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Erin S.
Portsmouth, NH
Joined October 2018
Dry beautiful campground in Joshua Tree Nat'l Park

Loved this campground. Spent 4 nights here in a 34 ft travel trailer. We ended up booking two sites to ensure there was enough room for both our trailer and our truck. I'm glad we did. The truck would have been sticking out into the road otherwise. Not that that stopped anyone else from having their whole trailer block half the road. And this is why it is 4 stars instead of 5. Tons of inconsiderate people - blocking the road, playing loud music, coming in at midnight to set up and yelling at each other. If you could get over that though, the location is incredible. We spent hours exploring the boulders around the campground. It is centrally located in the northern half park and easy to get to everywhere of interest. The weather in early October was perfect. The ranger talks on the weekend were well attended and interesting. Would highly recommend with a caveat to manage expectations.

Military campground on the Silver Strand

Loved it. Book early and pay $4 more a night for a back-in on the water. Sites are wide concrete pads surrounded by gravel. Water sites have fire pits right on the bay. The views of downtown San Diego at night are fantastic. No problem with hook-ups. Wifi is there but it is weak, especially at night when everyone is on. Expect to hear helicopters on patrol at all hours. The campground is connected to the marina and there are a lot of rental options available at fairly reasonable prices. 5 minute drive to Coronado. 15 mins to downtown San Diego. Would highly recommend.

Military campground in Monterey

This is a military only campground. It is located on a public-accessible military-run golf course right on top of the regional airport. I mean, right on top of. The airplanes will warm up within site of my RV and take off over top of us. It was very loud. But tolerable. We stayed in two sites while we were here. Site 1 on the very eastern end - it was narrow and not very level (tail up). Site 14 was the handicap accessible site, and accordingly was wide and level. Half of the sites had water and electric but no sewer. The other half includes sewer. The bathroom and showers were centrally located and well-kept. Laundry was reliable and reasonably priced. Downtown Monterey was a short drive or bike ride away. I would stay here again but wouldn't recommend.

Large franchise campground close to Yosemite Nat'l Park

We are members of Thousand Trails so our review may be a little different than someone who is a non-member. Here's why. The majority of the campground (the nicer parts next to the river) is for members only. The smaller, tighter section is for non-members.

WiFi: Yes they have it. It is only available in the 'lounge area'. It's VERY slow. Instead I went east by 4 miles to a hotel to have a beer and connect for work.

Sites: Those by the river are packed close together and more shaded. We didn't care to be packed like sardines, so we opted for one of the middle sites. Hardly anyone was in these sites so it was quiet and spacious. No problem with full-hookups.

Events:It's a resort so they have something going on every weekend. While we were there it was a family movie and Octoberfest (beer and bratwurst for $5). Then smores by the fire with music. It was nice.

Proximity: Although it is very close to the park boundary, it is still an hour to the valley. We couldn't get a spot in the valley so we accepted this as the way it was. No biggie. There was also a bus that took you into the valley in the morning and back in the afternoon for a reasonable price.

Service: The staff was friendly and patient with all the folks that came in at 7pm begging/demanding for a site.

Overall, I would go back.

Military campground not far from the Bay

You have to be former or active duty military to use this campground. It is located on one of Coast Guard's main training centers. The campground is at the back of the complex, next to a playground, volleyball court, cookout shelter, and stocked lake. Full-hookups and large pull in spaces made it very easy and relaxing. The wind kicks up in the afternoon sometimes so watch out for your awning and camp chairs. It is a 15 min drive into Petaluma (which is a very cute town) and another 35 minutes to the GG bridge in good traffic. We visited Muir Woods, SF, and Sausalito while we were here without breaking much of a sweat. Recommended.

A campground centrally located in South Lake Tahoe

I was surprised when I heard of this campground. A city run campground across the street from the lake in the middle of town? Sure! We had a site in one of the two loops that had full hook-ups, and our site backed up to US 50. I was prepared for a lot of road noise and even strangers wandering through our camp but neither was a nuisance. Sites were spacious. We loved seeing the lake from our campsite and hitting the bike trail right outside the campground. There was also a nice city pool, library, and playground in walking distance.

A nicely located RV campground in Grand Teton

We spent 9 nights in Colter Bay RV park in a 30 ft travel trailer. It is a fairly large RV park, but still an easy walk from laundry, the store, the lake, and the visitor center. The sites were fairly level (the whole campground is on a downhill grade to the lake) and nicely spaced. We enjoyed being in the park, though on the north side it was a bit of a drive to Jenny Lake and Jackson. Overall, a pleasant experience and I would recommend.

Enjoyable Yellowstone National Park campground

We stayed in a travel trailer at Grant Village campground for 10 days. This is a dry site (no hook-ups). Because we selected a site next to the comfort station, grey water and sewage storage was not a problem. There was a shower site we had to drive to right down the street; we were given a "pass" for one shower for each adult each day. A little annoying but doable (the water was hot and unlimited). The site was a little tight with our 34 ft rig but it worked without damage to the local foliage. A little on site selection: when you reserve for the campground, you don't select a site. We arrived at 1 pm and selected our site then. The rush for sites was typically around 6-7:30 pm, so I recommend arriving early. Our site was frequented by elk and deer. The lake was a very short walk down the hill. The Village had a grocery, cafe, restaurant, post office, visitor center, and souvenir shop. Would highly recommend.

