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10/2011
rating [ 7/10 ]
Monte Sano was a beautiful park. Sites were spacious, nice picnic table, fire ring, generally level. Bathrooms were quite nice for a state park. I am however, hooked on my technology and cell service was sporadic and had many dropped calls. Verizon air card in computer rarely got above one bar. If you are a hiker or love bicycling, this is a good place for you. Convenient to Huntsville. Tree cover is dense so no satellite TV either. Very quiet during the week, but on Friday the place filled up and got very busy. We stayed in a water/electric site only. There are only about 10 or 12 sewer sites on each of two loops.
10/2011
rating [ 9/10 ]
This campground is located 7 miles of the interstate but it is a nice find! Very quiet, plenty of room, friendly hosts. Wi-Fi was good - there is satellite hookup for TV. We have our own dish so we didn't use it. Very relaxing,each site had a picnic table, and nice fire ring. Creek also on the property. Adjacent to Rails to Trails. We stayed several days. It is in a rural area but we enjoyed it.
12/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a new small park right on Bienville Blvd. across from the public beach on Dauphin Island. There were very few other campers while we were there. When there are, the camping spots will be tight. There is a nice picnic table and concrete patio, and the owners are adding cable TV now. Owners were super friendly and nice. Of course, you are right across the road from the beach and it was beautiful. We were right next to the road and the road noise was noticeable during the day but never bothered us while sleeping. We had a great time.
12/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This was a nice campground. Very clean and neat. We only stayed overnight on the way to Dauphin Island, it was a good halfway point for us. Owner was friendly and helpful. This was a nasty day: rain and sleet started about dark. Easy setup, pretty level. Campground can be seen from I-65, but noise was not bad. Really didn't have chance to see much. It was great for an overnight stop.
07/2010
rating [ 10/10 ]
Wow! What a wonderful campground. We loved staying here. Soooo quiet. Wi-fi was great, bathrooms were some of the cleanest we have ever encountered. Staff was very nice, very helpful. There is generous room between sites, some trees but not too many. This campground is in the middle of a big meadow, bluebird box right by our campsite, a nuthatch visited our campsite every morning for crumbs! We made day trips to Cades Cove, Gatlinburg, and Pigeon Forge and Cheerokee. Did some geocaching and were able to walk to many of the cache sites. Loved all the flowers and birds at the campground. Rained two days while we were here, no problem with mud or water drainage. Has a concrete pad and nice picnic table at each site. Excellent place to visit!
04/2010
rating [ 7/10 ]
Campground is very full, but we were happy to have a site. We got a water/electric only site and will dump when we leave. Neighbors are nice, but can see what the other review was talking about. Campground does seem full of full-timers. We are several rows back in the campground but interstate noise is still very noticeable. Camp staff very nice and friendly. Campground has pool, playground. No dog noises, or noise from neighbors. We had Good Sam discount.
04/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
This is a great park. The laundry and showers were sparkling clean. Staff was very friendly, knowledgeable about Branson, and had good ticket deals. Park is undergoing some upgrades. Our site was shady, with gravel interior roads. Close enough to town so sightseeing is not a problem, but it's out in the country so you could relax when you got back from a day in town. Has a nice pool. Branson is pretty cool.
04/2010
rating [ 2/10 ]
This was our first experience with KOA. Train whistle, train whistle, clang, clang. The staff was nice and friendly. We had RV trouble and had to cancel our reservation, then ended up being able to make our reservation anyway. Unfortunately, KOA policy dictates you get your reservation fee deducted anyway. That's ok, our fault. Nice paved road leading up to campground, lots of activities for kids. Has a pool, jumping pillow, basketball court, pool. Train whistle, train whistle, clang, clang. Staff friendly and helpful. Cable TV didn't initially work, and staff was quick to come fix it. (Paid extra for the cable TV.) Wi-fi was fine. Laundry was very nice. Did have to wait until some of the semi-permanent residents finished folding their clothes on the washer that I had my clothes in before I could get them out and put them in the dryer. Clang, clang, train whistle, train whistle. Interior roads were rough, not conducive to bicycle riding, our picnic table was rotting and splintered. Neighbor's dog on a twenty foot leash, came and visited us while we were sitting outside in front our camper door. Several dogs were tied up outside of campers, felt sorry for them. Never heard them bark, probably because of train noise. KOA does have policies regarding dogs in the campground, but apparently they are not as important as the cancellation guidelines. Big picture: nice folks, if you like trains, you will LOVE this park. If you don't like trains, day to day, I would say, stay somewhere else.
03/2010
rating [ 8/10 ]
Beautiful view of the river. Really enjoyed that. Sewer too far away from camper. Had to move camper and dump as we left. Not crowded on this early weekend in March. Very nice host. Park was quiet and close to city conveniences without the noise.
04/2010
rating [ 9/10 ]
Site was level. Don't really gamble - but played a penny machine and had fun. Pets in view in campground but kept up and no annoying barking. Very friendly check-in staff at box office. Great stop if you like to gamble or an overnight. Not really a "camping" stop". Enjoyed it!
