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.
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.
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.
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.