Road Trip with John & Cathy

Full-time RVers Travel Diary

2016 – Campgrounds we have stayed at

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Griffin City Park, Pierre, SD
Lake Farley City Park, Milbank, SD
Albert Lea – Austin KOA, Hayward, MN
Blue Earth County Fairgrounds, Blue Earth, MN
Pottawattamie County Fairgrounds, Avoca, IA
Rock Port RiversEdge Campground, Rock Port, MO
Shoemaker RV Park, Bevier, MO
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL
Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN
Alton RV Park, Gallawauy, OH
Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV
North Fork Resort, Front Royal, VA
Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA, Hagerstown, MD
Artillery Ridge Campground, Gettysburg, PA
Moyer’s Grove Campground, Wapwallopen, PA
Rockview Valley Campground, Monteque, NJ
Riverdale Farm Campsite, Clinton, CT
Ashaway RV Resort, Bradford, RI
Black Bear Campground, Salisbury, MA
Balsam Cove Campground, Orland, ME
White Birches Campground, Shelbourne, NH
Rest N Nest Campground, Thetford, VT
Hidden Acres Camping Rest, Dummerston, VT
Brook N Wood Family Campground, Elizaville, NY
Herkimer Diamond KOA, Herkimer, NY
Canandaigua / Rochester KOA, Farmington, NY
Cinderella Motel & Campground, Grand Island, NY
Windy Hill Golf Club & Campground, Conneaut, OH
Streetsboro / Cleveland SE KOA, Streetsboro, OH
Richland County Fairgrounds, Mansfield, OH
Wapakoneta KOA, Wapakoneta, OH
Bixler Lake Campground, Kendallville, IN
Camelot Campground, Jones, MI
Chicago NW KOA, Union, IL
Wisconsin State Fair RV Park, Milwaukee, WI
Oakdale KOA, Oakdale, WI
Mitchell KOA, Mitchell, SD
Americas Way Campground, Box Elder, SD
Hot Springs – Black Hills KOA, Hot Springs, SD
Countryview Campground, Ogalla, NE
Graham County Fairgrounds, Hill City, KS
4 Acres RV Park, Kinsley, KS
Wellington KOA, Wellington, KS
Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Norman, OK
Red River RV Park, Thackerville, OK
Wagon Master RV Park, Sanger, TX
Waco North RV Park, West, TX
Stone Creek RV Park, Schertz, TX
Victoria / Coleto Creek KOA, Victoria, TX
Mustang Island State Park, Corpus Christi, TX
Llano Grande Lake Park, Mercedes, TX

 

Griffin City Park, Pierre, SD

Griffin City Park

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$16/night

Nice city park with tennis courts and a small base ball diamond. Swim beach, skateboard park, playground and city swimming pool.  16 Electric sites.  There is a dump station near by.  Back-in sites.  Just behind the sites is a walking path through the park.  Can stay 5 consecutive days.

Lake Farley City Park, Milbank, SD

Lake Farley City Park

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$18/night

Back-in gravel full hook-up sites.  One can call and make a reservation at this park.  When we stayed here there was some concert going on in the park and we could hear the music at our site.

Albert Lea – Austin KOA, Haywood, MN

Albert Lea – Austin KOA

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$39.50/night

Plenty of green grass.  Nice store.  Although we did not use any of the amenities that they offered, there is a laundry, playground and swimming pool.

Because we used to own a KOA campground, John helped Ann (owner) out with a few projects.  John worked on the playground and helped to mow the lawn.

Blue Earth County Fairgrounds, Blue Earth, MN

Blue Earth County Fairgrounds

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1st night free, $20/night after that

9 back in full hook-up sites.  Campground was quiet.  Can stay 5 consecutive days.  When we were there they were resurfacing the roads throughout the fairgrounds.  Not to far from the campground was the Jolly Green Giant  statue.

Pottawattamie County Fairgrounds, Avoca, IA

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$20/night

Pull thru sites with water / electric.  The fairgrounds RV park needed some attention, but we only stayed here for one night and didn’t unhook our vehicle.

We stayed here on the 4th of July and pulled into the fairgrounds just as the local parade had ended.  Of course, the ending point was the fairgrounds so there were quite a few people at the fairgrounds for a bit.  Also, several blocks away someone kept shooting off fireworks until early morning.  But once again, we were only passing thru and planned to stay only one night.

