest nice campground with full hookups to Lansing, which is about 25 miles away. We stayed 17 days while we handled some family business. The campground is very well maintained, and when the many trees planted mature, this will be a very pretty campground. Now it more closely resembles a large parking lot, but the amenities are great! They had free entertainment every weekend, one of the largest campground swimming pools we've seen, hot tub, shuffle board, basketball court, miniature golf course, a small pond with paddle boats to rent, horse shoes, and a large inflated children's bounce house, large play ground and one of the nicest laundry rooms we've seen in a campground with brand new front load machines. The only zing is that their Wi-Fi rarely worked and was weak when it did. This campground is very close to downtown Ionia which is a very pretty little town which offers a variety of eating and shopping places. We would gladly return here when in the area again.
10/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Rate reflects a senior discount. Beautiful campground! The sites are nicely spaced and angled so that you have a nice view of the woods in most areas. Be sure you have a water bandit if you need to take on water as not all spigots have hose screw on capabilities! The water pressure seemed to be very high so getting wet while using a water bandit is likely. (Yes, I did!) The campground is only about 10 miles off Hwy. 65 but is very quiet. We enjoyed our one night stay and would definitely return for a longer visit.
09/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a pretty little campground located next to Hwy. 20. The only time it was noisy was early in the morning. The rest of the time we enjoyed hearing the clop clop of the Amish horses and buggies passing by the campground. We had a pull through campsite, #48, that was easy enough to pull into but impossible to pull out of due to the very close proximity of big Spruce trees and a very narrow driveway and the 35' length of our rig. We had to back up to get out and had the campsites not been empty behind us, it would have been a challenge. This is a very handy location for visiting the many things to see and do in Shipshewana. We would stay here again but hopefully in a different site.
09/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
The staff was friendly. The first site they tried to put us in would not work for our slides or our door and steps so they let us move to the next site. As is typical for KOAs the sites are all very close together and the driveways between rows of campsites is very tight. They did have a nice dog run and a couple of nice short hiking trails on the property. We only stayed one night and moved to a different campground in the area. We would not return.
09/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
Beautiful campground fairly close to Grayling. There is a very nice Visitor's Center just full of displays and information on the area. They also have a very nice little gift shop. AT&T phone service was non-existent in the campground, but a signal can be had in the Visitor's Center parking lot! Many nice hiking trails in the park. We would return here if in the area.
09/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This is a typical KOA, but it is clean and well maintained. The sites are very close together, but the campground was only half full when we were there so it wasn't too bad. The location is close to Mackinaw City, and the campground offers free shuttle service to Sheplers Ferry for going to the Island. There is a nice paved bicycle trail very nearby that goes all the way into town. You could ride to the ferry if desired. There is also a nice hiking trail out of the park. We used the laundry facilities while here and while they're fairly nice machines the price is a bit high at $2. per load each for wash and dry. We would probably try out a different campground if ever in this area again mostly due to the high cost for the little you get here for the price.
09/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
This campground is basically a big parking lot but it's a great spot for watching the big barges and ships move down the St. Mary's River on their way to Lake Huron. You get excellent views from almost anywhere in the campground. The office staff was very friendly and the grounds are well maintained. Be sure to visit the "Soo Locks" while here! Seeing the barges, etc. move through the locks to and from Lake Michigan and Lake Huron via the St. Mary's River is not to be missed! There's a ferry next door to the campground that runs back and forth to Sugar Island. There is also a hamburger joint walking distance from the campground. This campground is also fairly easy driving distance for sight seeing around Whitefish Point on Lake Superior and the Tahquamenon Falls state parks. Seeing this area was a highlight on our seven week long trip.
09/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
We lucked into a cancellation and reserved a great site in this campground less than a week before arriving! We were told that waiting six months is the norm! Our cheap rate is due to getting a senior pass 50% discount and includes paying an additional $5. per night for electric, which was 50amp. We were in site #101, which was large enough for our 35' fifth wheel but parking the truck and keeping it on the pavement as required was a bit of a challenge. Beautiful campground in a gorgeous area! Very close to Lake Michigan and the Climbing Dunes and several very nice little towns that cater to tourists. Lots to see and do in this area, including kayaking and tubing on the Platte River. The program given by the campground interpreter was interesting and the rangers were friendly. The National Park Visitor's Center is worth a visit. We would definitely return to this campground and stay as long as possible!
