About MissouriBird

Retired Social Studies teacher. Husband retired from a lifetime on the road driving big trucks. Love history, scenery and road trips. Have been to 49 states, most of Canada and Europe. Enjoy all kinds of places--but our two road trips to Alaska are at the top of the list.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Barkcamp State Park, Belmont, Ohio

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

Stayed at this lovely State Park for an overnight stay on a Saturday night. Most campers appeared to be there for the weekend. Beautiful state park with large shade trees, slightly rolling hills, a small lake, a great camp store and equine facilities as well. We could certainly understand why it seemed to be popular with families. Many sites required some leveling blocks and were rather narrow blacktop surfaces but long enough to handle the majority of RV's and tow vehicles. Plenty of green space between each site. We did not have to unhook which was a bonus for a quick overnight stay. We will certainly return when in the area. We camped at Barkcamp State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Close to Wheeling, WV for dining, shopping, etc. in a historic river town on the banks of the Ohio River. A great camping experience in a beautiful state park.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Tom and Carol's RV Park, Cerro Gordo, Illinois

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $10.00
Overall Rating:

When we called to check on availability for a Friday evening overnight stay, we were immediately offered a site in the local fairgrounds since all sites at the campground were full. Not only were we provided a site with water and elec. but the owner also offered to meet us in town and guide us to the fairgrounds and helped us get hooked up. Great service by a friendly owner. We had the entire fairgrounds to ourselves. Plenty of grass for our dog to enjoy. Quiet. Peaceful. Safe, small town site. Good access to water and elec. Just a few miles from the Interstate. All for only $10. What more could one ask for in an overnight stop? We camped at Tom and Carol's RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Fairgrounds
Site Surface
Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Middlebrook, Missouri

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

Johnson's Shut Ins State Park is one of the nicest State Parks we have ever stayed in--certainly a jewel of the Missouri State Park System. All sites are fully paved, most are full hookup sites. Each one has a large picnic table, patio area and lamp stand--along with high quality water, electric and sewer hook-ups. Families enjoy playing in nature's water slide in the park, a tumbling, clear water stream flowing among huge granite boulders. There are also numerous trails for hiking and a separate camping area for horse riders and their animals. This is a great place to relax and enjoy all that mother nature has to offer in the Missouri Ozarks. We camped at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Full hookups
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Drive to near-by Tom Sauk mountain, the tallest in Missouri and take a hike through nearby Elephant Rocks State park.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

King's Holly Haven RV Park, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

Holly Haven is a large, well-located RV park if you are spending time in Pigeon Forge. It is on the Pigeon Forge Trolley Line and just about two miles from the LaConte Center. Sites are very narrow, rather short, mostly back-in, and larger units may have difficulty in getting into many of the sites. There are numerous long-term or seasonal residents--but all units are well kept, neat and clean. Mountain stream along the Premium sites was not attractive--stagnant water and far from what I would describe as a mountain stream. The trees along side the stream offered valuable shade but the stream-side location offered no great view. We camped at King's Holly Haven RV Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Stream side Premium
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Great location, quiet and a good value for a site in a large tourist area.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Cardinal Ridge Farm RV, Franklin, North Carolina

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $50.00
Overall Rating:

Cardinal Ridge is certainly not your typical RV Park. It is an authentic RV Retreat--very unique. We immediately knew we were in a special place when we were greeted by a "Welcome Ken and Robin" sign outside of the office. At Cardinal Ridge you are welcomed as valued guests and friends--not just as customers! Cardinal Ridge has only 7 sites, most of which are high on the side of a mountain overlooking the Smokies near Franklin, NC. Note: The road to several of these sites is quite steep--but we had no problems getting into our site. We were guided to our site, assisted in set up and then the owner returned in about 30 min. to take us on a tour of the large property on numerous trails full of beautiful sites containing park benches and great views. The owners are very knowledgeable about the area and offered many good tips of great drives along the back roads and to the many interesting small towns in the area. This was the perfect spot to spend a few days just relaxing, soaking in the beauty and hospitality and watching the deer and the wild turkeys in the area. It's no wonder that most of Cardinal Ridge's guests are return visitors. It is definitely high on our list of places we would like to return to. We camped at Cardinal Ridge Farm RV in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Three day trips from Cardinal Ridge are highly recommended: 1. Spend 1/2 day visiting the Foxfire campus, about 15 miles south of Cardinal Ridge--home to the famous Foxfire educational programs.