Rock Port RiversEdge Campground, Rockport, MO

Rock Port RiversEdge Campground

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Unfortunately, we do not have the cost for this campground.  We have been friends with the owners for years and we always just stop by to help them with projects every now and then.  When we were there this time, a storm came through  and when we woke up the next morning several trees had blown over.  John helped their handy man to cut up a few of the trees.

The owners, John & Edna are wonderful folks and are working hard on their campground.  The campground offers a laundry and they were working on their store.  Each site offers both 30 and 50 amps, a picnic table and fire ring.

While staying here we took a day trip over to Homestead National Monument of America.

Shoemaker RV Park, Bevier, MO

Shoemaker RV Park

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$12.50/night

Passport America Campground

This RV park offers 90 RV sites.  The RV park surrounds the Shoemaker RV repair shop.  The park itself has a swimming pond with a slide and free paddle boats that you can use.  We did not swim in the pond, but drove over by it as the campground is spread out.

Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL

Illinois State Fairgrounds

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$25/night

The State Fairgrounds offers 300 water / electric sites.  They have a limited number of full hook-up sites.  Restrooms and showers are available.

We stayed in the large parking lot of sites because that was where the 50 amp sites were.  The fairgrounds were  quiet.  To get to the campground, one does need to drive by some state offices.

While staying here we visited the Lincoln Home National Historic Site and the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site.

Indiana State Fairgrounds, Indianapolis, IN

Indiana State Fairgrounds

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$30/night

The State Fairgrounds have 80 seasonal FHU sites and 90 water/electric sites.

We stayed in a back-in grass site FHU site.  When we found a site, there was a phone number on the electrical pedestal to call and have security come over to unlock the pedestal.  It didn’t take long for security to show up.    Not far from out site were the bathrooms and a small laundry.  Both could use some updating.

We stayed a couple of days and while we were there, there was a big event going on and the parking lot across the street was full of people coming and going.  We had no problem.

Alton RV Park, Galloway, OH

Alton RV Park

Alton RV park

$20/night

The Alton RV Park is a small park with only 35 sites that surround an old farm house.  There are some pull thru sites and we were towards the back of the campground in a pull thru site parallel to the tree line.  The gal that owns this was very nice.

While staying here we took a day trip to see Hopewell Culture National Historical Park.

Mylan Park, Morgantown, WV

Mylan Park

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$40/night

This campground was a large parking lot with full hook-up back-in sites.  There were bathrooms near by.

When we got to Mylan Park, we stopped some workers to ask if the campground was open and they said no because they were getting ready for a big event in a couple of days.  However, they told use to stop at the park office and ask if we could spend the night and they said that it would be okay, if we would leave by 11:00 in the morning.  We had the place to ourselves.

To get to the park one needs to take some winding roads and then drive past the bus barn for the school and down a hill.

North Fork Resort, Front Royal, VA

North Fork Resort

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Photo out our motorhome door.

$21.69/night

Passport America Campground

This campground had FHU sites.  To get into this campground, you need to stop at the guard shack to register, which was fine, but the road was on a hill  and sloped down.  Once we were given a site, we had to wind through the campground towards to find the site.  The sites were close and the one way roads were a little confusing.

We based out of this campground to visit Cedar Creek & Belle Grove National Historical Park, Shenandoah National Park and Manassas National Battlefield Park.

Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA, Hagerstown, MD

Hagerstown KOA

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Photo taken just outside our motorhome.

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Unfortunately, we can not list a price for the Hagerstown KOA as one of us lost the receipt.  Sorry.

The Hagerstown KOA was tucked away and you had to drive down this long road  next to a river to get there.  The campground is smaller and cozy.

We visited the Antietam National Battlefield, Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Historical Park.

Artillery Ridge Campground, Gettysburg, PA

Artillery Ridge Campground

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Photo of pond behind our motorhome.

$30/night

Passport America Campground

When you stay here for 1 night you get a free admission ticket to your choice of:

  1.  Gettysburg Diorama & History Center,
  2.  Lincoln Train Museum, or
  3.  The Spirit of Gettysburg.

If you stay 2 nights you get free admission to all three.

