Laura H.

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Joined April 2020

I am a a fulltime RVer and she half of Hebard’s Travels. We began our journey in 2016, with a 41ft 5th wheel and dually. We travel with pets and we’re always looking for campgrounds close to everywhere we want to travel to. We’re a solar rig and love boondocking as well.

Camping Campground

If you’re looking for an old campground with new hookups in the middle of the woods this will be one of your favorite spots on Earth.

This is one of our favorite places on Earth. So to start they have an adorable little cabin at the front and really nice landscaping, this is the office where you will check in. The sites are very large considering most places we have been. From our site to the next camper was about 60ft. They have large rock campfire rings - like big enough for 10 people- at every site. They have nice new picnic tables and keep up on the landscaping. The spots were very easy to get into even with the giant beautiful trees everywhere.

There is an awesome kids playground towards the office, with a pool that is currently closed- likely because of COVID19.

The campground staff works every day to make sure the property is well taken care of. The staff is also very friendly and helpful!

The outside roads of the park if you walk them all is roughly one mile and it feels like you’re hiking on a gravel path through the woods- well because you are.

We had decent AT&T and ok TMobile/US Cellular service. It was enough to stream at night and work during the day.

They have an overnight section of pull through a, many back in spots, and many seasonal sites. They also have tent camping spots that are enormous. The bathrooms were old but clean and well maintained.

Lots of weekenders - weekends were fun!

We will be back- I hope a lot!

Oasis in Beautiful Tennessee

We were not expecting to love this park so much. We couldn’t find very many reviews and the Google picture was taken during the winter or something. We weren’t sure what to expect. I will preface this with the fact that we are very partial to Tennessee. The climate, scenery, the people, all of it.

The Park: Long gravel sites, most are pull through. Full hookups (Water, 50amp, sewer). Each site has big beautiful trees providing lots of shade and it felt like we were camping in the woods. There are WiFi Antennas throughout the park. In between the sites and the barn is a large field of lush green grass with some kids equipment and plenty of space for all kinds of sports activities. They do have a pool that looked very inviting but it wasn’t open when we visited. Likely because it wasn’t warm enough yet, could be the virus thing. The owners of the park were very nice and helped us get into our spot. They have a fishing pond coming soon.

The area: located conveniently off of I-24 between Chattanooga and Nashville. Nearby there are several wineries and distilleries, and museums.

Their prices were very reasonable, and we ended up staying two nights. We would have stayed a week if we could but we were enroute to a friends home. $40/Night, I believe they have weekly/monthly rates as well. Very veteran friendly ❤️

Great location, Awesome overnight

We stopped here in May of 2020 enroute to leaving Florida. The location was the perfect stopping point for overnighting. It is located close to I-75 so very easy to get off the highway and back on in the morning.

The Park: 100 very level sites, full hook ups, easy to get in and out of. Plenty of space for big rigs. They have WiFi too! They had public restrooms and shower houses at the office. The park is really pretty, very clean. Most sites were pull through sites.

The owner and staff were very kind! We occasional heard traffic and thought we heard 1 train at night. We really enjoyed our stay and we will stay again.

Due to the virus we are not using public restrooms at this time so I don’t have any photos of them.

Location = Price

When we began our fulltime journey we stayed at this park for a couple of months and learned a lot about it. The management team was very friendly and would often disclose a lot about what was happening at the park. The park was in need of some improvements but it was clean and nice. The spaces are very tight in the travelers section and more spread out in the long term section. Many sites in the park were occupied by storage and the owners never showed up. To walk your dogs at the little park at night, you had to walk through there area. We called this the storage lot. The out of state contractors often had many loud and drunk guests which was obnoxious. They often harassed females walking their dogs to the park through the narrow street, and they were in the back section.

They had reasonable rates when we first stayed there ($40/night for in the city and $500/month). Now it is much more expensive, one night for our rig is $76 according to their website.

We never felt like it was genuinely part of the RV Community, it was more of a stop through or people were staying in the area for a job or to finish a house. It didn’t house many fulltime RVers that would continue traveling. They love to host NASCAR fans and know they are one of the closest parks to the Speedway.

