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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Stephen F. Austin State Park, San Felipe, Texas

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Our second stay here. First was in 2014... so we did return. Not much has changed in those years. Same funky sewer connections at each pull through site (in the RV area). Same roads, same mowed lawns, same openings in the woods... and same deer? Eh, maybe not. Staff was friendly, easy to set up. One thing that is changing is the remote feel of this park. Shipping centers and warehouses are getting closer and closer as Houston and Katy expand westward. Soon, San Felipe will be swallowed up by the sprawling thing known as Houston. This state park will soon be an island of trees in an urban sea. Sad to see. We will camp here again as it is a convenient stop a day's travel from our home. We camped at Stephen F. Austin State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Asphalt, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

White Oak Park, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

Located on the Calcasieu River on River Road about four miles north of I-10 in the northeastern quadrant of Lake Charles. Small park (only 6 spaces), so reservations recommended. It was rainy during our visit, and being Louisiana, the lawn areas flooded quickly. The concrete pull through pads were higher than the lawns, however, so site flooding was not a problem. Getting to the electric and water hookups required a large leg span or a wade. Air conditioner at rec hall was loud and could be heard in camper. Dump station opening was HUGE, and my dump station hose connect fell off... and into the sewer. Yikes! Verizon service 3 bar and LTE. OTA TV strong. Surrounded by high pines, cypress, etc. and the boat ramp area is simply beautiful alongside the river. If you are into fishing, or just need an overnight stop, this is a safe and friendly place to go. Just be sure to make reservations and avoid driving out only to find a filled campground. Bring a fishing rod. Great place for a small family reunion. Clean, safe. Likely relaxing place if a bit dryer (we were there in rainy weather). We camped at White Oak Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Concrete, Grass
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Garner State Park, Concan, Texas

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

This vast park with multiple campgrounds was rather quiet during our wintertime four night stay. At most was at about 15% capacity in the campground. Staff was quite friendly and helpful. Because of its capacity (well over 500 campsites), we would never dream of coming here in the summer. Our campsite was in the Live Oak section. Level, course-graveled asphalt site with clay soils surrounding the pad. Each site has a fire pit with grill, picnic table, and lantern post. W & E worked fine. Some sites had a lot of sediment/mud build up. Sites were cleaned by staff, but still there were lots of bottle tops, plastic pieces, and dog poo at our site. Although park policy clearly says (in flyers) to "clean up after your pets", few do so, which keeps you constantly watching where you step, even on paved roadways. Poo bags and a few signs would probably help. Cannot imagine what this would be like when the park is at capacity. Very visible park police presence. There are numerous trails to hike, and bicycle routes, as well, within park boundaries. Nice birdwatching blind. Trails are well marked. WiFi was only at the check-in station, some network news sites blocked by the state. Shame on Texas. No OTA TV, bring DVD's or downloads. Verizon was absent, have to drive toward Sabinal south of Concan to pick up. No activities around New Year's day except a polar plunge in the Frio River. The Hill Country is beautiful to see. Most land is not public, however, so expect lots of high fences and views of private ranch gates and exotic animals grazing here and there. Few scenic pullouts. Leakey and Concan have stores for basic supplies, propane, kayaking, gasoline, trinkets, and a few restaurants and saloons. Although we enjoyed our stay, we would not return to this park. We camped at Garner State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
506
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel, Dirt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than 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, Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Drove to Bandera, Uvalde, Utopia, Vanderpool, Camp Wood, Rock Springs. The latter two were a total waste of time. Bandera has lots of eats, bars. Uvalde seems to be the regional center for goods and services.

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Seminole Canyon State Park, Comstock, Texas

Date of Stay: December, 2018 - $20.00
Overall Rating:

Campgrounds are a mix of dry camping and W&E sites. Views are excellent on many sites, and private at others amid desert scrub, including many cacti and thorny acacias. W&E hookups worked fine. Sites varied from level to somewhat sloped. Picnic tables were covered with a metal roof design (no trees). Dump station has cleanup hose separate from dump area, odd design. WiFi was only at the museum/entrance station and bathhouse, some network news sites blocked by the state. Shame on Texas. Guided tour to see the pictograph and rock overhangs in the canyon worth the $8. Trails to the canyons and to the Rio Grande/Amistad reservoir worth the time. Was completely quiet and free of humming and internal combustion noise near the Rio Grande. Birdlife was solid for winter. Pyrrholuxias, Cactus Wren, Phainopeplas common. Roadrunners not so common. Star gazing outrageously good. Windy. Nearest supplies are in Del Rio, come prepared. No Verizon service until Del Rio. We would camp here again in a heartbeat. We camped at Seminole Canyon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Upper Loop
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than 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
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Lake Stone Campground, Century, Florida