We used our free tickets for the Gettysburg Diorama & History Center, as well as The Spirit of Gettysburg.  It was interesting to visit these sites in Gettysburg.

The store was quite large and offered many items.

Visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park was very interesting and we will most likely visit this place again.   We also visited the Eisenhower National Historic Site.

Moyer’s Grove Campground, Wapwallopen, PA

Moyers Grove Campground

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$40/night

This was a smaller campground with what looked like quite a few monthlies.  The first site we got we had problems with their electrical pedestal, but after we moved over one spot everything was just fine.  Our site was down a dead end road.  It was a cute little park.  The gal in the office / store was nice.

While staying here we took a day trip over to Steamtown National Historic Site.

Rockview Valley Campground, Monteque, NJ

Rockview Valley Campground

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$35/night

We would not stay at this campground again.  They put us in the Rally Field, which was a big grassy area.  The Field was soft because of rain.  We had to move twice in the Field, because the electric pedestals had no power to them.  There was never anyone in the office.

Riverdale Farm Campsite, Clinton, CT

Riverdale Farm Campsite

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$45/night

Part of a 100-acre colonial farm, Riverdale Farm Campsites is nestled between a winding country road and the meandering Hammonasset River.  This campground has quite a few seasonal campers.

Ashaway RV Resort, Bradford, RI

Ashaway RV Resort

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$51.23/night

This campground has 260 sites that offers cable TV and wifi.  We based out of this campground visiting Roger Williams National Memorial and Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park.

Black Bear Campground, Salisbury, MA

Black Bear Campground

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$55/night

 This campground has 200 sites and free wifi.  While at this campground we took day-trips to Lowell National Historical Park, Minute Man National Historical Park, Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site and Salem Maritime National Historic Site.

Balsam Cove Campground​, Orland, ME

Balsam Cove Campground

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$22/night

Passport America Campground

We based out of this campground visiting Acadia National Park.  The campground was okay, but could use some work on the grounds.  There is a small store and laundry.  Even though they said they had wifi, we could not get it on our site.

White Birches Campground, Shelbourne, NH

White Birches Campground

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$39/night

This was an older park.  The owners were nice.  We based out of this campground visiting Mount Washington.  John went on a moose van tour from town.  He spent about 3 hours listening to the van driver shine his spotlight into the trees and saying do you see the moose?  John said that there may have been a moose, but he didn’t see one.  While here we did drive to the top of Mount Washington, historic Nassen Ski Jump and Berlin Mural.

Rest N’ Nest Campground, Thetford, VT

Rest N’ Nest Campground

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$36/night

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This campground offered semi-wooded sites.  While there was a swimming pond, we did not swim.  There was wifi, but it was spotty.  While staying here we took a day trip to see Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.

Hidden Acres Camping Resort, Dummerston, VT

Hidden Acres Camping Resort

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$22.25/night

Passport America Campground

This is a smaller campground with a nice playground and pool.  They offer back-in sites and pull-thru sites.  They owners were nice.

Brook N Wood Family Campground, Elizaville, NY

Brook N Wood Family Campground

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$28.50/night

Passport America Campground

This campground was an older campground.  There were two areas – one down the hill and in the trees and the other was on top of the hill.  We were on the hill.  There were seasonal campers dispersed thru out the campground.  While the seasonal folks near us were nice, they had barking dogs that they couldn’t seem to quiet.  Fortunately, we spent a lot of time visiting historic sites around the area.

We based out of this campground visiting Martin Van Buren National Historic Site, Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Val-Kill – Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Vanderbilt Mansion Historic Site and the Mid-Hudson Suspension Bridge between Poughkeepsie & Highland, NY.

Herkimer Diamond KOA, Herkimer, NY

Herkimer Diamond KOA

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River behind our motorhome.

$55/night

This was an interesting campground.  You can trout fish, canoe, tube or kayak in the river.  Or you can mine Herkimer diamonds.  There is an on site café.  Typical KOA amenities.