Ammenities: Laundry Small Store Showers/Restroom Facilities Little dog park on the north end. Occasional BBq They were putting in Google Fiber internet when we stayed there in 2017 so I’m not sure if they completed it. Dump Propane Trash Mail

This location was the closest to our family’s homes so we have stayed there three times all together. There is a lot to do nearby and the main draw of this RV Park is definitely the location. You’re not far from downtown Kansas City, and still in the suburbs of Kansas City.

Star Wars Camping

We genuinely felt like we were on the set of a Star Wars movie. This park had free electric campsites.

It turns out it used to be run as a Colorado State Park and it was decommissioned. The water was shut off but the power remained. Now it is a great stopping place if you’re wanting to visit the Great Sand Dune National Park or go hiking at Zapata Falls.

Awesome Little Campground

This campground is located among the Yellowstone River. The current is swift and boaters come down the river each day. We stopped at this park because of a heat wave rolling over Montana. The valley between the mountains did the trick and kept our RV which is our home cooler. Opening our doors to the Yellowstone River each morning was magnificent.

There is a boat ramp and fishing. The campground fills up on the weekends. There were many with RVs and several tents.

Cellular signal is not great here for T-Mobile or AT&T. You’re in between mountains and a much less populated area. It didn’t bother us.

First to Review
Overnight Stop

This campground was a sight for sore eyes on a long haul from Washington to Texas. We pulled in at dark and left early in the morning. The spots were very easy to get into. There is a train nearby that was loud but we were so tired it didn’t bother us. We had been driving in fog for hours. The sites were nice and grassy. They had power so we plugged in to run some heaters. It was getting very cold in September. If you’re in need of a great stopping spot, this was a good one. It was easy to access and the other campers were very friendly.

Clean and Nice KOA

Very standard KOA Park and it’s a great location for travelers along I-70. We stopped here because we encountered a nasty spring storm and knew we couldn’t stay ahead of it. Pretty much everyone else who stopped that day was in the same predicament as we were. Many of us just did laundry and made the best of it!

Campground: The staff was very warm and welcoming and we were very grateful for a safe place to plug in with shelter. They had several small KOA cabins on the property and horse shoes.

Amenities: They had a pool, laundry, playground, camp store. It was clear that this is a location many traveling through stop at. The facilities (bathrooms and showers) were clean and well lit. They have a kids area and nice playground too.

Sites: Nice long pull through spots, level, and clean. While we were there the storms dropped about 3 inches of rain and there were some muddy spots but it seemed nice and dry by morning.

Awesome Stopping Point

We have stopped at this location twice now and the rules have been changing. This is a small city park that allows you to overnight one night for free. After that there is a fee. There are several longer term campers here too. They have electric and water hookups as well as a dump station. When you pull in, it is a U shaped driveway and the spots are on both sides of the road. There are 18 spots total, these seem to fill up nightly and people come in throughout the day.

While this isn’t a glamorous stop, it’s a safe place to rest before continuing your journey. There are several great diners and bars in the area too. There is a city pool next door and a pond across the street that is stocked.

There is a train nearby, this didn’t disturb us. There are locals residing there, they were very nice. The streets were easily accessible.

Beach Camping In Colorado

2,400 Acre shallow lake with beaches.

Boating: 2,431-acre lake open to wakeless boating. The lake is situated on 3.400 acres of wetlands.

Camping: There are no campgrounds, however, dispersed camping is permitted around most of the lake. Just look for pre-existing fire rings.

Fishing: Warm-water reservoir stocked with walleye, saugeye, rainbow and cuttbow trout. Other fill include bluegill, crappie and channel catfish.

Hiking: A dirt road wraps around most of the lake, offering something to follow.

Hunting: Waterfowl is the main draw, as well as pheasant, bobwhite quail and deer during appropriate seasons.

Amenities: Boat Ramp Picnic Areas Primitive Restrooms Hiking Trails.

Visitors age 19 through 64 must possess an Annual Jumbo SWA/Prewitt SWA access permit, or a valid hunting or fishing license.

There are no established campgrounds but you can see where the campsites have been created.

Beautiful Campgrounds and Clean air

Eleven Mile Lake State Park is one of those incredible post card type places. The lake itself is created by a dammed stream and a canyon. The feat of engineering to build this dam was a marvel considering the years it was constructed. The lake has an eerie history of towns that were wiped out in creating this that now reside at the bottom of the lake. The reason it was dammed was to provide water to Denver and other municipalities.

