Campgrounds

Campgrounds

We stay in a variety of campgrounds. Since we are members of Thousand Trails, it is our most common choice. Our second choice is usually a government park. We especially like Army Corp of Engineers. We then fill in the gaps with commercial parks, preferably ones that offer an RPI or Passport America discount.

Below is a list of all the campgrounds we’ve stayed in since going full-time, listed in reverse chronological order. Or you can click on any of the links above to see just those campgrounds.


Swamp Fox Campground - Florence SC

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 1 day
  • Cost per night: $35.00
  • Discount: Good Sam
  • Hook ups: 30 amp electric, water, sewer, and cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #123. Gravel pad. Fairly level. Pull-through. 
  • Park quality: Very rundown campground. However, next to interstate, so very convenient, but noisy. 
  • Access: Directly off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile OK.
  • Return yes/no?: No.
  • Notes: OK for overnight.
  • Website: Swamp Fox Campground

Raleigh Oaks RV Resort and Cottages - Four Oaks NC

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost per night: $36.00
  • Discount: Good Sam
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, sewer, and cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #412. Gravel pad. Fairly level. Grassy seating area. Wide pull-through sites. Easy parking. 
  • Park quality: Very nice campground. Neatly laid out. Most sites are pull-throughs. Reasonably priced considering how nice the park is. There are few trees, so could be hot in the summer. But the lack of trees made our stay more pleasant since we were there in the fall. There were some seasonals, but no run-down rigs. Very well managed park.
  • Access: Close to I-95 and US-301, but far enough way to not hear the road noise.
  • Connectivity: Verizon very strong, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile OK.
  • Return yes/no?: Yes.
  • Notes: Between Raleigh and Fayetteville NC. Close to major shopping in Smithfield about five miles away.
  • Website: Raleigh Oaks RV Resort and Cottages

Pocahontas State Park - Chesterfield VA

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 6 days
  • Cost per night: $37.50
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, but no sewer.
  • Site number/quality: #87. Gravel pad. Very level. Gravel seating area. Thickly wooded, but site was cleared. Easy parking. Our site is the newer “End Loop”, and was quite large. Quiet and fairly secluded. 
  • Park quality: Nice state park, with very nice campground. Not far from Richmond. Close to shopping in Chesterfield.
  • Access: Away from highways. Four miles off VA-10 and 15 miles off I-95.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Would love to.
  • Notes: There are lots of well maintained hiking trails in the park, and two lakes. There is also a small museum about the CCC, Civilian Conservation Corps, which originally built the park during the Depression. Unfortunately, it was cold and rainy most of the time we were here, so we weren’t able to enjoy the park as much as we had hoped. Becky took a day to drive into Richmond and take some pictures along the Canal Walk.
  • Website: Pocahontas State Park

Williamsburg RV & Camping Resort - Williamsburg VA

RATING: ♦♦
  • Length of stay: 8 days
  • Cost per night: $0.00
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer.
  • Site number/quality: #A86. Gravel and dirt pad. Fairly level. Concrete seating area surrounded by mostly bare ground. Heavily wooded. Our site was next to the highway and was quite noisy.
  • Park quality: Run down campground. Clearly was nice at one time, but buildings and sites are in need of upgrading. Lots of annuals. Close to interstate. The main advantage of this park is that it is not far from Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown. It is also a short distance from York River State Park.
  • Access: Directly off I-64.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, AT&T Strong with antenna, T-Mobile very strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Probably not.
  • Notes: There is a lot to do in this area. We very much enjoyed visiting Colonial Williamsburg. In fact we spent two days there.
  • Website: Williamsburg RV Camping Resort

Misty Mountain Camp Resort - Greenwood VA

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 4 days
  • Cost per night: $52.00
  • Discount: Good Sam
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer.
  • Site number/quality: #9. Gravel and dirt pad. Very level. Concrete seating area surrounded by grass.
  • Park quality: Nice campground, but overpriced. It is close to interstate. Not far from Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and Montpelier, home of James Madison, and Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia. The area is quite pretty with rolling hills and mountains all around.
  • Access: Directly off US-250 just off I-64.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, AT&T Strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Yes, if passing through.
  • Notes: We took a wonderful day trip to Monticello in nearby Charlottesville.
  • Website: Misty Mountain Camp Resort

Shenandoah Valley Campground - Mt Jackson VA

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 4 days
  • Cost per night: $42.00
  • Discount: Good Sam
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. But hook ups were placed at the front of the site and were hard to reach.
  • Site number/quality: #B-17. Gravel and dirt pad. Fairly level. Grass seating area. Newer campground with no shade.
  • Park quality: Small campground next to interstate. Convenient, but there is nothing to buffer the loud traffic noise. Not far from the Thornton Gap entrance to Shenandoah National Park. The valley is quite pretty, with rolling hills and mountains on either side. Lots of farms and orchards.
  • Access: Directly off I-81.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, AT&T Strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Yes, if passing through.
  • Notes: We took a nice drive along the northern section of the Skyline Drive, which runs for 105 miles through Shenandoah National Park. Also went to the 18th Annual Apple Harvest Celebration at Showalter’s Orchard in nearby Timberville .
  • Website: Shenandoah Valley Campground

Hershey RV and Camping Resort - Lebanon PA

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 8 days
  • Cost per night: $0.00
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer.
  • Site number/quality: #H-3. Gravel and dirt pad. Slightly unlevel. Nicely shaded. Site was terraced on the hillside. Though it was not very large, there was no one on our curb side, so we had an unobstructed view of the grounds and the lake below, making the site feel much larger than it actually was.
  • Park quality: One of the nicest Thousand Trails parks we have been to. Has lots of positive reviews, so others feel the same. The park itself is divided into four loops: A, B, and C, which are on the flats, and H, which is hilly but the sites are terraced. A is currently closed to the public. B and C loops have a surcharge for 50 amp. H loop has 50 amp with no surcharge.
  • Access: Accessed off US-322. Not far from either I-81 or I-76.
  • Connectivity: Verizon weak, Cricket/AT&T OK with antenna, T-Mobile weak.
  • Return yes/no?: Would love to.
  • Notes: The park is close to Hershey PA, home of the Hershey Chocolate Company and the company’s various tourist attractions: Hershey’s Chocolate World, Hersheypark, Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey Gardens, and of course the Giant Center, where America’s Largest RV Show is held each year. We visited Chocolate World, but our favorite by far was Hershey Gardens.
  • Website: Hershey RV and Camping Resort

Scotrun RV Resort - Scotrun PA

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost per night: $0.00
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: 30 amp electric, water, and no sewer. Free Cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #E-57. Gravel and dirt pad. Slightly unlevel, not very large. Heavily shaded.
  • Park quality: Convenient location for visitors to the Poconos. The park itself is up a fairly steep set of hills, and is a bit on the older side. Most of the sites are too small for a big rig of 40′ plus. Also many of the full hookup sites are taken by annual and seasonal campers, which is a common issue with TT parks. Many of them are older units in poor condition. We were only able to get a site without sewer. However, the park has a pump out service for $5.00. On the plus side, the staff is pleasant and helpful. The manager seems to be trying to make improvements.
  • Access: Easy access off I-80 along PA-611.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK Cricket/AT&T OK with antenna, T-Mobile OK.
  • Return yes/no?: Yes. The park is not the best, but the area is nice.
  • Notes: The park is close to Big Pocono State Park. This is the highest elevation the entire Pocono Mountains and has spectacular views. At the upper elevations, the fall colors were beautiful. The park is also near the Delaware Water Gap, where the Delaware River cuts through a large ridge of the Appalachian Mountains. We took an enjoyable day trip to both locations.
  • Website: Scotrun RV Resort

