About NYDutch

I'm a retired systems administrator/analyst and a life long camper/RV'er and tinkerer that has rebuilt/restored cars and RV's as a hobby. My bride of 50+ years and I enjoy traveling in our motorhome year round.

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Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Gilbert Lake State Park, Laurens, New York

Date of Stay: July, 2019 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

I'm going to call this review just an update, since there haven't been any noticeable changes since our visit last year. Once again, we stayed for 10 days over the 4th of July holiday, and once again the park was very quiet with everyone respecting the no fireworks or sparklers rule. We were in one of the few sites again with water on site, and the dual spigots were shared with the neighboring site. The park was very full with several multi-family gatherings on adjoining sites. This is a very popular park with the area locals. Read my previous reviews for more details about this hidden gem. We were told at check-in that next year the rental cabins and half of the Hilltop campsite loop we were on will not be available due to sanitation system upgrades. The desk had no further information about the upgrades, but we're crossing our fingers that it might include some full hookup sites. Or at least a dump station that's closer than the 1-1/2 miles to the existing one... ;) We camped at Gilbert Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
4
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed 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
Some Shade
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Alafia River State Park, Lithia, Florida

Date of Stay: April, 2019 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

We had a large pull-thru site on the equestrian loop that easily fir our coach and toad. The park is clean and well maintained by the paid and volunteer staff. There are several trails, including mixed use trails open to hikers, bikers, and horses. AT&T and Verizon cell services are both strong here. The dump station is easily accessible with my only complaint being the lack of a trash container, so a few people just leave paper towels and plastic gloves for others to clean up. Shame on them. There are a few park sponsored activities to participate in, including a morning coffee get together on weekends. We stay at Alafia anytime we're in the area, and we will be back again. We camped at Alafia River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
11
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed 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
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

In the area, there are many stores and restaurants in nearby Fish Hawk and Brandon, or a bit farther away in Plant City. Tim's Cafe about 5 miles from the park is our favorite for breakfast.

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Lake Griffin State Park, Fruitland Park, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2019 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

Lake Griffin is a smaller park than most, with the sites a little closer together than we really like. The proximity to the restaurants and stores in the Fruitland Park area and visiting friends in The Villages makes it a good stopping place for us though when passing through. The roads in the park can be a little tight for big rigs, but should be doable with some care. The sites are packed sand and most are separated by at least some foliage for a bit of privacy. The water pressure and electric supply were both good and conveniently located. There is some traffic noise here, since the park is in a relatively dense population area on a popular route. We'll stop here again when it fits our travel plans. We camped at Lake Griffin State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
19
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed 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
Mostly Shady
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Many stores and restaurants in the area including a Walmart Supercenter, Aldis, Denny's, etc...

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area, Fort McCoy, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $22.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at Salt Springs for two weeks and we were very happy with our stay. Our large back-in site (#1) was at the far end of the RV loop, with no other sites across from us or to our left. The full hookup utilities were conveniently located for us, and easy to use. The only downside to our site was the tree cover at that end is very thin between the highway and the park, making for some traffic noise at times. The asphalt paved sites are all equipped with a fire pit, a BBQ, and a picnic table. Our AT&T hotspot service was poor here, but our Verizon hotspot and phone service was excellent. We did not use the free WiFi service the park provides. The bathrooms were in good condition and cleaned regularly. We didn't use the showers, preferring our own. We went to the springs on a beautiful sunny day, and we experienced a wonderful musical treat by "Lona", as she created her own brand of music on a variety of wooden flutes. There's a small strip mall across the highway from the park with a Dollar General, the Square Meal breakfast and lunch restaurant, a laundromat, a hair dressers, and a post office. A larger grocery store is just a short distance down the highway, as is the Bass Champions Restaurant with great sea food choices, but oddly, no bass on the menu. My understanding is that the owner is an avid bass fisherman, but can't serve uninspected meat. She did say she would prepare your own catch for you though, if you brought it in. All in all, we were very pleased with our stay, and will definitely be back in the future. We camped at Ocala National Forest / Salt Springs Rec Area in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
1
Site Surface
Asphalt, Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed 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
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

There are a few small shops and restaurants in Salt Springs, with many more choices about 25 minutes away in Palatka.

