This park continues to be one of our favorites ---due to its beach, large, clean washrooms, biking/walking trails, golf course right in the park, nature centre, large sites and open skies . The area surrounding GSP is also top notch with lots of shopping, restaurants, golf courses, a movie theatre, boat rentals, arts and crafts, concerts and activities. The waiting list for next winter is well over 200 --- a testament to the park's popularity. The rate reflects the monthly rate. Wifi has improved but is still hit-and-miss.
This was about our ninth stay at GSP. It continues to be outstanding! The bike/walking trails are absolutely 10 out of 10. The beach is a short bike-ride or drive or a long walk but it is terrific. The golf course at the park is very good and reasonably priced. The 500 sites are large and quite private with few trees and open skies for lots of sun in the fall and easy satellite location for your TV. All sites are full hook-up. Wi-Fi has improved a lot and work is still being done on it. Lots of shopping, cinemas and restaurants close by.
This clean, neat, tiny park has had rave reviews on this website for a long time. It continues to impress us. Thousands of places in the world brag that their beach is #1. There is no #1 in world rankings for beaches but, in scoring, the beach at this park is a 10 out of 10. The sites are mostly quite large and private (some might say claustrophobic). A new Wi-Fi system is also wonderful. If you want TV, bring your satellite dish because there is no cable and no local TV. The area attracts lots of tourists so you can find here lots of shopping, restaurants, golf courses, fishing charters and boat rentals.
This was our fourth visit to this park. The campground is small but some sites are huge and the park is beautiful especially when the Christmas lights are on. One drawback to this park is that it is remote (20 minutes) from shopping. Don't let that fact deter you. Hiking and biking both in the park and at Big/Little Shoals are outstanding.
This was our first visit to Fort Wilderness Campground. It is a huge campground with 799 large, wooded sites and almost every amenity imaginable. From our loop, it was a short walk to see the evening fireworks and parade of boats. For the loops farther away, most guests used golf carts. Because most RVers have a dog, an excellent kennel is conveniently located about five minutes away. Transportation to and from Disney World by motor coach or boat is excellent right from the campground. We found the campground fees quite high especially when you consider that Wi-Fi is an extra charge.
This was our second visit to Koreshan. The Koreshan Historic tour is excellent. This park has little to offer inside unless a quiet time is your goal. The surrounding area is very busy but nice. We drove to Everglades City (1h 10 min.) for an airboat ride. It was well worth it. Sanibel Island is about an hour away, once again through heavy traffic. This park is clean and neat but some of the sites are quite small.
This was our first visit to BHSP. If you are approaching the Keys from I-95, get onto the FL Turnpike as soon as possible. Miami traffic is busy. Be prepared for a unique geographical area. The campground is quite small and space is at a premium. Traffic noise from the bridge can be bothersome. Surprisingly we learned that the beaches on the Keys are quite small relative to those in most parts of Florida. However, swimming and kayaking are popular at the park. Marathon and Big Pine have tons of restaurants. Key West is less than an hour's drive. The tram ride there is the best way to get introduced to Key West.
We had stayed in this park about seven years ago when we were new to RVing and drove a rented Class C. A hurricane had just devastated much of the park. We did not stay long and the park did not appeal to us. Now it has been rebuilt and it is fantastic. The sites and washrooms are new. All the sites in Pine Grove are huge with full hook-ups and nice landscaping. The hurricane took down the trees which might make for hot summers but in November the open skies were beautiful.
We stayed in this park six years ago when we were new to RVing and rented a Class C. At that time we didn't know what we were doing. ASP was just a blurred stopover. With six years and about 50 parks behind us, we can comment much better on this park. The park is very clean with a mix of large and small sites. All sites are heavily treed which gives shade but makes one feel a bit claustrophobic. On the upside, the beach is wonderful. Olde Town in St. Augustine is a great visit. There is an excellent beach which allows dogs on Ocean Trace Rd. Camping World is about 15 minutes away. St. Augustine amphitheater, a good concert venue, is within walking distance.
We have stayed in this park a couple of times on our way south. It is clean and neat with excellent customer service. It is a great stopover for snowbirds. We had to make a late reservation change due to truck trouble, and we were treated very well. We found the nature trail for the first time, and it is great!
This a terrific CG. We had planned to go to another one which we liked a lot but friends suggested we try Harbortown. It is ideal for over night such as us because of its proximity to I-75. Huge, clean and neat sites and great service at check-in. Wi-Fi was very good. There is lots of space to walk/run your dog. Open skies make for lots of sunshine.
