Cost of per night: 12 days @ $0 plus 90 days @ $15.50 seasonal rate ($465/month)
Discount: Thousand Trails
Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, and sewer. No cable TV.
Site number/quality: #112 in back section. Large site, level and mostly grassy, lots of shade, backs up to woods to the southwest. Rig faces Northwest.
Park Quality: This is our most visited Thousand Trails park. We stayed here five different times last winter. Nice neighborhood feel. Also close to a new church we started attending last winter, Live Oaks Community Church.
Access: Off FL-44, near I-75.
Connectivity: Verizon strong, AT&T strong with antenna, T-Mobile strong with antenna. OTA TV reception is very poor.
Return yes/no?: Probably
Notes: We are staying here on a seasonal rate from January through March. Plus we came in 12 days early at the end of December under our regular TT membership rate of “free”. We like it here. The campground is close to The Villages as well as Leesburg and Ocala FL. Lots to do in the area, especially for retirees.
Hook ups: 50 amp electric, water, sewer, and cable TV.
Site number/quality: #8. Gravel pad. Fairly level. Pull-through.
Park quality: We have mixed feelings about this campground. It has most of the important features we look for in a campground: level, pull-through sites; full hookups with 50 amp; not too many rundown annuals; and easy access from the highway with a nice roadway from the highway to the park. But some of the sites are short and most are tight. There’s lots of trees, which makes the campground kind of gloomy and claustrophobic. However, compared to other Thousand Trails parks we been to so far, we’d rate it slightly above average.
Notes: This is a return visit for us. It’s very convenient, and fairly close to Charleston and Savannah, which gave us a chance to easily visit each city. The campground is also close to Beaufort and Hilton Head. Beaufort is a somewhat sleepy and still quaint port town with a long history. It has a lovely riverfront. We really enjoyed our time there. Hilton Head on the other hand is a bustling upscale modern resort town with a fantastic beach. Though home to many retirees, it isn’t someplace that we’d ever want to live. Far too crowded.
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.
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.