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“One of our favorites!” for Wekiwa Springs State Park
We stay at this park often when we need to be in the Orlando area - it's just perfect. The sites are generally very spacious and private feeling, yet you're also close to town.
There's lots of hiking, swimming and canoeing to be done onsite.. and wildlife all around.
Wekiwa is currently undergoing renovations, and this time they were on a walk-in basis only (no reservations). If you arrive mid-week, you can pretty much snag a site and keep up to 14 days. Hooray, finally us last minute arrivals can get a spot over a weekend.
It looks like many sites are getting sewer installed - which will definitely make this park even more ideal for us RV travelers, but will probably change the vibe a bit for the tent campers.
On this visit, we were able to get a strong Verizon and AT&T LTE signal on our devices.Date of Stay: May, 2013Rate Paid: $27.00
“Updated Review” for Lucky Clover RV and Mobile Home Park
We had reason to stay at this park again for 2 months this winter/spring, so this is a brief updated review.
Effective April 1, the rates have gone up - the monthly is now $675. Still a great deal for the area.
Also, there is currently construction going on in the neighborhood next door - so if you get a site on the west side of the park (backed up to 'the wall'), you might have an early morning wake-up.
We should also revise that there were no WiFi repeaters throughout the park like we thought they had installed on our previous stay. We were however able to have Brighthouse install cable internet at our site.Date of Stay: May, 2013Rate Paid: $22.50
“A Dream Come True” for Hillsborough River State Park1 out of 1 people found this review helpful
In our full time travels, we look for three critical elements for an ideal camping spot:
- Nice, big campsites
- Kayaking & hiking trails
- Excellent cellular connectivity
This place hit them all. We absolutely loved our stay here. Most of the sites were very well spaced out (check ReserveAmerica.com - there are photos of each spot online). Our spot was very spacious, and it was awesome to have views of trees!
There's a kayak launch onto the river within the second loop - which is a very peaceful & tranquil paddle. If you'll be taking advantage of this, try to book a site as close to site #33 as possible, where the launch is at. We were a bit far away, and had to hand carry our kayak.
There are lots of hiking trails that start right at the campground. We really enjoyed them.
Also onsite is a huge pool (it shuts down when the water temp is under 70), a rental store for canoes & bikes, and a cafe serving basic grille fare.
Our site had 50a service and water, that both worked great. But best of all? We had solid AT&T and Verizon LTE signal.
We consider this spot an easily accessible spot in central West Florida, and we'll definitely return!Date of Stay: February, 2013Rate Paid: $24.00
“Good Enough in a Pinch” for Holiday Springs RV Resort0 out of 1 people found this review helpful
Our default park to stay in the area was booked up, so we decided to give this park a try.
First, the positives...
- The public facilities are fantastic. Very clean bathhouse and laundry center. The spring fed pool is HUGE and we enjoyed swimming in it when the weather was warm enough. The nature trail to the lake was a pleasant surprise, and quick wonderful.
- The park is really well kept.
- The WiFi worked pretty well the entire time - only a couple of hiccups.
- Everyone in the park was friendly that we encountered.
- There's a sidewalk leading into Spring Hill, making it a nice 1.5 mile walk to shopping and restaurants.
Things we didn't like...
- We were assigned a pull through spot for our 10 days stay (#122). This particular pull thru had hardly any yard in front of it, which was tolerable until we got a neighbor with a huge slide that came part way into our spot. This made the rest of our stay quite unhappy. Just too close for comfort. Most of the other pull thrus had double the space between them.
- The price!! They took a $50 deposit over the phone, and when we arrived said we had a balance due of $352?!? $405 For 10 nights? Wow. That's pricey. Especially considering their monthly rate is just a bit more.
- Most of the park is 'park models' and single wides. Many of them are for sale - most priced $4-10k, furnished. And the year long rate is only $300/month. This makes it feel less like a 'resort' when the view out your front window is a for sale sign for a cheap house.
We had trouble keeping a solid AT&T signal, and our Verizon was able to get a decent signal at 3G speeds (despite saying it was LTE).
We'd stay here again if other options in the area are full, and specifically ask for a different spot to improve our experience.Date of Stay: February, 2013Rate Paid: $40.00
“Pleasant Park in a Great Location!” for Lucky Clover RV and Mobile Home Park3 out of 3 people found this review helpful
We have family in the area, and are frequently needing extended stays around town to be nearby. With our favorite, Wickham Park, being closed for renovations - we decided to give this park a shot.
First of all, this is a combo mobile home park and RV Park. The RV spaces are interspersed throughout, so your neighbor may be a long term resident in an old classic single wide - or a fellow RVer. The community while we were there were quite friendly and welcoming.
Make sure you are self contained - as there is no central bath house.
Aside from that, this is an old school park that has been run by the same family for decades. The last long term owner recently passed away, and the younger generation is putting a lot of effort into revitalizing the park. While we were there, many spots received brand new picnic tables, new landscaping went in and Wifi repeaters were installed.
The sites are fairly spacious, we didn't feel too crowded in. It can be a bit difficult to navigate around when you arrive/leave, as everyone is required to park on the streets. But once you're in your spot (someone escorts you to your site), you should be good. Several have trees and landscaping, some are rather sparse.
There are two laundry rooms onsite, trash and recycling.
But the biggest benefit to this place is the location. You're about 1/2 mil from the Atlantic Ocean, and in walking distance to two grocery stores, about 20 restaurants, lots of shopping (Walmart, Office Depot, Bealls, etc.). We hardly had to get in the car, which was fantastic!