This was our first visit to KHPC. It is a very large park-like CG with huge sites and within walking distance to the Horse Park. There is a good combination of trees and open space giving both sun and shade. Take a tour to the KY Horse Farms: outstanding!
This park was great! The registration folks were very efficient. The sites were large and clean. The Wi-Fi was excellent. The downside is that there is not a lot to do in the area. Berea seemed good but 2-3 hours in the craft stores is plenty. The Renfro Valley Music shows would be great I'm sure but check ahead to make sure they are on. If you get here out of season, there aren't many shows. There is a terrific pioneer village near the music hall.
This was an overnighter for us and for that I give it full marks. It is convenient to I-75. The registration was fast and very efficient. The washrooms were spotless. On the downside, the sites were incredibly small. A good one night park but that is all we could see it for.
We have stayed at this park several times. Despite a few shortcomings, it is our favorite, out of about 50 parks we have visited. Shortcomings include poor Wi-Fi, high price and tired washrooms. This is compensated by the neat, clean look, the landscaping, solid staff, spectacular beach, pool, cabins nearby, trails all in a beautiful area great for biking, hiking, shopping, dining and golf.
We have stayed at GSP several times and is near the very top of our list of almost 50 RV parks. The area has a lot to offer: tons of shopping, beautiful beach, restaurants, etc. The open skies favor satellite TV and snowbirds looking for sun. Laundry facilities are top notch. We have never stayed in a park with bike trails as good as GSP. There is a golf course and driving range right in this enormous park. The only drawbacks are very spotty Wi-Fi and a check-in system which is baffling. If you don't have a reservation, brace yourself for different procedures from different office staff.
This was our eighth stay at GSP. It just keeps getting better. The excellent bike trail system continues to be expanded. Features include but are not limited to: open skies, a terrific, inexpensive golf course (right in the park), lots of shopping and restaurants, Wi-Fi throughout the campground, a large pool, tennis courts and a large, new laundry facility. A recent forest fire and the devastating Hurricane Ivan are no match for the work done to keep this 480-site park in wonderful condition. Warning: the Wi-Fi can be iffy at times.
This was our second stay at Henderson. The park is very clean and neat with large, private, gravel sites and a fabulous sugar-sand beach a short walk from the campground. Nearby in Destin and Sandestin are fabulous golf courses at reasonable rates, loads of places to shop and excellent restaurants. We will definitely return.
This park is more like a camping park than a RV Park. It has excellent sites and is completely shaded. The hiking/biking trails are great as is the nearby town of Micanopy. The Nature Center was unexpectedly closed when we visited it. The observation tower gives a great view of a huge prairie but we saw no wildlife from it.
This was our third visit to Stephen Foster and it continues to be a gem. The park is large, manicured, and has beautiful-looking buildings including a very high carillon. There is a craft village and gift store right in the park. There are lots of long hiking and biking trails. White Springs is quite small but Lake City is only about 20 minutes away and has all your shopping and dining needs. While we were at SF this time, the Christmas lights were being set up. They had a practice run one night and the buildings and trees were lit up in a spectacular fashion. In summary, there is not tons to do in this park but a few days here can be wonderful.
The park is beautiful with large, neat and clean sites. Golfers can walk from their RVs to a beautiful looking golf course. There is one excellent hiking trail. The Lodge looked good although we didn’t go there for dinner. Unfortunately, if you are not a golfer, there is not much here for you. The nearest town looks as though it is suffering some economic hardship. The bathrooms need updating but construction of a new one is underway.
This is an excellent campground. The staff were very friendly, professional and helpful. The rest rooms, though dated, were quite clean. Jekyll Island has tons to offer including the wonderful Driftwood Beach (a short walk from the campground), spectacular and reasonably-priced golf courses, biking trails covering the entire island, a neat historic district, a Sea Turtle center and good restaurants. Room for improvement in the Wi-Fi area with Wi-Fi only accessible in the activity center despite advertisements of Wi-Fi everywhere. The park is quite shaded so count on little sun at your campsite and lots of gnats.
This was our sixth or seventh stay at HISP. It is a terrific park with a beautiful beach right at the campground. Experience the Gullah culture (descendants of slaves)in nearby Frogmore or Penn Center. There are excellent golf courses nearby. There are plenty of places to bike and fish at HISP. Suggestions for improvement are to modernize the ageing restrooms and showers and to bring in wi-fi.
