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Old 07-16-2009, 08:36 PM   #57
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Nuvi's right about state parks outside the south. Colorado state parks have nice campgrounds, but a $6 entrance plus $8 reservation fee plus up to $22 for full hookups make for $36. You don't get cable or wifi which many private campgrounds do offer. The scenery is better for the most part.

We did see a lot of city campgrounds in the north central states, but some of them have pretty much the same fees as private ones.


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Old 07-20-2009, 10:00 PM   #58
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I'm currently on a road trip to Kansas City, and have encountered two closed rest stops so far. One for repairs, and the other (Ohio, I believe) had no explanation. Out of the ones that were open, some appeared to be scaling back a bit on services.

Last night we stayed at Buck Creek State Park in Ohio. After several unsuccessful attempts to contact the campground by phone (busy signals, and a very confusing series of recorded messages), we finally called the reservation center and ate the $8 reservation fee).It was a very nice campground, but we ended up dropping $33 for a site with electric. Upon arrival, we saw a sign that said the campground was full (on a Sunday evening?), only to discover that the campground was less than 30% occupied. We left at 11:00 AM and during the entire time we were there we never saw a park employee, and the campground office was closed. They seem to be cutting back to the point that the reservation center is the only point of contact.

By contrast, we are now at Graham Cave State Park in Missouri. We arrived after hours and the campground host was excellent. He also said the Missouri State Parks were cutting back on staff/hours, but the campground is quiet and beautiful.
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:08 AM   #59
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I just got back from Minoqua Wisconsin and only saw one rest stop closed from Georgia to upper Wisconsin. It was located on the Illinois border just after I crossed the Ohio river entering Illinois.

I did see more Illinois State Police then I ever have before. My sister was with me and she told me her state police friends told her the reason. She explained Illinois is going to be laying off many state police due to the lack of funds so they are out giving tickets to save jobs.

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Old 07-21-2009, 12:02 PM   #60
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I made reservations to stay at two Oregon SP campgrounds a few months ago. Good thing! I called to arrange for longer stays and they were booked, booked, booked. All of the Oregon coast SP campgrounds I called were full, even into September. They are all great so it's understandable. If you want to visit the Oregon SPs, reserve early.
As for the rest stops, they all seem to be open and fine. Now, if you're headed to California, bring your own bathroom with you if possible and look for turnouts. Be prepared to see people 'writing their memoirs' on the side of the road too. The state will become one giant cesspool due to all the closings. Beware.

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