Saturday, September 28, 2013

Amistar Vicksburg RV Park, Vicksburg MS

Stay Date:  Sept 2013
Our Rating:  Good – 7
Very convenient to I-20, yet quiet at night. This park is a comfortable spot for a nights stay. Located across from the Ameristar Casino, with a paved entry road and gravel interior roads and sites. All sites are pull-thrus, and are not long enough for both a 40' or larger motor home and tow without unhooking. The power pedestal was unusual in that the 50 amp plug was installed upside down, making it difficult to use with a power monitor. Good cable and Wi-Fi, and Verizon cell and data were strong. Small trees only, so a clear shot for satellite TV. A shuttle is available for the casino. We'd probably stay here again because of the convenience and price, reasonable at $27/night.  Amistar Vicksburg RV Park.

Hernando Point COE Campground, Hernando MS

Stay Date: Sept 2013
Our Rating:  GOOD – 8
Hernando Point MS 1 Another great COE park on the shores of the lake. A bit off the interstate, but worth it for a few nights. Interior roads and sites are paved, and the sites, all back-in are not as deep as most COE parks; in this case our 40' motor home just fit with our tow vehicle parked to the side. Hernando Point MS 2Many of the sites are on the lake shore, and all have large areas for the table, fire ring, and even a tent area. Power and water were good, and Verizon cell and data were weak, but usable. Lots of trees, but ample room for a tripod satellite. Beware the ants, they can be a problem, but at least they're not fire ants. An enjoyable place to stay at a great rate – only $10/night with the Golden Access pass.  Hernando Point COE Campground

Parkers Crossing RV Park, Yuma TN

Stay Date:  Sept 2013
Our Rating: GOOD – 10!
Parker's Crossing2We don't often find a solid "10" campground at such a reasonable price, but this park is without doubt one of the best we've seen. On check-in the friendly hosts welcomed us to the area with an extensive handout containing restaurant, shopping, and attraction information and maps, gave us their recommendations, and escorted us the the site. Parker's Crossing4The pull-thru site was absolutely level concrete with an attached large wood patio and table, and overlooked the fishing pond. The free cable featured over 100 channels and the Wi-Fi was solid throughout our stay. Parker's Crossing1Clear view to the DirecTV satellite and our Verizon cell and data were strong. Convenient to the Interstate, yet far enough away to be quiet. Although the new owners are still making improvements, this park is already a cut above the norm, and we'll be stopping here again.  A bargain at $26 with Good Sam discount.  Parker’s Crossing RV Park

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

7 Points COE Campground, Nashville TN

Stay date:  Sept 2013
Our Rating:  GOOD - 9
7 Points COE2An amazing value with the Senior Pass. Close to the attractions of Nashville, yet you feel that you're in the middle of the forest. Roads a bit narrow, and as stated backing in some of the sites can be a problem, but we had no problem with our 40' rig. Sites are paved, 7 Points COE3mostly level, and many are very deep. Ours was tree covered yet surrounded by an open grass area for the tripod satellite. Has large patio areas with table and fire rings, and most sites are well spaced for privacy. Verizon cell and data signal was strong. 7 Points COE1Note: Our GPS had us take Earhart Road to the park. South New Hope Road is a better choice: is wider and without overhanging trees. A great park, but it stays full so a reservation is a must.  A steal at $10/night with the Golden Access Pass.  7 Points COE Campground

Friday, September 6, 2013

Raccoon Valley Escapees Park, Heiskel TN

Stay Date:  Sept 2013

Our Rating:  Good – 6

Racoon Valley2We’re Escapees and enjoy staying at their parks for the friendly hosts and fellow campers, but this park was a disappointment.  Easy access from I-75, friendly check in, and an easy drive on gravel interior roads to the gravel, not too level pull-thru sites.  The sites are uncomfortably close, Racoon Valley3awnings almost touch slideouts, and there’s a half-hearted attempt at a grass strip, but your area is mostly gravel with an aged picnic table.  Quiet at night, but too many security lights keep the area bright. Cable Racoon Valley4only for long termers, and Tengo WiFi for $3/day.  Most sites are treeless so a clear shot to the satellite.  Verizon cell and data worked well.  Most long-term visitors keep their sites tidy, but a few are falling apart.  OK for a one night stay, with good access to Knoxville.  $18/night for 50A.  Raccoon Valley Escapees Park.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bandit’s Roost COE Campground, Wilkesboro NC