This was our second visit to this park. It is excellent in many ways. The staff is very helpful and courteous. The campground is right on the ocean with a fabulous, wide beach right at the campground. The sites are large and clean with a combination of sun and shade. There are many organized activities right at the campground e.g. birding and tours of Atalaya, a "castle" right in the park. We stayed here only two nights and thus didn't do justice to the area. The park is very close to shopping, golf courses, Brookgreen Gardens (reputed to be magnificent) and dining due to its proximity to Myrtle Beach. Unfortunately, the washrooms, although very clean, are quite dated and it is time for a makeover in that area.
We thought this park was difficult to find but when we did find it, it was excellent. We arrived after business hours but, because we had reservations, the manager had left us some information and our site number. Although we stayed only 16 hours (it was just a stopover), the park was extremely clean and neat. There were a couple of large playgrounds for kids. The rest room and shower we used was dated but quite clean. Apparently, we missed a brand new rest room and shower. Wi-Fi was perfect.
This was just a stopover on the way down south. It is conveniently located off I-79. The staff was courteous, friendly and helpful. The park was wooded and looked quite nice. The size of the sites was adequate. In wet weather, as we had, the sites didn’t drain well. Wi-Fi worked perfectly. The dog park was the biggest we have ever seen. The rest rooms were a bit tired but in excellent condition and were very clean.
We have used this campground several times as a one night stopover. It is immaculately clean and neat. The staff are extremely helpful and friendly. Lots of room for dog walking. Wifi is fast and easy. They make pizza on site so just order it and they will deliver to your door.
We have been to this park several times. It is #1 in our books despite the high price. The park is kept immaculately clean and neat. The fabulous beach is accessible by foot (20 minutes) or bike (7 minutes or tram). It is close to several golf courses, loads of shopping for everything and many, many restaurants. Be sure to check out the nearby town of Seaside for shops and restaurants. The staff at this park are extremely friendly and helpful.
We have stayed in this park several times and always enjoyed it. It has the best bike trails of the 44 parks we have camped at. There are lots of new facilities here: pool, tennis courts (both not open yet), store and laundry (both open). Wi-Fi throughout the park is a work in progress. Meanwhile, temperamental Wi-Fi is available at the Activity Center. This has park has lots of wildlife. On this trip we got a close look at alligators and their babies, a soft-shelled turtle as well as an osprey which landed in a tree right above our site with a fish in its claws. There are lots of stores, restaurants, mini-golf courses and a cineplex close by. The park also has an excellent golf course and driving range with a discount on the golf for campers. This year we watched an excellent Mardi Gras parade just a short bike ride away in Gulf Shores. Hurricane Ivan did a lot of damage to this park several years ago and killed a lot of trees. Consequently, there is little shade so if you are looking for sunny sites, this is the park for you. The Blue Angels practice at the Naval Air Museum only about 35 minutes from the park. Be sure to visit the Orange Beach and Fairhope Arts & Craft shows in March. At this time of year, there is plenty of great live music to be found.
This was our sixth stay at GSP and it continues to get better. Although Hurricane Ivan did a lot of damage and killed a lot of trees about seven years ago. The park's roads, washrooms and sites are in excellent shape and the lack of trees, although perhaps not popular in summer, provide RVers in spring and fall with loads of beautiful sunshine. The paved walking/biking trails are fantastic. The pool is finished but too cold for us (it was November). Shopping and restaurants are very close. There is an excellent, reasonably-priced golf course right in the park. Progress is being made to supply Wi-Fi throughout the park but Wi-Fi is not available to sites at present.
This campground was recommended by friends as a base from which to visit Apalachicola. We researched it and found Carrabelle's excellent website which gives an accurate depiction of the park. Be prepared for tight sites in a concrete jungle. However, the park, including the pool and pool deck, is immaculately clean. Wi-Fi was simple and fast. An excellent beach where dogs are allowed (in Florida no less?) is right across the road. Apalachicola is a delight to visit and St. George Island is also worth some time.
This park came highly recommended by friends and it did not disappoint. There is a variety of shady and sunny sites, over 300 in all. Most sites are long and narrow and can easily accommodate large rigs. The pool, hot tub, clubhouse and washrooms are new and maintained in spotless condition. There are three laundry areas, each having three washer/dryer combination's. The staff were very friendly and helpful. This park is popular for snowbirds and locals alike and it has lots of activities in the winter. This area of Florida is a hotspot for no-see-ums but Rock Crusher, being several miles from the Gulf, seems to escape them at least in November. Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is about 20 minutes away and has an excellent display of manatees and many other animals. There are a number of reasonably-priced golf courses in the area. We noticed that there are several permanent residents in the park. Perhaps a sign of the times.