Tri-State RV Park - Matamoras PA

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 1 day
  • Cost per night: $41.00
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. New electric pedestals.
  • Site number/quality: #K. Gravel and dirt pad. Very level.
  • Park quality: Great location for travelers passing through on I-84 in the PA-NY line. It’s on the frontage road right off the expressway, which of course makes it a little noisy. The park itself is directly on the Delaware River and the riverfront is quite pretty. However, the campsites are not on the river. Instead, they are on what is essentially a large gravel parking lot next to the highway facing away from the river.
  • Access: Easy access off I-84 on frontage road.
  • Connectivity: Verizon weak, Cricket/AT&T OK with antenna, T-Mobile OK.
  • Return yes/no?: Only if necessary.
  • Notes: Just passing through the area. Very convenient overnight location. The park is called “Tri-State” because it is located where Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey meet. On the opposite bank of the river from the campground is the Tri States Monument. It was placed in 1882 to mark the meeting spot of the three states (though the exact tri-point is mid-river). Some people like to stand on the rock monument in order to be in three states at once. Technically called a trifinium, it is one of only 39 such tri-points in the country. There is only one point in the country where four states meet, the famous Four Corners quadrafinium that joins Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.
  • Website: Tri-State RV Park


Longview RV Superstore - Windsor Locks CT

RATING: ♦♦♦♦

We needed some work done on our motorhome, and chose Longview RV Superstore based on the recommendation of the local Freightliner shop. We dropped it off on Monday, and drove off in the car to spend a couple of days sightseeing in Mystic CT and Newport RI, which are not far away.

On Wednesday, we got the diagnosis on the problem we were having, which is pretty fast work for an RV shop. They had to order a part, which would take a few days to arrive.

When we explained that we lived in our motorhome, the service manager mentioned that they had overnight parking in the lot with electric and we were welcome to stay there for free while we waited.

The part arrived on the following Tuesday, and was installed on Wednesday. Ten days in all. Not the most glamorous vacation spot, but free is free.


Sturbridge RV Resort (TT) - Sturbridge MA

RATING:
  • Length of stay: 7 days
  • Cost per night: $0.00
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. Cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #D-15. Tiny dirt pad. Very unlevel front to back.
  • Park quality: Worst Thousand Trails park we have been to so far. Despite the name, the park is no resort. This came as no surprise to us. We had read many other reviews that said it is the worst TT in their opinion as well. Small sites, rundown facilities, lots of seasonals, bumpy dirt roads, and a tight turn on the way in and out of the campground. But it does have full hookups, and is centrally located in southern New England. Also very close to Old Sturbridge Village, which we did not have an opportunity to visit.
  • Access: Easy access off I-84.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, Cricket/AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile OK.
  • Return yes/no?: Only if necessary.
  • Notes: Used this park as a home base for visiting New England. Left the motorhome at the park and drove around the area by car. Visited Portsmouth, Portland, Kennebunkport, and Boston.
  • Website: Sturbridge RV Resort

Arrowhead Marina and RV Park - Schenectady NY

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost per night: $33.00
  • Discount: 10% Good Sam
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. Cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #20. Medium sized gravel and grass pad. Fairly level. Very shaded. Park has several loops. Sites are arranged in a circle on each loop. Each RV backs in toward the inside center of the loop with the camp road on the outer edge of the loop. This makes the backs of the RVs rather close to each other but gives the fronts of the RVs wide separation with decent space between each rig. Nice arrangement.
  • Park quality: Nice simple park. Nothing fancy. Right on Mohawk River portion of the Erie Canal. Park includes marina for boats traveling on the waterway, which is part of the Great Loop. Mostly older campers. Very relaxing.Large trees throughout the park.
  • Access: Easy access off I-90 at NY-5.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, Cricket/AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Absolutely!
  • Notes: Weather was beautiful. Wish we could have stayed longer. Lots to do, park is near Schenectady, Albany, and Troy. The park itself is very relaxing. We could have easily stayed for a couple of weeks. Took two day trips: one to Lake George NY and another to Bennington VT. Also saw Randy Newman in concert at the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy NY. He was great.
  • Website: Arrowhead Marina and RV Park

Belden Hill Campground - Harpursville NY

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 2 nights
  • Cost of stay: $32.50 per night
  • Discount: 10% Good Sam. 
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #3 in front, large, level gravel pad, gravel patio with picnic table. 
  • Park quality: Nice enough park. Good for one or two nights off the main interstate.
  • Access: Easy access off I-88 via NY-7. 
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, Cricket/AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile OK
  • Return yes/no?: Maybe
  • Notes: Just a short stay. Didn’t do much, didn’t even unhook. Just rest up, and catch up on some laundry.
  • Website: Belden Hill Campground

Hickory Hill Family Campground - Bath NY

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 6 days
  • Cost per night: $33.50
  • Discount: Half off seasonal rate
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. Cable TV.
  • Site number/quality: #5. Large grass pad. Fairly level. Some tree branches were in the way on the site, but maintenance came within a few minutes and cut them back for us. Very helpful staff. 
  • Park quality: Nice park. Multiple swimming pools. Lots of activities for kids.
  • Access: Easy access off I-86 through the small town of Bath NY. 
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, Cricket/AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Visited nearby Finger Lakes and wineries. Town of Bath is a pleasant, and well maintained village that retains its historic charm. Nearest big box store is 20 miles away, which is fine by us.
  • Website: Hickory Hill Family Campground

Allegany State Park - Salamanca NY

RATING: ♦♦
  • Length of stay: 1 day (reserved two nights, but left early)
  • Cost per night: $40 (but had to pay for two nights)
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #31. Small paved pad. Most sites were dirt and not level. 
  • Park quality: Nice old state park, but old campground had mostly small unlevel sites. We were unable to get into our original site because of deep ruts. The entrance to campground was very tight. Really not suitable for big rigs. Lovely old Administration Building on the lake built in the 1920s. Unfortunately, the weather was poor so we left a day early.
  • Access: Easy access off I-86. 
  • Connectivity: Verizon none, Cricket/AT&T weak with antenna, T-Mobile none
  • Return yes/no?: No
  • Notes: Visited nearby Seneca Allegany Resort and Casino.
  • Website: Allegany State Park

Kenisee Lake RV Campgound (TT) - Jefferson OH

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 13 days
  • Cost of stay: $52
  • Discount: Thousand Trails. However, there was a $4 per night surcharge for the 50 amp hookup, which are premium sites. 
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #14, large, level gravel pad, gravel patio with picnic table. 
  • Park quality: Above average Thousand Trails park. Nice park.
  • Access: Tricky access off OH 45. Google Maps and GPS take you under a very low bridge. However, the park’s website clearly warns against taking that route, and provides clear directions by an alternate road. A good reminder to always check the park’s website before arrival.
  • Connectivity: Verizon 3G only, Cricket/AT&T weak with antenna, T-Mobile none
  • Return yes/no?: Maybe
  • Notes: We spent the first weekend in Phoenix for sister Debbie’s birthday party. We both got sick on the flight back and spent Becky’s birthday and most of our time here recovering from the flu. We were able to take a nice day trip to visit several of the local covered bridges and wineries. Surprisingly picturesque area.
  • Website: Kenisee Lake RV Campground

