Campsites Year 4

Clearwater/Lake Tarpon KOA – Palm Harbor, FL

Pros: Full hookups, free Cable TV and WiFi. Lovely landscaping. Smaller park. Free breakfast and afternoon snacks every day. Heated swimming pool. Nice Bathhouse with good water pressure and good hot water. Close to everything I need, even a Trader Joes within 45 minute drive. Good air tv and Verizon service. Friendly staff. Very much a family feel.

Cons: TBD

Okeechobee KOA – Okeechobee, FL

Pros: Huge RV park – reportedly the largest KOA in the US. Has it’s own golf course, 3 pools and a hot tub. A bar on site and a cafe on site. Full hookups, free cable and wifi. Big conference center. Good grocery stores nearby. Clean bathhouse.

Cons: Surrounded by FIRE ANTS. Bit multiple times. After spraying they just moved over a little. When it was time to leave they were on my blocks and my chocks. Water pressure in shower mediocre. Hot water on demand took several minutes to heat up.


Jolly Roger RV Resort – Marathon, FL

Pros: Beautiful site right on the bay. Full hook-ups. Free cable and wifi. Clean bathhouse. Close to restaurants and good grocery store. Great view of the sunsets. Lots of fish, manta rays and nurse sharks in the bay.

Cons: small spaces. Showers required button pushes every 30 seconds. Hot water took some time. Pressure was mediocre.

Worth Noting: My cousins have a house in Marathon. (i was not aware of that when I booked it). Had a great time visiting them – 50 years since I last saw them.


Everglades National Park – Homestead, FL

Pros: Easy access to the Everglades National Park. Large flat spaces. Marina with general store and boat rides nearby. Electricity provided. able to occasionally get Verizon service at 9-mile pond 14 miles from campsite.

Cons: No water or sewer connections. No Verizon cell phone service, No Wifi. No air tv. Nearest grocery/movie theater 50 minutes away. Cold water showers.

Worth Noting: I was here early November. It was still the rainy season, mosquitoes were plentiful, and birds were scarce. Dec-Mar best time to visit. Also, new hotel and restaurant due to open soon.


Lion Safari KOA

Lion Safari KOA – Loxahatchee, FL

Pros: Right next to Lion Country Safari. Could hear the lions roaring morning and afternoon. Large level pull through sites. Full hookup. Free Wifi that worked great. Clean shower facilities. Nice laundry room. Super friendly staff . Good air TV stations but no PBS. Nice warm pool. Close to grocery and restaurants

Cons: Only one bar for Verizon. No Cable.

Worth Noting: Checked out 4 local birding spots – got great photos of some great birds. Also saw 2 Otters up close and personal.


Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground

Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground – Bay Lake, FL

Pros: Inside Disney properties. I was lucky enough to get a large shady spot right along a small river with great views of foraging Long legged Waders. Free transportation to all parks, and free parking pass to all parks. Good cable (lots of Disney channels) and good air TV. Great cell service. Nice looking bathrooms, ok water pressure, ok hot water.

Cons: the bathrooms are freezing cold! No place to park in campground except at your campsite. Mostly made for golf carts.

Worth Noting: October is Halloween month at the campground. most campers go hog wild with decorations. Golf carts roam the different loops to look at decorations and to trick or treat. It gets a little crazy.


North Beach Campground

North Beach Campground – St. Augustine, FL

Pros: Large, private, level, mostly shaded campsites. Right across the street from the ocean on one side, up along the river on the other side. 2 restaurants within easy walking distance. Just a few miles from historic St. Augustine. Good cell phone and air tv service.

Cons: Bath houses are outdated with and a little gross. Ok hot water, very little water pressure. No Cable pr Wi-fi.


