Campground/RV Park: Live Oak Landing Location: 229 Pitts Ave, Freeport, FL 32439 (877) 436-5063 Date(s) Stayed: 2/18/15 – 3/18/15 Length of Stay: 1 month Site #: 52 Cost per night (with taxes): $650 month Discount Used: none Connections: FHU’s Stars: 4.5
Live Oak Landing was a nice surprise after about a 30 minute drive from I-10; nestled in live oak trees draped in Spanish Moss with views of inlets to the Choctawatchee Bay. Big Rig friendly with paved concrete pads for back in or pull-throughs. Each has a fire ring and picnic table. Small playground for children. Nice pool for warmer months. Nice walking path for evening walks to watch the sunset over the inlet. Small boat ramp for cottage residents and RV’ers. Peddle boat, canoes and motorized small fishing boat for rent available. Nice picnic pavilion located in the corner on the inlet. Gorgeous views. Fenced in Dog Area to let them run and do their business. Laundry area is outside under awning however it’s clean and roomy. Bathrooms are clean and ample. Staff is friendly and accommodating. Cute, clean cottages for rent as well. Located approximately 30-40 minutes to Panama City; about 20 minutes to Eglin AFB. We would consider returning to Live Oak Landing
MILITARY FAMCAMP REVIEW Campground/RV Park: Gunter-Maxwell AFB FamCamp Location: 390 March Blvd., Maxwell AFB, AL 36112-5005 (Montgomery, AL) Phone: (334) 953-5161 Date(s) Stayed: 1/10/15 – 2/25/15 Length of Stay: 2 weeks Site #: #63 Pull-through Cost per night (with taxes): $400/month $120/week $20/night Discount Used: none Connections: FHU Stars: 3.5
Gunter-Maxwell AFB FamCampwas a decent campground ‘on post’; you will have to go through post security gates to enter. FamCamp has lots of room for the kids to play with playground. Flat part-gravel, part-paved pull-through and back in sites; spacing a little tight but do-able. Each site had a picnic table and standing charcoal bbq grill. No firepits provided; no open flames permitted. Some sites have metal canopies over picnic tables. Two clean bath house and bathroom facilities. Laundry rooms have 2 washers/dryer and folding table. Free Wifi available in the park, though we used our own AT&T Hot Spot as free WiFi was intermittent due to other users. Local tv but satellite if you have your own. There is a fishing pond on the other end of the FamCamp with lakeside pavilion and bbq grills. Boat rentals available. Great long roads for those who like running or long walks. Quite a few permanents due to military and civilians going to or instructing schools. We gave it 3.5 stars because of gravel sites, no firepits or open fires permitted and the accessibility (getting to/from) was a bit tedious. Security gate guards didn’t hand out maps (that were provided) to get to the FamCamp nor were able to give directions how to get there. Be aware you will be privy to hearing the sounds of freedom; airstrip is close by but that didn’t bother us.
Can be made up to 4 months in advance by Active Military, National Guard, Reservists, Retired, 100% DAV, DoD Civilians. . Site assignments are made on a reservation basis with priority given to active duty. PME students may make reservations in advance for the duration of their school. Some sites reserved for short stays up to 14-days. 90 day stay limit (except for students). 7 night stay limit in tent sites. Has four overflow sites with electric/water (no sewer) for awaiting FHU sites.
Campground/RV Park: Two Rivers Campground Location: 2616 Music Valley Drive, Nashville, TN (615) 883-8559 Date(s) Stayed: 11/28/14 – 12/3/14 Length of Stay: 5 nights Site #: 313 Cost per night (with taxes): $44.25 winter rate 50 amp Discount Used: Good Sam Connections: 50 amp FHU Stars: 2
We picked Two Rivers Campground based on reviews. They are located just two miles north of Opryland and shopping area, Opry Mills off of I-65. We arrived about 3 pm to check-in experiencing typical process. The sites are very tight even though they told us on the phone that we would have no problem parking a big rig. Lots of trees and oftentimes, vehicles parked that may hinder maneuverability. The campground had a ‘campy’ damp feel with all of the trees, packed mud, etc. The sites were packed dirt/mud with a small concrete pad with a picnic table. The sites backed up to each other; therefore, not good for toyhaulers that need to unload their toys from the rear of their coaches. The bath houses were not great; poor lighting and dirty, even throughout all hours of the day/night. They have a camp store on location. Camping World is located right down the road within walking distance. While it is located near Nashville tourist areas, next time, we will camp/park elsewhere. We will not be returning to Two Rivers Campground.
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.
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 Pull-Through
Cost per night (with taxes): $450/month 2014-15 winter rate (for 2019 daily, monthly and seasonal rates, see graphic image below)
Discount Used: none
We found Bay Palms RV Resortvia RV Park Reviews. We called to make a reservation about two months prior to arriving. The office staff was friendly and our reservation process went smoothly. She let us know that the day we would arrive, there was a holiday pot luck party. So, I RSVP’d immediately.
Bay Palms RV Resort Location
Bay Palms RV Resort is located on Rt 193. Its about 7 miles to Dauphin Island, 30 minutes to Mobile and roughly 15 miles to I-10 (Dauphin Island Exit).
Rates and Check-In
Their rates were comparable and competitive to those in the area and conducive to the type of location.
Navigating the resort was easy. Most sites are paved concrete pads with exception of the center big rig (where we were) which are hard-packed, crushed shell. Our pull-through site was located in the back middle of the resort. It was easy to pull in despite our toy hauler fifth wheel length. There was plenty of room to park our RV, truck and two motorcycles.
Be aware that Bay Palms RV Resort does not provide picnic tables or fire pits at each site.
I can’t say enough about Bay Palms RV Resort amenities! Let me say this. There is ALWAYS something fun being planned or happening. They leave no stone unturned when it comes to entertaining their guests. Lots of potluck meals, pool parties, games, fishing outings, etc. They even had a big Mardi Gras party during our stay.
Bath houses, though dated, are clean and sufficient. There are two laundry rooms with two washers, two driers each and folding table. The laundry facility is clean and in same building as bath house and restrooms.
Propane is available for sale and delivered to your site from the staff (small portable tanks only). The recently remodeled pool and playground is in operation during Spring, Summer and Fall seasons. They also built an oversized pavilion to shelter from the hot sun or allow parties to continue during tropical rains. While we were there, they had huge fire pits and grills all for the using.
There is a small camp store in the office.
I also wanted to add that because of it’s locale and proximity to great Gulf fishing, they also have a fish cleaning station.
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Located south of Mobile, Alabama, this RV resort is a friendly, code-gated place to enjoy the Gulf Coast! It’s also perfectly located for day trips to Mobile and Dauphin Island.
While some may question the validity of this facility being labeled ‘resort’, there are several factors that place this one in a resort category. First, it’s located right across the Gulf of Mexico with easy access to the beaches of Dauphin Island. It has a beautiful pool. It has propane delivered to your site. So, while ‘small’ and not impeccably manicured (because of it’s coastal theme), it resembles many that are ‘resorts’.
We did want to be transparent in saying that there are quite a number of permanent residents and they do allow some RV and vehicle maintenance at their sites. Even so, we made life-long friends here with the full-time residents. They made us feel welcome! Bay Palms RV Resort is a family friendly FUN RV Resort that we will definitely stay at again!!
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!
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