I have stayed many times at our local state parks (we have two) without any issues, and I, for one, really like the locked gates. There is a phone beside the gate, plus we have our cell phones for emergencies. We don't venture out much in the evenings, so getting locked out isn't an issue. I'm not saying they are for everyone, but I like them. Once the gates close in the evening, our state park CGs are quiet.