Sandusky/Bayshore (KOA) - Sandusky OH

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $195
  • Discount: 10% KOA discount
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #67, level paved pad, concrete patio with picnic table.
  • Park quality: Typical KOA park. Sites very close to each other. Lots of kids. Two pools. Arrived just in time to see the solar eclipse. Unfortunately, it was only partial because we were too far north. We stayed here because it was convenient to visit some of our family.
  • Access: Easy access right off US 6 east of Sandusky OH on Lake Erie.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, Cricket/AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong.
  • Return yes/no?: Maybe
  • Notes: Met Judy and Bill for lunch. Also took a day trip to Put-In-Bay.
  • Website: Sandusky/Bayshore KOA

Maumee Bay State Park - Oregon OH

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 28 days as camper hosts plus 13 days as regular campers
  • Cost of stay: Free as camper host plus $192 as regular campers
  • Discount: Passport America as regular campers
  • Hook ups: Electric 30 amp only, with available water and dump
  • Site number/quality: Host site 38, plus 223 as regular campers. All sites in the campground are great. Most sites have lots of shade.
  • Access: Easy access right off OH Route 2 east of Toledo OH. On the southeastern shore of Lake Erie.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, Cricket/AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile OK
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Notes: Worked as camper hosts for four weeks.
  • Website: Maumee Bay State Park

Stoney Ridge (KOA) - Perrysburg OH

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost of stay: $235
  • Discount: 10% KOA discount
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #504, level gravel pad, concrete patio with wooden picnic table.
  • Park quality: At the lower end of KOA parks. We stayed there because it was convenient to our family.
  • Access: Easy access right off US 20 south of Perrysburg OH outside Toledo.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, Cricket/AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Perrysburg is our former home town. Here to visit family.
  • Website: Stoney Ridge KOA

Delaware State Park - Delaware OH

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 7 days
  • Cost of stay: $160
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 amp electric, no water or and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #24, level paved pad, surrounded by a large grass/muddy area, and shaded by densewoodlands all around. Many of the other sites were grassier, less shaded, and therefore less muddy.
  • Park quality: This is a nice park. Very large, 1,686 acres. The campground has four sections. Each section has a hub with five spokes leading out from the hub. Each spike ends in a cul-de-sac leading to about ten sites. Each hub has a shower house. All together the park has 211 sites. This unique layout provides a lot of space between sites.The park is located next toDelaware Lake, which was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control on the Olentangy River, which is upstream from Columbus. The lake is heavily used by boaters and fishermen. There is also a nice sandy beach inside the park, which is a short drive from the campground areas. There are many pleasant walking trails winding in and out of the woods along the lake. One major oversight is the total lack of bike paths.
  • Access: Easy access right off US 23 north of Columbus.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, Cricket/AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: We took a day trip to Columbus, which is just 35 miles away. Had a great meal at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus in German Village.
  • Website: Delaware State Park

Wilmington RV Resort (TT) - Wilmington OH

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 14 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: 30 Amp Electric, Water, and Sewer.
  • Site number/quality: #42, large gravel pad, small shade tree, surrounded by lots of grass. Backed up to wide grassy ravine.
  • Park quality: Typical Thousand Trails. Some sites are nice, some not so much. Many seasonal users. The first two days we stayed in a small lot in Loop C with only 30 Amp and water because it was the best available at the time. We asked the front desk to let us know if something better opened up. They were very nice, and called when a full hookup became available in Loop A. Much better site. A+.
  • Access: On OH 380, a few miles south of I-71, midway between Cincinnati and Columbus.
  • Connectivity: Verizon good, Cricket/AT&T good with antenna, T-Mobile weak.
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Visited Cincinnati twice. Met some friends, Doug and Eileen from RVillage, for dinner in Yellow Springs. A good time was had by all.
  • Website: Wilmington RV Resort

Indian Lakes RV Park (TT) - Batesville IN

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 7 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: 30 Amp electric, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: #34 in Phase Four. The site was fine, but unremarkable. Reasonably level and grassy.
  • Park quality: Very large Thousand Trails. Some sites are nice, some aren’t so nice. Many seasonal users. Some areas are near the lakes and are quite scenic. Very nice pool.
  • Access: Just off I-74, east of Cincinnati.
  • Connectivity: Verizon good, Cricket/AT&T good with antenna, T-Mobile weak.
  • Notes: Took a couple of day trips to Cincinnati
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Website: Indian Lakes RV Campground

Prophetstown State Park - West Lafayette IN

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $122
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 Amp Electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #151, level gravel pad, surrounding grass area, small shade trees nearby.
  • Park quality: Prophetstown is Indiana’s newest state park, established in 2004. There are two main campground areas, one has full hookups and the other only has electric. The park is located at the confluence of the Tippecanoe and Wabash Rivers. In addition to the campground, there is a working historic farm and a kid friendly aquatic center in the park. There are many pleasant walking trails winding in and out of the woods along the banks of the rivers. There are also miles of paved bike paths throughout the campground and park. One of the nicest parks we’ve been to for biking.
  • Access: Easy though circuitous access from I-65.
  • Connectivity: Verizon strong, Cricket/AT&T OK with antenna, T-Mobile none
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Prophetstown State Park is located next to the site of the Battle of Tippecanoe, which was fought on November 7, 1811, between American forces led by Governor William Henry Harrison of the Indiana Territory and Native American warriors associated with the Shawnee leader Tecumseh and his brother Tenskwatawa (commonly known as “The Prophet”). Tecumseh was an ally of the British, and together they were trying to keep the Americans from expanding into the Northwest Territory following the American Revolution. When the opposing sides met, Tecumseh was out of the area, and the Native Americans were led by the Prophet. Though the outcome of the battle was not decisive, Harrison claimed victory. He went on to become a popular public figure and eventually won the U.S. presidency. The Battle of Tippecanoe was a contributing factor leading to the War of 1812 with Britain. We found Prophetstown especially interesting because our former hometown, Perrysburg OH, is also the site of a similar battle fought by the Americans led by Harrison against the British army and Tecumseh’s Confederacy at Fort Meigs during the War of 1812. One of the bike paths led to a monument commemorating the tribes who were part of the Confederacy, including the Winnebago, which is the name of the company who made our motorhome.
  • Website: Prophetstown State Park

White River Campground - Cicero IN

RATING: ♦♦
  • Length of stay: 2 days
  • Cost of stay: $64
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 Amp Electric, water, and sewer.
  • Site number/quality: #98, large level concrete pad, nicely shaded.
  • Park quality: Hamilton County park. Very clean, on banks of the White River. Footbridge crosses river leading to hiking trail along the river on other side of campground.
  • Access: 8 miles off US 31, not far from northern Indianapolis suburbs.
  • Connectivity: Verizon good, Cricket/AT&T good with antenna, T-Mobile weak.
  • Return yes/no?: Yes if passing through
  • Notes: Canoe trips available on White River.
  • Website: White River Campground

Lincoln Trail State Park - Marshall IL

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost of stay: $135
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 50 Amp Electric, water nearby, and dump station
  • Site number/quality: #13, level raised fine gravel pad, surrounding grass area very wet and muddy.
  • Park quality: clean park, nice restaurant on lake in park. Two main campgrounds. We stayed in Plainview, which is fairly open with large trees. The other is Lakeside, which is tight with lots of trees.
  • Access: Easy access from IL 1, just off I-70.
  • Connectivity: Verizon weak, Cricket/AT&T OK with antenna, T-Mobile none
  • Return yes/no?: Yes if passing through
  • Notes: Busy Memorial Day weekday
  • Website: Lincoln Trail State Park