Date of Stay: October, 2018 - $16.00
Overall Rating:

This quiet Escambia County (FL) park is located on a ridge surrounded on three sides by an impounded lake that is lightly used for bream and bass fishing. There are no reservations. Sites are semi-shaded to sunny. Camping pads are packed gravel and grassy, and drop off to the rear (if you are on the water side, sometimes hard to find level ground for lawn chairs). Hook-ups were fine, but the electrical boxes were showing some age and likely need to have breakers replaced. Voltage was strong. Grass was clipped short and comfortable to walk around on. Fire ants were common. Roadway system is a very coarse gravel which appears to be deteriorated asphalt, impossible for children to bicycle on and rough to walk on. Potholes being filled with dirt fill. Perhaps too much outdoor lighting at night, almost urban. Small playground available for kids. Very nice indoor pavilion available for rental. DTV consisted of all networks and channels in the Pensacola/Mobile market. Cell phone service with Sprint was simply terrible. WiFi was at the front of the campground but was sketchy, at best, in the main camping area at the water. Wild ducks, herons, eagles, beavers frequent the lake edge, fun to watch. CR 4, leading to the campground, is a bit narrow, and the speed limit in front of the campground is 55 mph. Century itself has a few fast food restaurants, convenience stores. Nothing for a tourist to do, very downscale. Campground quite okay for multiple nights, especially if you are into fishing and simply relaxing by the lake. We camped at Lake Stone Campground 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, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

There is very little to do in this area. There is a slot casino in Atmore, AL about 15 miles northwest. Otherwise, prepare to watch birds, fish, read a book, and relax.

Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Forkland Campground, Demopolis, Alabama

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

This mixed sun and shade hardwood forested campground is located along the bluffs of McConnico and Taylor Creeks, which are meanders of the Tombigbee River. Although there is no barge traffic, power boats contribute some noise. Campsites are located about 15 to 20 feet above the creeks, making for a fairly nice view of the water. Sites 3 - 32 are all waterfront or waterview. Sites 11 and 12 are pull-throughs, but are also directly across from the dual direction dump station and bath house. Site 21 was the crown jewel of the sites. Nice for sunsets and as a lookout for inbound tornadoes. Sites 5 and 6, as well as 31 and 32, are shared family sites. Spacing between sites is anywhere from 35 to 80 feet. With only a few exceptions, there is no vegetation between sites. Sites themselves are mostly large to downright spacious with large aluminum picnic tables, living areas, fire rings, and lantern posts. There is an older "overflow" loop (sites 33 - 42) which is fully wooded, quiet, a bit nostalgic (all fine gravel with concrete picnic tables), and private, but with no water view. Unlike paved sites 1-32 which have 50/30 amp/water, the overflow is all pull through fine gravel sites with 30 amp and water only. Site 42 in overflow was particularly nice and private. The one shower house is modern and well kept, and includes a coin laundry. Hosts are all business with a smile. Some Corps rules are loosely enforced or not enforced at all (pets off leashes, cars and trailers parked on grass, RV storage, etc.). Strong OTA TV reception from PBS, but CBS and ABC from Montgomery were in and out, and there was no NBC or FOX. Sprint phone was 1 to 3 bar for voice (consistent), but erratic 3G/1x for data. Bring supplies and fuel, nothing in Forkland. Railroad crossing on the road to the CG is active, respect the STOP sign. Overall, a nice, quiet campground, and a good place to relax. We camped at Forkland Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than 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, Nearby, Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade, Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Downtown Demopolis has some redevelopment, but also has many vacant store fronts or offices. A couple of lunch places, coffee shops, and gifts. Has a museum, but was closed when we visited. Sidewalks have no pedestrian signals and narrow ramps, and some treacherous water meter holes. Great area for fishing and river boating.