A tight little campground in a great Cody location

Sorry no pictures for this review. The campground is tight. The playground is right next to the entrance without a fence. However! The location of the campground makes up for it and more. We could (and did) walk to downtown and the Buffalo Bill museum of the west. I woke up and went running along the river. We didn't spend much time in our campsite by design and it worked out great. There wasn't much road noise despite being right on the main thoroughfare. The souvenir ship/main office was nice. I would recommend.

Beautiful campground in a Montana State Park

This campground was a pleasant surprise. We had initially planned to camp at Glacier but were thwarted by fire and smoke. We booked this campground when we arrived at the State Park, no problem. The road circles the campground. There are five loops inside the outer road, with about 7 campsites per loop, and the playground and bathrooms in the center. The sites have electric hookups. We were able to fill our water tanks with spigots centrally located throughout the campground, but could not keep it connected. No sewer, but the bathroom is very convenient. The site was level with a fire pit and very spacious. The State Park was awesome. We went hiking and the cave tour was great. They have two souvenir stores and one cafe near the cave. We stayed there for 4 nights which was perfect for what we had planned. Would highly recommend.

It's a Fairgrounds ... in Bozeman

Not much pizzazz with this campground. It's a gravel parking lot next to grandstands and an ice rink. All the sites back up to the southern fence. Spaces are a little tight but not too bad… it's not like you are going to sit outside in a lounge chair in this place. And while I am on the down side, there were a few occasions at night where cars would drive through the parking lot and hang out. Not doing donuts or anything, but it was a little creepy. We stayed here because all other campgrounds in the area were full. But on a good note, it was nicely located, very central to town. The traffic was not too loud and despite it being a non-paved lot, it wasn't too dusty. It was ok. Sorry, no pictures to add.

An adequate campground on a Montana Air Force Base

The campground is located on the far corner of this small Air Force Base. The back-in site we occupied had W, E, S hook-ups and was fairly level though narrow. The camp host was friendly and accommodating. That is where the goodness ended. The mosquitos were incredibly bad. Visibility was less than a mile due to smoke from fires to the northwest. It was windy and dusty. The area surrounding our site was full of broken glass. It served our purpose for a night of rest but it was an unpleasant experience and I would not stay again. Unfortunately I have no pictures to add.

A rural family campground near Barre, MA

We stayed in Coldbrook twice, one on Violet and once on Daisy, both times in June for the Spartan Race. The guests were split between weekend warriors and hard-core seasonals. The roads were all dirt and the initial drive down into the campground is very steep. The amenities are nice, with a 9 hole golf-course, a nice pool and splash zone, a game room, playground, and covered picnic area. Both times we stayed in a tent. Overall, I prefer the Daisy loop because we were farther removed from the main camping area. The second time when we camped at Violet it was next to the playground and the picnic area, and although these were extremely convenient, I would take sleep any day. Quiet hours were not even remotely enforced and drunken partying went into the wee hours of the morning. Otherwise, the campground was ok. The bathrooms and showers were decent. The events that we attended were nice. However, I do not believe I would stay here again.

Spacious campground close to Burlington, VT

We were pleasantly surprised by this campground. The sites were long and spacious. We had one right next to the playground so our daughter could walk straight to it without having to cross a road. And speaking of playground, it was large and very nice. The campground is close to the highway but we never noticed the road noise. Besides the playground and the pool, the campground also had a basic mini golf course, a game room, and rental go-carts. The lake is a short walk down the street (no direct path from the campground). While we stayed here we took the short drive into Burlington, drove our bikes to the lake bike path, and visited the Ben and Jerry's plant (highly recommended). They didn't have any organized events while we were there. I would recommend to a friend and would gladly stay again.

Rural seasonal campground in coastal New Hampshire

My family stayed at this campground for a month and a half while we finished up our obligations before we hit the road full time. The sites were spacious in wooded area near a small river. The road in is dirt but is mostly level. The majority of the campground were seasonal campers who had really settled in. We felt a little out of place. The pool and the store were nice. They had a few family events that were also fun and great for kids. The bugs, however, really prevented us from enjoying spending time outdoors. Our experience with the staff and owners was hit or miss. Sometimes they were extremely nice and friendly, other times it was like they were looking for an argument. The location was convenient to Durham and Dover, and only 25 minutes to Portsmouth. Overall, I would recommend the campground but with some hesitation.

A small family run campground on a farm

Large levelled spaces but a little muddy. Good for a quiet, relaxing weekend; not very close to attractions otherwise. My daughter loved the horses and goats.

Second review, this time with an RV

Really loved this campground so we came back for a second go, this time with a travel trailer. Although the tent sites were large, the RV sites felt a little snug. Still great access to Acadia national Park and the pool and playground were great for family.

A nice, large family campground on the quiet side

Great for all types of camping. We’ve stayed here in a tent. There is a great playground and a nice pool with slide. Hiking trails connect to the back of the campground for access to Beech Mtn and Echo Lake beach.

A casual, well-kempt campground on Maine’s Penobscot Bay

The campsites start level with the main road and then tier downwards towards the water. Campsites on the southside have less trees while campsites in the north are a little more rocky. Decent space in all sites. Down near the water they have a cookout area with picnic tables and a huge open grill for their lobster dinners. Also chairs and benches just to look out over the bay.