Probably not an ideal park if you're just stopping in a couple nights.. but for an extended stay, this place is a gem. We paid $625/month, and stayed 3 months.Date of Stay: September, 2012Rate Paid: $20.00
“Very enjoyable stay!” for Jetty Park1 out of 1 people found this review helpful
We absolutely loved our stay at this park.. there's a variety of sites that should meet just about every need.
Not only is the location just fantastic (right on the beach, next to the cruise terminal). The attention to details here is a class act - fire extinguishers placed throughout, variety of sites with amenities (rustic to full hook-ups), nice sized sites, free popcorn in the lobby, friendly staff, clean laundry facilities, easy guess passes and likely the most well designed dump station ever.
We enjoyed the easy walk to the beach and the jetty pier, and watching ships come and go from the inlet.
We were given site #134, which was huge. Walking around, there was such a variety of sites - and the whole park had a nice neighborhood feel to it.
On the negative side, we could not get their WiFi to work at all during our stay - but thankfully we had good Verizon and AT&T signal. Also, their website could seriously use some improvement - such as posting of rates, rules and expectations.
We would definitely not hesitate to return in the future, and wish we could stay longer.Date of Stay: September, 2012Rate Paid: $32.00
“Perfect... as always!” for Anastasia State Park0 out of 1 people found this review helpful
We've stayed at this park on multiple occasions, and it's always a favorite!
Most of the sites feel quite private surrounded by the Florida hammocks. It's amazing that you're so close to town (you can walk right into surrounding neighborhoods), but yet you feel so out in nature.
It's an easy walk to the beach, and there is onsite rentals of sail boats and kayaks. There's even a beach grill and campstore. You're only a quick drive into the touristy part of St. Augustine, and the lighthouse is visible from the beach overlooks.
Our electric outlet blew a breaker when we plugged into it.. and once we reported it, we had 3 rangers show right up to fix it (even before we could get back to our site!). Excellent and friendly customer service!
As always, we leave feeling like we should have booked a longer stay!
Our Verizon and AT&T devices all received happy 3G signals.Date of Stay: September, 2012Rate Paid: $28.00
“Great Promise - But Falling Short” for Scenic Mountain RV Park and Campground1 out of 1 people found this review helpful
We were moving between Atlanta and Savannah, and just needed an overnight with sewer hook-ups to dump and fill the tanks. This was a perfect spot in-between, especially with a Passport America rate.
The park itself holds a lot of promise. The owners are apparently somewhat new to the location, and we love what they seem to be in process of doing.
We loved that there was ample space between the sites, and most had nice overlook views. And the saltwater pool was very refreshing. There is a spa, but it wasn't working on our visit.
The campground was relatively empty on our visit, and were given our choice of spots. We at first tried their three pull thrus by the bathhouse so we wouldn't have to unhitch, but the approach to them is really not easy. It's way too tight of a turn, especially considering the resident parked across the street from them has a trailer parked right up the road. We're only a 35' coach (and quite experienced driving it), and had trouble making the tight turn. Suggestion to management: Move the wood beams marking the spots further back to allow more swing space.
Once we were into the slot however, we realized that the sewer connection is UPHILL of the spot. That's just not going to cut it.
So we switched to the pull thru spot further down the hill, which the owner had told us is difficult to get level on. It was a bit unlevel, but a couple pieces of wood under the rear tire was able to fix that.
It looks like the management is in process of moving out some older long term residents. One area of the park definitely has some very old RVs that are decaying right on site - they're really quite sad looking, and bring down the feel of the park.
Once this place is cleaned up, it'll be a great location. Their back in sites really do hold a lot of promise of being an ideal location.
Oh, and a warning to Passport America members - the rates published in PA were $17.50, but when we arrived it had gone up to $20. And they accept cash only for PA - which was not disclosed in their listing.Date of Stay: September, 2012Rate Paid: $20.00
“Lovely Place for a Rally!” for Natural Springs Resort
We attended a bus conversion rally here, and were pleasantly surprised by this park. When we reserved our spot, we asked for as scenic as was possible. Much to our delight, they assigned us a back-in spot along a pond and we had a huge shaded 'back yard' right along the water. It was lovely, and a perfect location for hosting friends for evening cocktails.
Most of the other attendees were a bit envious however, as they opted for a 50A site, which are back-to-back sites that are much less spacious and less private feeling. Another score for optimizing our coach for 30A service.
The campground itself seemed kept up to date. They had a nice laundry facility, a great little camp store with a grill and ice cream.
There's also a nice pool.. but even more fun, was the swimming hole in the old quarry. It's tremendously deep with fresh cool spring water. We enjoyed our afternoon cool off swims.
The weekend did start to get a bit more packed in with families enjoying the location. But we'd definitely consider returning here with or without a rally, we enjoyed our visit. It did seem a bit pricey however, even at our discounted rally rate.
However, we could not get their WiFi to work reliably, and the Verizon signal was almost unusable even boosted. Thankfully, AT&T 3G worked solidly enough to stream!Date of Stay: August, 2012Rate Paid: $35.00
“Great View and Trails” for Sterling State Park
We stopped in here as we wanted a waterfront view for the evening. The friendly staff was able to get us a great site with a great view.
There is a selection of back in sites and pull thrus, and all seemed to have ample space around them. There is however no shade at any of the sites.
The views of Lake Erie are gorgeous, and the beach in front of the campground quite nice. Not sure we'd swim there tho, the water had an interesting green glow to it! The park is surrounded by power plans on both sides giving it an interesting industrial feel.
We did set off for a walk around the park, the paths here are quite great! We managed a 7 mile walk. The loop around the lagoon quite pretty, even with an overlook tower.
Overall, a perfect stop for the evening - and we had usable AT&T and Verizon 3G signal.Date of Stay: August, 2012Rate Paid: $24.00