Judy B.

The Dyrt Pro

Fort Collins, CO

Joined May 2019

Stark, hot, small

Toadstool campground is found down a long accordion gravel road.  There are no trees so plan on only finding shade inside your tent, camper or the table shade.  There are pit toilets and no water. There are picnic tables with shades, fire rings, and upright grills. The area is most visited for it's unusual rock formation that formed by wind and water eroding the surrounding soils and rock and leaving capstones on elevated pedestals, hence the name Toadstool.

At the right time of the moon phase this would be a good dark sky area to observe the Milky Way since there is no town or development for several miles.  If you don't want to rough it and opt for more civilized camping, Fort Robinson is a few miles south.

Lots to do, nice sites, historical significance

This is a large park with a couple campgrounds.  One campground had full hookups and the other electric only with water hydrants on the loop.  There are lots of shade trees, a bathhouse with showers and flush toilets.  

This campground has many historical signs, a museum, an equine campground, longhorn cattle, horses, and a free-roaming buffalo herd penned into their area of course.

Many marked trails, some leading from the campground and others in the nearby bluffs and cliffs.  They are quite well marked.  In addition, there is fishing at ponds a short drive from the Fort and also golf nearby.

The area is often used for family reunions.  Reservations can be made to stay in cabins or the lodge.

Convenient to I80

A short drive off of I80 and close to Omaha, Eugene T Mahoney State Park is convenient if you are passing through NE.  It is a large park with more than one campground.  Since it is close to the freeway there is the constant sound of traffic.  It isn't intolerable, but definitely noticeable.  There are lots of trees and the area is very pleasant.  

This is more than a campground.  There are many activities ie. golf, hiking, fishing, biking etc.  There is a lodge, cabins in addition to the campgrounds.

The sites are spaced well and have plenty of shade.

Nice campground, lots of options

Brigs Woods is close to Webster City, IA.  There are several campsites, cabins, golf course, access to canoeing or kayaking on the Boone River, along with hiking trails, swimming and fishing.  This is one of the many county parks spread across Iowa.  They have reasonable rates and many do not take reservations.  One area is good for a group of campers as the sites are in a circle.  A walking bridge links the back loop to the other loop that has the bathhouse making it a shorter walk.

There are sites with full hookups, H2O and Elec, or Elec only.  Here is the website: https://www.mycountyparks.com/County/Hamilton/Park/Briggs-Woods-Park-and-Golf-Course.aspx

The wonderful thing about the park is the magnificent trees.

A nice surprise in NE Iowa

This was a quick stopover so I can't comment on the park overall.  It is nestled in the woods not far from the Indian Mounds area in Iowa.  I stayed at Little Paint Campground.  There are pit toilets, but the water said not for drinking.  A small river runs by the camp.  The park has hiking and equestrian trails.  There wasn't cellphone service at the campground, I had to drive out of the park and up the hill by the small church to get reception.  Water is available as you enter the park on the right side by the information stand.

What a great place

This is a wonderful park.  There are a lot of things to do and the sites are beautiful.  This review is for the site at Hackberry Hollow.  The sites are back-in sites with electrical hookups and water from a hydrant on the loop.  The end of part of the loop is up the hill above the bathhouse that has flush toilets, showers, and laundry. Lots of birds, racoons, and terrific spiders.  Watch out for ticks though.  Lone Star Ticks were abundant in April.

The park also has a store, a museum, horseshoe pits, archery, trails, and boating on the Missouri river.  There is a cemetary and an old restored town. Indian Cave isn't open to the public because the stairs and boardwalk are in need of repairs.

Big park with lots of options for camping and recreation

Rock Cut St. Park is in the middle of an urban area, but you would not know it.  The park is very large and has multiple campgrounds.  I stayed in the Plum Grove campground.  Trees were not really leafed out and some sites would have shade later in the year.  Site along the edge of the campground had ample shade.  There is a central bathhouse with flush toilets and 3 showers. There is also a pit toilet.  Sites have an electrical hookup, but water is from a hydrant.  There is a dump station and water supply near the park entrance.  There are bike trails, hiking, and equestrian trails.  I also believe that you can swim and boat here.

Great view of the river

The park is a little hard to find as the signs are not obvious and the road circles the greyhound track and a casino hotel.  Many of the sites have a riverview and a second line of sites back up to the woods.  There was evidence of wet conditions and the park had recently added some gravel to the drives for some of the sites to make them less muddy.  The first sites have concrete drives and share electrical hookups with sites that back in from the road opposite.  There are firepits and picnic tables at each site.  The sites that are closer to the pavilions are smaller and on the river.  There is a playground also at that end.  A bathroom with flush toilets and at least one shower is near the entrance.  The water was steaming hot.

Great view of the river and peaceful

The campground is easy to find if you take highway 81 south from Yankton and then turn right onto 121 west.  The signage is easy to miss, but right where 121 makes a bend to the left, the road down to the Tailwaters campground departs on your right and descends down to the river. All the sites are in a line facing the river. Some sites are for tents and the rest have electrical hookups. There is a pit toilet at the far end and a shower house with flush toilets in the middle of the campground. There is also a boat ramp near the entrance. My only complaint is the"yard lights" that are on all night. They are incredibly bright. It would have been nice to have it dark and see the sky.

A quiet oasis in a busy park

Aspenglen is located just inside the Fall River Entrance Station.  Once you have entered the park it is the first left that takes you down to the Aspenglen campground.  There are a few more trees in this area, so you are more likely to find shade.  There are some sites that are specifically for tents and others that accommodate small to medium RV's.  There are no hookups for electricity or water and cellphone service is mostly non-existent.  The sites are spaced more widely apart than at Glacier Basin.  There are bear boxes to store your food, fire rings, and tables.  Three loops, and some walk-in sites compose the layout.  There was a host at the campground.  They did sell firewood near the check-in post.

In the middle of it all

Glacier Basin campground is one of three in RMNP.  There are 150 standard and 12 group campsites.  The sites are distributed in 4 loops with each site having a picnic table, tent pads, and fire grates.  There is a limit of 35 feet for RV/Trailer length.  Due to pine beetle infestation in the area, many of the trees have been removed.  Glacier is open from late May to September with a maximum stay of 7 nights.  Campsites are quite close together, but there are quiet hours and limits to generator use. 

There are trails the leave right from the campground, the free shuttle bus makes a stop near the check in station, and the Park & Ride is a short walk away.  The location is very convenient to the most popular hikes in RMNP.