The top things to do here are canoeing, hiking, and the Silver Springs Nature Theme Park right next door. The canoeing was spectacular with loads of birds and alligators. As long as you keep your distance from the gators: no problem. The hiking trails are great, especially the Swamp Trail. The SSNTP is best as a full day trip because it is not cheap. It offers glass-bottom boat rides on the clearest spring water river one can find. The captain will entertain you with stories of Tarzan movies and Sea Hunt being filmed on the river. We missed out on a carriage ride in horse country around Ocala: there are a lot of beautiful horse farms to see.
This park came highly recommended by friends and it did not disappoint. The sites are clean, grassy and very large with a great combination of sun and shade because the trees have been thinned out a lot in the west loop, where we stayed. The east loop looks newer and is more private and more shady although there is plenty of privacy in the west loop due to the spacing of sites. Our main activity was to visit Cumberland Island National Seashore which was terrific. We also enjoyed Historic St. Marys. The hiking trails are short but in wonderful condition. Biking is good but limited. There are lots of playground areas for kids and grand kids. We didn't bring our kayaks but there is fantastic kayaking here (based on the maps we saw and the number of kayaks) and the fishing is great (based on our kind Georgia volunteer-neighbor who gave us shrimp and trout he caught). We didn't try the mini-golf course right in the park. CRSP is highly recommended for a three or four night stay.
This was our fourth visit to Hunting Island SP. It has the best beach we have found for walking and cycling because the sand is hard-packed. At low tide there is a 200 yd width and three miles in length so there is plenty of room to roam. Biking and hiking in the park is terrific. Sites are a good size and there is plenty of shade. Several sites are right on the beach while many others are a one-minute walk. If you like shade, there are huge, private sites away from the ocean. The washrooms are a little dated. We don't fish but lots of campers here do. Lots of seafood to purchase nearby as well. We will be back.
This was just a stopover for us at a time of year when the park is mostly closed so the comments should be taken in that light. The staff were very helpful and friendly. The park and the sites are small and hilly. Wi-Fi was easy and worked perfectly. If it is a good park for a longer stay that was not apparent for our one night in early November. However, it is close to I-77 and makes a more than adequate one-nighter.
This is our third stay here. A terrific campground for us. We just want an easy access off I-75 for one night. The campground is immaculately kept. The sites are crowded together. There are lots of dog walk opportunities. It has terrific staff and excellent pizza delivered to your door.
An excellent overnighter for us, but might be suitable for a longer stay if you want the Nashville music scene (5 minutes away). Clean and neat campground but very tight and small. Location right off Briley Parkway is convenient for travellers, but noisy due to traffic. Park has friendly staff.
This was our third stay at Topsail. It is by far my favorite campground despite the high price (and still no Wi-Fi). It gets absolutely top marks for neatness, cleanliness, landscaping, beach and biking. Close to tons of restaurants and lots of golf courses. Lots of hiking trails. Still needs to get Wi-Fi!
This was our fifth and longest (28 days) at GSP. Previously, we had liked this park a lot, but our stays had been short. We wondered if we might get bored during a longer stay. Once again, our visit was terrific. Some of the features of GSP are a great nature center, an 18-hole golf course and driving range, a fantastic beach, the best dedicated biking trails of any park we have visited, and large, full hook-up sites. The park is also close to movies, the Wharf Amphitheater (big name concerts), many golf courses, arts and crafts shows, the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, dolphin watching and lots of dinner options.
We have stayed in this campground four times and it is one of our favorites despite the damage done several years ago by Hurricane Ivan. The park is huge, the biking fantastic and the sites very large. An excellent beach is a short bike ride away. There are plenty of restaurants nearby as well as lots of shopping. The trees are slow to return due to the damage done by Ivan but that makes for very sunny sites: a highlight in November. There are several hiking trails in the campground. This state park includes an excellent and reasonably priced golf course.
This a clean, beautiful park with a wonderful beach. Don’t be fooled by the small number of sites. Tthe sites are huge and private. The park is located in fantastic area of Florida. Close to lots of options for shopping, golf and restaurants. Biking in the park is limited. There is a small nature trail.
This is the most beautiful park we have ever been to with respect to the view from the sites. Many sites are right on the waterways and are very large. This park boasts a dog park and a dog beach. Wi-Fi is available at the park office. Although we usually stay in the Florida panhandle in November, this time we stayed at FdS which is near Tampa. The weather is much warmer at FdS than in the panhandle. St. Pete Beach is about 15 minutes away and is definitely worth visiting. This area of Florida is very popular for fishing and boating. The campground at Fort de Soto is a small part of the larger Fort de Soto County Park which offers 7 miles of biking trails within the park. From the campground, you can bike to North Beach, South Beach and the old fort on paved bike trails. Depending on when you bring your RV here, you might find huge crowds especially at North Beach.