Ferne Clyffe State Park - Goreville IL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $65
  • Discount: None
  • Hook ups: 30 Amp Electric, water nearby, and dump station
  • Site number/quality: #50, level gravel pad, well shaded.
  • Park quality: clean park, narrow roads in campground close to trees.
  • Access: Easy access from IL 37, just off I-65, not far from I-57.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, Cricket/AT&T strong, T-Mobile OK
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: No campers in our area, had the place to ourselves except for wild turkeys and other birds. The park reminded us of Hocking Hills State Park in Ohio. Hilly with caves and lots of trees, really nice. One odd thing is that there wasn’t anyplace to check in when we arrived at the park. I called the ranger and was told to just set up on the site we had reserved online. We did see workers (mowers, etc) in the park, so I assumed somebody saw that we were there.
  • Website: Ferne Clyffe State Park

Two Rivers Campground - Nashville TN

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $144
  • Discount: Good Sam Club
  • Hook ups: 30 Amp Electric, water, and dump station
  • Site number/quality: #510, level gravel pad, corner site with small picnic table, view of other RVs
  • Park quality: clean park, nice managers, tight spaces, and very expensive.
  • Access: Easy access on Music Valley Dr, just off TN 155, not far from I-65. Good signage at campground entry.  Directly between Camping World and Cullum & Maxey Camping Center, with a large KOA two doors down.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, Cricket/AT&T strong, T-Mobile strong
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes:  Campground is two miles from Opryland Hotel and Nashville Palace. Close to restaurants and shopping. Not far (10 miles) to downtown Nashville. It gets 4 stars for location.
  • Website: Two Rivers Campground

Cullman Campground - Cullman AL

 

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 1 day
  • Cost of stay: $25
  • Discount: Good Sam Club
  • Hook ups: 50 Amp Electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #68, large and level gravel pad, pull-thru site with large picnic table, view of pasture with horses and mules
  • Park quality: small park, sites are close together, nice managers
  • Access: Just off I-65 and AL 157. Good signage to campground. But short county road into park is narrow and poorly maintained. Once inside the campground, the roads are OK.
  • Connectivity: Verizon OK, Cricket/AT&T strong, T-Mobile weak 
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes:  Campground is in a very rural setting with nothing to do. We would not consider it a destination campground. But we give it 4 stars for having what a camper needs for a one night stopover while traveling on I-65. 
  • Website: Cullman Campground

Gunter Hill Campground (COE) - Montgomery AL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 4 days
  • Cost of stay: $52
  • Discount: National Senior Pass
  • Hook ups: 50 Amp Electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #37, large and level concrete pad, gravel site with large picnic table, view of river thru the trees
  • Park quality: really nice park, paved roads in park (good for bike riding and walking), natural setting on the Alabama River. The campground has 142 sites. There are two sections: the Antioch Loop, which is older and has gravel sites without sewer, and the Catoma Loop, which is newly renovated and has concrete pads and sewer. We stayed in the Catoma Loop section.
  • Access: Not easy, 11 miles off I-65 & I-85, down county roads and city streets, including a final stretch thru a residential area. Once inside the campground, the roads are fine.
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket/AT&T and T-Mobile, weak Verizon
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Park is situated along Catoma Creek where it joins the Alabama River. The R.F. Henry Lock and Dam is a few miles downstream, and backs up the river into a series of small lakes upstream to Montgomery. The river is navigable from Montgomery all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile. The park is about 15 minutes from downtown Montgomery. We have driven through Montgomery a couple of times, but this time we decided to explore a bit. The downtown area is nice, especially the Visitor’s Center and adjacent river walk. There is a walking tour that takes you to several sites and museums around downtown, most associated with the civil rights movement. The temperature was in the 90’s during our visit here, too hot to walk. We wanted to take a river cruise, but it was booked up for the next couple of weeks. We also wanted to tour the Hyundai manufacturing facility, but it was booked up for the next couple of months! I (Becky) need to get on the ball and plan a little better. 
  • Website: Gunter Hill Campground

Eastbank Campground (COE) - Bainbridge GA

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 4 days
  • Cost of stay: $48
  • Discount: National Senior Pass
  • Hook ups: Electric and water w/dump station
  • Site number/quality: #29, large and level concrete pad, gravel site with large picnic table, view of lake and dam (across the street from the site)
  • Park quality: very nice small park, paved roads in park (good for bike riding and walking), no swimming pool or recreational amenities, natural setting on Lake Seminole, beautiful natural setting with great sunsets
  • Access: Easy, off U.S. 90, 1.5 miles north of Chattahoochee FL
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket/AT&T, weak Verizon, and no T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Park is situated along Lake Seminole, which is a man-made reservoir impounding the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers for 35 miles. The park is actually in Georgia, just across the state line from Florida. It was hard to keep track of the time because FL is in the Eastern time zone and Georgia is in Central. Whenever we left the park, we would be in Eastern time, and when we got back, we’d be in Central. Another challenge was the sugar ants. The park ranger warned us about them, and she wasn’t kidding. But all-in-all, it was a fun stay. We met up with a couple that we had camped next to at Stephen Foster State Park and hung out with them quite a lot. We went to dinner with them at a quirky little gourmet restaurant, Rutabaga Cafe
  • Website: Eastbank Campground

Stephen Foster State Park - White Springs FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 2 days
  • Cost of stay: $22
  • Discount: Florida Senior
  • Hook ups: Electric 30 amp & water, dump station
  • Site number/quality: #7 – Huge gravel site with a jungle vibe, lots of greenery between sites. Site is level and angled, easy to park.
  • Quality of park: Great park and campground. Sites are large and spread out. Some of the turns were a little tight for our moho, but manageable. Everything is clean and well kept.
  • Access to park:  Easy, about 3 miles off I-75.
  • Return? Yes
  • Notes: The Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center is part of the park. We had a nice time here, even though it was very hot (90 degrees +) and dry. There were a lot of song birds singing from early morning to evening, so beautiful! We weren’t bothered by mosquitoes at all, but gnats were bad.

Three Flags RV Park (TT) - Wildwood FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 18 days
  • Cost of stay: 10 days @ $172 / 8 days @ $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric 30amp, Water, Sewer
  • Site number/quality: #142 in back section. Large site, level and grassy, lots of shade and privacy between neighbors, backs up to cow pasture to the west. We had gone down to see Jennifer for a week, and returned to Three Flags for a couple more weeks before heading north for the summer.
  • Notes: Campground is close to The Villages as well as Leesburg FL. Lots to do in the area, especially for retirees.
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Website: Three Flags Campground

Ortona Locks South (COE) – Moore Haven FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 4 days
  • Cost of stay: $60
  • Discount: National Senior Pass
  • Hook ups: Electric and water w/dump station
  • Site number/quality: #51, large and level concrete pad, gravel site with covered picnic table, view out the front was the river (across the street from the site)
  • REPEAT STAY: See prevous
  • Website: Ortona Locks South
  • Notes: The campground is in a secluded setting along the Caloosahatchee River, but it is only 15 minutes from the town of Labelle where there are restaurants, gas stations, Walmart and other shopping. The park has paved roads, nice for walking or bike riding. There are no planned activities or swimming pool, but we enjoyed watching boats pass through the locks on their way along the Okeechobee Waterway. We also spotted a family of otters, many bird species and turtles, and a large alligator in the river below the dam. We enjoyed Easter weekend with Jennifer and the grandkids, who live about a half hour from the park. 

