Campground Reviews

RATING SYSTEM
Since we are traveling the country, I thought we would give our impressions of the campgrounds where we stay.  Our reviews are based on the overall impression, the cleanliness of the location, whether or not the sites are large enough for some privacy, the views, amenities, and whether or not there is a WOW factor.

We are currently staying in several campgrounds associated with Thousand Trails.  It is an organization affiliated with 80 campground across the US.  For $495 year, we get to stay in any campground in two of their 4 zones for only $3 a night with the first 30 nights for free.
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LOUISIANA

Fountainebleau State Park
62883 Hwy 1089
MANDEVILLE LA 70470-8925
Stayed March 16-19, 2016
http://www.fontainebleaustatepark.com/
The main reason for staying here was its proximity to New Orleans. It’s located 24 miles from the city, and it’s a fun drive over the Lake Ponchartrain Causeway bridge.  The sites are really close to each other but have water, 50amp electrical and sewer service.  There is a rails to roads bike path that passes in front of the park and there is great biking inside the park as well.  There is also a beach area to the lake.  The rate was $21.00 per night.
Overall rating: 7

Sam Houston Jones State Park
107 Sutherland Road
Lake Charles, LA 70611
http://www.crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/sam-houston-jones-state-park/
This is a great park.  There are separate camping sections in the park, one with campsites on top of one another and the other is a little more spacious.  However, it’s a great place for biking or just walking along the road with lots to see.  Since it is in bayou country, there is a lot of wildlife and a great hiking trails along one of the rivers that runs though the park with a view of beautiful homes on the opposite river bank. It’s quiet and has disk golf if you re i
Overall Rating: 8


NORTH CAROLINA

Forest Lake RV & Camping Resort
192 Thousand Trails Dr,
Advance, NC 27006

Stayed September 14-17, 2015
The amenities are good, with a couple of nice pools, a lake, game room, and other nice buildings, but the campsites are crowded, gravel and uneven.  We arrived after dark, and the attendant showed us to our campsite and helped me back in.  He and registration lady at the front desk were very nice f and really helpful.  However, I did not care for the gravel roads and sites since they blended in together with little grass, and the overall appearance of the campground.  I went walking one night and had to turn around because the sewer smell was unbearable.  There are a lot of places to walk and a pretty good 3.2 mile hiking trail.  At $35 per night, it was reasonable.
Overall rating:  6

Fayetteville RV Resort
6250 Wade-Stedman Rd,
Wade, NC 28395

Stayed October 1-5, 2015
This is a great place to stay.  It is well laid out and easy for big rigs to maneuver.  It is off the interstate enough to not hear the traffic but close enough that it’s not too far away. Most of the streets and sites are paved, with plenty of shade if you want it, or open space if you don’t.  At $45.00 a night with the Good Sam’s discount, it’s a little pricey but has great amenities and the staff is first rate.  We stayed here during the time Hurricane Joaquin was making its way up the coast and South Carolina was being hit with historic floods, but there were no flooding problems here.  A lot of snow birds use the park because it is half way between New York and Florida on I-95.  The park is very clean with lot of open grassy areas for dog walking or just hanging out on one of their benches.  I would definitely stay here again.
Overall rating:  7

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SOUTH CAROLINA

Lake Hartwell Camping and Cabins
400 Ponderosa Point Rd,
Townville, SC 29689
Stayed October 6-7, 2015
This place is a dump.  There are way too many long term residents and those sites are very trashy.  The roads are very narrow and steep.  About the only thing going for it is that it was pretty cheap with a PassPort America Discount.  It did have reasonable WiFi and only about 300 yards to the lake.  We were only staying two nights until we could get back to a Thousand Trails campground.  This is not a place I would stay again.
Overall rating:  3

Carolina Landing RV Park
120 Carolina Landing Dr.
Fair Play, SC 29643

Stayed October 8-14, 2015
This is a Thousand Trails park, and since we are still within our first 30 free nights, there is no charge for the camping.  However, there is a $3.00 per night fee for 50 amp service. The sites are very hilly and close together.  However, it is pretty clean for the most part. There are lots of places to walk and a good hike to the lake.  The people are friendly and have a Sunday morning chapel service and a Thursday morning ladies’ get together.  They also hosted a pot luck dinner while we were there.
Overall rating:  6

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VIRGINIA

Outdoor World, Williamsburg
4301 Rochambeau Drive,
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Stayed September 17-October 1, 2015
The pictures on the website are all true.  There are some great amenities here and the kids will love the place.  However, the buildings are old and have the smell of really stale air conditioning.  The campsites are crowded with a lot of small semi-permanent metal trailers throughout the campground.  These are not like the cabins shown on the website, though there are a number of them.  My site has me looking at large propane tanks on the backside of some of these trailers.  It is conveniently located to a lot of the historical sites such as Colonial Williamsburg. Jamestown, and a number of great museums.  Fortunately, it was one of our Thousand Trails Park, so $3.00 a night was about the right price.
Overall rating:  5

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TEXAS

Medina Lake Campground
215 Settle Road
Lake Hills, Texas 78063
http://www.rvonthego.com/texas/medina-lake-rv-campground/
Stayed March 26-April 9, 2016
There are two sections to the park.  The one closes to the water has the campsites pretty close to one another and there isn’t much privacy.  The other section is about 3/4 of a mile away and is much more hilly though it is fairly private.  There is 30 amp in some locations at each and 50 amp at others, but there seems to be no rhyme or reason as to a pattern. This place is pretty barren but we used it as a home base to visit San Antonio, Boerne, Groen, Bandera and Kerrville.  It’s a pretty good drive to each of them but at the Thousand Trails rate of $3 per night, it seemed to be a pretty good balance. Cell and internet service is better with Verizon than AT&T, but a Wilson Cellular booster, both were good.  The local library is the only place in town with WiFi.
Overall Rating: 5

Parkview Riverside RV Park
2561 County Road 350
Concan, Texas 78838
Stayed April 9-16, 2016

http://www.parkviewriversiderv.com/
This is park backs up to the Frio River and Garner State Park is on the other side.  We were parked on a bluff overlooking the river and even with the trees had a pretty good view.  They had 50 amp service, good tasting water, and sewer connections. You could pull in or back in and they had connections for either, which makes is super convenient. The staff was friendly and had a well stocked store including hundreds of water shoes for splashing in the river. The rates were $37.80 per night or $230 per week.
Overall Rating; 8

Seminole Canyon State Park
90 Highway, Comstock Texas 78837
Stayed April 16-22, 2016
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/seminole-canyon
This is a great little park in the desert.  It is about 30 miles west of Del Rio Texas and 6 miles west of Comstock.  There is very little vegetation in the camping area except for cacti and wild flowers and lot of thorns.  However, it’s very quiet and dark for seeing stars, along with the sunrises and sunsets.  They are spectacular.  While there, be sure to take the ranger guided tour to the ancient cave art.  It’s not too much if you are in reasonable physical condition, but there are stairs to descend and them climb back up again.  The weather was pleasant temperature wise, but I expect it would not be comfortable in the summer.  It only has 30 amp service and water connections but does have a dump station on the way out.  There are hiking trails down to the Rio Grande River, about 6 miles round trip.  The rate is $35 nightly or seven days for the price of six.
Overall rating: 7

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