This park is on land formerly owned by a group who called themselves the Koreshan Unity Settlement. The settlement still exists on the property but the land was donated to Florida State Parks about 40 years ago. The campground is small but extremely neat and attractive. Many sites are large and private. Some sites are shaded but others have an excellent combination of sun and shade. The old Koreshan buildings and displays are still in the park and are very interesting. Lover’s Key State Park is about a 20 minute drive but in a beautiful area as well. There is a dog beach near the entrance to LKSP. We looked for manatees but were unsuccessful. The area near KSHS has loads of shopping and beautiful houses. There is not a lot in the park to do beyond a good nature trail and the settlement. There is, however, loads to do nearby. This area is heaven for kayakers.
Although some sites are relatively small and the campground is not very big, it is an outstanding park. Our stay began in the middle of a weekend and, though the park was full, it was quiet. There are several well-marked walking trails and one of them is excellent for biking. The yellow trail connects to a paved bike trail called the Legacy Trail which connects Sarasota to Venice. OSSP is close to Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice. We found Venice and Venice Beach particularly interesting and tourist friendly. Consider visiting the beautiful gardens and exhibits at Ringling Museum of Art and Ringling Mansion in Sarasota. Free Wi-Fi is available at the Nature Center although the Friends of OSSP hope you will make a donation to help defray the costs.
This was our second stay at SF. I love the look of the park which includes a variety of terrain. The park includes open grassy areas, wooded trails for hiking or biking, an area of shops (mostly rural artisan) , a carillon, a museum and more. Campsites are very large, neat and clean. Washrooms are spotless. If you hit the park when there is a scheduled activity, there is more to do e.g. coffee houses (open mic, once a month). Otherwise enjoy a beautiful, quiet, peaceful, serene RV experience. Canoes and kayaks can be rented to cruise the Suwannee River. We didn’t get to Big Shoals bike trail yet but we will be back. Fast, free Wi-Fi is now available at the Gift Shop.
This is a terrific campground for us who used it recently for the second time. As we travel north or south on I-75, Wapakoneta KOA is a perfect one night stopover. It is very clean and neat. The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful. Wi-Fi and cable TV worked perfectly. We didn't have time to enjoy all the amenities but there are two small bark parks, a large playground, horseshoe pits, mini-golf, a large field to run your dog when nobody is around and a pool. We purchased their outstanding and very economically priced pizza delivered to our door: a bonus when the night is just a stopover.
We stayed here as an overnighter on our way back to Ontario. It was a perfect stop for us. The staff was very friendly and helpful. All the facilities were top-notch. This campground is ideal for an overnighter because it is within 1/2 mile of I-75. Highway noise was not a problem.
This was our third stay at GSP. It is a fantastic place with the best bike trails by far of any park (out of about 25) we have seen. GSP has an excellent, inexpensive golf course and driving range, as well as a top-notch beach, large, clean sites, three lakes, new facilities and a lot of construction (swimming pool, resort, lighted tennis courts). Free WiFi can be accessed at the activity centre. Close to shopping and restaurants. Congrats to Alaparks for the recovery efforts after Hurricane Ivan. The trees will take a while to grow back. Until they do, enjoy the open skies for lots of sunshine and great TV reception.
This was our first visit to Seven Points and it is a great park. We were passing through on our way home from the Gulf Coast to Canada and used SP as a one-night stop-over. We see it as a possible return spot to enjoy the park as well as some music in Nashville. The sites are humongous and many are unique in design. Our site had been thoroughly raked and cleaned making our arrival that much better. The lake and beach area looked perfect!
A small, excellent park especially if you like boating and/or fishing. Other than that, not a great deal to do. Coffee house and the only restaurant we tried were very good as was the Niceville dog park. Sites are large and level. Staff friendly and helpful. Three walking trails are great but fairly short. Destin is 15 minutes away across the Mid-Bay bridge so if you don't mind a $2.50 toll, it has lots of shopping, beaches, golf, etc. to offer
This was our second stay at Topsail. It continues to be a Cadillac state park with Cadillac prices. Topsail gets top marks for landscaping, site size, beach, walking/hiking/biking, shopping, restaurants, golf, pool and more. Also it is a great place to meet friendly fellow campers.