W.P. Franklin Locks Campground (COE) - Alva FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $45
  • Discount: National Senior Pass
  • Hook ups: Electric and water w/dump station
  • Site number/quality: #23, large and level concrete pad, gravel site with covered picnic table, backed up to river with view of lock, view out the front was the lagoon (across the street from the site)
  • Park quality: very nice small park, paved roads in park (good for bike riding and walking), no swimming pool or recreational amenities, natural setting on river with boat locks, beautiful natural setting
  • Mail: Did not accept mail or packages
  • Access: Easy, off 2-lane SR 78, 15 minutes east of I-75 near North Fort Myers
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket/AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Park is situated along the Caloosahatchee River, 15 minutes from North Fort Myers where there are restaurants and shopping. Only 10 minutes to Jennifer’s house and about a half hour to Ft. Myers. Website: W.P. Franklin Locks

Three Flags RV Park (TT) - Wildwood FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 13 days
  • Cost of stay: $214
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric 30amp, Water, Sewer
  • Site number/quality: #142 in back section. Large site, level and grassy, lots of shade and privacy between neighbors, backs up to cow pasture to the west. Great sunsets.
  • Notes: Campground is close to the Villages as well as Leesburg FL. Lots to do in the area, especially for retirees.
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Website: Three Flags Campground

Clerbrook Golf and RV Resort (TT) – Clermont FL

Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 14 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric 50amp, Water, Sewer
  • Site number/quality: #505, spacious, level and grassy site, with a large shade tree on the driver’s side. A little too much sun on the yard side in the late afternoon, even with awnings, but site is great most of the day.
  • Notes: We can only stay 2 weeks at a TT campground during the high season, so we’ve moved around quite a bit this winter. After this stay, we’ll be heading back to Three Flags again, where we’ll be for a few weeks (high season is over at the end of March). Three Flags and Clerbrook are about 1/2 hour drive apart. We like them both.
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Website: Clerbrook Golf and RV Resort

Three Flags RV Park (TT) - Wildwood FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric 50amp, Water, Sewer
  • Site number/quality: #76? second from last row in the front section. Large pull-thru site, level and grassy, but no shade and no privacy between neighbors.
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Website: Three Flags Campground

Salt Springs Recreation Area - Fort McCoy FL

Rating: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 14 days
  • Cost of stay: $292.00
  • Discount: FL Senior
  • Hook ups: Electric 50amp, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: #85 for 5 nights, then moved to #20. Both were large and level, and all sites are on paved parking area with grassy yard, but #20 was larger and quieter, back further in the campground., and it was perfectly situated with morning sun plus a shade tree for afternoon.
  • Park quality: So rare to have full hookups at a state park, big plus for that. You can walk, ride a bike, or drive to the springs which are in a beautiful woodsy area with paved stairs down into the water. The water is a constant 72 degrees, refreshing, clear and clean. Bring your goggles to watch the fish and your rubber raft to bob around as you sunbath.
  • Mail: Mail, UPS, and FedEx all received at the ranger station
  • Access: Far off the beaten path, about 15 miles on a narrow two-lane road, but the road is in good shape so not too bad
  • Connectivity: Virtually none, sometimes a little Verizon at your site, and sometimes a little wifi up at the ranger station
  • Return yes/no?: It’s not along the way to anyplace else, so probably wouldn’t make another special trip to this park, as much as we liked it. 🙁
  • Notes: Loved this park, but it is about 30 minutes to a decent grocery store, and it is hard to go without a cell connection for more than a couple of days. It is about an hour to the Atlantic coast. We took a day trip to St Augustine.
  • Website: Salt Springs Recreation Area

Three Flags RV Park (TT) - Wildwood FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 9 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric 50amp, Water, Sewer
  • Site number/quality: #186, tree a little too close to front door (cannot open small awning) but is nice to have the shade, site is mostly sandy dirt, not perfectly level but good enough.
  • Notes: Had our roof ladder replaced. It was damaged from backing up into a tree limb at our previous campground, Clermont Golf and RV Resort. Moral of the story: look up, look down, look all around.
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Website: Three Flags Campground

Clerbrook Golf and RV Resort (TT) – Clermont FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 14 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric 50amp, Water, Sewer
  • Site number/quality: #507, spacious and shady, grassy with concrete patio, level
  • Park quality: very nice, with golf course in center of park, paved roads in park (good for bike riding), 3 swimming pools, shuffle board, with a lot of well maintained permanent sites
  • Access: Perfect, on US Hwy 27
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket AT&T and T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • David’s Eggs Benedict Review: Keke’s Breakfast Cafe in Clermont – somewhat expensive, but just okay and not all that exceptional
  • Notes: This park is used for overflow by Orlando RV Park (TT). We were booked here because Orlando RV Park was full. It’s very close to shopping and lots of things to do. Attended a live blues festival at the Lakeridge Winery, which is nearby. Good music and great food. Admission only $2.00 each.
  • Website: Clerbrook Golf and RV Resort

Peace River RV Park (TT) - Wauchula FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 14 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric/Water/Sewer available, but we stayed in section with electric and water with free honey wagon
  • Site number/quality: #C55, nice and shady, grassy, acceptably level
  • Notes: Visited Solomon’s Castle, and stopped for strawberry shortcake at Parkesdale Farm Market in Plant City on the way back from the Tampa RV Supershow.
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Website: Peace River RV Park

Soledad Canyon (TT) - Acton CA

RATING: ♦♦♦♦

Did not stay at this park. Checked it out while in LA for Steve’s funeral. Looked great, large level sites in beautiful canyon, about 40 minutes from San Fernando Valley. Will stay here if in the area.

Website: Soledad Canyon


Orlando RV Resort (TT) - Clermont FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 14 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric 50amp, Water, Sewer
  • Site number/quality: #G86, grassy, mostly level with concrete pad, far corner of the park not close to pool and clubhouse and trash, quiet
  • Notes: Spent two pleasant days at Disney Springs without paying for anything but lunch – cheap fun.
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Website: Orlando RV Resort

Ortona Locks South (COE) – Moore Haven FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 14 days
  • Cost of stay: $210
  • Discount: National Senior Pass
  • Hook ups: Electric and water w/dump
  • Site number/quality: #11, large and level concrete pad, gravel site with covered picnic table, backed up to large natural area with grazing cows, view out the front was the river (across the street from the site)
  • Park quality: very nice small park, paved roads in park (good for bike riding and walking), no swimming pool or recreational amenities, natural setting on river with boat locks, beautiful natural setting
  • Mail: Did not accept mail or packages
  • Access: Easy, off 4-lane SR 80, 15 minutes east of LaBelle
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket AT&T and T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Park is 15 minutes from closest town of LaBelle where there are restaurants and Walmart. About half hour from Jennifer, and one hour to Ft. Myers. Enjoyed Christmas Eve and Day with Jennifer and the grandkids.
  • Website: Ortona Locks South

Peace River RV Park (TT) - Wauchula FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric/Water/Sewer
  • Site number/quality: C street, very shady, sandy, acceptably level
  • Park quality: nice, with lots of trees, trail along the Peace River, swimming pool, pickle ball
  • Access: Perfect, on US Hwy 17
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket AT&T and T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Peaceful and quiet, but not much to do in the area. Walmart is in nearby Wauchula, but other shopping about 30 miles away.
  • Website: Peace River RV Park