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Rodman Campground, Palatka, Florida

Date of Stay: February, 2019 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Rodman Campground is great park for fisherman with boats. The St John's River canal and lake are easily reachable from the park launch site. Our site was in the Phase 1 section, and was a bit too much like commercial parks for the site spacing, but it wasn't real bad. The Phase 2 section has better spacing between sites. The 30 amp electric and water locations were convenient for hooking up. The dump station near the check in office is easy to use, but oddly, it has two lanes and only one dump port. Our Verizon cell service was very poor here, but our AT&T service was surprisingly strong given the remoteness of the location, so our hotspot gave us solid Internet service and VOIP phone service. We would stay here again if the location fit our schedule, although we'd prefer a Phase 2 site next time. We camped at Rodman Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
6
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

There are many stores and restaurants 12 miles away in Palatka.

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Crooked River State Park, Saint Marys, Georgia

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $36.00
Overall Rating:

We spent 12 nights here before moving on down to Florida, and enjoyed every minute of our stay. The recently rebuilt sites are spacious and kept very clean by the great volunteer staff. We were on the full hookup loop, and the electric, water, ad sewer hookups were well placed and easy to use. The restroom building on our loop was brand new last year, and has four family style private bathrooms, two of them handicap equipped. The building also houses two washers and dryers, with loads just $0.75. The park is located about 20 minutes from a large number of stores and restaurants in St Marys and adjoining Kingsland, including a Super Walmart and many others. We will be back here for another week when we start our northward trek in the spring, and very much looking forward to it. We camped at Crooked River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
47
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Quite a bit longer than my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

The park has several hiking trails, as well as a bird watching blind and a wildlife observation tower.

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Little Cedar Creek Campgrounds and Cabins, Ridgeway, South Carolina

Date of Stay: January, 2019 - $35.00
Overall Rating:

Little Cedar Creek has become a regular overnight stop for us on our trek south for the winter. The welcome at check-in was very pleasant, and our pull-thru site near the office was large and easy to access. The park was very clean, as well as very quiet at night. The hook ups were easy to reach, and the 50 amp power was was solid. Note that this park accepts cash and checks only, and they offer a veterans discount. We will definitely return the next time we're in the area. We camped at Little Cedar Creek Campgrounds and Cabins in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Robert Moses State Park (Thousand Island region), Massena, New York

Date of Stay: November, 2018 - $33.00
Overall Rating:

Robert Moses is one of our favorite NY State Park campgrounds, and site #187 is our favorite site here. We really enjoy watching the ships entering and leaving the Eisenhower Lock from the comfort of our motorhome. The site is packed gravel and grass, but it is a bit off level but within the range of our leveling jacks. Our site had 20/30/50 amp power. We were here over the Labor Day weekend, and though the park was nearly full, it was quiet at night, at least on the Long Sault loop where we were. The nearby bathroom facilities were keep clean, and the family/handicapped private bathroom was a big help to us as my wife needs assistance showering. There are a number of hiking trails, both in the park and around nearby Massena, and a very nice visitors center with many wildlife displays and a large aquarium featuring native fish and turtles. There are several programs available for kids there. There's an Aldi's grocery store not far from the park entrance, and a Walmart Supercenter just a couple of miles further away. Massena has several nice restaurants, an a few miles east there's a Native American casino with a restaurants for nearly all tastes. We camped at Robert Moses State Park (Thousand Island region) in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
187
Site Surface
Gravel, Grass
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Gilbert Lake State Park, Laurens, New York

Date of Stay: July, 2018 - $23.00
Overall Rating:

Like our previous visits to this park, our back-in site was easily large enough for our 34' coach and toad. We were there for 10 nights including the July 4th holiday, and the park was always quiet at night, with just occasional shouts from kids playing in the central meadow during the day. We were in one of the few with individual water service and 50 am service. This row sits a little higher than the rest of the Hilltop Loop, and the diagonal sites offer a good view down into the main part of the loop. As always here, the restrooms were quite clean, especially the individual family/handicapped restrooms we used. Dish eastern arc satellite reception from our site was tight but doable with our portable dish. The western arc and DirecTV sats were unreachable through the heavy tree cover in that direction. We didn't try over the air TV this time, but I expect the same Utica NBC repeater is still viewable with other networks on sub-channels. AT&T and Verizon cell signals were strong enough and fast enough for streaming using our cell booster/repeater. As others have mentioned, the roads in the park are a bit rough and in need of repaving, but easily negotiable given the low speed limits. The climb up to the Hilltop Loop is steep, but all sizes of RV's seem to manage it ok. Gilbert Lake is one of our favorite NY state parks, and we love taking our granddaughter, her husband, and our great granddaughter for an afternoon picnic and swimming at the lakeside beach. This park would be a 10 with on site sewers. We will definitely be back again! We camped at Gilbert Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
Site 2 Hilltop Loop
Site Surface
Gravel
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

There are plenty of stores and restaurants in nearby Oneonta, NY.

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Dixie Caverns Campground, Salem, Virginia

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $34.00
Overall Rating:

Dixie Caverns was a last minute overnight stop for us, and we were glad they could accommodate us since they were pretty well booked up. Our pull-thru site was a bit short, but since we had planned to unhook anyway, that wasn't a problem. There was room enough to park our car cross ways behind the coach though. The sites and roads were a bit muddy, but considering the wet weather conditions at the time of our visit, it wasn't too bad. The full hookups were conveniently placed, and the 50 amp power was strong and stable. Our AT&T and Verizon cell signals were strong, so we didn't try the park WiFi. The satellite view from our site was good, so we didn't connect to the park cable service. There are quite a few stores and restaurants in Salem, about 7 miles away, including several well known chain locations. I don't think this park would work as a long tern stay for us, but it was a convenient stopping point for the night, and we would come back again if the need arose. We camped at Dixie Caverns Campground in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
32
Site Surface
Dirt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
Yes

Campground Details

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

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort, Charlotte, North Carolina

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $45.00
Overall Rating:

We stayed at Carowinds for what was intended to be a one night in-transit stop on our way north from Florida. Just before arriving we were notified that a pending snow storm in Virginia would make our next scheduled stop difficult at best, so we extended our stay to three nights to wait out the storm. The park is an easy on & off of nearby I-77, but there is no road noise in the park. Our pull-through site was at the end of a row, so we only had a neighbor on one side, making the site seem quite large. The site was also long enough for our coach and towed car. The electric, water, and sewer connections were well placed for our hookups, and we had a clear view for our portable satellite dish. The park does not have cable TV. The park does have free WiFi with the usual slow speeds, but our AT&T and Verizon signals were strong for our phones and Internet hotspots, so we didn't use the park WiFi. The Charlotte area offers many attractions, as well as many stores and restaurants. And the Carowinds amusement park that also owns the RV park is easily accessible via a free shuttle. Discount tickets are available at the RV park office. There is fairly frequent jet plane noise since the Charlotte-Douglas airport is fairly close by, but we didn't notice much activity from it during the night. The amusement park is close enough that we could sometimes distantly hear youngsters screaming on the rides, but only when were outside. And never loud enough to be annoying. We liked this park for an overnight stay and longer, and we expect we'll return often when we pass through the Charlotte area. We camped at Carowinds Camp Wilderness Resort in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
167
Site Surface
Asphalt
Site Type
Pull through
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

Many stores and restaurants in the Charlotte area.