09/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
We had heard such raves for this state park that we were expecting nicer than we found. Our site, #204, was in a loop that was very crowded and packed close together with no privacy. There was quite a bit of traffic through the loop all the time. The upside was that we were close to the store and the bike trail and we rode all over the park, including all the way to the lighthouse (1.85 miles one way) on the roughest road we've ever ridden bikes on! The literature says it's a good bike trail but only if you like nearly knocking your teeth out and loosing control in the deep sand in places. The lighthouse is worth seeing though and it was only $2. to climb to the top. There's a nice Lake Michigan beach also easy bicycle riding distance from the campground. The areas around the river and the other smaller lake in the park were very pretty and very popular. The best part of this campground was after dark when star viewing was excellent! I doubt we would return here though due to the lack of site space or privacy.
08/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
The nightly rate listed is approximate as we were there for an RV Rally. The campgrounds handled almost 400 rigs with no problems that we were aware of, and our full hookups worked well the entire time. The section we were in, site #225, was pretty tight and close together but we expected that in this situation. We enjoyed riding our bikes around the fairgrounds, and the facilities for the rally were fine, if a little on the warm side in the expo building when filled with 600 people! There are trains that run right behind the fairgrounds, and they blow their horns repeatedly and for long durations both day and night. We were far enough away that we were able to sleep, but there were many complaints from the folks stuck close to the tracks! If you're a light sleeper, you won't want to stay here! It looks like a fun place to attend a fair!
08/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
The fee listed includes a daily $10. per vehicle for out of state plates. This is a nice campground and we were there when it was almost empty so we had an entire loop to ourselves. Our site, #155, was very level, spacious, private and the full hookups worked well. We had a great view out our back windows. We rode our bicycles for several miles on their excellent biking/hiking paved trails. We would definitely return here sometime and stay a little longer to check out the historical site that was nearby.
08/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
This was an okay campground for a overnight stop. The owners were very friendly and helpful, and the campground was very clean and well maintained. Our site, #19, was not very level but we managed. The utilities worked well. They have a pretty little lake (pond?) which has a walking trail around it. There was a big corn field on the far side of the lake which helped block some of the noise from the Interstate but not all. We did try to stay another night on our way home from our trip but they were full so we moved on, and found a much quieter campground about 10 miles away.
08/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
Getting to this campground is a challenge, especially if you've got a fairly big rig. Our fiver is 35' and we managed but it was tight in places just getting to the campground! As previously mentioned, the roads in are very hilly, at times narrow and often very steep. The campground is just okay. It felt more like a private park than a state park because the sites were so close together. Apparently, when you get full hookups in some state parks, you give up the right to have a private or spacious site. The utilities did work well during our two day stay and we had 50amp service. There was a fairly big open green space behind and between the rows of campsites in the full hookup section which was used for playing games and walking dogs. We were in site #90. We rode our bicycles through the other sections of the campground and there are more private sites there but none of them could accommodate a larger rig nor could you negotiate the narrow, winding roads in those sections with a longer rig. I doubt we'll ever return to this campground based on the difficulty getting in and the lack of space or privacy.
06/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
We just spent 8 nights here and enjoyed it very much. We had one of the few sites (#83, DeRoche Campground) that was even close to level, though, and we still needed several boards under one side. Quite a few sites were so sloped that their trailer tongues were on the ground! The campground is on a peninsula, and many sites have access to the water. The sites are large with concrete picnic tables, grills, a little concrete table next to the grill, and fire pits. Our site had a big supply of firewood waiting. Most sites have room for a tent, too. There's lots to do at this state park, including many free programs. We had 5 bars and 3G with AT&T the entire week. Wish they had 50amp service but the 30 worked okay even during extreme heat. They provide trash pickup every 24 hours at every site! The two young men at the Visitor's Center during check in were rude and not friendly, but other employees around the park were very friendly and helpful. We enjoyed eating at the Lodge during our stay. We already have reservations for next year!
06/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
We've stayed here on three different trips as it makes a good stopover park. It's off the beaten path and a challenge to find without a GPS. The campground is right on the river and is quite large. They're really missing a sure bet by not having T-shirts to sell! Who wouldn't want a "Toad Suck" shirt!? The price we paid was with a senior discount.