We stayed here for two nights. This was our second stay here. We use it to organize ourselves after storing our 5er near Gulf Shores over the winter. For us it is an excellent stopover. For many people in the park it is a three month stay. The downside is that the park is a bit like a parking lot with very little room between sites. There are lots of upsides: friendly and helpful staff, great location, clean bathrooms, swimming pool, Wi-Fi. There is a new municipal park right across the road so you can sit by the lagoon and enjoy the water Gulf Shores has lots to offer: restaurants, golf, shopping, beaches and much more.
Gulf State Park continues to be one of our favorites. Although Hurricane Ivan did extensive damage about four years ago, the AL state park folks have done wonders at restoration. The park is huge (4000+ acres), the sites are quite large and there are lots of pull-throughs. Ivan's winds, storm surge and and subsequent Southern Pine Beetle damage killed a lot of trees but the result is lots of sunshine on your site. The paved bike trails are the best we have seen. Shopping, golf, restaurants and a magnificent beach are all very close. If washroom cleanliness is important, this park gets the highest marks. To park staff "Keep up the great work".
We have stayed in about 20 parks (almost all state parks) in several states and, thanks to our research on RV Park Reviews, have found the reviews extremely helpful. When one hears about the wonders of Topsail, however, one might wonder if there is maybe a little too much hype. The high accolades are well deserved. Topsail is the Cadillac park with Cadillac prices. It has beauty, cleanliness, shade, great staff and volunteers, clean washrooms, close shopping, close golf, close Wi-Fi, cable TV, pool and a magnificent beach just for starters. We enjoyed it thoroughly and we will definitely return.
We chose Skidaway due to its proximity to Savannah (20 minutes). The park is beautifully kept, and the sites are very, very large and level. All sites are in the woods. Biking and hiking trails are wonderful. Wi-Fi was a surprise. It works perfectly: just park in front of the Ranger Station. Savannah is easy to get to and, although not as big and not as visually appealing as Charleston, it is worth at least a couple of days. If you visit in November, be sure to attend the Veterans' Day parade. Groceries are five minutes away, and the ever necessary Wal-Mart is only ten minutes.
This was our third stay at this park. We have camped in the woods here before and enjoyed it but this time we were in a beachfront site. It was fantastic! Great staff, great weather. Fishing was fun, the beach was magnificent and, unfortunately, the no-see-ums (South Carolina's Air Force) were unstoppable. It didn't matter. This park is very, very good.
This park is conveniently located off the north/south interstate (I-77&I-40) at Statesville. For us it was strictly an overnighter. The washrooms were clean and the staff helpful but wi-fi was disappointingly spotty. Do they shut it down at night? Sites are small but adequate but the grounds looked a little tired and could use some spruce up.
As an overnighter, this campground gets very high marks. It is conveniently located for RVers heading north or south via Illinois. The staff were very helpful and friendly. Our site was dead level with full-hookups, cable and hi-speed wi-fi. The washrooms were spotless and the price was quite reasonable.
We stayed at this park for three nights in April. Although the road to the park passes through an industrial zone, this park is a hidden gem. On the downside, the hiking trails have not been kept up and need some volunteers to bring them back up to a decent standard. On the upside, where the paths can be found, they are beautiful. The park is 12 minutes from Graceland. An outstanding attraction even for the casual Elvis fan. There is a very interesting Indian village (Chucalissa) right beside the campground. The park also boasts an excellent and inexpensive ($10/nine holes) golf course. The staff were friendly and helpful. This park simply needs more campers. It’s definitely worth a visit.
We stayed at this park for five nights in April. It is a large and beautiful park with lots of trees and a great lake for boating and fishing. The washrooms are spotless, the hiking/biking trails long and well-marked and the sites are excellent. Some sites are right on the lake! Wi-Fi is available depending on site location. The city of Tyler is 20 minutes away and offers a beautiful azalea trail along private homes at this time of year. The park is about 45 minutes from the famous Canton Trade Days. One of the world’s largest flea markets. One of the drawbacks of this park is that it can get very, very crowded on the weekend. There is a limit to the number of vehicles per site but this did not seem to be enforced. The crowded conditions were a factor in lack of respect for privacy at campsites. When we were here, it was not uncommon for people to walk or bike through or play fight with guns shooting plastic BBs in the campsites of others.
We used this RV park as a stopover on our way through Texas. We prefer state parks but this park was conveniently located right on I-20 so we tried it. For us, it was an excellent overnighter. Staff were professional and very helpful, washrooms were spotless, and cable and wi-fi worked perfectly. A dog park was a welcome surprise. Highway noise is unavoidable and should have no effect on tired travellers.