The Campgrounds: 325 campsites in nine separate campgrounds scattered around the lake. From basic and walk in sites to electric or lakeshore sites, there is something for every camping style.

Rocky Ridge Campground loop has the only electric sites in the state park, and not each site has electric.

Stoll Mountain, Cross Creek, Lazy Boy, Rocking Chair, Howbert Point, and Witcher's Cove Campgrounds are lakeside campgrounds that experience more of the weather and do not have any electrical hookups.

There are 14 Back country sites that are more secluded in the wooded peninsula.

They have Dry Dumpstations and water stations to fill water as well. We used our water bladder to bring water to the RV.

Coin-Operated Showers - Showers are open 23 hours a day, closing daily for cleaning between 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Flush Toilets- Flush toilets are available from May 1 through September 30 each year.

Laundry Facility

There is a lot of wildlife here and black bears so keep your trash contained and put it in the proper dumpsters.

Cellular: While we were here in 2018 we had T-Mobile and AT&T, neither worked well. We would drive into a nearby town to get service and check messages.

We enjoyed our time camping here a lot, it was nice to unplug and be disconnected from society. There were some occasional storms which were a little unnerving because we are fulltime RVers and try not to put our RV at too much risk. We have a weather radio and it was able to alert us when warnings came in. It was windy most of the days we were there (July), and still nice and chilly at night. During the day the highest it got up to was about 75 degrees.

This is at a higher elevation so if you are sensitive to higher altitudes, follow precautions for altitude sickness as needed.

Excellent Sedona Camping

Wide open dispersed area. Here are some smaller spots cleared and some larger group areas. Cell reception was decent for T-Mobile and AT&T.

If muddy or raining/snowing make sure you have adequate supplies or off roaring capability. The mud turns to clay.

Awesome Camping & Hiking

Dispersed primitive camping area. There is room for larger rigs at the bottom by the stream, and lots of great off-roading sites further up. This is at 9,000ft + so beware of altitude sickness. Cell reception is minimal.

Boondockers Paradise

Follow the road off of the pavement and up into the wild lands. Occasionally you’ll be visited by horse back riders and cattle. This is a very quiet area with breath taking views of Mt. Princeton. It is a little dusty. Great for group RV Camping. Propane for pits were allowed but while on Colorado please don’t start a wildfire. Close driving distance to Nathrop and Buena Vista.

Big Rig friendly, there are some tighter turns but they weren’t the worst we’ve made it through. There are lots of wide open areas and single camping spots.

Cellular: Decent T-Mobile and AT&T

Pampered Boondocking with a View

There are several levels to this area. The lower ridge is easier to travel through, and you don’t have to go up a big hill to get there. The dirt and rock road winds it’s way up to the plateau. There are large dispersed areas for camping, and tons of land where you can see over the edge and into the valley. There is cactus here so be careful where you step. The area is dry. There is fresh water and a dump station at the visitors center in Salida.

BLM patrols the area daily and checks in on campers. While we were There, Weston Pass Fire was growing so we checked in with BLM offices and gave them our number just in case things started turning for the worst. It was very dry.

Mt Shavano area is located near Salida, the town has several restaurants and fun touristy activities. Also near the Arkansas Headwaters.

Cellular - AT&T was decent, we were able to stream with a jetpack. T-Mobile is ok in some areas. It was not as reliable.

Decent Park

As far as Thousand Trails this is an average park. There are some full hook up sites but many are partial hookups. You pick your own site which is nice but most of the full hook up sites are occupied by long term residents or annual site holders. The view of the lake is beautiful and the park is quiet. They do have a lot of amenities.

Sites: most were level, grass or gravel. Some have a view of the lake. I sprained my knee and ankle at this park because our site was so unlevel and the mud sunk our jacks a little. Our rig weighs 16,000lbs so the Class As should be careful. The ground was soft and I came out of the RV without thinking and twisted both. Medical services are within a half hour of the RV Park.

Each site had picnic tables and fire rings.

Cellular: we were able to work and stream video easily with T-Mobile and AT&T.