06/2011
rating [ 6/10 ]
This was a one night stopover for us, and had we known about the winding and steep road in and out, we would have gone elsewhere! Our truck brakes were so hot on arrival that we could smell them! The park is lovely and the sites are very nice. We had NO water pressure -- couldn't even take a shower but didn't discover it until after the office was closed. The only phone number provided was for a true emergency so we made do but told the office before we left about the water pressure, and they couldn't have cared less! The clerk's response was "So?" The campground is not close to the lake and they charge for the swimming pool. It's not a park we'll return to any time soon, if ever.
04/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Although this is an COE campground, it is run by Clay County and administered by Clay County officials and rangers. It's a very large campground, divided into loops. There are 3 electric only loops (at least one with 50amps) and one electric/water loop, 30amps only. There are also unimproved areas for tent camping. There are several bathhouses but depending on where you set up could be quite a distance from your campsite. The roads into the campground are quite bumpy but don't pose any maneuvering problems for a big rig. Some sites are fairly level but quite a few are very sloped and not at all level. Since they do not accept reservations, it's a first come, first serve, you can drive around and select your campsite. There's a playground for the kids with minimal equipment. Lots of wide open spaces in the campground with nice views. The dump station is large and accessible from two sides so that two rigs can use it at the same time. Campgrounds near Kansas City are far and few between so this one is a good choice if you're doing something in the North side of the city. It's about 12 miles from Liberty.
02/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
After spending almost six weeks wintering at various Florida state parks in the panhandle area, we thought we should at least check out the highly praised Topsail for a few days before heading home. It is a very nice campground and we enjoyed it but it has very different feel from other Florida state parks in which we've stayed. It is definitely a resort type campground. We did a lot of riding our bicycles and walking. We checked out some of the nearby nature trails but spent most of our time on the really nice 3.5 mile private beach! Amazing to find that much private beach on the busy gulf Emerald Coast! There's a tram available for rides to the beach but we opted to ride our bikes. The laundry is one of the best state park laundries we've found! Plenty of machines, folding table, very clean and everything worked! We plan to return here with family who will rent a bungalow while we stay in our RV, but other than that, we'll probably opt for a more private and natural looking state park on most trips to the area.
02/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
Really loved this state park! The only negatives were that the sites are fairly close together and a bit small, no sewer hookups and the laundry facilities are contracted out and most of the machines didn't work! Otherwise, we really enjoyed our 8 day stay here. Great place to ride bikes or hike. Many nature trails to enjoy and the location between the Gulf and the Lagoon is perfect! Our site backed up to a very accessible sandy beach on the Lagoon side. One of our favorite activities was just sitting in our chairs as the water's edge watching boats, birds and at night a gorgeous full moon over the Bay! The Gulf was a fairly long walk or an easy bicycle ride from the campground. We went there on a regular basis to walk on the beach. We will definitely return to St. Andrews some day! We hated to leave!
01/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
We spent a very pleasant two weeks In this very pretty and clean campground. This was our second stay here. Finding full hookups in a state park is wonderful! The hosts also provide trash pickup every morning! The only thing that would make it better would be laundry facilities. You have to contend with the military training helicopters flying over on a regular basis but you get used to them. Check before coming in the spring as they frequently burn the pine forest In the park. Due to several rains during our two weeks we didn't have to deal with the smoke but it could be a problem for some people. Plenty of hiking trails and it was a good bicycling area. We'll be back again some day!
01/2011
rating [ 10/10 ]
We have one more night here after a delightful two week stay. This is a gorgeous campground and is meticulously maintained. Our site, #13, is very private, and we can hear the surf from the gulf! Fantastic boardwalk to the beach which is one of the prettiest and cleanest I've enjoyed. The showers are excellent and very clean. There are two washers and dryers at the bathhouse which worked well. $1.50 to wash and $.50 to dry. The campground has a natural in the country feel but is very close to shopping and restaurants. We were given a "locals" discount card for several restaurants (We got it at "The Back Porch" restaurant) and have enjoyed seafood at several places while here. Just a few blocks from the campground is "Destin Commons", a huge outdoor mall with dozens of shops and free Wi-Fi! We have enjoyed many bicycle rides in this area -- there are marked bicycle paths everywhere. Can't say enough nice things about Henderson Beach!