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Davidson River Campground, USFS, Brevard, North Carolina

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $19.00
Overall Rating:

Campground is fairly level and mostly on the floodplain of a mountain river. Heavily forested, typical eastern deciduous mixed, very biodiverse. Sites are back-in, generously spaced. All sites are paved, but you are allowed to pull onto the level graveled site when the asphalt ends. Most sites are for dry camping, although a limited number have 30/50 amp service. No water hookups anywhere. Fill your tank at checkin or fill containers at numerous nearby spigots. The closer you camp to the river, the noisier it will be (jogging trails, tubers, waders, and US 276 traffic). More families with children at back of campground due to swimming area. Good wifi service at the overflow parking kiosk. Away from there, wifi is sporadic to absent. DTV surprisingly good. Most major networks. Sprint service was 3 bar for phone, 1x for data. Great bicycling on park road system and the Loeb trail. Guard gate strictly enforced. No campground cruisers here. People unbelievably friendly. Concession employed hosts and staff were some of the best we've encountered in ten years of camping. Apparently good trout fishing in the Davidson River. Dark, quiet, cool at night. No AC needed. Lots of pets, but a well organized "pick up the poo" effort keeps the park clean. Convenient to Brevard. We would camp here again in a heartbeat. We camped at Davidson River Campground, USFS in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
9
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Carl Sandburg NHS in Flat Rock was historically informative. Brevard has lots of eats. Blue Ridge Parkway was beautiful.

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

Vast campground in a maritime oak and pine forest surrounded by coastal marshes and an upscale neighborhood. More wooded to the back of the campground, more open in the front courtesy of Hurricane Matthew. All sites were pullthrough. All unpaved, and many sites were not truly level. Each site had a rectangular concrete curb filled with fine packed gravel for tents and the picnic table. Tons of space between most sites. Dual faucet water and full service electric worked fine. CATV hookup active in power box. Dump station had many puddles, you had to wade around. Yukky. Internal roadways were two way for traffic but only one lane wide. Roots have made for many uneven natural speed bumps. Great trail system in park. Cockroaches were way too common. DTV had a full complement of all networks. Sprint phone was three bars and LTE data continually. Downtown Savannah is about 15 minutes away via the Truman Expressway. Lots of bridge construction near the mall between the park and I-95; narrow lanes and delays. We would camp here again. We camped at Skidaway Island State Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
17
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than 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
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Purchase tickets for an on/off trolley. Worth every penny. Parking and traffic ridiculous in downtown Savannah. Too many cars. Downtown is one square mile in area. Great tourist area, a bit pricey, to be expected. Grocery store food prices seemed above average in this area.

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Lake Tobesofkey Arrowhead Campground, Lizella, Georgia

Date of Stay: June, 2017 - $25.00
Overall Rating:

A field and forest county park located on an impounded lake in a quasi-suburban residential area. One of the most difficult parks I have rated. Others have mentioned the issue with the odd in-ground potable water spigots. Odd is an understatement. The spigots used are made for Florida, not freezing climates. The arrangement is not built to any type of modern plumbing code. The connects are simply unsafe and not sanitary. We had to change sites because the spigot hole was 6" deep in muddy water. Other underground boxes are broken, full of rotting leaves, and mud up to the level of the connect. With no backflow preventers, the park is taking an unnecessary risk of public water system contamination. Yard hydrants would be the appropriate type of fixture. Waterfront sites have wet, grassed clay soils. Non-waterfront are drier, nicer in my opinion. Some sites are level, some are not. Pull-throughs are the best sites. A mix of shade and sun, mostly sun. Quiet on our weekday stay. Sprint phone 3 bar LTE. Excellent DTV OTA with 17 stations and all networks received. Electric strong. Some circuit panel covers missing. Bathrooms, laundry area clean. String trimming needed around hundreds of edges. Lots of hiking trails, playground, boat launches, group picnic shelters. Good bird watching. The "beach" was not very inviting. Some air traffic noise from Atlanta. We would come here again IF they installed safe water connects. You'd never dream of having outdoor plumbing spigots like this at your own house. We camped at Lake Tobesofkey Arrowhead Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
36
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Nearby
Sun & Foliage
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Davis Bayou Campground, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Date of Stay: April, 2017 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

