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Old 05-18-2014, 07:09 AM   #29
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None of them are as good as some state parks-

3. Topsail Hill Preserve State Park, Santa Rosa Beach, FL

A lot of folks don't realize that Topsail was developed as a private campground. It used to be called Emerald Coast. I was told that the state wanted it as a park and took it by eminent domain. The owner went east to Panama City and built another park also called Emerald Coast. We stayed there the last year of private ownership and the owner was not too happy about losing his campground. This one is not your typical state developed facility.

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Along with location, I would think that timing and season will also gain you privacy. Anybody want to chime in with the quietest vs. busiest times of year?

I would think September and October would naturally afford one more privacy than July or August?

Traveling off season is of interest to me and I am sure others as well. Thoughts?
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Loved the expression "cramp-ground"! We've stayed in a few. But usually the nearby destination location was the pull, like needing to be somewhere in a city and having few close-in camping options. Also, on a long road trip, we sometimes take any port in a storm. But on long road trips, usually we make a point of bypassing urban areas and opting for RV parks in small towns and rural areas. Usually the rates are lower and they aren't so congested-- as a whole.

We spent April camping in southeastern Utah plus the City of Rocks in southern Idaho-- and just about had the City of Rocks and some of the Utah BLM campgrounds to ourselves. Plus the BLM allows boondocking just about anywhere, unless it's posted otherwise.

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Along with location, I would think that timing and season will also gain you privacy. Anybody want to chime in with the quietest vs. busiest times of year?

I would think September and October would naturally afford one more privacy than July or August?

Traveling off season is of interest to me and I am sure others as well. Thoughts?
My husband and I camp in Michigan a lot in September and October. We are frequently one of just a handful of campers.
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A lot of folks don't realize that Topsail was developed as a private campground. It used to be called Emerald Coast. I was told that the state wanted it as a park and took it by eminent domain. The owner went east to Panama City and built another park also called Emerald Coast. We stayed there the last year of private ownership and the owner was not too happy about losing his campground. This one is not your typical state developed facility.

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OK. Let's use another nice state park, George Payne Cossar State Park, Yocona Ridge campground, Enid Lake, Oakland, MS- another place we visit at least 6 times a year-
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I thought Topsail was to preserve the habitat of a beach mouse...
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I thought Topsail was to preserve the habitat of a beach mouse...

That may have been the state's justification. The owner never told me why they were taking his campground, other than he wasn't very pleased about it.

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Old 05-18-2014, 07:52 PM   #37
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We avoid "commerical" campgrounds as much as we can... why pay a higher price to be next to someone with a noisy kid, dog, or loud vehicle? If you have a trailer that is "self-contained".... go for it!

Lots of great camping apps... I would take a long look at those if you carry a tablet or smart phone. Otherwise cruise amazon to find the best books! We love National Forest Service sites... many of them offer great "senior" discounts if that might apply, which is a extra bonus! You can find lots of info on camping areas here on the forum, or just Google an area you want to go to and check the maps for campgrounds!

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We stayed in a commercial campground to see our granddaughter when she was born- it was closer- the trip was about the baby.
We stayed at a commercial campground for a wedding- it was closer- the trip was about the wedding.
We attend a couple of rallies every year at commercial campgrounds- the trip was about the rally.
They are all very nice parks, but when the trip is about camping I prefer state parks, corps parks, and forest service parks-
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We've stayed at some pleasant KOAs, and we've stayed at a couple where I would rather have spent the night at a Flying J. Better neighbors, as well as it being quieter... And of course, they have better prices.
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m.hony, I have to say that I am loving the pics you post of your various campsites. I have been noting this for some time, so I have to believe that most of your camping is done at lovely campgrounds with water and/or lovely spacious views.

In the past two or three years, we have discovered how nice the COE campgrounds are, and I don't think we've found one which we didn't like. During our recent trip to Albuquerque, NM for the Vintage Trailer Academy, we stayed at the same one on the way out and again on the way back home since we liked it so well; it was at Ozark, Akansas. It was just wonderful, can't begin to say enough about it, clean, level sites, on the water, very nice sites some with "awnings" over the picnic tables. Also, since I get the "senior pass" pricing, our site on the way out with the "awning" was only $10/night and on the way back home without the "awning" was $9/night -- you can't beat that! And talk about spacious!

Would you mind sharing the names of the COE campgrounds which you have posted the lovely pictures on this thread?

Thanks in advance.

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One COE campground is North Abutment, Grenada, MS.
Another is Dewayne Hayes, Columbus, MS.
We go to Grenada most often because it takes an hour and ten minutes to get there- I can get off work at 5 and still be there before dark-
I really thought I was putting the names and locations of the parks in my posts-
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Now that you mention it, I think you did state the name of at least the North Abutment, and it is very possible I missed the Dewayne Hayes name.

I'm going to try to keep a running list, by state, of nice campgrounds.

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