Canandaigua / Rochester KOA, Farmington, NY

Canandaigua / Rochester KOA

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$56/night

This KOA has a reflecting pond where you can cast a line and maybe pull in a bass or two.  Typical KOA amenities.  While staying at this campground, we took the opportunity to visit the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

Cinderella Motel & Campground, Grand Island, NY

Cinderella Motel & Campground

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$30/night

Passport America Campground

We used this campground as a base camp for going up to Niagara Falls and also the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site.  Worked great, quiet and away from the crowds going to the Falls.  There are 26 FHU sites with cable and wifi.

Windy Hill Golf Club, Conneaut, OH

Windy Hill Golf Club

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$29/night

If you are a golfer, than this campground is for you – the golf course is right next door.   This campground did have a few seasonals.  While we were staying here, we went to visit the James A Garfield National Historic Site  and we also looked at several covered bridges.

Streetsboro / Cleveland SE KOA, Streetsboro, OH

Streetsboro / Cleveland SE KOA

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$32.84/night

KOA Value Card

This was a pretty KOA.  Workers here were very nice.  There is a fishing pond, nice store, and wifi.  Be on the look for the pig rock.  We used this campground as a base camp to visit the David Berger National Memorial, James A. Garfield MemorialCuyahoga Valley National Park, William McKinley National Memorial and First Ladies National Historic Site.

Richland County Fairgrounds, Mansfield, OH

Richland County Fairgrounds

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We stayed at this campground for a week and were told that someone would stop by for payment.  Well no one came by, we didn’t pay anything.  Workers would drive by us everyday and wave, but not stop.  Needless to say, we felt guilty for not paying anything.

Wapakoneta KOA, Wapakoneta, OH

Wapakoneta KOA

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We stayed here for 3 weeks, as we were campground sitting for the owners so they could get away for a little while.  Because we were working everyday, we didn’t have to pay for our site.

The campground is a nice campground.  The grounds were well kept.  There is a laundry that is open 24 hours a day.  Nice playground and gold panning available.  They do food service such as pizza, chicken wings, and pretzels and they deliver.

When we were done working here we took a little time to do some site- seeing vising the Armstrong Air & Space Museum and Temple of Tolerance in Wapakoneta.  We also drove down to Dayton, OH to visit the National Museum of the USAF.

Bixler Lake Campground, Kendallville, IN

Bixler Lake Campground

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$23.19/night

This was a pretty park.  A wide variety of activities are available to the camper including fishing and supervised swimming on 117 acre Bixler Lake. Modern playgrounds, ball diamond, nature trails, horseshoe, volleyball.  The RV sites are all grass and back-in.  This was a quiet park.  We visited the Mid-America Windmill Museum that was near the park.

Camelot Campground, Jones, MI

Camelot Campground

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$12.50/night

Passport America Campground

This campground offered grass back-in sites.  The bathrooms could use a little updating.  The campground did have monthlies staying here.  The campground was quiet.

Chicago Northwest KOA, Union, IL

Chicago Northwest KOA

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Typical KOA amenities.  Unfortunately, another campground we can’t tell you the cost.  We lost yet another receipt. Sorry.

Wisconsin State Fair RV Park, Milwaukee, WI

Wisconsin State Fair RV Park

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$42.24/night

The RV park has 70 FHU sites.  The sites look like they are on a parking lot.  The park has a guest laundry and propane filling station.  It was a good campground for one night in a busy area.

Oakdale KOA, Oakdale, WI

Oakdale KOA

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$39.89/night

KOA Value Card

This campground is good for an overnight stay.  There was a large gathering at the campground when we stayed here, so we pretty much kept to ourselves.  We took a day trip from here visiting the World’s Largest Bicyclist and Fast Corporation Fiberglass Graveyard in Sparta, WI.  Also visited Grandad Bluff Park in Lacrosse, WI.

 

 

Mitchell KOA, Mitchell, SD

Mitchell KOA

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$33.39/night

KOA Value Card

This is a nice green campground on the outer edge of town.  Typical KOA amenities.  Nice folks.  They are a green campground as they utilize wind turbines.

Americas Way Campground, Box Elder, SD

Americas Way Campground

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$26.16/night

This campground is good for a one night stay.  There are 19 sites and can only accommodate self-contained RVs at the moment.  They have plans to expand.  While we had been to the Badlands National Park many times before going full-time, it had been quite awhile since we had been there we decided to make a trip over there.  And of course, since we were going there, we also stopped by the Minuteman Missile National Historic Site visitor center.