River’s End Campground

Rivers End Campground – Tybee Island, GA

Pros: Love camping under the giant Live Oaks with Spanish moss. Super friendly staff. 2 people helped with parking. Nice individual shower/bathrooms. Good Verizon coverage, free cable, good air tv. Half mile walk to the beach or the river. Easy Access to Savannah

Cons: Sites are tight, I had to back in between 2 trees. Cable was not HD but signal was ok. Have to drive through downtown Savannah to get here.

Worth Noting: This was a 2nd visit for me. First time it rained the whole time. This time the weather was wonderful.


Ocean Lakes Family Campground

Ocean Lakes Family Campground – Myrtle Beach, SC

Pros: This was my 2nd visit to this campsites. I love the easy access to the beach and hearing the waves from my site. Everything you can need within the campground. Could see the ocean from inside Bob. Good Verizon coverage, good air tv channels, and good cable channels. Nice clean large showers and changing area with ok pressure and good hot water. Found a good étouffée place close by.

Cons: Ginormous campground. Got a little noisy for the Columbus day holiday weekend. Shower valves hard to turn all the way off.

Worth Noting. A brush with Hurricane Ian, let the place a little messier than usual, but the staff were on it. They were doing something that looked like it was destroying the dunes, I can only hope it was in preparation to make it better.


RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads

RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads, NC

Pros: the first “clean” site in a very long time. level sites and lovely grass. I like concrete pads. They have a Hot Tub!!! Pool was open but water was pretty cold. Outdoor covered pool table. Only a few miles to multiple fast food places. Full Hookups.

Cons: Water hookup was weird – little hose coming from underground. No cable and only PBS Air channels.

Worth Noting – Here just ahead of Hurricane Ian. Will likely extend my stay to sit it out. Good news is they can accommodate me.


Harpers Ferry KOA

Harpers Ferry KOA – Harpers Ferry, WV

Pros: Large campground with a lot happening over the weekend. Free Pancakes Sat & Sun morning. Wine tasting Saturday afternoon. Nice private shower rooms. Good water pressure and good hot water. Right next to the National Park. Huge store with lots of gift items. Got a few good Air TV channels.

Cons: The campsites were tight to maneuver into. The shower handles were reverse of normal with the hot water at the side you turn it on/off and the cold on full power. Weird! Verizon barely worked. Cable was terrible.


Bay Shore Campground

Bay Shore Campground – Rock Hall, MD

Pros: Peekaboo View of Chesapeake Bay facing west for the sunset. Cute quiet spread-out campground. Good air stations even in the afternoon. Little beach area by the boat ramp had beach glass!

Cons: No bath house at all. No Cable, Verizon barely functioned. Internet cost $20/week, but it is supposedly unlimited- We shall see. No sewer hookups.


Tall Pines Campground Resort – Lewes, DE

Tall Pines Campground Resort

Pros: Nicely treed and quiet campground. Pool was closed. The sites were level and sandy. Good Cajun restaurant close by. Beautiful Beaches about 10 miles away. Someone close by had Xfinity I could tap into for internet.

Cons: Staff worked with you through a window, they were polite, but not super friendly. The showers required pushing a button every 15 seconds. Verizon cut in and out. No cable, and only got air TV channels late at night. No sewer hookups.

Worth Noting: Mostly seasonal campers in older RVs, it was a little sad to see so many in disrepair. This is the first place since leaving NH that I got bored. These 4 night stays don’t usually give me time to get bored.


Sun Retreats Cape May

Sun Retreats – Cape May, NJ

Pros: Super friendly staff. Big store and grill/cafe on site open on the weekends. Lovely heated pool. Close to beaches. Free cable and wifi. Clean but dated bathrooms/showers. Good hot water, ok pressure

Cons: Very unlevel site, needed to go up 3 layers of blocks! Roads in resort very confusing. Mostly a seasonal campground. Verizon coverage was spotty. Shower stalls changing space very small, the stalls are small too, but manageable.

Worth Noting: I didn’t realize how nice south New Jersey beaches are. If I didn’t want to check off NJ on my list of campsites in the trailer I would have never known. Sometimes lists are a good thing!