This campground is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore's Davis Bayou Unit. Environment is a coastal oak, pine, hickory, and magnolia forest interspersed with salt marsh bayous. Easy check-in with a friendly NPS ranger. Our site was in the spur off of the loop and overlooked a bayou (albeit through the trees). Clean and well kept. No wooded privacy between sites, very open. The loop sites are nearly all sun or marginally partial shade. More shady on the spur. All sites asphalt paved with picnic table and fire ring. The site sloped to the rear and was off lateral by about 4 inches, so levelers may be necessary. Electric and water worked fine. Dump station modern, oddly right in the middle of the campground near an intersection. DTV provided basic PBS, CBS, ABC and was limited to about 17 channels. Many places to walk and trails to hike. I enjoyed the CCC trail with its great plant diversity and history. Blue crabs on the dock near the visitor center were bountiful. Park is a popular place for local residents as well as tourists. The weekend crowd was a bit noisy, and there had to be one camper who just couldn't bear to put his dog on a leash, which was a bit of a nuisance. Once the weekend crowd left, the place was really quiet. Although other reviewers seem to have observed many open sites without reservations, the CG was packed each night we were there and I cannot imagine not having reservations. We will camp here again. We camped at Davis Bayou Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
14
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
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Downtown Ocean Springs is the place to be for eateries, pubs, and art. Rouses Grocery just outside the park gate to the west on U.S. 90 is a regional Louisiana specialty grocery store that is a must to visit for local Cajun foods. No-See-Ums (salt marsh midges) can be pesky at times, so repellent should be on hand.

Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Open Pond Recreation Area, Andalusia, Alabama

Date of Stay: January, 2017 - $12.00
Overall Rating:

One of our favorite get-aways in this region. Since I have provided reviews in the past, I'll let those reviews stand since little has changed. But one item of note: For the first time, we were hit with ticks. Both dog and deer ticks. I am suspecting we picked them up in a grassy area along Open Pond on the trail that circles the pond at the east end of the "D-Loop". It has been a warm winter, so I suppose I should not be so surprised. Nevertheless, campers (and their dogs) need to be mindful that ticks were very present. The deer ticks, especially, are of great concern because of Lyme Disease. We know one person who was working on trail clearing in the adjacent Blackwater River State Forest on the Florida side of the state line who did contract Lyme Disease. Open Pond is a great, relaxing campground (perhaps one of the best public campgrounds for a hundred miles around). Just make sure you are checking yourself and pets for ticks. We camped at Open Pond Recreation Area in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
D-10
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my travel trailer and tow vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Come well stocked and well fueled up. It is a long way to the nearest convenience store, and Andalusia is 18 miles away.

Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Fort Pickens Campground, Pensacola, Florida

Date of Stay: December, 2016 - $13.00
Overall Rating:

This is the closest campground to our house in Pensacola, so we visit perhaps once or twice a year. First thing for visitors to understand is that this campground is operated by Gulf Islands National Seashore, and it is located west of Pensacola Beach. It is NOT in Pensacola. There is a $1.00 toll to go to the beach (SunPass accepted), and a $15 per vehicle entrance fee to enter the Fort Pickens part of the National Seashore (good for seven days). Interagency passes will get you through for free if you have one. Of course, campground fees are 50% discount with these cards. The CG is on the bay side, so the beaches are Gulf side, a relatively short boardwalk away. Hurricanes from years gone by decimated the trees and native vegetation that once visually separated campsites. For the most part, there is little privacy, but there is space between sites.. The asphalt pads often have a good 6 inch drop to the shell/sand area where your awning will stretch, a good ankle twister and tripping point. Bath houses are brand new as of 2016. A-Loop is isolated. B-E Loops are intertwined. OTA DTV has 27 strong channels, all networks available. Beach is second to none, white, sugar texture sand. Bicycle and hiking trails take you to the fort, or you can drive. There are water moccasins in the marshes, so stay alert. Dumbest thing about this campground is the 12 Noon check-out and 1 PM check-in times. You cannot have lunch on your last day because you are busy packing up. Campers should be prepared for cold, hot, wind, thunderstorms, lightning, salt spray, dead still conditions, mosquitoes, etc. Nearest major grocery store is in Gulf Breeze about ten miles away, so come prepared. The campground is not that special, but the location is simply heaven for the person who loves to beach, surf fish, bicycle, and explore military forts. We camped at Fort Pickens Campground in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A-23
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Beachgoers should fully understand rip currents. Serious sunburn possible in white sand. Most people who drown are from inland states. If you cannot swim, just wade. Many good restaurants, bars, recreation areas at nearby Pensacola Beach. Sales taxes are higher on the Beach than in Gulf Breeze or Pensacola. Downtown Pensacola (Palafox Place) is tops with regards to fine dining, sidewalk cafes, nightlife, festivals, year round sports.

Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

R Shaefer Heard COE, West Point, Georgia

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

This vast COE campground/park system lies along the southeast side of West Point Lake in a mixed deciduous forest. The lake's dam is in the park. Located about 5 to 6 miles off of I-85 from the Lanett, Alabama or West Point, Georgia exits. Follow US 29 north out of West Point towards LaGrange. The campground is simply first class. Although there are road signs on US 29 marking the turn into the park, the large entrance sign is on granite and is difficult to read, especially at night. Inside the campground, directions to numbered campsites are well marked. About 80% of the campsites are waterfront with panoramic views of the lake or its coves, mix of shade and sun. Most have a downhill asphalt driveway that slopes onto a level concrete pad. If a site had a level driveway, it was entirely fine gravel. We saw some evidence of bumper and hitch gouging on the concrete pad at some sites. Especially acute was Site #34. There are some pull-through sites, and many double sites. Some sites had wooden decks. There are additional parking slips for extra vehicles or boat trailers, and on-road marked parking. Picnic tables with fine gravel sitting/campfire living areas are spacious. The distances between campsites vary from fairly close to downright isolation. Some sites have 50 amp service, majority seemed to have 30 amp only. Electric and water worked fine. Quiet and dark at night. Train horns can be heard in the far distance night and day. Dual direction dump station near gatehouse, no sewer at sites. Restrooms were quite clean, small, and had no showers in our loop. Fantastic roadways for walking, jogging, and bicycling. Dog poo was an issue on roadsides. In addition to the paved roads, there are 7 miles of off-road bicycling trails. There was a playground with a swing set and slide, and one tennis court. OTA DTV was limited to PBS and Cozi. Sprint phone was 3 bar and LTE. A few raccoons at night. We'd stay here again. We camped at R Shaefer Heard COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
A38
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than 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
Tips for other Campers:

Downtown West Point has been restored. Drove to Callaway Gardens for Christmas lights. We're not impressed. Crowded. Pricey. To each their own, I suppose.

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Review Count: 105
States Visited: 24
Helpful Reviews: 31

Service Park Campground COE, Coffeeville, Alabama

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

Amazingly spacious waterfront pull through campsites make this a special campground. Back in sites were also spacious, but built up and had steep sides. All sites paved or concrete. A single two lane road goes through the campground, with a cul-de-sac for turnaround. Yes, the barges and boats are fun to watch. A wooden dual rail fence separates the sites from an 80% grade drop into the river... not the place for young children. If you have young kids, I'd camp in the back in sites, not on the waterfront. Besides, there is a playground between next to bathhouse away from the river. Water snakes were observed in the river several times. Hookups worked great. Bathrooms/showers are dated, and could have been cleaned better. Toilet rims dirty. Yuk. Well maintained dump station. Nice laundry room and small book exchange. Sprint voice service was 1 or 2 bar. Sporadic data service. DTV was limited to six channels of PBS and ABC. Hosts were friendly and engaged. Unlike some COE parks which seem dominated by campers on a mission to fish, this park also had vacationers who were there to get away from it all, and even x-country bicyclists. People were quite social. This park will flood, so your vacation plans could get disrupted. There is a grocery store in Coffeeville 4 miles east, but otherwise this part of Alabama is quite rural and isolated. If you get hurt, it's a long way to a hospital. Little to do in area. Coffeeville dam not open to public via land. Gates to the campground are locked after 10 pm. Log truck traffic on US 84 is heavy, and can be heard in the distance from the campground. We would camp here again as a get away for a few days. We camped at Service Park Campground COE in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Concrete, Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than 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:

Silas was nearly abandoned. Coffeeville has a grocery store, convenience store, and restaurant. Otherwise, little to do in area.

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Bladon Springs County Park, Coffeeville, Alabama

Date of Stay: October, 2016 - $1.00
Overall Rating:

We visited the park, but did not stay overnight. We found no sign of any caretaker, host, etc., and no sign indicating there was a camping fee. Phone numbers of two people in the county were provided on signs. It may be free. Campsites were mowed, and water spigots were operating. Could not test for electric service, but when I raised the unique panel lids, large, aggressive, and active paper wasp colonies were present. There were a number of odd bath houses with pitcher pump wells, and a several large group picnic facilities, all well maintained. As for camping, however, because of the remoteness, lack of a host or park manager, and the possibility of being totally alone in a very dark place, I would say to those who may consider camping here that you may be placing yourself in an unsafe environment for your property and possibly your life by staying overnight. Again, my opinion is that this unmanned, remote, and dark county park places an RVer at significant risk of being robbed, at minimum. I cannot recommend this Park to my fellow RVers. We camped at Bladon Springs County Park in a Travel Trailer.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Site Surface
Sand, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my travel trailer
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Very Close
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open, Some Shade

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