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Leasa W.
Moorhead, MN
Joined July 2016
Inland campground on Trans Catalina Trail, shaded and cool temps

Inland campground on Trans Catalina Trail, shaded and cool temps. Located approximately 11.5 miles from Avalon on the Trans Catalina Trail (TCT). The campground is inland and well shaded with larger trees. Very remote and quiet feeling. You won’t be able to see the coastline when at this campground but definitely will on your travels along the trail to get to the campground. Some nearby campers utilized hammocks and found sufficient trees to hang from. The potable water spigot is located just between site 5 and the bathrooms. We did not use the outdoor cold shower. It was the most unappealing shower sight compared to the other showers at other campgrounds along the TCT. The Airport In The Sky is approximately 2 miles up the trail in which we enjoyed a breakfast/lunch the next day as the trail led us by. The fox are no joke and aren’t afraid to get close. Keep all food and scented items locked up. To be on the safe side we put our entire packs in the critter proof lockers overnight. I did have great cell phone service at the campground (Verizon Wireless). However, areas of the TCT to the campground have limited-no service at times.

Great area. Would definitely stay again.

While on a family road trip to North Carolina for a college graduation we stayed here. We had spent the day in Nashville site seeing and decided to stay here for 1 night (RV) before traveling on. I am glad that we chose this location over the other options. The wooded area and cedar pines reminded me of camping back in Minnesota. The grey brickwork picnic shelters and campground atmosphere gave it a rustic feel however did not spare any amenities to make camping comfortable including water and electrical hookups. I would definitely stay here again if in the area again.

Close to Cincinnati attractions

Stayed here with some friends while on a road trip to check off another baseball stadium on the bucket list. We wanted to be close to the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. We found this campground and were pleased with the less than 1 hour drive to get to the stadium. We didn't want to do the hotel scene so enjoyed the summer weather and camped here in a pop up camper, party of 3. Nice, clean campground. You enter the campground from the north and is made of 2 main loops and then a small road to the south end of campground with another loop of campsites. The bathrooms, showers, and pool are located between the 2 center loops. We did a little hiking but otherwise didn't do much at the campground other than sleeping and relaxing directly at our campsite. Seemed like a neat museum for families and kids interested in fossils. We as adults didn't take in the museum. Otherwise a nice stay while in the area!

Nice stay near Great Smokey Mountains

Stayed hear as a family while traveling through the are on a road trip from northern Minnesota to North Carolina, years ago. We wanted to take in Smoky Mountain National Park and felt this KOA met our traveling needs. We stayed in a RV. Beautiful nearby scenery. A bit urbanized camping but most KOA's are. This didn't deter us as we wanted to be nearby shops and restaurants. Would stay again here if ever in the area again.

Met our groups' expectations and needs

Stayed here as a group traveling to the Frisco, Texas area for a college football game. We spent 2 nights in a RV. Was within close distance to where we were attending the football game. We stayed in the off season (winter months) and met our needs. Note, we were basically looking for a place to park the RV to sleep and spend the night while in the area and didn't want to stay in a Walmart parking lot. Didn't utilize the lake but looks like a nice man made lake. Would stay again if in the area.

Family fun in Texas State Park

Located under 2 hours west of San Antonio, Texas, Garner State Park is a nice weekend get away with the family. The Frio River is enjoyable to relax in on an inner tube. Note, you may want to purchase your own tube in advance for $10-15 a tube or if not wanting to invest in your own you can rent them at the park. There are a variety of campsites available so take note the amenities available in each site (water, electricity, no electricity, and electrical Amp value varies) when you're choosing your site. The landscape is green, luscious trees and bushes amongst hills. You'll find hiking trails to take in as well. We noticed a lot of large groups and families while we were visiting. It seems like a campground and park that would be great for a family reunion. Reasonable nightly rates. We enjoyed our weekend stay and lounging on the Frio River.