This is a terrific park where we camped for five nights in March. It deserves the wonderful reviews it has been getting. The park is hilly rather than mountainous and thus hiking is not difficult. As with other parks in south and west Texas, there are lots of good birding opportunities. The interpretative center is very well equipped and staffed and should be visited. Some sites have cable TV: a huge bonus for a state park. The town of Fort Davis, although quite small, has some interesting shops. If you visit this park, be sure to enjoy the great vistas by hiking to the top of the scenic hill or driving it. Davis Mountains State Park is definitely a park to spend some time.
We camped here for five nights in March. Campgrounds in national parks provide different experiences than private RV parks and state parks, so keep that in mind when visiting BBNP. Most people go to Big Bend for the hiking/birding/scenery not for the campsites. There are five RV camping areas. Rio Grande Village has no hook-ups and no generators among the trees. RGV has no hook-ups with generators among the trees. RGV has full hook-ups in a parking lot. Cottonwood has no hook-ups. And Chisos Basin no hook-ups. Follow the park’s strong suggestions about rig size before you choose a camping area. We camped in the no genny zone of RGV for two nights until technical difficulties forced us over to the full hook-up section. Both were good. The “parking lot” is not pretty, but all sites have a grassy area suitable for social hours. Washrooms were in good condition. The main attraction of BBNP is the scenery, so the beauty of a campsite was not important to us. The park has fabulous scenery, and the long drives to hiking spots are well worth it. During our short stay we enjoyed a full-day canoe trip on the Rio Grande and several hikes. The bird walks are super and suitable for all levels of birders. Try Chisos Mountain Lodge for dinner followed by a sunset view through a natural rock formation called “The Window.”
We camped here for five nights in March 2008. This is a Chihuahuan desert park so be prepared for great scenery, few trees and big skies. Expect cold nights and warm days. There are a few short walks/hikes within the park. The park is well maintained with large, mostly level, paved sites. Campsites have a wonderful sun shelter with a picnic table and many have a lovely stone wall to block the wind. The staff were very helpful. The restrooms are very clean, but hot water in the showers was limited. Birding opportunities are also limited. BLSP is an excellent home base for trips to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Lincoln National Forest. The former is an outstanding attraction and the latter has terrific hikes and scenery including Sitting Bull Falls and Five Points Vista. All suitable for hikers and non-hikers alike. All these attractions are about one hour’s drive from BLSP, but the drives are worth it followed by a return to a great park for camping. TV reception is great: no trees to block signals.
We camped here for one night in March 2008 as a stopover between Goose Island State Park, TX and Brantley Lake State Park NM. It was our second time camping here. The park is beautiful with great walking trails and good biking. On this trip, Spring Break was in progress so the park was full of families. The large number of people presented no problem whatsoever although parks take on a completely appearance and dynamic when they are full versus when they are half empty. Besides being a great park for hiking and biking, it is close to shopping and golf and also to Fredericksburg (25 minutes) and San Antonio (one hour).
We stayed in this park for six nights in March 2008. It is well-known for its fishing and birding opportunities. GISP has two camping areas: the woods (reputed to be buggy) and the waterfront (infamous for its high winds and salt spray). We stayed in the waterfront and, although we felt the winds and our vehicles got some spray, the experience was terrific. We have friends who camped in the woods and had no problem with mosquitoes. The wooded sites are definitely prettier but the waterfront is an adventure. Free bird walks, led by birding hosts, were held four mornings a week. They were very interesting and beginners felt quite comfortable. The diversity of species and the number of birds amazing. We didn’t get involved in shore fishing but many beachfront campers did and, on a busy morning, there would have been at least 50 fishing boats at the launch. Finding a fishing guide at the boat launch looked very easy. The park also has a nature trail worth walking and there is a beautiful, easy bike loop to the famous, 1000 year old Big Tree. Washroom construction was underway and the one beachfront washroom was under stress from a lot of use. GISP is an another excellent state park. Wi-Fi was a bonus but somewhat tempermental.
We stayed at Tickfaw for only one stormy, rainy night in March 2008, using it as a stopover between Alabama and Texas. This park is quite beautiful and neatly kept with very large paved sites and excellent restrooms. We had time to check out one nature trail and it was very good. We hope to return to this park in the future. Although our stay was necessarily short, Tickfaw looks like a gem. $16/night fifth wheel
We stayed at this park for three nights in February and March 2008. We intended to stay at another park but we didn’t get in and scrambled at the last minute to find this park. We typically look for state parks and prefer more space and the great outdoors. This park was limited in space and opportunities to commune with nature but it was excellent nevertheless. Most sites are back-ins but there are a few pull-throughs. The sites are fairly small and there is no waterfront but this park has a swimming pool. There was some shade and dogs were allowed but had to be on a leash. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Most, if not all, sites have full hook-ups. Wi-Fi worked perfectly. Rest rooms and showers were good.