10/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
This park is a gem. All the reviews are on track. This park is the farthest from the Interstate but only about a mile on and well worth it. The park does cater to adults, no playgrounds or play areas, but that was fine with us. We had a great lake site and everyone was very friendly. There were a lot of dogs at the campground but all were well behaved and on leashes. We only heard barking once. The only problem I saw was very early one morning I followed a man around on a walk who allowed his dog to pee on the electric hookups and on the flower pots. I was truly indignant for the owners since the care and time given to landscaping this campground are very evident. The owners live on site and have made this a wonderful escape for a stopover or a vacation, very relaxing.
09/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
Joe Wheeler was a beautiful park. We saw deer and turkey all through the park. The campsites are spacious and well separated. There are only a few (5 or 6) in camp loop C that have a view of the water. The weekend we were there it poured rain, and we still enjoyed it. The lodge restaurant was fair; the service was great. The people were very friendly. The bathhouses were the cleanest I have ever seen. Excellent park. Alabama does have a 11% tax on that $21 fee. Seniors get a discount.
08/2009
rating [ 10/10 ]
This is one of the most beautiful campgrounds we have stayed in so far. There are a lot of sites here, but it was all still scenic. We had a lakeview site and it was level, roomy and clean. The sites off the lake were level and shady. There are lantern poles, a fire pit, and picnic table. This campground was maxxed out and we took a chance and went by on Labor Day weekend and as we pulled up someone else was leaving early. What luck! Even though it was full, it was quiet for a holiday weekend. We saw a sheriff's deputy car come through once. Everyone was super friendly! They are serious about the rules: pets included which we appreciated. Bath house was the cleanest we have ever seen: even on this holiday. We will definitely go back: but with reservations.
08/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
This is a friendly place, but a little overpriced in our opinion. We paid $27 a night, then had to pay $15 to fish (just my husband). They also charged him $4 for our four-year old, great niece to be able to cast out a line. (They did give her some worms) There is Wi-Fi but we didn't go find out how much more that cost. The sites are gravel: but it is big and small gravel with interspersed weeds. It was very uneven walking and there is nothing to do for children if you don't fish. The ponds are very scenic, but the reality is they are straight down a hillside and your chairs and the benches around the ponds are all tilted toward the pond. Also there is a very large gravel parking lot and a cafe between you and the ponds, so it is not a water-front view. Not great for old knees or small children. The cafe was good. We were there during Labor Day weekend and no extra entertainment was scheduled. We would stay here again if we were passing through and had to stop, but not as a destination. The sign now says Twin Lakes Catfish Farm and Pay Lake so like one of the other reviewers, I think the RV camp is just a sideline. There were no showers.
08/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Nice campground - all sites had picnic table, fire ring,lantern hook, and grill. Restrooms could use upgrading. We saw people cleaning them - but there ain't a lot you can do with old! Water at these sites is on the opposite side of electric. You will probably need two water hoses. Sites are also not for rookies who are learning to level. The park was not crowded and we found a fairly level one - but the majority are slanted with the back lower than the front. Very much in the woods. Most sites were secluded by trees even tho they were fairly close together. Lake is about a five minute drive away with two public swimming beaches. Marina and boat rentals also available. Great golf course. Lots of night spots around with live music in the summer.
07/2009
rating [ 8/10 ]
The grounds at this park were well kept. They are very neat and well mowed. It was our first camping trip in many years. There was shade for most sites although some sites did not have any. The bath house was pretty well kept - the showers were a pretty grungy, but not unbearable. (Reason for the 8) Some sites had an absolutely gorgeous lake view. There was a pier which we walked to each evening and a swim beach and pavilion within walking distance. The park was very kid friendly and had a lot of kids. There was a hayride both nights were were there. Dogs were on leashes. Mostly the park has trailer campers and fifth wheels. Sites were pretty level with a gravel base and picnic table, and lantern hook with grill and fire ring. The camp host was nice.
07/2009
rating [ 7/10 ]
Cedars was a nice campground. There were a lot of kids and the park has an Olympic size pool and frisbee golf. Many bicycler's old and young were in evidence. There was a country and gospel singing on Saturday night in the campground. Activities were posted for children to participate in. The park was very busy with traffic. We camped in campground 1. The sites were very close together. The fire pit for the campsite beside us lacked inches being under our slide out. Luckily no one was there. The sites were paved and had picnic tables, grills, lamp posts and the fire pit. They were just close and each site had anywhere from 3-6 cedar trees on it so there was lots of shade. Campground 2 is where we would stay next time. Our fifth wheel is 27 feet and we could fit over there and the sites were turned to be a little more private -- they did have gravel pads --and in a more wooded and isolated area. The staff and the camp host were very nice. There is a great outlet mall within about 7 miles and the city of Lebanon has many things to do. You are about 30 miles out of Nashville. There was no Wi-Fi here. Cell phones frequently lost their signal at the camper. We did get the 5 major stations out of Nashville on our digital TV. Bath house was old and the one shower came complete with spiders. There were speed bumps - 4 or 5 in all- on the turn off road to the campground. The play area for children and all the picnic pavilions were on this road as well as the campgrounds. We enjoyed it.
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