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Friday, September 22, 2000

Guide To State And National Parks - New Mexico

 

Brantley Lake State Park
Carlsbad, New Mexico

Address: 33 E. Brantley Lake Rd., Carlsbad, NM 87045
Our rating: ****1/2

+ Located 45 minutes from Carlsbad Canyons National Park and a little over an hour to Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

+ Each campsite comes with a small covered patio containing a picnic bench and BBQ grill.


+ The bathrooms were being renovated when we camped here.  We actually really liked the private porta showers that were provided during the renovation.

+ Campground and park amenities include a playground, fishing, boating, water skiing and two trails.



Additional Comments:  We did the Lake Loop Trail and were a little disappointed that the loop didn't actually look and we had to turn around and head back to where we started.  It might be cleared by the time you go.

 


 


Thursday, September 14, 2000

Guide To State And National Parks - Maryland

 

Havre de Grace, Maryland

Address: 4122 Wilkinson Road, Havre de Grace, Md. 21078
Our rating: *****
 
+ Located 3 miles off I-95
+ Campsites are graveled and each site has a fire pit grill and picnic bench.  We appreciated the garbage bag hook and raised cooking table that was also on our site.


+ Bathrooms are clean and showers are private with space for all your personal items.
+ Campground has a playground, trails, boat launch and fishing.  We took advantage of the large dish washing sink near the bathrooms.

Additional comments:  We enjoyed the 7 mile round trip, flat and easy trail that led to the Conowingo Dam.  This was the place to be if you wanted to see, and photograph, bald eagles.  You can get some nice views of the river along the way.

Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail

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Sunday, September 10, 2000

Guide To State And National Park Campgrounds - North Carolina

 

Medoc Mountain State Park
Hollister, North Carolina

Address:  1541 Medoc Mountain State Park, Hollister, NC 27844
Our rating:  ****1/2

+ Conveniently located 16 minutes from I-95.
+ Campsites were graveled and large.  Each site had a picnic table and grill.


+ Bathrooms were clean and showers were private with plenty of space for bath essentials.
+ Campground amenities included bathrooms and hot showers.  The park itself has picnic areas and trails which include several hiking trails, bridle trails and mountain bike trails.

3/4 mile, easy
Stream Loop Trail

 + We had to take 1/2 star away from this campground because of the fact that of the 34 campsites here, only 12 have electric and none have water.  We only stayed overnight so we didn't have a problem with running out of water.


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Thursday, September 7, 2000

Guide To State And National Park Campgrounds - Georgia



GEORGIA STATE AND NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS

Fort McAllister Historic State Park
Richmond Hill, Georgia

Address: 3894 Ft. McAllister Rd., Richmond Hill, GA 31324
Our Rating: *****

+ Conveniently located 5 minutes from I-95.
+ Campsite was a good size with W/E, no sewer hookups, and included a picnic table and grill.


+ Bathrooms were clean and we have no complaints about the showers.
+ Some campground, and park, amenities include an outdoor gym, playground, gift shop, Civil War museum and film, Earthwork Fort, 4.3 miles of trails and more.


Additional Comments:  There is a charge for the museum and fort.  There is also bike, kayak, canoe and paddle board rentals available.


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Guide To State And National Park Campgrounds - Louisiana


LOUISIANA STATE AND NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Address: 107 Sutherland Rd., Lake Charles, Louisiana 70611
Our rating: ***

+ Located 15 minutes off I-10.
+ 38 campsites were packed into a small area.


+ Bathrooms were clean but the showers had a push button that only made the water flow for about 3 minutes each push and the water was very cold until you pushed the button several times.

+ Campground amenities include laundry, disc golf course, fishing, boat ramp and a nature trail.  There is a small playground near the campsites.