Amenities: Club House Shuffle Board Pool Hot Tub (closed while we were there) RV Storage Mini Golf Hiking Trails Laundry Bath House Playground Fishing WiFi

Very Clean and Very Relaxing

The Park: We love this park, it’s massive, and really pretty. They have so much to do (listed below). Sunflower Loop is our favorite and has full hookups. There are more primitive loops as well. It is ADA accessible. There was not a tornado shelter as of 2018. This is one thing that should be mandatory given its proximity and being further away from potential shelter. Excellent camping on the lake. Lots of water activities available.

Sites: level, clear, easily accessible. Sunflower loop is widely spaced and plenty of room for larger RVs.

Cellular: decent cellular signal.

Amenities: Amphitheater Bath House Bicycling Boat Ramp Boating Canoeing Kayaking Campground Host Camping, Equestrian Camping, Improved Site Camping, Primitive Church Comfort Station Dock, Boat Dump Station, Camper Dump Station, Marina Fire Rings Fishing, Park Lake Fuel, Boats Golf Grills Gun Range Hiking Hiking Trail Horseback Riding Hunting Information Booth Jet Skiing Laundry Marina Mountain/Trail Bicycling Park Lake Parking Picnic Area Picnic Shelter Picnic Tables Playground Rentals, Boat, Motorized Rentals, Jet Skis Reservoir Restrooms Shelters Showers Skiing - Water Swimming, Park Lake Telephone Toilet, Pit/Vault Trails, Bicycle Trails, Equestrian Trails, Hiking/Walking, Easy Trails, Mountain Bike Walking Water Access, Park Lake Water Skiing

Great Campground

We’re from Kansas City and there are very few options when it comes to Campgrounds. This is by far our favorite and their rates are very reasonable. We enjoyed our stay, staff was very friendly and the park was clean and easy to get in and out of. You’re also very close to Hillsdale State Park, but this location has a tornado shelter 🤣

The park: great store, laid out well, gravel sites. Some are back in but most are pull through. Full hook ups- power/water/sewer.

72 Sites: 30' wide, 60' long and level 24 Sites are pull thru All have 30 & 50 amp service

You are within 40 minutes of southern Overland Park, and within approximately an hour (depending on traffic) to Kansas City.

Amenities: Laundry Storm Shelter Showers Meeting room available for RV Rallies (Must Schedule) Fishing Lake

Cellular: service was good, able to stream video, work, Facebook, etc.

Rates as of April 2020 (from their site):

-DAY RATE: $45.00 -CLUB RATE: $40.00 (Good Sam's, FMCA, AAA, Military) -WEEKLY: $215 -MONTHLY: $575 Back In $700 Pull Through (if not paid by due date, Day Rate will apply.)​

Texas Camping at its finest

We loved the quiet and peace of this RV Resort nestled in Texas Hill Country.

The Park: they have a large pool area with cafe and snacks. The property is large and spaces are spread out through out the park. The big draw is the Guadalupe River, Canyon Lake, and the woods and hills.

They have hot shoes, bath houses, laundry.

The sites: Gravel and mostly level, very few sites were unlevel. You’re surrounded by hills so it is nice and quiet. They are full hook up sites. Each site had a fire ring and picnic table. Small deer herds would move through the park each evening. Many of the campers feed them corn and they know the sounds and come running out of the hills.

The campground is near grocery and hardware stores. Within an hour are several bigger towns with more stores.

Cellular: T-Mobile was decent but not great. They do have Campground WiFi that worked faster.

Definitely in our Top 10 Campgrounds in the US

Location: excellent proximity to the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Upper & Lower Slot Canyons. Within approximately 1 hour to each. The campground is situated on Lake Powell with breath taking views. 15 minute drive from Page, Arizona which offers lots of tourism activities, shopping etc.

Park: Well run resort, very clean, very nice. Each concrete pad was level and well positioned for a beautiful view of the lake. There is great spacing between sites. There are several loops to spread everyone out and limit traffic from other loops. They have lots of walking and biking trails. Access to the lake and docks, and boat storage.

Sites: Each site has a level concrete pad and full hook ups and an incredible view of the lake.

Cellular: ok T-Mobile, we couldn’t stream videos but Facebook, email, calling we’re all able to be utilized.