Campsites Year 5

Ozarks Landing – Lake Ozark, MO

Pros: Large flat shady sites along the Osage river. Full hookups with free cable. Nice powerful showers with plenty of hot water. Friendly staff. Not far to usual amenities. Nice pool.

Cons: Had to pay for internet – but $14/week for 4 logins wasn’t bad. I caught up on a lot system upgrades and syncing on Laptop, iPad, and iPhone. Not fond of the rough gravel everywhere.

Worth Noting: I was here to watch and Listen to my old buddy Wayne Faust play. I spent more time in bar’s this week than my whole 4 years on the road put together.

City of Branson Campground AKA Lakeside RV Resort

Pros: Right on the lake. Free Trolley stops in the park and takes you all around Branson. Good Cable TV and good Verizon Coverage. Boardwalk right out of the park with walking access to Branson.

Cons: Park was tricky to find, under the bridge. Campsites set up front to front and back to back which means a shared patio area. Sites also narrow. Great if you are camping with friends, Awkward if you are on your own. In the evening there was a sewage smell.

Worth Noting: I was here for Memorial Weekend. The neighbors facing me were with several RVers. There was always 4-8 people hanging out right by my door. Fortunately they weren’t loud party people. Unfortunately I was uncomfortable sitting outside with so many onlookers. ,

Catherine’s Landing – Hot Springs AR

Pros: Beautiful grounds and facilities right on Lake Catherine. Nice private room showers. Good Cable.

Cons: Limited Verizon Coverage. No air tv channels. Zero interaction with staff. I got the sense the park was more of a business than a service. Water pressure weak. GPS couldn’t handle the park location. Could only punch in route once I got to the actual street.

Worth Noting: Close to Hot Springs National Park. I went into “town” frequently, good easy parking.

Texarkana KOA – Texarkana, TX

Pros: easy access to highway. Verizon worked ok. Plenty of air tv channels.

Cons: Terrible roads. Weird warn out office in a trailer check in. Right next to the Highway but not as loud as you think.

Worth Noting – this was a combination residential community and a KOA Journey. Glad I only spent one night here.

Pilot Knoll – Highland Village, TX

Pros: beautiful city gated campground right on the lake. Large spacious sites. Water and electric. Okay air tv. Close to absolutely everything.

Cons: Verizon coverage spotty. Bathrooms nasty. No ventilation and filled with mildew. Shower requires a push every 30 seconds.

Worth Noting: 3 short miles from family!! Spent all my free time with them.

Austin East KOA – Austin, TX

Pros: Extremely well run with friendly efficient staff. The grounds were immaculate. The pool was kept at a relaxing 88 degrees. They served free popcorn on the weekends. The showers were separate well kept rooms. Loved that the park was kept dark at night – better for viewing stars.

Cons: Showers were just average. water pressure could have been better.

Worth Noting: very successfully updated wardrobe at local outlet mall (Duluth Trading, and Bass Fishing/Outdoor Sports). Close to a great wildflower garden.