Branch Brook Campground

Branch Brook Campground- Thomaston, CT

Pros: Small wooded campground along a small brook. Level large spots. Nice little trail along brook to walk. Nice Pool. Very reasonable laundry costs. Clean restrooms, showers good pressure and plenty of hot water. Good Verizon coverage. Nice restaurant close by. Everything you need in Waterbury 8 miles away.

Cons: Check in is at 1pm (not before or after). Roads in campground in disrepair. Bathrooms dated. No cable, and my site received only a few air channels.

Worth Noting: My neighbors had a pot bellied pig 🐖.


Cold Springs Camp Resort

Cold Springs Camp Resort, Weare, NH

Pros: Huge resort with 5 pools and 2 hot tubs. (1 each reserved for adults only). Lots of planned activities each week. Super clean and well organized. Met lots of friendly people. Onsite cafe opened daily, plus a food truck that opened frequently.

Cons: Shower stalls were small and cost a quarter for 5 minutes. Otherwise they were very clean and well maintained with good pressure and plenty of hot water.

Worth Noting: I was here to spend time with my sister and nephew, this park, was only a 25 minute drive away. Also met my 7th Cousin – a Westcott no less.


Sun Retreats Cape Cod

Sun Retreats Cape Cod, Dennis Port, MA

Pros: Right across the street from Narragansett Bay. Cafe a block away. Lots of activities. Level sites. Friendly Staff. Free Cable and WiFi. Nice “comfort station”. Washers and dryers paid with phone app. Received a sanitizer gift kit at check in.

Cons: My site was pretty small.

Worth Noting: This seems to be mostly a residential park. Most park models and trailers had lovely sunrooms/porches attached.


Fishermans Memorial State Park

Fisherman’s Memorial State Park – Narragansett, RI

Pros: Great price, lovely wooded sites. Clean bathhouse good hot water with okay pressure. No caterpillars! 🐛

Cons: My site was a pretty steep to pull in. Also, the pad was not wide enough to accommodate my steps. Showers cost a quarter a minute. Only a few air TV channels.

Worth Noting: Nice and close to the reunion I was attending


King Phillips Campground

King Phillips Campground – Lake George

Pros: A few miles from Lake George. Trolley stop within a block. Nice individual shower rooms with hot water and good pressure. Good Verizon coverage. Plenty of Air TV stations. Nice pool and arcade room. Super nice staff. Nicely wooded large level spot.

Cons: No Cable. See “Worth Noting” below.

Worth Noting: I was there in the middle of a gypsy moth infestation. caterpillars were dropping from the trees non stop and their poop was everywhere. I also caught up with yet another Motorcycle rally.


Westcott Beach State Park

Westcott Beach State Park – Sackets Harbor, NY

Pros: Right on Henderson Bay of Lake Ontario. Can see the lake from inside the trailer. Big spaces, lots of trees. Huge beach. Good Verizon coverage. 30 amp electric. bathrooms clean. A few good air channels. Watertown near by.

Cons: Super soggy grounds due to lots of rain. Basically I was parked in a large puddle. Site not very level, used 3 tiers of blocks to level it. Only electric available. Minimal hot water in shower, had to lean on water knob constantly. No water temp adjustment.

Worth Noting: Captain George Wellington Westcott, my 4th Cousin $ times removed bought the property that was sold to the state for a state park.


Branches of Niagara

Branches of Niagara – Grand Island, NY

Pros: Lovely park with 2 pools and a lazy River. Large level sites. Lots of activities for kids. Nice large shower areas with good pressure and hot water. Nice Laundry room. Close to everything. Free WiFi. Great Air TV Channels

Cons: Toll bridge to get to Island. Shower water could have been a little hotter. No Cable

Worth Noting: Allergies/Sinus issues had me down for the count during my stay.