Hot Springs – Black Hills KOA, Hot Springs, SD

Hot Springs – Black Hills KOA

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We used to own this campground and sold it to the current owners in June, so they let us stay for free.  Actually, when we stayed here we had gone back to walk them thru winterizing the campground on our way south for the winter.  While we were here we drove through Windcave National Park one last time.

Countryview Campground, Ogalla, NE

Countryview Campground

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$22.42/night

Passport America Campground

Good for an overnight stay.  The campground has 48 sites with cable TV and wifi.

Graham County Fairgrounds, Hill City, KS

Graham County Fairgrounds

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$15/night

Sites are scattered in a grassy field near the rodeo arena.  There were several 50 amp plug-ins on poles here and there, and some had water connections.  There is also a dump station.  Good for an overnight stop.   While here we drove over to the Nicodemus Historic Site.

4 Aces RV Park, Kinsley, KS

4 Aces RV Park

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$17/night

Passport America Campground

Sites were concrete pull-thru with some grass between sites.  Free wifi and one could rent free movies if you were interested.   While staying here we visited Fort Larned National Historic Site.

Wellington KOA, Wellington, KS

Wellington KOA

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$33.30/night

KOA Value Card

The Wellington KOA is a nice campground.  They have a nice store, laundry and bathrooms.  Jodi was great!

Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Norman, OK

Cleveland County Fairgrounds

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$20/night

This is a first come – first serve park.  The sites are FHU back-in sites with wifi.  The fairgrounds must be on an ambulance route, because we heard sirens quite a few times.

Red River RV Park, Thackerville, OK

Red River RV Park

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$15/night

Passport America Campground

The Red River campground was good for an overnight stay.  The grounds could use a little bit of work as there were stickers all over the place that we would track into the house.  Probably not the best place for your pets.

Wagon Master RV Park, Sanger, TX

Wagon Master RV Park

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View out our motorhome window.

$17.00/night

Passport America Campground

Every day guests in the campground are invited to feed the alpacas.  That was so much fun! If available ask for the site next to the barn.  That site has the best view of the alpacas as you can see by the above picture.  It was interesting learning about the alpacas.

 

Waco North RV Park, West, TX

Waco North RV Park

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$32/night

This campground used to be a KOA at one time.  When we were here, the roads needed to be grated as they were very wash- boarded or washed out.  While the campground had wifi, we could not get it at our site.  We based out of this campground to visit the Waco Mammoth National Monument, Mount Carmel Massacre Site and the Waco Suspension Bridge and Branding the Brazos Sculptures.

Stone Creek RV Park, Schertz, TX

Stone Creek RV Park

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$31.25/night

This was a large RV Park that had cable and wifi.  You really need to be watching to find the entrance to this park.  We missed it the first time.  Of course, when we were here, it was over winter and most staying in the campground were snowbirds.

We based out of here going down to San Antonio to visit San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, the Alamo and the San Antonio Riverwalk.

 

Victoria / Coleto Creek KOA, Victoria, TX

Victoria / Coleto Creek KOA

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$34.20/night

KOA Value Card

They offer great food service in their Clubhouse – breakfast, lunch, & dinner.  Nice menu.  This campground offers cable and wifi.

We took a day trip from here to see Presidio La Bahía and Mission Espíritu Santo State Historic Site.

 

Mustang Island State Park, Corpus Christi, TX

Mustang Island State Park

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$30/night

There are 48 sites with water / electric.  Each site has a shade shelter of your picnic table. A dump station is near the campground.  The campground is close to the Gulf of Mexico and you can bike or drive out there to pic up sea shells.

While staying here we visited Padre Island National Seashore.

Llano Grande Lake Park, Mercedes, TX

Llano Grande RV Resort

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$33.43/night

Llano Grande Lake Park is a large park with lots of snowbirds.  This is a gated park.  There is cable, wifi and swimming pools.  One day a week a local vendor comes in with fresh fruit and vegetables that you can purchase.  We also stopped by the rock shop where you can polish rocks and make necklaces.

We based out of this campground to visit South Padre Island, Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historical Site, Palo Alto National Historic Park and La Lomita Chapel.

 

 

 

 

 

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