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Edisto Beach State Park, Edisto Island, South Carolina

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $40.00
Overall Rating:

This was our 3rd visit to Edisto Beach State Park, and unfortunately, our most disappointing. In the past, we've had a front window ocean view from our motorhome on the few sites that face the beach. This time, apparently the storms that destroyed the beach loop sites necessitating a rebuild, also left the sand dune along the beach much higher than previously, so the only view was of the backside of it. Other than that, our visit was pleasant and quiet, and the walk to the nearby beach access was short. The rebuilt sites have been upgraded to 50/30/20 amp electric, but I noticed the price has now also been increased to $58/night. Our site, #18, was level packed sand, and the water and electric connections were centrally located on the site for an easy hookup. We didn't use the water though, since it has a very salty taste to it as the park information noted. We came in with a full fresh tank that easily lasted for our four night stay. The town of Edisto Beach is just across the road from the park entrance, and has a small Bi-Lo food market that's well stocked, although with a limited brand choice. There several restaurants nearby, and as others have mentioned, the Sea Cow is must visit, especially for breakfast. Our AT&T and Verizon phones and Internet hotspots worked well here, and our site had a wide open satellite view. The park offers WiFi at the office for those that need it. We camped at Edisto Beach State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
18
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp, 50 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Spacious
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
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Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Micanopy, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $18.00
Overall Rating:

Once off the main park road, the access road for the campsites was a little tight, but manageable. Our site was not very deep, but there was quite a bit of foliage between us and the neighbors, allowing some privacy. Our stay was very quiet, and we enjoyed getting a few days of rest as headed north. The 30 amp electric was stable with good voltage, and the water pressure was good. Our Verizon and AT&T cell services work well here. Satellite reception through the trees was difficult, but we did get a signal with our portable dish. Over the air TV signals from Gainesville were also available. Paynes Prairie is being added to our return visit list. We camped at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
2
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Just long enough for my motorhome
Campsite Features
Fire Ring, Picnic Table
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 30 Amp
Sewer Connection
No

Campground Details

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

Many stores and restaurants not far away in Gainesville.

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Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Hillsborough River State Park, Thonotosassa, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $24.00
Overall Rating:

The drive into the campground area is quite long, and once you leave the main park road, the roads are narrow with fairly tight turns. That said, we had no problems getting to our site with our 34' motorhome. There is enough foliage to provide a small level of privacy between most sites. The 50 amp electric was well located and stable with good voltage, and the water pressure was also good. Satellite reception was difficult due to the many tall trees, but we did manage to find a signal with our portable dish. AT&T and Verizon cell voice and data both worked fairly well for us, and over the air TV stations from Tampa were easy to see. Hillsburough was a good interim stop for us on our way north, and we'll likely be back again. We camped at Hillsborough River State Park in a Motorhome.

Value
Clean Restrooms
Service
Clean Showers
Cleanliness

Site Details

Campsite
Site Number
67
Site Surface
Sand
Site Type
Back in
Site Space
Long enough for my motorhome and a towed 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
Covered Forested
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Tampa and its suburbs are not far away, with all manner of stores and restaurants available.

Review Count: 120
States Visited: 23
Helpful Reviews: 44

Midway Campground - Big Cypress National Preserve, Ochopee, Florida

Date of Stay: March, 2018 - $15.00
Overall Rating:

Midway is pretty basic National Park Service park with electric only hookups, although water and a dump station are available near the park exit. The bathroom facility is kept clean by the hosts, but there are no shower stalls. The sites are arranged around a central pond so everyone has a good view of the water. Sometimes the resident alligator comes up on the bank, so folks with small dogs should be alert when near the pond. Our 50 amp electric hookup was very stable with good voltage. Most sites just have one tree near the road that may block rooftop satellite service. We had no problem with our portable dish though. The Verizon and AT&T cell signals here were very weak, but still usable for voice and data with the help of our booster amplifier. There are several hiking trails near the park, and a very nice visitors center just a few miles to the west. We like Midway for a very relaxing visit, but make sure you come well supplied, since the nearest small grocery store is about 30 minutes away in Everglades City. E-City also has some very good seafood restaurants, as well as a family diner with great breakfasts. About 15 miles east of the park is the Miccosukee Indian reservation and the Miccosukee Restaurant. The food is pretty good, but a bit pricey. We've been to Midway several times and will definitely be back again. We camped at Midway Campground - Big Cypress National Preserve in a Motorhome.

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 motorhome and a towed vehicle
Campsite Features
Picnic Table, Patio
Power Hookups
20 Amp, 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:

The nearest place with a few stores and restaurants is Everglades City, about 30 minutes from the park, so come prepared.

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