state park or corp of engineers

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  1. Kelly Turner

    Kelly Turner New Member

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    I have a debate with a friend over which is a better place to camp - the state and national parks or the Corp. of Engineer parks. So what do you think?
     
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    I have camped at state parks for many years but have not camped at any Corp. of Engineer parks. I have heard from friends that Corp of Engineer parks are really nice. I guess I need to try them out.

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    Aggie Popup College Station, Texas

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    Rocky Creek and Yegua Creek on Lake Somerville are the only CofE parks I've stayed in. I enjoyed both of them--more than the state park on the other side of the lake.

    I've stayed in state parks in Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi--they were fine. Went to Big Bend when I was a kid, it is a fantastic adventure in my memory.

    It probably depends on the park and what you want from it. (Sorry no deciding vote here.)

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    Our vote definately goes to the state parks!!
    We have camped in both, with tents and pop ups and much prefer the wooded feel to state parks!

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    I'd say they are all the same in my opinion...some are cramped and some are not, some are quiet, and some are not. Only way to find out if its a good park is to try them out. make a list of the parks you have stayed in, and mark them from 1 - 10 (10 being the best ultimate campground). That way the next time you want to go camping in that area you can go back and check if it was worth staying at.

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    dkinary Al & Debby

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    Our problem in Tenn. is that almost all state parks are first come first serve. So you take the chance of not having a spot when you arrive. The Corp. of Engineer parks take reservations.

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    It really depends on what you are looking for. I find most of the state parks in SC to be wonderful, I have been to a couple that looked neglected and I wouldn't stay there. Same can be said of the COE parks. We don't like the COE campgrounds on Thurmond lake. All the sites are high off the lake with steep access or no access to the lake at all even though they are waterfront. Not so with the SC state parks on the lake. Waterfront with gentle access to the lake right from your campsite (most sites are this way, a few are steep).

    On the other hand, I don't like either SC state park on Hartwell Lake. One looks neglected and has tiny little sites and the other caters to overnighting big rigs. I much prefer the 3 COE parks on that lake.

    There is no "across the board" right or wrong answer. It varies by location.

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    Hey Aggie Popup,

    Yegua is one of my fave places to camp. I lived in Brenham for several years so it was very convenient. Even from here just north of Austin, it's well worth the drive. We were there for a weekend of camping with friends in May. It's still absolutely one of my fave places to spend time.

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    themanfromvan Van, PA - Near The PA Wilds

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    My vote would have to go with the state parks. Here in PA (and in OH, too) many of the state parks were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps back in the 1930's. I love that 'log cabin' feel that places like Cook Forest, Parker Dam & Clear Creek have.

    Don't get me wrong, I've stayed at Tionesta Lake and Shenango River Lake, both ACE. They were clean and spacious. The people, both staff and users, were just as friendly. But, it wasn't the same......

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    Kelly,
    I do not believe that you can lump together state parks or Corps of Engineers parks, for they are each unique. Yes, you are correct about reservations, and first come. So to make sure you have a campsite go C.O.E.!!! Want to camp state park go Sunday afternoon. At least that is the way it is here.

    Trixson and Terri Stables
    TnT from Tennessee

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