01/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Very large park in a very pretty area. The campground is exactly 5.5 miles from the entry gate (and it did not take 30 minutes to drive as per previous review) via a pretty drive. The campsites are fairly close together without much separation or privacy as is available in a lot of state parks and some are quite unlevel and/or sloped. We had to use leveling boards on one side in site, #A14. The buildings (bathhouses) appear to be very run down and in need of some serious maintenance but we didn't look inside. We enjoyed a short hike near the lake and the walkway bridges were in good condition. This is probably the best choice of campgrounds in the area.
01/2011
rating [ 8/10 ]
We stayed here a couple of days after a snowstorm had moved through and the roads were dry and clear. Some sites were still snow and ice covered but since we had the place to ourselves we had plenty of other choices! Pretty area with lots of trees. The sites are closer together than some state parks we've been in (other states) but are more spacious than private campgrounds. Even in 20 degree temps we had a water hookup as they have a "freeze free" system, which was great to have. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We would come back in warmer weather as there seems to be a lot to do here.
10/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
First of all, this is not a Corps of Engineers campground. The COE is "Canal Campground" in Grand Rivers, KY. We thought we were stopping at the COE park and ended up at Hillman Ferry. It was OK for a one night stop but they put us in site #60 which required a very tight turn and then backing down a very narrow incline to get in the site. The site was big but getting in it was a challenge! The section of the park we were in (we arrived without reservations and took what we could get) was crowded and most sites were nearly on top of each other. This site is right next to the beach area which means this site became a walkway for several children in the area. No big deal unless it bothers you but it was rather intrusive. The other end of the campground had some pretty sites but they are really close together. It seemed more like a private campground than a National or State Park. The rate we paid was with a senior discount. The check-in people were very friendly and helpful.
10/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Beautiful little campground set in a pretty location! The highway getting there is a bit narrow and winding but that's the area. This is right on the edge of the Allegheny National Forest. The campground backs up to a large, fast running river next to a dam. They have a lovely swimming area with grassy slope down to the river but it was closed for the season. We were delighted to find full hookups in this COE park. Our site (#44) was large, private and level and backed up to the river. We stayed two nights and enjoyed biking and hiking the campground and area. There is NO TV reception here. Campers with satellites stay in the far end of the campground where there are fewer trees. This campground closes mid Oct. Our rate was with our senior passport.
10/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We arrived without a reservation but had no problem getting a nice site. We were in #A37 which was very large and private and right across from a water faucet, which was handy for filling our water tank. This is a beautiful campground that is nicely maintained. The hosts stay busy cleaning up every site as it is vacated and leaving each one pristine for the next camper. Most sites are nicely separated from others by large spaces filled with trees and bushes, providing privacy for almost every site. Firewood and ice is available at the check in office. The people working there were very friendly and nice! We enjoyed riding our bicycles and walking all through this campground and would love to return to this area some time! It's a beautiful campground! If the store and laundry had been open, I would have given it a 10!
10/2010
rating [ 6/10 ]
This is a very small and old campground. It was not designed for RVs of any size. The roads are very narrow, turns are very tight and negotiating anywhere through the campground for anything bigger than a car carrying a tent is a challenge. We drove quite a distance past the entrance and had to turn around after getting instructions and learning that a truck had knocked down the campground sign in the very tight entrance area! We had to go in and out three times to get in the right direction to back into the only available sight that our trailer would fit in. Our site (#14) was level and had electric. Water is only available at the office near the one bathhouse/restroom. Each site had a trash can and picnic table, though ours was very dirty. This campground is in a beautiful location but it's age makes it appropriate mostly for tent or small pop up campers. We didn't unhook from the truck and left early the next morning. If it hadn't been so late in the day and we so tired, we would have looked for somewhere else to stay. The rate we paid reflects a senior discount.
10/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We planned to stay 3 nights and extended it to 5. Their reservation system is goofy! We had to make a second reservation for the same site, check out and then check back in for our last two days. We were told that's the way we had to do it at the office but when we went to go through the process, were told that the information wasn't correct and that we could have extended. They need to train all their people better! The campground is beautiful and located right on Lake Ontario. We were in site #235, right across from the water sites with a view of Toronto in the distance. Unfortunately, we had wind and rain for much of our stay. We enjoyed it anyway! There are water spigots in quite a few places around the campground. You might need extra hose if you need to refill during your stay. The campground is very handy for visiting Niagara Falls. About a 20 minute direct drive from the campground and your campground pass gets you free parking at the state parking facilities at the Falls. That saved us $20. for two visits which there! There are two locations in the campground with one each washer and dryer. That's better than none I guess! The park is handy to both Youngstown and Lewiston, NY. Lots of history in both towns along with good places to eat and shop. The campground is right next to "Fort Niagara State Park" which has no camping but does have a museum and an old Fort to tour set in a beautiful large park. Our rate paid included our out of state visitor's fee and reservation fee included.
