12 Apr

Campground Review #76 Gunter Hill Campground outside Montgomery, Alabama

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our Kentucky correspondent Casita Dean reviews Gunter Hill Campground just 12 miles outside of historic Montgomery, Alabama. Casita Dean and his wife Laura first visited Gunter Hill Campground while attending a Green Eggs and Ham rally in their 2005 Casita 17′ Freedom Deluxe.

Gunter Hill Campground is a Corp of Engineers (COE) campground located on the Catoma Creek, part of the backwaters of the Alabama River. It consists of 142 sites, most of which are back in. However, there are about 20 pull thru sites if that is your thing.

Casita Dean talks about the two loops, Catoma and Antioch, and describe the differences between the two area. They offer very distinct camping experiences, so make sure you listen to hear which loop would suit your camping preferences best.

Reservations for Gunter Hill Campground can be made via Reserve American, and the prices are very budget friendly at $18/night for water & electric, and just $26/night for full hook up. That low price will give visitors access to boating, fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.

The campground also offers playgrounds, basketball courts, group shelters, and adequate comfort stations. Don’t bother to bring along your devices as WiFi is not one of the amenities offered at Gunter Hill.

The Region: Activites, Attractions, and Good Eats

Casita Dean is very familiar with the Montgomery area, and shares great recommendations  for enjoying both the historic sites and the great dining options.

Montgomery:

Prattville:

Gunter Hill Campground can offer campers a quiet, outdoor retreat or an affordable basecamp to explore on of America’s great historic destinations.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

05 Apr

Campground Review #75: Badlands/White River KOA near Badlands National Park in South Dakota

On this Campground of the Week episode, Kerri Cox of TravelswithBirdy.com reviews the Badlands/White River KOA outside of Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

Kerri and her family didn’t actually plan on staying at this KOA. They had made reservations at the Cedar Pass campground in the national park. Well, weird things happen, and when they showed up to claim their site, there was no record of the reservation.

Enter the Badlands/White River KOA.

In retrospect, Kerri is quite happy this mix up occurred. Her family loved staying at the Badlands/White River KOA and weren’t thrilled with what they saw of the Cedar Pass Campground. You can listen to the whole story and find out why the KOA was such a hit on Episode #75 of Campground of the Week.

You can also read Kerri’s own blog post on the Badlands/White River KOA, and find all her recommendations for activities in and around Badlands National Park.

Many visitors simply make a day trip out of the Badlands, stopping by on their way to Mt. Rushmore, or driving out for the day. Kerri recommends staying at least a night or two and really enjoying the unique and stunning beauty of the region.

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Stephanie + Jeremy

29 Mar

Campground Review #74: Townsend/Great Smokies KOA in Townsend, Tennessee

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing the Townsend/Great Smokies KOA in Townsend, Tennessee.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the country, and we covered both the North Carolina and Tennessee side extensively over on our RV Family Travel Atlas Podcast a little while back. Make sure to take a listen to these episodes if you are planning a trip to the Smokies. We gave a ton of recommendations for hikes, activities, and good eats:

The Townsend KOA is located on the Tennessee side of the Smokies in the small and charming town of Townsend, just about 7 miles from the Cades Cove loop drive, one of the most popular places in the national park. This area is sometimes called the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies” and if you are looking to stay away from the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg, or Cherokee this might be the perfect option.

This is branded as a Holiday KOA, which means it offers upgraded amenities and activities while providing a great basecamp for exploring the local area. With about 100 sites for RVs and tents, and a few dozen cabins, you will need to book early if visiting during the peak summer season.

Amenities:

  • Pool
  • Playground
  • fudge and ice cream shop
  • snack bar
  • basketball
  • bike rentals
  • tube rentals and shuttle service
  • clean, well-maintained bath houses

Activities (from Memorial Day to Labor Day):

  • Outdoor movies
  • Wagon rides
  • Tie Dye
  • Bingo
  • fishing

Cell service is sketchy in the Smokies to say the least, but if you need WiFi you can get a good, strong single up by the fudge shop and camp store. Listen to the episode to hear our recommendations for the best sites at the Townsend KOA and tips for booking them!

The RV Family Travel Atlas podcasts are going to give you a ton of recommendations for activities in the area, but if you want to chill near the campground, here are some great options.

Area Activities:

  • 5-mile bike path
  • Tubing the Little River with River Rat Tubing
  • Fishing with Smokey Mountain Angler or Little River Outfitters
  • Tuckaleechee Caverns
  • Smoky Mountain Heritage Center
  • Townsend Festivals

There is no shortage of great campgrounds in the Smokies, but the Townsend KOA stands out as a charming, warm, beautiful campground providing a peaceful location and plenty of amenities. People return year after year, and that says everything.

See you at the campground,

Stephanie + Jeremy

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22 Mar

Campground Review #73 Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our Colorado Correspondent Scott Elias reviews the beautiful Curt Gowdy State Park in Wyoming. Located a mere 2.5 hour drive from the Detroit Metro area, Curt Gowdy State Park is a beloved weekend escape for many campers in Colorado. This campground is the place to go to get away from all, relax, and enjoy the natural landscape and wealth of outdoor activities.

But you will have to plan ahead if you want a reservation or electric hookups. This state park is an example of one that allows a small percentage of sites to be reserved in advance, and only a small percentage of sites offer hook ups. Scott will talk about the booking window and how you can nab a great site with shore power in advance.

