Where was the worst campground you ever stayed?

Discussion in 'Let me tell you about my trip' started by BigRedTruck, Mar 27, 2017.

  1. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    This would not be a deal breaker if he were enforcing the same rules on the drunks that were screaming and hollering.

    We went to a state park last weekend that had very strict rangers, but honestly just doing their job. Our camping neighbors actually called the female ranger a "nazi b*tch" after she left. Had they been regular campers, or read the rules, they would have known they couldn't set up two tents in the buffer space between sites.

    They also had three total tents, when only two are technically allowed, so they should be happy she didn't call them on that rule. The tents in the buffer were on the opposite side from our site, and I have a feeling the lady over there went and told on them.

    The thing about the rangers in this particular park that made me chuckle was that they had a little police siren on their truck and golf cart. Before they would approach anyone for an infraction, they would hit the siren once, even though they were only a few feet away. It reminded me of a lifeguard blowing the whistle at people.

    We already knew the "siren" routine from seeing several people approached for various infractions in the day park area earlier. Scared the crap out of me the first time they did it.
     
  2. 94-D2

    94-D2 Happy Campin'

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    Thee Rivers Hidaway near Sequioa NP. Good location but not much in the emenities department. They had some old park model units with part time temporary/pernament residents that come and go at all times of the night in mufflerless vehicles, wearing knitted caps in 100 degree weather, skate board toting jobless youngsters with tattoos that read "yes on prop 64" in various locations and a very exasperating maddening yappy little dog that resides in a fixed residence with unrestricted access to an open deck, apparently set upon this earth to test the abusive nature of seemingly reasonable animal loving people. We actually left a day early to prevent my potential incarceration for acts I couldn't have possibly been found responsible for, under the circumstances, but nonetheless provoking.

    Secquioa RV park sure would have been a much better choice. But last minute reservations dictated where we stayed. After staying at this place, I now nderstand the difference between a " trailer park" and an RV resort.

    KOA in Cody WY ran a close second. But, we unwittingly stayed there on the exodus from Sturgis weekend. So, I don't necessarily hold that against them.

    Happy Campin'
     
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  3. scubacamper

    scubacamper Well-Known Member

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    We're going into year 5 and though we've had some crazy distant neighbors we normally camp at our state parks so there's never an issue for long. I guess we've been lucky or maybe our day is still coming.
     
  4. ~erik~

    ~erik~ Active Member

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    We drove from Atlanta to Seattle and back this past January, stayed mostly in KOAs on the way there. On the way back ran into problems at several. We would call at 3 or 4 pm to book a spot at a KOA that the KOA book said was open, but no one would answer the phone.
    One in particular really pissed us off - the KOA at Waldport/Newport along the Oregon coast. The book said they were open all year. No one answered the phone, so we just showed up at 3:30 in the afternoon. The office wasn't staffed and the bathrooms required a key.
    If we were in a large Class A motor home or larger trailer with it's own shower and toilet we could have used the "Night Time Registration Envelope", but without access to the bathhouse it was no-go for us in a popup. Not sure what we did that night, but it may have been one of the nights we stayed at a Casino campground instead. That swore us off KOAs.
     
  5. infernisdiem

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    Not a bad campground, but bad experience that we all learned from. As I said in previous posts, as a boy scout and occasional adult leader, every time we camp it down pours, well the first year as an Adult leader, we had a tornado warning on the lake by camp Hinds in Maine, I fastened down my tent the best I could, and still everything on my brother's side of the tent got soaked, thankfully it was the last night. The next year I retold the tale to the scouts, and told them all (even the parents) to buy twine, a tote, and to bring an extra set of blankets to pack into the tote just in case. Sure enough we got a nasty storm that would have flipped up the tent flaps, we tied them all down, and stored all of the bedding into their totes, after the storm the only thing that got damp was the mattresses on the cots.


    The picture was taken as we were waiting to find out which camp site we were gonna have, notice the rain coming off the canopy lol rain.jpg
     
  6. blondedriver

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    Elk city KOA,, but will say it was the guests and not the parks fault. From people walking through camp site at all hours of the night. To the lady that threw a hissy fit because I did not have my porch light on and she ran into my steps!!
     
  7. BigRedTruck

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    I will never understand idiots that walk through campsites. It is rude.
     
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    theseus Centerville, OH

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    Ho River RV resort in Washington State. Open field with minimal hookups. A final straw, both bathrooms had dog (we will assume it was dog) poop in the showers. Left in the morning.
     
  9. unclemark

    unclemark Overland Park, KS

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    Hawthorne Bluff Campground, Lake Oologah, Oklahoma, USACE. First time out with the popup. Memorial Day weekend, but that wouldn't be the whole problem. Friday afternoon. Beautiful weather, maybe a tad warm, but probably 73 degrees. Booked late, got a primitive site. Arrived to full campground with every site except ours over capacity. Exited vehicle, heard generators on all sides. Enraged. DW didn't know why until I told her what the noise is. It's midafternoon, and the big rigs are all shuttered tight with their air conditioners running. Grouse and gripe until quiet hours, 10 p.m., when the generators shut down. Yay! Wait, what's that other noise we can now hear? Whining tires on a highway? But it's steady, and traffic can't be that heavy. Air plane jet engines? Well, maybe, but airplanes take off and get quieter as they increase their distance from the hearer. A whining public utility gas turbine power plant? Or two or three? Nope. Four, plus a coal-fired plant. We stayed all weekend. Left the campground during the day, bought ear plugs for nighttime. We learned a lot that weekend about holidays, jackasses, and scoping out a campground's neighbors before booking.
     