Orlando RV Resort (TT) - Clermont FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 13 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric 50amp, Water, Sewer
  • Site number/quality: #G87, grassy, mostly level with concrete pad, far corner of the park not close to pool and clubhouse and trash, quiet
  • Park quality: very large park, nice, paved roads in park (good for bike riding and walking), 2 nice swimming pools plus wading pool and jacuzzi, shuffle board, pickle ball, tennis
  • Mail: Accepts USPS mail, UPS and FedEx
  • Access: Perfect, on US Hwy 27
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket AT&T and T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: This park is close to Orlando and Disney, lots to see and do
  • Website: Orlando RV Resort

Three Flags RV Park (TT) - Wildwood FL

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 19 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric 50amp, Water, Sewer
  • Site number/quality: site was in the far back of the front section, grassy, shady, level, and quiet except for the noisy cows.
  • Park quality: very nice, paved roads in park (good for bike riding and walking), seems to be exceptionally well managed, nice swimming pool, shuffle board, pickle ball, some highway noise in some areas
  • Mail: Accepts USPS mail, UPS and FedEx
  • Access: Perfect, on US Hwy 44
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket AT&T and T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes, booked for 3 months winter 2018
  • Notes: This park is very close to the Villages, lots to do in the area. Also close to I-75.
  • Website: Three Flags Campground

Jacksonville North (KOA) - Kingsland GA

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $126
  • Discount: KOA discount 15%
  • Hook ups: Electric, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: I have no idea.
  • Park quality: I don’t remember this park.
  • Mail: Not sure
  • Access: Not sure
  • Connectivity: Not sure
  • Return yes/no?: I think yes? (got good reviews)
  • Notes: This was a stop on the way to Florida. David was sick from travelling to LA to see Steve. Weather was not that great. The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was really cool though. And we had a nice lunch on Amelia Island at Sandy Bottoms Beach Restaurant, right on the sand beach.
  • Website: Jacksonville North/St. Mary’s KOA

The Oaks at Point South (TT) - Yemassee SC

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric, water, sewer (I think)
  • Site number/quality: Fine, nothing memorable.
  • Park quality: Don’t remember much about it.
  • Mail: Not sure
  • Access: Not sure
  • Connectivity: Not sure
  • Return yes/no?: Probably, it’s a TT. But frankly, it wasn’t that memorable.
  • Notes: This was a stop on the way to Florida between Savannah and Charleston. Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to see either city. Next time we will try to visit both.
  • Website: The Oaks at Point South RV

Myrtle Beach State Park - Myrtle Beach SC

RATING: ♦♦♦+
  • Length of stay: 14 days
  • Cost of stay: $497
  • Discount: No discount
  • Hook ups: Electric and water w/dump
  • Site number/quality: Circle 5, wooded site with full shade, sandy dirt, mostly level
  • Park quality: large state park in natural forest setting on the Atlantic Ocean with nice large sandy beach, boardwalk and pier, paved roads in park
  • Access: On main highway, but lots of traffic
  • Connectivity: Strong Cricket AT&T and T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Nothing wrong with park, but would not return. Area is too congested and busy for our taste. Plus the mosquitoes were murder.
  • Notes: We were there to be close to Bob and Reggie. Park is about half hour from their home, and is very well situated for site-seeing, shopping, and activities in and around Myrtle Beach. Took in a regretable Elvis show, visited Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, and flew out to visit Steve one last time.
  • Website: Myrtle Beach State Park

Sycamore Lodge Resort (PRI) - Jackson Springs NC

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 8 days
  • Cost of stay: $80
  • Discount: RPI Preferred
  • Hook ups: Electric and water w/dump
  • Site number/quality: Up slight incline, mostly level, but sandy and no privacy between sites in the area we stayed
  • Park quality: park was nice, with lots of trees, small pond with paddle boats to rent, swimming pool, shuffle board, mini golf, nice lodge with camp store, roads in park were either sand or gravel
  • Access: a few miles off main road, with turn onto narrow road into park
  • Connectivity: Can’t remember
  • Return yes/no?: Maybe. Park was ok, but not much going on in the area
  • Notes: Went to North Carolina State Fair, which was about 90 minutes from the park in Raleigh.
  • Website: Sycamore Lodge Resort

Forest Lake RV Park (TT) - Advance NC

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 6 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: electric only for first 4 nights, then electric and water w/dump
  • Site number/quality: stayed in nice grassy overflow area for first 4 nights, lots of space between RV’s, level, but no trees, then moved to FHU site for last 2 nights, which was fine but a little close to neighbors
  • Park quality: nicely maintained, with swimming pool, paved roads, a little hilly
  • Access: Just off the state highway.
  • Connectivity: Fine, David was able to work
  • Return yes/no?: Yes, but the campground is really special
  • Notes: Went to Old Salem in Winston-Salem, NC
  • Website: Forest Lake RV Park

Fancy Gap KOA - Fancy Gap VA

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost of stay: $200
  • Discount: KOA 15%
  • Hook ups: Electric 50amp, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: Don’t remember site number, but it was up on second from top level, on the small side, but shady and level
  • Park quality: Nicely maintained, but on side of mountain and road up to the sites is very steep. Did not use any amenities because it rained the whole time we were there. Hurricane Matthew was pounding the east coast, so we extended our stay from 3 to 5 days while we waited for the storm to pass.
  • Access: Easy access, close to I-77
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Couple of tunnels through the mountains on I-77 north of the park, and a steep decline down I-77 when leaving the park and heading south. All very manageable, but can be tricky if weather is bad or foggy. The campground literally backs up to Blue Ridge Parkway. There is an entrance right next the the park. We drove to the Blue Ridge Music center about 30 miles away, and listened to some wonderful local musicians. Unfortunately, it was very cloudy on that day, and the drive itself was a bit disappointing. Fancy Gap is also not far from Mount Airy NC, which is the home town of Andy Griffith and the prototype for Mayberry. We took a tour of the Mayberry Spirits Distillery, and also had some fine Bar-B-Que in a local restaurant.
  • Website: Fancy Gap KOA

Little Beaver State Park - Beaver WV

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $78
  • Discount: Senior 10%
  • Hook ups: Electric, Water, w/dump
  • Site number/quality: Site 22, long pull-thru, level enough, private and woodsy, close to hiking trail
  • Park quality: Nice park, but a little tight getting to campground with our 40′ motorhome. We hiked the trail to the dam (not far), but didn’t have time to explore the park other than that.
  • Access: Few miles from I-77
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Website: Little Beaver State Park

Salt Fork State Park - Lore City OH

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 9 days
  • Cost of stay: $243
  • Discount: none
  • Hook ups: Electric only, w/dump
  • Site number/quality: First site #E11 was large and private, on cul de sac, but the site was too slopey, couldn’t get level. After a couple of days, we moved to site #E22 which was great, large and level with a shade tree.
  • Park quality: Huge park, nicely maintained, a bit hilly. Lodge looked like it could use some updating, but was clean. We were there off season, so not much going on.
  • Access: Easy access from I-77
  • Connectivity: Spotty
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: We ended up extending our stay by a few days because we liked the park and bad weather was predicted in the days ahead. Made a visit to the old Cambridge glass factory.
  • Website: Salt Fork State Park

Pier-Lon Park - Medina OH

RATING: ♦♦♦+
  • Length of stay: 2 days
  • Cost of stay: $72
  • Discount: none
  • Hook ups: Electric, Water, Sewer
  • Site number/quality: Don’t remember, but was close to the front of the park, across from Judy and Bill’s seasonal site. Site was level and grassy.
  • Park quality: Nice family-owned Christian park, well-maintained. We were there off season, and only stayed 2 nights, so didn’t take advantage of any activities or amenities.
  • Access: Off country roads, but not far from I-71
  • Connectivity: Don’t remember
  • Return yes/no?: To visit Judy and Bill
  • Website: Pier-Lon Park Campground