If you are on a tight camping budget, Curt Gowdy is going to give you a ton of bang for your buck. Site fees are only $10 for residents, and $17 for non residents. Best part? That site fee includes a pass for the rest of the state park. That is a serious camping bargain!

Scott also talks about all the great activities to enjoy while staying in the park. Most of the activities center around the two bodies of water, Granite Reservoir and Crystal Reservoir:

  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Visitor’s Center with wildlife and geography exhibits
  • SUP Rentals
  • Mountain Biking

Bottom of line? Curt Gowdy State Park offers families the classic camping getaway: a remote location, natural beauty, and plenty of opportunity for outdoor activities.

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15 Mar

Campground Review #72 River’s End Campground and RV Park in Tybee Island, Georgia

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Janine Pettit, host of the Girl Camper Podcast, reviews River’s End Campground and RV Park in Tybee Island, Georgia.

Tybee Island is a premier RV destination in it’s own right, plus it happens to be just 15 miles away from Savannah, Georgia. Janine loved enjoying a beachy, relaxing campground while being an easy drive from one of America’s most historic and beautiful cities.


River’s End Campground and RV Park is a year round RV destination, so expect the rates and availability to fluctuate greatly throughout the year. They separate the calendar year into low season, mid season, peak season, and high season with different pricing for each category, ranging from as low as $49 to as high as $99. Thankfully, the website offers a very clear breakdown of the seasons and charges, so check it out if you want to make sure River’s End Campground fits into your traveling budget!

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08 Mar

Campground Review #71 Astoria/ Warrenton/ Seaside KOA in Oregon

On this episode of Campground of the Week, our Pacific Northwest correspondent, Neil Potter, shares a glowing review of the Astoria KOA. Located in the northwestern corner of Oregon, a two-hour drive from Portland, this resort campground is just minutes from Highway 101 and the beautiful coastline.

The Astoria KOA was Neil’s first experience with resort camping, and he talks about what an amazing time his family had enjoying the activities and amenities at the campground. It’s a pretty large place, with over 200 campsites and dozens of cabins, but Neil says that the layout makes it feel comfortable and cozy nevertheless.

Activities and Amenities include:

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01 Mar

Campground Review #70: Citrus Valley RV Resort near Orlando, Florida and Walt Disney World

With all the Disney content we have pumped out in the last month, we wanted to share a review of the campground near Orlando, Florida that Keith and Tia Sims of soulfulrvfamily.com have fallen in love with over the last few months.

Citrus Valley RV Resort is only 8 miles away from Walt Disney World, and for a family with season passes this makes it a great option for staying in the Orlando area for longer periods of time.

In fact, Citrus Valley RV Resort is one of those campgrounds where folks can actually purchase their campsite, and either stay on it themselves or rent it out to other RV travelers. Keith and Tia are so impressed with this campground that they are actually thinking about this option themselves. Listen to the episode to hear more details about this unique campground option.

Citrus Valley RV Resort has all the amenities you would expect from a campground in that category:

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22 Feb

Campground Review #69 Yogi at Shangri La in Milton, Pennsylvania

On this episode of the Campground of the Week podcast, we are reviewing the Yogi at Shangri-La in Milton, Pennsylvania. This campground is part of the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park Camp Resorts family, and is a great example of the activities and amenities that many Jellystones offer.


Yogi at Shangri-La is located in eastern Pennsylvania, about 75 miles north of Hershey and 100 northwest of Lancaster County. The campground is nestled at the foot of the Montour Ridge, along the Chillisquaque Creek in the Susquehanna Valley.

This campground is a great place for a family getaway, offering everything you need right on site to chill out and have fun. In fact, the only times we left over our long weekend visit was to eat (twice!) at the amazing Road Food joint, Fence Drive-In. The fish platter, fish sandwiches, and milkshakes hit the spot for our whole family.

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15 Feb

Campground Review #68 Grand Canyon Trailer Village RV Park, Grand Canyon National Park

On this episode of Campground of the Week, Kerri Cox of TravelswithBirdy.com reviews Grand Canyon Trailer Village RV Park. We are calling this a Campground Smackdown, because Kate Dunbar reviewed the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park back on Episode #28. Listen to both episodes to get a complete picture of your camping options when visiting Grand Canyon National Park.


Kerri Cox was happy that her family decided to stay at the Grand Canyon Trailer Village RV Park, mostly because of the location. The Grand Canyon is notoriously difficult to navigate during peak season because of the crowd congestion, and Kerri felt that camping in the park made it easier to get in and out.

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08 Feb

Campground Review: Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in Disney World, Florida

On this episode of Campground of the Week, we are reviewing what may be America’s favorite campground of all time: Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground in Disney World, Florida.

After camping at Fort Wilderness, we can honestly say that it has earned every bit of it’s stellar reputation. Simply put, we will never stay anywhere else on return trips to Disney World.

If you are planning a trip to Disney World, one of the most important things to know is that Fort Wilderness is considered a Disney Resort property, which means that you will enjoy the benefits of staying ‘on property’: early dining reservations, early Fast Pass booking, and access to daily extra Magic Hours. You will also have access to Disney transportation: busses and boats connect Fort Wilderness to all the other Disney properties and parks.

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