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    jacrabbitt Active Member

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    I was a seasonal for 8 years at Oxbow. 87 to 95. We did rock n roll. It was fun place with great folks. Big Bend was the wild one back in the day. haven't camped at Oxbow since 98. Kids still go up for Hot boat Weekend when there in town. It was quiet during the week.
     
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    matwiyj Active Member

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    I've been camping for decades and only remember one campground that I would call "bad". We stayed in San Diego at Campland on the Bay and we found that we were booked into the most crowded campground in history! There were 3 cars parked on our site when we checked in and without moving them, and one more across the road there was no way I could get our motor home in or out of there. The neighbors weren't rude or unfriendly, but we went to bed with the air conditioner fan on to drown out the Mexican festival at the next campsite (6 inches from the side of our RV). It could be a nice campground but the owners really need to get a handle on all the extra vehicles! The Cruise America RV is us.

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  12. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    I had to google that...

    Right on mission bay, yep looks busy from the plain map... Even Silverstrand SB is a packed beach parking lot, but it is always busy!!
     
  13. silvermickey2002

    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    I have to say Famil-E-Fun campground in Mitchell, SD. Staff and folks were nice, but the campground needs some work. The grass was long and loaded with Mosquito's and the bathroom/showers needed serious upgrading!! But for $20.00 for the night, it was a place to sleep. That was back in 2008, it was late because we made a stop at the Corn Palace. So not sure how the campground is now.
     
  14. Haybale

    Haybale I'd rather be camping!!

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    For whatever reason, I blocked it from memory when I last posted. But I did stay at a bad CG. this was Lake Henshaw Private CG near Julian CA. Easy enough, simply pay $20 at the gate then go find your spot and claim it, after you drive through the trailer park. Some spots are dirt, some grass, some with trees or with out no limit to how many people/RV's per site. One area that was cool was a tiered area on a steep road and the sites were level and about a 3 to 5 foot step between sites. Iirc there were 4 bath houses, each had 3-4 toilets and 2-3 showers. But they were NEVER clean. Friday when I got in they were decent, Saturday morning they were trashed, over flowing and #2 on the floor. All 4 bath houses were the same. I let them know at the front of the condition. They were not, at least the 2 near my site for the rest of Saturday. Sunday I drove to the others hoping they were clean, they were the same as Saturday. However everyone was packing up to leave so I had hoped they would be at least 1 clean one to shower in Sunday afternoon, we were staying until Tuesday. Nope, they still had sh*t on the floors and all over as I packed up Tuesday. Just nasty. I understand the CG was very busy, but that is no reason not to clean the bath houses daily, especially when at least 1 toilet in each overflowed.

    Not to mention the pool was not anywhere near clear, the hot tub was hardly even warm.

    I have friends that have a camping weekend here twice a year as they have a huge group, 100+ people, and not many places could fit them in.

    I was here once before and on a much quieter weekend and the CG was similarly not maintained, I watch CG staff drive the gator right past a overflowing trash can multiple times.
     
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    silvermickey2002 Morris County, NJ

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    Ok, that is just disgusting!!! It blows my mind how they are still in business??? You would think they would close one bath house at a time to fully clean it and make repairs. I don't think I would even stick my foot in the hot tub!!! God only knows what's lurking in there!!!
     
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    2 campgrounds came in mind:

    One at Lake Allatoona in GA where there was a private CG with docks. We could not find a decent Army Corps of Engineer campgrounds at last minute on Memorial Day (way back when I was a new popup owner - 1994) so we we had to walk in at a private campground. We arrived early Friday afternoon, it seemed that we were the only campers. By the time it was 6 PM, the campground got packed like sardines in a can. It was awful, the wild campers were rowdy, running around, drunk and shooting fireworks everywhere. We stayed for 2 nights and left on Sunday, one day early. The bathhouse was filthy beyond description and I never returned to this campground... and I found out that I could reserve a site ahead of time! I was a newbie at that time.

    2nd at KOA in NC... The bathhouse was horrendous! No private shower, it was open space for 5 showers. The campsites were awful, dirty and was not cleaned for the next camper. I did not go to KOA for about 15 years until I tried the one in Santa Paula, CA and it was pretty decent.
     
  17. Adam H

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    Jellystone Park in Cobb CA... Friday wasn't too bad but Saturday the temps heated up and the grass camping areas were covered in fleas. Couldn't walk from the camper to the road without having your legs attacked. Though I almost never swim in a public pool, my kids told me there was some layer of "slime" on the bottom and sides, also verified by other grossed out adults. Had to bomb the TT 3 times after that trip. Not sure if it is still there after the Cobb fire a couple of years ago or not.

    Adam
     
  18. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Falling Waters State Park near Chipley, Fl. The helpers ran the campground, and most were rude and not friendly to us locals, I never saw a park ranger the whole time there also there is really nothing to do except walk a path, even the falls was dry only good thing is wally world is close and home was not to far away, we have never been back and have no intention of returning
     
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    Wow, a lot of these bad places have a common bond and that's human waste! [XX(] What's really bad is when the commodes get full and they start passing solids in the urinals.[?:~{] That's when it's time to go home early.
     
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    Jellystone Park in Cooperstown NY.....we went 2 years ago with another family, we had our hybrid and they had a pop-up. Our friends got there first, went down tot he site they were given, took one look at the trailer/dump across from it and requested a new site. Got 2 new sites near the water, neither one was level, and I had a heck of a time finding a safe way to park our trailer and still be able to visit - we usually set up a 'compound' as we do communal cooking etc.....

    To even get to our sites, we had to run a gauntlet of rental cottages and trailers stacked like sardines, with cars parked all over, kids running amok etc.....

    I like a nice quiet campground (our local one is Frosty Acres - clean bathrooms, pool, and QUIET!!!).....
     

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