Enjoy Lake Havasu

Enjoy Lake Havasu by being right on the lakeside. What better way to beat the dry, Arizona desert heat. We tented the weekend we camped. We also had hammocks to lounge in during the day when not in/on the water. Nice facilities and an easy way to enjoy Lake Havasu affordably.

Neat way to enjoy Disney

Enjoyed Fort Wilderness while visiting Disney while RV'ing to Orlando from Gainesville, FL. This was a cool way to experience the thrill of Disney but also not be holed up in an overpriced small resort hotel room. Granted there's not much nature to the campground, it still gives you the camping experience amongst a resort like atmosphere. Close to all the Disney parks. It is a large campground and area so bikes or renting the golf cart would come in handy especially if you're traveling with small children that walking a distance to the pool, etc would be a trek. If you're thinking of hitting up Disneyworld but plan to save by camping, would recommend. Very clean and well taken care of as expected for a Disney property.

Very reasonable rates. Would recommend for those traveling in the area

Spent 1 night in RV while traveling through on a family roadtrip summer 2015. Nice area. Electrical hookups. Campground located on Perry Lake. We didn't fish the lake as we were out of state & didn't buy fishing licenses. We did see people fishing & mostly catch species of bass. Went for a morning hike before leaving. Very reasonable rates.

Lake Havasu - Arizona State Park camping experience

Great way to afford enjoying Lake Havasu. Note this is an Arizona State Park so daily vehicle rates do apply if just visiting and/or camping. Located on the east side of Lake Havasu side in Arizona state border. California to the west separated by the Colorado River/Lake Havasu. Lake Havasu City is 19 miles away and the Parker strip is 8 miles away (Lake Havasu separated by the Parker Dam). Remember you're camping in a hot, dry desert climate and limited shade as only palm trees and small shrubs. Campground has showers and restrooms as well as RV dump station. If you're looking for a place to enjoy Lake Havasu, lounging in the water or boating, highly recommend Cattail Cove State Park. A little more remote than right in the city.

Great area! A+ to Florida State Parks!

Great location & in close proximity to St. Augustine. One of my favorite places to visit in Florida. If you've never been to St. Augustine, I highly suggest checking out this cute, historic city along the coast in Florida. Amazing ocean views and sandy beaches. Some of the best restaurants and shops found among the streets of St. Augustine. There is a location to rent bikes, kayaks, SUP, & canoes. Tent rate seemed higher compared to what I've paid at other locations and states for tent only rates. However, very economical way to see and stay near St. Augustine versus paying high hotel rates. I traveled by car from Gainesville & tented a couple nights while visiting friends that live in Florida. Great area! A+ to Florida State Parks!

Nice quick stop for 1 night while driving through in Lincoln, NE area

Nice quick stop for 1 night while driving through in Lincoln, NE area. I tented 1 night while traveling through the area on a summer roadtrip 2015. Easily located off of Interstate-80. All the amenities you'd need for tenting or RV hookups. Affordable. It is in a Nebraska State Park but the $5 day pass wasn't a deterrent. Quick drive into Lincoln as well as easy interstate travel to Omaha, NE if you're passing through.

Beautiful Nebraska tenting experience

Camped in tents. Was impressed with the options of tent sites. Offers all the amenities we needed while tenting. Wooded sites. Beautiful scenery and plenty outdoor activities to take in. Would recommend to those seeking a lake, woods, hiking, swimming, and family friendly camping adventure.

Quick tent stop over night while traveling through

Quick tent stop over night while traveling through. Please take note of the tent sites within the campground. yes, they are close to the facilities, however, also on the exit road out of the park. This wasn't an issue so much for our stay as we only stayed 1 night and were up early the next morning to get on the road. Reasonable rates, friendly staff, and fulfilled the purpose of our stay & travels.

