Thousand Trails

Thousand Trails

We have an Elite Membership in Thousand Trails and stay with them about half the time. Next to boondocking and camp hosting, it can be the least expensive way to live nomadically. In other words, we don’t stay at Thousand Trails because we especially like them, but because we can afford them. For a full discussion of our experience, click to see Why We Chose Thousand Trails.

Below is a list of the Thousand Trails campgrounds we’ve stayed in since going full-time, listed in reverse chronological order.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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