Additional Comments:  Be careful maneuvering around the small campground in a large RV.  This unlucky vehicle was stuck here for hours.
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Guide To State And National Park Campgrounds - Texas

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TEXAS STATE AND NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS

Cedar Hill, Texas

Address:  1570 F.M. 1382, Cedar Hill, TX 75104
Our rating:  ***1/2

+ Located 5 minutes from I-20.
+ RVsites are available with W/E/S or W/E.  Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring.  We purchased extra lighting after our stay here.


+ Bathroom could have been cleaner.  No soap in dispenser.  One open changing area for 2 showers.
+ Campground amenities include a playground in one camping area, outdoor activities like fishing scattered around the park and 2 hiking trails.

Additional Comments:  We camped here off season.  That might have been the reason why the area we camped in was desolate and dark.  We didn't hike either trail as we didn't have free time to spend at the campground with our main reason for camping here was it was conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth.  We did enjoy a beautiful sunset the evening we arrived here.


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Guide To State And National Park Campgrounds - Arkansas

 ARKANSAS STATE AND NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS



Hot Springs, Arkansas

Address: 1200 Catherine Park Rd., Hot Springs, AR 71913
Our rating: ****1/2 

+ Located 12 miles from I-30.
+ Campsites are paved and have W/E/S hookups, tables, fire rings and barbeque grills.


+ Bathrooms were clean.  Had to take off 1/2 star for the push button shower, although the water stayed on a good amount of time with one push.  The shower was uncomfortable due to a shower curtain being what separated the two shower dressing areas.  I used the shower against the wall for more secure privacy.

+ Campground amenities include campstore, playground, beach and plenty of outdoor activities can be experienced around the lake including horseback riding.  There are also four trails.


Falls Branch Trail

Additional Comments:  We highly recommend this park if you are in the Hot Springs area.  This trail was one of our favorites, and we did many, on a trip that took us from Florida to New Mexico and back.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2000

Guide To State And National Park Campgrounds - Florida

FLORIDA STATE AND NATIONAL PARK CAMPGROUNDS

Milton, Florida

Address: 7720 Deaton Bridge Rd, Milton, FL 32564
Our rating:  * * * * *

+ Conveniently located 12 miles from Interstate 10 and 35 minutes from Pensacola, FL.
+ Campsites are level and graveled with W/E/S, tables, bbq grills, fire pits and clothesline.


+ Bathrooms are very clean with a row of private shower stalls equipped with a bench and hooks and plenty of hot water.

+ Campground has playground and two hiking trails.

Chain of Lakes Trail - 1 1/2 mile easy, level trail.

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Lake Wales, Florida

Address:  14248 Camp Mack Rd., Lake Wales, FL 33898
Our rating: *****

+  Located 20 minutes off of SR 60.  Approximately 1 1/2 hours south of Orlando attractions.
+  Campsites are private and many are very spacious with tables and grills.  Sites have water and electric but no sewer.  We couldn't get wifi at our site.


+ Bathrooms are clean and have an extra long bench outside the individual showers so plenty room for all your stuff.
+ Campground amenities include laundry room, lookout tower and small store.


Additional Comments:  We sat outside the store which had wifi available when we needed it.  The trails were flat, no hiking stick needed.  There is a also cowboy camp here worth checking out.   

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Sebring, Florida

Address:  5931 Hammock Rd., Sebring FL 33872
Our Rating: *****

+ Located in Central Florida off US-27
+ Campsites are on the smaller size.  All have picnic tables and grills.


+ Bathrooms are clean.  Showers are large with roomy benches and plenty of hooks.  The ceiling fans worked great to keep the bathroom cool and were a welcome sight.

+ Campground amenities include a large camp store, museum and 9 walking trails. 

Fern Garden Trail

Additional Comments:   There is a band shell where Music in the Park Concerts happen.  It costs $10 per person and children 12 and under a free.  We highly recommend the park tram tour.  Make reservations for the last tour of the day for a longer tour.  The cost is $10 per adult, $5 for kids aged 6-12.  Kids 5 and under are free.  

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