Great day on Rainbow River

Took a day trip while visiting friends that live in Gainesville to Dunnellon. Was an easy drive. Spent the day kayaking in April on the Rainbow River. We rented kayaks for a reasonable price. The Rainbow River flows south. The location where we started was south on the river about 4-5 miles from Rainbow Springs. It was a easy kayak paddle upstream as the current is not overpowering and easy to paddle against. We spent some of the afternoon Rainbow Springs State Park to picnic and hangout on shore. Beautiful area and clear water. Note, we did not camp at the state park and only spent a few hours but enjoyed our time. This was my first time kayaking in Florida. Awesome experience! Bring a GoPro or waterproof camera/phone to capture Rainbow River.

Wonderful 6-day adventure!

Wonderful and memorable experience. Starts with 10 mile hike into Grand Canyon from Haualapai Hilltop, through the Havasupai village of Supai, spent 5 nights camping on Havasu Creek. Spent the week enjoying lots of hiking, swimming, and waterfalling. The important thing to remember about this adventure/hike is that it is a 10 mile hike in and out, so gear load is something to consider. Pay for a mule to carry your gear if you're wanting to hike with a lighter load. And make reservations! Also research the seasonal temps, for example doing this in March for spring break was a bit chilly and attempting to shower in the falls was a chill, yet when we did it in June it was very warm of tents. Find shade when back at camp and enjoy the water to cool off. Hammocks are a great way to relax & even as a sleeping option. Remember that this is pretty primitive of camping with limited amenities (compost toilets, picnic tables, & spring fed drinking water). Havasupai doesn't disappoint and will provide priceless memories and pictures!

Close proximity to TRNP

Only 6 miles from South Park entrance of Thoedore Roosevelt National Park. Drinking water and flushing toilets but no showers. Reasonable nightly rates. Remember that you are also responsible for the entry fee into the park if you plan to enter the park. Nearest town is Medora. For basic camping I'd recommend. For those that are looking for more amenities you may want to research further.

Excellent tenting option for vacationing near Mt. Rushmore

So you're going to Mount Rushmore…. I discovered during my trip to the area June 2015 that hotel rates in the area are very high for what you get & hard to find availability. The solution is to camp! Make the most of your South Dakota vacation by spending it camping. My group tented and had a great time. Keep in mind though for those coming from other areas of the country, South Dakota does experience rain and thunderstorms. Pack and camp accordingly. This campground is nearby many SD attractions, within easy driving distance and minutes of Hill City, Custer, Keystone, Rapid City, Mount Rushmore. There are many options at the campground such as purchasing firewood to renting bikes. Check out KOA's campground map for campground layout. RV hookups, tent sites, heated pools, splash pad, and much more to keep everyone entertained. Remember that this area of South Dakota hosts high volumes of tourists each season, especially summer and during Sturgis Motorcyle Rally. I highly recommend making reservations far in advance!

Picturesque area in northeastern ND along Turtle River

Picturesque area in northeastern ND. Nice and close camping within northeast ND for those that don't want to venture far from Fargo-Grand Forks-Grafton stretch or far off the northern 29 route. TRSP is located 22 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2. Easy to find! Reasonable and affordable nightly rates for both primitive RV and tent sites. Electrical hookups available. Free showers! You'll find the landscape partly wooded, prairie grasses, and the beautiful Turtle River. We utilized the river to cool off in the water & sightseeing. We also brought bikes to utilize on the trails. Kid friendly camping. For those looking for camping close to home in eastern ND and you're not wanting the lake scene, highly recommend TRSP.

Affordable tenting in Bryce Canyon

Visited Bryce Canyon National Park in the heat of summer. The campground is located about half way into the park. You'll find lookout points and trailheads nearby for hiking, scenery, and photography. Remember that the elevation in this park is around 8,000 feet so take into consideration if you're camping in the cooler months or not used to elevation such as myself coming from flat land Minnesota. The rates are affordable. Nearby showers. Affordable and practical campground for those visiting Bryce Canyon. Would recommend.