Sandusky KOA

Sandusky KOA – Sandusky, OH

Pros: Huge spot with a lovely furnished patio. 2 pools! Can see the lake from a path in the park. Showers were nice and hot. Verizon coverage was good.

Cons: I got a south facing spot with no shade. When the nearby train goes by, the trailer shakes. Again, no CBS channel on Cable or Air TV. Is it a Ohio thing? Did not monitor quiet hours, loud music going on past 2am!

Worth Noting: I happened to be here during a big Harley Motorcycle Rally. LOUD LOUD LOUD!


Cincinnati/Lebanon KOA

Lebanon/Cincinnati KOA – Lebanon, OH

Pros: Huge somewhat level pull through shady spots. I was at the end of the row, and had a lovely view of the trees. I was also very close to the bath house. I loved the individual shower/toilet private rooms. So much space! The shower insert was large and provided a built in seat. Water pressure was good, and the water was plenty hot. Free WiFi and cable. I chose to go with the air TV choices. Verizon signal was great

Cons: Roads within the park need some serious work. I could not get CBS on either cable or air TV.

Worth Noting: Didn’t spend much time in the camp since I was visiting with my cousin.


Cave Country RV Campground

Cave Country RV Campground – Cave City KY

Pros: Close to Mammoth Cave. I got a nice level shady spot. Great landscaping with various types of shade trees. Could smell the honeysuckle in the evening. Free WiFi & Cable. Good Verizon Coverage. Multiple fast food within walking distance. Good sized shower stalls, with great shower head, pleasure and hot water. Cute little pool just opening

Cons: A little traffic noise and a little train noise, but honestly not bad. No Air TV channels

Worth Noting: Cave City has an Antiquing Trail. I visited a few of the shops. Lots of hidden treasures to look for.


Jill’s Cabin

Jill’s Cabin – Murphy, NC

Tere’s Ranch

Tere’s Ranch – Crossville, TN

Hinton RV Park

Hinton RV Park – Sikeston, MO

Pros: Very efficient park. Looks to cater to the one night travelled. Level pull through spots. Free Cable and WiFi. Good Verizon coverage and some Air TV stations. Clean bathhouse but not much to look at.

Cons: One bathroom/shower for women and one for men. Could be a backlog.

Worth Noting: Must visit Lamberts Cafe (1 mile away) where they throw rolls, drop various side dishes on the table, and offers standard comfort food good portions at a reasonable price.


Wanderlust RV Park

Wanderlust RV Park – Eureka Springs, AR

Pros: Nice owners, large fairly level spots (considering there is very little flat land in the area). Clean bathhouse. Good water pressure and hot water. Free WiFi, Good Verizon signal, some Air TV channels. Trolley stop right outside campground. Nice base camp for all things Eureka Springs

Cons: No Cable. Parked right next to an electric cabinet, buzzed all night. Running fan covered it though.

Worth Noting: Coming in from the west requires towing over windy mountainous roads. In my case it was raining, so it was a bit white knuckle for me. Leaving towards the east was an easy drive with minimal curvy descents.


Creekside RV Park

Creekside RV Park – Broken Bow, AR

Pros: Very Friendly manager. Nice shady large level spots Mine was backed up to the creek. Great WiFi from my spot (just in front on the office). 2 Huge private bathroom and shower rooms. Really enjoyed the wide space to shower, great shower head and good pressure with hot water. OK Verizon coverage.

Cons: Moderate traffic noise. No cable or air tv.


Palestine RV Park

Palestine RV Park, Palestine, TX

Pros: Very basic park with super friendly owner. Tons of trees and shade. Sites are fairly level. Very quiet. Good for a one night stay. Great dining at the Pint & Barrel. Woke up to owls hooting, then to song birds singing. Perfect for a one night stay.

Cons: No shower facility. No WiFi, cable, and minimal cell service. not many air TV channels.

Worth Noting: It was a huge pleasure camping under the trees again.