Red Stone Arsenal – ALABAMA (military)


Campground/RV Park:  Red Stone Arsenal   (Military) (Huntsville)
Location:Outdoor Recreation, Bldg 5139, Sportsman’s Drive, Redstone Arsenal, AL 35808  
Phone: (256) 876-4868 or 6854
Date(s) Stayed: 12/3/15 – 1/15/15
Length of Stay: 2 weeks
Site #: 17
Cost per night (with taxes): $120/week  $20/day
Discount Used:  none
Connections: 30/50 FHU
Stars:  4

We were pleasanty surprised when we arrived at Red Stone Arsenal Campground.  This RV Park is located ‘on post’ therefore we had to go through post security gates.  Easy to get to.  Once on post, signs direct you to RV park area.

Reservations are highly recommended and are accepted 90 days in advance. A 5-day cancellation notice is required for a full refund. Sites 2 and 3 are designated for overnight campers only. Reservations will be accepted based on availability. As this is a military post, make sure you are retired, active, or civilian/contract employee to have access to base before calling for a reservation.

Fairly new concrete pads 25 x 65. Clean sites!  Fire pit and picnic table at each site.  Please know there aren’t trees except for occasional sapplings in RV Park area; we stayed in the winter therefore wasn’t an issue but can imagine summer months to be considered.  Stay limit is 60 days during peak season and 90 days during non-peak season per SOP and AR-215 regulations. Sites 2 and 3 are designated for overnight campers only and may use the self-check box. Stays for longer than 1 night should make reservations via telephone or check in at the Outdoor Rec office to insure availability (sites may already be reserved).

Free limited WiFi at the RV Park.  We had to use our own AT&T Hot Spot.  Limited cable TV, RV Storage lot, Dog Run. Other MWR facilities on post such as Outdoor Recreation (equipment rental), bowling, bingo, golf, Officer’s Club, and more.  Laundry room was clean; had three working washers/dryers with fold tables and chairs to sit.  Bath houses had single shower and single stall toilet, so you had to wait your turn to shower but that didn’t affect us as we were self contained.  Playground for children in back of pavilion.  Great safe place for kids to ride their bikes.  Diesel not available on post; had to go off post to fill up truck before hooking up.  This IS a military arsenal so be aware that you will hear the sounds of freedom with big booms and bangs from their training area but none to deter us from leaving.  Close to post/base ammenities and services (golf, library, gas station, commissary, PX, fitness center, shopette, swimming, snack bar, Class VI, movie theater, museum, hospital, post office and car wash.

We enjoyed our stay here and would return again.  

    Bay Palms RV Resort – ALABAMA (Coden/Mobile)


    Campground/RV Park: Bay Palms RV Resort

    Location:  15440 Dauphin Island Pkwy, Coden, AL 36523    (251) 873-4700
    Date(s) Stayed: 12/18/14 – 2/18/14
    Length of Stay: 2 months
    Site #: 42
    Cost per night (with taxes):  $450/month winter rate
    Discount Used: none
    Connections: FHU
    Stars: 4.5

    We found Bay Palms RV Resort via RV Park Reviews.  Under new ownership, this resort park is an awesome gated (code) place to set up to enjoy the Gulf Coast just south of Mobile, Alabama!  Big Rig Friendly!!  Most sites are paved concrete pads with exception of a few Big Rig (Back Center) in which are hard packed crushed shell. Steve & Starr (owners) and the staff always have things planned for their function house.  Bath houses, though dated, are clean and ample.  Two laundry rooms with two washers, two driers each and folding table are clean and in same building as bath/restrooms.  You’ll make life-long friends here with the full-time homesteaders.  They all will make you feel at home!  Bay Palms RV Resort  is located only about 7 miles to Dauphin Island, 30 minutes to Mobile and about 15 miles to I-10 (Dauphin Island Exit).  Propane available for sale and delivered to your site from the staff.  A pool and playground is in operation during Spring, Summer and Fall seasons.  Family friendly! Note: bring your own table/chairs as they don’t have picnic tables. We will return to  Bay Palms RV Resort again!!

    Taylorsville Lake State Park Campground – KENTUCKY (Taylorsville/Louisville)


    Campground/RV Park:  Taylorsville Lake State Park
    Location: 1320 Park Road, Mount Eden, Kentucky   (502) 477-8713
    Date(s) Stayed: Various
    Length of Stay: Various
    Site #: 36
    Cost per night (with taxes): $25
    Discount Used:  10% Military
    Connections: 30 amp Electric/Water and Dump Station
    Stars:  4

    We’ve stayed at Taylorsville Lake State Park several times throughout the spring, summer and fall of 2014.  The campground is located approximately 20 miles from the Blue Grass Parkway, 15 miles from I-64 (Shelbyville Exit – Follow signs to Taylorsville Lake State Park) and 5 miles to the small town of Taylorsville.  You can either reserve your campsites via Reserve America or call their office during normal business hours.

    Campsites are spacious and clean with a picnic table and fire ring.  There are three camping areas; primitive (tents only), Equestrian (horse trailers only) and the RV section.  Big Rig friendly!!  Very few 50 amp sites; a few pull throughs and a couple Handicap sites available.  Bath houses are clean and roomy.  The primitive/equestrian area bath house may show a little dirty as where the sites are located.  Sometimes they have a Camp Host, sometimes not.  Staff tries to accommodate.

    Ice and Firewood are located for sale at the entrance station during daytime hours.  Playgrounds and horse shoe pits located in each area.  Family and Dog friendly.  You’re on your own for WiFi.  Recommend having a hotspot or jetpack if you plan on staying longer term.  Lots of cool hilly trails for hiking.  Lake is about 2 miles down the road for fishing and ramp for boating.  Close to the Bourbon Trail and about 40 minutes to Louisville.  We gave this campground a 4 out of 5 because there is no sewer and lack of regularly scheduled Camp Host.  We will camp here again!