2. Visit Talulah Falls state park and hike to at least one of the overlooks.

3. Drive to Highland, NC--this is a gorgeous mountain drive to a beautiful, rather high-end old resort town that offers great restaurants and shopping.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Vogel State Park, Blairsville, Georgia

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $32.00
Overall Rating:

Well located and beautiful state park in the heart of Georgia's northern mountains. Vogel State Park surrounds a gorgeous small lake and is within easy drives to the historic gold mining town of Dahlonega, the charming "Bavarian" town of Helen and to the highest point in Georgia--Brasstown Bald. That said, the road into, through and out of the campground includes some very tight turns and relatively steep grades that might be a tough for large rigs. (We were towing a 29' TT) Our site was very nice sized, flat, and equipped with 30A elec. and water. WiFi did not work in our area and TV reception via a power antenna was minimal. However, the beautifully wooded surrounding and central location made up for this inconvenience. We would return and encourage others to consider this state park as a great base for exploration of the mountains in Northern Georgia. We camped at Vogel State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
ADA site 2
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Obstacles
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Allow 2-3 hours to visit Brasstown Bald-amazing views. Helen is a shoppers paradise--very touristy, Bavarian style town. Far too crowded and commercialized for our tastes. We much preferred Dahlonega--a very historic town with a great museum showcasing their gold mining history, many great looking shops, a fabulous chocolate shop with amazing truffles and several gold "mining" opportunities.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, Georgia

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $30.00
Overall Rating:

Fort Mountain is a beautiful state park high in the mountains of Northern Georgia. Our site was very large, fully paved, pull-through site with a large fire ring and picnic table as well as full hookups, including cable TV all nestled under tall trees and just across campground street from large, clean rest rooms, showers and laundry. (This was a handicapped site)

The drive up the mountain from Chatsworth, GA includes lots of switchbacks and relatively steep grades, but it also offered magnificent views. There is a lake, hiking trails and an old, restored lookout tower in the park. It is very popular so reservations are strongly suggested. We made our in April for an Oct. visit--but it was worth the hassle of early reservations. One of the nicest state parks we have been in. We camped at Fort Mountain State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Beautiful area, especially in early Oct. Take time to explore the park and allow plenty of time to drive into Chatsworth or Elijay. Both were wonderful, mountain-side villages, full of apple orchards and good antique shops yet not so commercialized to have lost their natural beauty.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Pine Mountain RV Resort, Pine Mountain, Georgia

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

Pine Mountain is a very large park with swimming pool/hot tub, playgrounds, walking trails obviously geared for families. As older retired adults it required us to pay for numerous amenities that had no value for us but it was in a good location, and had full hook-ups, all in good working order. We were guided to our site by camp hosts which was quite helpful in a large park such as this. Our site was rather small, shaded, on a gravel pad. However, most of the sites closer to the pool and playground had virtually no shade and would be hot during the Georgia summers. We camped at Pine Mountain RV Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Worth a drive to Americus, GA to eat at Gladys's Kitchen and enjoy her spectacular "Butter Rolls". Great southern style "soul food" eating. We also enjoyed our visit to the Bible Antiquities Museum in LaGrange--a Biblical Living History type museum, as well as an afternoon at the FDR Summer White House and Museum in Warm Springs.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Andersonville City Park Campground, Andersonville, Georgia

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Small city-owned park with w/e. Sites were not very level and somewhat difficult to get into. Several permanent residents. Interior roads rough. But the park is very well located and convenient while visiting Andersonville and its historic sites. Plus, it is very cost effective. Good overnight stop. We camped at Andersonville City Park Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel, Dirt, Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Don't miss the Prisoner of War museum. Very well done. Especially the two videos, one about the Andersonville Prisoner of War Camp and one about Prisoners of War world wide.

The Confederate Restaurant, in "downtown" Andersonville, and Gladys's Restaurant, an authentic soul food spot with amazing "Butter Rolls" in nearby Americus, GA were also real highlights of our visit to the area. Well worth trying.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

White Oak Creek Park COE, Eufaula, Alabama

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Probably the best COE campground we have ever stayed in. Large sites on water's edge. We backed right up to the lake, had a very large, flat, shaded site with picnic table, fire ring and wood butcher block work table. Parking area for trailer and truck was paved. Fantastic sunrise and sunset view of the lake on three sides of our site. We camped at White Oak Creek Park COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Fantastic park with wonderful views of the lake from nearly all sites. This is a very popular park during the summer and on weekends but it was not crowded at all on the early October weekday we were there. Would have made a great spot to just hang-out for a few days had we not been on a schedule that prevented staying. Nearby return visitors told us that reservations were required for weekends and most summer days. A very popular park for obvious reasons.