Maumee Bay State Park - Oregon OH

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 31 days
  • Cost of stay: $620
  • Discount: Passport America
  • Hook ups: Electric 30amp only, with available water and dump
  • Site number/quality: Couple different sites, don’t remember the numbers, but all sites in the campground are great except for the few that had trees cut down due to ash borer. Those sites are fine, but not much shade.
  • Notes: Moved Mom from her cottage home to the big house during this stay. Park management accommodated our situation and agreed to extend our stay past the 14 day limit, especially since our extended time was past Labor Day. Revisited the Toledo Zoo. It is a treasure. It’s easy to under appreciate home town attractions. Also went to the German-America Festival, another great home town attraction, and the next day had lunch with family at the Mon Ami Winery on Catawba Island.
  • REPEAT STAY: See previous
  • Website: Maumee Bay State Park

Bear Cave Resort (TT) - Buchanan MI

RATING: ♦♦
  • Length of stay: 13 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric, water, and sewer
  • Site number/quality: #119, small and no privacy between sites, but site was level and grassy
  • Park quality: Park is a run down, pool was clean but needs to be resurfaced, trails are woodsy and ok, river is pretty.
  • Mail: Mail, UPS, and FedEx are accepted at the office.
  • Access: Park is a few miles off US 31, on a 2-lane country road. The drive into the park is long, gravel, and very potholed.
  • Connectivity: Had to walk up to the office to make phone calls.
  • Return yes/no?: Yes, but only if in the area, wouldn’t make a special trip.
  • Notes: We were surprised to find that the area around the park is filled with nice wineries. The area is hilly and pretty. Ate at Bert’s Breakfast Korner – Best Eggs Benedict ever. Toured Fernwood Botanical Gardens, which was just across the river. And enjoyed an pleasant evening at the Gravity Winery.
  • Website: Bear Cave RV Campground

Timberlake Resort (RPI) - Mears MI

RATING: ♦♦
  • Length of stay: 7 days
  • Cost of stay: $105.00
  • Discount: RPI (not preferred)
  • Hook ups: Electric 30amp and water, with dump
  • Site number/quality: #101, sandy, woodsy, down low at the end of the road, with odd unfriendly neighbors that appeared to be annuals.
  • Park quality: Large park with a lot of annuals or permanent residents who were not welcoming. Lots of shade, roads were paved so bike riding was ok. Across the street from Lake Michigan, but not much of a beach.
  • Access: Twisty back roads, but not too bad
  • Connectivity: Not good, even using park wifi. We did not have Verizon, only Cricket AT&T and T-Mobile.
  • Return yes/no?: Maybe. We loved the area, but would try to find another park, possibly a state park, if we’re back that way again. 
  • Notes: Visited the charming town of Pentwater and went the beach at Mears State Park, which is just a few blocks from downtown. Also visited Ludington to see the car, truck, and RV ferry, the SS Badger, that crosses Lake Michigan from Manitowoc WI and is actually part of U.S. Hwy 10.
  • Website: Timberlake Resort and RV Club

Timberline Campground - Benzonia MI

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $111.00
  • Discount: none
  • Hook ups: Electric 50amp, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: Don’t remember, but the site was a large gravel pull-thru, mostly sunny with a shade tree
  • Park quality: Fine, easy in and out, everything worked good. It was nice to have full hook ups and be back in civilization after boondocking at Fishermans Island.
  • Access: Easy on US 31
  • Connectivity: Good T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Visited Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
  • Website: Timberline Campground

Fishermans Island State Park - Charlevoix MI

RATING: ♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost of stay: $73.00
  • Discount: none
  • Hook ups: boondocking, no services
  • Site number/quality: #21, site was really a bit too tight for our 40′ moho, but we managed to get backed in with the help of a neighbor. Site was secluded and very woodsy and sandy, was level enough.
  • Park quality: Park was exactly as described, with rolling dunes covered with maple, birch, and aspen, broken up by bogs of cedar and black spruce. The park is large, with 5 miles of unspoiled Lake Michigan shoreline. The campground is rustic, but clean and well managed. The beach is great!
  • Access: Easy access, on US 31, just south of Charlevoix
  • Connectivity: Verizon ok
  • Return yes/no?: No, but only because our motorhome is too big, despite what they say.
  • Notes: Charlevoix is just down the road from the park, and Petosky is a short drive northeast on US 31. Other small towns in the area are worth the drive. Beautiful area. We spent a lot of time in Charlevoix, and took a day trip through the Tunnel of Trees to Legs Restaurant in Cross Village.
  • Website: Fisherman’s Island State Park

Lake of the North Resort (RPI) - West Branch MI

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 13 days
  • Cost of stay: $130.00
  • Discount: RPI Preferred
  • Hook ups: Electric, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: Not sure of the site number, but it was on the end of a row in the middle of the park. These sites are all narrow with no privacy and little-to-no shade. The roads are dusty gravel. Because we were on the end, we got dusted by everyone that drove by. At the end of the stay, I just wanted to hose down the moho, inside and out. The site was level and hookups were fine.
  • Park quality: Park was clean, pool and pool area were large and clean. Park is on a small lake where you could fish and rent paddle boats. The park itself is small, but it is in a quiet area surrounded by cow pastures where we could ride our bikes.
  • Mail: Yes
  • Access: Easy access, a short drive off I-75
  • Connectivity: Verizon ok
  • Return yes/no?: No
  • Notes: As RPI members, this was a budget-friendly stay for us. Went back to Bay City for the Tall Ships Celebration. Very cool.
  • Website: Lake of the North Resort

Bay City State Park - Bay City MI

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 7 days
  • Cost of stay: $198.00
  • Discount: no discount, and need to buy MI vehicle pass
  • Hook ups: Electric 50amp and water, no sewer but convenient dump station
  • Site number/quality: Don’t exactly remember, but by looking at the map, I believe it was #23 or #25. The site was large and level, with shade and a few shrubs between us and our neighbor. The site was grass and dirt. We were on the edge of the park, with nobody behind us.
  • Park quality: The park is huge, with miles of paved bike trails that go to the beach and thru the wetlands and into town. The park roads are paved. Lots of families camping when we were there. Great spot! The sandy beach is nice, but the water had too much algae for swimming.
  • Access: Easy access, a short drive off I-75
  • Connectivity: Verizon ok
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Came back to see the Tall Ships Celebration that toured the Great Lakes and anchored at Bay City a week after we left.
  • Website: Bay City State Park

Saint Clair RV Resort (TT) - St Clair MI

RATING: ♦♦
  • Length of stay: 12 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: #C9, which was on the end of a row of very close, tight sites. The site was grassy and had a shade tree. We felt fortunate to snag this site on the end. Site selection is first come/first served, and there were very few available sites when we arrived.
  • Park quality: The park is large and spread out, with a lot of permanent or annual residents. It was in great need of TLC. The sites were weedy and sometimes indistinguishable from one another. The pool had been closed for some time, the manager mentioned she was getting quotes for a new pool. The roads were dusty, pitted gravel.
  • Mail: Yes
  • Access: Easy access, just off I-94
  • Connectivity: Verizon ok
  • Return yes/no?: Would not make a special trip to this campground, but would stay again if in the area, only because it is free to us as TT members.
  • Notes: The cities of St Clair and Port Huron are nice, with boardwalks along the beautiful St Clair River. The Blue Water Bridge to Canada is close by. Port Huron has a wonderful Farmers Market on the river’s edge. Beautiful.
  • Website: St Clair RV Resort

