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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Glen Maury Park, Buena Vista, Virginia

Date of Stay: October, 2017 - $26.00
Overall Rating:

This is a town park that you can stay overnight in, not a regular campground. Less than a mile from the center of town, when you arrive you will find a large paved parking lot with a park office to the left. In front of the office is an ice cream stand, which was open till 9PM even in mid October on a weeknight. Next to that is a dump station, restrooms with showers, not terribly new and in average condition. Understand that these facilities are used by all visitors to the park, not just those staying overnight, and if you like some privacy while taking a shower you will not find it here. Behind these buildings is a large grass field with baseball diamonds at either end. A road runs through the middle that carries a fair amount of local traffic to some other buildings behind the field. There are also tennis courts and a large picnic pavilion. Local people will drive onto the grass and let their dogs out to run during the day. At night there were deer grazing. There were no numbered spaces, just scattered electrical boxes and water spigots, you just find a place you like and settle in. Evidently they have concerts and other events here. Next to the office is a road that runs a mile or so up a hill to a public pool complex, and right next to that is another camping area that does look like a regular campground with numbered spaces, water and electric, another bath house with showers, and another dump station. It is nicely wooded, but is just open to anyone to wander in, there is no gate or real separation, at the end of the road you just drive in. I arrived at the end of the day and was assigned to the field, had I been allowed to choose I would have gone up to the wooded area, but as it turned out it was fine, I planned to stay one night and ended up staying two. I was able to get up to the edge of the field under the edge of the trees and enjoy the view of the mountains that look over the town. Good Verizon phone and data. I would stay here again. We camped at Glen Maury Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
field
Site Surface
Grass
Power Hookups
30 Amp

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tips for other Campers:

It is maybe a mile walk into the little town, definitely not a tourist destination, just a typical rural western Virginia town. There are several restaurants, I ate at the Italian one as someone else suggested and would recommend it.

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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Coyote Point Recreation Area, San Mateo, California

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $52.00
Overall Rating:

Previous review I found accurate and helpful. I stayed here one night in late October and can add a few observations. The closing time of the park varies with the season, when I was there it was 5:00. The restrooms with the showers were locked at 4PM when I checked them out. I flagged down one of the workers who agreed to unlock them for me, but they said they would like to lock them by 5PM as they were leaving then. They told me they expected the RV's to be self contained and did not expect them to be using the restrooms. Showers worked good and were hot, but they are in a building with walls but no roof, so are basically outdoors as far as air temperature. Plane noise was plenty loud when I was there, but it didn't bother me, especially as I was there because of the closeness to the airport. Also you will have some distant highway and train noise but not too bad. There are not really typical campground spaces here, just at the back edge of an asphalt parking lot there are numbered picnic tables and utilities. The old lines for regular parking are still there, with no marking borders between 'campsites'. I think you will want to be here for the location, and with that will come noise and people. While the main gate on the road is closed in the evening the public can and does walk into the park after it is officially closed. All the staff in the park were very friendly and helpful and I would stay here again if I needed to be in the area. My cost was $45 plus a $7 reservation fee. We camped at Coyote Point Recreation Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
3
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Half Moon Bay State Beach, Half Moon Bay, California

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

As others have said this is basically a parking lot with maybe 10 feet of dead grass between the paved spaces, right next to the beach parking for day use, right at the edge of the little drop off down to the beach. Most sites have electric, the back row does not, so you may hear a generator running, it wasn't too bad when I was there. The park does have wifi which like all campgrounds I have been in can be nearly unusable when too many try to use it at once, but I was able to get online. Good Verizon phone signal and very fast LTE data. Restrooms and showers were in good shape and clean. People love this park and it does fill up nearly every night. Was full early during the week in the middle of October when I was there, but I was able to get in without a reservation around mid-day. Note that in the tent sites you are not allowed to sleep in your vehicle. I stayed one night in the middle for $50 and a second night in the back with no electric which was $35. I was here because it is reasonably near the airport. We camped at Half Moon Bay State Beach in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
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Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Kirk Creek Campground, Big Sur, California

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

This has to be one of the more scenic campgrounds I have been in, many great sites with panoramic views of the ocean and rugged coastline. Paved main road through the campground but sites are all rugged and uneven dirt. Reasonable space between sites, but just low vegetation mostly between so most don't really have a lot of privacy. No utilities at the sites. I didn't use the restrooms. No Verizon phone or data service. I would definitely recommend, just be ready for dry camping with no phone. We camped at Kirk Creek Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
13
Site Surface
Dirt, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 3

Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Lagunitas, California

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

This is a typical older public park. Narrow little roads winding through the trees will not be big enough for larger rigs, in fact the lower loop has a sign saying no trailers & 18 foot maximum vehicle length, this is because of the S-curve at the end. Since the park is sharing a small narrow mountain pass with a little stream and a road you will get some road noise, especially if a big truck comes through using engine brakes. From the sites along the river you could easily throw a stone across onto the road. But it does quiet down at night and the traffic was not too heavy and did not bother me much. The staff did drive around very frequently, probably as much as I have seen anywhere, but at least they were in a quiet truck. When I arrived with no reservation I was told they usually do not check anyone in until after 2PM but they did let me in a bit before 1PM. Like most of these older parks some sites are small and close together and not too level but some are spacious and private and level.

Restrooms and showers were old but reasonably clean, If they were like this everywhere I would be quite happy. Three out of 5 bars on my Verizon phone with strong data connection.

This is a pleasant little park nicely nestled in an old forest with a friendly and attentive park staff. I stayed in the tenting area in the lower loop, they have ancient food storage lockers that look like they should be in an antique shop, they look like they are from the 1940's. I would stay here again if in the area. We camped at Samuel P. Taylor State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
10
Site Surface
Asphalt, Dirt
Site Type
Other
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Mostly Shady

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