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Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Bay Breeze RV On The Bay, Gulf Shores, Alabama

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $42.00
Overall Rating:

Very good small park on the bay side of the strand that ends at Fort Morgan. Limited view of the bay from most sites. Owners/managers were extremely helpful in helping us get parked in our site and offering a wide variety of tips regarding things to see and do while in the area. Nice beach-side seating area where park residents could gather and visit. Majority of people in the 27 site park were return visitors with many of them staying for 2-4 weeks each year. Very convenient to all of the sites, beaches and restaurants in Gulf Shores yet quiet and hidden away in a grove of trees. Water in front of park not suitable for swimming--rather dirty and hard to get to. Prettier to look at than to get in. However, it is not far from some very nice gulf-side sand beaches. We camped at Bay Breeze RV On The Bay in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Sites are small and back-in but staff is very helpful in getting everyone parked. Most sites have no or limited view of the water but there is a nice communal sitting area overlooking the bay and fishing pier. Managers are extremely friendly and helpful. Majority of visitors were return visitors, mostly retired or semi-retired, who all had glowing reports of their past experiences in the park, which speaks volumes about the park and its value.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville, Louisiana

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

Large, attractive state park campground near Mandeville, LA. Full on weekends due to heavy use by locals. Reservations are recommended for weekend stays. Very convenient and affordable base for exploring New Orleans. Took us about an hour to get to downtown New Orleans by driving across the amazing 25 mi. long bridge across Lake Pochatrain (sp?). Sites were nice sized, but somewhat hard to navigate the interior roads and get into some of the sites. We camped at Fontainebleau State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Interior Roads
Tight Turns, Scraping Branches
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Mandeville appears to be a rather upscale community with numerous small restaurants and shops along the lake shore. Beautiful area. This campground makes a good base for visiting New Orleans for only $25 per night while staying in a safe, clean and convenient park. We found it to be a good trade-off of cost and safety versus closeness to New Orleans proper. Loved the drive across the lake on the long bridge. A very pretty and impressive experience.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

River View RV Park & Resort, Vidalia, Louisiana

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $41.00
Overall Rating:

Well located, clean, full-service RV park right on the banks of the Mississippi River across the river from Natchez, MS. Great spot to stay while exploring all that Natchez has to offer. Park had nice swimming pool/laundry area that we saw, but did not use. We had w/s/e and good TV service with just our antenna. Sites were level and paved with small amount of grass. Minimum shade available which was fine in October, but would be hot in summer. We camped at River View RV Park & Resort in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
South loop
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Tour of nearby Frogmire Plantation is highly recommended. Solid information about life today and in the past on an 1800 acre modern cotton plantation. Tour provided by the owner's wife, a real expert on the history of the plantation and the role of slavery in its past.

Also, be sure to have lunch at the Country Store in nearby Lohrman, MS. Amazing fried chicken and authentic Southern cooking.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Warfield Point Park, Greenville, Mississippi

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Great county owned park right on the banks of the Mississippi River. Wonderful place to watch the barge traffic on the river as they make a large curve in the river. Sites are large, shaded by large pecan trees and have electric and water. Good security in a gated park. If it had sewer hookups it would be even better. We camped at Warfield Point Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Near river
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No
Tips for other Campers:

Great place to watch barge traffic on the Mississippi River. Good informational signage explaining the importance of the river and the impact of past flooding in the area. We also appreciated the security provided by a manned gate to the park and regular patrol support by the county sheriff's office. All of this for just $12. A real bargain and a great place to stay for a night or two.

Review Count: 48
States Visited: 19
Helpful Reviews: 5

Old Highway 86 Campground, Blue Eye, Missouri

Date of Stay: September, 2016 - $11.00
Overall Rating:

Beautiful site backed up to Table Rock Lake on three sides. Even had a large paved patio and adjoining table area. Great site but this park requires a 2 day stay and is very busy. We camped at Old Highway 86 Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
21
Site Surface
Concrete
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
No

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