We cycled through this park about six years ago before Hurricane Ivan. We knew the salt water had killed most of the trees and the winds had damaged many facilities. That being said, our six night stay in November/December 2007 was outstanding. The park and the sites are huge. All sites are level and paved with full hook-ups. It is a great park for anybody who likes beaches (a short drive or bike ride), golf (an excellent and inexpensive course right in the park), walking/biking (lots of trails), shopping (including a large Tanger outlet mall on Hwy 59) and there are many restaurants to satisfy every taste. The washrooms are new and spotless. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on the beach. We will definitely return to this park.
We camped in this park for six nights in November 2007. On the upside are the proximity to a wonderful beach, a nature trail, other walking trails and proximity to Panama City Beach. Unfortunately, the sites are very crowded together and access can be difficult. Dogs are not allowed on the beach (a Florida state law?) which is a problem for responsible dog owners. Park patrols by police and rangers are regular if safety is an issue for campers. Panama City Beach is a city on the tacky side but there are some good restaurants and outstanding mini-golf courses for the entire family.
We camped here for six nights in November 2007. For us, this campground lived up to its rave reviews. It is neat and clean with very large, level sites which have easy access. The park is the home of a giant folk festival each year but public camping is not allowed during the festival. The top features for us include the beauty of the park, the hiking trails, the museum, the craft village and the carillon which plays Stephen Foster songs every two hours. The Suwannee River is right beside the park. You can see this famous river from the hiking trails or from a canoe or kayak, rented nearby. For those who want a wild time, choose another park. This is a fantastic place to go to relax. We will definitely go back.
We stayed at Red Top only one night because we were just passing through. We had heard a lot of good things about it. We found the park/campground very beautiful. The terrain is somewhat hilly but the sites are level and very large and private. There were lots of hiking trails through the woods. As far as we could tell during our short stay, the entire area was a beautiful woods. Unfortunately, a severe drought has caused Lake Allatoona to drop about 17 feet! We still saw fishermen out in the lake, but the drop in water is very obvious. Our site was #11. It was enormous, level and private. The temperature was in the 70's, normal for this time of year. We would return to this park. Activities seem limited to hiking and boating. Red Top would be ideal for campers who want a beautiful but quiet getaway
Hunting Island is an excellent campground. We have stayed there twice -- the first time in a Class C motorhome and the second in a tent. The beach is the highlight -- very long and very wide. The camp store was more than adequate. Cycling and hiking were good on the beach and in the woods. The nature center was excellent and rangers provide frequent walks/talks about the area. We camped on the side farthest from the beach. Although the walk to the beach is about five minutes, that is absolutely no problem. The sites far from the beach don't have the wind that the beach sites have, however, no-see-ums or related little biting insects can be a nuisance. Dogs and people can easily pick up ticks in this park. We were told there is no lyme disease in the area and although we and our golden retriever carried away some ticks, we suffered no ill effects. It would be a good idea to get a tick-repelling treatment for your dog.
Kerrville-Schreiner was our first stay of any length, six nights in our new fifth wheel. We had researched it and the reviews we saw were bang-on. This park is excellent. In April, the weather is warm. The hiking trails were extensive and wonderful. The city of Kerrville is five minutes away and has lots of shopping, golf, wi-fi, etc. Deer visit the campsites at least once a day. The sites are large with plenty of shade, good for our golden retriever. We camped on the side farther from the river as was recommended to us. Although not a state park, this is a great place to camp. Hill country is beautiful and Fredericksburg, 30 minutes away, is a must-see. We drove into San Antonio to see the Alamo and tour Riverwalk. It was only one hour's drive to those spots and they are well worth visiting. Biking in this park is easy and very enjoyable.
This was our first big trip in a new 24' Fifth Wheel. We researched this park and were a bit concerned about the steep descent into the canyon. However, we had absolutely no problems. We camped in the farthest loop where it was very quiet during the week and busier on the weekend. The weather was fantastic, the campground staff were very helpful and the walking/hiking trails were absolutely top-drawer. The scenery was spectacular and the weather warm but not too hot which made it okay for our golden retriever as long he had shade and plenty of water. The visitors' center was interesting and the staff led a nature walk. Canyon is about 25 minutes away and has good shopping for groceries and opportunities for wireless internet. We took dozens of photos in this very picturesque park. We were warned of access roads blocked due to flash floods and we experienced that firsthand. This and a serious tornado threat were all part of the Palo Duro experience.