Stay Date:  Sept 2013
Our Rating:  GOOD – 8
Bandit's Roost1Staying here is the best of the two worlds of camping and RV living. Most sites are good-sized and separated by trees, and all have tables, cooking tables, and fire rings. Power and water were both good, and a dump station is located on the exit route. Rooftop satellites will be a problem with all of the trees, but we were able to find a site that worked with our tripod andBandit's Roost2 portable dish. Verizon cell was strong, but data was weak and intermittent. Even on a crowded Labor Day weekend, the park was quiet at night. Easy access from the main road, interior roads are paved and sites, all back-in, are hard packed dirt and gravel. A great place to stay, and an unbeatable value at $11/night with the Senior Pass.  Bandit’s Roost COE Park

Creekside Campground, Edinburg VA

Stay Date:  August 2013
Our Rating:  GOOD – just barely – 6
To get here, do not follow your GPS; follow the signs, taking a right turn when you reach the "T" at Highway 11. While it may be big rig accessible, I wouldn't call it big rig friendly. Access requires a trip down a single lane, winding road with a 10%+ downgrade, and the interior of the park is small and could pose a problem for a 40' or longer rig. Sites are mostly gravel, fairly level, and hookups are easily accessible. Free cable TV was excellent, and WiFi worked well. Heavily treed, so not much chance of using satellite. Verizon cell and data were strong. No host/manager on site; instructions are posted to leave a check, so no credit cards. A pretty place once you get parked, but too much trouble to make it worthwhile for us to make a second visit.  $30/night.  Creekside Campground

Little Mexico Campground, Winfield PA

Stay Date:  August 2013
Our Rating:  GOOD bordering BAD – 5
If only this park lived up to it’s website.  Getting to this park is an adventure; through farmland and then a narrow, winding road that at one point comes within a foot or so of a house. This is a large seasonal park with only a few full hookup, back-in sites for travelers. Interior roads are gravel, and most sites are grass. Our site was within 8' of the laundry and restroom doors, and the night-long banging of doors was an irritant, and sitting outside with all of the traffic was uncomfortable. Active and noisy on the weekend, but fairly quiet during the week. The free WiFi was weak and generally unusable. No cable, but clear shot at the satellites and Verizon cell and data were strong. Fairly well maintained, but not really suited for travelers, this park is too far off the main roads unless you're visiting someone in the area.  Passport America accepted during weekdays ($20/night), otherwise way overpriced at $39/night.  Little Mexico Campground

Woodland Campground, Woodland PA

Stay Date:  August 2013
Our Rating:  GOOD – 7
What looks to be a former KOA, the park is average in it's amenities and facilities, except that the pull-thrus are exceptionally long. Lots of seasonals ring the center where overnighters are parked, and many could use facelifts. The pond is overgrown and not all that scenic or suitable for fishing. The gravel sites were fairly level and hookups were convenient and worked well as did the free WiFi. No trees in the overnight area, so a clear shot to the satellite, and Verizon cell and data were good. Although a short drive off of I-80, the park was quiet and dark at night. A good overnight stop albeit overpriced at $36/night.  Woodland Campground

Heritage Hills Campground, Thompson OH

Stay Date:  August 2013
Our Rating:  GOOD – 8
This is a largely seasonal park located well off the Interstate, but worth the trip if you're visiting the area. A large park. The landscaping is nicely maintained with large areas of grass. Two lakes provide fishing and swimming, and there's a nice store/office. The owners are very friendly and seemed intent on making our stay memorable. The transient sites are long pull-thrus with large grass areas and trees to give more privacy than average. Wi-Fi is a fee service, except for around the office area. No cable and little broadcast, but clear views of the satellites. Verizon cell and data were strong. Warning - If coming from I-90, the signs will take you down Ledge Road for over 2 miles of dirt/dust. Instead, stay on Rt 528 to the town square, then take Thompson Road to the south entrance to Ledge Road, a portion of the dirt road much shorter and less dusty.   $35/Night.  Heritage Hills Campground