Maumee Bay State Park - Oregon OH

RATING: ♦♦♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 14 days
  • Cost of stay: $322.00
  • Discount: Passport America or Golden Buckeye (can’t remember)
  • Hook ups: Electric 30 amp only, with available water and dump
  • Site number/quality: Site #40, very large, level, grassy, and private.
  • Park quality: Wonderful large park, all sites are paved, and most have trees or bushes to separate you from your neighbors. The park is clean and appears to be well managed. There are hiking and bike trails throughout. The park is on the shallow end of Lake Erie, so the water is not good for swimming but is nice to walk along. The lodge has a very nice restaurant. Park is very quiet overall, but be prepared to wake early to song birds singing like they know the score!
  • Mail: Mail, UPS, and FedEx are accepted at the ranger office.
  • Access: Easy access off Rt 2
  • Connectivity: Accepable Cricket AT&T and T-Mobile
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Moved completely out of our house and into the motorhome during this stay, which completed the process of our being full-time nomads. This park feels like home to us, and it will always be our first choice when we are in the area. 
  • Website: Maumee Bay State Park

Indian Lakes RV Park (TT) - Batesville IN

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 1 day
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: Don’t remember site number, but it was in Phase Four of the park, behind the KOA section. The site was fine, but unremarkable. No privacy, no shade, but level and grassy.
  • Notes: Slide fixed, returned to pick up moho from Lee’s Country RV
  • REPEAT STAY:  See previous
  • Website: Indian Lakes RV Campground

Indian Lakes RV Park (TT) - Batesville IN

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: Don’t remember site number, but it was in Phase Two in the front of the park. The site was a pull-thru, gravel and grass, but no shade. It had been raining a lot, and the gravel parking area drained well, but the grassy area did not. We had to spread plastic over the mud to get to the hookups.
  • Park quality: Our stay was short and the weather was bad, but we were able to take a short walk around and explore a little. The park seemed to be well managed, and looks like it could be fine during the summer. It is very large and spread out, with a pond and golf course. Park has the usual permanent residents.
  • Access: Easy access, a short drive off I-74
  • Connectivity: Verizon ok
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Our slide broke as we were getting ready to leave. Lee’s Country RV sales and service is directly across the street from the park. They sent a couple of guys over to muscle in the slide so the moho could be driven to their service garage. We left the moho there to be fixed, and drove home to Toledo until it was ready to pick up. (See next campground…)
  • Website: Indian Lakes RV Campground

Diamond Caverns (TT) - Park City KY

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 6 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: Don’t remember, but it was along the A row, maybe #A6 or #A7. These sites are long back-ins that are not especially level, they slope down toward the road. They are large enough, but have no privacy between sites and not much shade. Parking areas are gravel and sites are grassy.
  • Park quality: The park is ok, seems clean enough, but there are a lot of permanent residents who have the best spots. For those of us passing thru, the sites we have to pick from are the ones mentioned above, along row A, or the ones along row B which are pull-thru’s that go front to back/back to front, so you share a common outdoor space with your neighbor. They are also small sites, so it would be especially uncomfortable if you didn’t know or like your neighbor.
  • Access: Easy access, a short drive off I-65
  • Connectivity: Verizon ok
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: The park is just at the entrance to Mammoth Cave National Park. The National Corvette Museum a short drive down I-65. We extended our stay here due to 8 inches of snow predicted up north.
  • Website: Diamond Caverns RV Park

Campers RV Park - Columbia TN

RATING: ♦♦
  • Length of stay: 2 days
  • Cost of stay: $64.00
  • Discount: none
  • Hook ups: Electric, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: Don’t remember, just passing thru on the way home from Florida.
  • Park quality: Ok
  • Access: Easy, just off I-65
  • Connectivity: Verizon ok
  • Return yes/no?: Not unless we had to
  • Notes: Happened to be the annual Mule Day celebration in Columbia, so we went into town and enjoy the festivities.
  • Website: Campers RV Park

Hidden Cove RV Park (TT) - Arley AL

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost of stay: $0
  • Discount: Thousand Trails
  • Hook ups: Electric, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: #27 or #28 I think, can’t remember exactly. The site was a nice level pull-thru, with gravel parking and grassy yard area with shrubs for privacy between neighbors, and a shade tree.
  • Park quality: Small park nestled down low along Lewis Smith Lake. The weather was rainy while we were there, and it was off season, so we didn’t take advantage of the activities or amenities, but we explored the lake shore which is beautiful. The park has a boat launch and fishing deck. The swimming pool is in a strange location, pretty far from the camping area. It was closed and looked forlorn when we were there.
  • Mail: No
  • Access: Park is quite a way off the beaten path. Scary road leading to the park entrance, steep downhill, narrow and twisty.
  • Connectivity: No connection, the park is down in a hole
  • Return yes/no?: Surprisingly, yes
  • Notes: The lake area is very cool, would come back to explore when weather is better.
  • Website: Hidden Cove RV Resort

Sumter Oaks RV Park (SKP) - Bushnell FL

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 5 days
  • Cost of stay: $110.00
  • Discount: Escapees
  • Hook ups: Electric, water, sewer
  • Site number/quality: Not sure of number, but the site was in the large grassy area in the middle of the park. It was level and spacious, with a shade tree.
  • Park quality: Park is older and a little run down, but fine overall. Many long-term seasonal residents. The roads in the park were narrow and tight for our moho.
  • Access: Easy, not far from I-75
  • Connectivity: Verizon ok
  • Return yes/no?: Yes
  • Notes: Smart Weigh, had our steps fixed, visited Jennifer about 3 hour drive south
  • Website: Sumter Oaks RV Park

North Florida Fairgrounds - Tallahassee FL

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 6 days
  • Cost of stay: $95.00
  • Discount: Price was for the RV-Dreams Boondocking Rally
  • Hook ups: none
  • Site number/quality: We parked in a circle with the other RVers in a large grassy field at the fairgrounds. There was a dump station on the grounds.
  • Park quality: The venue was nice, typical of fairgrounds.
  • Mail: Yes
  • Access: Off I-10, had to drive thru the west side of Tallahassee, busy city streets
  • Connectivity: Verizon ok
  • Return yes/no?: While the rally was fun and informative, and the fairgrounds were fine, we would not want to stay in a spot this close to a city again, so no.
  • Notes: Boondocking rally was just what we needed at the time. P.S. Several ladies, including Becky decided to get a short haircut. Wine was involved.
  • Website: North Florida Fairgrounds

Big Lagoon State Park - Pensacola FL

RATING: ♦♦♦
  • Length of stay: 3 days
  • Cost of stay: $84.00
  • Discount: none
  • Hook ups:
  • Site number/quality: Site was small and tight with low hanging tree branches, probably too small for our moho. Too sandy (of course, close to the gulf coast) live and learn
  • Park quality: Hard to tell as it rained the whole time we were there. The park has walking trails and boardwalks throughout, very natural Florida setting.
  • Access: Good roads to the park
  • Connectivity: Verizon ok
  • Return yes/no?: Probably not, wasn’t a good experience, no fault of the park, but was so wet and sandy during our stay, a mess.
  • Notes: Stayed here while changing domicile to Florida from Ohio, and started the process of our becoming full-time nomads.
  • Website: Big Lagoon State Park