09/2010
rating [ 5/10 ]
This was an overnight stop for us and we wouldn't consider it for more than that. Signage is hard to find and decipher! There are two campgrounds across the highway from each other but the office is on the beach side. NO pets are allowed on the beach side so we were in the land side campground. Mostly permanent sites with many very old rigs that have been added onto with a variety of lean-to designs and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the layout of the campground! Very messy and dump like quality to the whole scene! We had a concrete pad (one of about six available) surrounded on all sides by mud. The power connection is set in the middle of several sites and you have to find a place to connect. The cable TV was not available in most sites as they installer didn't finish the job, or so we were told. We had to unhitch our truck as there was no room to remain hooked up for overnight. We had to drive back across the road to register at the office anyway though. The office people were friendly but their campground leaves a lot to be desired. With the amusement part, water park and beach all next door, this is probably "party city" in the summer time. The rate we paid was discounted for our "Passport America" membership.
09/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
One of the prettiest campgrounds we've stayed in! The campground was almost empty during the 3 week days we were there. The store is very well stocked and the people were very friendly and helpful. There are several miles of fantastic bicycle trails which we really enjoyed. The laundry room was well equipped and very reasonably priced. We would definitely return here!
09/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a new campground off to a great start! They have plans for many more sites and amenities. There is a nice store with hand dip ice cream available and there was a bluegrass music festival there during our stay. They have a huge pool with separate kiddie pool and hot tub, shuffle board courts, basketball courts, horse shoe pits and one of the nicest and best equipped laundries we've used! The sites are gravel and ours was very level. The Wi-Fi worked great most of the time. We'll be back to visit again.
09/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Very pretty campground! It was almost full during the weekend but nearly empty during the week. Their checking system is goofy! You have to drive around, select a site, go back to register and then hope your site is still available when you get back to it! If it's taken, then you start over! We had no phone service (AT&T) in the campground but found a place on the trail to the lake beach where we could connect. The fire pits are nice with the exception of having no grates on them for use in cooking. Each site was very private with shrubbery and trees blocking views of the next site. We enjoyed riding our bicycles around the campground but the "bike trails" are just grass and dirt. Since we had a lot of rain during the 6 days we were there, they were mud. It's a nice campground and we would return for another visit.
09/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Beautiful campground but a bit challenging to find. Our GPS took us in a back way that was stressful while towing a big rig! Turned out there was a better way in so use the campground instructions and not a GPS! The campground was very clean with concrete sites with ample space in-between sites. The bicycle trail was great! The only thing that would have made it better would be full hookups. Each site has electric and water is available in quite a few places though. We'll be back to this state park!
09/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
We ended up staying here two nights while waiting out a storm. Before and after the rain we enjoyed hiking on the campground trails and through the campground. The people were nice and the campground was clean. The sites are mostly dirt, gravel, and grass. Our site was level. The water is well water and had an off metallic taste to us. Not bad for a stopover while passing through.
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
We've stayed here twice this year, once in Jan. and again in March. Pretty campground in view of the Toad Suck Lock and Dam on the river. The sites in some areas are pretty close to each other, but in others you have plenty of space; depends on location. I don't think I'd want to spend several days here (there's not much to do and quite a ways from town), but for one night while passing through, it's a great deal! They would make a fortune if they'd sell T-shirts with their name on them!
01/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
We were passing through and planned to stay 1 night, ended up staying 3 and wishing we could have stayed longer! Beautiful campground! We were there in January and lucked out with great weather and a nearly empty campground. Sites are large, well designed and very well maintained. This campground is on our list of places to visit again.
07/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
We spent 4 nights during a very hot week. In spite of extreme heat and humidity and many people using air conditioners, the electric worked perfectly! The sites are well spaced so that you don't feel as if you're on top of the next camper. We stayed in site #166, and it was very level and shaded. We took our bicycles and used the near-by trail every day. The park is clean, quiet at night, easy to get into. Great park! We already have reservations to return!
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